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2017-04-13

Adam Sandler, Dave Chappelle Remember Charlie Murphy

(NEW YORK) -- On Thursday's Good Morning America, Adam Sandler paid tribute to Chappelle's Show co-star Charlie Murphy, who passed away Wednesday at age 57 after succumbing to leukemia. Sandler called Murphy, Eddie's older brother, "a good person," adding, "[I] loved him, and my respect to his family...he was the sweetest guy to see and talk to. We're all gonna miss him very much." The night before, Dave Chappelle himself paid his respect to Murphy at singer and guitarist John Mayer's tour stop in Columbus, Ohio.   According to Relix.com, Mayer welcomed the stand-up comic on the stage during his final song "You're Gonna Live Forever in…

posted 2017-04-13 14:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Harrison Ford surprises fans, Lucas remembers "One in a billion" Carrie Fisher, at "Star Wars" Celebration event

(ORLANDO) -- Star Wars stars -- and throngs of fans -- have descended on Orlando, Florida to take part in Star Wars Celebration.  The fan festival kicked off with a "40 Years of Star Wars" panel, which was hosted by Warwick Davis, who has played various characters through the saga, and which featured George Lucas, as well as his successor, current Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, as well as stars including surprise guest Harrison Ford, as well as Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels.  Liam Neeson and Samuel L. Jackson appeared separately via video. Neeson joked he was on the set of the upcoming Jar Jar Binks standalone film. "Spoiler alert:…

posted 2017-04-13 12:00:14 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Friends" is returning -- as a musical!

(NEW YORK) -- It may not be the Friends reunion we've been hoping for, but it's the next best thing. Friends, the hit series that ran on NBC from 1994-2004 and starred Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer, is about to get a reboot as an off-Broadway production called Friends! the Musical. Composers Bob and Tobly McSmith, the team behind a number of musical parodies, including Bayside! the Musical!, 90210! The Musical!, Kardashians! The Musical!, and Full House! The Musical!, are working on the show, set to make its run at New York City's Triad Theatre. Further details have yet to be revealed, but ETOnline.com has what they say is a list of the show's musical…

posted 2017-04-13 10:00:57 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jude Law to play young Dumbledore in "Fantastic Beasts" sequel

(LOS ANGELES) -- Jude Law has signed on to play young Dumbledore in the upcoming sequel to last year's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, according to Variety. Law --who reportedly beat out a who's who of British actors, including Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch -- will portray Dumbledore before he became Hogwarts' headmaster and Harry Potter's mentor at the fictional British school of magic, made famous in the Harry Potter series. Richard Harris, originated the role before Michael Gambon took over after Harris’ death in 2002. Eddie Redmayne will reprise his role as Newt Scamander in the sequel, alongside Johnny Depp, who will play the villain Grindelwald. J.K. Rowling, who made her screenwriting debut on…

posted 2017-04-13 08:00:59 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington reflect on "Scandal" on its 100 episode

(LOS ANGELES) -- Today marks a major milestone for Shonda Rhimes and the cast of her hit series Scandal. The show hits its 100 episode tonight and continues to bring plenty of OMG moments for fans, but the milestone is a moment for reflection and appreciation for its creator and star. Prior to Scandal's premiere in April 2012, Rhimes knew she had something amazing on her hands and was determined to make sure she had the perfect cast in it. "I knew that we were doing a television show with an African American female lead and I know how rare that is and so…

posted 2017-04-13 05:00:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-04-12

"Guardians of the Galaxy" baddie Josh Brolin gets Cable role in "Deadpool 2"

(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC News has confirmed that Josh Brolin, who plays the purple "Mad Titan" Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has landed the plum role of Cable opposite Ryan Reynolds in another comic-based movie: 2018's Deadpool 2. Reynolds' confirmed the casting via Twitter -- jabbing Brolin's previous comic experience -- with a shot of Deadpool's gloved hand, cupping a cup of cappuccino, the foam decorated with a likeness of Brolin's face. "You can't play 2 characters in the same universe!!" Reynolds/Deadpool captioned. "Josh Brolin was in Sicario and I was in Sabrina The Teenage Witch." Of course, comic fans know Reynolds played…

posted 2017-04-12 18:00:40 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy, brother of Eddie Murphy, dies of leukemia

(NEW YORK) -- Charlie Murphy, the eldest brother of actor-comedian Eddie Murphy, has passed away from leukemia at age 57. Murphy's rep, Domenick Nati, confirmed Murphy's passing to ABC News, but provided no further information. Murphy, a successful stand-up comic and actor in his own right, reportedly was undergoing chemotherapy treatment for the blood cancer and passed away while at a New York City hospital, TMZ reports. Murphy was both an actor and writer, most notably on TV's Chappelle's Show, where he famously played himself opposite Dave Chappelle as Rick James. Murphy also starred with his brother in Harlem Nights and 2007's Norbit, and also had roles in Jungle…

posted 2017-04-12 14:00:38 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Caitlyn Jenner reportedly has gender reassignment surgery

(LOS ANGELES) -- Caitlyn Jenner has reportedly taken the final step in her transition. In her upcoming memoir, The Secrets of My Life, the former Olympian reveals that she underwent gender reassignment surgery in January 2017, Radar Online first reported and People has confirmed. “I am telling you because I believe in candor,” she reportedly explains. “So all of you can stop staring. You want to know, so now you know. Which is why this is the first time, and the last time, I will ever speak of it.” “The surgery was a success, and I feel not only wonderful, but liberated,” she says in the memoir,…

posted 2017-04-12 12:00:33 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jimmy Kimmel talks to “Popsicle Bike” lady

(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, host Jimmy Kimmel showed the clip of a contestant on Wheel of Fortune trying to solve a puzzle with the answer, “Popsicle bike.” The category was "living thing," and the correct answer was "Honeysuckle bush." Host Pat Sajak retained his composure and simply answered, “No.” The clip immediately went viral after the episode aired last week and Kimmel was fascinated by it, so he invited the woman and her husband, Melinda and Larry Gardner, to appear on his show via Cisco screen teleconference from their home in Carrollton, Texas. After the Gardners briefly explained how they came to be…

posted 2017-04-12 10:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"21 Jump Street" debuted 30 years ago

(LOS ANGELES) -- 21 Jump Street, the Fox TV show that catapulted a then little-known Johnny Depp to teen idol status, made its debut 30 years ago on Wednesday. The series, about a bunch of young-looking undercover cops who infiltrated high schools and other teen hangouts, was the first hit for the then fledgling Fox network, running for five seasons between 1987-1991. It also boasted guest appearances from rising stars Bridget Fonda, Brad Pitt, Josh Brolin, Vince Vaughn and Jason Priestley. The TV show was further bolstered by an alternative-rock soundtrack featuring artists such as The Alarm, and a theme song, sung by co-star Holly Robinson Peete, backed by Depp and series regular Peter DeLuise. The show inspired…

posted 2017-04-12 08:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

David Letterman's mother, Dorothy Mengering, dies at 95

(INDIANA) -- Former Late Show host David Letterman's mother, Dorothy Mengering, who was a recurring guest on his show, has died, his rep confirmed to Entertainment Weekly on Tuesday. She was 95. Mengering, known as simply "Dave's mom" on the show, often helped with her son with his top-10 lists, served as an Olympic correspondent and filmed segments from the kitchen of her Indiana home. In a New York Times interview promoting her 1996 cookbook, Home Cookin’ with Dave’s Mom, Mengering said of her sudden fame, “I couldn’t believe how it all took off. I think it’s about the idea of mom and of a family. People are eager for families…

posted 2017-04-12 05:00:14 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-04-11

Founding J. Geils Band guitarist John Geils dead at 71

(NEW YORK) -- John Geils Jr., the founding guitarist and namesake of The J. Geils Band, was found dead Tuesday at his home in Groton, Massachusetts, ABC News has confirmed. He was 71. A spokesman for the Groton Police Department said the department did a well-being check at Geils' home Tuesday afternoon finding Geils dead at the scene. Geils formed the group in 1967 in Worcester, Massachusetts, along with singer Peter Wolf, bassist Danny Klein, harmonica player "Magic Dick" Salwitz, drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and keyboardist Seth Justman, and the band released its self-titled debut album in 1970. The J.…

posted 2017-04-11 19:34:31 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio