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Tuesday
Apr282015

“Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special” Airs Tuesday

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — Dancing with the Stars will be celebrating its past on Tuesday night with a 10th anniversary special.

The special will feature performances by former and current cast members and pro dancers.

Celebrities scheduled to take part include Meryl Davis, Alfonso Ribeiro, Katherine Jenkins, Chelsea Kane, Kristi Yamaguchi, Amy Purdy, Maria Menounos, Melissa Rycroft, Kelly Monaco, Donald Driver, Hines Ward, Kurt Warner, Jacoby Jones, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice.

The special will begin with the series' biggest-ever opening number, with the judges, hosts, and the current season-20 pro dancers performing alongside 15 past celebrity contestants, plus seven returning pros.

Patti LaBelle, who competed this season until her elimination last week, will perform her hit "Lady Marmalade" with Lil' Kim and Amber Riley.

Karina Smirnoff is one of the vets who is returning and she can’t wait. “I love every second of it,” she tells ABC Radio, adding, “I’ve been missing the show. I'm having spray-tan withdrawal.”

Smirnoff says returning for the special and seeing old friends is like going to a “high school reunion” because everyone is so close.

“It's one of those shows that ten years from now, we're all still gonna be close, we're all still gonna call each other and send random texts,” says Smirnoff.

ABC's Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special
airs at 8 p.m. Eastern time.


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Tuesday
Apr282015

Tony Awards 2015 Nominations Announced

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Looks like Bradley Cooper's gamble to bring The Elephant Man back to Broadway paid off.

Cooper and his co-stars Alessandro Nivola and Patricia Clarkson were among the Tony Award nominees announced Tuesday morning. The Elephant Man is also up for best revival of a play.

But Cooper is not the only A-list Hollywood star with hits on the Great White Way. Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for playing Queen Elizabeth in The Queen, has been nominated for a Tony for portraying the same role on stage in The Audience.

She will be competing against fellow Hollywood stars Elisabeth Moss, Carey Mulligan and Ruth Wilson in the best actress in a play category.

On the musical side, An American in Paris and Fun Home lead the nominations, with 12 each. Something Rotten! received 10.

Sting's musical The Last Ship earned a nomination for the pop star for music and lyrics. It also received a nomination for best orchestration.

Previous Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth is nominated for her role as an up-by-her-bootstraps Hollywood starlet in On the Twentieth Century. She will also host the awards ceremony, alongside Tony winner Alan Cumming, when they air live June 7.

The complete list of nominees can be viewed here.


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Tuesday
Apr282015

Courteney Cox Says "Friends" Cast Member Is Reason for Lack of Reunion

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- During a special with Yahoo!, Courteney Cox was asked yet again about a Friends reunion, more than 10 years after the show went off the air in 2004.

"Let it go people, we are not doing it!" she said. "It's just not going to happen."

She added that the gang has gotten "80 percent there" for a reunion, but "there's always one person who flakes at the end."

"I'm not going to name names, but it may not be [David] Schwimmer," she said, then turning to the camera and giving a knowing look. She only hinted that it may or may not be "Ross."

Cox and Schwimmer were part of the cast that also included Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and Matthew Perry.

The show aired from 1994 to 2004 and is still considered an ageless classic by fans.


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Tuesday
Apr282015

John Stamos Calls Out Olsen Twins on "Full House" Reboot

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- The world rejoiced last week when news broke of the Full House reunion coming to Netflix.

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who played Michelle Tanner on the hit show, told Women's Wear Daily they didn't know if they'd be returning for Fuller House because they didn't know about the reunion at all.

“We just found out about it today,” Mary-Kate, 28, said. “I guess we’re going to talk to the creators and see what’s happening. ... I’m shocked I haven’t heard from John [Stamos]!”

“I ran into Bob [Saget] the other day and we didn’t even talk about it,” Ashley, 28, added. “I’m going to call [him] and get his perspective."

Well, on Monday night Stamos, 51, didn't mince words when someone tweeted this story to him. "I call bulls---," he wrote.

The reboot will star Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber, and will feature guest appearances by Stamos, who is also producing. Meanwhile, Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin are all in negotiations.

Fuller House will premiere on Netflix in 2016.


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Tuesday
Apr282015

Brandy Makes Broadway Debut in “Chicago” Tuesday Night

ABC/RICHARD HARBAUGH(NEW YORK) — Brandy is set to make her Broadway debut Tuesday when she stars as Roxie Hart in Chicago.

"It feels exciting. It feels new. It feels like I'm in a dream," the Grammy Award-winning singer tells ABC Radio of her debut. "It's like, 'Is this really happening?' Like, 'Am I really gonna do it? Am I really gonna be on stage every night, doing...live acting? Am I gonna remember my lines?' It's a lot, but I'm excited."

Brandy, who also is working on her seventh studio album, said performing in Chicago -- where she'll belt out songs such as "No," "Funny Honey" and "We Both Reached for the Gun" -- says it was "beautiful" to sing someone else's songs for a change. "Now, I do wanna sing my new songs coming up," she adds. "But I love singing the Roxie songs. I love it."

So what's her favorite song from the long-running musical? "I love 'Roxie.' 'Roxie' is my favorite song. I sing 'Roxie' in the shower. I sing 'Roxie' in the hotel room. I sing 'Roxie' with my daughter. I sing 'Roxie' all the time."

Brandy said the opportunity to star on the Great White Way came at the perfect time.

"It was so crazy — like, even before I knew that I was gonna get the opportunity to do Chicago I was training...because I knew God was getting me ready for something. So I was boxing and I was working out, all of that," she says. "And then when I got the opportunity I just continued my regimen. I eat great. I take care of my voice. And I'm just ready. I'm just in a different zone."

Although this is Brandy's first time on Broadway, this isn't the first time she's starred in a musical. She co-starred with the late Whitney Houston in the televised version of Cinderella in 1997. The singer reflected on what her former co-star and mentor would've thought of her debut.

"I was showing my daughter some videos of me rehearsing and she looked over at me and she says, 'Mommy, you know what? Whitney would be really proud of you.' That brought me to tears," she tells ABC Radio. "I was like, 'Oh my God!' Out of nowhere she said that."

Brandy will star in Chicago for eight weeks at New York City's Ambassador Theatre.


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Tuesday
Apr282015

To Score Tickets to “Star Wars” Premiere, Fans Send X-Wing into Space

LucasFilm(NEW YORK) — Two Brits behind a science website called Project Helium Tears devised a literally out of this world way to try to get a pair of tickets to the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens -- they launched a scale model of an X-Wing fighter into space.

The fans used a massive balloon to send the model up and away, and a GoPro camera to shoot the model flying against the striking backdrop of the earth and the sun -- with no computer-generated trickery necessary. Because of the model's scale and position in space, and with the inclusion of John Williams' Star Wars score, the illusion is very much from that "galaxy far, far away."

During the short film of the fighter's journey, they addressed director J.J. Abrams with an onscreen message in the form of a Star Wars title "crawl."

"Hey JJ: Can we have 2 tickets to the VIP premiere of The Force Awakens? Ordinarily, the answer would be no, so we thought we'd try something extraordinary...We know you like using practical effects and shooting in real locations," adding "We really love that there are X-Wings in the new film."

No word yet from Team Abrams or Lucasfilm.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released Dec. 18 by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.


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Tuesday
Apr282015

Lifetime Working on Unauthorized “Full House” Movie

ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Prepare yourself for more Full House nostalgia.

Lifetime is moving forward with a movie that will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the popular 1987-1995 sitcom and its stars, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project, which is tentatively titled The Unauthorized Full House Story, does not yet have a cast or airdate.

Last September, Lifetime aired an unauthorized movie about another classic 1990s sitcom, Saved by the Bell.

Netflix announced last week it has ordered a sequel to Full House that will premiere in 2016. Fuller House will star original cast members Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber, with guest appearances by John Stamos. Netflix said discussions are ongoing with Bob Saget, Dave Coulier and Lori Loughlin.

Stamos tweeted his opinion of Lifetime's unauthorized Full House movie. Stamos wrote, "Full House TV movie on @lifetimetv? hmmmm –yeah right, good luck with that."


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Tuesday
Apr282015

What to Expect from "Dr. Phil" Interview with Kim Richards

Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) — Dr. Phil host Phil McGraw has a highly-anticipated interview with Real Housewives star Kim Richards set to air later Tuesday -- and McGraw spoke to ABC News' Rebecca Jarvis on Real Biz to tease what viewers can expect.

Richards, 50, was arrested earlier this month and charged with public intoxication, trespassing, resisting an officer and battery on a police officer, according to police.

"She wanted to tell her side of the story," McGraw told ABC News. "We sat down and talked about it, and we had a very candid conversation about it. And some very ... big revelations came out of this conversation."

He continued, "I think that people are gonna see that even though this is someone who’s on a reality show, it’s a very real, human being, and I think there’s a lot going on in her life that people don’t realize. I think she is going to tell us exactly what happened that night, I think she’s going to tell us why it happened."

McGraw called himself the "incurable optimist" and added, "I think she certainly can help herself."


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Tuesday
Apr282015

“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: “Hunger Games” Star Willow Shields Eliminated

ABC/Matt Petit(LOS ANGELES) — The odds weren’t in Hunger Games actress Willow Shields' favor Monday night. The 14-year-old actress was voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars in an elimination that stunned the ballroom audience and judges.

Shields and actress Rumer Willis were both in jeopardy of going home even though they’ve earned high scores from the judges throughout the season.

Elimination is based on a combination of judges’ scores and viewers' votes.

Shields immediately teared up when her name was announced. “We are all sad. We are shocked,” said the show’s co-host, Erin Andrews.

Shields’s pro partner, Mark Ballas, praised Shields. “I just want to say, first of all, a big thank you to Willow. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Monday’s show was dedicated to dance styles from various eras.

The couple with the highest overall score was granted immunity from elimination Monday, and the other couples had to compete in a dance-off -- to either a Salsa, Cha Cha or Foxtrot -- for bonus points.

Due to an injury sustained last week, pro dancer Derek Hough didn’t compete. His celebrity partner, Olympian Nastia Liukin, was teamed with Sasha Farber Monday.

Here’s a rundown of the individual routines:


Riker Lynch:
The judges were thrilled with the actor/musician’s 1920s-style Quickstep. Bruno Tonioli called the routine full of content and “absolutely brilliant,” but cautioned the musician about tense shoulders when dancing in hold with his pro partner, Allison Holker. Carrie Ann Inaba agreed with Tonioli. Julianne Hough said Lynch and Holker were versatile and innovative but told Lynch to work on his frame, especially given the height difference between him and his partner. Len Goodman gave hearty approval of the routine by awarding the pair a perfect 10. The other judges each gave the couple 9s, for a total of 37 out of a possible 40 points.

Chris Soules:
The Bachelor star and partner Witney Carson won the judges over with their wartime-inspired Foxtrot. “That was awesome...I loved it, it was wonderful,” Hough said. Tonioli said Soules was “turning into a dancer,” adding that he believed the reality TV star took great care and attention with his footwork and his improvement was evident. Inaba said she thought Soules was gaining momentum at the right time. “You’re the most exciting one for me to watch right now,” she said. Goodman noted that he saw more fluidity and footwork from Soules, but asked him to work on polishing up “those little moments in hold.” Soules earned three 8s and a 7, for a total of 31 points.

Rumer Willis: The judges told the actress her Jive with partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy could have been better. Inaba said she believed Willis had lost some of the unique quality she had in the beginning of the season. “It just felt a little bit safe...and I can only be this critical with you because you’re so good,” Inaba said. Goodman said it was “better to be safe than sorry.” He praised Willis’s technique but said the routine “could have had a tad more flair.” Tonioli said he loved the nostalgic feel of the routine but cautioned Willis on her arm movement. Hough agreed with Tonioli about Willis’s arms, but said she believed Willis had done “an awesome job.” Willis earned three 9s and an 8, for a total of 35 points.

Noah Galloway:
The U.S. Army veteran’s 1970s-inspired jazz routine with partner Sharna Burgess brought Inaba to her feet in excitement. “What was that?” she shouted. That was insane!” Goodman called the routine strong and clean, and told Galloway, a double-amputee, “I’ve got to say, you may have half the limbs of most guys but I tell you you’re twice the man...It’s as good as any dance I’ve seen you perform.” Hough said Galloway had swag and groove. “That was the most fun I think I’ve ever had sitting at this table,” she said of watching the routine, and Tonioli added: “You two are bada**, hot and yet so cool it gives me chills...” Galloway earned a 10, two 9s and a 8, for a total of 36 points.

Robert Herjavec: After a disappointing performance last week, the Shark Tank star’s steamy 1980s-inspired Argentine Tango had the judges praising his improvement. Goodman said Herjavec’s dancing tends to go up and down, telling him that this week he was up. Hough called the routine clean and said Herjavec’s timing was “so much better.” Inaba told Herjavec that he and pro partner Kym Johnson had chemistry that was “incredible,” although she said she thought he appeared overwhelmed at times by Johnson. Herjavec earned three 8s and a 7, for a total of 31 points.

Nastia Liukin: With Liukin’s pro partner, Derek Hough, sidelined with a broken toe and sprained ankle and therefore playing an extra during the performance, the Olympian danced her Charleston with Sasha Farber. The routine, set on a subway train, was a hit with the judges. “That was the best subway ride I have ever taken!” Tonioli said. Inaba hugged Liukin and told the gymnast that she was proud of her and that’s she embraced dancing. Hough said Liukin had weathered a tough schedule and the difficulty of having a new partner. “You guys killed that dance,” she said. Liukin earned two 10s and two 9s, for a total of 38 points. Because she had the highest score of the night, she earned immunity from elimination.

Willow Shields:
The judges appreciated the actress’s ninja-inspired jazz routine. “I must say, you’ve got a really fertile and creative mind to come up with a number like that to that music,” Goodman told Shields’s pro partner, Mark Ballas. Tonioli said the routine had “a mystic, hypnotic quality that was awesome.” Inaba, speaking at first in Japanese, said the routine was “fantastic,” and Hough agreed. Shields earned three 9s and a 10, for a total of 37 points.

The Dance-Offs:


With Liukin safe, the remaining couples went head to head, squaring off in three pairs to dance either a Salsa, Cha Cha or Foxtrot. The winning couple in each dance-off earned an additional two points for the night.

Lynch vs. Shields/Salsa: Lynch and Holker danced first, followed by Shields and Ballas. While the judges said the scoring was very close, all four chose Shields and Ballas as the winner couple, giving the pair an extra two points.

Galloway vs. Herjavec/Cha Cha: Galloway and Sharna Burgess took on Herjavec and Johnson, and with the judges evenly split between the couples, the show’s rules state that Goodman’s choice breaks the tie. He picked Galloway.

Soules vs. Willis/Foxtrot: Soules and Carson went up against Willis and Chmerkovskiy, with each judge picking Willis over Soules.

Monday night’s scores [Individual Routine (bonus points from dance-off)]:

  • Willow Shields and Mark Ballas: 37 (+2): 39
  • Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: 38
  • Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: 36 (+2): 38
  • Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: 37
  • Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 35 (+2): 37
  • Chris Soules and Witney Carson: 31
  • Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: 31

ABC will air the Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time. It will feature performances by former and current cast members and pro dancers.

The Dancing with the Stars competition continues next Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.


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Monday
Apr272015

Actress Jayne Meadows Dead at 95

Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jayne Meadows has died, her agent confirmed to ABC News. She was 95.

Meadows, who was married to TV legend Steve Allen from 1954 until his death in 2000, was born in China and moved to Connecticut with her missionary parents as a child. As a teenager, she developed a love of theater and made a name for herself in a local company as "the redhead with the loud voice," she once told Emmy TV Legends.

Meadows went on to earn three Emmy nominations for her work on Meeting of Minds, St. Elsewhere and High Society. However, her favorite time professionally were the years she spent with her husband as a celebrity panelist on I've Got a Secret.

"That was a period in New York, where everybody I worked with, they were our best friends and I would do the show at night and the next day I'd be leaving the apartment...and the cab drivers [would yell], 'Jayney! Great show last night! How's Steve-o? How's the baby?'" she told Emmy TV Legends. "It was the medium that came into your living room. Every living room...they knew you as a friend."

Her work in TV was varied -- from appearances on What's My Line? and Hollywood Squares to The Honeymooners alongside her sister, Audrey Meadows. She also appeared on Broadway in Spring Again, The Gazebo, and Once In a Lifetime, and in films including Undercurrent and Lady in the Lake.

Meadows is survived by her son, Bill Allen.

"She was the most loving mother and grandmother I could ever imagine," he told Entertainment Tonight. "Seeing only the best in all her family members and giving us all confidence that we had value to offer the world and should take risks because we could do no wrong in her eyes."


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