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New Fantasy Reality Series "The Quest" Premieres Thursday


ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- The creator of The Amazing Race and an executive producer of The Lord of the Rings have created The Quest, a new fantasy reality series debuting Thursday on ABC that requires 12 contestants to wear medieval warrior outfits and compete in physical competitions as they navigate a scripted mythology to vie for the title of One True Hero.The contestants are transported to the mystical kingdom of Everealm, which is actually a location in Austria, where they must complete challenges to save the kingdom or face elimination one by one.The Quest doesn't have a traditional host. Instead, the contestants, dubbed Paladins, interact with actors playing roles in an ongoing story.The show also features an array of magical creatures that are brought to life through animatronics, special effects and prosthetic makeup.The Quest airs Thursday at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Alicia Keys Is Pregnant Again!


(NEW YORK) -- Alicia Keys is pregnant with baby No. 2!The Grammy-winning singer, 33, announced the news on her Instagram account, with she and her husband since 2010, Kasseem Dean, known widely as Swizz Beatz, both wearing white and embracing her baby bump."Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with another angel on the way!!" she revealed.Thursday is also the couple's fourth wedding anniversary.Keys continued to gush, "You make me happier than I have ever known! Here's to many many more years of the best parts of life!"Keys and Beatz have a 3-year-old son Egypt. Beatz also has three more children from previous relationships.Last October, Keys told ABC News that she would wait a bit to have her second child. “That’s down the road, definitely down the road,” she said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Production on "The Big Bang Theory" Delayed as Contract Negotiations Continue


Sonja Flemming/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- The CBS hit comedy The Big Bang Theory has been forced to delay production of the upcoming eighth season because the five main cast members still are without contracts.  Stars Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar have still not reached new deals with Warner Bros. Television, according to The Hollywood Reporter.ABC News obtained a statement Wednesday from Warner Bros. Television that read, "Due to ongoing contract negotiations, production on The Big Bang Theory­ -- which was originally scheduled to begin today -- has been postponed."The cast was scheduled to participate in their first "table read" of a new episode script on Wednesday. Deadline.com reports there will be no table read for The Big Bang Theory on Thursday as well.  Industry observes note production will likely be delayed until a new deal is secured.Parsons, Galecki and Cuoco are negotiating together and are asking $1 million per episode along with a percentage of the show's profits.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, the trio currently earns $325,000 per episode.  Helberg and Nayyar are negotiating together and are also asking for significant raises. Co-stars Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch have already agreed to new deals with Warner Bros. Television.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Who Are the "Guardians of the Galaxy?" You'll Find Out, Says Director


Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters Friday, and the movie has been generating massive buzz -- and positive reviews.Based on a relatively obscure comic that launched in 1969, the movie was considered a gamble, as its titular quintet of unlikely heroes -- Chris Pratt's Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana's Gamora, Dave Bautista's Drax, the Vin Diesel-voiced tree-man Groot, and Bradley Cooper's Rocket Raccoon -- aren't as familiar to most people as say The Hulk or Spider-Man.Guardians director and co-writer James Gunn tells ABC News Radio, "Making a movie with characters that people weren't as familiar with was actually pretty freeing. Because I got to create them from the ground up for the cinematic universe. And yes I love Marvel comics, and so there was a lot of the spirit of those comics that I wanted to keep. But I also had the freedom to do what I wanted in film form." While the summer box office numbers are down around 20 percent compared to last year, ABC News Radio asked Gunn if Guardians could rescue Hollywood's bottom line as well as the galaxy. It isn't a fair question, the filmmaker says."Disney's doing pretty amazingly well this year, that's who this movie's going to help. It's not going to help all the other studios that are out there making movies that aren't making any money."The movie, which also stars Michael Rooker, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan and Lee Pace, has already been given the go-ahead for a 2017 sequel.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Penélope Cruz Clarifies Gaza Genocide Statement


ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) -- Penélope Cruz has issued a statement in an effort to clarify an open letter she signed with husband Javier Bardem that described Israel’s military action against the Gaza Strip as “genocide.”According to E! News, the open letter, which was published Tuesday in several Spanish newspapers and also signed by director Pedro Almodovar, stated that “Gaza is living through horror these days, besieged and attacked by land, sea and air.”  The letter claimed Palestinians are being denied water, electricity [and] free movement to their hospitals, schools and fields while the international community does nothing.”  The letter called for an end to “the genocide perpetrated by the Israeli occupation army in the Gaza strip against Palestinian civilians.”In her clarifying statement, Cruz explains, "I don't want to be misunderstood on this important subject. I'm not an expert on the situation and I'm aware of the complexity of it.”  She goes on to write, "My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace in both Israel and Gaza. I am hopeful all parties can agree to a cease fire and there are no more innocent victims on either side of the border. I wish for unity, and peace...I believe in a civilization that can be capable of bringing the courage to have a world where humans can live side by side."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Kim Kardashian Blasts Adrienne Bailon for Comments About Rob K.


Timothy White/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- One thing's for sure, Kim Kardashian is protective over her only brother, Rob. After his ex-girlfriend, Adrienne Bailon blasted him in a Latina magazine interview, Kim decided to fight back.Bailon, who dated Rob from 2007 to 2009 and appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, said in the magazine that being "stuck with that Kardashian label, that was so hurtful to me and to my career. I probably realized that too late -- not that it would've affected my decisions in terms of who I dated, but it would've affected my decision to appear on the show."Kim spat back Wednesday, tweeting: "Funny how she says being with a Kardashian hurt her career yet the only reason she has this article is bc she is talking about a Kardashian." "#LetItGoooooLetItGoooooo (FROZEN VOICE)," Kanye West's wife continued, before adding, "So sad when people try to kick my brother when he is down #FamilyForever."Bailon also said in Latina that people still aren't sure why her and Rob broke up. "It's common knowledge that he cheated on me," Bailon clarified. "It always bothered me that people were like, 'Pero, why couldn’t you forgive him?' Why are women always the ones who have to forgive? If you cheated on a man, he would be like, 'You're disgusting, and I want nothing to do with you.' But women, we're supposed to be like, 'He messed up. He made a mistake.'"Bailon said she's now happily dating Roc Nation executive Lenny Santiago, whom she's been with for five years. The Real co-host added that she's even considering marrying him. "If by some miracle we started taping The Real in New York tomorrow, I’d marry him, like, right now," she told Latina. "I want a family. I see my sister and she’s on her second baby, and I’m like, That’s success. Having a family -- I can’t wait for that."The Real returns on Sept. 15.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"The Bachelorette's" Andi and Josh Planning to Move in Together...Later This Yea


ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman and fiance Josh Murray are planning to move in together, but not immediately.The couple tells People magazine they're just "enjoying being engaged" and probably won't move in together until later this year. They both live in Atlanta."We pretty much have been living with each other for these two months," says Josh, a 29-year-old former professional baseball player. "We've been over at each other's houses all the time.""That's important for us, especially because of how quickly we got engaged. I've learned so much about him in the past two months and I love him more now than I did when I got engaged," says Andi, a 27-year-old former assistant district attorney."It has definitely been a season of ups and downs, but just knowing that it's Josh and I in the end makes it all worth it," she added.The couple plan to wed in spring...in front of ABC cameras, of course.  Andi is okay with having her nuptials on TV. "As long as I get to marry him...and they have to show the reception," she said."We'd have so much fun at the reception," Josh added.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Girls" Star Allison Williams to Portray Peter Pan in NBC's Live Musical


Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Girls star Allison Williams is set to star as Peter Pan in NBC's upcoming live musical production.The network announced Wednesday that the actress, who is also a classically trained singer, will take on the titular character in Peter Pan Live!, which NBC will air on Dec. 4. "I have wanted to play Peter Pan since I was about three years old, so this is a dream come true," the daughter of NBC anchor Brian Williams said in a statement. "It’s such an honor to be a part of this adventure, and I’m very excited to get to work with this extraordinarily talented team. And besides, what could go wrong in a live televised production with simultaneous flying, sword fighting and singing?"Williams will star opposite Christopher Walken, who is portraying Captain Hook.Peter Pan Live! is NBC's follow-up to its hit production of The Sound of Music, which starred Carrie Underwood.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Sharknado 2: The Second One" Takes a Bite Out of Twitter


Paul Drinkwater/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Sharknado 2: The Second One -- the sequel to SyFy's campy unexpected hit -- aired on the cable channel Wednesday night, and also made a splash, as expected, on social media. While the original attracted plenty of attention from celebrities tweeting about the shark-filled shlock-fest, this installment was filled with famous names that joined Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Mark McGrath, and Vivica A. Fox in cameo roles.Helping fight the carnivorous meteorological event this time around were Andy Dick, 30 Rock's Judah Friedlander, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, Al Roker and Matt Lauer, Will Wheaton, Kelly Osbourne, Billy Ray Cyrus, Judd Hirsch, Shark Tank entrepreneur Damon Dash, and Jared Fogle from those Subway commercials.The sequel brought the sharks to New York City, and the snark back to Twitter. Here are some stars' reactions:Luke Bryan - "Can't believe we are watching #Sharknado2"Marlee Matlin - "OMG #Sharknado2TheSecondOne There are just no words..not even SIGNS. LOL"Judah Friedlander - "Thank you @SharknadoSyfy the Academy just texted me. Just got a Best Supporting Actor nomination for 2015."Will Wheaton - "If Tara Reid doesn't end this movie with a chainsaw for a hand, I don't even know why we got out of bed today." [Spoiler alert, she does]Richard Roeper ‏- "Most unbelievable thing about this whole movie: Matt Lauer cutting to 'regularly scheduled programming' after slaying a shark on live TV."Roger Corman - "The shark is a Jungian archetype. But not shark in a tornado. Jung has no idea what that means."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Jesse Tyler Ferguson Discovers Dark Allegation in Family's Past


ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Jesse Tyler Ferguson is the latest celebrity to make a dark discovery about his family's past, courtesy of the TLC show Who Do You Think You Are?The Modern Family star learned early in his exploration into his family's history that his great-grandfather, on his father's side, was accused of murdering his own aunt."It was overwhelming, because when I've watched [Who Do You Think You Are?] as a fan, usually there's this big reveal, this important part of the puzzle, near the end of the episode," he told People magazine. "And here we are dealing with it in the beginning."The murder case was never resolved but Ferguson, who was born in Montana and raised in New Mexico, still had a hard time reckoning the accusations against his great-grandfather."I knew he was the man who raised my grandmother, who I loved so much and I know what kind of woman she turned out to be," he said. "I can't imagine anyone who was bad who could raise such a wonderful person."The murder accusation wasn't the only thing Ferguson, 38, learned about his father's family."I thought it couldn’t get any crazier than that moment, and it just kept getting more interesting as we went along," he told People. "It really does affect you in a very profound way. It's like a ball of yarn. It just keeps unraveling and you want to get to the end."Ferguson’s episode will air Wednesday night on TLC.In last week's premiere episode, Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon discovered that her great-great-great grandmother was an ax murderer and served time for killing her abusive husband.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Josh Murray Is Ready for Kids with Andi Dorfman


ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(LOS ANGELES) -- Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray just announced their engagement, but the groom-to-be is already thinking about starting a family.Dorfman? Not so much."We're waiting a little while, though he doesn't want to wait," she told ABC News. "I was like, 'When you can afford my push presents!'"Meanwhile, Murray, said that he's ready for "a whole team of kids" and is "ready to start poppin' 'em out.""[But] she's the boss when it comes to this stuff," he said, adding hopefully, they'll have four children. "We want a big family. We love kids."First thing's first, however. Dorfman said that she and Murray are already starting to think about their wedding, which they hope will take place in the spring. Expect to see some of Murray's former competition from The Bachelorette on the guest list, they said, along with great food and solid entertainment."The vibe we would want is just fun," she added, before turning to her fiance. "I'll let you come to the tastings... unless you want to come pick out colors and everything?"Clearly, they're already on the same page, because Murray didn't miss a beat."I'm gonna pass on that!" he said.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

How Zac Efron Knew He Needed to Go to Rehab


ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Last year Zac Efron quietly checked into rehab, though he didn't specify why. Now he's opening up a bit about the experience."The challenging part was never the work. That was never it," he told Bear Grylls in a clip for the show, Running Wild with Bear Grylls. "It was sort of the in-between work."Efron, 26, who said in April that he now attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, explained that as an actor, he felt pressure everywhere he went because of the constant glare of the press. Calling it a "confusing" situation, he said he needed a "social lubricant" to be social and eventually, to go anywhere at all."It was getting to the point where I was caring less about the work and waiting more for the weekend," he said. "I couldn't wait to go out and sort of let loose and have fun, but then when Monday and Tuesday were difficult to get through, then I was like, 'This is bad.'"Now sober, Efron said that he doesn't ever want to rely on an artificial substance to feel comfortable again. Now, he meditates as often as possible in an attempt to calm his mind."You don't realize when you're out here, when we're in it, but I haven't thought about one thing today apart from what [we're] doing," he noted of being outdoors with Grylls. "I think that's one of the most beautiful things about nature."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Drew Barrymore's Half-Sister Jessica Found Dead


Drew Barrymore pictured. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)(SAN DIEGO) -- Drew Barrymore's half-sister has died.Jessica Barrymore, who, like the actress, was the daughter of actor John Barrymore, would have turned 48 on Thursday."Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible," Drew Barrymore told ABC News. "I'm so incredibly sorry for their loss."Drew Barrymore is the daughter of John Barrymore and his third wife, Jaid Barrymore.  Jessica was born to Barrymore and actress Nina Wayne.According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office, Barrymore was found Tuesday in her car on the 900 block of Hoover Avenue in  National City, CA.  The fire department shortly thereafter confirmed she was dead.A cause of death has not yet been determined.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Richard Belzer's Brother Dead of Apparent Suicide


Richard Belzer pictured. (Art Streiber/NBC)(NEW YORK) -- Leonard Belzer, the brother of comic and longtime Law & Order: SVU actor Richard Belzer, died of an apparent suicide Wednesday morning in New York City.Belzer, 73, the older brother of 69-year-old Richard, jumped to his death from his apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side at around 6:45 a.m. ET, though there are reports he may have leaped from the roof. He was pronounced dead at the scene. ABC News has learned that Belzer had been dealing with health problems, and reportedly left notes behind.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Reports: Orlando Bloom Gets in Scuffle with Justin Bieber


Vince Bucci/Getty Images for Yari Film Group(IBIZA, Spain) -- Apparent bad blood between Justin Bieber and Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom boiled over at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, Wednesday morning, according to various gossip outlets.TMZ cites two eyewitnesses who claim Bloom threw a punch at Bieber, who reportedly ducked and screamed in response, "What's up, b***h?"According to TMZ, Bloom and Bieber were at a star-packed Cipriani. Diddy and Paris Hilton were reportedly dining there at the time too.Sources tell the New York Post Bloom took a swing at Bieber after the 20-year-old singer made a rude comment about the actor's lingerie model ex-wife, Miranda Kerr. However, a source close to Bieber insisted that the comment was only made after Bloom took a swing, and missed.Whatever started the static had apparently been in the works behind the scenes -- and in the pages of the tabloids -- for some time.  Bieber reportedly cozied up to Kerr at her Victoria's Secret show in 2012, and for his part, Bloom reportedly got close to Bieber's on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez in April, while she and Biebs were on one of their many breaks. After the scuffle, TMZ says Bieber left the restaurant and the crowd inside applauded.TMZ also reports that Bieber tried to get the last laugh after his hasty retreat by posting, then quickly deleting, a photo of Kerr in a bikini.ABC News | More ABC News VideosFollow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Chris Martin & Gwyneth Paltrow Still Hanging Out After Splitting


Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization(NEW YORK) -- Although Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced earlier this year that they were splitting after 10 years of marriage, the couple reportedly just can't stop hanging out with each other.According to People magazine, the "estranged" couple was spotted together in New York's East Hampton on Monday night to attend a screening of Hector And The Search For Happiness. The two were joined by Paltrow's mother, actress Blythe Danner, and family friend Simon Pegg, who starred in the film and is also godfather to Martin and Paltrow's daughter Apple."They seemed so comfortable with each other," said a person at the screening. "It was like they were still married.""I don't know what's going on with them," another person at the screening said, "but they seem really happy."This isn't the first time the two have been spotted having a good time together. The Coldplay frontman and Paltrow were reportedly seen being "lovey-dovey and playful" at Robert Downey Jr.'s 49th birthday party in April.In June, they were spotted having a friendly meal with their children at a restaurant on the Malibu Pier in California. Not to mention, an E! News source claims the two are still living together in their Brentwood, California home.Martin and Paltrow married in December of 2003 and announced last March they were "consciously uncoupling." Along with a daughter Apple, they have a son named Moses.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

James Garner Died of Massive Heart Attack, According to Death Certificate


Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor James Garner died of a massive heart attack, according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ. The former star of TV's Maverick and The Rockford Files died July 19 in his Los Angeles home at the age of 86. The certificate lists the cause of death as acute myocardial infarction.Garner's credits also include the classic 1963 war drama The Great Escape, an Oscar-nominated role in 1985's Murphy's Romance and a 1994 film version of Maverick, with Mel Gibson playing the title role and Garner starring as his father. Garner also appeared in 2000’s Space Cowboys opposite Clint Eastwood, and 2004’s The Notebook, and had a role on the TV sitcom 8 Simple Rules.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"24" Alum Defends Kiefer Sutherland After Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Critical Comments


Fox(NEW YORK) -- After Freddie Prinze Jr. told ABC News Radio he quit acting after working with Kiefer Sutherland on the set of 24, another cast member of the show is coming out in Sutherland's defense.Louis Lombardi, who appeared on the Fox series from 2005 to 2006, told US Weekly, "My experience with Kiefer was absolutely the opposite. He was one of the most professional actors I've ever worked with. He wanted the best out of everybody. I have nothing but great experiences with him. He's a gentleman." In an interview with ABC News Radio at San Diego’s Comic-Con, Prinze claimed Sutherland was unprofessional on the set of 24 when they worked together in 2010."Maybe he was jealous, maybe Kiefer did something to him -- who knows?" Lombardi continued. "But Kiefer's one of the most professional and most likable people! Kiefer is the most professional actor. I'm baffled about [that] kid's comments and baffled why he would say this years later. I'm all for Kiefer. I think he's a great dude and I have nothing but love for him. Everyone loves him, all the actors around him, the crew. Everyone."Prinze told ABC News Radio that he "hated every moment" of his time working on 24. He continued, "Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face, I think everyone that's worked with him has said that."Prinze claimed his experience was so unpleasant that he "just wanted to quit the business after that."Prinze also said, "I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE for Christ's sake and it was a crazier job than working with Kiefer. But, at least he was cool and tall. I didn't have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do. Just put the guy on an apple box or don't hire me next time. You know I'm 6 feet and he's 5'4."Prinze was at Comic-Con promoting his new Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Bachelorette" Runner-Up's 'Mystery' Letter Goes Public; Nikki Ferrell Blasts Sh


ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) -- The heartfelt letter that Bachelorette runner-up Nick Viall wrote to "Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman has been revealed.The Bachelorette's official Facebook page posted the letter in its entirety for the world to see on Monday, and that's okay with Nick.  He told Us Weekly, "I was in no way ashamed of what was in that letter. I knew by giving it to her, that was a possibility and I accepted that."Nick's letter begins, "Andi, You lit me up.  You made me feel those things that people go a lifetime to find, and I feel like I made you feel the same. I truly hoped we would have made it into the real world, where there would be no arbitrary deadline, where those stresses that came with that environment would have melted away, where we could have had the goofy, fun, exciting relationship that I know we could have. What we had was real to me, and it was amazing."Nick explains, "I fully realize that in the end I could have been wrong about what we had. While it's hard to accept, I totally realize that it's a possibility. With that being said, when I think about the relationship that we had, very few things in my life have felt more real…I think about that moment when you ended things and what you said to me. I believe you when you said something didn't feel right with us when you woke up that morning, but I wonder if what didn't feel right was really about us and our relationship."He continues, "I wonder if it would have been different if that night you thought about us with your heart and not with your head. Let’s just call it what it was--our relationship was very much the road less traveled. I totally get that all the passion, intensity, and connections that we had were accompanied by fear and sometimes discomfort. There is a reason why very few are willing to take the road less traveled. It can be scary, challenging, and risky, but if you have the courage to take it, it usually ends up being amazing."Nick then shifts to Andi choosing Josh Murray, and his own plans for the future, writing, "I realize I have to move on and I mean it when I say that if you're truly happy with your decision and I haven't been a thought on your mind, then I want that happiness to continue for you. If I have to move on, I will look to find amazing with someone else and know that some day I will. I just know I would much rather turn my life upside down and risk it all to have amazing with you."In related news, Nikki Ferrell, who was chosen by Juan Pablo Galavis at the end of season 18 of The Bachelor, watched Monday’s Bachelorette drama and raged against the show’s producers after Nick asked Andi on the After the Final Rose special about sleeping with him when she didn't feel the same way he felt about her.  Nick asked Andi, "Feeling like you did, if you knew how in love with you I was, why did you make love with me?""Gee I wonder who told Nick to say that...," tweeted Ferrell after the show. "How the producers of @BachelorABC sleep at night is beyond me. #trash."  Ferrell added, "But on a positive note so beyond happy for @AndiDorfman and @jmurbulldog."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Penn and Teller Debut New Magic Competition Series


Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Magicians Penn and Teller debut a new reality competition series Wednesday night on The CW that features aspiring magicians competing for a chance to perform with the duo in their show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.On Penn and Teller: Fool Us, aspiring magicians perform their best trick and try to fool the duo.  If Penn and Teller can’t figure out how the trick was done, the contestant wins.Penn and Teller: Fool Us debuts at 8 p.m. Eastern time on The CW.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Sharknado 2: The Second One" Premieres on Syfy


Syfy(NEW YORK) -- The shark storm is back! Sharknado 2: The Second One premieres Wednesday night on the Syfy channel.Ian Ziering starred in last year’s smash cult hit and returns for the sequel because as viewers remember, he chainsawed his way out of a shark.In Sharknado 2: The Second One, the man-eaters invade New York City.Ziering tells ABC News Radio he doesn’t think expectations are higher this time. “I think people are expecting the same amount of enjoyment,” Ziering says, adding, “This is still low budget filmmaking. It's still going to be fun to see somebody running through the background that you noticed getting his legs chewed off in the scene before. I mean, that's part of the fun.”Ziering describes Sharknado as “campy sci-fi low budget independent filmmaking.”Sharknado 2: The Second One also stars Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Judah Friedlander, Robert Klein, and former Taxi star Judd Hirsch as a taxi driver. Kelly Osbourne makes an appearance as a flight attendant, and Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Kelly Ripa also have cameos.Syfy is so confident that Sharknado 2 will do well, it has already ordered a third installment that will premiere next summer.Sharknado 2: The Second One airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray Share Details of Their Secret Atlanta Dates


ABC/Javier Pesquera(NEW YORK) -- Bachelorette fans learned Monday night that Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray were engaged.But the proposal actually happened months ago and, since the end of filming, the two have had to sneak around Atlanta, where they both live, to see each other."We kind of just chilled all the time," Murray told ABC News. "We couldn’t do anything outside, obviously, and [we wore] a lot of disguises: wigs, hats. [And there was a lot of] coming over back ways."To pass the time, Dorfman, 27, cooked meals for Murray (think short ribs and steak) and even taught him to love sushi (almost!) as much as she does."I'm like, 'I'll take three sashimi combos,'" she recalled, laughing. "I've got to feed him at all times."Added Murray, "She's an amazing cook. She cooks any and everything."Now that the world knows that they're engaged, the couple can't wait to go on their first real date. While they declined to reveal specifics, they did say that they've already picked the restaurant."We're going to a good steak place," she said. "But we don't even know when we're going to be able to go."Added her smiling fiancé, "It's just going to be nice for her and I to not have to hide anything."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Elizabeth Banks on Balancing Motherhood and Career


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Elizabeth Banks has never been busier, starring in six movies this year and shooting Pitch Perfect 2 and the final installment of The Hunger Games.But the mother of two always puts her boys first."I balance it by always putting my children's health and safety first," she told New You magazine. "Then I feel OK to go and do the job I love."But Banks, 40, believes the "balance" issue is more of a mommy problem."I don't think dads do it as well as moms, quite frankly, as I don't think there's any pressure on them to balance anything in their lives when it comes to parents being at work," she told the magazine."I try not to feel that pressure, either," she added. "I actually have a girlfriend who works in the Justice Department, going after criminals and the mafia, and she's got three kids. Parenting is challenging any way you slice it."If she's feeling the pressure, it doesn't show. Then again, the blonde beauty has never emphasized her looks."I didn't quite believe I was pretty for a long time. I never thought about it," she said. "I'm very genetically blessed, I cannot deny it, but I work hard at keeping myself together. Yes, I have nice cheekbones and skinny legs but I can’t take any credit for it."What she has relied on is her comic skills."Your funny gets developed pretty early on," the 30 Rock actress told New You. "Comedy requires that you understand as much as possible about the viewpoints of all people and everything that's going on around you. It genuinely requires a true point of view, a real sense of your own view of things in the world."For Banks, it's also about making fun of the powerful and not the vulnerable."Comedy often comes at the expense of others, and to do that smartly, you don't want to make fun of vulnerable people," she said. "You want to make fun of people in power, and so you need to really understand the dynamics of power."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray Talked Engagement Rings in Fantasy Suite


ABC/Javier Pesquer(NEW YORK) -- Bachelor and Bachelorette fans often wonder what goes on in the fantasy suite.For Andi Dorfman and her new fiancé, Josh Murray, it meant a lot of chit-chat about the future, including what engagement ring he should choose."It's a pretty big deal. I might as well tell him [what I want] if we're getting engaged!" Dorfman told ABC News, adding that she "could not be happier" with his pick. "Normal couples would go ring shopping or talk about it, so I'm like, 'Round, halo, maybe triple shank."He listened. The Neil Lane sparkler -- an oval cut diamond surrounded by 154 round cut diamonds -- is three carats. The platinum band is also studded with diamonds. "There's no triple shank, but this is round, halo and it is nice and big," Murray said. "I wanted to make sure it was the perfect ring for her."However, they didn't just discuss jewelry. Murray said that he and his bride-to-be talked about their future plans for hours in the kitchen and became "best friends." Walking out, he felt confident that they'd end up together."It's over," Murray said he remembered thinking. "Done deal!"Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Avoids Questions about Dating Jennifer Lopez


ABC/Craig Sjodin(NEW YORK) -- He may have shown up to her 45th birthday party, but don't expect Dancing with the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy to talk about those rumors that he's dating Jennifer Lopez.After the dancer was spotted celebrating with J-Lo last Thursday in New York's Hamptons, People magazine caught up with him Saturday night at his performance of Sway: A Dance Trilogy, and asked him point blank if he was dating Lopez."I'm just focused on dancing," he retorted. "I'm not interested in talking about anything other than the show."Chmerkovskiy split from swimsuit model Kate Upton in December after six months of dating. Lopez split with dancer Casper Smart last month after dating for a few years.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Lisa Kudrow Shows Up for Jury Duty, Gets Dismissed


ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Lisa Kudrow reported for jury duty at Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, but the former Friends star managed to get dismissed the same day.According to TMZ, the 50-year-old actress went all day without being selected for a jury panel. That automatically qualifies potential jurors for dismissal in L.A. County.Sources tell the gossip website Kudrow sat quietly in the jury pool room, wearing a comfortable pair of loafers. The sources add that while some of the other jurors were star struck, Kudrow was friendly to everyone.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino Must Reportedly Undergo Anger Management


ABC News (MIDDLETOWN, N.J.) -- Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino has reportedly accepted a plea deal in connection with an arrest last month for allegedly getting into a "fist fight" with his brother at a New Jersey tanning salon.TMZ reports the former Jersey Shore star, agreed to undergo 12 weeks of anger management classes. Upon completion, a judge in Middletown, New Jersey, will review the case and most likely reduce the assault charge to disorderly conduct.Edward Fradkin, Sorrentino's attorney, told the gossip site his client will take the classes on a "one-on-one basis."On June 17, a customer at Sorrentino's Boca Tanning Salon called police to report the reality star had gotten into a fight with his older brother Frank, according to 911 tapes obtained by ABC News.A video posted by TMZ shows Sorrentino explaining the fight happened because "brother Frank, the HR was not running the store correctly, so I had to go in there and clean house." He joked that his brother Frank, "Don't look too good."Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Marvel to Release Three New "Star Wars" Comic Book Titles


Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Get ready for new Star Wars comic books.  Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment have announced three new comic book titles for the sci-fi franchise, starting in January 2015 with Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron. Aaron tells Marvel.com, "Every story is about the characters, and we'll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy."In February 2015, the comic Darth Vader will be released, followed by the five-issue limited series Princess Leia in March. The movie Star Wars -- Episode VII opens worldwide on Dec. 18, 2015.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Once Upon a Time" Adds More "Frozen" Roles


ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Frozen's presence in Once Upon a Time is growing. The latest character from the animated Disney blockbuster to make the move to the ABC series is Pabbie, the gentle rock troll king.  John Rhys-Davies, who played Sallah in the Indiana Jones films and Gimli the dwarf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, will voice the computer-animated version of Pabbie. Once Upon a Time co-creator and executive producer, Adam Horowitz tweeted, "We're thrilled to welcome John Rhys-Davies to the #OnceUponATime family as the voice of everyone's favorite rock troll -- Pabbie!"In addition, Horowitz tweeted that the role of Frozen's Prince Hans on Once Upon a Time will be filled by Shameless star Tyler Jacob Moore.Other Frozen characters previously announced to be heading to Once Upon a Time include Georgina Haig as Queen Elsa, Elizabeth Lail as Anna, Scott Michael Foster as Kristoff.Once Upon a Time returns for its fourth season on Sept. 28.Disney is the parent company of ABC.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

"Guardians of the Galaxy's" Zoe Saldana Wants More Female Superheroes


Buena Vista(SAN DIEGO) -- Zoe Saldana is known for playing kick-butt characters in movies like Colombiana, Avatar, J.J. Abrams' Star Trek series, and now Guardians of the Galaxy. However she thinks that the world of superheroes can use more girl power. "[A]nd I think that I'm not the only who is saying that," the actress told ABC News Radio over the weekend at San Diego Comic-Con."I think it's overall a very loud, loud voice that is speaking up and saying, 'OK, enough with the sausage fest. It's actually sexier to see women kicking the crap out of each other.'"In Guardians, there's no shortage of that: in the film, Saldana plays the fearsome, green-skinned assassin Gamora, and she tangles with another deadly beauty, Karen Gillan's cybernetic warrior Nebula.Not to be outdone in the "strong female lead" department, Glenn Close also appears as the steely leader Nova Prime.Guardians of the Galaxy, which also stars Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, Lee Pace, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper, opens Friday, Aug. 1.Follow @ABCNewsRadio !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio