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Actor drops out of "Hellboy" reboot amid whitewashing concerns

(LOS ANGELES) -- An actor cast in the upcoming Hellboy reboot has dropped out of the film’s production amid concerns of whitewashing. For the film, Deadpool baddie Ed Skrein had been cast as fictional character Major Ben Daimio -- who, in the comic book, is Japanese-American. Skrein said in a statement Monday that when he accepted the part, he was unaware of Daimio's heritage. After bearing witness to, "intense conversation and understandable upset," he said in a statement, he decided "to step down so the role can be cast appropriately." "It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds…

posted 2017-08-29 08:00:32 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Reese Witherspoon says actors are calling her about possible season 2 of "Big Little Lies

(LOS ANGELES) -- Will there be a Big Little Lies season two?  Yes, if it's up to Reese Witherspoon. The series star and executive producer says she's up for it, but there's still a hitch. "We're talking about it, but it's sort of up to the writer Liane Moriarty," Witherspoon tells E! News. Moriarty wrote the 2014 best-selling novel on which the Emmy-nominated HBO miniseries was based. Turns out there are plenty of other actors who are up for a second season as well, and not just co-stars Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley. "I have gotten two really interesting calls, but we'll see happens," Witherspoon said about actor…

posted 2017-08-29 08:00:32 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Bachelor in Paradise" recap: Matt says "goodbye" to Paradise, and a new bachelor takes over

(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday night’s Bachelor in Paradise, Matt mades a sudden departure, and a new bachelor was added to the mix. Christen Whitney, from Nick Viall’s season arrived and immediately set her sights on Matt. Jasmine, who gave her rose to Matt last week, told Christen – a virgin -- that he was off limits. Later, she had a private conversation with Matt. When she asked if Matt was committed to Jasmine, he replied that he didn’t want to be tied down to one person. Christen, tearfully insisted to the other ladies that she didn’t want to hurt Jasmine, but asked Matt on a…

posted 2017-08-29 05:00:31 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


HBO claims victory with "Game of Throne" finale ratings

(LOS ANGELES) -- Even some successful shows can have trouble maintaining momentum for the duration of their runs, but that can't be said for HBO's award winning Game of Thrones. The Season 7 finale actually bested its own ratings record Sunday night, pulling in 12.1 million viewers, according to Entertainment Weekly. In a day and age when most people DVR their favorite shows and watch them long after they air live, GOT bucked that trend. Nielsen data notes that when you add in "Live+Same Day" viewership, the total audience increases to 16.5 million people. That's around 36% higher than the show's Season 6 finale.…

posted 2017-08-28 18:00:16 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kim Kardashian West calls dealing with Caitlyn's transition "difficult"; says North doesn't like baby brother, Saint

(NEW YORK) -- On Live with Kelly and Ryan Monday, Ryan Seacrest welcomed Keeping up with the Kardashians star Kim Kardashian West as his guest co-host. Kardashian West got serious about working on the reality show -- which Seacrest executive-produces -- explaining the episodes dealing with her harrowing jewelry robbery in Paris, and her once-stepdad, Bruce Jenner, transitioning to Caitlyn, were the toughest to shoot. "I just thought, you know, I've had it. And I would joke with the producers. ... [E]very time something would go wrong, I was like, 'You know what? This would be a real trip if we were really living…

posted 2017-08-28 14:00:12 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kevin Hart challenges celebrity friends to help Hurricane Harvey victims

(LOS ANGELES) -- Kevin Hart is giving back in a major way, and is asking his celebrity friends to do the same. In an Instagram post on Sunday night, Hart challenged some of his famous friends to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey by matching his donation of $25,000 the American Red Cross. “I think we’ve participated in a lot of challenges on the internet. Some meaningful, some meaningless, but we’ve all done ’em,” Hart said in his Instagram video. “At this point, I’m going to start a real challenge.” The actor-comedian tagged Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Beyoncé, Chris Rock, Justin Timberlake and…

posted 2017-08-28 12:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Robert Downey Jr.'s "Perry Mason" reboot picked up by HBO

(LOS ANGELES) -- HBO has formally picked up Robert Downey Jr.’s reboot of the legal drama Perry Mason. The project has two new writers and is rapidly moving forward with Downey Jr. set to play Erle Stanley Gardner’s classic character, an unorthodox private investigator and defense attorney named of course, Perry Mason. Gardner created the character in the early 1930s, and since then, Mason has been featured in more than 80 novels and short stories, a radio series and six feature films in the 1930s. Mason was also brought to life in the early 1950s as a comic strip, but perhaps the best…

posted 2017-08-28 10:01:04 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Texas Chainsaw Massacre" director Tobe Hooper dead at 74

(LOS ANGELES) -- Director Tobe Hooper, who revolutionized horror movies with his low-budget 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, died on Saturday at 74, Variety reports.  According to the magazine, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said it was a natural death. Shot on a budget of less than $300,000, Texas Chainsaw Massacre popularized a low-fi aesthetic shaped the look of horror movies for a generation. In 1982, Hooper directed another horror classic -- Poltergeist -- this time working in the big time, with Steven Spielberg as writer and producer. Hooper also was responsible for a 1979 TV adaptation of Stephen King's novel Salem's Lot. Hooper's peers took to social…

posted 2017-08-28 08:00:06 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"The Hitman's Bodyguard" tops weekend box office for second week in worst August box office weekend in decades

(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hitman's Bodyguard maintained its place at number one in what turned out to be the weakest August weekend at the movies in more than 20 years. The film earned an estimated $10 million dollars in the states, but there's a chance that when the final numbers come in, the total could wind up in the single digits -- a two-year-low. Annabelle: Creation took second place with a $7.35 million haul. Third place belonged to one of the week's new releases, Leap! -- the animated adventure starring Elle Fanning, Dane Dehaan, Carly Rae Jepsen and Kate McKinnon -- taking in…

posted 2017-08-28 05:01:02 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Game of Thrones" season finale: "The Dragon and the Wolf"

(NEW YORK) --After a thrilling season, Sunday night's Game of Thrones season finale didn't disappoint. We found out that Jon Snow's real name is Aegon Targaryen, and that he's the rightful heir to the Iron Throne.  Also, Jon and Daenerys -- who are nephew and aunt -- finally did it, and Lord Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger, came to a bloody end, courtesy of Arya's dagger.  And oh yeah: the zombie dragon, ridden by the Night King, melted a huge chunk of the wall, and let the Army of the Dead march through. Here's how it all went down: King's Landing It's…

posted 2017-08-28 05:01:02 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Place your bets! Who might buy it during Sunday's "Game of Thrones" finale?

(LOS ANGELES) -- (SPOILER WARNING) As we head into this weekend's season seven finale of Game of Thrones, we've already lost a few major characters and even a dragon -- but there has yet to be that classic Thrones "Red Wedding"-like stunner.  FiveThirtyEight's pop culture expert Walt Hickey helped ABC News sort out the odds as to who could meet their makers Sunday night. On the edgeHickey has The Mountain at 1-to-2 odds to die, with both Littlefinger and Beric Dondarrion coming in at even money. The Mountain protects the queen and if a fight breaks out when Daenerys Targaryen and company visit King's Landing, he's an easy…

posted 2017-08-25 18:00:08 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Sterling K. Brown on lobbying for "Black Panther" part: "I get to take my kid to go see a black superhero movie"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Sterling K. Brown is excited about the release of his upcoming film, Black Panther, because to him it offers an opportunity for black representation. “I get to take my kid to go see a black superhero movie and he gets to see an image of himself as the man,” the This Is Us star tells People magazine. "Chadwick Boseman looks like me. He looks like my son." Boseman stars as Black Panther's title character, aka T'Challa, the superhero king of the mythical African nation of Wakanda, the most technically-advanced nation on the planet. Brown says when he was a youth,…

posted 2017-08-25 14:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio