SEARCH

Tuesday
Nov022010

Carrie Underwood's Big Screen Debut and New Soundtrack Tune Coming Soon

Photo Courtesy - Arista Nashville(NEW YORK) -- Carrie Underwood's big-screen debut in the movie Soul Surfer is coming out April 15, 2011, according to Deadline.com.  The film tells the story of competitive teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and then came back to become a champion surfer.

Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt also star in Soul Surfer.

In other news, Underwood's new song, "There's a Place for Us," will be released exclusively on iTunes on Nov. 16.  As previously reported, the singer co-wrote and recorded the tune for the new movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, hitting theaters Dec. 10.

She's already seen a rough cut of the movie and says "I was blown away by the film, and I think people are going to be really excited when they see it."

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov022010

T.I. Reports to Arkansas Prison, Begins Serving Sentence

Photo Courtesy - Moses Robinson /WireImage for Target(FORREST CITY, Arkansas) -- Rapper T.I. reported to the Forrest City low-security prison in Arkansas on Monday morning to begin serving his 11-month prison sentence, reports TMZ.com.

Last week, prosecutors declined to charge the 30-year-old in a drug case stemming from an arrest in California in September.  However, the judge ordered him to be sent back to a federal prison for violating his probation on weapons charges stemming from a federal gun conviction back in 2009.

T.I., whose birth name is Clifford Harris, will be known as inmate number 59458-019.  TMZ also reports that he'll have access to a television and will be limited to 300 minutes of phone calls per month.

Just before entering the facility, T.I. tweeted: "Hey yall #teamTI will be holding me down on this front with updates until I return.  Thx for your continued support.  In a minute No Mercy."

No Mercy is the title of Tip's next album, which is expected to arrive Dec. 7.  It was originally titled King Uncaged, but was changed when T.I. was re-caged.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov022010

'Toy Story 3' Hits Stores on Blu-ray Tuesday 

Photo Courtesy - Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- The billion-dollar grossing Disney/Pixar film Toy Story 3 debuts on Blu-ray Tuesday in a feature-packed two-disc set.

The third film in the Toy Story series again features the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen as toys Woody and Buzz Lightyear, but this adventure begins when their original owner donates them -- and their plastic friends -- to a preschool filled with slobbering tykes and a mean pink teddy bear.

Director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla Anderson say the Blu-ray edition of the film is a must-have for fans, and features lots of unique enhancements.  One of them is Cinexplorer, where the commentary track is matched to a visual display that highlights on-screen in real time the things being noted in the commentary.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov022010

The Quaids Fear For Their Lives; Deny Drug Use, Mental Problems

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, have been dodging the law in the U.S. for months now, fearing for their lives.

In an interview Monday with ABC's Good Morning America, the couple, who are currently in Vancouver, British Columbia seeking refugee status, said they can't return to Hollywood because criminals are out to kill them and have followed their every single move in person, online and on the phone.

When asked who wants them dead, Evi said, "An estate planner, who had created a living trust and a county that could cash Randy's royalty stream forever."

The couple doesn't feel they're alone, either.  Evi said, "It is very possible that Heath Ledger was murdered and David Carradine.  And Robert Blake was set up."  They also said, "Lindsay Lohan should be afraid.  Britney Spears."  Evi added, "Mel Gibson -- I think he was drugged.  I think he was slipped a mickey."

When asked if they thought they might be mentally unbalanced, both Randy and Evi denied it.  They also denied that their behavior was the result of drug use.

The couple is due in a California court Tuesday.  Canadian authorities are deciding whether to grant them asylum or return them to the U.S. to face various criminal charges.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov022010

McCartney Talks 'Band on the Run' Deluxe Re-Issue, in Stores Tuesday

Photo Courtesy - Hear Music/Amazon(NEW YORK) -- The deluxe re-issue of the Wings classic album Band on the Run hits stores Tuesday.  Paul McCartney, who's been posting webisodes discussing the release on his website, points out the re-issue was done because he "personally like[s] to give people value for money."

He also says that some of the added features in the set include extra Polaroid photos taken by McCartney's late wife, Linda.  McCartney says that "she took way more than appear on the poster" included in the original release that features the band members.

Sir Paul says another added feature in the deluxe edition is "a film we took in Lagos," where the album was recorded.  The film, which is previously unreleased, shows the band "knocking around with the local people, having a bit of fun."  McCartney says another previously unseen film included in the set is "the making of the cover."

In addition to the DVD footage, the Band on the Run re-issue includes a 120-page book featuring unreleased photos, alternate tracks, an audio documentary and an option to digitally download all the tracks, the audio documentary and all the video footage.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov022010

More Stars Added to CMA Awards Lineup 

Photo Courtesy - Country Music Association, Inc.(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- More star power has been added to next week's CMA Awards.  Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson have confirmed plans to sing their duet "Don't You Wanna Stay" on the show.

Martina McBride, actress Joanna Garcia and Ty Pennington of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition have joined the presenters lineup, as well.

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood host the 44th Annual CMA Awards Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Nov022010

Grateful Dead Kicks Off Promotion; Offers Free Music Downloads

Photo Courtesy - Dead [dot] net(NEW YORK) -- The Grateful Dead's official website is offering a free download this months of a different live track every day.  The promotion kicks off what the band calls 30 Days of Dead, which celebrates the spirit of people who would tape live Grateful Dead shows to share them with fans who couldn't attend performances.

All of the downloads are previously unreleased soundboard recordings.  All you have to do to download the tracks is register on the band's website, Dead.net.

In addition, 30 Days of Dead will also feature daily and weekly giveaways.  When a new track is posted each day at approximately noon ET, the first person to correctly identify both the complete date -- meaning month, day and year -- and venue of the performance in the comments section will win their choice of any copy from the Dead’s ongoing Road Trips series.

All fans who post at least one correct answer during each week will be entered into a weekly sweepstakes to win a Grateful Dead prize pack. 

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov012010

Charlie Sheen Files for Divorce From Third Wife, Brooke Mueller

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen has filed for divorce from his third wife, Brooke Mueller, a week after he was released from a New York hospital following an alleged alcohol-fueled rampage at an upscale hotel.

Sheen, 45, star of the hit comedy Two and a Half Men, filed for divorce Monday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.

The couple was married in May 2008 and has 1-year-old twin boys together. Sheen is petitioning for joint custody.

According to the court documents, Sheen did not know the "extent of [his] assets and obligations," and the couple has a pre-nuptial agreement.

The Web site TMZ.com obtained a previous property settlement the couple signed in May in which Sheen agreed to pay Mueller $55,000 a month in child support. He also agreed to pay her $1 million to keep the couple's home and an additional lump sum payment of $757,689.70.

In August, Sheen pleaded guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault after pulling a knife on his wife on Christmas Day 2009.

In the new documents, Sheen listed the couple's separation date as the day of the fight.

Last week, Sheen was hospitalized after security at the Plaza Hotel was called to the actor's room because he was acting erratically.

Sheen and his second wife, Denise Richards, and their two children, all were staying at the hotel, though Sheen was in a separate room.

Also reportedly in Sheen's room was porn actress Christina Walsh.

Sheen's publicist has said the actor was not drunk but was suffering an allergy to medicine.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov012010

Faintings at Screenings of New James Franco Film, '127 Hours'

Image Courtesy - Fox Searchlight(NEW YORK) -- The new James Franco movie, 127 Hours, about the trapped hiker who amputated his own arm to escape certain death is apparently so graphic its causing audience members to faint.  That wasn't director Danny Boyle's intent and studio executives say they would rather people not get sick at the film, but industry experts say it could boost box office.

The film is the story of Aron Ralston, a young hiker who went off into the Utah mountains in 2003 without telling people where he was going.  Falling boulders pinned his arm and after five days unable to free himself, Ralston decided the only way to survive was to amputate his arm.  He did so and the film shows it graphically. 

The filmmakers say its not meant to be a gross-out film and critics are singling it out as a high-brow drama with awards on the horizon.  Danny Boyle, who directed Slumdog Millionaire, is no stranger to the Oscar stage.  That film won eight Academy Awards. 

127 Hours opens Friday.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

Monday
Nov012010

'Saw 3D' Tops Halloween Weekend Box Office 

Photo Courtesy - Lionsgate Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Jigaw’s return in Saw 3D debuted as the number-one movie over the Halloween weekend, with an estimated $24.2 million in ticket sales.

The previous box office champion, Paranormal Activity 2, fell to second place with $16.5 million in estimated revenue, according to Variety.  The Bruce Willis/Morgan Freeman action flick Red was third, with $10.8 million in estimated revenue, while Jackass 3D finished in fourth with $8.4 million.

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

1. Saw 3D, $24.2 million.
2. Paranormal Activity 2, $16.5 million.
3. Red, $10.8 million.
4. Jackass 3D, $8.4 million.
5. Hereafter, $6.3 million.
6. Secretariat, $5.1 million.
7. The Social Network, $4.7 million.
8. Life as We Know It, $4 million.
9. The Town, $2 million.
10. Conviction, $1.8 million.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio







ABC News Radio