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‘Moana’ star Auli’i Cravalho on how the film “lives on in so many different ways”

DisneyThere was just no telling how far Auli’i [owl-LEE-ee] Cravalho would go after her star-making role as the titular Disney heroine in 2016’s Moana, but now we all know the answer: far, indeed. In honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Cravalho reflects on the legacy of the role that started her career. “Moana shaped me, first and foremost,” she tells ABC Audio. “I will always be grateful for her character traits of strength and resilience, and her adventurous nature. And I take them with me wherever I go.” Cast in the role at age 14 and only 16 when the film was released, Cravalho has quite literally grown up as a Disney princess. Now 21,   ... Read More

Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial hears closing arguments

Closing arguments in the high-profile dual defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard began Friday. The trial began April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, and was presided over by Judge Penney Azcarate. Depp, 58, sued Heard, 36, for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in December 2018. In the piece, she wrote about surviving domestic abuse without identifying her alleged abuser by name. Heard filed a $100 million countersuit against Depp in response. In their respective testimonies during the trial, both Heard and Depp claimed the other abused them. The former couple, who met while filming 2011's The Rum Diary and were married from 2015 to 2017, denied each other's claims of abuse. Depp's   ... Read More

Disney launches ‘Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind’ at EPCOT

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind / EPCOT - Walt Disney World Resort (Kent Phillips) It’s save the galaxy time with Starlord and company! Only this time you’ll have to do it in central Florida. This weekend, Disney Parks debuts its 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind' attraction at Walt Disney World’s EPCOT -- based on the Guardians of the Galaxy films. It’s one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world and took almost six years to complete. “We start you off feeling like you’re on a very conventional, roller coaster-type experience,” says Disney imagineer Tom Fitzgerald, telling ABC Audio it’s a far cry from the typical theme park ride, launching backward and catapulting riders into a 360-degree   ... Read More

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ director shares the hardest part of making the film

Scott Garfield. © 2019 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.After a three-year wait, Top Gun: Maverick is finally in theaters this weekend! Director Joe Kosinski is thrilled the moment is finally here, telling ABC Audio that he feels like his life was leading up to this moment -- this was the film he was supposed to direct. "I made model airplanes as a kid, radio controlled airplanes when I was in high school, I studied aerospace engineering in college," he shares. "So I've always been into it, like obsessed with aviation." Speaking of aviation, Kosinaksi says that some of the most complex filming sequences came in the fighter jets, which he had very little control over in the moment and just had to have faith   ... Read More

‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ debuts today on Disney+

© 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & ™. All Rights Reserved.Star Wars fans can finally say "Hello there!" to Obi-Wan Kenobi, the latest Star Wars small-screen series to debut on Disney+.  The show takes place around 10 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. Returning star Ewan McGregor's titular Jedi Master is in hiding on Tatooine, keeping an eye on a young Luke Skywalker from afar. Meanwhile, he's trying to avoid the clutches of Darth Vader -- his fallen former student Anakin Skywalker -- as well as Vader's Jedi hunting Inquisitors.  Actress Moses Ingram plays Reva [REE-vah], one of Vader's agents. She tells ABC Audio that the new character is "passionate about her job." "She plays the offensive and she's got   ... Read More

Weekend Watchlist: What’s new on streaming

Ready, set, binge! Here are some of the new titles available to stream this weekend: NetflixStranger Things: Everything turns upside down in Hawkins when Stranger Things returns with volume one of its long-awaited fourth season. Somebody Feed Phil: Follow Phil for a fifth season as he travels the world to take in the local cuisine and culture.   HuluLook At Me: XXXTenacion: Learn how a Florida teenager became one of the most streamed music artists on the planet. Shoresy: This new sitcom is based off of the fan-favorite character from Letterkenny as he quests to never lose again.   Disney+Obi-Wan Kenobi: In the new series set 10 years after the events of the Star Wars prequels Obi-Wan Kenobi must face his best friend turned   ... Read More

Millie Bobby Brown teases independence for Eleven in ‘Stranger Things’ season 4

Courtesy of NetflixThe wait is over. Stranger Things returns to Netflix on Friday with volume one of its fourth season. Star Millie Bobby Brown told reporters at a recent roundtable what to expect from Eleven this time around, especially after the loss of her character’s supernatural abilities back in season 3. “Without her superpowers, who is she?” Brown said. “What does she have? What does she bring to the table? What does she know?” That’s not the only thing she teases Eleven will be without this season. Previously, the character has been written as “dependent on her friends,” Brown said, insinuating that will change this season. “She’s also trying to figure out who she is without them, without Mike specifically.”   ... Read More

A galactic load of ‘Star Wars’ news just dropped at Star Wars Celebration

Disney+Get ready for a whole load of new adventures set in a galaxy far, far away. Disney+ released a bunch of new information about its upcoming Star Wars projects Thursday morning during Lucasfilm’s biannual Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim, California. The trailer for the new series Andor, a prequel to 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story that focuses on fan favorite character Cassian Andor, portrayed by Diego Luna, dropped alongside a confirmed release date of August 31. Andor will explore “a new perspective from the Star Wars galaxy, focusing on Cassian Andor’s journey to discover the difference he can make,” according to a press release. Mando and Grogu will make their return next year. The highly anticipated third   ... Read More

Alan White, longtime drummer for prog rock’s Yes, dead at 72

Alan White, longtime drummer for prog rock’s Yes, dead at 72SEATTLE -- Alan White, the longtime drummer for progressive rock pioneers Yes who also played on projects with John Lennon and George Harrison, has died. He was 72. White’s death was announced on his Facebook page by his family. The post said he died at his Seattle-area home Thursday after a brief illness. Just days earlier Yes had announced that due to health issues White would not take part in the band’s upcoming tour of the United Kingdom to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic album “Close to the Edge.” White joined Yes in 1972, replacing original drummer Bill Bruford. In a band noted for frequent lineup changes, White was a constant and was inducted into the Rock and   ... Read More

Lorraine Bracco, Jennifer Lopez and more pay tribute to Ray Liotta

Bennett Raglin/WireImageStars are paying tribute to actor Ray Liotta after the news of his death was announced Thursday. The Goodfellas actor died at the age of 67, ABC News confirmed. Here are some of the messages remembering the late actor and his impact: Lorraine Bracco: "I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray. I can be anywhere in the world & people will come up & tell me their favorite movie is Goodfellas. Then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. My response has always been the same…Ray Liotta." Jennifer Lopez: "Ray was my partner in crime on Shades of Blue … the first thing that comes to mind is he   ... Read More

Camilla Luddington reflects on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ legacy as show marks 400th episode

ABC/Mike RosenthalCamilla Luddington may not be one of the original Grey's Anatomy stars, but she's a huge part of the series' history. The British actress, 38, joined the ABC medical drama back in season 9 as Jo Wilson. More than 200 episodes later, she is part of the cast celebrating the show's milestone 400th episode -- which also happens to be the season 18 finale -- airing Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. As it turns out, things could have been very different for Luddington, who missed her audition in 2012 because she was at San Diego Comic-Con promoting her role as Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider video game franchise. Luckily, it all worked out in the end. "Ten years   ... Read More

Jennifer Aniston, Pink and Billie Eilish are Ellen DeGeneres’ final guests on last episode of talk show

Michael Rozman/Warner Bros.After 19 years in syndication, Ellen DeGeneres wrapped up her talk show for good on Thursday. Along with Jennifer Aniston, she was joined by two music superstars as her final guests: Pink and Billie Eilish. Aniston was Ellen's very first guest on her very first episode, so it was fitting that she appeared on this final show. After Aniston's appearance came Billie, who first appeared on the show in 2018, when she was just 16. She told Ellen, "You started this show the year after I was born. This was in my house constantly. Every day. I would walk into the kitchen and my mom would be watching you.” Ellen's great friend Pink was the final guest and   ... Read More

‘Goodfellas’ actor Ray Liotta dead at 67

Phillip Faraone/Getty ImagesGoodfellas actor Ray Liotta has died at age 67, his publicist confirms to ABC News.  No cause of death was given, though there are unconfirmed reports that he passed away in his sleep while shooting the movie Dangerous Waters in the Dominican Republic. Liotta caught the attention of Hollywood in the 1986 film Something Wild, playing star Melanie Griffith's violent ex-con husband, and role for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. He went on to appear as Shoeless Joe Jackson in 1989's baseball-themed classic Field of Dreams, with Kevin Costner, in which he delivered the memorable, oft-quoted line "Hey, rookie! You were good!" But Liotta's breakout role came in the 1990 Martin Scorsese classic Goodfellas, as   ... Read More

Kevin Spacey charged with four counts of sexual assault in the UK

Nicole Harnishfeger-Pool/Getty ImagesKevin Spacey has been charged with four counts of sexual assault against three men in the United Kingdom, the U.K.’s Crown Prosecution Service confirmed Thursday.Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, said in a statement, “The CPS has authorized criminal charges against Kevin Spacey, 62, for four counts of sexual assault against three men.” "He has also been charged with causing a person to engage in penetrative sexual activity without consent,” the statement continued. “The charges follow a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.” The statement added, "The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr. Spacey are active and that he has the right to a   ... Read More

In brief: ‘Mr. Malcolm’s List’ trailer, ‘This Is Us’ ratings and more

Bleecker Street on Wednesday dropped the trailer for its Regency-era rom-com, Mr. Malcolm’s List, starring The Handmaid’s Tale's Zawe Ashton and Gangs of London's Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù. Per Bleecker Street, the film follows Ashton's Julia Thistlewaite, who gets jilted after failing to meet an item on Mr. Malcolm's list of requirements for a bride. Feeling humiliated and determined to exact revenge, she convinces her friend Selina Dalton -- portrayed by Freida Pinto -- to play the role of his ideal match. Soon, Mr. Malcolm wonders whether he’s found the perfect woman...or the perfect hoax. Mr. Malcolm’s List is slated for a July 1st theatrical release... A Speed Racer live-action series is in the works at Apple with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot set   ... Read More

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