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Wednesday
Jul182018

Busta Rhymes says he's a "super fan" of 'Game of Thrones' star Peter Dinklage, applauds his talent as undercover emcee

PepsiCo(NEW YORK) -- Busta Rhymes' catchy freestyle on Chris Brown's 2011 hit song, "Look At Me Now," is arguably one of the rapper's most memorable efforts.

So when Doritos decided to team up with the legendary rapper, it was a seemingly easy decision to use his rap freestyle from that track in their 2018 Super Bowl commercial, which showed Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage lip-syncing over Busta's verse.

Rhymes says working on the commercial with Dinklage was absolutely "incredible."

"It just was an incredible moment to be able to share with a dude that I'm a super fan of too," Rhymes tells ABC Radio. "The Game of Thrones and all of that -- and just a bunch of other things that Peter Dinklage has done. I'm a super fan."

Interestingly, when it came time to lip-sync the freestyle, Dinklage had an distinct advantage.

"I didn't really have to tell him too much. I mean he knew...exactly what he was doing," Busta reveals. "From what I understand, he used to rhyme, so he knew what he was doing...And he was in a rap group, he had his own thing popping with his emcee days-- back when he was spitting bars himself."

According to the AV Club, Dinklage was the lead singer of Whizzy, "a rap/rock/punk/funk band in the mid-’90s."

Busta continues, "He definitely...had that under control flawlessly, so to speak. So, I don't want to take too much credit for that."

Rhymes also praised another actor, giving props to Missy Elliott's freestyle-inspired Superbowl commercial, where Morgan Freeman lip-synced over her song, "Get Your Freak On."

"She's like the female Bus Rhymes I'm proud to say," he adds. "And I think Morgan Freeman did an amazing job -- the whole concept was dope."


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Wednesday
Jul182018

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' hitting home in September

Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- Lucasfilm has announced that Solo: A Star Wars Story, will be released on HD digital download on September 14, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on Sept. 25.

Directed by Oscar winner Ron Howard, the second "stand-alone" Star Wars story stars Alden Erenreich as Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, as well as Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, and Woody Harrelson.

The release will come packed with deleted scenes, interviews with the cast and director Howard, as well as behind-the-scenes featurettes regarding the characters and settings from the film.

The adventure tracks the smuggler's early days as an impoverished hustler on the streets of his home planet, to his stint in the Imperial army, and his falling in with a crew of crooks pulling a major heist for a dangerous galactic gangster, played by Marvel movie series star Bettany.

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

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Wednesday
Jul182018

Danica Patrick will make history tonight as the first woman to host the ESPYs

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Sports and entertainment collide Wednesday night at the ESPYs, hosted by racing star Danica Patrick.

Danica will also be making history as the first woman ever to host the show -- a change she tells ABC News is long overdue.

"The fact that the show has been around for about 25 years and there hasn't been a female host is definitely surprising, because there are plenty of funny women," she says.

Of course, Patrick hasn't forgotten that the ESPYs are all about sports, and there hasn't been any shortage of memorable moments over the past year.

"You know, Nick Fowles winning a Super Bowl as a backup quarterback...World Cup and Wimbledon... I mean, Serena [Williams] didn't win Wimbledon, but my goodness, she just had a baby and she went to the finals...Tiger Woods started playing golf again, so lots of cool stuff happening in sports and we're going to talk about as many of them as we can," says Patrick.

The 36-year-old former NASCAR star also hopes she'll make us laugh and cry: "There are the triumphant moments that are amazing, and then there are the sad losses. I mean, World Cup just ended and I watched so many grown men cry for a very long period of time." 

The 2018 ESPY Awards will are live from The Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Wednesday
Jul182018

Will Jennifer Garner ever make her #PretendCookingShow a real one? 

ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- With her #PretendCookingShow videos on Instagram, Jennifer Garner shows off her favorite recipes in a casual and relatable style. But don't expect her to become the next Martha Stewart any time soon.

“I do not have plans in any way shape or form to do a real cooking show,” she tells ABC Radio. “I'm really happy doing a three minute pretend cooking show and that seems just about right. I'm in my pajamas, I rarely have any makeup on, it's just my own kitchen and that's the way to do it!”

She says her kids – 12-year-old Violet, 9-year-old Seraphina and 6-year-old Samuel – appreciate her home-cooking, but sometimes take it for granted, too.

“[We] just spent a week out of town and they said to me, ‘Mom, next week will you cook every night? We just want your food. We just wanna be home and have your food,’” she says. “And that made me really happy.”

She may not have a real cooking show in the works, but she is cooking up some other food-related projects. She's the co-founder of the organic baby food line, Once Upon a Farm. Garner also recently bought the Oklahoma farm where her mom grew up and is restoring it with the help of her uncle.

“He's plowed it and there are blueberries and persimmons and beets, I think, going in and it's all gonna be just sourced for Once Upon a Farm,” she says. 

You can find Once Upon a Farm baby food in the refrigerated aisle at your local grocery store and at big retailers including Walmart and Target.

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Tuesday
Jul172018

Gabrielle Union schools her stepsons on valuing the beauty of dark-skinned women

ABC Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Gabrielle Union recently shared some important motherly advice with her stepsons.

During a recent panel discussion, attended by Refinery29, Union, who co-parents her husband Dwyane Wade's children, Zaire and Zion, as well as his nephew, Dahveon, revealed she had to teach her stepsons about valuing dark-skinned, black women.

Union recalled a conversation where she asked the three boys about girls they were interested in. When they showed her the girls’ Instagram accounts, she soon realized they all had something very similar in common. 

“Literally, probably about 10 girls I looked at had the same light skin, curly hair, tiny waist, butt, boobs — it was the same girl over and over again,” Union said. “So I asked them to show me the most beautiful chocolate sister they’ve seen. They say there are none. I was like, ‘Why do they get exed out so fast? What is happening in your brain that is causing you to look at these women through a prism that is distorting their actual selves?'”

Shocked by her discovery, the Breaking In star decided to show the young men some brown skinned beauties, like Star's Ryan Destiny.

“They’re like, ‘Oh, she bad!’ But do you know how many Ryan Destinys there are? I pull up every Black model, women from all over the world, and they’re beautiful," she said. "But they don’t see the beauty unless it comes from an actress or a supermodel or a video vixen. They have to have somebody else tell them that a chocolate woman is attractive for them to believe it.”

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Tuesday
Jul172018

First Look: Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx in 'Robin Hood' 

Lionsgate/Larry Horricks(LOS ANGELES) -- The first trailer is out for Robin Hood, the latest retelling of the adventures of the swashbuckling hero -- this time starring Kingsman's Taron Egerton and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.

The action-heavy coming attraction shows Foxx's Little John -- in this retelling a Moorish commander -- training Egerton's fellow Crusades vet Robin of Loxley in order to take the fight to the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.  "You were a lord, but now you get to become a thief, and I’m going to show you how," says Foxx, his face dotted with tribal scars.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's baddie Ben Mendelsohn plays the corrupt cop.

The heroes don hoods to hit the corrupt cop where it hurts -- his wallet -- and in their whole "steal from the rich, give to the poor" quest, Robin is seen performing a variety of death-defying stunts, and firing arrows so fast that Hawkeye from the Avengers movies would be jealous.

The movie, which also stars Jamie Dornan from the Fifty Shades movies, and U2 frontman Bono's daughter Eve Hewson as Maid Marian, opens November 21.

The first trailer is out for Robin Hood, the latest retelling of the adventures of the swashbuckling hero -- this time starring Kingsman's Taron Egerton and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx.

The action-heavy coming attraction shows Foxx's Little John -- in this retelling a Moorish commander -- training Egerton's fellow Crusades vet Robin of Loxley in order to take the fight to the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.  "You were a lord, but now you get to become a thief, and I’m going to show you how," says Foxx, his face dotted with tribal scars.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's baddie Ben Mendelsohn plays the corrupt cop.

The heroes don hoods to hit the corrupt cop where it hurts -- his wallet -- and in their whole "steal from the rich, give to the poor" quest, Robin is seen performing a variety of death-defying stunts, and firing arrows so fast that Hawkeye from the Avengers movies would be jealous.

The movie, which also stars Jamie Dornan from the Fifty Shades movies, and U2 frontman Bono's daughter Eve Hewson as Maid Marian, opens November 21.

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Tuesday
Jul172018

Mara Brock Akil explains why 'Love Is _____' counters the lack of serious black love stories

Michael Desmond/OWN(NEW YORK) -- Mara Brock Akil is sharing a special and important narrative in Love Is___, her latest pet project with husband/producing partner Salim Akil. According to Mara, their scripted relationship drama -- which mirrors their own real-life relationship journey -- is something she hopes will become more of the norm on both television and in film.

"We have come a long way [with] progress about our images in intimacy," Akil tells ABC Radio, referring to the lack of black relationships on screen. "I've been in movie theaters where I've watched the black audience squirm when you see love, and kissing, and sex, and romance...In a way that's not comical -- that's serious."

Akil says her creation of the OWN series was purposeful in that she wanted to show love from the black lens.

"Black artists getting the opportunity to do what we've watched white artists do for eons," she explains. "And so, I'm really proud of the progress that we're making as artists within this storytelling medium. And that we can do it and keep professional bounds, but make you the viewer believe."

Of course, Akil knows that just like love and relationships -- changing an audience's viewpoint on how they see love is also a daunting journey. But, the Being Mary Jane creator says it's one she and the actors of the series are definitely on board to take on.

"And we have progressed and so as artists we have to progress," she says. "So yes, you can kiss and be a trained artist and know how to connect spiritually, and connect as actors, and connect as creatives, and still maintain the boundaries of professionalism." 

Love Is ____, starring Michele Weaver and Will Catlett, airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Tuesday
Jul172018

We will rock you: Watch the new trailer for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' 

© 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. (LOS ANGELES) -- A new trailer for the Queen/Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will have fans stomping and clapping along with "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions," as the snippet, partially set to the song, shows the genesis of that legendary rock anthem.

"I want to give the audience a song they can perform," says Gwilym Lee as guitar virtuoso Brian May, before demonstrating the "stomp/stomp/clap" for Rami Malek's spot-on Mercury.

The trailer shows glimpses of how Freddie joined Brian May and the rest of the group, as well as some of the in-studio innovations that led to the group's titular masterpiece.

The trailer also gives more glimpses of its portrayal of Queen's legendary performance at Live Aid, and seems to allude to Mercury's fatal AIDS diagnosis: Someone says, "I just need a bit of time," to which Malek replies, "What if I don't have time?"

Joseph Mazzello plays bassist John Deacon, and Ben Hardy portrays drummer Roger Taylor, when the movie hits theaters November 2.

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Tuesday
Jul172018

Felicity Jones debuts as Ruth Bader Ginsberg in 'On the Basis of Sex' trailer

Focus Features(LOS ANGELES) -- We've got our first look at Felicity Jones' portrayal of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the first trailer for the biopic On the Basis of Sex.

The clip shows various scenes depicting the many obstacles the Notorious RBG faced on her way to the nation's High Court, while challenging the laws that discriminated against women based on their sex.

On the Basis of Sex, co-starring Kathy Bates, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux and Sam Waterston, opens nationwide December 25.

(Trailer contains mild uncensored profanity.)

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Tuesday
Jul172018

Showtime defends Sasha Baron Cohen against accusations he posed as disabled veteran

Photo: Gavin Bond/SHOWTIME(NEW YORK) -- Showtime has finally broken its silence regarding the controversy surrounding Sasha Baron Cohen's new series, Who Is America?

Former GOP vice presidential candidate and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin called Baron Cohen out in a blog post published on her website, accusing  Baron Cohen of "stolen valor" for tricking her into an interview by the comedian, whom she claims disguised himself as a disabled U.S. Veteran. The allegation has led to a #BoycottShowtime campaign on Twitter.

Following Sunday’s premiere of Who Is America, which featured an interview with Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, the network released a statement released on Tuesday, defending its star.

"There has been widespread misinformation over the past week about the character of Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D., performed by Sacha Baron Cohen on the SHOWTIME comedy series WHO IS AMERICA? the statement began. Baron Cohen did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that."

The statement went on to say, "In Sunday’s episode, during an interview with Senator Bernie Sanders, Baron Cohen in character as Dr. Ruddick was asked by the Senator if he is disabled, and he stated that he is not and uses a mobility scooter to conserve his energy."

Showtime insists the same holds true for Palin’s interview, noting, “Baron Cohen never presented himself as a veteran of the U.S. military to former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin during the booking process or during the filming of her interview, and contrary to her claims he did not appear in a wheelchair. In both the interview with Governor Palin and the interview with Senator Sanders, he did not wear military apparel of any kind."

Palin's segment has yet to air.  Who Is America? airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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