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Jun222018

"Queer Eye's" fashion expert Tan France sparks a "French tuck" craze: "It's everywhere!"

Courtesy Travelpro(NEW YORK) -- On last season's Queer Eye, the Internet went nuts over Antoni Porowski’s avocado obsession. Now, just a week after season two debuted on Netflix, Tan France’s love of the “French tuck” has gone viral.

France, the show’s fashion expert, teaches men on the show how to do the tuck -- in which the shirt is tucked in the front but left loose in the back.  At a Travelpro event in New York City Tuesday, France told ABC Radio he’s shocked by fans’ response to the simple clothing trick.

“Oh my God! It became such a thing!” he says. “It's only been five days. I've had literally thousands upon thousands of people tag me in a French tuck. Who knew?!”

Tan says he’s been rocking the style since he was a teen and thinks it’s “the perfect way to make you look slightly less sloppy.” It seems many people now agree.

“I've been to New York many times and I've always noticed that there aren't that many French tucks around,” he says.  “[Now] it's everywhere! And people keep stopping me in the street and saying, ‘I'm French tucking for you!’ I'm like, great! That feels wonderful!”

So should we start calling it the Tan France tuck instead? France says he will “happily accept” that change.

Queer Eye season two is available on Netflix now.

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Friday
Jun222018

Gabrielle Dennis dishes on her "Luke Cage" character and the critical decision she'll have to make

Netflix/David LeeGabrielle Dennis will be one to watch on the second season of Marvel's Luke Cage. The black superhero series, which officially launches today, will feature Dennis as Tilda Johnson, the estranged daughter of disgraced Harlem councilwoman Mariah Dillard, played by Alfre Woodard.

"She's regal. She's funny. She's talented. She's just.. amazing," Dennis tells ABC Radio of Woodard. "And when I found out I was playing her daughter, I was like, 'What? What TV mother jackpot have I hit?' You know, first I had Lorraine Toussaint on Rosewood and now Alfre Woodard and she's just... great."

Part of what makes Woodard so "great" is the Emmy-winner's ability to captivate an audience. Dennis agrees.

"We have some very powerful scenes in the series. It was very exciting," she says. "And just watching her work and her character is so dynamic and interesting this season. [Our] mother-daughter dynamic and like how we butt heads... it's very interesting."

While Woodard's character faces some major challenges during Luke Cage's second season -- including facing off with Cage himself, again played by Mike Colter, and dealing with a new and powerful opponent named Bushmaster -- Dennis says her character will also undergo some life-changing experiences.

"So there's all of these things that she's learning about her family's past that's a little darker than she thought," Dennis explains. "So it's kind of like, 'Is it that nurture versus nature? Are there things in her DNA... Or is she going to make a decision to do things or her own way?'"

Dennis continues, "So...a lot of the characters this season go to that point of like, 'To get the good I have to do something bad?'"

Luke Cage season two is available today on Netflix.

 

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Friday
Jun222018

Roseanne Barr reacts to spin-off show, "The Conners"

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(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC on Thursday announced it would be moving forward with a Roseanne spin-off that excludes the show's original star and namesake.

The network added that show regulars like John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman are all set to reprise their roles in the new sitcom, which has the tentative title The Conners.

While ABC says Barr will have no financial or creative involvement, the comedian did speak out about the spin-off, wishing the cast and crew "the best."

"I regret the circumstances that have caused me to be removed from Roseanne," she told ABC News in a statement. "I agreed to the settlement in order that 200 jobs of beloved cast and crew could be saved, and I wish the best for everyone involved."

Terms of ABC’s settlement with Barr were also not disclosed.

Barr's show was abruptly canceled after she sent a tweet likening Valerie Jarrett, an adviser to President Obama, to the Muslim Brotherhood and the movie Planet of the Apes. She later deleted the tweet and apologized.

ABC said The Conners will air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and the, "spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago."

"We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience," the statement added.

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Friday
Jun222018

Wakanda to Washington: "Black Panther" items are headed to the National Museum of African American History

Marvel Studios(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- Black Panther’s vibranium costume and other items from the record-breaking film will soon be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.

The museum acquired several objects from the blockbuster Marvel movie, including the Black Panther suit worn by actor Chadwick Boseman; a shooting script signed by director Ryan Coogler, Marvel President Kevin Feige, executive producer Nate Moore and co-writer/producer Joe Robert Cole; two early script pages; and 24 high-resolution production photographs.

The items will be on display during the inaugural Smithsonian African American Film Festival in October. Plans for a permanent display of the objects are currently under consideration by the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Marvel's Black Panther made history by featuring the first black superhero lead in mainstream film. It is the third-highest grossing film domestically, having earned just under $700 million.

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Friday
Jun222018

Chris Hardwick's wife issues a "statement of defense" following sexual assault allegations

Photo by FilmMagic/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Lydia Hearst, the wife of Nerdist founder and AMC show host Chris Hardwick, has broken her silence to People, following allegations made by his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra that he had emotionally and sexually abused her during their three-year relationship.

Hearst declared, in part, "This is not a statement in defense, this is a statement of defense. Defense for all the women who have been sexually abused, raped, trafficked, and tortured; defense of all the people who this movement was started for...As someone who has been involved in toxic relationships in the past, I...do not take this situation lightly."

She added, "I have made the decision to come out in support of my husband, not out of obligation, but out of necessity to speak the truth about the person I know. Chris is nothing but loving and compassionate and is the only person who has stood by me, never judged me, helped me heal, and feel whole."

"To defend my husband would be giving credence to any of these accusations," she continued. "I will not do that. Chris Hardwick is a good man. I remain in complete support of my husband, and I believe that the truth will always win..."

Hearst, 33, and Hardwick, 46, married in 2016.

Last week, Dykstra claimed that she was in a relationship with an ex who was controlling and sexually abusive. She didn't name the popular show host, but it was easy to work out to whom she was referring.

In response, AMC pulled Hardwick’s show Talking with Chris Hardwick, and he was fired from moderating two panels at San Diego’s Comic-Con in July.

A "heartbroken" Hardwick vehemently denied the accusations, and clarified that he left Dykstra after she had cheated on him; texts later surfaced that seemed to show that she was eager to reconcile with him.

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Friday
Jun222018

Roseanne spinoff "The Conners" will premiere this fall -- without Roseanne Barr

ABC/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) -- The Conner family will return to ABC following Roseanne's cancellation -- but without the show's embattled star.

On Thursday, the network announced that much of the cast of Roseanne, including John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson and Michael Fishman, will reprise their roles in the new show, currently going by the working title The Conners.

Roseanne Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series, according to the network.

“The Conners stories demonstrate that families can always find common ground through conversation, laughter and love," ABC said in a statement announcing the series. "The spinoff will continue to portray contemporary issues that are as relevant today as they were 30 years ago."

“We have received a tremendous amount of support from fans of our show, and it’s clear that these characters not only have a place in our hearts, but in the hearts and homes of our audience,” the announced cast members said in a joint statement of their own.  “We all came back last season because we wanted to tell stories about the challenges facing a working-class family today. We are so happy to have the opportunity to return with the cast and crew to continue to share those stories through love and laughter.”

Last month, Roseanne was canceled after Barr tweeted remarks about former Obama adviser Valarie Jarrett -- who is African-America -- comparing her to a character in Planet of the Apes, remarks widely regarded as racist.

The Connners will debut with ten episodes and air on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Additional cast members and a premiere date will be announced later.

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Friday
Jun222018

Your eyes can deceive you, don't trust them: "Multiple films" still reportedly in the "Star Wars" pipeline

Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) -- Hold up, Star Wars fans.  Reports of the death of future stand-alone films from that galaxy far, far away -- like Solo, Rogue One, and a rumored Obi-Wan Kenobi project -- appear to be premature.

Lucasfilm sources on Thursday characterized as “inaccurate” a widely quoted Collider report that future Star Wars movies falling outside of the regular trilogy storyline -- the Episodes I to IX chapters -- have been put on hold in the wake of the box office under-performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Solo is expected to top out at $400 million globally.  That's a blockbuster for any other movie, but the first Star Wars stand-alone film, 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, earned more than a billion bucks. The divisive Star Wars: The Last Jedi grossed more than $1.3 billion while its predecessor, The Force Awakens, made nearly double that.

Even so, Lucasfilm tells ABC News there are still "multiple" Star Wars films currently in development that haven't been officially announced. Those projects are moving forward separate from an already-announced Star Wars trilogy being overseen by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, as well as another series of movies from Game of Thrones producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

Star Wars: Episode IX, starring Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac, is set to hit theaters in December 2019.  The film is being directed by J.J. Abrams, who also helmed The Force Awakens in 2015.

Lucasfilm is not yet talking publicly about the subject of any unannounced Star Wars films or their expected release dates.  Fans will just have to wait and see.

As Yoda says: "Difficult to predict, the future is."

Lucasfilm is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Friday
Jun222018

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' roars into theaters this weekend

Universal(NEW YORK) -- Opening nationwide Friday:

* Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom -- The sequel to 2015's Jurassic World takes place three years after the events of the first film, with Owen and Claire -- played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, respectively, reprising their Jurassic World roles -- scrambling to save the dinosaurs from extinction when the island's previously dormant volcano erupts. B. D. Wong and Jeff Goldblum also reprise their roles from previous films in the series. Rated PG-13.

Opening in limited release Friday:

* Boundaries -- A mother, along with her teenage son -- played by Vera Farmiga and Lewis MacDougall, respectively -- is forced to drive her estranged, pot-dealing, father -- portrayed by Christopher Plummer -- from Texas to her sister's house in California after dad's kicked out of a nursing home. Bobby Cannavale, Kristen Schaal, Christopher Lloyd and Peter Fonda co-star. Rated R.

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Thursday
Jun212018

"The Gray Area with Charlamagne Tha God" headed to HBO later this year 

Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for MTV(NEW YORK) -- Media personality Charlamagne Tha God has inked a deal with HBO for a series of four interview specials, called The Gray Area with Charlamagne Tha God, it was announced on Wednesday.

The series, "will provide a safe space for ‘unsafe’ people to curate their stories and control their own narratives,” says Charlamagne. “The reality is, when it comes to people's stories, it's not black or white, it's always an area that's a shade of gray and that's usually where the lies end and the truth begins, and this show will give those people an opportunity to share their truth.”

“Charlamagne brings a provocative, thoughtful and always honest voice to all of his interviews,” says Nina Rosenstein, executive vice president, HBO Programming. “We think these specials will be surprising and enlightening and we look forward to seeing who he brings to the table.”

The Gray Area with Charlamagne Tha God is set to debut later this year.

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Thursday
Jun212018

Producer Cheo Hodari Coker says "Luke Cage" season 2 gives fans the Iron Fist/Cage collabo they've always wanted

David Lee/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- Netflix unveils the second season of Luke Cage Friday, and with it, says showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker, will come a collaboration that fans first saw in the pages of Marvel Comics in 1972: Luke Cage teaming up with the mystical martial artist Iron Fist.

While 2016's debut season of Luke Cage, and Mike Colter's portrayal of the Harlem hero, found favor with fans, reaction was less than enthusiastic about Finn Jones' portrayal of Danny Rand/Iron Fist in his standalone series last year.  While the two heroes fought side by side in the better-received 2017 The Defenders team-up series on Netflix, Coker tells ABC Radio that fans are in for a real treat in Luke Cage season two, especially in a fight in episode 10.

"It's just it's really one of my favorite moments in the entire season," admits Coker.  "You really finally get to see the Danny Rand/Luke Cage relationship that people have always wanted to see."

Coker continues, "I think it's going to surprise people, because the thing is, is that people had very mixed feelings -- some very positive some negative -- about Iron Fist, and so there were questions as to in showing these characters together, even despite the positive pairing of both of them in Defenders. But I guess it's my arrogance of saying like, 'Yo, well it doesn't really matter because how we're going to flip Iron Fist is going to be dope on our show.' And he was."   

Luke Cage season two also features returning stars Alfre Woodard, Rosario Dawson, Simone Missick and Jessica Henwick.

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