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2017-02-26

Stars react to Bill Paxton's death

(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Bill Paxton died unexpectedly Sunday following surgery. Paxton, the star of such films as Weird Science, Aliens, Apollo 13, Titanic, Twister, and True Lies, was 61. His famous friends and co-stars took to Twitter to pay tribute to him. Here's a roundup of their comments: Helen Hunt (Paxton's co-star in Twister) He made [Twister] great--he acted his heart out. What a talented man. My thoughts are with his family. Lou Diamond Phillips  I am stunned & saddened at the passing of Bill Paxton. I just worked with him recently. A warm and beautiful soul and a…

posted 2017-02-26 16:53:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

People's Court Judge Joseph Wapner Dead at 97

(NEW YORK) -- Joseph Wapner, the judge who rose to fame on TV's The People's Court, has died, according to the Washington Post.  He was 97.The People's Court,debuting in 1981, was TV's first reality courtroom series.  Wapner presided over the courtroom for 12 seasons during the show's first run in syndication, which ended in 1993. It inspired many other shows, such as Judge Judy and Hot Bench.  He later appeared on Judge Wapner's Animal Court, which ran for two seasons.Wapner served as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge for 18 years before retiring in 1979.Wapner became a pop culture…

posted 2017-02-26 13:46:43 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Actor Bill Paxton dead at age 61

(NEW YORK) -- Bill Paxton, an actor who developed a following for his roles in films that achieved both mainstream and cult success starting in the 1980s, died Sunday at age 61. A representative of his family confirmed the death to ABC News. "It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the statement said. "A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as a beloved and prolific…

posted 2017-02-26 10:53:50 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-02-24

Tracy Morgan bringing new stand-up comedy to Netflix

(NEW YORK) -- Netflix has added comedian-actor Tracy Morgan to its growing roster of comedians with stand-up specials. The streaming service announced Friday that Morgan has signed on for a new stand-up special, entitled Staying Alive. The special, which was shot at New Jersey's Count Basie Theatre, will debut globally on Tuesday, May 16. According to Netflix, the show will find the comedian "exploring his fresh take on life, career and mortality" after his near-fatal traffic accident in 2014. This includes Morgan's recovery from a traumatic brain injury, learning how to walk again and tackling new challenges in life. Morgan has made a strong…

posted 2017-02-24 18:00:08 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Mahershala Ali welcomes baby daughter ahead of Oscar ceremony

(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Mahershala Ali and wife Amatus Sami-Karim became the proud parents of their first child, daughter Bari (pronounced Bar-ee) Najma Ali on Friday.  Mahershala first shared the news about the couple's new bundle of joy on Instagram, showing a picture of Amatus holding Bari in her arms.   The 43-year-old star is nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his critically acclaimed role in the coming-of-age drama, Moonlight. He has already won a slew of trophies for his role in the film, including a Screen Actors Guild Award, an African-American Film Critics Association Award and a Critics'…

posted 2017-02-24 17:23:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jordan Peele thought his directorial debut "Get Out" would "never get made"

(NEW YORK) -- Jordan Peele has taken a step behind the camera in his directorial debut, Get Out. But sketch-comic-turned-director says he wasn't sure that the racial horror movie, which has been years in the making, would see the light of day. "This is a movie I thought would never get made," Peele tells ABC Radio. "There's a reason we haven't seen a horror movie that tackles the real-life horror of race in a long time, since The-Night-of-the-Living-Dead long. Fifty years ago long," he added, referring to the 1968 cult zombie classic. "That's one of the reasons why I thought no one would ever…

posted 2017-02-24 14:00:04 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Logan" star Hugh Jackman says he hopes Wolverine "will never leave me"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Hugh Jackman rose to stardom playing the iconic Logan/Wolverine character in 2000's X-Men. At the time, Jackman was a substitute for actor Dougray Scott, who had been cast but then dropped out.  Seventeen years later, Jackman is now virtually synonymous with Wolverine, though he says his new movie, simply called Logan, will mark his last appearance as the razor-clawed mutant. Still, he says he'll miss the comic book hero he's played in nine movies. "It's kind of like leaving the best part of your life," Jackman told Michael Strahan. "There's a point where you should go, and this is just that time and I…

posted 2017-02-24 12:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Oprah Winfrey explains why she didn't want kids: "I am a mother to the world's children"

(LONDON) -- Media mogul Oprah Winfrey has been very open in the past on why she didn't have any children, and in a new interview with Good Housekeeping UK, she explains that the young women she mentors are like her kids. Oprah currently mentors 172 girls at the school she supports.  She says they use "my home as their home base" and that, she says, is more than enough for the icon. "It is more rewarding than I would ever have imagined. I was doing this to help them, but it has brought a light to my life that I can’t explain," she said…

posted 2017-02-24 12:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Emma Watson the "Belle" of the ball at UK "Beauty and the Beast" premiere

(LONDON) -- Last night, Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, and their co-stars in the live-action retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast attended the movie's world premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in London, following a reception at the historic Spencer House.  A short sneak peek of the film that premiered online late last year broke viewership records, and the full trailer also went immediately viral.  On Watson's new Instagram account dedicated to the sustainable fashions she's wearing during the Beauty press tour, she noted she wore a "bespoke" creation from designer Emilia Wickstead. It was a, "structural, off-the-shoulder gown with inverted pleat train...made from…

posted 2017-02-24 10:00:43 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

'And the winner is...!' The Oscars air on ABC Sunday night

(LOS ANGELES) -- The 89th Academy Awards, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday night, beginning 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. The network's red carpet coverage gets under way at 7 p.m. ET. If last month's Golden Globe Awards are any indication, politics will take center stage at Sunday's Oscars show, and for his part Kimmel tells ABC News you can can expect to hear President Donald Trump's name several times. "I'm sure it will come up repeatedly throughout the show, and I'm guessing that the President won't be the most popular guy," he…

posted 2017-02-24 08:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

'Shark Tank' to cross $100-million milestone tonight

(NEW YORK) -- On Friday's episode of ABC's Shark Tank, the hit show's investors -- Mark Cuban, Daymon John, Kevin "Mr. Wonderful" O'Leary, Barbara Corcoran, and Robert Herjavek -- cross a major milestone: the 100 millionth dollar invested in entrepreneurs' ideas since the show began. Following the episode, a special installment of 20/20 will highlight the show's success, and also feature exclusive interviews with the sharks, and follow-ups about the reality show's biggest deals. Daymon John, who fronts the multi-million dollar lifestyle brand FUBU, explained to ABC Radio that the $100 million mark is a "landmark," adding that Shark Tank has…

posted 2017-02-24 05:00:32 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

'Get Out,' 'Collide' and 'Rock Dog' among this week's new movie releases

(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide today: * Get Out -- British actor Daniel Kaluuya and Girls star Allison Williams play an interracial couple who visit her mysterious family estate in this horror film written and directed by Key & Peele's Jordan Peele. Also starring Bad Grandpa's Catherine Keener and The West Wing's Bradley Whitford. Rated R. * Collide -- X-Men's Nicholas Hoult attempts to pull off a drug heist for an eccentric gangster -- played by Anthony Hopkins -- in an attempt to help his girlfriend, played by Rogue One: A Star Wars…

posted 2017-02-24 05:00:31 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio