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"Fantastic Beasts" Levitates Past Half Billion Dollar Mark

(LOS ANGELES) -- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling's spinoff of the Harry Potter franchise, has topped the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, Sue Kroll, Warner Brothers’ president of worldwide marketing and distribution announced Wednesday. The film, starring Eddie Redmayne, opened at number one in the United States on November 18, earning $74.4 million its first weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This past weekend, it had its premiere in China, where it grossed $41.1 million, beating out Disney’s Moana. So far, Fantastic Beasts has taken in $161 million domestically and $344 million internationally. As of Tuesday, the film's global box-office stood at $505 million…

posted 2016-12-01 08:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Stars Shine and Light Up the Tree on "Christmas in Rockefeller Center"

(NEW YORK) -- The stars were out Wednesday night for the annual lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, kicking off Christmas season in New York City on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center. The all-star live musical event, hosted by Today show crew Matt Lauer, Natalie Morales, Hoda Kotb and Al Rooker, featured special guest appearances from Alec Baldwin, Kate McKinnon and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who helped throw the switch to light the tree. Performers included Tony Bennett, Neil Diamond, Sarah McLachlan, Pentatonix, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Tori Kelly, Josh Groban, Jordan Smith and…

posted 2016-12-01 05:00:31 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


No WiFi? No Problem - Netflix Now Lets Users Download

(NEW YORK) -- Ever want to watch a Netflix show or movie, but you're stuck on a plane or train with no WiFi? Well, that's no longer a problem. Today, the streaming service announced that, "members worldwide can now download in addition to stream great series and films at no extra cost." Films and shows can be downloaded to a tablet, phone or computer, just like Apple's iTunes service. "We’ve often heard [members] also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited," the official release said. "Just click the download button…

posted 2016-11-30 18:00:26 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Decades After Vatican Rebuke, Scorsese Screens "Silence" for the Pope

(ROME) -- Thirty years ago, Martin Scorsese -- who was raised Catholic, and even thought of becoming a priest before he found cinema -- was rebuked by the Vatican for his controversial film The Last Temptation of Christ.  The movie, which starred Willem Dafoe as a Jesus Christ wracked with doubt, and who has sex with Mary Magdalene in a dream sequence -- was deemed morally offensive by the city-state home of the Pope and the headquarters of the Catholic Church. However, Wednesday was a kind of come-to-Jesus moment for the filmmaker, who was personally invited by Pope Francis to meet the pontiff, who screened Scorcese's…

posted 2016-11-30 14:00:21 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Uh-Oh" - Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Son "Played Negan" with Hens on Their Family Farm

(NEW YORK) -- Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays skull-cracking baddie Negan on The Walking Dead, appeared as Kelly Ripa's co-host on Live with Kelly Wednesday. Morgan, who lives on a working farm in Upstate, New York, explained his hens are a particular favorite of Gus, Morgan's 6-year-old son with his actress wife Hilarie Burton. Morgan shared a story about a momentarily scary "art imitating life" moment Gus pulled off on the farm, that left the audience -- but fortunately not the livestock -- in stitches.   "I see him crawling out of the chicken coop, all dressed in black with a red scarf on and a…

posted 2016-11-30 12:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Walmart Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Accepts Plea Deal

(NEW JERSEY) -- Kevin Roper, the Walmart truck driver who crashed into the limo van carrying comedian Tracy Morgan on the New Jersey Turnpike in June of 2014, accepted a plea deal Tuesday that allows him to enter a pre-trial intervention program. If Roper successfully completes the program's 300 hours of community service, all charges will be dismissed and he'll avoid trial for the crash that killed Morgan's friend, comedian James McNair and left the Saturday Night Live alum severely injured. Roper had no record prior to the accident and was eligible for the non-prosecution diversion program as a first-time offender. Roper's defense attorney, David Glassman, told reporters…

posted 2016-11-30 10:00:59 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Lin-Manuel Miranda Tackles "The Kingkiller Chronicle"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Lin-Manuel Miranda, star and creator of the smash Broadway musical Hamilton, will lend his talents to feature film and TV series adaptations of Pat Rothfuss' The Kingkiller Chronicle. He'll serve as creative producer, while composing original music and writing songs. Miranda also has an option to be involved in future stage productions. The series of books and novellas, which centers on the wizard Kvothe, has sold 10 million copies.  Says Miranda, "Pat Rothfuss’ Kingkiller books are among the most read and re-read in our home...Pat also writes about the act of making music more beautifully than any novelist I’ve ever read. I can’t wait…

posted 2016-11-30 08:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"The Voice" Recap: Dolly Parton Performs, Blake Shelton Loses Two Artists

(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the 10 artists who performed Monday learned that Austin Allsup and Courtney Harrell, from Blake Shelton’s team, were sent home. Dolly Parton opened the show, joined by Jennifer Nettles -- both of whom star in Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love, airing Wednesday on NBC -- and The Voice top 10 artists for a performance of “Circle of Love.” Later, Dolly was joined by her goddaughter Miley Cyrus and a capella group Pentatonix for a performance of Parton’s hit, “Jolene.” Afterward, host Carson Daly took the opportunity to…

posted 2016-11-30 05:01:06 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and Ghost Rider Return to ABC Tonight

Bumped for presidential election coverage, and for David Blaine's Beyond Magic special, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns to ABC Tuesday evening. With it comes the return of Gabriel Luna's Ghost Rider, the demonic alter-ego of his character Robbie Reyes. Reyes, who in the Marvel comic is the third to go by the name of Ghost Rider, made a deal with the devil in order to avenge a horrible attack on his family.  That deal transforms the muscle car-driving mechanic into a living symbol of vengeance against evil, complete with a flaming skull and super-strength. Luna tells ABC Radio that he's been having a blast letting loose as…

posted 2016-11-29 18:00:19 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Pretty Little Liars Star Ashley Benson Supports Dog Rescue This #GivingTuesday

(LOS ANGELES) -- Want to make Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson happy this holiday season? Forget presents. Instead, make a donation to her favorite charity. The actress is leading by example, starting this #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday -- the antidote to Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- is a worldwide day of giving centered on supporting various charities. Ashley has teamed up with PayPal to spread the word. “PayPal has been supporting #GivingTuesday for the last five years and the reason that I got involved was because they actually match all donations by one-percent,” she explains to ABC Radio. “So it ensures that a hundred-and-one-percent of your…

posted 2016-11-29 14:00:16 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Moonlight" Shines at Gotham Independent Awards

(NEW YORK) -- Moonlight shone at the 26th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards on Monday night, taking home four awards including best feature film. The coming of-age story directed by Barry Jenkins won awards for best feature, best screenplay, best ensemble performance and best film audience award. The movie, which was inspired by the short play In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue by Tarell Alvin McCraney, chronicles the life of Chiron, a Miami teenager who grapples with his sexuality and a complicated home life. Trevante Rhodes portrays Chiron in the film. During the ceremony, Jenkins expressed his gratitude for his cast,…

posted 2016-11-29 12:00:14 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Idina Menzel Talks "Beaches" Remake as New Trailer Debuts

(LOS ANGELES) --  Idina Menzel has some big shoes to fill: She's starring in a remake of Beaches, the 1988 tearjerker with Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. But the "Let It Go" singer says she's a bit unsure about how the movie will be received -- in fact, she's convinced that she's going to get slammed by people who loved the original. The Beaches thing is a TV film, it's on Lifetime/A&E so we'll see how that does," she told reporters recently. "It'll certainly be a love/hate thing I'm sure, for some." Menzel, 45, will play Bette Midler's role of C.C.,…

posted 2016-11-29 10:00:10 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio