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Sep112019

Shameik Moore says 'Wu-Tang: An America Saga' reveals the authentic side of the iconic hip-hop group

Hulu/Craig Blankenhorn(NEW YORK) -- Shameik Moore plays a young Raekwon in the new Hulu series Wu-Tang: An America Saga. The 24-year old actor, singer and rapper tells ABC Radio that the Wu-Tang Clan series shows the authentic side of the group that its members never revealed in the past. 

“When cameras came, it felt like the FBI to these guys. So there wasn't really showing or saying certain things to the camera," he says. "[We] wasn't gonna find out what made Method Man tick, what made Raekwon tick, what made RZA tick." 

“On this show, you get more,” Moore continues. “You get what makes them tick. The stuff that they would never just show you, you know, in a documentary or just being themselves.”

Moore worked with RZA previously when the Wu-Tang leader directed his upcoming film Cut Throat City, which also stars Wesley Snipes, Terrence Howard and T.I  The Get Down star says it was on the set of that movie that RZA decided he should play Raekwon.

“He told me that he saw moments in that film, small moments, where I got upset or I got more serious and he was like, 'I feel like you can play Raekwon based off of that.'”

Ironically, Moore says as a child, he wasn’t allowed to listen to hip-hop.  However, he became a fan through watching the 2004 film You Got Served, starring Marques Houston and B2K.

“I was in military school and Christian schools, like real strict environments growing up," he recalls. “Then I got into hip-hop after I saw You Got Served.  That was a totally different generation of hip- hop at that point." 

Wu-Tang: American Saga, also starring Erika Alexander from Living Single, premiered September 4 on Hulu.

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Wednesday
Sep112019

Actor and former 'GMA' contributor Cameron Mathison reveals kidney cancer diagnosis

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor, host and ABC'S Good Morning America contributor Cameron Mathison revealed on the show Wednesday that doctors have found a 4.2 centimeter mass on his right kidney.

In a new interview with GMA, Mathison spoke about how the tumor could have been growing for 10 years or more inside his kidney. He also told fans via Instagram. "The mass is consistent with renal cell carcinoma, or kidney cancer."

When he got the news, Cameron said he thought he was in a dream, and tried to wake up.

"I called my wife," he said of the first thing he did after getting his diagnosis. "First thing out of her mouth, which is amazing to me is, 'We got this, we're going to beat it.'"

The scan results came after years of abdominal pain and doctor visits trying to figure out what was wrong. He now urges everyone to take control of their health.

"I don't drink, eat incredibly healthy, I eat a very low sugar, low carbohydrate diet typically," he explained. "Things that likely, in our best guess, have helped keep [the mass] from spreading, and growing even quicker."

Mathison is set to have surgery Thursday to remove the mass or, possibly, the entire kidney.

After the interview, Dr. Jennifer Ashton said that when it comes to cases like Mathison's, "Always trust your body."

While insurance and costs might make it hard for a doctor to send you for an MRI or another test right away, no one knows your body better than you.

"The key is making the diagnosis as early as possible," she added.

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Wednesday
Sep112019

Ovations for 'Judy' may mean Renee Zellweger will be following the Yellow Brick Road to the Oscars 

Photo credit: David Hindley Courtesy of LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions(TORONTO) -- Starring in the biopic Judy, which is essentially a movie about a comeback, has become a comeback vehicle for Renee Zellweger.

In the film, the Jerry Maguire star plays Judy Garland, decades after she stole America's heart as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

The film earned a marathon standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it it screened Tuesday evening.  Some attendees said they'd never before seen such a reaction.

"In 15 years at #TIFF I have never seen a standing ovation like the one for Renee Zellweger at JUDY," one critic captioned her video. "I started this [video] about a minute into [the ovation] and it only stopped because she made us."

In the clip, you can see the humbled actress fight back tears, then tell the audience to stop applauding so she doesn't mess up her makeup.

The reaction has many pundits thinking she's a shoo-in for an Oscar nomination.

The film follows Garland as she prepares for a sold-out run of concerts in London in 1968. Her voice isn't what it once was, and she's battling an addiction to pills, but she powers through the shows to provide for her children, Joey Luft, Lorna Luft and Liza Minnelli.

She even manages to find love again with her soon-to-be fifth husband Mickey Deans, played by Unbroken's Finn Wittrock. But sadly, Garland passed away a year later, in June of 1969.

Judy hits theaters on Sept. 27.

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Wednesday
Sep112019

You in danger, World: Whoopi to play Mother Abigail in 'The Stand' for CBS All Access

ABC/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- CBS All Access' adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand just scored an Oscar winner for its cast.

Whoopi Goldberg has joined the the limited series, which also just added When They See Us lead Jovan Adepo, Black Mirror veteran Owen Teague, Orange Is the New Black's Brad William Henke and Rescue Me alum Daniel Sunjata.

Like the best-selling 1978 book, The Stand is set in a world decimated by a super flu pandemic. Goldberg will play the 108-year-old prophet, Mother Abigail, whose messages from God help guide the survivors of the flu.

Meanwhile, Alexander Skarsgard is rumored to be following in his It star brother Bill's footsteps as a Stephen King baddie. It's been reported that he'll play The Stand's villain, evil sorcerer Randall Flagg, but CBS hasn't confirmed his participation.

There's no debut date yet for the project on the streaming service.

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Wednesday
Sep112019

'Stranger Things' star Millie Bobby Brown turns Netflix producer, developing drama A Time Lost with her sister

Rachel Murray/Getty Images for Netflix(NEW YORK) -- She's only 15, but Millie Bobby Brown is going from one of Netflix's stars to one of its producers. The Stranger Things star and her sister Paige are developing a drama called A Time Lost, based on their original idea.

According to the streaming giant, the drama concerns "a long-standing feud between two Long Island families," which "comes to a head when one of their teenage daughters is diagnosed with cancer."

Calling the project "a labor of love, literally," the sisters Brown said in a statement, "We are so grateful to Netflix for their confidence in us and this beautiful story, which we have spent years writing and developing. It's about friendship, family and overcoming obstacles when it feels like the world is pushing you down."

Netflix's Vice President of Independent Film and Documentary Features, Lisa Nishimura, called the Stranger Things and Godzilla star, "an extraordinary creative talent."

She added, "We've been lucky to have her in our family from the beginning of her career," and noted, "It is a genuine thrill to witness Millie bring her distinct vision to the screen, now as a writer and producer, alongside her sister on this wonderful film."

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Wednesday
Sep112019

Amanda Bynes returns to Instagram, shows off wild new hair color and piercing

iStock/powerofforever(LOS ANGELES) -- Amanda Bynes has made an official return to Instagram, and proves that she really does know how to make an entrance. 

The former Nickelodeon star has a brand-new hair color and piercing.  Bynes, 33, looks almost unrecognizable -- sporting neon pink hair and an impressive septum piercing.

And yes, the Instagram account is 100 percent real: Miss Bynes confirmed it on her verified Twitter.  Her new IG handle? AmandaBynesIsReal.   As of 2:00 a.m. ET, her new account had 46 thousand followers.

The Amanda Show star has been making a slow return to social media following a tumultuous few years that saw her treated for mental breakdowns and making social media faux pas, which she attributed to substance abuse.

Now, Amanda appears healthy and happy.  She also seems to be starting over with a clean slate, having apparently expunged most of the content on her social media accounts.  For example, her Twitter is down to three tweets.

Bynes has also disabled comments on her Instagram.

The actress had been on a lengthy social media hiatus to finish her degree at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.  She first tiptoed back on Twitter after a seven-month hiatus to announce her graduation in June.

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Wednesday
Sep112019

Jennifer Lopez tells Fallon she got pole dancing lessons from 'Hustlers' co-star Cardi B; traces "History of Music Video Dancing"

Andrew Lipovsky/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Lopez dropped by The Tonight Show on Tuesday to talk about her new movie, Hustlers, opening nationwide on Friday, and told host Jimmy Fallon how she got Cardi B to appear in the movie.

The film, which follows strippers who fleece Wall Street high rollers, required Lopez to learn how to pole dance, which wasn't easy, even for an experienced dancer like herself.

"It's like acrobats, it's like learning gymnastics or something you know, but with a pole, it was super hard, Lopez told Fallon.

That's when J-Lo got the idea to ask former exotic dancer Cardi for a few pointers, and ultimately convinced the rapper to co-star in the film. "I said, 'you have to be in this movie. You know this world. You know this world, you could teach us.'"

"I'm learning how to pole dance. I said, 'It is really hard, this is really hard,' J-Lo recalls telling Cardi. "She said, 'Oh yeah, it took me years, years to master.' She goes, 'But now I'm great at it.' And I was like, "Well, then you have to be in the movie," and she was like, "'Absolutely.'"

Hustlers also stars Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Lizzo.

Earlier, Lopez joined Fallon for a sketch called, "The History of Music Video Dancing," in which they recreated some of history's most iconic music video dance moves.

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Wednesday
Sep112019

Here's the story...of a 'Very Brady' hit

HGTV(LOS ANGELES) -- A Very Brady Renovation is proving to be a ratings monster for HGTV. 

Deadline reports that the new series made history with its 90-minute debut Monday night. Viewers watched in record numbers, making it the highest-rated series premiere ever on the network. 

A Very Brady Renovation follows the makeover of the Brady Bunch house, which served as the real-life house exterior in the series.

Original cast members lend a hand in the transformation, the goal of which was to turn the California home that served as the show's exterior representation of the fictional Brady household into an exact replica of the Brady home, inside and out.

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Wednesday
Sep112019

'Bachelor in Paradise' will end with three-hour season finale

ABC/John Fleenor(NEW YORK) -- ABC has announced a "moving and stunning three-hour season finale" for the hit summer series, Bachelor in Paradise.

The nail-biting finale will feature the four remaining couples as they make the final call on their relationships.  Then at the episode's end, the long awaited announcement on the identity of the next Bachelor will be made.

The final episode will also bring back Paradise alumni couples Chris and Krystal Randone, Tanner and Jade Roper, and Evan and Carly Bass.  

The three-hour Bachelor in Paradise season finale airs Tuesday, September 17, on ABC at 8 PM ET/PT.

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Tuesday
Sep102019

Husband and wife Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker reuniting on Broadway for 'Plaza Suite'

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Real-life married couple Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker will reunite -- on Broadway, that is -- for the first time in 24 years, in a revival of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite.

The run is set for 17 weeks; previews begin March 13, 2020, and opening night is slated for  April 13 at New York City's Hudson Theatre.

The pair haven't hit the boards on the Great White Way together since 1995's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying -- and Parker is psyched.

"A classic American comedy A legendary playwright An actor whom I get to love onstage and off 2 actors, 6 roles," she posted to Instagram, along with a black and white photo of herself and Broderick. "Neil Simon's comedy about love, marriage, children and all the absurdity and heartbreak that can happen in room 719."

She added, "I feel I've waited a lifetime."

Broderick won a Tony Award for his performance in Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs; he also appeared in Simon's Biloxi Blues and in a Broadway revival of Simon's The Odd Couple, opposite Nathan Lane. 

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