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Oprah Winfrey to sell Harpo Studios in Chicago

Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years.

Winfrey filmed The Oprah Winfrey Show at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.

“We have entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay for the four-building Harpo Studios campus in Chicago’s West Loop,” Harpo told Crain’s Chicago Business in a statement. “We expect the transaction to be closed in 30 days. The property will be leased back to Harpo for two years and the studio will continue to produce programming for OWN.”

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Producer of early Grammy, NFL telecasts Ted Bergmann dies at 93

The producer of early Grammy and National Football League telecasts has died.

Ted Bergmann’s wife, Beverly, says the veteran producer died Sunday following surgery in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 93.

Bergmann started his television career at NBC in 1947. He went on to work in advertising, where he matched companies such as Coca-Cola and Colgate with entertainment properties. The group behind the Grammy Awards sought Bergmann’s help in 1962 to bring the ceremony to TV. He then produced the music awards show for seven years.

Bergmann served as president of the DuMont Television Network and televised early NFL games and live boxing. Other TV credits include “The Arthur Godfrey Show,” “Love Thy Neighbor” and “Three’s Company.”

Besides his wife, Bergmann is survived by six children, two stepsons, 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

'Honeymooners' star Sheila MacRae dies at 92

Sheila MacRae starred on the Broadway stage and in films, yet it was her small-screen role as the tolerant and brassy wife of a Brooklyn bus driver for which she is most remembered.

MacRae, best known for playing Alice Kramden to Jackie Gleason’s Ralph in the 1960s re-creation of “The Honeymooners,” died Thursday. She was 92.

The actress died at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., MacRae’s granddaughter, Allison Mullavey, told The Associated Press on Friday.

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'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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Emily Blunt and John Krasinski welcome baby, Hazel

Actress Emily Blunt and Office star John Krasinski have welcomed their first baby, a girl named Hazel.

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Simon Cowell tweets photos of newborn son

Simon Cowell has tweeted photographs of his newborn son, Eric. One of the shots features the former American Idol judge holding the baby and is accompanied by the message “I never knew how much love and pride I would feel.”

Cowell’s girlfriend Lauren Silverman gave birth to Eric on Friday in New York City.

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.

George Clooney, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Idris Elba honored at BAFTA Britannia Awards

George Clooney and Benedict Cumberbatch were honored last night at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles, according to the New York Times. Clooney received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film while Cumberbatch won the award for British Artist of the Year. Other winners included Idris Elba and Sacha Baron Cohen, who pranked the audience with a skit in which he seemed to push an old woman off the stage.

Winners of the Britannia awards are chosen by members of the Los Angeles arm of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

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'Catfish' subject Michael Fortunato dies at age 26

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Catfish‘s Michael Fortunato, who appeared on the season 2 episode “Ashley and Mike,” died from a pulmonary embolism in Hartford, Conn., on Saturday. He was 26.

Fortunato’s younger sister, Gena, confirmed the report to MTV News. Gena said Fortunato was driving himself to the hospital when he hit a fence. Paramedics then arrived and transported him to Hartford Hospital.

Although the autopsy has not yet been released, the chief medial examiner’s office in Farmington, Conn., revealed that Fortunato died of a pulmonary embolism due to deep vein thrombosis. Other contributing factors were obesity and cariomyopathy.

“I don’t even know where to start,” Gena told MTV. “He was a little kid at heart — a gentle giant. He’s somebody who put everybody before himself; everybody else came before him. The biggest heart that you’d ever meet.”

Mike’s fellow Catfish subject, Ashley Sawyer, also spoke about his death. “He would give anybody the last shirt he had — anything,” Sawyer said. “He would put his life on hold just to make sure other people moved forward. He always put people first.”

As for the couple, Sawyer said: “Me and him were very much in love… We were definitely moving forward. If more people were like Mike, everybody would be a little happier in the world.”

When they met online, Ashley sent Mike altered pictures of herself, while Mike had sent pics of another man. Though she initially rejected Mike after meeting him in person, their episode ended with them still in contact.

Chad Michael Murray ends engagement to Kenzie Dalton

Chad Michael Murray is back on the market.

The One Tree Hill star, who was once married to co-star Sophia Bush, has ended his engagement to Kenzie Dalton. People reports that the couple, who originally met when Dalton played a high school cheerleader on OTH, separated earlier this year.

Murray and Dalton first got engaged in 2006, just before his divorce from Bush was finalized.

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