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2016-12-23

Wrestler Chyna Died of the Combined Effect of Alcohol and Drugs

Former wrestler Chyna's death was caused by the combined effect of alcohol and drugs and has been classified as accidental, the L.A. County Coroner's Office told ABC-owned station KABC Wednesday. According to the coroner's office, toxicology tests indicated that she had taken a combination of alcohol and diazepam (Valium); nordiazepam; oxycodone and oxymorphone.Chyna, who also appeared on VH1 reality TV shows The Surreal Life and Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew, was found dead in a Redondo Beach, Calif., apartment on April 20. At the time, the Redondo Beach Police Department said that there were no signs that Chyna's death was caused by…

posted 2016-12-23 08:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Review: “Passengers” (PG-13)

(NEW YORK) -- An intense sci-fi romance directed by Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence? Sign me up! That’s how I felt when I first heard about Passengers. The initial, stunning teaser-trailer presented a potentially gorgeous, thrilling deep-space yarn, and I was hooked. It’s hard not to like Pratt and Lawrence -- they’re two of Hollywood’s most endearing stars, and they have great comedic chemistry on the talk-show circuit, the kind you hope translates to the big screen. It does -- but not enough to turn Passengers into the intense sci-fi thriller I was hoping…

posted 2016-12-23 03:00:22 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Why Him?," "Passengers" Among This Week's New Films

 -- There are plenty of films opening this week to take in over the Christmas holiday weekend. Opening Friday: * Why Him? -- Bryan Cranston stars as a dad visiting his daughter, played by Zoey Deutch, in this holiday-themed comedy. Things go awry when he learns her socially awkward billionaire boyfriend, portrayed by James Franco, is planning to pop the question. Cedric the Entertainer and Megan Mullally also star. Rated R. Opening in limited release: * A Monster Calls -- Liam Neeson and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Felicity Jones star in this tale of a monster who comes…

posted 2016-12-23 00:24:34 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-12-22

Some Christian Leaders Upset at Octavia Spencer's Role as God in "The Shack"

(LOS ANGELES) -- A pastor in Simi Valley, California is sounding off about the upcoming faith-based movie The Shack, saying that God, who is played by Octavia Spencer in the movie, is not a "heavy-set, cushy, non-judgmental, African American woman." In an interview with the Christian News Network, Joe Schimmel, the pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel, said that the film adaptation of William P. Young's bestselling book, The Shack, is dangerous depiction of the word of God. “Young’s pretentious caricature of God as a heavy set, cushy, non-judgmental, African American woman called ‘Papa’ -- who resembles the New Agey Oprah Winfrey far more than the one true God revealed…

posted 2016-12-22 18:00:03 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Megyn Kelly's Campaign Comedy Series "Embeds" Debuting in January

(NEW YORK) -- Embeds, he comedy series from Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and The Social Network producer Michael De Luca, will make its streaming debut on January 18, 2017.  Variety reports the show, based on the experiences co-producer Scott Conroy and Peter Hamby, who both met as young reporters embedded with the campaigns of Mitt Romney and one-time VP candidate Sarah Palin, will run on Verizon's streaming service Go90.The trade notes the comedy will center on five recent college graduates who cross paths while covering a presidential campaign, "and the bonds they form through their overwhelming circumstances."The Kelly File…

posted 2016-12-22 14:01:03 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"John Wick" Comic Book Locking and Loading

(NEW YORK) -- The Keanu Reeves revenge movie John Wick is getting the comic book treatment.  Dynamite Entertainment previewed teaser images from a new series centering on Reeves' deadly assassin, who is hitting the big screen again February 10 in John Wick: Chapter 2. In a statement, Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci said that the first movie in the series -- which was a sleeper hit -- was "such an exciting film, mixing martial arts action with snappy dialogue and smart writing. As the credits rolled, you were left wanting more, and it was obvious that they had the…

posted 2016-12-22 12:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Oprah Announces 40 Pound-Plus Weight Loss

(NEW YORK) -- Media mogul Oprah Winfrey announced today that she reached the milestone of losing more than 40 pounds, crediting the dramatic slim-down to her "lifestyle" on Weight Watchers. “ I struggle no more,” Winfrey, 62, said in a new ad. "I’m eating everything I love -- tacos, pasta. I’ve never felt deprived." Winfrey bought a 10 percent stake in Weight Watchers last year and joined its board. She also began fronting its ads, including the latest, the "Live Fully" campaign, which is set to debut after Christmas. Winfrey has kept the weight off for a little more than a year,…

posted 2016-12-22 10:00:57 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Record Binge: 455 Scripted Shows in 2016

(LOS ANGELES) -- If you felt as if you just couldn't keep up with the latest "must-watch" TV show in 2016, you weren't alone. From breakout hits like Stranger Things, This is Us, and Westworld, to the critically acclaimed The People vs. O.J. Simpson, 2016 has shaped up to be a new Golden Age of TV for many -- and a record year when it comes to the number of scripted shows on TV. The research department at FX has apparently become the unofficial keeper of such numbers.  They calculate that there were 455 scripted original TV series produced in 2016 -- an eight-percent…

posted 2016-12-22 08:00:51 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Jeopardy!" Pays Tribute to Contestant Who Succumbed to Cancer After Six-Game Win Streak

(NEW YORK) -- Jeopardy! contestant Cindy Stowell lost her battle with stage IV colon cancer on December 5 -- just one week before her episodes aired.  Wednesday night, the show posted a tribute to her on Twitter. A video -- which is captioned "Jeopardy! contestant Cindy Stowell passed away prior to her shows’ airings. Here is her Jeopardy! story, in her own words" -- shows clips of Stowell during auditions, and also revealing that she, in her words, is "dying of cancer."  Jeopardy! contestant Cindy Stowell passed away prior to her shows’ airings. Here is her Jeopardy! story, in her own words.…

posted 2016-12-22 05:00:50 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Review: “Assassin’s Creed” (PG-13)

(NEW YORK) -- Assassin’s Creed, based on the hit video game series of the same name, is the most stylized terrible film I’ve ever seen. It’s got Michael Fassbender, one of the world’s great film actors and a two-time Oscar nominee.  It’s got Marion Cotillard, an Oscar winner and one of the world’s greatest film actresses.  And it’s got Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons, along with a supporting cast of terrific actors, all of whom must have signed on to do this movie without reading the script. Fassbender is Cal Lynch, who as a young man may or may not have witnessed his…

posted 2016-12-22 03:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-12-21

Paula Patton Pens Emotional Message to Former Father-in-Law, Alan Thicke

(LOS ANGELES) -- Paula Patton took to social media to remember the late Alan Thicke after his funeral earlier this week. The actress, who was married to Thicke's son, Robin, shared an emotional message on Instagram about her former father-in-law. "I knew Alan since I was 15 years old and he had a tremendous effect on my life. I loved and respected him so much!" she wrote as a caption to a  photo of Thicke. "So many great memories and laughs together. We will miss him so much! His grandson is quite sure he is still here with us in spirit." Paula and Robin share one…

posted 2016-12-21 18:01:02 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Supermodel Ashley Graham's Message to Little Girls: "Perfection Doesn't Exist"

(NEW YORK) -- "What I want women to know is that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes." That's what Ashley Graham tells ABC's Robin Roberts during Robin's ABC News special Game Changers, which airs tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern time. Graham never imagined she’d become the first full-figured model to land on the cover of Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. “Because for so long, I was told, ‘No, you're not that girl. You won't ever be that girl.'" Graham shattered stereotypes and barriers -- from the  SI cover to TED talks, designing her own clothing line and being named one of Glamour's 2016 Women of the Year for her activism…

posted 2016-12-21 18:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio