David Blaine embarks on his first-ever tour -- and says President Trump helped launch his career

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(NEW YORK) -- David Blaine's been doing magic for more than 20 years, but he's only now touring North America. Says Blaine, "It took this long to figure out what would make sense."

"This is a combination of magic and endurance and everything that I've worked on my whole life, plus new things, all combined into one evening," Blaine explains.  "So the idea of combining everything back to back, night after night, all in one night, is a real ambitious goal." 

If you've only seen Blaine perform on TV, he says this tour is your chance to confirm there's no camera trickery involved.  You can also see his mistakes.

"On TV...if something didn't go exactly as planned, we can shoot again and again until it's right," he tells ABC Radio. "Live, when something goes not-as-planned, you live it with the audience and...and in my case, not-as-planned could be very, very dangerous."

Blaine says he much prefers touring to that magicians' cliche: the Las Vegas residency.

"What's nice about this show is that it kinda comes and then it goes, and it may never come back again," he explains.  "It's more special that way."

Blaine has performed for presidents and world leaders, but he says there's no need for him to perform for President Donald Trump -- not only has he already done it, he gives Trump credit for helping his career.

"He's the one that gave me the land for my very first stunt," Blaine reveals. "In 1999, when I was buried alive, it was on Trump's property.  He took a nice risk letting me just do a random 'bury myself alive' in the middle of New York City. For an unknown at that time, it was really cool...he's been always great with things like that."  

Here are Blaine's remaining tour dates:

6/21 -- Murat Theatre Indianapolis, IN
6/23 -- Hard Rock Live Northfield, OH
6/24 -- Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
6/25 -- Byham Theater Pittsburgh, PA
6/27 -- Crouse-Hinds Theater Syracuse, NY
6/28 -- Hanover Theatre For Perf. Arts Worcester, MA
6/30 -- Merrill Auditorium At City Hall Portland, ME
7/1 -- Flynn Center For The Performing Arts Burlington, VT
7/2 -- Capitol Center for the Arts - Chubb Theatre Concord, NH
7/4 -- Centre In The Square Kitchener, ON
7/5 -- FirstOntario Centre Hamilton, ON
7/7 -- Sands Bethlehem Event Center Bethlehem, PA
7/8 -- Hippodrome Theatre / France-Merrick Perf. Arts Ctr. Baltimore, MD
7/09 -- Chrysler Hall Norfolk, VA
7/11 -- Ovens Auditorium Charlotte, NC
7/12 -- The Louisville Palace Theatre Louisville, KY
7/14 -- Ryman Auditorium  Nashville, TN
7/15 -- Concert Hall At The BJCC Birmingham, AL
7/16 -- Saenger Theatre New Orleans, LA
7/18 -- Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater Austin, TX
7/19 -- Majestic Theatre San Antonio, TX
7/21 -- The Plaza Theatre El Paso, TX
7/22 -- Fox Tucson Theatre Tucson, AZ
7/23 -- Kiva Auditorium Albuquerque, NM

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Watch now: Prepare for winter with new "Game of Thrones" Season 7 trailer


(LOS ANGELES) -- HBO has unveiled the second trailer for the hotly anticipated seventh season of Game of Thrones.

The two-minute clip touches on all parts of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, from Sansa and Jon Snow in the icy North, to the ruthless Cersei Lannister in the South. There's also Daenerys, who's sailing towards Westeros with her army of Unsullied and Dothraki soldiers -- plus her three fully-grown dragons who look ready to breathe fire on everyone.

"The lone wolf dies," Sansa says cryptically at the end of the trailer, "but the pack survives."

Game of Thrones season seven premieres July 16 on HBO.

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"America’s Got Talent" Recap: A dance team from the Ukraine advances straight to the live rounds

NBCUniversal Media - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The America’s Got Talent auditions continued on Tuesday night with more singers, dancers, magicians and acrobats. Tuesday's showcase included a dance troupe from the Ukraine who was sent straight to the live rounds via the Golden Buzzer.

Here are some of Tuesday’s highlights:

Greater Works choir brought the house down with the gospel classic song “This Little Light of Mine.” Howie Mandel declared they “took this Jew to church,” and Heidi Klum called them the best choir they’ve had during her time on the show. They received four enthusiastic four yeses and advanced to the next round.

Ukrainian dance troupe Light Balance performed in the dark with neon lights on their clothing that flashed to the beat of the music. Host Tyra Banks pressed her “Golden Buzzer,” sending them straight to the live rounds.

Celine Tam, nine, blew the judges away with her version of “My Heart Will Go On,” by her namesake, Celine Dion. Simon Cowell called her “incredible.” Heidi said Tam “knocked it out of the park.” Howie added, “adorable and amazing” and Mel B couldn’t get over Celine’s confidence. All four judges voted “yes” to sending Celine to the next round.

Magician Tom London, asked Simon to pick four people from the audience and join him on stage and have them guess the answers to different question, including how many number one-selling artists were on Simon’s record label, how many millions of records Mel B has sold and what year Heidi began modeling. London had Tyra Banks multiply those numbers and add a random number, which came to a grand total of 73,928,547. He then showed a pre-taped video of himself holding up a big sign with the same number -- but that wasn’t all. Within that number, were the real answers to the questions about Simon, Mel B and Heidi. With four yeses, he advances in the competition.

Arizona native Evie Clair, 13, sang Christina Perri’s “Arms” in honor of her dad, who is fighting stage IV colon cancer. Her emotional performance drew a standing ovation from the judges and audience. Simon called the teen’s voice “stunning,” adding that she would be one of the acts he’d remember. The judges voted unanimously to sending her to the next round.

Also advancing on Tuesday were J.J. Phillips, the “rock & roll keyboardist,” Korean dance troupe Just Jerk Crew, acrobatic duo Men with Pans and comic daredevil clown Bello Nock.

America’s Got Talent airs again next Tuesday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on NBC.

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"Bridge Over Troubled Water" all-star charity single for London fire victims is here

Artists for Grenfell(LONDON) -- To raise funds for the relief effort following the deadly fire last week that destroyed Grenfell Tower in West London, music super-producer Simon Cowell has gathered together more than 50 music artists to record an all-star charity version of Simon and Garfunkel's classic "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

The single, recorded at a studio just half a mile from the building, is out now.  You can buy it at the usual digital outlets, and also donate directly at  All donations made at that website will be used by The London Community Foundation to help those in need.

Among the artists who participated: Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson of One Direction, Leona Lewis, James Blunt, Emeli Sande, James Arthur, Jessie J, Rita Ora, Dan Smith of Bastille, Nile Rodgers, The Who's Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, Robbie Williams, Queen's Brian May, Nathan Sykes, Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell, Dua Lipa and many, many more.  A choir of local residents also joined in.

Speaking to the British paper The Mirror, Cowell said, "I felt how everyone felt when they saw the news. I was angry, upset, thinking what the hell do you do?...Do you donate some money? And I was thinking, well maybe we could do a little more than that and that's how the record came about."

As for why he chose "Bridge Over Troubled Water,"  Cowell explained that he had just 12 hours to decide on a song, and that one had appropriate lyrics.

When you listen to the single, you may not be able to recognize the singers' voices, especially those who are huge in the U.K. but not that well-known in the U.S.  Here's a rundown of who sings what:

Stormzy: Introductory rap
Robbie Williams: “When you’re weary...”
James Blunt: “Feeling small...”
Rita Ora: “When tears are in…”
Craig David: “…your eyes...”
Dan Smith of Bastille: “I will dry them all.”
Liam Payne: “I’m on your side...”
Emeli Sande: “When times get rough...”
Kelly Jones of Stereophonics: “And friends just can’t be found...”
Paloma Faith: “Like a bridge over troubled water...”
Louis Tomlinson: “...I will lay me down.”
Labrinth: “Like a bridge over troubled water...”
Jorja Smith: “...I will lay me down.”
WSTERN: brief rap
Leona Lewis: “When you’re down and out...”
Jessie J: “When you’re on the street...”
James Arthur: “When evening falls so hard...”
Roger Daltrey: “I will comfort you.”
Ella Eyre: “I’ll take your part...”
Anne Marie and Ella Henderson: “When darkness comes...”
Louisa Johnson: “And pain is all around.”
All voices led by Robbie Williams: “Like a bridge over water...”
James Arthur ad-lib: “I will lay me down.”
Choirs: “Like a bridge over troubled water...”
Rita Ora: “I will lay me down.”

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"Han Solo" film loses directors over "creative differences"

L-R: Woody Harrelson (top), former co-director Christopher Miller (bottom), Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Chewbacca, former co-director Phil Lord, and Donald Glover/Lucasfilm - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Production on the young Han Solo Star Wars stand-alone film hit bump in the road on Tuesday as Star Wars studio Lucasfilm announced that the movie's co-directors are out.

“[Co-directors] Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are talented filmmakers who have assembled an incredible cast and crew, but it’s become clear that we had different creative visions on this film, and we’ve decided to part ways. A new director will be announced soon,” Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm, announced in a statement posted to

“Unfortunately, our vision and process weren’t aligned with our partners on this project. We normally aren’t fans of the phrase ‘creative differences’ but for once this cliché is true. We are really proud of the amazing and world-class work of our cast and crew,” Lord and Miller added in the published statement.

Although it's just a rumor at the moment, Deadline reports that Ron Howard "has emerged as a frontrunner" to take over behind the camera.

The movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the scoundrel famously played by Harrison Ford in the Star Wars movies, is still slated for release next May.

Although few details are known about the movie, we do know that Atlanta star Donald Glover will play the young Lando Calrissian and Woody Harrelson has been cast as unlikely mentor for the pilot and Rebellion hero-to-be. 

Lucasfilm and ABC News share a parent company in Disney.

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Oscar-winner Daniel Day-Lewis quits acting

Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris(LOS ANGELES) -- Daniel Day-Lewis, the only actor in history to have won the Best Actor Oscar three times, has decided that he's giving up his chosen profession.

According to a statement from his rep, Day-Lewis, who scored Academy Awards for the movies My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln,  "will no longer be working as an actor."

The statement adds, "He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject.”

Day-Lewis, who was named World's Greatest Actor by Time magazine in 2012, also received Oscar nominations for the movies Gangs of New York and In the Name of the Father. 

His final film, Phantom Thread, will be released December 25, according to Variety.  It's a drama set in the world of high fashion, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Day-Lewis' There Will Be Blood director.

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Mahershala Ali talks love and tolerance in "GQ"

ABC/Heidi Gutman(LOS ANGELES) -- Mahershala Ali is using his celebrity influence to spread the message of love and tolerance.

In the July issue of GQ, the Oscar winner says his Moonlight shine has changed the way people look at him.

“When suddenly you go from being followed in Barneys to being fawned over, it will mess with your head,” he tells GQ.

Ali, who says he’s been profiled by Berkeley, CA cops and placed on the terrorist watch list for having a Muslim name, says it makes African-Americans' relationship with their home country difficult.

“I think African-Americans have a very convoluted relationship with patriotism,” he says. “The fact is, we essentially were the abused child. We still love the parent, but you can’t overlook the fact that we have a very convoluted relationship with the parent."

Even so, Ali says, his frustrations with America come from a place of love.

"I absolutely love this country, but like so many people have some real questions and concerns about how things have gone down over the years and where we’re at," he says. "And that’s from a place of love, because I want the country to be what it says it is on paper.”

The new father says he's optimistic because he believes that there are still good people out there who also want to see a change for the good.

“I sincerely believe we have the capacity to actually make this country great,” he says. “There are enough people, there are enough believers out there, there are enough intelligent, empathetic souls out there that want good for the whole. I don’t know if it’ll happen in my lifetime, but I believe in time the pendulum will swing in the right direction.”

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Yes, Zendaya is "obsessed" with Spider-Man, but no, she's not playing Mary Jane in "Homecoming"

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Spider-Man: Homecoming star Zendaya revealed she became “obsessed” with the franchise after seeing it at a pivotal moment.

“My first date was to Spider-Man and I was obsessed with it immediately,” the actress told Good Morning America.

For the record, we did some quick math and figured she wasn't talking about the 2002 original with Tobey Maguire -- which would have made the 20-year-old actress 6 for that date -- but instead, 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man.

Zendaya plays Michelle in Homecoming, the series reboot that stars Tom Holland as a younger Spidey glimpsed in Captain America: Civil War. "I’ve always kind of related to Spider-Man," says Zendaya.  "He’s not just the superhero all the time. He is, at the end of the day, Peter Parker, who is a 15-year-old kid. We’ve all been that awkward teenager and had that time in our life."

Says Zendaya, "It just happened that was my first date and, then, here we are now. It’s crazy."

Zendaya is also debunking the rumors that her character is actually the famous Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker’s love interest from the comics.

“I keep trying to tell everybody my name is Michelle in the movie...I am not lying to you. I swear," she laughs.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, a co-production between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, the latter of which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.  It opens July 7.



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"Bachelor in Paradise" will resume after investigation reveals "no misconduct"

ABC(LOS ANGELES) --Warner Bros. Television, which had suspended production on Bachelor in Paradise over alleged "misconduct" between two contestants, will resume production after an investigation revealed nothing untoward took place. 

In a statement obtained by ABC News, the studio declares, "Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member."

The statement adds, "The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern."

Though producers never made public the specifics of the alleged incident, there were reports that on June 4, cast members Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson were involved in a hot tub tryst in Mexico while extremely intoxicated. A producer on the set filed a complaint, and shooting was shut down. 

Olympios later called herself a "victim," and said she was obtaining a lawyer to help her get "justice" for the incident, which she said she couldn't fully remember.

Jackson also lawyered up, claiming his character has been "assassinated." 

The Warner Bros. television statement says the evidence of impropriety just wasn't there: "Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy," it says.

The statement concluded, "Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants."

In response, an ABC spokesperson said: "We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC."

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First wave of nominees for 2017 Teen Choice Awards announced

Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The first wave of nominees for this summer's Teen Choice awards have been announced, and The Fate of the Furious and Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tails are tops. Both have nods for Choice Action Movie.

Fate of the Furious' Dwayne Johnson is up for Choice Action Movie Actor, along with co-star Vin Diesel, who's also a nominated for xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Johnson also is a contender for Choice Fantasy Movie Actor for Moana.

They have competition from Pirates' Johnny Depp and Brenton Thwaites for Choice Action Movie Actor. Their co-star Kaya Scodelario is up for Choice Action Movie Actress.

Power Rangers, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also have multiple nominations.

On the TV side, NBC's This Is Us and ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars are nominated in multiple categories.

ABC News, Like Marvel are owned by Disney.

The 2017 Teen Choice Awards air August 13 on Fox; fans can vote now at

Choice Action Movie
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The Fate of the Furious
Transformers: The Last Knight
Wonder Woman
xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Choice Action Movie Actor
Brenton Thwaites – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Chris Pine – Wonder Woman
Dwayne Johnson – The Fate of the Furious
Hugh Jackman – Logan
Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Vin Diesel – The Fate of the Furious,” “xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Choice Action Movie Actress
Deepika Padukone – xXx: Return of Xander Cage
Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman
Kaya Scodelario – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Michelle Rodriguez – The Fate of the Furious
Nina Dobrev – xXx: Return of Xander Cage
Ruby Rose – xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Choice Sci-Fi Movie
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Power Rangers
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Space Between Us

Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor
Asa Butterfield – The Space Between Us
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Dacre Montgomery – Power Rangers
Diego Luna – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Jeremy Renner – Arrival
Tom Hiddleston – Kong: Skull Island

Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress
Amy Adams – Arrival
Becky G – Power Rangers
Brie Larson – Kong: Skull Island
Felicity Jones – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Naomi Scott – Power Rangers
Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Choice Fantasy Movie
Beauty and the Beast
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Choice Fantasy Movie Actor
Asa Butterfield – Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange
Dan Stevens – Beauty and the Beast
Dwayne Johnson – Moana
Eddie Redmayne – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Choice Fantasy Movie Actress
Auli'i Cravalho – Moana
Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast
Eva Green – Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Katherine Waterston – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Rachel McAdams – Doctor Strange

Choice Drama Movie
Before I Fall
Everything, Everything
Hidden Figures
The Edge of Seventeen
The Shack

Choice Drama Movie Actor
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Chris Evans – Gifted
Kian Lawley – Before I Fall
Nick Robinson – Everything, Everything
Taylor Lautner – Run the Tide

Choice Drama Movie Actress
Amandla Stenberg – Everything, Everything
Emma Watson – The Circle
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures
Zoey Deutch – Before I Fall

Choice Comedy Movie
Cars 3
Finding Dory
Keeping Up with the Joneses
Table 19
The LEGO Batman Movie

Choice Drama TV Show
Famous In Love
Pretty Little Liars
This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actor
Cole Sprouse – Riverdale
Ian Harding – Pretty Little Liars
Jesse Williams – Grey's Anatomy
Jussie Smollett – Empire
Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actress
Ashley Benson – Pretty Little Liars
Bella Thorne – Famous In Love
Lucy Hale – Pretty Little Liars
Sasha Pieterse – Pretty Little Liars
Shay Mitchell – Pretty Little Liars
Troian Bellisario – Pretty Little Liars

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Stranger Things
Teen Wolf
The Vampire Diaries

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Bob Morley – The 100
Dylan O'Brien – Teen Wolf
Ian Somerhalder – The Vampire Diaries
Jensen Ackles – Supernatural
Joseph Morgan – The Originals
Matthew Daddario – Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Abigail Spencer – Timeless
Eliza Taylor – The 100
Emeraude Toubia – Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments 
Jennifer Morrison – Once Upon A Time
Kat Graham – The Vampire Diaries
Lana Parrilla – Once Upon A Time

Choice Comedy TV Show
Baby Daddy
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Fuller House
Jane the Virgin
One Day at a Time
Young & Hungry

Choice Comedy TV Actor
Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Anthony Anderson – black-ish
Hudson Yang – Fresh Off the Boat
Jaime Camil – Jane the Virgin
Jean-Luc Bilodeau – Baby Daddy
Micah Fowler – Speechless

Choice Comedy TV Actress
Candace Cameron Bure – Fuller House
Emma Roberts – Scream Queens
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Rose McIver – iZombie
Yara Shahidi – black-ish
Zendaya – K.C. Undercover

Choice Animated TV Show
Bob's Burgers
Family Guy
Gravity Falls
Rick and Morty
Sonic Boom
Steven Universe

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