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2017-10-09

"Blade Runner 2049" sprints to box office-topping $31.5 million weekend

(NEW YORK) -- Blade Runner 2049's estimated $31.5 million won the weekend box office, despite falling far below industry projections which had been in the $45-55 million range. The sci-fi thriller -- starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford -- fared better overseas, where it earned an estimated $50.2 million. One of the week's other debuts -- The Mountain Between Us, starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba -- finished in second place with an estimated $10.1 million haul. It took third place with an estimated $9.65 million. Another one of the weekend's new releases, the animated My Little Pony: The Movie -- featuring the voices of Liev Schreiber, Michael Pena, Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, Taye…

posted 2017-10-09 05:00:28 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-10-07

Live from New York, Jason Aldean opens "Saturday Night Live": "When America is at its best, our bond and our spirit...they're unbreakable"

(NEW YORK CITY) -- In his first public appearance since the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Jason Aldean opened Saturday Night Live with a speech and a song. Aldean was onstage at the Harvest 91 Festival in Las Vegas when Stephen Paddock opened fire, killing nearly 60 people and wounding hundreds more.  He's posted several messages online since then, but Saturday night on SNL, he took center stage to comment on the tragedy.  "I'm Jason Aldean," he began.  "This week, we witnessed one of the worst tragedies in American history.  Like everyone, I'm struggling to understand what happened that night…

posted 2017-10-07 23:11:11 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"The Walking Dead" creator teases show's "most intense season yet"

(NEW YORK) -- In 2010, AMC launched its wildly-popular TV adaptation of Robert Kirkman's 2003 graphic novel series The Walking Dead, which is about to enter its eighth season.  The show's success still takes executive producer David Alpert by surprise, especially when he sees costumers and other fans at New York Comic Con, which is currently underway in the Big Apple. "Honestly, the success of the show and the success of the brand is kind of overwhelming," Alpert tells ABC Radio. "We always knew that [Kirkman] created something really special, but you never know if people are going to respond to something you love." "The fact…

posted 2017-10-07 08:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-10-06

The cast of "Bobbi Kristina" says the film comes from "a place of love and respect"

(NEW YORK) -- It's only been two short years since the untimely death of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Sunday, TV One will attempt to bring her tumultuous story to life with their original movie, Bobbi Kristina. While the film's expected to honor Bobbi Kristina's legacy, it's come under intense criticism from Bobby Brown. Vivica A. Fox, who plays Pat Houston in the biopic, says she spoke to Brown. "I did see Bobby and he let me know he wasn't happy with us doing the film," Fox tells ABC Radio. "And my reaction to him was, 'Bobby, give it a chance. Trust me. Knowing that the…

posted 2017-10-06 18:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Comedian Ralphie May dead at 45

(LAS VEGAS) -- Comedian Ralphie May has died, ABC News has confirmed.   The comedian's body was discovered at a private residence in Las Vegas.  May had been battling pneumonia as of late, and had canceled several dates so he could recover.  The cause of death was cardiac arrest.     Just two days ago, May had been named Casino Comedian of the Year at the Global Gaming Expo, and had performances scheduled through the end of 2017 as part of his residency at Harrah's Las Vegas.   May, born in Chattanooga, TN, won a contest to open for his idol…

posted 2017-10-06 16:23:26 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Dave Grohl says "Carpool Karaoke" experience was "a little uncomfortable"

(LOS ANGELES) -- From the outside, Foo Fighters' "Carpool Karaoke" appearance looked like a grand old time -- Dave Grohl and company piled into The Late Late Show host James Corden's van to sing Foo songs, and they stopped to surprise some fans at a Guitar Center. However, Grohl tells NME that the experience was "a little uncomfortable." “By hour three in dude's car it got less fun," adds guitarist Pat Smear. "It kinda went on. When we stopped at Guitar Center, that felt like we were done, but it was like 'this is halfway.'" The Foos mean no disrespect to Corden, who Grohl says is "definitely" a genuine…

posted 2017-10-06 14:00:46 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jerry Seinfeld goes back to his comedy roots, and favorite park bench, in new special

Legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld is returning to his roots in is new Netflix special -- Jerry Before Seinfeld, streaming now -- and admitted that he had to relearn "all" of his old jokes. Seinfeld opened up about his new venture in an interview with ABC News' chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, from a specific bench in Central Park, where he said he made two of the most important decisions in his professional life. "When I was 21 years old, and I had left my parents' house," said Seinfeld, who skyrocketed to fame after starring in the 1990's sitcom Seinfeld. "I sat here with my parents and…

posted 2017-10-06 12:00:43 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying” is a “roll call” for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rican towns

(NEW YORK) -- Lin-Manuel Miranda released "Almost Like Praying" Friday, his star-studded track for Puerto Rico hurricane relief. He explains the song as being a “roll call” for all 78 municipalities of the island, to let them know they haven’t been forgotten. “The song got written in that terrible silence where no one was hearing anything and anyone with family on the island or friends on the island can relate to this,” Miranda tells ABC Radio. He says his social media accounts became a place where people attempted to contact loved ones: “’Has anyone heard from Isabela? Has anyone seen…

posted 2017-10-06 10:53:21 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Harvey Weinstein takes a leave of absence from his company amid alleged sexual harassment claims

(NEW YORK) -- Harvey Weinstein announced on Thursday that he is taking a leave of absence from The Weinstein Co. The announcement came amid claims of sexual harassment made against him by several women in interviews with The New York Times. In a statement obtained by ABC News, Weinstein acknowledged that he has "caused a lot of pain" and apologized for his inappropriate behavior. During his sabbatical, Weinstein stated he will dedicate himself to taking down the National Rifle Association and President Donald Trump, he said. He also noted that he is organizing a $5 million foundation at the University of Southern California…

posted 2017-10-06 10:00:35 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Dancing's just making me happy": Frankie Muniz says he won't let mini-strokes stop him from dancing

(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars fan-favorite Frankie Muniz opened up about a health battle that has cast a shadow over his time on the dance floor, saying, "It scares me...I would be more disappointed than anything if my body doesn't allow me to do this." Muniz told ABC News' Nick Watt that he suffers from transient ischemic attacks, sometimes called "mini-strokes." A "mini-stroke" is a type of stroke in which blood flow to the brain is blocked for a short period of time, usually not more than five minutes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and…

posted 2017-10-06 10:00:35 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Stephen Colbert and Nick Kroll raise $1 million for Puerto Rico with #PuberMe campaign

(NEW YORK) -- Last week, The Late Show host Stephen Colbert and comic actor Nick Kroll launched a campaign asking celebrities to share embarrassing photos from their awkward teen years, pledging $1,000 to Hurricane Maria relief in Puerto Rico for each photo shared. Colbert has been airing various embarrassing celebrity photos every night on his show since announcing the campaign, and on Thursday Colbert brought the campaign to an end announcing that the campaign has raised $1 million. The money, for the One America Appeal, comes from The Americone Dream Fund -- money raised from a Colbert-themed Ben & Jerry's flavor -- and from Kroll and…

posted 2017-10-06 08:00:31 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Scandal" recap: Season 7 premieres with "Watch Me"

(LOS ANGELES) -- In "Watch Me," the premiere episode of Scandal's seventh and final season, Frankie Vargas dies and Cyrus Beene is sworn in as Mellie Grant's new vice president. Olivia, Mellie and Cyrus seem unstoppable in the White House, with Olivia pushing her legislation by blackmailing a senator to vote for her free college bill. Back at Olivia and Associates offices, now Quinn and Associates, Quinn has received her first case -- to find a missing father. They later realize that it's a CIA agent who's been captured. Olivia meets with her father at their weekly dinner where Eli Pope tells Liv…

posted 2017-10-06 05:00:27 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio