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David Becker/WireImage(SAVANNAH, Ga.) -- Gregg Allman, co-founding lead singer, keyboardist and one of the main songwriters of the legendary The Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69.

A statement on Allman's official website reads, in part, "It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia.

"Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo band for his beloved fans, essential medicine for his soul. Playing music lifted him up and kept him going during the toughest of times."

The website statement concludes, "The family will release a statement soon, but for now ask for privacy during this very difficult time."

Allman cancelled all his 2017 tour dates in March, at the time of his death he was working on a solo album, Southern Blood, recorded with his back up band at FAME Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals and produced by Don Was.

Allman formed The Allman Brothers Band in 1969 in Jacksonville, Florida, with his older brother Duane, guitarist Dickey Betts, bassist Berry Oakley Jr., and drummers Butch Trucks and Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson.  The band combined blues, soul, jazz and gospel influences en route to becoming one of the most popular and influential Southern rock acts of all time.

Gregg Allman's soulful vocals and Hammond organ were key ingredients in the group's sound, while he also wrote or co-wrote many of the band's enduring signature hits, including "Whipping Post," "Midnight Rider," "Melissa" and "Ain't Wastin' Time No More."

The band was shaken by the deaths Duane Allman and Oakley in motorcycle accidents in November 1971 and November 1972, respectively, but continued on with a number of lineup changes before temporarily disbanding in 1976.

The Allman Brothers reunited a few times during the ensuing years.  While internal squabbles and other issues led to more roster shakeups -- including the 2000 departure of Betts -- the lineup solidified in the early 2000s and the group continued until calling it quits in October 2014.

Gregg Allman also had a successful solo career that paralleled his work with the Allmans, including his 1987 rock hit "I'm No Angel" and his acclaimed 2011 album, Low Country Blues.

Allman struggled with addiction and alcohol abuse, and in 2010 underwent a liver transplant. He also had a turbulent love life, marrying and divorcing five times, including a high-profile four-year marriage during the 1970s to Cher.

Gregg Allman and the rest of the Allman Brothers were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2012.  Shortly before his death, Allman had been busy touring with his solo backing band, and had recorded a new album that's expected out in early 2017.

Gregg Allman was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Allman Brothers Band in 1995, and was welcomed into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

According to his website, Allman is survived by "his wife, Shannon Allman; his children, Devon, Elijah Blue, Delilah Island Kurtom and Layla Brooklyn Allman; three grandchildren; his niece, Galadrielle Allman; lifelong friend Chank Middleton, and a large extended family."

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Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Singer and musician Chris Cornell was laid to rest at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles today, and many members of the rock community joined the musician's widow, Vicky, to mourn and pay their respects to the late Soundgarden frontman.

Fellow musicians who attended the ceremony, according to KABC TV Los Angeles, included Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Dave Navarro, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich of Metallica, singer/producer Pharrell Williams, and Tom Morello, Cornell's Audioslave band mate.  Also attending were actors Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, James Franco and Josh Brolin, plus Lisa Marie Presley and others.

Linkin Park's Chester Bennington performed "Hallelujah" during the service.

Following the service, Cornell's gravesite -- he was buried next to his friend, Johnny Ramone -- was opened to the public.  One fan, Melody Andrade, compared Cornell's passing to the loss of Elvis Presley and John Lennon, declaring it was "one of the saddest days of my life."

Cornell died last week at age 52, officially of suicide by hanging, though his family has suggested that prescription anti-anxiety medication may have contributed to his death. He's survived by his widow, Vicky, and three children.

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Starz - 2017(NEW YORK) -- If you like stylish, surreal sci-fi/fantasy shows like Legion and Preacher, Starz' critically-acclaimed new series American Gods is right up your alley.

Based on the 2001 award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, the show's concept is that "old gods" -- brought to America hundreds of years ago by immigrants -- are being replaced by new gods, who reflect American obsessions with things like technology and media. 

An ex-con, Shadow Moon, played by Ricky Whittle, is hired by Mr. Wednesday, an old god played by Ian McShane, to help him save the old gods from extinction.

While the show is fantasy, Whittle points out it tackles real-life issues.

"We touch upon these very important themes...immigration, racism, sexism, women's rights, homophobia," he tells ABC Radio "I'm learning so much from these stories, as well as being entertained by them."

A number of characters in the show are black or Middle Eastern.  Orlando Jones, who plays the African god Anansi, is pleased that none of it is stunt casting.

"Diversity is when...the culture is a part of the character," Jones tell ABC Radio. "As opposed to a add-on to a character that, frankly, had nothing about it that was really diverse at all, other than the person that you cast.  So this is exciting, because...it raises the level of diversity in a really compelling and important way."

Even if you haven't seen American Gods, you may have heard about a very explicit scene in which African sex goddess Bilquis, played by Yetide [yeh-TEE-day] Badaki, literally absorbs her partner during sex.  Badaki, a huge fantasy fan, loves that she gets to transform into the opposite of who she really is.

"it was interesting because it was this journey from my geek to finding an inner goddess," she laughs. "And if I can do it, anybody can."

The latest episode of American Gods airs this Sunday night on Starz.

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© 2017 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC(TEXAS) -- The boutique theater chain Alamo Drafthouse's flagship Austin location caused a stir when it announced it'll host a women-only screening of Wonder Woman next week.

The film, directed by Patty Jenkins, stars Gal Gadot as the iconic superhero. It opens June 2nd.

"Apologies, gentlemen, but we’re embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz," read a release. "And when we say 'People Who Identify As Women Only,' we mean it. Everyone working at this screening -- venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team -- will be female."

Ticket demand was so high, the theater added a second women-only screening. That's when the theater was bombarded with complaints on social media, saying the women-only screenings weren't fair.

Alamo Drafthouse defended the decision on Facebook, writing, "Very sorry if you feel excluded. We thought it might be kinda fun -- for one screening -- to celebrate a character who's meant a great deal to women for close to eight decades. Again, truly, truly, truly, truly sorry that we've offended you. These screenings are just a way to celebrate the character and how important she's been to women over the last eight decades."

In response to the backlash, Morgan Hendrix, creative manager for the theater, told ABC News, "Providing an experience where women truly reign supreme has incurred the wrath of trolls [and] only serves to deepen our belief that we're doing something right."

She continued, "As a result, we will be expanding this program across the country and inviting women everywhere to join us as we celebrate this iconic superheroine in our theaters," locations for which include cities like New York and Denver.

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Disney - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth movie in the franchise starring Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, opens this weekend, and is expected to rake in somewhere around $80 million for the four days.

The trailer may call it the "final" adventure, but executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer tells ABC Radio that Sparrow may not be ready to walk the plank just jet.

"If people show up and Johnny wants to come back and Disney wants to write a check, we'd love it," Bruckheimer tells ABC Radio.

Espen Sandberg co-directed the latest adventure, his first Pirates movie, and Depp made his job pretty easy. As far as giving orders to his star, Sandberg says, "Not in this franchise."

"[Depp] knows Jack Sparrow so well," he tells ABC Radio. "So what we are doing is just helping the process. Coming with suggestions here and there, but no, he doesn't need direction."

And speaking of Depp, Kaya Scodelario, the fresh new face opposite Johnny this time around, did her best to keep things as professional as possible, but she didn't always succeed.

"I met Johnny and I was like, 'OK, I handled that pretty well,' and then the first day on set he came out dressed as Jack Sparrow and I absolutely lost it," she admits. "I was much more star struck by Jack Sparrow than I was by Johnny Depp. There's something so iconic about it."

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales opens nationwide today from Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- If you're planning to spend your Memorial Day holiday on the couch this year, considering tuning in to watch Vanessa Williams, along with a host of other stars, including Laurence Fishburne, whom Vanessa considers "a dear friend," and actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, during this year's National Memorial Day Concert telecast on PBS.

Williams, who will perform the classic song "Let There Be Peace on Earth," also promises that viewers will be treated to special tributes throughout the broadcast, including one in honor of famous African-American military pilots the Tuskegee Airmen, who fought during World War II.  

Vanessa adds, "They are an amazing group of men and we're lucky to still have some of them around." 

The "Sweetest Days" singer also anticipates a segment during the show that will feature the last surviving member of the original 80-member air raiding group the "Doolittle Raiders," retired Lieutenant Colonel Dick Cole.

Vanessa explains, "Colonel Cole is a 101 years old and he will be there and they're giving a tribute to him. He was one of the bombers after their Pearl Harbor attack and he's still alive. I can't wait to see that moment as well."  

Overall, Vanessa hopes that as many people as possible will tune in for the special television event, which she says is "a wonderful day to celebrate our veterans."  

"It's done in a spectacular fashion and it truly makes you feel like you're an American citizen."

You can watch the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 28 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS.

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Universal Pictures - 2017(NEW YORK) -- Baywatch hasn't even opened across the nation yet, but a sequel already is on the drawing board.

Producer Beau Flynn tells Variety that the movie's cast and writers would be back for a follow up that would take the Baywatch crew to foreign lands.

“We have an amazing story already,” Flynn told Variety. "I know Dwayne [Johnson] would be in, I know Zac [Efron] and all the girls would be. We just have this really cool idea to put them in this whole new world. We would take it overseas.”

Baywatch debuted in a handful of theaters Wednesday night but opens wide this weekend.

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NBCUniversal Media - 2017(LOS ANGELES) --  The lawsuit that accused America's Got Talent of inflicting emotional distress on a young girl has been dismissed.

Tuesday a husband and wife singer/songwriter team, identified in court documents only as Jane and Joe Doe, sued Marathon Productions, the company behind AGT, claiming they performed a song on the show that they had written about their daughter and producers told the girl to, "act embarrassed and annoyed by her parents' performance."

The suit also alleged that judge Tyra Banks, "physically manipulated and verbally abused" the girl.  The couple claimed intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and civil assault and battery.

On Thursday Marathon issued a statement saying, “The Doe v. Marathon matter is rightfully being dismissed. We take great care of all acts that cross the AGT stage and their families.  Tyra has been an incredible addition to AGT with her vibrant energy and maternal nurturing spirit, and we look forward to continuing to watch her positive influence on the show.”

Lawyers for the plaintiffs confirmed to ABC News that the suit is being dismissed.

Variety reports that AGT has agreed not to air any part of the segment featuring the couple.

America's Got Talent season 12 premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Disney - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales -- Johnny Depp is back for his fifth go-round as Captain Jack Sparrow, once again facing his old nemesis, Captain Salazar -- played by Javier Bardem -- as he searches for the legendary trident of Poseidon. Also starring Geoffrey Rush, Kaya Scodelario, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. Rated PG-13.

Baywatch -- A devoted lifeguard and a brash new recruit -- played by Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, respectively -- butt heads as they uncover a criminal plot that threatens the future of their Florida beach in this racy reboot of the popular 1990s TV series, starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson, who both make cameo appearances. Also starring Pryanka Chopra and Alexandra Daddario. Rated R. 

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ABC Radio(NEW YORK) -- How good are your song recognition skills? Jamie Foxx wants to find out. He's hosting the new game show, Beat Shazam, which premieres tonight on Fox.

The show pits contestants against the song recognition app, Shazam, to see who can identify a tune the fastest. Contestants have the chance to win up to one million dollars. 

“What was interesting about all of the contestants, nobody was playing for themselves,” Jamie tells ABC Radio. “’I’m playing for my mom, she lost her house in a fire.’ ‘I’m playing for a friend of mine who doesn’t have medical benefits.’ And you know what the common theme was? Student loans."

Jamie admits some of the contestants’ stories actually brought him to tears. But it wasn’t all heavy -- Jamie’s hosting style made sure of that. In addition to bringing out celebrity guests includingMariah Carey and Snoop Dogg, Jamie says he was determined to make the set as dynamic and spontaneous as possible."

“At one point they were like, ‘Well, we need you here, we need you there, you need to stand right here,’” he recalls. “I said I’m not going to do that. I’m gonna be all over the set.”

Beat Shazam premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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© 2016 Walt Disney Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- On Thursday's Good Morning America, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem opened up about playing Captain Jack Sparrow's nemesis in the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Dead Men Tell No Tales.

He revealed that time spent in the makeup chair helped him physically and psychologically find his inner bad guy.

Bardem plays Captain Salazar, a former Spanish Navy officer who was turned into a ghost and is now out for revenge against Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp.  To play Salazar, he spent "three hours, every day," in the makeup chair, he said.

“You go through every state of mind, you start to be very patient at the beginning, and then you lose it," Bardem said of those three hours. "At the end of the day you’re like, 'Take me out of here!'"

Bardem added that the secret of playing a good villain in movies is "having the good material."

"At the end of the day what you're trying to do is to create a human being behind a monster, and that's the most important thing," he says, noting that behind the villain, there's "revenge...rage and also...pain."

Bardem said his wife, Penelope Cruz, who appeared in a previous Pirates film, offered him some advice about accepting the role.  He said she told him, "You’re going to have a lot of fun and you’re going to forget your lines when you work with Johnny, because you’re going to see how he becomes...the iconic Jack Sparrow in front of your eyes."

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, from ABC News' parent company Disney, hits theaters nationwide tomorrow.

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ABC - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC's Dirty Dancing reboot aired on Wednesday night -- 30 years after the classic film, starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as Johnny Castle and Francis "Baby" Houseman had its premiere -- and answered the question, "What ever happened to Johnny and Baby?"

It turns out the relationship between the couple -- played this time by Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin and Colt Prattes -- was only a summer fling.

The remake begins with a grown up Baby entering a movie theater showing Dirty Dancing. We then flash back to 1963, when she and her affluent family spend their summer vacation at a resort in New York's Catskill Mountains, where she meets and falls in love with Castle, the resident dance instructor.

We return to the present day and the theater -- now empty -- where the two former lovers unexpectedly run into each other. We learn that Johnny -- now a successful dancer -- choreographed Dirty Dancing, which was inspired by a book Baby wrote about their summer together. 

"Never thought I'd have a career on Broadway until I met you," says Johnny. "You were so fearless. You made me feel like I could do anything."

"That summer changed everything for me," she replies. "I stopped being the baby."

The two are then interrupted by Baby's young daughter, followed by her husband. After an awkward introduction, the two are left alone. "Keep dancing," Johnny tells her as they part ways. 

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Universal Pictures - 2017(LONDON) -- The scheduled June 1 London premiere of the new Tom Cruise movie The Mummy has been cancelled in the wake of Monday night's bombing in Manchester, England that left 22 people dead.

A statement from Universal, as reported by Variety, reads, “All of us at Universal have been devastated by the terror attack in Manchester and continue to stand with the community and country as it recovers. Out of respect to those affected by this tragedy we have decided not to move forward with the London premiere for ‘The Mummy’ scheduled to take place next week.”

The cancellation news comes less than a day after Warner Bros. cancelled the May 31 scheduled London premiere of Wonder Woman, also citing the Manchester attack as the reason. 

The bombing took place after a concert by pop star Ariana Grande, who has now suspended her tour through at least early June.

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FOX//Chuck Hodes(NEW YORK) -- Part two of Empire's season three finale begins with Guisi and Lucious arriving in Las Veags via private jet  and ends with Lucious waking up from a coma with amnesia. Here's what happened: 

We find that Tariq's body is being kept hidden at Lucious' home. Meanwhile, Jamal asks Cookie to come to his performance at Leviticus Las Vegas.  

At Hakeem's apartment, Lucious' mother calls Anika and tells her to come back to Lucious' home to collect her things.

At Leviticus Las Vegas, Charlotte promises Guisi and Lucious that Empire no longer will be allowed to come back to the Strip if there's any "ruckus" on the night of Inferno. 

Andre and Shyne go over last details of Andre's plan to kill Lucious. Meanwhile, Lucious tells Hakeem that he was close to finding Bella's whereabouts.  

At Empire, Lucious tells Cookie that she's invited to Inferno and Cookie asks Lucious who will "sit on the throne" with him at the event. 

At the DuBois' home, Anika arrives to collect Bella, with Hakeem close behind. Hakeem tells Diana DuBois that he will do anything to see Bella, so Diana tells Hakeem to lie to his family about Bella's location.
Back at Leviticus Las Vegas, Lucious tells Guisi that Cookie is the love of her life. Lucious presents When Cookie Met Lucious and afterwards, Lucious gets on stage to perform.

At the DuBois home, Angelo and Diana, along with the DuBois twins plot to destroy the Lyons family. The male twin is the same performer who flirted with Jamal at Leviticus New York earlier in the episode.

Hakeem tells Jamal, Cookie and Lucious that Bella is safe and sound-- at Anika's parents' home. Lucious' mother calls Anika, and after the phone call looks up to see police standing in front of her, with one holding a plastic bag containing the knife she used to kill Tariq. 

However at Anika's penthouse suit, police arrive to arrest Anika for the murder of Tariq. 

At Leviticus Las Vegas, Lucious asks Cookie to travel the world with him. Lucious gathers Jamal, Hakeem and Andre, to whom Lucious gives full ownership of Empire.
  
Andre tells Shyne to call off their plan, but Shyne goes ahead with it. Andre warns Cookie and Lucious not to get into their car and Lucious pushes Cookie away just as the car explodes. Lucious is knocked out cold. 

Three months later, Cookie, Hakeem, Jamal and Andre sit by Lucious' hospital bed. He is in a coma. Lucious' nurse, played by Demi Moore, arrives and tries talking to him.

Lucious' eyes flutter open and he wakes up not knowing who anyone is.

 

 

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ABC/Guy D’Alema(LOS ANGELES) -- Sarah Hyland is fighting back against cyberbullies who have mocked her appearance.

The Modern Family star wrote on Twitter that for the past few months, she's "basically been on bed rest," cannot work out and has been on medication.

She did not disclose the particulars of her condition, but wrote that as a result, she has lost a lot of muscle mass. The medicine she's taking, prednisone, a steroid, has caused her face to swell.

In 2012, however, she went public that she suffers from kidney dysplasia, and received a kidney donated by her father.

"My circumstances have put me in a place where I'm not in control of what my body looks like," she wrote in her new post. "I am working hard to maintain my weight by eating as much protein as possible and continue to be STRONG and healthy. There's no need to worry! I've been down before and I'll probably be down again in my lifetime but I'm steadfast and solid and will conquer my obstacles."

Hyland wrote that she went public with her news because she was accused of promoting anorexia in a recent Instagram post. Though the actress, who appeared on the ABC reboot of Dirty Dancing, did not intend to address her critics' comments, she explained that she felt compelled to speak out so that her young girls knew that that wasn't her intention.

"It's never fun to look in the mirror and see your hard work at the gym fade away or have your legs be the size of one's arms. But I know that when I get clearance I will be able to get back to the STRONG, lean, and fabulous self I know I can be," she wrote. "Don't let other's comments alter any part of you! Love and positivity is what we need most. Especially at a time like this."

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