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Actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55

Elizabeth Peña, a film and television actress who most recently appeared in Matador, died on Tuesday at age 55.

Her nephew Mario-Francisco Robles broke the news in an obituary on Latino Review, saying the actress died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles . The cause of death is not yet known.

Peña had a career spanning almost 40 years, including roles in film and television, in Spanish and English. The daughter of actor, writer, and director Mario Peña, the she the Cuban-American actress started her career young, graduating from High School of the Performing Arts in Manhattan. Her first role, in 1979’s Spanish-language El Super, was the first of many rebellious and often feisty characters. Her big break came in 1986’s Down and Out in Beverly Hills, where she starred alongside Bette Midler, Richard Dreyfuss and Nick Nolte as live-in maid Carmen. Shortly after, she broke into sitcoms with I Married Dora as the titular character Dora Calderon.

In addition to her role as Maritza Sandoval, the mother of the title character, on El Rey Network’s Matador, Peña had also guest-starred on Modern Family, playing the mother of Gloria’s (Sofia Vergara) mother, Pilar. She also lended her voice to The Incredibles as Mirage. Additional credits include Rush Hour, Jacob’s Ladder, Resurrection Blvd., and more.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Elizabeth Peña,” El Rey Network wrote in a statement to EW. “She was a role model, a truly extraordinary performer and an inspiration in every sense of the word. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth’s family and friends during this difficult time. She ‎will be deeply missed.”

She is survived by her husband, Hans; her two teenage children, Fiona and Kaelan; her mother, Estela; and her sister, Tania.

 

Kesha sues Dr. Luke for sexual assault, producer fires back with defamation suit

Kesha and Dr. Luke, who the singer’s worked with since 2005, filed complaints against each other Tuesday. Hers accuses Dr. Luke of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse; his accuses Kesha of defamation and repudiation of their recording agreement.

In Kesha’s complaint, she claims Dr. Luke “sexually, physically, verbally, and emotionally abused [her] to the point where [she] nearly lost her life.” The complaint lists examples of the abuse, including a time when Dr. Luke gave Kesha what he called “sober pills” that turned out to be a date rape drug. After taking the pills, Kesha claims she woke up the next morning naked in his bed. READ FULL STORY

Bjork producer, LFO member Mark Bell dies

Mark Bell, a British musician who paved the way for electronic music, died last week. His record label confirmed the news: “It’s with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Mark Bell of LFO who died last week from complications after an operation,” Warp Records announced on its website. READ FULL STORY

Actress Misty Upham missing; father calls for a police search (Updated)

Actress Misty Upham, who appeared in films including August: Osage Countand Frozen River, has been reported missing, the Seattle Times reportedREAD FULL STORY

Stephen Collins' talent agency cuts ties amid molestation investigation

Two days after news broke that Stephen Collins is under investigation for child molestation, the actor’s talent agency has severed ties.

A rep for the Agency for the Performing Arts confirmed to EW that the agency has no longer represents the former 7th Heaven star, but would not comment any further on the decision.

News first broke on Wednesday that the 67-year-old actor was under investigation when TMZ posted an audio from a therapy session between him and his wife at the time, Faye Grant. In the audio, Collins admits he had molested one girl and exposed himself to others. All of the girls were reportedly between the ages of 10 and 13.

In the fallout, Collins was fired from his minor role in Ted 2, multiple networks pulled reruns of 7th Heaven from their schedules, and ABC announced that he will no longer be returning to Scandal, in which he played a TV reporter.

 

Amanda Bynes checked into rehab, placed on psychiatric hold

Amanda Bynes has checked into treatment facility in Los Angeles, where she has been placed on involuntary psychiatric hold, according to multiple reports.

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Waka Flocka Flame arrested for gun possession in Atlanta: report

Rapper Waka Flocka Flame was arrested on Friday after a gun was found in his carry-on bag at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, according to reports.

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Amanda Bynes takes back claims her father abused her (Updated)

On Oct. 8, Amanda Bynes took to Twitter to denounce tabloid magazines for lying about her before announcing that she is getting married and will be featured on the cover of People Magazine because, “although they have made up things about me before, they will omit any error they’ve made.” From there, Bynes talked about her dislike for the photos that tabloids choose to run of her before making an announcement.

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Abby Lee Miller of 'Dance Moms' sued by student from show

Paige Hyland, a 13-year old cast member and dancer on Lifetime’s Dance Moms has filed a lawsuit against Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller. Hyland is suing Miller for emotional distress caused by the alleged mental and physical abuse by Miller for the sake of drama on the show.

Hyland, along with her sister Brooke Hyland and mother Kelly Hyland, were cast members on Dance Moms. The suit claims that “Miller even tossed a chair during a confrontation with Paige” and that “she had observed Miller physcially batter other people on the show including physically pushing Kelly Hyland’s face, pinching another student until she bled and violently grabbing another student by the arm.” According to the suit,  “Miller is paid to be abusive and bullying to her students and provoke arguments with the mothers in front of the children.”

Miller’s physical altercation with Kelly Hyland was documented in season four, which resulted in a separate $5 million lawsuit in February.

 

Joy in Newbridge: 'The Best Show' is coming back

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The Best Show, Tom Scharpling’s beloved long-running radio comedy program (and podcast), had its ostensible final show on home station WFMU last December, but the host never claimed that was the end of the show’s 13-plus year run. Rumors swirled about a live tour with cohort Jon Wurster (who voiced most of The Best Show‘s memorable characters), but Scharpling remained cagey. He still is, but he announced via a slew of tweets today—the 14th anniversary of The Best Show‘s rebirth on WFMU—that it’s coming back.

Just how it will all be back remains a mystery for the moment. But it’s coming back next month—”or thereabouts,” as the poster says. Philly Boy Roy lives.

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