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2017-01-25

James Gunn Gives Sneak Peek at "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" Score

(LONDON) -- During a Facebook Live session at historic Abbey Road Studio in London on Wednesday, writer-director James Gunn and composer Tyler Bates gave fans a sneak peek -- or listen -- at some of the score from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The music, written by Bates, was performed by a full orchestra, in the same location where the scores for Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and the original Guardians of the Galaxy were recorded. The snippet, conducted by Tim Williams, sounded epic indeed. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which again stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley…

posted 2017-01-25 12:00:54 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kerry Washington on Work-Life Balance, and Fans Playing "Find the Bump" on "Scandal"

(LOS ANGELES) -- In an interview on Wednesday's Good Morning America, Kerry Washington opened up about how she hid her baby bump while filming the new season of her hit ABC series Scandal."You could play a really fun game for the first...five episodes of 'find the bump,'" Washington joked of the new season, which premieres Thursday night."After that, the bump is gone," Washington added. "'Cause we shot five episodes before I ... gave birth."Washington and her husband, former NFL player Nnamdi Asomugha, welcomed their second child, Caleb, on Oct. 5. The couple also have a 2-year-old daughter, Isabelle.Washington added that…

posted 2017-01-25 10:00:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

John Legend Sings the Praises of Ryan Gosling's "La La Land" Musical Chops

He’s an Oscar-winning composer and amazing piano player, so it probably takes a lot to impress John Legend musically.  But John says Ryan Gosling, his co-star in the Oscar-nominated movie musical La La Land, managed to do it. In La La Land, Gosling plays Sebastian, a talented but ultra-traditional jazz pianist. John plays his musician friend Keith, who finds success by pushing the boundaries of what people normally think of as jazz.  While it was easy for John to play a musician -- and to contribute a song to the soundtrack -- Gosling had work to do to pass himself off as a pro. "I worked a…

posted 2017-01-25 10:00:48 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Madam Secretary" Star Tim Daly Breaks Both Legs in Skiing Accident

(LOS ANGELES) -- Writers and producers of CBS’ Madam Secretary are weighing their options in the wake of star Tim Daly breaking not one, but both legs in a skiing accident while on vacation in Sundance, Utah recently. Variety reports Daly, who plays Henry McCord, wife of show star Tea Leoni’s Elizabeth McCord, is scheduled to undergo surgery today, and will need about two months to recover.  The question: does the show write around the injury, or incorporate it into the plot? Regardless of which option producers choose, Daly will continue to appear in the current season, the drama’s third, which sources tell Variety is already far…

posted 2017-01-25 08:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs Says This Year's Oscar Nominations Represented Inclusion

(LOS ANGELES) -- Following last year's #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, says the diverse slate of 2017 Oscar nominees announced Tuesday was made possible by "an abundance of films that represented inclusion." Isaacs, who was re-elected for her fourth term as president of the Academy in August, says making inclusion a priority has been a process. "We know, all of us in the film business, that the cycle and the life of a motion picture during its production marketing and distribution can happen in many different ways and it just…

posted 2017-01-25 05:00:36 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-01-24

#OscarsSoWhite Founder: "One Year Does Not Make Up for over Eighty Years of Underrepresentation"

(LOS ANGELES) -- April Reign, the activist who launched the #OscarsSoWhite movement, is speaking out about the Academy Award nominees saying a diverse nominations list does not erase, "eighty years of underrepresentation." Reign, who is a former attorney and the managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com, released a statement this morning offering her thoughts on the 2017 Oscar nominations list. The nominations, in which 35 percent of the acting nominees are people of color, include the likes of Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Barry Jenkins and Joi McMillion, who is the first African-American woman to be recognized by the Academy for editing. "This year’s slate of Oscars nominees highlights…

posted 2017-01-24 18:00:57 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Director Rian Johnson Snaps Picture of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" Opening Shot

(LOS ANGELES) --  A day after it was revealed that the next chapter in George Lucas' galaxy far, far away would be called Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the writer and director of the movie, Rian Johnson, Instagrammed a picture of the movie's opening shot.  Well, technically, it doesn't reveal anything but the first shot of the movie's "crawl," the introduction that has led off every Star Wars theatrical film -- except the stand-alone blockbuster Rogue One -- but hey, it's something.  "Felt so good to drop this into the cut this morning," Johnson captioned the image, which was snapped in an edit bay, the movie projected before…

posted 2017-01-24 18:00:57 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

#OscarsSoWhite Founder Speaks Out on Academy Nominations: "One Year Does Not Make Up for over Eighty Years of Underrepresentation"

(LOS ANGELES) -- April Reign, the activist who launched the #OscarsSoWhite movement, is speaking out about the Academy Award nominees saying a diverse nominations list does not erase, "eighty years of underrepresentation." Reign, who is a former attorney and the managing editor of BroadwayBlack.com, released a statement this morning offering her thoughts on the 2017 Oscar nominations list. The nominations, in which 35 percent of the acting nominees are people of color, include the likes of Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, Mahershala Ali, Barry Jenkins and Joi McMillion, who is the first African-American woman to be recognized by the Academy for editing. "This year’s slate of Oscars nominees highlights…

posted 2017-01-24 18:00:57 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Dancing with the Stars" Co-Host Erin Andrews Reveals Battle with Cervical Cancer

(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars co-host and ESPN personality Erin Andrews revealed Tuesday that she battled cervical cancer late last year.The 38-year-old told Sports Illustrated's MMQB in a new interview that she underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Oct. 11.At the time, Andrews, who is also a sideline reporter on Fox NFL Sunday, missed two tapings of DWTS, but told her oncologist: "I’m not watching any football games at home. This is [Fox’s] Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl."Five days later, she was back to work on the sidelines of…

posted 2017-01-24 14:00:55 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Oscar Nominees React: "What a Morning!"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are some of the reactions from this year's Oscar nominees, following the nominations announcement Tuesday morning: Emma Stone, Best Actress nominee, La La Land:  "What a morning...The greatest part of life is connecting with people, and I love the deeply talented, kind and passionate people I was lucky enough to work with on this movie. I'm also overjoyed that the movie has connected with audiences in the way it has, and that it's hopefully bringing a kick in their step to those who watch it. This is beyond any of our wildest imaginings and we can't wait…

posted 2017-01-24 12:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Newly-Minted Oscar Nominee Mel Gibson Welcomes Ninth Child

(LOS ANGELES) -- On the day his career comeback appears official, thanks to Best Director and Best Picture Oscar nominations for Hacksaw Ridge,  Mel Gibson has something of a personal nature to celebrate as well: he's become a dad for the ninth time. Gibson, 61, and his girlfriend of two years, Rosalind Ross, 26, welcomed Lars Gerard Gibson into the world on January 20, People reports. A source tells the magazine, "They're thrilled and Lars is adorable. Their family is all around them and Mel is over the moon. They're home and everybody is healthy and happy!"   A rep for Gibson has confirmed the details to ABC News.…

posted 2017-01-24 10:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"La La Land" Ties Oscar Nominations Record with 14

(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Modern-day musical La La Land leads the nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards with a record-tying 14 nods.  The only other movies that have received that many nominations are All About Eve and Titanic.  The film, about a jazz pianist and an aspiring actress who fall in love, is up for, among other categories, Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor and Actress for stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. The sci-fi drama Arrival and Moonlight, about a boy from a broken home coming to terms with his sexuality, both have eight nominations. Manchester By…

posted 2017-01-24 08:00:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio