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Family: Bob Saget Died Of Accidental Injury To Head

CBS News reports: Actor and comedian Bob Saget died from head trauma, his family said Wednesday. Saget was 65 when he died last month. In a statement to Entertainment Tonight, the “Full House” star’s family said he “accidentally hit the back of his head on something, thought nothing of it and went to sleep.” Neither drugs nor alcohol were involved. …

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“Power Of The Dog” Leads Oscar Noms With 12 Nods

The New York Times reports: The Netflix western “The Power of the Dog” was showered with 12 Oscar nominations on Tuesday, the most of any movie, with “Dune” close behind with 10 and “West Side Story” and “Belfast” each receiving seven. They were all nominated for best picture, a field that will have 10 slots at the 94th Academy Awards. …

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Broadway’s Harry Potter Fired For Alleged Misconduct

Deadline Hollywood reports: James Snyder, who has played the title character of Broadway’s recently retooled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child since the show returned from the pandemic shutdown, has been fired by producers following a complaint by co-star Diane Davis about Snyder’s conduct. The exact nature of the conduct has not been specified. But producers Sonia Friedman Productions, Colin …

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Rocker And Actor Meat Loaf Dies At Age 74 [VIDEO]

The New York Times reports: Meat Loaf, the larger-than-life rocker whose 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell” was one of the best-selling albums of all time, died on Thursday. He was 74. His death was confirmed by his manager, Michael Greene. A statement on the musician’s Facebook page said his wife was by his side and his friends had been …

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Google Easter Egg Marks Betty White’s 100th Birthday

CNET reports: Betty White was a comedy icon who collected millions of fans the world over in a broadcast career that stretched well over half a century. Her legions of fans were gearing up to celebrate the beloved actress’ 100th birthday, which falls on Monday, when she died on Dec. 31. But that doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate her …

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60s Girl Group Icon Ronnie Spector Dies At 78 [VIDEO]

Rolling Stone reports: Ronnie Spector, the leader of the girl group the Ronettes and the voice behind immortal classics like “Be My Baby” and “Walking in the Rain,” died Wednesday after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78. Spector sang with the Ronettes from their formation in 1959 through their dissolution in 1967, though there were several reunions over …

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Actor/Comedian Bob Saget Dies At Age 65 [VIDEO]

Yahoo Entertainment reports: Bob Saget, who played Full House dad Danny Tanner, has died. He was 65. “We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today,” the Saget family said in a statement obtained by Yahoo Entertainment on Sunday. At just after 4 p.m. on Sunday, Orange County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to the Ritz-Carlton …

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Oscar Winning Actor Sidney Poitier Dies At Age 94

Vanity Fair reports: “As I see myself, I’m just the average Joe Blow Negro,” Sidney Poitier told The New York Times in 1959. “But as the cats say in my area, I’m out there wailing for us all.” That tension, between trying to be an ordinary man and having to serve as a racial exemplar, defined the life of Poitier, …

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Bidens Pay Tribute To “Lovely Lady” Betty White

The Hill reports: President Biden and first lady Jill Biden on Friday offered tributes to Betty White after being asked about the legendary television star’s death. “That’s a shame. She was a lovely lady,” Biden told reporters. Jill Biden also shared her condolences, citing an expression her own mother used to say. “99 years old— as my mother would say, …

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Springsteen Sells His Music Rights In $500M+ Deal

The New York Times reports: Bruce Springsteen has sold his music rights to Sony Music Entertainment in what may well be the biggest transaction ever struck for a single artist’s body of work, according to two people briefed on the deal. The arrangement, which has been gossiped about in music industry circles for weeks, includes both Springsteen’s recorded music catalog …

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Gothic Novelist Anne Rice Dies At Age 80

Variety reports: Anne Rice, influential author of “Interview with the Vampire,” died on Saturday due to complications resulting from a stroke. She was 80. The author’s son Christopher revealed the news on Facebook and said that she would be interred in the family mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a private ceremony. Born in New Orleans in 1941, …

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Kennedy Center Honors Event Returns To White House

The Guardian reports: “Tonight it is quite nice, very nice to see the presidential box once again being occupied,” David Letterman said to knowing applause. “And the same with the Oval Office.” The comedian was introducing the 44th Kennedy Center Honors, where Joe Biden restored tradition merely with his presence after four years in which the annual gala was snubbed …

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Broadway Sings For Sondheim In Times Square [Video]

Variety reports: On the red stairs above TKTS in Times Square, as the first flurries of the winter season drifted down on the city, members of every Broadway company—joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Sara Bareilles, Josh Groban, Kathryn Gallagher and Lauren Patton—gathered in a chorus to sing “Sunday,” the heartrending act one finale to Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George,” …

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“Company” Revival Cast Dedicates Run To Sondheim

The New York Times reports: Hours after Stephen Sondheim’s death, the director of the Broadway revival of “Company” walked onstage before the curtain rose on Friday to acknowledge the news that many in the audience already knew but that some — judging by the murmurs that followed — had not yet heard. Around the same time, 32 blocks downtown, the …

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Tired Old Queen At The Movies: Call Me Madam

Our pal Steve Hayes is back with a Thanksgiving review: Ethel Merman has a field day transferring her Tony Award winning Broadway role to the screen in Irving Berlin’s movie musical CALL ME MADAM. With Donald O’Connor, Vera Ellen, George Sanders, Billy DeWolfe and Walter Slezak giving delightful support, it’s the perfect Thanksgiving treat! Happy Holidays from all of us …

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LIVE VIDEO: 95th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

NBC News reports: The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will return to its pre-pandemic form this year, with its route restored through Manhattan, high-flying helium balloons once again pulled by handlers and crowds welcomed back to cheer them on. And Baby Yoda is joining the party for the first time. This year’s parade — the 95th annual — will snap back …

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Spacey Ordered To Pay $31M For Contract Breach

Variety reports: An arbitrator has ordered Kevin Spacey and his companies to pay nearly $31 million to MRC, the production company behind “House of Cards,” after finding that Spacey breached his contract by violating the company’s sexual harassment policy. MRC severed its relationship with Spacey and scrapped a season of the show in 2017, after multiple people came forward to …

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New ABBA Album Outsells Entire UK Top 40 Combined

The BBC reports: Abba singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad has said “don’t be too sure” that their comeback album Voyage is their last, in her first interview about the reunion. The Swedish superstars released the LP, their first for 40 years, on Friday. It is on course to be the fastest-selling album of the year so far and outsold the rest of …

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Anti-Vax Soap Opera Star Axed After Defying Mandate

Variety reports: Longtime “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher is out at the long-running ABC soap opera because he declined to comply with the production’s vaccine mandate. His last episode is scheduled to air on Nov. 22, Variety confirmed. News of his departure comes amid backlash to a transphobic meme and anti-vax sentiment he posted on social media Sunday. Rademacher has …

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Oscar Nominee Dean Stockwell Dies At Age 85

Variety reports: Dean Stockwell, an American actor with a career that spanned more than 70 years, died on Sunday. He was 85. Sources representing the actor say that he died peacefully, in his sleep at home. Among his best credits were a leading role in the sci-fi series “Quantum Leap,” “Air Force One” and David Lynch films “Dune” and “Blue …

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