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2016-12-05

Steve Harvey Says Showtime at the Apollo "Is Like Nothing Else"

(NEW YORK) -- Steve Harvey is headed back to the Apollo stage to host the two-hour Showtime at the Apollo special and says the show's performances and tributes will stun you. "Ah, man, it's so many great performances -- so many tributes, but what made the Apollo famous was amateur night," Harvey tells ABC Radio. "That's what made it famous and that's what we're going to do is amateur night, it's that one person. There's some people that come out there that's going to stun you with how good they are." The comedian, who hosted the television show from 1993 to 2000, says the…

posted 2016-12-05 18:00:38 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jimmy Kimmel Confirms He's Hosting the 89th Academy Awards

(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel Live host Jimmy Kimmel will host the 89th Academy Awards ceremony.   He confirmed the news in a tweet, writing, "Yes, I am hosting the Oscars. This is not a prank. And if it is, my revenge on @TheAcademy will be terrible & sweet. Thx to@alsformalwear.” Coming off a widely-praised stint hosting the Emmys back in September, the ABC late-night host will take the stage on February 26 for the live telecast, which will air, appropriately, on ABC. It will be Kimmel's first time hosting the Academy Awards; the ceremony was headlined by Chris Rock earlier this year. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights…

posted 2016-12-05 15:01:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Teaser Becomes Marvel's Biggest Yet

"Holy crap!"  With that, director James Gunn told his Facebook followers that his teaser to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 just earned a second place finish for the most-watched teaser in 24 hours, attracting 81 million views in its first 24 hours. The spot, released Saturday, was second only to the eyeballs attracted by Disney's Beauty and the Beasts' live-action sneak peek. What's more, the GOTG Vol. 2 teaser is now the biggest Marvel Studios teaser ever. "No kidding - I'm, like, floored," Gunn posted, thanking, "all of you so very much for watching it (more than once), and sharing it, and welcoming Baby Groot and Mantis with…

posted 2016-12-05 14:00:36 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Netflix's Marvel Moves: "Luke Cage" Renewed, "Iron Fist" Gets Release Date, "Jessica Jones" to DVD

(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a one-two-three punch of good news for fans of Netflix's Marvel series. The acclaimed series Luke Cage, staring Mike Colter as a near-indestructible ex-con fighting crime in Harlem, will return for a second season. The announcement came in the form of a short video posted to social media. The character, along with fellow Marvel heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist, will be part of a planned Defenders miniseries on the subscription service.   The standalone Iron Fist series will now officially debut March 17, 2017. The series centers on Finn Jones' Danny Rand, the son of a murdered billionaire, who earns the right to wield a…

posted 2016-12-05 12:00:34 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

British Energy Company Estimates How Much Money it Would Take to Run the Death Star

(LONDON) -- With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story coming out in a matter of days, a British energy company estimated what it would take to run the Empire’s space station that plays a central role in the film. Long story short: tons. According to OVO Energy, it would cost, "30 trillion times all the money on earth" to run for a single day -- and no word on whether The Empire made Mustafar pay for it all. The company estimated the energy and other logistical costs -- clothing, food, and garbage disposal for more than 2 million occupants -- based on…

posted 2016-12-05 10:00:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"The Walking Dead" Recap: "Sing Me a Song"

(NEW YORK) -- The penultimate episode of The Walking Dead before next Sunday's mid-season finale opens with Michonne whistling on a road, deliberately drawing out walkers. She dispatches a pair before dragging one off.  Meanwhile, Rick and Aaron wake up at a box truck at dawn, during their supply run.  A different box truck has two Saviors stopped, awaiting a highway of walkers to shamble by before they start rolling again. Jesus and Carl are inside. Jesus proposes jumping out as the nears Negan's compound, the Sanctuary. Carl suggests Jesus goes first. He does; Carl waves as the truck pulls away. At…

posted 2016-12-05 08:00:19 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Trump Calls "SNL" Spoof “Unwatchable,” Says Baldwin “Can’t Get Any Worse”

(NEW YORK) -- President-elect Donald Trump is at it again, tweeting his dislike of Alec Baldwin's parody of him on Saturday Night Live -- and Baldwin didn't keep quiet. "Just tried watching Saturday Night Live - unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can't get any worse. Sad," Trump tweeted shortly after midnight. Baldwin tweeted in response about 15 minutes later: "Release your tax returns and I'll stop. Ha."  ...@realDonaldTrump Release your tax returns and I'll stop.Ha — ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 4, 2016   Saturday's episode, which again featured SNL cast member Kate McKinnon as Trump senior…

posted 2016-12-05 05:00:09 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Moana" Rules the Box Office for the Second Straight Week

(NEW YORK) -- Disney's Moana, featuring the voices of Auli'i Cravalho and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, continued its box office domination, finishing at number one for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $28.37 million.  That brings the animated fantasy's domestic total to just under $120 million, according to Box Office Mojo. In second place, earning an estimated $18.5 million, is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, Collin Farrell and Katherine Waterston. The film's domestic total earnings now stands at $183.5 million, tenth  among all 2016 releases. Arrival, starring Amy Adams, landed in third…

posted 2016-12-05 05:00:09 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-12-02

"Rocky": Look Back at the Film on Its 40th Anniversary

(NEW YORK) -- Saturday, December 3, marks the 40th anniversary of the release of Rocky. The 1976 film was made for around $1 million and ended up grossing $117 million domestically, taking home Best Picture at the Oscars the next year.  Not bad for Sylvester Stallone, a down-on-his-luck character actor with about $100 in the bank who wrote the movie in three days after watching a fight between Muhammad Ali and beleaguered brawler Chuck Wepner. "I was watching the fight ... and I said to myself, 'Let's talk about stifled ambition and broken dreams and people who sit on the…

posted 2016-12-02 18:00:43 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Holy "Thwip" -- Fans Buzzing About Description of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" Footage

(SAN PAULO) -- Although no footage has leaked, due to tight security, fans are buzzing about footage of Spider-Man: Homecoming that screened Friday at Brazil Comic-Con in San Paulo. The snippet, said to be from the trailer that will first be seen officially running before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is being described by people who were there to witness it, including Ryan Penagos, the Vice President and Executive Editor, Marvel's Digital Media Group, who tweeted about it.  Tom Holland, introduced as Peter Parker/Spider Man in Captain America: Civil War, is said to be seen receiving a suitcase from Tony Stark's bodyguard "Happy" Hogan, again…

posted 2016-12-02 18:00:41 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Vin Diesel Calls the Years without "Brother" Paul Walker the "Hardest of My Life"

(SAO PAULO) -- Vin Diesel says he is still reeling, nearly three years to the day since he lost his dear friend Paul Walker. Walker died in a fiery car crash in 2013, a passenger in a Porsche driven by friend Roger Rodas, who also perished.    "The last three years have been some of the hardest of my life because of losing my brother like that," Diesel told Entertainment Tonight about Walker. In fact, he spoke to ET at Brazil Comic-Con and said being there felt wrong, being that, "both times that I’ve been here, I’ve always been with my brother, Pablo. It was a lot of…

posted 2016-12-02 14:00:38 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Harry Potter" Play Takes Huge Step Forward Towards Broadway Run

(NEW YORK) -- Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, along with Broadway producers Colin Callender and Sonia Friedman, have announced plans that could bring the U.K. smash, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, to Broadway’s Lyric Theatre. The 1,900-seat theatre, Broadway’s largest, is currently home to Cirque Du Soleil’s $25 million Broadway Paramour, which is slated to relocate after its final performance on April 16, 2017. The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), which owns The Lyric, plans a multi-million dollar renovation to reconfigure the theatre to create a more intimate -- but still impressive -- 1,500 seat venue. In a joint statement announcing the plans, J.K. Rowling noted, "I’m delighted we are one…

posted 2016-12-02 12:00:34 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio