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2017-12-08

"Just Getting Started" leads this week's new releases

(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening in wide release on Friday: * Just Getting Started -- An ex-F.B.I. agent and an ex-mob lawyer in the Witness Protection Program -- played by Tommy Lee Jones and Morgan Freeman, respectively -- must put aside their petty rivalry to avoid a mob hit. Renee Russo and Glenne Headly -- in her final movie roll -- also star. Rated PG-13. * The Disaster Artist -- This dramedy -- based on a true story and expanding to wide release -- features Dave Franco as an aspiring actor who signs on to star in a project written, directed and financed by his buddy -- played by brother James Franco. Initially a critical flop,…

posted 2017-12-08 05:00:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-12-07

J.K. Rowling defends casting of Johnny Depp in "Fantastic Beasts" sequel

(LONDON) -- Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has issued a statement defending the casting of Johnny Depp in the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, a sequel to the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Depp will play the titular villain Gellert Grindelwald in the upcoming film -- he made a cameo as the character in the first Fantastic Beasts movie. His casting has been a source of controversy due to the allegations of domestic violence against the actor from his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard. "When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he'd be wonderful in the role,"…

posted 2017-12-07 18:00:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ayesha Curry and Anthony "Spice" Adams dish on ABC's "The Great American Baking Show"

(NEW YORK) -- Ayesha Curry and Anthony "Spice" Adams have teamed up to host the third season of ABC's The Great American Baking Show, airing tonight. The two, who consider themselves food enthusiasts, are dishing on the flavorful season and why they were so excited to join the show, which is based on the popular Great British Bake-Off. "I wanted to do this show so badly is because baking and cooking are totally two different worlds, " Curry tells ABC Radio. "And I have a cooking background -- not so much baking. So I wanted to join...so I could learn a little bit about that world."…

posted 2017-12-07 16:00:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jimmy Kimmel's wife: "I want to be the one to tell Billy what his dad did for him"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel's wife broke her silence on her son's health battle and her husband's powerful monologue calling for health care reform, saying she hopes to be the one to tell her son "what his dad did for him." "I don't necessarily like that everyone knows what's going on with the health of my child," Molly McNearney, who is also the co-head writer for her husband's show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "It's scary to make yourself vulnerable the way we have, but the encouragement that we're helping other people far outweighs my fears about our lack…

posted 2017-12-07 14:02:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ryan Reynolds to star in live-action "Pokemon" movie

(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Reynolds has been tapped to star in the upcoming live-action Pokemon movie, Detective Pikachu, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Reynolds will start as the titular detective, and though the movie is described as "live-action," The Hollywood Reporter describes Reynolds' part as "motion-capture in nature." The Deadpool star joins The Get Down's Justice Smith and Big Little Lies actress Kathryn Newton in the film. The plot revolves around Reynolds' Detective Pikachu, who helps out a teen whose father -- portrayed by Smith -- has been kidnapped. Shooting is set to begin in London in January. Reynolds' Deadpool sequel is set to open next June. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2017-12-07 11:45:06 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Games of Thrones" not returning until 2019, says Sophie Turner

(NEW YORK) -- Maybe this will be good news for Game of Thrones fans who don't want the series to end, but bad news for fans anxiously awaiting the show's eighth and final season: star Sophie Turner says it isn't coming until 2019. HBO hasn't announced an official air date, just promising the show sometime in 2018 or 2019, but Turner, who plays Sansa Stark, tells Variety in a new interview, "Game of Thrones comes out in 2019."The final season is already two months into shooting and Turner says that on the job the cast and crew is very conscious of the impending end of the series.…

posted 2017-12-07 10:02:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Queen biopic, "Bohemian Rhapsody," gets new director

(LONDON) -- The Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has a new director. Variety reports that Dexter Fletcher has been hired to finish the film after Bryan Singer was fired as director earlier this week.  Fletcher's directorial credits including Eddie the Eagle, a 2016 film biopic about British ski jumper Eddie Edwards, and Sunshine on Leith, an adaptation of the jukebox musical built around the songs of the Scottish band The Proclaimers. Singer was fired Monday for what a source close to 20th Century Fox told ABC News was a pattern of unreliable behavior on the set.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio's decision to oust Singer came after a growing conflict between Mr. Robot star Rami…

posted 2017-12-07 08:12:33 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Reese Witherspoon reportedly slapped with lawsuit over "Gone Girl"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Reese Witherspoon, whose HBO show Big Little Lies took home 5 Emmys earlier this year, is reportedly being sued for another of her producing efforts: the hit 2012 psychological thriller Gone Girl. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Lesley Weller claims that she sent a copy of her screenplay -- called Out of the Blue -- to a script consultant in 2005, and that the book Gone Girl, which came out nearly a decade later, was copped from her screenplay. Weller claims both focus on a married couple who are drifting apart, and contain a twist in which the wife is…

posted 2017-12-07 07:09:28 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Alec Baldwin blasts late night hosts for being "grand juries"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Alec Baldwin isn't happy with the state of late night TV, singling out Last Week Tonight's John Oliver and The Late Show's Stephen Colbert on Wednesday. Talk shows were once promotional pit stops for some blithe chit chat about movies, etc,” Baldwin tweeted, adding, “Now the likes of @iamjohnoliver and @StephenAtHome have flipped that and they are beginning to resemble grand juries.” That post led to a series of follow-up tweets where the 59-year-old actor, facing a backlash from followers, clarified his comments, insisting that he didn't express a “preference” in his initial comments before calling someone who criticized his “obtuse”…

posted 2017-12-07 05:00:19 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-12-06

"Thor" scene-stealer Tessa Thompson, Whoopi, team up for "Furlough"

(LOS ANGELES) -- IFC has acquired the distribution rights to air Furlough, a new comedy staring Tessa Thompson and Whoopi Goldberg. According to Variety, the story will follow Thompson's character, a woman working part-time at a jail who also must take care of her aging mother, played by Goldberg. While at work, Thompson is ordered to accompany an, "unruly prisoner on an emergency furlough to visit her dying mother." During the trip, things begin to fall apart. Oscar winner Melissa Leo will play the unruly prisoner, while fellow Oscar winner Anna Paquin -- as well as Edgar Ramirez and La La Anthony -- round out the…

posted 2017-12-06 18:00:04 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Tom Cullen hit the history books to prepare for epic roles in "Knightfall" and "Gunpowder"

(NEW YORK) -- Tom Cullen knows his way around a period piece. The Welsh actor stars in not one, but two, historical TV series this month: Knightfall, debuting on the History channel tonight, and Gunpowder, premiering on HBO December 18. In the 14th century-set Knightfall, Cullen stars as Knights Templar leader Sir Landry, a warrior who gains newfound purpose when he learns the Holy Grail has resurfaced. Cullen says he was meticulous about getting the historical details just right. "I just think if you're doing a period piece like this, you have to bathe yourself in as much literature as possible because…

posted 2017-12-06 14:30:32 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Alleged Harvey Weinstein victims file racketeering suit against him & The Weinstein Company

(LOS ANGELES) --  Six California women filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, claiming his “unwanted sexual conduct” amounted to racketeering. Though racketeering is a crime usually seen in organized crime cases, in this instance, the plaintiffs claim they were victimized by what the suit calls the "Weinstein Sexual Enterprise" -- a group of people and entities that combined "to facilitate and conceal his pattern of unwanted sexual conduct." The lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by ABC News, names The Weinstein Company, TWC’s board of directors -- including New York Knicks owner James Dolan -- and others "currently unknown but…

posted 2017-12-06 13:05:05 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio