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Tuesday
Jun202017

Yes, Zendaya is "obsessed" with Spider-Man, but no, she's not playing Mary Jane in "Homecoming"

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Spider-Man: Homecoming star Zendaya revealed she became “obsessed” with the franchise after seeing it at a pivotal moment.

“My first date was to Spider-Man and I was obsessed with it immediately,” the actress told Good Morning America.

For the record, we did some quick math and figured she wasn't talking about the 2002 original with Tobey Maguire -- which would have made the 20-year-old actress 6 for that date -- but instead, 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man with Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man.

Zendaya plays Michelle in Homecoming, the series reboot that stars Tom Holland as a younger Spidey glimpsed in Captain America: Civil War. "I’ve always kind of related to Spider-Man," says Zendaya.  "He’s not just the superhero all the time. He is, at the end of the day, Peter Parker, who is a 15-year-old kid. We’ve all been that awkward teenager and had that time in our life."

Says Zendaya, "It just happened that was my first date and, then, here we are now. It’s crazy."

Zendaya is also debunking the rumors that her character is actually the famous Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker’s love interest from the comics.

“I keep trying to tell everybody my name is Michelle in the movie...I am not lying to you. I swear," she laughs.

Spider-Man: Homecoming, a co-production between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, the latter of which is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.  It opens July 7.

 

 

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Tuesday
Jun202017

"Bachelor in Paradise" will resume after investigation reveals "no misconduct"

ABC(LOS ANGELES) --Warner Bros. Television, which had suspended production on Bachelor in Paradise over alleged "misconduct" between two contestants, will resume production after an investigation revealed nothing untoward took place. 

In a statement obtained by ABC News, the studio declares, "Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member."

The statement adds, "The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern."

Though producers never made public the specifics of the alleged incident, there were reports that on June 4, cast members Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson were involved in a hot tub tryst in Mexico while extremely intoxicated. A producer on the set filed a complaint, and shooting was shut down. 

Olympios later called herself a "victim," and said she was obtaining a lawyer to help her get "justice" for the incident, which she said she couldn't fully remember.

Jackson also lawyered up, claiming his character has been "assassinated." 

The Warner Bros. television statement says the evidence of impropriety just wasn't there: "Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy," it says.

The statement concluded, "Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants."

In response, an ABC spokesperson said: "We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC."

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Tuesday
Jun202017

First wave of nominees for 2017 Teen Choice Awards announced

Paramount Pictures and Revolution Studios - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The first wave of nominees for this summer's Teen Choice awards have been announced, and The Fate of the Furious and Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tails are tops. Both have nods for Choice Action Movie.

Fate of the Furious' Dwayne Johnson is up for Choice Action Movie Actor, along with co-star Vin Diesel, who's also a nominated for xXx: Return of Xander Cage. Johnson also is a contender for Choice Fantasy Movie Actor for Moana.

They have competition from Pirates' Johnny Depp and Brenton Thwaites for Choice Action Movie Actor. Their co-star Kaya Scodelario is up for Choice Action Movie Actress.

Power Rangers, Disney's Beauty and the Beast and Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 also have multiple nominations.

On the TV side, NBC's This Is Us and ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars are nominated in multiple categories.

ABC News, Like Marvel are owned by Disney.

The 2017 Teen Choice Awards air August 13 on Fox; fans can vote now at TeenChoice.com

MOVIES 
Choice Action Movie
Logan
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The Fate of the Furious
Transformers: The Last Knight
Wonder Woman
xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Choice Action Movie Actor
Brenton Thwaites – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Chris Pine – Wonder Woman
Dwayne Johnson – The Fate of the Furious
Hugh Jackman – Logan
Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Vin Diesel – The Fate of the Furious,” “xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Choice Action Movie Actress
Deepika Padukone – xXx: Return of Xander Cage
Gal Gadot – Wonder Woman
Kaya Scodelario – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Michelle Rodriguez – The Fate of the Furious
Nina Dobrev – xXx: Return of Xander Cage
Ruby Rose – xXx: Return of Xander Cage

Choice Sci-Fi Movie
Arrival
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Power Rangers
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
The Space Between Us

Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actor
Asa Butterfield – The Space Between Us
Chris Pratt – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Dacre Montgomery – Power Rangers
Diego Luna – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Jeremy Renner – Arrival
Tom Hiddleston – Kong: Skull Island

Choice Sci-Fi Movie Actress
Amy Adams – Arrival
Becky G – Power Rangers
Brie Larson – Kong: Skull Island
Felicity Jones – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Naomi Scott – Power Rangers
Zoe Saldana – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Choice Fantasy Movie
Beauty and the Beast
Doctor Strange
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Moana

Choice Fantasy Movie Actor
Asa Butterfield – Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Benedict Cumberbatch – Doctor Strange
Dan Stevens – Beauty and the Beast
Dwayne Johnson – Moana
Eddie Redmayne – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Choice Fantasy Movie Actress
Auli'i Cravalho – Moana
Emma Watson – Beauty and the Beast
Eva Green – Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Katherine Waterston – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Rachel McAdams – Doctor Strange

Choice Drama Movie
Before I Fall
Everything, Everything
Gifted
Hidden Figures
The Edge of Seventeen
The Shack

Choice Drama Movie Actor
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Chris Evans – Gifted
Kian Lawley – Before I Fall
Nick Robinson – Everything, Everything
Taylor Lautner – Run the Tide

Choice Drama Movie Actress
Amandla Stenberg – Everything, Everything
Emma Watson – The Circle
Hailee Steinfeld – The Edge of Seventeen
Taraji P. Henson – Hidden Figures
Zoey Deutch – Before I Fall

Choice Comedy Movie
Cars 3
Finding Dory
Keeping Up with the Joneses
Table 19
The LEGO Batman Movie

TELEVISION
Choice Drama TV Show
Empire
Famous In Love
Pretty Little Liars
Riverdale
Star
This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actor
Cole Sprouse – Riverdale
Ian Harding – Pretty Little Liars
Jesse Williams – Grey's Anatomy
Jussie Smollett – Empire
Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us

Choice Drama TV Actress
Ashley Benson – Pretty Little Liars
Bella Thorne – Famous In Love
Lucy Hale – Pretty Little Liars
Sasha Pieterse – Pretty Little Liars
Shay Mitchell – Pretty Little Liars
Troian Bellisario – Pretty Little Liars

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show
Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments
Stranger Things
Supernatural
Teen Wolf
The Vampire Diaries
Timeless

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor
Bob Morley – The 100
Dylan O'Brien – Teen Wolf
Ian Somerhalder – The Vampire Diaries
Jensen Ackles – Supernatural
Joseph Morgan – The Originals
Matthew Daddario – Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress
Abigail Spencer – Timeless
Eliza Taylor – The 100
Emeraude Toubia – Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments 
Jennifer Morrison – Once Upon A Time
Kat Graham – The Vampire Diaries
Lana Parrilla – Once Upon A Time

Choice Comedy TV Show
Baby Daddy
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Fuller House
Jane the Virgin
One Day at a Time
Young & Hungry

Choice Comedy TV Actor
Andy Samberg – Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Anthony Anderson – black-ish
Hudson Yang – Fresh Off the Boat
Jaime Camil – Jane the Virgin
Jean-Luc Bilodeau – Baby Daddy
Micah Fowler – Speechless

Choice Comedy TV Actress
Candace Cameron Bure – Fuller House
Emma Roberts – Scream Queens
Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin
Rose McIver – iZombie
Yara Shahidi – black-ish
Zendaya – K.C. Undercover

Choice Animated TV Show
Bob's Burgers
Family Guy
Gravity Falls
Rick and Morty
Sonic Boom
Steven Universe

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Tuesday
Jun202017

Jimmy Kimmel shares video from his "Father’s Day YouTube Challenge"

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, host Jimmy Kimmel shared videos collected from his most recent video prank challenge for Father’s Day: “Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I Told My Dad I Love Him.”

This year Jimmy said, “We’ve had a lot of very bad ideas, but this year was simple. Sneak up on your father and yell, ‘I love you, Dad!’ as loud as you can. I was starting to think that this might not work, but I was very, very wrong. We got hundreds of videos, we went through all of them and we whittled it down to the best of the best.”

Then Jimmy presented a video reel collected from viewer submissions, a lot of which involved some very surprised and unhappy fathers, including a man on the toilet and another man who essentially threatened his son’s life for using a megaphone on him.

Past prank challenges have included, “Hey Jimmy, I Played Catch with My Dad,” “Hey Jimmy, I Served My Dad Breakfast in the Shower” and “Spray Dad with a Hose.”

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 on ABC

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Tuesday
Jun202017

"The Bachelorette" recap: Rachel Lindsay finds herself in a "crazy house"

ABC/Bob Leverone(LOS ANGELES) -- The theme for this week's episode of The Bachelorette was "crazy house."

This was the term bachelorette Rachel Lindsay used to describe the house filled with the remaining men, who are all eager for alone time with her. Some are even willing to risk friendships -- and even an opportunity to marry the 31-year-old attorney -- just to be given a rose.

Lee found himself, again, in hot water. It was clear the 30-year-old singer from Nashville was picking fights with several men in the house; last week it was Eric, and this week it was Kenny.

Meanwhile, Dean was quick to point out to a producer of the show that he was only fighting with the black men in the house. When a producer asked him what he meant, he replied, "You know exactly what I mean."

For Lee, the drama he started seemed more like a game to him. "I get tickled when I smile and an angry man gets angrier," he said to the camera after one fight.

When Kenny finally confronted Lee, telling him, "You took advantage of our friendship," the two began yelling. It caused the whole house to take notice -- even Lindsay, who eventually broke down into tears from… well, initially we didn't know why.

Lindsay later explained that she broke down because of the "pressure that I feel being a black woman" on the show.

"I already know what people are going to say about me, and judge me for the decisions that I'm making," she continued. "I'm the one that has to deal with that and nobody else and that's a lot."

This caused Lindsay to go straight to the Rose Ceremony. After it was all said and done, Brady, Bryce and Diggy were left without roses. And Diggy got the distinction of becoming the first guy this season to cry after being eliminated.

Thankfully, things turned around a bit as the guys began their dates. While Dean got the distinction of getting this episode's solo date -- riding in a blimp, having a private dinner and even attending a Russell Dickerson concert -- the rest of the guys were treated to a boat ride around Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The date was topped off with a spelling bee, which Josiah won.

Once back in the house, though, the guys were back to their gossipy, bickering ways. Iggy (as usual!) went to Lindsay to talk about the other guys -- this time Josiah -- while Lee told Lindsay that Kenny was the aggressor in their argument.

When Kenny tried to defend himself to Lindsay, he told her: "Lee's handshake doesn't match his smile."

But Lindsay didn't seem convinced Kenny was telling the truth.

We'll have to see which side Lindsay is on when The Bachelorette returns next Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Tuesday
Jun202017

Miles Teller defiant after booze-related arrest: "I blame Shore Club"

Miles Teller in "Bleed This" - Open Road Films/Seacia Pavao(SAN DIEGO) -- Miles Teller, the actor best known as the troubled drummer in the Oscar-winning movie Whiplash, had his own real-life troubles over the weekend, with an alcohol-related arrest in San Diego.

But while many actors might turn to social media for a mea culpa, Teller took aim at the venue, tweeting, "I blame Shore Club."

Officers say Bleed This star Teller, 30, was partying with friends at bars in the Pacific Beach area, and when they stopped him, they say his eyes were red, he was slurring and at one point almost fell into the street. Teller was given the chance to sleep it off at a detox facility, but he was reportedly uncooperative, so the staff kicked him out. 

That's when police took Teller to jail, where he was booked on a misdemeanor charge of being drunk in public.

That's not exactly how Teller remembers it, however. The actor later tweeted, "Went down to SD to see my buddy before he deployed. I wasn't arrested I was detained bc there was no evidence to charge me with a crime." 

Despite Teller's denial, ABC News has confirmed with the San Diego Police Department that Teller was, indeed, arrested and booked.

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Monday
Jun192017

"Atlanta," "This Is Us" and "The Handmaid's Tale" lead the way for this year's TCA nominations

From "Atlanta," (L-R) Brian Tyree Henry, Donald Glover, Zazie Beetz - Courtesy Robin Lori for FX Networks(LOS ANGELES) -- Leading the pack of this year's Television Critics Association nominees is Donald Glover's Golden Globe winning comedy, Atlanta, NBC's hit drama This Is Us and Hulu's dystopian series The Handmaid's Tale, all earning four nominations each.

Those three shows, plus Big Little LiesThe Leftovers and Stranger Things, will compete for Program of the Year at this year's awards.

Glover, who won his first Golden Globe earlier this year for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy, is also nominated for a TCA in the Individual Achievement in Comedy category.  

He faces off against Insecure creator-actor Issa Rae, Aziz Ansari, Kristin Bell, Julia Louis-Drefyus and Fleabag breakout star Phoebe Waller-Bridge for the prestigious award. 

This Is Us actor Sterling K. Brown is the only male actor nominated among a handful of female stars, including Nicole Kidman, Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, in the Individual Achievement in Drama category.  

Sarandon and Lange both earned nods for their roles as late Hollywood actresses Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, respectively, in Ryan Murphy's FX docudrama, Feud: Bette and Joan

ABC's black-ish is nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy alongside Atlanta, Amazon's FleabagMaster of NoneThe Good Place and Veep.  In the Drama category, AMC's Better Call Saul will go up against Netfix's Stranger Things, The Handmaid's Tale, This Is Us, The Crown and The Americans.

Awards will be presented at the 33rd annual TCA Awards on Saturday, August 5. Here's the complete list of nominees: 

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us, NBC
Carrie Coon, The Leftovers & Fargo, HBO & FX
Claire Foy, The Crown, Netflix
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies, HBO
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette And Joan, FX
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette And Joan, FX

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Pamela Adlon, Better Things, FX
Aziz Ansari, Master of None, Netflix
Kristen Bell, The Good Place, NBC
Donald Glover, Atlanta, FX
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Issa Rae, Insecure, HBO
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag, Amazon

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN NEWS AND INFORMATION
Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, TBS
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, HBO
The Lead With Jake Tapper, CNN
O.J.: Made in America, ESPN
Planet Earth II, BBC America
Weiner, Showtime

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN REALITY PROGRAMMING
The Circus, Showtime
The Great British Baking Show, PBS
The Keepers, Netflix
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, A&E
Shark Tank, ABC
Survivor: Game Changers, CBS

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN YOUTH PROGRAMMING
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, PBS
Doc McStuffins, Disney Junior
Elena of Avalor, Disney Channel
Odd Squad, PBS
Sesame Street, HBO
Speechless, ABC

OUTSTANDING NEW PROGRAM
Atlanta, FX
The Crown, Netflix
The Good Place, NBC
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
Stranger Things, Netflix
This Is Us, NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES, MINISERIES AND SPECIALS
Big Little Lies, HBO
Fargo, FX
Feud: Bette and Joan, FX
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Netflix
The Night Of, HBO
Wizard of Lies, HBO

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMA
Better Call Saul, AMC
Stranger Things, Netflix
The Americans, FX
The Crown, Netflix
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
This Is Us, NBC

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY
Atlanta, FX
black-ish, ABC
Fleabag, Amazon
Master of None, Netflix
The Good Place, NBC
Veep, HBO

PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
Atlanta, FX
Big Little Lies, HBO
Stranger Things, Netflix
The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu
The Leftovers, HBO
This Is Us, NBC

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Monday
Jun192017

Hillary Duff explains the success of "Younger," and reveals when son realized she was famous

ABC Radio(NEW YORK) -- Hillary Duff sat down with ABC's Good Morning America Monday and chatted about the success of Younger, her TV Land show that has been picked up for a fifth season.  But at the same time, she was filming a segment of the show that takes place on -- you guessed it -- ABC's Good Morning America.

The series, which was renewed for a fifth season even before its fourth season aired, stars Sutton Foster as Liza, a 40-year-old single mom who pretends to be 26 to land a job in the publishing industry.

Duff plays Liza's friend Kelsey, who's just learned her secret.

"Women of all ages and everybody can relate to wanting to reinvent themselves, or feeling stuck, or someone is not accepting you," Duff said of the show.

"It's really a tale about friendship. There is love interests, like, weaving in and out, but it's a tale of friendship between women."

Duff's job on the show means the former Lizzie Maguire star is back in the spotlight, and that's probably how her five-year-old son Luca realized his mom's famous.

"I picked him up from school and when he got home, he is like, 'I know your name,' and I was like, 'I know.' And he's like, 'No, no, your name is Hilary Duff!' And I'm like: 'CAUGHT!' Like, I didn't know how to respond."

"He said it with a little glint in his eye, like somebody told him something ...and I'm like, 'No, I'm not ready for this yet.' He's seen me on the cover of a magazine in a grocery store. I think he thinks the next day it's the next mommy's turn."

Younger returns Wednesday, June 28 at 10 p.m. on TV Land.

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Monday
Jun192017

Carrie Fisher autopsy reveals drug use; cause of death remains officially "undetermined"

Lucasfilm - 2016(LOS ANGELES) --We learned last Friday that although Carrie Fisher's death last December was attributed then to a heart attack, her official cause of death is officially undetermined, due to numerous possible contributing factors, including drug use.  Now the Los Angeles County coroner's office has released the full autopsy report, specifying what drugs were discovered in her system.

The 27-page report says toxicology results revealed the presence of cocaine, opiates, morphine, and MDMA, also known as ecstasy, in Fisher's system.  However, it remains unclear if they played any role in the Star Wars star's death.

As previously reported, Fisher's cause of death is now listed as "sleep apnea and other undetermined factors," including "heart disease [and] drug use," though again, any role the drugs may have played remains undetermined.  Fisher had a history of heart disease, and was also bipolar.

Fisher died last December 27, four days after she stopped breathing on board a plane just before it landed at Los Angeles International Airport.  She was 60.

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Monday
Jun192017

See behind-the-scenes teaser for "Pitch Perfect 3"

ABC Press(LOS ANGELES) -- You'll have to wait until December to actually see Pitch Perfect 3, the next installment in the franchise about female a capella singing group the Barden Bellas, but you can take a behind-the-scenes look at the production thanks to a new teaser video now.

In the two-and-a-half-minute clip, director Trish Sie explains that in Pitch Perfect 3, "we're talking you on a global tour with the Bellas." In the video we see the cast -- including returning stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Anna Camp and Hailee Steinfeld -- working on choreography, jumping off boats and getting attacked by dogs.

We also see scenes of newcomer to the franchise, veteran actor John Lithgow, dancing with Wilson. "Rebel and John are like peas in a pod," Sie says. We also get a brief look at DJ Khaled, who appears in the film.

Pitch Perfect 3 arrives December 22.

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