Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A new episode of the Reelz docu-series Autopsy: The Last Hours of… focusing on the death of David Bowie will premiere this Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
On the program, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter takes an in-depth look at what may have led to the cancer that caused the rock legend's death in January 2016 two days after his 69th birthday. The show also offers a profile of Bowie's life and how he kept his illness secret from nearly the whole world.
In addition, the episode delves into the timing of the release of the influential artist's final studio album, Blackstar -- which arrived on his 69th birthday -- and the clues that apparently were included in the project about his impending demise. The show features archival footage and photos of Bowie, as well as interviews with a number of people associated with the rock legend.
You can check out a clip from the episode now on the Reelz network's official YouTube channel. The segment focuses on how a teenage Bowie sustained the injury to his left eye that left him with a permanently dilated pupil, something that added to his famously otherworldly persona.
"I equate it to, you know, like the Rolling Stones," star Joe Mantegna tells ABC Radio. "Like when they first got together and started playing together as a band, if you told them they were still be playing 50 years later, who would...know that?"
Mantegna, who plays former FBI profiler David Rossi, explains, "I joined it in its third season, and for all I knew that was going to be their last season. For all I knew, who knows, you know?" He adds, "And then obviously, we resonate with enough people that we're keeping on keeping on."
Quipped Kirsten Vangsness, who plays computer specialist Penelope Garcia on the show: "Yeah, there was another band called The Rolling Moans and they were just as good. They didn't make it."
Timed to National Missing Children's Day at the end of last month, We TV begun running 12-hour marathons of the acclaimed, long-running drama. Vangsness explains, "WE TV, on Saturdays and Mondays, they're...sort of focusing a lot of the episodes ...on child abduction and making...people aware of...protecting of the smaller humans of our community."
Mantegna adds, "We really do feel there's an educational aspect to our show, in the sense that these episodes that deal with that topic, you know, they go into areas where by watching it you can say to yourself, 'OK I can see how that happened.' These are some tips ingrained in there so that we can avoid this happening to our own children."
Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Wesley Snipes is set to star with Eddie Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name!, a biographical film about real-life actor and producer Rudy Ray Moore.
Snipes joins a cast which also includes Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The New Jack City actor will portray D'Urville Martin, who directed the 1975 film, Dolemite, in which Moore starred.
As previously reported, Murphy will portray Moore, best known for creating the Dolemite pimp/hustler character on comedy recordings. Moore starred in original Dolemite movie and three sequels.
Hustle and Flow's Craig Brewster will direct the movie, which was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.
Paramount/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) -- Forty years later, fans are still hopelessly devoted to Grease.
The iconic musical starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta celebrates its 40th anniversary this Saturday, June 16.
At the time of its release in 1978, Grease became the highest-grossing musical ever, breaking the 13-year record held by The Sound of Music. It's currently the second highest-grossing live action musical, after the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast.
The soundtrack of the movie was also hugely successful, and featured the hit title theme, sung by Frankie Valli, as well as "You're the One that I Want," the Oscar-nominated "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Summer Nights."
Earlier this year, in honor of the anniversary, Grease came back to the big screen for two nights only as part of the Turner Classic Movies Big Screen Classics series. It also received a special 40th anniversary edition Blu-ray and DVD release, which came out on April 24.
The story and songs of Grease continue to attract generations of fans: In 2016, Fox aired a live remake of the musical starring Julianne Hough which attracted great ratings. Travolta appeared on ABC's Good Morning America this week and discussed the film's long-lasting appeal.
"It's like any great piece of art or work: It's interpretive," he said. "So actually, it would be a question that individuals would answer better than I could."
He adds, "I just know I love it and have always loved it. I did it on Broadway, I did it on the road -- my daydream was to do it in the movies."
Credit: Brian Douglas(NEW YORK) -- Longtime married couple John Travolta and Kelly Preston have worked together before, but in the new film Gotti the two play husband and wife for the first time ever.
Travolta stars as notorious New York City crime boss John Gotti, while Preston plays Gotti’s wife Victoria.
Preston tells ABC Radio that while they didn’t exactly discover anything new about themselves by working together this time around, they did have a lot of fun playing a couple so different from who they are in real life. She particularly loved gaining insight from Victoria herself.
“[Victoria] said [her husband] could never understand, because he said, ‘Grown men fear me. [S]o many people fear me. Why does my wife have no fear?’” Preston recalls. “Because she would go toe-to-toe with him. They would get into it and she would stand right up to him and they would fight and make up and that was so fascinating to me.”
The Gotti family also gave the film unprecedented access to John Gotti’s possessions.
“It was the first time they lent his clothing, he had his overcoat, he could still smell the scent of the cologne in it, his jewelry, his ties and scarves,” Preston says. “Victoria gave me her wedding ring to wear...that she hadn't taken off since John had given it to her. And that was really special.”
Seeing her husband transform into Gotti for the first time was a surreal experience for Preston.
“Seeing Johnny for the first time in full makeup, the first thing I saw him was when John was older and he had the stage 4 cancer,” she says. “That was haunting because he looked exactly like the footage that was online and he was completely the man.”
ABC/Paula Lobo(NEW YORK) -- Fourteen years after the original movie swooped into theaters, The Incredibles 2 is back for even more superhero action.
This time around, mom Helen, aka Elastigirl -- voiced by Holly Hunter -- goes back to work while Bob, aka Mr. Incredible, stays home with their three supercharged kids.
Craig T. Nelson, who voices Bob, says it’s much harder for his character to be a super-dad than a superhero.
“Well he's struggling with everything,” Nelson tells ABC Radio. “I mean it's the fact that he can't do what he's really good at doing, which is being a superhero, and he now is given the opportunity of taking care of these insane people at home who are his kids and each one has a different super power.”
He adds, “But at the same time they're just kids, and he hasn't really been a dad.”
It’s something Nelson -- and a lot of parents out there -- can relate to.
“I've been both,” he says. “I've been out there in the workplace…and stayed at home and took care of the kids while my wife went out and worked, sure. There's a lot of guys that do that.”
Now, he has great-grandkids to dote on and he says he can’t wait for a whole new generation to experience The Incredibles.
“It's gonna be really exciting 'cause they're old enough,” the 74-year-old says of his great-grandkids. “I can hardly wait to see what they think.”
The Incredibles 2 is out now. Disney is the parent company of ABC News.
Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing With the Stars is responsible for yet another love match!
Two pros from the ABC show -- Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson -- are engaged, they announced Thursday.
According to photos that the couple shared on social media, Chmerkovskiy proposed to Johnson while on vacation in Italy, and she happily accepted.
"I knew the moment I met you, you were the man of my dreams and I wanted to be with you forever," Johnson wrote on Instagram. "Thank you for making my fairy tale come true today! Cannot believe I get to call you my FIANCÉ!!!! #engaged"
Added Chmerkovskiy in a caption of his own: "I can’t wait to make you my wife."
Chmerkovskiy, 32, and Johnson, 24, were first linked in 2015, according to reports, and it seems that last year, their relationship got more serious -- or at least, more public. In the Dancing With the Stars Season 25 finale last November, the two shared a kiss live on television.
In recent years, several stars have found love on the popular reality show. Former pro Kym Johnson wed her one-time Dancing partner, Robert Herjavec, in 2016; Chmerkovskiy's brother, Maks, married fellow Dancing pro Peta Murgatroyd last summer; and just last month, pros Sasha Farber and Emma Slater said "I do."
Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images(NEW YORK) -- Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor broke his silence Thursday about allegedly sparking a melee in April in Brooklyn, New York, that left two foes injured -- saying he "regrets" his actions in the out-of-Octagon altercation.
The 29-year-old Irish cage brawler spoke following a brief hearing in Brooklyn Supreme Court, where a prosecutor told a judge that McGregor and another MMA fighter, Cian Cowley, were in the process of negotiating a plea deal on assault charges.
"I regret my actions that led me here today," the heavily tattooed McGregor told reporters as he left the courthouse. "I understand the seriousness of this matter and I am hopeful that it gets resolved soon."
McGregor, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight and lightweight titleholder, was charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief after being arrested on April 6. He allegedly attacked a bus full of fighters following a pre-fight press conference for what had been billed as a 13-bout UFC 223 match at the Barclays Center.
Fighters Michael Chiesa and Ray Borg were injured by flying glass when McGregor threw a metal dolly at their bus in a backstage area of the Barclays Center, shattering a window. The attack was caught on video and also showed Cowley allegedly hurling a chair at the bus and McGregor also attempting to throw a metal barricade to the vehicle before he was stopped.
Cowley, 25, was also charged with assault and criminal mischief.
Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Janet Gleeson told a judge Thursday that the case against McGregor and Cowley has not been presented to a grand jury for possible indictment due to the plea negotiations.
McGregor and Cowley were ordered to return to court on July 26. They both remain free on $50,000 bail each.
ABC(NEW YORK) -- The film comedy Tag, an out-of-bounds concept for keeping a friendship alive with a decades-long, no-holds-barred game of tag, is now in theaters, with an all-star cast of characters who thought the concept was too good to be true.
Actors Ed Helms and Jon Hamm tag-teamed an interview with ABC Radio to chat about the movie, the idea of which was so over-the-top it could only have come from real life -- in this case, a Wall Street Journal article about the real-life group of friends and their absurd game
"I was legitimately sort of enthralled by the story," Hamm tells ABC Radio. "I was just like, 'I want to...hang out with these guys, it sounds like a fun group.' And, we ended up getting the chance to actually meet them on set, and then a couple times afterwards, and are just such nice guys and their story is genuine."
"It's just a sweet, genuine fun story about guys who just like hanging out with each other," adds Hamm. "And it's it's a good story about friends."
The camaraderie extended to the actors playing friends, too. "We got real real, real lucky. We get some really, like, crazy talented improvisers, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Burress are top of the game, wildly funny guys. Leslie Bibb --," Hamm says.
"It's not just a talented group. It's a good hang," Helms added.
Hamm agreed. "We had a really good group. I mean, I think there was no other no better illustration of that than [co-star Jeremy] Renner breaking his arms [in real life] and coming back...on set four hours later -- because he didn't want to miss the hang."
Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the movies opening nationwide on Friday:
* Incredibles 2 -- The Parr family -- Bob and Helen – a.k.a Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, and their children Violet, Dash, and baby Jack-Jack -- return for this sequel to the 2004 CGI-animated feature The Incredibles. This time out, Bob -- voiced by Craig T. Nelson -- is relegated to caring for Jack-Jack, while Helen -- the voice of Holly Hunter -- is out saving the world. Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Sophia Bush and Bill Wise provide additional voices. Rated PG.
* Tag -- This comedy, based on a true story, stars Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hammand Jeremy Renner as a group of childhood friends who spend a month out of every year playing an elaborate game of tag that takes them all over the country. Also starring Annabelle Wallis, Isla Fisher, Rashida Jones, and Leslie Bibb. Rated R. (TRAILER CONTAINS MILD PROFANITY)
Opening in Limited release on Friday:
* Gotti -- John Travolta plays John Gotti in this biopic about the infamous New York City Gambino crime family mobster and his son, John Gotti, Jr. -- played by Spencer Lofranco. Kelly Preston and Stacy Keach also star. Rated R.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- One week after his sister-in-law Kate Spade's death, David Spade has donated $100,000 to help those afflicted with mental illness.
Spade didn't announce this; People magazine confirmed the news via his representative.
The donation will support the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Spade tells the magazine, "More people suffer from mental health issues than we may realize but no one should ever feel ashamed to reach out for support."
He added, “If you or anyone you know is in need of help or guidance please contact the national suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255 or go to nami.org to learn more and help those who may be in need."
Kate Spade, who was married to the comedian's brother Andy, took her own life at the age of 55 last week and the Joe Dirt star has been vocal about the shock and grief that comes from losing a family member so suddenly.
This past week, Spade went back to work, addressing the loss further during a stand-up routine in Southern California.
"Thank you for coming. It was a rough week, but I didn't want to cancel and I appreciate you all coming out here," he told the audience, according to E! News. "And, if my jokes don't work then I get sort of a free pass."
Spade's brother Andy has also spoken out since Kate's death.
"There was no indication and no warning that she would do this," he told the New York Times. "It was a complete shock. And it clearly wasn’t her. There were personal demons she was battling."
Anyone in crisis, or who knows someone in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.
ABC/Adam Rose(LOS ANGELES) -- Roseanne Barr reemerged on social media to update her fans on her mental well-being and what the future may have in store for her.
Just weeks after her show was canceled following a tweet in which compared former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett to a character in Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, Roseanne continued to defend herself.
"1) I want u all2 know I'm fine," she tweeted Wednesday. "I've been using this time2 reflect &2 gain insight on what I said & how it was misunderstood."
Though she apologized to Jarrett after the tweet and has since apologized to her "black fans" on social media, the 65-year-old former Roseanne star continued to deny that she is racist and added that in her recent free time, she's been watching a documentary on the "Black Power Movement," as she described it.
In a flurry of disjointed tweets, Barr also spoke about her future plans, telling fans, "I will begin to speak for myself in media soon."
"My mind went into deep shock and my body too. I see clearly now," she added about the past couple of weeks. "My faith is stronger today than ever before. I have faith in the American people to free their minds & unite."
Barr also thanked friends and fellow celebrities, including commentatorSean Hannity and Rosie O'Donnell, for, she says, "helping me when I was broken.." She also revealed some physical issues -- palsy, to be specific -- which she believes she developed as a result of stress.
Roseanne's tweets on Wednesday were her first in almost 10 days, when she sounded more apologetic.
"I'm making restitution for the pain I have caused," she tweeted then.
Barr's initial tweet about Jarrett was widely condemned by Hollywood, including her fellow Roseanne cast members.
ABC Radio(NEW YORK) -- Freeform's young-superhero drama Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger scored a huge debut last week, with more than 1.6 million TV viewers and 7.3 million views across all digital platforms.
It was the Disney-owned network's most-watched show since the Pretty Little Liars finale in 2017.
Cloak and Dagger was also a hit on social media, with 112,000 engagements across social media platforms.
Based on the Marvel comics characters that debuted in 1982, the show centers on Tandy and Tyrone, played respectively byOlivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph. They're two teenagers who find themselves burdened with mysterious superpowers -- and after they meet, they find they both share a dangerous bond.
Tandy, as Dagger, can produce powerful light beams from her hands and craft daggers of light energy. Her counterpart Tyrone, as Cloak, can vanish into darkness.
As for those superpowers, the stars had to rely on some real-life heroes to bring them to life: the special effects artists. "[S]eeing the final product is just so amazing," Joseph tells ABC Radio.
Holt adds, "It was really interesting, too, because...being on set you're a little nervous, because you're like, 'I don't know what this is going to look like.' And you know, our special effects team was amazing with helping us, especially like with our reactions, because we weren't sure exactly...how in post[-production] it was going to turn out."
Cloak and Dagger airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. on Freeform, which, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.
Netflix(NEW YORK) -- If you’ve finished bingeing the second season of 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, you're probably already hungry for season three.
The show was renewed last week and while Katherine Langford, who plays Hannah, won't be returning, the rest of the characters will be back. That includes Anne Winters, who joined the series as this season's most intriguing new character Chloe, a conflicted cheerleader dating accused rapist Bryce.
“She wants to portray that she has it all together in high school, that she has this great boyfriend that seems to appear to be the best guy ever and just trying to hide what was really going on ended up weighing a lot on her,” Winters tells ABC Radio.
[SPOILER ALERT] After defending Bryce in court, Chloe finds herself pregnant. 13 Reasons Why isn’t afraid to depict controversial topics, and Winters believes season three will be no different – particularly for her character’s storyline.
“I feel like abortion is gonna be a big topic because [Chloe] is like the only one of the show that has had to deal with this,” she says. “I really don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know if she’d want it or not.”
As for the future of Chloe and Bryce, Winters adds, “Everyone hopes that I see Bryce for the guy he is and leave him, but I dunno!”
Thankfully, Justin Prentice, who plays Bryce, is a good guy in real life.
“My view of him is like, ‘Aww he’s so nice,’” she says. “But watching the show back I was like, ‘God, wow, he can really do up the psychopath!’”
In addition to 13 Reasons Why, you can also soon catch Winters on ABC's Grand Hotel and in the film Night School out in September.
Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for NetflixSix of Barbra Streisand's classic TV specials will will begin streaming on Netflix beginning on Friday.
As Streisand, 76, announced during a conversation with Jamie Foxx in support of Barbra: The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic! at Sunday's 2018 Netflix FYSee event, fans will be able to re-watch her award-winning specials, including 1965's My Name Is Barbra, 1966's Color Me Barbra, 1968's Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park, 1973's Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments, 1994's Barbra Streisand: The Concert and 2001's Barbra Streisand: Timeless.
In addition, Netflix will also present a special edition of Streisand’s 1976 film, A Star Is Born, with never-before-seen footage, including Barbra playing the movie's Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe-winning theme song, "Evergreen," on the guitar for co-star Kris Kristofferson. The other previously unreleased scene shows a rock and roll version of the film's finale, "Watch Closely Now."
Over a career that's spanned nearly 50 years, the singer/actress has sold over 150 million albums and singles worldwide and snagged a pair of Oscars, five Emmys, 11 Golden Globes, and a total of 10 Grammys.