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Regina King's son, 26, dies by suicide, report says

Regina King’s only child, son Ian Alexander Jr., has died, the actress confirmed.

Though King did not detail a cause of death, People reported that Alexander died by suicide. His 26th birthday was Wednesday.

“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King, 51, said in a statement sent to the outlet.

“He is ...Read more

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Whoopi Goldberg returns as Guinan in 'Star Trek: Picard'

Whoopi Goldberg is returning to the Final Frontier.

The official trailer out Friday for the upcoming second season of “Star Trek: Picard” revealed that the Oscar-winning actress is beaming back to the franchise for the first time since 1994.

Goldberg reprises her role as Guinan, a recurring role she played on “Star Trek: The Next ...Read more

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Appreciation: He would do anything for rock (yes, even that): How Meat Loaf turned shamelessness into stardom

Beyond the limits of taste — over the top of it, you might say — lies true ecstasy.

That was the wisdom embedded in the loud, lusty, gloriously sweaty music of Meat Loaf, who spent half a century watching other rock stars peer over the cliff of vulgarity as he happily leaped into the void time after time.

In songs like “Paradise by the ...Read more

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In final video, Betty White thanks fans days before her death

Days before she passed away, Betty White wanted to say “thank you for being a friend.”

A new video on her official Facebook page was posted, offering fans a final message from the late, great TV icon, who died Dec. 31, weeks before her 100th birthday.

“I just wanted to thank you all for your love and support over the years. Thank you so ...Read more

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Louie Anderson was the 'token white guy' in 'Coming to America.' And he loved that

Louie Anderson landed a part in “Coming to America,” Eddie Murphy’s 1988 cult classic, because of a kind gesture. And he had no idea it would revamp his film career.

The “Baskets” star, who died Friday from cancer complications, was introduced to new audiences when he played a well-meaning employee at the fast-food chain McDowell’s ...Read more

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Kanye West demands 'final edit and approval' on Netflix doc 'Jeen-Yuhs' ahead of Sundance premiere

Ye aka Kanye West, already one of the most influential and polarizing pop figures of his generation, is demanding control over an upcoming Netflix documentary poised to stir even more debate about his legacy.

“I’m going to say this kindly for the last time,” the Grammy-winning rapper wrote on Instagram on Friday, two days before the first...Read more

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Mace Neufeld, producer of 'The Omen' and the Jack Ryan spy franchise, dies

LOS ANGELES — Producer Mace Neufeld, whose credits over his nearly 50-year Hollywood career included hits such as “The Omen,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “The Equalizer,” has died at his home in Beverly Hills.

Neufeld died peacefully in his sleep Friday morning, according to his wife, Diane Conn. He was 93.

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Sam Waterston returns as Jack McCoy in 'Law & Order' revival teaser

In the criminal justice system, Jack McCoy is back.

Sam Waterston will reprise the role of the district attorney, who he played for 16 seasons of “Law & Order” when the original incarnation returns with new episodes and faces next month.

The revival on Thursday dropped a 15-second teaser, in which Waterston has the lone line: “It’s OK ...Read more

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Fugees cancel 25th anniversary reunion tour

Ready or not, they won’t come.

The Fugees have pulled the plug on their eagerly anticipated reunion tour celebrating the 25th anniversary of “The Score.”

The iconic hip-hop group — comprised of Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel — announced Friday afternoon the 12-city international jaunt was scrapped due to the pandemic.

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Minnesota comedy legend Louie Anderson dies of cancer at 68

MINNEAPOLIS — Louie Anderson, the Emmy-winning comedian who used his self-deprecating wit and deep affection for Minnesota to bring laughter to the world, died Friday from cancer in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 68.

"We're all devastated," said his nephew Josh Frohlaug, who followed in his uncle's footsteps as a stand-up. "He was not only a ...Read more

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas are new parents. And that's all they're revealing

Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas announced Friday that they are new parents, fulfilling a hint she dropped early last year.

“We are overjoyed to confirm that we have welcomed a baby via surrogate,” the couple said in a message posted simultaneously on their social media accounts.

But — boy or girl? Don’t know. Name? No idea. Length...Read more

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Baja Beach Fest announces 2022 lineup, including Daddy Yankee, Anuel AA and Banda MS

SAN DIEGO — Baja Beach Fest, the Rosarito Beach reggaeton and Latin trap music festival that debuted in 2018 and was canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, has announced its 2022 lineup.

The headliners include two leading Puerto Rican rappers and singers, Daddy Yankee and Anuel AA, along with the Mazatlan banda music group Banda MS.

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Meat Loaf sang for Motown, got start in Detroit before 'Bat Out of Hell' fame

DETROIT — Well before the platinum records and packed arenas, Meat Loaf was a striving singer with a stint in Detroit and an obscure Motown release under his belt.

Meat Loaf, who died Thursday at 74, would go on to describe his brief time in Detroit as a happy accident. But it was also a crucial chapter in the saga of the singer-actor raised ...Read more

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Louie Anderson tributes: He 'left this world a funnier and better place'

Louie Anderson is being remembered as much for his kindness as for his ability to make others laugh.

Friends and fans took to social media to share tributes to Anderson, the veteran comedian who died Friday at age 68 of complications from cancer.

“This is such sad news,” filmmaker Paul Feig posted on Twitter. “Louie was a friend and ...Read more

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What TV critic recommends watching this week

'Secrets of Playboy'

Any nostalgic affection you have for the late Hugh Hefner may vanish by the time you get through this four-part series. While the Playboy founder gets some credit for his stance on civil rights, most of the 10 episodes set out to portray him as a manipulator, illusionist and hypocrite whose alleged kinks included inviting ...Read more

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Review: Hilarious and profound, the new 'Fraggle Rock' is a thing of beauty

After more than three decades, Jim Henson's "Fraggle Rock" received a full-series revival Friday on Apple TV+, fashioned as a 13-part serial, with episodic elements, that plays adroitly to the original's themes of interdependence and self-acceptance. Apple had earlier streamed "Fraggle Rock: Rock On!," a modestly produced series of shorts from ...Read more

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'Parenthood' told a flawed autism story. This time, Jason Katims vowed to 'do better'

LOS ANGELES — A few years ago, Jason Katims, the TV writer behind shows like "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood," started to think about what adulthood would look like for his maturing son who is on the spectrum.

"There's a lot that is written about children with autism, but the idea of adults with autism is less explored," says Katims, ...Read more

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André Leon Talley's career took him around the world, but his heart stayed in Durham

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As the fashion and entertainment world mourn internationally renowned fashion journalist André Leon Talley, who died Jan. 18, those who knew him in his hometown of Durham remember him for his unapologetic fashion style and confidence.

As a global fashion icon, Talley was a French-speaking 6’6” Black man from the Jim ...Read more

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In the 1990s, comedy helped heal a 'divided' LA This new docuseries tells the story

LOS ANGELES — The "Phat Tuesdays" comedy showcase was more than a laughing matter.

Started in the mid-1990s, the special night devoted to Black comics at the Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip helped launch the careers of future stars such as Steve Harvey, Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence and several others. But it was also a response to the racial ...Read more

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'Munich: The Edge of War' review: Historic thriller tackles inevitable

The handsome and involving brink-of-WWII drama "Munich: The Edge of War" does a decent enough job of making viewers believe something they know happened might not happen.

It's 1938 and Hitler is on the brink of invading Czechoslovakia. A pair of pals from Oxford University find themselves in the crosshairs of history: George MacKay (“1917") ...Read more