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2016-02-01

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

"Kung Fu Panda 3" Tops the Box Office

(NEW YORK) -- Kung Fu Panda 3 fought its way to #1 at the weekend box office. The animated sequel, featuring the return of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie and Dustin Hoffman, earned an estimated 41 million dollars during its debut weekend. It knocked The Revenant out of the top spot. The Oscar-nominated drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, slipped to second place, raising 12.4 million dollars. The drama The Finest Hours, based on the true story of a 1952 Coast Guard rescue during a blizzard, opened in the fourth spot, collecting 10.3 million dollars. The Marlon Wayans spoof Fifty Shades of Black…

posted 2016-02-01 05:00:29 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Grease: Live!" Offers Dedication to Star Vanessa Hudgens' Late Father

(NEW YORK) -- The Fox musical production Grease: Live! aired Sunday night, and it closed with a dedication to star Vanessa Hudgens' father, who passed away over the weekend. Earlier on Sunday, the 27-year-old actress, who played Rizzo, tweeted, "I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer. Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers." She wrote in a separate tweet, "Tonight, I do the show in his honor." A dedication to Hudgens' father was included at the end of the three-hour broadcast. Grease: Live! also starred Dancing…

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

2016-01-31

Call Her Frenchy: Carly Rae Jepsen Stars in "Grease Live!" Tonight

(NEW YORK) -- For five months in 2014, pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen starred on Broadway in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella.  But she says even that live theater experience didn't make her role as Frenchy in tonight's two-hour extravaganza Grease Live! any easier. "Cinderella was a great learning process for me, but I can’t say that anything could totally prepare me for Grease Live," Jepsen tells ABC Radio. "'Cause Grease Live! is a whole new beast!"  She explains, "It’s adding camerawork, it’s adding a different level of choreography and just all these new challenges that I find really exciting." Grease…

posted 2016-01-31 05:00:27 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-01-30

Screen Actors Guild Awards Take Place Tonight

(LOS ANGELES) -- Award season rolls on tonight with the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. TNT and TBS will air the ceremony live at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, 5:00 p.m. Pacific time. The casts of Straight Outta Compton, Spotlight, The Big Short, Beasts of No Nation and Trumbo are all nominated for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.  On the TV side, the casts of Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House of Cards and Mad Men vie for the top drama prize.  The casts of The Big Bang Theory, Key & Peele, Modern Family, Orange…

posted 2016-01-30 05:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-01-29

Kim Basinger Joins "Fifty Shades of Grey" Sequel

(NEW YORK) -- Kim Basinger has been added to the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. The Oscar-winner will play Elena Lincoln, the business partner and former lover of Christian Grey, in the upcoming sequel Fifty Shades Darker, Variety reports. Jamie Dornan is expected back as Grey, while Dakota Johnson will reprise her role of Anastasia Steele. Production will begin in the spring, with a release date set for February 10, 2017. Fifty Shades Freed, the third planned film in the franchise, will debut in 2018. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016-01-29 18:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard Share Homemade "Vacation Music Video" of Trip to Africa

(NEW YORK) -- Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are reminiscing about their trip to Africa with a fun homemade music video. The couple created a "vacation music video" set to Toto's 1982 hit song "Africa," in which Bell and Shepard's goofy personalities are on full display. The music video shows Bell and Shepard lip-syncing and dancing to "Africa," while embarking on a safari adventure. The video also includes multiple cameos made by African wildlife, such as zebras, gorillas, giraffes, and cheetahs. "This was our last trip before having kids. Our sole objective was to rage hard and honor Toto properly,"…

posted 2016-01-29 14:00:44 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Oscars Announce Diverse Mix of Presenters

(LOS ANGELES) -- The producers of the Oscars have announced the first round of presenters for the upcoming ceremony, and it's more diverse than its controversial list of acting nominees. Several celebrities were named presenters on Thursday, including Benicio Del Toro, Whoopi Goldberg and Kevin Hart. The other presenters revealed so far are Tina Fey, Ryan Gosling, Charlize Theron and 9-year-old Room star Jacob Tremblay. This year's Oscars have come under fire due its all-white field of acting nominees. Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as Spike Lee, have said they won't attend the ceremony, which…

posted 2016-01-29 10:00:39 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio