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Wednesday
Feb142018

James Franco returning to "The Deuce" amid sexual misconduct allegations

HBO/Paul Schiraldi(LOS ANGELES) -- James Franco will be returning for the second season of HBO's The Deuce, despite public allegations of sexual misconduct, unrelated to the show, from five women following the Golden Globes in January, according to Variety.

While Franco's status on the show seemed to be in question, HBO has maintained that it is unchanged, insisting that after reaching out to staffers on the show, it found no instances of complaints or questionable behavior by Franco during its first season.

During an appearance on CBS' The Late Show in January, Franco told host Stephen Colbert that many of the allegations against him were "not accurate."

HBO's support for Franco is in contrast to the hard line it's taken with other actors and staffers facing sexual allegations, including Louis C.K., whose older series and comedy special were dropped after he acknowledged accusations published in the New York Times back in November. HBO also scrapped plans to air a miniseries about Donald Trump after veteran political reporter and executive producer Mark Halperin was accused of inappropriate behavior by several women.

Franco, who plays twin brothers on the show, which chronicles the porn industry in New York City during the 1970 and '80s, has also directed episodes of the show, and is a co-executive producer.

The second season of The Deuce is currently being written, according to Variety. A premiere date has yet to be announced.

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Wednesday
Feb142018

"Sports Illustrated" Swimsuit Issue meets the "Me Too" movement with "In Her Own Words"

Mireya Acierto/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sports Illustrated's latest Swimsuit Issue features, as always, some of the most beautiful women in the world posing in some of the world's most beautiful locales.  But in the midst of the #MeToo movement, it's taken on a new light.

The latest issue highlights inner beauty, too, with a project the magazine called, "In Her Own Words." Sports Illustrated says the black and white photos, which feature women bearing only inspirational phrases, help them, "share their truths and celebrate more than just their bodies."

One of the models, Myla Delbasio bore the words, "Built to carry the weight." She tells ABC Radio the meaning behind the caption, "I've struggled with a lot of things in my life. My parents both died when I was pretty young. And ...I've struggled with body image issues, with addiction issues with self-worth, and also just many basic things that we as women deal with in the world every day. And so...what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. So I think in the end, all of those things have really built me up to be much tougher and more resilient person."

Myla, who also poses in traditional skimpy swimsuit shots in the issue, tells ABC Radio that despite its pin-up reputation, the Swimsuit Issue "has always really been run by a woman." She adds, "[S]ince I have been working with them, and I know many years prior to that, it's been a very heavy heavily female team behind it." 

This year, Danielle Herrington is the cover model for the issue. The 24-year-old is the third African-American model to grace the cover of the annual swimsuit issue, following in the footsteps of Tyra Banks in 1997 and Beyoncé in 2007.

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Wednesday
Feb142018

AMC offers free screenings of Get Out on President's Day

Universal(LOS ANGELES) -- In honor of its upcoming one year anniversary, AMC theaters are offering audiences a chance to see Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed social thriller Get Out on President's Day.

Peele announced the news on Twitter, posting a video clip declaring "On President's Day, see Get Out in AMC theaters for free." The clip included the hypnotic stirring of the tea cup from the film, and Daniel Kaluuya's character gasping after waking up in a chair.

Get Out, which was released nationwide February 24, 2017, has been lauded by critics and fans alike for its ability to explore racism and social injustice within the confines of a horror film. The film has four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay.

Get Out will screen in 55 different locations across the United States. A list of participating theaters is available online.

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Wednesday
Feb142018

Jessica Biel tackles sex ed with the Tryst Network

ABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) -- Her husband Justin Timberlake might have brought sexy back, but Jessica Biel is bringing sex to the forefront -- of the conversation that is -- thanks to a new online community called Tryst.

The actress and producer partnered with Saundra Pelletier, from the nonprofit organization Woman Care Global (WCG), to spearhead the new sexual health and education campaign for girls and women.

In 2015, Biel helped WCG launch a series of funny and informative videos about sexual health and protection, titled "If You Don't Tell Them, Then Who Will?" The videos came out of Biel's own questions about her body when she was thinking about having a family.

"I just realized I was never taught...Something needs to change for the young women in this country... but also of course, the young men," says Biel.  "We want everyone to be body positive, and sex positive, and educated about their own personal bodies."

The Tryst partnership continues this series of videos, posted at TrystNetwork.org, and the Tryst Network's YouTube channel.

"You know, we just want people not to be shameful," about sex, Biel tells ABC Radio, admitting, "...and I want it for myself, too, because I still struggle with it." 

The videos are designed to get women and men talking about that most important aspect of relationships. "I don't have the answers -- we don't have the the answers," Biel says, "but we really feel like coming at it from a humorous standpoint is our way in." 

Helping on that front? Tryst's first videos feature Chelsea Handler, a comic who hasn't been shy about taking about sex her whole career, as well as I Love You Man funnyman Rob Huevel, who plays Jessica's hubby.

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Wednesday
Feb142018

Second Scott Baio accuser, Alexander Polinksy, to hold press conference today detailing alleged sexual abuse

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The second Charles in Charge co-star to accuse Scott Baio of sexual abuse will be holding a press conference today detailing his claims.

Former child star Alexander Polinsky first went public with accusations of physical and mental abuse last week. in a statement read on The Talk.  Now, he'll speak out for the first time about the sexual harassment and abuse he claims to have endured by Baio on the set of the 1980s sitcom.

Baio’s other accuser, Nicole Eggert, will also be attending the press conference to give a brief statement. Both Polinsky and Eggert are being represented by attorney Lisa Bloom, who will speak at the press conference as well. The conference is set to take place at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Eggert has claimed Baio sexually abused her when she was a minor. Polinksy supported her claims, saying he witnessed Baio behaving inappropriately to her on set. Polinsky played Adam Powell on Charles in Charge from the ages of 11 to 15.

Last week, Eggert filed a police report with the LAPD against Baio, who has denied Eggert’s claims.

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Wednesday
Feb142018

"Tamborine," Chris Rock's comedy special premiere for Netflix, now live

NETFLIX(LOS ANGELES) -- The wait is over. Chris Rock's first Netflix comedy special, Chris Rock: Tamborine, is now live.

This will be the first comedy special from the comedian in 10 years.

Rock announced the news Tuesday on Instagram.

"Tonight at midnight (PT) my new Standup special Tamborine becomes available on Netflix," he wrote, captioning video of a tambourine shaking. "Happy Valentine’s Day. @netflixisajoke."

According to Deadline, the special, which was directed by Bo Burnham and filmed at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music, covers, "contemporary issues, with [Rock's] trademark laser-like observations."

Tamborine is the first of two specials the comic has committed to for Netflix.

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Wednesday
Feb142018

Bill Paxton's family files wrongful death lawsuit against hospital and surgeon

Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards(LOS ANGELES) -- Bill Paxton's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the surgeon who operated on him there before his death last February.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court and has been obtained by ABC News, alleges that Paxton's surgeon, Dr. Ali Khoynezhad, performed a procedure to correct an aortic aneurysm "with which he lacked experience and which was, based upon information and belief, beyond the scope of his privileges."

The family also alleges that the Khoynezhad was not present when Paxton began experiencing complications as a result of the procedure, and failed to return, which allegedly caused a delay in further treatment.

Paxton died on February 25, 2017 -- 11 days after the procedure -- and his family is seeking unspecified damages.

“Bill Paxton and his family trusted the physicians and staff at this medical facility but instead Cedars-Sinai betrayed their trust,” said plaintiff attorney Bruce Broillet. “The surgeon’s actions resulted in this tragic and preventable death."

A representative for Cedars-Sinai declined to comment about the specifics of the case, citing privacy concerns, but did comment generally.

"Nothing is more important to Cedars-Sinai than the health and safety of our patients," a hosptial statement said. "These remain our top priorities. One of the reasons for our high quality is that we thoroughly review concerns about any patient’s medical care. This process ensures that we can continue to provide the highest quality care."

Khoynezhad did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

Paxton, who appeared in films including Twister and Aliens, was 61 years old when he died last year.

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Wednesday
Feb142018

Michael B. Jordan discusses being a first-time villain and how his "Black Panther" character shows the "common struggle" of African-Americans

Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Michael B. Jordan is taking on a role of a sort he never has before in the critically acclaimed Marvel film, Black Panther. Jordan plays Erik "Killmonger" Stevens, a  U.S. Special Forces soldier of Wakandan decent who seeks to overthrow Chadwick Boseman's King T'Challa.

Jordan says suiting up as the film's villain was definitely a new experience for him.

"The fact that I never played an antagonist -- a villain before, I was really excited about it," Jordan tells ABC Radio. "I wanted to see if I could pull it off. To see what that was, to see what that felt like. So I was looking forward to it."

Although Jordan admits that he, "didn't have any hesitation at all about taking this role," when his good friend and the film's director Ryan Coogler asked him to be a part of it, Jordan says his role was more than just being the bad guy. It was also about showing the struggles that black Americans face as a disenfranchised group -- and not necessarily having a close connection to their African heritage.

"I know that's a common struggle that a lot of African-Americans have -- being disenfranchised and not having that direct correlation or not feeling that connection growing up here in the States," Jordan explains. "So, yeah, that was definitely something that was a through-line of Killmonger's kind of rage and frustration that he ultimately wanted to express throughout the movie."

Jordan adds, "And hopefully we did a good job at embodying that."

Black Panther starring Boseman, Jordan, Oscar nominee Angela Bassett and Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Lupita Nyong'o, opens nationwide February 16 from Marvel Studios and Disney, parent company of ABC News.

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Wednesday
Feb142018

"The Bachelor" Arie Luyendyk Jr. reveals what makes the perfect Valentine’s Day

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Juggling 26 women on The Bachelor has taught Arie Luyendyk Jr. a thing or two about dating. So what does he think makes the perfect Valentine's Day date?

For him, it doesn't have to be any of the elaborate things we see on the show -- it's simply the thought that counts.

“I think what makes a perfect Valentine’s Day is just to be thoughtful,” Arie tells ABC Radio. “Anything with a lot of thought behind it is endearing and special. So it doesn’t really matter what you’re doing with that person, as long as you’re very thoughtful and you’ve put effort in.”

When considering whether to go traditional with chocolates and flowers or try something outside the box, Arie says it depends on the person.

“You know, if that person loves to travel maybe take a trip together. If that person loves a quiet evening at home, maybe that’s what you need in your relationship and that’s what you should do,” he says. 

As for what’s coming up on The Bachelor, Arie promises things are about to get a whole lot juicier as he falls in love with two of the women.  He says it was hard for him to navigate those feelings, especially since he doesn’t typically fall in love easily, but admits it’ll “make great TV” for the viewers.

The Bachelor airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Tuesday
Feb132018

"...They pull me back in!" Jerry says a "Seinfeld" reboot is "possible"

NBCU Photo Bank(LOS ANGELES) -- The casts of Will & Grace, Roseanne, and Murphy Brown are getting back together, so could Kramer, George, Elaine and Jerry be next?

"It's possible," Jerry told Ellen DeGeneres Tuesday about the prospect of a Seinfeld reunion, while on her show to promote their upcoming episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

Suffice it to say, the audience went bananas.

Jerry and co-creator Larry David have previously resisted any previous reunion efforts for the Emmy-winning show -- excepting a show-within-a-show Seinfeld reunion plot on Curb Your Enthusiasm. Even as recently as 2017, Jerry threw cold water on any reunion talk, telling Entertainment Tonight, "Maybe it's nice that you continue to love it instead of us tampering with something that went pretty well."

Seinfeld ran from 1989-1998 on NBC, and went from a nearly-cancelled, little-watched "show about nothing" to a cultural phenomenon that gave us phrases like, "close talker," "soup Nazi," "yadda-yadda," and "master of your domain." The syndication rights for the series alone have made hundreds of millions of dollars for Seinfeld and David.



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