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"Dueling Banjos" Composer Authur "Guitar Boogie" Smith, Dead at 93

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The man who wrote the #1 Billboard instrumental hit "Dueling Banjos" has died. Arthur Smith passed away at his Charlotte, N.C. home Thursday at age 93, according to the Charlotte Observer. Smith was already known as a gifted and successful musician and composer before "Dueling Banjos" became a hit. He wrote and recorded the instrumental standard "Guitar Boogie" in 1945, a combination of rockabilly and swing rhythms that's credited by many as one of the first true rock and roll records, if not the first. It went on to sell over three million copies, and earned Smith…

posted 2014-04-04 04:21:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Barbara Walters, Sharon Stone to Be Featured on "Oprah's Master Class"

(NEW YORK) -- The stars continue to come out for the upcoming fourth season of Oprah's Master Class, which will feature first-person interviews with The View co-hosts Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts and actress Sharon Stone, among others.  The roster was announced Thursday in New York City at OWN's Upfront Presentation.Oprah's Master Class, which returns May 11 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with Justin Timberlake, will also feature interviews with Tim McGraw, Vanessa Williams and Billy Bob Thornton.The network also announced other programming, including their first scripted feature, the biopic My Name Is Love: The…

posted 2014-04-04 04:19:30 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

New Cast Members Announced for "Superman/Batman" Film

(LOS ANGELES) -- Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey of 300: Rise of an Empire, and Tao Okamoto of The Wolverine have joined the cast of the upcoming untitled Superman/Batman film.  All three actors will play characters newly created for the film, according to Warner Bros. Pictures. Henry Cavill will reprise his role of Superman, while Ben Affleck will play Batman, in the movie, which will open May 6, 2016.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014-04-04 04:17:31 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Plans for Marvel Films, TV Projects Appear Endless

(NEW YORK) -- Marvel is well prepared for the future, according to a report in Bloomberg Businessweek. The report says Marvel's plan for films extends at least 14 years out. The report also mentions that Disney CEO Bob Iger and Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn "recently met with the Marvel team to talk about new heroes who will be introduced in [the Avengers sequel] Age of Ultron and could be spun off in their own films as well."  Iger says that Disney counted more than 8,000 characters in Marvel's library that could be spun out into movies and television…

posted 2014-04-04 04:10:26 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Spike Jonze Wins Lawsuit Claiming He Ripped Off "Her"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Spike Jonze came out the winner in a lawsuit filed against him by two men who claimed the director ripped off their screenplay for his Oscar-winning movie Her.TMZ reports screenwriters Sachin Gadh and Jonathan Sender claimed Jonze stole the concept for their screenplay Belv, about a cellphone that comes to life and befriends a human, but the judge disagreed, throwing the case out of court.In his decision, the judge ruled the two scripts aren't similar, noting Her is a thoughtful drama and Belv is a comedy. The judge added the two scripts contain different stories, characters, themes,…

posted 2014-04-04 04:07:06 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"American Idol" Recap: The Judges Use Their Save

(LOS ANGELES) -- The American Idol judges used their one and only save of the season on Thursday night.The lucky contestant who avoided elimination, thanks to Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick, Jr., and Keith Urban, was Sam Woolf. J-Lo gave the 17-year-old Florida musician the good news after he performed David Gray's "Babylon," which he previously sang on the show in February.Jennifer announced, "We are unanimous, we are going to use the save tonight." That led to a big celebration on stage, with confetti falling from the ceiling.Sam had been joined in the bottom three by Malaya Watson and C.J. Harris.Also…

posted 2014-04-04 00:07:21 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Chris Brown Escorted to Washington, DC, to Face Assault Charge

(WASHINGTON) -- Pop star Chris Brown is expected to be escorted by federal marshals to Washington, D.C., to face a misdemeanor assault charge, KABC reported. Last October, Brown, 24, and his bodyguard were accused of assaulting a man in the wee hours of the morning outside of a local nightclub. According to a police report, Brown hurled a homophobic slur at a man before saying, "I feel like boxing," and punching him. Brown is currently in jail in Los Angeles for violating his probation stemming from another assault charge in 2009 against singer Rihanna, his then-girlfriend. The Grammy Award winner…

posted 2014-04-03 15:54:55 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Breaking Bad" Actor to Appear in Whitey Bulger Flick?

(NEW YORK) -- Former Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad actor Jesse Plemons is in talks to appear in Black Mass, a film about mob boss Whitey Bulger that will star Johnny Depp.The Hollywood Reporter notes that Plemons' involvement in the movie could mean he will not be able to participate in Star Wars: Episode VII, as has been rumored. Black Mass and J.J. Abrams' Star Wars flick are expected to begin filming around the same time, in May.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014-04-03 13:27:54 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

YouTube Star 'Kid President' Headed to TV

(NEW YORK) -- Kid President is coming to the Hub Network. The 10-year-old YouTube star, whose birth name is Robby Novak, will be at the center of a new series, Kid President: Declaration of Awesome, premiering this June. Kid President has a large following thanks to his meetings with President Obama and various celebrities.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014-04-03 13:24:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kate Winslet: Nude Drawing from "Titanic" 'Still Haunting Me'

(NEW YORK) -- Kate Winslet appeared in the movie Titanic back in 1997, but the nude drawing of her character Rose by Leonardo DiCaprio's Jack in the film lives on.Yahoo! Movies U.K. reports a fan at the U.K. premiere of Winslet's new film, Divergent, asked her to autograph a copy of the picture, and the interviewer wondered if she complied with the request.“I don’t sign that [picture]. It feels very uncomfortable,” the 38-year-old actress replied, adding, “Why would you do that? People ask me to sign that [picture] a lot.”Winslet continues, “There’s a photo of it as well that someone…

posted 2014-04-03 13:22:02 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Doris Day on Turning 90: 'I've Had an Amazing Life!'

(LOS ANGELES) -- Believe it or not, Doris Day is now 90 years old.Looking back on nine decades, all she can do is appreciate all she has."All I ever wanted in my life was to get married, have kids, keep house and cook, and even though I did all these things, I still ended up in Hollywood," she told Closer magazine. "It was a great trip. I've had an amazing life and wonderful times. And I'm happy!"Day, who lives a quiet life in California, told the magazine that aside from "little aches and pains," she has been "blessed with good…

posted 2014-04-03 12:51:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Big Bang Theory" Celebrating "Star Wars" Day

(LOS ANGELES) -- CBS' The Big Bang Theory will be celebrating "Star Wars Day" with a special episode timed for the week of May 4. That holiday, observed by special screenings of the film series, events, and of course, Star Wars fans greeting each other with, "May the Fourth Be with You," will be observed on the sitcom in a May 1 installment called "The Proton Transmogrification."The Hollywood Reporter notes Lucasfilm reached out to the sitcom to do something for Star Wars Day and advised producers on the construction of a replica of Dagobah, Yoda's swampy home in exile as…

posted 2014-04-03 04:28:02 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio