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"Deadwood" and "Nashville" actor Powers Boothe, dead at 68

(LOS ANGELES) -- Veteran character actor Powers Boothe, who appeared, often as a manipulative bad guy, in everything from Deadwood to Nashville to Sin City and The Avengers, has died, a rep for the late actor confirmed to ABC News.  He was 68. The rep said Booth died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles of natural causes. Boothe, who began acting in the 1970s, drew the attention of the acting world in 1980 portraying cult leader Jim Jones in the TV movie Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones, for which he won an Emmy. He played brothel…

posted 2017-05-15 08:00:39 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Melissa McCarthy's "Spicey" returns to "SNL"

(NEW YORK) -- Melissa McCarthy spiced up this weekend's Saturday Night Live. After a spate of guest appearances mocking White House press secretary Sean Spicer in recent weeks, she was back on Saturday's edition of the NBC satire show to preside as host in what turned out to be SNL's most-watched May telecast in seven years. The Spicer sketch began with cast member Aidy Bryant playing Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House aide who subbed for Spicer for a few days last week. But after being spotted eavesdropping from the bushes outside the press room, the notoriously combative Spicer crashed the…

posted 2017-05-15 08:00:38 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2" conquers the box office for the second straight week; "King Arthur" disappoints

(LOS ANGELES) -- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ruled the box office for the second straight week, raking in an estimated $63 million, according to Box Office Mojo. The sequel to Marvel's first Guardians movie has now topped $630 million worldwide. Marvel, like ABC News, is owned by Disney. Snatched, the mother-daughter comedy starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, came in a distant second with an estimated $17.5 million haul -- far below the $30 million Schumer's last film, Trainwreck, earned when it debuted in 2015. King Arthur: The Legend of the Sword, starring Charlie Hunnam and Jude Law, underwhelmed in its opening weekend, earning just $14.7 million, on a reported budget…

posted 2017-05-15 05:00:35 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Simon Cowell turned down offer to re-join "American Idol"

(LOS ANGELES) -- If you're wondering if Simon Cowell might return to the American Idol fold for ABC's reboot of the show, sorry -- you won't be going to Hollywood. Speaking to his former girlfriend Terri Seymour on Extra, the former America's Got Talent host said, "I was asked to do it, and the answer is no.” Simon, who left the show in 2010 but returned briefly for last year's finale, added, "I have no interest. My memories are when we first started. It was a different time with Randy [Jackson], Ryan [Seacrest] and Paula [Abdul]. You can’t recreate that.” Simon also felt that the last time he watched it, "It…

posted 2017-05-12 18:00:30 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Watch Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer zooming through the streets of Manhattan

(NEW YORK) -- Melissa McCarthy is taking her Sean Spicer impression to the streets of Manhattan. The actress' impression of the White House press secretary on Saturday Night Live has received rave reviews, but it seems as though a skit planned for this weekend will take the joke to a whole new level.  In clips posted on social media today, fans saw McCarthy, who's hosting SNL on Saturday, dressed as Spicer, zooming around on a motorized podium while screaming at the New York City traffic. This comes after an earlier promo, set to "I Feel Pretty" showing a beautified McCarthy getting de-glammed to play the embattled press secretary. Spicer…

posted 2017-05-12 14:00:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Whoopi Goldberg and Giancarlo Esposito sign up for mistaken identity comedy, "Shriver"

(NEW YORK) -- Whoopi Goldberg and Breaking Bad's Giancarlo Esposito have been tapped to star in the mistaken identify comedy, Shriver. According to The Hollywood Reporter Goldberg and Esposito will star alongside Toni Collette and Thomas Haden Church in forthcoming comedy based on Chris Belden's novel with the same name. Similar to the book, the movie is said to follow the story of a loner who is mistaken for a renowned, reclusive author. While posing as the the author, the loner sparks up a romance with an English professor who ends up running an event for the real Shriver -- potentially outing him as a phony. Shriver is currently in pre-production with shooting…

posted 2017-05-12 12:00:15 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

HBO's Bernie Madoff movie premieres, director says De Niro's Madoff is "goosebump" material

(LOS ANGELES) -- Thursday night, HBO held a premiere event for The Wizard of Lies, the network's new movie about Bernie Madoff, the Wall Street financier who pleaded guilty to running a Ponzi scheme that is believe to be the largest fraud in U.S. financial history. The movie stars Robert De Niro as Madoff, and Michelle Pfeiffer as his wife Ruth.  At the event, De Niro said that while he did research into Madoff, that wasn't really the heart of his portrayal. "I just tried to get as much information about him as I could," he said, but "at the end of the day, we're only interpreting…

posted 2017-05-12 10:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"King Arthur: Legend of the Sword" and "Snatched" among this week's new releases

(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday: * King Arthur: Legend of the Sword -- Guy Ritchie directed this action adventure starring Charlie Hunnam as Arthur, heir to his late father's throne, before having it wrestled away by his power-hungry uncle. After pulling the sword from the stone, he is forced to fulfill his true legacy -- like it or not. Jude Law also stars. Rated PG-13. * Snatched -- Trainwreck's Amy Schumer stars as a young woman who, after getting dumped by her boyfriend on the eve of their exotic vacation, convinces her overly cautious mother -- played by Goldie Hawn -- to accompany her on an exotic getaway…

posted 2017-05-12 08:00:33 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

J.K. Rowling issues alert: "Harry Potter" prequel story stolen

(LONDON) -- Should you happen upon a postcard with a Harry Potter prequel handwritten on it?  Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling would like you to know two things.  A) It's legitimate; and B) it was stolen. "PLEASE DON'T BUY THIS IF YOU'RE OFFERED IT," Rowling tweeted Friday morning.  "Originally auctioned for @englishpen, the owner supported writers' freedoms by bidding for it."  She was responding to a tweet from police in the English town of Kings Heath, alerting folks to the theft and asking for information about it. PLEASE DON'T BUY THIS IF YOU'RE OFFERED IT. Originally auctioned for @englishpen, the owner supported writers' freedoms by bidding for…

posted 2017-05-12 07:25:55 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kevin Bacon and Kathryn Hahn's punny new comedy, "I Love Dick," debuts on Amazon

(LOS ANGELES) -- I Love Dick, Amazon's new series from Transparent creator Jill Soloway, premieres on Friday. The show stars Kathryn Hahn as a movie director who becomes obsessed with her husband's professor, played by Kevin Bacon, whose name is Dick, and if the title makes you a little uncomfortable, Hahn says you're not alone. "Driving onto the lot it was hilarious because...the security guards [would say] like, 'Oh, you're here for ILD?' And we were like, 'Uh, OK, like they couldn't even say it out loud," the Crossing Jordan alum tells ABC Radio. "And then slowly during the run of making it they would say like, 'You're hear for Dick?'…

posted 2017-05-12 05:00:43 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Johnny Depp would tell his younger self to quit showbiz

(SHANGHAI) -- Despite being the highest paid star in Hollywood -- at least as of a few years ago -- Johnny Depp has some mixed feelings about the movie business. At the the historic world premiere of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales in Shanghai, China, Depp was asked by Entertainment Tonight what advice he'd give his younger self.  The 53-year-old said, laughing, "I would have said get out of this business immediately..."No, I would." If younger Depp would have wanted to remain an actor, his older self, "would have said, 'Get ready, it's gonna get weird.'" That might have been…

posted 2017-05-11 18:00:12 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Tracy Morgan has forgiven Wal-Mart driver who nearly killed him

(NEW YORK) -- Saturday Night Live alum Tracy Morgan has forgiven the Wal-Mart truck driver who caused the crash that nearly killed him. Speaking to New York magazine's Vulture ahead of the premiere of his new Netflix special, Staying Alive, Morgan said he forgave the driver in order to move on with his life. "The hardest part about all of this was forgiving that driver ... because if I didn’t do that, we wouldn’t be sitting here talking," he said. "I couldn’t move forward if I ain’t forgive him." Morgan turned to his faith to reach that place. "I asked God for the strength. That’s the only…

posted 2017-05-11 14:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio