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Tuesday, May 29, 2018



ABC has cancelled the revival “Roseanne.”

The move comes after series star Roseanne Barr made a comment on Twitter Tuesday morning referring to former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett as the offspring of the “Muslim Brotherhood & Planet of the Apes.” Jarrett, an African-American, was born in Iran to American parents.

“Roseanne’s Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger voiced his support for the cancellation, tweeting “There was only one thing to do here, and that was the right thing.”

Before the cancellation Wanda Sykes, who worked as a consulting producer on the first revival season, announced she would not be returning for the show’s next season.


Friday, April 06, 2018


Viola Davis

ABC will screen the first episode of documentary series “The Last Defense,” from executive producers Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, XCON Productions and Lincoln Square Productions, at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival on FRIDAY, APRIL 27. The seven-episode docu-series explores and exposes flaws in the American justice system through emotional, in-depth examinations of multiple death row cases. This first hour of a three-hour-arc takes a look at the case of Julius Jones, a star college athlete convicted of shooting a father of two at point-blank range as his attorneys race against the clock to get him a new trial before his execution date is set.

Previously announced in June 2017, “The Last Defense” will look at cases from all angles returning to the scene of the crime, re-interview witnesses and delve beyond the details of the crime and court proceedings to take a deep look into the personal stories of the subjects, seeking to trace the path that led them to their place on Death Row. With incisive, compelling storytelling, “The Last Defense” gives voice to those who can no longer be heard.

“The Last Defense” executive produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon for JuVee Productions, Christine Connor and Lee Beckett for XCON Productions, Vanessa Potkin and Aida Leisenring for Lincoln Square Productions to air on the ABC Television Network.

Thursday, November 30, 2017


Matt Lauer Conversation @ The View

Hot Topics @ The View: Matt Lauer fired from NBC over sexual misconduct allegations.

"This was really hard for me to hear because I grew up at the Today show and I worked with Matt for years and years," Sara Haines said of her experience at NBC after the long-time anchor was fired due to "inappropriate sexual behavior."

"He was someone that cheerleaded for me and supported me — and as I know Savannah said, he was extremely beloved there."

"I do commend the person with the bravery who comes out to speak about any of this type of behavior."

"I feel for my friends over there today because I know it's a dark day there at the Today show — it's just hard."

Friday, March 24, 2017


Top Democrat on House Intel Committee Rep. Adam Schiff Says Was “Blindsided, But Mostly Just Mystified” by Nunes’ Actions.

Rep. Adam Schiff

Rep. Schiff joined the co-hosts from Washington, D.C. and said he was “mystified” by the actions of the committee’s chair Rep. Devin Nunes: “He has to either have the surrogate role or the chairman role, but he can’t do both.”

“There’s no basis for the president’s slanderous accusation against his predecessor,” Schiff said of Nunes' highly-criticized intelligence brief to Pres. Trump. “Even on the basis of what the chairman has said about these intercepts, nothing in it vindicates the president in any way.”

Hot Topics: What's Behind House Intelligence Committee Head Nunes' Russia Probe Comments?

Whoopi Goldberg reacted to Pres. Trump saying he's 'vindicated' in Russia probe developments: "He's not vindicated! No one was directly tapping you!"

Jedediah Bila addressed the House Intelligence chair: "Nunes ... are you interested in finding out if Russia compromised our election, or are you ... trying to prove [Pres. Trump's] tweets he initially put out there?"

Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Wyclef Jean Flipping Over Police

Tonight on “Nightline,” co-anchor Dan Harris sits down with Wyclef Jean who says he thought he was being “Punk’d” when an LA Sheriff pulled him over. This is sure to be one interesting story.

Friday, February 17, 2017



Saturday, February 18 On ABC

Meryl Davis & Charlie White

Colgate Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular is a skating and gymnastics-themed special hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi, Michael Weiss and Olympic Gold Medalist gymnasts Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci. The special will feature figure skaters, including Olympic Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White, Nancy Kerrigan, Alissa Czisny, Caydee Denney & John Coughlin, Carly Donowick, and Wesley Campbell – as well as gymnasts including Olympic Gold Medalist Simone Biles, Olympic 3x medalist Danell Leyva, John Orozco, Donnell Whittenburg and Paul Ruggeri. Special musical performances by indie-pop band Echosmith.

Photo Courtesy of: ABC

Saturday, August 06, 2016


Kiefer Sutherland

Kevin Zegers

Kevin Zegers and Kiefer Sutherland were snapped at the Disney ABC 2016 Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton the other day in Beverly Hills, California.

Saturday, January 25, 2014


Elizabeth Vargas

Elizabeth Vargas returned to co-anchor “20/20” after completing her rehabilitation for alcohol. She sat down with George Stephanopoulos to discuss her journey. The interview aired on “Good Morning America” this morning. To watch the video, please visit HERE

Friday, September 06, 2013



Katie Couric

Katie Couric tackles captivating issues, unforgettable newsmaking headlines and fascinating famous faces -- it’s talk that matters when her nationally-syndicated talk show, “Katie,” premieres its second season on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013.

“We’re so excited to head into Season Two,” said Executive Producer Rachel Miskowiec. “We are in a unique position to be a destination for people with a deeper story to tell, to be a place for smart conversation and to also have a good time. Katie is on top of what America is talking about, so we’ll give our viewers in-depth stories that will inform, inspire and entertain.”

On the premiere episode airing Monday, September 9, Katie’s friend and rapper, Lil Wayne, sits down for an exclusive conversation. Also, hear the heart-stopping stories and meet the courageous people behind recent news headlines.

During the first three weeks, Hollywood superstars Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer will get candid in an exclusive interview with Katie as they talk about working together on their latest film. Katie will also be joined by charismatic funnyman Billy Crystal, who will make a rare daytime television appearance to discuss his illustrious career and the Broadway revival of his autobiographical one-man show. Popular TV star Mariska Hargitay will speak about domestic violence and her passionate work with the Joyful Heart Foundation. Plus, Katie sits down for an exclusive interview with the cast of the film “The Prisoners,” starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. She will also welcome the always interesting and talented Julianne Moore, who will be discussing her passion for writing children’s books. Additional scheduled guests include Terrence Howard, Viola Davis, Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, CeeLo Green, Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Dianna Agron and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Thursday, April 04, 2013



Katie Couric And Jason Thompson

Genie Francis And Anthony Geary

General Hospital is celebrating fifty years on television, and Katie Couric is hosting a full hour of GH fun – with a touch of drama, of course – honoring the beloved soap opera! Katie has filled her audience with die-hard GH fans for this very special show, as she hosts some of your favorite Port Charles residents from over the years. The General Hospital extravaganza airs today on Katie.

Photos Courtesy Of: ABC/Disney

Wednesday, January 30, 2013



David Muir And Elizabeth Vargas

ABC News President Ben Sherwood made an announcement yesterday about the on-air team at “20/20″.

David Muir will join Elizabeth Vargas as co-anchor while continuing to anchor “World News” on the weekends and to substitute for Diane and report during the week.

For the last two years David has appeared on air more often than any correspondent at any news division, reporting from Tahrir Square to Fukushima to Tucson to Aurora.

David has been an authoritative presence at the anchor desk, most recently anchoring nearly five hours straight as we learned of the horrible events unfolding in Newtown.

Last year he logged thousands of hours on the road while covering the Romney campaign, crisscrossing the country numerous times. His interviews with Governor Romney often made headlines far beyond ABC News.

Monday, December 17, 2012



Katie Couric And Hugh Jackman

Katie & Hugh Jackman Play Sing That Show Tune

Tomorrow on "Katie," the one and only Hugh Jackman! Hugh is one of Katie's favorite people, and their conversation will not disappoint: from parenting his daughter his son Oscar to his latest role that may win him a very different kind of Oscar. Plus: Katie surprises Hugh with a show tune sing-off. Who knows their Broadway better? Find out Tuesday on Katie!

"Katie" is nationally syndicated. Check local listings or our online station finder.

On his marriage, struggling with infertility and miscarriages, and how his life changed when his adopted son was born.

KC: “You know, you’ve actually talked very openly about the fact that you and Deb had some fertility issues the, the children are adopted—and uh, that I think people don’t realize what an excruciating, difficult time that is when you’re trying to have a child and and you’re having a lot of difficulty.”

Sunday, September 16, 2012


ABC News correspondent Nick Watt sat down with actor Clint Eastwood recently to discuss his new film and RNC speech. The interview will air tomorrow on “Good Morning America”.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood On His New Film
 'Trouble With the Curve,' And RNC Speech

By Leezel Tanglao | ABC News Blogs

With the pending release of his first movie in nearly four years, in which he worked for a director other than himself for the first time in almost two decades, actor Clint Eastwood spoke to "Good Morning America" exclusively about his highly anticipated film, "Trouble With the Curve," which stars Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams, and his now-famous Republican National Convention speech.

The film paints a stunning portrait of aging and a father's complicated relationship with a beloved daughter.

"The project appealed to me in the story and there was a character in there I thought I could play," Eastwood, 82, said. "He's an old man who doesn't want anybody to take care of him."

Eastwood plays Gus Lobel, a baseball scout who decides to bring his daughter, Mickey, (played by Adams) on one final recruiting trip.

Justin Timberlake plays Johnny Flanagan, a rival team's scout. It is set to hit theaters Sept. 21 and is directed by Robert Lorenz.

Eastwood hopes viewers will be left inspired after watching the film.

"It's telling us that understanding is an important thing in life and to appreciate the little things," he said.

Eastwood's Convention Speech

As for his convention speech at the Republican National Convention Aug. 30, when he called unemployment in America "a national disgrace" before interviewing an empty chair he addressed as "President Obama," the veteran actor told ABC News' Nick Watt that he "didn't want to upstage anybody."

"I just wanted to talk. And you go out there and everybody is screaming and yelling. It's a bit overwhelming," said Eastwood, a former mayor of hometown Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif. "I'm not a politician running for office. I just had a little statement I wanted to make about politicians who work for us.

"They are the employees, the people we elect. If they don't do it successfully, we have to analyze it accordingly. I was just trying to give a practical statement towards anybody out there who gets overly idealistic about things."

During his RNC speech, Eastwood asked, "Mr. President, how do you handle promises you made when you were running for election?"

The speech sparked an Internet buzz and started Twitter trends such as #Eastwooding, where tweeters post pictures of empty chairs.

Despite the ribbing Eastwood gave him, President Obama told USA Today that he is still a "huge Clint Eastwood fan."

When asked about this, Eastwood said, laughing, "Well that's his [Obama's] bad judgment. Actually, he seems very charming to me."

See the full interview with Eastwood Monday on "Good Morning America."

Photo By: Sara de Boer/Retna 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010


The Jonas Brothers

Carson Kressley

Beth Ostrosky Stern

Chris Harrison

Demi Lovato

Ali Fedotowsky

Meredith Vieira

Ashley Benson

Lucy Hale

Jason Dolley

Leigh-Allyn Baker

Bridgit Mendler

Eric Allan Kramer

Bradley Steven Perry

Brandon Barash

Julie Berman

Adrianna Leon

Brian Van Holt With Ian Gomez

Chrishell Stause With Ricky Paul Goldin

Cameron Mathison

Christina Lind

Rebecca Budig

Rebecca Budig along with Christina Lind, Chris Harrison, The Jonas Brothers, Cameron Mathison, Demi Lovato, Chrishell Stause, Ricky Paull Goldin, Adrianna Leon and many more stars attended the Disney / ABC Television Group Summer Press Junket at ABC Studios in Burbank, California.

Photos By: RD / Kirkland / Retna Digital

Monday, March 08, 2010


The guy or girl that writes this column is a very big industry insider who wishes to remain anonymous, but wants to write about all the headlines happening in Hollywood and the Music Industry.

Bob Iger

OSCARS AWAY – IT HURTS SO GOOD – I have to say I had high hopes for this year’s Oscar-fest, although what with the ill-timed move by Jimmy Dolan’s Cablevisison (more below) to strip ABC TV away from some 3 million viewers at the very last minute, some of the luster was worn away … although 17-minutes into the show, Cablevision restored the signal ... and, flashed to a shot of ABC/Disney honcho Bob Iger. Tacky, right? But, that’s Jimmy Dolan and this mess in spades! The tackiness never ends! I had many friends out there who just couldn't believe that this happened … right before the 82nd Oscars. But, that’s the point, right? Moving forward: as the show opened, Neil Patrick Harris performed a song (Marty Short as suppose to be there but pulled out at the last moment) that immediately recalled Rob Lowe’s terrible-Oscar moment with Snow White all those years ago. I'm sure that when Neil was first approached top do this, it seemed like a brilliant idea. However, 45 seconds into it … it became very clear it was not. Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin certainly did the best they could, but when did the opening segment of the show become a Roast? The way the seating is set up at the Kodak Theatre, most all of the primary nominees are seated in area that is itself set apart from the rest of the seats … giving it more of an intimate/clubby feel. That said, the slings and arrows, aimed at everyone from Meryl Streep to George Clooney were funny, but again a bit tired. And, where was Jack Nicholson? One writer commented that Streep seems to have replaced him as the go-to guy! It was almost as if it were a private performance for those select few. I have to say that my favorite moment was the tribute to filmmaker John Hughes, who was lost this past year. Led by Matthew Broderick (“Ferris Bueller”) is was a touching moment and as the clips rolled from his films (including Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club), we again realized what a terrific writer he was, as every moment shown on screen was something each and every one there could relate to. It’s rather surprising as well as a moving testament to how timely his films still are. It was also a nice touch at the end as several actors, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, and Broderick came onstage to reminisce about Hughes. It was truly an Oscar gold moment and terrifically compelling.. Ben Stiller (getting prepped for a “Zoolander 2”) coming onstage dressed in Avatar-gear was priceless too … even as someone told me James Cameron wasn't laughing. Stiller said it was “either this get up or come in Hitler-gear … but, the producers felt the show was Hitler heavy.” Funny line! "Logorama" won for Animated Short Film and I actually just caught in this weekend ... terrific, see it if you get a chance. Directed with glee by Francois Alaux and Herve de Crecy, its 15-minutes of fun. Christoph Waltz won for his terrific portrayal of Colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s sadly overlooked movie “Inglorious Basterds.” Waltz, who at times has gotten a bit carried away on several of these awards show … as he’s been winning every time, was somewhat more composed tonight, and even managed to thank producer Harvey Weinstein (who reportedly built him a new kitchen in his home). Jeff Bridges won for his movie Crazy heart and immediately thanked him parents … Lloyd Bridges from “Sea Hunt,” and, Hollywood writer Dorothy Bridges. Bridges is the real deal and his musical performances in the movie were spot-on terrific. T Bone Burnett won with Ryan Bingham for the terrific song “The Weary Kind.” Bridges, who’s been in more terrific movies in his career than almost anyone I can think of, was gracious and emotional. A terrific Oscar-moment for sure. Sandra Bullock, who I've always enjoyed won for her “Blind Side,” and delivered yet another impassioned speech. Sandy’s great … even in her not-so-good movies and with this one truly delivered a powerhouse performance … based, on a real event. Finally, Kathryn Bigelow won for Best Director (Barbra Streisand presented the award no less) and “The Hurt Locker” for Best Picture. Both awards well deserved, although considering how much revenue “Avatar” has achieved, it makes you think for a moment. The show ran long, till 12:01AM EST and both Martin and Baldwin, who did rather well, all things considered, bid all a fond farewell. Spectacularly looking: Demi Moore; George Clooney; Zoe Saldana; and, Sandra Bullock! Not a bad show … not the best, but, not bad.


Barbara Walters

BYE BYE BABA --- I've voiced my objections to Barbara Walters in the past; I love her… but, enough with her endless self-promotion. Talking about this special, or her Oscar special, or The View … I mean, she’s a legend for sure, but enough is enough. Sometimes, the first few minutes of The View are taken up with this plug or that plug. I get it ... but, it's just not right. Last night was her last Oscar special after 29 years. She’s decided not to continue because she’s done it all … adding, the stars of today are very different than the stars of yesterday. Boy, she’s got that right. And then, it was a walk down memory lane with a brief moment recalling each-and-every interview she’s done … from Ringo Starr on her first one, to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You know, it’s one of the first times I've agreed with her about walking away. Hey, bring back Nancy O’Dell from Access Hollywood. She’s great. And, don't worry about her ... she's still with ABC, there’s a rumor afloat for her to take her View to the God-like Oprah spot … 4:00PM on ABC .. of course, once Miss O vacates that slot. My favorite Barbara memory: Gilda Radner’s dead-on spoof of her on SNL. Priceless!


Lorne Michaels

ZACH GALIFINAKIS ON SNL --- This fellow Galifinakis is the one from last year’s ‘The Hangover’ and in my opinion is one of the funniest guys out there right now. His humor is not so much in your face as it is rather cerebral. You must listen to what he says very carefully … wait a beat … then you get the point. His debut stint on Saturday’s SNL was exceptionally good … especially the monologue, where at one point he segued over the piano and started playing something that sounded like a moody jazz-piece from Don Cherry (of all people!) … most cerebral for sure. And, he just riffed from one subject to another; like when he said he loved dark comedies … and, waited a beat, and said, ‘that’s why I like the Wayan Brothers movies,’ At one point, he turned to the band and said, ‘you guys going to start?’ Hilarious! Let’s face it, the writing has never equaled the likes of Aykroyd and Belushi back in the day… but, it’s in its 35th year. Impressive? I'd say so. The musical guests were Vampire Weekend, and though they sounded all right, it was more English Beat than anything else. I'll give them credit for bringing in the new bands and new music … but, when they have a credible act on like Prince or Neil Young or U2, the place rocks. The Killers appearance last year was one of the show's best ever. Short story; The Killers did three numbers on that show and when the broadcast was over, gave a mini concert for everyone there. Very cool! Lorne Michaels must know it too … he’s there on camera every week, sometimes even in the sketches … but, even he looks way too tired!


Mostly MopTop

FAB FOUR REDEUX ---The Dix Hills Performing Arts Center and The John Lennon Center for Music and Technology at Five Towns College will present Long Island's premier Beatles tribute band Mostly Moptop on Saturday, March 20 (7:30pm show), in celebration of the release of the Fab Four’s final album, “Let it Be.” The show, entitled “Let It Be(fore and After),” will see the group performing not only the key songs in the band’s discography, but also performing a special “track-by-track” 40th anniversary recreation of the album. Says Moptop Anthony Pomes, “Far from being just the last Beatles album before they officially split, “Let It Be” represented a pivotal momentum in the growth and evolution of the four artists in that band. Now, that decades have gone by and we've lost two members of the group [John Lennon and George Harrison], there is a rich tapestry of relationship, camaraderie, communication, and love that continues to grow from the music of The Beatles. In this new concert, we'll show through the songs that the Beatles were still cosmically and musically ‘together’ even in the immediate months after the breakup.” I've seen the band before and can promise that they do deliver the goods. Funny thing about tribute bands; once they were looked upon with a certain degree of disdain, but tribute bands are now hotter than ever. Billy Joel, Springsteen, U2, Styx, The Pretenders, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Anne Murray, Anthrax, Air Supply, Bad Company, Badfinger, Bob Dylan, Allman Brothers, Blondie, Neil Young, Moody Blues, The Police, and, even the Backstreet Boys and The Monkees. I guess its part re-living your youth and the other thing has got to be that many of these bands just wrote and performed the best music ever. Will Lee’s Beatles tribute band, The Fab Faux, is terrific too. Moptop is comprised of Pomes, John Tabacco, Edward Franz and Paul Michael Barkan. Pomes’ other gig is the go-to guy at Square One Publishers in Long Island. He, along with Square One head honcho Rudy Shur, has released a terrific array of books, including Elliot Tiber’s groundbreaking book, “Taking Woodstock,” as well as titles by Micky Dolenz and Joe Franklin. Good guy! This show should be terrific.


Regis Philbin

DOLAN'S DUES --- So Cablevision’s Jimmy Dolan held good on his threat at 12:01 AM EST Sunday morning, to plug the plug on ABC? WTF! Dolan’s been a much maligned figure in the cable wars over the last decade. His interests are many, and was even rumored to have hosted Tiger Woods during his silence-streak at his huge Long Island estate. He’s also the primary dollar-shaker on Long Island Pulse; a sleek, slick lifestyle monthly magazine out there on the Island. Despite what you've read, from both sides, it all comes down to a pissing-match between Dolan and ABC/Disney honcho Bob Iger. Iger’s held firm and because of that 3 million cable viewers on the Island just may not have watched last-night Oscars … and, may not get to continue watching 'Lost,' 'The View,' and even 'Regis & Kelly.' Truth be told, the interruption occurred during an ABC-rerun of Lost ... I guess just ensure everyone got the point! Disney has been urging its ABC-viewers to switch to satellite (big mistake!). According to Nikki Finke, “A source close to Cablevision refuted the claim that viewers were leaving the cable provider in droves and said, Disney may think its good business to attack its own viewers and black out the Oscars in NYC … they may call it resolve, we call it stupidity.” She goes on to add, “Frankly, I’m shocked that Disney/ABC would jeopardize its Oscar ratings given that ABC, Channel 7, is the most watched local station is the U.S., serving more than 7.4 million TV households in 29 countries covering NY, NJ, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The only losers in this whole mess are, of course, the viewers. Cablevision claims they pay ABC $200 million for the programming, while ABC wants in excess of $40 million in new fees. Sad, but another sign that even in Hollywood, times are very, very tight. My prediction: They’ll come to an understanding while retaining what dignity each party has left. LOL!
Editors Note: Only the first few minutes remained blacked out, ABC and Cablevision came to a partial last minute agreement.


Happy Birthday Mickey Dolenz

MANASSAS IN ’74 --- I have to confess, in my way formative years, I was a huge fan of writer/guitarist Stephen Stills … from Buffalo Springfield to C,S,N and Y to his numerous solo projects. An Army brat, Stills was raised in Gainesville, Florida and developed an appreciation of Latin music which he brilliantly fused with his burgeoning interest in rock and roll. His release of his "Havana Jam" tour and album years later was terrific. Stills was also close to Jimi Hendrix and reportedly was contacted to join what would become the Jimi Hendrix Experience; his then-manager feared he might leave the Buffalo Springfield, so declined without even bringing the offer to Stills. He's also one of the few people in rock and roll to have been inducted twice into the hall of Fame; both Springfield and C,S,N, and Y., In those halcyon days many of the so-called geniuses of rock and roll were somewhat self-absorbed and tales of his excesses and wild tales became urban legend. There’s no need to go into all that, other to say that in 1974 he released a double-album from a new incarnation of his called Manassas. There were so many people in the band, all virtuosos; it was at times amazing that it all gelled so well. Mark Schulman, then a VP at Atlantic Records, gave me a just released CD of that album, as mine began to wear out. I haven’t listened to it in a long time, but pulled it out yesterday and put it on. It was so good, so transformative, so compelling … just like the first time I listened to it in `74. So many good memories … and, music. As a friend of mine once said, ‘it all starts with a good song and good music.’ He was right then … and, right now. One last funny Stills story: He actually auditioned for the role of the drummer for The Monkees TV show. Micky Dolenz got it and recently said, “I wish I was Stephen Stills … and, he probably wishes he were me!” Funny stuff! … BTW: Happy Birthday today to Micky Dolenz!
Photos By: Sara De Boer/RD/Dziekan/Kirkland/Retna

Sunday, July 01, 2007


Joel Siegel recently in Times Square

Joel Siegel, the upbeat and often joyous film critic for ABC television's "Good Morning America" for 26 years, died on Friday at age 63 after a long battle against colon cancer, the network said. Siegel, who was surrounded by family and friends when he died in New York, had stopped working just two weeks ago, and colleagues said he had maintained such a positive attitude that few people realized how sick he was, according to the network. He had been a regular fixture on "Good Morning America" since joining the broadcast in 1981. He previously reviewed films for ABC affiliates and other networks. His Friday movie reviews were a staple on "Good Morning America" and no matter how bad the film, it could not daunt Siegel's spirits.He delivered his pans and plaudits in a terse but witty style. Reviewing one popular film last year, he said: "'The Pursuit of Happyness'" gets a C for spelling and an A for acting. It could also get an Oscar for Will Smith."In a review of "Letters from Iwo Jima," he said the Japanese-language war drama was "the only contemporary film I've ever reviewed that I felt safe calling a masterpiece. It's not about the enemy, it's about humanity, and Clint Eastwood proves you don't have to understand the language to understand the heart."Of Matthew McConaughey in "We Are Marshall," he said the performer's appeal "has long evaded me both as a pinup and as an actor. His constant ticks, bad hair and strained syntax as a coach fumble what should have been the tragic and inspirational story of the rebuilding of Marshall University's football team after a devastating plane crash.""Joel was an important part of ABC News, and we will miss him," ABC News President David Westin said. "He was a brilliant reviewer and a great reporter. But much more, he was our dear friend and colleague. Our thoughts and prayers are with Joel's family."Siegel was outspoken about his battle with cancer, reporting on his illness, writing a book about it and lobbying on Capitol Hill on behalf of others afflicted with cancer. In 1991, Siegel and actor Gene Wilder founded Gilda's Club, named for Wilder's late wife, comedian Gilda Radner, a nonprofit organization offering emotional and social support for cancer patients and their families and friends.

Monday, March 05, 2007


Celebrity photographer Mark Rupp and daytime uber diva Susan Lucci are all smiling after the taping of "ABC Daytime Salutes Broadway Cares" The star studded event was co-hosted by Lucci and The View's Joy Behar. Dozens of daytimes biggest names participated in the event and hundreds of fans and stars flooded the Times Square Marriot Marguis for a VIP after Party.