Cindy Ord/Getty Image(NEW YORK) -- British actor James Corden will make his debut as the host of The Late Late Show starting March 9, 2015, CBS announced Thursday.
"I can’t describe how thrilled and honored I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson," Corden said in a statement. "To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America’s #1 network is hugely exciting. I can’t wait to get started, and will do my very best to make a show America will enjoy."
The late night show will tape in Los Angeles with Ben Winston serving as the show’s executive producer.
Ferguson, who has hosted the show for 10 years, will depart the CBS series on Dec. 19. He revealed his departure right after David Letterman announced his retirement from CBS' Late Show. He will be replaced by Stephen Colbert sometime next year.
Corden can currently be seen on the big screen with Keira Knightley in Begin Again. The actor also has a role in Disney's Into the Woods, due out in December.
"John Wick" - Lionsgate/Summit(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:
Ouija -- The popular board game is adapted into a horror film in which a group of friends awakens dark powers. Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Douglas Smith, Bianca Santos and Ana Coto star. Rated PG-13.
John Wick -- Keanu Reeves stars as a former hit man who comes out of retirement, seeking revenge against some gangsters. Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters and Ian McShane co-star in the action flick, which is also screening in IMAX theaters. Rated R.
And expanding nationwide:
St. Vincent -- Bill Murray is Vincent, a war veteran who agrees to babysit his neighbor's 12-year-old son and subsequently exposes him to his sordid lifestyle. Melissa McCarthy and Naomi Watts also star in the comedy. Rated PG-13.
Universal(NEW YORK) — One of the keys to a good ghost story/horror movie is putting something on the screen we can relate to -- and who hasn’t played with a Ouija board at some point in their lives?
In other words, Ouija should’ve been a slam dunk, with help from the usual horror movie fright tactics and unexpected loud noises all designed to scare the stuffing out of us. Unfortunately, Ouija never moves beyond these clichés, but lack of originality isn’t all that haunts this supernatural tale.
We start out with besties Laine (Olivia Cooke) and Debbie (Shelley Hennig) as little girls, playing with a Ouija board. It’s mildly creepy. Cut to eight or nine years later, when they’re apparently seniors in high school, and we see teen Debbie playing with an old, wooden Ouija board -- by herself. She says goodbye to whatever she thinks she’s talking to, then burns the board. Laine shows up and begs her friend to hang out with her. Debbie declines, and with a little nudging from an evil spirit, she instead hangs herself.
By the way, this scenario is the best-executed sequence in the entire movie, because the dialogue and acting are limited.
As you no doubt have already figured out, Laine is going to try to contact Debbie, using a Ouija board and with the help of her friends and her Goth little sister. Predictably, all of them are going to be tormented by the spirit they contact. *Yawn*
Ouija is a horror movie that feels, at times, like it was written with an actual Ouija board (ghost writer?). The dialogue and acting are scarier than the movie itself, which will disappoint not only anyone who’s ever used a Ouija board, but also anyone expecting a truly frightening movie experience.
ABC/Mark Levine(NEW YORK) -- Luke Bryan is Nashville's reigning golden boy. His song, "Roller Coaster," is just one of five singles off his double-platinum album, Crash My Party, which helped skyrocket him to an elite club of country stars who are able to sell out stadiums.
Nightline caught up with Bryan on the road at his record-selling stadium tour in Chicago and also in Florida on his Farm Tour. Bryan's Farm Tour is focused on playing shows in rural communities that might not otherwise have the means to get to the big cities to see his shows.
"My main focus truly with Farm Tour is embracing small communities that aren't used to putting these things on," he said. "Out here, more than ever, people come up to us and say, ‘This is our first concert.’ ... we’re five minutes away from their back porch."
While Bryan, one of country music's hottest stars, has earned wide popularity with his feel-good music and party-stomping concerts, here are a few things you might not know about him:
1. Bryan is a Small-Town Farm Boy with Allergies
Growing up in the small town of Leesburg, Georgia, Bryan spent much of his childhood outdoors, either working on his father's peanut farm or hunting and fishing.
The country star said he has always battled allergies, even now while on his Farm Tour, playing concerts in small towns.
"I do have funny allergies, and we're out in these hay fields and it does get to me," Bryan said. "I grew up outdoors, working in agriculture, and I used to battle the allergies back then but hey it was all a part of making a living. It still kind of is. You got to get out there and make it happen."
2. He's Handy With a Crossbow
Bryan has loved hunting since he was a kid, and is even a part-owner of an outdoor company with Willy Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame. When he's on tour, Bryan likes to bring his crossbow and a few other "toys" with him to practice shooting.
"I don't remember my life before I was hunting and fishing and doing stuff in the outdoors," Bryan said. "I think the biggest thing as a hunter is to be prepared to hunt. Make sure all your stuff works right."
3. He Pays Attention to Fans' Tweets
With 3.6 million Twitter followers, Bryan gets a lot of tweets from fans, but he says he pays attention to what they ask for. Some he says have even influenced what songs he decides to play at shows.
"They didn’t even know they were advising me. They just said something about, ‘Why don’t you do this anymore’ and then we’ll put it back in the set," he said. "I don’t think you can ever stop gaining knowledge from, first of all, the fans. They have to tell you your direction." 4. He Finds the 'Bro County' Label 'Aggravating'
In many of his songs, Bryan croons about partying, falling in love, small-town riverbank living and popping open a can of beer. His first hit, "All My Friends Say," in 2007 became a frat-boy anthem, which led to some critics pegging his music as "bro country," a label he despises.
"It really aggravates me," Bryan said. "It’s a derogatory term, in my opinion, of what me and the people that are doing this music… Yeah do I sing about a truck and a beer on one song, but then do I sing about a completely different subject matter. I mean, listen to the whole album and don’t judge me on one song."
5. He Plans to 'Tame' the Dance Moves in Years to Come
Bryan’s hip-shaking dance moves (he even has a song called "Country Girl (Shake It For Me)") and his tight jeans are so famous among his fans that there are Twitter handles and Facebook fan pages dedicated to "Luke Bryan's Butt.”"But while the 38-year-old country star says he just does his thing when he’s on stage, he plans to tone down the moves as he gets older.
"Ten years from now will I be on stage dancing? No I won’t be... I would certainly say it will be much more tamed," Bryan said. "I’m up there being really free, relaxed and chilled out ... and that’s really our basis for getting up there and dancing and having fun."
"And if fans want to create fan pages dedicated to my butt I will take that as flattering," he added.
6. Bryan, His Wife and Baby Slept on Suitcases on the Old Tour Bus
Supporting Bryan through it all has been his wife Caroline Boyer, who first met Bryan when she was just 18 and they were in college.
"He is completely normal," she said. "I think the hardest thing for me as a wife is that people think we live this certain lifestyle that’s totally opposite to your average mom or dad and that’s just not. It’s different because Daddy travels a lot but really, it’s just normal."
The couple have two boys, 6-year-old Bo and 4-year-old Tatum. In the early days, Bryan said his wife used to come out on the road with him, and when they were new parents, the couple had to rough it a bit on his old tour bus.
"When our first child was 3 weeks old and we were on the bus and we would make the back lounge that had two sofas, we'd make a bed that was just from suitcases and then we would lay a palette over the suitcases and join the couches," Boyer said. "The band had to hear Bo scream all the night for the first couple years."
7. Music Has Helped Him Through Losing His Siblings
Bryan's older brother was killed in a car accident as he was preparing to move to Nashville to launch his music career, and his older sister died suddenly a few days after he made his Grand Ole Opry debut. Bryan says their memories are with him constantly, including the night he won Entertainer of the Year at the 2013 ACM Awards.
"Losing my brother and my sister, that took such a negative emotional toll on me and my family and my friends and when good things happen to me through music and via this path of music it helps my whole family," he said. "When I won the ACM Entertainer of the Year I think we were all backstage and we were all crying backstage and really like sobbing crying ... but we all kept going, ‘Wow this is what being really joyous feels like,' because we had dealt with the complete opposite of that, so it was an amazing moment."
"Anytime I'm in a full arena I just can’t help to think, ‘God I know my brother and sister would be coming to a lot of these shows," he added.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Overture Films(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Elizabeth Peña died of cardiopulmonary arrest, with complications related to alcohol abuse as a contributing cause, according to her death certificate.
Peña suffered from “cirrhosis of the liver due to alcohol,” according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ and verified by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health’s Office of Vital Statistics.
Peña had cirrhosis for “months” before her death, according to her document.
Also contributing to Peña’s immediate cause of death, “cardiopulmonary arrest,” were “acute gastrointestinal bleeding” and “cardiogenic shock,” both listed on the death certificate as conditions she had for hours before her death.
Peña died Oct. 14 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 55.
Peña’s manager, Gina Rugolo, who had said at the time that Peña died of natural causes, and Peña’s family did not immediately respond on Thursday to ABC News’ request for comment.
Over her four-decade career, the versatile actress shifted between dramatic roles in such films as Lone Star and La Bamba, and comedic parts in TV shows like Modern Family and American Dad.
Peña is survived by her husband, Hans Rolla, her two children, her mother and her sister.
Brian To/WireImage(AUBURN, Wash.) -- Police in Auburn, Wash., say they did nothing wrong in dealing with now-deceased actress Misty Upham in the days and weeks leading up to her death.
The Native American actress, who appeared in August: Osage County, Frozen River, and Django Unchained, was found dead in Auburn, a suburb of Seattle, on Oct. 16, more than a week after her family reported her missing.
Since her death, the family has criticized the Auburn Police Department for its handling of Upham and said the department bears some responsibility for her death.
“We believe that Misty’s death was accidental. She did not commit suicide,” the actress’ father, Charles Upham, wrote in statement on Facebook the day after her body was found. “We believe she ran into the wooded area behind her apartment to hide from the police. The area in question has a hidden drop off and evidence suggests that she slipped and fell off of the steep embankment when she tried to get out of a view from the road.”
Charles Upham wrote that his daughter was afraid of the Auburn police.
“In an incident prior to her disappearance, the Auburn PD came to pick up Misty on an involuntary transport to the ER. She was cuffed and placed in a police car. Some of the officers began to taunt and tease her while she was in the car,” he said. “They were tapping on the window making faces at her.”
But in a statement sent to ABC News, the Auburn Police Department denied any wrongdoing and said they have received no complaints of mistreatment from the actress, her family or town or medical officials.
“Since July of 2013, the Auburn Police Department has responded to five separate incidents involving Ms. Upham,” the statement read. “On four of those incidents, she was contacted by officers and she did not object to being transported by private ambulance for further evaluation. On the 5th incident, Misty had already left the residence and officers were unable to locate her. Each contact was handled professionally and with compassion, with the goal of getting Ms. Upham the attention and care she needed.”
After Charles Upham wrote that his daughter had “a swollen jaw, black eye and scratches and bruises on her shoulder,” after contact with police during the incident prior to her disappearance, police responded that any inference that it was “at the hands of the police” was “not correct.”
“Rather, included in a related written report, Ms. Upham stated that she had sustained a sprained ankle and black eye when she jumped out a two-story window,” the statement said.
Upham’s family also faulted police for their handling of the actress’ disappearance on Oct. 5, maintaining that the police could have done more to find her.
The police statement countered that police “did not ignore Ms. Upham’s disappearance in this most recent episode.”
As soon as her information was entered into a missing person’s database, police added, “an active search and investigation commenced,” which included checks in the areas where she was last seen, interviews with family members and friends, and the involvement of the Seattle Police Department.
Police also tried to locate Upham through her cell phone signal but said her service had been disconnected prior to her disappearance.
The department said that it “will continue to search for answers to unravel the mystery behind her passing,” according to the statement. “We intend to find the information that will help bring closure to the people who loved and cared for Ms. Upham.”
ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Zach Galifianakis tends to give his guests a hard time when they appear on his comedic online show, Between Two Ferns.
This time, he rendered Brad Pitt speechless.
"Tell me what it was like, the first time you laid eyes on Angelina [Jolie]. Was it like one of those classical love stories like when Ross met Rachel?" he asked, referring to Pitt's ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, and her character on Friends. "You know that show, Friends? Have you seen it?"
With that, he played the show's theme song.
"I like that song," Pitt responded with a smile.
The rest of the video is equally funny, with Galifianakis presenting Pitt with what appears to be a bong ("It's a bassoon," he insisted, to which Pitt responded, "Yeah, we don't bassoon in my house anymore"), referring to the actor as "Bradley Pitts," and asking, "Is it hard for you to maintain a suntan...because you live in your wife's shadow?" Watch it here.
Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Teresa Giudice will kick off 2015 by reporting to prison.
On Jan. 5, the reality TV star is expected report to a federal prison camp in Danbury, Connecticut -- the same facility that serves as the setting for Piper Kerman's memoir, Orange Is the New Black.
Judge Esther Salas, who oversaw Giudice's federal tax fraud case, learned on a conference call with the reality TV star's lawyers Wednesday that the federal Bureau of Prisons assigned Giudice to Danbury, which was one of the facilities recommended by the judge.
Salas also told Giudice's attorneys on a conference call Thursday that she will not recommend that the mother of four serve most of the sentence in a halfway house, as requested, although the final decision will be made by the federal Bureau of Prisons.
Giudice was sentenced to 15 months in prison earlier this month after pleading guilty to tax fraud. Upon hearing her sentence, the Real Housewives of New Jersey star admitted she was "shocked."
"I was shaking," she told Bravo host Andy Cohen on Oct 6. "At one point, I couldn't even move my fingers. They were stuck. I couldn't open my hands...my nerves were shot, I've had sleepless nights."
Giudice's husband Joe, who was sentenced to 3.5 years, will begin his time behind bars when his wife is free. The judge staggered their sentence in the interest of the couple's four young daughters.
Luckily for her, the Danbury prison, a low-security women's facility, is a relatively short drive from the Giudice's New Jersey home. It also had its fair share of Hollywood moments. Not only did Kerman serve time there, but so did singer Lauryn Hill (for failing to file tax returns). It has also been mentioned in TV shows including, The Sopranos, CSI: New York and Weeds.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit tax fraud at his arraignment Thursday, as did his brother, Marc Sorrentino.
The former Jersey Shore star will remain free on $250,000 bail. A trial has been set for Dec. 2.
The Sorrentinos have both been charged with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, according to paperwork obtained by ABC News last month.
Mike Sorrentino, 32, was also charged with two counts of filing false tax returns for 2010-2012, while his older brother was charged with three counts of the same.
Mike Sorrentino also is accused of failing to file a tax return for 2011, when authorities claimed he earned nearly $2 million.
Both brothers face a maximum of five years in prison if convicted.
"According to the indictment, Michael and Marc Sorrentino filed false tax returns that incorrectly reported millions made from promotions and appearances," U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman told ABC News station WABC in New York City at the time. "The brothers allegedly also claimed costly clothes and cars as business expenses and funneled company money into personal accounts. The law is absolutely clear: Telling the truth to the IRS is not optional."
Mike Sorrentino did not comment outside the courtroom after Thursday's proceedings.
Robin Williams was 63 when he died on Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide. Since his death, Zelda Williams, 25, has been vocal on social media, condemning online bullies and addressing "misconceptions" about mental health.
Now, she's not sure if she wants to continue having such a presence on Instagram, though she said she won't shut down her account and will remain on Twitter.
"If other people post quotes and photos claiming to be me or my family, please, do not send them personal information or click links, even for charity," she wrote. "They could be utilizing sympathy to scam you. For the record, no one has ever or will ever speak for me but me. Thank you."
Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Tolstoy. Dostoyevsky. Chekhov. Pushkin. Gogol. Gorky. Bulgakov. Tyson?
Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson has applied to join the Union of Russian Writers, an elite group of Russian scribes that also allows foreign members.
His promoter, perhaps not surprisingly, told ABC’s Tanya Stukalova, he was confident Tyson will be accepted as a member.
Representatives for the Union of Russian Writers were unavailable for comment, but Tyson's promoter said a decision could be announced as early as Thursday evening with a public presentation next Monday.
Tyson last year penned an autobiography, Tyson: Undisputed Truth, and that was submitted along with his application to the Union.
He will arrive in Moscow in a few weeks to attend a fight by a Russian boxer.
Desiree Navarro/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- SPOILER ALERT: Last season on Orange Is the New Black, Lorraine Toussaint guest starred as Vee, a prisoner that shook up the women's federal prison. And although her evil character was killed off at the end of season two, fans have continued to wonder if she's really dead.
"She's definitely taken a hit. She's taken a seriously bad hit. The creator Jenji Kohan believes she's dead and she would know," Toussaint tells ABC News Radio with a laugh, "but I secretly do think [she's alive.] Now it is Vee. It is Vee."
Toussaint says she's humbled that some fans are hoping that she's not quite dead. "Mostly I'm so flattered and honored that people actually want her to still be alive," she adds.
"If she is alive I just hope she's nowhere near my house," Toussaint quips.
Toussaint, who just wrapped filming Selma in Birmingham, Alabama, said she had no idea her character was so beloved. It wasn't until she stopped filming the Civil Rights-era film and went back to New York that she realized her fan base.
"I did not know that show was going to be such a huge phenomenon. It really caught me unawares and off guard. I've never had construction workers come out of the pit to go, 'Lady, I just gotta shake your hand. I just gotta shake your hand lady' and attorneys and judges and students and 13 and 14-year-olds," she explains.
After wrapping up her guest starring role on Orange Is the New Black, Toussaint is starring in ABC's new fantasy medical drama, Forever. It airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time.
Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) — Kim Kardashian insists there will be no free ride for her daughter North. The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star tells the London Evening Standard North will have to pay her own way when she gets older, just like she did.
The 34-year-old reality star reveals that in spite of her family's wealth, she worked at a clothing store while she was in school. If she wanted designer clothes, Kim had to save up her money, and she'd like Nori to "work for what she wants" too.
“I saved up for this Dolce & Gabbana dress I really wanted, or like in high school these Prada shoes that my parents wouldn’t buy me. I remember they were $400, and I had to save for the entire year to get them," she tells the U.K. newspaper.
"We didn’t get anything [from our parents], we had to get a job if we wanted it. So I was working in a clothing store and I would save and save,” she adds.
Kardashian admits that comes as a surprise to most people.
“I was saying that earlier to my friends, ‘I wonder what [North’s] first job is gonna be,’" Kardashian recalls, adding, "And they were like, ‘What? She’s gonna have a job?’ and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Of course she is’. She will have to work for what she wants.”
In fact, North's mom is already putting her daughter to work. The 16-month-old has already started modeling for Vogue and CR Fashion Book.
When asked what she thought North might do when she's older, Kardashian responded, “I don’t know. She loves fashion. Maybe she’ll be a designer. Who knows? It’s too early to tell.”
Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- That high-pitched sound you may have heard Wednesday afternoon was the collective squeal of millions of geeks after a teaser to Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked online. Marvel quickly -- and cheekily -- responded to the leaked footage with a two-word tweet, "Dammit, Hydra," and by releasing the full-resolution version of the trailer. Age of Ultron sees Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark enacting a peacekeeping program utilizing drone versions of his Iron Man suits, which serve to give Earth's Mightiest Heroes some R&R -- that is until the artificial intelligence behind the suits becomes self-aware as Ultron.
Voiced by James Spader, Ultron is a virtually indestructible mechanical menace who seeks to pacify the planet by exterminating its troubling inhabitants: all of mankind.
The teaser, some of which was shown to limited audiences at Comic Cons in San Diego over the summer and recently in New York City, is punctuated with Ultron's promise to show the heroes, "something beautiful...everyone screaming for mercy," while admonishing them for "wanting to protect the world," but not being willing to go far enough.
"You're all puppets tangled in strings," Ultron says, warning, "There are no strings on me."
Driving home the point are scenes of Chris Evans' Captain America, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye, Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, and Mark Ruffalo's Dr. Bruce Banner seemingly mourning worldwide destruction -- set to the downright creepiest version of Pinocchio's "I've Got No Strings" ever recorded.
"It's the end," a defeated Stark says of his out-of-control creation. "The end of the path I started us on."
"Nothing lasts forever," Widow responds.
The set-piece of the snippet, however, was the buzzed about face-off between The Incredible Hulk and Stark's super-sized "Hulkbuster" Iron Man armor. Exactly what pits "science bros" Stark and Banner against each other remains to be seen.
As the two minute teaser ends, Ultron hisses, "Now I'm free. There are no strings on me," as we see Captain America's nearly indestructible vibranium shield shattered.
Avengers: Age of Ultron also stars Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders. The film from Marvel Studios, which like ABC News is owned by Disney, hits theaters in the U.S. on May 1, 2015.
Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — St. Vincent isn’t a particularly complex story. In fact, it’s quite simple. Bill Murray’s Vincent is a different story entirely.
When we first meet Vincent of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, we quickly learn he doesn’t have enough money to pay off any of his debts, which include his bar tab, gambling arrears, and money owed for services rendered by his favorite pregnant Russian prostitute, Daka, played by the vastly underrated Naomi Watts (just two Oscar nominations is not enough). There’s also the matter of Vincent’s manner: it’s awful.
While passed out on his kitchen floor, with a bruised and bloodied face to show for it, Vincent’s fortunes change when a moving van backs into his fence and breaks a branch off of a tree, damaging both. The van belongs to his new neighbors, Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her young son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher). While Vincent wants nothing to do with them, he does want money for the fence and tree.
Maggie’s having a tough time. She’s in the middle of a divorce and Oliver’s father is refusing to pay child support. She desperately wants Oliver to have a good education, so she decides to send him to a Catholic school, even though the young man is Jewish. Oliver returns from his first day of school to discover he’s locked out of the house, so he asks Vincent for help. The curmudgeonly alcoholic reluctantly lends a hand, and so begins the unlikely friendship at the heart of the movie -- and St. Vincent has a lot of heart.
This isn’t the most original story, but writer and first-time feature director Theodore Melfi does a beautiful job capturing the idiosyncrasies and latent hypocrisy of the human condition. One of my favorite scenes involves Vincent weaving his way through the long velvet ropes and stanchions of an empty line inside his bank. Here’s a man who seems utterly self-absorbed, who doesn’t play well with others, abuses alcohol, sleeps with a pregnant prostitute and is in deep to a loan shark, yet here he follows the rules and walks the entirety of the empty bank line.
St. Vincent is the most complete performance of Bill Murray’s career. At first glance, Vincent feels like a familiar and predictable character, but Murray’s deft touch provides this protagonist with many complex layers. He doesn’t do it alone, though. He has a few terrific scenes with Watts but Murray’s best work comes with young Lieberher, a baby-faced 11-year-old who’s probably one of the more natural actors you‘ll see at that age. Like Vincent himself, St. Vincent isn’t perfect, but Murray’s performance is.