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Apr192018

Tiffany Haddish explains why she wore her Alexander McQueen gown three times in eight months

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Tiffany Haddish knows how to make the best of a sticky sartorial situation.

The comedian told W magazine that last summer, she agreed to buy some designer clothing to help her career, but she didn't realize exactly how expensive her new wardrobe would be.

When a stylist brought her several options for the Girls Trip premiere in July, the only dress that fit well was a white number by Alexander McQueen. After Haddish wore it, she realized it cost over $4,000.

“I should’ve known -- wasn’t no price tag on that dress. So I wear it for Girls Trip, and then they give me the receipt. When I saw the receipt, I cried," she said.

"So I’m wearing it multiple f***in' times. I don’t care what nobody say -- that’s a down payment on a car, that’s a medical bill. So, even though everyone says I shouldn’t wear the dress in public again, I’m wearing it.”

True to her word, Haddish gone on to wear the dress to host Saturday Night Live in November and to the Oscars in March.

Haddish also told W that when she was shooting Girls Trip, she was carrying a knockoff Michael Kors bag that her co-star, Jada Pinkett-Smith, chastised her for buying.

“I told [Jada] that my philosophy is, 'Whatever the bag costs, I should be able to keep that amount of cash in the bag. If it’s a $300 purse, I have to put $300 in cash in that purse,'" she said.

Haddish continued, "When you’re somebody like me, who’s been homeless, clothes are not that important. Clothes are not a roof over my head, food in my stomach, my family’s health -- that’s what money is for. But fashion helps get more money. So, we ride.”

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Thursday
Apr192018

Tyne Daly joining "Murphy Brown" revival 

Courtesy of Tyne Daly(LOS ANGELES) -- Tyne Daly has joined the cast of CBS' Murphy Brown revival.

Daly, best known for her role in Cagney & Lacey, will play Phyllis, the sister of late bar owner Phil from the original series.  

Like her brother, Phyllis will be a bartender who'll act as a "sounding board" for the rest of the cast, which includes original series regulars Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Faith Ford and Joe Regalbuto.

CBS has given the revival -- which places the characters in today's world of cable news, social media and fake news -- a 13-episode commitment.

Murphy Brown originally aired from 1988-1998.  During its run, it won 18 Emmys and three Golden Globes.

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Thursday
Apr192018

"SNL," "The Handmaid's Tale," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "Better Call Saul" among Peabody Award winners

Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The winners in the Entertainment category of the 77th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards -- the Peabody Awards, for short -- have been announced.  The prestigious awards honor "the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2017."

The winners are:

AMC's Better Call Saul
Netflix's American Vandal and Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
HBO's Insecure and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
NBC's Saturday Night Live
Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale.

In the Children & Youth category, the winner is A Series of Unfortunate Events, from Netflix.

Winners in all categories -- which also include Documentary and News/Radio/Public Service programming -- will be celebrated May 19 at a gala in New York City. Daily Show correspondent and newly-minted Peabody winner Hasan Minhaj will host the event.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Prince death investigation closed with no criminal charges filed

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.com(CARVER COUNTY, Minn.) -- No criminal charges will be filed in Prince's overdose death and the investigation has been closed, officials revealed during a press conference Thursday.

Speaking at the Carver County, Minnesota Justice Center in Chaska, county attorney Mark Metz said the late musician thought he was taking the painkiller Vicodin, for which he did not have a prescription, and was unaware he was actually taking counterfeit pills that had been illegally laced with the prescription painkiller fentanyl, which is some 50 times more powerful than heroin. 

Despite an "intensive investigation," Metz said officials were unable to determine who provided Prince with the drugs that killed him, and so were ending their investigation. 

The announcement comes just two days before the two-year anniversary of Prince's death on April 21. 2016.  His body was discovered at his Paisley Park residence and studios in Chanhassen, located in Carver County, about a half-hour southwest of Minneapolis.  Six weeks later, his cause of death was ruled to be a fentanyl overdose.

Earlier Thursday, Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and submit to two years' monitoring by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.  Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist's longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.”  He was consequently facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.

Both officials and Schulenberg noted that the settlement isn't an admission of liability.  Federal officials also noted they "did not make any concessions regarding the legitimacy of the claims."

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Thursday
Apr192018

Watch now: "Deadpool 2" and "The Equalizer 2" debut new action-packed trailers

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- The latest profanity-laden trailer for Deadpool 2 has been released, revealing even more action and irreverent wisecracks.

We see Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool assembling a team to fight Josh Brolin's time-traveling cyborg Cable, including Zazie Beetz's Domino and Rob Delaney as an average dude named Peter who apparently doesn’t have any powers.

There’s also a glimpse of a showdown between Deadpool and Cable, where Cable slings a particularly stinging insult.

“You’re no f***ing hero,” he tells Deadpool. “You’re just a clown dressed up as a sex toy.”

To which Deadpool responds, “So dark. You sure you’re not from the DC Universe?”

Deadpool 2, the sequel to 2016's smash hit, opens May 18.

And in other sequel trailer news, a new trailer's just been released for The Equalizer 2.  Denzel Washington returns in the sequel to the 2014 original as former CIA operative Robert McCall, this time seeking vengeance for the murder of his friend and colleague Susan Plummer, again played played by Melissa Leo.

The Equalizer 2 comes out July 20.

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Thursday
Apr192018

Nicole Kidman, Tiffany Haddish and Jennifer Lopez cover "TIME’s" 100 Most Influential People issue 

Peter Hapak for TIME(NEW YORK) -- Nicole Kidman, Tiffany Haddish and Jennifer Lopez are among TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018. They're three of the stars who grace the six individual covers the magazine is issuing to coincide with the list.

Nicole is among 18 people in the Artists category -- the other categories are Pioneers, Leaders, Titans and Icons. She’s joined in that category by Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot, Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown, Hugh Jackman, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig, Roseanne Barr, Jimmy Kimmel and John Krasinski.

Tiffany made the Pioneers category, along with Insecure’s Issa Rae, rapper Cardi B, Trevor Noah and Silcon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani.

J.Lo was named in the Icons category, which also includes Chadwick Boseman, pop stars Rihanna and Kesha, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and Olympic skater Adam Rippon.

Per tradition, each honoree has a few lines written about them by an equally famous peer.  For example, Naomi Watts wrote about Kidman; Adele wrote about Rihanna, while Cher wrote about Rippon.

Other big names that made the list include Oprah Winfrey, President Donald Trump, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Kim Jong Un.

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Thursday
Apr192018

As Dancing with the Stars' Tony Dovolani begins Vegas Chippendales stint, he says "DWTS" is "too sexy" 

Courtesy Chippendales(LAS VEGAS) -- Veteran Dancing with the Stars pro Tony Dovolani will be doing a different kind of dancing starting tonight in Las Vegas, as he joins the cast of Chippendales as the male revue's guest host.  But surprisingly, Dovolani  says he won't let his daughters watch Dancing with the Stars because it's "too sexy."

"They lost the one audience that they shouldn't have lost, which is parents with kids," says the DWTS vet, who spent 21 seasons on the show.  "I'll still watch it...however, there's certain things that I will not let my girls watch and that's one of 'em."

 "They're 9 and 12...their curiosity's already through the roof," he explains. "I don't wanna explain why certain girls are dressing up [in] next to nothing with guys that are going shirtless."

So why isn't Dovolani a hypocrite?  He tells ABC Radio, "This is the biggest difference that I can easily justify: In Chippendales, the crowd is coming in knowing what they're about to watch."  He adds it's "a flirty show, not a dirty show. So it's not about baring it all, it's more about entertaining people."

As guest host, Tony will be shirtless, but nothing more.  He's also choreographed a few numbers and will  interact with the audience.

"[W]hat I was really excited about was the fact that I can take part of my salary and donate it to my [charity] foundation," he adds. "That just gives me another opportunity to raise good money for good people."

But what does Tony's wife think?

He laughs, "[On] Dancing with the Stars, I've danced with 21 different girls for 21 seasons! Here, I'm sharing the stage with a whole bunch of hot guys -- if they even notice that I'm onstage, I'm happy!"  

Dovolani's Chippendales run ends May 27.

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Thursday
Apr192018

"The Voice" recap: The top 12 artists are revealed

NBC/Trae Patton(LOS ANGELES) -- The live playoffs concluded on Wednesday night’s one-hour episode of The Voice, with the announcement of the top twelve artists:

Team Blake Shelton: America sent Pryor Baird to the next round, joining Kyla Jade, who advanced on Monday. Spensha Baker, who was saved by Blake, also advanced.

Team Kelly Clarkson: America sent Caleb Lee, to the next round, joining Brynn Cartelli, who advanced on Monday. D.R. King, who was saved by Kelly, also advanced.

Team Alicia Keys: America sent Jackie Foster to the next round, joining Britton Buchanan, who advanced on Monday. Christiana Danielle, who was saved by Alicia, also advanced.

Team Adam Levine: America sent Rayshun LaMarr to the next round, joining Sharane Calister, who advanced on Monday. Jackie Verna, who was saved by Adam, also advanced.

Earlier, artists from Kelly and Adam’s teams performed for a spot in the top 12. Blake and Alicia’s teams performed on Tuesday.

First up were the five members of Team Kelly:

Country singer Caleb Lee kicked things off with his version of Thomas Rhett’s "Die a Happy Man." He was followed by 18-year-old Alexa Cappelli covering OneRepublic’s "Stop and Stare"; D.R. King with Anderson East’s "All on My Mind"; and Dylan Hartigan with his take on "Mary Jane’s Last Dance,” by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. Tish Haynes Keys closed things out for Team Kelly, tackling Etta James’ “At Last.”

Team Adam’s five artists followed:

Reid Umstattd led off with The Hollies’ “Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress.” He was followed by Jackie Verna, with her rendition of Maren Morris’ “Once”; Drew Cole, putting his stamp on The Rolling Stones classic, “Wild Horses”; and Mia Boostrom, tackling Chris Stapleton’s “Either Way.” Rayshun LaMarr wrapped up Team Adam’s performances with an energetic performance of Mary J. Blige’s “I’m Going Down.”

The Voice returns Monday night with the Top 12 performing at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

 

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Thursday
Apr192018

Darby Stanchfield teases the series finale of "Scandal": "It's going to be a water cooler episode"

ABC/Richard Cartwright(LOS ANGELES) -- Ahead of Scandal's season finale, Darby Stanchfield, who plays DC fixer Abby Whelan, is teasing some of the must-see and OMG moments of the final episode.

"It's going to be a water cooler episode," Stanfield tells ABC Radio. "They're going to stand around and talk about like, 'What did that mean? What do you think about that? I like this.' And, 'That was my favorite moment.' And, 'OMG.'"

Without giving too much away, Stanchfield says the episode will also have plenty of surprises that will leave dedicated Gladiators satisfied.

"I mean it's a lot of things that's like shocking and it's like wonderful-- and it's also like completely heartbreaking," she explains. "Some parts are in the the end, but it's not disappointing."

Of course, for those who follow the series, Stanchfield's character Abby has had a tumultuous final season with her longtime friend and former boss, Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington. Now that the series is over and the drama set to officially end, Stanfield admits it's difficult to simply just walk away.

"There had been lots of crying that day, up until -- little moments, you know," she says. "I do remember a few tears at 4 in the morning. Maybe it was 3:30. Um, I did my share of crying in the last episode."

Washington can agree, and adds that the only person expected to have a "happy ending" will be the show creator -- Shonda Rhimes.

However, like most of Rhimes' work, expect the series to end with a bang. As far as what that might be, Stanchfield says her lips are sealed.

"There's a couple big shocking things that I can't even... I can't even begin," she quips. "I can't spoil it for you!" 

Scandal's series finale airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Thursday
Apr192018

2018 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in New York City

Image courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival(NEW YORK) -- It started back in 2002, now the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival is underway, with 96 films being showcased over 12 days in New York City.

One of its founders, Robert De Niro, was on hand to launch the festivities in New York City Wednesday night.

"[P]eople like to come to it and we're ... still standing -- so that speaks for itself right there," the legendary actor told ABC Radio. He added, "I'm beyond very happy that people and filmmakers want to be part of it..."

This year's fest kicked off with a tribute to one of late-night comedy's greats. Love, Gilda is a new documentary that focuses on the life of Gilda Radner, who made her mark during the heyday of Saturday Night Live, and who passed away from ovarian cancer back in 1989. 

Laraine Newman, Radner's SNL castmate, told ABC Radio, "She was a very warm, loving, generous person...I love that she is acknowledged."

Radner's legacy and impact lives on for modern day entertainers like Keegan Michael Key. "Her and Belushi were the ones I noticed the most as a child watching SNL because of their physical comedy," said Key. "That is the the thing that speaks to anybody..." 

Among the other highlights of the 12-day festival will be a special screening of Scarface tonight, which will precede a Q&A panel with stars Al Pacino, Michelle Pheiffer, Steven Bauer and director Brian De Palma.

The festival will hold a special screening of Schindler's List on April 26 that will be followed by a conversation with director Steven Spielberg and stars Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley.

On Saturday, De Niro will interview Bradley Cooper as part of the festival's Storytellers series.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs through April 29. More information is available at TribecaFilm.com.

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