Entries in Premiere (17)


Alyssa Milano's "Mistresses" Premieres Monday

ABC(NEW YORK) -- It’s still officially spring, but things get hot on ABC Monday night when the new summer drama Mistresses debuts.

ABC describes the show as a “provocative and thrilling drama about the scandalous lives of a sexy and sassy group of four girlfriends, each on her own path to self-discovery.”

Alyssa Milano stars as Savi, a successful attorney who is also trying to start a family with her husband Harry, played by Brett Tucker.

Milano acknowledges the show is “racy and juicy and scandalous,” but hopes viewers will be “pleasantly surprised by the heart that the show has.”

Mistresses also stars Jes Macallan, Rochelle Aytes and Yunjin Kim.

ABC’s Mistresses premieres at 10 p.m. Eastern time on Monday, June 3.

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HBO Film About Phil Spector Starring Al Pacino Airs Sunday

HBO/Time Warner(NEW YORK) -- Premiering this Sunday, Al Pacino and Helen Mirren star in the new HBO movie Phil Spector, a fictional film based on the client-attorney relationship between the legendary music producer and Linda Kenney Baden, a defense attorney who represented Spector at his first murder trial for the 2003 shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson at his California mansion.

That trial ended in a mistrial. Spector was convicted in 2009 and sentenced to 19 years to life in prison.  He has always insisted that he is innocent and claims Clarkson committed suicide.

The film is written and directed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, who opens the movie with the on-screen declaration, “This is a work of fiction.  It’s not ‘based on a true story.’ It is a drama inspired by actual persons in a trial, but it is neither an attempt to depict the actual persons, not comment upon the trial or its outcome.”

Pacino says he studied tapes of Spector for hours while preparing to play the music producer.

The film has been criticized by some for being biased in favor of Spector.  Mamet says he wanted to explore the story after watching a documentary called The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector.  Mamet says after watching that film, he came away thinking maybe Spector is not guilty.

Spector, of course, is known for originating the so-called "Wall of Sound" production technique that was used by many 1960s rock and pop legends.  Among the artists with whom he's worked over the years include The Ronettes, Ike and Tina Turner, The Beatles, John Lennon and The Ramones.

Phil Spector debuts this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

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More Than 2,000 Fans Camp Out for New "Twilight" Movie

Summit Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- As of Thursday afternoon, more than 2,000 people were lined up in Los Angeles for Breaking Dawn Part 2, eager to camp out for the Monday premiere of the final installment of the Twilight franchise.

Twilight studio Summit Entertainment organized a “camp” for die-hard  fans, sometimes known as Twi-hards. Step one: line up in front of L.A.’s Nokia Theater to get your “camping spot” on a concrete plaza outside the theater. Step two: take part in any or all of the activities designed to placate boredom during your five day wait, including Twilight movie screenings and Jamba Juice-sponsored workouts.

Step three: scream your lungs out when Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and the rest of the gang grace the red carpet Monday. Finally, race back to your local movie theater so you can actually see the film when it comes out Nov. 16. Look out for lines there too -- advance ticket sales for the movie accounted for nearly 30-percent of MovieTickets and Fandango’s Wednesday sales, according to

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"Dancing With the Stars" Season 14 Premiere: Best Opening Ever?

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- The new cast of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars delivered on high expectations during Monday night’s season 14 premiere, with judges calling it the best opening night in the show’s history.

The cast features sports stars, singers and old and new favorites.

Extra co-host Maria Menounos and her partner, three-time Dancing champion Derek Hough, earned 21 points for their cha cha. The judges -- Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli -- told Menounos that her timing was good but they encouraged her to open up a little more.

She earned 21 out of a possible 30 points.

Actor and singer Jack Wagner’s springtime-inspired foxtrot earned overall praise for the judges for its feel-good factor, and even though Goodman thought Wagner’s technique was poor and his footwork “haphazard,” the actor earned 23 points.

“You can act and you can sing, and boy can you dance,” a smiling Inaba told Wagner after his performance.

Donald Driver brought the audience to its feet with his cha cha full of flair and sizzle. But judges said the NFL champion’s energy may have overpowered the dance.

“You’re a diamond in the rough -- energy, power and presence … The attitude is right, but you have to refine it,” Tonioli told the Green Bay Packers’ wide receiver.

The audience loved Driver’s routine, and booed when his scores -- three 7s -- were awarded.

Singer Gavin DeGraw drew mixed reviews, and a score of 20, for his romantic foxtrot. While Tonioli found that DeGraw stiffened at the wrong moments, ruining the flow of the dance, Inaba said she though the dance flowed well, and praised the interpretation even as she faulted his hyper-extended arms.

Roshon Fegan’s smooth, hip hop inspired cha-cha was another crowd-pleaser, and it won strong reviews from Inaba and Tonioli.

“I like your cool, youthful flavor. Keep it up,” Inaba said, but Goodman, the head judge, differed.

While he acknowledged the Disney star’s obvious dance skill and the high performance level, he said the routine had “a little too much hip hop” and not enough cha- .  Judges awarded Fegan 23 points.

Sherri Shepherd, co-host of The View, beamed when the opening lines to her routine’s song, “Sherry,” played.  Her elegant foxtrot earned warm praise, and 23 points.

“You can move very, very well, you’re light on your feet, your timing was good and you light up the room,” Tonioli told Shepherd.

Melissa Gilbert danced the cha cha, and even though judges pointed out some shortcomings, they told the Little House on the Prairie actress that she performed a difficult routine well.

Inaba told Gilbert she had “great potential,” while Tonioli called it a “very inspiring first performance.” When her scores were read -- she earned a total of 20 points -- there was some booing in the audience.

William Levy, the actor best known for his work in telenovelas, danced the cha-cha. The heartthrob earned uniform praise from judges, and the second-highest score of the night -- 24 points.

Inaba and Tonioli thought tennis legend Martina Navratilova’s foxtrot was elegant and refined, but Goodman found the dance lacking.

“It was close but it wasn’t quite there for me. It was …too careful,” he said.

The panel awarded Navratilova 20 points.

Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins wowed the judges with her elegant foxtrot. Goodman praised her musicality and “lyrical movement,” while Inaba said it was “the best first dance on the first episode ever.”

Tonioli raved: “That was exquisite. The style was impeccable, the quality of movement was surreal.”

She earned 26 points -- the highest score of the night up to that point.

R&B legend Gladys Knight brought the audience to its feet for a sustained round of applause, and her routine won her 23 points.

“The legend has got the moves!” Tonioli said, while Goodman said Knight’s dancing was natural and rhythmic.

The final dance of the night belonged to Family Matters actor Jaleel White. The actor is best known for playing the clumsy geek Steve Urkel in the hit sitcom, but there was no evidence of clumsiness on the dance floor Monday night. White was the picture of elegance, and the judges rewarded him for his performance with 26, tying him with Jenkins for first place.

“I loved the routine … it had elegance, it had sophistication,” Goodman said.

Tonioli paid White a high compliment when he told him: “I thought I was watching the great Gregory Hines.”

The stars will dance again next Monday, and their scores from this week and next week will be combined. One star will be voted off March 27.

Elimination in the competition results from a combination of judges’ scores and audience votes. The celebrity with the lowest combined scores is sent home, until three stars remain. They and their partners compete for the championship.

Last season’s winner was actor and Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez.

Monday Night's Scores:

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 20

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 21

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower:  23

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26

Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 23

William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 24

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 21

Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 20

Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23

Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 23

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 26

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"Hunger Games" Fans Occupy Los Angeles Premiere

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- With hundreds of fans already camped out around Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, The Hunger Games had its premiere Monday night.

ABC News Radio was there as the movie's stars -- including Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth -- got a chance to see the film and a legion of die-hards got a chance to see the stars of the anticipated film adaptation of Suzanne Collins' bestseller.

"It was totally worth it," exclaimed one fan.  "Totally worth the cold fingers," said another, after getting a glimpse of the movie's stars.

Their dedication left those involved in the film slack-jawed.

"The first thought in my head is: 'Wow! They really camped out?...It's craziness," said Isabelle Fuhrman, who plays one of the movie's villains, Clove.

"Bananas," was how actress Paula Malcomson described the scene, saying it looked as if an Occupy protest had moved outside the theater.

For her part, Hunger Games producer Nina Jacobson said she "admires that commitment," but can't picture camping out for any movie.

"I like my pillow," she joked.

The Hunger Games, about a bloodsport/reality show that forces young players into a kill-or-be-killed competition, opens on March 23.

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ABC's 'The Bachelor' Returns Monday Night

ABC/MATT KLITSCHER(NEW YORK) -- The new season of The Bachelor begins Monday night on ABC.

This time, the "bachelor" is Ben Flajnik, a 29-year-old California winemaker who was the runner-up on the 2011 edition of The Bachelorette.  He popped the question to "bachelorette" Ashley Hebert, but she turned him down and accepted winner J.P. Rosenbaum's proposal instead.

The 16th season of The Bachelor gets underway with a two-hour season premiere that begins at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Here are the 25 women who will compete for Flajnik's roses:

* Amber B., 23, labor and delivery nurse, Port Coquitlam, Canada
* Amber T., 29, critical care nurse, Waverly, NE
* Anna, 25, student, Detroit, MI
* Blakeley, 34, VIP cocktail waitress, Charlotte, NC
* Brittney, 26, medical sales rep, Denver, CO
* Casey S., 26, trading clerk, Leawood, KS
* Courtney, 28, model, Santa Monica, CA
* Dianna, 30, non-profit director, San Gabriel, CA
* Elyse, 24, personal trainer, Chicago, IL
* Emily, 27, PhD student, Chapel Hill, NC
* Erika, 23, law student, Chicago, IL
* Holly, 34, pharmaceutical sales rep, Salyersville, KY
* Jaclyn, 27, advertising account manager, Newton, MA
* Jamie, 25, registered nurse, Dryden, NY
* Jenna, 27, blogger, New York City, NY
* Jennifer, 28, accountant, Oklahoma City, OK
* Kacie B., 24, administrative assistant, Clarksville, TN
* Lindzi C., 27, business development manager, Seattle, WA
* Lyndsie J., 29, Internet entrepreneur, Scottsdale, AZ
* Monica, 33, dental consultant, Salt Lake City, UT
* Nicki, 26, dental hygienist, Hurst, TX
* Rachel, 27, fashion sales rep., New York City, NY
* Samantha, 26, advertising account manager, Los Angeles, CA
* Shawn, 28, financial advisor, Phoenix, AZ
* Shira, actress, Los Angeles, CA

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Tom Cruise at 'Mission Impossible' Premiere: 'I Want to Entertain'

Fred Duval/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol, the fourth film in the Tom Cruise series, opened in IMAX and select theaters last Friday, but the New York premiere was held Monday night.

Cruise is back as spy Ethan Hunt, who tries to clear his team of wrongdoing after it's blamed for a bombing of the Kremlin.  In the film, Cruise is seen running up and down the side of the world’s tallest building -- stunt work that he performed himself.

On the red carpet Monday, when asked why he would risk his life on such a stunt, Cruise replied, “I don't know, man. I was thinking I wanted to entertain. When I saw the sequence that [director Brad Bird] designed, I mean, to put something like that on film.  I was very excited about it.”

The actor says the stunt wasn’t just him, it took a lot of work from every department working on the film to, “pull it off and pull it off in very dynamic way.”

Cruise says ever since he was a little kid he's wanted to entertain and to make movies, and he feels privileged to be able to do it.  He says it’s something “he’s never taken for granted.”

Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol
co-stars Jeremy Renner and Simon Pegg. It opens nationwide tomorrow.

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'Beavis and Butt-Head' Return Thursday with All-New Episodes

Getty Images/Handout(NEW YORK) -- Fourteen years since the last new episode of MTV’s seminal cartoon show Beavis and Butt-Head, the permanently adolescent and addled pair will make their comeback Thursday.

The show’s creator, Mike Judge, promises that the snickering pair has not changed but that they will be poking fun at contemporary “issues” such as the Twilight Saga, Ultimate Fighting and Jersey Shore.

Speaking to a panel of television writers, Judge said, “There's an episode where they see Twilight and they, you know they're like, all these girls are into vampires, and vampires are sexy.  They try to become undead.”

MTV president Van Toffler was asked if the Jersey Shore cast will get paid for appearing on the show.  He got a laugh from the audience with, “You know…I'd be scared to think of them with more money than they already have.  I mean, look at what they've done so far.  Um, so no, I don't think that will be an issue!”

Beavis and Butt-Head will be in Hi-Def but will retain the feel of the original shows.  They look the same and still wear their iconic AC/DC and Metallica shirts.

Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head will air Thursday at 10:00 p.m. on MTV.

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'Beavis and Butt-Head' Returns; Creator Says They Haven't Matured

Getty Images/Handout(LOS ANGELES) -- A new Beavis and Butt-Head series premieres this Thursday on MTV, and not a moment too soon, according to creator Mike Judge.

During an interview on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Monday, Judge said MTV had been asking him for years to bring back the pair, but he finally decided it was the right time after watching the current crop of reality shows such as 16 and Pregnant, Teen Mom and Jersey Shore, and hearing the voices of Beavis and Butt-Head in his head.

Judge said Beavis and Butt-Head haven’t aged at all and “are still virgins, still really stupid.”

According to MTV, “America's favorite culture have more than just music videos to make fun of: Reality TV, the Internet, and Ultimate Fighting will all be crossing their TV screen.”

Judge told Kimmel he's heard many stories of people doing Beavis and Butt-Head imitations, but the biggest surprise was when he learned the late actor Marlon Brando was a big fan.  Judge told Kimmel that Johnny Depp told him a story of filming a movie with Brando and the two would imitate the pair.  Judge said Brando would do Butt-Head and Depp would do Beavis.

Judge also told Kimmel he got the inspiration for the Beavis character from high school.  Judge said a guy in his calculus class would sit in the front and laugh at everything a female teacher said, but he would do it somewhat under his breath in the Beavis voice.  As for Butt-Head’s voice, Judge said it was organic, he just looked at the completed drawing and started doing the voice.

Beavis and Butt-Head premieres Thursday, Oct. 27 at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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'Two and a Half Men' Premiere: RIP Charlie Sheen, Hello Ashton Kutcher

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Ashton Kutcher made his debut as Charlie Sheen's replacement on the season premiere of CBS’ Two and a Half Men Monday night.

The show opened with Jon Cryer’s Alan Harper eulogizing his departed brother -- Sheen's Charlie Harper -- at a memorial service attended by family members and several old flames, including characters played by Jenny McCarthy and Jeri Ryan.  When Alan spoke about Charlie living life to his fullest and giving everything he had, several women blurted out that he gave them herpes, Chlamydia and vaginal warts.

At the service, Charlie Harper’s stalker-turned wife, Rose, described his death, saying he fell in front of a Paris subway train.  Rose said, “Charlie didn’t suffer.  His body just exploded like a balloon full of meat.”

The obvious indication is that Rose, played by actress Melanie Lynskey, probably pushed Charlie onto the tracks and into the great beyond.

When Mrs. Harper holds an open house to sell the Malibu property in the wake of Charlie’s death, John Stamos makes a cameo and says he can't buy the house because it has bad memories of a drunken threesome in which a woman passed out and Charlie and him “kept going.”  Former Dharma and Greg stars Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson also made cameos as potential homebuyers who have apparently gone from a happy and loving twosome to a couple talking divorce.

Kutcher’s first appearance came when he suddenly showed up at the beach house and surprised Jon Cryer’s Alan while he was carrying his brother’s ashes in an urn.  Alan planned to sprinkle Charlie’s ashes on a beach where pretty girls with oil will sit on him all day, but the shock of Kutcher’s appearance sent the ashes spilling all over the floor.

Kutcher’s character, Walden Schmidt, wanted to commit suicide over a lost love by throwing himself in the ocean but the water was too cold.  Walden tries to reconcile with his ex-wife over the phone, but she rejects him.  Walden reveals he’s is an Internet billionaire.  When Alan suggests Walden put his wet clothes in the dryer, Walden gets completely naked, prompting Alan to remark, “He’s worth a billion dollars and he’s hung like an elephant.”

At a bar, Alan, who is normally clueless in the female department, finds himself encouraging Kutcher's Walden to introduce himself to a woman.  Two ladies later go home with the guys, but Walden is the only one who ends up sleeping with them.  Once again, Alan is left out of the action.  Walden later makes a decision, telling Alan, “I dig your house so I’m going to buy it.”

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