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‘Stranger Things’ season three teaser reveals mysterious episode titles

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Netflix(NEW YORK) — Start speculating, Stranger Things fans.

Netflix has released a new teaser for the show’s third season, which reveals the cryptic titles of all eight episodes, including:

Suzie, Do You Copy?
The Mall Rats
The Case of the Missing Lifeguard
The Sauna Test
The Source
The Birthday
The Bite
The Battle of Starcourt

The teaser concludes with this message: “In the summer of 1985, the adventure continues.”

Season three of Stranger Things – starring Millie Bobbie Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp and Gaten Matarazzo – will debut in 2019.

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‘The Ranch’ reveals Danny Masterson’s post-exit fate

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

L-R: Danny Masterson and Sam Elliot; Greg Gayne/Netflix(SPOILERS AHEAD)  In the wake of his departure from The Ranch, actor Danny Masterson is urging fans of the Netflix comedy to keep supporting the show. 

In an Instagram post, Masterson asked fans to keep watching the show, to honor his “family,” the crew. “They work 10-14 hour shoot days to make you smile in 30 minute increments,” he noted, adding, “Support comedy. Support Art. Support the Iron River ranch and the Bennett Family.”

Masterson, who also co-executive-produced The Ranch, was fired from the show a year ago this month after sexual misconduct allegations against him from the early 2000s resurfaced.   Masterson has denied any wrongdoing.

In the part-six finale of The Ranch’s just-released second half of season three, it was revealed that Masterson’s character, Rooster, was apparently killed in a motorcycle accident.

Netflix has already announced that The Ranch — also starring Debra Winger, Sam Elliot, Elisha Cuthbert and Ashton Kutcher — will return for a fourth season.

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Robert De Niro’s Robert Mueller is hiding in Eric Trump’s closet on ‘SNL’

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

NBC//Will Heath(NEW YORK) — The special counsel paid a special visit to the president’s sons on this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live.

Eric Trump, played again by Alex Moffat, was being tucked into bed by Mikey Day’s Donald Trump Jr. when he started to have some fears about he and his brother’s future.

“There’s no boogeyman in your closet,” Trump Jr. said. “Have you been watching the news again?”

Day’s Trump Jr. decided to read his younger brother a bedtime story to help calm him down. Eric struggled a bit with the meaning of words in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas — starting with the very first word.

But it was a large creaking noise that brought out the real boogeyman.

“That’s the cheap steel dad uses to build his towers,” Trump Jr. said, walking over to open the closet. “See, nothing in the closet.”

Of course, as he opened the door, Robert Mueller — played as usual by a stammering Robert De Niro — was standing inside.

“Robert Mueller is in there!” Eric exclaimed.

“Eric, nobody likes a fibber,” Trump Jr. said, before leaving to take a phone call from his lawyer.

Mueller sat down with Eric to say, “No matter what happens, America is gonna be just fine,” because of the good people in it.

“Good people like my dad?” he asked.

“Let’s put a pin in that,” Mueller responded.

“Mr. Mueller, people say you’re the worst thing that’s ever happened to my dad,” Eric said.

De Niro, who continues to be befuddled by cue cards, then replied, “No, getting elected president is the worst thing to ever happen to your dad.”

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Robert De Niro’s Robert Mueller is hiding in Eric Trump’s closet on ‘SNL’

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

NBC//Will Heath(NEW YORK) — The special counsel paid a special visit to the president’s sons on this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live.

Eric Trump, played again by Alex Moffat, was being tucked into bed by Mikey Day’s Donald Trump Jr. when he started to have some fears about he and his brother’s future.

“There’s no boogeyman in your closet,” Trump Jr. said. “Have you been watching the news again?”

Day’s Trump Jr. decided to read his younger brother a bedtime story to help calm him down. Eric struggled a bit with the meaning of words in ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas — starting with the very first word.

But it was a large creaking noise that brought out the real boogeyman.

“That’s the cheap steel dad uses to build his towers,” Trump Jr. said, walking over to open the closet. “See, nothing in the closet.”

Of course, as he opened the door, Robert Mueller — played as usual by a stammering Robert De Niro — was standing inside.

“Robert Mueller is in there!” Eric exclaimed.

“Eric, nobody likes a fibber,” Trump Jr. said, before leaving to take a phone call from his lawyer.

Mueller sat down with Eric to say, “No matter what happens, America is gonna be just fine,” because of the good people in it.

“Good people like my dad?” he asked.

“Let’s put a pin in that,” Mueller responded.

“Mr. Mueller, people say you’re the worst thing that’s ever happened to my dad,” Eric said.

De Niro, who continues to be befuddled by cue cards, then replied, “No, getting elected president is the worst thing to ever happen to your dad.”

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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ tops ‘The Grinch’ in sleepy pre-holiday weekend; ‘Aquaman’ has super-heroic debut in China

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — The domestic weekend was the second lowest grossing of the year so far with the top twelve films earning a combined $77.8 million.

However, overseas it was quite a different story thanks to Jason Momoa and friends. Aquaman opened in China this weekend earning a whopping $93.6 million, and becoming the top film globally from the one market alone. It also marked the biggest start ever in China for any Warner Bros. title. Aquaman will make a splash in North America on December 21st.

As for the domestic box office, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet took the top spot with $16 million and The Grinch wasn’t far behind at $15.2 million. Ralph has now earned a domestic cume of just over $140 million. Meanwhile, the holiday season has been good for The Grinch, which is now approaching $225 million domestically.

In third, Creed II brought in an estimated $10.3 million, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald took in an estimated $6.8 million over the weekend.

Rounding out the top five is Bohemian Rhapsody with an estimated $6 million as the biographical film about the British rock band Queen is now just shy of earning $175 million domestically as it enters its sixth week of release.

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

1. Ralph Breaks the Internet, $16 million
2. The Grinch, $15.2 million
3. Creed II, $10.3 million
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, $6.8 million
5. Bohemian Rhapsody, $6 million
6. Instant Family, $5.6 million
7. Green Brook, $3.9 million
8. Robin Hood, $3.6 million
9. The Possession of Hannah Grace, $3.2 million
10. Widows, $3.1 million

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‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’ tops ‘The Grinch’ in sleepy pre-holiday weekend; ‘Aquaman’ has super-heroic debut in China

Posted on: December 10th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Disney(LOS ANGELES) — The domestic weekend was the second lowest grossing of the year so far with the top twelve films earning a combined $77.8 million.

However, overseas it was quite a different story thanks to Jason Momoa and friends. Aquaman opened in China this weekend earning a whopping $93.6 million, and becoming the top film globally from the one market alone. It also marked the biggest start ever in China for any Warner Bros. title. Aquaman will make a splash in North America on December 21st.

As for the domestic box office, Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet took the top spot with $16 million and The Grinch wasn’t far behind at $15.2 million. Ralph has now earned a domestic cume of just over $140 million. Meanwhile, the holiday season has been good for The Grinch, which is now approaching $225 million domestically.

In third, Creed II brought in an estimated $10.3 million, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald took in an estimated $6.8 million over the weekend.

Rounding out the top five is Bohemian Rhapsody with an estimated $6 million as the biographical film about the British rock band Queen is now just shy of earning $175 million domestically as it enters its sixth week of release.

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

1. Ralph Breaks the Internet, $16 million
2. The Grinch, $15.2 million
3. Creed II, $10.3 million
4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, $6.8 million
5. Bohemian Rhapsody, $6 million
6. Instant Family, $5.6 million
7. Green Brook, $3.9 million
8. Robin Hood, $3.6 million
9. The Possession of Hannah Grace, $3.2 million
10. Widows, $3.1 million

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‘Ralph’ tops box office again, ‘Aquaman’ is a hit in China

Posted on: December 9th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

On a quiet weekend at the box office, "Ralph Breaks the Internet" was no. 1 for the third straight week, while the upcoming DC Comics superhero film "Aquaman" made a huge splash in Chinese theaters

Robert Mueller is hiding in Eric Trump’s closet on ‘SNL’

Posted on: December 8th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

The special counsel paid a special visit to the Trump sons.

Rise up: Female voices take center stage at Grammys

Posted on: December 8th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

After being nearly muted at this year’s ceremony, the 2019 Grammys are shaping up to be the year of the woman, with powerful female voices representing the majority in two of the top categories

Author Jon Krakauer sues over adaptation of ‘Into the Wild’

Posted on: December 8th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Author filed suit over a musical adaptation of his 1996 book "Into the Wild."

Ex-Miss Kentucky charged with sending nude photos to student

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

A former Miss Kentucky who has taught at a West Virginia middle school has been charged with sending nude pictures to a male student

Heather Nauert likely to be quizzed on her diplomatic resume

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Lean diplomatic resume for Trump’s choice to be UN ambassador likely to be topic at Senate confirmation hearing

‘Asher’ star Ron Perlman "at peace" over ‘Hellboy’ reboot

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Tommaso Boddi/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Ron Perlman plays a hitman looking to retire in the new film Asher, which hits theaters today. Perlman, a veteran character actor, is best known to some as the hulking figure under the red skin and muscle suit of the demonic comic hero Hellboy.

He played the role in two fan favorite films, both for Oscar winning Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro. However, a long-in-development third Hellboy film with del Toro fell apart and a 2019 reboot took place, with Perlman succeeded by Stranger Things star David Harbour.

Perlman tells ABC Radio, “…I was very much at peace that I wanted nothing to with anything but finishing the trilogy. And that the journey was going to be on that included Guillermo [del Toro] or not at all.  And frankly there’s so many things that are going on in my life right now, that I don’t think about it at all. I don’t miss it. I’m at peace with it. I’m just amazingly grateful to the two movies that we did get to do.”

Perlman’s peace had a lot to do with meeting up with Harbour, at a dinner hosted by his friend, actor and comic geek Patton Oswalt. “So, we had our little détente. And so I have nothing but good will for what happens with David in this next iteration of Hellboy.”

As for Asher, Perlman tells us he found some common ground with the titular trigger-man: “He is searching for some sort of legacy thing. And I know for a fact that you know when a guy hits his mid-sixties…those things come into play…What will they say about me when I can no longer be identified as the fastest gun in town? I think that’s what Asher is going through, I think that that’s what makes our watching him for two hours poignant.”

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Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer claims ‘startling new information’ about accuser

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

The former movie mogul’s lawyer wants the case to be dismissed.

Report: Jodie Whittaker will return for a new season of ‘Doctor Who’

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Ben Blackall/BBC America(NEW YORK) — Not that there was any official reason to doubt it would happen, but word is Jodie Whittaker will return in the title role for another season of Doctor Who.

“I really can’t wait to step back in and get to work again,” Whittaker told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s such an incredible role. It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and I’m not quite ready to hand it over yet.”

Whittaker is the 13th person but the first woman to play the role of time-traveling Doctor in the show’s more than fifty-year history.  While fan and critical reaction has been overwhelmingly positive, there’s still no official word from the BBC confirming the 36-year-old’s return.

Doctor Who airs its season finale this Sunday at 8:00 p.m. ET, then will return for a New Year’s special Tuesday, January 1st, both on BBC America.

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Kevin Hart quits as Oscars host over his anti-gay tweets

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian

‘Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle’ roars onto Netflix today

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Netflix(NEW YORK) — Featuring jaw-dropping visuals and an A-list voice cast, Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle hits Netflix today. The latest take on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book stars the voice and motion capture talents of Christian Bale, Andy Serkis, Cate Blanchett and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Black Panther star Serkis, who famously portrayed Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films, and pioneered the development of motion-capture tech he utilized in his performances playing Peter Jackson’s King Kong, as well as Caesar in the Planet of the Apes films, brought that experience to the table as the director of Mowgli.

“I wanted to really get inside of the minds of the animals,” he tells ABC Radio. “So, actually, a lot of the story is carried in close up with the animals, so you really do read their facial expressions and their emotions. You know, it’s a drama which happens to have animals as actors.”

Rohan Chand plays the little human hero Mowgli. He tells ABC Radio that in order to get inside the head of a boy raised by wolves, he camped out with wolves: “I went to upstate New York to a wolf conservatory center…and it was really great to see how they interacted with each other you know, between the alpha and within the pack.”

The film is both in theaters and on Netflix. But Christian Bale, who plays the panther Bhageera, urges people not watch it on your phone: “I don’t think anybody’s OK with that. I mean, this is serious artwork. I mean this…is a phenomenal, staggering, jaw-droppingly beautiful film. No, you shouldn’t watch this on your phone, at all.” He adds with a smile, “You know, but that also must surely be bad for your eyes, no?”

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Hugh Jackman’s upcoming world tour: No Wolverine, but Deadpool may drop by

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

AEG Presents/TEG-Dainty/Robert Fox(NEW YORK ) — Tickets go on sale Friday for Hugh Jackman’s first-ever world tour, which will include plenty of singing, dancing and storytelling, but not his most famous on-screen character. However, there’s a possibility that another Marvel superhero may show up.

“There won’t be a Wolverine kick line,” Jackman jokes. But, he reveals, “I actually am about to call Ryan Reynolds, because I do think it would be quite cool if Ryan made an appearance somewhere along…as Deadpool! I think that could be kinda cool!”

If Reynolds shows, that’ll be just one of many surprise guests Jackman hopes will join him during the tour — he’s planning on asking everyone from Sting to James Corden to Kristin Chenoweth to drop by. It’s all part of his plan to make every concert unique and special.

“There’s something sacred to me about [performing] live and I want people to feel when they come that something happened that night that ONLY happened that night,” he explains. “It’s like a little secret that we have. Something between the 13,000 of us, that you can only experience tonight.”

One guest who’ll definitely be joining Jackman for multiple shows is Keala Settle, who played the Bearded Lady in the hit movie The Greatest Showman. Jackman says thanks to that movie and its soundtrack, his audiences on this tour will likely include a whole new demographic: little kids.

“It excites me. I love the idea that we’re gonna have a family audience,” says Jackman. “I love the idea that these kids are gonna hear songs from Greatest Showman, they’re also gonna hear stuff from Les Mis, they might hear some of the great standards from Irving Berlin or some Fred Astaire…Gene Kelly….”

“There’ll be no swearing,” he laughs. “I can tell you that!

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First look: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ trailer teases hope amid ‘Infinity War’ ruins

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) — (SPOILERS AHEAD) We have a name — and the first trailer — for the sequel to Avengers: Infinity War.

Firstly, if you haven’t seen Avengers: Infinity War, you may want to look away now, because this being a sequel, everything that happens in the new trailer takes place in the aftermath of Infinity War‘s extreme bummer of an ending.

The trailer for Avengers: Endgame — that’s the film’s name — opens with Robert Downey, Jr.’s Tony Stark adrift in space.  His food and water gone and oxygen nearly gone, he records a final message to his beloved Pepper Potts.

“Don’t feel bad about this,” he says.  “Part of the journey is the end.”

Back on Earth, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow confirms that Thanos wiped out fifty percent of the world’s population, as Steve Rogers, aka Captain America — played by Chris Evans — listens, a tear painting his cheek.  We get shots of the surviving Avengers, including Thor, Bruce Banner — and finally Hawkeye, who was absent from Infinity War, promising that we’ll learn why.

“This is the fight of our lives,” says Rogers, teasing a plan to undo what Thanos did. 

“This is gonna work, Steve,” says Black Widow.

“I know it is,” answers Rogers.  “‘Cause I don’t know what I’m gonna do if it doesn’t.”

Then comes the title reveal, with the letters forming out of the dust that remained after Thanos snapped his fingers in Infinity War

And then, for a bit of comic relief, we end with Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man, shouting at the front gate security camera, asking to be let in.  Captain America and Black Window learn one more superhero than they believed has survived.

Avengers: Endgame opens nationally April 26, according to the trailer, a change from the advertised May 3 debut date.

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61st annual Grammy Awards: The nominees

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Nominees for the 61st annual Grammy Awards were announced this morning.  Here’s the complete list of nominees in key categories for the 61st annual Grammy Awards.  Winners will be revealed on music’s biggest night Sunday, February 10, live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on CBS.

Album of the Year
Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
By the Way I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
Scorpion — Drake
beerbongs & bentleys — Post Malone
H.E.R. — H.E.R.
Dirty Computer — Janelle Monae
Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
Black Panther: The Album — Kendrick Lamar

Record of the Year
“I Like It” — Cardi B
“The Joke” — Brandi Carlile
“This Is America” — Childish Gambino
“Shallow” — Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“All the Stars” — Kendrick Lamar
“Rock Star” — Post Malone
“God’s Plan” — Drake
“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris

Song of the Year
“All the Stars” — Kendrick Lamar, SZA
“Boo’d Up” — Ella Mai
“God’s Plan” — Drake
“In My Blood” — Shawn Mendes
“The Joke” — Brandi Carlile
“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris
 “Shallow” — Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
“This Is America” — Childish Gambino

Best New Artist
Chloe x Halle
Luke Combs
Greta Van Fleet
H.E.R.
Dua Lipa
Bebe Rexha
Margo Price
Jorja Smith

POP FIELD

Best Pop Solo Performance
“Colors” — Beck
“Havana (Live)” — Camila Cabello
“God Is A Woman” — Ariana Grande
“Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?)” — Lady Gaga
“Better Now” — Post Malone

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
“Fall In Line” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Demi Lovato
“Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” — Backstreet Boys
“‘S Wonderful” — Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
“Shallow” — Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper
“Girls I Like You” — Maroon 5 Featuring Cardi B
“Say Something” — Justin Timberlake Featuring Chris Stapleton
“The Middle” — Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Love Is Here to Stay —Tony Bennett & Diana Krall
My Way — Willie Nelson
Nat “King” Cole & Me — Gregory Porter
Standards (DELUXE) —Seal
THE MUSIC…THE MEM’RIES…THE MAGIC! — Barbra Streisand

Best Pop Vocal Album
Camila — Camila Cabello
Meaning of Life — Kelly Clarkson
Sweetener — Ariana Grande
Shawn Mendes — Shawn Mendes
Beautiful Trauma — Pink
Reputation — Taylor Swift

DANCE/ELECTRONIC FIELD

Best Dance Recording
“Northern Soul” — Above & Beyond Featuring Richard Bedford
“Ultimatum” — Disclosure (Featuring Fatoumata Diawara)
“Losing It” — Fisher
“Electricity” — Silk City & Dua Lipa Featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson
“Ghost Voices” — Virtual Self

Best Dance/Electronic Album
Singularity — Jon Hopkins
Woman Worldwide — Justice
Treehouse — Sofi Tukker
Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides — SOPHIE
Lune Rouge — TOKiMONSTA

ROCK FIELD

Best Rock Performance
“Four Out of Five” —Arctic Monkeys
“When Bad Does Good” — Chris Cornell
“Made An America” — The Fever 333
“Highway Tune” — Greta Van Fleet
“Uncomfortable” — Halestorm

Best Metal Performance
“Condemned to the Gallows “— Between The Buried And Me
“Honeycomb” — Deafheaven
“Electric Messiah” — High On Fire
“Betrayer” — Trivium
“On My Teeth — Underoath

Best Rock Song
“Black Smoke Rising” — Jacob Thomas Kiszka, Joshua Michael Kiszka, Samuel Francis Kiszka & Daniel
Robert Wagner, songwriters (Greta Van Fleet)
“Jumpsuit” — Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
“MANTRA” — Jordan Fish, Matthew Kean, Lee Malia, Matthew Nicholls & Oliver Sykes, songwriters (Bring Me the Horizon)
“Masseduction” — Jack Antonoff & Annie Clark, songwriters (St. Vincent)
“Rats” — Tom Dalgety & A Ghoul Writer, songwriters (Ghost)

Best Rock Album
Rainier Fog — Alice In Chains
M A N I A — Fall Out Boy
Prequelle — Ghost
From the Fires — Greta Van Fleet
Pacific Daydream — Weezer

ALTERNATIVE FIELD

Best Alternative Music Album
Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino —Arctic Monkeys
Colors — Beck
Utopia — Björk
American Utopia — David Byrne
Masseduction — St. Vincent

R&B FIELD

Best R&B Performance
“Long As I Live” — Toni Braxton
“Summer” — The Carters
“Y O Y” — Lalah Hathaway
“Best Part” — H.E.R. Featuring Daniel Caesar
“First Began” — PJ Morton

Best Traditional R&B Performance
“Bet Ain’t Worth the Hand” — Leon Bridges
“Don’t Fall Apart on Me Tonight” — Bettye LaVette
“Honest” — MAJOR.
“How Deep Is Your Love” — PJ Morton Featuring Yebba
“Made for Love” — Charlie Wilson Featuring Lalah Hathaway

Best R&B Song
“Boo’d Up” — Larrance Dopson, Joelle James, Ella Mai & Dijon McFarlane, songwriters (Ella Mai)
“Come Through And Chill” — Jermaine Cole, Miguel Pimentel & Salaam Remi, songwriters (Miguel Featuring J. Cole & Salaam Remi)
“Feels Like Summer” — Donald Glover & Ludwig Goransson, songwriters (Childish Gambino)
“Focus” — Darhyl Camper Jr, H.E.R. & Justin Love, songwriters (H.E.R.)
“Long As I Live” — Paul Boutin, Toni Braxton & Antonio Dixon, songwriters (Toni Braxton)

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Everything Is Love — The Carters
The Kids Are Alright— Chloe x Halle
Chris Dave and the Drumhedz — Chris Dave and the Drumhedz
War & Leisure — Miguel
Ventriloquism — Meshell Ndegeocello

Best R&B Album
Sex & Cigarettes — Toni Braxton
Good Thing — Leon Bridges
Honestly — Lalah Hathaway
H.E.R. — H.E.R.
Gumbo Unplugged (Live) — PJ Morton

RAP FIELD

Best Rap Performance
“Be Careful” — Cardi B
“Nice for What” — Drake
“King’s Dead” — Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future & James Blake
“Bubblin” — Anderson .Paak
“Sicko Mode” — Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee

Best Rap/Sung Performance
“Like I Do” — Christina Aguilera Featuring Goldlink
“Pretty Little Fears” — 6LACK Featuring J. Cole
“This Is America” — Childish Gambino
“All the Stars” — Kendrick Lamar & SZA
“Rockstar” — Post Malone Featuring 21 Savage

Best Rap Song
“God’s Plan” — Aubrey Graham, Daveon Jackson, Brock Korsan, Ron LaTour, Matthew Samuels & Noah Shebib, songwriters (Drake)
“King’s Dead” — Kendrick Duckworth, Samuel Gloade, James Litherland, Johnny McKinzie, Mark Spears, Travis Walton, Nayvadius Wilburn & Michael Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Future  & James Blake)
“Lucky You” — R. Fraser, G. Lucas, M. Mathers, M. Samuels & J. Sweet, songwriters (Eminem Featuring Joyner Lucas)
“Sicko Mode” — Khalif Brown, Rogét Chahayed, BryTavious Chambers, Mike Dean, Mirsad Dervic, Kevin Gomringer, Tim Gomringer, Aubrey Graham, John Edward Hawkins, Chauncey Hollis, Jacques Webster, Ozan Yildirim & Cydel Young, songwriters (Travis Scott, Drake, Big Hawk & Swae Lee)
“Win” — K. Duckworth, A. Hernandez, J. McKinzie, M. Samuels & C. Thompson, songwriters (Jay Rock)

Best Rap Album
Invasion of Privacy — Cardi B
Swimming — Mac Miller
Victory Lap — Nipsey Hussle
Daytona — Pusha T
Astroworld — Travis Scott

COUNTRY FIELD

Best Country Solo Performance
“Wouldn’t It Be Great?” — Loretta Lynn
“Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters” — Maren Morris
“Butterflies” — Kacey Musgraves
“Millionaire” — Chris Stapleton
“Parallel Line” — Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance
“Shoot Me Straight” — Brothers Osborne
“Tequila” — Dan + Shay
”When Someone Stops Loving You” — Little Big Town
“Dear Hate” — Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill
“Meant to Be” — Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line

Best Country Song
“Break Up in the End” — Jessie Jo Dillon, Chase McGill & Jon Nite, songwriters (Cole Swindell)
“Dear Hate” — Tom Douglas, David Hodges & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris Featuring Vince Gill)
“I Lived It” — Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman, Ashley Gorley & Ben Hayslip, songwriters (Blake Shelton)
“Space Cowboy” — Luke Laird, Shane McAnally & Kacey Musgraves, songwriters (Kacey Musgraves)
“Tequila” — Nicolle Galyon, Jordan Reynolds & Dan Smyers, songwriters (Dan + Shay)
“When Someone Stops Loving You” — Hillary Lindsey, Chase McGill & Lori McKenna, songwriters (Little Big Town)

Best Country Album
Unapologetically — Kelsea Ballerini
Port Saint Joe — Brothers Osborne
Girl Going Nowhere — Ashley McBryde
Golden Hour — Kacey Musgraves
From A Room: Volume 2 — Chris Stapleton

AMERICAN ROOTS MUSIC FIELD

Best Americana Album
By the Way, I Forgive You — Brandi Carlile
Things Have Changed — Bettye LaVette
The Tree of Forgiveness — John Prine
The Lonely, the Lonesome & the Gone — Lee Ann Womack
One Drop of Truth — The Wood Brothers

Best Bluegrass Album
Portraits in Fiddles — Mike Barnett
Sister Sadie II — Sister Sadie
Rivers and Roads — Special Consensus
The Travelin’ McCourys — The Travelin’ McCourys
North of Despair — Wood & Wire

Best Folk Album
Whistle Down the Wind — Joan Baez
Black Cowboys — Dom Flemons
Rifles & Rosary Beads — Mary Gauthier
Weed Garden — Iron & Wine
All Ashore — Punch Brothers

REGGAE FIELD

Best Reggae Album
As the World Turns — Black Uhuru
Reggae Forever — Etana
Rebellion Rises — Ziggy Marley
A Matter of Time — Protoje
44/876 — Sting & Shaggy

SPOKEN WORD FIELD

Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling)
Accessory to War (Neil Degrasse Tyson & Avis Lang)  — Courtney B. Vance
Calypso  — David Sedaris
Creative Quest — Questlove
Faith – A Journey for All — Jimmy Carter
The Last Black Unicorn — Tiffany Haddish

COMEDY FIELD

Best Comedy Album
Annihilation — Patton Oswalt
Equanimity & the Bird Revelation — Dave Chappelle
Noble Ape — Jim Gaffigan
Standup for Drummers — Fred Armisen
Tamborine
— Chris Rock

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First look: New ‘Game of Thrones’ season eight teaser

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — HBO has unveiled a teaser for the upcoming final season of Game of Thrones. Unfortunately for fans, the sneak peek is devoid of any scenes from the final episodes of the epic, Emmy-winning series.

Instead, the coming attraction is a visual call-back to A Song of Ice and Fire, the title of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy book series on which the show is based.  We see the massive Dragonstone Table from the show, as frosty fog comes in from one side, and fire the other.

Not surprisingly, both elements clash violently in the middle, foreshadowing the final season’s final conflict.

Game of Thrones‘ eighth and final season kicks off in April of 2019.

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Kevin Hart out as Oscars host, steps down in wake of homophobic "tweets of old"

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABCKevin Hart has stepped down as the host of the upcoming Academy Awards telecast, after nearly 10-year-old homophobic tweets surfaced from the comic and actor.

On Instagram, Hart explained the organization confronted him on Thursday. “I just got a call from the Academy,” Hart says to camera. “That call basically said, ‘Kevin apologize for your tweets of old, or we’re gonna have to move on and find another host.'”

“I chose to pass on the apology,” Hart said. “The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times.”

Hart continued, “I’ve addressed this…I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. I’ve moved on. I’m in a completely different space in my life…”

He added that apologizing would only empower “trolls” who dug up the old material. “I’m gonna be me. I’m gonna stand my ground.” 

Earlier Thursday, Hart seemed more conciliatory on Twitter, posting, “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s [sic]….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

He added, “I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

In a now-deleted 2011 tweet, Hart posted, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'”

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‘Schindler’s List’ 25th anniversary re-release tops quiet box office weekend

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Universal(LOS ANGELES) — Opening nationwide on Friday:

* Schindler’s List — Universal marks the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking film with a limited engagement, digitally remastered, re-release. The movie, starring Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than one thousand Jewish people during the Holocaust, took home seven Oscars in 1994, including best picture and best director for Spielberg, Also starring Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes. Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

Mary, Queen of Scots — Lady Bird‘s Saoirse Ronan stars as the titular character, who attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England — played by Margot Robbie — and finds herself condemned to prison, and ultimately executed. Also starring Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant and Guy Pearce. Rated R.

* Ben Is Back — Julia Roberts stars as a mother who tries to help her addict son — played by Boy Erased‘s Lucas Hedges — after he unexpectedly returns home for Christmas, after rehab. Courtney B. Vance also stars. Rated R.

* Vox Lux — Natalie Portman stars in this drama about a singer’s unexpected rise from talented teen to troubled pop superstar. Jude Law and Willem Dafoe also star. Rated R.

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Kevin Hart out as Oscars host, steps down in wake of homophobic "tweets of old"

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABCKevin Hart has stepped down as the host of the upcoming Academy Awards telecast, after nearly 10-year-old homophobic tweets surfaced from the comic and actor.

On Instagram, Hart explained the organization confronted him on Thursday. “I just got a call from the Academy,” Hart says to camera. “That call basically said, ‘Kevin apologize for your tweets of old, or we’re gonna have to move on and find another host.'”

“I chose to pass on the apology,” Hart said. “The reason why I passed is because I’ve addressed this several times.”

Hart continued, “I’ve addressed this…I’ve said who I am now versus who I was then. I’ve done it. I’ve moved on. I’m in a completely different space in my life…”

He added that apologizing would only empower “trolls” who dug up the old material. “I’m gonna be me. I’m gonna stand my ground.” 

Earlier Thursday, Hart seemed more conciliatory on Twitter, posting, “I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year’s Oscar’s [sic]….this is because I do not want to be a distraction on a night that should be celebrated by so many amazing talented artists. I sincerely apologize to the LGBTQ community for my insensitive words from my past.”

He added, “I’m sorry that I hurt people.. I am evolving and want to continue to do so. My goal is to bring people together not tear us apart. Much love & appreciation to the Academy. I hope we can meet again.”

In a now-deleted 2011 tweet, Hart posted, “Yo if my son comes home & try’s 2 play with my daughters doll house I’m going 2 break it over his head & say n my voice ‘stop that’s gay.'”

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‘Schindler’s List’ 25th anniversary re-release tops quiet box office weekend

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Universal(LOS ANGELES) — Opening nationwide on Friday:

* Schindler’s List — Universal marks the 25th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking film with a limited engagement, digitally remastered, re-release. The movie, starring Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler, who saved the lives of more than one thousand Jewish people during the Holocaust, took home seven Oscars in 1994, including best picture and best director for Spielberg, Also starring Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes. Rated R.

Opening in limited release on Friday:

Mary, Queen of Scots — Lady Bird‘s Saoirse Ronan stars as the titular character, who attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England — played by Margot Robbie — and finds herself condemned to prison, and ultimately executed. Also starring Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant and Guy Pearce. Rated R.

* Ben Is Back — Julia Roberts stars as a mother who tries to help her addict son — played by Boy Erased‘s Lucas Hedges — after he unexpectedly returns home for Christmas, after rehab. Courtney B. Vance also stars. Rated R.

* Vox Lux — Natalie Portman stars in this drama about a singer’s unexpected rise from talented teen to troubled pop superstar. Jude Law and Willem Dafoe also star. Rated R.

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Russian rappers, other artists targeted in crackdown

Posted on: December 7th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Russian musicians have recently seen a spike in pressure from authorities.

Hart steps down as Oscars host after outcry over old tweets

Posted on: December 6th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

Just two days after being named host of the Academy Awards, Kevin Hart has stepped down following an outcry over past homophobic tweets by the comedian

‘Candyman’ star Tony Todd has "mixed feelings" about Jordan Peele reboot

Posted on: December 6th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

TriStar/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While horror fans are extremely excited about the forthcoming Candyman reboot from Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele, the original film’s star, Tony Todd, doesn’t appear to be as enthusiastic.

In an interview with SyFy, Todd reveals he has “mixed feelings,” about the project.

I have mixed feelings because I thought they were gonna make this 15 years ago,” he said. “If this had been 10 years ago when I had heard the news, I would have been devastated. I would have fought for it. Now I’m in a different place.”

Still, Todd gave his blessing to Peele to make the new film, and adds that Candyman‘s original storyline is relevant “now more than ever.”

“In 2018, I think there are a few neighborhoods that could use some Candyman justice, you know what I’m saying?” he said. “I’m just happy that as an African-American man, that Candyman has once again been given the nod to enter people’s consciousness.”

In the 1992 film, the Candyman is the prosperous son of a slave who’s lynched and murdered after falling in love with a white woman and fathering their child.  He later returns as a vengeful spirit.  Todd says he hopes the film doesn’t downplay some of its most important themes of race and social justice.

“I hope that they don’t dance around the [interracial] relationship between Candyman and the love of his life, the reason for his death and that they are actually allowed to kiss,” he said. “[Back then] it was rare that African-American male film stars got to kiss any of the white leading ladies they worked with.” 

Peele‘s Candyman reboot is slated for a June 12, 2020 release. 

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Doh! ‘The Simpsons’ celebrates 30th anniversary early with all-day marathon & more

Posted on: December 6th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

FOX(NEW YORK) — If you’re a true fan of The Simpsons, then you already know December 17 marks the anniversary of the first-ever broadcast of the now-classic animated hit comedy, in 1989.  As we approach the show’s 30th anniversary year, FXX is kicking off the celebration early with a marathon of favorite Simpsons episodes, personally selected by executive producer Al Jean.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT on Sunday, December 16, FXX will air back-to-back Simpsons episodes until midnight.  That’s thirty episodes for thirty seasons, starting with the season one ninth episode, “Life in the Fast Lane,” and ending with “Bart’s Not Dead,” a rebroadcast of the very first episode of the most recent, 30th season, which initially aired in September.  

Then one week later, FOX will air the very first The Simpsons episode ever broadcast, the holiday special “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” which initially aired on December 17, 1989.  That’ll be at the show’s usual air time of 8:00 ET/PT.

Also as any fan knows, The Simpsons began as a series of animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons beginning in 1987, before being spun off into their own series.  The show has since become the longest-running primetime scripted show in American television history.

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Spice Girl Emma Bunton avoids "soggy bottoms" as she hosts ABC’s ‘The Great American Baking Show’

Posted on: December 6th, 2018 by ABC News No Comments

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — ABC’s The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition returns for a fourth season tonight. Based on the hit U.K. series The Great British Bake Off, the show features bakers from around the country competing in holiday-themed challenges as they vie for the title of America’s Best Amateur Baker.

This season, the show is spicing things up — literally — by adding Spice Girl Emma Bunton as co-host, alongside returning host Anthony “Spice” Adams. Serving as judges: Paul Hollywood from the Great British Bake Off, and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard.

Emma tells ABC Radio that co-hosting the show, “I learnt so much, including it’s not very good to have a soggy bottom!” 

“I cried as well, a few times,” Bunton admits. “It’s quite an emotional show, because they put so much effort into these amazing bakes and sometimes they’re undercooked or they’re overcooked…and they’ve worked so hard! Yeah, I had a little cry. I was quite emotional.”

When she wasn’t crying, Emma says, she was stressing out.

“It was a very tense time for [the contestants],” she explains. “I just watched the work that they put into these creations and them they get judged on top of that — it’s also a good fun show, but…yeah, it’s very tense — it’s a tense show.”

Judge Sherry Yard agrees the show is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, but the contestants’ skills impressed her.

“Baking is generational…we pick it up from grandmas and moms…so it’s not exclusive to the professional field and I think that’s what’s so wonderful about the show,” Yard says. “All of these bakers…they would rival professional pastry chefs because they’re that serious about it.” 

ABC’s The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

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