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2016-12-21

Its Youngest Star Looks Back at "It's A Wonderful Life"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Karolyn Grimes has seen It's a Wonderful Life countless times, but it still makes her emotional. The actress, who played Zuzu in the Christmas classic, told ABC News that even though she attends 20-30 showings each holiday season, the end of the movie still gives her "that tickle in my throat."It's touching, she added, seeing others feel the movie's impact, too."It's an emotional rollercoaster," she noted. "It's quite exciting because I know it affects people. It's wonderful when fans say how this movie has touched their lives. It's a thrill."Seventy years ago, the Frank Capra-directed film hit theaters. The…

posted 2016-12-21 10:00:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Orlando Bloom, Katy Perry Spread Christmas Cheer at Children's Hospital

(LOS ANGELES) -- Orlando Bloom and Katy Perry brought holiday spirit to Children's Hospital Los Angeles recently. According to a Facebook post from CHLA, the couple, dressed as Santa and Mrs. Claus, spent time with children and parents, signed autographs and sang Christmas carols.They also posed for a few photos."Never naughty, always nice," one caption read. "The kids at CHLA received a much-deserved visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus ... who happen to look a lot like Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom!"Earlier this year, Perry, 32, performed at a benefit for the hospital, the Los Angeles Times reported, and while…

posted 2016-12-21 08:00:42 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Who Changed the Game in 2016? Robin Roberts Tells Us Tonight

(NEW YORK) -- Who were the innovators who left marks on 2016?  ABC's Robin Roberts rounds them up in the new special, Game Changers with Robin Roberts, airing Wednesday night on ABC. In the show, Roberts speaks with some the most influential people of the year, including Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps, Grammy nominee Chance the Rapper, plus-size model Ashley Graham and Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the pediatrician who helped blow the whistle on the Flint, Michigan water crisis.  Others include LeBron James and Leonardo DiCaprio. Robin gushes over what Miranda "did for Broadway," and praises him…

posted 2016-12-21 05:00:32 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Paul McCartney and the "Sing" Cast Join Jimmy Fallon and the Roots for "Wonderful Christmas Time"

(NEW YORK) -- On Tuesday's Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon helped viewers get into the holiday spirit with a pre-recorded segment featuring his house band, The Roots, and the cast of the new animated film Sing, performing Paul McCartney's holiday classic, "Wonderful Christmas Time" -- with a surprise appearance by McCartney himself. In addition to Jimmy, McCartney and The Roots, the stars of the movie, including Scarlett Johannson, Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth McFarlane and Tori Kelly, delivered an a capella version of the song, stacked in cubes almost like the cast in the opening of The Brady Bunch. Even some of…

posted 2016-12-21 05:00:31 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Review: “Sing” (PG)

(NEW YORK) -- If there’s ever been an animated film that feels as if it had been blatantly engineered to appeal to children, it’s Sing. It’s cute animals who sing proven hit songs. The pandering is so obvious, quite a few adults will probably find it annoying. Even more annoying is that the entire script is basically exposition, until the final act.  And I’d be OK with that, except for a particular scene in which every major character nearly drowns in one of the more ridiculous plot devices you’ll ever see in a film aimed at kids. Matthew McConaughey is…

posted 2016-12-21 03:00:58 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-12-20

Forest Whitaker Reprising "Rogue One" Role in "Star Wars: Rebels"

(NEW YORK) -- Oscar winner Forest Whitaker made quite the impression as the militant Rebel faction leader Saw Gererra in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story -- so much so that he's reprising his role in the animated series Star Wars: Rebels.  Gerrera will appear in the third season premiere of the Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels: Ghosts of Geonosis, Parts One and Two, which premieres Saturday, January 9 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.  Incidentally, the character, which was created by George Lucas, got his start on another animated small-screen project: the Star Wars: The Clone Wars series. There, Gererra was seen as a young man, trained by…

posted 2016-12-20 18:00:35 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

It's a Bug Hunt: Peeks of "Alien: Covenant" Have "Aliens" Fans Buzzing

(LOS ANGELES) -- Two mysterious photos popped up on the official Twitter feed of the upcoming film Alien: Covenant, and one of them in particular has fans of James Cameron's beloved sequel Aliens all aflutter.  One image appears to show a collection of the interstellar travel sleep pods used by Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley and others both in 1979's Alien and Cameron's 1986 follow-up; the other is of a squad of troopers in profile, guns drawn and trained ahead of them. The image seems like a deliberate throwback to the Colonial Marines who appeared in Aliens, a more militarized vision of the Alien universe.  Alien: Covenant takes place well before the events in that film, but…

posted 2016-12-20 14:00:30 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Viola Davis to Receive 2017's First Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

(LOS ANGELES) -- Viola Davis will be one of the first to make Hollywood history in 2017. Hollywood Walk of Fame producer and VP of Media Relations, Ana Martinez tweeted,"First star of the new year will be for actress Viola Davis who will be honored on January 5." Davis, who is known for her starring role in ABC's How to Get Away With Murder, has a notable list of accolades that include two Tony Awards for her characters in Broadway's Fences and King Hedley II, an Emmy Award for HTGAWM and a collection of other trophies. She is also nominated for multiple awards, including a Golden Globe, for her role in the…

posted 2016-12-20 14:00:30 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Zendaya Talks "Inclusive" Clothing Line, Holiday Fashion Tips, on "GMA"

(NEW YORK) -- The actress and singer Zendaya, who launched her own fashion line, "Daya by Zendaya" last month, appeared on Good Morning America Tuesday to share her style tips for the holidays.   The 20-year-old Spider-Man: Homecoming star's first holiday fashion tip is to wear loose-fitting silhouettes, like the black dress which she showed off GMA.  Why? It helps to hide holiday indulgences. She emphasized being comfortable while still maintaining style. Another holiday style tip: velvet is one of the biggest trends this season and pantsuits are becoming the new little black dress. Zendaya says her clothing line aims to be inclusive of all genders, body types and budgets.…

posted 2016-12-20 12:00:29 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Clooney Preparing to Deploy "The White Helmets"

(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney is in early development on a feature film version of Netflix’s The White Helmets, a documentary about first responders in Syria, according to Deadline.com. Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov are seeking a writer for the proposed film version.   The Syrian Civil Defense, better known as the White Helmets, has been credited with saving more than 60,000 people in war-torn Syria.   Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

posted 2016-12-20 10:00:26 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Disney Nearing Record $7 Billion Box Office for 2016

(NEW YORK) -- Walt Disney Studios is poised to become the first studio in history to reach the $7 billion mark in worldwide box office earnings in a single year. Helped by a $290 million global debut for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Disney’s year-to-date grosses sit at $6,988.3 million from January 1 through December 18, including an industry-record $2,700.4 million domestically and $4,287.9 million internationally, a Disney record. Disney's film outlets include Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Lucasfilm, and the company's bottom line was boosted by the successes of offerings from each of those,…

posted 2016-12-20 08:00:21 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Report: Margot Robbie Marries Director Beau

(SYDNEY) -- Is Margot Robbie a married woman?  It’s sure sounding that way. Sydney’s Daily Telegraph is reporting the 26-year-old Australian-born Suicide Squad star wed her longtime beau, British director Tom Ackerley, in a “secret” ceremony Sunday night in Byron Bay, New South Wales, on the southeastern Australian coast. There are few details and so far, nothing on either Robbie or Ackerley’s social media to confirm the news, but News.com.au has posted what they say are the first photos from the event, showing Robbie in her wedding dress, though there are no pics of the ceremony itself.  Robbie did, however,…

posted 2016-12-20 05:00:14 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio