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Original "Roots" Star Leslie Uggams Has Mixed Emotions About Reboot

(NEW YORK) -- Leslie Uggams became a household named when she starred as Kizzy Kinte Reynolds in the landmark ABC miniseries Roots in 1977. With the new version of Alex Haley’s novelized story of a family’s journey from Africa to American slavery set to premiere tonight, the showbiz legend weighed in on the reboot. “I have mixed emotions because Kizzy is such a part of me. So you're very protective and that doesn't mean that it can’t be done again,” Uggams tells ABC Radio. In the new series, Tony Award-winner Anika Noni Rose, whom Uggams calls “a fabulous actress,” takes…

posted 2016-05-30 05:00:58 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Original "Roots" Star LeVar Burton Says Miniseries Needed to Be Updated

(NEW YORK) -- The new version of  Roots is set to premiere tonight at 9:00 and will air over four consecutive nights on History Channel, A & E and Lifetime.  LeVar Burton -- who starred in the 1977 landmark ABC miniseries -- is an executive producer on the new series -- even though he confesses he was skeptical about the remake at first. “I did not know that we needed," he tells ABC Radio, until Mark Wolper, the new series' producer and son of the man who produced the original, tried to show the old series to his children. "They…

posted 2016-05-30 05:00:58 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Jennifer Lopez Says She Helped “Break the Mold” for Curvy Women in Film

(NEW YORK) -- Earlier this week, Jennifer Lopez released a limited edition T-shirt emblazoned with the words, “Lucky to have these curves.” And indeed she knows how lucky she is. In The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, J. Lo discusses her famous figure and how it wasn’t always so famous. "In traditional movies, that wasn't the figure unless you were playing, like, the femme fatale or the bombshell or something like that,” she says. “You couldn't be the serious lead. We kind of broke that mold." Still, there were times when being the lead role in a movie didn’t exactly…

posted 2016-05-29 05:00:43 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Bill Cosby: What's Next for His Sexual Assault Trial

Earlier this week, Bill Cosby was ordered to stand trial in a sexual assault case brought against him last December.  Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee, has accused the comedian of drugging and assaulting her at his home in 2004. Cosby, 78, who’s had similar claims made against him by some 50 other women, for which his legal team has issued a number of denials, insists he and Constand had consensual sexual relations and that the only drug he gave her was Benadryl. His legal team say that he will be vindicated. In time, a jury will hear evidence…

posted 2016-05-28 05:00:51 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin Reach Divorce Settlement

(NEW YORK) -- Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay singer Chris Martin have moved one step closer to finalizing their divorce. The two stars have reached a settlement in their divorce proceedings, under which they've agreed to terms for child support and the distribution of property, People magazine reports. Both agreed not to ask for spousal support. Paltrow and Martin married in 2003. They famously announced their "conscious uncoupling" in March of 2014, filing for divorce a year later. They have two kids: Apple, 11, and Moses, 9. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016-05-27 18:00:53 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Former "Glee" Star Mark Salling Indicted on Federal Child Pornography Charges

(NEW YORK) -- Former Glee star Mark Salling has been indicted on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography. According to the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, Salling was named in a two-count indictment returned Friday by a federal grand jury.  He was accused of possessing video and images of child pornography and using the internet to receive them. If found guilty, Salling faces up to 20 years in jail on each count. Salling, who played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman on Glee for its six-year run on Fox, initially was arrested in December by…

posted 2016-05-27 15:50:43 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Amber Heard Granted Restraining Order Against Johnny Depp

(NEW YORK) -- A judge in Los Angeles has granted Amber Heard a restraining order against her estranged husband, Johnny Depp. Heard requested the restraining order in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday saying in a sworn statement that Depp threw a cellphone at her on Saturday night hitting her in the face.  She also submitted a picture of herself showing bruises around her right eye.  She also alleged that Depp  pulled her hair and hit her repeatedly. Under the order Depp must stay 100 yards from Heard and can't try to contact her before a hearing on June 17.…

posted 2016-05-27 15:44:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"X-Men: Apocalypse" Actress Alexandra Shipp Admits to Liking Female Adoration

(NEW YORK) -- It’s not easy stepping into Halle Berry’s shoes, but X-Men: Apocalypse actress Alexandra Shipp is enjoying everything that comes with the territory of portraying a new version of the supernatural mutant Storm. Everything -- including advances from female admirers. On Thursday’s episode of The Wendy Williams Show, the Phoenix native revealed that when she shaved her head for the Mohawk her character sports, she got more attention from female fans -- and liked it. “I’ve been getting hit on by the ladies a little more lately,” she confessed. “I like it.” The Emmy Award-nominated hostess probed further…

posted 2016-05-27 14:00:51 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Johnny Depp on Breakup: Hopefully the Divorce "Will Be Resolved Quickly"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Johnny Depp is addressing his split from his wife Amber Heard. In a statement obtained by People magazine, a rep for the Alice Through the Looking Glass star said, "Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life. Hopefully the dissolution of this short marriage will be resolved quickly." Heard, 30, reportedly filed for divorce on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences. Depp reportedly has requested the court reject her claim for spousal…

posted 2016-05-27 14:00:51 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Reigning “Jeopardy!” Champ Buzzy Cohen – Love Him or Not?

(NEW YORK) -- Jeopardy!'s current champion is causing quite the divide on the Internet with his quirky attitude, witty repartee and sharp outfits. Buzzy Cohen, the nine-day reigning champ, has already earned $164,000 and is showing it off in a way never seen before on the show. He felt comfortable enough at one point to pass up prize money in “Final Jeopardy,” wagering $0 just to make a joke. Cohen, tapping into his inner Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery on the Saturday Night Live Jeopardy! riff, used answers like "What is ‘See You Tomorrow, Trebek?’" Alex Trebek, of course, is…

posted 2016-05-27 10:00:44 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

New Mom Anne Hathaway Talks “Alice Through the Looking Glass” & More

(NEW YORK) -- Anne Hathaway gave birth to her first child, a boy, just two months ago but has already quickly learned what an adventure being a parent can be. Hathaway revealed in an interview that aired today on Good Morning America that she hasn’t seen the first 20 minutes of her new adventure fantasy movie, Alice Through the Looking Glass, because of her son, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman. “I'm sorry. I am a new mother and I didn't time the feeding schedule -- well, like I have any control over it,” Hathaway, 33, told ABC News’ Chris Connelly with a…

posted 2016-05-27 10:00:44 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

“Game of Thrones” Actor Pays Tribute to Beloved Pal Hodor

(NEW YORK) -- It's been five days of mourning since we bid farewell to Hodor -- the loyal servant of Winterfell and Brandon Stark's right-hand man on Game of Thrones. Now Bran himself, actor Isaac H. Wright, paid sweet homage to the late character with a tribute on his Twitter page. "Even though Hodor may be gone, @KristianNairn isn't getting away from me that easy...#HoldTheDoor #GameofThrones," Wright tweeted Wednesday. Even though Hodor may be gone, @KristianNairn isn't getting away from me that easy... #HoldTheDoor #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/9YSLN7z6KN— Isaac.H.Wright (@Isaac_H_Wright) May 25, 2016 Fans watched helplessly Sunday night as the simple-minded Hodor…

posted 2016-05-27 08:00:38 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio