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Hi-Ho! The new voice of Kermit the Frog speaks

(LOS ANGELES) -- Matt Vogel has made his debut as the new body and voice behind Muppet Kermit the Frog. The Sesame Street veteran replaced longtime puppeteer and voiceover artist Steve Whitmire, who played Kermit for more than 25 years. He succeeded the Muppets' creator, Jim Henson, who was the original voice of Kermit. Henson died in 1990. Apparently, it isn't easy being green: Whitmire's split with the Muppets brand -- which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney -- was reportedly ugly, with the company and even Brian Henson, Jim's son, complaining of alleged unprofessional behavior on Whitmire's part. Whitmire denied the accusations, but allowed…

posted 2017-08-30 14:00:09 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Star Trek: Discovery" captain Sonequa Martin-Green: "You have to understand how much of a pillar it is to our culture"

(LOS ANGELES) -- When Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24, it won't just face scrutiny from legions of loyal Trekkers, but also from the television industry, as CBS uses the latest Stark Trek spinoff as a cornerstone in the development of its subscription streaming service, CBS All Access, where Star Trek: Discovery will run. The pressure is being felt on all sides. Star Sonequa Martin-Green, who plays the lead role of Commander Michael Burnham -- yes, a female character with a male name -- understands the stakes. “Anyone doing a new iteration of Star Trek, you have to understand how…

posted 2017-08-30 12:00:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Sandra Bullock donates $1 million to Harvey relief efforts

(LOS ANGELES) -- Sandra Bullock has joined the actors, musicians and other entertainment world figures who have made substantial donations to help Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. People reports that the actress has donated $1 million to the Red Cross relief efforts. “This is an incredible gift. We’re so thankful. It’s times like this when we do receive such an incredible amount of support. Especially during times of disaster, people see what’s happening in Texas and our hearts all go out to them,” Elizabeth Penniman, vice president of communications for American Red Cross national headquarters, tells the magazine. “Having someone like Sandra Bullock…

posted 2017-08-30 10:00:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Property Brothers" star Drew Scott revealed as first "Dancing with the Stars 25" celeb

(NEW YORK) -- Drew Scott, one half of the home improvement reality TV show Property Brothers, will compete on season 25 of Dancing with the Stars.  Scott was the first celebrity to be revealed for the upcoming season . The popular real estate agent, known for flipping houses with his identical twin brother, Jonathan, announced on Good Morning America Wednesday that he'll compete for the Mirror Bally trophy with pro partner Emma Slater, who won season 24 of the competition. Drew's brother sent him a special message on GMA, wishing his twin "good luck" on the dance floor. "I am the brother with the rhythm," Jonathan Scott…

posted 2017-08-30 08:56:44 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Maisie was obsessed" - How fan Ed Sheeran ended up in "Game of Thrones"

(LOS ANGELES) -- If you still want more Game of Thrones, HBO has just introduced a new behind-the-scenes series about season 7 called Game Revealed.  The first installment is now available on YouTube, and it examines episode one, featuring that infamous Ed Sheeran cameo.  In it, we learn that Ed's appearance on the show wasn't really about him at all: It was about Maisie Williams and her character, Arya. In Game Revealed, Game of Thrones showrunner David Benioff explains, "We knew [Ed] was a fan of the show, and we knew that Maisie was obsessed with him, so we always…

posted 2017-08-30 08:00:02 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Jerry Before Seinfeld" trailer takes viewers back to comedian's roots

(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld is returning to standup comedy for a new Netflix special, Jerry Before Seinfeld, and on Tuesday the streaming service released the special's first trailer. The show features not only Seinfeld in performance at The Comic Strip, but also Jerry looking back at his upbringing and his early years in comedy.  In the trailer, Seinfeld, standing in front of his middle-class childhood home in suburban Long Island, New York, compares his childhood to that of comic legend Richard Pryor. "Would I have been funnier if I grew up in Peoria in a whorehouse raised by prostitutes? Absolutely," he jokes.…

posted 2017-08-30 08:00:01 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

'Bachelor in Paradise' recap: Daniel and the "Tickle Monster" return, as Corrinne speaks

(NEW YORK) -- On Tuesday’s episode of Bachelor in Paradise, Lacey was excited at the return of Daniel, though both Christen and Jasmine set their sights on the Canadian bachelor as well. Though he considered all three girls, Daniel ultimately gave his rose to Lacey. Matt made a surprise appearance at the rose ceremony, coming back just long enough to give his rose to Jasmine, who was less than thrilled with the gesture that kept her on the show. Jack gave his rose to Christen, though things were about to get infinitely more complicated, with the arrival of “Tickle Monster”…

posted 2017-08-30 05:27:05 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kathy Griffin no longer sorry about bloody Trump photo: "The whole outrage was B.S."

(LOS ANGELES) -- Comedian Kathy Griffin wound up apologizing back in May when a photo she posted to social media of herself with a bloody decapitated head of Donald Trump sparked outrage.  A ferocious backlash ensued, and the comedian lost gigs and was subject to a Secret Service investigation. She quickly apologized for the photo, then staged a bizarre press conference in which she blamed the incident on President Trump. "He broke me!" she said through tears. If she was sorry then, she's reversed course now. Speaking to the Australian television program Sunrise, Griffin said, "I'm no longer sorry.  The whole outrage was B.S.""The whole thing…

posted 2017-08-30 05:00:26 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Demetria McKinney introduces official "Bobbi Kristina" trailer

(LOS ANGELES) -- TV One's Bobbi Kristina biopic premieres this October and the official trailer for the TV movie is finally here.   Singer-actress Demetria McKinney, who plays Bobbi Kristina's late mother Whitney Houston, posted the trailer on her Instagram account, along with the message, "I am both excited and nervous for you guys to see it!" The movie will focus on the untold story of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the sole child of Whitney and Bobby Brown.  Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her home outside Atlanta in January 2015 and died at age 22 of pneumonia after spending six months in a coma. In 2016, Bobbi Kristina's former boyfriend, Nick…

posted 2017-08-29 18:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

The Rock, Kim Kardashian, other stars pledging money to Hurricane Harvey relief

(LOS ANGELES) -- Comedian Kevin Hart recently used his new #HurricaneHarveyReliefChallenge to urge some of his famous pals to pony up for those affected by the killer storm. Now some are taking up his challenge. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the first star to be tagged by his Jumanji co-star, has replied, pledging $25 grand. He added, "Stay strong Houston and hold onto faith. Me and my family know what you're going thru. We survived the eye of Andrew and became stronger - so will you. All my love and strength." And Johnson wasn't alone.  On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian West tweeted, "Houston we are praying for you! My…

posted 2017-08-29 14:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Southern theater ends decades-old "Gone with the Wind" screenings after racism complaints

(TENNESSEE) -- A Memphis theater that has played Gone with the Wind every year for the past 34 years has ended its annual screening after critics called the 1939 Oscar-winning epic "racially insensitive." While the August 11 screening at the The Orpheum Theatre went on as planned, next year's showing will not. Critics are calling the move -- which comes as Civil War monuments are being torn down in the United States -- "cultural cleansing." For its part, Brett Batterson, president of the Orpheum Theatre Group, said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly, "...[T]he Orpheum has made this determination early in response to specific inquiries…

posted 2017-08-29 12:00:43 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Patton Oswalt announces new Netflix comedy special

(LOS ANGELES) -- Comedian Patton Oswalt, is returning to Netflix with a new stand-up comedy special on October 17.  The hour-long show, titled Annihilation, was filmed at Chicago's Athenaeum Theatre this summer.  The special delves into how Oswalt has been coping since the sudden death of his wife, Michelle McNamara, which left him with the sole responsibility of raising their seven-year-old daughter, Alice. Oswalt discusses how he worked his way through the pain with humor, and how he has become a stronger person. Oswalt released his first Netflix special, Talking for Clapping, last April. It won an Emmy, and the album version earned a Grammy.…

posted 2017-08-29 10:00:39 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio