Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Tonight, ABC News' Ryan Smith will host a two-hour 20/20 special, The Last Days of Michael Jackson.
The special, which will profile the King of Pop's life, legacy and complicated childhood, will offer never-before-seen video from interviews he did with ABC News' Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.
It will also feature individuals who were around the icon before his passing, including Derek “Cooley” Jaxson, who taught Jackson how to moonwalk; Navi, a renowned Jackson impersonator, and Lisa Staub, the tour operator who was in front of his house on the day Jackson died.
But according to Smith, this special isn't about rehashing MJ's scandals or what led to his death -- it's about sharing his life.
"This is our opportunity to really tell his story," Smith tells ABC Radio. "The positives, the negatives, the sensational stuff, and the true stuff that seemed out of character and really give you a full picture of who he was."
He continues, "Through those two hours, we take you through all of that. What people were saying, what he was going through, what he was experiencing. To give you the full picture of Michael Jackson the human, not just Michael Jackson the pop star, or Michael Jackson, the man who had issues. The human being is what matters to us."
Although Smith says the documentary will definitely feature "music and the footage" that reflects Jackson's life, he explains its real purpose is to honestly and respectfully humanize an "extraordinary" man.
"We'll show you some things you haven't seen before, but also a well-rounded view of who he was," he says.
The Last Days of Michael Jackson airs tonight at 8 p.m. ET. on ABC.
"The Leftovers" - HBO/Van Redin(NEW YORK) -- HBO has tapped Emmy Award-winning actress Regina King for a television adaptation of the iconic comic book series Watchmen.
According to Deadline, King will join Don Johnson,Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens and Andrew Howard in the pilot. The series, written by Damon Lindelof, would be the latest collaboration between Lindelof and King since HBO's The Leftovers.
Watchmen, which was turned into a movie in 2009, is set in an alternate reality where superheroes are either retired, working for the government, or treated as outlaws and vigilantes.
Although character details have not yet been revealed, Deadline says King is believed to play Angela Abar, while Gossett Jr. will likely be Old Man. Howard would take on the role of Red Scare and Clemens could be Pirate Jenny. None of these characters appeared in the previous iterations of Watchmen.
This is the latest project for King, who played Erika Murphy in Lindelof’s The Leftovers. She also starred in Netflix's critically acclaimed drama Seven Seconds.
Tim Boxer/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein will turn himself in to New York City police Friday to face criminal charges brought by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, sources familiar with the case told ABC News.
Weinstein has been under criminal investigation in connection with the allegations of two women: Lucia Evans and Paz de la Huerta. It’s not clear what charges Weinstein will face, but Evans told The New Yorker Weinstein forced her to perform a sex act on him in 2004. Meanwhile, de la Huerta told Vanity Fair that Weinstein raped her in 2010.
Both accusations are within the statute of limitations in New York given the nature of the alleged crimes.
Weinstein’s case was recently presented to a grand jury by prosecutors in the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which declined to comment. Weinstein’s defense attorney, Benjamin Brafman, also declined to comment, as did the NYPD.
Ever since allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein came to light late last year, he has continued to deny any claims of non-consensual sex.
As a result of the allegations, Weinstein was fired from his production company, his wife Georgina Chapman left him, and he was expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
LucasfilmTonight, Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters in sneak previews.
The behind-the-scenes drama of the movie is as well known to Star Wars fans as is its cast of onscreen characters: original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were let go over "creative differences," and Lucasfilm tapped Ron Howard to take their place.
The Oscar winner had never been directly involved in making any of the films set in the universe his longtime friend George Lucas created. However, Howard told ABC Radio that taking on Solo -- and, as it turns out, having to re-shoot a majority of the film -- was a different challenge.
"When this opportunity came to me I felt, 'Well, this is not a sequel. This is sort of developing an aspect using the using the framework, using the galaxy, using the expectations. But this is young Han Solo. This is this is this is a new deal!' And creatively for me, that felt really exciting."
Solo: A Star Wars Story centers on the younger days of young scoundrel Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich. Because the character of Han, and also Lando Calrissian, are so well known, it required a delicate balance for Ehrenreich to play it. The same went for Donald Glover, taking over for Billy Dee Williams as Han's frenemy, Lando Calrissian.
"I actually spoke to Harrison Ford early in the process," Howard explains, "and he said, 'I hope he's not going to try to...copy...a performance. He's a terrific young actor, and I hope he'll just create from the sort of essence and spirit of the character.' And that's exactly what Alden did...I think both he and Donald really rocked it!"
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Photo by Manny Carabel/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Morgan Freeman is responding to a bombshell CNN story which reported that eight women were the targets of harassing comments and behavior by the beloved Oscar winner.
Through his rep, Stan Rosenfield, Freeman offered the following comment to ABC News: "Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected -- that was never my intent."
Earlier Thursday, CNN reported that one of the women accusing Freeman was a production assistant on the set of the heist comedy Going In Style, which others were employed by the 80-year-old actor's production company.
The production assistant on Going In Style claims that Freeman, "kept trying to lift up my skirt and asking if I was wearing underwear." The actor made repeated attempts to lift it, the young woman alleges, adding she moved away each time. Eventually, she said, "[Freeman's co-star] Alan [Arkin] made a comment telling him to stop. Morgan got freaked out and didn't know what to say."
In addition to unwanted touching, Freeman is accused of making inappropriate comments to the production assistant and to other women, including a CNN entertainment news reporter who was pregnant at the time of an interview with the Shawshank Redemption star.
In addition to his acting, Freeman is also famous for his distinctive voice, which is heard in commercials, documentaries, and in ads for political candidates he's supported, including Hillary Clinton. However, TransLink, Vancouver, Canada's transit system, has now told ABC News it was "pausing" its plan to have the actor be the voice of its public announcements "in light of the...allegations."
Courtesy of VH1 (LOS ANGELES) -- Ariana Grande has guest-starred on RuPaul's Drag Race in the past, but tonight, it's her big brother Frankie's turn on the Emmy-winning show.
"Get ready. It's the makeover challenge, and I'm being made over by Eureka, so Team Eureka!" Frankie tells ABC Radio.
The "makeover challenge" involves the Drag Race contestants giving a "drag makeover" to someone. On tonight's episode, Frankie is one of several "social media kings" who'll be turned into drag queens, along with Tyler Oakley, Anthony Padilla, Chester See, Raymond Braun and Kingsley.
Frankie tells ABC Radio that he was absolutely thrilled with the results.
"It was the best thing I've ever done!" he gushes. "I mean, drag is, like, so unbelievably liberating! Yeah, I loved it."
You can tune in to see if Frankie ends up looking prettier than his sister when RuPaul's Drag Raceairs tonight on VH1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Adrian Rogers/Global Road Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Filmmakers behind the new movie Show Dogs have announced that the film will be edited to appease critics who've called it inappropriate for younger children.
Amid outrage at dog show-judging scenes which depicted one dog telling another that he should get comfortable with the idea of having his genitals touched, Global Road Entertainment now says those scenes are being removed. The updated version of the PG-rated film will be available this weekend.
"Responding to concerns raised by moviegoers and some specific organizations, Global Road Entertainment has decided to remove two scenes from the film Show Dogs that some have deemed not appropriate for children...We apologize to anybody who feels the original version of Show Dogs sent an inappropriate message."
Parent bloggers began criticizing the film, which stars Will Arnett and features the voices of Ludacrisand Jordin Sparks, shortly after its May 18 release.
Dawn Hawkins, the executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, issued a statement claiming that Show Dogs, "sends a troubling message."
“It contains multiple scenes where a dog character must have its private parts inspected, in the course of which the dog is uncomfortable and wants to stop but is told to go to a ‘zen place.’ The dog is rewarded with advancing to the final round of the dog show after passing this barrier," reads the statement.
It continues, "Disturbingly, these are similar tactics child abusers use when grooming children -- telling them to pretend they are somewhere else, and that they will get a reward for withstanding their discomfort."
"Children’s movies must be held to a higher standard, and must teach children...the ability to say ‘no’ and safety, not confusing messages endorsing unwanted genital touching.”
The producers initially defended the scenes as accurately depicting the judging process at dog shows.
Saeed Adyani/Netflix (NEW YORK) -- It didn't take long for Jason Bateman to respond to criticism he brushed aside Arrested Development co-star Jessica Walter's comments about poor on-set treatment by Jeffrey Tambor. Bateman is apologizing online, saying he's "incredibly embarrassed and deeply sorry" for his comments.
In case you missed it: Jessica Walter used a New York Times interview published Wednesday to publicly confirm that Tambor verbally harassed her on the show's set in the past. "He never crossed the line on our show, with any, you know, sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologize," Walter said. "In like almost 60 years of working, I've never had anybody yell at me like that on a set. And it's hard to deal with, but I'm over it now."
Bateman came to Tambor's defense, saying, “Not to belittle it or excuse it or anything, but in the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes, ‘difficult.’" Bateman's comments drew the ire of Twitter users, calling him out for his "boys club mentality" and chiding him for explaining "how the industry works."
Bateman quickly responded in a series of tweets, writing in part: "I realize that I was wrong here. I sound like I'm condoning yelling at work. I do not. It sounds like I'm excusing Jeffery. I do not. It sounds like I'm insensitive to Jessica. I am not."
Bateman says he was "so eager to let Jeffrey know that he was supported in his attempt to learn, grow and apologize that I completely underestimated the feelings of the victim, another person I deeply love - and she was sitting right there!"
Tambour was fired from his Amazon series, Transparent, earlier this year for his on-set behavior following sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by his former personal assistant, Van Barnes, and actress Trace Lysette.
Lucasfilm(LOS ANGELES) -- The wait is just about over -- Solo: A Star Wars Story opens with preview screenings on Thursday night before officially hitting theaters nationwide on Friday.
The film stars Alden Ehrenreich in the title role of Han Solo, originally made famous by Harrison Ford, and Ehrenreich tells ABC News that fans will have as much fun watching the movie as much as he had making it.
"I just think it's so fun. I think it's so funny and so fun and I loved flying the Millennium Falcon," he says.
Of course, it wasn't all smooth sailing for the Falcon. Ron Howard took over as director more than halfway through the film, because of creative differences with the original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but Ehrenreich swears you won't notice.
"When I watch this movie now, you can't really tell at all," he tells ABC. "It's kind of amazing how much of a single continuous whole it feels like."
The film gives the backstory of young Han Solo, including how he met Lando Calrissian, the original owner of the Falcon who lost it to Solo in a card game.
Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Paul Bettany.
ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Jessica Walter used a New York Times interview published on Wednesday to publicly confirm that her Arrested Development co-star Jeffrey Tambor verbally harassed her on the show's set.
During the emotional interview, which also included Tambor and fellow cast members Jason Bateman, David Cross, Tony Hale and Will Arnett, the interviewer mentioned that Tambor alluded to blowing up at Walter in an earlier Hollywood Reporter article.
Tambor said he "profusely apologized" before praising the 77-year-old Walter, who plays his wife in the show, as "a walking acting lesson."
Bateman immediately came to Tambor's defense, saying, “Not to belittle it or excuse it or anything, but in the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes, ‘difficult.’"
A tearful Walter then opened up, saying, "Let me just say one thing that I just realized in this conversation, I have to let go of being angry at him. He never crossed the line on our show, with any, you know, sexual whatever. Verbally, yes, he harassed me, but he did apologize."
"I have to let it go of being angry at him," she continued. "In like almost 60 years of working, I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set. And it’s hard to deal with, but I’m over it now."
Bateman's comments drew the ire of Twitter users, calling him out for his "boys club mentality," and chiding him for explaining "how the industry works."
In February, Tambor was fired from Amazon's Transparent following sexual harassment allegations lodged against him by his former personal assistant, Van Barnes, and actress Trace Lysette.
The allegations led to an internal investigation by Amazon and the decision that he would not be returning as Maura Pfefferman for Transparent's fifth season.
Chuck Hodes/Fox Broadcasting Co.(LOS ANGELES) -- This week's episode of Empire, titled "The Empire Unpossess'd," marked the season 4 finale of the show. Here are some of the shocking highlights:
-- Lucious and Eddie continue their confrontation, with Lucious slapping Eddie and Eddie drawing a gun. Lucious, Thirsty, Andre and Cookie try to formulate a plan to keep Eddie from giving evidence to the police that would prove Lucious murdered Shyne.
-- Lucious and Renee, Cookie's mother, have a run-in at Empire. Afterwards, Lucious tells Cookie that the only way to save Empire is to turn himself in to the cops. Cookie disagrees and says that they need to come up with another plan to bring Eddie down. Lucious tells Andre that he's decided to turn himself in for Shyne's murder.
-- Lucious confesses to Hakeem and Jamal that he killed Shyne. Cookie thwarts Lucious' plan to give himself up to the police by bidding away Empire to Eddie in exchange for Eddie's evidence. The Lyons plan to rebuild Empire from scratch.
-- Jamal finds out that Tory suffered a grand mal seizure in the hospital and died. He then tells Cookie that he's leaving town.
-- Lucious asks Cookie to marry him again.
-- Tiana tells Hakeem that she's pregnant and that the baby is his. He's happy with the news.
-- Eddie names Anika as Empire's CEO. While giving her speech at the podium, Anika begins to hallucinate and sees dead Rhonda in the audience. It's then revealed in a flashback that Andre previously put drugs in Anika's champagne. After seeing Rhonda again, Anika falls off of a balcony to her death.
-- Lucious and Cookie get married in court.
-- As Blake, Hakeem and Tiana leave an apartment, Blake's dad shows up with a gun and fires three shots.
Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Black Panther baddie Michael B. Jordan, a self-proclaimed anime super-fan, is getting the chance to live his dream.
Jordan revealed via Instagram that he will voice the role of Julian Chase in an upcoming animae series called gen:LOCK, from Rooster Teeth, a streaming service for gamers that launched in 2016.
"Check me out later this year," he wrote, captioning an gif of his character saluting.
According to Variety, Jordan's character is a pilot for mecha, a class of "giant, weaponized robots controlled by humans."
In addition to starring in the series, Jordan's production company Outlier Society Productions, is set to co-produce the series alongside Roster Teeth.
This is the latest project for Jordan who currently has a busy schedule both on and behind the camera. In addition to his new HBO film, Fahrenheit 451, which recently debuted, Jordan is also currently shooting Creed II.
Behind the camera, his list includes the animated movie Super Day Care; the black family superhero drama Raising Dion at Netflix; a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair; the WWII drama film The Liberators; and his directorial debut, The Stars Beneath Our Feet.
Disney/Lucasfilm(ORLANDO) -- It's official: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the fully-immersive Star Wars-themed attraction, will open in the summer of 2019 at California's Disneyland Resort, and late fall next year at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The attraction, the most extensive dive into George Lucas' galaxy far, far away that Disney has ever built, promises to transport visitors to the Outer Rim planet of Batuu.
According to a press release, Galaxy Edge visitors will find themselves strolling through a, "remote outpost on the galaxy’s edge," that has, "become a thriving port for smugglers, rogue traders and adventurers traveling between the frontier and uncharted space."
While Batuu may be new to us, it is clearly already familiar to many characters from the Star Wars saga as a stepping off point for epic adventures," says the announcement.
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(L-R Clinton Kelly, Carla Hall, Michael Symon of The Chew) ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- ABC is making some changes in the early afternoon.
First, ABC's long-running food-centric show The Chew is being canceled after seven years, but will air as planned until September. In a statement, Disney|ABC Television presidentBen Sherwood said, "For seven years The Chew has delighted audiences by delivering innovative food segments in an entertaining atmosphere. We applaud and thank Gordon Elliott, Aimee Householder, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and the entire cast and crew for their great work and amazing run. And we wish them the very best.”
In place of The Chew, ABC's Good Morning America will now expand to a third hour, airing at 1 p.m. EDT/noon CDT/PDT. The third hour will feature additional news, interviews, pop culture coverage and live events. More details about the new hour will be announced in the coming months.
The Emmy-winning GMA has been the most-watched morning newscast in America for six straight years.
Marvel Studios(NEW YORK) -- Sydelle Noel's role in Black Panther as Xoliswa -- one of Wakanda's royal guard of elite female fighters called the the Dora Milaje -- may have been brief, but it was powerful.
With the film's record breaking success -- currently the third highest-grossing film ever in the U.S. -- Noel says she and her Black Panther co-stars could almost pinpoint the moment when they realized their film had the potential to change history.
"We all had this, this vision when we were actually shooting," Noel, who also stars in the Netflix series Glow, tells ABC Radio. "We felt it. We felt this, like, kinetic energy during the waterfall scene. That's when literally, like everybody was there. Everybody, the whole entire cast was in that waterfall scene."
She continues, "And we had moments when it was like, 'Cut!' And we had people just drumming in the background and we were like dancing having a good time and I remember Angela Bassett was like, 'Do you just feel this? Like, look around like look what we're creating right now." And I was like, 'Yes.'"
The "waterfall" moment Noel is referring to is the fight scene where T'Challa is challenged for his birthright as king and later faces off with Killamonger for his throne. Noel adds that even Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker felt it.
"And then Forest Whitaker walked over and he was like, 'I just have a feeling that this is going to be huge,'" she added. "And everybody just looked around and we were just looking at each other and just seeing the moment from the background people, from the stunt people, to just everybody. This might be a big huge deal."
Black Panther, starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Letitia Wright, is now available on DVD.