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Friday
Oct202017

Director: Firefighters immortalized in "Only the Brave" represent "the very best of what we are capable of"

© 2017 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved/Richard Foreman(NEW YORK) -- Josh Brolin stars in the new movie Only the Brave, the real-life story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of wildfire fighters in Arizona, 19 of whom died fighting a blaze in Prescott, Arizona in 2013.

Brolin, who plays Hotshots leader Eric Marsh, who died in the fire, spent part of his early 20s as a volunteer firefighter in Arizona.

"I’ve been involved in the firefighting community for 30 years. So I’ve known these people for a long time. But getting personally to know this group’s families has been…very humbling for me," Brolin told ABC Radio at the movie's premiere this week.  "You build this sensitivity, that you wouldn’t normally have. I thought I was a sensitive person but I think I’m more sensitive now."

Miles Teller plays Brendan McDonough, the only Hotshot to survive the Yarnell Hill Fire. He says he hopes the movie will be a positive experience for the families of the fallen.

"When you watch this film, it’s a lot of smiles and laughs because you can see just how much these guys enjoyed doing what they do for a living and…it also immortalizes them, you know?"  he said. "Not every movie you make has that kind of impact, but this is absolutely one of them."

Although most of the Hotshots lost their lives in the fire, Only the Brave director Joseph Kosinski says there's more to the movie than tragedy.

He told ABC Radio the stories of Marsh and McDonough "represent the very best of what we are capable of. It’s a very inspiring story to me, it’s not a sad story. I think people will walk away with even more respect for fire fighters and all first responders." 

Only the Brave opens today.

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Friday
Oct202017

The Avengers assemble to save Puerto Rico

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(GEORGIA) -- ABC Radio has learned that Scarlett Johansson will assemble her Avengers teammates Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Mark Ruffalo to help save Puerto Rico, in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

The actors, along with some of Scarlett's other famous friends, will reportedly take part in a staged reading of Thornton Wilder's Our Town at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia to raise money for hurricane relief.

The actress noted in a statement, "The struggle faced by Puerto Rican residents since their island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria is terribly heartbreaking and has left many feeling hopeless and helpless. It is a great privilege to be able to participate in whatever way I can, to provide some relief to those that are struggling to access even the most basic of human needs in the aftermath of this disastrous event."

The show will be directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon, who is one of the most respected directors on Broadway.

Ticket for what she's calling, "an extraordinary, one-time-only evening" go on sale Monday, October 23 at 10:00AM ET and can be purchased in person at the Fox Theatre Box Office, online at FoxTheatre.org, or by phone at (855) 285-8499. 

Tickets start at $89, though a number of VIP packages, which include premium seats, meet-and-greets, a signed poster, and the like will be available starting at $1,000. All proceeds will benefit the Hurricane Maria Community Relief & Recovery Fund.

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Friday
Oct202017

LAPD has interviewed a potential Harvey Weinstein sexual assault victim

Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows/Nicholas Hunt(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide Division has interviewed a potential victim of a sexual assault involving Harvey Weinstein, which allegedly occurred in 2013, ABC News has confirmed.

The case is under investigation.

Earlier Thursday, New York Police Department Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce said that New York City police have referred allegations against the disgraced film mogul to other police departments, though it was not clear if the LAPD investigation pertained to one of those cases. The referrals were made to jurisdictions in the United States and overseas based on calls to a police hotline about Weinstein, Boyce added.

Police declined to discuss specifics.

“Several calls have been received on our CrimeStoppers Hotline regarding Mr. Weinstein,” Boyce said. “None of those calls have alleged any criminal conduct within the New York City area.”

Complaints about Weinstein cannot be pursued locally if they involve events that occurred outside New York City.

More than three dozen women have accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct, including harassment and assault, but he has not been charged with a crime.

The movie producer has acknowledged inappropriate behavior, but has "unequivocally denied" any allegations of non-consensual sex, his spokesman said.

Weinstein, 68, was terminated by The Weinstein Company in the wake of the allegations, though he later offered his resignation. ABC News confirmed that he is also pursuing a claim that he was wrongfully fired.

In addition, he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Producers Guild of America has voted to begin termination proceedings against him. A final determination will be reached next month. On Thursday the board of British Film Institute voted to strip Weinstein of its prestigious BFI Fellowship honor, which he was awarded in 2002.

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Friday
Oct202017

"The Walking Dead" turns 100 -- Season 8 premiere is this Sunday

AMC/Gene Page(NEW YORK) -- Sunday night's season 8 debut of AMC's The Walking Dead is also the hit show's 100th episode. Executive producers David Alpert and Robert Kirkman, the latter, the creator of the comic series that spawned the AMC show, have a doozy racked up for fans.

The first episode kicks off the "All Out War" storyline from the comics, with Andrew Lincoln's Rick Grimes leading an army made up of members of the Hilltop, Kingdom, and Alexandria communities against Jeffrey Dean Morgan's Saviors.

Kirkman tells ABC Radio the first episode kicks off the, "most intense season yet."

Alpert agrees. "It's gonna be bigger and badder than anything we've ever done on the show...So I cannot wait for people to see what we've been cooking up...I have to say that the scale and scope of this season is -- we've never done anything like this before." 

Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie on the show, told Live with Kelly and Ryan, "We spent all of last season sort of recovering from a lot of torment, and this year we get on the front foot...I think it's going to be fun for people to see us strike back."

For the record, even if you know the comics, this season won’t be spoiled, nor are they required reading for the show, Kirkman tells us. Changing things up from the books was a key part of the Walking Dead TV experience. “I think that a lot of the appeal of The Walking Dead [comic series] was the fact that when you sat down to read the comic book, literally anything could happen, and you'd never expect it. And we wanted to maintain that for the television viewers...We didn't want comic book readers to be able to sit down on the couch and go, "Oh! Wait 'til you see this, honey, this is gonna blow your mind!" (laughs) We wanted those people to be wrong as often as possible.”

Walking Dead superfan Yvette Nicole Brown can be seen every Tuesday night on ABC's The Mayor -- but on Sunday nights, she can be found glued to TWD. The frequent Talking Dead guest tells ABC Radio that she thought last season, which saw Negan murdering fan favorites Glenn and Abraham, "I thought last season was a little dark, and I don't think I'm alone in that. But this is my thing about television in general: I allow a showrunner to create the show that they want to do. So I don't get into the, like, "Well, I don't know why..." and "I wish they..." You know what I mean? Like, I mean, I'm a 'shipper,' so I want Carol and Daryl to get together because I'm a girl and I think they're cute together. But I would never demand. So: that season was dark, and it was darker than I personally would have liked, and there's people that left here that I wish were still on the show -- but it's their show! And so I am blessed to be able to watch it and enjoy it, so I'm, I'm gonna take the ride."

The Walking Dead airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMC.

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Friday
Oct202017

Kate del Castillo on Sean Penn’s participation in El Chapo doc: “Sorry, Sean. Too late.”

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Mexican actress Kate del Castillo is ready to share her side of the story in the new three-part Netflix docu-series, The Day I Met El Chapo.

The series explores the details of the secret 2015 meeting that the actress arranged between the now-imprisoned drug lord Joaquin Guzman, aka El Chapo, and Sean Penn.

Del Castillo says she won’t be changing the documentary or delaying its release, despite recent objections by Penn.

“Netflix knows how to do documentaries so you have to ask of course Sean Penn, you have to bring him along, and they reached out to him several times and he ignored their requests,” del Castillo says.

She says that Penn demanded to see the three episodes only after they were completed and “now he wants to be a part of it and not in a very nice way.”

“Sorry, Sean,” she says. “Too late.”

Penn’s spokesperson said in a statement to Variety earlier this month that “there are profound inaccuracies and presumptions presented in Kate’s story.”

Del Castillo says she welcomes Penn to make his own documentary on the subject.

When asked if she feels she was treated unfairly as compared to Penn, del Castillo becomes impassioned.

“Absolutely,” she says. “Only with the charges, I was the only one charged. Not him, not the producers, only me.”

She continues, “And I’m an actress. I live out of my image, my name, that’s what we do – and they destroyed that. Not Sean. Sean’s still out there and he’s a millionaire, you know? I’m not. And I’m almost broke because I’ve been paying for lawyers for two years. Lawyers in the United States and Mexico.”

The Day I Met El Chapo debuts on Netflix today.

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Friday
Oct202017

Has Anna Faris moved on from ex-husband Chris Pratt? 

Filmmagic/Jason LaVeris(LOS ANGELES) -- It look like Anna Faris has found a new guy after splitting with her husband Chris Pratt a couple of months ago.

The Mom star has been spotted on a number of dates with cinematographer Michael Barrett, with whom she worked on the upcoming reboot Overboard, according to E! Online

Faris, 40, and Barrett reportedly were spotted eating at a Pacific Palisades, California, restaurant last week, "laughing at the table," a source tells the entertainment website.

She looked very happy and had a smile on her face when she was leaving," notes the insider, adding that Barrett picked up the check.

During another visit to the same restaurant later in the week, the couple shared several dishes, along with a bottle of wine and definitely appeared to be on a dinner date, according to the source.

"It seemed romantic in the way they were looking at one another and how they were laughing at the table, says the spy, adding, "No one in the restaurant realized it was her."

Faris and Barrett also were spotted at a Los Angeles carnival back in September, along with her son.

"They made the day all about him and were watching him play carnival games and cheering him on," said the eyewitness.

TMZ also spotted the pair dining in Malibu recently.

Faris and Pratt, 38 announced they were separating in August, after eight years of marriage.

Overboard, co-starring Eva Longoria, is slated for a 2018 release.

Mom returns for its fifth season November 2 on CBS.

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Friday
Oct202017

expand Quentin Tarantino "knew enough to do more" about Harvey Weinstein

Getty Images for The Weinstein Co./Charley Gallay(NEW YORK) -- Director Quentin Tarantino has expressed remorse about continuing to work with film producer Harvey Weinstein even though he was aware of allegations of misconduct made against him.

Tarantino, who worked with Weinstein on nearly every major movie in his filmography, told The New York Times, that he had firsthand knowledge of some of the things the former studio head allegedly did to women, including his ex-girlfriend, Mira Sorvino.

Sorvino claimed Weinstein massaged her shoulders and chased her around a hotel room in an attempt to get physical with her -- a story Tarantino reiterated.

“I couldn’t believe he would do that so openly. I was like: ‘Really? Really?’ But the thing I thought then, at the time, was that he was particularly hung up on Mira," he said, adding that he was "shocked and appalled." "Because he was infatuated with her, he horribly crossed the line.”

“I knew enough to do more than I did," he continued. “I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. ... If I had done the work I should have done then, I would have had to not work with him."

Weinstein has been accused by numerous women of sexual misconduct, including harassment and abuse. Though he has acknowledged inappropriate behavior, his publicist said in a statement that Weinstein "unequivocally denies" any allegations of non-consensual sex.

Tarantino told the Times he regrets not taking all the stories as seriously as he wishes he had. Instead, he explained, he was able to "marginalize the incidents."

Men in Hollywood, "allowed it to exist because that’s the way it was," he said. "I’m calling on the other guys who knew more to not be scared. Don’t just give out statements. Acknowledge that there was something rotten in Denmark. Vow to do better by our sisters.”

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Friday
Oct202017

"Geostorm," "Only the Brave" and "Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" are among this week's new releases

© 2017 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved/Richard Foreman(LOS ANGELES) -- Opening in wide release on Friday:

* Only the Brave -- Josh Brolin stars in the real-life story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of wildfire fighters in Arizona, 19 of whom died fighting a blaze in Prescott, Arizona in 2013. Miles Teller and Brendan McDonough co-star. Rated PG-13. (TRAILER CONTAINS MILD PROFANITY)

* Geostorm -- A network of weather satellites designed to protect the Earth suddenly starts attacking it, touching off a race against the clock to uncover the real threat before a worldwide geostorm wipes out everything and everyone. Gerard Butler, Andy Garcia and Ed Harris star. Rated PG-13.

* Same Kind of Different as Me -- Greg Kinnear stars as an international art dealer forced to befriend a dangerous homeless man -- played by Djimon Hounsou -- in order to save his struggling marriage to a woman -- portrayed by Renée Zellweger -- whose dreams will lead them all on a wild journey. Rated PG-13.

* The Snowman -- Michael Fassbender plays Detective Harry Hole, who investigates the death of a young woman, leading to a cat and mouse game with a sociopath known as "The Snowman Killer," to end his murderous spree. J.K. Simmons, John Voight and Val Kilmer also star. Rated R.

* Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween -- Perry is back in drag as the tough, elderly woman, who ventures  to a haunted campground with her family who end up running for their lives when monsters, goblins and the boogeyman appear. Rated PG-13. (TRAILER CONTAINS MILD PROFANITY)

Opening in limited release on Friday:

* Wonderstruck -- The story of a Midwestern boy is told simultaneously with a tale about a girl in New York from fifty years earlier in this drama starring Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams. Rated PG.






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Friday
Oct202017

Lupita Nyong'o shares tales of Harvey Weinstein encounters in "NYT" op-ed 

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- In an op-ed in The New York Times, Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o recounts multiple instances in which she claims she was inappropriately propositioned by disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

She claims that Weinstein invited her to his home in Westport, Connecticut for a screening while she was a student at the Yale School of Drama.  Fifteen minutes into the screening, Nyong'o alleges, Weinstein insisted that she accompany him to his bedroom where he wanted to massage her.

"I panicked a little and thought quickly to offer to give him one instead: It would allow me to be in control physically, to know exactly where his hands were at all times," Nyong'o writes. "Before long he said he wanted to take off his pants. I told him not to do that and informed him that it would make me extremely uncomfortable. He got up anyway to do so and I headed for the door, saying that I was not at all comfortable with that."

Months later, the actress claims, she was invited to a private dinner with Weinstein.  "Before the starters arrived, he announced: 'Let’s cut to the chase. I have a private room upstairs where we can have the rest of our meal,'” she claims Weinstein said. "I told him I preferred to eat in the restaurant. He told me not to be so naïve. If I wanted to be an actress, then I had to be willing to do this sort of thing. He said he had dated Famous Actress X and Y and look where that had gotten them."

Nyong'o says after she declined Weinstein told her, “You have no idea what you are passing up.”

"Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing," she concludes.

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Thursday
Oct192017

Oprah Winfrey talks new book, says sexual harassment conversation is a "watershed moment" for women 

OWN - 2016(LOS ANGELES) --With every interview, Oprah Winfrey strives to produce one reaction: “I’ve never thought of it that way.” In her new book, The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations, Winfrey shares selections from those conversations that have inspired her the most, in hopes of encouraging others to think differently and live a fuller life.

“My intention with the book is to offer on every page an opportunity to find a way to be closer to yourself, closer to the heart that you believe, closer to the name you refer to God as being, closer to bigger, closer to a better life," Winfrey told ABC News.

Winfrey also opened up about her own experiences with sexual harassment, in light of the allegations against Harvey Weinstein by dozens of women, including Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Mira Sorvino.

“I hid a lot of things ... just like all the women who are speaking up now," she recalled. "I was constantly sexually harassed but I knew to speak up in that moment, I would have never worked...another day in television, I knew that. "

Despite what she was going through, she said she told herself “trouble don’t last always,” "I won't be here forever" and “I’m going to work my way through it.”

"Now nobody has to do that," says Oprah. She points out that the Weinstein revelations are just the most recent in a series of incidents that have brought the problem of sexual harassment to the forefront.

"It was first [Roger] Ailes, then Bill O’Reilly then everything that happened there and that sort of opened it up, it cracked and now what has happened with Harvey Weinstein has really been a watershed moment," she said, adding, "I think this is a big momentous, powerful time for women.”

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