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2015-01-16

Ellen DeGeneres on Supreme Court Taking Up Issue of Same Sex Marriage: "It's About Time"

(LOS ANGELES) -- "Fantastic...it's about time." That was Ellen DeGeneres' reaction Friday when the news came that the Supreme Court will take up the issue of same-sex marriage in the upcoming term.  At the time, she was onstage at the Television Critics Association Winter press tour, promoting the new NBC sitcom One Big Happy, which she's executive producing.The talk show host went on to compare the issue to the civil rights movement. "I don't know if you've seen the movie Selma," she said, "But the thing that changed the civil rights movement is when white people got involved and starting…

posted 2015-01-16 20:10:51 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Stevie Nicks Opens Up About Past Cocaine Use

(NEW YORK) -- Fleetwood Mac legend Stevie Nicks details her past drug addiction and cocaine habit in a new Rolling Stone article, admitting broadly, "All of us were drug addicts." The rock icon is candid in the magazine's cover story, which hit newsstands on Friday, adding, "but there was a point where I was the worst drug addict." "I was a girl, I was fragile, and I was doing a lot of coke," she said. In the in-depth story about Nicks' past, rock legend Tom Petty also shares the past concerns he had about Nicks, 66. Fleetwood Mac formed in…

posted 2015-01-16 14:16:24 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

#OscarsSoWhite: Academy Awards Panned for Lack of Diversity

(NEW YORK) -- When nominations for the Academy Awards were read on Thursday morning, many people bristled at the lack of diversity.The 20 lead and supporting actor nominees were all white, which is the second time this has happened in nearly 20 years.It sparked the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, with people registering their criticism of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.One of the most notable snubs was of David Oyelowo, who plays Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the acclaimed film Selma. Oyelowo had been widely expected to snag a best actor nod for his portrayal.Stacey Wilson of The Hollywood…

posted 2015-01-16 13:34:42 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals What Blue Ivy Is Really Like

(LOS ANGELES) -- Being friends with Beyonce and Jay Z comes with a lot of perks. However, for Gwyneth Paltrow, she says the greatest one is being able to spend time with the couple's daughter, Blue Ivy. "She is a powerhouse," Paltrow revealed on Thursday's Watch What Happens Live. "I love her so much." Paltrow revealed that the three-year-old may have incredibly famous and successful parents, but she still runs the Carter house as "the boss of everything." It also seems that she's following in her mom's footsteps. "She can do all the choreography to...Sia's 'Chandelier' video," she said. "She's…

posted 2015-01-16 12:08:49 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Idina Menzel to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl

(NEW YORK) -- Katy Perry's playing the halftime show, and now we know who'll be singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Feb. 1: Idina Menzel.The Tony-winning actress and Frozen star will belt out "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the game in Arizona next month. Menzel will be the eighth consecutive woman to sing the anthem; the last male performer to sing it was Billy Joel, at Super Bowl XLI.In addition, newly-minted Oscar nominee John Legend will sing "America the Beautiful" as part of the pre-game festivities, airing on NBC. Among the stars who've performed that song at the…

posted 2015-01-16 12:06:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Tiffani Thiessen Pregnant with Second Child

(LOS ANGELES) -- White Collar star Tiffani Thiessen is expecting baby No. 2 with her husband Brady Smith. The new bundle will join the couple's 4-year-old daughter, Harper."We are excited to announce the news that we are expecting," the actress, 40, wrote on Instagram Thursday. "Harper could not be more thrilled to have a sibling and a playmate."Thiessen previously told online magazine Sweden with Love how excited she was to try and expand her family and that she and her husband were "definitely trying.""With Harper it happened right away," she said, adding that she doesn't feel like she's currently pregnant.…

posted 2015-01-16 09:18:37 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Movie Review: “The Wedding Ringer” (Rated R)

(NEW YORK) — The most bizarre, yet kind of funny, thing about The Wedding Ringer is it seems a bit of a rip-off of the 2005 comedy Wedding Crashers. The reason that’s bizarre and kind of funny is The Wedding Ringer was written before Wedding Crashers was ever pitched. True story. In The Wedding Ringer, Kevin Hart is Jimmy Callahan, who performs “best man services,” meaning he’ll be your best man at your wedding, for a price. If you happen to die a few years after the wedding, he’ll even attend your funeral and give a speech about you. Enter Josh…

posted 2015-01-16 08:21:42 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

"Paddington," "The Wedding Ringer," "Blackhat" Open Friday; "American Sniper" Expands

(NEW YORK) — Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:Paddington -- The bear from the popular kids' books comes to the big screen, where he's being chased after by an evil taxidermist. Ben Whishaw lends his voice to the titular character in the film, which stars Nicole Kidman, Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins. Rated PG.The Wedding Ringer -- Kevin Hart is the owner of a company that provides a best man to grooms-to-be in need. He offers his services to a socially-awkward guy named Doug, played by Josh Gad. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting also stars. Rated R.Blackhat -- Chris…

posted 2015-01-16 05:19:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Angela Bassett Directs "Whitney" Biopic; Says Bobby Brown Didn't Force Singer to Do Hard Drugs

(NEW YORK) — Angela Bassett makes her directorial debut in the biopic Whitney, which focuses on the late Whitney Houston and her relationship with longtime husband, Bobby Brown. The film, which covers only a select portion of Whitney's life, shows the superstar singer not only fall in love with the New Edition frontman, but also fall out of love with him.The films also shows Whitney introducing cocaine to Bobby at her birthday party -- a scene that may upset some die-hard fans. Angela explains to ABC News Radio why she depicted their relationship in that way, despite the common perception…

posted 2015-01-16 04:52:51 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Report: Nick Cannon Files for Divorce from Mariah Carey

(NEW YORK) — Just one day after it was revealed Mariah Carey will be making a mint with a multi-million dollar stint at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas comes word from TMZ that her estranged hubby, Nick Cannon, reportedly won't get a piece of that pie: he filed for divorce from the singer late last year. The gossip site says Cannon filed the papers on Dec. 12 -- just days after Carey was late for a taping of her appearance on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center special. Carey performed live when the show aired the following night, Dec. 3.TMZ reported…

posted 2015-01-16 04:46:45 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

“Birdman,” “Boyhood” the Top Winners at Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

(LOS ANGELES) — Birdman was the leading winner Thursday night at the 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards in Hollywood, but Boyhood took the top prize, Best Picture.Boyhood director Richard Linklater accepted the Best Picture award to close the ceremony, remarking, "It means so much to us that this little intimate film...has connected with you and resonated."Linklater spent 12 years shooting his Oscar-nominated drama, which follows the ups and downs of a boy and his family as he grows up.Boyhood also received the awards for Best Director, for Linklater; Best Supporting Actress, for Patricia Arquette; and Best Young Actor/Actress, for…

posted 2015-01-16 04:27:28 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Movie Review: Blackhat (Rated R)

(NEW YORK) -- Making a movie is hard work. Making an entertaining and beautiful-looking movie about hacking is even harder. For director Michael Mann and Blackhat, one out of two ain’t bad. The term “blackhat” is apparently reserved for hackers whose intent is to inflict damage, rather than just cause mischief. The hackers in Mann’s movie damage a Chinese nuclear power plant, mess with the commodities market, and command a small cell of badass, ruthless militants. Perhaps blackhat is too nice a term to describe the entity behind this plot.  In order to figure out who attacked their power plant,…

posted 2015-01-16 03:00:31 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio