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"American Idol" Judges & Ryan Seacrest Hedge Their Bets on Question of Show Ending for Good

(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Before you get all misty-eyed over the fact that you're watching the "Farewell Season" of American Idol, you should know that all the people involved in the show don't necessarily believe that the 15th season of the Fox reality show is the last one. At the Television Critics' Association Winter Press Tour event on Friday, the judges and host Ryan Seacrest didn't seem quite ready to say goodbye to Idol.  Asked if the show might be rebooted in the future, Jennifer Lopez told reporters, "You never know with a format like this that can work at any…

posted 2016-01-18 18:00:53 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

The Eagles' Glenn Frey Dead at Age 67

(NEW YORK) -- Founding Eagles singer/guitarist Glenn Frey died Monday at the age of 67 in New York City.  A statement posted on the band's official website reports that "Glenn fought a courageous battle for the past several weeks but, sadly, succumbed to complications from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Acute Ulcerative Colitis and Pneumonia." The message continues, "The Frey family would like to thank everyone who joined Glenn to fight this fight and hoped and prayed for his recovery…Words can neither describe our sorrow, nor our love and respect for all that he has given to us, his family, the music community…

posted 2016-01-18 17:54:58 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"High School Musical Cast" Marks 10th Anniversary with Reunion Special Airing Wednesday

The cast of High School Musical is still "all in this together," as several of the film's stars reunited over the weekend to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the breakout Disney movie.Actors Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman reunited Sunday to reflect on the 10th anniversary of High School Musical for a special that will air January 20, the film's official anniversary date.Zac Efron, who starred as basketball-player-turned-singer Troy Bolton in the High School Musical films, will join the telecast in a pre-taped message.  The High School Musical 10th anniversary reunion will air Wednesday at…

posted 2016-01-18 14:38:29 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Steve Harvey to Clear the Air with Miss Universe and Miss Colombia

(NEW YORK) -- Steve Harvey is finally getting a chance to clear the air with both Miss Universe and Miss Colombia on his syndicated daytime talk show this week, and he's ready to answer everyone's questions about his Miss Universe mix-up. Last month, Harvey mistakenly crowned Ariadna Gutiérrez from Colombia as the winner during the Miss Universe 2015 Pageant before realizing that the real winner was Pia Wurtzbach from the Philippines and correcting himself on live television. In the preview clips, Harvey reveals that he will be speaking with both Miss Universe and Miss Colombia, who he said are "the…

posted 2016-01-18 14:00:51 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

There Could Be a Second Season of "Making a Murderer"

(PASADENA, Calif.) -- There's a lot of Netflix news for viewers to digest, including the possibility of a second season of the popular docu-series Making a Murderer. Executive producer Laura Ricciardi left the door open for a follow-up during an appearance at a Television Critics Association winter press tour event on Sunday. "This story is ongoing, these cases are open, but it's real life," she said. "You don't know what's going to happen. So we are ready to follow these. If there are significant developments, we will be there." Making a Murderer focuses on Steven Avery, who, along with Brendan…

posted 2016-01-18 14:00:50 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jada Pinkett Smith Won't Attend the Oscars: "Begging for Acknowledgement...Diminishes Dignity”

(LOS ANGELES) -- On the same day Spike Lee declared he won’t be attending the Oscars because of the absence of nominations for non-white actors -- for the second year in a row -- Jada Pinkett Smith has announced she’ll be skipping the ceremony as well. In a video posted to her Facebook page titled "We must stand in our power!", the actress notes that it’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, then says, “I ask the question: Have we now come to a new time and place where we can no longer beg for the love, acknowledgement or respect of…

posted 2016-01-18 11:28:26 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Ride Along 2" Beats "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the Box Office

(NEW YORK) -- Kevin Hart and Ice Cube have snapped Star Wars' winning streak at the box office. Their comedy sequel, Ride Along 2, earned an estimated 34 million dollars from Friday through Sunday to debut in first place. After four consecutive weekends on top, Star Wars: The Force Awakens fell to third place, collecting 25.1 million dollars. The film, which was released by Disney, the parent company of ABC News, has now made 851 million domestically and 1.86 billion worldwide. The Michael Bay-directed drama 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi opened in fourth place, raising 16 million dollars.…

posted 2016-01-18 10:00:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Sean Penn Feels "Terrible Regret" Over "El Chapo" Interview

(NEW YORK) -- Sean Penn, who penned a lengthy and detailed account of his covert meeting with drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman for Rolling Stone magazine, said feels "a terrible regret" about the incident and subsequent interview.  "Yes, I had a terrible regret,” Penn told Charlie Rose for Sunday's 60 Minutes. "I have a regret that the entire discussion about this article ignores its purpose, which was to try to contribute to this discussion about the policy in the war on drugs. "We all want this drug problem to stop," Penn continued. "We all want them -- the killings…

posted 2016-01-18 10:00:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Spike Lee Skipping Oscars Due to Lack of Racial Diversity in Acting Categories

(LOS ANGELES) -- Don’t look for Spike Lee at the Academy Awards next month.  The writer/director says he won’t be attending, due to the lack of racial diversity among the acting nominees. In a lengthy statement posted to Instagram under the hashtag title #OscarSoWhite…Again,” Lee begins by thanking the Academy for his honorary Oscar, which he received last November.  He then declares, “My wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee and I will not be attending the Oscar ceremony this coming February.  We cannot support it and mean no disrespect to my friends, host Chris Rock and producer Reggie Hudlin, president [Cheryl…

posted 2016-01-18 08:25:09 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Spotlight" Wins Top Prize at Critics' Choice Awards; Lack of Oscar Racial Diversity Takes the Stage

(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- The controversy over the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations carried into Sunday night's Critics’ Choice Awards. The subject came up very early in the ceremony, when black-ish stars Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross presented. "A lot of actors who win the Critics' Choice go on to win the Academy Award....For you, Tracee, that means only half of you will get to go to that show," Anderson joked. After some mild laughter from the crowd, Ross explained, "You didn't get that. I'm mixed." Later on in the broadcast, when Aziz Ansari's Netflix program Master…

posted 2016-01-18 05:01:31 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Cher Donates Bottled Water to Flint, Michigan Residents

(LOS ANGELES) -- Cher has been out of the spotlight lately, but she's doing good work behind the scenes.  The singer and actress is teaming up with Icelandic Glacial spring water to donate more than 181 thousand bottles of water to the residents of Flint, Michigan. President Obama has declared a federal emergency in the city, where the residents haven't had clean water to drink since 2014.  In April of that year, the city started drawing its water from the Flint River, rather than from Detroit.  The water has since been linked to a number of serious illnesses, and this…

posted 2016-01-18 05:00:29 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Debra Messing Cast in "Dirty Dancing" Remake

(NEW YORK) -- Debra Messing has been cast in the ABC remake of Dirty Dancing. The star of NBC's The Mysteries of Laura will play Marjorie, the mother of Abigail Breslin's Baby, Deadline reports. Marjorie was played by Kelly Bishop in the 1987 original, which featured Jennifer Grey as Baby, who fell for a dance instructor played by Patrick Swayze.  The late Jerry Orbach played Baby's father. The three-hour Dirty Dancing remake does not yet have an airdate. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016-01-15 18:00:18 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio