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Tuesday
Dec052017

Kristen Bell is first-ever host of the SAG Awards

ABC/Paula Lobo(LOS ANGELES) -- This year's Screen Actors Guild Awards will be SAG's 24th ceremony, but it will be the first with a host, and that host is Kristen Bell.

“This has been a year in which assumptions have been challenged, stereotypes have been shattered, and precedents have been broken. We decided to capture the cultural mood by casting aside one of our own traditions, and we’re thrilled to have such a talented performer like Bell help us do so,” said Executive Producer Kathy Connell in a statement on Monday.

“I am honored to be part of the SAG Awards, and am a little nervous about being its first-ever host,” the Bad Moms actress said in the statement.  “I’m so glad that I’ll be in the company of my fellow actors, many of whom I’ve worked with before, so I know they’ll be warm and supportive. It’s going to be an amazing night.”

The SAG Awards air live on TNT and TBS on Sunday January 21 at 8 p.m. ET from Los Angeles' Shrine Exposition Center. Nominations will be announced Wednesday, December 13.  As previously reported, Morgan Freeman will be honored at the event with the SAG Life Achievement Award.

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Tuesday
Dec052017

Set phasers to kill: Quentin Tarantino reportedly pitching "Star Trek" movie with J.J. Abrams 

ABC Radio(LOS ANGELES) -- Quentin Tarantino, known for his bloody action films like Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2, reportedly is working with director-producer J.J. Abrams on a possible next installment in the Star Trek film franchise.

Variety reports that the two directors are waiting to see scripts until fully committing but are preparing to work together on a new Star Trek film which Tarantino would direct and Abrams would produce.

Abrams directed the first and second movies in the recent Star Trek film reboot -- 2009's Star Trek and 2013's Star Trek into Darkness. He produced the third film in the series, Star Trek Beyond, which was directed by Justin Lin, while Abrams called the shots on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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Tuesday
Dec052017

Bryan Singer on firing from Queen biopic: Studio wouldn't give me time off to care for ailing parent 

FilmMagic/Jason LaVeris(LOS ANGELES) -- Director Bryan Singer, who was fired Monday from the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, is criticizing studio 20th Century Fox saying the studio would not give him time off to deal with the illness of one of his parents.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer said, "Bohemian Rhapsody is a passion project of mine. With fewer than three weeks to shoot remaining, I asked Fox for some time off so I could return to the U.S. to deal with pressing health matters concerning one of my parents. This was a very taxing experience, which ultimately took a serious toll on my own health.  Unfortunately, the studio was unwilling to accommodate me and terminated my services. This was not my decision and it was beyond my control.”

Singer did not refute claims of on-set tension between himself and star Rami Malek, who plays late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the movie.  But, Singer says, "While, at times, we did have creative differences on set, Rami and I successfully put those differences behind us and continued to work on the film together until just prior to Thanksgiving."

Singer's statement concluded, " I wanted nothing more than to be able to finish this project and help honor the legacy of Freddie Mercury and Queen, but Fox would not permit me to do so because I needed to temporarily put my health, and the health of my loved ones, first.”

A source tells ABC Radio studio expects to have a new director on board in a few days, and that Bohemian Rhapsody is still on track to premiere in December 2018.

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Tuesday
Dec052017

Netflix fires Danny Masterson from "The Ranch" amid rape allegations, investigation; actor denies "outrageous" claims

Netflix/Greg Gayne(LOS ANGELES) -- In the midst of an ongoing LAPD investigation into claims by three women that actor Danny Masterson sexually assaulted them, the actor has been fired from the Netflix comedy series, The Ranch.

While not addressing the allegations, the streaming giant said Tuesday morning in a statement provided to ABC Radio, "As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Masterson out of The Ranch. Yesterday was his last day on the show, and production will resume in early 2018 without him."

You'll still see Masterson in episodes already produced that launch December 14th. He'll also appear in some episodes that will premiere in 2018, although they Netflix wouldn't specify how many.

Back in March, the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery Homicide Division’s Sex Assault Section confirmed to ABC News that detectives were investigating claims Masterson had allegedly sexually assaulted three women in the early 2000s. 

"I am obviously very disappointed in Netflix’s decision to write my character off of The Ranch. From day one, I have denied the outrageous allegations against me," Masterson said in a statement provided to ABC News.  "Law enforcement investigated these claims more than 15 years ago and determined them to be without merit. I have never been charged with a crime, let alone convicted of one.  In this country, you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, in the current climate, it seems as if you are presumed guilty the moment you are accused."

Masterson's statement concludes: "I understand and look forward to clearing my name once and for all.  In the meantime, I want to express my gratitude to the cast and crew that I’ve worked so closely with over the past three seasons.  I wish them nothing but success. I am also so thankful to the fans that have supported me and continue to do so."

Masterson played Ashton Kutcher's onscreen brother in The Ranch, which also stars Sam Elliott and Debra Winger.  He also co-starred with Kutcher in TV's That '70s Show, in addition to appearing in movies like Yes Man with Jim Carrey.

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Tuesday
Dec052017

Lin-Manuel Miranda and wife expecting baby number two 

ABC Image Group LA(LOS ANGELES) -- Lin-Manuel Miranda and his wife Vanessa Nadal are expecting their second child together, he revealed on Twitter Sunday night.

First, the Hamilton star retweeted a picture of him and Vanessa -- sporting a noticeable baby bump -- attending Sunday night’s London Evening Standard Theater Awards, captioned, "#BitOfANight," followed by the bug-eye emoji.

When a fan responded, "Is V...? Miranda answered back, "Oh hell yeah."

Miranda later told his Twitter followers that his three-year-old son Sebastian can't wait for the baby, writing, "He is so impatient for it. Once, mid-tantrum, he cried, 'When is mommy gonna HAAAATCH...'"

He did not reveal the baby's gender.

Miranda, 37, and Nadal have been married since 2010.

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Tuesday
Dec052017

Billy Bush talks Trump tape on Colbert: "Enough's enough. Stop playing around with people's lives"

CBS/Scott Lowalchyk(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Access Hollywood and Today anchor Billy Bush was a guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Monday night. Bush was on hand to discuss a New York Times op-ed piece he wrote this week about the infamous 2005 tape of him chuckling while on a bus with Donald Trump while the then Apprentice star riffed about groping and kissing women.

Bush said he first heard the tape three days before it leaked in The Washington Post during the waning days of the 2016 campaign. "It was like a gut-punch," he said of hearing the tape. "It's a gut-punch now, it will always be."

Bush said at the time, he treated the comments like they were fiction. "I sort of equated what he was saying to some kind of, you know, crass standup act, like, you know, an Andrew Dice Clay -- you figure that's not Dice when he's home. He doesn't actually do those things," Bush told Colbert.

Bush added, "If I had thought there was a man detailing a sexual assault strategy to me, I would have called the FBI, not just reported it to my executive producer."

Bush, who was fired from NBC after the tape leaked, said he wrote the op-ed now after hearing reports that Trump privately has been questioning the authenticity of the tape, and thinking about the effect that must have on the dozens of women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual harassment.

"Twenty women don't get together and say, 'Hey, you know what would be really fun? Let's take down a powerful guy together. Ha ha.' No, they don't," said Bush.  "And I said, 'OK, you're re-opening wounds on them too.'  Enough's enough.  Stop playing around with people's lives.  That upset me.  So I wrote."

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Tuesday
Dec052017

"The Voice" recap: The top 10 artists perform for America's vote

NBC Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- The Voice live rounds continued on Monday, with the top 10 artists competing for America’s vote, advised by their coaches Adam LevineBlake SheltonMiley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson.

For their performances, each artist picked a song that inspired him or her as singers.

Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:

Team Jennifer’s Davon Fleming kicked things off with Christina Aguilera’s “Hurt.” Adam called Fleming’s knack for covering songs originally done by females “nothing short of miraculous.” Jennifer said she was beyond proud of Davon’s performance, adding, “If you ain’t here by the time next week comes, and the week after that…I don’t know why we’re here.”

Adam Cunningham, representing Team Adam, put his country/soul spin on Pam Tillis’ “Maybe It Was Memphis,” in answer to feedback from his audience suggesting he keep it country. Noting that Cunningham earned two consecutive “instant saves” by performing songs he had chosen himself, Levine told the singer, “My choices clearly suck.” He called the performance Cunningham's best in the competition so far.

Shi’Ann Jones, Team Jennifer’s 15-year-old pop singer, tackled “Diamonds,” by Rihanna. During rehearsals, Hudson urged Jones to “command the room.” Afterwards, Adam dubbed Shi’Ann “the most improved player” in the competition. Blake praised “the character” in the teen’s voice. Jennifer was also “proud” of her artist.

Team Blake’s alternative rocker, Chloe Kohanski, delivered “Call Me,” by Blondie, noting lead singer Debbie Harry is the artist she “would want to be in music today.” Miley said the performance made her “happy,” for giving young girls someone “modern” to look at that is their own. Blake simply declared, “You are a star – period.”

Team Miley’s Brooke Simpson, unleashed her powerful pipes on “Amazing Grace.” Blake praised the singer for taking the competition to the next level. Miley, who lost an artist last week, told Brooke that she “put a giant Band-Aid on her broken heart” assuring Simpson, “You aren’t going anywhere.”

Team Adam’s Addison Agen closed out the evening with Britney Spears’ “Lucky.” Addison’s former coach, Miley, praised Addison, noting that she wanted to sing along, but couldn't -- in a good way -- citing Agen's unique spin on the song. Adam, while seeming to admit the singer faced some stiff competition, insisted she was “the best artist in competition.”

The evening also included Blake Shelton and his girlfriend, three-time Voice coach Gwen Stefani, performing their holiday single, “You Make It Feel Like Christmas.”

The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Tuesday
Dec052017

Guest host Chris Pratt duets with Chris Stapleton and parties hard on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" 

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Jimmy Kimmel Live! turned to celebrity guest hosts this week as Jimmy Kimmel is at home with his family after his infant son  Billy's latest heart surgery, which took place Monday morning and was successful.

In Kimmel's stead, Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt hosted Monday's program and after the monologue, brought out musical guest Chris Stapleton to sing a duet. The two sang together at one of Stapleton’s concerts in Nashville in October, so Pratt wanted to return the favor with a “cheesy duet.” They randomly selected a song from a spinning wheel that included cheesy duets such as “Opposites Attract,” “Don’t Know Much” and “I’ve Had the Time of My Life,” from Dirty Dancing, which ended up being the song they sang.

Also during the monologue, Pratt announced that he was going to share teaser for the trailer of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Prior to showing the seconds-long clip, he brought out his co-star, Bryce Dallas Howard and the two took questions from the audience about the new film, which comes out next summer.

Much like his character Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation, Pratt played the fool to Howard, looking baffled and concerned after her eloquent answers. When asked by an audience member, “What did you like most about the new Jurassic World movie?” Howard replied, “I loved the way the movie asks difficult questions about humanity’s increasing ability to manipulate and control nature, and the complexities involved in harnessing that power.” When it was his turn, Pratt said, “Uh… I loved the awesome dinosaurs.”

Later, during interview segments, Pratt drank beers with guest Margot Robbie and Tennessee whiskey with Stapleton.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. on ABC and returns Tuesday night with guest host Tracee Ellis Ross.

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Tuesday
Dec052017

Jimmy Fallon channels Bruce Springsteen for Russia probe spoof, "Robert Mueller's Comin' to Town"

NBC/Andrew Lipovsky(NEW YORK) -- On Monday's Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon dusted off his Bruce Springsteen impersonation for a parody of The Boss' version of the holiday classic, "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town, called "Robert Mueller's Comin' to Town."

The parody -- inspired by the Mueller-led probe into Russian election meddling -- featured Fallon dressed as a 1980s-era Springsteen, wearing a denim shirt, bandana and sunglasses.

“Winds whippin’ ’round the White House -- you guys been good this year?” he began. “Everybody in the Trump administration been good, or what? It’s not many, it’s not many.”

“You better watch out, you better not cry/ You better not lie to the FBI,” sang Fallon in a spot-on Bruce voice. “Robert Mueller’s comin’ to town, Robert Mueller’s comin’ to town.”

Fallon last did his Springsteen impression back in 2014, when -- joined by the real Bruce -- he performed a sendup targetting New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's 2013 "Bridgegate" scandal, in which he allegedly ordered lane closures on the Georg Washington Bridge, snarling traffic in the town of Fort Lee.

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Monday
Dec042017

Jordan Peele responds to your "Get Out" fan theories

ABC/Randy HolmesJordan Peele is taking time to address some of the conspiracy theories surrounding his critically acclaimed film, Get Out.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Peele breaks down some fans theories that were pulled from Reddit, including one in which a fan asks if Get Out was an imagined scenario of Rod the TSA agent.

"I love this theory, [but] it's a hundred percent false," Peele says.  "Get Out is not some kind of daydream fantasy of Rod the TSA character. It really happened.  That f*****-up brain surgery stuff really did happen."

Another user purposed: "I just realized that the reason the groundskeeper (grandpa) runs so much is because the grandpa wanted to have a fast, black body because he lost to Jesse Owens."

"That's right," Peele says, acknowledging the theory is true. "I always had this idea that Grandpa, who's in Walter's body, is running because he's trying to beat Jesse's time."

Another fan suggested that the reason Rose, the character played by Allison Williams, ate Froot Loops and milk separately in the film was because she didn't want to mix the colors. Peele says the theory's insightful, but not quite accurate.

"The Froot Loops and the milk are definitely representative of a colorful food and a white food, but it's just more of that she's a really twisted girl who's got this sort of method," says Peele.

You can watch all of Peele's responses to Get Out's conspiracy theories now on YouTube.

 

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