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2014-07-02

Bobbi Kristina Lashes Out at Angela Bassett over Whitney Houston Biopic

(NEW YORK) -- Bobbi Kristina Brown recently vented her frustration at not being selected for a lead role in her late mother's upcoming Lifetime biopic.Angela Bassett, the film’s director, recently explained why Bobbi was never considered to play Houston, a role that was ultimately given to Yaya DaCosta of The Butler and TRON: Legacy."I know she’s acted here and there. I know she’s been on her family’s reality show, but she’s not an actress and acting is a craft," Bassett told Entertainment Weekly. "This is a very fast-paced schedule; we have just 21 days to tell this story. It’s more…

posted 2014-07-02 06:17:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Barbara Walters Breaks Her Silence on "The View" Shakeup

(NEW YORK) -- Barbara Walters has publicly spoken for the first time about the future of The View following the departures of co-hosts Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd last week.At a New York film premiere, Walters told Extra's AJ Calloway her thoughts about the show's future: "I don't know...I’m not sure. I know The View will continue."Walters also admitted, "I don’t think we have a new direction, yet. I think we have time."Walters stepped down as co-host of The View in May. She remains an executive producer of the daytime chatfest, which currently has only one co-host in place for…

posted 2014-07-02 06:12:50 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Shia LaBeouf Receiving Treatment for Alcohol Addiction

(NEW YORK) -- Following his arrest last week for allegedly disrupting a Broadway play, Shia LaBeouf has revealed he is receiving treatment for an alcohol addiction.LaBeouf's rep said in a statement Tuesday that the actor understands his recent actions "are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery."The rep also denied reports that the 28-year-old LaBeouf has checked into rehab.LaBeouf was arrested last Thursday night, accused of causing a disturbance during a performance of the Broadway show Cabaret. Among other things, he allegedly yelled at the actors on stage…

posted 2014-07-02 06:08:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Tammy" Among Films Opening Nationwide on Wednesday

(NEW YORK) -- Before you celebrate the Fourth of July with barbecues and fireworks, you can check out one of the new films arriving to a theater near you on Wednesday. Here's a closer look:Tammy -- Melissa McCarthy is the titular character, a struggling ex-fast food employee who goes on a road trip with her grandmother -- played by Susan Sarandon -- to Niagara Falls. Allison Janney, Gary Cole, Mark Duplass, Dan Aykroyd, Kathy Bates, Sandra Oh, Toni Collette and Nat Faxon also star in the comedy. McCarthy co-wrote the screenplay with her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directed the…

posted 2014-07-02 06:06:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Movie Review: “Tammy” (Rated R)

(NEW YORK) -- Tammy’s a Midwest girl with lots of shortcomings, and she’s not having a good day.  She accidentally hits a deer with her car, gets fired from her job at Topper Jacks, a fast food restaurant, then catches her husband (Nat Faxon) cheating on her with their neighbor (Toni Collette).  How does she deal?  A road trip with her boy-crazy, alcoholic grandmother, Pearl, played by Susan Sarandon, who has her own set of issues.  While Tammy can’t seem to do anything right, the situation goes from bad to worse when Pearl winds up in jail.  Tammy believes the…

posted 2014-07-02 05:36:53 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

R&B Singer Olivia Opens Up About Past with Shaggy, 50 Cent in "Release Me: My Life, My Words"

(NEW YORK) -- Most people had no idea that R&B singer Olivia and reggae singer Shaggy dated on and off for years. The R&B singer and reality star opens up about their tumultuous relationship in her new book, Release Me: My Life, My Words. Olivia tells ABC News Radio that after being criticized for being so closed to fans about her private life, she was finally ready to shed light on her romances. "It was the one industry relationship I had and it was like a long one for me," she adds. "The Jamaican community knew, obviously, but I never…

posted 2014-07-02 04:21:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2014-07-01

Director, Actor & Screenwriter Paul Mazursky Dead at 84

(NEW YORK) -- Paul Mazursky, who directed movies like An Unmarried Woman and Moscow on the Hudson, has died. He was 84 years old.Mazursky was best known for the movies he made in the '60s and '70s about relationships, including An Unmarried Woman, starring Jill Clayburgh; the ensemble film Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice; Blume in Love, starring George Segal; and Harry and Tonto, starring Art Carney. Mazursky's '80s films included the Robin Williams comedy Moscow on the Hudson and Down and Out in Beverly Hills, starring Nick Nolte. While never nominated for an Oscar as Best Director,…

posted 2014-07-01 21:30:17 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kate Middleton Spends Time with Children of Addicted Parents

(LONDON) -- Kate Middleton visited Blessed Sacrament School in Islington North London Tuesday to see how a program she supports to help children dealing with parents addiction was progressing.The Duchess of Cambridge, 32, arrived to scores of children waving English flags and overwhelmed with excitement about her visit. She wore a stunning coral Goat sheath dress with her hair swept back in loose waves.She quickly went to greet the cheering students accepting flowers and asking the children what liked best about their school. One little boy named Ezekiel didn't miss a beat remarking, "lunchtime!" eliciting a big smile from The…

posted 2014-07-01 18:22:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Robin Williams Checks into Rehab

(NEW YORK) -- Robin Williams has checked into a treatment facility.However, the actor, who has been sober for some time, has not relapsed, a source told ABC News."After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud," a rep for the actor told ABC News.Williams, 62, once told ABC's Good Morning America that he struggled with alcoholism and cocaine abuse in the early '80s, but quit after his friend John Belushi overdosed in 1982. Then, after beginning to drink again in 2006, he sought professional help."It's…

posted 2014-07-01 14:44:06 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Adam Richman Apologizes for 'Inexcusable Remarks'

(NEW YORK) -- After a Twitter and Instagram exchange that resulted in his latest show Man Finds Food being put on hold, Adam Richman has apologized for saying some unsavory things to his critics on social media.In a statement to ABC News, Richman said he is sorry for his "inexcusable remarks.""I've long struggled with my body image and have worked very hard to achieve a healthy weight," he said.Richman's rough comments started after he put his 70-pound weight loss on display for the latest issue of Cosmopolitan UK, then Instagrammed a picture of his new body with the hashtag "thinspiration."This…

posted 2014-07-01 13:53:34 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

New Season of "Community" Coming to Yahoo

(NEW YORK) -- The cult comedy Community will return for another season, after all -- though you'll need access to the Internet to watch the new episodes.Yahoo announced Monday it will revive the former NBC comedy for a sixth season that will premiere sometime this fall. Thirteen episodes will be made available on its Yahoo Screen video website.The cast, which includes Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Ken Jeong, will remain intact. Creator and executive producer Dan Harmon will return as well.Harmon says in a statement, "I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience…

posted 2014-07-01 13:10:59 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Movie Review: “Earth to Echo” (Rated PG)

(NEW YORK) -- Earth to Echo is an ambitious, low-budget sci-fi film that tries, very hard, to be the new millennium’s version of ET.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite try hard enough. Using the good ol’ found footage technique, Earth to Echo centers on a group of tween boys in a small town in Nevada, which is scheduled to be demolished to make way for a highway.  However, something strange is happening to the boys’ mobile phones. They stop working, in the conventional sense, and their home screens have been replaced by maps. The boys decide to spend their final night together, before…

posted 2014-07-01 06:22:39 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio