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Rainn Wilson drops Vine star Curtis Lepore from comedy due to backlash

Last week, Rainn Wilson (The Office) announced that he would produce Hollywood and Vine, a scripted series about the showbiz adventures of a group of social media celebrities from Vine, the popular video-based network. On Monday, Wilson announced that the show’s cast would feature five of Vine’s top entertainers: Jerry Purpdrank, Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd, Christian DelGrosso and Curtis Lepore. However, Friday night, just five days later, Wilson announced that Lepore had been ousted.

“After much consideration, the decision was made with Curtis Lepore to mutually part ways on SoulPancake’s television project featuring Vine stars,” reads a statement on Wilson’s Facebook page. “We felt this was the best decision for everyone involved. We wish Curtis all the best in all his future endeavors.”

The decision to drop Lepore stems from fan outrage over Lepore’s involvement in a rape allegation involving former girlfriend Jessi Vazquez, which was settled out of court in a plea deal. Wilson acknowledged the backlash in an earlier post.

Jack Bruce, bassist for Cream, dies

Jack Bruce, the British musician best known as the bassist and singer for legendary rock trio Cream, has died.

The 71-year-old musician’s family revealed the news Saturday morning via Bruce’s Facebook page and website.

“It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend,” the statement reads. “The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

According to the Associated Press, Bruce died in his home in Suffolk, England.

 

Veteran news anchor Terry Keenan dies

Veteran news anchor Terry Keenan died on Thursday night of a massive cerebral hemorrhage, according to several reports. She was believed to be 53.

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TLC expresses concern over reports of Mama June dating sex offender

The future of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo hangs in the balance after TMZ reported that the show’s matriarch, June “Mama June” Shannon, is allegedly dating Mark McDaniel, a convicted child molester who molested Shannon’s relative.

TMZ reports that Shannon has been dating McDaniel for the last few months; Shannon and the show’s patriarch, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, separated in Sept. 2014. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Sex Offender Registry, McDaniel was charged with aggravated child molestation in 2004 and served a 10-year sentence.

A representative from TLC released the following statement to EW: “TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.”

'Jersey Shore' star 'The Situation' to face tax charges in court

Mike Sorrentino, better known as Jersey Shore‘s “The Situation,” will appear in court Thursday to face charges for failing to pay taxes on millions in income.

Sorrentino and his brother, Marc Sorrentino, were charged in September with filing false tax returns, according to the Associated Press“Michael denies the charges,” Sorrentino’s attorney, Richard Sapinski, tells EW. He says his client plans to enter a plea of not guilty.

'Django Unchained' actress Daniele Watts charged with lewd conduct

A complaint was filed against Daniele Watts, an actress known for her roles in Django Unchained and TV shows like Partners and Weeds, for lewd conduct Monday.

In September, Watts and chef Brian James Lucas were approached by police officers, who noticed the couple were, as Lucas said on his Facebook page, “showing [their] affection publicly.” According to Lucas, the officers requested their IDs but Watts refused. She was handcuffed but released once the police were able to identify her. READ FULL STORY

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dies at 82

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta has died at the age of 82, ABC News is reporting.

The Dominican-born designer died on Monday at his home in Kent, Conn., his wife, Annette de la Renta, has confirmed to multiple outlets. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2006.

Known for his timeless and feminine designs, he became the go-to designer for First Ladiesincluding Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bushand actresses alike. His gowns were a mainstay on Hollywood red carpets, with Audrey Hepburn, Penelope Cruz, Jessica Chastain, Emma Watson, and Blake Lively just a few of the names who have worn his designs. Most recently, he designed Amal Alamuddin‘s wedding dress for her marriage to George Clooney.

Born in Santo Domingo, De la Renta started his fashion career young after moving to Madrid at the age of 18 to study painting. He got his first fashion job at Lanvin-Castillo in Paris in 1961, then moved to New York two years later to work at Elizabeth Arden. In 1965, at the age of 33, he started his own ready-to-wear label.

He is survived by his wife and adopted son, Moises.

'Fraggle Rock', 'Boondock Saints' actor Gerard Parkes dies at 90

Gerard Parkes, the Irish-Canadian character actor best known for playing two very different “Docs” in The Boondock Saints and Jim Henson’s show Fraggle Rock, died Sunday in a Toronto retirement home just days after his birthday, his agent confirmed to EW. He was 90.

The Dublin-born Parkes relocated to Canada in the ’50s to pursue a career in entertainment, where he would transition in and out of television, film, theater and radio across his 50-plus-year career. He appeared in a number of Canadian productions including The Forest Rangers and The Littlest Hobo, but for kids of a certain generation, Parkes will always be Doc, the lovable bespectacled inventor and sidekick to Sprocket in the North American version of Jim Henson’s muppet series Fraggle Rock, which ran from 1983 to 1987. He’d go on to reprise that role in ABC’s 1987 special A Muppet Family Christmas.

Parkes’ gentle gruffness was on display in a variety of roles throughout the next few decades, which found him playing priests fairly often (Short Circuit 2, Mother Night, It Takes Two, and Trapped in Paradise, to name just a few). He also famously played the Tourette-afflicted bar owner in The Boondock Saints and its sequel.

Though the span of his work was more than just Doc the inventor, his longtime agent Gerry Jordon told CBC News that Parkes would “love” being remembered for his Fraggle Rock role. “He had a thrill doing that show,” he said. “He was a magical man and a terrific performer.”

'American Idol' alum Joanne Borgella dead at 32

Joanne Borgella, a contestant on the seventh season of American Idol, died Saturday following a battle with cancer. She was 32. READ FULL STORY

Former 'Buffy' actor Nicholas Brendon arrested

Actor Nicholas Brendon, best known for his role as Xander Harris on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, was arrested in Boise, Idaho, on Friday night. READ FULL STORY

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