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Samuel L. Jackson Says Daughter, Wife, Led Him to "Save Himself" in Rehab

(LOS ANGELES) -- Samuel L. Jackson, Oscar nominated actor and for years the Guinness World Record holder for the highest-grossing star in Hollywood, was once a struggling actor addicted to booze and drugs -- and he credits his loved ones with turning his life around. At Sunday's BET Awards, the Star Wars prequel and Marvel movie series star credited wife LaTanya and daughter Zoe with helping him get the help -- and more importantly the love -- he needed to save himself. "They found me passed out on the floor after I left somebody's bachelor party and put my a** in…

posted 2016-06-29 14:00:39 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Watch Colin Firth & Patrick Dempsey Compete to Be a Baby-Daddy in New "Bridget Jones" Trailer

(NEW YORK) -- The third installment of the Bridget Jones's Diary film series arrives in September and the movie's second trailer, released Tuesday, gives us a glimpse at the paternity battle brewing in the film. Bridget Jones's Baby finds Renee Zellweger's Bridget pregnant but unsure of the identity of the baby's father -- ex-husband Mark Darcy, played by Colin Firth, or new character Jack Qwant, played by former Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey. The hijinks-filled trailer features plenty of Firth and Dempsey competing to be the baby's father, with a glimpse of two-time Academy Award winner Emma Thompson cracking wise…

posted 2016-06-29 12:00:38 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

What's the Number-One Most Popular Song Played at Weddings?

(NEW YORK) -- No wedding reception is complete without a spin of Kool & the Gang's classic "Celebration," right? Not according to a new survey of wedding DJs conducted by Billboard magazine, which puts that song right at the bottom of the most popular tunes played at weddings across the country. Billboard asked wedding DJs in 13 different cities, including Las Vegas, New York, L.A. and Washington, D.C., for their lists of their most frequently played songs.  The publication then compiled a list of the 100 most popular tunes.  Surprisingly, "Celebration" is #100.  What's #1?  "Uptown Funk," by Mark Ronson…

posted 2016-06-29 10:00:33 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Game of Thrones" Showrunners Reveal There Will Be Two More Seasons

(LOS ANGELES) -- Game of Thrones showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff tell Deadline they have a series ending planned. "We’ve been talking about the ending, from the beginning,” Benioff says. “It’s a strange phenomenon, we’re in this territory where you are walking on your own and can’t rely on the written material anymore," because the show has now surpassed the books in content. Thrones creator George R. R. Martin is still working on the next book. Weiss said the goal is to have fans "leave while all the people watching this show are really into it. Get out at…

posted 2016-06-29 08:00:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"America’s Got Talent" Recap: A Teen Contortionist Steals the Show

(LOS ANGELES) -- America’s Got Talent continued on Tuesday night with more singers, comedians and magicians. Tuesday's showcase included a teen contortionist who ate an apple and shot a bow and arrow with her feet over her head. Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B were back behind the judges’ table to offer their opinions and decide which acts would advance. Also back this season is “The Golden Buzzer,” which gives each judge one opportunity to send an act straight to the live shows. Here’s a rundown of some of Tuesday’s highlights: Ryan Beard is a home-schooled 18-year-old…

posted 2016-06-29 05:00:16 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Elvis Presley Guitarist Scotty Moore Dies at 84

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Guitar legend Scotty Moore, who accompanied Elvis Presley on his original Sun and early RCA recordings, helping to lay the foundation for rock guitar, died Tuesday at 84, reports Memphis' Commercial Appeal. Moore, who combined jazz and country influences into his distinctive style, played guitar on many of Elvis' early hits, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Blue Suede Shoes" and "Jailhouse Rock."  He reunited with Presley in 1968 for the TV special Elvis, which launched the King's late-career comeback.  Moore was named to Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in…

posted 2016-06-29 05:00:16 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Hollywood Casting News

(LOS ANGELES) -- Owen Wilson is in negotiations to join Julia Roberts in Wonder, an adaptation of the R.J. Palacio YA novel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Child actor Jacob Tremblay, who had a breakout performance in Room opposite Brie Larson, will star in the film as Auggie Pullman, a young boy who was born with a facial deformity. Wilson would play the boy’s father and Roberts will play his mother. Fault in Our Stars and Divergent series actor Ansel Elgort is in early talks to star in Dungeons & Dragons, also according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is based…

posted 2016-06-28 18:00:30 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

House-Hunting? "The Amityville Horror" House Can Be Yours

(NEW YORK) -- Want to buy a house that's either guarateed to attract trick-or-treaters -- or maybe, frighten them away? The infamous house that inspired the 1979 film The Amityville Horror is on the market for $850,000.   According to a real estate listing, the home is a "stately center-hall Colonial on Amityville River with large boat house and slip. Two-car garage. Living room with fireplace. Formal dining room, heated sun room. Master bedroom w/bath." However, the listing neglects to mention that on Nov. 14, 1974, Ronald "Butch" DeFeo Jr. shot to death his mother, father and four siblings in that house. At…

posted 2016-06-28 14:00:28 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Lena Dunham Rips Kanye West's "Famous" Video

(NEW YORK) -- Looks like Lena Dunham took Kanye West's bait.  No, the Girls creator wasn't depicted nude in West's "Famous" video and hasn't sued the rapper, but she did take to Facebook to excoriate West for what she called "one of the more disturbing 'artistic' efforts in recent memory." Dunham compared the video's image of inert wax figures of famous people naked in bed to the recent spate of very public controversies over sexual crimes and allegations.  As convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner "is getting off with a light tap for raping an unconscious woman and photographing her breasts…

posted 2016-06-28 12:00:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Game of Thrones" Season Finale Scores Record Audience

(NEW YORK) -- Game of Thrones aired its sixth-season finale Sunday night to a record show audience. Some 8.9 million people watched the episode, which featured some of the most ruthless ever dispatching of characters both liked and hated, in a show known for its unsentimental killing off of fan favorites. That number is the show’s biggest audience ever, according to Variety, which notes last season’s final episode drew 8.1 million viewers, which was then also a record audience. Indeed, the audience for Game of Thrones has grown steadily in the six years it’s been on the air, beginning with…

posted 2016-06-28 10:03:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Winona Ryder Calls Johnny Depp Abuse Allegations "Hard to Picture"

(NEW YORK) -- Winona Ryder, who was engaged to Johnny Depp in the early 1990s, says she finds it hard to imagine the actor as violent and abusive.  In divorce proceedings the actor has been accused of domestic violence by his estranged wife, Amber Heard. "It’s just hard to picture. The only word I can come up with is unimaginable," Ryder tells TIME. "You know with certain people you hear something and go, 'I can see that.' But this isn’t that." Ryder is quick to add that she's not necessarily doubting Heard's claims. "It’s like anybody who says anything about it…

posted 2016-06-28 10:00:19 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Chelsea Handler Opens Up About Abortions at Age 16

(NEW YORK) -- In the brutally honest way fans have come to expect and admire, Chelsea Handler admitted in an essay for Playboy's "Freedom Issue" that she had two abortions at the age of 16. The comedian, now 41, used her own “irresponsible” actions, and the opportunity she had to safely correct them, as the launching point for a fierce defense of a woman’s right to choose. Handler wrote that as an angsty teen she “wasn’t really playing with a full deck of cards.” With little parental guidance and a boyfriend she admits she probably shouldn’t have been having sex…

posted 2016-06-28 08:00:12 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio