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Sep202018

Magician Shin Lim is 'America's Got Talent' season 13 winner 

NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- Closeup magician Shin Lim was crowned the winner of the 13th season of NBC’s America's Got Talent during the star-studded live finale at Hollywood’s Dolby Theater Wednesday night. Judges Heidi Klum, Mel B, Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel were on hand as host Tyra Banks announced the results.

Lim walked away with the $1 million grand prize and a headlining spot at the America’s Got Talent Live show at Paris Las Vegas from November 2-4. He'll be joined by the other finalists.

Lim beat out acrobatic dance troupe Zurcaroh based on America’s votes.

Coming in third was violinist Brian King Joseph, followed by comedian Samuel J. Comroe in fourth place and country singer Michael Ketterer in fifth.

Other highlights:

Bebe Rexha performed a medley of her hits "I'm a Mess" and "Meant to Be," joined on the latter by top 10 finalist Glennis Grace.

Opera singer Daniel Emmet, another top 10 finalist, dueted with the legendary Plácido Domingo.

Courtney Hadwin, the shy County Durham, England native who transforms into a powerhouse vocalist teamed up with the UK rock band Strut on their hit, "It Could Have Been Me," before soloing on Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart."

Actor/comedian David Spade traded one-liners with comedian, and top 10 finalist, Vicki Barbolak.

Ketterer was shocked to get a video message from Garth Brooks, who wrote a song especially for him titled, "The Courage to Love," and video chatted with Ketterer to offer words of encouragement.

KISS opened the show with their classic "Detroit Rock City," and announced their upcoming End of the Road farewell Tour.

America's Got Talent will return for its 14th season in 2019 on NBC.

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Wednesday
Sep192018

Jane Fonda opens up about her mother's suicide and how it affected her

HBO(LOS ANGELES) -- Jane Fonda says her mother's suicide, which happened when the actress was 12, is one of the defining moments of her life.

The 80-year-old star of Grace and Frankie opened up about her late mother in an interview with People to promote her new HBO documentary, Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

"If you have a parent who is not capable of showing up, not capable of reflecting you back through eyes of love, it has a big impact on your sense of self," Fonda said.

"As a child, you always think it was your fault," Fonda explained, "because the child can’t blame the adult, because they depend on the adult for survival. It takes a long time to get over the guilt."

Fonda's mother, Frances Ford Seymour, was a Canadian-born socialite when she married actor Henry Fonda. They later had Jane and her brother Peter Fonda.

Having been in and out of mental institutions, Fonda's mother killed herself at age 42 while institutionalized.

After Fonda began writing her 2005 memoir My Life So Far, the actress said she discovered that her mother had bipolar disorder.

"When I wrote my memoir, I dedicated it to my mother because I knew that if I did... I would be forced to really try to figure her out," Fonda told People.

Seeing her parents through the pain of their own lives, she said she was finally able to forgive them.

"It wasn’t that I wasn’t lovable. They had issues," she said. "And the minute you know that you can feel tremendous empathy for them. And you can forgive."

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Wednesday
Sep192018

Report: Eddie Murphy to star in comedy inspired by 'Grumpy Old Men' 

Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Eddie Murphy has reportedly picked up a "grumpy" new role.

According to Variety, Murphy has been tapped to star in Tim Story's forthcoming untitled comedy, which is inspired by Grumpy Old Men. The original 1983 film starred Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as two feuding neighbors competing for the attention of a college professor, played by Ann-Margret. It grossed over $70 million domestically, and also spawned the 1995 sequel Grumpier Old Men.

Details on Story's film, which will also be produced by Grumpy Old Men producer John Davis, have yet been revealed.

This is the latest project for Murphy who will soon appear in the Netflix biopic Dolemite Is My Name.

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Wednesday
Sep192018

'Iron Fist' star Jessica Henwick waiting to suit back up for J.J. Abrams in 'Star Wars: Episode IX'

Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Actress Jessica Henwick has been in major productions like HBO's Emmy winning Game of Thrones, and can be currently seen as swordswoman Colleen Wing in her sophomore season of Marvel's Iron Fist on Netflix.  She's also found that her small part in another huge franchise has grown -- and she wants back in.

Henwick played plucky Resistance X-Wing pilot Jessika "Testor" Pava in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens but although she survived, Jess wasn't seen in the follow-up The Last Jedi.  However, her character grew while Henwick was off screen, taking starring roles in the Marvel comic Star Wars: Poe Dameron and the novel Star Wars: Weapon of a Jedi.

With 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX underway, Henwick tells ABC Radio she's ready to jump back in the cockpit. "I really, really want to be on the last one but I haven't had the call yet! I don't know what's happening! J.J., come on!"

Henwick recalls, "I feel really lucky that I've been able to be a part of so many massive deals, and Star Wars was just a dream come true," she smiles. "It was probably the most fun I've ever had on a set. Everyone that was there was so happy to be there."

Henwick adds, "I'm glad that the character lives on in the comic books. Occasionally I'll go an I'll backlog like three editions and I'll go buy them be like, 'What's Jess Pava doing?' She's so cool. I hope that I get to play her again one day."

We suggested that Pava could always appear in the upcoming animated series Star Wars: Resistance, to which Henwick enthused, "She better be there!" 

Star Wars is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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Wednesday
Sep192018

Kathleen Turner talks being a sex symbol, overcoming alcoholism and aging in Hollywood

ABC(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with ABC News' Juju Chang, legendary actress Kathleen Turner opened up about being a sex symbol and aging in Hollywood, saying her body is "not Body Heat anymore, and get over it."

Turner, 64, skyrocketed to fame as the seductress in that 1981 film, becoming a household name who was instantly recognizable for her deep, husky voice that continues to be one of her trademarks.   Her signature voice also is the one immortalized for the ultra-seductive, animated character of Jessica Rabbit in 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit, which she voiced while pregnant.

"The day my water broke, I was recording Jessica Rabbit," Turner quipped.  That's one story you'll find in Turner's new book, called Kathleen Turner on Acting: Conversations about Film, Television, and Theater.

Reflecting back on her decades-long career in Hollywood, Turner said one of her favorite moments was filming the 1984 hit romantic comedy Romancing the Stone opposite Michael Douglas. She revealed she "almost" had an affair with him then.

"I thought we were falling madly in love...he was separated from his first wife, and I was unattached," said Turner.  "But then Diandra, his wife, flew down to Mexico and made it clear that they were...still married."

Turner even said there was a competition among some of her former co-stars, including Jack Nicholson, Douglas, and Warren Beatty, to see "who could get me first."

"I was the new trophy in town," she said, adding, "That was never going to happen."

In the mid-'90s, Turner's movie career stalled when she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, and she ended up abusing alcohol to cope with the pain.  Now sober, Turner has developed a thriving stage career and works on the occasional movie project.

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Wednesday
Sep192018

Kelly Clarkson's new talk show will be like "a weekday brunch party"; set to debut in fall 2019

NBC/Andrew Lipovsky(NEW YORK) -- Kelly Clarkson announced her new syndicated daytime talk show last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and now we have more details on the project.

The show, which will come on before The Ellen DeGeneres Show, will debut in fall 2019 and will air on select NBC-owned stations across the country.

It’s described as “a weekday brunch party with a fascinating guest list of people who would otherwise never meet.” Each episode will include human interest stories, celebrity guests, good music and fun surprises.

“I love connecting with people, playing games, music and finding ways to help or give back to communities/organizations,” Kelly says in a statement. “Having my own talk show where I get to do all of these things is pretty much a dream job!”

Before launching the new talk show, Kelly will defend her title as The Voice season 14 winner when the singing competition kicks off its new season September 24 on NBC.

Kelly will also launch the Meaning of Life tour -- her first trek in three years -- January 24 in Oakland, CA.

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Wednesday
Sep192018

Report: Patrick Stewart closing in on big-screen 'Charlie's Angels' reboot

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Patrick Stewart is close to landing the role of Bosley in the latest reimagining of the 1970s TV series Charlie's Angels -- along with Elizabeth Banks, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That's right, Bosley, who was the face of the never-seen Charlie Townsend, owner of the Townsend Detective Agency -- now a security and intelligence service with teams stationed around the word -- will have two Bosleys.

Banks will also direct the reboot, slated for a 2019 release.

A previous film based on the series starred Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu. 

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Wednesday
Sep192018

"SURPRISE" - Jessica Simpson announces she's expecting third baby

Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jessica Simpson and her husband Eric Johnson are expecting baby number three, and it's another girl.

Simpson made the announcement and gender reveal in a series of Instagram snaps featuring the couple's two children, six-year-old daughter Drew and five-year-old son Ace.

"SURPRISE..." the fashion mogul captioned the first -- a shot of Drew and Ace holding up a set of giant-sized balloons.

A second post revealed the contents of the balloons -- a bunch of smaller pink ones. "This little baby girl will make us a family of five. We couldn't be happier to announce this precious blessing of life," read the caption.

A third post featured featured Jessica showing off her baby bump, with the caption, "My baby love."

Simpson and Johnson, a former professional football player, tied the knot in 2014.

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Wednesday
Sep192018

Former 'Sesame Street' writer says Bert and Ernie are gay; The show, Bert creator Frank Oz, say otherwise

Courtesy of Sesame Workshop(NEW YORK) -- Following an interview given by a former Sesame Street writer who said he wrote the beloved characters Bert and Ernie as if they were gay, the show has said otherwise.

Sesame Workshop on Tuesday tweeted, "Sesame Street has always stood for inclusion and acceptance. It's a place where people of all cultures and backgrounds are welcome. Bert and Ernie were created to be best friends, and to teach young children that people can get along with those who are very different from themselves."

The tweet was an update to an earlier post that added, "Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics...they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."

The response from the show comes two days after Mark Saltzman, who is openly gay, spoke to Queerty about his own coming-out story, and the iconic duo came up. Saltzman was a writer on the show from 1985 to 1998.

"I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert and Ernie, they were. I didn't have any other way to contextualize them,” he said. “The other thing was, more than one person referred to Arnie [Glassman, his partner of 20 years before he died in 2003] and I as 'Bert and Ernie.'"

Saltzman admitted he never told the head writer he was writing the characters this way, adding, "There's not a Bert and Ernie float in the Pride Parade."

For his part, puppeteering legend Frank Oz took to Twitter to deny the claim, noting to one argumentative follower, "I created Bert. I know what and who he is." 

It didn't take long for people to start flaming Oz, accusing him of being anti-gay. Oz was outraged by that reaction, and later tweeted, "It seems Mr. Mark Saltzman was asked if Bert & Ernie are gay. It's fine that he feels they are. They're not, of course. But why that question? Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay? There's much more to a human being than just straightness or gayness."

He soon walked away from Twitter, thanking fans, and adding rhetorically, "Next time I would be very interested to know: If Bert and Ernie were indeed gay, would they be different than they are now?"

Incidentally, a 2013 New Yorker cover suggested the muppet pair were gay, and the show released a similar statement at the time, once again saying puppets don't have a sexual orientation.

Still, Saltzman added, "The New Yorker cover was kind of vindication."

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Wednesday
Sep192018

'Get Out' coming to theaters with a live orchestra band starting this month

Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- Jordan Peele's Get Out is headed back to theaters-- but this time with a heart pounding twist.

The social thriller is set to go on a live-concert tour at select theaters with Get Out composer Michael Abel's score performed by an live orchestra band.

The upcoming performances currently scheduled are: September 20 at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; October 28 at The Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, NY; and November 8 at The State Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

The film, which won Peele an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, follows a young African American man who visits his white girlfriend's family estate and gradually becomes ensnared in a sinister plot -- which is the real reason for his invitation.

Information on how to purchase tickets for an upcoming performance can be found on the respective theater's websites.

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