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Tuesday
May242016

"Dancing with the Stars": Paige VanZant, Ginger Zee & Nyle DiMarco Battle It Out on Finale Pt. 1

Mark Ballas and Paige VanZant perform; ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- Paige VanZant, Ginger Zee and Nyle DiMarco pulled out all the stops Monday night on the first night of the two-night Dancing with the Stars finale, each performing two routines in their intense contest to win the Mirror Ball trophy.

At the end of the night, Paige VanZant was leading the pack in judges’ scores.

The stars each had to do a “redemption routine,” in which they reprised a previous dance to show how much they’d improved. They also had to perform an all-important freestyle, which has generally had tremendous significance in determining the overall winner of the competition.

The finalists will perform a third routine Tuesday night -- the 24-hour fusion challenge. This challenge, along with the judges’ scores and viewer votes from last week and this week, will be combined to determine the champion.

Co-host Tom Bergeron said the voting so far had been the closest in any DWTS finale.

TONIGHT’S ROUTINES

Ginger Zee
Redemption routine:
Performing with a back injury, the Good Morning America meteorologist was able to impress the three judges with her evocative contemporary routine. Head judge Len Goodman said it was “amazing,” while Bruno Tonioli said the routine showed how much Zee has blossomed as a dancer. Carrie Ann Inaba said she was “really impressed” with the strategy. Scores: 9,10,9: 28/30.

Freestyle: Zee’s ballroom freestyle -– which channeled old Hollywood musical production films -– impressed judges even more. Goodman said Zee showed her versatility, and Inaba said this type of routine was where Zee shone the brightest. Tonioli said he “absolutely adored” the number, adding that it brought back to life the legacy of dance greats Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Scores: 10,10,10: 30/30.

Nyle DiMarco
Redemption routine:
The deaf model and actor reprised his previous quickstep, and even though judges pointed out that he was out of sync at certain points in the routine, they had high praise for him. Tonioli said the routine was “like an exhilarating ride on the Pony Express,” and Inaba said it was “a great dance” for DiMarco. Goodman agreed that the routine was “a little bit hectic in places,” but added to DiMarco: “You’re one heck of a dancer.” Scores: 9, 9, 9: 27/30.

Freestyle: DiMarco wanted his contemporary routine to represent deaf people, but at the end of the stirring performance that earned him a sustained standing ovation from the ballroom audience, Goodman said it was a dance for everyone. “Nyle, you’re a very special person and that was a very special dance,” Goodman said. Tonioli was moved to tears. “That was beyond dancing; that was a work of art...,” he said. Inaba offered her highest praise, telling DiMarco: “I have to say, in 22 seasons that is the best dance I have ever seen...I see a man who’s proving that he can change the world through dance, and I love that.” Scores: 10, 10, 10: 30/30.

Paige VanZant
Redemption routine
: The UFC fighter reprised her salsa with a rapid, red-hot number that had Inaba likening her to a “meteor shower just raining down on us.” Inaba said it was clear that VanZant was still getting better and better, saying the fighter had brought her “A-plus” game. Goodman earned some boos when he said the routine didn’t have the hip action required of the dance style – although he praised the performance itself, and Tonioli was the most enthusiastic yet. “Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!” he said, praising VanZant’s footwork and telling her she was bursting with sex appeal. Scores: 10, 9, 10: 29/30.

Freestyle: VanZant’s poignant contemporary freestyle, which demonstrated her triumph over being bullied, caused tears to flow again on the judges’ panel. Inaba told VanZant that her performance showed how dance heals, and Tonioli said the routine was “really a triumph on a night of creative and artistic excellence.” Scores: 10, 10, 10: 30/30. 

Judges’ Scores (1st dance, 2nd dance. Total)

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: 29; 30. Total: 59

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: 28; 30. Total: 58

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: 27; 30. Total: 57

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Tuesday
May242016

"The Bachelorette": JoJo Meets Her Suitors -- and a Surprise Visitor 

Nick B. and JoJo Fletcher on “The Bachelorette”; ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- JoJo Fletcher’s first night as “The Bachelorette” on Monday night was filled with men, alcohol and a surprise visitor.

On the season premiere of the hit ABC reality series, JoJo, the runner-up on Ben Higgins’ season of The Bachelor earlier this year, welcomed more than two dozen suitors to the Bachelorette mansion.

The Texas real estate developer, 25, prepared herself by seeking advice from former Bachelorette stars Desiree Hartsock, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Ali Fedotowsky.  The trio agreed that the men would be more nervous the first night than JoJo would be. Ali suggested that JoJo choose the guys she really likes, and ignore them for a week so she can learn more about the rest.

After JoJo made the trip to the mansion, the arrivals by the bachelors began. As usual, they were a mix of sweet and weird. Among the men who emerged from the limos:

-- Former pro quarterback Jordan, a.k.a  the brother of Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers. He pointed out to JoJo that his parents got engaged a few months after they met, and have been married for 36 years.

-- Will brought note cards to read from during his introduction to JoJo, but he dropped them on the ground and mixed them up.

-- Jonathan wore a kilt, but his get-up wasn’t as strange as that of Nick B., who was dressed as Santa Claus.

-- Wells, a radio DJ, was accompanied by the R&B group All-4-One, who sang their hit “I Swear.”

-- Luke rode in on a “unicorn” -- a white horse with a “horn” on its head.

Several of the men were feeling jittery around JoJo, so she initially found it challenging to make a meaningful connection. That changed during a one-on-one conversation with Jordan, with whom she later shared a romantic kiss -- after a very awkward and quick smooch with Will. Jordan ended up with the first impression rose.

The alcohol was flowing throughout the night, making things interesting for JoJo.  Daniel, a Canadian, drank a little too much -- he poked another bachelor’s belly button, then striped down to his underwear and jumped in the pool.

As if that wasn’t uncomfortable enough, JoJo was interrupted by a couple of the men while trying to do on-camera interviews.

At the start of the rose ceremony, JoJo was interrupted by a special guest -- Jake Pavelka, the former "Bachelor" whose engagement to Vienna Girardi in the 2010 season fell apart quickly. But he wasn't aiming to join the competition and turn his longtime friendship with JoJo into something more. He pulled her aside and told her, "I want love...for you," before offering advice. 

With that out of the way, the rose ceremony resumed, with "Santa Claus" and Daniel among those getting roses. Six men were eliminated, including Jonathan the kilt wearer.

The new Bachelorette season continues next Monday night on ABC.

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Tuesday
May242016

"The Voice": The Finalists Perform Three Times

Hannah Huston performs on "The Voice"; Tyler Golden/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The season-10 finale of The Voice began Monday night with the remaining four artists taking the stage in hopes of winning the viewers' votes -- and a recording contract.

Adam Wakefield, of Team Blake Shelton; Alisan Porter, of Team Christina Aguilera; Hannah Huston, of Team Pharrell Williams; and Laith Al-Saadi, of Team Adam Levine performed a cover, a duet with a coach, and a brand-new original song they wrote themselves.

Laith kicked off the show with a rockin' rendition of “White Room” by Cream. Blake admitted that he was wrong when he told Laith earlier in the season to focus more on his singing and less on his guitar playing. Adam raved about his artist's "purity of spirit and heart."

Alisan was up next with her original song, a ballad titled "Down That Road." Adam suggested that, if she were to be judged purely on her voice, Alisan deserves to win the competition. Blake called her the "real deal." Christina seconded what Adam said, declaring Alisan "the epitome of The Voice."

Adam Wakefield teamed up with his coach, Blake, for a duet of “The Conversation” by Hank Williams, Jr. and Waylon Jennings.

Hannah's cover had her put a slower, piano- and strings-driven spin on The Police tune "Every Breath You Take." Adam said he loves the original version so much, and was scared to hear Hannah's take, but he thought it was "awesome." Blake added that it was risky, but he believes it will pay off. Crediting the house band for the arrangement, Pharrell said it was "genius" for Hannah to take the song to a different but beautiful place.

Laith returned to the stage for his duet with his coach, Adam, who sat it on drums. Together, they performed a Beatles/Abbey Road medley that included "Carry That Weight" and "The End."

Alisan and her coach, Christina, followed with their own duet, tackling “You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor and Carole King.

Adam Wakefield pulled out his guitar for his original song, the country tune “Lonesome, Broken and Blue.” Adam Levine thought it was cool that the contestant was able to perform his own song for millions of viewers. Blake was touched by the lyrics, describing them as "so good." He said the song reminded him of something the late Keith Whitley would have recorded.

Pharrell stepped onto the stage with Hannah for their duet. They sang "Brand New," Pharrell's song with Justin Timberlake.

Laith's original composition was a bluesy song titled "Morning Light." Pharrell praised the chord changes. Adam said Laith fills the room with joy.

Adam Wakefield sat behind the piano for his cover, “When I Call Your Name” by Vince Gill. Christina was impressed by his ad-libs and his runs. Blake complimented him on his taste in making those runs.

Hannah capped her night with an energetic song titled "I Call the Shots." Pharrell said her calling the shots was all her, and he's proud of her.

For the final performance of the night, Alisan belted out Barbra Streisand's version of the West Side Story tune "Somewhere." Christina was brought to tears, telling the audience how hard Alisan has been working.

The new Voice champ will be announced Tuesday night. The two-hour results show airs on NBC at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

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Monday
May232016

JoJo Is Back as ABC's New "Bachelorette" Tonight

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- After coming up just short on The Bachelor earlier this year,  JoJo Fletcher will search for love once again as ABC’s new “Bachelorette.”

JoJo, a Texas real estate developer who was the runner-up on Ben Higgins’ season of The Bachelor, will meet 26 suitors on the season premiere of The Bachelorette, airing Monday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

The more interesting bachelors include Evan, an erectile dysfunction specialist; Jordan, a former pro quarterback whose brother is Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers; and Wells, a radio DJ who brings R&B group All-4-One with him for his first meeting with JoJo.

ABC is teasing a “surprise visitor” just before the first rose ceremony begins. Who could it be?

Here's a rundown of the announced contestants for season 12 of The Bachelorette:

Alex, 26, a U.S. Marine from Oceanside, CA
Ali, 27, a bartender from Santa Monica, CA
Brandon, 28, a hipster from Los Angeles, CA
Chad, 28, a luxury real estate agent from Tulsa, OK
Chase, 27, a medical sale representative from Highlands Ranch, CO
Christian, 26, a telecom consultant from Los Angeles, CA
Colin “Coley,” 27, a real estate consultant from Chicago, IL
Daniel, 31, a Canadian from Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Derek, 29, a commercial banker from Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Evan, 33, an erectile dysfunction specialist from Nashville, TN
Grant, 28, a firefighter from San Francisco, CA
Jake, 26, a landscape architect from Playa Vista, CA
James F., 34, a boxing club owner from Nashville, TN
James S., 27, a Bachelor superfan from Phoenix, AZ
James Taylor, 29, a singer-songwriter from Katy, TX
Jonathan, 29, a technical sales representative from Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Jordan, 27, a former pro quarterback, Chico, CA
Luke, 31, a war veteran from Burnet, TX
Nick B., 33, an electrical engineer, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Nick S., 26, a software salesman from San Francisco, CA
Peter, 26, a staffing agency manager from Chicago, IL
Robert “Robby,” 27, a former competitive swimmer from Jacksonville, FL
Sal, 28, an operations manager from Fort Lauderdale, FL
Vincent “Vinny,” 28, a barber from Delray Beach, FL
Wells, 31, a radio DJ from Nashville, TN
William “Will,” 26, a civil engineer from Jersey City, NJ

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Monday
May232016

The Latest to Die on “Game of Thrones” Is…

Courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- (SPOILERS AHEAD!)  If you don’t want to know, stop reading now.  On Sunday night’s Game of Thrones, we said goodbye to the sweet, brave Hodor.

The big man died trying to save his friend and charge Bran Stark from the wights -- the gang of deadly, zombie-like white walkers chasing the group out of the Three-Eyed Raven's tree location.

We also learned Hodor – not only the character’s name, but the only word we ever hear him say -- is short for "Hold the door," which is what Hodor does before succumbing to the undead attack.

Kristian Nairn, who played Hodor up until last night, told Entertainment Weekly about when he got “The Call” about his character's fate.

“You know what’s going to happen. Some of my friends got the scripts before I did, so I sort of got the hint it was going to happen,” he said.  “With Game of Thrones, nothing is ever certain, and that I made it this far is pretty good. Ned Stark only made it to episode nine!"

Nairn said he "loved" the way his character went out, saving the lives of his friends.

"I couldn’t be happier how he has gone out. The interesting thing is it’s kinda left open. You don’t actually see him [die]. It’s implied," he added. "So who knows? He may come back as a white walker, maybe he got away. But it’s a really good way to do it. I couldn’t have asked for a better goodbye to a character I love. My favorite part is it ties up the question of why is Hodor 'Hodor.' Why does he say the word 'Hodor?'

"I had tears in my eyes,” Nairn continued. “I don’t see myself on screen, I see Hodor. I always talk about him in the third person."

The death was also heartbreaking for fans, who fell in love with Hodor.

"I tend to do my grocery shopping in the middle of the night now because it’s awkward [with fans]," he said. "But it’s fun, too. People love the show and identify with us as the characters. People always ask me, 'What’s your worst fan interaction?' I don’t have any. Everyone is super chill, even the slightly annoying ones. 'Thrones' fans tend to be respectful."

Finally, Nairn spoke about the last day on set and how Bran, played by Isaac Hempstead, was involved behind the scenes.

"When it was finally wrapped at the end of season six, they allowed Isaac to be the one to wrap me," he said. "It was an emotional moment. It’s been an incredible journey that completely turned my life upside down and gave me a lot of hope for the future.”

As for what’s next for Nairn: “I can’t wait to see what comes next,” he says.  “I have a lot more words than 'Hodor.'"

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Monday
May232016

Matt LeBlanc Makes History in New “Top Gear” Role

© TopGear.com(NEW YORK) -- Matt LeBlanc is known in the U.S. for being a cast member of the hit sitcom Friends, a show that’s also very popular in the U.K.  But there, he’s about to make history with another TV show.

LeBlanc is the first non-British host of Top Gear, the wildly popular, high-octane, adrenaline-pumping car show that airs stateside on BBC America.

“I would watch the show before and say, ‘That looks so fun and I’d love to be a part of that,’ and here I am now,” LeBlanc told ABC News’ Lama Hasan. “It’s a car show for petrol heads, obviously, but it’s also got a bit of travel in it. You’ve got a bit of culture in it. It’s got a bit of comedy in it.”

Top Gear pairs LeBlanc with British TV and radio star Chris Evans, who compared his partnership with LeBlanc to another famous TV duo.

“I think we’re like Ernie and Bert from Sesame Street,” Evans joked.

Another star of the show is The Stig, an enigmatic race car driver who’s always clad in a white racing coverall, gloves and full-face helmet, whose identity is a closely-guarded secret and whose skills make him seem almost super-human.

“I kind of get lured into this, you know, his world,” LeBlanc said of The Stig. “There’ve been a couple of times during the shooting of these things I’ve been like, ‘Okay that’s, er, dangerous.”

It’s not LeBlanc’s first time on Top Gear.  A speed enthusiast himself, LeBlanc set a record four years ago when he posted the top lap speed ever during the show’s trademark “Celebrity in a Reasonably-Priced Car” challenge.

Shooting Top Gear has already taken LeBlanc and Evans to South Africa, Morocco, northern England, France, Kazakhstan, Italy and Cuba.

“It just keeps getting better and better and better,” LeBlanc said.

The new season of Top Gear premieres on BBC America May 3.

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Monday
May232016

Eva Longoria Marries Jose Antonio Baston in Mexico 

Pascal Le Segretain/amfAR15/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- It's Mrs. Eva Baston now.

The former Desperate Housewives actress Eva Longoria wed businessman Jose Antonio "Pepe" Baston in Mexico over the weekend.

The actress announced the news by sharing a photo of her and her husband's wedding rings on Instagram.

The caption read: "In our garden, surrounded by a small gathering of people we love, Pepe and I tied the knot! #TalkAboutBlessed #ImStillFloating #OmgMyFeetHurt."

Wedding guests included Ricky Martin with his partner Carlos Abella, Victoria Beckham and her husband David Beckham along with Mario Lopez and Melanie Griffith, according to photos posted to social media.

Photos posted by Telemundo's "Al Rojo Vivo," show Longoria, 41, and Baston, 47, tying the knot in a private ceremony held in Valle de Bravo, Mexico.

The couple exchanged vows under an altar of flowers and lights, while standing in front of an over-sized white cross.

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Monday
May232016

Here's Your First Look at the Live-Action "Beauty and the Beast" Movie

"Beauty and the Beast" star Emma Watson; Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- We don't see much of the cast, but there's lots of atmosphere in the just-released teaser-trailer for Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast.

The trailer, which debuted on today's Good Morning America, shows shot after gorgeous shot of Beast's castle, with cobwebs forming and candles burning down as time passes.  Then, at the door, we catch glimpses of Belle -- played by Emma Watson -- with what sounds like Ewan McGregor's Lumière and Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth discussing her arrival: "What if she is the one?" says Lumière.

And then, as a piano plays the familiar notes from the song "Beauty and the Beast," we get our best, though still brief, look at Belle, as she gazes on the single, enchanted red rose in its glass case.  If you know the story, you know what that rose means.

Based on Disney's hit 1991 animated version, Beauty and Beast also stars Dan Stevens as The Beast, with Emma Thompson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kevin Kline, Audra McDonald, and Stanley Tucci.

Beauty and the Beast opens March 17 of next year.  Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Monday
May232016

"Captain America: Civil War" Star Anthony Mackie Happy to Be Team Marvel

Anthony Mackie as Falcon in "Captain America: Civil War"; Mavel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Marvel’s latest superhero blockbuster Captain America: Civil War is the first movie in 2016 to cross the $1 billion mark globally.  The film achieved the milestone on Friday, according to The Hollywood Reporter and is the fourth title in the Marvel movie universe to surpass $1 billion after The Avengers $1.51 billion, Age of Ultron $1.41 billion and Iron Man 3 $1.22 billion.

Anthony Mackie already portrayed Sam Wilson/Falcon in two of the Marvel flicks and realizes that there is superhero saturation in the marketplace.  But he’s happy to be on a winning team.

“I think right now, the market is inundated with superhero movies,” he tells ABC Radio.  “I think, fortunate for me being in the Marvel universe, all of the Marvel movies are good movies, so I don't think you can have too much of a good thing and I think it's a yin and a yang.  The bad superhero movies make the [good] superhero movies that much better...And I think that's why Cap 3 is doing so well because it's such a great movie.”

Looking to the future, Mackie swears he doesn’t know any definite plans -- particularly about the forthcoming Black Panther or his role, if any, in it.

“I don't know. Marvel is very secretive about who's in and who's not in these movies," he says. "My brother Chad Boseman introduced Black Panther in Cap 3 and did a great job. I've known from the beginning that once that character was being released, they would not be able to tame his success and I'm excited to see the movie and I think Marvel is going to do something remarkable with it.”

With buzz that Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o is "in talks" to jump aboard, and rising actor Michael B. Jordan will be rejoining his Creed director Ryan Coogler in the 2017 movie, some are speculating Black Panther could be the biggest and blackest superhero to date.

New Orleans native Mackie, who recently starred as civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in HBO's acclaimed All the Way, says it ain’t so -- and is cautious of using that terminology.

“Well, it definitely won't be blacker than Coming to America because that's the blackest movie of all time,” he quipped. “I think we should look at it for being just a really good movie instead of being a 'really black movie.'  Don't limit ourselves.” 

Black Panther will be released by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Monday
May232016

Who Will Win the Mirror Ball? "Dancing with the Stars" Finals Begin Tonight

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Who will be the new champion of Dancing with the Stars? We will find out this week, when ABC airs the two-part season finale.

ABC News meteorologist Ginger Zee, deaf model Nyle DiMarco and UFC fighter Paige VanZant are all in contention to win the Mirror Ball trophy. But Zee is facing adversity having  injured her pelvis earlier this week during rehearsals for a contemporary routine with her professional partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, but she plans to compete in the finale.

On Monday night’s one-hour edition of Dancing with the Stars, which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time, each couple will perform two dances: a redemption style dance and a freestyle routine.

The following night, the couples will take part in a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge,” in which they will fuse two contrasting dance styles with less than 24 hours’ preparation. That challenge, along with the votes and judges’ points from last week’s and Monday’s performance shows, will determine the winner of season 22. The champ will be revealed in the final moments of Tuesday’s show. 

Here's a rundown of the dances the couples will perform Monday night, along with the song selections:

Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Redemption Style:  Jazz  – “Adventure of a Lifetime” by Coldplay
Freestyle  – “Orange Colored Sky” by Nat King Cole

Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Redemption Style:  Quickstep – “S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
Freestyle – “The Sound of Silence” by Disturbed

Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas
Redemption Style:  Salsa – “Fireball” by Pitbull
Freestyle – “Over the Rainbow” performed by BC Jean

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