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Jamie Foxx to host the 2018 BET Awards
ABC/Randy Holmes (LOS ANGELES) -- BET has tapped Academy Award winning actor Jamie Foxx to host the 2018 BET Awards. The network announced on Tuesday that Foxx has signed on to host the annual event, which will take place in Los Angeles June 24. This will be Foxx's second time hosting the music event -- his first time was in 2009. As previously noted, DJ Khaled tops the list of nominees this year with six nominations, including Video of the Year and two for Best Collaboration, with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, for "Wild Thoughts," and with Jay-Z, Future and Beyoncé ...
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Taylor Swift is "so proud" of her "fuzzy daughters" and their "Deadpool 2" cameo
20th Century Fox (LOS ANGELES) -- If your kids appeared in the movie that was currently #1 at the box office, you'd be proud, right? That's why Taylor Swift is pretty excited right now. In the movie Deadpool 2, star Ryan Reynolds, a good friend of Taylor's, sports a shirt featuring a picture of Taylor's two cats, Meredith and Olivia. The t-shirt says "Olivia & Meredith...best friends purrrr-ever." Taylor posted a still from the movie on her Instagram story and wrote, "I'm so proud of my fuzzy daughters! Thanks @VanCityReynolds!" Taylor also posted a video captioned "Telling Mer the news,"...
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Bachelorette Becca Kufrin is engaged
Craig Sjodin (HOLLYWOOD) -- It seems like new Bachelorette Becca Kufrin is going to get her happy ending after all. ABC's Good Morning America has confirmed that the reality TV star, who has wrapped production on her season of The Bachelorette, is engaged. Of course, the details of the proposal -- and the identity of her fiancé -- are not yet available. "I am engaged," Kufrin said in an interview with PeopleTV. "It feels so good to say it, and you know, this time, I feel like it is going to stick." "It's been a whirlwind," she added. "It's crazy,...
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Gangster's paradise: Paul Bettany begged Ron Howard via text to join "Solo: A Star Wars Story"
Lucasfilm (NEW YORK) -- Actor Paul Bettany is still in theaters as Vision in Avengers: Infinity War, but on Friday you can see him without the purple android makeup as the villain in Solo: A Star Wars Story. Was the actor hesitant to jump into another massive movie franchise. "No!" he told ABC Radio emphatically. "In fact, I chased it!" Solo reunited Bettany with his Da Vinci Code director Ron Howard, whom he considers family. Howard also directed both Bettany and his wife Jennifer Connelly in A Beautiful Mind, a role that earned her an Oscar. So when Howard replaced ...
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Spike Lee is in a Brooklyn state of mind after winning the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival
ABC/Fred Lee (NEW YORK) -- Spike Lee is ready to get back to work after receiving the Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix Award Sunday for his forthcoming film BlacKkKlansman. On Monday, Lee switched gears, posting a message from his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. "Back To Reality. Back To Da People’s Republic Of Brooklyn," he wrote on Instagram. "We Did Our Thang, We Represented. BK Always Standing UP. Ya-Dig???Sho-Nuff. And Dat’s Da “GRAND PRIX” Truth, Ruth." While Lee's focused on filming the second season of his hit Netflix series She's Gotta Have It, Lee's friend and fellow filmmaker Ava DuVernay,...
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Are "SNL" star Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande an item?
Will Heath/NBC (NEW YORK) -- It looks like Ariana Grande has moved on after ending her two-year relationship with rapper Mac Miller earlier this month -- and is "casually dating" Saturday Night Live castmember Pete Davidson, a source tells Us Weekly. The insider seems to confirm a story first reported by Bossip on Friday, telling Us that Ariana was spotted at the SNL after-party a week ago "hanging out with Pete and his mom." “Ariana is very happy,” the source continued. Grande, 24, shared the news of her breakup with Miller -- who was born Malcom McCormick -- on her...
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Former "American Idol" contestants come together for "Where Are We Now" on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
ABC/Randy Holmes (LOS ANGELES) -- If you ever wondered what happened to William Hung, Sanjaya Malakar and a number of other onetime American Idol contestants, Jimmy Kimmel wondered the same thing. On Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night -- in celebration of the season finale of American Idol earlier in the evening -- the late-night talk show host rented out a studio for several noteworthy former Idolcontestants to record a "We Are the World"-type song called "Where Are We Now." In the song, Hung informed us that, "I speak to corporations inspirationally / And, ladies, now I'm single, so Snapchat me."...
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"Dancing with the Stars: Athletes" finale: Adam Rippon wins the mirrorball
ABC/Kelsey McNeal (LOS ANGELES) -- Adam Rippon proved he is indeed still America’s sweetheart. The Olympic figure skater was crowned the winner of Dancing with the Stars: Athletes Monday night after four short weeks of competition. He shares the mirrorball trophy with his professional dance partner Jenna Johnson.Adam's fellow finalists -- figure skater Tonya Harding and partner Sasha Farber, and Washington Redskins' Josh Norman and partner Sharna Burgess -- put up a good fight, though. Each of the three couples received at least one perfect score during the night.The three pairs each performed two dances, the final one being a...
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And the new "American Idol" is… Maddie Poppe
ABC/Mitch Haaseth (LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol’s two-part finale concluded on Monday with the top three finalists learning that Maddie Poppe is the newest “American Idol.” Caleb Lee Hutchinson came in second, with Gabby Barrett finishing third. Poppe receives a recording contract with Hollywood Records, as well as an opportunity to perform at the legendary Hollywood Bowl, and at the Radio Disney Awards. The evening also included performances from judges Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, as well as the top 10 finalists returning for performances with music superstars. Here are Tuesday’s highlights: The show opened with the top...
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Celebrities sign letter imploring Indonesian president to stop dog meat trade
DMFI - 2018 (LONDON) -- A letter signed by dozens of celebrities -- from Ricky Gervais and Ricky Martin to Oscar-winners Hunt Hunt and Dame Judy Dench and Emmy-winner Ellen DeGeneres -- is urging Indonesian President Joko Widodo to stop the slaughter of millions of dogs and cats for food.In a haunting video from the Dog Meat-Free Indonesia coalition, celebrities claim they "didn't know" about the horrors of the dog meat trade, which includes not only the stealing of family pets, but the slaughter of the animals for their meat. The dogs are piled into cages only to be killed...
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Commander in Stream: Barack and Michelle Obama turn producers in Netflix partnership
Joe Pugliese/Netflix (NEW YORK) -- Barack Obama has gone from president to producer in a deal with Netflix that will have him and former first lady Michelle creating programming for Netflix. Confirming news that first broke last March, the streaming giant announced the couple will produce "a diverse mix of content, including the potential for scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features" for Netflix's 125 million member households. "One of the simple joys of our time in public service was getting to meet so many fascinating people from all walks of life, and to help them share their experiences...
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"Veep" Emmy winner Tony Hale says Julia Louis-Dreyfus "doing great" post cancer treatment; shooting to resume soon
HBO/Justin M. Lubin (NEW YORK) -- While promoting the return of his beloved show Arrested Development, the fifth season of which hits Netflix next week, ABC Radio asked Tony Hale about his other show, HBO's Veep, and the awaited return of his fellow Emmy-winning star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Last September, Louis-Dreyfus revealed she'd been diagnosed with breast cancer and would be undergoing treatment. She's bouncing back, Hale says. "Julia's doing great. She's getting stronger and stronger, so we'll ... be ready [to start shooting] by the end of the summer," the actor shared. "You know, she's amazing," he added. "She's amazing."...
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