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AP PHOTOS: Prince Charles’ life as a man and future monarch

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AP PHOTOS: Prince Charles is the oldest heir to the British throne in more than 300 years thanks to his mother’s record as the country’s longest-serving monarch, yet during his decades of waiting to be king, he has had multiple public images.

Alec Baldwin, Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer among celebs part of new anti-NRA initiative

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ABC/Justin Jay(NEW YORK) — Alyssa Milano, Amy Schumer and Alec Baldwin are among the celebrities and activists who have joined forces to launch a new initiative aimed at dismantling the National Rifle Association.

The No Rifle Association initiative — #NoRA – announced its intent in a letter to NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre Friday. It was signed by over 130 celebrities and activists, including Ashley Judd, Don Cheadle, Minnie Driver, Jon Favreau, Nathan Fillion, Jimmy Kimmel, Julianne Moore, Michael Moore, Patton Oswalt, Amber Tamblyn and Constance Wu, as well as some of the Parkland shooting survivors.

“We’re a culture hack,” the letter proclaims. “We’re for moving culture into a less violent place by counteracting the influence of NRA money in the American political system. We’re for raising the voices of all victims of gun violence, both direct and indirect, in their own communities as they define them.”

The letter goes on to say, “We’re coming for your money. We’re coming for your puppets. And we’re going to win.”

The full letter can be found on NoRANow.org.

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Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton talk android empowerment in "Westworld" season 2

Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

L-R: Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton in HBO’s “Westworld”; John P. Johnson/HBO(NEW YORK) — After season one’s fiery conclusion, the women of Westworld are leading the charge in season two.

Evan Rachel Wood and Thandie Newton, who play android “hosts” Dolores and Maeve on the buzzy HBO series, say they’re reveling in their characters’ newfound power.

“This season was really different because [Dolores is] sort of a commander, a general, a soldier and that was new for me,” Wood told ABC Radio at the show’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere. “I usually am really good at my lines but this season I had a hard time because I was given dialogue that I never had to say or work with before.”

She reveals the one moment where she felt the most in charge.

“I think riding a horse while [the horse was] running and shooting a rifle was probably when I had to pinch myself and say, ‘I’m at work right now. This is my first day back for season two and here we are,’” she says.

For Newton, she loves the fact that despite being a robot, Maeve is still very much a normal woman in the way she defies the odds, cares for her child and fights for justice like a warrior.

Westworld’s known for its complex timelines, and the actresses say even they have a hard time following what’s going on.

“Yeah, this season, we all gave up about halfway through,” Wood says. “I think there were moments where Jeffrey [Wright] and I would show up to set and we’d be arguing about which episode we were working on because we didn’t have a clue anymore.”

Newton had another strategy.

“It’s a hell of a lot of post-its!” she says. “And friendship, too…we think nothing of just saying to each other, ‘What’s happening?’” 

Season 2 of Westworld premieres on HBO Sunday at 9 p.m.

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Producer and DJ known as Avicii found dead at 28

Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Muscat, Oman

Actress arrested in sex trafficking in ‘guru to stars’ case

Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Federal prosecutors say a television actress best known for playing a young Superman’s close friend has been charged with sex trafficking for helping recruit women to be slaves of a man who sold himself as a self-improvement guru

Avengers Assemble! Jimmy Kimmel hosts "Infinity War" cast all next week

Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Marvel Studios

(HOLLYWOOD) — Marvel’s Avengers are assembling on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! all next week.

To coincide with the release of the new movie Avengers: Infinity War, Kimmel will welcome a huge chunk of the cast from April 23 through Friday, April 27, when the film finally hits theaters. 

It’s not clear which actors will appear on which days, but the lineup includes Robert Downey Jr., Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Paul Bettany, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Hiddleston, Dave Bautista, Mark Ruffalo, Danai Gurira, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Brolin, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Karen Gillan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, and Winston Duke.

Too many names for you? You know them better as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Gamora, Mantis, Vision, Natasha “Black Widow” Romanoff, Loki, Drax, Bruce “The Hulk” Banner, Okoye, Thor, Thanos, Bucky “Winter Soldier” Barnes, Black Panther, Nebula, Dr. Strange,  Rhodey “War Machine” Rhodes, Wanda “Scarlet Witch” Maximoff, and M’Baku. 

Amazingly, that isn’t even the entire cast of the superhero-stuffed film, which features all the characters from the last 10 years of Marvel movies coming together to defeat the Big Bad, Thanos, who wants to bring balance to the universe by wiping out half its inhabitants.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!  airs at 11:35 p.m. ET on ABC.  Avengers: Infinity War is from Marvel and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Michelle Pfeiffer lived on a diet of “tomato soup and Marlboros” to play drug addict in "Scarface"

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Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival(NEW YORK) — Michelle Pfeiffer was hungry for the role of Elvira in 1983’s Scarface…quite literally it turns out.

People reports that during a panel at New York City’s Tribeca Film Festival Thursday to celebrate the film’s 35th anniversary, the actress revealed she subsisted on a diet of “tomato soup and Marlboros” to play the part of cocaine-addicted Elvira.

Pfeiffer was prompted to discuss her character’s physical appearance after the night’s moderator asked what she weighed in the film – a question which elicited boos from the crowd.

“I don’t know, but I was playing a cocaine addict so that was part of the physicality of the part, which you have to consider,” she responded. “The movie was only supposed to be, what? A three-month, four-month [shoot]? Of course, I tried to time it so that as the movie went on I became thinner and thinner and more emaciated.”

She added, “The problem was the movie went six months. I was starving by the end of it because the one scene that was the end of the film where I needed to be my thinnest, it was [pushed to the] next week and then it was the next week and then it was the next week.”

Pfieffer said concerned crew members were bringing her bagels because of how thin she was getting.

The role went on to become one of the actress’ most iconic. She was joined at the Tribeca reunion panel by co-stars Al Pacino, who played her drug lord husband Tony Montana, as well as actor Steve Bauer and director Brain De Palma.

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Bond’s Baby: Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz expecting first child together

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Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rachel Weisz [pron. VICE] is expecting her first child with husband and James Bond star Daniel Craig.

The 48-year-old actress revealed the happy news in an interview with The New York Times.

“I’ll be showing soon,” she tells the publication. “Daniel and I are so happy. We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.”

The couple has been married for seven years. Weisz already has an 11-year-old son, Henry, with her ex Darren Aronofsky. Craig has a 25-year-old daughter, Ella, with former partner Fiona Loudon.

Weisz’s new movie, Disobedience, premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival next week.

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Letitia Wright takes pride in playing the smartest character in the Marvel Universe

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Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) — Letitia Wright will reprise her role as Wakandan princess Shuri in the upcoming Marvel film Avengers: Infinity War. While it’s safe to say Wright’s character is a genius, earlier this year it was revealed by Marvel producer Nate More that Shuri is actually the smartest person in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and even smarter than her Avengers‘ co-star Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.

As Wright ponders her significant elevation in the franchise, the actress tells ABC Radio that it’s genuinely refreshing to know that her character — a woman of African decent — was positioned so highly.

“I think that’s really cool,” Wright says. “Because, you know, we sometimes — when we see people who are “super intelligent” and “super smart,” they don’t really look like me. Do you know what I mean?”

She continues, “So, to have that is a really, really cool and Marvel to be behind it and to be brave enough to say, ‘She is the smartest girl in the universe — in the Marvel Universe’ and ‘Yes, she’s younger than everyone… Her and Peter Parker are pretty much the smartest kids on the block.'”

Of course, Wright is staying mum on how her genius abilities will exactly play out in the upcoming film, but adds that Marvel has been doing a pretty great job of elevating the narrative and allowing a diverse cast to reign supreme.

“I think that’s really brave and really cool,” she adds.

Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters April 27. Marvel, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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"The Handmaid’s Tale" returns with a timely message

Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

George Kraychyk(LOS ANGELES) — Emmys reigning Best Drama, The Handmaid’s Tale, had its season two debut party in Hollywood on Thursday night, and on the red carpet, a couple of its stars — Ann Dowd and Elisabeth Moss — said the show is back with a timely message.

Dowd, who took home an Emmy for her role as Aunt Lydia, told ABC Radio that the new season of the dystopian drama, set in New England in the not-so-distant future, echoes some of the takeaways from the #MeToo movement.

“Just the notion of staying alert, staying awake, not letting the small things go by,” she says. “Reminding yourself we have a voice, and we have an obligation.”

Moss, who also bagged an Emmy for her role as June Osborne, told ABC Radio the themes of season two revolve around freedom and motherhood.

“What does freedom look like? You might think that you have it, but you may not,” she explains. “And motherhood, as well.”

Season two of The Handmaid’s Tale debuts next Wednesday on Hulu.

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"Scandal" series finale recap: "Over a Cliff"

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ABC/Bob D’Amico(LOS ANGELES) — In the final episode ever of Scandal, titled “Over a Cliff,” the gladiators are ready to come clean about B6-13 so they can expose Cyrus and Jake and protect President Mellie from being impeached.

Scandal begins with Olivia entering a dark warehouse where she meets with special prosecutor Lonnie Mencken, who agrees to order a Senate hearing to investigate B6-13. The only problem is, Liv has to promise to have Mellie work on gun control in return. Liv agrees — but shockingly, Lonnie kills himself as a way to guarantee Liv’s senate hearing.

At Quinn and Associates, David Rosen explains to the gladiators that talking about B6-13 to the committee will expose Jake and Cyrus, but also will likely incriminate them.

As the gladiators think of how badly this could end, Liv asks her father to help save her team from being indicted. Eli refuses, and tells Liv she’s not doing the right thing.

At the hearing, the gladiators and everyone who has knowledge of the agency talk about their involvement. They all confess about their knowledge and for some, who they killed. While the senate deliberates, Quinn and the gladiators visit Charlie in jail. There, Quinn marries Charlie with Huck performing the ceremony. 

As Rosen learns of the wedding via Abby, he encounters Jake in a parking lot. Jake threatens to kill him, but Rosen stands up for himself and dares Jake to shoot him.

Later, Cyrus asks Jake if he killed Rosen. When he says no, Cyrus is dumbfounded, calling Jake weak. Jake defends his actions. Out of options, Cyrus calls Rosen to confess to his crimes — but instead poisons him with a drink and kills him by suffocating him. 

The next day, Abby goes to the morgue to see David’s body. They agree they need to act against Cyrus, but  Liv says they need to be the good guys and stay the “white hats.” 

Meanwhile, Quinn begs Eli to help her and her baby get away. Eli refuses, once again saying it’s not smart to talk about command. 

At her apartment, Liv shares what she believes are her last moments with Fitz before she goes to jail. After an emotional back and forth, they decide to have sex.

The next day, the committee ends up postponing the results, because now Eli wants to come clean about B6-13. At the hearing, Eli tells the committee to call him Ronan. He explains to the committee that he has been making America great by his actions.

Eli’s passionate speech ends up taking down Jake Ballard, and he’s soon arrested.

Liv visits Jake in jail. She apologizes to him for making him “step out of the sun,” and for her part in his demise.

The next day, Mellie is exonerated in the court of public opinion. When Cyrus comes to look for her, Liv is in her office and ask Cyrus for his resignation. He reluctantly signs.

After that, Mellie asks Liv to come back so they can work together to restore the public’s trust. Liv says no and tells Mellie that she can do it fine without her.

Everyone seems to have a happy ending for the most part. Liv is back having dinners with her dad. Marcus is by Mellie’s side, Mellie is still president, and Quinn and Charlie are now a happy family.

Abby and Huck, however, seem sad as they visit Rosen’s grave.

After the unveiling of the President Fitz painting at the portrait gallery, it is later revealed that Liv also has a portrait in the gallery. It’s of herself, and alludes to the fact that Liv may not have been a first lady, but certainly was an important woman in the White House.

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"Super Troopers 2" and "I Feel Pretty" among this week’s new releases

Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Photo by Jon Pack. © 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(LOS ANGELES) — Here are the films opening in wide releaase on Friday:

* Super Troopers 2 — The sequel to 2001’s Super Troopers finds the comedy troupe Broken Lizard — comprised of Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Paul Soter and Erik Stolhanske — reprising their roles as five gung-ho Vermont state troopers, now tasked with transitioning a Canadian highway patrol station to U.S. sovereignty. Rated R.

* I Feel Pretty — Amy Schumer stars in this comedy about an insecure woman who wakes up from a fall thinking she’s the most beautiful woman on the planet. Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski and Aidy Bryant also star. Rated PG-13.

* Traffik — This thriller stars Paula Patton and Omar Epps as a couple off for a romantic getaway in the mountains. Instead, they find themselves being terrorized by a gang of bikers. Also starring Laz Alonso, Roselyn Sanchez, Luke Goss, William Fichtner and Missi Pyle. Rated R.


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Files show rising alarm in Prince’s circle as health failed

Posted on: April 20th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

As prosecutors closed a two-year probe into Prince’s death without filing criminal charges, investigative documents show the singer’s inner circle was growing increasingly alarmed and anxious about getting him help for an opioid addiction

The Latest: Doctor said Prince ‘doesn’t look really well’

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

A doctor who treated Prince told the superstar’s bodyguard about two weeks before his death that he "just doesn’t look really well."

Tiffany Haddish explains why she wore her Alexander McQueen gown three times in eight months

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) — Tiffany Haddish knows how to make the best of a sticky sartorial situation.

The comedian told W magazine that last summer, she agreed to buy some designer clothing to help her career, but she didn’t realize exactly how expensive her new wardrobe would be.

When a stylist brought her several options for the Girls Trip premiere in July, the only dress that fit well was a white number by Alexander McQueen. After Haddish wore it, she realized it cost over $4,000.

“I should’ve known — wasn’t no price tag on that dress. So I wear it for Girls Trip, and then they give me the receipt. When I saw the receipt, I cried,” she said.

“So I’m wearing it multiple f***in’ times. I don’t care what nobody say — that’s a down payment on a car, that’s a medical bill. So, even though everyone says I shouldn’t wear the dress in public again, I’m wearing it.”

True to her word, Haddish gone on to wear the dress to host Saturday Night Live in November and to the Oscars in March.

Haddish also told W that when she was shooting Girls Trip, she was carrying a knockoff Michael Kors bag that her co-star, Jada Pinkett-Smith, chastised her for buying.

“I told [Jada] that my philosophy is, ‘Whatever the bag costs, I should be able to keep that amount of cash in the bag. If it’s a $300 purse, I have to put $300 in cash in that purse,'” she said.

Haddish continued, “When you’re somebody like me, who’s been homeless, clothes are not that important. Clothes are not a roof over my head, food in my stomach, my family’s health — that’s what money is for. But fashion helps get more money. So, we ride.”

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Tyne Daly joining "Murphy Brown" revival

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Courtesy of Tyne Daly(LOS ANGELES) — Tyne Daly has joined the cast of CBS’ Murphy Brown revival.

Daly, best known for her role in Cagney & Lacey, will play Phyllis, the sister of late bar owner Phil from the original series.  

Like her brother, Phyllis will be a bartender who’ll act as a “sounding board” for the rest of the cast, which includes original series regulars Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Faith Ford and Joe Regalbuto.

CBS has given the revival — which places the characters in today’s world of cable news, social media and fake news — a 13-episode commitment.

Murphy Brown originally aired from 1988-1998.  During its run, it won 18 Emmys and three Golden Globes.

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The Latest: Prince fan says superstar didn’t get justice

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At least one fan says she doesn’t believe Prince got justice when a Minnesota prosecutor declined to charge anyone in the musician’s accidental overdose death

"SNL," "The Handmaid’s Tale," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "Better Call Saul" among Peabody Award winners

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) — The winners in the Entertainment category of the 77th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards — the Peabody Awards, for short — have been announced.  The prestigious awards honor “the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2017.”

The winners are:

AMC’s Better Call Saul
Netflix’s American Vandal and Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King
HBO’s Insecure and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
NBC’s Saturday Night Live
Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

In the Children & Youth category, the winner is A Series of Unfortunate Events, from Netflix.

Winners in all categories — which also include Documentary and News/Radio/Public Service programming — will be celebrated May 19 at a gala in New York City. Daily Show correspondent and newly-minted Peabody winner Hasan Minhaj will host the event.

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Prince death investigation closed with no criminal charges filed

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Kristian Dowling/Getty Images for Lotusflow3r.com(CARVER COUNTY, Minn.) — No criminal charges will be filed in Prince’s overdose death and the investigation has been closed, officials revealed during a press conference Thursday.

Speaking at the Carver County, Minnesota Justice Center in Chaska, county attorney Mark Metz said the late musician thought he was taking the painkiller Vicodin, for which he did not have a prescription, and was unaware he was actually taking counterfeit pills that had been illegally laced with the prescription painkiller fentanyl, which is some 50 times more powerful than heroin. 

Despite an “intensive investigation,” Metz said officials were unable to determine who provided Prince with the drugs that killed him, and so were ending their investigation. 

The announcement comes just two days before the two-year anniversary of Prince’s death on April 21. 2016.  His body was discovered at his Paisley Park residence and studios in Chanhassen, located in Carver County, about a half-hour southwest of Minneapolis.  Six weeks later, his cause of death was ruled to be a fentanyl overdose.

Earlier Thursday, Dr. Michael T. Schulenberg agreed to pay a $30,000 civil fine and submit to two years’ monitoring by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.  Investigative records unsealed in April of 2017 revealed Schulenberg allegedly prescribed oxycodone for Prince but put the prescription in the name of the artist’s longtime friend and bodyguard, Kirk Johnson, “for Prince’s privacy.”  He was consequently facing alleged violations of the Controlled Substances Act.

Both officials and Schulenberg noted that the settlement isn’t an admission of liability.  Federal officials also noted they “did not make any concessions regarding the legitimacy of the claims.”

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Watch now: "Deadpool 2" and "The Equalizer 2" debut new action-packed trailers

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) — The latest profanity-laden trailer for Deadpool 2 has been released, revealing even more action and irreverent wisecracks.

We see Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool assembling a team to fight Josh Brolin’s time-traveling cyborg Cable, including Zazie Beetz’s Domino and Rob Delaney as an average dude named Peter who apparently doesn’t have any powers.

There’s also a glimpse of a showdown between Deadpool and Cable, where Cable slings a particularly stinging insult.

“You’re no f***ing hero,” he tells Deadpool. “You’re just a clown dressed up as a sex toy.”

To which Deadpool responds, “So dark. You sure you’re not from the DC Universe?”

Deadpool 2, the sequel to 2016’s smash hit, opens May 18.

And in other sequel trailer news, a new trailer’s just been released for The Equalizer 2.  Denzel Washington returns in the sequel to the 2014 original as former CIA operative Robert McCall, this time seeking vengeance for the murder of his friend and colleague Susan Plummer, again played played by Melissa Leo.

The Equalizer 2 comes out July 20.

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Nicole Kidman, Tiffany Haddish and Jennifer Lopez cover "TIME’s" 100 Most Influential People issue

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Peter Hapak for TIME(NEW YORK) — Nicole Kidman, Tiffany Haddish and Jennifer Lopez are among TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2018. They’re three of the stars who grace the six individual covers the magazine is issuing to coincide with the list.

Nicole is among 18 people in the Artists category — the other categories are Pioneers, Leaders, Titans and Icons. She’s joined in that category by Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot, Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown, Hugh Jackman, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig, Roseanne Barr, Jimmy Kimmel and John Krasinski.

Tiffany made the Pioneers category, along with Insecure’s Issa Rae, rapper Cardi B, Trevor Noah and Silcon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani.

J.Lo was named in the Icons category, which also includes Chadwick Boseman, pop stars Rihanna and Kesha, #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and Olympic skater Adam Rippon.

Per tradition, each honoree has a few lines written about them by an equally famous peer.  For example, Naomi Watts wrote about Kidman; Adele wrote about Rihanna, while Cher wrote about Rippon.

Other big names that made the list include Oprah Winfrey, President Donald Trump, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and Kim Jong Un.

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As Dancing with the Stars’ Tony Dovolani begins Vegas Chippendales stint, he says "DWTS" is "too sexy"

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Courtesy Chippendales(LAS VEGAS) — Veteran Dancing with the Stars pro Tony Dovolani will be doing a different kind of dancing starting tonight in Las Vegas, as he joins the cast of Chippendales as the male revue’s guest host.  But surprisingly, Dovolani  says he won’t let his daughters watch Dancing with the Stars because it’s “too sexy.”

“They lost the one audience that they shouldn’t have lost, which is parents with kids,” says the DWTS vet, who spent 21 seasons on the show.  “I’ll still watch it…however, there’s certain things that I will not let my girls watch and that’s one of ’em.”

 “They’re 9 and 12…their curiosity’s already through the roof,” he explains. “I don’t wanna explain why certain girls are dressing up [in] next to nothing with guys that are going shirtless.”

So why isn’t Dovolani a hypocrite?  He tells ABC Radio, “This is the biggest difference that I can easily justify: In Chippendales, the crowd is coming in knowing what they’re about to watch.”  He adds it’s “a flirty show, not a dirty show. So it’s not about baring it all, it’s more about entertaining people.”

As guest host, Tony will be shirtless, but nothing more.  He’s also choreographed a few numbers and will  interact with the audience.

“[W]hat I was really excited about was the fact that I can take part of my salary and donate it to my [charity] foundation,” he adds. “That just gives me another opportunity to raise good money for good people.”

But what does Tony’s wife think?

He laughs, “[On] Dancing with the Stars, I’ve danced with 21 different girls for 21 seasons! Here, I’m sharing the stage with a whole bunch of hot guys — if they even notice that I’m onstage, I’m happy!”  

Dovolani’s Chippendales run ends May 27.

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Darby Stanchfield teases the series finale of "Scandal": "It’s going to be a water cooler episode"

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Richard Cartwright(LOS ANGELES) — Ahead of Scandal‘s season finale, Darby Stanchfield, who plays DC fixer Abby Whelan, is teasing some of the must-see and OMG moments of the final episode.

“It’s going to be a water cooler episode,” Stanfield tells ABC Radio. “They’re going to stand around and talk about like, ‘What did that mean? What do you think about that? I like this.’ And, ‘That was my favorite moment.’ And, ‘OMG.'”

Without giving too much away, Stanchfield says the episode will also have plenty of surprises that will leave dedicated Gladiators satisfied.

“I mean it’s a lot of things that’s like shocking and it’s like wonderful– and it’s also like completely heartbreaking,” she explains. “Some parts are in the the end, but it’s not disappointing.”

Of course, for those who follow the series, Stanchfield’s character Abby has had a tumultuous final season with her longtime friend and former boss, Olivia Pope, played by Kerry Washington. Now that the series is over and the drama set to officially end, Stanfield admits it’s difficult to simply just walk away.

“There had been lots of crying that day, up until — little moments, you know,” she says. “I do remember a few tears at 4 in the morning. Maybe it was 3:30. Um, I did my share of crying in the last episode.”

Washington can agree, and adds that the only person expected to have a “happy ending” will be the show creator — Shonda Rhimes.

However, like most of Rhimes’ work, expect the series to end with a bang. As far as what that might be, Stanchfield says her lips are sealed.

“There’s a couple big shocking things that I can’t even… I can’t even begin,” she quips. “I can’t spoil it for you!” 

Scandal‘s series finale airs tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.

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2018 Tribeca Film Festival kicks off in New York City

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Image courtesy of the Tribeca Film Festival(NEW YORK) — It started back in 2002, now the 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival is underway, with 96 films being showcased over 12 days in New York City.

One of its founders, Robert De Niro, was on hand to launch the festivities in New York City Wednesday night.

“[P]eople like to come to it and we’re … still standing — so that speaks for itself right there,” the legendary actor told ABC Radio. He added, “I’m beyond very happy that people and filmmakers want to be part of it…”

This year’s fest kicked off with a tribute to one of late-night comedy’s greats. Love, Gilda is a new documentary that focuses on the life of Gilda Radner, who made her mark during the heyday of Saturday Night Live, and who passed away from ovarian cancer back in 1989. 

Laraine Newman, Radner’s SNL castmate, told ABC Radio, “She was a very warm, loving, generous person…I love that she is acknowledged.”

Radner’s legacy and impact lives on for modern day entertainers like Keegan Michael Key. “Her and Belushi were the ones I noticed the most as a child watching SNL because of their physical comedy,” said Key. “That is the the thing that speaks to anybody…” 

Among the other highlights of the 12-day festival will be a special screening of Scarface tonight, which will precede a Q&A panel with stars Al Pacino, Michelle Pheiffer, Steven Bauer and director Brian De Palma.

The festival will hold a special screening of Schindler’s List on April 26 that will be followed by a conversation with director Steven Spielberg and stars Liam Neeson and Ben Kingsley.

On Saturday, De Niro will interview Bradley Cooper as part of the festival’s Storytellers series.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs through April 29. More information is available at TribecaFilm.com.

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Kerry Washington on what to expect from ‘Scandal’ finale and the show’s legacy

Posted on: April 19th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

“It will make you cry. It will shock you a little bit,” said Washington.

Report: "Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller is battling cancer

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

BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images(LOS ANGELES) — Just weeks after leaving prison and entering a halfway house, Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller reportedly has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a type of cancer that starts in the body’s white blood cells.

Miller underwent surgery for what was believed to be a spinal infection on Tuesday, but Dr. Hooman M. Melamed revealed Wednesday evening to People magazine that it turned out that Miller is actually battling cancer.

“It was not an infection, it was a type of a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma — it’s a type of a cancer,” Dr. Melamed, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Cedar Sinai Marina Del Rey Hospital, revealed to People. “We’re getting an oncologist involved and we have to figure out what the next steps are as far as chemotherapy or radiation or more spine surgery. Depending on the tumor type, depending on the sensitivity of the tumor — it just depends the type but I feel more than yes, she will undergo chemotherapy or radiation.”

As for Miller’s outlook, Dr. Melamed adds, “There’s a chance this can spread to any part of the body… this is probably coming from somewhere else. We don’t know where the source is. Any tumor that spreads anywhere is automatically Stage 4, but we have not determined the stage yet.”

Miller, who starred on the reality show Dance Moms for seven seasons, started serving a one-year prison sentence in July 2017 after pleading guilty to bankruptcy fraud. On March 27 of this year, she was released to a halfway house to complete her sentence.

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Ava DuVernay joins competition jury at the Cannes Film Festival

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ABC/Paula Lobo(CANNES) — Ava DuVernay has been added to the main competition jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

According to Indie Wire, DuVernay will join fellow jury newcomer Kristen Stewart and jury president Cate Blanchett on the panel comprised of five women and four men.

The other jury members include Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve, French actress Léa Seydoux and Chinese star Chang Chen.

As previously reported, Spike Lee and  Jordan Peele‘s upcoming film BlacKkKlansman will premiere at Cannes.

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival is set to run May 8 to19.

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Idris Elba to star in Netflix comedy series "Turn Up Charlie"

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ABC/ Lorenzo Bevilaqua(UNITED KINGDOM) — Idris Elba can officially “turn up” in his next comedy project.  Netflix has given an eight-episode order to Turn Up Charlie, a new series starring and executive-produced by the British actor 

In the series, Elba stars as Charlie, as a struggling DJ and longtime bachelor who gets a job as a male nanny — or “manny” — for his famous best friend’s daughter, who’s a real problem child.

It should be easy for Elba to handle the DJ aspect of the role, since the Emmy-nominated  Luther star actually started his career behind the turntables before branching out into film and TV. 

This is Elba’s second comedy series.  He’s also featured in Sky One’s upcoming series In the Long Run, which is loosely based on his own childhood.

Production on Turn Up Charlie is set to begin in May in the U.K. 

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Watch now: Final trailer unleashed for "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"

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Universal Pictures(HOLLYWOOD) — The intense, final trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has been unleashed.

The trailer shows the dinosaurs being rescued from Jurassic World as an impending volcano threatens to destroy everything. We then see some of the dinosaurs being sold on the black market to those who want to use them for nefarious reasons.

It’s up to Chris Pratt’s Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire to set things right and keep a new, genetically-enhanced dino from wreaking havoc on humans.

The clip ends with an ominous statement from Jeff Goldbum’s Ian Malcolm: “These creatures were here before us, and if we’re not careful, they’re gonna be here after. Welcome to Jurassic World.”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters on June 22.

The cast of Jurassic World is also featured on this week’s cover of Entertainment Weekly. In addition to speaking about the movie, Chris Pratt also opens up about his split from Anna Faris, with whom he has a 5-year-old son, Jack.

“Divorce sucks,” he tells EW. “But at the end of the day, we’ve got a great kid who’s got two parents who love him very much.”

He adds, “We’re finding a way to navigate this while still remaining friends and still being kind to one another.  It’s not ideal, but yeah, I think both of us are actually probably doing better.”

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Cary Elwes and Jake Busey to join the cast of "Stranger Things" season three

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Netflix(HOLLYWOOD) — A couple of familiar faces are heading to Hawkins, Indiana for the third season of Stranger Things. Cary Elwes and Jake Busey will be joining the cast.

Elwes, known for his role in The Princess Bride, continues the show’s tradition of casting ‘80s icons. He’s set to play a character named Mayor Kline. Busey, the son of actor Gary Busey, is probably best known for his role in Starship Troopers.  He’ll play someone named Bruce.

As previously announced, Maya Hawke – the daughter of Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke – will also be joining the cast this season, while Priah Ferguson has been bumped up to a recurring role as Lucas’ mouthy little sister.

Stranger Things stars Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Winona Ryder and David Harbour.

A release date for season three has yet to be announced.

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