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Wednesday
Apr162014

Billy Bob Thornton Hits the Small Screen in FX's "Fargo"

FX/Matthias Clamer (NEW YORK) -- Oscar winner Billy Bob Thornton is trading the big screen for the small, in FX's new adaptation of another Academy Award winner, Fargo.

The series kicked off Tuesday night on the network, and the actor explained to ABC News Radio that he couldn't say no to the project, in which he plays a psychotic drifter.

"The writing was so good and what [writer Noah Hawley] did was he managed to capture the tone and the spirit of the Coen Brothers movie without imitating them," Thornton said.

Thornton said the show is, "...a new animal and yet it still seems like Fargo and what it really is, it's kind of what happens in that area of that country after the movie. Y'know, so it's different characters, different story, but the same tone as the movie."

As much fun as Thornton had on the series, he won't be back: as, in the case of AMC's American Horror Story, Fargo's cast will apparently change season to season.

So even if Fargo gets renewed, Thornton won't be on board -- nor will anyone else from the freshman season, which includes Hobbit star Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, and Breaking Bad's Bob Odenkirk.

"...[I]t's not out of the question that they'll do another 10 but this particular story is over so it will be with new people," Thornton explained. "...That's why this was perfect for me because it was 10 episodes and then it's over, so then I can still do two movies this year."

That being said, the project has turned Thornton on to the small screen.

"[T]elevision has really excited me," he said, "so this won't be the last time for sure."

Fargo airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern on FX.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Final "X-Men: Days of Future Past" Trailer Debuts

Fox(NEW YORK) -- 20th Century Fox has released the final trailer for its upcoming time-jumping X-Men movie, Days of Future Past.

Bryan Singer, who called the shots on 2000's X-Men and 2003's X2: X-Men United, is back in the director's chair. This time, he reunites many of the main mutants from his movies, including Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen with the actors from X-Men: First Class like Jennifer Lawrence, as well as James McAvoy and Michael Fassbinder -- who play, respectively, the younger version of Stewart's Professor Xavier and McKellen's Magneto.

This trailer gives the best peeks to date about the plot, which is based on an X-Men comic series of the same name. In the film, an anthropologist named Bolivar Trask, played by Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage, helps create mutant-hunting robots called Sentinels, which eventually come to threaten all humans.

In this war-torn future, Professor X sends Hugh Jackman's Wolverine back in time to get mutants on opposing sides to band together to stop the apocalyptic end times from occurring -- though as the snippet suggests, recruiting isn't easy.

Days of Future Past, which also stars Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Nicholas Hoult, Daniel Cudmore, and Kelsey Grammer, opens on May 23.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

"Glee" Creator Says Final Season Won't Be Set in New York

Brian Bowen Smith/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Glee creator Ryan Murphy has changed his mind and is telling reporters that the final season of the Fox series won't be centered on New York after all.

"The final season is really its own story and its own location and while the New York stuff will be alive, the final season is not New York-centric at all," Murphy told reporters Monday during a conference call that included The Hollywood Reporter.

Instead the series will time jump, and Murphy said he's inviting all past characters back to the series for its sixth and final season.

"It really [will be] a lovely, fitting season that...dwells on the original people that were on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season...We'll revisit some of the new kids that came and went. There's a return of the Jane [Lynch]-Matt [Morrison] characters in a big way. It's really interesting, very sweet, satisfying ending to the story," he said.

Murphy also hinted about the final scene in the final season. It will apparently involve Lea Michele's Rachel Berry and Morrison's Will Schuester.

"We do have a final idea that we're working on that I think is very powerful and moving," Murphy explained. "It's about Rachel and Mr. Schue and it returns them to their origins and their roots, about how they felt about each other when they were younger and everything was idyllic. That ending has to be a reflection and celebration of how far all those characters have evolved....The main thrust of [the episodes] will be a final farewell to all of our characters that we've known since season one."

Murphy also said he and the other writers have been debating if Rachel should have another love interest after Finn's passing. Finn was played by Michele's off-screen boyfriend Cory Monteith, who passed away last July.

"We'll probably follow Lea's lead as we have so many times this year," he said. "She's always been so great and sensitive and been so wise about how to handle that stuff. We have to make that decision in the next couple of weeks -- if not months: Is Rachel going to have another romance? Or does Rachel's second half romantically happen when Glee is over? That's something we're debating. It's hard."

Still, one thing that's already been decided is the idea of a spin-off. Murphy said it's not happening.

"No, the spin-off thing was something that, you know, if we were going to do a spin-off what we were going to do was do the New York stuff as a spin-off, but we ended up not doing that, so not it's not a spin-off idea," he said, according to E! News.

Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Apr152014

Miley Hospitalized Due to Allergic Reaction, Kansas City Concert Cancelled

ABC/Randy Holmes(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Miley Cyrus cancelled her North Carolina concert last week due to the flu.  Now, the singer's in the hospital, and her show Tuesday night in Kansas City has been called off.

A statement posted on the website of the Sprint Center in Kansas City reads, "Miley Cyrus' 'Bangerz' tour date scheduled for Tuesday night, April 15, at Sprint Center in Kansas City has been cancelled. Cyrus has been hospitalized for a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics and has been placed on medical rest by her doctors. She will not be able to perform as scheduled."

The statement goes on say that refunds will be available at the point of purchase; tickets purchased online or by phone will be refunded automatically.

Shortly after the cancellation was announced, Miley tweeted, "Kansas I promise Im as [symbol of a heart breaking] as you are. I wanted so badly 2 b there 2night. [symbol of a cat crying] Not being with yall makes me feel shi**ier than I already do."

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Tuesday
Apr152014

Brandy Norwood and Ryan Press End Engagement

Kevin Winter/BET/Getty Images for BET(LOS ANGELES) -- Brandy Norwood is back on the market.

The singer and her music exec fiancé, Ryan Press, split before the singer's 35th birthday in February, her rep confirmed to ABC News.

"They are both taking a step back actually. That’s what they both wanted to do," the rep said. "They’re friends and I think it’s the mature thing to do in a relationship is just evaluate where you are and move forward. The great thing is that they are friends and definitely that’s an important part and he’s still supportive of what she’s doing."

Norwood, who has a daughter from a previous relationship, and Press announced their engagement last year.

Last month, her brother, singer Ray J, told ABC News Radio that he's "protective" over his older sister.

"Every guy is crazy," he said, when asked whom he'd like to see her date. "I know I am so I just want to make sure she's happy and then I got her back -- whatever she wants to do."

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Tuesday
Apr152014

Andi Dorfman Insults Juan Pablo Galavis In New "Bachelorette" Poster

ABC (NEW YORK) -- In case it wasn't clear on the last season of The Bachelor, Andi Dorfman is not at all interested in Juan Pablo Galavis.

How not interested? So much so that Galavis is slammed in a new promotional poster for The Bachelorette.

"She's looking for the right Juan," the poster reads, with the word "Juan" crossed out and replaced with "one."

Dorfman, a 26-year-old district attorney, was named the ABC dating competition's new star last month.

"I'm speechless. It's so surreal. I went on The Bachelor to find my husband and to find the love of my life," she said at the time. "It definitely gets lonely being single... I'm just looking to find that great love."

The Bachelorette returns in May.

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Tuesday
Apr152014

Dina Lohan Pleads Guilty to DWI

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Dina Lohan pleaded guilty to DWI on Tuesday.

Lindsay Lohan's mother accepted a plea deal stemming from the September 2013 DWI and speeding charges against her, her lawyer, Mark Heller, confirmed to ABC News.

"This being the first day of Passover, Dina Lohan was very gratified to receive an offer that we could not pass over," he said in a statement. "No jail, no probation and the opportunity to resume her driving privileges. She felt this was a great start to the Holy Week."

Lohan was arrested in the fall for driving 22 mph over the speed limit with a blood-alcohol level of 0.2 percent. Nassau County District Court Judge Andrew Engel ordered Lohan, 51, to complete 100 hours of community service before her June 3 sentencing, according to Newsday.

The judge also ordered her to attend a 16-hour state program on driver safety and will require her to install devices in her car that will only allow her to start the vehicle if she's sober and pay fines that total roughly $2,800.

"I'll never be back here again,” Lohan said. “You can quote me on that one.”

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Tuesday
Apr152014

Michael Strahan Joins ABC's “Good Morning America”

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Michael Strahan got a red carpet welcome on ABC’s Good Morning America Tuesday as a member of the GMA family.

“I’m curious, when I’m here a few days a week, does that play every time?,” Strahan, 42, joked of the 30-second clip reel showing him as a baby, Super Bowl-winning NFL star and TV personality that preceded his arrival.

Strahan joined his new colleagues -- GMA’s George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Amy Robach and Lara Spencer -- at the GMA news desk in the show’s Times Square studio.  When Strahan appears on GMA, he will report from the studio before traveling uptown to his other morning show, Live! with Kelly & Michael.

“We’re so excited,” said Roberts. “You’re going to join us a couple days a week.”

When Robach indicated that Strahan will be reporting on, “stories that you love,” Strahan revealed what has him really excited about joining GMA.

“I watch you every morning and I always sit there and go, ‘Yeah that’s a good point,’” Strahan said.  “Now, instead of talking to the TV, I actually get to talk to you.”

Strahan’s arrival on GMA harkened back to his NFL days as a New York Giant as a he entered the studio to the high-fives of cheering fans.

The NFL Hall of Famer was presented with gifts to make sure he shows up alert and on time for his first day of work.

“The time is off so if I’m late on my first day, it’s George’s fault ’cause he gave me a clock and it’s not set with the right time,” Strahan said to Stephanopoulos, who gifted him with an alarm clock. “But I appreciate it because you can never have enough alarm clocks.”

Spencer gave Strahan a gigantic GMA coffee mug so he could stay caffeinated. “If I drink all of this it will be one happy good morning, America,” Strahan said.

Before leaving for Live! with Kelly & Michael, Strahan was put to work, tasked with announcing the show’s next guests, Dancing With the Stars cast-offs Cody Simpson and Witney Carson.

The pop singer and professional dancer then surprised Strahan by wheeling in a wheelbarrow full of Strahan’s favorite candy, Sour Patch Kids.

“Sugar and coffee in the morning,” Strahan said, holding a candy bag with his GMA mug.  “Good morning, America!”

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Apr152014

WATCH: Paulina Gretzky's Provocative "Golf Digest" Cover Shoot

ABC/Matt Brown(NEW YORK) -- Golf Digest has released a video to accompany Paulina Gretzky's cover story for the magazine's May issue.

The video features Gretzky posing in various athletic outfits, even by the pool showing off some yoga positions.

Gretzky is engaged to PGA player Dustin Johnson, but isn't a player herself -- something that had members of the PGA more than a bit upset about since she nabbed the magazine's cover.

In the issue, she explains how she met Johnson.

"At the end of 2011, my mom played with Dustin in the Wednesday pro-am at Tiger's tournament at Sherwood. She told Dustin about her daughter, blah-blah-blah, and invited him to the house that night," she said. "We exchanged numbers, and here we are."

She continued, "The most important thing for me right now is my relationship with Dustin. It's what makes me happiest, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. It's important for people to realize it's OK to be happy in love."

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Tuesday
Apr152014

Alexa Ray Joel Feeling Better After Collapsing on Stage

Noam Galai/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Alexa Ray Joel is feeling better after her collapse over the weekend during one of her performances at Cafe Carlyle in New York City.

"I wanted to thank everyone for coming out to support me,” Joel wrote in a statement to the New York Times. "I was excited and determined to fulfill my final performance and I really wanted to end my run with a bang, but this was not what I had in mind and hope I have the opportunity to make it up to the wonderful audience very soon."

The singer was two songs into her set on Saturday when she collapsed. She was taken to the emergency room at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Joel's rep told the newspaper that she collapsed because of a sudden drop in blood pressure and heart rate, and reduced blood flow to the brain. The condition is called vasovagal syncope.

Joel, 28, is the daughter of Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley.

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