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2014-08-15

Lindsay Lohan on Her Stage Debut: 'I’ll Probably Mess Up'

(LONDON) -- Lindsay Lohan apparently has the jitters ahead of her first big acting gig since leaving rehab.The 28-year-old is preparing for her stage debut in a London production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, and admits being worried she’ll “mess up” her first night on stage.“I think it’s just the idea of when it starts, on opening night, that’s what makes me the most nervous,” Lohan told U.K.’s Daily Mail. ”I’ll probably mess up on the first night just out of fear.”The show opens Sept. 24 at London’s Playhouse Theatre, and Lohan begins rehearsals later this month.“I’m excited about the rehearsals,…

posted 2014-08-15 05:42:21 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ben Affleck on Batman Role: 'I Wouldn't Have Done It If I Didn't Think I Could Do It'

(NEW YORK) -- Batman fans were not happy when it was announced that Ben Affleck would portray the Caped Crusader in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, but the actor says in a new interview that he wouldn't have taken the part if he didn't think he could handle it.Affleck tells Entertainment Weekly, "Before I took the role, Warner Bros. gave me a bunch of past reactions to casting and said, 'Are you sure you want to get into this? This is part and parcel of these movies now. There's a lot of active fans with a…

posted 2014-08-15 05:37:09 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Chuck Todd Replacing David Gregory as Host of "Meet the Press"

(WASHINGTON) -- Meet the Press will have a new host beginning next month.NBC News President Deborah Turness announced Thursday that Chuck Todd, the organization's political director, will replace David Gregory as moderator of NBC's Sunday-morning public affairs program. Todd, 42, will assume his new role on Sept. 7.Todd will become the 11th permanent moderator of Meet the Press, which premiered in 1947. He will give up his current roles as NBC News' chief White House correspondent and the anchor of MSNBC's The Daily Rundown.Gregory is leaving NBC News after nearly 20 years. He became moderator of Meet the Press in…

posted 2014-08-15 05:19:28 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Disney Airing "Aladdin" in Honor of Robin Williams This Weekend

(NEW YORK) -- One of Robin Williams' most memorable performances -- certainly to Disney fans who grew up in the 1990s -- came in his role as the Genie in the animated film Aladdin. In honor of the late actor and comedian, Disney will air the movie on its cable networks this weekend.You'll be able to watch Aladdin on the Disney Channel this Saturday at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, and on Disney XD on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Eastern time. It will also air on Disney Junior Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern time and…

posted 2014-08-15 05:11:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Movie Review: "The Expendables 3" (PG-13)

(NEW YORK) -- With enough gratuitous violence to make director Michael Bay blush, The Expendables are back in The Expendables 3.  This time around, Sylvester Stallone’s Barney Ross and his band of merry mercenaries have to take out a major arms dealer. Unbeknownst to them, that arms dealer turns out to be Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson), Barney’s ruthless former “Brother” and co-founder of The Expendables, whom Barney also believed was dead. The mission goes wrong, leaving Caesar (Terry Crews) near death and Barney at a crossroads. His new CIA contact, Drummer, played with typical casual cool by Harrison Ford, would…

posted 2014-08-15 03:00:58 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Movie Review: "The Giver" (PG-13)

(NEW YORK) -- Almost 20 years in the making, producer and star Jeff Bridges helps bring Lois Lowry’s popular young adult sci-fi novel The Giver to the big screen by hiring director Phillip Noyce (Salt, The Quiet American, Rabbit-Proof Fence) to navigate the novel’s post-apocalyptic, vanilla, idyllic and yet stringent vision. Please note, this review isn’t coming from someone who’s read the book, but I know enough about it to highlight a couple of differences, chief among them that the main character, Jonas, is 12 years old in the novel. In the movie, he’s 17 and played by 25-year-old actor…

posted 2014-08-15 03:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2014-08-14

Michael J. Fox 'Stunned' by Robin Williams' Parkinson's Diagnosis

(LOS ANGELES) --  Actor Michael J. Fox was "stunned" to learn Robin Williams battled Parkinson's disease.Fox tweeted his response Thursday after Williams' wife, Susan Schneider, released a statement saying her husband was in the early stages of Parkinson's disease. Williams, 63, was found dead in his California home on Monday."Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly," read the statement from Schneider. "It is our hope in the wake of Robin’s tragic passing,…

posted 2014-08-14 17:31:38 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Robin Williams Was in Early Stages of Parkinson's Disease, Wife Reveals

(NEW YORK) -- Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease when he died of an apparent suicide, his wife has revealed. In a statement Thursday, Susan Schneider said, in part, "Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly." Schneider said elsewhere in her statement that she hopes her husband's death encourages others who are struggling with depression and other issues to seek help. "Robin spent so much of his life…

posted 2014-08-14 13:42:30 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Baby North West Makes Modeling Debut

(LOS ANGELES) -- She may be only 13 months old, but Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's daughter North West already knows how to strike a pose.The toddler made her modeling debut in CR Fashion Book, draped in Chanel.The black and white photo shows North looking to the side, wearing a sweater with a black flowered Chanel brooch and one of the designer’s signature quilted bags resting on her little legs.Beside the photo is a quote from the fashion house’s creative director, Karl Lagerfeld: “It is never too early to care about fashion.”West is the youngest subject of CR’s story “Legends,”…

posted 2014-08-14 10:58:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

What Was "Scandal" Creator Shonda Rhimes' First Job?

(NEW YORK) -- Long before writer and producer Shonda Rhimes started in Hollywood, the creator of hit TV shows including Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and Private Practice had a very different career path."I was 16 and had been volunteering at the local hospital," she reveals in Marie Claire. Ultimately, it was her love of fashion that made Rhimes switch jobs."One day, I wanted a miniskirt and a hot-pink, off-the-shoulder top -- it was the '80s, and I wanted to look like Madonna," Rhimes explains. "My mother told me that I could wear trashy clothes when I had my own money. So…

posted 2014-08-14 10:17:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Robin Williams Tribute Planned for Emmy Awards

(NEW YORK) -- The producers of this year's Emmy Awards broadcast are planning a tribute to the late Robin Williams, who died of an apparent suicide on Monday.In a statement obtained by ABC News, Don Mischer, the executive producer of the Emmys broadcast, said, "Plans for the In Memoriam segment are in discussion. While we are all still coming to terms with this week’s tragic news, we are working to give Robin Williams the proper and meaningful remembrance he so well deserves."Some critics felt last year's Emmy Awards ceremony was too depressing because it included special tributes to five deceased…

posted 2014-08-14 09:16:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

SWV Deals with All New Drama on New Season of "SWV Reunited"

(NEW YORK) -- Fans have been patiently waiting for new music from SWV. And with their hit WeTV reality show, SWV Reunited, music lovers thought they were closer than ever to hearing Cheryl "Coko" Clemons, Leanne "Lelee" Lyons and Tamara "Taj" George together again. But fans will quickly see in season two of their show, that a comeback album is proving difficult. One reason it's hard is because Taj recently suffered a seizure and battled pneumonia. She tells ABC News Radio that she's "great" after that episode, but has another health issue affecting her singing voice. "Now, the only thing…

posted 2014-08-14 07:26:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio