ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- John C. Reilly is back as the voice of video game bad guy turned-hero Ralph in Ralph Breaks the Internet, the sequel to the 2012 animated hit Wreck-It Ralph. This time around Ralph and Vanellope -- the latter voiced by Reilly's returning co-star Sarah Silverman -- step out of the arcade universe and try to navigate that strange and crazy world we like to call the Internet.
"There was a lot of pressure because it was a sequel," Reilly tells ABC Radio, "but we knew that there was a lot of uncharted territory in the story."
The versatile actor adds, "[I]n the first movie, the elephant in the room was the fact that the Internet is where a lot of gaming happens now so, we told this sweet story about these arcade characters who are part of a bygone era. But everyone was asking like, 'What about the rest of the world?' and in this sequel we get to go into the rest of the world to great comic effect."
The comedy, Reilly adds, is a welcome break from today's current events. "In this time of really, you know very divisive politics and a lot of people arguing in the public square, I think it's really cool to have a movie that's about cooperation, and empathy, and trying to be a good friend and trying to be a good listener to your friend. That's all stuff that I think people can...really relate to and really crave right now, actually."
Ralph Breaks the Internet, which also stars the voices of Taraji P. Henson, Gal Gadot and Jane Lynch, among others, opens today from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.
ABC/Paul Hebert(LOS ANGELES) -- People online and all over the world are cheering on actress, producer and now activist Ellen Pompeo after she called out a video crew in the middle of an interview for not being diverse enough.
The interview was conducted by Porter magazine, and Pompeo was being interviewed alongside Gabrielle Union, Emma Roberts and Gina Rodriquez for the publication's Women in Television issue.
While Pompeo acknowledged that there were many women involved in the project, she said she was disappointed with the lack of diversity behind the scenes.
"This day has been incredible, and there’s a ton of women in the room, but I don’t see enough color. And I didn’t see enough color when I walked in the room today," she said.
She told the camera that she had a recent meeting with a director for another endorsement and made sure to mention that she would like to see the crew represent the world she lives in and sees everyday.
"As Caucasian people, it's our job. It’s our task, it’s our responsibility to make sure we speak up in every single room we walk into. It’s our job because we created the problem,” she added.
Online, people of all color are applauding her statement.
One fan wrote, in part, "Instead of acting like she should be praised for it, she recognizes that it is NORMAL to want and have diversity and representation."
Another noted that this is how white allies should act and help those of different races to hopefully level the playing field for all people.
ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) -- Robert De Niro and his wife of 21 years, Grace Hightower, have called it quits, a source tells People magazine.
The two have separated and are living apart, says the insider, adding, “Sometimes things don’t work out the way you hope or want them to.”
De Niro, 75, and Hightower, 63 met in 1987, and married a decade later. They share two children: son Elliot, 20, and daughter Helen, six.
It's not the first time the couple has split up. De Niro filed for divorce in 1999 and sued Hightower for custody of Elliot in 2001. The two ultimately resolved their differences, and renewed their vows in 2004.
De Niro will next be seen in the upcoming Joker movie, opposite Joaquin Phoenix, slated for an October 2019 release.
Disney(NEW YORK) -- Mary Poppins, the magical whimsical nanny, is back on Cherry Tree Lane after 54 years in the sequel Mary Poppins Returns, starring Emily Blunt. The actress remembers the life-changing phone call she got from director Rob Marshall, asking her to play the iconic character.
“It felt like he was sort of proposing to me,” Blunt told ABC News in an interview for the upcoming special Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic. “I just felt my hair sort of blowback with a combination of panic and joy.”
Blunt readily accepted the part but wanted to make the character her own. So instead of re-watching the 1964 movie she went back to the source material -- the eight Mary Poppins books written by P.L. Travers.
"She's quite different in the books from what I remember from the film,” Blunt said of the iconic nanny. “She's completely eccentric and batty and funny and so rude. You know, deliciously rude and vain.”
Blunt’s Mary Poppins has one of the most spectacular entrances in recent cinema. Though she looks like she’s floating out the sky, in reality, Blunt was dangling 50 feet in the air, hanging from a crane. Blunt says, “ I mean, I was a bit terrified, to be honest.”
Marshall remembers shooting the scene, telling ABC, “That was a tough one for her. Emily was scared out of her mind up there, because there was -- there were no nets.”
Marshall’s direction helped calm Blunt. He recalls telling the actress, “I said, "Just remember Emily, it's not you coming in. It's Mary Poppins coming in."
Mary Poppins Returns is in theaters nationwide Dec. 19 from Disney, parent company of ABC News.
DisneyHere are the films opening nationwide on Wednesday:
* Ralph Breaks the Internet -- The sequel to 2012's Wreck It Ralph finds John C. Reilly's titular video game character taking a trip into the Internet, along with his plucky pal Vanellope, again voiced by Sarah Silverman. Gal Gadot, Ali Wong, James Corden, and Ed O'Neill, provide additional voices, along with returning Wreck-It players Jane Lynch, and Jack McBreyer. Rated PG.
* Creed II -- Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone are back for this sequel to the 2015 hit set in the Rocky universe. This time, Jordan’s Adonis Creed fights Victor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer who killed Creed’s father, Apollo. Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu also star. Rated PG-13.
* Robin Hood -- Kingsman's Taron Edgerton stars in the title role, opposite Jamie Foxx, who plays his mentor, in this action-adventure film based on the tale of Robin Hood. Once Upon a Time's Jamie Dornan also stars. Rated PG-13.
* Green Book -- Viggo Mortensen stars in this odd couple dramedy about a working-class Italian-American bouncer who becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist -- played by Mahershala Ali -- on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South. Rated PG-13.
Opening in limited release on Friday:
* The Favourite -- The close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill -- played by Olivia Coleman and Rachel Weisz, respectively -- is threatened by the arrival of Sarah's cousin Abigail -- portrayed by Emma Stone -- in this dark comedy set in the 18th century. Rated R.
(Green Book trailer contains mild, uncensored profanity.)
Steve Jennings/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Are you angry that we still don't have the next installment in the literary series that inspired Game of Thrones? So's the guy who's writing the books.
If you're a fan of the HBO series and not the books, just know they're called A Song of Ice and Fire, and by the time Game of Thrones season one debuted in April 2011, author George R.R. Martin had written five books since 1996 and was working on book number six. Seven years later, he's still working on it.
"I know there are a lot of people out there who are very angry with me that [The] Winds of Winter isn’t finished," Martin tells Entertainment Weekly. "And I’m mad about that myself. I wished I finished it four years ago. I wished it was finished now. But it’s not."
In fact, Game of Thrones has long since left Martin's last book behind. Part of the deal was that the show wouldn't wait on him, and so Martin has told producers how he intends the story to proceed -- and how it will end.
And a good thing, too, given that the show's eighth and final season debuts this coming April. Not that it makes Martin feel any better.
"I’ve had dark nights of the soul where I’ve pounded my head against the keyboard and said, “God, will I ever finish this?" Martin confesses. "The show is going further and further forward and I’m falling further and further behind. What the hell is happening here? I’ve got to do this.”
In the meantime, Ice and Fire fans can console themselves with the just-released Fire & Blood, Martin's history of the dragon-raising Targaryen family set three centuries before the events of Game of Thrones.
Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- It's plain Bill Maher isn't a big fan of comics, judging by his recent comments about them in the wake of Marvel comics legend Stan Lee's death -- comments that aren't sitting well with Lee's fans, or his estate.
On his 'Adulting' blog, the host of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher wrote, in part, that Americans were in "Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess."
After saying he has "nothing against comic books," Maher goes on to essentially say they're for children, and not "actually sophisticated literature," as he says some consider them. He concludes by implying that the popularity of comics among adults is a sign of declining intelligence as a nation, writing, "I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important."
Predictable fan backlash aside, Lee's estate has responded through his production company, POW! Entertainment. In an open letter posted online, they declare, "to say that Stan merely inspired people to 'watch a movie' is in our opinion frankly disgusting."
The letter continues: "Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us [heroes] and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come."
The letter ends with: "[W]e will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come -- great responsibility!”
As of Tuesday afternoon there was no public response from Maher.
Larry Horricks/Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- Taron Egerton and Jamie Foxx are teaming up for the new action flick Robin Hood, a film that puts a “modern twist” on the classic tale of the hooded crusader who steals from the rich to give to the poor.
Egerton plays the title character and Foxx plays Little John, a mentor figure who trains Robin to reach his full potential so they can both take down the evil Sheriff of Nottingham.
“It’s weird for me coming from a small town in Wales, this idea of Jamie Foxx is so far-flung and kind of otherworldly,” Egerton tells ABC Radio of getting to work with Foxx. “So to now be splitting the bill with him on a big movie is very surreal. I’ll never get used to that, I don’t think.”
Working together, Egerton found he actually had a lot in common with Foxx -- namely, their shared love of music.
“We spent a lot of time singing together,” Egerton says. “Obviously he’s an amazing musician as well as a brilliant actor, and I sing a little bit as well. So yes, we would kind of spontaneously burst out into song on set as a way of passing time in between set-ups, in between takes.”
Edgerton sings more than "a little bit." He playsElton John, and does all his own singing, in the upcoming Rocketman. And Foxx, of course, won an Oscar for playing iconic musician Ray Charles in the 2004 movie Ray.
Kurt Russell in "The Christmas Chronicles"; Michael Gibson/Netflix(NEW YORK) -- We’re days away from Thanksgiving, which means you’ve probably already got your feasting arrangements all sorted. But what to do when you’re not stuffing your bird, or your face? Here are a few suggestions of some holiday week entertainment you can check out.
Tuesday, Nov. 20
How about a cooking show to give you some kitchen inspiration? Netflix releases the culinary competition The Final Table today, in which a team of chefs create meals from countries all over the globe.
Wednesday, Nov. 21
Three big movies are opening in wide release today. First up: Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone are back for Creed II, the sequel to the 2015 hit set in the Rocky universe. This time, Jordan’s Adonis Creed fights Victor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the Russian boxer who killed Creed’s father, Apollo.
Looking for something more family-friendly? The animated Ralph Breaks the Internet has voice talents Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly returning for the sequel to the 2012 box office hit.
If you’re an action fan, you can check out Kingsman star Taron Edgerton in the title role opposite Jamie Foxx in the PG-13 Robin Hood.
Happy Thanksgiving! As you prep your turkey, tune into the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which begins at 9 a.m. across all time zones on NBC.
For some, it's not too early to start thinking about Christmas. If that’s you, Netflix is rolling out The Christmas Chronicles, a film starring Kurt Russell as a no-nonsense version of St. Nick.
Friday, Nov. 23
Hitting theaters today in very limited release is Oscar-winner Emma Stone's new film, The Favourite, an R-rated dark comedy set in the 18th century that also features Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz.
And expanding to more theaters today is The Front Runner, starring Hugh Jackman and inspired by the personal scandal that derailed Sen. Gary Hart’s bid for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination.
Reagan Strange performs; NBC/Tyler Golden(NEW YORK) -- The Voice was live on Monday, with the top 13 artists competing for America’s vote, advised by their coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson. Two artists will be sent home on Tuesday, based on America’s vote.
On Monday, each artist took the stage with a special dedication.
Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:
Team Blake’s Chris Kroeze kicked things off with his version of The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” dedicated to Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old from Chris’ hometown of Baron County, Wisconsin, who is missing and presumed kidnapped following the murder of her parents in their home. After the performance, Blake praised Chris for the effort he put into the song.
DeAndre Nico, also from Team Adam, dedicated MercyMe’s “I Can Only Imagine” to his girlfriend Crystal, who suffered a miscarriage while Nico was performing in the knockout rounds. Adam was pleased with the performance, calling DeAndre “an amazing singer” with a sound uniquely his own.
Kymberli Joye, representing Kelly’s team, tackled Rihanna’s “Diamonds” as a message to her younger sister that she could accomplish anything to which she set her mind. During rehearsals, Kelly noted that Kymberli’s strength was not in her range, but her ability to break hearts with her voice. After the performance, Kelly said Kymberli “loves to sing,” and it shows.
Team Jennifer’s Kennedy Holmes, the youngest contestant in the competition at 13-years-old, delivered a touching cover of Bette Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings,” dedicated to her parents, who are “everything” to her. The performance brought all four coaches to their feet, with JHud calling it “beautiful in every way.”
Sandyredd, also from Jennifer’s team, fought back tears as she sang Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” which she dedicated to her mother who died of cancer. During rehearsals, Jennifer urged Sandyredd not to be afraid to let her emotions come out in the song. Hudson was moved by the performance, telling the singer “it took us to the depths of your hurt.”
Team Kelly's, Chevel Shepherd, 16, delivered a feisty version of Little Big Town’s “Little White Church,” which she sent out to her dad. Once again, all four coaches were on their feet, after which Kelley declared, “You are so magnificent!” Even Adam couldn’t contain his excitement over the performance, calling the teen “so awesome and so talented.”
Team JHud’s MaKenzie Thomas -- who made it to the top 13 after failing to get any chair turns last season -- dedicated Monday’s performance to the lady who gave her a second chance: her coach. Her take on Jennifer’s “I am Changing,” from Dreamgirls, earned Hudson’s seal of approval. She called MaKenzie’s voice “crystal clear” and “beautiful,” adding, “I can’t get enough of it.”
Soulful country singer Kirk Jay, representing Team Blake, tackled Lonestar’s “I’m Already There,” which he dedicated to his mom -- who was in the audience watching him perform live for the very first time. Jay earned the night’s third standing ovation from the coaches, including Jennifer, who called him “Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.”
Team Adam’s 14-year-old powerhouse Reagan Strange closed out the show with Lauren Daigle’s “You Say.” dedicated to her grandparents. After noting during rehearsals that she wanted to be “just like [The Voice season 4 winner] Danielle Bradbery,” Strange got to video chat with her idol -- whose song, "Worth It" she sang to make it into the top 13. Danielle told Regan to “Have fun, be yourself and good luck.” Afterwards, Reagan’s coach said she “epitomized everything that this show stands for,” explaining, “The clarity” of what she does is “astounding “and “fills the entire room.”
The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- Bobby Bones, the radio host and comedian who remained, in his own words, "clueless" about dancing throughout the entire competition, was named the champion of Dancing with the Stars season 27 on Monday night.
Throughout the competition, Bobby and his pro partner Sharna Burgess were never among the highest-scoring couples, but their routines -- featuring Bobby's manic energy and wacky enthusiasm -- were crowd pleasers, and Bobby emerged as a fan favorite. The judges saluted Bobby as "the people's champion," and praised his ability to entertain.
Still, it was shocking to see Bobby -- whose only 10s of the competition came last night after his and Sharna's freestyle to the song "The Greatest Show" -- win the Mirrorball Trophy over other couples who'd consistently racked up perfect scores in the past eight weeks.
Perhaps it was Bobby's flossing at the end of the routine which tipped the scales in his favor. Even co-host Tom Bergeron joined in...using real dental floss, of course.
Each of the four remaining couples danced twice last night: First, they reprised their most memorable dances, and then they did their freestyles. At the end of the night, both Milo Manheim and his partner Witney Carson, and Evanna Lynch and her partner Keo Motsepe, had scored perfect 60/60s.
Milo and Witney reprised their New York City-themed Charleston, and then performed an impressive contemporary number to Bill Withers hit "Ain't No Sunshine," which featured plenty of flips and tricks, umbrellas and water. Robin Thicke sang live during the Charleston, and Tom Bergeron specifically thanked Robin for coming, despite the fact that he's just lost his home in the deadly California fires.
Evanna and Keo reprised their tango from Halloween night, and then freestyled to the Bjork hit "It's Oh So Quiet," which combined quieter moments with explosions of big movements and rainbow colors. Evanna also received a special message from Harry Potter castmate Emma Watson congratulating her on making it to the finals.
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten got a 57/60 overall. They reprised their Swan Lake Argentine tango, and then did a freestyle which featured them dancing down from the top of an artificial mountain.
Bobby and Sharna, who came in last place score-wise, with 54/60, reprised their MC Hammer dance from trio week. Their freestyle was a big, bright and shiny number with a huge cast.
In addition to Robin Thicke, other top musicians performed. Alexis and Alan did their freestyle to Avril Lavigne's live performance of her latest single, "Head Above Water." Country duo Dan Shay sang their current hit "Speechless," Lauren Daigle performed "You Say," and R&B star Tinashe, who'd been voted off the show earlier in the competition, sang "Fever."
Also during the show, it was announced that the Dancing with the Stars Live: A Night to Remember tour will kick off December 15 in Columbia, SC. Bobby and Milo, plus previously eliminated contestants "Grocery Store" Joe Amabile, John Schneider and Juan Pablo di Pace will all be participating in the tour.
Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Billie Lourd suffered two very painful, public losses when both her mother, Carrie Fisher, and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, died in December 2016.
The 26-year-old actress recently revealed that a large part of her coping process can be credited to working on American Horror Story, and to the show's creator, Ryan Murphy. She just wrapped up season eight of the hit FX show, AHS: Apocalypse, after joining its seventh season, AHS: Cult, in 2017.
"When Ryan offered me Cult, it was just a few months after my mom passed, and it honestly helped me process all of my emotions through these characters," Lourd told Entertainment Tonight. "Being able to cry for Winter helped me cry for myself," she said about the connection she shares with her Cult character.
"And it's been really healing and cathartic in an amazing way, and getting to be around all the incredible people on set, they've become like a family to me, and I cannot thank Ryan enough," Lourd added. "Honestly, it kind of saved my life."
Lourd said she’s formed incredible bonds with her costars on AHS: Apocalypse.
"These women are some of my best friends now. Leslie Grossman, Sarah [Paulson], Emma [Roberts], it's incredible to be on set with them," Lourd told ET. "I feel so lucky, I pinch myself every day. It's so fun."
Lourd said working on the show has been "challenging" yet "so much fun."
"I would do as many seasons as they would offer me," Lourd said. "And I would do anything Ryan asked me to do. I trust him with all of my heart."
This is Lourd’s second project with Murphy: She also starred in Fox’s Scream Queens for two seasons before it was canceled in 2016.
ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- Surprise! Jessica Chastain is apparently a new mom.
According to E! News, the 41-year-old actress and her husband, Gian Luca Passi de Preposulo, welcomed a baby girl via surrogate seven months ago.
E! confirms the baby girl, named Giulietta Chastain Passi, was born in Los Angeles on April 4, 2018.
On Saturday, Chastain and her husband were spotted toting their daughter in a baby carrier while walking around New York City. And last month, the actress was also photographed pushing a stroller around the set of her upcoming movie, Eve.
It is the first child for Chastain and her husband, who have been together for six years. The couple tied the knot last June.
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- What better way to get into the holiday spirit than by watching a foul-mouthed, pun-spouting, murderous super hero do his thing?
That's apparently what the studio behind Deadpool 2 thinks, which is why they're releasing a PG-13-rated version of this year's R-rated box office hit, re-titled Once Upon a Deadpool. And they've recruited Fred Savage to lend them a hand.
A new trailer opens with star Ryan Reynolds narrating, in his best feel-good holiday movie trailer guy voice: "Right before Christmas, a good guy in red is coming to theaters with his new sidekick, Fred." Then cut to 42-year-old Savage sitting in bed, in a set that's clearly a callback to his role in 1987's The Princess Bride, when he was just 11.
"Why am I here?" Savage demands, clearly not pleased. The answer, in part: because his legs have been duct-taped to the mattress.
The idea behind the Deadpool 2 PG-13 re-release is apparently to attract kids during their holiday break, kids too young to see the R-rated version. If that's not your speed, you can still watch the Deadpool 2 Plus Super-Duper Cut, available on digital with about 15 minutes of even more content that was too questionable even for the R-rated version.
Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Communities in Schools of Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress and singer Mandy Moore is a married woman.
The This Is Us star married musician Taylor Goldsmith over the weekend, her rep confirms to ABC News.
According to E! News, the nuptials were "an intimate backyard wedding at Mandy's home that started just after sundown on Sunday evening." Only close friends and family attended the special day.
Guests included Minka Kelly and Moore's This Is Us co-stars Milo Ventimiglia, Chrissy Metz and Sterling K. Brown.
Moore, who was previously married to musician Ryan Adams, met Goldsmith three years after leaving what she called an "unhealthy situation."
"I was still dealing with the trauma of my divorce when we started dating. Taylor was steadfast in his support -- that was a huge sign for me," she recently told Glamour magazine for its November issue.
Now, Moore’s moving forward in her career on a hit show and in her personal life, even thinking about starting a family.
"He’s going to be the most tremendous father. I view the past as a stepping-stone to get me where I am today," she said of Goldsmith. "I would gladly weather all of that a million times over if it brought me to Taylor again."
Moore also posted Monday about losing a beloved pet cat on Saturday.
"This weekend was a roller coaster of emotions in every way. Sometimes life doesn’t consider that you have big plans underway. Sometimes the earth just falls right out beneath you. We lost our sweet Madeline very suddenly on Saturday evening and my heart is so utterly broken," she wrote.