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Tuesday
Aug302016

James Corden Pays Tribute to "Magical" Gene Wilder

John Lamparski/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- On The Late Late Show Monday night, host James Corden shared some fond memories of Gene Wilder, who died Monday at 83 of complications from Alzheimer's. Corden explained Wilder once came to visit him backstage after watching a play in which Corden performed in New York City. 

"It was incredible...If anyone else came backstage, they'd stay for five, six, maybe 10 minutes, tops. He sat in my room for a half an hour...I'll never forget it for the rest of my life...And all he wanted to talk about was...How my wife and son were adjusting in New York, and was it happy and was it fun."

Corden said the pair exchanged emails, and sometime later James asked Wilder to appear in the first episode of Corden's chat show, in a sketch that had Corden scoring a Wonka-like Golden Ticket, which meant he got to host the show.  But Wilder politely declined, Corden explained. 

"In the history of people saying no to things, it couldn't have been nicer," Corden said, then shared the email, "It just said, 'Dearest James: I don't do, or go, where you were hoping, but I'll be looking for you with my love,' Gene."

"Even the way he said no was so poetic -- even his emails sounded somehow like Willy Wonka," said Corden. "He was just this magical person."

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Showtime Sets Premiere Date for Documentary About Disgraced Former Congressman Anthony Weiner

Andrew Burton/Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- With news that Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin would be separating from her husband, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner, after a third sexting scandal, Showtime wasted no time Monday announcing the television premiere of WEINER, a documentary that follows Weiner's aborted run for the New York City mayoralty in 2013.

The movie, which won the U.S. Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, will premiere on Showtime Saturday, October 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2011 after it came to light that he had tweeted explicit photos of himself to a woman while his wife was pregnant with the couple's son.  His 2013 run for mayor of New York collapsed during a second sexting scandal.

Sunday, The New York Post revealed Weiner had sent explicit messages and photos to another woman last month.  Less than 24 hours later, Abedin announced their separation.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Ryan Lochte, Maureen McCormick, Laurie Hernandez, Amber Rose to Compete on "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Lochte’s road to rehabilitating his post-Olympic image begins on Dancing with the Stars.  The 32-year-old gold medal-winning swimmer has joined the season 23 cast of the ABC dance competition.  The official announcement came Tuesday morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, following a sit-down with Amy Robach about Lochte's Rio controversy. 

"I want to move forward," the swimmer said of the intoxicated incident he had exaggerated as a gunpoint robbery -- for which he again apologized. "I want the whole world to move forward...Everyone's gotta be sick and tired of hearing about this...I just want to move forward and..." 

"...And put on your dancing shoes," Robach laughed. 

Lochte won’t be the only Olympian on the dance floor.  Gold medal-winning gymnast Laurie Hernandez is also joining the cast.

Former pros Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke are returning this season, with Burke teaming with Lochte.  It was previously announced that Maksim Chmerkovskiy also would be returning after taking some time off.

Here’s the competitor rundown, with the full list of pro partners to come:

Laurie Hernandez, Olympic gymnast, with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy
Ryan Lochte, Olympic swimmer, with Cheryl Burke
Maureen McCormick, former Brady Bunch star, with Artem Chigvintsev
Amber Rose, model, with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Terra Jolé, actress, with Sasha Farber
Marilu Henner, actress, with Derek Hough
Rick Perry, former Texas governor, with Emma Slater
Jake T. Austin, actor, with Jenna Johnson
Calvin Johnson, NFL standout, with Lindsay Arnold
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, singer, with Allison Holker
Vanilla Ice, former rapper, with Witney Carson
James Hinchcliffe, pro IndyCar driver, with Sharna Burgess
Jana Kramer, country star and actress, with Gleb Savchenko

Dancing with the Stars returns Monday, September 12 with a two-hour live premiere at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Tuesday
Aug302016

Celebrities Mourn Gene Wilder 

Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Famous fans and friends of Gene Wilder took to Twitter to mourn the 83-year-old actor and writer, who died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's. 

Here are just a sample of the online condolences. 

AFI
"Thanks for all the laughs, Gene Wilder.  #RIPGeneWilder"

Mel Brooks
"Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship."

Josh Groban, who recently recorded "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory:  "Thank you Gene Wilder for the wonderful, the weird, the pure imagination. One of my greatest heroes."

Ricky Gervais
"Good Day Sir!" RIP Gene Wilder

Rob Lowe
"Gene Wilder as one of my earliest heroes. Blazing Saddles, Willy Wonka, are CLINICS on comic acting. Sad to hear of his passing."

James Gunn 
"Young Frankenstein, Silver Streak, Willy Wonka, Blazing Saddles, Stir Crazy: Gene Wilder, you were my youth! RIP."  The Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer and director also posted a picture of Wilder and his wife to remind people that though he was married to the late Gilda Radner, his current wife was there for him. Gunn wrote, "Re all the mentions of Gilda with Gene Wilder's passing, remember Karen, his wife of the past 25 years. True love:"

 

 

Harry Connick Jr.
"so sad to learn of the passing of my good friend, gene wilder... such an incredible man... i'll miss you ."

Josh Gad
"The greatest comedic mind of my childhood is now gone. #RIP #GeneWilder & thank you 4 your pure imagination. This one hits hard."

Tony Goldwyn
"RIP #GeneWider. We lost one of the greats today. How deeply you will be missed."

Uzo Aduba 
"The genius, the talent, the actor, the original, the artist, the storyteller, the creative, the iconic, the great, great, great Gene Wilder."

Dave Foley
"Gene Wilder's talent was too great to be contained by the term 'actor'. Instead he should be thought of as a 'genre'". #RIPGeneWilder

Albert Brooks
"R.I.P Gene Wilder. As funny as they come."

Larry Wilmore
"There's a big hole in Comedy's heart with the loss of Gene Wilder today. RIP Willy Wonka."

Stephen Fry
"Farewell #GeneWilder, comic genius. Thank you for all those happy happy hours."

Olivia Wilde
"Thanks for stopping by Earth for a while."

John Leguizamo
"#RIP #GeneWilder one of the great comic geniuses. U will be missed!"

Russell Crowe
"I saw Blazing Saddles 7 times at the cinema with my school friends. George St. Cows outside.
Gene Wilder you were a genius. Rest in Peace."

Elizabeth Banks
"I just bought a vintage Blazing Saddles poster. 3 days ago. Gene Wilder made my [heart] dance - you bad, and now may you rest in peace."

Sir Roger Moore
"RIP Gene Wilder. Only happy memories of making Sunday Lovers together."

Debra Messing, who worked with Wilder on Will and Grace:  "A man who lit up the world with his joy and genius. I can't say what it meant to act with him and get to know his heart. ??RIP #GeneWilder"

George Takei
"He was always able to make us smile, and that is no small feat. Rest with the stars, Gene Wilder."

Kevin Smith
"GENE WILDER, the face of childhood joy for many a generation, has passed. Farewell, sweet genius. Gilda awaits you."

Rapper Macklemore
"We are the music makers.  And we are the dreamers of dreams."  Tonight's show will be dedicated to Gene Wilder...Willy Wonka will never die"

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Tuesday
Aug302016

"Bachelor in Paradise": Caila Threatens to Leave 

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- The Bachelor in Paradise love triangle between Jared Haibon, Caila Quinn and Ashley Iaconetti came to a head on Monday when Caila told Ashley she wanted to go home.

Ashley, tired of seeing Jared and Caila together, immediately set her sights on the newest addition to Paradise – Wells Adams, from JoJo’s season. Ashley’s prayers were answered when Wells asked her out on a date.

During their date in the city, Ashley told him she was happy he was there and revealed to the camera that she might even like him more than Jared. Wells said he also was “really excited” and punctuates the conversation with a long kiss.

The pair sent candle-lit lanterns into the night sky which, if they rose without bursting into flames, were said to make wishes come true. Theirs floated without igniting – or so they think – but as the camera lingers, the lantern goes up in a puff of smoke.

Back at the house, tempers flared between Lace Morris and Grant Kemp when Lace started flirting with some of the other guys, causing Grant to storm off. Later he argued that Lace disrespected him, while she insisted she did nothing wrong. Unwilling to put up with his petty behavior, she told him, “Good luck finding love with someone else.” Later, she tells the other ladies she was thinking of going home.

Grant tried to convince Lace not to leave declaring that he loved her. She was unmoved. He explained that he knows she acts the way she does because she’s scared. By the end of the night, they apologized and were shown making out.

Meanwhile, after promising Josh Murray that she would sleep with him in the sex room, Amanda Stanton told Nick Viall and Jen Saviano that they could have the room because she intended to sleep in her own bed. Josh stopped them because he and Amanda were sleeping there. Josh argued with Amanda as the two had a “good talk.”

Then it was another rose ceremony, with the women in power. Beforehand, Evan Bass revealed to Carly Wadell that he’s falling in love with her, and she says the feeling is mutual.

Daniel Maguire used the pre-ceremony cocktail party to secure a rose from Isabel “Izzy” Goodkind by giving her a bigger and better lamp in an attempt to one-up Brett Melnick  but he told her she can only keep it if she gives him a rose.

At the rose ceremony, Carly gave her rose to Evan; Ashley gave her rose to Wells; Jen gave her rose to Nick; Izzy gave her rose to Brett; Caila gave hers to Jared; Lace gave her rose to Grant and Amanda gave her rose to Josh.

When it was Haley Furguson’s turn, she called her twin sister Emily up and shocked the room by announcing that they were leaving Paradise. That left Brian Osborne, Carl King and Daniel without roses and therefore sent home.

Before they left the house, the twins warned Amanda about Josh’s intentions. Amanda confronted Josh. He assured her that his intentions are good. Josh went back to the house and challenged the others to tell him he’s not genuine to his face. Nick stepped up.

A fight ensues when Josh accused Nick of trying to sabotage his relationship with Amanda because she rejected Nick.

Furious, Josh threatened to leave. Amanda told the other ladies that she’d heard from several people about Josh and can’t ignore that. Josh asked Amanda to leave with him so they could continue their relationship away from the others. She ultimately convinced him to stay.

There was more trouble in Paradise as another newcomer -- Jamie Otis from Ben’s season -- showed up with a date card. Wells was the only one around, so she asked him and he accepted. Nick and Jen broke the news to Ashley, who -- to everyone’s amazement -- appeared to handle it well.

Jamie and Wells went on a date to get down and dirty on an off-road adventure through Mexico.

Ashley still hasn’t let go of her feelings for Jared and confronted Caila, who decided Paradise wasn’t big enough for the both of them. As the show ended, we were left to wonder, whether Caila will stay or go home.

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Monday
Aug292016

Alison Brie Joins Netflix's Female Wrestling Series

Charles Sykes/BravoAlison Brie, formerly of NBC's Community, is stepping into the ring as an unlikely female wrestler in Netflix's upcoming comedy G.L.O.W., ABC News has confirmed.

Based on the 1980's syndicated show G.L.O.W. -- or Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling -- the 10-episode Neflix series was co-created by Homeland producer Liz Flahive, and Carly Mensch of Orange Is the New Black fame.

Brie, who also voices multiple characters on Netflix's animated series Bojack Horseman, will reportedly play Ruth, an out-of-work actress who ends up taking a gig as a female pro wrestler in an attempt to keep her on-camera career alive.

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Monday
Aug292016

Comic Legend Gene Wilder Dead at 83

Gene Wilder in 1987; George Rose/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gene Wilder, the comic actor and writer famous for movies like The Producers, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein, died Monday at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He was 83.

Wilder's death was confirmed in a statement to ABC News by his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman, who said the cause of death was "Alzheimer’s Disease with which he co-existed for the last three years," adding, "The choice to keep this private was his choice."

The statement continues: "The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him 'there’s Willy Wonka,' would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world."

Wilder also had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1989.

Wilder was one of Mel Brooks' favorite leading men, appearing in Young Frankenstein, which he co-wrote with Brooks, The Producers and Blazing Saddles, but he also found box office success teamed with Richard Pryor for a series of films including Silver Streak and Stir Crazy.  Wilder was nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Producers, and for co-writing Young Frankenstein with Brooks.

Wilder's most iconic role, though, is arguably that of Willy Wonka, the chocolate factory owner who searches for a child to take over his business in 1971's Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.  While not a huge hit upon its initial release, it's since become a classic. 

According to Variety, Wilder's most successful roles featured him playing characters with "a signature mixture of hysteria and sweetness."

"[Mel Brooks] always thought that I was a perfect victim, I was a sheep and the wolves could come and get me," Wilder once told ABC News Radio.  "I've changed a little bit since then, but he was right about that time, when I was doing The Producers.  By Young Frankenstein, I wasn't the sheep anymore.  A little bit, but not much."

Wilder married Saturday Night Live star and comic actress Gilda Radner in 1982.  She was his third wife. They co-starred in two films, The Woman in Red and Haunted Honeymoon. After Radner died in 1989 from ovarian cancer, a devastated Wilder worked very little afterward.  He co-founded Gilda's Club, an organization that offers support for cancer patients, their families and friends.

In the '90s, Wilder appeared in feature films, a failed TV series, and wrote and starred in mystery movies for A&E.  He won an Emmy for his final acting role: a guest stint in Will and Grace from 2002 to 2003.

Wilder was also an author, publishing two novels, two novellas and a collection of stories.

He's survived by his fourth wife, Karen, and his nephew.

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Monday
Aug292016

Ben Affleck Teases "Batman" Movie Villain

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Affleck, who is the current occupant of Batman's suit -- and who is directing the next solo Batman film -- has teased comic fans with a snippet of what's to come.

On his Twitter feed Monday morning, Affleck posted footage of a fearsome figure clad in black and orange armor: fan favorite Deathstroke, a deadly mercenary who has tangled with the Caped Crusader a few times since making his DC Comics debut in 1980. 

The character, whose real name is Slade Wilson, has also appeared frequently in video games, and on the small screen, in Arrow.

And a piece of comic trivia: Marvel's Deadpool began as a spoof of Deathstroke: Ryan Reynolds' onscreen alter-ego is also a mercenary possessing superhuman power and amazing fighting skills ... whose real name is the similarly-sounding Wade Wilson.

The Wrap is claiming Deathstroke will be the main villain in the upcoming Batman project from the Oscar nominated Argo director -- though that doesn't rule out Wilson making some prior appearance in Batman's superhero team-up movie Justice League in November of 2017. 

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Monday
Aug292016

John Lennon's Killer Denied Parole for a Ninth Time 

Art Zelin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the ninth time since his incarceration for the December 8, 1980 murder of musician and former Beatles member John Lennon, Mark David Chapman has been denied parole.

The New York State Board of Parole announced its decision on Monday following an interview this past Wednesday with the 61-year-old Chapman, held at the Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, New York.

The board members noted in their decision, "In spite of many favorable factors, we find all to be outweighed by the premeditated and celebrity-seeking nature of the crime. From our interview and review of your records, we find that your release would be incompatible with the welfare of society and would so deprecate that seriousness of the crime as to undermine respect for the law. Accordingly, we deny your release to supervision in the community."

The parole board also explained that in denying Chapman's request, it considered such factors as his efforts to rehabilitate and educate himself, his disciplinary record, his accomplishments while incarcerated, and his lack of prior criminal history.

Chapman was sentenced in 1981 to 20 years to life for Lennon's murder and was first eligible for parole on December 4, 2000.  His next parole hearing is scheduled for August 2018.

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Monday
Aug292016

Shonda Rhimes, "Good Housekeeping" Rank 2016's "25 Awesome Women"

ABC/Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Who are the country's most awesome women?  Next month, in an issue guest-edited by Scandal creator/producer Shonda Rhimes, Good Housekeeping magazine will publish its annual list of the top 25.

This year’s list includes women who are making a difference in their communities, to famous women using their celebrity to encourage change.

"A lot of women inspire me," Rhimes told Good Housekeeping. "I think most of the people I meet everyday are interesting. I have this theory that everyone has a story."

"The only difference between a woman and an awesome woman is how you define yourself," she added.

On Monday's Good Morning AmericaGood Housekeeping editor-in-chief Jane Francisco said a team of people, including Rhimes, had the task of selecting a diverse group of women who were mentoring others, fighting for equal rights, working in their communities and tackling tough issues such as gender bias, body image and equal access to education.

The honorees include Jane Chen, a woman whose company created a low-cost infant warmer that helps babies in developing nations survive; Beverly Bond, the woman behind the Black Girls Rock! Awards show; and Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis, founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.

Also on the list is GMA news anchor Amy Robach, featured for her public fight with breast cancer and her work to raise awareness of the importance of screening. Also making the list is former Dancing with the Stars hoofer-turned The View co-host Candace Cameron Bure, who was heralded for talking about her struggle with an eating disorder.

Here's the full list: 

The Angels
Adina Bailey, 42: Cofounder, Take Them a Meal
Jane Chen, 37: CEO and cofounder, Embrace Innovations
Karissa Bodnar, 27: Founder and CEO, Thrive Causemetics
Tami Halton Pardee, 45: Owner and CEO of Halton Pardee + Partners
Angie Nwandu, 26: CEO, The Shade Room

The Mentors
Beverly Bond, 45: Founder of Black Girls Rock!
Jessica Knoll, 32: Best-selling novelist, Luckiest Girl Alive
Randi Zuckerberg, 34: Entrepreneur
Ingrid Nilsen, 27: Lifestyle expert and YouTube personality
Glynnis MacNichol, 41 + Rachel Sklar, 43: Founders, TheLi.st
Renata Mutis Black, 37: Founder, Empowered by You
Luvvie Ajayi, 31: Writer; executive director and cofounder, The Red Pump Project

The Creatives
Linda Rodin, 68: Founder and creative director, Rodin Olio Lusso
Rebecca Minkoff, 35: Fashion designer
GloZell Green, 44: Online comedian
Ashley Eckstein, 34: President, Her Universe
Ashley Jung, 34 + Paige Dellavalle Walker, 29: CEO and Chief Creative Officer, Stella Valle

The Crusaders
Candace Cameron, 40: Co-host, The View
Wendi Levy, 47 + Kim Etheredge, 45: Founders, Mixed Chicks
Amy Robach, 43: News anchor, Good Morning America
Geena Davis, 60: Founder, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media:
Alexandra Bernadotte, 46: Founder and CEO, Beyond 12

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