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Apr302016

Classic Rock All-Stars Shine as HBO Airs 2016 Rock Hall Ceremony Tonight

Kevin Mazur; Kevin Kane/Courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- The HBO special featuring highlights from the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres tonight at 8:00 ET/PT, just over three weeks after the event was held in Brooklyn, New York. This year's class of inductees included four classic-rock acts that many music fans felt had been long overlooked -- Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller and Cheap Trick -- along with the influential rap act N.W.A.

In the weeks leading up the ceremony, conflicts over the post-induction performances led to key original members of Deep Purple and Chicago -- guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer/bassist Peter Cetera, respectively -- boycott the event. But the artists who did take part delivered plenty of heartfelt and humorous speeches and performances. 

Among the highlights:

-- Deep Purple was inducted by longtime superfan Lars Ulrich of heavy metal superstars Metallica, who gave a speech in which he wondered why it took so long for Purple to be inducted, since they've been eligible since 1993.  Deep Purple's current lineup performed "Highway Star," "Hush" and, of course, their classic "Smoke on the Water."

-- Miller was inducted by The Black Keys, and he gave a speech in which he called for the Rock Hall's induction process to become more transparent, and for more women to be inducted.  He and his current band played "Fly Like an Eagle," "Rock 'n Me" and "The Joker," a song he claimed saved his career.

-- N.W.A. was inducted by acclaimed rapper and fellow Compton, California, native Kendrick Lamar.

-- Chicago was welcomed into the Rock Hall by Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas.

-- While Cetera was a no-show, original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine, who left the band in 1990, took part in the induction and the performance. Thomas joined Chicago to sing "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and the band also played "Saturday in the Park" and "25 or 6 to 4."

-- Cheap Trick were ushered into the Hall of Fame by Kid Rock.  Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos reunited with his fellow founding members for the first time since 2010 to play "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," and "Dream Police."

-- The all-star jam at the end of the night featured a rendition of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame," which Cheap Trick had covered in 1979.

-- Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne teamed up with indie-pop singer Kimbra and The Roots to pay tribute to the late David Bowie with a performance of "Fame."

-- Sheryl Crow and Grace Potter collaborated on a version of The Eagles' "New Kid in Town" in honor of the late Glenn Frey.

The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs tonight on HBO.

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Friday
Apr292016

“Work Wives” Jennifer Aniston & Jason Sudeikis Together Again in “Mother’s Day”

Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in "Mother's Day"; Ron Batzdorff/Open Road Films(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston is married to Justin Theroux and Jason Sudeikis is expecting his second child with actress Olivia Wilde, but the two agreed that starring in their fifth collaboration together, Mother’s Day, makes them like “work wives.”

“Indeed,” said Sudeikis, who stars in the new dramedy as a widower with two kids whose budding romance with Aniston’s divorced mom-of-two character begins awkwardly.

Sudeikis, 40, and Aniston, 47, told ABC News’ Matt Gutman it was the allure of working with famed director Garry Marshall that drew them to the movie, which also stars Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson.

“That's the only thing,” Aniston said, joking that she didn’t even need to see a script.

Aniston began filming Mother’s Day in Atlanta, Georgia, shortly after her August 2015 wedding to Theroux. The close timing led Sudeikis to joke that the newlyweds had honeymooned in the Southern city.

"The aquarium,” Sudeikis joked of an Atlanta honeymoon destination, prompting a laugh from Aniston.

Wherever Aniston may be, don’t expect the actress to broadcast it on social media. The former Friends star called the new form of communication “so much pressure.”

“It's such a part of the world now, that sort of transparency, so I just kind of prefer not to,” she said.

Mother’s Day opens in theaters nationwide today.

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Friday
Apr292016

Allison Janney Reprises "West Wing" Character During Surprise White House Press Briefing Appearance 

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesIt's been quite a while since The West Wing was on TV, but one of its stars showed up in character at a White House press briefing on Friday.

Allison Janney, who played White House press secretary C.J. Cregg for seven seasons on The West Wing, surprised reporters by popping up in the White House press briefing room.  When asked where the actual press secretary, Josh Earnest, was, Janney joked, "Josh is out today.  I believe it's a root canal."  Reporters laughed, because Janney was referencing a specific episode of The West Wing where her character had a root canal.

"Yeah, he has a root canal, but let's be honest I'm better at this than he is anyway," she cracked.

In all seriousness, Janney was there because her character on her current show, Mom, is a recovering addict.  She paid tribute to the White House Champions of Change, a group involved in substance abuse issues, and she also spoke about the general opiod epidemic in the U.S.  

"This is a disease that can touch anybody and all of us can help reduce drug abuse through evidenced-based treatment, prevention and recovery," she said.

As Cregg, Janney took one question: who is President Bartlet -- the character played by Martin Sheen in The West Wing -- supporting in the Democratic primary?  She snapped, “I think you know the answer to that question.”

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Friday
Apr292016

Amy Schumer and Her Dad FaceTime with "Goddess" Goldie Hawn 

Mark Seliger/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Amy Schumer's dad can cross one more thing off his bucket list, thanks to his daughter.

"FaceTime with the goddess Goldie Hawn making my dads dream come true," the 34-year-old Inside Amy Schumer star captioned an Instagram video of her and her father, Gordon Schumer, chatting with the actress on Wednesday.

"He keeps saying that we're playing sisters and I'm like no, you're the love of his life," says Schumer, who plays the daughter of Hawn, 70, in an upcoming comedy film.

Amy then convinces her father to tell Hawn she's the "love of his life."

During a segment of ABC's The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015, which aired back in December, Schumer discussed with Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  her father's longtime battle with multiple sclerosis.

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Friday
Apr292016

Will Ferrell Not Involved in Controversial Ronald Reagan Comedy, Rep Tells ABC News

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Turns out Will Ferrell won't be starring in an upcoming comedy about former President Ronald Reagan.  His rep tells ABC News Ferrell "is not pursuing" the movie role.

It was reported this week that Ferrell had been cast in Reagan. The story was said to begin at the start of Reagan's second term, when he falls into dementia and an intern must convince him he's an actor playing the president in a movie. Ferrell was also said to be producing the project.  Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's disease after his presidency, and died in 2004.

In a statement to ABC News, Ferrell's rep says, "The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means a ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”

Reagan's children Michael Reagan and Patti Davis were chief among those who were quick to condemn the news, the former tweeting, "Alheimers is not a comedy it robs you then it kills you."  Michael's half-sister Davis posted an open letter on her website, writing to Ferrell, in part, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous."

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Friday
Apr292016

"Modern Family" Actress Ariel Winter Announces Where She's Going to College 

ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) -- Ariel Winter is officially all grown up. The Modern Family actress has announced where she's going to college.

Winter, 18, who portrays the witty middle sister on ABC's hit comedy, shared a photo on Instagram showing that she's decided to attend the University of California, Los Angeles.

"It's an AMAZING DAY! I'm going to UCLA - thank you to everyone who has been there for me on this journey! #bruinsbaby," she wrote as a caption.

Winter said despite her success as a child actress, attending college has always been a goal of hers.

"School was never really important when I was younger in my family," she told Good Morning America news anchor Amy Robach in an interview last month. "I mean, they never really pushed me to do anything other than entertainment. And while entertainment is great, I think education is incredibly important. It's always been a dream of mine to go to college."

The actress added that she'd "love to be a social justice lawyer."

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Friday
Apr292016

Ronald Reagan's Family Criticizes Planned Will Ferrell Comedy

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Ronald Reagan's family is upset over a planned comedy that will star Will Ferrell as the former president.

It was reported this week that Ferrell had been cast in Reagan. The story will begin at the start of Reagan's second term, when he falls into dementia and an intern must convince him he's an actor playing the president in a movie. Ferrell will also produce the project.

Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's disease after his presidency, and died in 2004.

Reagan's oldest son, Michael Reagan, reacted to the Ferrell news on Thursday, tweeting, "Alheimers is not a comedy it robs you then it kills you."

Reagan's daughter and Michael's half-sister, author Patti Davis, posted an open letter on her website, writing to Ferrell, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous."

She recalled, "I watched as fear invaded my father’s eyes -- this man who was never afraid of anything. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, 'I don’t know where I am.' I watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach and moving farther away. For ten long years he drifted -- past the memories that marked his life, past all that was familiar...and mercifully, finally past the fear.

"There was laughter in those years, but there was never humor," she added.


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Friday
Apr292016

Watch Barack & Michelle Obama on Their First Date in "Southside with You" Trailer

“Southside with You” stars Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter; Mat Hayward/Getty Images for Rand Luxury(NEW YORK) -- What was President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama's relationship like in its early days? A new film inspired by the couple attempts to give us a look back at the Obamas, long before they moved into the White House.

A trailer released Thursday for Southside with You features Parker Sawyers as Barack Obama and Tika Sumpter as the future first lady, then known as Michelle Robinson.

The movie turns back the clock to the summer of 1989, when Obama, then a young law firm associate, pursued Michelle Robinson, a lawyer. The story follows them on their first date, which includes a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago and their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor.

At one point in the trailer, Robinson insists, "This is not a date. How’s it gonna look if I start dating the first cute black guy who walks through the firm’s doors? It would be tacky.”

Obama replies, “You think I’m cute?” Robinson shoots back, “I didn’t say that."

Southside with You, executive-produced by singer John Legend, hits theaters this August.

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Friday
Apr292016

"Keanu," "Mother's Day," "Ratchet & Clank" Open Today

L-R: Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in "Keanu"; Steve Dietl/Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Keanu -- Comedy duo Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele play cousins in the comedy. When one cousin's kitten, Keanu, is kidnapped, the two infiltrate a gang in an attempt to retrieve the pet. Tiffany Haddish, Method Man, Jason Mitchell, Luis Guzman, Nia Long and Will Forte also star. Rated R.


* Mother's Day -- Garry Marshall delivers another star-studded comedy based on a holiday, following Valentine's Day and New Year's Eve. Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Jason Sudeikis star. Rated PG-13.



* Ratchet & Clank -- The video game featuring the titular "lombax" and robot come to the big screen. Paul Giamatti, John Goodman, Bella Thorne, Rosario Dawson and Sylvester Stallone lend their voices to the animated film. Rated PG.

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Friday
Apr292016

Search Warrant Issued for Prince's Paisley Park Estate

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(CHANHASSEN, Minn.) -- Authorities have obtained a search warrant for Prince’s Paisley Park estate, but the court has authorized sealing it, ABC News confirmed Thursday.

Disclosing the details of what the sheriff’s deputies are searching for, court documents say, could compromise the investigation.

The paperwork was filed one day after law enforcement sources told ABC News that prescription drugs were found in Prince’s possession and at his home.

The Carver County Sheriff’s Office has contacted the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration about the possibility of assisting in the investigation if the pharmaceuticals are found to be related to the singer's death.

The sheriff’s office says no active work is being done by the DEA at this time because the toxicology work has yet to be completed.

The DEA routinely assists local authorities in investigations involving prescription drugs, and a DEA official says the agency stands ready to assist if it is needed.

The week before Prince died at the age of 57, he was rushed to the hospital in Illinois, where, his rep told ABC News, he was treated for the flu.

Then, last Thursday, the music legend was pronounced dead at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota. The next day, the chief medical examiner at the Midwest Medical Examiner's office performed an autopsy on the singer's body to determine his cause of death. A report, which will include toxicology results, could "likely take weeks," according to the medical examiner's office.

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