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Game show host Geoff Edwards dies at 83

Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and ’80s host of TV game shows including Jackpot! and two incarnations of Treasure Hunt, died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.

Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John’s hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Westbrook said.

Edwards also worked as a radio DJ and actor, appearing on TV shows including Petticoat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie, and Diff’rent Strokes.

“Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and television personalities I’ve worked with,” said fellow game show host Wink Martindale. The two were DJs at pop radio station KMPC in Los Angeles. READ FULL STORY

French filmmaker Alain Resnais dies at 91

Alain Resnais, the seminal French filmmaker whose cryptic Last Year at Marianbad extended its influence across generations, has died.

He was 91, and was editing drafts of his next project from his hospital bed, according to producer Jean-Louis Livi, who was working on the film with him.

Resnais, who died Saturday, was renowned for reinventing himself during each of his full-length films, which included the acclaimed Hiroshima Mon Amour in 1959 and most recently Life of Riley, which was honored at the Berlin Film Festival just weeks ago.

“He was a man of the highest quality, a genius,” Livi told France Info radio on Sunday, confirming Resnais’ death with “enormous sadness, accompanied by enormous pride.” READ FULL STORY

Jim Lange, 'The Dating Game' host, dies

Jim Lange, the first host of the popular game show The Dating Game, has died at his home in Mill Valley, Calif. He was 81.

He died Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his wife Nancy told The Associated Press Wednesday.

Though Lange had a successful career in radio, he is best known for his television role on ABC’s The Dating Game, which debuted in 1965 and on which he appeared for more than a decade, charming audiences with his mellifluous voice and wide, easygoing grin.

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'The Warriors' star Roger Hill dies

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Roger Hill, best known for the 1979 cult classic The Warriors, passed away last week at the age of 65 in New York. The cause of death was not reported.

Hill’s career was mostly spent in the theater, in multiple Off Broadway and touring productions. He also played Alec Lowndes on ABC’s One Life to Live from 1982-85.

The native New Yorker graduated from the City College of New York and later spent time working as a part-time librarian and writing poetry. He is survived by his only son, film editor Chris W. Hill.

Man guilty in crash that killed Usher stepson

A man has been convicted of homicide by vessel in a Georgia jet ski crash that killed R&B singer Usher’s 11-year-old stepson.

A Hall County jury on Thursday also found Jeffrey Hubbard guilty of serious injury by vessel, reckless operation of a vessel, unlawful operation of a personal watercraft and a boat traffic violation. The summer 2012 crash on Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta killed Kile Glover and left another teen severely injured.

Investigators have said the jet ski Hubbard was riding hit the children as they were being towed on an inner tube. Glover died of head injuries six days later.

Hubbard’s attorneys argued that what happened was a tragic accident and wasn’t linked to recklessness.

Philip Seymour Hoffman's will: Son should be raised in NYC, Chicago, or San Francisco

Philip Seymour Hoffman built a career in Hollywood, but his will shows he thought childhood was best spent in New York City, Chicago or San Francisco. The Oscar-winning actor’s will was filed Wednesday, about two weeks after he was found dead in his Manhattan apartment of an apparent heroin overdose.

The will was signed in 2004, when only the eldest of Hoffman’s three children had been born. It was Hoffman’s “strong desire” that his son grow up in or near those cities — and in New York, specifically in Manhattan — or at least visit them twice or more per year, the will says.

“The purpose of this request is so that my son will be exposed to the culture, arts and architecture that such cities offer,” Hoffman’s will reads.

Papers filed with the will value Hoffman’s estate simply at “$500,000-plus.” The estate is bequeathed largely to his longtime partner, Mimi O’Donnell, with a trust fund for their son, now nearly 11.

The accompanying papers also note the boy’s two younger sisters, who are 7 and 5. The lawyer who filed the papers didn’t immediately respond to phone and email messages Wednesday evening. READ FULL STORY

'Empire Strikes Back' and 'Absolutely Fabulous' actor Christopher Malcolm dies at age 67

Actor Christopher Malcolm has died at the age of 67. In the early ’70s, the Scottish-born Malcolm originated the part of Brad Majors in the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show and co-produced a West End revival of the cult musical in 1990. But the actor was probably best known for playing the character of Zev Senesca in Star Wars sequel The Empire Strikes Back and Saffy’s father Justin in the beloved British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. His other acting credits included 1980’s mercenary action movie The Dogs of War, Warren Beatty-directed Reds (1981), and Highlander and Labyrinth (both released in 1986).

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Lawsuit filed over Jenni Rivera plane crash death

The husband of Jenni Rivera is suing the owners of the plane that crashed in northern Mexico in December 2012, killing the Mexican-American pop star and six others.

City News Service says former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Esteban Loaiza filed the wrongful death case Friday in Los Angeles.

Among other things, the lawsuit claims that the pilots weren’t licensed to fly paying passengers.

Rivera sold more than 15 million records.

The 43-year-old superstar filed for divorce from Loaiza two months before the crash, but the lawsuit says he continued to receive financial benefits from her.

A call to Mark Velasquez, a San Diego attorney representing plane owner Starwood Management, wasn’t immediately returned.

Julia Roberts' half-sister dead of apparent overdose

Nancy Motes, Julia Roberts’ half-sister, has died of an apparent drug overdose, according to a statement released by her family. The 37-year-old was the youngest sister of Julia and actor Eric Roberts.

“It is with deep sadness that the family of Nancy Motes … confirms that she was found dead in Los Angeles yesterday of an apparent drug overdose,” the statement, obtained by People, says. “There is no official report from the Coroner’s office yet. The family is both shocked and devastated.”

Philip Seymour Hoffman mourned by Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, more at New York funeral

Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Amy Adams, and Ellen Burstyn have paid their respects to Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor widely considered among the best of his generation. Hoffman’s private funeral was held Friday in Manhattan. It ended with pallbearers bringing the coffin out of the church and putting it back in the hearse.

The list of mourners also included Michelle Williams, Julianne Moore, Joaquin Phoenix, Louis C.K., Mary Louise Parker, John Slattery, Jerry Stiller, Marisa Tomei, Spike Lee, and Diane Sawyer and her director husband, Mike Nichols.

Hoffman, 46, was found dead Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose in his apartment. He leaves behind his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.

The actor’s body was carried into the church by pallbearers and O’Donnell — holding their youngest child — followed. Playwright David Bar Katz, who found Hoffman’s body, looked visibly upset as he arrived.
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