Selena Gomez Says She Feels ‘Unauthentic’

Posted on: July 24th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The singer also said she’s disconnected to "myself and my music."

Tom Hiddleston Reveals How He’s Handling Fame

Posted on: July 24th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The actor said being "authentic" helps ground him despite his star rising.

In Sweden, Bruce Springsteen and the Ties That Bind

Posted on: July 24th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

In Sweden, Bruce Springsteen and the Ties That Bind

Comic-Con 2016: Warner Bros. Panel Live Blog

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

“Wonder Woman,” “Suicide Squad” and more!

5 Quotes From Amy Winehouse on Anniversary of her Death

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The British singer died five years ago today.

Kim Kardashian West Reveals Saint West’s New Vocabulary Word

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Hint: It has something to do with Kanye West!

Paul McCartney Honored as UK’s "Most Successful Album Artist"

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

MPL Communications/MJ Kim(LONDON) — The U.K.’s Official Charts Company has presented Paul McCartney with the prestigious Official Chart Record Breaker Award in recognition of the rock legend being the most successful album artist in the history of his home country. McCartney received the honor for scoring more total #1 albums on the U.K.’s Official Albums Chart, 22, than any other artist.

The 74-year-old musician’s old band The Beatles notched 15 chart-topping albums, while Sir Paul also hit #1 four times as a solo artist, twice with Wings and once with his late wife, Linda.

In a video message, McCartney says the honor, “feels unbelievable, because when you write your songs you don’t count how well they’re doing. I remember when Please, Please Me went to number one, that was our first number one record, and it’s a beautiful feeling to suddenly get this [award].”

He adds, “So thank you to the people for giving it to me, I love you. And thank you to everyone who made it possible by buying the records, we love you too!”

The Official Charts Company notes that McCartney also has spent the most total weeks atop the albums chart, 191, while the Fab Four’s first album, 1963’s Please Please Me, was #1 for more weeks, 30, than any other debut effort.

Following McCartney on the list of artists with the most #1 U.K. albums are his three Beatles band mates: John Lennon at #2 with 18; George Harrison at #3 with 17; and Ringo Starr tied at #4 — with pop star Robbie Williams — with 15. Elvis Presley, Phil Collins and Madonna are tied for sixth place on the list with 12 chart-topping albums, while David Bowie is #9 with 11.

McCartney receives his award on the 60th anniversary of the publication of the first Official Albums Chart.

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AMC Drops "The Walking Dead" Season 7 Trailer, Release Date

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

AMC(SAN DIEGO) — On October 23 at 9 p.m. Eastern, fans of The Walking Dead will finally got to see which one of Rick’s gang Negan executed in the closing moments of season six.

The AMC smash — pun intended — will return that night, finally, presumably, solving the mystery of which cast member bought it at the end of Lucille, the barb wire-covered bat wielded by Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s big bad. 

Along with that news, shared at San Diego Comic-Con, came a new trailer.

Footage of the beloved characters in the Grimes posse — Rick, Daryl, Carl, Abraham, Maggie, Glenn, Sasha, Aaron, Michonne, Rosita, and Eugene — flash by as Negan calmly recites, “Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe.”

The footage — which also features the expected walker-killing action — also introduces another major character from the Walking Dead graphic novel series, the tiger-wielding King Ezekiel.

Seriously: dude sits on a throne and pets a tiger.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Cast Shares Set Secrets at Comic-Con

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Check out all the action from the big panel.

Comic-Con 2016: ‘Game of Thrones’ Live Blog

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Check out all the action from the big panel at 5:15 p.m. EST.

Former ‘Bachelor’ Star Ben Higgins Will Not Run for Office After All

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

He’s withdrawn his candidacy.

Former ‘Bachelor’ Star Ben Higgins to Run for Office

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

He will run as a Republican candidate in a Colorado House of Representatives.

Keegan-Michael Key Talks ‘Don’t Think Twice,’ ‘Key & Peele’ and Next Big Project

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Fans will be happy to know that Key and Peele aren’t done working together.

10 Burning Questions About ‘Star Trek Beyond’

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

An ABC News reporter and “Star Trek” newbie has her questions answered.

Marvel’s "Iron Fist," "Luke Cage," "The Defenders" — Netflix Socks It to Comic-Con

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Marvel/NetflixAs its hard-hitting “Hell’s Kitchen Heroes” would, Marvel came out swinging at San Diego Comic-Con Thursday, with a slew of news and new footage from its Netflix shows. 

Not only did they release a full teaser to this fall’s Luke Cage, but also a “first look” at the upcoming Iron Fist, and teasers for both the third season of Daredevil, and The Defenders, the series that will unite each of the series titular heroes — as well as Kysten Ritter‘s Jessica Jones — into one Avengers-like team.

Luke Cage hits the streaming service first, debuting on September 20. In the series, Mike Colter reprises his Jessica Jones role as Cage, a wrongly-accused fugitive left super-strong and unbreakable after an experiment. The series will see Luke relocating uptown from Jones’ and Daredevil’s home turf of Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem, where Cage will take on criminal kingpin Cottonmouth Stokes, the cousin of a local politician played by Alfre Woodard

“…I’m not wearing a costume,” Colter says of Cage. “I’m a street-level hero. And what I’m trying to do is work on saving the community.” He adds of the anticipated series, “It’s really grounded.”   

Iron Fist follows Danny Rand (Finn Jones), the son of a murdered business mogul who masters martial arts — and eventually a mystical power that makes his fists inhumanly strong — to avenge his murdered parents. The show debuts in 2017, as does Defenders.

Release dates for a second season of JonesDaredevil season 3, and a Punisher series haven’t been released. 

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Aerosmith’s Joe Perry to Return to the Stage Tonight

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

He collapsed while performing with the Hollywood Vampires.

Sia Calls New Tour ‘Unusual’

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The "Chandelier" singer is launching her first North American tour.

Prince George Turns 3

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

New photos of the prince were released on his birthday.

Everything to Know About ‘Luke Cage,’ ‘Iron Fist’ and ‘Defenders’

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Who they are and what’s in the three epic clips!

Singer Bobby Brown Welcomes 7th Child

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Brown and Alicia Etheredge welcomed a baby girl Thursday.

Mila Kunis Says She’s Been Shamed for Breastfeeding in Public

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

"If it’s not for you, don’t look."

Leslie Jones Is Back, Firing Back on Twitter

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Mary Ellen Matthews/NBCLeslie Jones is back on Twitter after nearly 72 hours of social media silence.

The Ghostbusters star made a grand entrance tweeting, “Welp…a b**** thought she could stay away. But who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones!!”

She then quickly followed up her tweet with a Wilmer Valderrama meme from That ’70s Show that shows Valderrama’s character Fez mouthing “I love you.”

Jones adds the message, “Thanks for the love and support I received! made me feel real special See you later on@sethmeyers#LoveForLeslieJ.”

Jones had announced on Monday she was leaving social media after receiving an onslaught of racist comments. She was immediately defended by fans and many of her celebrity friends including Dan Aykroyd, who called her haters “insignificant gnats.”

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Leslie Jones Is Back on Twitter, Firing Back

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Mary Ellen Matthews/NBCLeslie Jones is back on Twitter after nearly 72 hours of social media silence.

The Ghostbusters star made a grand entrance tweeting, “Welp…a b**** thought she could stay away. But who else is gonna live tweet Game of Thrones!!”

She then quickly followed up her tweet with a Wilmer Valderrama meme from That ’70s Show that shows Valderrama’s character Fez mouthing “I love you.”

Jones adds the message, “Thanks for the love and support I received! made me feel real special See you later on@sethmeyers#LoveForLeslieJ.”

Jones had announced on Monday she was leaving social media after receiving an onslaught of racist comments. She was immediately defended by fans and many of her celebrity friends including Dan Aykroyd, who called her haters “insignificant gnats.”

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Hawaiian Rising Star Aidan James Aims for ‘Unique Kind of Pop’ With Ukulele

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

At 14 years old Aidan James already knows what he wants to do for the rest of his life: be a singer/songwriter.

Student Finds Ivanka Trump’s Earring, Uses Twitter to Return it

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Ivanka Trump reunited with earring she lost on the GOP convention floor.

Zachary Quinto Says Pokemon Go Is "Entirely Not for Me"

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

(SAN DIEGO) — Zachary Quinto is the rare person who hasn’t been swept up in the Pokemon Go craze.

The Star Trek star says the popularity of the mobile game “unsettles” and “troubles” him. “I have no judgment of people who want to play it, but it is entirely not for me and I will not ever play it,” he told ABC Radio Thursday at Comic-Con in San Diego.

In other words, he won’t be searching for Pokemon while he’s at Comic-Con. He’s there to promote a couple of projects, Star Trek Beyond and Snowden.

You can see Quinto reprise his role of Spock in Star Trek Beyond beginning Friday.

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Review: “Star Trek Beyond” (PG-13)

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Paramount Pictures(HOLLYWOOD) — When I last wrote a review of a Star Trek movie, I received the wrath of Kahn: Fans – some of whom hadn’t even seen the movie yet — were furious I didn’t like Into Darkness. A few were also upset because I spoiled the movie’s predictable reveal. I apologized for that, but I will never apologize for disliking that movie.

I thought Pine’s Kirk was insufferable, and aped whiny Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episode IV. I thought some of the plot points and decisions made by The Federation were so ludicrous, I had a hard time suspending my disbelief for the majority of the movie.  

I also know some die-hard fans who were furious about the movie not being “canon.” Look, I grew up with Allan Asherman’s Star Trek Compendium prominently displayed on our living room bookcase  — hey, Allan Asherman even came over to our house!  But when it comes to these Star Trek movies, you know what? I don’t give a Tribble about canon. I just want to see a movie that makes sense and is entertaining.

So, I’m going to make this review completely spoiler free:

Star Trek Beyond is fantastic!  The End.  Love, David.

OK, I lied. I’m back.

Whether directors J.J. Abrams, Justin Lin and co-writers Simon Pegg and Doug Jung meant to or not, this is the one Star Trek movie that absolutely, unequivocally says, “Gen X-ers: this one’s for you!”  I am a Gen X-er…and there are moments in this movie that are catnip for anybody from that era.

We have a killer and endearing opening scene, followed by Pine as a much more mature and pensive Kirk. His first Captain’s Log does a superlative job of inviting us along on this particular journey: it’s human and relatable.  A Starship captain’s struggle is real, yo! James Tiberius Kirk needs a change, and once the Enterprise arrives at the Federation’s newest, jaw-dropping space station, we find out his intentions when he meets with Commodore Paris (Shohreh Aghdashloo).

 Minimal spoilers ahead!

 Kirk and company are called back into action when an unidentifiable ship in distress comes hurtling towards the space station. The lone being on the ship claims to be a female officer from a distant planet whose crew was abducted, and she needs to get her ship back. Obviously, the Enterprise is the only ship that could handle this particular mission – but nobody could predict what comes next!

What ensues is, in my opinion, the best battle sequence in the whole of the Star Trek franchise. It is legitimately terrifying, as well as thrilling, and it’s when we meet our villain, Krall (Idris Elba). Director Justin Lin does a fantastic job of endowing that moment, and the ones immediately following, with a sense of hopelessness and doom and gloom I haven’t really experienced since Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Kahn.

Then, there are Dr. “Bones” McCoy (Karl Urban) and Chief Engineer Scotty (Pegg). Maybe it’s because Pegg co-wrote the movie, but Scotty’s at his funniest here, while Urban’s DeForrest Kelly-inspired portrayal of Bones is just beautiful, and the best piece of casting in this series, period. Sure, Zachary Quinto looks like Spock, but there’s no character that links this movie more to the original TV franchise than Urban’s Bones. (Ok, maybe I care about canon just little bit.)

Another fine addition is Jaylah (Sofia Boutella), a bad-ass warrior with pale white skin and a zebra-striped face who is destined to be the darling of cosplayers everywhere.

That’s not to say that Star Trek Beyond is perfect.  It contains an unlikely and unbelievable call to action which nearly ruins the movie, and it sells out the same way every other big-budget action movie sells out.  But let’s not forget who’s directing here: the man behind a bunch of Fast and Furious movies, which sell out better than any other action franchise. The difference here is that this particular Star Trek movie goes to great lengths – okay, Beyond — to embody the ideals of the franchise’s late creator, Gene Roddenberry.

Specifically, the story is sprinkled with some powerful imagery regarding race, sex and gender equality.  A great example is the sequence where we’re introduced to the space station: through camerawork and CGI, Lin shows us a testament to what can be accomplished when the universe collaborates.  It is, more so than any of the other Star Trek films, an optimistic story about what is possible when we put our differences aside — while still celebrating those differences — and come together as a community.

And, of course, lots of *bleep* gets blown up.

Four out of five stars.

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Review: "Lights Out" (PG-13)

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

Warner Bros./New Line(NEW YORK) — In James Wan I trust, so the fact that he’s the guy behind the new horror flick Lights Out was comforting. Wan is a modern-day horror genius (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring), and even though he’s the producer here and not the director, you know there’s going to be — at the very least — a heart-palpitating, white-knuckle moment or two.

At the outset, Lights Out doesn’t disappoint.  Directed by David F. Sandberg and based on his own short, the “horror” in this horror film is a forlorn and deranged demon-apparition named Diana. Diana can only appear and do damage in the dark. She could be standing over you, about to rip your lungs out, but if you turn on a light or flash a light in her face, she will disappear. It’s a clever and effective device which works so well in the opening sequence that it seems impossible that the rest of the movie could live up to it.  It doesn’t, but it tries…it desperately tries.

The opening is so strong, I actually didn’t really care where this creature – who can fling you around like a bag of potato chips and literally turn you inside out and twist you up like a pretzel – came from.  But when her origin is eventually revealed, it made me wish she had remained my haunting, impossibly violent horror mistress.

Teresa Palmer stars in Lights Out as Rebecca, a rebellious, fiercely independent young woman. Besides the opening sequence, her character is the only other outstanding element of this film. A strong female lead, she’s the “alpha” in her relationship with her maybe-boyfriend Bret (Alaxander DiPersia). Bret desperately wants a commitment from Rebecca, but she won’t give him the satisfaction; it seems as though she’s just using him for sex. It’s a delicious role reversal and a confident Palmer plays it to perfection.

Of course, there’s a backstory to Rebecca: she ran away from home at a young age because her mother (Maria Bello) had severe psychological problems, which seemingly drove Rebecca’s father away.  Rebecca’s mom eventually remarried and had a son, Martin, played by the very promising Gabriel Bateman. Now here’s where things get complicated.

We learn Martin suffers from insomnia for two reasons. A) His father was recently murdered, but we’re not sure Martin knows the details, and B) It turns out his mom is friends with Diana. Remember her? The evil spirt who can kill you when the lights are out?

We eventually learn how Diana became Diana and what Maria Bello’s character has to do with her very existence – but sadly, it’s lame, completely forced and terribly predictable. Kudos to Sandberg and screenwriter Eric Heisserer for creating a strong and complex female lead, but jeers to Sandberg and Heisserer for the trite horror narrative. 

Two-and-a-half out of Five Stars.

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George Harrison’s Estate Blasts Use of ‘Here Comes the Sun’ at RNC

Posted on: July 22nd, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

The song played during Ivanka Trump’s walkout in the convention’s final night.

Leslie Jones Returns to Twitter

Posted on: July 21st, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

“Ghostbusters” actress, who earlier this week shared several hateful tweets she’d received, announced Thursday that she didn’t have the self-discipline to quit for good.