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Tuesday
Apr252017

Scott Baio defends his drug comments after Erin Moran's death; Posts message from Moran's widower

Getty Images/Ron Galella(LOS ANGELES) -- Scott Baio posted a heartfelt goodbye to his Happy Days co-star Erin Moran after her death over the weekend, but was then attacked online for doing a radio interview in which he seemed to blame drugs for her death.  In fact, she died of cancer, and now, he's defending himself.

During the interview, Baio said, "I’m...not completely shocked that this happened," he said during the interview. "...For me, you do drugs or drink, you’re gonna die."

Writing on Facebook, Baio explained, "I was asked ONLY about Erin's troubled past due to drug & alcohol abuse. I was still upset and said I felt that living that kind of a lifestyle will catch up with you and nothing good would come of it. THIS WAS BEFORE THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS ANNOUNCED..."

He added, "Now it seems every news outlet & tabloid wants to paint a different picture of me...They're stating that I'm saying drugs caused her to die after it was reported stage 4 cancer. This is so wrong! Now I truly understand the meaning of 'Fake News.'"

Baio also says he believes some of the backlash is due to him being a Trump supporter

On Tuesday, Baio posted a message from Moran's widower Steve Fleischmann, who'd asked the actor to pass along the information for him.  In the message, he detailed how quickly the disease killed her. 

"She was feeling fine on our anniversary [last November]," wrote Felischman.  However, she subsequently went from finding a spot of blood on her pillow to being diagnosed with cancer less than a month later.

On April 22nd, Fleischmann recalled, "she was not feeling 100%." He said he watched TV with her in bed while holding her hand.  When he woke up an hour later, he says, "she was gone."

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Tuesday
Apr252017

First Look: "Kingsman: The Golden Circle"

20th Century Fox - 2017(LOS ANGELES) -- 20th Century Fox has released the official trailer for the sequel to its massive 2014 sleeper hit Kingsman: The Secret Service. The peek at director Matthew Vaughn's second go 'round, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, sees Taron Egerton's newly minted super-spy, Eggsy, returning to the Kingsman HQ -- only to see it obliterated by a missile. 

Eggsy and his former trainer, Mark Strong's Merlin, find themselves in the U.S., where they team up with The Statesman -- an American version of their veddy British spy group.

The cowboy-themed group features Channing Tatum, Jeff Bridges and Pedro Pascal. Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, and Colin Firth also star -- the latter's appearance something of a surprise to Eggsy and Merlin, given that Firth's character, Harry Hart, was (spoiler alert) apparently shot and killed by Samuel L. Jackson's character in the first film.  

Elton John also appears in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, but he's not seen in the new trailer, which makes great use of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" as its soundtrack.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle, due out September 22.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

After shocking "DWTS" elimination, attempted break-in at Maks and Peta's house

ABC/Paul Hebert(LOS ANGELES) -- While talking to Good Morning America following Monday night's shocking elimination, Glee veteran Heather Morris revealed there was an attempted break-in at the home of her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his fellow pro and fiancée, Peta Murgatroyd.

"They had some sort of run-in with some man near their house trying to break in, but the police were there,” Morris told GMA's Lara Spencer. "They took care of it. So they’re safe and Peta’s okay." 

"Yeah, that little baby!" Spencer said of the dancers' child. "That's terrifying." 

The incident put the elimination in perspective -- although Heather and Maks received a perfect score, they were voted off. "I was just happy to be there," Morris said. "When it happened, I was just like, 'It it what it is.'" 

She added, "I just had a great time." 


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Tuesday
Apr252017

Former 'The Bachelor' star Chris Soules charged in fatal vehicular accident

Courtesy Buchanan County Sheriff's Office(BUCHANAN COUNTY, Iowa) -- Former The Bachelor star Chris Soules has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in a death.

According to the Buchanan County, Iowa Sheriff's Department, on Monday night they "received a 911 report of a motor vehicle accident in the 1000 blk of Slater Avenue north of Aurora.  At this time, one fatality has been confirmed."

Although the statement didn't specifically name Soules, an arrest report provided to ABC News shows he was been charged with an accident at the same location and time, just before 8:30 p.m.

"Christopher Douglas Soules was involved in the motor vehicle collision which resulted in a fatality," the report states. "Christopher Soules left the scene of the motor vehicle collision. Soules did not return to and remain at the scene of the accident."

The arrest report also states Soules "possessed alcoholic beverages/containers," but does not address whether they were open, nor whether Soules may have been intoxicated.

ABC TV affiliate KCRG in Cedar Rapids reports the Iowa State Patrol says a pickup truck rear-ended a tractor, with both then careening into opposite roadside ditches.  TMZ reports Soules was driving the pickup, and the tractor driver died at hospital.

In a statement later in the day on Tuesday, Soules' rep told ABC News, "Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening (April 24) in a rural part of Iowa near his home. He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away.  His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher's family.”

The 36-year-old farmer from Arlington, Iowa starred in the 19th season of ABC's The Bachelor in 2015, after placing third on The Bachelorette the previous year.  He also competed in season 20 of Dancing with the Stars.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

Bill O'Reilly, "sad" over show's abrupt end, returns to podcast

Getty Images/Patricia Schlein,Star Max(NEW YORK) --  Bill O'Reilly is "sad" that he is no longer hosting his O'Reilly Factor program on Fox News, but says, in the wake of the sexual harassment claims that drove him from his spot in front of the camera, that he is "confident the truth will come out."

The conservative commentator made his first spoken comments since being fired last week on his No Spin News podcast Monday. O'Reilly admitted he was "surprised" how the situation transpired while he was on vacation in Italy last week, but did not delve into many details.

O'Reilly has denied all allegations.

"I can't say a lot because there's much stuff going on right now," said O'Reilly at the top of the podcast. "But I can tell you I'm very confident the truth will come out and when it does, I don't know if you're going to be surprised, but I think you're going to be shaken as I am."

"There's a lot of stuff involved here," he continued.

Fox News' decision to dismiss O'Reilly came in the aftermath of an April 1 New York Times report which described settlements he reached with five women who accused him of harassment. O'Reilly has denied the misconduct claims levied against him.

On Monday's podcast, O'Reilly pledged to maintain his four-day-per-week podcasting schedule, broadcasting in the format he has used for years in addition to his television work.

Continuing in the podcasting sphere may prove lucrative for O'Reilly. A 2016 study by the Pew Research Center revealed that some 21 percent of Americans who were 12 or older listened to a podcast during the previous month. That was up from 12 percent in 2013.

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Tuesday
Apr252017

"Dancing with the Stars 24" Recap: In a stunning upset, Heather Morris earns a perfect score but gets voted off

ABC/Eric McCandless(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars, it was the men versus the women for the first ever Boy Bands vs. Girl Groups night, with the remaining eight stars strutting their stuff to popular vocal groups. Appropriately, Season 21 runner-up Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys sat in for Julianne Hough as a guest judge.

It was an exciting night filled with splashy performances but the up-tempo theme was overshadowed by the shocking elimination of Glee star Heather Morris.

Morris, a consistently strong performer who has also worked as a backup dancer for Beyoncé, earned the first perfect score of the season with her returning partner Maks Chmerkovskiy, for their rumba to “Waterfalls” by TLC. Guest judge Nick said that was his favorite dance of the night. But in a jarring twist, at the show’s end Morris was in jeopardy and up for elimination, along with Nancy Kerrigan; and based on the combined tally of judges’ scores and viewer votes, Morris was voted off.

The reaction of the studio audience was deafening as they voiced their disapproval, but Morris handled it with grace and said she was happy to have had the chance to be on the show.

Hot on the heels of her high score was Fifth Harmony stunner Normani Kordei. Kordei and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy enthralled the crowd and wowed the judges with an electrifying salsa number to “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls. Effortlessly sashaying, twisting, kicking and gyrating around a faux construction site, Kordei continued to mesmerize with her dancing. Judge Bruno Tonioli told Kordei, “You blew my boxes!” She would have had a perfect score but for Len Goodman, who gave her 8 out of 10, for the second-highest score of the night with 38.

Nick “The Bachelor” Viall brought in the lowest score of the evening with a 28 for his jive with partner Peta Murgatroyd to “Fun, Fun, Fun” by The Beach Boys. Of his performance, Goodman said, “I wasn’t picking up good vibrations, if you want to be honest about it.”

The night concluded with team dances as the men faced off against the women.

Viall, Rashad Jennings, David Ross and Bonner Bolton partnered up as Team Boy Band, took off their shirts and danced freestyle to a medley of “Dancing Machine” by The Jackson 5, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block and “Best Song Ever” by One Direction. Their moves earned them a 33 out of 40 but Morris, Kerrigan, Kordei and Simone Biles pulled through and beat them by a point with their performance as Team Girl Group in a freestyle to a medley of “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Chiffons, “No Scrubs” by TLC and “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony.

Next week’s show will feature the theme “Night at the Movies,” with the stars trying to capture the spirit of various movie genres.

Monday night’s standout moment:

In spite of some strong individual performances and charm of the team dances, the show was upended by the abrupt elimination of Heather Morris after earning a perfect score earlier in the night.

Monday night’s high scorers:

Heather Morris and  Maksim Chmerkovskiy  – 40

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – 38

Judges’ Scores:

Heather Morris and  Maksim Chmerkovskiy  – 40

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – 38

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – 37

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber – 35

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – 33

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – 30

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – 29

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd – 28

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday on ABC.

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Monday
Apr242017

Hi, Felicia: John Witherspoon says another "Friday" movie is in the works

Getty Images/Jean-Paul Aussenard(FLORIDA) -- According to John Witherspoon, the popular cult franchise Friday has been greenlight for another sequel.

During an interview with a Florida radio station, Witherspoon -- who played Pops in the original film -- says Ice Cube told him another another Friday movie was in the works and has already been approved by studio heads.

The original film, which starred Cube as Craig, Chris Tucker as Smokey and Nia Long as Debbie, premiered in 1995. Its sequel, Next Friday, came out in 2000 and the third installment, Friday After Next, followed in 2002.

Last year Cube, who also co-wrote the Friday movies, addressed the possibility of a fourth installment.  “We had a meeting. Can't do Last Friday unless we can do it right. Ball is in New Line Cinema's hands. Bat is in mine,” he said.

At this time, there's no word on a potential release date.

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Monday
Apr242017

Caitlyn Jenner "sorry" for Kris' reaction to Cait's new memoir

ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(NEW YORK) -- Caitlyn Jenner said she is "sorry" how her ex-wife Kris Jenner reacted to Cait’s new memoir.

Kris Jenner, Jenner’s third wife, proclaimed on Sunday night’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians that she is “done” with Jenner after reading The Secrets of My Life.

“I’ve never been so angry and disappointed in somebody in my whole life. I’m done. Done,” Kris Jenner, the matriarch of the Kardashian clan and the mother of two children with Jenner, said on the show, adding of Jenner, "Everything she said was all made up."

In the book, Jenner writes that all his ex-wives learned that then-Bruce Jenner was struggling with gender identity. Jenner first came out publicly as transgender two years ago and is now living as a woman.

Kris Jenner said on the show, "all through the book, 'Kris knew. Kris knew before I even made love to her.’ I’m like, 'What?'"

“I’m just kind of sorry she went down that road,” Caitlyn Jenner, 67, said Monday on Good Morning America of Kris Jenner’s on-air reaction. “But she’s a good person and we’ve had 23 great years together and raised wonderful, phenomenal kids.”

Jenner’s two daughters with Kris Jenner -- Kylie Jenner, 19, and Kendall Jenner, 21 -- also star on KUWTK

Though Caitlyn Jenner still makes appearances on the show, she said she did not watch Sunday night’s episode, in which she appeared alongside Kris Jenner.

“Actually, I don’t watch the show very often,” she told GMA's Michael Strahan. “It’s a reality show. It is drama.”

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Monday
Apr242017

"Happy Days" star Erin Moran "likely" died of cancer, say authorities 

Getty Images/David Livingston(INDIANA) -- Indiana authorities say Saturday's death of Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the hit sitcom Happy Days and its spinoff, Joanie Loves Chachi, "likely" died of cancer.

The Harrison County Sheriffs Department in Harrison County, Indiana posted the preliminary cause of death, noting that an autopsy of Erin Marie Moran Fleischmann found that she, "likely succumbed to complications of of stage 4 cancer."  What type of cancer was unspecified.

While toxicology tests were performed as a matter of course, the authorities noted, "no illegal narcotics were found at the residence." Toxicology test results are pending. 

Moran, 56, who had appeared in movies and on TV shows like The Courtship of Eddies' Father and My Three Sons, was cast as Joanie Cunningham, the younger sister of Ron Howard's Richie Cunningham, in 1974. She played the role on Happy Days until 1982, when she and Scott Baio's character, Chachi Arcola, left to star in the spinoff Joanie Loves Chachi.  That show was canceled in 1983, and Moran returned to Happy Days for its final season.

After Happy Days, Moran made guest appearances in shows like The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote and Diagnosis: Murder. In 2007, she appeared on the reality show Scott Baio Is 45 and Single as herself, and in 2008, she was a contestant on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club.

In recent years, Moran had reportedly fallen on hard times, and was said to be living in a trailer park, and then in a series of motels.

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Monday
Apr242017

Richard Simmons "in good spirits" after returning home from hospitalization

(LOS ANGELES) -- Richard Simmons is back home recovering after three days at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles battling severe indigestion.

Simmons took to Facebook Sunday thanking hospital staff and law enforcement, writing “They make you feel good even though you’re in the hospital for feeling bad.”

He offered further praise of his medical caregivers, emergency responders and the U.S. military, saying, “They were so helpful and kind as I returned home. Let’s take a minute and all be thankful for medical professionals, police, firefighters and our brave military forces here and around the world. They risk so much every day to make us well and keep us protected. God Bless all of them.”

Michael Catalano, Simmons' longtime manager, confirmed to ABC News that Simmons returned home sooner than expected Thursday afternoon. “Richard is happy to be back home and thankful to everyone who has reached out. Richard is in good spirits.”

Last week, Catalano released a statement to ABC News saying, "After a few days of battling severe indigestion and discomfort while eating, we agreed it was best for him to seek treatment.”

Simmons, 68, who over the past few years has vanished from the public eye, signed a business deal for "merchandising, endorsements and licensing opportunities," Catalano announced earlier this month.

Catalano told ABC News on April 6 that Simmons pursued the deal.

The new venture comes on the heels of questions in recent years about Simmons' health, as were put forward in a viral podcast on the fitness icon's disappearance from public view, titled Missing Richard Simmons.

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