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Craig T. Nelson gives "Incredibles 2" his thumbs up as Pixar thanks fans for record debut

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Disney(NEW YORK) — In a tweet featuring a drawing of the super-powered Parr family on a Post-It, Disney/Pixar thanked fans for showing up in droves to this weekend’s debut of Incredibles 2.

The animated sequel, which hit theaters 14 years after the Oscar-winning original, raked in $180 million, the best debut ever for an animated feature and among the top 10 best openings in box office history.

Mr. Incredible himself, Craig T. Nelson, tells ABC Radio even he was impressed by the finished product. “I loved it,” he enthused. “I mean, it was a complete surprise and it was so much fun to do. It was — just you know, it’s as much fun doing it as it is watching it, which is really neat.”

Nelson explained the process of bringing the Parr family together onscreen — his animated onscreen wife, played by Holly Hunter, as well as the rest of the family, didn’t record their scenes together.

“It’s very specific,” Nelson says of his time in the recording booth. “You have a certain amount of time to say the line in. There’s room for experimentation and all that. But it’s really — they’re just as good and doing an editing conversation that’s actually overlapping as they are animating. I mean, Pixar is just amazing. So when you watch it you think, ‘Oh, heck, they had to have been together,’ but they’re not!”

Samuel L. Jackson, Sophia Bush, and Better Call Saul Emmy-winner Bob Odenkirk also lend their voices to Incredibles 2.

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Report: Heather Locklear hospitalized after family altercation, threatening to shoot herself

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — TMZ is reporting that former Melrose Place star Heather Locklear is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation in a Los Angeles hospital following a physical altercation with family members, and alleged threats she was going to harm herself.

The gossip site reports the 56-year-old actress seemed agitated and threatened to shoot herself, so her parents went to her home.  It was there Locklear allegedly got physical, choking her mother and punching her father, TMZ reports. Her mother then called the police, and Locklear was taken to a hospital.

Back in February, Locklear was arrested at her California home when she allegedly went after cops who tried to take her into custody, following a fight that broke out between the actress and her boyfriend, Chris Heisser.

Locklear was arrested for felony domestic violence and three counts of battery on emergency personnel and reportedly subsequently entered a rehab program.

Locklear first rose to stardom as a cast member of the 1980s police drama T.J. Hooker, opposite William Shatner.  She also co-starred on the nighttime soaps Dynasty and Melrose Place, and the sitcom Spin City.  Her most recent acting credit, according to IMDB, was last year on the Tyler Perry-produced TV drama Too Close to Home.

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"Serpico", "Scarface" producer Martin Bregman, dead at 92

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Martin Bregman, producer of the Al Pacino films Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, Sea of Love and Carlito’s Way, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 92 on Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bregman, who discovered Pacino in an Off Broadway play, was the personal and business manager for Pacino, as well as Alan Alda, whose films The Seduction of Joe Tynan, The Four Seasons, and Betsy’s Wedding, he also produced.

Bregman’s other famous clients, over the years have included Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, Faye Dunaway, Candice Bergen and Bette Midler.

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"Bachelor" stars Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are engaged

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Paul HebertPopular The Bachelor franchise couple Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are headed down the aisle.

Haibon popped the question Sunday while the duo was filming Bachelor in Paradise, ABC News confirmed.

The two made waves earlier this year when they announced they were finally dating.

Their love story started three years ago, when the weepy Iaconetti first showed her affection toward Haibon on season two of Bachelor in Paradise.

Iaconetti’s Instagram has been filled with pictures of the couple since they went public about their romance.  Just last week, she posted a pic of Haibon with the caption, “Today’s National Superman Day, so….”

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"Blues Brothers" co-star, guitarist Matt "Guitar" Murphy, dead at 88

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

(L-R) John Belushi, Matt Murphy – Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns(NEW YORK) — Dan Aykroyd is mourning the death of Matt “Guitar” Murphy, who passed away Thursday at 88 years old. “The Blues Brothers would not have been what they were without Matt’s playing power, stage magnetism and knowledge of music,” tweeted Aykroyd “aka Elwood Blues.”

The official Blues Brothers Instagram page showed footage of Murphy in action, belting out “Shotgun Blues.”

Before and after joining the Blues Brothers — the band was born of a Saturday Night Live sketch that also featured the late John Belushi — Murphy played with blues legends including Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.  He played himself in the 1980s The Blues Brothers movie, as a member of the band.

Murphy’s nephew Floyd Murphy Jr., with whom Murphy also played, noted his uncle died Thursday evening.  He memorialized his uncle on his own Facebook page, writing: “I can’t feel a freaking thing in my body now but I must stay strong cause he was a strong man that lived a long long fruitfull [sic] life that poured his heart out in every guitar solo he took… yes the master is up stairs now with my father and mother, uncle Melvin Murphy, Jimmy Biggins, Eric Udell, Alan Ruben, BB King, Etta James… the list is just way too long folks but there all together again doing what there known for across the world ….love you uncle tell dad hi for me…. May you RIP.”

According to Rolling Stone, Murphy suffered a stroke in 2002 that led the music veteran into “semi retirement.”

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Compulsive video-game playing now new mental health problem

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

The World Health Organization says that compulsively playing video games now qualifies as a new mental health condition, in a move that some critics warn may risk stigmatizing its young players

"Incredibles 2" tops the weekend box office with record-breaking $180 million debut

Posted on: June 18th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Disney/Pixar’s Incredibles 2 topped the weekend box office with an estimated $180 million debut, beating the previous record for an animated film set by 2016’s Finding Dory.

The sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles — which features the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson and Sophia Bush — delivered the second biggest June opening, behind Universal’s Jurassic World, as well as the eighth largest opening of all time. Disney now owns nine of the top 10 titles in that category.

Overseas, Incredibles 2 earned an estimated $51 million, bringing its worldwide total to around $231.5 million. It has yet to open in several major international markets.

Ocean’s 8 took second place in North America with an estimated $19.5 million.

In third place was Tag — the R-rated comedy starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner. It grabbed an estimated $14.6 million.

Solo: A Star Wars Story finished in fourth place with an estimated $9.3 million stateside, to go along with $5.2 million internationally. It’s global tally now stands at $339.5 million.

Rounding out the top five was Fox/Marvel’s Deadpool 2, copping an estimated $8.8 million. It tacked on an estimated $9.8 million overseas, bringing it’s worldwide take to just shy of $700 million.

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Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated box office sales:

1. Incredibles 2, $180 million
2. Ocean’s 8, $19.5 million
3. Tag, $14.6 million
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story, $9.3 million
5. Deadpool 2, $8.8 million
6. Hereditary, $7 million
7. Superfly, $6.3 million
8. Avengers: Infinity War, $5.29 million
9. Adrift, $2.1 million
10. Book Club, $1.85 million

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Actor says husband’s Tesla car shot flames in traffic

Posted on: June 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Mary McCormack shared video of her husband’s Tesla car shooting flames.

‘Jeopardy!’ winner could get prison for sneaking into emails

Posted on: June 16th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

A seven-time "Jeopardy!" winner faces up to five years in prison.

David Bowie’s death profiled in new episode of Reelz documentary

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — A new episode of the Reelz docu-series Autopsy: The Last Hours of… focusing on the death of David Bowie will premiere this Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

On the program, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter takes an in-depth look at what may have led to the cancer that caused the rock legend’s death in January 2016 two days after his 69th birthday. The show also offers a profile of Bowie’s life and how he kept his illness secret from nearly the whole world.

In addition, the episode delves into the timing of the release of the influential artist’s final studio album, Blackstar — which arrived on his 69th birthday — and the clues that apparently were included in the project about his impending demise. The show features archival footage and photos of Bowie, as well as interviews with a number of people associated with the rock legend.

You can check out a clip from the episode now on the Reelz network’s official YouTube channel. The segment focuses on how a teenage Bowie sustained the injury to his left eye that left him with a permanently dilated pupil, something that added to his famously otherworldly persona.

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Joe Mantegna and Kirsten Vangness liken their long-running "Criminal Minds" to the Rolling Stones

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved (NEW YORK) — Like a certain rock band, the cast of CBS’ police procedural Criminal Minds has been at it a long time, and show no signs of slowing down.

“I equate it to, you know, like the Rolling Stones,” star Joe Mantegna  tells ABC Radio. “Like when they first got together and started playing together as a band, if you told them they were still be playing 50 years later, who would…know that?”

Mantegna, who plays former FBI profiler David Rossi, explains, “I joined it in its third season, and for all I knew that was going to be their last season. For all I knew, who knows, you know?” He adds, “And then obviously, we resonate with enough people that we’re keeping on keeping on.”

Quipped Kirsten Vangsness, who plays computer specialist Penelope Garcia on the show: “Yeah, there was another band called The Rolling Moans and they were just as good. They didn’t make it.”

Timed to National Missing Children’s Day at the end of last month, We TV begun running 12-hour marathons of the acclaimed, long-running drama. Vangsness explains, “WE TV, on Saturdays and Mondays, they’re…sort of focusing a lot of the episodes …on child abduction and making…people aware of…protecting of the smaller humans of our community.”

Mantegna adds, “We really do feel there’s an educational aspect to our show, in the sense that these episodes that deal with that topic, you know, they go into areas where by watching it you can say to yourself, ‘OK I can see how that happened.’ These are some tips ingrained in there so that we can avoid this happening to our own children.”

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Natalie Portman calls Harvard pal Kushner ‘a supervillain’

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Natalie Portman says her Harvard classmate Jared Kushner has become a ‘supervillain’

Wesley Snipes joining Eddie Murphy in Netflix’s "Dolemite" film

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Wesley Snipes is set to star with Eddie Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name!, a biographical film about real-life actor and producer Rudy Ray Moore.

Snipes joins a cast which also includes Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The New Jack City actor will portray D’Urville Martin, who directed the 1975 film, Dolemite, in which Moore starred.

As previously reported, Murphy will portray Moore, best known for creating the Dolemite pimp/hustler character on comedy recordings. Moore starred in original Dolemite movie and three sequels.

Hustle and Flow’s Craig Brewster will direct the movie, which was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

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Still the One that We Want: "Grease" celebrates 40th anniversary on Saturday

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Paramount/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) — Forty years later, fans are still hopelessly devoted to Grease.

The iconic musical starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta celebrates its 40th anniversary this Saturday, June 16.

 At the time of its release in 1978, Grease became the highest-grossing musical ever, breaking the 13-year record held by The Sound of Music.  It’s currently the second highest-grossing live action musical, after the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast.

 The soundtrack of the movie was also hugely successful, and featured the hit title theme, sung by Frankie Valli, as well as “You’re the One that I Want,” the Oscar-nominated “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “Summer Nights.”

Earlier this year, in honor of the anniversary, Grease came back to the big screen for two nights only as part of the Turner Classic Movies Big Screen Classics series. It also received a special 40th anniversary edition Blu-ray and DVD release, which came out on April 24.

The story and songs of Grease continue to attract generations of fans: In 2016, Fox aired a live remake of the musical starring Julianne Hough which attracted great ratings.  Travolta appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America this week and discussed the film’s long-lasting appeal.

“It’s like any great piece of art or work: It’s interpretive,” he said. “So actually, it would be a question that individuals would answer better than I could.”

He adds, “I just know I love it and have always loved it. I did it on Broadway, I did it on the road — my daydream was to do it in the movies.”

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Still the One that We Want: "Grease" celebrates 40th anniversary on Saturday

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Paramount/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) — Forty years later, fans are still hopelessly devoted to Grease.

The iconic musical starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta celebrates its 40th anniversary this Saturday, June 16.

 At the time of its release in 1978, Grease became the highest-grossing musical ever, breaking the 13-year record held by The Sound of Music.  It’s currently the second highest-grossing live action musical, after the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast.

 The soundtrack of the movie was also hugely successful, and featured the hit title theme, sung by Frankie Valli, as well as “You’re the One that I Want,” the Oscar-nominated “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “Summer Nights.”

Earlier this year, in honor of the anniversary, Grease came back to the big screen for two nights only as part of the Turner Classic Movies Big Screen Classics series. It also received a special 40th anniversary edition Blu-ray and DVD release, which came out on April 24.

The story and songs of Grease continue to attract generations of fans: In 2016, Fox aired a live remake of the musical starring Julianne Hough which attracted great ratings.  Travolta appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America this week and discussed the film’s long-lasting appeal.

“It’s like any great piece of art or work: It’s interpretive,” he said. “So actually, it would be a question that individuals would answer better than I could.”

He adds, “I just know I love it and have always loved it. I did it on Broadway, I did it on the road — my daydream was to do it in the movies.”

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Kelly Preston talks seeing her husband John Travolta transform into mob boss John Gotti

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Credit: Brian Douglas(NEW YORK) — Longtime married couple John Travolta and Kelly Preston have worked together before, but in the new film Gotti the two play husband and wife for the first time ever.

Travolta stars as notorious New York City crime boss John Gotti, while Preston plays Gotti’s wife Victoria.

Preston tells ABC Radio that while they didn’t exactly discover anything new about themselves by working together this time around, they did have a lot of fun playing a couple so different from who they are in real life. She particularly loved gaining insight from Victoria herself.

“[Victoria] said [her husband] could never understand, because he said, ‘Grown men fear me. [S]o many people fear me. Why does my wife have no fear?’” Preston recalls. “Because she would go toe-to-toe with him. They would get into it and she would stand right up to him and they would fight and make up and that was so fascinating to me.”

The Gotti family also gave the film unprecedented access to John Gotti’s possessions.

“It was the first time they lent his clothing, he had his overcoat, he could still smell the scent of the cologne in it, his jewelry, his ties and scarves,” Preston says. “Victoria gave me her wedding ring to wear…that she hadn’t taken off since John had given it to her. And that was really special.”

Seeing her husband transform into Gotti for the first time was a surreal experience for Preston.

“Seeing Johnny for the first time in full makeup, the first thing I saw him was when John was older and he had the stage 4 cancer,” she says. “That was haunting because he looked exactly like the footage that was online and he was completely the man.”

Gotti hits theaters Friday.

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Kelly Preston talks seeing her husband John Travolta transform into mob boss John Gotti

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Credit: Brian Douglas(NEW YORK) — Longtime married couple John Travolta and Kelly Preston have worked together before, but in the new film Gotti the two play husband and wife for the first time ever.

Travolta stars as notorious New York City crime boss John Gotti, while Preston plays Gotti’s wife Victoria.

Preston tells ABC Radio that while they didn’t exactly discover anything new about themselves by working together this time around, they did have a lot of fun playing a couple so different from who they are in real life. She particularly loved gaining insight from Victoria herself.

“[Victoria] said [her husband] could never understand, because he said, ‘Grown men fear me. [S]o many people fear me. Why does my wife have no fear?’” Preston recalls. “Because she would go toe-to-toe with him. They would get into it and she would stand right up to him and they would fight and make up and that was so fascinating to me.”

The Gotti family also gave the film unprecedented access to John Gotti’s possessions.

“It was the first time they lent his clothing, he had his overcoat, he could still smell the scent of the cologne in it, his jewelry, his ties and scarves,” Preston says. “Victoria gave me her wedding ring to wear…that she hadn’t taken off since John had given it to her. And that was really special.”

Seeing her husband transform into Gotti for the first time was a surreal experience for Preston.

“Seeing Johnny for the first time in full makeup, the first thing I saw him was when John was older and he had the stage 4 cancer,” she says. “That was haunting because he looked exactly like the footage that was online and he was completely the man.”

Gotti hits theaters Friday.

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Craig T. Nelson can’t wait for his great-grandkids to see "The Incredibles 2"

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) — Fourteen years after the original movie swooped into theaters, The Incredibles 2 is back for even more superhero action.

This time around, mom Helen, aka Elastigirl — voiced by Holly Hunter — goes back to work while Bob, aka Mr. Incredible, stays home with their three supercharged kids.

Craig T. Nelson, who voices Bob, says it’s much harder for his character to be a super-dad than a superhero.

“Well he’s struggling with everything,” Nelson tells ABC Radio. “I mean it’s the fact that he can’t do what he’s really good at doing, which is being a superhero, and he now is given the opportunity of taking care of these insane people at home who are his kids and each one has a different super power.”

He adds, “But at the same time they’re just kids, and he hasn’t really been a dad.”

It’s something Nelson — and a lot of parents out there — can relate to.

“I’ve been both,” he says. “I’ve been out there in the workplace…and stayed at home and took care of the kids while my wife went out and worked, sure. There’s a lot of guys that do that.”

Now, he has great-grandkids to dote on and he says he can’t wait for a whole new generation to experience The Incredibles.

“It’s gonna be really exciting ’cause they’re old enough,” the 74-year-old says of his great-grandkids. “I can hardly wait to see what they think.” 

The Incredibles 2 is out now. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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"Dancing With the Stars" pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson are engaged

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Dancing With the Stars is responsible for yet another love match!

Two pros from the ABC show — Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson — are engaged, they announced Thursday.

According to photos that the couple shared on social media, Chmerkovskiy proposed to Johnson while on vacation in Italy, and she happily accepted.

“I knew the moment I met you, you were the man of my dreams and I wanted to be with you forever,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for making my fairy tale come true today! Cannot believe I get to call you my FIANCÉ!!!! #engaged”

Added Chmerkovskiy in a caption of his own: “I can’t wait to make you my wife.”

Chmerkovskiy, 32, and Johnson, 24, were first linked in 2015, according to reports, and it seems that last year, their relationship got more serious — or at least, more public. In the Dancing With the Stars Season 25 finale last November, the two shared a kiss live on television.

In recent years, several stars have found love on the popular reality show. Former pro Kym Johnson wed her one-time Dancing partner, Robert Herjavec, in 2016; Chmerkovskiy’s brother, Maks, married fellow Dancing pro Peta Murgatroyd last summer; and just last month, pros Sasha Farber and Emma Slater said “I do.”

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"Dancing With the Stars" pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson are engaged

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Dancing With the Stars is responsible for yet another love match!

Two pros from the ABC show — Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson — are engaged, they announced Thursday.

According to photos that the couple shared on social media, Chmerkovskiy proposed to Johnson while on vacation in Italy, and she happily accepted.

“I knew the moment I met you, you were the man of my dreams and I wanted to be with you forever,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “Thank you for making my fairy tale come true today! Cannot believe I get to call you my FIANCÉ!!!! #engaged”

Added Chmerkovskiy in a caption of his own: “I can’t wait to make you my wife.”

Chmerkovskiy, 32, and Johnson, 24, were first linked in 2015, according to reports, and it seems that last year, their relationship got more serious — or at least, more public. In the Dancing With the Stars Season 25 finale last November, the two shared a kiss live on television.

In recent years, several stars have found love on the popular reality show. Former pro Kym Johnson wed her one-time Dancing partner, Robert Herjavec, in 2016; Chmerkovskiy’s brother, Maks, married fellow Dancing pro Peta Murgatroyd last summer; and just last month, pros Sasha Farber and Emma Slater said “I do.”

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Craig T. Nelson can’t wait for his great-grandkids to see "The Incredibles 2"

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) — Fourteen years after the original movie swooped into theaters, The Incredibles 2 is back for even more superhero action.

This time around, mom Helen, aka Elastigirl — voiced by Holly Hunter — goes back to work while Bob, aka Mr. Incredible, stays home with their three supercharged kids.

Craig T. Nelson, who voices Bob, says it’s much harder for his character to be a super-dad than a superhero.

“Well he’s struggling with everything,” Nelson tells ABC Radio. “I mean it’s the fact that he can’t do what he’s really good at doing, which is being a superhero, and he now is given the opportunity of taking care of these insane people at home who are his kids and each one has a different super power.”

He adds, “But at the same time they’re just kids, and he hasn’t really been a dad.”

It’s something Nelson — and a lot of parents out there — can relate to.

“I’ve been both,” he says. “I’ve been out there in the workplace…and stayed at home and took care of the kids while my wife went out and worked, sure. There’s a lot of guys that do that.”

Now, he has great-grandkids to dote on and he says he can’t wait for a whole new generation to experience The Incredibles.

“It’s gonna be really exciting ’cause they’re old enough,” the 74-year-old says of his great-grandkids. “I can hardly wait to see what they think.” 

The Incredibles 2 is out now. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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Retired tennis star Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Retired tennis star Boris Becker is claiming his role as a sports attache for the Central African Republic gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings

Retired tennis star Boris Becker claims diplomatic immunity

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Retired tennis star Boris Becker is claiming his role as a sports attache for the Central African Republic gives him diplomatic immunity from bankruptcy proceedings

Tag, you’re it: Jon Hamm and Ed Helms on the "genuinely sweet" story of their movie

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC(NEW YORK) — The film comedy Tag, an out-of-bounds concept for keeping a friendship alive with a decades-long, no-holds-barred game of tag, is now in theaters, with an all-star cast of characters who thought the concept was too good to be true.

Actors Ed Helms and Jon Hamm tag-teamed an interview with ABC Radio to chat about the movie, the idea of which was so over-the-top it could only have come from real life — in this case, a Wall Street Journal article about the real-life group of friends and their absurd game

“I was legitimately sort of enthralled by the story,” Hamm tells ABC Radio. “I was just like, ‘I want to…hang out with these guys, it sounds like a fun group.’ And, we ended up getting the chance to actually meet them on set, and then a couple times afterwards, and are just such nice guys and their story is genuine.”

“It’s just a sweet, genuine fun story about guys who just like hanging out with each other,” adds Hamm. “And it’s it’s a good story about friends.”

The camaraderie extended to the actors playing friends, too. “We got real real, real lucky. We get some really,  like, crazy talented improvisers, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Burress are top of the game, wildly funny guys. Leslie Bibb –,” Hamm says.

“It’s not just a talented group. It’s a good hang,” Helms added. 

Hamm agreed. “We had a really good group. I mean, I think there was no other no better illustration of that than [co-star Jeremy] Renner breaking his arms [in real life] and coming back…on set four hours later — because he didn’t want to miss the hang.” 

Tag is now in theaters.

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"Incredibles 2" tops this weekend’s new release

Posted on: June 15th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — Here are the movies opening nationwide on Friday:

Incredibles 2 — The Parr family — Bob and Helen – a.k.a Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, and their children Violet, Dash, and baby Jack-Jack — return for this sequel to the 2004 CGI-animated feature The Incredibles. This time out, Bob — voiced by Craig T. Nelson — is relegated to caring for Jack-Jack, while Helen — the voice of Holly Hunter — is out saving the world. Sarah VowellSamuel L. JacksonBob Odenkirk, Catherine KeenerSophia Bush and Bill Wise provide additional voices. Rated PG.

Tag — This comedy, based on a true story, stars Ed HelmsJake JohnsonHannibal BuressJon Hammand Jeremy Renner as a group of childhood friends who spend a month out of every year playing an elaborate game of tag that takes them all over the country. Also starring Annabelle WallisIsla Fisher, Rashida Jones, and Leslie Bibb. Rated R. (TRAILER CONTAINS MILD PROFANITY)

Opening in Limited release on Friday:

Gotti — John Travolta plays John Gotti in this biopic about the infamous New York City Gambino crime family mobster and his son, John Gotti, Jr. — played by Spencer LofrancoKelly Preston and Stacy Keach also star. Rated R.

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David Spade donates $100,000 to mental health organization following Kate’s death

Posted on: June 14th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC(LOS ANGELES) — One week after his sister-in-law Kate Spade’s death, David Spade has donated $100,000 to help those afflicted with mental illness.

Spade didn’t announce this; People magazine confirmed the news via his representative.

The donation will support the National Alliance on Mental Illness. 

Spade tells the magazine, “More people suffer from mental health issues than we may realize but no one should ever feel ashamed to reach out for support.”

He added, “If you or anyone you know is in need of help or guidance please contact the national suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255 or go to nami.org to learn more and help those who may be in need.”

Kate Spade, who was married to the comedian’s brother Andy, took her own life at the age of 55 last week and the Joe Dirt star has been vocal about the shock and grief that comes from losing a family member so suddenly.

This past week, Spade went back to work, addressing the loss further during a stand-up routine in Southern California.

“Thank you for coming. It was a rough week, but I didn’t want to cancel and I appreciate you all coming out here,” he told the audience, according to E! News. “And, if my jokes don’t work then I get sort of a free pass.”

Spade’s brother Andy has also spoken out since Kate’s death.

“There was no indication and no warning that she would do this,” he told the New York Times. “It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling.”

Anyone in crisis, or who knows someone in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

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Roseanne Barr resurfaces, thanks friends for support "when I was broken"

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ABC/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) — Roseanne Barr reemerged on social media to update her fans on her mental well-being and what the future may have in store for her.

Just weeks after her show was canceled following a tweet in which compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a character in Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes, Roseanne continued to defend herself.

“1) I want u all2 know I’m fine,” she tweeted Wednesday. “I’ve been using this time2 reflect &2 gain insight on what I said & how it was misunderstood.”

Though she apologized to Jarrett after the tweet and has since apologized to her “black fans” on social media, the 65-year-old former Roseanne star continued to deny that she is racist and added that in her recent free time, she’s been watching a documentary on the “Black Power Movement,” as she described it.

In a flurry of disjointed tweets, Barr also spoke about her future plans, telling fans, “I will begin to speak for myself in media soon.”

“My mind went into deep shock and my body too. I see clearly now,” she added about the past couple of weeks. “My faith is stronger today than ever before. I have faith in the American people to free their minds & unite.”

Barr also thanked friends and fellow celebrities, including commentator Sean Hannity and Rosie O’Donnell, for, she says, “helping me when I was broken..” She also revealed some physical issues — palsy, to be specific — which she believes she developed as a result of stress.

Roseanne’s tweets on Wednesday were her first in almost 10 days, when she sounded more apologetic.

“I’m making restitution for the pain I have caused,” she tweeted then.

Barr’s initial tweet about Jarrett was widely condemned by Hollywood, including her fellow Roseanne cast members.

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"Cloak and Dagger" heroes score super ratings for Freeform

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ABC Radio(NEW YORK) — Freeform’s young-superhero drama Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger scored a huge debut last week, with more than 1.6 million TV viewers and 7.3 million views across all digital platforms.

It was the Disney-owned network’s most-watched show since the Pretty Little Liars finale in 2017.

Cloak and Dagger was also a hit on social media, with 112,000 engagements across social media platforms.

Based on the Marvel comics characters that debuted in 1982, the show centers on Tandy and Tyrone, played respectively by Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph. They’re two teenagers who find themselves burdened with mysterious superpowers — and after they meet, they find they both share a dangerous bond.

Tandy, as Dagger, can produce powerful light beams from her hands and craft daggers of light energy.  Her counterpart Tyrone, as Cloak, can vanish into darkness.

As for those superpowers, the stars had to rely on some real-life heroes to bring them to life: the special effects artists. “[S]eeing the final product is just so amazing,” Joseph tells ABC Radio.

Holt adds, “It was really interesting, too, because…being on set you’re a little nervous, because you’re like, ‘I don’t know what this is going to look like.’ And you know, our special effects team was amazing with helping us, especially like with our reactions, because we weren’t sure exactly…how in post[-production] it was going to turn out.”

Cloak and Dagger airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on Freeform, which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Longtime Elvis Presley drummer D.J. Fontana has died

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D.J. Fontana’s wife says the drummer who helped launch rock ‘n’ roll as Elvis Presley’s sideman, has died at 87.

"13 Reasons Why" newcomer Anne Winters predicts what’s next for Chloe in season three

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Netflix(NEW YORK) — If you’ve finished bingeing the second season of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, you’re probably already hungry for season three.

The show was renewed last week and while Katherine Langford, who plays Hannah, won’t be returning, the rest of the characters will be back. That includes Anne Winters, who joined the series as this season’s most intriguing new character Chloe, a conflicted cheerleader dating accused rapist Bryce.

“She wants to portray that she has it all together in high school, that she has this great boyfriend that seems to appear to be the best guy ever and just trying to hide what was really going on ended up weighing a lot on her,” Winters tells ABC Radio.

[SPOILER ALERT] After defending Bryce in court, Chloe finds herself pregnant. 13 Reasons Why isn’t afraid to depict controversial topics, and Winters believes season three will be no different – particularly for her character’s storyline.

“I feel like abortion is gonna be a big topic because [Chloe] is like the only one of the show that has had to deal with this,” she says. “I really don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know if she’d want it or not.”

As for the future of Chloe and Bryce, Winters adds, “Everyone hopes that I see Bryce for the guy he is and leave him, but I dunno!”

Thankfully, Justin Prentice, who plays Bryce, is a good guy in real life.   

“My view of him is like, ‘Aww he’s so nice,’” she says. “But watching the show back I was like, ‘God, wow, he can really do up the psychopath!’” 

In addition to 13 Reasons Why, you can also soon catch Winters on ABC’s Grand Hotel and in the film Night School out in September.

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