Tom Hanks to host 'Celebrating America', honoring the inauguration of Joe Biden

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — Tom Hanks will help celebrate the inauguration of Joe Biden by hosting a star-studded tribute. 

Variety reports that a primetime TV special called Celebrating America will air live across a number of networks on January 20, inauguration day. In addition to the two-time Oscar winner, the 90-minute special will feature performances by Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, and other stars, sprinkled throughout the broadcast.   

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will also appear in the special, reports Variety, and will speak on the topic of the diversity and talent of America. In general, the show will be about the strength of U.S. democracy and how Americans pull together during crises and come out the other side even stronger. Front-line and healthcare workers and teachers will be celebrated as well, according to the trade.

Variety quotes Tony Allen, CEO of the Presidential Inaugural Committee, as saying, “Our first priority is safety — so while many of us will be watching safely from our homes, we are creating real moments of connection that highlight a new inclusive American era of leadership that works for and represents all Americans.”

Celebrating America will air on ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC from 8:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Jan. 20.  It will also be streamed live across platforms including Twitter, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and Amazon Prime Video.

By Andrea Dresdale
Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

Liam Neeson reveals his plans to retire from action films

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Liam Neeson has acquired a very particular set of skills over the course of the years as an actor and now, he’s thinking about laying them to rest.  While speaking with Entertainment  Tonight, the Taken series star revealed that

Ben Affleck details racism Jennifer Lopez endured when they were dating

James Devaney/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — (NOTE LANGUAGE) Ben Affleck revisited his “Bennifer” days and detailed the racism Jennifer Lopez endured during their brief engagement. Speaking Thursday to The Hollywood Reporter for its Awards Chatter podcast to promote his upcoming film The Way Back, the 48-year-old actor recalled the abuse tabloids hurled at