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'Home Alone' and 'Sopranos' actor John Heard dead at 71

(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor John Heard [herd], perhaps best known as the dad in the first two Home Alone movies, and for an Emmy-nominated role in TV’s The Sopranos, died Friday.  California’s Santa Clara County medical examiner’s office confirmed his death to ABC News. Heard was 71, according to the medical examiner, though other sources give his age as 72. Heard's rep did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment, and the details of his death remain unknown. Born John Matthew Heard in Washington, D.C., Heard’s more than four-decade career included hundreds of film, television and stage appearances…

posted 2017-07-22 11:46:12 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Creators of HBO's "Confederate" respond to backlash

(LOS ANGELES) -- When HBO announced it would be producing a new series, Confederate, involving an alternate timeline in which the south has seceded and slavery still exists, backlash was pretty severe. Supergirl actor David Harewood tweeted, "Good luck finding black actors for this project." And writer Roxane Gay tweeted, "It is exhausting to think of how many people at @HBO said yes to letting two white men envision modern day slavery. And offensive." But the show's creators, Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss -- and their partners in Confederate, the African-American husband and wife writers and producers Nichelle Tramble Spellman and Malcolm Spellman -- are defending the show…

posted 2017-07-21 18:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Insecure" cast says the HBO series hits close to home

(LOS ANGELES) -- With the second season of Insecure set to premiere on Sunday, the cast of the hit HBO series is weighing in on their connection to their characters. In addition to sharing how the show takes a page out of their everyday lives, Issa Rae is also offering her thoughts on how her character Issa Dee will now deal with being single. "We're just going to see her kind of filter it a bit more and realize who she doesn't want to be," Rae tells ABC Radio. "Given her new single status she's feeling kind of vulnerable-- so we'll see how she adjusts…

posted 2017-07-21 18:00:59 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Bubble blows up: Rihanna invades your multiplex today in "Valerian"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Rihanna Navy, get hyped: your girl is landing at your local multiplex this weekend. The singer stars in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a sci-fi epic from director Luc Besson, based on a popular comic book series.  Rihanna plays Bubble, a shape-shifting alien.  She says when Besson described the part to her, she was hooked. "Sci-fi movies are always really fun and this one has such a modern twist," Rihanna says. "There’s a lot of reality in this world that’s not real, and that’s why I think I was [attracted] to it." Rihanna also liked working with…

posted 2017-07-21 14:00:54 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kerry Washington to receive Women Making History award

(LOS ANGELES) -- Kerry Washington is set to be honored for her significant contributions in film and television. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Washington is one of three recipients of the sixth annual Woman Making History awards, an honor given by the National Women's History Museum to women who have made noticeable contributions in their fields. In addition to Washington, Instagram COO Marne Levine, and SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell will be honored for their work and their "philanthropic endeavors that support young women." The three women will be honored on September 16 during a special brunch event at the Beverly Hills Hotel. “We…

posted 2017-07-21 12:00:51 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Disney Channel’s "Descendants 2" promises more action, more music and more villains

(LOS ANGELES) -- Sometimes it’s good to be bad. The Villain Kids -- aka VKs -- are back for more wicked fun in Descendants 2, the sequel to Disney Channel’s popular 2015 film following the sons and daughters of infamous Disney villains. The story centers around Mal, Evie, Carlos and Jay, teens who left their lives on the Isle of the Lost in favor of a better life on the magical land of Auradon. This time around, Mal -- Maleficent's daughter, played by Dove Cameron -- finds herself facing off against her nemesis Uma, the daughter of Ursula. China Anna McClain joins the cast…

posted 2017-07-21 12:00:50 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Girls Trip" Co-Star Kofi Siriboe has "the hugest crush" on co-star Jada Pinkett Smith

(NEW YORK) --  Kofi Siriboe can confidentially say that one of the highlights of his young life is playing Jada Pinkett Smith's love interest in the new romantic movie comedy, Girls Trip. Girls Trip stars Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, Queen Latifah and Tiffany Haddish as four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for an exclusive getaway to reignite their wild sides.  Kofi plays Malik, a twenty-one year college kid who becomes Pinkett Smith's boy toy. He still can't get over the experience of working with his childhood "crush." "It's been such an experience to work with her so intimately... I've watched her since I was…

posted 2017-07-21 10:00:36 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Will Smith geeks out over "Star Wars" at Comic-Con

(SAN DIEGO) -- At Comic-Con, everyone's a fan, even multimillionaire celebrity superstar actors like Will Smith.  Smith was on hand at the annual event in San Diego to promote his new project, Bright -- Netflix's first big foray into splashy action movie territory.  But he couldn't help geeking out about Star Wars like any other Comic-Con attendee. Smith said his world changed when he saw Star Wars when he was about 10, and he'd never seen anything like it. “For this generation, you've already seen magnificent things in movies and the special effects and what people can do, but when Star Wars came out it was impossible,” the star…

posted 2017-07-21 08:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Dunkirk" and "Girls Trip" among this week's new releases

(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening nationwide on Friday: * Dunkirk -- Christopher Nolan's latest thriller tells the true story of Operation Dynamo, which in 1940 evacuated British, Belgian, Canadian and French soldiers from Dunkirk, France, where they were surrounded by the German army. Starring Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and One Direction's Harry Styles in his acting debut. Rated PG-13. * Girls Trip -- Four lifelong friends -- played by Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish -- rediscover their wild side during a trip to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. Rated R. (TRAILER CONTAINS MILD PROFANITY AND SEXUAL CONTENT) * Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets -- This sci-fi adventure, based on the popular comic…

posted 2017-07-21 05:00:29 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


John Boyega laments lack of racial diversity in "Game of Thrones"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Star Wars actor John Boyega is calling out fantasy shows like Game of Thrones for what he describes as their lack of diversity. "There are no black people on Game of Thrones," he said in a new cover story for GQ magazine. To be fair, HBO's hit fantasy drama has featured at least two black actors: Jacob Anderson and Nonso Anozie. The series has also cast other actors of color, including Nathalie Emmanuel and Jessica Henwick. And although Boyega’s hit film fantasy franchise, Star Wars, has featured African-American actors such as Billy Dee Williams and Samuel L. Jackson, he said it's important for such franchises to think about representation on the big and small screens, especially…

posted 2017-07-20 18:00:16 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

O.J. Simpson granted parole

(NEVADA) -- O.J. Simpson, who's been behind bars for the past eight years in Nevada, has been granted parole.  The earliest the former football star could leave prison is October 1. Simpson, 70, was sentenced in 2008 to a minimum of nine years without parole for the botched 2007 robbery of Bruce Fromong, while trying to recover memorabilia Simpson claimed was his. Fromong said before the hearing that he supported Simpson's release. Simpson's record during his incarceration was also reportedly unblemished. The parole hearing was streamed live and carried by multiple networks, and there were well over 150 reporters outside of the prison…

posted 2017-07-20 14:11:02 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Just in time for Comic-Con, a new trailer for "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"

(SAN DIEGO) -- 20th Century Fox has released the second official trailer for the sequel to its massive 2014 sleeper hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. Kingsman: The Golden Circle sees Taron Egerton's newly minted super-spy Eggsy in the States after the destruction of Kingsman HQ. While across the Pond, Eggsy and his former trainer, Mark Strong's Merlin, meet up with a Stetson-wearing Agent Tequila -- Channing Tatum -- and the rest of the Statesmen, the American cousins to Eggsy's U.K. spy organization. For an action comedy, the movie has some serious Oscar cred: Jeff Bridges stars as Agent Champagne, the head of the cowboy-themed group, which boasts another Oscar…

posted 2017-07-20 14:00:11 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio