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2014-08-19

Legendary TV Announcer Don Pardo Dead at 96

(NEW YORK) -- Legendary television announcer Don Pardo died Monday evening, an NBC spokesperson has confirmed to ABC News. He was 96. Pardo is strongly associated with NBC, and in particular its sketch-comedy program Saturday Night Live. He served as the announcer for SNL for virtually its entire run, beginning with its premiere season in 1975. Pardo did not participate in the show's seventh season. During his distinguished career, Pardo also lent his voice to several game shows, including early versions of Jeopardy! and The Price Is Right. Pardo, who began his relationship with NBC as a radio broadcaster in…

posted 2014-08-19 13:15:54 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

David Letterman 'Had No Idea' Friend Robin Williams 'Was in Pain'

(NEW YORK) -- During his Late Show installment Monday night, David Letterman spent a segment memorializing his friend of 38 years, Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide last week.Letterman recalled the first time he and a group of comics saw Williams, in the 1970s at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. For some reason, Letterman said, Williams was introduced as having come from Scotland, which made the comics complacent -- until they saw him perform. "It was like nothing we had ever seen before. Nothing we had ever imagined before. We go home at night and are writing…

posted 2014-08-19 07:31:58 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin's Italian Wedding Plans

(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney and his fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, will probably tie the knot next month, at his villa in Lake Como, Italy, sources tell E! Online."George has always loved Como, he finds it very peaceful and relaxing and now Amal has fallen in love with the area as well," according to a source, who adds, "They want to start their married life there with the beautiful lake as a backdrop.”Another thing that makes Como an ideal location, according to the source, is that the 53-year-old actor’s home “is like a very well-oiled machine. He has the local mayor…

posted 2014-08-19 06:58:46 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Debbie Reynolds to Receive SAG Life Achievement Award

(NEW YORK) -- Debbie Reynolds is set to receive the highest award from the Screen Actors Guild. She'll receive the 51st SAG Life Achievement Award at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in January.The Singin' in the Rain star has spent over 60 years in the business, starring in over 50 films, plus two TV series and two Broadway shows. She's been nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, an Emmy and a Tony during her accomplished career."She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records. Her…

posted 2014-08-19 06:51:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Seth Meyers Details What TV Lovers Can Expect During Primetime Emmys

(LOS ANGELES) -- Don't expect much singing and dancing when Seth Meyers takes the reigns at the Primetime Emmys. He can't even sing and dance, according to a new GQ profile.Instead, the late-night talk show host said television lovers can expect "just really well-written jokes."The Emmy Award-winner is particularly looking forward to his opening monologue. "As the night goes on, more people are upset because they haven't won -- but the monologue is the one time of the night when everyone is in a really good mood. And positive. And optimistic," he explained.The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, being held inside…

posted 2014-08-19 06:43:26 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Christian Bale and Wife Welcome Second Child

(NEW YORK) -- Christian Bale is a dad again. The American Hustle actor has welcomed his second child with wife Sibi, his rep confirmed to People. They are proud parents to a baby boy. No further details have been released.Bale, 40, and Sibi, a former model and makeup artist, are already parents to a 9-year-old daughter. They were notoriously private about the second pregnancy and never made a formal announcement. Sibi debuted her baby bump while walking the Academy Awards red carpet with Bale in March. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014-08-19 06:40:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kevin Hart Gets Engaged

(NEW YORK) -- Kevin Hart is engaged. The comedian popped the question to his girlfriend, Eniko Parrish.He confirmed the news Monday on his Instagram page. "She said YEEEEESSSSS...... #Happy #MyRib #iF--kingLoveHer," the 35-year-old wrote under a photo of himself and the bride-to-be. He proposed on Parrish’s 30th birthday.Hart has been dating the aspiring model and actress for five years. This will be his second marriage. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

posted 2014-08-19 06:38:05 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

J.K. Rowling Publishes New Harry Potter Story About Singing Sorceress

(NEW YORK) -- J.K. Rowling is using the Pottermore.com website to keep fans engaged in the Harry Potter universe she created.  She's just posted a new short story to the site featuring a brand-new character.The character, Celestina Warbeck, is a singing sorceress who's a favorite of Molly Weasley, Ron Weasley's mom.   An excerpt from the story reads, "Some of Celestina’s best-known songs include 'You Charmed the Heart Right Out of Me' and 'A Cauldron Full of Hot, Strong Love.' Her fans are usually older people who love her grandstanding style and powerful voice. The late 20th-century album You Stole My…

posted 2014-08-19 06:36:41 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Eric Stonestreet Confident "Modern Family" Can Tie "Frasier's" Emmy Record

(LOS ANGELES) -- If ABC's Modern Family wins the Emmy Award for best comedy again, it’ll tie the all-time leader, Frasier, with five wins. Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron Tucker on the series, said he's confident the show is up to the task."We hope we win. It'd be nice," he told ABC News Radio while promoting his new partnership with Swiffer to encourage men to get clean."I don't know how much more love the Emmys have for Modern Family. I feel like we've been around long enough now and won enough Emmys individually and collectively that maybe people are getting…

posted 2014-08-19 06:32:52 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2014-08-18

Lena Dunham Goes Blonde

(NEW YORK) -- Lena Dunham is sporting a new look these days. The Girls star has gone platinum blonde.Dunham, 28, posted a photo of herself with a new, blonde bowl cut on Instagram this past Friday with the caption, "change is good." Some wondered whether Dunham was just wearing a wig, but she proved it was real in another post at a friend's wedding, with her blonde locks parted to the side and pushed behind her ear. The HBO series Girls recently wrapped up filming its fourth season, but a premiere date has not yet been announced. Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var…

posted 2014-08-18 21:54:41 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Mara Wilson Recalls Robin Williams 'Was Different with Grown-Ups'

(NEW YORK) --  Mrs. Doubtfire star Mara Wilson was too devastated last week to talk about the death of her on-screen father, Robin Williams.However, in a new blog post, she opened up about what he was like to work when she was little."Robin would do anything to make me and the other kids laugh," she wrote. "He seemed to know instinctively what we would find funny, and never had to resort to saying anything that was inappropriate for children. He was, after all, a father himself."Williams, who died of an apparent suicide on Aug. 11 at the age of 63,…

posted 2014-08-18 19:14:34 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Taylor Swift Announces Title, Cover for Upcoming Album "1989"

(NEW YORK) --  After dancing with fans while debuting her new single "Shake It Off," Taylor Swift revealed the album cover and title for her new release 1989.During a live stream on Yahoo and ABC News, Swift surprised fans and said, "I have some big news."The first surprise was the song and the second surprise was the title and cover of the new album, which reflects the year she was born."Having been born on Dec. 13 1989, this album is called 1989.Swift has been working on her new album for two years and said she has changed a lot over…

posted 2014-08-18 17:41:55 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio