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2017-01-06

"Underworld: Blood War" Among This Week's New Films

(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide on Friday: * Underworld: Blood War -- The fifth chapter in the Blood Wars franchise finds Kate Beckinsalereturning as death dealer Selene, who attempts to end the eternal war between the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. This time, she joins forces with David and Thomas, played by Theo James and Peter Andersson respectively. Rated R. Opening in expanded release: * Hidden Figures -- A team of African-American women -- played by Katherine Johnson, Taraji P. Henson annd Octavia Spencer -- provide NASA with important mathematical data to launch the program's first successful space mission and turning around the Space Race.…

posted 2017-01-06 08:00:47 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jamie Foxx Slow Jams Public Domain Songs with James Corden

(LOS ANGELES) -- Jamie Foxx dropped by The Late Late Show with James Corden to promote his new movie, Sleepless, and joined host James Corden on the piano for a few duets. Corden explained that he loves, “singing medleys of songs with my friends. But paying for the rights to sing songs on television can be very, very expensive. And frankly, we blew our budget on catering. So to keep costs down, I like to sing totally free, public domain songs. And here to help me please welcome my new best friend Mr. Jamie Foxx.” Foxx took a seat behind a grand piano and the…

posted 2017-01-06 05:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Movie Review: "A Monster Calls" (Rated PG-13)

(NEW YORK) -- “A Monster Calls” is an engrossing tale about the stress a British boy named Connor (Lewis MacDougal) endures during a perfect storm of pre-teen angst and misery. Connor’s single mother (Felicity Jones) is dying, he’s bullied at school on the daily, and his strict grandmother (Sigourney Weaver) is pressuring him to accept his mother’s fate. Situations like these could mentally and physically wear down even the most well-adjusted adult, let alone the average 12-year-old, who doesn’t usually have the tools to deal with such dire situations. But what Connor does have is the imagination of a brilliant…

posted 2017-01-06 03:00:39 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-01-05

What Did Carrie Fisher Think About Her Latest "Star Wars" Cameo?

(LOS ANGELES) (SPOILER ALERT) Carrie Fisher took on the mantle of Princess-turned-General Leia in 2015 when she was featured in The Force Awakens, the latest movie in the Star Wars canon franchise. And late last year, Fisher came back to the galaxy far, far away in a different way. In Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm's first standalone movie set in the era of A New Hope, the tech and visual teams working on the film were able to recreate not only villain Grand Moff Tarkin, since Peter Cushing has long since passed away, but a youthful Princess Leia for a crucial scene. The young Leia cameo makes sense,…

posted 2017-01-05 18:00:34 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Blake Shelton to Open Ol' Red Entertainment Center In Nashville By 2018

(MASHVILLE) -- Blake Shelton is partnering with the company behind the Grand Ole Opry to bring a “major addition to the Music City entertainment landscape” -- a new entertainment center called Ol' Red, after his 2002 hit of the same name. The star of NBC’s The Voice made the announcement Thursday morning during a news conference from the stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium, with Colin Reed, CEO of Ryman Hospitality Properties, by his side.  The venture is described as a "lifestyle brand, not just a building."  Blake's behind the project because as a Grand Ole Opry member, he's a member…

posted 2017-01-05 14:00:32 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Hayden Panettiere Says She's "a Better Mom" After Struggle with Postpartum Depression

(NEW YORK) -- Nashville star Hayden Panettiere said she’s a "better mom" after her struggle with postpartum depression, "because you never take that connection for granted.” In her first live interview since she tweeted last May that she was seeking treatment a second time for postpartum depression, Panettiere, 27, told Good Morning America that, "it takes you a while and you feel off. You don’t feel like yourself.”"But women are so resilient and that’s the incredible thing about them, and I think I’m all the stronger for it," she added.The Golden Globe-nominated actress has been incredibly honest about her battle with postpartum depression…

posted 2017-01-05 12:00:29 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Carrie Fisher Fans Campaign for Leia to Be Crowned a Disney Princess

(UTAH) -- Fans of the late Carrie Fisher are still mourning her untimely death, and thanks to ABC News parent company Disney owning all things Star Wars, fans want Carrie crowned. Specifically, more than 32,000 people have signed Utah-based Cody Christensen's Change.org petition to have Disney formerly recognize the adopted daughter of Alderaanian royalty from George Lucas' galaxy far, far away. If they have their way, Leia Organa Skywalker would join the likes of Cinderella, Jasmine from Aladdin, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, and Moana Waialiki, the titular heroine from Moana.  However, a technicality exists that the petition seeks to address. "We feel that it is only fitting…

posted 2017-01-05 10:00:28 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Vivica A. Fox Says She's Done with Rappers: "I'm at a Very Happy Place in My Life"

(NEW YORK) -- Vivica A. Fox says she's done with dating artists and is perfectly content living the single life -- well, until Mr. Right comes along. Fox, who recently ended her public feud with her ex, rapper 50 Cent, saying it was time for the two to "stop beefing back and forth," only wants a strong, confident man in her life. "It's hard when you date someone like myself who's powerful and that when they walk in a room that everyone gravitates toward them," Fox tells ABC Radio. "Like there's some part of your ego -- not everybody can handle that…

posted 2017-01-05 08:00:19 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Adam Driver on "Girls" Finale, Weight Loss, and His Next "Star Wars" Role

(NEW YORK) -- Adam Driver has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood thanks to his role as the Darth Vader's fanboy grandson Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But now, instead of dueling it out in space, he's battling himself at the box office. Driver is starring in two high-profile movies, playing two roles that are very different from anything he's done before. In Paterson, he plays a bus driver from Paterson, New Jersey, whose name is Paterson. "He’s a bus driver who just so happens to be a poet and the same in reverse," Driver said on a…

posted 2017-01-05 08:00:19 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Jimmy Fallon Teases Star-Packed Golden Globes Opener

(NEW YORK) -- Jimmy Fallon will host the Golden Globes for the first time on Sunday, and he's gathered some of Hollywood's big guns to give him a hand.  During the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards Preview Day on Wednesday, the Tonight Show Host told People magazine that the show opener will feature "a lot of cameos." “I’ve been writing jokes and planning on what the opening is going to be. We’ve been shooting. It’s the first time ever the Golden Globes is having a cold open -- like a filmed piece -- which I’m excited they let me do,” said Fallon. “There’s a lot of…

posted 2017-01-05 05:00:00 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

2017-01-04

Mahershala Ali Mourns His "Moonlight" Character; Misses Him More Than Any Other Role

(NEW YORK) -- Mahershala Ali said he’s never felt as connected to a character as he did playing Juan in the critically acclaimed film, Moonlight. "A lot of actors wish they were having a visceral response to the scripts that they’re reading. And the first time I read it, I think everyone involved will tell you they got really choked up and just really connected to this story and these characters," Ali, who just won a Critics Choice award for the role, said on Good Morning America today. The 42-year-old Ali plays Juan, a warm-hearted drug dealer who mentors young Chiron, taking him under his…

posted 2017-01-04 18:00:21 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio

Maximum Effort: Ryan Reynolds Credits Wife Blake Lively with Keeping Him "Sane" During "Deadpool"

(LOS ANGELES) -- His red-suited alter-ego Deadpool may be virtually indestructible, but Ryan Reynolds confesses he was quite fragile filming his superheroic labor of love.  Reynolds spent years developing the project, and despite his being well-liked, he'd suffered a string of box office failures, including the lead role in the comic book adaptation Green Lantern. Safe to say, the pressure was on. "I never, ever slept. Or I was sleeping at a perfect right angle -- just sitting straight, constantly working at the same time," the 40-year-old actor and father of two tells Variety. "By the time we were in [post-production], we'd been to Comic-Con,…

posted 2017-01-04 14:00:21 by Entertainment News - ABC News Radio