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Tuesday
Sep262017

"The Voice" recap: Jennifer Hudson makes her coaching debut as season 13 gets underway with start of the blind auditions

NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- The Voice kicked off its 13th season Monday night with two hours of blind auditions.

Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are back as coaches, joined by returning coach Miley Cyrus and new coach Jennifer Hudson, who nabbed a couple of artists, including the very first one of the season.

Here are the highlights of Monday night's episode:

Chris Weaver is a worship leader by day, drag queen by night. He’s no stranger to Hudson, who once threw a shoe him – a compliment – after hearing him sing. This time, he got her to turn her chair around, and launch another shoe in his direction, with his take on Otis Redding’s version of “Try a Little Tenderness.” He also got the other three judges to turn around. Plead as they may, Chris chose Team JHud. Jennifer told the singer, “Yes, you come from church, but God gave you that voice to sing far and beyond."

Nashville native Mitchell Lee scrapped a career as a dentist to “lift people’s spirits” with his rich voice. His version of Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand” got Blake, Adam and Jennifer to push their buttons. Adam noted that Mitchell was a “good looking guy” with a “strong voice” and predicted that he would go far in the competition. Noticing Lee’s southern accent, Blake went to work pointing out their common roots, assuring the singer that he loved working with rock and country artists. That was enough for Mitchell, who chose Team Blake.

Dave Crosby is famous for producing viral YouTube videos of his young daughter, 4-year-old Clairesinging, but on Monday, he took center stage with his take on Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Follow You into the Dark.” Adam, Miley and Blake made bids for the singer. He picked Adam, who loved the “purity and beauty” of Crosby’s voice. As an added bonus, Claire also was brought on stage to sing Randy Newman’s “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” from Toy Story.

English teacher Brandon Showell is living a double life -- his students don’t know he sings on the side. His performance of Shawn Mendes’ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back” inspired Miley, Jennifer and Adam to push their buttons for him. Once again, the round went to Adam, who praised Brandon for being a teacher, but insisted that was this “whole other person in there” who hasn’t gotten the recognition he deserved.

Finally, 26-year-old Native American Brooke Simpson – who started singing with her parents when she was just seven took the stage. She drew a four-chair turnaround with her take on Demi Lovato’s “Stone Cold,” leading to a heated battle between the judges for the right to have the singer on his or her team. Miley emerged the winner with her pitch about being an “invested coach” who is going to “win this season.” For good measure, she placed Brooke’s hand on her heart to feel how hard it was beating for her.

The blind auditions continue with a one-hour episode airing Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Tuesday
Sep262017

Alec Baldwin, Michael Keaton and other celebrities read Mean Tweets on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

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(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, host Jimmy Kimmel discussed the President’s active weekend spent tweeting before unveiling a new batch of celebrity Mean Tweets.

“Donald Trump this weekend got in a Twitter feud with NFL, North Korea, and Steph Curry. Not a single word about the 3.5 million citizens in Puerto Rico who are currently without power right now. Although in fairness to him, he probably doesn't know Puerto Rico's part of the United States. He is tweeting -- it's unbelievable. When it comes to mean tweets, no one touches our President, but that doesn't mean there aren't those to try. From time to time, we like to shine the light on the trolls asking the celebrities to read the tweets. Here it is, a brand-new edition of Mean Tweets.”

After the introduction, actors from film and television read upsetting and offensive tweets about themselves. Stars including Gal Godot, Emma Watson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Elisabeth Moss, John Lithgow, Dave Chappell, Jeffrey Tambor, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Kristin Bell, Nicolai Coster-Waldau, Kristin Bell, Jennifer Lawrence, Bob Odenkirk, Michael Keaton and Alec Baldwin.

Among the highlights, Alec Baldwin read one of Donald Trump’s tweets about him, Jim Parsons read that he looks like a ventriloquist’s dummy and Elisabeth Moss read a tweet that started out as a compliment but ended up insulting her.

Michael Keaton was amused by a man who said he was told his smile was like the actor’s.

“Someone just told me I smiled like Michael Keaton and I don't know if I should take one million selfies or put a gun in my mouth,” Keaton read, laughing. He then responded, “I'd put a gun in your mouth.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 on ABC.

 

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Tuesday
Sep262017

"Dancing with the Stars 25" recap: Barbara Corcoran tanks

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday night, Dancing with the Stars returned for the second week of the competition and the first evening of a two-night television event. Monday’s theme was classic ballroom dances -- waltzes, tangos, quicksteps and foxtrots. It also was the first night of elimination and Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran was the first to go.

Debbie Gibson started the night with a quickstep to "This is My Time" by Amy Stroup and received good reviews from the judges, with Bruno Tonioli saying, "Your chemistry was sizzling. You're having a good time, we're having a good time. That's the key. Shoulders better. Footwork, you should never look like you're racing it. Just more exactitude." Her exactitude earned her a 20 out of 30.

Nikki Bella said she wanted to prove she's more than muscles and headlocks, and dedicated her waltz to her Nana. She earned high praise from the judges, Carrie Ann Inaba called her performance "stunning." Nikki earned a 21.

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas did a quickstep that earned them 21.

Barbara Corcoran tangoed to "Whatever Lola Wants" and while Len Goodman said she improved from last week, she only scored 17 points, which put her in jeopardy.

Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd danced a foxtrot to Barry Manilow's "Mandy," and were critiqued by Carrie Ann for not being loose enough. Nick got a 19.

After their foxtrot, Nick’s wife, Vanessa Lachey and partner Maks Chmerkovskiy earned strong praise from the judges, with Carrie Ann saying Vanessa was like "liquid gold," earning her a high score of 24.

After taking a spill in rehearsal, Drew Scott did a quickstep. While Carrie Ann was positive, Len Goodman said, "If you were a property, I would have a job getting a mortgage. It's too loose, and gangly." Bruno disagreed and called their performance "a fantastic luxury performance." They earned 20 points.

Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson wowed in red for their tango to Imagine Dragons' "Whatever It Takes" and while Carrie Ann and Bruno raved, Len was booed for saying he thought "it was a little overaggressive." Nevertheless, in spite of having broken his back in 2009, he impressed them enough to bring in a 23.

Terrell Owens wowed the crowd with his sizzling foxtrot with Cheryl Burke and improved greatly from last week with a score of 20, although Len said their performance was too raunchy for ballroom night and got booed again. Bruno was enthralled and called it a "sextrot." Terrell still made the biggest improvement of anyone since last week and earned a very respectable 20.

Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko worked on her "ballroom face" and danced a Viennese waltz that earned the Pretty Little Liars star a 23.

Paralympian Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy tangoed into the judges’ hearts for a score of 24, tying her with Vanessa Lachey.  

Five-time NBA champ Derek Fisher danced a foxtrot and took some criticism for his technique but still managed a 19. His mother was in the balcony and told Erin Andrews that she agreed with the judges, saying, "I thought they were spot-on. It's difficult when in his profession for almost 20 years, you've used that booty for defense. Now you have to learn to tuck and stand. But he'll get it."

For the last dance of the night, Hamilton star Jordan Fisher returned with Lindsay Arnold for a Viennese waltz and said he hoped to top last week's high score and have the best dance of the night. Len got booed again for saying he thought their dance was, "a little bit sharp in the movements." He earned a 24, tying with Vanessa Lachey and Victoria Arlen.

In jeopardy at the end of the show were Terrell and Cheryl, which drew boos, and Barbara and Keo Motsepe Both were in the bottom of last week’s scores, but the first couple to be eliminated was Barbara and Keo.

The scores: 

Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold: 24
Frankie Muniz and Witney: 23
Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko: 23
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev: 21
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas: 21.
Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten: 20
Drew Scott and Emma Slater: 20
Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke: 20
Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess: 19
Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd: 19
Barbara Corcoran and Keo Motsepe: 17 

Dancing with the Stars
 returns Tuesday for Latin night at 9 p.m. on ABC.

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Monday
Sep252017

"OItNB" Emmy winner Uzo Aduba, Lee Daniels, and Diddy show support for #taketheknee protest

FilmMagic/Roy Rochlin(NEW YORK) -- After Donald Trump's comments over the weekend about how NFL players -- or any pro athletes -- who decide to protest the national anthem by taking a knee should be fired, many celebrities are speaking out against the president  and "taking the knee" in support.

"It's that easy. #takeaknee," Orange Is the New Black actress Uzo Aduba tweeted, sharing an image of herself taking the knee in front an African-inspired painting.

Empire creator Lee Daniels showed his solidarity over the weekend by taking a knee and asking fans to do the same.  "#TAKEAKNEE - Take a photo - Post It!" he wrote on Instagram.

Rosie Perez also shared her thoughts on the #taketheknee protest, tweeting, "Wow... Even owner #Khan #TakeAKneeNFL. @NFL.

Diddy offered his thoughts on video in an Instagram message to NFL players over the weekend.  “I just wanna send some blessings and also, you know, some support to all the players in the NFL," the music mogul said in part. “If you all do whatever you do in unity, you can’t be stopped."

Diddy continued: "Just do the math, man...stick together, stand up for each other, ride with each other because believe me, we’re all we got and it has nothing to do with football or business. Y’all are our stars, y’all represent us, y’all are our strong heroes. So show that strength, please."

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Monday
Sep252017

Quentin Tarantino's engagement party becomes "Pulp Fiction" reunion

Getty Images/Rich Fury(NEW YORK) -- Quentin Tarantino's celebration of his recent engagement to Israeli singer Daniella Pick became something of a Pulp Fiction reunion, the New York Post reports.

The event, which took place at the New York City eatery Socialista, drew veterans of the influential Oscar-winning epic, including Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and Harvey Keitel, as well as Tarantino's longtime producers -- and, incidentally, the guys who threw the party -- Harvey and Bob Weinstein.

Tarantino, 54, met 33-year-old Pick in 2009, while Quentin was promoting Inglorious Basterds in Israel, where Pick and her sister, Sharona, were pop stars. The pair reconnected in 2016, the New York Post notes, with longtime bachelor Quentin popping the question this summer.

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Monday
Sep252017

"The Good Doctor" star Freddie Highmore's happy to finally be saving people, not killing them

ABC/Eike Schroter(LOS ANGELES) -- The Good Doctor premieres tonight on ABC. The show, from House creator David Shore, is about a wunderkind doctor who sees things a little differently, because he's autistic. Star Freddie Highmore tells ABC Radio the role is a change from his last one, where he played Norman Bates on the show Bates Motel, a prequel to the legendary horror film Psycho.

"I guess after so many years of killing people it's nice to save some," he laughs. "But the characters in my mind are very separate, really, and so in terms of switching from one to the other it hasn't been too tricky."

Highmore does say that it's difficult to get a handle on all the medical lingo that he has to say in his role as pediatric surgeon Dr. Shaun Murphy -- since he's British, and is using an American accent for the show.  But he explains that the most important aspect of the show is accurately portraying a character with autism.

"We all feel a great sense of responsibility," he tells ABC Radio. "We have all had both sort of collective and individual conversations with experts on autism...and I've gone away and done my own individual research in terms of literature and documentaries, and trying to learn as much as possible -- about not only what it's like to live with autism but also the history of it." 

The Good Doctor airs tonight at 10 pm. ET.

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Monday
Sep252017

Jeff Bridges says Elton John "comes to the party all guns blazing" in "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"

John Russo © 2017 Twentieth Century Fox FIlm Corp.(NEW YORK) -- Director Matthew Vaughn wanted to put Elton John in his movie 2014 Kingsman: The Secret Service but couldn't find a way to work him into the plot.  But Vaughn did get Elton into the new sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle -- and one of Elton's Oscar-winning co-stars gives his performance a big thumbs up.

In Golden Circle, which had a $39 million first place debut in U.S. theaters, Jeff Bridges plays Champagne, a member of the U.S. spy agency Statesman, the counterpart to the U.K.'s Kingsman spy agency. 

Elton plays himself, and steals the scenes he's in.

Bridges agrees, telling ABC Radio of the singer's part, "It's terrific, and it's not just a little cameo! I mean, this is a genuine role... he really, y'know, comes to the party all guns blazing. He's wonderful in the film." 

In the film -- SPOILER ALERT -- Elton John has been kidnapped by the movie's villain, Poppy, played by Julianne Moore, and forced to perform private concerts for the drug kingpin every night. 

Of course, he's not happy about it, and is shown throwing several foul-mouthed temper tantrums.  Eventually, he helps the good guys defeat Poppy, in a scene that makes use of one of his classic hits.

In one scene, Colin Firth's Harry Hart asks Elton if he can get tickets to one of his shows -- provided Harry can save the world again.

Elton replies, in typical fashion, "Darling, if you save the world, you can have a backstage pass!"

In addition to Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore and Elton John, Kingsman: The Golden Circle also stars Channing Tatum, Halle Berry, Mark Strong, and Taron Egerton.

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Monday
Sep252017

"Young Sheldon" premieres tonight; star has never seen "The Big Bang Theory"

CBS/Jeffrey R. Staab(LOS ANGELES) -- TV's most-watched sitcom gets a spinoff tonight, with the premiere of Young Sheldon.

The CBS show takes a look at the early years of genius Sheldon Cooper, from The Big Bang Theory. Jim Parsons has been playing the adult Sheldon for 10 years -- he recently told journalists that while his childhood was very different from Sheldon Cooper's, he can identify with him being different than other kids.

“I didn't like sports,” Parsons said.  “I actually like watching them now, but I still don't play because I don't want to get hurt. How else was I different? I mean, I enjoyed playing the piano, and I enjoyed doing theater.”

As for whether he was smart, Parsons admits: “I was not an overly bright child. I was mediocre. I didn't befuddle my parents. That came much later, with my sexuality.”

Nine-year-old Iain Armitage is the actor who plays young Sheldon – and he’s never even see The Big Bang Theory.  “It is aimed at a different audience than me,” he says.  “Also, I don't watch a lot of TV. So not really, but I saw a couple of appropriate clips.

With its throwback feel and use of narration, some critics have been calling Young Sheldon a combination of The Wonder Years and The Big Bang Theory.  Co-creator Chuck Lorre says he takes that as a compliment.

“We absolutely discussed Wonder Years when we were writing. And I never worked with a narration before, and narration changes the way you write,” says Lorre.  “And so we looked for inspiration to shows that used it beautifully. Nobody did it better than Wonder Years.”

Young Sheldon premieres Monday night at 8:30 ET on CBS.

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Monday
Sep252017

Who will be the first to go home tonight on "Dancing with the Stars?"

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- Tonight will see the first elimination of the season on Dancing with the Stars.  That of course begs the question: who will be the first to go home?

Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran seems the likely candidate, based on her low first-week scores – and she knows her millions can’t help her in the ballroom.  “Money can never buy anything worthwhile, but accomplishment makes you feel like a million bucks, and that's what I was after,” she tells ABC Radio.

Frankie Muniz scored a bit better, but is also at risk tonight.  He hopes he can stick around, because he’s discovered a new passion. 

“I love this, and I don't want to be done,” says Muniz.  “Honestly, I'm having the time of my life… I didn't know I loved dancing as much as I do.”

Former NBC star Derek Fisher doesn't plan on going home.  ABC Radio asked him who will go farther this year -- him on Dancing with the Stars, or his former team, the struggling LA Lakers?  He says he can’t speak for the Lakers, but “We're going to get better next week, we're going pretty far in this thing, that's for sure.”

As for Nick Lachey, who’s competing this season with his wife, Vanessa, he says their time on Dancing with the Stars is having a positive effect outside the ballroom as well. 

“I think it's sexy to see your partner doing these things and moving the way that she did and I did. You know, it's a fun thing for our marriage too to be going through this together, you know?”  

Find out who will be the first to go home when Dancing with the Stars returns tonight at 8:00 ET/7:00 CT on ABC, then again at the same time Tuesday night.

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Monday
Sep252017

Jennifer Lopez to donate $1 million to Puerto Rico hurricane relief

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Lopez announced on Sunday that she is donating $1 million from the proceeds of her Las Vegas show to hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

She made the announcement at a press conference Sunday alongside New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Speaking first in Spanish and then in English, J-Lo announced the donation to charitable organizations and NGOs.  She also announced that she and boyfriend, former New York Yankee player Alex Rodriguez,  are "utilizing all of our resources and relationships in entertainment, sports and business to garner support for Puerto Rican and Caribbean relief efforts,"  and had secured a commitment of help from Major League Baseball and the New York Yankees.

Lopez also announced that working with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Mavs player J.J. Barea, the group has two plane filled with supplies ready to fly to San Juan when air travel is cleared.

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