SEARCH

Monday
Mar202017

"GMA" goes behind the scenes of "Dancing with the Stars'" final dress rehearsal ahead of season premiere

ABC/Ida Mae Astute

(LOS ANGELES) -- The highly anticipated season 24 premiere of Dancing with the Stars airs tonight on ABC, and Good Morning America took a behind-the-scenes look with former Mirrorball Trophy winner Alfonso Ribeiro at the show's final dress rehearsal.

Newly-engaged Nick Viall jumped from one reality show to the next and has already drawn comparisons between DWTS and The Bachelor.  "[A]ll you wanna do is not go home night one," he laughed.

Dance music and reality TV star Erika Jayne and her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, have already set the stakes high. Jayne said they "didn't come here to lose," but already promised to forfeit a prized possession to her partner if the duo wins. "If I win, I'm getting a Lamborghini," Savchecnko said with a smile. "I promised," Jayne confirmed.

Former figure skater and Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan said she feels "nervous" about being back in the spotlight. "It's so different," she said about swapping her skates for dancing shoes. "I mean, it's like putting on old shoes and I'm not sure they fit anymore. You know -- 'cause normally I'm just home being mom."

Another Olympian taking the stage this season is the most decorated American gymnast in the history of the sport, Simone Biles. The 19-year-old joked that if she and partner Sasha Farber take home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy, it probably won't make it onto the mantle: "I think my mom would put it in the safe with the rest of the gold medals, just in case," Biles said.

The Dancing with the Stars season premiere kicks off Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

 

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Monday
Mar202017

Harrison Ford, Reba McEntire, Michael Phelps and others gather for Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night

(L-R) Loni Ali, Harrison Ford - Getty Images/Ethan Miller(PHOENIX) -- Stars from the sports and entertainment -- including actor Harrison Ford, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, country stars Reba McEntire and Brooks & Dunn, and The Beach Boys' Mike Love -- converged on Phoenix, Arizona's J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa for the 23rd annual Celebrity Fight Night, honoring the life of Muhammad Ali.

Other guests included Laila Ali, actresses Melissa Peterman, Gena Lee Nolin and Bo Derek, former Major League Baseball star Kirk Gibson, TV host Larry King and actor Dennis Quaid, who performed with his band, The Sharks. 

Ford, along with Italian fashion designer Stefano Ricci, was honored with Celebrity Fight Night Awards, given to those who best embody the qualities associated with the late boxing champ and his fight to find a cure Parkinson's disease.

Founder and chairman Jimmy Walker also presented a gift to Ali's widow, Lonnie, who was joined on stage by her grandson, Jacob Wertheimer.

Other highlights included McEntire -- returning for her 12th year as emcee -- reading a letter from Ali's friend, actor Billy Crystal, who sent regrets or not being able to make this year's event. 

The evening concluded with musical performances by Reba, Brooks & Dunn, Brian McKnight, Colbie Caillat, Sam Moore and Love, who paid tribute to Chuck Berry, who died on Saturday, with a version of Berry's "Rock and Roll Music."

Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Monday
Mar202017

"Dancing with the Stars" is back!

Craig Sjodin/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Tonight, season 24 of Dancing with the Stars kicks off at 8 p.m. on ABC. 

As always, this year brings a varied crop of celebrity hoofers -- everyone from Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei, Olympians Nancy Kerrigan and Simone Biles, a pro bull rider in Bonner Bolton, and classic TV mainstays Charo and Mr. T.

DWTS pro Kym Johnson Herjavec is partnered Mr. T, born Lawrence Tureaud. He told ABC News that he'd been pursued for the show for some time, but the cancer survivor finally accepted when he was able to donate proceeds from his DWTS salary to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children, and St. Jude's Children's Hospital.

"That's what my mother taught me," he said, "'The Blessed of us, must try to save the lessed of us, and I've been blessed by God Almighty...This is my way of giving back."   

Kerrigan, partnered with Artem Chigvintsev, admitted she was nervous. "There is definitely pressure: skaters have won in the past, and gymnasts have won in the past..." She explained she was a fan of the show, adding with a laugh, "It all looks like, 'I think I could do this!' It seemed very comfortable from the couch, now I'm like, 'Oh boy!'"

Musician and dancer Charo told us she's "honored" to be a part of the program, which is a global phenomenon. "The show, thank God it is real, and full of energy, and entertains a lot of people that doesn't have the money to go to Vegas, that's where I [make] my living."

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Monday
Mar202017

"The Walking Dead" Recap: "The Other Side"

AMC/Gene Page(NEW YORK) -- Sunday night's episode of The Walking Dead shows residents of the Hilltop community preparing for battle with Negan's Saviors.

Sasha, meanwhile, is preparing her own mission, getting schematics of the Saviors' sanctuary to try to take out Negan. At night, she says one final goodbye to Abraham's grave.

The next day, Rosita appears before her. "I'm here because I need your help."

In a hollowed-out book in Jesus' trailer, Sasha finds a small stash of bullets. He and Enid catch her and he tries to talk her out of her "mission." When that fails, he tries to tell her to tell Maggie.

Enid tells Sasha she's going to tell Maggie -- but doesn't get a chance. A guard rings an alarm: "The Saviors are coming!"

Maggie and Daryl scramble to a cellar and Rosita and Sasha slip out through a secret tunnel and under the fence.

Simon and his toadies file into Gregory's residence, and as usual, the spineless leader is happy to welcome them.

After some small talk, Simon makes it clear they're looking for someone. Naturally, we think he means Daryl.

Sasha and her former romantic rival, Rosita, debate a strategy to kill Negan. Sasha wants to snipe him from outside the Sanctuary, while Rosita wants to slip into the compound to make sure they kill him.

At Hilltop, Enid tries in vain to distract a Savior from the root cellar in which Daryl and Maggie are hiding. He closes in and Daryl and Maggie prepare for the worst.

Simon and company, as it turns out, want Hilltop's doctor, who is apparently the brother of the one Negan rammed into the furnace. Simon gives his condolences, and tries to convince the doctor coming to Negan is "moving up in the world." They have gelato, after all. 

In exchange for the doctor, Negan's goons offer a case of aspirin.

Gregory calls Simon outside and tries to prove his loyalty, but asks to keep the doctor. He's denied, though Simon offers him a channel to visit anytime at the Sanctuary.

Back in the root cellar, the Savior leaves, after taking some food. It leaves Maggie and Daryl alone. He apologizes for getting Glenn killed. She won't hear of it. They shed tears as they hug it out. "I need you to win."

At their overwatch position, Rosita and Sasha wait for a shot at Negan, spot Eugene in the courtyard and bond for the first time. Rosita explains how she learned skills from different men in her life, then moved on...but Abraham was different, she tells Sasha. "No matter how it all goes down, I got your back," Sasha says. "And I've got yours," come the reply.

Negan shows up in the courtyard, but Sasha can't get a clean shot. "So we go in," Rosita says.

Back at Hilltop, Gregory threatens to sic the Saviors on Jesus. Daryl interrupts them. "Where's Sasha and Rosita?" he asks.

At the Saviors' compound, Eugene is showing a guard around when Sasha drops the guy with a silenced firearm. Eugene makes it known he doesn't need rescuing.

Sasha locks herself inside the compound, leaving Rosita outside. She runs away, frustrated, until she spots the silhouette of Daryl.

The Walking Dead returns next Sunday, March 26 at 9 p.m. Eastern time. 

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Monday
Mar202017

"Beauty and the Beast" roars to a record-setting opening weekend

Disney - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney's Beauty and the Beast delivered a monstrous opening weekend at the box office, raking in an estimated $170 million, and breaking the March opening weekend record previously held by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, according to Box Office Mojo.

Additionally, the live-action remake of the 1991 classic, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Kevin and Ian McKellen, scored the seventh largest domestic opening of all-time -- six of which belong to Disney -- ahead of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 and just behind Iron Man 3. It's also the largest opening for a PG-rated film, surpassing Finding Dory.

Overseas, Beauty and the Beast tacked on an estimated $180 million, for an estimated $350 million worldwide opening. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

Kong: Skull Island finished in second place, grabbing an estimated $28.85 million, bringing its total here in the states to $28.85 and $38.5 internationally, for a global total of $259.3.

Logan bowed in third place with an estimated $17.5 million, bringing its domestic earnings to just under $185 million, to go with $31.5 million internationally, for a worldwide take of $524.1 million.

Rounding out the top five were Get Out, registering a fourth place finish with an estimated $13.2 million and The Shack, coming in at number five with $6.1 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. Beauty and the Beast, $170 million
2. Kong: Skull Island, $28.85 million
3. Logan, $17.5 million
4. Get Out, $13.2 million
5. The Shack, $6.1 million
6. The LEGO Batman Movie, $4.7 million
7. The Belko Experiment, $4 million
8. Hidden Figures, $1.5 million
9. John Wick: Chapter Two, $1.2 million
10. Before I Fall, $1 million

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Saturday
Mar182017

Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, dead at 90

Yuri Martianov/Kommersant via Getty Images(ST. CHARLES COUNTRY, MO) -- Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry is dead at age 90, according to St. Charles County, Missouri police. No cause of death was given.

A post Saturday just before 6:00 p.m. ET on the police department's Facebook page reads, "St. Charles County police responded to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at approximately 12:40 p.m. today (Saturday, March 18). Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques. Unfortunately, the 90-year-old man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.

"The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry."  The post concludes, "The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement."

Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry October 18, 1926 in St. Louis, MO, Berry popularized rock and roll with 1950s rock standards including "Rock and Roll Music," "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven" and "Maybellene," fusing blues, rockabilly and R&B into a sound that helped define the genre, coupled with guitar virtuosity and showmanship that was emulated by countless performers in the decades after.

Berry directly influenced the early music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and The Kinks.  John Lennon famously said of Berry, "If you had tried to try and give rock and roll another name you might call it Chuck Berry."

Berry was a member of the very first class inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984 and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000 and was presented with Sweden's prestigious Polar Music Prize in 2014.

Berry's music even made it into outer space -- his 1958 hit "Johnny B. Goode" is the only rock and roll song included on the so-called "Golden Record" affixed to the Voyager spacecraft that was launched into the cosmos in 1977.

The rock legend was still performing and recording even in recent months.  He announced in October 2016, on his 90th birthday, that he was releasing a new album this year, titled Chuck.  It was to be his first new album in 38 years.

Asked ten years ago how he would want to be remembered, Berry replied, "I just want to be remembered. How? Any way. Any way you think of me."

Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Friday
Mar172017

Merrin Dungey Leaving "Conviction" for CBS cop comedy, "Brothered Up"

ABC/Sven FrenzelConviction star Merrin Dungey is teaming up with Romany Malco and Adhir Kalyan for the new CBS comedy, Brothered Up.

According to Deadline, Dungey has parted ways with the Sunday-night ABC drama to take on the new buddy cop comedy. Brothered Up follows Malco's character, Calvin, an "emotionally guarded" policeman who partners with Kalyan's character of Farooq, an "emotionally available" Pakistani cop. The series centers around the two men's relationship and how they learn to connect while patrolling the streets of Detroit.

Dungey is set to play Calvin's wife, Desri, a woman who knows, "him better than he knows himself." The actress joins the previously announced cast of Nishi Munshi and Glynn Turman.

In addition to her role on ABC's Conviction, Dungey has recurred on HBO's Big Little Lies. There is no word on an official production date.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Friday
Mar172017

Jeffrey Dean Morgan at bat again Monday as "Live with Kelly" co-host

AMC/Gene Page(NEW YORK) -- On Monday, Jeffrey Dean Morgan will once again stepping up to the plate to serve as guest host on ABC's Live with Kelly.

Morgan tells ABC Radio that he relishes the change of pace the show gives him from his day job as the bat-wielding Walking Dead baddie Negan, but his enjoyment of it is mostly down to the lady in charge.

"I love her. I think Kelly Ripa is awesome, and we just have a nice natural chemistry, and it just seems to work," he tells ABC Radio. "It's fun, and I like kinda the off-the-cuff stuff that happens on a live show. It's a fun deal for me. I really enjoy it. And she's fantastic." 

Jennifer Lopez and John Lithgow will appear on Live with Kelly Monday.

The Walking Dead airs Sunday night at 9 p.m. Eastern time on AMC.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Friday
Mar172017

Shemar Moore returning for "Criminal Minds" season finale

Sonja Flemming/CBS

(LOS ANGELES) -- Shemar Moore is returning to Criminal Minds -- at least for the season finale. The actor, who played FBI investigator Derek Morgan from 2005 until his rather abrupt departure in 2016, confirmed the news to his fans on social media.

"Your Baby Boy will be back to play with my Criminal Minds family," the actor gushed.

A press release from CBS notes that the episode, which will air on May 10, will have Morgan coming back into the fold to give a key his former FBI Behavior Analysis Unit colleagues a piece of evidence about serial killer Mr. Scratch.

Recently, Moore, who made his directorial debut with The Bounce Back, told ABC Radio he'd be willing to bounce back to the long-running series, "under the right circumstances."

"[W]ould it be long term? Probably not," the actor predicted, adding, "But would I go back and kick down doors and beat up some unsubs and flirt with my original baby girl? Um, yes, yes, yes, and another, yes."

 Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Friday
Mar172017

Tyra mail: Tyra Banks announces her return to "America's Next Top Model" as host

ABC/Ron Tom(LOS ANGELES) -- Days after confirming she'll be replacing Nick Cannon as host of America's Got Talent, Tyra Banks has announced she is set to return as host on VH1's America's Next Top Model.

 

The model and entrepreneur shared the news with fans on Twitter on Thursday. " I missed my ANTM baby so Mama's back," she wrote. 

Banks, who created the reality competition series in 2003, made the decision to stop hosting the show last year when The CW network cancelled it after its twenty-second cycle. Soon after, VH1 picked up the show with U.K. singer Rita Ora as host. 

"Mizz @ritaora, you exemplify Business Boss Brand to the fullest!" Tyra tweeted on Thursday before announcing she was taking back the hosting reins. "Thank you for all the amazingness you brought to ANTM."

In a statement, Banks elaborated on her decision to return to the hit series after her one-year hiatus.

 

“I’m overwhelmed and humbled by the intensity of the ANTM fan base whose deep affection for the show led me to have a change of heart," she said. "After giving it a lot of thought, I realized that remaining behind the camera wasn’t enough because ANTM is woven into my DNA.”

 

The new season of America's Next Top Model is slated to begin production this summer.

Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.







ABC News Radio