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2014-04-18

"Transcendence," "A Haunted House 2" and "Bears" Open Friday

(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this week, the religious drama Heaven Is For Real made its debut (read a review here). It will be joined at the box office by three more new films on Friday. Here's a closer look:-- Transcendence: Johnny Depp is a controversial researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, who tries to create a sentient machine that contains human intelligence and emotions. He eventually transitions into a digitized, power-hungry version of himself. Morgan Freeman, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany, Kate Mara and Cillian Murphy also star. Rated PG-13. [Click here to read a review]-- A Haunted House 2:…

posted 2014-04-18 04:23:05 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Bryan Singer's Accuser Addresses Sex Abuse Claims

(LOS ANGELES) -- The man who has sued Bryan Singer, claiming he was sexually abused as a teen by the X-Men director, addressed his allegations Thursday at a Los Angeles press conference.Michael Egan stated that he was abused over the course of a few years by Singer, beginning at the age of 15.Egan, who's now 31, claimed the abuse began when he was lured to parties at an Encino, Calif., mansion. He said he was treated "like a piece of meat."Egan, who was an aspiring actor at the time of the alleged incidents, further stated that he was threatened by…

posted 2014-04-18 04:22:12 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Scandal" Recap: The Season Finale

(NEW YORK) -- On the season finale of ABC's Scandal, the bomb inside the church blew up but Vice President Sally Langston made it out alive. And although Sally was headed back to the White House, her campaign manager urged her to go back to the bomb site to help victims and make a speech. Meanwhile, President Fitzgerald Grant tried to address the nation after the tragedy, but all of the news organizations instead picked up Sally's address -- Olivia Pope was upset, especially since this happened days away from the election. She told the president that he was going…

posted 2014-04-18 04:18:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

James Franco Attacks Critic over Review of His Broadway Show

(NEW YORK) -- Criticize James Franco at your own peril. The actor did not take kindly to The New York Times' lukewarm review of his new Broadway play, Of Mice and Men, and he let the world know about it on Instagram.The Times' Ben Brantley had called the production "respectable, respectful and generally inert," while also detailing his misgivings about Franco's performance. Brantley wrote, "Though he sports a Yosemite Sam accent, Mr. Franco is often understated to the point of near invisibility. It’s a tight, internal performance begging for a camera’s close-up."Franco countered with a harsh message on Instagram that…

posted 2014-04-18 03:59:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kerry Washington Opens Up About Hiding Pregnancy on "Scandal"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Kerry Washington has always welcomed the challenge of playing Washington, D.C., fixer Olivia Pope on Scandal.However, now that the actress is pregnant, portraying such a physical character has become even more intense."I work very physically as an actor. The biggest thing for me has been the challenge of how to be this person [Olivia Pope] with the personal transformation that's going on for me physically and how to stay true to this character. That hasn't been easy," she told The Hollywood Reporter."It's been an awesome challenge for me as an actor because so much of how I…

posted 2014-04-18 03:58:36 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Mrs. Doubtfire" Star Wants Nothing to Do with Sequel

(LOS ANGELES) -- A Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is in the works -- but not everyone is excited.The original film's lead star, Robin Williams, and director, Chris Columbus, are attached to the project, according to reports.Mrs. Doubtfire starred Williams as a divorced dad of three who, in order to get closer to his children, develops the persona of a Scottish nanny.Well, one of the kids from the movie has no interest at all in coming back. Mara Wilson, who played Natalie Hillard, the adorable little girl in the film, tweeted Thursday that she's not involved with the follow-up."For the record, no,…

posted 2014-04-18 03:52:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Movie Review: "Heaven Is for Real"

(NEW YORK) -- Based on the best-selling non-fiction book of the same name, Heaven Is for Real stars Greg Kinnear as Pastor Todd Burpo. In addition to being his church’s pastor, he coaches the local high school wrestling team and is also a volunteer fireman. He’s passionate about his faith but most passionate about his family. And there will be no greater test of his faith than when his 4-year-old son, Colton, needs emergency surgery and almost dies.Following the surgery, something is a little different about Colton. First, he asks his dad if they can return to a butterfly preserve…

posted 2014-04-18 03:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Movie Review: “Transcendence”

(NEW YORK) -- Johnny Depp’s Dr. Will Caster and his wife, Evelyn (Rebecca Hall), want to change the world through artificial intelligence. But Caster is an intellectual hermit: instead of going out into the world and raising money for his research, he’d rather spend his life at home with his beautiful wife, taking care of their garden while creating complex algorithms.  That type of lifestyle just isn’t possible for him because, as indicated by his face on the cover of popular tech magazine WIRED, Will is a tech community rock star. The culmination of Will’s research is PINN (Physically Independent Neural…

posted 2014-04-18 03:00:38 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2014-04-17

Donnie Wahlberg Helped Design Jenny McCarthy's 10-Carat Engagement Ring

(NEW YORK) -- When Donnie Wahlberg was ready to propose to Jenny McCarthy, he wanted the ring to be special.So, he worked with Daniel Arik of Happy Jewelers and Newport Jewelers to create a one-of-a-kind piece."He did have an idea of what he wanted," Arik told ABC News. "We showed him a few different pieces and custom-made his ring."McCarthy, 41, revealed the couple's happy news on Wednesday's The View. After tearing up while explaining the details of the proposal, she flashed her ring, which Arik called "one-of-a-kind." The Blue Bloods star said that McCarthy preferred a colored stone to a…

posted 2014-04-17 21:33:57 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Netflix Releases “Orange Is the New Black” Trailer

(NEW YORK) -- In a few weeks, season two of Orange Is the New Black will hit the web. Now, we have a glimpse of what to expect. A trailer for the Netflix series was released Thursday -- and many of last season's characters are back in full force, along with a few new faces. The minute-and-a-half long video begins with Piper, played by Taylor Schilling, making a pointed statement. "I am prepared to behave like a model inmate and I feel I no longer pose a threat," she said, possibly referring to the violent crime she committed at the…

posted 2014-04-17 10:40:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Report: "Mrs. Doubtfire" Sequel in the Works

(LOS ANGELES) -- Mrs. Doubtfire is reportedly coming back for more gender-bending hilarity. A sequel to the 1993 hit Mrs. Doubtfire is in the works, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Elf writer David Berenbaum is writing the script, while Robin Williams and director Chris Columbus are also attached to the project, THR reports.The original film starred Williams as a recently divorced father of three who, in order to get closer to his children, develops the persona of a Scottish nanny. The movie grossed $441 million worldwide, and Williams and the movie earned Golden Globes.According to THR, the sequel has been…

posted 2014-04-17 10:31:35 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Surprises Fan at Bridal Shower

(NEW YORK) -- When Gena Gabrielle sent Taylor Swift an invite to her bridal shower in Columbus, Ohio, she didn’t exactly expect the pop icon to show up. But she did and now the "Red" singer, 24, has posted a video of the surprise. "There's this girl named Gena, who has been coming to my shows for years," Swift says in the beginning of the video. "I was at the management office the other day and we were going through fan mail and invitations and stuff. I got this wedding invitation." "I've never been to a bridal shower, so we…

posted 2014-04-17 09:43:57 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio