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2015-04-07

Jill Duggar Dillard and Derick Dillard Welcome a Son

(NEW YORK) -- Jill and Derick Dillard are parents. The 19 Kids & Counting stars have welcomed their firstborn, Israel, according to the Duggar family's official Facebook page. "We are so thankful for a healthy Mom and baby! Love this sweet baby Israel!" read the statement from Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar. "We are happy grandparents and we promise more pictures soon!" A report from People magazine added that the baby, named Israel David, was born on Monday at 11:49 p.m. He weighed 9 lbs., 10 oz. Jill and Derick announced just weeks after their June 2014 wedding that they were…

posted 2015-04-07 13:23:30 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Dukes of Hazzard" Actor James Best Dead at 88

(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- James Best, the actor best known to most for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on TV’s The Dukes of Hazzard, died Monday night at his home in Hickory, North Carolina. He was 88, according to the Charlotte Observer.Best was already a film and television veteran, having appeared in dozens of movies and hundreds of TV shows over three decades, when he was cast in The Dukes of Hazzard as the bumbling sheriff, under the thumb of local politico Boss Hogg and forever outwitted by Bo and Luke Duke, driving their signature souped-up Dodge Charger, the…

posted 2015-04-07 12:30:02 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Nicole Kidman Criticized for Endorsing Airline Accused of Gender Discrimination

(NEW YORK) — Nicole Kidman has come under fire for becoming the face of a major United Arab Emirates airline accused of gender discrimination.The Association of Professional Flight Attendants has posted an open letter to the 47-year-old Australian actress on its website, asking her to end her involvement in a new ad campaign for Etihad Airways. The airline has been singled out by the APFA for alleged gender-discriminatory labor practices and unfair treatment of female employees.The association's national president, Laura R. Glading, urged Kidman to terminate her association with the "abusive" company, citing claims the airline has fired women over…

posted 2015-04-07 08:48:58 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kristen Stewart ‘Adjusting’ to Life in the Public Eye

(NEW YORK) — Kristen Stewart’s had to deal with tabloid journalists and frequent negative comments on social media, but she thinks it’s just an inevitable part of being a celebrity."It has taken serious adjusting time. There's just nothing that I can really do about that," the Twilight star tells The Hollywood Reporter. "If you think about the source of it all, which is really the big, big, big green monster of cash, there's just no way that that's stopping."Adds Stewart, “It's a new industry -- celebrity news is a whole new form of entertainment -- and it's a huge, booming,…

posted 2015-04-07 08:48:19 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Finalists for 2015 "Billboard" Music Awards Announced

(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran are among the finalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas May 17 on ABC.The finalists in the top categories were announced Tuesday morning on ABC's Good Morning America by Ludacris, who's hosting the awards show, and Pete Wentz, whose band Fall Out Boy is the first artist announced to perform on the telecast. The band will perform their new single, "Uma Thurman," along with Wiz Khalifa, with whom they're touring this summer.The rest of the finalists were announced Tuesday…

posted 2015-04-07 08:25:04 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Top Finalists for 2015 "Billboard" Music Awards Announced

(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift, Sam Smith, Maroon 5 and Ed Sheeran are among the finalists for the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, airing live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas May 17 on ABC.The finalists in the top categories were announced Tuesday morning on ABC's Good Morning America by Ludacris, who's hosting the awards show, and Pete Wentz, whose band Fall Out Boy is the first artist announced to perform on the telecast. The band will perform their new single, "Uma Thurman," along with Wiz Khalifa, with whom they're touring this summer.The rest of the finalists will be announced…

posted 2015-04-07 08:25:04 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Michael Sam Eliminated

(LOS ANGELES) — Football player Michael Sam, who made headlines last year for being the first openly gay man drafted in the NFL, was voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday night.Sam called the experience “awesome” and made sure to give credit to his pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd.  “Please give my partner a hand. She was amazing,” he said after being voted off. “I had a great time; an awesome experience. I want to thank Dancing with the Stars and everyone here who came out and supported.”The couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewers’ votes…

posted 2015-04-07 06:22:44 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

The “Star Wars" Saga Coming to Digital Download

(NEW YORK) — That galaxy far, far away is coming to a digital device very close to you. Lucasfilm has announced that Friday, April 10, the Star Wars saga will debut for purchase digitally for the first time ever. Streaming services like Amazon, iTunes, and Google Play will feature The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection for purchase: the original six Star Wars movies, from Episode I: The Phantom Menace to Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.  Both the original trilogy films -- 1977's A New Hope, 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, and 1983's Jedi -- as well as the prequels,…

posted 2015-04-07 06:13:42 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Sesame Street" Parodies “Game of Thrones”

(NEW YORK) — With the return of Game of Thrones just days away, Sesame Street has released a parody of the fantasy series.Titled "Game of Chairs," it features Grover and various muppets playing a game of musical chairs.The clip is full of Game of Thrones references that kids won't understand, but fans of the HBO show will appreciate. For example, when a Joffrey muppet loses a round of musical chairs, Grover declares, "It looks like you choked, Joffrey." King Joffrey was poisoned to death on Game of Thrones.Sesame Street has parodied a number of TV shows and movies over the…

posted 2015-04-07 05:53:21 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Christie Brinkley Injured ‘Trying to Save a Bird’

(MIAMI) — Supermodel Christie Brinkley made an unscheduled trip to Miami from the Turks and Caicos Islands for medical treatment after a run-in with a bird.Brinkley posted images on her Instagram account Monday, showing her with stitches over a swollen left eye.In the post, the 61-year-old Brinkley writes, “We interrupt this holiday to take a little unplanned excursion to Miami for cat scans and stitches following an accident trying to save a bird.”Brinkley continues, “My grateful heartfelt thanks go out to our wonderful Parrot Cay Family who got me to the boat and plane, and my friends in Miami who…

posted 2015-04-07 05:51:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Nina Dobrev Leaving "The Vampire Diaries"

(NEW YORK) — Nina Dobrev will bid farewell to The Vampire Diaries at the end of the current season.The 26-year-old actress, who plays Elena on the CW series, made the surprising announcement Monday on Instagram. She told her millions of followers that she spent the weekend at Lake Lanier in Georgia with the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries. She continued, "I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn't just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party."Dobrev noted, "I always knew I wanted Elena's story to be a six-season adventure, and within those six…

posted 2015-04-07 05:45:32 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2015-04-06

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Has a Tearful Meeting With Cancer Survivor

(NEW YORK) -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has an Easter story to top all others. The wrestling icon and actor Sunday posted a smiling picture on Facebook with a fan and shared how the random meeting took place. "Cool story to share on Easter… After my workout I'm driving in my pickup and notice these kids in the rearview mirror screaming and running after my truck. Thought to myself, 'Should I stop or keep driving?' I stopped," he wrote. Johnson, 42, said he jumped out of his truck and "this kid runs up to me, hugs the hell outta me…

posted 2015-04-06 15:12:05 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio