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2017-06-26

"Transformers: The Last Knight" wins at the box office with franchise low

(LOS ANGELES) --Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight grabbed the number-one spot at the weekend box office, while recording the lowest-earning debut of any Transformers movie. The film, starring Mark Wahlberg and Anthony Hopkins, opened on Wednesday, bringing in an estimated $69.1 million in its first five days of release and $45.3 million over the three-day weekend. By contrast, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the third film in the series and the only other to open on a Wednesday, raked in $162 million in its first five days, $97 million of which came over the three-day. Overseas, The Last Knight brought in an estimated $196.2…

posted 2017-06-26 05:00:28 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-06-23

Ron Howard "beyond grateful" to helm Han Solo movie

(LOS ANGELES) -- Ron Howard is as psyched as many fans are by the news he's taken the reigns of the still-untitled Han Solo stand-alone film. "I'm beyond grateful to add my voice to the Star Wars Universe after being a fan since 5/25/77," tweeted the Oscar-winning director, who's known George Lucas since he starred in the Star Wars creator's  1973's hit, American Graffiti. "I hope to honor the great work already done & help deliver on the promise of a Han Solo film," Howard continued, referencing the contributions of movie's previous directors, The LEGO Movie's Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pair exited the Han Solo earlier this week over creative differences…

posted 2017-06-23 18:00:28 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Johnny Depp says "assassination" comment about President Trump was a "bad joke"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Hours after actor Johnny Depp made it sound like he'd be interested in killing President Trump, he's saying he's sorry. The Pirates of the Caribbean star seemingly referenced Abraham Lincoln's assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, while Depp introduced his new film The Libertine at England's Glastonbury Festival Thursday. Depp asked the crowd, "When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?" He then added, "Maybe it's time."  Following a huge outcry, and a condemnation by the White House, Depp now tells People, "I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump. It did not come out as intended...I intended no…

posted 2017-06-23 14:01:20 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Josh Duhamel returns in "Transformers: The Last Knight"

(NEW YORK) -- Actor Josh Duhamel has starred in all but one film in the money-minting Transformers franchise -- the previous installment, Transformers: Age of Extinction. Speaking to ABC Radio's Good Morning America After Hours, the actor joked that his Transformers: The Last Knight co-star Mark Wahlberg was to blame for his skipping the fourth episode. "I think Wahlberg had that in his clause: 'I'm in, but Duhamel's gotta be out.'" This time around? "We filed a motion," Duhamel said with a laugh. The actor explains what's at stake in The Last Knight, where we learn robots that transform into cars…

posted 2017-06-23 12:00:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

At British appearance, Johnny Depp jokes about assassinating president

(SOMERSET, ENGLAND) -- Johnny Depp was on hand at England's Glastonbury Festival to introduce a screening of his 2004 film The Libertine, on Thursday, when he decided to talk American politics during an audience question-and-answer session."I think he needs help," the actor said of Donald Trump, reported The Telegraph. "There are a lot of dark places he could go." Then Depp himself went to a dark place.  In a video of the event posted to NME's YouTube channel, Depp can be seen saying,  "This gonna be in the press and it's gonna be horrible, but I like that you are all a part of it -- when…

posted 2017-06-23 10:00:10 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Bill Cosby planning speaking engagements about sexual assault, rep says

(NEW YORK) -- Bill Cosby is planning speaking engagements to educate people about the sexual assault allegations made against him, his publicist, Andrew Wyatt, told ABC News Thursday. Wyatt said he'd been contacted by a number of organizations, including churches, asking for Cosby to "come out and speak to young men and women on how this could affect their lives." "This is bigger than Mr. Cosby now. ... Mr. Cosby is going to go out and use his voice, to let it be heard, and to try to educate young men and women on how to avoid this because they…

posted 2017-06-23 07:21:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Transformers: The Last Knight" leads this week's new releases

q(LOS ANGELES) -- Opened nationwide on Wednesday: Transformers: The Last Knight -- Humans and Transformers are at war and Optimus Prime is gone in this fifth installment of the Transformers franchise. Once again, it's up to Mark Wahlberg's Cade Yaeger and his cohorts to save the world. Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock co-star. Rated PG-13. Opening in limited release on Friday: * The Bad Batch -- Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Keanu Reeves and Jim Carey star in this sci-fi love story set in a community of cannibals. Rated R. * The Beguiled --  Sofia Coppola's reboot of the 1971 Civil War-era drama stars Colin Farrell as an injured Union soldier who seeks refuge…

posted 2017-06-23 05:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-06-22

Marisa Tomei talks "Spider-Man: Homecoming," looks back at "My Cousin Vinny"

(NEW YORK) -- After making her debut as the character in Captain America: Civil War, Marisa Tomei is back as Peter Parker's Aunt May in the upcoming film Spider-Man: Homecoming. Appearing on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday, the Oscar-winning actress acknowledged that her character has previously been portrayed as a much older, gray-haired grandmotherly type.  But, as she told ABC's Lara Spencer, "She's actually [Peter's] aunt by marriage, so she can be any age really. It just depends when I met Uncle Ben." In Civil War,  Robert Downey Jr.'s Stark refers to Tomei, his one-time co-star in the movie Only You, as "Aunt Hottie." For Spider-Man: Homecoming, Tomei reveals that they…

posted 2017-06-22 18:00:05 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ariel Winter trashes tabloid for claiming she bankrolls her boyfriend

 (LOS ANGELES) -- Ariel Winter is not giving her new boyfriend a free ride and she took to her Instagram account on Wednesday to shoot down the rumor. The Modern Family star was responding to a story in Star magazine claiming that she gives her boyfriend, Levi Meaden, an allowance. Winter, 19, opened by calling the tabloid “trash,” adding, "Seriously, how dare you make up stuff that you have no idea about?" "I have a BOYFRIEND and a PERSONAL ASSISTANT who are NOT the same person,” she continued. “I would NEVER pay my boyfriend ANY sort of allowance, nor would he EVER accept if I offered."…

posted 2017-06-22 14:01:05 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Will Arnett says "The Gong Show" is "about having a good time"

(NEW YORK) -- If you ask Will Arnett why he decided to executive produce a reboot of the campy '70s game show The Gong Show, and the Arrested Development star will smile.  "Anytime you say the name The Gong Show, you smile," he told Good Morning America After Hours host Lynda Lopez. "I had such good memories of the [original] show, and I thought, 'When you have something like that...it has so much good will built in...It's so much fun, and it'd be nice to do a show that's just about having a good time."  Like the original, celebrity judges are key to the reboot, which debuts Thursday night.…

posted 2017-06-22 12:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ron Howard tapped as new "Han Solo" film director

(LOS ANGELES) -- The Millennium Falcon has a new pilot: Ron Howard has stepped in to direct the upcoming untitled Han Solo film, Lucasfilm announced Thursday. The news comes two days after The LEGO Movie co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller parted ways with the project over creative differences. In a statement, Lucasfilm noted, “we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.” Oscar-winner Howard has been a part of George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away for years. …

posted 2017-06-22 10:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Dwayne Johnson make “Most Powerful People” list

(LOS ANGELES) -- Industry trade The Hollywood Reporter has released its list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood, and while many of the names on the list are people working behind the scenes of TV and movies, some familiar names also are present. Of note, Oprah Winfrey, who was ranked at #22 on last year’s least, jumped all the way to the ninth slot this time, buoyed by her starring role in HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, her role as a contributor on CBS' 60 Minutes and the recent growth of her OWN network. Disney companies were well represented on the list as…

posted 2017-06-22 08:00:48 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio