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Jan Hooks, 'SNL' alum, dies at 57

Jan Hooks, a Saturday Night Live veteran, died on Thursday, Oct. 9, in New York City. She was 57.

Sources told TMZ who first reported the news— that she had been suffering a “serious illness.”

Hooks was a cast member on the NBC classic from 1986 to 1991, and was perhaps most widely known for her character Candy Sweeney of the party-singer duo the Sweeney Sisters alongside Nora Dunn. She was also known for her several impressions, of Kathie Lee Gifford, Hillary Clinton, Sinead O’Connor, and more.

Hooks was a member of the Groundlings in Los Angeles, and went on to appear in a number of sketch comedy shows including Comedy Break and Comedy Tonight before landing SNL. After five years on the show, where she performed along the likes of Phil Hartman, Chris Farley, and Mike Myers, she joined the cast of Designing Women in 1991. Most recently, she guest-starred on 30 Rock as Jenna Maroney’s (Jane Krakowski) crass chain-smoking mother, Verna.

 

 

Paula Patton files for divorce from Robin Thicke

Despite her estranged husband’s rather public campaign to “Get Her Back,” Paula Patton has filed for a divorce from Robin Thicke after nine years of marriage, EW has confirmed.

In documents filed on Oct. 3 in an L.A. County Superior Court, Patton cites irreconcilable differences for filing for a divorce. She asked for joint legal and physical custody of their 4-year-old son, Julian.

The news comes six months after the couple announced their separation. Thicke responded with a rather extravagant public apology one that included an entire album dedicated to his wife and a please-forgive-me performance at the Billboard Music Awards.

In a revealing interview last month in which he admitted to a drug and alcohol addiction, the “Blurred Lines” singer opened up about he and his wife’s separation, and what part he played in it. When asked if he thinks he’s an honest person, he replied, “No, that’s why I’m separated…I told my wife the truth. That’s why she left me.”

A rep for Patton did not immediately respond to EW‘s request for comment.

Former Fugee slams 'New York Post' with $30 million lawsuit

Pras Michel, formerly of The Fugees, filed a $30 million lawsuit against the New York Post after the publication ran a story claiming Pras didn’t show up for a performance benefiting his own foundation, Hope for Them.

The article appeared on the New York Post website Sunday with the headline, “Ex-Fugee rapper bailed on his own 9/11 benefit concert.” The story goes on to say Pras is a member on the Hope for Them foundation’s board and that the foundation bounced a check to the venue. READ FULL STORY

Report: Stephen Collins not home when reports of a gunshot surfaced

After news broke yesterday that 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins was being investigated for charges of child molestation, the chaos continued late into the night when actress Donna D’Errico tweeted (and later deleted) that “That guy from ‘7th Heaven’ lives right around the corner from me & just shot himself a few minutes ago,” along with a picture of her street.

LAPD spokeswoman Jane Kim later told CNN that Collins was not home when a reporter camped outside his house heard a noise believed to be a gunshot and called the police. D’Errico followed up her previous tweet with an apology:

Networks pull '7th Heaven' from schedule amid Stephen Collins investigation

At least two networks have pulled reruns of 7th Heaven from their schedules after news broke on Tuesday that star Stephen Collins is under investigation for child molestation.

UP TV, which markets itself as a family-friendly network that aims to “entertain, uplift and inspire viewers,” announced on Tuesday that it’s pulling the show from its programming schedule. The network usually plays reruns of the show starting at 5 p.m. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus' VMA date gets 6-month jail sentence

Miley Cyrus’ date to this year’s MTV Video Music Awards has been sentenced to six months in jail for violating probation.

Cyrus brought Jesse Helt, a homeless man she met at a shelter for homeless youth, to the VMAs and gave him the chance to accept the award for Video of the Year on her behalf. Helt used the opportunity to discuss homeless youth in an emotional speech that made headlines the next dayand brought to light the warrant that was out for his arrest in Oregon.

Helt pleaded guilty to misdemeanor criminal mischief and criminal trespass in 2010 and was subsequently sentenced to probation. After the warrant for his arrest was made public, Helt turned himself in.

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'7th Heaven' star Stephen Collins being investigated for child molestation

Stephen Collins, best known for his role as Eric Camden, father and pastor, on 7th Heaven, is under investigation for child molestation.

EW has confirmed that the Manhattan Special Victims Squad received a formal complaint against the actor and that the incident is currently being investigated.

Word first broke when TMZ posted the audio from a 2012 therapy session between Collins and then-wife Faye Grant, who filed for divorce that same year. In the audio, Collins admits to molesting one girl and exposing himself to others, all of whom were reportedly between the ages of 10 and 13.

Broadway star Marian Seldes dies

Marian Seldes, the Tony winning Broadway star known for her work in Edward Albee plays, has died. Her brother, Timothy Seldes, confirmed the news to the Associated Press. Seldes was 86. READ FULL STORY

Tony winner and 'Uncola' spokesman Geoffrey Holder dies at 84

Geoffrey Holder—whose oeuvre included Tony-winning stage work, Bond villainy, and a high-profile gig touting 7UP— has died, his family lawyer confirmed to EW. The cause was complications of pneumonia.  READ FULL STORY

NFL bans players from wearing Beats headphones onscreen

NFL players will have to say goodbye to their Beats headphones: The league has banned players from sporting the brand when they’re on camera due to a new partnership with audio company Bose.

The NFL and Bose cemented the deal in August, and coaches now wear headsets stamped with the Bose logo during games. As for players, they can’t wear Beats headphones any time a camera might be near—meaning even in the off-season, players have to remain Beats-free in case of spontaneous on-camera interviews. READ FULL STORY

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