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Russell Johnson, 'Gilligan's Island' professor, has died

The actor who played “The Professor” on Gilligan’s Island, Russell Johnson, has died.

His agent, Mike Eisenstadt, says Johnson died Thursday morning at his home in Washington State of natural causes. He was 89.

Johnson was a busy but little-known character actor when he was cast in the slapstick 1960s comedy about seven people marooned on an uncharted Pacific island.

His character, high school science teacher Roy Hinkley, built generators and other gadgets out of scraps of junk found on the island. Johnson later joked that the one thing The Professor never figured out how to do was to fix the leaky boat so the group could get back to civilization.

During its three-season run on CBS, critics lambasted the show. But after its 1967 cancellation, it found generations of new fans in reruns and reunion movies.

British sitcom legend and 'Harry Potter' actor Roger Lloyd-Pack dies at age 69

British character actor Roger Lloyd-Pack has died at the age of 69, according to The Guardian. Lloyd-Pack was much loved in his homeland for playing the dim-witted Trigger in the hugely popular sitcom Only Fools and Horses and the equally slow Owen Newitt in the similarly successful, Richard Curtis-penned show The Vicar of Dibley. But he was an incredibly versatile performer whose big screen credits included Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Interview with the Vampire, and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, in which he played Barty Crouch Sr. In addition to his TV and film roles, Lloyd-Pack was an accomplished theater actor and recently appeared alongside Mark Rylance in London productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night. According to his agent, Lloyd-Pack was suffering from pancreatic cancer and died at home surrounded by his family.

Supreme Court to rule on Aereo's television over Internet service

The Supreme Court will decide whether a startup company can offer live television broadcasts over the Internet without paying fees to broadcasters.

The high court agreed on Friday to hear an appeal from television broadcast networks in their attempt to shut down Aereo Inc., which takes free signals from the airwaves and sends them over the Internet to paying subscribers.

Broadcasters have sued Aereo for copyright infringement. The big networks have supplemented their advertising revenue with fees from cable and satellite TV companies for redistributing their stations to subscribers. If customers drop their pay-TV service and use Aereo, broadcasters would lose some of that revenue.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that Aereo did not violate the copyrights of broadcasters with its service, but a similar service has been blocked by other judges.
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Jared Padalecki welcomes second son

Supernatural star Jared Padalecki’s wife, Genevieve Cortese, gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday. “Ok. For real ;) My amazingly strong wife home-birthed a happy and healthy baby boy last night :). Please send love :)),” the actor tweeted last night.

The couple, who married in 2010 after working together on Supernatural, already have a 21-month-old son named Thomas.

'Glee' costar Dot-Marie Jones married

Dot-Marie Jones, best known to Glee fans as Coach Beiste on Fox show, married her longtime girlfriend, Bridgett Casteen, in Los Angeles Saturday night, People reports. The couple had invited friends to their home for a holiday party, then revealed they had gathered them for the ceremony. The pair got engaged in October; it’s the first marriage for Jones and the second for Casteen.

Kristen Johnston diagnosed with Lupus

Kristen Johnston, best known for her role on 3rd Rock From the Sun, has been diagnosed with lupus. Her symptoms from the auto-immune disease have disrupted her regular appearances on TV Land’s The Exes.

The actress announced her diagnosis through a lengthy note on her Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. “This is how, after 4 months & 17 Drs (no lie) I’ve FINALLY been diagnosed with a rare auto-immune disorder,” Johnston wrote. “Meaning my immune system has decided to go rogue and attack my muscles.”

Johnston, who plays Holly Franklin on The Exes, took a break from filming in order to complete two week-long treatments at The Mayo Clinic. She has been suffering from such chronic “full body muscle weakness” that it has made it difficult for her to walk.

But the actress assured her fans that her absence from the show won’t be for long. “The good news: I’m finally on the right treatment, feeling better & back at work!” Johnston continued. She will appear on The Exes‘ Christmas special episode Friday.

Johnston is best known for her role as Sally Solomon in 3rd Rock From the Sun and as a memorable party girl Lexi Featherston on Sex and the City.

'Teen Mom 2' star Jenelle Evans arrested

One of the stars of MTV’s Teen Mom 2 has been arrested in South Carolina and charged with breaching the peace.

Jail records show 21-year-old Jenelle Lauren Evans was booked into the Horry County jail just after 5 p.m. Saturday. She was released about an hour later.

Police say they were called Saturday afternoon about a man and a woman yelling outside a North Myrtle Beach home. Evans’ boyfriend told police she locked him out of the house.

Evans was arrested earlier this year in North Carolina on drug and assault charges. Her lawyer in that case said Sunday he wasn’t representing her on the South Carolina charges, and jail records listed no other attorney for her.

Teen Mom documents the challenges of four teens’ first years of motherhood.

Lamar Odom pleads no contest to DUI, gets probation

Former NBA player Lamar Odom, husband of Khloé Kardashian, pleaded no contest Monday to a drunken driving charge and accepted a sentence of three years’ probation and three months of alcohol abuse treatment.

In a deal with prosecutors, Odom entered the plea to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence and was also ordered to pay $1,814 in fines and penalties, Los Angeles city attorney’s spokesman Frank Mateljan said. Odom had faced a maximum sentence of six months in jail.

The status of his suspended driver’s license will be determined at a separate hearing in front of the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Odom’s attorney, Richard Hutton, appeared in court to enter the plea for him. A phone message left with Hutton was not immediately returned.

The 34-year-old power forward and husband of reality TV star Khloé Kardashian is currently out of the NBA, going unsigned as a free-agent after averaging a career-low 4 points and 5.9 rebounds last season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
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'America's Next Top Model' director killed in home invasion

Los Angeles police are investigating the fatal home invasion shooting of a director who worked on the reality TV show America’s Next Top Model.

The Los Angeles Times reports 42-year-old James Howe died and his wife was seriously wounded in the Nov. 27 attack at their rented home.

Police say Howe and his wife answered the door of the Glassell Park home for what they thought was a lone salesman, but instead, two men and a woman forced their way inside.

A fight ensued at the doorway, and one of the men pulled a gun and opened fire.

The couple’s 6-year-old son wasn’t harmed.

Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Jose Perez says the shooting appeared random and there’s no obvious motive.

No arrests have been made.

Kordell Stewart and 'Real Housewives' star Porsha Williams' divorce is final

Former Pittsburgh Steeler standout Kordell Stewart’s divorce from his Real Housewives of Atlanta star wife Porsha is final. Fulton County Superior Court Judge John J. Goger issued a final decree in the divorce case Thursday.

Stewart, who retired from the NFL last year, filed for divorce from Porsha Williams in March. He claimed his marriage to Williams was “irretrievably broken.”

Williams’ lawyer Randy Kessler says they are glad to amicably resolve the matter. The pair used to appear together on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Williams is still on the show.

Stewart’s initial filing said the two married on May 21, 2011, and have no children together. Stewart was a sensation in Pittsburgh in the late 1990s and was nicknamed “Slash” for his versatility as quarterback, running back, and wide receiver. He is a sports talk show host in Atlanta.

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