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"Rosebud...!" "Citizen Kane" Premiered in NYC 75 Years Ago Today


Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It’s still considered by many to be the greatest American film ever made.  Seventy-five years ago today, Citizen Kane premiered in New York City.Orson Welles stars in the film as media magnate Charles Foster Kane, a powerful but ultimately tragic character he based in part on real-life newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, who was alive at the time and unsuccessfully attempted to block the movie's release.  Making Citizen Kane more remarkable is the fact Welles not only starred in the film, he also produced, directed and co-wrote it -- all while in his mid-twenties.  He turned 26 just five days after the New York premiere.Though Hearst failed to block Citizen Kane’s release, the pressure he brought did persuade some theaters not to show the film, which negatively affected its box office performance when it was released nationally September 5.  Reviews, however, were largely positive -- ironically, fueled in no small part by the pre-release controversy.  It was nominated for nine Academy Awards but took home only one, for Best Original Screenplay, which Welles shared with Herman Mankiewicz.In the decades since, Citizen Kane’s fame and reputation has grown, with countless scholars and critics both studying and praising it.  The Library of Congress added Citizen Kane to the National Film Registry in 1989, in its inaugural group of additions.  It’s even been featured on a U.S. postage stamp, twice.  Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Classic Rock All-Stars Shine as HBO Airs 2016 Rock Hall Ceremony Tonight


Kevin Mazur; Kevin Kane/Courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) -- The HBO special featuring highlights from the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony premieres tonight at 8:00 ET/PT, just over three weeks after the event was held in Brooklyn, New York. This year's class of inductees included four classic-rock acts that many music fans felt had been long overlooked -- Deep Purple, Chicago, Steve Miller and Cheap Trick -- along with the influential rap act N.W.A.In the weeks leading up the ceremony, conflicts over the post-induction performances led to key original members of Deep Purple and Chicago -- guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and singer/bassist Peter Cetera, respectively -- boycott the event. But the artists who did take part delivered plenty of heartfelt and humorous speeches and performances. Among the highlights:-- Deep Purple was inducted by longtime superfan Lars Ulrich of heavy metal superstars Metallica, who gave a speech in which he wondered why it took so long for Purple to be inducted, since they've been eligible since 1993.  Deep Purple's current lineup performed "Highway Star," "Hush" and, of course, their classic "Smoke on the Water."-- Miller was inducted by The Black Keys, and he gave a speech in which he called for the Rock Hall's induction process to become more transparent, and for more women to be inducted.  He and his current band played "Fly Like an Eagle," "Rock 'n Me" and "The Joker," a song he claimed saved his career.-- N.W.A. was inducted by acclaimed rapper and fellow Compton, California, native Kendrick Lamar.-- Chicago was welcomed into the Rock Hall by Matchbox Twenty's Rob Thomas.-- While Cetera was a no-show, original Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine, who left the band in 1990, took part in the induction and the performance. Thomas joined Chicago to sing "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" and the band also played "Saturday in the Park" and "25 or 6 to 4."-- Cheap Trick were ushered into the Hall of Fame by Kid Rock.  Original Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos reunited with his fellow founding members for the first time since 2010 to play "I Want You to Want Me," "Surrender," and "Dream Police."-- The all-star jam at the end of the night featured a rendition of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame," which Cheap Trick had covered in 1979.-- Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne teamed up with indie-pop singer Kimbra and The Roots to pay tribute to the late David Bowie with a performance of "Fame."-- Sheryl Crow and Grace Potter collaborated on a version of The Eagles' "New Kid in Town" in honor of the late Glenn Frey.The 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony airs tonight on HBO.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Work Wives" Jennifer Aniston & Jason Sudeikis Together Again in "Mother's Day"


Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in "Mother's Day"; Ron Batzdorff/Open Road Films(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston is married to Justin Theroux and Jason Sudeikis is expecting his second child with actress Olivia Wilde, but the two agreed that starring in their fifth collaboration together, Mother’s Day, makes them like “work wives.”“Indeed,” said Sudeikis, who stars in the new dramedy as a widower with two kids whose budding romance with Aniston’s divorced mom-of-two character begins awkwardly.Sudeikis, 40, and Aniston, 47, told ABC News’ Matt Gutman it was the allure of working with famed director Garry Marshall that drew them to the movie, which also stars Julia Roberts and Kate Hudson.“That's the only thing,” Aniston said, joking that she didn’t even need to see a script.Aniston began filming Mother’s Day in Atlanta, Georgia, shortly after her August 2015 wedding to Theroux. The close timing led Sudeikis to joke that the newlyweds had honeymooned in the Southern city."The aquarium,” Sudeikis joked of an Atlanta honeymoon destination, prompting a laugh from Aniston.Wherever Aniston may be, don’t expect the actress to broadcast it on social media. The former Friends star called the new form of communication “so much pressure.”“It's such a part of the world now, that sort of transparency, so I just kind of prefer not to,” she said.Mother’s Day opens in theaters nationwide today.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Allison Janney Reprises "West Wing" Character During Surprise White House Press


Alex Wong/Getty ImagesIt's been quite a while since The West Wing was on TV, but one of its stars showed up in character at a White House press briefing on Friday.Allison Janney, who played White House press secretary C.J. Cregg for seven seasons on The West Wing, surprised reporters by popping up in the White House press briefing room.  When asked where the actual press secretary, Josh Earnest, was, Janney joked, "Josh is out today.  I believe it's a root canal."  Reporters laughed, because Janney was referencing a specific episode of The West Wing where her character had a root canal."Yeah, he has a root canal, but let's be honest I'm better at this than he is anyway," she cracked.In all seriousness, Janney was there because her character on her current show, Mom, is a recovering addict.  She paid tribute to the White House Champions of Change, a group involved in substance abuse issues, and she also spoke about the general opiod epidemic in the U.S.  "This is a disease that can touch anybody and all of us can help reduce drug abuse through evidenced-based treatment, prevention and recovery," she said.As Cregg, Janney took one question: who is President Bartlet -- the character played by Martin Sheen in The West Wing -- supporting in the Democratic primary?  She snapped, “I think you know the answer to that question.”.@AllisonBJanneyAKA CJ CreggAKA Bonnie on @MomCBSdrops by the White House press briefing. https://t.co/TK4NJ7TEyM— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 29, 2016Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Amy Schumer and Her Dad FaceTime with "Goddess" Goldie Hawn


Mark Seliger/Comedy Central(NEW YORK) -- Amy Schumer's dad can cross one more thing off his bucket list, thanks to his daughter."FaceTime with the goddess Goldie Hawn making my dads dream come true," the 34-year-old Inside Amy Schumer star captioned an Instagram video of her and her father, Gordon Schumer, chatting with the actress on Wednesday."He keeps saying that we're playing sisters and I'm like no, you're the love of his life," says Schumer, who plays the daughter of Hawn, 70, in an upcoming comedy film.Amy then convinces her father to tell Hawn she's the "love of his life."During a segment of ABC's The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015, which aired back in December, Schumer discussed with Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  her father's longtime battle with multiple sclerosis.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Will Ferrell Not Involved in Controversial Ronald Reagan Comedy, Rep Tells ABC N


ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Turns out Will Ferrell won't be starring in an upcoming comedy about former President Ronald Reagan.  His rep tells ABC News Ferrell "is not pursuing" the movie role.It was reported this week that Ferrell had been cast in Reagan. The story was said to begin at the start of Reagan's second term, when he falls into dementia and an intern must convince him he's an actor playing the president in a movie. Ferrell was also said to be producing the project.  Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's disease after his presidency, and died in 2004.In a statement to ABC News, Ferrell's rep says, "The Reagan script is one of a number of scripts that had been submitted to Will Ferrell which he had considered. While it is by no means a ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project.”Reagan's children Michael Reagan and Patti Davis were chief among those who were quick to condemn the news, the former tweeting, "Alheimers is not a comedy it robs you then it kills you."  Michael's half-sister Davis posted an open letter on her website, writing to Ferrell, in part, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Ronald Reagan's Family Criticizes Planned Will Ferrell Comedy


ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Ronald Reagan's family is upset over a planned comedy that will star Will Ferrell as the former president.It was reported this week that Ferrell had been cast in Reagan. The story will begin at the start of Reagan's second term, when he falls into dementia and an intern must convince him he's an actor playing the president in a movie. Ferrell will also produce the project.Reagan suffered from Alzheimer's disease after his presidency, and died in 2004.Reagan's oldest son, Michael Reagan, reacted to the Ferrell news on Thursday, tweeting, "Alheimers is not a comedy it robs you then it kills you."Reagan's daughter and Michael's half-sister, author Patti Davis, posted an open letter on her website, writing to Ferrell, "Perhaps you have managed to retain some ignorance about Alzheimer’s and other versions of dementia. Perhaps if you knew more, you would not find the subject humorous."She recalled, "I watched as fear invaded my father’s eyes -- this man who was never afraid of anything. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, 'I don’t know where I am.' I watched helplessly as he reached for memories, for words, that were suddenly out of reach and moving farther away. For ten long years he drifted -- past the memories that marked his life, past all that was familiar...and mercifully, finally past the fear."There was laughter in those years, but there was never humor," she added.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"Modern Family" Actress Ariel Winter Announces Where She's Going to College


ABC/Bob D’Amico(NEW YORK) -- Ariel Winter is officially all grown up. The Modern Family actress has announced where she's going to college.Winter, 18, who portrays the witty middle sister on ABC's hit comedy, shared a photo on Instagram showing that she's decided to attend the University of California, Los Angeles."It's an AMAZING DAY! I'm going to UCLA - thank you to everyone who has been there for me on this journey! #bruinsbaby," she wrote as a caption.Winter said despite her success as a child actress, attending college has always been a goal of hers."School was never really important when I was younger in my family," she told Good Morning America news anchor Amy Robach in an interview last month. "I mean, they never really pushed me to do anything other than entertainment. And while entertainment is great, I think education is incredibly important. It's always been a dream of mine to go to college."The actress added that she'd "love to be a social justice lawyer."Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alec Baldwin to Host "Match Game" Revival for ABC


ABC/Justin Jay(NEW YORK) -- Get your skinny microphone out of the closet and ready those double-entendres.  Alec Baldwin will host a primetime version of Match Game for ABC. The classic fill-in-the-blank celebrity game show -- which drew much of its fun from watching the celebrity panelists trying to crack up one another -- originally ran for thirty years on various networks and in syndication, ending in 1982. The late Gene Rayburn was the show's best-known host.  There were also two short-lived revival attempts in the 1990s.ABC’s ordered ten episodes of the new Match Game, to air Sunday nights starting June 26.  Baldwin says he and his wife, Hilaria, will donate his paycheck to various arts charities.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon Reveal Secrets Behind "Thelma & Louise"


ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Next month will mark 25 years since Thelma & Louise debuted on the silver screen, but today, pop culture's most notorious BFFs remain as beloved as ever.The 1991 film's Oscar-winning actresses -- Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis -- recently spoke with Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, and revealed some little-known facts about the groundbreaking film."When I read the script I said, ‘I have to be in this movie,’” Davis said. "It was so rare to find a script with two incredibly well-drawn female characters, but none of us had any idea...had any clue that it would strike. We were hoping people would see it because it was a small budget [film.]”The movie -- written by Callie Khouri, who won an Oscar for the screenplay -- follows the journey of Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sayer, after the latter shoots and kills a man who attacks Thelma, and they embark on a trip to Mexico. Pursued by police, the film ends with the pair intentionally driving off a cliff and plummenting into the Grand Canyon, killing themselves but regaining control of their shared destiny.According to Sarandon, however, that now-famous and much-discussed ending wasn’t the original plan for director Ridley Scott.“He said, ‘I know [Louise] will definitely die, I’m not sure about [Thelma],’” Sarandon recalled. “He said, ‘You might push her out at the last minute’ but actually, we only had one take.”Davis said, "I think the ending is exactly how it should be because we get away. Despite the fact that we kill ourselves, we retain control of our lives to the bitter end.”An alternate ending wasn’t the only secret they revealed.  George Clooney had read for the part of J.D., but lost it to Brad Pitt, Davis confirmed.“I was on a plane with George Clooney by happenstance, and we’re chatting, and he goes, ‘I hate that Brad Pitt’ and I said, ‘No you don’t, he’s your friend’ and he says, ‘No, I hate him because he got the part in Thelma & Louise…” she said.Sarandon says she hopes Thelma & Louise is used to raise awareness about violence against women."I hope now, that women don’t have to get off a cliff,” Sarandon said. “They don’t get to the point where that’s the option and so many women are speaking up and supporting other women and rape and domestic abuse is now no longer such a secret -- so I would hope in 25 years we don’t have to send people over the edge when something like that happens.”Chimed in, Davis: “I’m with her.”Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Will Ferrell to Play Ronald Reagan in New Movie


ABC/Ida Mae Astute(NEW YORK) -- Will Ferrell has played one Republican president. Now he's set to play another.Variety reports the comedic actor will portray Ronald Reagan in a film titled Reagan. The film will begin at the start of Reagan's second term, when he falls into dementia and an intern must convince the former actor that he's still an actor, playing the president in a movie.Ferrell previously played President George W. Bush on Saturday Night Live and in the Broadway show You’re Welcome America.Copyright © 2016, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.