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Wednesday
Apr262017

Marvel & Doritos offer 'Guardians of the Galaxy' snacks and tunes

Marvel Studios/Disney(NEW YORK) -- Snacks, classic tunes and space aliens?  Where do we sign up?

Frito-Lay's teaming up with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to present -- wait for it -- a Doritos bag with a built-in "retro cassette tape deck-inspired player" into which you plug a pair of headphones to listen to the entire Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 soundtrack.

That's right -- a bag of chips that also plays tunes. 

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Due out this Friday, the soundtrack includes songs from Electric Light Orchestra, Sweet, Fleetwood Mac, Sam Cooke, George Harrison and others.  Friday's also when you can buy one of the custom bags for yourself via Amazon.com/Doritos.

Awesome Mix Vol. 1 -- featuring classic hits from Blue Swede, David Bowie, Redbone, The Raspberries, Jackson 5 and more -- topped both the Billboard album chart and the soundtracks chart, and Vol. 2 is expected to do the same.  

Doritos is also sponsoring special "Rock Out Loud" pop-up recording booths in New York and Los Angeles May 5th, the day Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens, where fans can win prizes by singing their favorite song from the soundtrack.

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

Here's the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix 2 track list:

 "Mr. Blue Sky" -- Electric Light Orchestra
"Fox on the Run" -- Sweet
"Lake Shore Drive" -- Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah
"The Chain" -- Fleetwood Mac
"Bring It On Home to Me" -- Sam Cooke
"Southern Nights" -- Glen Campbell
"My Sweet Lord" -- George Harrison
"Brandy You're a Fine Girl" -- Looking Glass
"Come a Little Bit Closer" -- Jay and the Americans
"Wham Bang Shang-a-Lang" -- Silver
"Surrender" -- Cheap Trick
"Father and Son" -- Yusuf / Cat Stevens
"Flashlight" -- Parliament
"Guardians Inferno" -- The Sneepers featuring David Hasselhoff

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Wednesday
Apr262017

Jeff Goldblum joining 'Jurassic World 2'

Christopher Polk/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jeff Goldblum is on board for the next Jurassic World film, according to Variety

Goldblum played chaos mathematician Ian Malcolm in 1993’s Jurassic Park, and again in 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but sat out Jurassic World

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are returning for the sequel. Goldblum will be seen next in Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, opening nationwide in November.

Marvel is owned by Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Wednesday
Apr262017

"The Voice" Recap: Gwen Stefani loses an artist; Adam Levine delivers emotional tribute to slain former contestant

NBC/Paul Drinkwater(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the 12 artists who performed Monday learned that Troy Ramey, from Gwen Stefani’s team, was sent home.

Rainey was eliminated on a one-hour results show. He lost an "Instant Save" vote to Team Adam Levine’s Mark Isaiah.

There are now 11 artists remaining in the competition, including those of Teams Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys.

At the top of the show, Carson Daly announced the creation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, benefiting those impacted by gun violence and families affected by breast cancer. Grimmie was the season-6 finalist, representing Adam‘s team, who was shot to death following a concert in Orlando, Florida in June of 2016.

With Christina’s family watching from the audience, Adam led his current team in an emotional performance of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” Afterwards, Daly remarked, “Christina, we feel your spirit here at The Voice every single day and we love you dearly.”

Prior to the vote, Ramey and Isaiah sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Ramey performed “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray, and Isaiah covered “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars.

The results show also featured Blake joining his team for a group performance of John Lennon’s “Crippled Inside.”

The evening also included G-Eazy performing his single “Good Life,” from the movie The Fate of the Furious.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

"Star Wars: Episode IX" and new "Indiana Jones" movie get release dates

"Star Wars: Episode XIII - The Last Jedi"/Lucasfilm - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII, aka The Last Jedi, just arrived a couple weeks ago, but we already know when Episode IX will be hitting theaters.

The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm announced that the ninth chapter of the Star Wars saga will arrive in theaters May 24, 2019.  Directed by Colin Trevorrow, the movie will be the final chapter in the latter-day Star Wars trilogy that began with The Force Awakens. 

As previously reported, the late Carrie Fisher will not appear in Episode IX, either via stock footage or digital recreation, but she will be in The Last Jedi.

Meanwhile, the long-awaited new chapter in the Indiana Jones saga will hit theaters July 10, 2020.  Steven Spielberg is back in the director's chair, while Harrison Ford will return as the intrepid whip-cracking archeologist.

Speaking of Harrison Ford, the stand-alone Star Wars film exploring the youth of his character, Han Solo, will come out May 25, 2018.

Disney is the parent company of both Lucasfilm and ABC News.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Scott Baio defends his drug comments after Erin Moran's death; Posts message from Moran's widower

Getty Images/Ron Galella(LOS ANGELES) -- Scott Baio posted a heartfelt goodbye to his Happy Days co-star Erin Moran after her death over the weekend, but was then attacked online for doing a radio interview in which he seemed to blame drugs for her death.  In fact, she died of cancer, and now, he's defending himself.

During the interview, Baio said, "I’m...not completely shocked that this happened," he said during the interview. "...For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die."

Writing on Facebook, Baio explained, "I was asked ONLY about Erin's troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse. I was still upset and said I felt that living that kind of a lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it. THIS WAS BEFORE THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED..."

He added, "Now it seems every news outlet & tabloid wants to paint a different picture of me...They're stating that I'm saying drugs caused her to die after it was reported stage 4 cancer. This is so wrong! Now I truly understand the meaning of 'Fake News.'"

Baio also says he believes some of the backlash is due to him being a Trump supporter

On Tuesday, Baio posted a message from Moran's widower Steve Fleischmann, who'd asked the actor to pass along the information for him.  In the message, he detailed how quickly the disease killed her. 

"She was feeling fine on our anniversary [last November]," wrote Felischman.  However, she subsequently went from finding a spot of blood on her pillow to being diagnosed with cancer less than a month later.

On April 22nd, Fleischmann recalled, "she was not feeling 100%." He said he watched TV with her in bed while holding her hand.  When he woke up an hour later, he says, "she was gone."

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Tuesday
Apr252017

First Look: "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"

20th Century Fox - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- 20th Century Fox has released the official trailer for the sequel to its massive 2014 sleeper hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. The peek at director Matthew Vaughn's second go 'round, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, sees Taron Egerton's newly minted super-spy, Eggsy, returning to the Kingsman HQ -- only to see it obliterated by a missile. 

Eggsy and his former trainer, Mark Strong's Merlin, find themselves in the U.S., where they team up with The Statesman -- an American version of their veddy British spy group.

The cowboy-themed group features Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal. Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Colin Firth also star -- the latter's appearance something of a surprise to Eggsy and Merlin, given that Firth's character, Harry Hart, was (spoiler alert) apparently shot and killed by Samuel L. Jackson's character in the first film.  

Elton John also appears in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but he's not seen in the new trailer, which makes great use of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as its soundtrack.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, due out September 22.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

After shocking "DWTS" elimination, attempted break-in at Maks and Peta's house

ABC/Paul Hebert(LOS ANGELES) -- While talking to Good Morning America following Monday night's shocking elimination, Glee veteran Heather Morris revealed there was an attempted break-in at the home of her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his fellow pro and fiancée, Peta Murgatroyd.

"They had some sort of run-in with some man near their house trying to break in, but the police were there,” Morris told GMA's Lara Spencer. "They took care of it. So they’re safe and Peta’s okay." 

"Yeah, that little baby!" Spencer said of the dancers' child. "That's terrifying." 

The incident put the elimination in perspective -- although Heather and Maks received a perfect score, they were voted off. "I was just happy to be there," Morris said. "When it happened, I was just like, 'It it what it is.'" 

She added, "I just had a great time." 


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Tuesday
Apr252017

Former 'The Bachelor' star Chris Soules charged in fatal vehicular accident

Courtesy Buchanan County Sheriff's Office(BUCHANAN COUNTY, Iowa) -- Former The Bachelor star Chris Soules has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death.

According to the Buchanan County, Iowa Sheriff's Department, on Monday night they "received a 911 report of a motor vehicle accident in the 1000 blk of Slater Avenue north of Aurora.  At this time, one fatality has been confirmed."

Although the statement didn't specifically name Soules, an arrest report provided to ABC News shows he was been charged with an accident at the same location and time, just before 8:30 p.m.

"Christopher Douglas Soules was involved in the motor vehicle collision which resulted in a fatality," the report states. "Christopher Soules left the scene of the motor vehicle collision. Soules did not return to and remain at the scene of the accident."

The arrest report also states Soules "possessed alcoholic beverages/containers," but does not address whether they were open, nor whether Soules may have been intoxicated.

ABC TV affiliate KCRG in Cedar Rapids reports the Iowa State Patrol says a pickup truck rear-ended a tractor, with both then careening into opposite roadside ditches.  TMZ reports Soules was driving the pickup, and the tractor driver died at hospital.

In a statement later in the day on Tuesday, Soules' rep told ABC News, "Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening (April 24) in a rural part of Iowa near his home. He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away.  His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher's family.”

The 36-year-old farmer from Arlington, Iowa starred in the 19th season of ABC's The Bachelor in 2015, after placing third on The Bachelorette the previous year.  He also competed in season 20 of Dancing with the Stars.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Bill O'Reilly, "sad" over show's abrupt end, returns to podcast

Getty Images/Patricia Schlein,Star Max(NEW YORK) --  Bill O'Reilly is "sad" that he is no longer hosting his O'Reilly Factor program on Fox News, but says, in the wake of the sexual harassment claims that drove him from his spot in front of the camera, that he is "confident the truth will come out."

The conservative commentator made his first spoken comments since being fired last week on his No Spin News podcast Monday. O'Reilly admitted he was "surprised" how the situation transpired while he was on vacation in Italy last week, but did not delve into many details.

O'Reilly has denied all allegations.

"I can't say a lot because there's much stuff going on right now," said O'Reilly at the top of the podcast. "But I can tell you I'm very confident the truth will come out and when it does, I don't know if you're going to be surprised, but I think you're going to be shaken as I am."

"There's a lot of stuff involved here," he continued.

Fox News' decision to dismiss O'Reilly came in the aftermath of an April 1 New York Times report which described settlements he reached with five women who accused him of harassment. O'Reilly has denied the misconduct claims levied against him.

On Monday's podcast, O'Reilly pledged to maintain his four-day-per-week podcasting schedule, broadcasting in the format he has used for years in addition to his television work.

Continuing in the podcasting sphere may prove lucrative for O'Reilly. A 2016 study by the Pew Research Center revealed that some 21 percent of Americans who were 12 or older listened to a podcast during the previous month. That was up from 12 percent in 2013.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

"Dancing with the Stars 24" Recap: In a stunning upset, Heather Morris earns a perfect score but gets voted off

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars, it was the men versus the women for the first ever Boy Bands vs. Girl Groups night, with the remaining eight stars strutting their stuff to popular vocal groups. Appropriately, Season 21 runner-up Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys sat in for Julianne Hough as a guest judge.

It was an exciting night filled with splashy performances but the up-tempo theme was overshadowed by the shocking elimination of Glee star Heather Morris.

Morris, a consistently strong performer who has also worked as a backup dancer for Beyoncé, earned the first perfect score of the season with her returning partner Maks Chmerkovskiy, for their rumba to “Waterfalls” by TLC. Guest judge Nick said that was his favorite dance of the night. But in a jarring twist, at the show’s end Morris was in jeopardy and up for elimination, along with Nancy Kerrigan; and based on the combined tally of judges’ scores and viewer votes, Morris was voted off.

The reaction of the studio audience was deafening as they voiced their disapproval, but Morris handled it with grace and said she was happy to have had the chance to be on the show.

Hot on the heels of her high score was Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei. Kordei and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy enthralled the crowd and wowed the judges with an electrifying salsa number to “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls. Effortlessly sashaying, twisting, kicking and gyrating around a faux construction site, Kordei continued to mesmerize with her dancing. Judge Bruno Tonioli told Kordei, “You blew my boxes!” She would have had a perfect score but for Len Goodman, who gave her 8 out of 10, for the second-highest score of the night with 38.

Nick “The Bachelor” Viall brought in the lowest score of the evening with a 28 for his jive with partner Peta Murgatroyd to “Fun, Fun, Fun” by The Beach Boys. Of his performance, Goodman said, “I wasn’t picking up good vibrations, if you want to be honest about it.”

The night concluded with team dances as the men faced off against the women.

Viall, Rashad Jennings, David Ross and Bonner Bolton partnered up as Team Boy Band, took off their shirts and danced freestyle to a medley of “Dancing Machine” by The Jackson 5, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block and “Best Song Ever” by One Direction. Their moves earned them a 33 out of 40 but Morris, Kerrigan, Kordei and Simone Biles pulled through and beat them by a point with their performance as Team Girl Group in a freestyle to a medley of “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Chiffons, “No Scrubs” by TLC and “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony.

Next week’s show will feature the theme “Night at the Movies,” with the stars trying to capture the spirit of various movie genres.

Monday night’s standout moment:

In spite of some strong individual performances and charm of the team dances, the show was upended by the abrupt elimination of Heather Morris after earning a perfect score earlier in the night.

Monday night’s high scorers:

Heather Morris and  Maksim Chmerkovskiy  – 40

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – 38

Judges’ Scores:

Heather Morris and  Maksim Chmerkovskiy  – 40

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – 38

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – 37

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber – 35

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – 33

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – 30

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – 29

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd – 28

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday on ABC.

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