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2016-08-11

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Clarifies Critical Instagram Comments

(LOS ANGELES) -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson took to Instagram on Wednesday to clarify an angry post he shared two days earlier, criticizing unnamed male Fast 8 co-stars for being unprofessional. "There's no greatness ever achieved alone. It's always a team effort," the wrestler-turned-actor wrote on Wednesday. "We promised an epic prison breakout for you guys and we delivered. Huge thank you to my ohana (family) stunt coordinator JJ Perry and his bad a** fearless stunt team, as well as my cousin and incredible stunt double @samoanstuntman. Thank you team for the willingness to ‘die hard' and drop your blood &…

posted 2016-08-11 10:00:30 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Check Out "The Big Bang Theory's" Simon Helberg's Nicolas Cage Impression

(NEW YORK) -- When Simon Helberg stopped by Popcorn with Peter Travers to promote his new critically-acclaimed film Florence Foster Jenkins, the conversation quickly turned to impressions – namely, his spot-on impression of Oscar-winner Nicolas Cage. The star of The Big Bang Theory mentions "exotic animals" and "unruly" chest hair.  It's hard to explain – better to watch. Helberg, who’s played nerdy engineer Howard Wolowitz on The Big Bang Theory for the show’s entire run, co-stars with Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins, opening nationally Friday. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016-08-11 08:00:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Report: Thomas Gibson Suspended from "Criminal Minds"

(LOS ANGELES) -- Thomas Gibson will skip at least two episodes of the new season of Criminal Minds, and not by choice.  Deadline reports the star of the CBS crime drama has been suspended for allegedly getting into a physical scuffle with a show producer and kicking the producer in the leg.  Deadline also reports Gibson was scheduled to direct an episode in the show’s upcoming 12th season, but not only has that been canceled, his overall status on the show’s being reviewed in the wake of the alleged incident.  Season 12 of Criminal Minds, which is currently in production, debuts…

posted 2016-08-11 08:00:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

New "Star Trek" Show Will Have a Female Lead and a Gay Character

(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- CBS had plenty to announce Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills. Here are some tidbits to come out of the network: * Star Trek: Discovery, the new show premiering on the CBS All Access digital and streaming service in January, will have a female lead. The character will not be a captain, but rather a lieutenant commander. Creator Bryan Fuller commented, "To see a character from a different perspective on a starship who has a different dynamic relationship with the captain, with subordinates, felt like it was going to give us…

posted 2016-08-11 05:00:21 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-08-10

Report: After $70 Million Loss, Sony Gives Up the Ghost for Female "Ghostbusters" Franchise

After a year of fan sniping online before its release, and a less-than-supernatural reception with moviegoers and critics afterward, Sony has reportedly buried plans to create a sequel to its female-centric Ghostbusters reboot. A Sony source is disputing the number, but The Hollywood Reporter notes that the studio lost a reported $70 million bucks on the film that starred Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon, and Kristen Wiig as a quartet of paranormal exterminators. The trade notes that Sony plans to keep the Ghostbusters universe alive via animated projects, both with a 2019 theatrical film, and on the small screen with Ghostbusters: Ecto Force. Ivan Reitman, the director and producer of the original Ghostbusters films…

posted 2016-08-10 18:00:33 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Anne Hathaway and Rihanna Joining Sandra Bullock for Female "Ocean's Eleven" Reboot

Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway and Grammy-winner Rihanna are joining Academy Award-winners Cate Blanchett and Sandra Bullock for a female-driven spinoff of the Ocean's Eleven caper series. The Hollywood Reporter notes that Mindy Kaling and Oscar-nominated Fight Club actress Helena Bonham Carter will also be on board for the project, Ocean's Eight (or alternatively, Ocean's Ocho). The movie, which will be produced by Steven Soderbergh, director of the George Clooney Ocean's series, is expected to begin filming in New York City in October. Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

posted 2016-08-10 14:00:33 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Robert Downey Jr. Tweaks Instagram Newbie Tom Hiddleston as Only Tony Stark Could

While millions of fans welcomed Tom Hiddleston to Instagram with open arms, his onscreen Avengers foe Robert Downey Jr. couldn't resist a tweak at the expense of his friend -- who is famously Taylor Swift's latest boyfriend.Re-posting a now infamous photo of Hiddleston wearing a tank top that reads, "I [heart] T.S.," Downey quipped, "Join me in welcoming the biggest T. Stark fan of them all to Instagram!," referencing his own superhero character, Tony Stark/Iron Man. For the record, any Taylor-related pictures haven't made their way to Hiddleston's feed -- instead, he launched his account with a picture of him in…

posted 2016-08-10 12:00:29 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Meryl Streep: "I Hate to Think" I Make Others Nervous

(NEW YORK) -- Meryl Streep is widely considered to be one of the great actresses of the past half-century, and for good reason: She's received a whopping 19 Oscar nominations, winning three times. So it's pretty easy to understand why some people would be nervous to meet her. But mention that to her, and she says the idea makes her feel "exhausted." Streep, 67, explains to ABC Radio that when she met Al Pacino in the early 1970s -- before she was a household name -- she was intimidated by The Godfather star. She recalls that her lip quivered uncontrollably in…

posted 2016-08-10 10:00:27 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Emotional "People v. O.J. Simpson" Cast Recalls Tough Production

(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Powerful performances are one reason why the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story goes into next month's Emmys as a favorite to win big.  During the Television Critics Association gathering Tuesday in Beverly Hills, the cast revealed those performances were sometimes emotionally challenging for them. Sarah Paulson, who played prosecutor Marcia Clark, still hasn't seen the completed series. “I haven't seen any of it and I just saw a little bit of that verdict, and it literally made me physically ill," she said Wednesday, after highlights were screened for the press. She added…

posted 2016-08-10 08:00:22 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Bachelor in Paradise": Evan Sets His Sights on Amanda

(NEW YORK) -- Never mind the Bachelor in Paradise love triangle between Josh Murray, Nick Viall and Amanda Stanton. Josh now has to contend with Evan Bass competing for Amanda's attention. At the start of Tuesday night's episode, Evan was riding high after he and Carly Waddell had broken the Guinness World Record for the longest kiss after eating a habanero pepper. However, Carly lost interest in him, so she decided to break things off. "I want to be your friend. I'm not romantically interested in dating you," she told Evan. Ouch. Evan was heartbroken and worried that his time…

posted 2016-08-10 05:00:17 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2016-08-09

Another "X-Files" Coming "Soon-ish," Teases Duchovny

(LOS ANGELES) -- In a birthday tweet to his former X-Files partner Gillian Anderson on Tuesday, David Duchovny hinted that the paranormal series could live again.  Duchovny and Anderson played FBI agents in the show: he played Fox Mulder, a dogged believer in paranormal cases, and she -- at least initially -- Dr. Dana Scully, the hard-nosed skeptic assigned to debunk them.  "Happy Birthday, Gillian," Duchovny noted. "If you see Dana, tell her Fox says she might wanna polish up the ol' badge soon-ish. Love, D." The pair reunited for a well-received limited reboot of the Fox show earlier this…

posted 2016-08-09 18:00:30 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Dwayne Johnson Blasts 'Fast 8' Male Co-Stars

(ATLANTA) -- Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is furious with some of his Fast 8 co-stars. The actor and former wrestler shared a lengthy Facebook post, and noted that he is in his final week of shooting for the latest installment of the popular Fast and Furious franchise. "This is my final week of shooting Fast & Furious 8," he begins. "There's no other franchise that gets my blood boiling more than this one. An incredible hard working crew. Universal Studios Entertainment has been great partners as well." "My female co-stars are always amazing and I love 'em. My male co-stars however are a…

posted 2016-08-09 14:00:25 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio