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expand Jim Nabors, best-known as TV's Gomer Pyle, dead at 87

(HAWAII) -- Actor and singer Jim Nabors, best known for playing lovably naive Gomer Pyle on TV's The Andy Griffith Show and its spinoff, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C, has died at age 87. A representative of Nabors' production company confirmed Nabors' death to ABC News, saying he died peacefully at home in Hawaii at around 4:00 a.m. Nabors joined the hit TV sitcom The Andy Griffith show in its third season in 1962 for what was supposed to be a one-time appearance, but his character's popularity won him a spot as a cast regular.  It also soon earned Nabors his own…

posted 2017-11-30 13:10:30 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Return of the Jedi -- Mark Hamill was "stunned" by his "Star Wars" return

(NEW YORK) -- Mark Hamill makes his highly-anticipated return as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Last Jedi December 15. The veteran actor revealed on Good Morning America Thursday that there are "much bigger surprises" ahead in the latest Star Wars film. Hamill explained his brief appearance at the very end of The Force Awakens was, "the most elaborate entrance of my career...Everybody talks about me for two hours," Hamill laughed, calling the final reveal "a shock." "But, I think there are much bigger surprises in The Last Jedi," Hamill teased Thursday. "In fact, the most important line Luke says…

posted 2017-11-30 12:46:14 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Ridley Scott details how he replaced Kevin Spacey in "All the Money in the World"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Replacing Kevin Spacey in All the Money in the World wasn't easy, but to director Ridley Scott, it was the only option. After Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct by multiple people, a representative for Sony confirmed to ABC News earlier this month that scenes from the film would be re-shot with Christopher Plummerplaying oil tycoon J. Paul Getty. The movie, which centers on the 1973 kidnapping of Getty's teenage grandson, will be released on December 22 as originally planned. "I know I can deliver. I move like lightning. I’m already two scenes ahead. It’s simple! If you know what you’re doing, you don’t…

posted 2017-11-30 09:29:44 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Matt Lauer expresses "sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others"

(NEW YORK) -- Matt Lauer has expressed "sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others" in a statement read on Thursday morning's Today show, his first official public statement since being fired from NBC a day ago in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him. Lauer's statement was read at the beginning of the Today broadcast by host Savannah Guthrie. Lauer says in part of the allegations, "Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed." Lauer was fired…

posted 2017-11-30 06:36:27 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Andrew Kreisberg fired from CW superhero shows following allegations of sexual harassment

(LOS ANGELES) -- Andrew Kreisberg has been fired as executive producer of The CW's four DC superhero shows -- Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow -- following allegations of sexual harassment, Variety reports. “After a thorough investigation, Warner Bros. Television Group has terminated Andrew Kreisberg’s employment, effective immediately,” said the studio in a statement to the magazine on Wednesday. Earlier this month the magazine published a reported claiming that nineteen men and women, many of whom are current or former employees of Kreisberg shows, anonymously came forward to accuse the producer of sexual misconduct which took place over several years, including touching people without permission, asking for…

posted 2017-11-30 06:01:14 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Gwen Stefani, Train, Seal & Pentatonix kick off Christmas season at Rockefeller Center tree lighting

(NEW YORK) -- In one of the surest signs that the holiday season is in full swing, on Wednesday NBC held its annual lighting of the iconic Christmas tree in New York City's Rockefeller Center. Gwen Stefani kicked of the festivities with a performance of "Let It Snow," despite the relatively balmy temperatures in the 50s in New York.  Later she returned to perform the romantic "My Gift Is You" from her new holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas. Gwen will be returning to the network for a Christmas special on December 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  Pentatonix -- who have…

posted 2017-11-30 05:01:15 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio


Gabrielle Union challenges beauty standards, says braids are "professional"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Gabrielle Union is challenging mainstream beauty standards in a new interview with the UK's Byrdie. Union expresses her thoughts on the recent digital altering of Solange Knowles and Lupita Nyong'o's natural hairstyles. Knowles called out the Evening Standard magazine, while Nyong'o called out Grazia after they noticed their hairstyles were retouched without their approval. Both publications later apologized for their actions. "My thing is if you want them on your cover, you want them," Union said. "Why would you change who they are? You obviously want them for all that they bring to the table, so show all of them.…

posted 2017-11-29 14:21:11 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Wonder Woman surprises Kelly Clarkson's daughter with "Wonder"-ful gifts

(LOS ANGELES) -- Not long ago, Kelly Clarkson publicly gushed over her admiration for Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, and spoke about how the movie inspired her three-year-old daughter, River Rose.  Now, Gal has responded by spending River a special surprise. Kelly tweeted a photo of herself and River holding two Wonder Woman figurines, along with an autographed photo of Gadot in full costume.  It's inscribed, "Dearest River Rose, I wish you all the best.  Your mom is the true Wonder Woman!" "THANK YOU SO MUCH @gal_gadot for the awesome presents for River!!" Kelly wrote. "She LOVES them! You’ve made…

posted 2017-11-29 13:24:11 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Avengers: Infinity War" trailer "looks insane," says star Sebastian Stan

(NEW YORK) -- Fans have been flipping out thanks to Marvel Studios' Wednesday reveal of the first trailer to Avengers: Infinity War. One of those is star Sebastian Stan. "It looks insane!" he enthused to ABC Radio, just after the trailer debuted, before adding with a laugh, "I'm just so happy I'm in the movie!" Stan's been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since he first played Captain America/Steve Rogers' childhood pal James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes in 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger.  Audiences saw him reborn as the brainwashed, metal-armed assassin known as the Winter Soldier in the 2014…

posted 2017-11-29 13:11:21 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Michael B. Jordan discusses dating rules, rumors and "Black Panther" in "Vogue" 73 Questions quiz

(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael B. Jordan is not holding back. In the latest edition of Vogue's 73 Questions, Jordan opens up about dating, crazy rumors, world domination and Black Panther. While at his Los Angeles home, Jordan revealed that he does not have a celebrity crush and that he's interested in world domination so he "can leave his mark on the world." He also shared his number one dating rule. "Always pick up the tab, at first anyway," he said. "And she never touches a doorknob." As far as rumors, Jordan says the the craziest one that he ever heard…

posted 2017-11-29 08:16:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Destiny arrives: "Avengers: Infinity War" trailer debuts

(NEW YORK) -- As promised Tuesday, the first full-length trailer for Avengers: Infinity War debuted this morning.  And if you've been waiting for a movie in which all of the Marvel heroes team up to fight against a big nasty bad guy, this is it. The plot's no surprise, since Marvel's been teasing it for years.  There are five Infinity Stones, revealed in movies including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1 and Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Collect all five, and you pretty much have power to rule the universe. That's what Thanos wants.  Played by Josh Brolin, Thanos is shown…

posted 2017-11-29 08:14:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jennifer Lopez makes history by becoming a Guess Girl at age 48

(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lopez is making history with her latest fashion campaign. The singer/actress has been named the new face of Guess Jeans’ spring 2018 collection.  At age 48, she’s the oldest Guess girl in the company’s history. In a statement, J-Lo says it was a “tremendous compliment” to be selected to star in the campaign for the brand, which she’s loved since she was a teenager.   A preview photo of the campaign features Jennifer sporting bombshell hair, a white button-down shirt knotted at the waist, checkered shorts and high heels. Meanwhile, J-Lo has also lined up a…

posted 2017-11-29 07:45:29 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio