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2016-05-12

Federal Officials to Investigate Whether Gender Discrimination Exists in Hollywood

(LOS ANGELES) -- Federal officials are investigating a perceived gender bias in Hollywood, according to the ACLU of Southern California and the ACLU Women's Rights Project. In a press release issued Wednesday, representatives from the organizations thanked the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs for launching a probe into their claims. This comes one year after they asked federal and state governments to investigate what they called "blatant and rampant discrimination against women directors in the film and television industries." “ACLU SoCal and the ACLU Women’s Rights Project are pleased that the federal Equal Employment…

posted 2016-05-12 14:00:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Tick, Tick, Tick: "60 Minutes" Correspondent Morley Safer Is Retiring

(NEW YORK) -- Morley Safer's time with 60 Minutes is up. After a distinguished career that included 46 years with the newsmagazine program, he announced Wednesday that he is retiring. "After more than 50 years of broadcasting on CBS News and 60 Minutes I have decided to retire," Safer, 84, is quoted as saying in a story published on CBSNews.com. "It's been a wonderful run, but the time has come to say goodbye to all of my friends at CBS and the dozens of people who kept me on the air. "But most of all I thank the millions of…

posted 2016-05-12 12:00:20 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Woody Allen Hasn’t Read Son Ronan Farrow’s Essay About Dylan Farrow Molestation Allegations

(CANNES, France) --  A day after his son Ronan Farrow penned an essay in The Hollywood Reporter about his sister Dylan's accusations of sexual assault against their father, Woody Allen, the director has responded. “I never read anything about me, these interviews I do, anything," Allen said, referring to the fact that he hadn’t read Farrow's piece, according to Variety. Allen made the comments during a press lunch he attended on Thursday for the Cannes Film Festival, where his latest movie is being featured. Allen also referenced a 2014 guest column he wrote for The New York Times, where he…

posted 2016-05-12 10:40:07 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Are Chris Evans and Jenny Slate Dating?

(LOS ANGELES) -- Could Chris Evans and Jenny Slate be Hollywood's newest couple? "They're enjoying spending time together," a source tells People magazine. Evans and Slate, both 34, worked together on the upcoming drama Gifted, and in a joint interview for Anna Faris' podcast Unqualified last month, the Captain America: Civil War star and the Obvious Child actress discussed their first meeting. "The first night we hung out I was like, 'Oh, I could hang out with Chris for like 90 hours,'" she told Faris. Added Evans, "Oddly enough, I've only known Jenny for a few months, which is insane…

posted 2016-05-12 10:00:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Minnie Driver Denies Neighbor’s Allegations in Property Dispute

(LOS ANGELES) -- Oscar-nominated actress Minnie Driver is speaking out regarding the property battle with her Hollywood Hills neighbors, Daniel and Mary Lou Perelmutter. The 74-year-old disabled veteran and his wife have filed a lawsuit against Driver, alleging the movie star is “verbally harassing” the couple and construction workers and “blocking access” to the Perelmutters’ property. In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, Driver said, "I have definitely lost my cool. I've never been that angry with another human being." The Perelmutters claim in the lawsuit that Driver threw “baby food jars filled with black paint against the walls of…

posted 2016-05-12 10:00:13 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

George Clooney Mowed Over by Birthday Gift from Wife

(NEW YORK) -- George Clooney got a brand-new set of wheels from his wife Amal for his 55th birthday -- a riding lawn mower. While promoting the upcoming film Money Monster at the Cannes Film Festival in France with his co-star Julia Roberts, Clooney, whose birthday was Friday, told Entertainment Tonight Canada, "We have a beautiful front lawn at our house in England and I used to mow lawns when I was a kid, so she bought me this giant riding lawn mower that is sitting at the house right now and I'm very excited about putting that to work…

posted 2016-05-12 08:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Johnny Depp Surprises Disneyland Visitors as the Mad Hatter

(ANAHEIM, Calif.) -- It's not every day that visitors to Disneyland in Anaheim, California, get to see Johnny Depp in character, but that day happened recently.  The actor, dressed in his Mad Hatter get-up from Alice Through the Looking Glass, surprised people via a livestream on a small electronic billboard kiosk at the theme park.  As patrons walked by and checked out the apparent digital photo of Depp in full costume, he suddenly began speaking and interacting with them.  At one point, Depp as the Hatter sneezed, and bubbles erupted from the top of the kiosk. You can imagine visitors'…

posted 2016-05-12 05:01:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Kelly Ripa: "I Didn’t Just Not Show Up" to "Live"

(NEW YORK) -- Much has been written about Michael Strahan's impending departure from Live with Kelly and Michael. Now his co-host, Kelly Ripa, is sharing her perspective with People magazine. Ripa was absent from the show for a few days after it was announced last month that Strahan was leaving the show for a full-time role on ABC's Good Morning America. “I think what people need to understand about the entire situation is that I didn’t just not show up,” she tells People. “I said, in the room, ‘I am going to take the day off.’ I needed to actually…

posted 2016-05-12 05:00:56 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Prince's Ex-Wives Hold Private Memorial

(LOS ANGELES) -- Prince's ex-wives Manuela Testolini and Mayte Garcia held a very private memorial for the late music legend Wednesday in Los Angeles. A source tells E! Online the women, "wanted to have a somber memorial since they weren't allowed at the other one" and that the top-secret event was attended by only those closest to the "Purple Rain" singer, including musician Herbie Hancock, talk show host Tavis Smiley, and burlesque queen Dita Von Teese. Hours before the event, Spike Lee posted parts of his outfit on Instagram, along with the caption, "Purple beret and purple Kobe's for Prince…

posted 2016-05-12 04:59:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-05-11

Kristen Stewart Says Infidelity Scandal Didn't Cost Her a Role in "The Huntsman: Winter's War"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Kristen Stewart is conspicuously absent from The Huntsman: Winter's War, a follow-up to her 2012 film Snow White and the Huntsman that stars Chris Hemsworth. She says it's not because she cheated on then-boyfriend Robert Pattinson with her Snow White director, Rupert Sanders. “I read a few scripts,” Stewart shares with Variety. “None of them were good. None of them were greenlight-able. And I had a meeting with Universal about the places where the story could go. Maybe Chris was more into it. I actually don’t f***ing know.” She states the affair with Sanders, who didn't direct…

posted 2016-05-11 18:00:12 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jon Stewart Rules Out TV Return

(NEW YORK) -- Jon Stewart teased a possible return to political satire on Monday, just not the one fans had been hoping for. During an appearance at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics for a taping of The Axe Files, the former Daily Show host told institute director and former adviser to President Barack Obama, David Axelrod, that Donald Trump's rise and his potential election battle with Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton doesn't have him itching for a new platform to discuss politics. "I'm not restless," Stewart told Axelrod in response to his comment that Stewart is no longer engaged…

posted 2016-05-11 14:00:11 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Game of Thrones" Second Episode Ratings Still Strong

(LOS ANGELES) -- By one measure, Game of Thrones is off to its fastest start yet. Sunday's episode was seen by 7.28 million people, and the fantasy drama is averaging 7.5 million for first-day viewings of episodes for the first three weeks of season six.  That's a series record, according to Variety. Sunday's episode was as much anticipated by fans as the season premiere, which ended with character Jon Snow's literal return from the dead, shown only for a few seconds before the credits rolled.  Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016-05-11 14:00:11 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio