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2016-08-18

"Harry Potter" Creator JK Rowling Conjures Up New Hogwarts Books

J.K. Rowling -- to the delight of fans -- is back with a new series of eBooks that will be "Short Stories from Hogwarts." The announcement was made yesterday on Rowling's site Pottermore and the eBooks are coming next month!The three books are titled Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies, Power, Politics and Pesky Poltergeists, and An Incomplete & Unreliable Guide."Pottermore is opening yet another door, with a new set of eBook shorts called 'Pottermore Presents,'" according to the site. "'Pottermore Presents' is a series of bite-sized eBooks that dig deep into the Harry Potter stories, with titbits taken from Pottermore’s archives and…

posted 2016-08-18 18:00:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Suicide Squad" Crosses Half-Billion Dollar Mark

(LOS ANGELES) -- While the reviews may not have been kind, Warner Bros. bad-guys-doing-good mashup Suicide Squad has just crossed the half-billion buck mark at the box office. The movie that set an August record with an estimated  $135 million-plus debut made the mint in just 13 days in theaters worldwide.By comparison, WB's last superhero effort, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, took five days to cross that mark."It is incredibly rewarding to see audiences around the world coming out in such a big way for Suicide Squad," said Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, WB's President of Worldwide Distribution in a statement. "We have…

posted 2016-08-18 14:00:23 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Amy Schumer Says No, "Inside Amy Schumer" Isn't Over

(LOS ANGELES) -- Amy Schumer took to Twitter to assure fans that her acclaimed Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer, isn't over -- a day after she sent a tweet that seemed to say just that. Comedy Central had already greenlighted a fifth season, so when Schumer posted in part, "we aren't making the show anymore" -- then retweeted a fan's response that she'd miss it -- Schumer's followers were rightly confused.  The comment came in response to show writer Kurt Metzger, who made now-deleted controversial social media statements regarding the Upright Citizen Brigade comedy troupe's banning of comedian Aaron Glaser, who had been accused on Facebook of…

posted 2016-08-18 12:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Love Story" Director Arthur Hiller Dead at 92

(LOS ANGELES) -- Arthur Hiller, best known for directing the 1970 romantic tragedy Love Story starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal, died Wednesday in Los Angeles of natural causes, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, for whom he once served as president. He was 92. The Canadian filmmaker started out in radio before directing numerous episodes of television series, including Perry Mason, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and The Rifleman. In addition to Love Story, Hiller directed more than 30 feature films, most notably The In-Laws and Neil Simon's The Out-of Towners and Plaza Suite. Hiller served as the 29th president…

posted 2016-08-18 10:00:15 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"War Dogs" Director Explains Bradley Cooper's "Bloodshot" Look

(NEW YORK) -- Bradley Cooper looks very different than his “Sexiest Man Alive” days in the new film, War Dogs, in which he plays an arms dealer. The actor said he played up the fact that his “eyes get red normally” to achieve his character’s bloodshot look. It was the movie’s director, Todd Phillips, who provided the inspiration for the distinct glasses worn by Cooper’s character. “I remember I emailed Bradley a picture of Jeffrey Dahmer just for the glasses,” Phillips said on Thursday’s Good Morning America, referring to the infamous serial killer. “And I said, ‘He needs to wear…

posted 2016-08-18 10:00:14 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Fired "Criminal Minds" Star Thomas Gibson Joins Twitter: "This Is Not an Ending, but a Beginning as Well"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Less than a week after he was fired from the CBS drama Criminal Minds, Thomas Gibson has joined Twitter to thank fans for their support. The actor launched his Twitter account Tuesday with the following message: "I wish I could thank each of you for your friendship & support. I love Criminal Minds, & I'm disappointed by what's happened." He later added, "The support you show means the world to me and my family. This is not an ending, but a beginning as well. Thank you all." The support you show means the world to me and…

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

Robert Redford Turns 80 Today

(NEW YORK) -- Happy birthday to Robert Redford! The actor, director and activist turns 80 today. He's had a legendary career, starring in such classic films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting and All the President's Men. Redford appeared in various TV projects before landing a role in the 1962 movie War Hunt. He broke through as a major star seven years later with the release of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Redford played the Sundance Kid opposite Paul Newman's Butch Cassidy, both train robbers on the run. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including…

posted 2016-08-18 05:00:05 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-08-17

Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay Trade "Diversity" for "Inclusion"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay are tackling sensitive topics in this week's issue of the Hollywood Reporter, saying they're more focused on "inclusion" than "diversity."DuVernay, who recently hit a major milestone by being the first African-American woman hired to direct a live-action film with a budget exceeding $100 million -- that's A Wrinkle In Time -- tells the Hollywood Reporter she's become weary of the term "diversity." "We aren't sitting around talking about diversity, just like we aren't sitting around talking about being black or being women. We're just being that," she said.  Oprah, who's working with Ava on the upcoming OWN series Queen Sugar, feels the same. "I…

posted 2016-08-17 18:00:08 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kristen Stewart: Relationship with Pattinson Became "Gross to Me"

(NEW YORK) -- Kristen Stewart starred alongside Robert Pattinson in the popular Twilight movies, and, to the delight of the franchise's fans, began dating in real life too.  But the actress now says that the spotlight that was put on their relationship really turned her off. Speaking to the New York Times' T Magazine, Stewart says, "People wanted me and Rob to be together so badly that our relationship was made into a product. It wasn’t real life anymore. And that was gross to me. It’s not that I want to hide who I am or hide anything I’m doing in my life. It’s…

posted 2016-08-17 14:00:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

CBS Announces the Cast of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen. X"

(NEW YORK) -- CBS has announced the cast of the 33rd installment of Survivor. The Fiji-set show will pit Millennials against their (slightly) older counterparts, Gen-Xers. Will Gen-Xers live up to their scrappy, can-do image? Will Millennials survive without safe spaces and WiFi? Tune in to find out when the next season of the Emmy Award-winning series kicks off with a special 90-minute premiere on Wednesday, September 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern on CBS.   Here's a peek at both tribes: Millennials - "Vanua" TribeMichaela BradshawAge: 25Fort Worth, TXVacation Club SalesMichelle SchubertAge: 28Yakima, WAMissionary RecruiterJessica "Figgy" FigueroaAge: 23Nashville, TNBartenderAdam KleinAge: 25San Francisco,…

posted 2016-08-17 12:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

USA Renews "Mr. Robot"

(NEW YORK) -- Your favorite hacktivists just scored another year to take down E Corp.  The hit USA Network drama Mr. Robot has been picked up for a third season, which will debut in 2017. The Emmy-nominated series is currently in its second season. You can catch it Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET. Mr. Robot stars Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson, a cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in an underground hacker group society.  Christian Slater also stars. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016-08-17 10:01:03 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Lady Gaga Officially Starring in "A Star Is Born" Remake

(NEW YORK) -- It's official: After months of speculation, Warner Brothers has announced that Lady Gaga will star in a remake of A Star Is Born. This will be the first feature film lead role for the 30-year-old pop superstar. Gaga will be joined in the new version of A Star Is Born by actor Bradley Cooper, who'll also make his directorial debut. Gaga confirmed the news in a Twitter post Tuesday, writing, "Im elated to be directed by & starring w/ Bradley in this project. He's a brilliant visionary artist. #AStarIsBorn #AStarIsBornCooperGaga." Gaga -- who was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year for the song "Til…

posted 2016-08-17 10:01:02 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio