Vince Bucci/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Freddie Prinze Jr. and Kiefer Sutherland worked together on 24 a few years ago, an experience that Prinze tells ABC News Radio was “terrible.”
Prinze was at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend to promote his new Disney XD show Star Wars Rebels when the topic of past projects came up and Prinze, completely unsolicited, recalled that working on the Fox series in 2010 almost led him to quit acting.
“I did 24, it was terrible. I hated every moment of it," Prinze told ABC News Radio. “Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face, everybody that's worked with him has said that. And I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped.”
Prinze, who was a can't-miss movie star in the late 1990s with hits like She's All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer, dropped off the map for a while and even ventured into other projects.
"I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE...and it was a crazier job than working with Kiefer," he told ABC News Radio. "But, at least he was cool and tall. I didn't have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do. Just put the guy on an apple box or don't hire me next time. You know I'm six feet and he's five-four."
Sutherland is listed as five-foot-nine on various websites. He was also at Comic-Con, promoting 24: Live Another Day.
In an interview with Parade magazine in January 2010 about the then upcoming eighth season of 24, Sutherland had nothing but positive things to say about working with Prinze. "We have some great actors joining us -- Mykelti Williamson is the head of CTU, Freddie Prinze Jr. is playing my partner. So, it’s this great balance between something that’s new and what fans will find familiar.”
A request by ABC for comment from Sutherland's rep was not immediately answered.
Lionsgate(NEW YORK) -- A teaser-trailer for the movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 1 has been released and features the late actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman as rebel leader Plutarch Heavensbee.
In the trailer, Heavensbee is trying to convince Julianne Moore's President Alma Coin that Katniss Everdeen, played by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, is the one to lead the Districts' revolution against The Capitol.
"Listen to me, no one else can do this but her," he tells Coin. "We need to unite these people out there. She's the face of this rebellion. They'll follow her."
Donald Sutherland's President Snow is also featured in the trailer, telling the Districts that it's now illegal to associate with the Mockingjay, or Katniss.
Mockingjay -- Part 1, which again stars Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson, is due in theaters November 21.
Joe Scarnici/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- Megan Fox said she's definitely geeky enough to attend this year's Comic-Con in San Diego. To prove it, the actress told People she believes in one legend in particular.
"Bigfoot's real," she told the magazine. "And I have confidence in myself that if I were ever to be taken out on an expedition…I would be the one to find Bigfoot."
The actress added that she's a big "Lord of the Rings geek."
Fox attended Comic-Con to promote her latest film, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which hits theaters nationwide August 8.
Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Bindi Irwin, the daughter of "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, has been sharing some of the fond memories she has of her late father. The Australian wildlife expert died after being stung by a stingray in 2006 when Bindi was just eight years old.
Bindi reveals to People.com that her dad's tragic passing still haunts her. She explains, "I remember after we lost dad, so many adults came up to me and said, 'Honey, time heals all wounds.' That is the biggest lie you will ever hear. It doesn't. That kind of sadness never goes away. It's like losing a piece of your heart that you never get back."
The 16-year-old says sometimes she and her brother Robert visit the handprints their father left in concrete outside the family's home at the Australia Zoo. Bindi explains, "We'll put our hands in them, just to see how they've grown and how they match up to dad's.”
She also has all of the letters her father wrote as he traveled the world in search of animals. Bindi says, "Reading those letters back is special. I'm grateful he wrote them. Those little things remind you of him and give you strength to keep going."
Bindi has been keeping her father's memory alive by continuing his work. She is working with SeaWorld as a youth ambassador.
iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- As expected, Comic-Con International: San Diego kicked into high gear on Saturday, and the talk of the convention was a triple superhero tease: Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, and Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The latter film remains on a collision course with Marvel's Captain America 3 on May 6, 2016.
Marvel brought the big guns to bear in Hall H and managed to reassemble most of the Avengers -- minus a pregnant Scarlett Johansson, who sent a greeting via video, and writer/director Joss Whedon, laid up from knee surgery.
Robert Downey Jr. entered the hall in full Tony Stark mode, grooving to Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" while pulling out a bunch of roses from a sleek looking case. He tossed the flowers into the crowd, saving one white one each for Ultron's female cast members Elizabeth Olsen and Cobie Smulders, the latter reprising her role as Maria Hill.
Introduced prior were their Avengers co-stars Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Chris Evans (Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/The Hulk), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), and Olsen's fellow newcomer and onscreen sibling Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who plays Quicksilver to her Scarlet Witch. James Spader was also making his first appearance on a Marvel panel ahead of his role as the movie's baddie Ultron. Paul Bettany, known in the Marvel universe as the voice of Iron Man's computer sidekick J.A.R.V.I.S., was on hand, too as he will be seen for the first time in the 2015 film as The Vision.
Near the close of the presentation, Josh Brolin surprised the crowd, wielding the golden Infinity Gauntlet, which gives his character Thanos nearly unlimited power. "Where's my rose?" he growled to Downey, who pulled out the final flower -- this one purple, which not coincidentally matches Thanos' face. Brolin, who appears as the character for the first time in Guardians of the Galaxy, then took the flower in his hand and chomped it, to the crowd's and Downey's delight.
The panel also screened a snippet of the film, that started with a party in Avengers Tower, features a Hulk vs. Iron Man battle, and ends with the team bloodied and battered, and Cap's nearly unbreakable shield metaphorically shattered.
Another Marvel project, Ant-Man, also brought its stars to a Q&A panel Saturday, including director Peyton Reed, and stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Corey Stoll, and Evangeline Lilly. The presentation also included some footage of the movie's titular hero exercising his science-based powers: the ability to shrink down to ant size and back, and the ability to call the insects to come to his rescue. Rudd called joining the Marvel universe, "a mind-bender," while Douglas admitted, "I've always vicariously looked at Marvel films from afar with tremendous envy." Ant-Man crawls into theaters June 17, 2015.
On Warner Bros.' side of things, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill made an appearance to plug their onscreen face-off between Affleck's Caped Crusader and Cavill's Man of Steel. The teaser was just that: Batman strides onto a roof, his eyes glowing as they appeared in the comics, and fires up the Bat-Signal. The beam cuts through the rainy night to reveal Superman, his eyes burning a furious red. The crowd went ape. The reaction was mixed for a later reveal of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman costume -- with some fans digging it and others digging at it, by saying it looked just like Lucy Lawless' outfit from Xena: Warrior Princess.
One coming attraction that those who didn't go to San Diego Comic-Con get to enjoy is the first trailer for WB's Mad Max: Fury Road, the Road Warrior reboot that features Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy taking Mel Gibson's place as a drifter in a violent, post-apocalyptic world. Mad Max's original director George Miller is calling the shots once again. The movie rolls into theaters May 15, 2015.
Director James Gunn tweeted that he's writing and directing a sequel to his Guardians of the Galaxy, which opens Friday. The sequel is set for July 28, 2017.
Hobbit fanboy Stephen Colbert made a surprise appearance -- dressed as his "Lake Town spy" cameo character from The Desolation of Smaug -- to moderate a panel for the third Hobbit film, the Battle of the Five Armies. Co-star Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to geek-friendly fare, thanks to his voicing Smaug, and roles in Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness, but he'd never been to Comic-Con. He told ABC News Radio he's plotting coming back next year in disguise. "I'd love to get more into the thick of it a little bit. you know," says the actor, "I would love to just mix in amongst the people a little bit more. Because the amount of devotion of the people coming out -- these are fans who have already paid for their ticket to see your film, then paid to come to the convention, who spend a fortune on their costumes and travel and you know, their, their stay -- It's just, it's just mind-blowing, and it's for the love of what you do!"
Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series star Andy Serkis told ABC News Radio that this Comic-Con felt different for him than the others he's attended, as the performer realized Battle of the Five Armies is his last J.R.R. Tolkien-related film. "This one has an extra layer of emotion attached to it, obviously, because it's the last one with Middle-Earth, really," the Planet of the Apes and Star Wars: Episode VII actor explained. "And...it was a really big achievement I think to get, to get everyone from both sets of films -- you know The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, together in one room, you know, as many, as...we could."
ABC/BOB D'AMICO(MIAMI) -- After many wondered if Sofia Vergara was dating Joe Manganiello, their recent public display of affection all but confirmed it. Photographers caught the two actors kissing inside a Miami airport, fresh off a flight from Los Angeles.
US Weekly, which published the photos, said they were taken on Thursday. The magazine notes that afterward the True Blood star met the Modern Family actress' family and close friends for dinner at Cecconi's restaurant in Miami beach.
Vergara, 41, and Manganiello, 37, were introduced at the White House Correspondents Dinner back in May, according to the magazine. Vergara had attended with her then-fiancé Nick Loeb. The couple got engaged in 2012 and broke up this past May.
According to Us sources, Manganiello has long had a crush on Vergara. People's Hottest Bachelor of 2014 also said he loves being a relationship. "I'm at my best when I have someone to wake up next to," he told People.
Manganiello was previously linked to model Bridget Peters. They split up this past January after dating for about a year. He was also engaged to model-actress Audra Marie in 2010.
ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's interactive singing competition, Rising Star, concluded its live head-to-head singing duels Sunday night with four contestants advancing after the East Coast vote and one additional singer being saved after the West Coast broadcast. Three other acts were sent home.
Maneepat Molloy, Shameia Crawford, Audrey Kate Geiger and Joshua Peavy advanced to next week's quarterfinals.
Dana Williams was saved by the West Coast vote and also advanced to the quarterfinals.
Morgan Higgins, Karen Hornsby and the group Unselfish were sent home.
For the duels, two acts were selected to go head-to-head, with a coin toss determining which one would sing first with the wall up. The winner of the coin toss got to decide the order of performance. Viewers who downloaded the Rising Star app were asked to vote “yes” or “no,” just as they did in the audition round. The competing act then sang with the wall down and had to beat the mark set by the first contestant in order to raise it.
The one-hour show aired live on the East Coast, but viewers on the other side of the country had the chance to “save” the performer with the highest-combined percentage of votes who hadn't won his or her matchup.
Host Josh Groban and the Rising Star "experts" -- Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley -- presided over the duels. The "experts" were allowed to vote. So were West Coast viewers, even though they watched the show on delay.
The experts also mentored each contestant before their performances. The ultimate winner receives a contract with Capitol Records.
Here are the highlights from Sunday night:
Morgan Higgins vs. Maneepat Molloy:
The experts agreed that Higgins waited too long to show off her range when she auditioned and that she needed to come out swinging this time. Her version of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory” collected 45 percent of the vote, including a "yes" from Paisley, who noted that Higgins was a “pro,” but the 17-year-old still needed a lot of work. The performance didn’t impress Ludacris, who thought Higgins held back and didn’t give it her all. Kesha called the performance “very convincing,” adding the singer “came a long way.”
Ludacris felt Molloy’s voice was “more pure” than her competitor, but she didn’t have as much “energy.” Before Molloy's performance, Ludacris and the other experts urged her to be in the moment. The 16-year-old raised the wall with her version of Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity,” racking up 66 percent of the vote. Kesha voted “yes,” but admitted that she didn’t want to see either singer go. Brad was not as pleased with the performance, calling it “pitchy.” He voted “no.” Ludacris voted “yes.”
Shameia Crawford vs. Unselfish:
Crawford, who had to wait for the West Coast to save her last time, chose to go first. Kesha was “on the fence” about her song choice, the standard, “Cry Me a River,” but agreed she “killed it” in rehearsal. Brad’s only suggestion was that Crawford needed to get her nerves under control. She managed to do that and collected 70 percent of the vote. Afterward, Ludacris called her presence “unprecedented.” Kesha agreed, adding the full-time musician and Georgia native “looked stunning” and “set the bar high” with her singing voice. She voted “yes,” as did Paisley.
The five-man group Unselfish also failed to raise the wall last time. The experts advised them to clean up their harmonies, but their version of Maroon 5’s “Payphone” still failed to impress voters, earning just 33 percent. They did, however, get a “yes” from Kesha, who explained she was “not a dream crusher.” She added that while it was “not the best performance,” she thought they could improve and wanted the group to know she was rooting for them. Ludacris voted “no,” saying their harmonies “needed work,” and Paisley also gave them a “no.”
Dana Williams vs. Audrey Kate Geiger:
Williams led off this duel. Using a guitar that belonged to her late father, who once backed Michael Jackson, she sang The Shirelles’ “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.” She said the guitar was a lucky charm. The performance earned 67 percent of the vote, but didn’t impress Brad, who gave her a “no.” He explained the singing was great, but the performance sounded like Williams was “rehearsing.” Kesha, reminding Brad this was a singing show, praised Williams' voice as “delicate” and “beautiful,” adding she was one of her “favorite performers on the show.” Ludacris also voted “yes.”
Audrey Kate started her performance of Bob Dylan’s “Make You Feel My Love” a cappella, a risk that earned Brad’s respect and kudos from the other judges as well. America also agreed, as Geiger raised the wall with an impressive 88 percent of the vote. Ludacris gave her a “yes,” declaring, she had a voice he “could listen to and never get tired of.” Paisley said simply, it was the kind of voice he “signed up for this show for.” Kesha also voted “yes.” Geiger won the battle, but Williams was later saved by West Coast viewers.
Joshua Peavy vs. Karen Hornsby:
Hornsby's daughter, Gabrielle, was left blind and unable to talk following treatment for brain cancer. She was in the audience for Sunday's performance, making it extra special because it was the first time Gabrielle would hear her mom sing. Ludacris advised Hornsby to go for the high notes, because that was her strength and would earn her “yes” votes. Hornsby sang Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman,” drawing 67 percent of the vote, and a “yes” from Kesha, who called the performance “phenomenal.” Kesha said the Jacksonville, Florida, native looked like “a natural woman.” Paisley said the performance wasn’t perfect, but Hornsby was still the most “inspiring” performer.
Peavy has the distinction of being the first person to ever raise the wall on Rising Star. He originally chose Rascal Flatts’ “Life Is a Highway” for the duel, but after getting advice from the experts, opted for “Too Close” by Alex Clare instead. It turned out being the right move, as Joshua bested Karen with 75 percent of the vote. Ludacris thought the performance was “soulful” and he was “very proud” of Peavy and voted “yes.” However, he also predicted that Hornsby would be saved by the West Coast. Kesha voted “no,” admitting it was because she didn’t want to see Karen go home. Brad voted “Yes.” Hornsby did not advance.
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Jenny McCarthy is speaking out about reports that she has criticized her cousin Melissa McCarthy about her weight in the past. The View co-host says not only are the reports false -- they are extremely hurtful.
Jenny tells People.com, "There is a crazy story going around that I once told my cousin, Melissa, that she would have to lose weight in order to get into show business. Nothing could be further from the truth."
Jenny says she helped Melissa when she was an aspiring actress, but everything after that is due to Melissa's own hard work and unbreakable spirit.
Jenny explains, "When she was starting out, I was fortunate enough to be in a position to get her a job on a show I was doing, to learn the ropes and get some experience on a TV set in front of the camera and behind the scenes." She adds, "She has accomplished everything she has accomplished through hard work and her extraordinary talent, and I've only ever encouraged and supported and wished her the very best."
The 41-year-old will soon be marrying actor and New Kid on The Block singer Donnie Wahlberg, which seems to have stirred up a completely different rumor about her cousin.
Jenny tells People magazine, "They also say that I've 'banned' Melissa from my upcoming wedding, which is also ridiculous." She explains, "Donnie and I are planning a very intimate ceremony that will involve a very small group of our closest friends and that's it -- not a huge production with hundreds of friends and extended families."
Jenny adds, "It's hurtful that people make up stories that pit not just families, but specifically women, against each other."
VH1 Networks(NEW YORK) -- Kat Bailess plays Kyle Hart, the one dancer on the Los Angeles Devil Girls professional dance team on VH1's Hit the Floor that isn't afraid to use her sexual prowess to get exactly what she wants. In the second season of the series, centered on a fictional NBA team and it's drama under the dome, fans have taken to Bailess' character, and she thinks she knows why.
"The only reason she's funny I think is because she's so cutthroat, dry. Like, I mean everything is just: 'This is who I am. I don't care if you don't like me.' And I think that's why people have grown to love her," the actress tells ABC News Radio.
So is that southern accent real? Bailess says absolutely as she's from Vicksburg, Mississippi. "They didn't plan on this character, Kyle, being southern. And they pretty much wrote this character for me, which is...a compliment," she adds.
But it's not all fun and games playing the former stripper turned professional dancer. Bailess says when she's not flexing her acting chops on set, she's struggling to learn the series' intricate dance routines, which she only has sometimes days to learn. Also, the routines can get dangerous as she's been injured several times while filming. Her most serious injury came when filming the show's pilot episode.
"I tore my hamstring. And that's because you know you're sitting in the make-up/hair chair for hours. And then they're like, 'OK! We gotta go!' And then they're like, 'Put your leg up to your face.' You know what I mean? Or like 'Jump into splits.' And I wasn't warmed up properly," she explains. "I learned my lesson the hard way so I had to spend the entire pilot with that pulled hamstring."
VH1's Hit the Floor airs Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Scarlett Johansson's Lucy topped the box office this past weekend, fending off Dwayne Johnson's Hercules for the top spot.
Johansson's character is able to manipulate time and matter by accessing 100 percent of her brain -- way above the normal 10 percent that the movie posits humans can access. Lucy may not have taken 100 percent of the box office, but did manage to hold off Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Hercules reboot.
Last week's top film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes finished in third place.
Here are the top ten films of the weekend according to boxofficemojo.com:
1. Lucy: $44.025 million 2. Hercules (2014): $29 million 3. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: $16.4 million 4. The Purge: Anarchy: $9.896 million 5. Planes: Fire & Rescue: $9.303 million 6. Sex Tape: $5.975 million 7. Transformers: Age of Extinction: $4.6 million 8. And So It Goes: $4.552 million 9. Tammy: $3.4 million 10. A Most Wanted Man: $2.717 million
JOHN STILLWELL/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- It's the biggest little secret and now it can be revealed: Everyone's favorite prince is learning to swim.
Like his father and grandfather before him, Prince George is experiencing the royal splash-about with his mother at the world's most exclusive gym, the Buckingham Palace pool. Kate was seen driving in to the grounds of Buckingham Palace with George and a nanny in tow on his birthday Tuesday.
Many assumed she had brought him to visit his grandfather, but the Duchess of Cambridge has been teaching the future king how to swim.
Both William and Kate are avid water sports buffs. Prince William captained his water polo team and Kate is understood to do laps at the Palace pool to stay fit.
Princess Diana took William and Harry to Buckingham Palace as young boys. She too was an avid swimmer, and wanted her sons to benefit from all the enjoyment that water sports bring.
The pool is located in the rear of the Palace in a stunning conservatory-type area adjacent to the beautiful back gardens. Generations of royal children have enjoyed the pool and now Prince George is among them.
At a recent event at the British Sub-Aqua Club, Prince Charles passed the presidency to his son Prince William and reminisced how he too taught his son to love the water.
"I threw him in the pool on occasions. Instead of putting him off, it enthused him," Charles said.
"I hope one day my son George might follow in our footsteps," added William. "At the moment, bath time is quite painful but hopefully donning a snorkel and mask might calm him down "
Clay Enos/Warner Bros.(SAN DIEGO) -- Warner Bros. opened its two-hour panel at Comic-Con International with a video featuring the first footage from the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film.
Director Zach Snyder introduced the footage, after which Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill were brought out, along with Wonder Woman Gal Gadot.
In the film clip, Batman activates the bat signal atop a building, which illuminates Superman hovering above him in stormy weather. The Man of Steel's eyes glow red, while the Caped Crusader's glow blue.
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- Like most people, Susan Sarandon went through a wild period.
The actress once had a tryst with "a rock star": David Bowie.
"In terms of hooking up with movie stars, I got married really young [to actor Chris Sarandon], which knocked out most of my 20s to be f***ing around," she told the Daily Beast. "There have been a couple of famous, pretty interesting ones. One rock star [Bowie]."
Sarandon, 67, didn't specify when it happened, though she clearly enjoyed spending time with the singer.
"He’s worth idolizing. He’s extraordinary," she gushed. "Bowie's just a really interesting person and so bright. He's a talent and a painter and he's great."
However, she eventually settled down, which came as a surprise to her. After dating director Louis Malle, who was 14 years her senior, she had a relationship with Franco Amurri, who fathered her daughter, Eva, 29. Then, she met Tim Robbins, with whom she was involved for 23 years. They had two sons, Jack, 25, and Miles, 22.
"I wasn’t supposed to have kids," she said. "I’m the oldest of nine and had mothered all of them, so I wasn’t ever in a mode to where I was looking to settle down and raise a family, so that definitely changes the gene pool you’re dipping into."