Showing posts with label ABC NEWS. Show all posts
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Monday, July 10, 2017

BLAC CHYNA SPEAKS TO ABC NEWS ON KARDASHIAN

Blac Chyna On ABC News


ABC News sat down exclusively with Blac Chyna who spoke out for the first time since her ex Rob Kardashian publicly harassed and cyberbullied her on social media. Chyna told ABC News she was "devastated" to see the explicit photos leaked by her ex.




The interview aired this morning on "Good Morning America."

Monday, April 17, 2017

STAR WARS LUKE SKYWALKER'S "JEDI MUST END"

STAR WARS TEASER



The first teaser for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" dropped and the thing that stuck out for fans was Luke Skywalker's quote at the end that the "Jedi must end."



In the first clip from the movie, which hits theaters in December, Daisy Ridley's Rey has tracked down Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, and the thought at the end of 2015's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is that he would train this young character in the ways of the force.


ABC News correspondent Paula Faris interviewed the cast of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” while at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, says 'it's possible' Luke goes to the dark side in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'.




The clip looks to open that way, with Rey handling a lightsaber and listening to Luke's guidance, but there's that shocking quote at the end from Luke, one of the most iconic Jedi in history.



ABC News spoke to Hamill at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, and confirmed it is his voice at the end of the almost 2-minute clip.



"There's a difference between teaser and a trailer," he said. "A teaser is supposed to show you dynamic images that heighten your awareness and make you want to see the trailer, but avoid all story points if at all possible. [But] I think that's the only story point that’s in the teaser, which is Luke saying it's time for the Jedi to end."



The 65-year-old "Star Wars" legend added he was just as surprised as anyone that Luke, who has always clung to the Jedi ways and the Light Side, would say something like this.



"It was as shocking to me to read what Rian [Johnson, the director] had written as I'm sure it will be for the audience," he said.



As for if Luke would ever turn to the Dark Side, he said, "It's possible, anything's possible."



ABC News Digital will be on the ground in Orlando, bringing you all the big "Star Wars" developments, so check back for more.




ABC News and Lucasfilm are both part of parent company Disney.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

'LET IT FALL' LOS ANGELES 1982-1992 DOCUMENTARY

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A FILM BY JOHN RIDLEY
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LET IT FALL





Academy Award-winner John Ridley’s LET IT FALL: LOS ANGELES 1982-1992 will be released in theaters April 21. The feature documentary takes a unique and in-depth look at the years and events leading up to the city-wide violence that began April 29, 1992, when the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case.



Produced in partnership with ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions, a broadcast length version of the documentary will air on Friday, April 28 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network, pegged to the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising.



LET IT FALL delves beyond the conflicts between law enforcement and the black community to look at tensions across the city as a whole; it traces the roots of the civil unrest to a decade before the uprising. The documentary features exclusive interviews with eyewitnesses and people directly involved in the events from diverse neighborhoods across the city, including black, white, Hispanic, Korean, and Japanese Americans. 



Ridley won an Oscar® for writing “12 Years a Slave” and is the creator, director, and executive producer of ABC’s Emmy-winning series “American Crime,” which is currently airing Season Three. His limited series “Guerilla,” with Idris Elba, Freida Pinto, and Babou Ceesay co-produced by Fifty Fathoms and ABC Signature for Showtime and Sky Atlantic will premiere April 16 on Showtime.



A team of veteran ABC News journalists join Ridley in the production of LET IT FALL, led by producer Jeanmarie Condon, who has been honored for her work on documentaries and in-depth coverage of current events with multiple DuPont, Peabody, Murrow, and Emmy Awards. This is the first theatrical production for Condon, as well as ABC News.



LET IT FALL is written and directed by John Ridley. Produced by Jeanmarie Condon and Ridley. Co-producer is Melia Patria and producer is Fatima Curry. Editing is by Colin Rich and cinematography by Sam Painter and Ben McCoy. Original score by Mark Isham.



ABOUT LINCOLN SQUARE PRODUCTIONS


ABC News’ Lincoln Square Productions produces original content for broadcast, cable and digital distribution specializing in compelling ways to tell fact-based stories, including ABC’s “What Would You Do?,” ABC’s “Madoff,” the OSCAR Red Carpet Opening Ceremony,” Investigation Discovery’s “Barbara Walters Presents,” as well as documentary programming for a wide array of partners, including PBS, Discovery Communications and A & E Networks. Lincoln Square Productions is wholly-owned by the American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. The headquarters are located in New York City’s Lincoln Square neighborhood. Morgan Hertzan is senior vice president of Lincoln Square Productions.



RT: 145 min / Not Yet Rated

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

ABC'S 'TRIAL OF THE CENTURY' MENENDEZ BROTHERS

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‘Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murderers’ Features New Interview with Lyle Menendez from Prison on What He Thinks Now
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It was the original trial of the century that captivated the nation. On Thursday, January 5, ABC will air an unprecedented two-hour documentary special on the Beverly Hills crime that shook a generation. A Hollywood movie executive and his wife, a one-time beauty queen, were brutally slain in the den of their Spanish-style mansion. Even though the murders were initially and inaccurately blamed on a mafia hit, it turned out the all-American Menendez family was far from perfect. After suspicious, costly spending following the double homicide and a confession to a psychologist, Lyle and Erik Menendez, the heirs of the wealthy couple, were arrested and charged with the grisly murder of their parents. After more than 27 years, Lyle speaks from prison on what he thinks now in this television event.



The special uncovers the hidden clues of the Menendez family’s descent into hell including never-before-seen home movies and photos from the family vault and the testimony from members of the Menendez inner circle. The brothers’ best friends and neighbors, the lead detectives, lawyers and jurors on the case, and the family members profile the intimate details of the Menendez family, including Erik’s secret life. What drove these sons of privilege to give up their Ivy League educations and promising futures to kill their parents in cold blood? Was it greed and fear of being financially cut off from their lavish lifestyle or was the violence an act of revenge - payback for the years of unspeakable abuse at the hands of their parents?



“Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers – American Sons, American Murderers” airs Thursday, January 5 (9:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC.



The special is produced by ABC News. David Sloan is senior executive producer.

Friday, December 30, 2016

DEBBIE & CARRIE: HEARTBREAK IN HOLLYWOOD 20/20


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Just one day after the death of actress Carrie Fisher, the world learned of the passing of her mother and Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds. “20/20” gives a wide-ranging look at not only their careers and legacies but also their loving, yet complex relationship. The one-hour special, anchored by Elizabeth Vargas, includes the highs and lows of Reynold’s memorable career, a spotlight on the next generation and Fisher’s life in Hollywood as well as heartfelt tributes from family and friends. “Debbie and Carrie: Heartbreak in Hollywood” airs tonight Friday, December 30 (10:00-11:00pm ET) on ABC.



“20/20” is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir. David Sloan is senior executive producer.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

JAYCEE DUGARD ON DIANE SAWYER SPECIAL EDITION

Freedom: My Book of Firsts



ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer has the first television interview with Jaycee Dugard five years after their first sit down following her miraculous rescue from captivity. Dugard will discuss adjusting to a new life and reintegrating into society, which she reveals in her new memoir “Freedom: My Book of Firsts.” The Diane Sawyer special edition of “20/20” will air Friday, July 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on ABC.



Sawyer interviewed Dugard in 2011 when she talked about her horrendous experience in captivity for the first time on the eve of the release of her first memoir “A Stolen Life.” Dugard was kidnapped when she was 11 years old, held in captivity by Phillip and Nancy Garrido for 18 years and gave birth to two daughters.



“Freedom: My Book of Firsts” will be released on Tuesday, July 12 by Simon and Schuster.



Newsmakers continue to turn first to Sawyer to share their stories including the groundbreaking and award-winning exclusive interview with Caitlyn Jenner in April 2015. In 2016, she interviewed New York Correction Commissioner Joseph Ponte about reforming Rikers Island jail; Kate del Castillo, the Mexican actress at the center of the Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán controversy; and Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold.



Sawyer’s special will appear across ABC News, including “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,” ABC News Radio, ABC NewsOne and ABC News’ digital properties on desktop, mobile and OTT.



David Sloan is senior executive producer of “20/20.” 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

JERRY O'CONNELL TO HOST ABC'S 'PEOPLES LIST'

Jerry O'Connell



NEW YORK - ABC News and People announced a new limited run summer series titled “People’s List” premiering Saturday, June 11 at 8 pm ET on ABC. The hour-long weekly program highlights the biggest stories in pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle, human interest and news features to bring viewers up to speed on what they may have missed. Plus, viewers will get an exclusive sneak peek at the top stories people will be talking about in the week ahead.

“People’s List” will be hosted by popular actor and father of two Jerry O’Connell and SuChin Pak, former MTV news correspondent. With the combined talent of ABC News and People, a team of all-star insiders will join O’Connell and Pak to bring a unique perspective to the biggest headlines of the week.

Each week, “People’s List” breaks down the five people you should be talking about – from your favorite celebrities to social media stars to everyday people making the world a better place. Additionally, the program will include People’s signature features including Scoop, PeopleStyle, PeoplePets, The Jess Cagle Interview (a video series hosted by the Editorial Director of People and Entertainment Weekly), and new segments including Home 360, a look behind the hedges and gates of America’s most fabulous celebrity homes, and Then and Now—an update of the iconic personalities from People Magazine’s iconic covers. Plus, the very latest in pop culture, style and trends.

"People takes us inside the most famous and fascinating lives in the world. From mega-stars to real people facing incredible circumstances, People has been a trusted friend for the biggest events in pop culture history,” said Morgan Hertzan, SVP ABC News, and Exec in Charge of ABC's Lincoln Square Productions.

“It’s one stop shopping for all things pop culture, celebrity and human interest. It’s what you’ll be talking about with your friends all weekend,” added Executive Producer Danielle Rossen.

“This series joins together two of the most trusted media brands in the world – ABC News and People. Partnering on this series gives us the opportunity to present the People brand to audiences in exciting new ways,” said Rich Battista, EVP, Time Inc. and President, Entertainment & Sports Group and Video. “We are thrilled to team up with ABC News to present stories that continue to entertain, inspire and empower our audience,” said Jess Cagle, Editorial Director for People and Entertainment Weekly.

“People’s List” premieres on SATURDAY, JUNE 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. The series is produced by ABC'S Lincoln Square Productions. Danielle Rossen is the executive producer and Marc Victor is co-executive producer for Lincoln Square Productions, and Rich Battista and Jess Cagle are executive producers for People.



Thursday, February 04, 2016

"SILENCE BROKEN: A MOTHERS RECKONING ON ABC

Sue Klebold





Diane Sawyer

ABC NEWS announces “Silence Broken: A Mother’s Reckoning,” a Diane Sawyer special edition of “20/20,” will air on Friday, February 12at 10 p.m., ET. After nearly 17 years, Sue Klebold, the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold, speaks on television for the first time ever about the tragedy, the victims, the relationship with her son and what it was like inside their home. The ABC News primetime special examines the impact of and lessons from the tragic day that changed America. Sawyer reports on teenage mental health, potential clues that could help a parent learn if their child is in crisis, and if it is possible to prevent the next school shooting.



Klebold discusses her experience in her memoir, “A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy,” which will be released on February 15, 2016, by Crown. Klebold is donating all of her profits from the book to research and to charitable foundations with a focus on mental health issues. More information about the book: http://www.amothersreckoning.com



ABCNews.com will publish excerpts, additional reporting and links to mental health resources.



Sawyer’s special will air on all ABC News programs and platforms, including “Good Morning America,” “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline,” ABCNews.com, ABC News Radio and ABC NewsOne.



David Sloan is senior executive producer of “20/20.”


Klebold Photo Courtesy Of: ABC News

Monday, June 29, 2015

AVRIL LAVIGNE TALKS TO ABC NEWS ON LYME DISEASE

Avril Lavigne



This morning on “Good Morning America” singer Avril Lavigne sat down for an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Jesse Palmer to discuss her debilitating Lyme disease diagnosis.



Singer Avril Lavigne said she’s seeing progress in her treatment for Lyme disease, which struck her last year while she was on tour.



Her treatment regimen has included multiple antibiotics and ample rest.



“I'm about halfway through my treatment,” the Canadian singer said in an interview with ABC News’ Jesse Palmer. "I'm doing a lot better. Seeing a lot of progress. ... I'm just really grateful to know that, like, I will make [a] 100 percent recovery."



Lavigne, 30, said trying to get a diagnosis was the worst time of her life.



“I literally became bedridden last October,” the “Complicated” singer said, adding that she saw multiple specialists who failed to get to the root of the problem. “They would pull up their computer and be like, ‘Chronic fatigue syndrome.’ Or, ‘Why don't you try to get out of bed, Avril, and just go play the piano?’ It's like, ‘Are you depressed?’”



Lavigne said she would wake up with night sweats and felt as though she had the flu.



“This went on and off for a month,” she said. "And I saw my doctor right away, got blood tests, got swabbed, and they didn't really know what was wrong with me."



It wasn’t until two months into the symptoms that she said she suspected Lyme disease.



“I started going to other doctors and, like, specifically telling them and asking, like, ‘I have Lyme disease. I know I do. Can you check me?’” she said. "Then I finally figured out, 'Find a Lyme specialist.'"



"And the thing is, when you're a specialist, you also really know the disease inside and out and you can diagnose their symptoms," Lavigne said.



After getting the diagnosis of Lyme disease, which Lavigne believes she got from a tick bite last spring, the singer was bedridden for five months in her Ontario home.



Lavigne, who is married to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, said her family and fans have helped her through her ordeal.



Many fans, she said, made videos and sent her letters and posters and other items to show their support.



“I sat there in my bed and I watched the videos and, like, did exactly what I'm doing now. I cried through the whole thing,” she said, laughing. “Honestly, I felt very, very loved. And it sounds silly saying it, but I really truly did feel my fans through the process.”



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

DONALD TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT WITH OPRAH WINFREY





ABC NEWS -- According to Donald Trump, a 2016 ticket of Trump for president and Oprah Winfrey for vice president would be a lock for the White House.

"I think Oprah would be great. I'd love to have Oprah," Trump told ABC News. "I think we'd win easily, actually."

Trump announced his presidential candidacy in a speech at Trump Tower in Manhattan Tuesday, sitting with ABC's George Stephanopoulos at his high-rise for his first interview as a candidate.

Trump floated Winfrey as a possible running mate in 1999, when he considered running for president as a member of the Reform Party, in an interview with Larry King.

"She's great, she's talented, she's a friend of mine," Trump told ABC's Stephanopoulos when asked if Winfrey is still on his VP shortlist.

"She's a good person. I've been on her show. In fact, I was on her show her last week, she said, 'Could I be on her show with the whole family?'" Trump said. "I like Oprah. I mean, is that supposed to be a bad thing? I don't think so."

Saturday, May 16, 2015

BILL COSBY TALKS SEXUAL ALLEGATIONS TO ABC NEWS

Bill Cosby



Bill Cosby is responding to questions about allegations of sexual assault for the first time in an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Linsey Davis.



The actor and comedian is in Alabama, where he is spreading his message of education, preparing to speak with students later today. Cosby, 77, admitted that he expects some backlash.



“I think that many of them may say, ‘Well, you are a hypocrite. You say one thing, you say another,’” he told Davis. “My point is, 'OK, listen to me carefully. I’m telling you where the road is out. I’m telling you where, as you drive, you are going to go into the water. Now, you want to go here or you want to be concerned about who is giving you the message?'”



More than 30 women have come forward in the past six months, some accusing Cosby of drugging or sexually assaulting them. His legal team has issued a number of denials. Cosby has never been criminally charged. Three of his accusers have filed a defamation lawsuit against him, which Cosby is trying to get dismissed.


Friday, May 15, 2015

ADAM LAMBERT & NICKI MINAJ TO PLAY GMA CONCERTS

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Nicki Minaj



Adam Lambert
ABC News’ “Good Morning America” announced its 2015 Summer Concert Series lineup this morning, featuring an incredible mix of all the hottest names in music today from the worlds of pop, rock, country, alternative, and hip-hop. From music superstar Nicki Minaj to global phenomenon Ed Sheeran; from Irish rock star Hozier to country superstar Luke Bryan; from pop R&B sensation Jason Derulo to American singer-songwriter Adam Lambert; from country sensations Florida Georgia Line and Dierks Bentley to alternative pop band WALK THE MOON; from international pop star Mika to rock bands 5 Seconds of Summer and Florence + the Machine, “GMA’s” concert series has music for everyone. The 2015 Summer Concert Series is sponsored by COPPERTONE® and DR. SCHOLL’S® brands from Bayer HealthCare.





UK-born singer and songwriter Jessie J kicks off “GMA’s” Summer Concert Series” on May 22nd. Her latest album Sweet Talker debuted in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 and included the now multi-platinum single “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. The superstar has been nominated for a Grammy, received the prestigious BRIT Award for "Critic's Choice," and was a London Olympic Games Ambassador. She will perform “Flashlight,” the lead single form the recently released Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack and a few of her #1 hit songs live for the GMA Central Park audience and viewers.



The 2015 Summer Concert Series returns for the seventh year to Rumsey Playfield in Central Park, home of the SummerStage, where music’s biggest names will perform live every Friday. All concerts are free to the public and will take place live during "Good Morning America," Fridays from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. ET. Information on how to attend a summer concert in Central Park can be found with the full line-up on gmaconcerts.com.


Summer Concert Series Schedule


May 22 – Jessie J (#JessieJOnGMA)

May 29 – Ed Sheeran (#EdSheeranGMA)

June 5 – Florence + the Machine (#FlorenceGMA)

June 12 – Jason Derulo (#DeruloGMA)

June 19 – Adam Lambert (#AdamLambertGMA)

June 26 – Dierks Bentley (#DierksBentleyGMA)

July 3 – Mika (#MikaGMA)

July 10 – Walk the Moon (#WalkTheMoonGMA)

July 17 - TBD

July 24 – Nicki Minaj (#NickiGMA)

July 31 – Hozier (#HozierGMA)

August 7 – Luke Bryan (#LukeBryanOnGMA)

August 14 – TBD

August 21 – 5 Seconds of Summer (#5SOSonGMA)

August 28 – TBD

September 4 – Florida Georgia Line (#FGLonGMA)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

SANDRA LEE AND ROBIN ROBERTS SURVIVING CANCER





Popular TV chef and author Sandra Lee has breast cancer, she revealed in a tearful interview that aired on "Good Morning America" today.



Lee, 48, told "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts, who is herself a breast cancer survivor, about the moment she got the news. She said she was doing a photo shoot for the Most Beautiful issue of People magazine on March 27.



"And I walked off the set, and 20 minutes later my doctor called and told me I had breast cancer," she said. "I didn't even cry, I was stunned … You know, and that's just how fast life turns. It turns on a dime."



The lifestyle guru is best known for her television shows -- including "Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee," multiple cookbooks and a magazine.



Lee, whose partner is New York's Gov. Andrew Cuomo, said doctors caught the cancer early. She has had a lumpectomy and is gearing up for a second surgery.



Lee told Roberts about her treatment plan. The interview was recorded on Friday but aired on "GMA" today.



"When the lumpectomy was done, they did not have clean margins. And so I went back to my radiologist," who told her she would have daily radiation for six to eight weeks, she said.



They also told suggested that she have a mastectomy.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

BRUCE JENNER'S EX CHRYSTIE SCOTT SPEAKS TO ABC

Bruce Jenner


Even before Bruce Jenner became an Olympic champion, his first wife Chrystie Scott said, he told her early on during their marriage that he was struggling with being transgender and wanted to “be a woman.”


“It was such a shock to me, but he opened up his heart and confessed,” Scott said in an exclusive interview on “Good Morning America” Monday. “[He said] he had to share this deep, dark secret and he told me he always wanted to be a woman and, understandably, I was speechless. I didn’t really know what to say.”



Jenner and Scott were married in 1972, and she was by his side as he took home the gold medal for the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Jenner was crowned an American hero during the Cold War, and afterwards, endorsement deals and appearance opportunities poured in. His likeness became a nationwide brand, and Jenner appeared in ads, movies and TV shows.


But it was during their first year of marriage, Scott said, that the former Olympian told her about his issues.


“I was really pleased that he shared that intimacy with me, that he trusted me with his deepest, darkest secret,” she said.

Friday, April 24, 2015

BRUCE JENNER COMES OUT AS A TRANSGENDER GAL

Linda Thompson




The Huffington Post is the exclusive outlet for a compelling blog written by Linda Thompson, former wife of Bruce Jenner.



Below is part of the piece and a link to the full post.


There is also a additional piece written by Cavan Sieczkowski, HuffPost's Senior Trends Editor, on Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer.


By now, Bruce Jenner has revealed his struggle with gender dysphoria.


I never would have dared to speak on this issue before he was comfortable enough to do so first. It is, after all, his truth, so I knew he should be afforded the dignity to reveal that truth on his own time and in the way he sees fit.


I have respectfully kept his secrets private and would have taken his confidences to my grave had he not spoken out.


But now, many years into his remarkable life, he has spoken out. His legacy will likely be sprinkled with references like "Olympian," "decathlon gold medalist," "world's greatest athlete," "son," "brother," "husband," "father," "grandfather," "friend," and, hopefully, "pioneer" and "trailblazer for the civil rights of the transgender community."

Sunday, April 19, 2015

BRUCE JENNER TELLS DIANE SAWYER HIS CONCERNS

Kris and Bruce Jenner



Bruce Jenner tells ABC's Diane Sawyer that the family members are "the only ones I'm concerned with" in a new promotional clip of the exclusive interview.


"I can't let myself hurt them," Jenner says in the new promo that will begin airing on the ABC Television Network tonight.


Jenner has six biological children -- Burt, Cassandra, Brandon, Brody, Kendall and Kylie -- and four step-children -- Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Rob Kardashian.


Jenner, a record-shattering, gold medal Olympian and reality television star, talks with Sawyer about the journey through the years, and says in the promo, "It made me who I am."


Jenner sat down with Sawyer for a far-ranging interview that will air on Friday, April 24 during a special two-hour edition of “20/20.”


The special, “Bruce Jenner – The Interview,” airs on ABC at 9 p.m., ET.


“My whole life has been getting me ready for this,” Jenner said.




Wednesday, April 08, 2015

FROM MAN TO WOMAN: BRUCE JENNER & DIANE SAWYER

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THE GLORIOUS CORNER

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Bruce Jenner



FREBERG PASSES --- Stan Freberg –whose idiosyncratic comic career in advertising garnered him worldwide acclaim, and whose satirical entertainments abounded on TV, radio and records—has died. He was 88.



Freberg died of natural causes at a Santa Monica hospital, with his son and daughter, Donavan and Donna, and wife Hunter at his side.



“He was and will always be my hero, and I will carry his brilliant legacy forward as best I am able,” his son wrote on Facebook.



The godfather of humorous and irreverent commercials, Freberg lampooned cultural institutions and described himself as a “guerilla satirist.” The New York Times dubbed him the “Che Guevara of advertising,” and, years later, “Weird Al” Yankovic called him a major influence on his career.



“Very sad to say that one of my absolute all-time heroes has just passed away,” Yankovic wrote on Twitter. “RIP Stan Freberg. A legend, an inspiration, and a friend.”



Freberg also was known for his musical parodies. “Wun’erful Wun’erful,” his 1957 spoof of “champagne music,” lampooned The Lawrence Welk Show.



Freberg also starred in a memorable 1966 TV episode of The Monkees on NBC, the third in Season One called "Monkees Vs. Machine” (directed by the series’ co-creator Bob Fafelson, in what was the first of only five episodes that he directed before helming the anarchic Monkees 1968 motion picture Head).



In the episode, Freberg played Daggart, a toy executive who wants to automate the old-fashioned company. His efforts were, in the end, thwarted by the Monkees. In fact, on the Rhino DVD audio commentary for this episode, Peter Tork recalls with amusement how Freberg’s repeated deadpan line “Don’t do that” became a bit of a catchphrase for Peter, Davy, Micky, and Mike back when they were working on the show.



“So sorry to hear of Stan’s passing,” Micky Dolenz said in a statement. “He had such an enormous influence on me and I was so honored to have worked with him and known him as a friend. He will be sorely missed.”



Both Dolenz and Yankovic appeared at a gala event for the comic last year called The Genius of Stan Freberg.



BRUCE JUICE --- Bruce Jenner appears ready to talk.



The celebrity will break his media silence to Diane Sawyer on ABC.



Bruce Jenner – The Interview will air as a two-hour special on Friday, April 24 as a special edition of ABC’s “20/20.”



ABC News did not release any information about the interview, other than to describe it as “far-ranging” and “exclusive.”



Jenner, who is widely assumed to be transitioning from a man to a woman, was also involved in a car accident this past February that resulted in the death of another driver.



Despite the relative media friendliness of the Kardashian empire, reports about Jenner’s situation have been largely based around unnamed sources and salacious rumors . . . with Jenner himself remaining oddly quiet on the subject.



He was reportedly cooperating with a reality series for the E! TV network that was said to be documenting his transition. After the car accident in February, however, filming on the TV show was swiftly suspended.



TMZ said: “We're told Jenner views the show as ‘a farewell to Bruce.’ He will ‘present himself’ as a woman publicly for the first time. But it's not about his look—it's about his mental state and his journey.



Our sources, however, say that Bruce does NOT reveal his new name, or dress like a woman, on camera. Nevertheless, we're told Bruce sees the interview as the most significant event associated with his imminent sex change—more significant than the surgical procedures that will get him there.



Is this the get of the year? I’d say so, without question, as everyone—men, women, and all in between—will surely be watching.



YES TOTO --- It has been rumored since late January, but it took until now to become official. Yes and Toto will be touring North America together this summer.



The tour opens on August 7 at Foxwood Casino in Mashantucket, CT and runs through September 12 in Coquitlam, British Columbia (Canada).



Overall, the two bands have 26 dates already planned.



Toto just released their new album, Toto XIV, which has returned them to the charts for the first time in twenty-seven years. The last studio album from Yes, meanwhile, was 2014's Heaven & Earth while they have also have two live albums coming soon—the 14-disc Progeny: Seven Shows from Seventy-Two due for release on May 19, and the CD/DVD combo set Like It Is arriving on July 7.



So far, this combination is shaping up as one of the premier concert events of the year, certainly matching last year’s Rod Stewart/Santana mash-up tour.



CLOSING NOTES --- Joni Mitchell spent the Easter weekend continuing to recover in a Los Angeles hospital after being found unconscious at her Bel Air home last week.



The latest update of the legendary singer songwriter’s condition is that “Joni remains under observation in the hospital and is resting comfortably. Her progress is encouraging as she continues to improve each day.”



The 71-year old singer is still frail, but her illness has not been disclosed. In December, she told Billboard, “I can't sing any more – don't miss it. I can't play any more – don't miss it. I've got all these instruments laying around, and hopefully one day I’ll pick them up.”



Great Ringo Starr interview last Sunday on Q104.3's Ken Dashow broadcast. Dashow asked him some great questions, and several that haven't been before. Certainly, the one where Starr responded that Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein asked Starr (whose real name, of course, is Richard Starkey) to join The Beatles on the same day when he delivered the request on behalf of “the boys.” In the recent Rolling Stone interview, Sir Paul McCartney recalled that he and fellow Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison didn’t really feel like they were a “group” until that first gig with Ringo bashing the drums rock-steady behind them at the Cavern Club in February 1962. Ringo wouldn’t officially join The Beatles until nearly six months later in August 1962—which means that Ringo was still the beloved beat maker for Liverpool’s equally popular group Rory Storm & The Hurricanes.



That backstory, of course, explains why Ringo’s new album Postcards from Paradise starts off with the track "Rory and the Hurricanes." We would love to hear the rest of the album, but so far our requests for a press copy have gone unanswered. Thankfully, our friend Anthony Pomes (who is a member of one of New York’s top Beatles tribute bands, Mostly Moptop) has told us that the eponymous named track “Postcards from Paradise” is a major highlight of the record. “Co-written with the great Todd Rungren,” shares Pomes, “this song references at least twenty Beatles songs throughout the song’s lyrics. Ringo has created a ‘lyric mash-up,’ if you will . . . and his drumming on the album is just as tight and solid and strong as ever. Kudos, Ringo!” On evidence of these observations, Ringo has certainly earned his forthcoming induction to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, The Monkees still haven’t been inducted. But we’ll leave that for another day . . .




Monday, March 23, 2015

AL PACINO TALKS TO ABC NEWS ABOUT 'DANNY COLLINS'

Al Pacino



Al Pacino talked to ABC News' Byron Pitts about his latest movie, "Danny Collins," and how he was almost fired from "The Godfather."



The actor says he was almost fired from his iconic role as Michael Corleone in the epic 1972 film.



“They wanted to fire me when I was on the picture ... [during] the shooting, first couple of weeks,” Pacino told ABC News’ “Nightline.” “Because they kept seeing the rushes, you know, or the footage that was shot, and they kept looking at it and thinking, ‘What is he doing?’”



Pacino currently stars as an aging rock star in the film “Danny Collins,” which opens in theaters today.



Pacino went on to portray the mob boss in the rest of the “Godfather” trilogy. But if it weren’t for director Francis Ford Coppola, Pacino said, he wouldn’t have stayed.



“I was so confused at that time, and Francis was so supportive, you know, and so helping me in it, all of it,” Pacino said. “If it wasn't for Francis, I would’ve just not showed up one day and said, ‘Hey, look man, I don't want to be where I'm not wanted.’”



Things changed, Pacino said, when he saw the footage he had already shot and liked how he portrayed his character.


Saturday, March 21, 2015

CELINE DION WILL RETURN TO LAS VEGAS CAESARS

Celine Dion



Celine Dion will resume her residency at Caesars Palace Las Vegas in late August with a new act, her rep told ABC News.



Dion, 46, announced last year that she was taking an indefinite leave from the stage to care for her husband, René Angélil, who had been diagnosed with cancer.



"I want to devote every ounce of my strength and energy to my husband's healing, and to do so, it's important for me to dedicate this time to him and to our children," the singer told ABC News at the time. "I also want to apologize to all my fans everywhere, for inconveniencing them, and I thank them so much for their love and support."



Dion, who has three children with Angélil, recently sat down with ABC News to discuss her Vegas show, her husband's condition and what's next for their family. The powerful interview will air next week on “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.”



 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ABC'S DIANE SAWYER'S FINAL WORLD NEWS TONIGHT

Diane Sawyer




Tonight ABC News' Diane Sawyer signed off from "World News" as anchor for the final time, concluding her five years leading the flagship evening newscast to great heights. She will devote her energy full time at ABC News to create original reporting, innovative specials and events in new ways, while interviewing the biggest newsmakers of our time for all programs and platforms.



Sawyer is leaving "World News" on top - the program won back-to-back Sweeps (May and July) Among Adults 25-54 for the first time in seven years and ranked #1 in the news demo for her final full week. Watch the final show HERE.