Porn legend Harry Reems dead at 65
Harry Reems at the New York City premiere of "Inside Deep Throat" in 2005.
March 20th, 2013
05:46 PM ET

Porn legend Harry Reems dead at 65

Harry Reems, the porn star best known for playing Dr. Young in the 1972 adult film classic "Deep Throat,"  died Tuesday, according to a spokeswoman at a Salt Lake City hospital. Reems, whose real name was Herbert Streicher, was 65.
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More court drama awaits Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan is accused of lying to a police officer, reckless driving and violating her probation for a shoplifting conviction.
March 18th, 2013
04:56 AM ET

More court drama awaits Lindsay Lohan

The soap opera that is Lindsay Lohan offers more drama after the actress missed a Sunday night flight to Los Angeles, where she goes on trial Monday morning.

With no more red-eye flights heading west, Lohan called on a Los Angeles-based beverage company for which she has made promotional appearances.

"Thanks Mr. Pink for the private jet see you all in a few hours in LA," Lohan tweeted early Monday. Mr. Pink makes "premium ginseng-infused wellness beverages," according to its website.

Fortunately for Lohan, the courthouse where her trial is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. is just two miles from Los Angeles International Airport.

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March 18th, 2013
02:06 AM ET

Doctor won't testify in Jackson death trial

Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Michael Jackson's personal physician, is refusing to testify in the wrongful death lawsuit that the singer's mother filed against concert promoter AEG Live.

If called, he will plead the fifth so as not to incriminate himself, the doctor said in a statement sent to the Jackson family.

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Oprah Winfrey to deliver Harvard address
March 4th, 2013
09:01 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey to deliver Harvard address

Oprah Winfrey will deliver the commencement address at Harvard University's 362nd graduation ceremony on May 30, the university said Monday.

"Oprah's journey from her grandmother's Mississippi farm to becoming one of the world's most admired women is one of the great American success stories," Harvard President Drew Faust said in a statement posted to the Harvard Gazette website Monday.

"She has used her extraordinary influence and reach as a force for good in the world, with a constant focus on the importance of educational opportunity and the virtues of serving others."

Winfrey will speak at the school's "Afternoon Exercises," which also serves as the Harvard Alumni Association's annual meeting, the school said.

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March 4th, 2013
04:13 AM ET

Kellie Pickler's drummer seriously injured

A drummer for country music star Kellie Pickler was seriously injured in a massive crash on Interstate 65 in Kentucky, officials said.

Gregg Lohman, 36, was airlifted from the crash site Saturday with head and neck injuries, Master Trooper Norman Chaffins of Kentucky State Police told CNN affiliate WAVE. Lohman was in critical but stable condition Sunday at a Louisville hospital.

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Miracles singer Bobby Rogers dies
Bobby Rogers, far left, poses with other members of the Miracles -- including frontman Smokey Robinson -- in the mid-1960s.
March 3rd, 2013
09:49 PM ET

Miracles singer Bobby Rogers dies

Bobby Rogers, an original member of Motown staple The Miracles, has died, the group's longtime front man Smokey Robinson announced Sunday. He was 73.

Robinson, Rogers and the rest of the Miracles were a cornerstone act for writer-producer Berry Gordy's infant Motown Records, putting songs such as "Shop Around," "Tracks of My Tears" and "The Tears of a Clown" on the R&B and pop charts throughout the 1960s. After Robinson left the group, the Miracles had a No. 1 hit with "Love Machine" in 1976.

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Actress Bonnie Franklin dies
Bonnie Franklin's character Ann Romano "helped define and illuminate the role of single working mothers," CBS said.
March 1st, 2013
02:53 PM ET

Actress Bonnie Franklin dies

A star of the long-running TV show "One Day at a Time" has died.

Actress Bonnie Franklin died Friday due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69.

Her "One Day at a Time" character, Ann Romano, was "ground-breaking," CBS said in a statement, because it "helped define and illuminate the role of single working mothers within the cultural landscape."

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Cowboy actor Dale Robertson dead at 89
Actor Dale Robertson died Tuesday. He was 89.
February 28th, 2013
04:05 PM ET

Cowboy actor Dale Robertson dead at 89

Dale Robertson learned that he had Stage 4 cancer just last week, while he was being treated for pneumonia.

Robertson, whose horse expertise, Oklahoma roots and handsome looks helped him win cowboy roles in 1950s and '60s, died this week at age 89, his wife said Thursday.

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Classical pianist Van Cliburn dead at 78
Van Cliburn, whose 1958 victory in a major Moscow competition swelled U.S. pride when it was near a Cold War low, died Wednesday.
February 27th, 2013
12:32 PM ET

Classical pianist Van Cliburn dead at 78

Van Cliburn, a classical pianist honored by a New York ticker-tape parade for winning a major Moscow competition in 1958, died Wednesday after a battle with bone cancer, his publicist said.

"He died peacefully in his Fort Worth, Texas, home ... surrounded by loved ones," spokeswoman Mary Lou Falcone said.

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Bobby Brown ordered to jail for DUI
Nobby Brown performs in Newark, New Jersey, on February 19, 2012.
February 27th, 2013
11:18 AM ET

Bobby Brown ordered to jail for DUI

After two drunken driving convictions in a year, singer Bobby Brown is going to jail for 55 days.

Brown, 44, has been ordered to report to Los Angeles County jail on March 20 after he pleaded guilty to charges including driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license, according to city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan.

Brown's most recent arrest came in October, when he was pulled over on Ventura Boulevard. His license had been suspended because of an earlier drunken driving charge from an April arrest.

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Jackson kids' death lawsuit set for trial
Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson and Paris Jackson speak on stage during the "Michael Forever Tribute Concert" in 2011.
February 25th, 2013
03:42 PM ET

Jackson kids' death lawsuit set for trial

The lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's three children and mother that accuses a concert promoter of contributing to the pop icon's death can go to trial, a Los Angeles judge tentatively ruled Monday.

The trial for the wrongful death lawsuit against AEG Live, filed by Jackson matriarch Katherine Jackson and his children, Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson, is set for April.  A final order on Monday's decision has not been issued yet.

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Globovision excluded from broadcasting system
Globovision Vice President Carlos Zuloaga says the move is an attempt by the Venezuelan government to push his company "to the side."
February 22nd, 2013
05:57 PM ET

Globovision excluded from broadcasting system

The television broadcaster Globovision, long critical of the Venezuelan government, has been excluded from government plans to switch broadcast formats from analog to digital, Reporters Without Borders said Friday.

Globovision, which is Venezuela's sole national television broadcaster that routinely criticizes the government, "has been excluded from a new system of Open Digital Television (TDA), which the government launched on February 20 in a televised announcement that all the broadcast media had to carry," the advocacy group reported.

"Under the TDA system, all TV stations currently broadcasting by means of an analogue signal will eventually have to switch to a digitally processed signal in order to continue operating," it said.

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February 20th, 2013
02:18 PM ET

TV anchor resigns after choking accusation

A news anchor for WCBS in New York City has resigned following allegations that he choked his wife in their Connecticut home, a WCBS spokeswoman said Wednesday.

The anchor, Rob Morrison, said in a statement released Wednesday that his "family is my first and only priority right now."

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Jackson son debuts as entertainment reporter
February 19th, 2013
03:49 AM ET

Jackson son debuts as entertainment reporter

As an heir to the King of Pop, Prince Michael Jackson should not have to work, but at age 16, he has taken a gig as a reporter for "Entertainment Tonight."

After receiving an on-camera coaching session on journalism techniques from ET's Brooke Anderson, Jackson recorded his first interview. The topic: an upcoming remake of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."

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February 6th, 2013
07:41 PM ET

'Star Wars' makeup master Stuart Freeborn dead at 98

Stuart Freeborn, the "Star Wars" makeup artist who helped create Chewbacca, Yoda, Jabba the Hutt and the otherworldly creatures in the trilogy's famous barroom scene, has died, Lucasfilm said Wednesday.

He was 98.

A creature effects artist, Freeborn also worked on other film classics and was responsible for creating the apelike human ancestors in the "Dawn of Man" sequence in "2001: A Space Odyssey."

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Beyoncé: I lip-synced during inauguration performance
After Beyoncé's much-heralded performance of the national anthem, an inaugural official said she had not actually sung it.
January 31st, 2013
03:57 PM ET

Beyoncé: I lip-synced during inauguration performance

Responding to the controversy about whether she sang live or lip-synced during her performance at the presidential inauguration earlier this month, Beyoncé Knowles said Thursday that she "decided to sing along with the prerecorded track."

"I did not feel comfortable taking a risk," she said.

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Burt Reynolds in intensive care after coming down with flu, rep says
Burt Reynolds was among Hollywood's most popular actors in the 1970s and 1980s, thanks to his leading roles in movies like "Smokey and the Bandit" -- as he is shown in here, facing off with actress Sally Fields.
January 25th, 2013
08:26 PM ET

Burt Reynolds in intensive care after coming down with flu, rep says

Actor Burt Reynolds is in intensive care in a Florida hospital, where he went for treatment of flu symptoms, one of his representatives said Friday.

Reynolds was dehydrated when he went to the hospital, and was eventually transferred to its intensive care unit, his representative Erik Kritzer told CNN.

"He is doing better at this time," Kritzer said late Friday afternoon of the 76-year-old actor. "We expect, as soon as he gets more fluids, he will be back in a regular room."

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Shakira, Gerard Pique welcome baby boy
January 22nd, 2013
09:58 PM ET

Shakira, Gerard Pique welcome baby boy

You might think of Italy's fashion capital when you hear the word Milan, but pop singer Shakira and soccer star Gerard Pique say that isn't what they had in mind when they named their baby boy.

Milan Pique Mebarak was born at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday in Barcelona, Spain, according to an announcement posted on Shakira's website.

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Marines first say Beyonce lip-synched, then backpedal
Beyonce Knowles was chosen to perform the national anthem at yesterday's presidential inauguration in Washington.
January 22nd, 2013
12:57 PM ET

Marines first say Beyonce lip-synched, then backpedal

[Updated at 6:22 p.m. ET] Hours after a U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman said Beyonce lip-synched the national anthem during President Obama's inauguration yesterday, the Marine Corps is backpedaling.

The Marine Corps said in a statement that no one in their organization "is in a position to assess whether [Beyonce's vocal performance] was live or pre-recorded."

The conflicting reports from the Marines have yet to be clarified by a statement from Beyonce or her representatives, who have not responded to CNN's request for comment.

[Initial post, 12:57 p.m. ET] Beyonce's rendition of the national anthem at President Obama's inaugural yesterday was certainly lovely, but apparently not live.

According to a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band, the pop star opted to use a "pre-recording" of her rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner" during inaugural ceremonies in Washington Monday.

"We don't know why the decision was made," U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois said. "She did not actually sing," DuBois added, noting Beyonce lip-synched her own voice.

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The Buzz: Fiasco performance ends in ... fiasco
Lupe Fiasco's performance ended at a Sunday inauguration concert ended early.
January 21st, 2013
12:34 PM ET

The Buzz: Fiasco performance ends in ... fiasco

Twitter is still buzzing about rapper Lupe Fiasco’s removal from the stage during a Sunday inauguration concert in Washington.

Concert promoter @hypervocal released a statement saying Fiasco was asked to move on after a “bizarrely repetitive performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied.”

Fans are saying anti-Obama rhetoric contained in a song he was performing prompted his removal. We may never know for sure why Fiasco got the hook - but the lyrics to his "Words I Never Said," as posted by Reddit, might provide a clue (contains strong language).

Self-described hip-hop historian and journalist @mrdaveyd blogged about the incident, but admits he wasn’t there.

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