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2017-03-22

"Gong Show" creator & TV pioneer Chuck Barris dead at 87

(NEW YORK) -- Chuck Barris, the TV producer responsible for The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and most famously, The Gong Show, which he hosted, has died, a family rep confirmed to ABC News.  He was 87. Barris was born in Philadelphia and got his start in TV working for American Bandstand.  He formed his own production company in 1965 launching The Dating Game that year, and The Newlywed Game the following year. While his shows became fixtures of American pop culture, Barris himself became a star in the 1970s with the launch of The Gong Show, a talent show…

posted 2017-03-22 01:15:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-03-21

"Mean Girls" musical, "Hamilton" coming to Washington D.C.'s National Theatre

(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- The Broadway adaptation of a Mean Girls musical took a big step forward, with an announcement it will be coming to Washington’s National Theatre on October 31 of next year. The Tina Fey-written production, which will act as a trial run for a Great White Way bow, is set to run until December 3. What's more, The National also announced that the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton will be coming to the Kennedy Center starting in June of next year, part of its "Broadway at The National 2017-18 subscription package." Tickets for Hamilton will run $210, on top of the membership fee.  Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights…

posted 2017-03-21 18:00:20 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is now an animated film

(LOS ANGELES) -- It's been a hit single, a ringtone and a children's book, and now Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a movie. Production has started on the film, an animated tale based on Mariah's 2015 children's book, which was inspired by the song. It's a straight-to-DVD production that'll also be available on Digital HD and On Demand this holiday season.  Mariah narrates the movie -- in a statement, she says, "I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families." The movie features the voices of Henry Winkler, Lacey Chabert, Phil…

posted 2017-03-21 14:00:14 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Anne Frank Center demands apology from Tim Allen over "Kimmel" comments regarding 1930s Germany

(LOS ANGELES) -- It didn't take long for the backlash against Tim Allen regarding comments he made on Jimmy Kimmel Live! comparing the oppression conservatives in Hollywood feel to the oppression in "'30s Germany."In speaking about attending the inauguration of President Trump, Allen laughed, "in this town -- I'm not kidding. You gotta be real careful. You'll get beat up if you don't believe what everybody believes. It's like 1930s Germany, I don't know what happened," the comic said."Tim, have you lost your mind?" said Steven Goldstein, the executive director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect said in…

posted 2017-03-21 12:00:03 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Puff-Puff? Pass, former pot smoker Woody Harrelson now says

(NEW YORK) -- Woody Harrelson once seemed like the poster child for marijuana.  But the actor, who serves on the advisory board of the marijuana law reform advocacy group NORML, says he hasn't had a puff of weed in nearly a year. "I am a party animal," Harrelson tells Vulture.  "But on the other hand, I haven’t … I’m now extremely moderate and … I actually stopped smoking pot almost a year ago." Harrleson hasn't turned anti-weed.  "I think it’s a great drug, in terms of … Even cops say that the side effect is euphoria," he says.  But he says that after…

posted 2017-03-21 10:00:55 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Get Out" director Jordan Peele to receive CinemaCon director of the year award

(LOS ANGELES) -- Get Out director Jordan Peele is set to receive the CinemaCon Director of the Year Award. CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theater Owners, announced the news today that the sketch comedian-director will be presented with the honor at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards ceremony on March 30 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. “With the phenomenon known as Get Out, Jordan Peele has instantaneously become a force to reckon with as a gifted and enormously talented director and filmmaker,” said CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Neuhauser. “He has audiences and critics around the globe enamored and spellbound, dare I say…

posted 2017-03-21 08:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Penelope Cruz to play Donatella Versace in "American Crime Story"

(LOS ANGELES) -- We learned in January that Lady Gaga would not be playing Donatella Versace in the third season of American Crime Story.  Now we know who will.Penelope Cruz has been cast in the role of the Italian fashion designer, reports Variety.It will be the first major U.S. TV role for Cruz, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2011 for her role in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona.Versace: American Crime Story will explore the murder of Donatella's brother, the designer Gianni Versaci, who was murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan in 1997. Edgar Ramirez has been cast…

posted 2017-03-21 08:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Dancing with the Stars" Season 24 Premieres, Simone Biles Takes an Early Lead

(LOS ANGELES) -- Twelve new celebrities made their debut on Dancing with the Stars Monday night, as the hit reality competition kicked off its twenty-fourth season and 400th episode in high style. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews returned, along with judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Goodman was out for part of last season, with commitments to the show in the U.K., but assured Tom Bergeron that he would be with the show all season. The new cast includes Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy; Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev; comic actor Chris Kattan with Witney Carson; rodeo professional Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess; the iconic Charo with Keo Motsepe; The Bachelor’s Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd; Glee actress and singer Heather Morris with Maksim…

posted 2017-03-21 05:00:44 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-03-20

George Clooney thrills elderly fan with nursing home visit

George Clooney paid an unannounced visit to a U.K. nursing home to visit a fan for her 87th birthday. According to a Facebook post from Linda Jones, a staffer at the Sunrise Sonning Retirement and Assisted Living Facility, "The lady in the picture loves George Clooney and mentions every day how she would love him to meet him, especially as he lives so near to where I work." Jones explained that letters were sent to the star in hopes he'd stop by, since his U.K. home is close to the Reading, England facility. The wish of Pat Adams, the birthday girl, came…

posted 2017-03-20 18:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kim Kardashian West reveals new details of Paris robbery on KUwtK

(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian West revealed new details about when she was robbed of nearly $10 million worth of jewelry last October in Paris.  On Sunday night's episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kardashian West, 36, said, "Paris meant a lot to me. This is where I had so many memories."Here's how each family member detailed the harrowing incident, which occurred around 3 a.m.: KimKardashian West recalled that she heard footsteps, and thinking it was her sisters, she yelled out, "Hello! Hello! Hello," but no one replied. That's when she knew something was wrong.  "My heart started to get really tense," she…

posted 2017-03-20 14:00:35 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"GMA" goes behind the scenes of "Dancing with the Stars'" final dress rehearsal ahead of season premiere

(LOS ANGELES) -- The highly anticipated season 24 premiere of Dancing with the Stars airs tonight on ABC, and Good Morning America took a behind-the-scenes look with former Mirrorball Trophy winner Alfonso Ribeiro at the show's final dress rehearsal. Newly-engaged Nick Viall jumped from one reality show to the next and has already drawn comparisons between DWTS and The Bachelor.  "[A]ll you wanna do is not go home night one," he laughed. Dance music and reality TV star Erika Jayne and her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, have already set the stakes high. Jayne said they "didn't come here to lose," but already promised to forfeit a prized possession to her partner if the duo…

posted 2017-03-20 12:00:27 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Harrison Ford, Reba McEntire, Michael Phelps and others gather for Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night

(PHOENIX) -- Stars from the sports and entertainment -- including actor Harrison Ford, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, country stars Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn, and The Beach Boys' Mike Love -- converged on Phoenix, Arizona's J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa for the 23rd annual Celebrity Fight Night, honoring the life of Muhammad Ali. Other guests included Laila Ali, actresses Melissa Peterman, Gena Lee Nolin and Bo Derek, former Major League Baseball star Kirk Gibson, TV host Larry King and actor Dennis Quaid, who performed with his band, The Sharks.  Ford, along with Italian fashion designer Stefano Ricci, was honored with Celebrity Fight Night Awards, given to those who best embody the qualities associated with the late boxing champ and…

posted 2017-03-20 10:00:23 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio