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2017-11-02

"Thor: Ragnarok" offers Marvel fans a new look at some familiar characters

(LOS ANGELES) -- It's one of the best reviewed Marvel movies ever: Thor: Ragnarok -- starring Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo and Jeff Goldblum -- opens in select theaters tonight, and Ruffalo, who plays the Hulk, says this one has a different tone than the others. "It's sweet and there's nice character stuff. Real character stuff," he tells ABC News, explaining, "[It's] not macho. Not, you know, all that stuff that you might expect from one of these movies, but still delivers on that, you know?" The film teams Hulk and Hemsworth's Thor, who has been banished to a faraway planet called Sakaar and forced to fight as a gladiator…

posted 2017-11-02 12:30:10 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Mariah Carey has handprints immortalized at TCL Chinese Theatre

(LOS ANGELES) --  Mariah Carey got her perfectly manicured hands a little dirty on Wednesday. The singer and actress had her handprints immortalized in cement at the famed TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles. She also left the imprints of her $900 Christian Louboutin heels. “I have this picture of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell when they were doing their imprint ceremony,” Mariah told Variety ahead of the event. “It’s an iconic photograph, and I have it hanging in my living room.” She added, “It’s something that feels humbling, and I feel honored by it.” Lee Daniels, who worked with Mariah on films like Precious and The Butler, spoke at…

posted 2017-11-02 10:30:22 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jared Leto distances himself from Hugh Hefner biopic following Brett Ratner allegations

(LOS ANGELES) -- Last month, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Jared Leto was set to star as Hugh Hefner in a biopic about the late Playboy founder, directed by Brett Ratner. Now, following allegations of sexual misconduct against Ratner, the actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman has distanced himself from the project. "Jared Leto is not and was not attached to a Brett Ratner-directed Hugh Hefner film, nor will he be working with him in the future," the rep told Deadline. "Earlier reports were incorrect and not confirmed by his representatives." In the original THR article, Ratner called Leto an "old friend." "When [Leto] heard I got the rights to Hef's story,…

posted 2017-11-02 09:56:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Stranger Things" creators promise more of Lucas' lovable snarky sister, Erica

(NEW YORK) -- Priah Ferguson, the young breakout star who plays Lucas Sinclair's adorably sassy little sister, Erica, in the second season of Stranger Things, will have more screen time next year. In an interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer say Ferguson, who was a local addition to the cast, wasn't intended to even be featured as much as she was in season two. “I love Erica," says Matt Duffer. “[Ferguson] was just a local hire we made in Atlanta. Erica wasn’t even supposed to be in [season two] as much as she was. We fell in love…

posted 2017-11-02 08:00:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Brett Ratner sues rape accuser

(LOS ANGELES) -- Through his attorney, filmmaker Brett Ratner has filed suit against an actress who claims he raped her. According to TMZ, Ratner's lawyer alleges Melanie Kohler said she had met the director and powerhouse producer at an L.A. club in either 2004 or 2005, and that he then took her to the home of fellow producer Robert Evans, where Ratner "forced her" to have sex. She claimed Ratner "preyed on me as a drunk girl [and] forced himself upon me."  Kohler reportedly posted about it online on October 20, TMZ reports, but under threat of lawsuit, she took the post down. However, she, "recently…

posted 2017-11-02 08:00:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Second woman accuses Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment

(LOS ANGELES) -- Writer and producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis is the latest woman to come forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment. Riss Gatsiounis told Variety on Wednesday that when she was a struggling playwright in 1991, Hoffman and Tootsie screenwriter Murray Schisgal scheduled a meeting with her to discuss the possibility of adapting her play, A Darker Purpose, into a movie vehicle for Hoffman. She claims that during a second meeting with the pair, Hoffman, who was 53 at the time, asked, "Wendy -- have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?” Riss Gatsiounis alleges that Hoffman continued, "It would be a whole new body to explore,"…

posted 2017-11-02 05:00:35 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kevin Spacey seeking "evaluation and treatment" in wake of sexual misconduct allegation

(LOS ANGELES) -- Wednesday night, a representative for embattled House of Cards star Kevin Spacey said in a statement that the actor is "taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment," after he was accused of making a sexual advance at an actor when the boy was 14.  "No other information is available at this time,” the statement concluded. Star Trek: Discovery actor Anthony Rapp told Buzzfeed on Sunday that Oscar winner Spacey had tried to seduce him after inviting Rapp to a party at Spacey's apartment in the '80s when the two were appearing on different Broadway shows. In a twitter message…

posted 2017-11-02 05:00:33 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Second woman accuses Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment

Getty Images/Jamie McCarthy(LOS ANGELES) -- Writer and producer Wendy Riss Gatsiounis is the latest woman to come forward to accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment. Riss Gatsiounis told Variety on Wednesday that when she was a struggling playwright in 1991, Hoffman and Tootsie screenwriter Murray Schisgal scheduled a meeting with her to discuss the possibility of adapting her play, A Darker Purpose, into a movie vehicle for Hoffman. She claims that during a second meeting with the pair, Hoffman, who was 53 at the time, asked, "Wendy -- have you ever been intimate with a man over 40?” Riss Gatsiounis alleges that Hoffman continued, "It would be a whole new body…

posted 2017-11-02 05:00:33 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-11-01

Beyoncé joins the cast of Disney's "The Lion King"

(NEW YORK) -- The cast of Disney's forthcoming live-action musical remake of The Lion King was already packed with A-list stars, but it's just added arguably the biggest music star on the planet. Beyoncé rounds out the all-star cast.  Billed as Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, She'll voice Nala, Simba's childhood friend, who later becomes his wife.  Disney announced the news Wednesday night, as did Beyoncé her self, in a Facebook post. Beyoncé's been rumored to be in talks for the part since spring.  Donald Glover will voice Simba, with James Earl Jones reprising his animated version role as the voice of Mufasa,…

posted 2017-11-01 18:12:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Forrest Gump impersonator enchants California town

(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like the creepy clown thing is over. A Forrest Gump impersonator has been running around the streets of Riverside, California, spreading cheer. KABC reports that a mysterious man, who preferred not to reveal his name, says he’s doing it to make people laugh. The Gump said, "It doesn't really matter who I am. I'm not doing it for me. It's just something that took off and made the community happy, made people smile. There's a lot of bad things going on in the world and it's nice to take a break from it." Forrest Gump was…

posted 2017-11-01 14:00:51 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Straight Outta Compton" star Corey Hawkins joins Spike Lee and Jordan Peele's "Black Klansman"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Straight Outta Compton star Corey Hawkins has been tapped to star in Spike Lee and Jordan Peele'supcoming thriller, Black Klansman. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hawkins will play prominent civil right activist Stokely Carmichael, who was later known as Kwame Ture. Hawkins joins Ballers star John David Washington and Spider-Man: Homecoming's Laura Harrier in Black Klansman. Topher Grace and Adam Driver have also been added to the cast, with Grace's role reported to be that of a white supremacist.  The film, which is inspired by the memoir of Ron Stallworth, a police detective who infiltrated the KKK in 1978, tells the detective's story of how he gained membership to the Klan and eventually "rose through the ranks to become the head of…

posted 2017-11-01 14:00:50 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Wendy Williams gets emotional describing fainting episode: "It was scary"

(NEW YORK) --  After Wendy Williams fainted on live national television Tuesday -- saying then it was the result of heat exhaustion -- the daytime talk show host is addressing the  "scary" episode in detail. "What happened was (laughs), first of all I was trending all day," Williams told the audience, referring to the story, and video footage, making the online rounds.  "But lot of people thought it was a joke, no it was not a joke," Williams continued.  "I’m a tall woman and it’s a long way down. I’m a woman of a particular age. I don’t do stunts…

posted 2017-11-01 12:00:46 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio