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2016-02-02

Adele's Rep Says She Didn't Give Permission for Presidential Candidates to Use Her Songs

(NEW YORK) -- Being British, Adele has no say in the upcoming presidential election, but the pop superstar does have an opinion when it comes to candidates using her songs for their campaigns. Adele's rep tells ABC Radio, "Adele has not given permission for her music to be used for any political campaigning."  That means that Donald Trump, who's been using "Rolling in the Deep" and "Skyfall" at various campaign events, is doing so without Adele's consent.  Mike Huckabee, who made a parody video about the Iowa caucus based on "Hello," also didn't obtain permission.  Not that it did him…

posted 2016-02-02 10:00:33 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Helen Mirren Stars in Funny New Budweiser Anti-Drunk-Driving Super Bowl Commercial

(NEW YORK) -- Dame Helen Mirren wants you to know it’s not cool to drive drunk.  And she’s mincing no words in delivering the message. In a new Budweiser commercial titled "Simply Put" that’ll air during the Super Bowl, the elegant, 70-year-old Oscar-winner sits in a restaurant booth as the server delivers a huge hamburger and a plate of fries.  Addressing the camera, Mirren – who refers to herself as “the collective we” – says she’s “dumbfounded people still drive drunk.” She continues: “I’ll sum it up like this.  If you drive drunk, you, simply put, are a short-sighted, utterly…

posted 2016-02-02 08:11:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Cuba Gooding Jr. Plays O.J. Simpson in "American Crime Story," Premiering Tonight

(NEW YORK) -- The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, which takes a look back at the football star's murder trial, premieres on FX Tuesday night at 10 p.m. Eastern time. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays Simpson, who was acquitted in 1995 of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman. When asked whether he paid attention to the case as it unfolded, the Oscar winner replied, "The only thing I remember was the chase and then when he surrendered to the police. The next thing I paid attention to was the not-guilty verdict." Gooding…

posted 2016-02-02 05:00:17 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

More Oscar Presenters Announced

(LOS ANGELES) -- The second round of Oscar presenters has been revealed. Oscar producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced the names of 13 celebrities who will be on hand to present awards during the ABC telecast on February 28.  Chris Rock will host the ceremony. "These artists have enriched the international movie-going experience with a range of memorable work from the comic to the profound,” the producers said in a statement. “In the process, they have won over millions of fans, and we count ourselves among them.” The actors are Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Quincy Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Jared…

posted 2016-02-02 05:00:17 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"The Bachelor" Recap: Ben and the Bachelorettes Visit Mexico

(NEW YORK) -- The Bachelor went south of the border Monday night, with Ben Higgins and the 11 remaining bachelorettes traveling to Mexico City. Following their arrival, Amanda, a mother of two children, landed the first one-on-one date. In an awkward moment, Ben decided to interrupt the ladies, including Amanda, as they were sleeping. Ben and Amanda enjoyed a hot air balloon ride over ancient ruins. Later, she discussed her ex-husband and how their marriage fell apart. She implied that he cheated on her. Ben was understanding, and gave her a rose. "Please know that anything about you, Amanda, is…

posted 2016-02-02 05:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-02-01

David Bowie Reportedly Leaves Estate Worth $100 Million

(NEW YORK) -- David Bowie left an estate valued at about $100 million, the BBC reports. Bowie's will, filed Friday in New York City under the late rock icon's legal name, David Robert Jones, reportedly states that half will go to his widow, model Iman. She also receives the home she shared with her late husband in New York City. Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, and daughter, Alexandria Zahra Jones, both received 25 percent of the estate, with Alexandria also receiving a home in upstate New York. Bowie's personal assistant, Corinne Schwab, was left $2 million. A former nanny, Marion Skene,…

posted 2016-02-01 18:00:04 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

George Clooney Says Academy Changes a "Good Idea," but Don't Address the "Real Problems"

(LOS ANGELES) -- George Clooney believes that while the Academy's announced changes to its membership policy in response to the Oscars diversity controversy is a positive first step, more needs to be done. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted unanimously over a week ago to make the voting members "significantly" more diverse, with the goal to double the number of women and diverse members by 2020. The vote came after stars like Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith, and Spike Lee said they will not attend the upcoming Oscars ceremony. When ABC Radio asked Clooney whether…

posted 2016-02-01 14:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Louis C.K. Debuts Surprise New Web Series, "Horace and Pete"

(NEW YORK) -- There's a brand-new series starring Louis C.K. and it's available now.  If that's news to you, you're not alone. The actor and comic surprised pretty much everyone Saturday, when he debuted a new project via his website: a show titled Horace and Pete.  The announcement was about as low-key as you can get. "Hi there. Horace and Pete episode one is available for download.  $5,  Go here to watch it," C.K. writes in a brief post titled "A Brand New Thing from Louis C.K."  "We hope you like it.  Regards, Louis." Set in a Brooklyn, N.Y. bar,…

posted 2016-02-01 14:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"The Birth of a Nation" Wins Top Prizes at Sundance Film Festival Awards

(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Nate Parker's directorial debut, The Birth of a Nation, swept the top prizes at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival Awards Saturday night in Park City, Utah. The film, which received a standing ovation during its screening, is based on the true story of how slave Nat Turner led a rebellion in 1831. Fox Searchlight announced Tuesday it won a record-making bidding war to acquire the film's worldwide distribution rights. The studio expects to release the project by Parker, who also wrote, produced and starred in the film, later this year. The Birth of Nation marks the…

posted 2016-02-01 10:00:51 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Gilmore Girls" Update Coming to Netflix

(NEW YORK) -- Gilmore Girls is coming to Netflix, reviving the TV series centered on single mother Lorelai and the intense bond with her daughter, Rory. Although there's no word on a title or a premiere date, Netflix confirmed Friday that stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, who portrayed Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, respectively, will return to the Amy Sherman-Palladino dramedy. Scott Patterson, who played diner owner Luke Danes, and Kelly Bishop, who portrayed Emily, are also set to return along with original stars Sean Gunn and Keiko Agena. The series went off the air in May 2007 after seven…

posted 2016-02-01 10:00:50 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Eric Church, Chris Stapleton Lead Country Music's ACM Nominations

(NASHVILLE) -- Eric Church and Chris Stapleton are the leading nominees for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards.  Each singer received five nods. Among his nominations, Church has nabbed his first for Entertainer of the Year; he's also up for Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year, for Mr. Misunderstood, among other categories.  As for Stapleton, he's scored his first nods for Male and New Male Vocalist of the Year, and for Album of the Year, for Traveller. Cam, Chris Young and Little Big Town scored four nods each; Chris Janson, Thomas Rhett and Miranda Lambert…

posted 2016-02-01 08:53:18 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Spotlight," Idris Elba, Brie Larson Win at SAG Awards

(LOS ANGELES) -- Trophies were handed out Saturday night in Los Angeles at the 2016 Screen Actors Guild Awards, and although some winners were expected, many were shocked to make their way to the podium. Idris Elba had a really good night, making history by winning two awards, for his roles in the film Beasts of No Nation and the TV series Luther. As expected, Leonardo DiCaprio took home a trophy for his role in The Revenant, and Brie Larson also took the stage to accept an award for her performance in Room. Spotlight won the award for movie cast.…

posted 2016-02-01 05:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio