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2016-08-23

Idris Elba Training to Fight for Real

(LONDON) -- Star Trek: Beyond baddie Idris Elba is apparently fulfilling his "lifelong ambition" to be a proficient fighter. People reports he has partnered again with Discovery for Idris Elba: Fighter, a limited series for which the already imposing actor has been training to be a kickboxer with the intention of "testing himself" against professional fighters.  Elba has experience kickboxing for fitness, but the show will reportedly take him to various countries -- including Cuba, Japan, South Africa, and Thailand -- to hone his skills. The series may premiere in early 2017, but the fighting is about to get underway. The actor just posted a…

posted 2016-08-23 18:00:57 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Law & Order" Veteran Stephen Hill Dead at 94

(MONSEY, NEW YORK) -- Steven Hill, who for years played gruff District Attorney Adam Schiff on Law & Order, has died. The World War II Navy vet-turned character actor, who also appeared on the original Mission: Impossible TV series, was 94. In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, L&O producer Dick Wolf said, "Steven was not only one of the truly great actors of his generation, he was one of the most intelligent people I have ever met...He will be missed but fortunately he can be seen ubiquitously on Law & Order reruns." Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

posted 2016-08-23 14:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Report: Chris Rock's Divorce Finalized

(NEW JERSEY) -- Chris Rock's 20-year marriage with Malaak Compton is officially over. According to TMZ, the two appeared before a New Jersey judge Monday to finalize their divorce. Rock and Compton were married in 1996 and have two daughters together, Zahra, 12, and Lola, 14. The pair, who separated in 2014, reportedly have a third child originally from South Africa, Ntombi, 8, who was never officially adopted but lived with Rock's family from the age of six months. Although Chris has reportedly been in contact with his biological children, he's maintained that Ntombi is not his child. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

posted 2016-08-23 14:00:54 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Linda Thompson's 'Earth-Shattering' Moment: When She Learned Caitlyn Jenner's Gender Identity

(LOS ANGELES) -- In a vivid and candid memoir, lyricist Linda Thompson is opening up about her relationship with music icon Elvis Presley and, later, her marriage to the person now known as Caitlyn Jenner. She also opens up about the “earth-shattering” moment when, she says, Jenner revealed a deeply held secret. Thompson, 66, chatted with ABC News’ Chris Connelly about her book, A Little Thing Called Life. "My happiness was complete until that day when Brody was 18 months old and Brandon was just about 3½,” she said, speaking of her sons with Jenner, “and my remarkable husband came…

posted 2016-08-23 12:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Consumer Watchdog Group Objects to Kardashian Social Media Posts

(NEW YORK) -- Are the Kardashians illegally bombarding you with advertising? One group says yes, and wants something done about it. The consumer watchdog group Truth in Advertising says the Keeping Up with the Kardashians clan is illegally advertising stuff on social media. It's documented over 100 Instagram posts that it says should have been marked sponsored or paid for. It claims Kylie Jenner had the "most problem posts" among the family members. It's given the family a week to take those posts down, or else it'll ask the Federal Trade Commission to open an investigation. Since the Truth in…

posted 2016-08-23 10:00:46 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jennifer Lawrence Is Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actress, Says "Forbes"

(NEW YORK) -- No big surprise here, really -- Jennifer Lawrence is the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. That’s according to Forbes, which says the Oscar-winner earned around $46 million before taxes in the last 12 months.  As for why it’s no surprise: Lawrence, who turned 26 last week, recently wrapped up her starring role in the blockbuster Hunger Games film franchise, of which she had a piece of the profits.  It also made her one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actresses, even though she made $6 million more last year. Coming in a distant second is Ghostbusters star Melissa McCarthy, 45,…

posted 2016-08-23 08:41:40 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Shannen Doherty Reaches Settlement in Cancer Lawsuit

(LOS ANGELES) -- Shannen Doherty has reached a confidential settlement in her $15 million lawsuit against her ex-managers for allegedly mismanaging her health insurance, TMZ reports. The Beverly Hills, 90210 star, who is being treated for breast cancer, sued an accounting firm last year for allegedly letting her health insurance policy lapse in 2014. Doherty claimed she couldn't re-enroll until last year, and that her cancer would have been detected earlier had she'd been insured. According to court documents obtained by the gossip website on Monday, both sides agreed to settle the matter late last week. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All…

posted 2016-08-23 08:00:41 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Bachelor in Paradise": Ashley I. Leaves, Returns, and Cries

(NEW YORK) -- No matter how hard she tries, Ashley Iaconetti just can't convince Jared Haibon to fall in love with her. She continued to pine over Jared on Monday night's episode of Bachelor in Paradise, sobbing to him, "Nothing makes me happier than being with you." Jared, who's involved on the show with Caila Quinn, could not have been more honest in his response. "I do care about you, but not romantically," he said. The message still didn't get through to Ashley, not even when Jared gave his rose at the rose ceremony to Caila instead of her. Ashley…

posted 2016-08-23 05:00:36 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ben Affleck Celebrates 44th Birthday with Family Vacation

(NEW YORK) -- Ben Affleck turned 44 years old last Monday, and he celebrated with a family trip. Ben, his estranged wife Jennifer Garner, 44, and their three children spent some quality time at a Montana resort, where, an insider tells People magazine, "The family spent the week together and enjoyed outdoor activities like hiking, biking and swimming." The family has spent a lot of time together, including a recent trip to Europe while Affleck was shooting the upcoming film Justice League in London. "Ben is happiest when he's spending time with his family," explains the source. "It was a great birthday."…

posted 2016-08-23 05:00:36 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-08-22

"Bachelorette" Couple JoJo and Jordan Celebrate Engagement

(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite the recent drama with Jordan Rodgers' ex-girlfriend, he and “Bachelorette” partner JoJo Fletcher celebrated their engagement with family and friends this past weekend. Fletcher shared a photo of the happy couple with family and friends Sunday and wrote that the party was actually a surprise. "My heart is so full!" Fletcher, 25, captioned the snap. "Jordan and I were going out to what we thought was just a little dinner with friends but instead walked into a room full of both our friends and family to celebrate in our engagement. We are so incredibly blessed. #fletchersmeettherodgers."…

posted 2016-08-22 18:00:52 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Keegan-Michael Key, Cobie Smulders Graduate to "Friends from College"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Netflix has picked up Friends From College, an ensemble comedy featuring Keegan-Michael Key and Marvel movie series co-star -- and former How I Met Your Mother lead -- Cobie Smulders. The half-hour series centers on a group of former Harvard classmates in their 40s, according to the subscription service. Harvard alum spouses Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco are producing the eight episode series; Stoller will direct the lot.Nick is a comedic mastermind," said Cindy Holland, Netflix’s VP of original content. "With Friends from College, he and Francesca have created a world that is both moving and very,…

posted 2016-08-22 14:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

After "Spider-Man" Casting Backlash, "Guardians" Director Backs Zendaya

(LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel director James Gunn is responding to the race controversy surrounding Zendaya's rumored role as Peter Parker love interest Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man: Homecoming, after some on social media attacked the idea that MJ, a white character in the comics, could be played by a person of color. In a lengthy Facebook post, Gunn -- who directed the Marvel mega-hit Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel -- writes in part, "I do not believe a character is the color of his or her skin. When Michael B Jordan was cast as Johnny Storm I didn't understand the uproar," he writes, referring to the recent Fantastic Four movie reboot.…

posted 2016-08-22 12:00:42 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio