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'Fraggle Rock', 'Boondock Saints' actor Gerard Parkes dies at 90

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.”

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:

'People' debuts exclusive photos from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's intimate wedding

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Hollywood’s most famous couple may have exchanged vows on the sly over a week ago, but Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have decided to share photos and details from their intimate ceremony, which People debuted exclusively in conjunction with Hello! magazine in this week’s issue.

“It was important to us that the day was relaxed and full of laughter,” Pitt and Jolie told People of their Aug. 23 ceremony held at the family’s estate in France. “It was such a special day to share with our children and a very happy time for our family.”

The family affair, attended by just 20 people, integrated each of the couple’s six children in meaningful ways leading up to and during the ceremony. Not only did the kids help write the vows, bake the cake, and create designs for Jolie’s custom veil, they also teamed up to escort their mom down the aisle, and serve as flower girls and ring bearers.

For more details on the wedding,  Jolie’s gown and veil (created by close friend and Atelier Versace mater tailor Luigi Massi) and Pitt’s suit (from his closet!), be sure to pick up this week’s issue of People.

Husband of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star sentenced to eight years in prison

Apollo Nida, the husband of Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks, has been sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of federal fraud including conspiring to commit mail, wire, and bank fraud.

At the sentencing hearing in Atlanta, Nida was also ordered to pay restitution to victims of a $2.3 million scheme. According to the report, Nida and his co-conspirators were able to launder money by opening bank accounts using the names of their victims.

[The Associated Press]

Tracy Morgan leaves the hospital and enters a rehab center

30 Rock‘s Tracy Morgan, who was severely injured in a six-car accident on June 7, was released from hospital care and transferred to an undisclosed rehab center today, his rep confirms for EW. He is expected to remain in the rehab facility for several weeks.

“While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go,” his rep said. “He and Megan wanted to publicly express their deepest gratitude to everyone at Robert Wood Johnson University for the unbelievable care and attention they provided him.”

The accident, which occurred around 1 a.m., left Morgan in critical condition for several days. However, last week, Morgan’s condition was upgraded to fair. Morgan sustained multiple injuries in the accident including a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs. Comedian James McNair, who goes by the stage name Jimmy Mack, was killed in the crash.

Following the accident, 35-year-old truck driver Kevin Roper of Jonesboro, Georgia was charged with causing the multi-vehicle crash and faces one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.

 

Charlize Theron compares press scrutiny to 'rape'

Constant scrutiny of her private life is akin to rape, Charlize Theron told Sky News.

When asked by a British reporter about the “intrusive” nature of online stories, the star of A Million Ways To Die In The West said she avoids Googling herself because “when you start living in that world, and doing that, you start feeling … raped.”

“There are certain things in my life that I think of as very sacred,” she told the reporter. “I’m very protective over them.”

Theron was in London promoting her new film when a local tabloid ran a picture of the 38-year-old leaving a hotel with her young son. Her relationship with Sean Penn has also generated considerable press in recent months.

In 2010, Twilight actress Kristen Stewart apologized for comparing the experience of being photographed by paparazzi to that of a woman being raped in an interview with British Elle.

Watch the controversial Theron interview below:

Bruce Willis welcomes fifth daughter

It’s a girl for Bruce Willis and his wife, model Emma Heming-Willis who welcomed daughter Evelyn Penn Willis on Monday, May 5, according to People.

Willis’ baby girl weighed 8 pounds and 10 ounces. For the couple, who recently celebrated their fifth anniversary, this is their second child together (they are already the parents to daughter Mabel Ray, 2.) A statement from the rep says that “both mother and baby are healthy and doing beautifully.”

Looks like Willis will have to become even more of a multi-tasker when it comes to being a dad — he’s already a father to three daughters from his previous marriage with Demi Moore: 20-year-old Tallulah, 22-year-old Scout, and 25-year-old Rumer.

 

'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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Cate Blanchett cancels morning show appearances after Philip Seymour Hoffman's death

Cate Blanchett, one of the stars of George Clooney’s Monuments Men, which opens this weekend, canceled her promotional morning show appearances. The Oscar-winner had been scheduled to appear on both Good Morning America and Live! With Kelly and Michael on Wednesday.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blanchett’s rep said the interviews were canceled “to allow Cate the time and privacy to grieve for the loss of her friend Philip Seymour Hoffman.”

Blanchett starred with Hoffman in 1999’s The Talented Mr. Ripley. She and her husband Andrew Upton remained close to Hoffman throughout the years.

'Rudolph' animator Arthur Rankin Jr. dies at 89

Arthur Rankin Jr., a director, producer, and animator best known for creating the classic stop-motion Christmas specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman, died Thursday at home in Bermuda, THR reported Friday. He was 89.

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