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Monday
Jun182018

Report: Heather Locklear hospitalized after family altercation, threatening to shoot herself

Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- TMZ is reporting that former Melrose Place star Heather Locklear is currently undergoing a psychiatric evaluation in a Los Angeles hospital following a physical altercation with family members, and alleged threats she was going to harm herself.

The gossip site reports the 56-year-old actress seemed agitated and threatened to shoot herself, so her parents went to her home.  It was there Locklear allegedly got physical, choking her mother and punching her father, TMZ reports. Her mother then called the police, and Locklear was taken to a hospital.

Back in February, Locklear was arrested at her California home when she allegedly went after cops who tried to take her into custody, following a fight that broke out between the actress and her boyfriend, Chris Heisser.

Locklear was arrested for felony domestic violence and three counts of battery on emergency personnel and reportedly subsequently entered a rehab program.

Locklear first rose to stardom as a cast member of the 1980s police drama T.J. Hooker, opposite William Shatner.  She also co-starred on the nighttime soaps Dynasty and Melrose Place, and the sitcom Spin City.  Her most recent acting credit, according to IMDB, was last year on the Tyler Perry-produced TV drama Too Close to Home.

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Monday
Jun182018

"Bachelor" stars Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are engaged

ABC/Paul HebertPopular The Bachelor franchise couple Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon are headed down the aisle.

Haibon popped the question Sunday while the duo was filming Bachelor in Paradise, ABC News confirmed.

The two made waves earlier this year when they announced they were finally dating.

Their love story started three years ago, when the weepy Iaconetti first showed her affection toward Haibon on season two of Bachelor in Paradise.

Iaconetti's Instagram has been filled with pictures of the couple since they went public about their romance.  Just last week, she posted a pic of Haibon with the caption, "Today’s National Superman Day, so...."

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Monday
Jun182018

"Serpico", "Scarface" producer Martin Bregman, dead at 92

Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Martin Bregman, producer of the Al Pacino films Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, Sea of Love and Carlito's Way, died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 92 on Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bregman, who discovered Pacino in an Off Broadway play, was the personal and business manager for Pacino, as well as Alan Alda, whose films The Seduction of Joe Tynan, The Four Seasons, and Betsy’s Wedding, he also produced.

Bregman's other famous clients, over the years have included Barbra Streisand, Woody Allen, Faye Dunaway, Candice Bergen and Bette Midler.

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Monday
Jun182018

"Blues Brothers" co-star, guitarist Matt "Guitar" Murphy, dead at 88 

(L-R) John Belushi, Matt Murphy - Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- Dan Aykroyd is mourning the death of Matt "Guitar" Murphy, who passed away Thursday at 88 years old. "The Blues Brothers would not have been what they were without Matt's playing power, stage magnetism and knowledge of music," tweeted Aykroyd "aka Elwood Blues."

The official Blues Brothers Instagram page showed footage of Murphy in action, belting out "Shotgun Blues."

Before and after joining the Blues Brothers -- the band was born of a Saturday Night Live sketch that also featured the late John Belushi -- Murphy played with blues legends including Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.  He played himself in the 1980s The Blues Brothers movie, as a member of the band.

Murphy's nephew Floyd Murphy Jr., with whom Murphy also played, noted his uncle died Thursday evening.  He memorialized his uncle on his own Facebook page, writing: "I can't feel a freaking thing in my body now but I must stay strong cause he was a strong man that lived a long long fruitfull [sic] life that poured his heart out in every guitar solo he took... yes the master is up stairs now with my father and mother, uncle Melvin Murphy, Jimmy Biggins, Eric Udell, Alan Ruben, BB King, Etta James... the list is just way too long folks but there all together again doing what there known for across the world ....love you uncle tell dad hi for me.... May you RIP."

According to Rolling Stone, Murphy suffered a stroke in 2002 that led the music veteran into "semi retirement."

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Monday
Jun182018

Chris Hardwick denies ex-girlfriend's emotional and sexual abuse accusations; AMC suspends his talk show

ABC/Randy HolmesTelevision host and comedian Chris Hardwick is denying serious accusations after his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra penned an essay, accusing him of emotional and sexual abuse. 

In the meantime, AMC -- which airs Talking With Chris Hardwick -- has announced that it will not air the show's upcoming second season as it assesses the situation. Hardwick also hosts Talking Dead, which airs when The Walking Dead is in season.

Though Dykstra did not mention her ex by name in her essay on Medium, it's clear she's talking of Hardwick. She accused him of emotionally abusing her, isolating her from her friends, and causing her to become anorexic and suicidal. She also claimed Hardwick forced her to have sex with him whenever he wanted, including right after she had surgery for an ectopic pregnancy.

The actress and model also said he blacklisted her from the industry, claiming he made calls to several companies she worked for. Allegedly, he told the companies to fire her or he would never work for them again.

Hardwick released a statement, denying the allegations, citing the fact that their relationship ended because she was unfaithful, according to Variety

“These are very serious allegations and not to be taken lightly which is why I’ve taken the day to consider how to respond,” said Hardwick in a statement. “I was heartbroken to read Chloe’s post. Our three year relationship was not perfect—we were ultimately not a good match and argued—even shouted at each other—but I loved her, and did my best to uplift and support her as a partner and companion in any way and at no time did I sexually assault her.”

His statement goes on to state, "As a husband, a son, and future father, I do not condone any kind of mistreatment of women.”

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Monday
Jun182018

"Incredibles 2" tops the weekend box office with record-breaking $180 million debut

Disney(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney/Pixar's Incredibles 2 topped the weekend box office with an estimated $180 million debut, beating the previous record for an animated film set by 2016's Finding Dory.

The sequel to 2004's The Incredibles -- which features the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson and Sophia Bush -- delivered the second biggest June opening, behind Universal's Jurassic World, as well as the eighth largest opening of all time. Disney now owns nine of the top 10 titles in that category.

Overseas, Incredibles 2 earned an estimated $51 million, bringing its worldwide total to around $231.5 million. It has yet to open in several major international markets.

Ocean's 8 took second place in North America with an estimated $19.5 million.

In third place was Tag -- the R-rated comedy starring Ed Helms, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner. It grabbed an estimated $14.6 million.

Solo: A Star Wars Story finished in fourth place with an estimated $9.3 million stateside, to go along with $5.2 million internationally. It's global tally now stands at $339.5 million.

Rounding out the top five was Fox/Marvel's Deadpool 2, copping an estimated $8.8 million. It tacked on an estimated $9.8 million overseas, bringing it's worldwide take to just shy of $700 million.

Disney is the parent company of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and ABC News.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated box office sales:

1. Incredibles 2, $180 million
2. Ocean’s 8, $19.5 million
3. Tag, $14.6 million
4. Solo: A Star Wars Story, $9.3 million
5. Deadpool 2, $8.8 million
6. Hereditary, $7 million
7. Superfly, $6.3 million
8. Avengers: Infinity War, $5.29 million
9. Adrift, $2.1 million
10. Book Club, $1.85 million

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Friday
Jun152018

David Bowie's death profiled in new episode of Reelz documentary 

Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A new episode of the Reelz docu-series Autopsy: The Last Hours of… focusing on the death of David Bowie will premiere this Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

On the program, forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Hunter takes an in-depth look at what may have led to the cancer that caused the rock legend's death in January 2016 two days after his 69th birthday. The show also offers a profile of Bowie's life and how he kept his illness secret from nearly the whole world.

In addition, the episode delves into the timing of the release of the influential artist's final studio album, Blackstar -- which arrived on his 69th birthday -- and the clues that apparently were included in the project about his impending demise. The show features archival footage and photos of Bowie, as well as interviews with a number of people associated with the rock legend.

You can check out a clip from the episode now on the Reelz network's official YouTube channel. The segment focuses on how a teenage Bowie sustained the injury to his left eye that left him with a permanently dilated pupil, something that added to his famously otherworldly persona.

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Friday
Jun152018

Joe Mantegna and Kirsten Vangness liken their long-running "Criminal Minds" to the Rolling Stones

©2018 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved (NEW YORK) -- Like a certain rock band, the cast of CBS' police procedural Criminal Minds has been at it a long time, and show no signs of slowing down.

"I equate it to, you know, like the Rolling Stones," star Joe Mantegna  tells ABC Radio. "Like when they first got together and started playing together as a band, if you told them they were still be playing 50 years later, who would...know that?"

Mantegna, who plays former FBI profiler David Rossi, explains, "I joined it in its third season, and for all I knew that was going to be their last season. For all I knew, who knows, you know?" He adds, "And then obviously, we resonate with enough people that we're keeping on keeping on."

Quipped Kirsten Vangsness, who plays computer specialist Penelope Garcia on the show: "Yeah, there was another band called The Rolling Moans and they were just as good. They didn't make it."

Timed to National Missing Children's Day at the end of last month, We TV begun running 12-hour marathons of the acclaimed, long-running drama. Vangsness explains, "WE TV, on Saturdays and Mondays, they're...sort of focusing a lot of the episodes ...on child abduction and making...people aware of...protecting of the smaller humans of our community."

Mantegna adds, "We really do feel there's an educational aspect to our show, in the sense that these episodes that deal with that topic, you know, they go into areas where by watching it you can say to yourself, 'OK I can see how that happened.' These are some tips ingrained in there so that we can avoid this happening to our own children."

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Friday
Jun152018

Wesley Snipes joining Eddie Murphy in Netflix's "Dolemite" film

Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Wesley Snipes is set to star with Eddie Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name!, a biographical film about real-life actor and producer Rudy Ray Moore.

Snipes joins a cast which also includes Mike Epps, Craig Robinson, Tituss Burgess and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The New Jack City actor will portray D'Urville Martin, who directed the 1975 film, Dolemite, in which Moore starred.

As previously reported, Murphy will portray Moore, best known for creating the Dolemite pimp/hustler character on comedy recordings. Moore starred in original Dolemite movie and three sequels.

Hustle and Flow's Craig Brewster will direct the movie, which was written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski.

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Friday
Jun152018

Still the One that We Want: "Grease" celebrates 40th anniversary on Saturday

Paramount/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD) -- Forty years later, fans are still hopelessly devoted to Grease.

The iconic musical starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta celebrates its 40th anniversary this Saturday, June 16.

 At the time of its release in 1978, Grease became the highest-grossing musical ever, breaking the 13-year record held by The Sound of Music.  It's currently the second highest-grossing live action musical, after the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast.

 The soundtrack of the movie was also hugely successful, and featured the hit title theme, sung by Frankie Valli, as well as "You're the One that I Want," the Oscar-nominated "Hopelessly Devoted to You" and "Summer Nights."

Earlier this year, in honor of the anniversary, Grease came back to the big screen for two nights only as part of the Turner Classic Movies Big Screen Classics series. It also received a special 40th anniversary edition Blu-ray and DVD release, which came out on April 24.

The story and songs of Grease continue to attract generations of fans: In 2016, Fox aired a live remake of the musical starring Julianne Hough which attracted great ratings.  Travolta appeared on ABC's Good Morning America this week and discussed the film's long-lasting appeal.

"It's like any great piece of art or work: It's interpretive," he said. "So actually, it would be a question that individuals would answer better than I could."

He adds, "I just know I love it and have always loved it. I did it on Broadway, I did it on the road -- my daydream was to do it in the movies."

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