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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

Two Cosby holdouts prevented guilty verdict, juror says

(NEW YORK) -- In an exclusive interview with ABC News, a juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case said that after dozens of hours of grueling deliberations in a tiny room, 10 of the 12 jurors agreed Cosby was guilty on two counts. On a third count, only one of the jurors believed he was guilty. The final votes on the first of the three counts was 10 to two to find Cosby guilty of digitally penetrating accuser Andrea Constand without her consent, the juror said. On the second count, that she was unconscious or unaware during the incident, the juror said the…

posted 2017-06-22 05:00:48 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to hire surrogate for third child?

(LOS ANGELES) -- The Kardashian-Wests are reportedly not ready to stop with baby number two. A source confirms to People that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have hired a surrogate to carry their third child. The couple, who married in 2014, are already the parents two young children, 4-year-old daughter North and 18-month-old son Saint. Kim, who on her reality show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, repeatedly expressed her desire to have more children, was warned by doctors that having another child could come with major health risks for her. Kardashian suffers from placenta accreta, a condition where the placenta grows into the wall of the womb and prevents it from easily…

posted 2017-06-21 18:01:01 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

David Blaine embarks on his first-ever tour -- and says President Trump helped launch his career

(NEW YORK) -- David Blaine's been doing magic for more than 20 years, but he's only now touring North America. Says Blaine, "It took this long to figure out what would make sense." "This is a combination of magic and endurance and everything that I've worked on my whole life, plus new things, all combined into one evening," Blaine explains.  "So the idea of combining everything back to back, night after night, all in one night, is a real ambitious goal."  If you've only seen Blaine perform on TV, he says this tour is your chance to confirm there's no camera…

posted 2017-06-21 14:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Watch now: Prepare for winter with new "Game of Thrones" Season 7 trailer

(LOS ANGELES) -- HBO has unveiled the second trailer for the hotly anticipated seventh season of Game of Thrones. The two-minute clip touches on all parts of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, from Sansa and Jon Snow in the icy North, to the ruthless Cersei Lannister in the South. There's also Daenerys, who's sailing towards Westeros with her army of Unsullied and Dothraki soldiers -- plus her three fully-grown dragons who look ready to breathe fire on everyone. "The lone wolf dies," Sansa says cryptically at the end of the trailer, "but the pack survives." Game of Thrones season seven premieres July 16 on…

posted 2017-06-21 12:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"America’s Got Talent" Recap: A dance team from the Ukraine advances straight to the live rounds

(LOS ANGELES) -- The America’s Got Talent auditions continued on Tuesday night with more singers, dancers, magicians and acrobats. Tuesday's showcase included a dance troupe from the Ukraine who was sent straight to the live rounds via the Golden Buzzer. Here are some of Tuesday’s highlights: Greater Works choir brought the house down with the gospel classic song “This Little Light of Mine.” Howie Mandel declared they “took this Jew to church,” and Heidi Klum called them the best choir they’ve had during her time on the show. They received four enthusiastic four yeses and advanced to the next round. Ukrainian dance troupe Light Balance performed in the dark…

posted 2017-06-21 10:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" all-star charity single for London fire victims is here

(LONDON) -- To raise funds for the relief effort following the deadly fire last week that destroyed Grenfell Tower in West London, music super-producer Simon Cowell has gathered together more than 50 music artists to record an all-star charity version of Simon and Garfunkel's classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The single, recorded at a studio just half a mile from the building, is out now.  You can buy it at the usual digital outlets, and also donate directly at ArtistsforGrenfell.com.  All donations made at that website will be used by The London Community Foundation to help those in need. Among…

posted 2017-06-21 09:16:01 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Han Solo" film loses directors over "creative differences"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Production on the young Han Solo Star Wars stand-alone film hit bump in the road on Tuesday as Star Wars studio Lucasfilm announced that the movie's co-directors are out. “[Co-directors] Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, announced in a statement posted to Starwars.com. “Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but…

posted 2017-06-21 08:00:48 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis quits acting

(LOS ANGELES) -- Daniel Day-Lewis, the only actor in history to have won the Best Actor Oscar three times, has decided that he's giving up his chosen profession. According to a statement from his rep, Day-Lewis, who scored Academy Awards for the movies My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln,  "will no longer be working as an actor." The statement adds, "He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.” Day-Lewis, who was named World's Greatest Actor by Time magazine…

posted 2017-06-21 05:00:46 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Mahershala Ali talks love and tolerance in "GQ"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Mahershala Ali is using his celebrity influence to spread the message of love and tolerance. In the July issue of GQ, the Oscar winner says his Moonlight shine has changed the way people look at him. “When suddenly you go from being followed in Barneys to being fawned over, it will mess with your head,” he tells GQ. Ali, who says he’s been profiled by Berkeley, CA cops and placed on the terrorist watch list for having a Muslim name, says it makes African-Americans' relationship with their home country difficult. “I think African-Americans have a very convoluted…

posted 2017-06-20 18:00:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio