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How “Modern Family’s” Groundbreaking Episode Was Made

How “Modern Family’s” Groundbreaking Episode Was Made

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Modern Family has always lived up to its name with its depiction of modern, 21st-century family life, but now the show is breaking new ground by depicting that family interacting with 21st-century technology.Wednesday night’s episode of the TV comedy was shot using only mobile devices, an idea that grew from a real-life conversation on a mobile device.“The whole thing began when I was FaceTiming with my daughter, who’s at college,” the show’s co-creator, Steve Levitan, told ABC News. “There were some emails that were open, some Web sites I’d been on and maybe a script I was working on at the time.”From that experience came Wednesday night’s episode, which takes place entirely on the Mac laptop of Julie Bowen's character, Claire Dunphy, as she waits for a plane and FaceTimes with the rest of her family on their phones.“We have 11 or 12 characters that all appear this way,” said Levitan. “I think people were somewhat cautious about it in the beginning, shall we say.”Actor Rico Rodriguez, who plays Manny Delgado in the show, calls the concept “amazing” and “so different.”“At first, whenever they told us how we were going to do it, holding the cameras, we’re not going to be holding the cameras but we will, the whole thing about iPhones, filming it on iPhones, was kind of mind-boggling,” he said Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America. “But we all got the hang of it pretty fast.”The episode was filmed in two days -- a “pretty amazing” amount of time, according to Rodriguez -- and got the thumbs-up from the actor.“Last week all the cast and crew went and screened it and it was a pretty amazing episode,” Rodriguez said. “I got lost in the story even though I knew exactly what was going to happen.”“I was like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy,’” he said.

Modern Family airs Wednesday night at 9 p.m. Eastern/8 p.m. Central on ABC.

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Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke Head to Court over Marvin Gaye Copyright-Infringement Claims

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke Head to Court over Marvin Gaye Copyright-Infringement Claims

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are in court to face the family of Marvin Gaye.Thicke, Williams and Clifford Harris Jr. (aka, T.I.) defended themselves in a lawsuit filed in 2013 against accusations made by Gaye's loved ones that the singers stole parts of the 1977 Gaye song, "Got to Give It Up," for their hit, "Blurred Lines."

However, in October, a judge sided with the Gaye family, ruling that their musicological experts had given enough evidence to allow it to go to trial.Thicke and Williams are expected to take the stand in the two-week trial, during which a jury of five women and three men will listen to the composition and melody of "Got to Give It Up" to determine if there was a copyright infringement. The trial began Tuesday and continues Wednesday.They'll also watch past interviews that Thicke gave, including one with VH1 in which he admitted that "Got to Give It Up" was one of his favorite songs of all time. However, he has since said that he lied during that interview, and wasn't in his right mind when it was conducted.Some experts believe that this case could have a resounding effect throughout the music industry."Artists have drawn upon the inspiration for their songs, listening to other songs," legal expert Alison Triessl told Good Morning America. "They may not be able to do that anymore."Lawyers for both parties would not comment.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

“Glee” Star Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey Expecting First Baby

“Glee” Star Naya Rivera and Ryan Dorsey Expecting First Baby

Mathieu Young/FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Glee star Naya Rivera, 28, and her husband Ryan Dorsey, 31, are expecting their first baby.Rivera posted the announcement on Instagram and on her website.

A photo posted by Naya Rivera Dorsey (@nayarivera) on Feb 24, 2015 at 5:59pm PST

"We’re having a baby! Ryan and I feel so blessed and can’t wait to welcome the newest member of our family," Rivera wrote on her site.

She also posted a pic of her and her husband back when they were kids.The baby news comes after the two tied the knot last July, only months after Rivera had ended her engagement to rapper Big Sean.

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“DuckTales” Will Return to TV

“DuckTales” Will Return to TV

Disney XD(NEW YORK) -- Children of the '80s, rejoice. DuckTales, the beloved animated series, will be remade for a new audience, Disney announced Wednesday."DuckTales has a special place in Disney's TV animation history," said Marc Buhaj, Disney XD's Senior Vice President of Programming and General Manager, in a statement. "It drew its inspiration from Disney Legend Carl Barks' comic books and through its storytelling and artistic showmanship, set an enduring standard for animated entertainment that connects with both kids and adults. Our new series will bring that same energy and adventurous spirit to a new generation."The new series will again feature the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his grandnephews, Huey, Dewey, and Louie, as well as Donald Duck.Other characters that will return are Duckworth, Gyro Gearloose, Launchpad McQuack, Flintheart Glomgold, Magica DeSpell and Poe, Ma Beagle and the Beagle Boys (Burger Beagle, Bouncer Beagle), Mrs. Beakley and Webbigail Vanderquack.The reboot of the show, which originally aired from 1987 to 1990, is set to launch in 2017 on Disney XD channels worldwide.Disney is the parent company of ABC News.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bobbi Kristina Brown: Bobby Brown Postpones Tour for Family

Bobbi Kristina Brown: Bobby Brown Postpones Tour for Family

Lifetime(ATLANTA) -- Bobby Brown has postponed the Australian leg of his tour to be with family and his ailing daughter Bobbi Kristina.Brown has been at the hospital with his daughter for most of the time since she was found unresponsive more than three weeks ago in her Roswell, Georgia home."Bobby Brown’s upcoming Australian Tour featuring special guests Treach and Kay-Gee from Naughty By Nature, has been postponed to May to allow Bobby Brown to spend further time with his family," a statement from the Australian site Ticketek read.The site also posted new tour dates for the shows that were supposed to happen in March and that "for anyone who has bought tickets, they will still be valid for the rescheduled tour."Bobbi Kristina Brown, 21, was found face down in her tub on Jan. 31 and the daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was taken to North Fulton Hospital, but then moved to Emory University Hospital days later.Since then, Bobby Brown, 46, has been thankful about the continued support from his and his daughter's fans.“We continue to request privacy in this matter," read a recent statement from his attorneys. "We thank everyone that supports Bobbi Kristina and God is hearing our prayers."

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Exclusive First Look at Disney’s “Frozen Fever” Trailer

Exclusive First Look at Disney’s “Frozen Fever” Trailer

"Frozen" - Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- Forget about spring fever. "Frozen Fever" is about to take hold.The Frozen gang is coming back with a brand new seven-minute short film called Frozen Fever, which debuts before Disney's live-action Cinderella, in theaters March 13.ABC's Good Morning America got an exclusive first look at the animated short, which features the same magical cast of characters, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf.Elsa and Kristoff are preparing a birthday celebration for Anna. But in fairy-tale fashion, things go awry and Elsa's ice powers have a few unintended consequences. Still, Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give Anna the best celebration ever.The film also features a new original song from the Oscar-winning songwriters behind the infectious hit, "Let It Go."Disney is the parent company of ABC News.

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“Parks and Recreation” Star Says Cast Was Like Catching ‘Lightning in a Bottle’

“Parks and Recreation” Star Says Cast Was Like Catching ‘Lightning in a Bottle’

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- The series finale of Parks and Recreation aired on NBC Tuesday night.

For cast member Jim O'Heir, it wasn't easy to say goodbye to the cult favorite after seven seasons. O'Heir, who played associate director Jerry Gergich on the comedy, says he's experienced a sense of "melancholy" because he and the rest of the Parks and Recreation cast and crew were so tight-knit.

He explains to ABC News Radio, "[W]e all kind of fell in love. The odds of finding this mix again, lightning in a bottle, it probably won't happen."O'Heir recalls shedding a tear or two after the finale was taped. He notes that star Amy Poehler and series creator Mike Schur got emotional, too: "Amy tried to give a little speech and she lost it, and Mike gave a speech, he got worked up." Parks and Recreation, which premiered in 2009, starred Poehler as a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. Her co-stars through the years included Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza, Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe and Adam Scott.The finale jumped around from the show's present day, 2017, to 2023, 2035, and beyond -- to give fans closure about their favorite characters' fates. Vice President Joe Biden made a second cameo appearance on the series. His wife, Dr. Jill Biden, also appeared.The cast of Parks & Recreation visited NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers Tuesday to celebrate the series finale by sharing memories from the show's run and their feelings about the final episode.Pratt, who played Andy Dwyer, revealed that he pitched an idea for what happens to his character and Plaza's character, April Ludgate. 

"I'd thought just...a little line about how everybody died...and the first one, when you saw April it would be that she died of a broken heart," he shared.

"And then you would see that Andy died 'cause he was left in a hot car with the windows rolled up," Pratt added.

 

 

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Giuliana Rancic Apologizes for “Fashion Police” Joke Regarding Zendaya’s Hair

Giuliana Rancic Apologizes for “Fashion Police” Joke Regarding Zendaya’s Hair

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- E! News host Giuliana Rancic has issued an apology to Zendaya after making a questionable joke at the Disney star's expense on Monday's post-Oscars episode of Fashion Police.Commenting on Zendaya's dreadlocked hair on the Academy Awards red carpet, Rancic said on Fashion Police, "I feel like she smells like patchouli oil. Or weed. Maybe weed."An offended Zendaya reacted on Instagram, writing, "There is a fine line between what is funny and disrespectful." Without mentioning Rancic by name, she added, "To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or 'weed' is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive."Rancic initially offered a brief apology to Zendaya on Twitter, insisting that her joke had "NOTHING to do with race." She apologized again on E! News Tuesday night, conceding her comment "crossed the line."  

Rancic said, “This really has been a learning experience for me. I’ve learned a lot today. And this incident has taught me to be a lot more aware of clichés and stereotypes, how much damage they can do. And that I am responsible, as we all are, to not perpetuate them further.”Prior to Rancic's televised apology, Fashion Police co-host Kelly Osbourne -- a friend of Zendaya -- expressed her anger over the controversy. She tweeted, "Im giving everyone involved 24 hours to make it right or the world will hear how I really feel. contactually [sic] Im not allowed to speak!"She added, "I DID NOT MAKE THE WEED COMENT. I DO NOT CONDONE RACISM SO AS A RSULT OF THIS IM SEREIOULSY QUESTIONONIG STAYING ON THE SHOW!"

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Michael Keaton Caught Putting Away Acceptance Speech After Oscar Loss?

Michael Keaton Caught Putting Away Acceptance Speech After Oscar Loss?

A.M.P.A.S.(r)/Michael Yada(LOS ANGELES) -- Perhaps Michael Keaton was a little too confident before the winner for the best actor Oscar was announced at Sunday's ceremony.The Birdman star was considered one of the two strongest contenders in the category, along with The Theory of Everything's Eddie Redmayne.

As seen in a Vine video that went viral on Tuesday, after Redmayne was announced as the winner, Keaton put folded paper -- widely assumed to be his acceptance speech -- into his jacket pocket.Keaton can take solace in the fact that Birdman took the best picture Oscar later in the night.

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Jamie Dornan Leaving “Fifty Shades” Franchise Because of His Wife?

Jamie Dornan Leaving “Fifty Shades” Franchise Because of His Wife?

"Fifty Shades of Grey" - Universal(NEW YORK) -- Is Jamie Dornan submitting to his wife and declining to star in a Fifty Shades of Grey sequel?No, says the actor's rep, who tells E! News, "All press reports are pure conjecture as the studio has not committed to a sequel as yet."Reportedly, the Australian magazine NW is claiming that Dornan won't appear in a follow-up to the box office hit because his wife, Amelia Warner, is uncomfortable with the racy nature of the series.Dornan and his co-star, Dakota Johnson, are under contract for any potential sequels.

In response to the reports that Dornan might be leaving the Fifty Shades franchise, the actor has released a statement to the contrary."Jamie is delighted that the film is breaking box office records worldwide and whilst the studio has not made any formal announcements about sequels, he is looking forward to making the next film," his rep told ABC News.

Fifty Shades of Grey has topped the box office the past two weekends, earning a total of $129 million through Sunday.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Lea Michele Took Cory Monteith’s Jersey From “Glee” as a Souvenir

Lea Michele Took Cory Monteith’s Jersey From “Glee” as a Souvenir

Carin Baer/FOX(NEW YORK) -- Lea Michele took home a sentimental souvenir from the set of Glee. After shooting the series' last scenes, she posted a photo of herself carrying the jersey worn by Cory Monteith's character, Finn Hudson. Monteith died in 2013. "One last thing," she wrote on Twitter, along with a snapshot. Michele dated Monteith in real life before his passing.Michele, 28, also shared photos from the cast's carnival-themed wrap party and from her last day on set. The last day promised to be "emotional," she wrote. I'm so grateful though to have had this incredibly amazing experience. Thank you so much to all of our amazing Gleeks who supported us so much! I love you guys," she wrote. "Thank you all again so much from the bottom of my heart. I will miss Rachel Berry so very much."

 

One last thing. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4X9Ty0RbWA

— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) February 22, 2015

 

 

Forever my family.❤️ pic.twitter.com/T1yCg50Ww6

— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) February 21, 2015

 

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Scott Wolf Talks “Party of Five” Reunion

Scott Wolf Talks “Party of Five” Reunion

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Scott Wolf stars in the medical drama The Night Shift, but he will always be remembered for his days as Bailey Salinger on the '90s teen drama Party of Five. Wolf was asked about his TV siblings during an appearance on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, including whether he had ever hooked up with co-star Neve Campbell, who played Julia Salinger. "That's my sister!" the 46-year-old actor replied in mock disgust. "We did not! It's funny.... I feel like if we filmed the show this year, we probably would have. I don't know why." Host Andy Cohen asked, "Because you think she's hotter now than she was then?" Wolf replied, "No! In this day in age it just seems kind of more acceptable." Cohen then joked, "To screw around with your sister ..." "Your TV sister!" Wolf quickly clarified. Wolf did confess that he always felt weird filming kissing scenes with Jennifer Love Hewitt, who played his on-and-off girlfriend Sarah Reeves Merrin. At the time, he was 24 and Hewitt was 16. He said he would ask the show's producers, "Did we clear this with legal?" These days, he remains close with Hewitt, getting their kids together for playdates. He also stays in touch with fellow cast members Lacey Chabert and Matthew Fox. Sounds like the makings for a TV reunion! But first, Wolf joked, they would need to shoot on location in Tahiti.

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Pee-Wee Herman Is Coming to Netflix

Pee-Wee Herman Is Coming to Netflix

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Paul Reubens will reprise his famous character, Pee-wee Herman, for a new Netflix film produced by Judd Apatow, the company announced on Tuesday.“Judd and I dreamt up this movie four years ago. The world was much different back then: Netflix was waiting by the mailbox for red envelopes to arrive. I’ve changed all that," Reubens, as Herman, said. "The future is here. Get used to it. Bowtie is the new black."Pee-wee's Big Holiday will follow Herman on his first-ever vacation after he meets "a mysterious stranger." It will be directed by John Lee, and begins production next month.“We didn’t hesitate for a moment knowing that Pee-wee’s Big Holiday was such a passion project for Paul and Judd and we are delighted by the opportunity to introduce such a beloved character to a new generation,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “We are thrilled to bring our viewers around the world the wonder of Pee-wee Herman.”

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Joan Rivers: Melissa Rivers Responds to Oscars Snub

Joan Rivers: Melissa Rivers Responds to Oscars Snub

Brian Bowen Smith/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- Following Joan Rivers not being included during the In Memoriam portion of the Oscars on Sunday night, her daughter spoke out about the snub and has decided to focus on the positive.

On the late comedian's Facebook page, Melissa Rivers posted, "It would have been nice, especially considering the impact she had on the awards season" to be included in the Oscars coverage.

The statement continued, "But [my son] Cooper and I have been overwhelmed with support and love over my mom's passing and we choose to focus on that."

This statement from the E! producer came hours after the Academy released a statement of its own as to why Joan Rivers, who died last September, was not included.

The Academy told USA Today, "Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year's Oscar show. She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com."

Instead, the Oscars honored Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Maya Angelou, alongside such industry figures as Mickey Rooney, Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall.

While the show left Rivers out, her daughter Melissa made sure to pay tribute right as E! began its red carpet coverage of the night. The network started off with Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic saying a few words about her mentor and "dear friend" -- then throwing it Melissa so she could share some precious memories of her late mother.

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“The Bachelor” Recap: Chris Soules Chooses the Final Two

“The Bachelor” Recap: Chris Soules Chooses the Final Two

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- And then there were two on The Bachelor.Only a pair of women remains in the competition following Monday night's episode of the ABC series. Chris Soules ended a visit to Bali by handing out roses to Whitney, a fertility nurse from Chicago, and Becca, a chiropractic assistant from San Diego.To her surprise, Canadian bachelorette Kaitlyn was eliminated.Soules will make his final choice on the season finale of The Bachelor in two weeks.Soules' first date in Bali was with Kaitlyn. After taking part in a spiritual ritual with some locals, the two walked the streets and came across some monkeys. A handful of them jumped on Soules as he fed them bananas; one even urinated on his shirt.Later, Kaitlyn struggled to let her guard down and tell Soules how she feels about him. Eventually, she admitted to him that she's falling in love with him. She accepted his invitation to the fantasy suite.For his date with Whitney, Soules took her out for a ride on a boat, where they discussed her sister's unwillingness to give them her blessing during the hometown visit. Whitney said she was upset that her sister mildly spoiled a special moment for her, but Soules assured her that it didn't change their relationship.Following their boat adventure, Soules asked Whitney whether she'd be comfortable with leaving Chicago. She said that while she has a career there, she's not "fully happy" because she's missing something in her life, i.e. a partner. She said she wouldn't hesitate to move and start a new career as a family woman. She spent the night in the fantasy suite.For his final date in Bali, Soules and Becca met with a medicine man. When she asked for advice for their date, the medicine man suggested she and Soules make love. It was an awkward response, since Becca had yet to admit to Soules that she's a virgin.Once Becca was invited to the fantasy suite, she realized she had to confide in Soules. Once inside the suite, she shared her secret. Soules exhaled a few times before telling her that he respects the fact that she's saved herself for marriage. However, according to Soules, they had another conversation the next morning that left him confused regarding where they stand.Wondering whether Becca lost her virginity in the fantasy suite? Well, it wasn't made clear in the episode.All three ladies met with Soules at a temple, where hand-holding was permitted but kissing was not. Soules and Becca excused themselves to clear the air after their last chat. Soules said he cares for her but that the week had been a challenging one for him.After rejoining Whitney and Kaitlyn, Soules began the rose ceremony. He first presented a rose to Whitney before giving the second and final rose to Becca. As he said his goodbyes with Kaitlyn, she asked what went wrong in their relationship. He replied that it boiled down to a tough decision that required him to follow his heart. She was still puzzled by her elimination as she was taken away in a car.Next Monday night, ABC will air the Bachelor "Women Tell All" special, featuring the return of polarizing bachelorette Kelsey.

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“Dancing With the Stars” 2015: Season 20 Celebrity Cast Announced

“Dancing With the Stars” 2015: Season 20 Celebrity Cast Announced

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing With the Stars fans, wait no more. The season 20 star-studded celebrity cast was revealed Tuesday on Good Morning America and the competition is shaping up to be one of the fiercest yet.Television icon Suzanne Somers, music great Patti LaBelle, football star Michael Sam and Olympian Nastia Liukin are among the stars getting ready to rhumba and samba on the dance floor.Nastia Liukin, an Olympic champion gymnast, is paired up with none other than beloved pro dancer Derek Hough, who is back this season in a shocking surprise. Hough, a five-time mirror ball champ and Emmy-winning choreographer, previously announced his DWTS departure.Shark Tank mogul Robert Herjavec, Hunger Games actress Willow Shields, artist-actress Rumer Willis, “Party Rock Anthem” singer Redfoo and singer-songwriter Riker Lynch will also be vying for the trophy this season.One star name fans may not know yet is U.S. Army veteran Noah Galloway. The Iraq War veteran lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an IED attack and will bring his inspirational story of overcoming all the odds to the ballroom.Another fresh face is Charlotte McKinney, the model who shot to fame in a racy Super Bowl ad for Carl’s Jr., and will give it a whirl in the ballroom.

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Co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced 11 celebrities who will be vying for the mirror ball trophy Tuesday on Good Morning America live from Los Angeles. Another couple will be named before the March 16 premiere.Season 19 champ Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro joined the cast for the announcement and to share his advice."I would say to everybody is that simply it is a marathon, not a sprint," Ribeiro said. "It's not about winning week one, it’s about winning that final week. You have to pace yourself."

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See the list of season 20 celebrities and their pro partners below:

Noah Galloway with Sharna Burgess Robert Herjavec with Kym Johnson Patti LaBelle with Artem Chigvintsev Nastia Liukin with Derek Hough Riker Lynch with Allison Holker Charlotte McKinney with Keo Motsepe RedFoo with Emma Slater Michael Sam with Peta Murgatroyd Willow Shields with Mark Ballas Suzanne Somers with Tony Dovolani Rumer Willis with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

The 10th anniversary season is being billed as the biggest ever. Producers will bring back Disney and Latin theme nights and introduce a new Spring Break special night. Another new element is the addition of all-access cameras in the rehearsal studios, which will be made available on a live stream."I think you're going to see a lot that you haven’t seen before," pro Sharna Burgess, who is returning this season, said on Good Morning America last week. "It's quite scary for us because you never know, we don’t know where the cameras are going to be. We don’t know when they’re going to be on." Watch the season 20 premiere of Dancing With the Stars March 16, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

“Parks and Recreation” Finale to Include Tribute to Late Executive Producer

“Parks and Recreation” Finale to Include Tribute to Late Executive Producer

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For AFI(LOS ANGELES) -- Parks and Recreation will end its seven-season run on NBC Tuesday night with a tribute to its late executive producer, Harris Wittels.Wittels had worked on the show in some capacity since its first season. He died Thursday at the age 30 of what police suspect was a drug overdose.The series finale will conclude with a "We Love You, Harris" message from the cast and crew, according to Deadline.Parks and Recreation, which premiered in 2009, stars Amy Poehler as a mid-level bureaucrat in the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. The show helped launch the careers of Chris Pratt, Nick Offerman and Aubrey Plaza. Other cast members through the years have included Aziz Ansari, Rashida Jones, Rob Lowe and Adam Scott.The hour-long series finale will air at 10 p.m. Eastern time. Later in the night, the entire cast will appear on NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Emma Watson Wants to Marry Steve Carell? She Explains Why in Letter

Emma Watson Wants to Marry Steve Carell? She Explains Why in Letter

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- It seems Emma Watson has a crush on Steve Carell. At the least, she deeply admires the Oscar-nominated actor and his work.The Harry Potter actress was appreciative of the fact that Carell wore cufflinks representing the U.N.'s HeForShe campaign -- a gender equality movement that Watson supports -- at the Oscars Sunday night.

She's tweeted a photo of a handwritten letter addressed to Carell in which she expresses her gratitude and gushes about a few of his most famous roles.Watson wrote, "Dear Steve Carell, You were pure genius in Little Miss Sunshine (one of my all-time favourite films), my brother became obsessed with you after Anchorman, I wanted to marry you or have you adopt me after Crazy, Stupid, Love, I hated that guy you played in The Way Way Back, and then you were mindblowing in Foxcatcher.""I think you're so awesome and now you are wearing #HeForShe cufflinks at the Oscars to support Gender Equality. Couldn't be more proud! Thank you. Love, Emma x," the letter concluded.Carell was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his role in Foxcatcher. The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne won the category.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

“Avengers” Director Joss Whedon Talks “Age of Ultron”

“Avengers” Director Joss Whedon Talks “Age of Ultron”

The Walt Disney Company/Marvel Comics(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with Empire magazine, writer-director Joss Whedon teases some details about Ultron, the titular villain in his upcoming Avengers sequel, who is voiced by James Spader."For me what was interesting is that [Ultron] is this angry, and I hired the smoothest talker in Hollywood to play him. I did it on purpose. I needed a guy who can give you the 'Morpheus' but then can just LOSE HIS S**T. Spader’s really good at that."Whedon confesses he wanted Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, and the rest of their pals to face off with Ultron on the big screen even before he directed the original Marvel film. Whedon says the mechanical menace did have to undergo some changes from the comics, however.

"With Ultron, we have to make him slightly less omnipotent, because he'd win. Bottom line," he said. "Also, having weaknesses and needs and foibles and alliances and actually caring what people think of him...are what make him a character and not just a tidal wave. A movie about a tidal wave can be great, but it's different than a conflict between one side and the other."Originally created by Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark and Mark Ruffalo's Dr. Bruce Banner as a force for good, Ultron becomes self-aware -- and soon sees that to achieve peace, mankind must be eradicated.Incidentally, in the comics, it's Hank Pym -- AKA Ant-Man -- who creates the ravaging robot, but Whedon had to change course thanks to then-Ant-Man director Edgar Wright's take on that Marvel character. Wright eventually dropped out, and the Ant-Man project moved on with Michael Douglas playing an older Pym.Having Pym in the Avengers sequel felt like "a bridge too far" for Whedon, who admitted, "Of all the heat I've ever taken, not having Hank Pym was one of the bigger things."However, he makes clear, "Ultron needs to be the brainchild of the Avengers, and in the world of the Avengers and the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe] Tony Stark is that guy...It didn't make sense to introduce a third scientist...to do that."Marvel Studio's Avengers: Age of Ultron, also starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson opens May 1.Ant-Man hits theaters July 17.

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Zoe Saldana Explains How She Slimmed Down After Giving Birth to Twins

Zoe Saldana Explains How She Slimmed Down After Giving Birth to Twins

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Zoe Saldana turned heads Sunday at the Oscars when walked her first major red carpet since giving birth to twins in December. So how did the actress slim down so quickly?"Oh God. Breastfeeding!" Saldana told US Weekly. "And just eating very healthy because I have to feed two babies. Just when you think you’re done feeding one, the other one is like, 'I’m here!' 'Oh! You too? Okay here you go."Saldana welcomed her first children, Bowie and Cy, with husband Marco Perego. The two wed in a secret ceremony in London in 2013.Although they're new parents, the Guardians of the Galaxy star said that she and her husband can already distinguish their two boys."...[W]e know their cries; it’s bizarre," Saldana explained. "Everybody’s asking us when we’re in the house, 'Whose that?' And we say, 'Oh it’s Bowie.' 'Oh it’s Cy.' And we know exactly what they mean, so it’s fantastic."Oddly enough, Saldana doesn't mind waking up in the middle of the night for feedings and changing diapers. "Four a.m. never felt better. To wake up at that time! We love it," she told the magazine. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

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