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'Glee' star Lauren Potter appointed to Obama committee

Actress Lauren Potter is known to Glee fans as Sue Sylvester’s right hand woman Becky Jackson, but the 21-year-old has been given an even more high-profile new role.

According to CNN.com, Potter has been appointed by President Barack Obama as a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, which “provides advice about intellectual disabilities to the president and the secretary of Health and Human Services. This can include education, homeownership and workplace integration issues. This committee consists of 21 citizen members appointed by the president and 13 federal government members who meet periodically over a year and report findings to the president.” READ FULL STORY

Hal Kanter, Emmy-winning writer, has died

Legendary Emmy-winning comedy writer, director, and producer Hal Kanter has passed away at the age of 92 due to complications from pneumonia, according to the Los Angeles Times. Kanter had a career that spanned nearly seven decades and his unparalleled resume included creating the groundbreaking NBC sitcom, Julia, working as a writer and producer on Chico and the Man, and, perhaps most notably, writing the Oscar telecast for nearly 33 years. Two of Kanter’s three Emmys came from his work on the Academy Awards. (His first Emmy was for the variety program The George Gobel Show.)

In addition to the indelible mark he left on television, which also included creating The Jimmy Stewart Show and working briefly as an executive producer on All in the Family, Kanter wrote for the big screen as well. His film credits include writing Road to Bali, Money From Home, Artists and Models, Pocket Full of Miracles, and The Rose Tattoo, which he collaborated on with Tennessee Williams. Kanter stepped behind the camera on occasion, directing the 1957 Elvis Presley drama Loving You, which he also co-wrote.

A recipient of the Writers Guild of America’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television, Kanter penned his memoir So Far, So Funny: My Life in Show Business in 1999 and was described by the LA Times as being “the go-to wit to act as master of ceremonies or speak at Hollywood functions and other events.” Carl Reiner echoed the sentiment, telling the Times, “What a dear man. He was considered one of the wits of the industry; there’s no question about it. Any time he was called upon, he always could make the audience laugh.”

Jessica Simpson confirms pregnancy on Twitter

Kim Kardashian isn’t the only former reality television newlywed making headlines this Halloween.

After weeks of speculation, EW has confirmed that Jessica Simpson is pregnant with her first child. Simpson, 31, made the announcement on her Twitter feed Monday afternoon. The singer and fashion designer posted a photo of herself in Halloween mummy garb, posing and cradling her growing baby bump. “It’s true – I’m going to be a mummy!” she Tweeted.

Simpson became engaged to her baby’s father, former NFL player Eric Johnson, last November. She was previously married to Nick Lachey.

NBA cancels all games in November due to lockout

So much for yesterday’s optimism that the NBA lockout might soon be over: After labor negotiations stalled out again, Commissioner David Stern announced on Friday that all games through the end of November have been canceled. “It’s not practical, possible or prudent to have a full season now,” Stern told reporters. On Oct. 10, the league scrapped the first two weeks of the season, which was set to tip off on Nov. 1.

Aerosmith concert in Paraguay postponed after Steven Tyler falls in hotel bathroom

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler suffered minor injuries after falling in a hotel bathroom in Paraguay on Tuesday, prompting the band to postpone tonight’s concert until tomorrow, reports the AP.
The 63-year-old singer and American Idol judge was treated at a hospital in Asuncion for facial cuts and needed dental implants after breaking two teeth. A spokesman for the concert organizers called the accident “small,” noting: “He is fine, he’s in his hotel but he’s not able to do the concert.”
In the summer of 2009, Tyler broke his shoulder after tumbling off the stage during a South Dakota gig, forcing the cancellation of the remaining dates on Aerosmith’s North American tour.

Andy Rooney staying in hospital after complications from surgery

60 Minutes icon Andy Rooney remains in the hospital after suffering “serious complications” during minor surgery last week, according to CBS News. He is currently listed in stable condition. The 92-year-old Rooney worked at CBS for 62 years, and his final “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” segment aired on the Oct. 2 edition of 60 Minutes.

'Big Bang Theory' star Kaley Cuoco engaged

The Big Bang Theory‘s Kaley Cuoco is engaged to Josh “Lazie” Resnik, an addiction specialist, People reports. The 25-year-old, who also starred on Charmed and 8 Simple Rules, has yet to set a wedding date with Resnik. “The surprise proposal took place during a quiet date night at home,” her rep says. “The couple are very happy and excited to begin planning their wedding.”

Zachary Quinto comes out as 'a gay man'

Though he’s been cagey about his sexuality in the past, Star Trek star Zachary Quinto refers to himself as “a gay man” in an interview with New York magazine about his new film Margin Call. While speaking about his recent Broadway stint in Angels in America, Quinto remarked, “As a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.” Quinto will next be seen playing a gay interior designer on FX’s American Horror Story.

UPDATE: Quinto has written a blog entry on his official website about his decision to come out. He was inspired to do so after the highly publicized suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer.

when i found out that jamey rodemeyer killed himself – i felt deeply troubled.  but when i found out that jamey rodemeyer had made an it gets better video only months before taking his own life – i felt indescribable despair.  i also made an it gets better video last year – in the wake of the senseless and tragic gay teen suicides that were sweeping the nation at the time.  but in light of jamey’s death – it became clear to me in an instant that living a gay life without publicly acknowledging it – is simply not enough to make any significant contribution to the immense work that lies ahead on the road to complete equality.  our society needs to recognize the unstoppable momentum toward unequivocal civil equality for every gay lesbian bisexual and transgendered citizen of this country.  gay kids need to stop killing themselves because they are made to feel worthless by cruel and relentless bullying.  parents need to teach their children principles of respect and acceptance.  we are witnessing an enormous shift of collective consciousness throughout the world.  we are at the precipice of great transformation within our culture and government.  i believe in the power of intention to change the landscape of our society – and it is my intention to live an authentic life of compassion and integrity and action.  jamey rodemeyer’s life changed mine.  and while his death only makes me wish that i had done this sooner – i am eternally grateful to him for being the catalyst for change within me.  now i can only hope to serve as the same catalyst for even one other person in this world.  that – i believe – is all that we can ask of ourselves and of each other.

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Jack Osbourne to be a dad

On the heels of his recently announced engagement, Jack Osbourne will confirm on this evening’s Piers Morgan Tonight that he and fiancée Lisa Stelly are expecting their first child together, reports People. Jack sat beside his parents Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, who will be first-time grandparents, for the interview. They both expressed unreserved support and excitement, as did Jack’s sister Kelly, who tweeted the baby news late last night. Despite his history as a reality star, Jack told Morgan, “I’m not going to do a reality show.” The father-to-be prefers to be behind the scenes these days as producer, most recently on the well-received documentary about his father, God Bless Ozzy Osbourne.

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Netflix abandons plan to spin-off DVD service

Netflix has reversed its decision to spin-off the company’s DVD delivery option into a new service called Qwikster, according to the New York Times. “Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that,” Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings said in a statement. “There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.”

On September 18, Netflix announced its intention to separate the company’s online streaming and DVD-by-mail services. The plan attracted criticism from users and prompted the price of Netflix stock to slide.

Many Netflix customers had already been disturbed by a recent price increase which raised the cost of having both online streaming and DVD-by-mail delivery from $10 to $16 a month. That increase is unaffected by today’s announcement.

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