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Creepy clown sighting: New trailer for Stephen King's "It"

(LOS ANGELES) -- A spate of creepy clown sightings all over the world has died down, but New Line is now stoking everyone's fear of them with the first footage of its big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's It. The film, directed by Andy Muschietti -- who earned the gig after directing the horror hit Mama -- features some genuinely disturbing shots of Pennywise, the terrifying clown who is essentially the embodiment of evil. As in the King book and the 1990 made-for-TV miniseries, Pennywise prowls the sewers of the little hamlet of Derry, Maine, terrorizing the town and preying on its youngest residents.   In this latest take, Allegiant actor Bill…

posted 2017-03-29 18:00:32 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Motion Picture Academy makes changes to prevent another Oscars winner announcement screw-up

(HOLLYWOOD)-- It's not the kind of talked-about moment Oscar producers wanted, and they're taking steps to make certain it doesn't happen again. We're talking of course about how La La Land was erroneously announced as the Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards last month, when Moonlight was the actual winner.  An envelope mix-up by PriceWaterhouseCoopers was to blame.  The accounting firm can breathe a sigh of relief -- the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is keeping them, but there will now be three PriceWaterhouseCoopers accountants on hand who know the winners: two backstage, and one in the…

posted 2017-03-29 15:53:31 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Anthony Anderson says we'll be "pleasantly surprised" by Chris Brown on tonight's black-ish

(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Anderson is well aware of the controversy surrounding tonight's black-ish episode, which guest-stars troubled R&B singer Chris Brown. While Anderson says it wasn't his decision to have Brown appear, he's fine with it. "I've known Chris Brown personally since he was fourteen years old and I had no idea that he was coming onto our show," Anderson tells ABC Radio.  He explains that it was an encounter between black-ish co-creator Kenya Barris and Brown that led to his appearance."Kenya was out one day having dinner and Chris was at the same restaurant and knew who Kenya…

posted 2017-03-29 14:00:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Walking Dead" star Lauren Cohan on season 7 finale: "It's heartbreaking"

(ATLANTA) -- Lauren Cohan, who has played farm girl-turned-fighter Maggie since season two of The Walking Dead, isn't giving away any spoilers for the season seven finale. But she does acknowledge that it will be "heartbreaking." "You’re certainly in for a lot of emotion," she tells Harpers Bazaar. "[It’s] incredibly bittersweet, beautiful and heartbreaking." AMC's zombie apocalypse drama has always been heartbreaking -- evidenced in this season's premiere in which two of the show's beloved cast members fell victim to Negan, played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. As always, the cast held a traditional sendoff, or so called "death dinner," for their fallen cast…

posted 2017-03-29 12:00:22 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Viola Davis to speak at University of South Florida next week

(LOS ANGELES) -- The Tampa Bay Times reports that Viola Davis, the charismatic star of Fences, The Help, Doubt and ABC's How to Get Away with Murder, will appear at the USF University Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 4. Organizers initially thought that the 900 seats in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom, and 700 seats to watch the live stream, would be sufficient, but student demand exceeded their expectations. The Center for Student Involvement quickly announced a move to the 10,411 seat Sun Dome, where members of the public will be able to attend as well. Monica L. Miranda, who works with the student committee as director of the…

posted 2017-03-29 10:00:06 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Judy Garland, Richard Pryor, David Bowie, The Eagles, N.W.A and more added to National Recording Registry

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- If there's one song you'd think would already be in the National Recording Registry, it's Judy Garland's classic take on "Over the Rainbow," from The Wizard of Oz.  That song's on the list of 25 recordings the Library of Congress revealed this morning have just now been added to the Registry, because of their "cultural, artistic and historical importance to American society and the nation’s audio heritage." This year's list of recordings is as varied as ever, spanning more than a century -- the oldest addition is an 1888 wax cylinder recording by a friend of inventor…

posted 2017-03-29 08:29:20 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jenna Elfman returns in "Imaginary Mary," says network TV needs "bolder choices"

(NEW YORK) -- Jenna Elfman returns to network TV with the ABC comedy Imaginary Mary, debuting Wednesday night. In it, she plays a woman who cares only about her career and herself, until she's forced to reevaluate things when she meets a guy with kids. Oh, and she has an imaginary friend. "Her parents were very not there for her, and she had to create an imaginary friend to get her through, to have some person she felt guide her," Elfman explains of the imaginary title character, voiced by Rachel Dratch. It's the first starring role for the Dharma & Greg star since her series Growing…

posted 2017-03-29 08:00:59 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Alec Baldwin says he initially passed on playing Donald Trump on "SNL"

(NEW YORK) -- Alec Baldwin has revealed that he almost passed on playing President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. The actor told Vanity Fair for its April cover story that he originally passed on SNL producer Lorne Michaels' offer to play Trump but changed his mind after a film role fell through. "I was supposed to do a film. And the people who were doing the film were supposed to escrow money to guarantee that I would get paid," he said in a video accompanying the cover story. "And they didn’t put the money in escrow. And that’s when I hung up and said I’m not going to…

posted 2017-03-29 05:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Scarlett Johansson comes out of her "Shell"; May pursue politics someday

(LOS ANGELES) -- Scarlett Johansson dropped a few interesting tidbits in an interview with Good Morning America anchor Michael Strahan Tuesday morning.   The Avengers series star is no stranger to huge action movies, but she admitted that when her current film, the classic Japanese comic-inspired Ghost in the Shell, was first brought to her attention, it, "seemed incredibly daunting," adding that her daughter was still very young. "But I thought, gosh, it's really hard to turn down the opportunity to be front and center for something that has such a built-in fan base," the actress and activist went on. "To be able to have the studio back something like…

posted 2017-03-28 18:00:55 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Family reunion: Will Smith reunites with "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" cast

(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like the cast of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is still, "chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool." In a photo posted to Instagram Monday by Alfonso Riberio, who played the cheerful Carlton Banks on the beloved 90s sitcom, the cast of Fresh Prince is seen hanging out together on a patio near the beach. “Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family,” Ribeiro captioned the pic. Ribeiro's photo included Tatyana Ali who played Ashley; Karyn Parsons who played Hillary; Will Smith, who of course played the delinquent cousin Will; Daphne Maxwell Reid who played the second Aunt Vivian; and Joseph Marcell, who starred as their sarcastic butler, Geoffrey. Noticeably missing…

posted 2017-03-28 14:00:46 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Abby Lee Miller says she's quitting "Dance Moms"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Abby Lee Miller is quitting Dance Moms, she has announced. The reality TV star took to Instagram on Sunday evening to tell her fans that she will no longer participate in her Lifetime series. In the show, Miller teaches young dancers at her Abby Lee Dance Company studios in Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. A rep for Lifetime had no comment when reached by ABC News."For the past six years/seven seasons I have asked, begged, and even demanded creative credit for all the ideas, award-winning routines, themes and costuming to no avail. Today, I was so proud that I went against the producer's…

posted 2017-03-28 12:00:44 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Watch now: "Spider-Man: Homecoming" trailer shows Peter Parker's in over his web-head

(NEW YORK) -- The second trailer for the new Spider-Man movie -- Spider-Man: Homecoming -- just debuted. The new footage rounds out a bit more of the plot: as shown in Captain America: Civil War, Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark/Iron Man has retrofitted Tom Holland's Peter Parker with a Stark tech-filled Spidey-suit to compliment his powers.  But the eager Avenger wannabe soon finds himself in over his head, thanks to Michael Keaton's Adrian Toomes, who becomes the fearsome flying suit-wearing villain, Vulture.  Peter Parker finds this out the hard way after trying to bust some baddies on board the Staten Island Ferry: Vulture blasts the passenger-filled vessel in half with an energy…

posted 2017-03-28 10:00:39 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio