Sundance festival kicks off with Taylor Swift film

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Plenty of change is in the air at the Sundance Film Festival, where some 128 feature films are set to premiere over the next 10 days beginning Thursday

Sundance festival kicks off with Taylor Swift film

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Plenty of change is in the air at the Sundance Film Festival, where some 128 feature films are set to premiere over the next 10 days beginning Thursday

Mario meet Hulk: Nintendo park coming to Universal Orlando

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Harry Potter and Hulk: Welcome your new neighbors, Mario and Pokemon

Mario meet Hulk: Nintendo park coming to Universal Orlando

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Harry Potter and Hulk: Welcome your new neighbors, Mario and Pokemon

Ousted Grammy chief suggests awards are tainted

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Three days before the Grammys are handed out, questions are being raised about the integrity of the honors

Ousted Grammy chief suggests awards are tainted

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Three days before the Grammys are handed out, questions are being raised about the integrity of the honors

Review: Um, what? ‘The Turning’ is a muddled take on madness

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

The classic horror tale “The Turn of The Screw” by Henry James has been told numerous times — and much more clearly and effectively than in “The Turning,” says AP reviewer Jocelyn Noveck

Review: Um, what? ‘The Turning’ is a muddled take on madness

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

The classic horror tale “The Turn of The Screw” by Henry James has been told numerous times — and much more clearly and effectively than in “The Turning,” says AP reviewer Jocelyn Noveck

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

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Top 20 Global Concert Tours from Pollstar

Hanx hoax! Tom Hanks isn’t hawking CBD online

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Tom Hanks called out an advertisement using his image to promote CBD on Tuesday, calling the ad in question a “false and an intentional hoax.”

The ad from an undisclosed company appears to promote “CannaPro CBD” and features a photo of the actor, alongside a fake quote attributed to him.

“The advances Dr. Oz has made in the CBD industry are remarkable. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t had the chance to try it out for myself. After using CannaPro CBD for two weeks I was already feeling like a new me,” the quote reads.

In an Instagram post, Hanks shared the ad, writing, “I’ve never said this and would never make such an endorsement. Come on, man!” As always, he signs off with his usual: “Hanx.”

The false ad also garnered criticism from Dr. Mehmet Oz, who’s mentioned in the quote.

Reposting Hanks’ message, Dr Oz added, “Could not agree more with @tomhanks. This is a fake and misleading advertisement intended to take advantage of consumers using false claims and our likenesses illegally. I am not involved with any cannabis companies.”

Hanks previously shared another fake advertisement, also using his likeness to promote CBD, in July 2019.

High-profile actors and actresses often fall victim to celebrity endorsement theft. Ellen DeGeneres and Sandra Bullock filed a joint lawsuit in November 2019 against 100 anonymous defendants for using their name and likeness for unauthorized product endorsements.  Bullock and DeGeneres say their images and personas are mostly used to push beauty wares like anti-aging serum and weight-loss products.

The FTC and Better Business Bureau told ABC News that the issue has impacted millions across the United States. Some of the scammers creating the false adverts can be difficult to identify, experts say.

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Hanx hoax! Tom Hanks isn’t hawking CBD online

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ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Tom Hanks called out an advertisement using his image to promote CBD on Tuesday, calling the ad in question a “false and an intentional hoax.”

The ad from an undisclosed company appears to promote “CannaPro CBD” and features a photo of the actor, alongside a fake quote attributed to him.

“The advances Dr. Oz has made in the CBD industry are remarkable. I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t had the chance to try it out for myself. After using CannaPro CBD for two weeks I was already feeling like a new me,” the quote reads.

In an Instagram post, Hanks shared the ad, writing, “I’ve never said this and would never make such an endorsement. Come on, man!” As always, he signs off with his usual: “Hanx.”

The false ad also garnered criticism from Dr. Mehmet Oz, who’s mentioned in the quote.

Reposting Hanks’ message, Dr Oz added, “Could not agree more with @tomhanks. This is a fake and misleading advertisement intended to take advantage of consumers using false claims and our likenesses illegally. I am not involved with any cannabis companies.”

Hanks previously shared another fake advertisement, also using his likeness to promote CBD, in July 2019.

High-profile actors and actresses often fall victim to celebrity endorsement theft. Ellen DeGeneres and Sandra Bullock filed a joint lawsuit in November 2019 against 100 anonymous defendants for using their name and likeness for unauthorized product endorsements.  Bullock and DeGeneres say their images and personas are mostly used to push beauty wares like anti-aging serum and weight-loss products.

The FTC and Better Business Bureau told ABC News that the issue has impacted millions across the United States. Some of the scammers creating the false adverts can be difficult to identify, experts say.

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It’s official: The Ghostbusters are back for ‘Afterlife’

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“Ghostbusters” – Columbia Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — The boys are back!  As rumored, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson will once again strap on their proton packs in the upcoming film sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

The news was confirmed in a new Vanity Fair interview with  Murray, who of course played sarcastic parapsychologist Dr. Peter Venkman to Aykroyd’s Dr. Raymond Stantz, Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore and the late Harold Ramis’ Dr. Egon Spengler.

The cast, along with Sigourney Weaver, did appear in the ill-fated 2016 all female reboot of Ghostbusters, though director Paul Feig chose to have them play other characters.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Paul Rudd as a science teacher whose students find themselves in the middle of a spooky mystery. One of the students, played by McKenna Grace, is none other than Egon’s granddaughter.

Ghostbusters co-creator Ramis died in 2014 at 69. Of the film’s plot, Murray says, “Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal,” he said somberly. “And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written.”

Murray famously had a decades-long feud with his Groundhog Day director and Stripes co-star Ramis, but reportedly buried the hatchet before Ramis passed away.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens July 10.

 

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It’s official: The Ghostbusters are back for ‘Afterlife’

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

“Ghostbusters” – Columbia Pictures(LOS ANGELES) — The boys are back!  As rumored, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson will once again strap on their proton packs in the upcoming film sequel Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

The news was confirmed in a new Vanity Fair interview with  Murray, who of course played sarcastic parapsychologist Dr. Peter Venkman to Aykroyd’s Dr. Raymond Stantz, Ernie Hudson’s Winston Zeddemore and the late Harold Ramis’ Dr. Egon Spengler.

The cast, along with Sigourney Weaver, did appear in the ill-fated 2016 all female reboot of Ghostbusters, though director Paul Feig chose to have them play other characters.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife stars Paul Rudd as a science teacher whose students find themselves in the middle of a spooky mystery. One of the students, played by McKenna Grace, is none other than Egon’s granddaughter.

Ghostbusters co-creator Ramis died in 2014 at 69. Of the film’s plot, Murray says, “Well, we are a man down. That’s the deal,” he said somberly. “And that’s the story that we’re telling, that’s the story they’ve written.”

Murray famously had a decades-long feud with his Groundhog Day director and Stripes co-star Ramis, but reportedly buried the hatchet before Ramis passed away.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens July 10.

 

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Kodak Black moved to federal prison in Kentucky

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

A group of lawyers called a news conference to discuss what they claim is the mistreatment of rapper Kodak in federal prison

Kodak Black moved to federal prison in Kentucky

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A group of lawyers called a news conference to discuss what they claim is the mistreatment of rapper Kodak in federal prison

‘Modern Family’ star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband are expecting their first child

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ABC/Robert Ashcroft(LOS ANGELES) — Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, Justin Mikita, are expecting their first child.

The Modern Family actor announced the exciting news during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden Thursday night.

“Actually, this is something I haven’t even mentioned to anyone — if we could just keep it between the three of us and you all — but I’m actually expecting a baby in July with my husband,” Ferguson told Corden, fellow guest Charlie Hunnam and the audience.

“I’m very excited, but it feels like I’m 44 now, let’s get this show going,” he joked.

The couple, who have been married since 2013, haven’t yet revealed the sex of the baby.

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‘Modern Family’ star Jesse Tyler Ferguson and husband are expecting their first child

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ABC/Robert Ashcroft(LOS ANGELES) — Jesse Tyler Ferguson and his husband, Justin Mikita, are expecting their first child.

The Modern Family actor announced the exciting news during an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden Thursday night.

“Actually, this is something I haven’t even mentioned to anyone — if we could just keep it between the three of us and you all — but I’m actually expecting a baby in July with my husband,” Ferguson told Corden, fellow guest Charlie Hunnam and the audience.

“I’m very excited, but it feels like I’m 44 now, let’s get this show going,” he joked.

The couple, who have been married since 2013, haven’t yet revealed the sex of the baby.

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Portraits of Obamas to begin 5-city US tour in Chicago

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The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama from the National Portrait Gallery will begin a five-city national tour in Chicago in June 2021

Portraits of Obamas to begin 5-city US tour in Chicago

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The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama from the National Portrait Gallery will begin a five-city national tour in Chicago in June 2021

After 40 Years, Grammy show producer bows out his way

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

After producing the Grammy ceremony telecast for 40 years, Ken Ehrlich is saying goodbye with this Sunday’s broadcast

After 40 Years, Grammy show producer bows out his way

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After producing the Grammy ceremony telecast for 40 years, Ken Ehrlich is saying goodbye with this Sunday’s broadcast

Review: Bios put spotlight on director Lumet, actor McKellen

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Two new biographies explore the lives and works of movie director Sidney Lumet and actor Ian McKellen

Review: Bios put spotlight on director Lumet, actor McKellen

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Two new biographies explore the lives and works of movie director Sidney Lumet and actor Ian McKellen

ABC News to bolster streaming service with live programming

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ABC says it is moving aggressively to bolster its streaming service, hiring more than 50 people with the idea of becoming a 24-hour-a-day operation within a year

ABC News to bolster streaming service with live programming

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ABC says it is moving aggressively to bolster its streaming service, hiring more than 50 people with the idea of becoming a 24-hour-a-day operation within a year

‘Captain Marvel 2’ is taking off

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Disney/Marvel is officially moving forward with a sequel to its blockbuster Captain Marvel, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Details have yet to be revealed, except that the new story will reportedly shift from the 1990s to the present day. 

Megan McDonnell — a staff writer on WandaVision, the forthcoming Disney+ series based on Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s respective Avengers characters Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision — is in talks to write the script. 

Captain Marvel, starring Oscar winner Brie Larson as the titular character — a.k.a. Carol Danvers — grossed $1.13 billion worldwide. The character also played a key role in Avengers: Endgame.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News. 

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‘Captain Marvel 2’ is taking off

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Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — Disney/Marvel is officially moving forward with a sequel to its blockbuster Captain Marvel, according to The Hollywood Reporter

Details have yet to be revealed, except that the new story will reportedly shift from the 1990s to the present day. 

Megan McDonnell — a staff writer on WandaVision, the forthcoming Disney+ series based on Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany’s respective Avengers characters Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision — is in talks to write the script. 

Captain Marvel, starring Oscar winner Brie Larson as the titular character — a.k.a. Carol Danvers — grossed $1.13 billion worldwide. The character also played a key role in Avengers: Endgame.

Marvel is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News. 

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Rosario Dawson nabs new lead role in DC Comics-based series pilot ‘DMZ’

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Dawson and Mike Colter in “Luke Cage”-Myles Aronowitz/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Rosario Dawson has jumped from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the live-action DC universe.

According to Variety, Dawson has been cast as the lead in the upcoming HBO Max pilot DMZ. As previously noted, Ava DuVernay is already on board to direct and Roberto Patino will serve as showrunner.

DMZbased on the DC comic books of the same name, is described as an American Civil War drama set in the future. The series will follow Alma Ortego, a New York medic played by Dawson who, in addition to saving lives in the war-torn city, is desperately searching for her lost son. She eventually becomes an unlikely source of hope in America.

Dawson previosly starred in Netflix’s Marvel-based shows Luke CageThe Defenders, and Iron Fist, as nurse Claire Temple.

Incidentally, Dawson provided the voice for Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in the 2019 DC Comics-based animated films Wonder Woman: Bloodlines,  The LEGO Batman Movie, Justice League Dark, and Justice League vs. Teen Titans.

Dawson is also set to star in the Sam Esmail-produced USA Network anthology series Briarpatch next month.

Production on DMZ is expected to start soon.

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Rosario Dawson nabs new lead role in DC Comics-based series pilot ‘DMZ’

Posted on: January 23rd, 2020 by ABC News No Comments

Dawson and Mike Colter in “Luke Cage”-Myles Aronowitz/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — Rosario Dawson has jumped from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the live-action DC universe.

According to Variety, Dawson has been cast as the lead in the upcoming HBO Max pilot DMZ. As previously noted, Ava DuVernay is already on board to direct and Roberto Patino will serve as showrunner.

DMZbased on the DC comic books of the same name, is described as an American Civil War drama set in the future. The series will follow Alma Ortego, a New York medic played by Dawson who, in addition to saving lives in the war-torn city, is desperately searching for her lost son. She eventually becomes an unlikely source of hope in America.

Dawson previosly starred in Netflix’s Marvel-based shows Luke CageThe Defenders, and Iron Fist, as nurse Claire Temple.

Incidentally, Dawson provided the voice for Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in the 2019 DC Comics-based animated films Wonder Woman: Bloodlines,  The LEGO Batman Movie, Justice League Dark, and Justice League vs. Teen Titans.

Dawson is also set to star in the Sam Esmail-produced USA Network anthology series Briarpatch next month.

Production on DMZ is expected to start soon.

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