Veteran news anchor Terry Keenan died on Thursday night of a massive cerebral hemorrhage, according to several reports. She was believed to be 53.
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.”
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.
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 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 Ladies—including Jackie Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton, and Laura Bush—and 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.
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.”
Tim Hauser, founder and singer of The Manhattan Transfer, died Thursday from cardiac arrest, according to the Associated Press.
The news came from band representative JoAnn Geffen on Friday. Hauser was 72 years old.
Founded in 1969, The Manhattan Transfer is known for hits such as “Operator” and “The Boy From New York City.” The group won a number of Grammys, and received an impressive 12 nominations for its 1985 album, Vocalese.
Hauser was born in Troy, New York. The musician is survived by wife Barb Sennet Hauser, son Basie, and daughter Lily.
The Manhattan Transfer will move forward with their upcoming tour. Their next show in Manchester, New Hampshire on Oct. 23.
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