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2016-01-27

Josh Gad Channels Donald Trump for Epic "Lip Sync Battle"

(NEW YORK) -- The Comedians star Josh Gad channels Donald Trump on the upcoming episode of Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle. Gad, dressed as the Republican presidential hopeful, sporting a bad wig and shorts made out of money, delivers a performance of the Divinyls' 1991 hit, "I Touch Myself." The 34-year-old comic and actor also rides a Miley Cyrus-style wrecking ball, in a nod to her 2013 hit. At the end of the performance, he brings out his opponent, The Big Bang Theory's Johnny Galecki, and the two kiss. The episode airs Thursday on Spike TV. Copyright © 2016, ABC…

posted 2016-01-27 18:00:14 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"American Crime's" Regina King: "Better Stories Being Told" on TV

(LOS ANGELES) -- Amid all of the talk of diversity in Hollywood, American Crime star Regina King says TV provides better opportunities than does the film industry. "There are just better stories being told," she explains to ABC Radio. "Cable just opened things up. I mean, look, when you're talking about like an American Crime, you have this opportunity, it's almost like a 10-hour movie. So you have more space to explore a character or a story than an actual movie." Despite Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and Spike Lee, protesting the Oscars, King says she'll tune in, and she…

posted 2016-01-27 14:00:09 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Showtime Renews Freshman Drama "Billions"

(NEW YORK) -- Showtime's new drama, Billions, has been picked up for a second season. Set in the world of New York high finance, Billions stars Paul Giamatti, former Homeland star Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff and Malin Akerman.  It debuted earlier this month to 6.5 million viewers. Billions airs Sunday nights on Showtime. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016-01-27 14:00:09 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Elvis Presley's First #1 Hit, "Heartbreak Hotel," Released 60 Years Ago Today

(NEW YORK) -- January 27, marks the 60th anniversary of the release of "Heartbreak Hotel," which became Elvis Presley's first #1 hit on the Billboard pop singles chart. The song was among the first tracks Presley recorded for RCA Records after the label purchased his contract from Sun Records. "Heartbreak Hotel" was written in 1955 by Mae Boren Axton -- mother of singer/songwriter Hoyt Axton -- and Tommy Durden, inspired by a newspaper story about a man who'd committed suicide and left a note that read, "I walk a lonely street." According to The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits,…

posted 2016-01-27 10:00:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

White British Actor Joseph Fiennes Cast to Play Michael Jackson?

(LONDON) -- According to The Guardian, British actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast to portray the late music legend Michael Jackson in an upcoming British TV film based on a reported road trip following the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York. In the aftermath of the tragedy -- which happened the day following the second taping of his 30th Anniversary Tribute concert at Madison Square Garden -- the King of Pop reportedly rallied close friends Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in a mad-dash attempt to make it back to California. Both Hollywood legends took part in the glitzy tribute, which was…

posted 2016-01-27 10:00:05 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Record Price Reportedly Paid at Sundance Film Fest for Slave Drama

(PARK CITY, Utah) -- If there's one film generating buzz at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, The Birth of a Nation is it.  And it's already set a record. Fox Searchlight Pictures has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the slave drama for a reported $17.5 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  That's the most ever paid for a film at Sundance. The Birth of a Nation, which will be released later this year, is based on the true story of Nat Turner, who orchestrated a slave uprising in 1831 Virginia. Nate Parker wrote, directed and stars…

posted 2016-01-27 10:00:05 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Carol," "The Danish Girl," "Empire" Nominated for GLAAD Media Awards

(NEW YORK) -- GLAAD has announced the nominees for its annual GLAAD Media Awards, recognizing and honoring media for their fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives. A couple of Oscar-nominated films received nods: Carol and The Danish Girl. They are joined by Dope, Freeheld and Grandma in the Outstanding Film -- Wide Release category. TV nominees include the Fox hit Empire; the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, Master of None and Sense8; Amazon's Transparent; and Caitlyn Jenner's E! reality series, I Am Cait. The 27th…

posted 2016-01-27 05:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Danny Glover Suggests Getting Rid of the Oscars

(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Danny Glover thinks Hollywood can solve its diversity problems by doing away with the Oscars altogether. “Artists are the gatekeepers of truth,” Glover told Variety while promoting the indie flick Mr. Pig, which had its premiere Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival. “[But] I don’t see diversity in film in the world at all anymore.” Glover explained that in the 1970s, he could easily go to mainstream theaters and watch Italian, Japanese and African films. But now, big-budget movies are kicking these “real” stories out of theaters, and now all he can find is a very…

posted 2016-01-27 05:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-01-26

Tina Fey & Amy Poehler to Present SAG Award to Carol Burnett

(LOS ANGELES) --Two of the funniest and most successful women in comedy today will help honor one of the women who paved the way for them. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will present the Life Achievement Award to Carol Burnett at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Fey and Poehler are no strangers to awards shows, of course, having completed three widely acclaimed stints as co-hosts of the Golden Globe awards. Burnett, 82, has won five Golden Globes and six Emmy Awards during her more than 50 years in entertainment. The Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony will air live…

posted 2016-01-26 18:00:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Miley Cyrus to Star in Woody Allen Amazon Series

(NEW YORK) -- Singer Miley Cyrus reportedly is heading for another TV series, but you can bet it won’t be anything like Hannah Montana. Deadline reports Cyrus will star in Woody Allen’s upcoming Amazon series. She’ll act in the show alongside Allen and famed screenwriter-director Elaine May. According to Deadline, the series -- the title of which hasn't yet been revealed -- will consist of six half-hour episodes and is set in the 1960s. Allen wrote the scripts and will direct. Production begins in March. Cyrus most recently appeared in Sofia Coppola’s A Very Murray Christmas on Netflix.  She shot…

posted 2016-01-26 18:00:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Barney Miller," "The Godfather" Star Abe Vigoda, Dead at 94

(NEW YORK) -- Abe Vigoda, best known for playing the morose Detective Fish on TV's Barney Miller and its spinoff, Fish, and for portraying Tessio in the Godfather films, has died, ABC News has confirmed.  He was 94 years old. Vigoda's daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, tells ABC News that her father died Tuesday in her home, where he'd been staying ahead of Winter Storm Jonas. "I went into the kitchen to make coffee, came back and he was gone,” Fuchs tells ABC News Radio. About her father, Fuchs added, "He believed in all nationalities, all religions, all people.  He had…

posted 2016-01-26 14:13:48 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

American Faker: Phony Bradley Cooper Partying at Sundance

(PARK CITY, Utah) -- Bradley Cooper isn't in Park City, Utah for the annual Sundance Film Festival -- which is apparently giving a look-alike a chance to try to party in the actor's stead. The New York Post reports the suave suspect walked into a private party for the Sundance contender White Girl on Saturday, but the celebrity subterfuge didn't last.  Organizers bounced the ersatz Oscar nominee, but not before he threatened "You're done for!" and flashed "proof" of his ID his real-life counterpart decidedly wouldn't: "He pushed a button on an iPhone and had a picture of The Hangover as his…

posted 2016-01-26 14:00:20 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio