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2017-06-19

"Atlanta," "This Is Us" and "The Handmaid's Tale" lead the way for this year's TCA nominations

(LOS ANGELES) -- Leading the pack of this year's Television Critics Association nominees is Donald Glover's Golden Globe winning comedy, Atlanta, NBC's hit drama This Is Us and Hulu's dystopian series The Handmaid's Tale, all earning four nominations each. Those three shows, plus Big Little Lies, The Leftovers and Stranger Things, will compete for Program of the Year at this year's awards. Glover, who won his first Golden Globe earlier this year for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy, is also nominated for a TCA in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category.   He faces off against Insecure creator-actor Issa Rae, Aziz Ansari, Kristin Bell, Julia Louis-Drefyus and Fleabag breakout star Phoebe Waller-Bridge for the prestigious award.  This Is Us actor Sterling…

posted 2017-06-19 18:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Hillary Duff explains the success of "Younger," and reveals when son realized she was famous

(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Duff sat down with ABC's Good Morning America Monday and chatted about the success of Younger, her TV Land show that has been picked up for a fifth season.  But at the same time, she was filming a segment of the show that takes place on -- you guessed it -- ABC's Good Morning America. The series, which was renewed for a fifth season even before its fourth season aired, stars Sutton Foster as Liza, a 40-year-old single mom who pretends to be 26 to land a job in the publishing industry. Duff plays Liza's friend…

posted 2017-06-19 14:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Carrie Fisher autopsy reveals drug use; cause of death remains officially "undetermined"

(LOS ANGELES) --We learned last Friday that although Carrie Fisher's death last December was attributed then to a heart attack, her official cause of death is officially undetermined, due to numerous possible contributing factors, including drug use.  Now the Los Angeles County coroner's office has released the full autopsy report, specifying what drugs were discovered in her system.The 27-page report says toxicology results revealed the presence of cocaine, opiates, morphine, and MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in Fisher's system.  However, it remains unclear if they played any role in the Star Wars star's death. As previously reported, Fisher's cause of…

posted 2017-06-19 12:01:52 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

See behind-the-scenes teaser for "Pitch Perfect 3"

(LOS ANGELES) -- You'll have to wait until December to actually see Pitch Perfect 3, the next installment in the franchise about female a capella singing group the Barden Bellas, but you can take a behind-the-scenes look at the production thanks to a new teaser video now. In the two-and-a-half-minute clip, director Trish Sie explains that in Pitch Perfect 3, "we're talking you on a global tour with the Bellas." In the video we see the cast -- including returning stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Hailee Steinfeld -- working on choreography, jumping off boats and getting attacked by dogs. We also see scenes of newcomer to the franchise,…

posted 2017-06-19 10:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Stephen Furst, "Flounder" from "Animal House," dead at 63

(LOS ANGELES) -- Stephen Furst, the actor who achieved comedy immortality playing Kent "Flounder" Dorfman in 1978's Animal House, has died.  He was 63.  Furst's sons Nathan and Griffith, announced their father's death on Facebook writing that Furst died Friday, June 16, due to complications from diabetes. "To truly honor him, do not cry for the loss of Stephen Furst. But rather, enjoy memories of all the times he made you snicker, laugh, or even snort to your own embarrassment. He intensely believed that laugher is the best therapy, and he would want us to practice that now," they wrote on Saturday. Though Furst is best…

posted 2017-06-19 08:00:40 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Cars 3" races to a first place finish at the box office

(LOS ANGELES) -- Cars 3 blew by Wonder Woman to take the top spot at the weekend box office. The latest installment of the Disney/Pixar animated franchise -- featuring the voices of Owen Wilson, Armie Hammer and Cristela Alonzo -- pulled in an estimated $53.5 million dollars. ABC News is owned by Disney. Wonder Woman finished in second place with an estimated $40.7 million, bringing its domestic total to just below $275 million. Overseas, the film added another $39.5 million, bringing its worldwide total to $571.8 million. In third place was All Eyez On Me, the Tupac Shakur biopic starring Demetrius Shipp Jr. It surpassed expectations, earning an estimated $27 million. The Mummy…

posted 2017-06-19 05:00:36 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-06-17

Cosby accuser Andrea Constand thanks jury, asks for privacy

(NORRISTOWN, PA) -- Following the news that Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial has ended in a mistrial, Andrea Constand, who accused the legendary comedian of assaulting her, has issued a statement via her lawyers. In addition to thanking the jury for their "tireless efforts" -- they deliberated for six days -- Constand also thanked the D.A.'s office, including the judge who authorized the prosecution.   She also asked for privacy for her and her family. The statement goes on to say, in part, "We are confident that these proceedings have given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and…

posted 2017-06-17 19:42:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Bill Cosby: what will his legacy be now?

(NEW YORK) -- After six days of deliberations, the jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial in Norristown, PA, was unable to reach a unanimous decision on Cosby's guilt, prompting the judge to declare a mistrial.  The district attorney has already said they will re-try the case. As we await what happens next, the question now is: can the world still appreciate Bill Cosby, the trailblazing entertainer once fondly known as "America's Dad?" "His empire has been forever tarnished and tainted...as is his legacy," says ABC News Senior Legal Correspondent Sunny Hostin. "[T]his is a man who’s 79 years…

posted 2017-06-17 10:12:38 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Bill Cosby sexual assault trial ends in mistrial

(NORRISTOWN, Penn.) -- After six days of deliberations, a Norristown, PA, jury Saturday failed to reach a verdict in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, prompting Judge Steven O'Neill to declare a mistrial. Montgomery County, PA District Attorney Kevin Steele has already declared Cosby will be re-tried. Early Thursday the jury in the Norristown, Pennsylvania courtroom informed the court that they were unable to reach a unanimous agreement on any of the three charges the comedian faces.  But the judge sent the jury back to continue deliberating. Each jury deadlock announcement was met with a defense motion for a mistrial. The…

posted 2017-06-17 09:34:57 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-06-16

Former "C.S.I." series star Hill Harper reveals he adopted a son

(NEW YORK) -- Just in time for Father's Day, actor and bestselling author Hill Harper has revealed he adopted a son named Pierce 18 months ago, calling the decision "the biggest blessing of my life." In an interview with ABC Radio on Friday, the former C.S.I.: New York star opened up about what life is like as a single father. "I always thought I was going to get married, have my own kids and I was going to adopt," Harper, 51, explained. "I had talked about adopting and I had talked about wanting to be a dad, and [a friend] said, 'You’re…

posted 2017-06-16 18:00:14 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Armie Hammer says "Cars 3" gig was "a lot of fun"

(NEW YORK) -- Owen Wilson is back as Lightning McQueen, who's out to prove he's still the top race car, in Cars 3, which is now in theaters. In this latest chapter in the Disney/Pixar franchise, Lightning faces some stiff competition from a whole new breed of car: the Next Gen Racer, led by the Armie Hammer-voiced Jackson Storm. "They're faster, they're smarter, they're able to make calculations about corners," Hammer explained to ABC Radio. "But they young, and he's brash, and he sort of takes the soul out of racing...He shows up, and no one can really touch him." While…

posted 2017-06-16 14:00:12 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Benny Boom on John Singleton's "All Eyez on Me" criticism: "He had every opportunity" to make his own Tupac biopic

(NEW YORK) -- Director Benny Boom is standing up for his official Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me, and speaking out against what he calls the "rhetoric" from the film's previous director, John Singleton. According to Boom, Singleton needs to move on from the "damaging" commentary and focus on making his own movie. Prior to Boom helming All Eyez on Me, the film had Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray, Antoine Fuqua, and Singleton as potential directors. When the film landed in Boom's lap, the Philly filmmaker said he felt he needed to clear the air between him and Singleton. "Afterwards we spoke because of the rhetoric…

posted 2017-06-16 12:00:03 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio