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Longtime "Sesame Street" Regular Leaving the Show

One of Sesame Street's most beloved cast members is leaving the show. During the American Library Association Annual Conference Monday, Sonia Manzano -- best known as "Maria" on Sesame Street -- announced she's stepping down. "After 45 years on Sesame Street, @SoniaMManzano will no longer appear on the next season," the Library tweeted Monday. Manzano, 65, has won 15 writing Emmys during her long tenure on Sesame Street, and was nominated twice as a performer. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2015-07-02 14:00:48 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Actress America Ferrera Thanks Donald Trump for Galvanizing Latino Vote; Trump's Miss USA Pageant Finds New TV Home

Actress America Ferrera, best known for her starring role in the ABC series Ugly Betty, took aim at Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump and his recent comments about Mexican immigrants in an open letter posted to the Huffington Post Thursday, thanking Trump for galvanizing Latino voters. "What you did with you straight talk was send more Latino voters to the polls than several registration rallies combined!" she wrote. Noting that Latinos are youngest and fastest-growing constituency in the U.S., Ferrera wrote, "Thank you for reminding us that there remains an antiquated and endangered species of bigots in this country that…

posted 2015-07-02 11:48:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Donald Trump's Miss USA Pageant Finds New TV Home

After being dropped by NBC and Univision, Donald Trump's Miss USA Pageant has found a home on the Reelz cable network. “The decision on the part of REELZ to acquire the rights to the Miss USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition,” said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of Reelz, in a statement on Thursday. "“As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere." The pageant,…

posted 2015-07-02 11:48:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Laurence Fishburne to Star in "Roots" Remake

Black-ish star Laurence Fishburne will play Alex Haley, author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family, in a remake of the 1977 ABC miniseries being simulcast on History, A&E and Lifetime, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The story, chronicling the life of Kunta Kinte, will be an original, contemporary production, combining material from Haley's novel with new information about the time period over which it spans. The role was portrayed by James Earl Jones in the original miniseries. Original Roots star LeVar Burton, who played Kunta Kinte, will co-executive produce the remake. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights…

posted 2015-07-02 10:00:43 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Sandra Bullock Scared by Media's "Open Hunting Season" on Women

Months after being named People magazine's Most Beautiful Woman, Sandra Bullock is speaking out against what she calls the media's shaming attacks on women's looks and age. "I feel like it's become open hunting season in how women are attacked and it's not because of who we are as people, it's because of how we look or our age," she tells E! News. "I'm shocked -- and maybe I was just naïve, but I'm embarrassed by it. My son is getting ready to grow up in this world and I'm trying to raise a good man who values and appreciates…

posted 2015-07-02 10:00:42 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Paul Rudd Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Ant-Man star Paul Rudd got a huge honor Wednesday: the 2,554th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rudd seemed truly overwhelmed to get a star, saying, "This is incredible." He was impressed that his Ant-Man co-star Michael Douglas showed up to say a few words. Douglas talked about not being impressed the first time he met Rudd at a cafe in New York: "He looked like a homeless guy." But Rudd won him over on the Ant-Man set. Douglas said, "I've never seen anybody have so much fun in my life." And Rudd, known for being a funny guy,…

posted 2015-07-02 06:42:58 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Billy Joel Sets MSG Performance Record with Help from Kevin James

Billy Joel made history with his latest show in his Madison Square Garden residency Wednesday night. He performed his record 65th show at the famous New York City venue, surpassing Elton John for the most performances there by an artist.  Actor and fellow Long Island native Kevin James was there to raise a banner commemorating the achievement. "We love you Billy," the Pixels star said. "Let's have another 65!" Billy's set list included covers of Elton's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends."  Here's the set list: "Big Shot""Anthony's Song"Kevin James appearance, banner…

posted 2015-07-02 05:10:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Stephen Colbert Hosts Michigan Cable Access Show, Interviews Eminem

While the set for his new CBS late-night program is being built, Stephen Colbert is apparently itching to get behind a chat show desk -- which, he explained, was why he recently hosted a Michigan public access show called Only in Monroe. The footage was posted on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert YouTube channel Wednesday night. While not in his Colbert Report persona, Colbert was certainly in character, deadpanning through the 41-plus minute program as any local host would, on location in the local access channel's studio, which Colbert said was the perfect channel "to binge watch 2014 city…

posted 2015-07-02 05:07:45 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Iggy Azalea "Saddened" Media Is "Trying to Create a 'Beef'" Between Her and Britney Spears

Rapper Iggy Azalea insists that her supposed feud with pop singer Britney Spears is nothing more than a media creation. Much has been made of Iggy's online comment regarding their duet "Pretty Girls," and how the two  artists allegedly threw shade at one another. But on Tuesday Iggy said she is "really saddened" that the media is "trying to create a 'beef'" between her and Britney. She tweeted, "We remain friends and i haven't said anything negative at all about her. Does wishing we had promoted a single more make me the bad guy?" "i feel like the media wants…

posted 2015-07-01 18:00:02 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Tim McGraw Honors Veterans with Mortgage-Free Homes

As America prepares to celebrate its independence July 4, country music superstar Tim McGraw continues to celebrate the veterans who've helped fight for the country. So far, on the Shotgun Rider 2015 Tour he’s given away six mortgage-free homes to deserving soldiers, with 30 more members of the armed forces set to get new houses by the tour’s end through his partnership with Chase and Operation Homefront. “[These are] people who have given us security for a lot of years,” Tim reflects, “and we’re able to do that back for them in a small way.” In the three years he's…

posted 2015-07-01 18:00:01 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Trailer Debuts for "Creed," New "Rocky" Movie

A trailer for the latest film in the Rocky series, Creed, had debuted. The movie stars Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed, Rocky Balboa's rival/pal played by Carl Weathers in previous Rocky films. The trailer features the return of Sylvester Stallone as the Italian Stallion himself, Rocky Balboa. Creed, helmed by Jordan's Fruitvale Station director, Ryan Coogler, opens November 25. Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2015-07-01 14:00:57 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ben & Jen Reportedly in Therapy "For Years"; Will Continue to Live on Same Property Despite Split

When Ben Affleck thanked his now-estranged wife Jennifer Garner at the 2013 Oscars for working on their marriage for "10 Christmases," he apparently wasn't kidding.  A source tells US Weekly magazine the couple nearly divorced three years ago, and was participating in regular couples therapy to try to salvage their marriage. According to the source, the two were going to split three years ago when their youngest child, Samuel, was born, but "you know how it is -- baby comes and solves the issues for a bit but it's just a Band-Aid.  It hasn't been working for ages." The couple reportedly…

posted 2015-07-01 11:05:26 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio