'Three's Company' actress Ann Wedgeworth dies at 83

Nov 18, 2017 9

Actress Ann Wedgeworth, who gained fame on film and Broadway before taking on the role of a flirty divorcee on “Three’s Company,” has died at age 83.

Wedgeworth died Thursday in the New York area after a long illness, her daughter Dianna Martin said.

Wedgeworth landed her first Broadway role in the 1958 comedy “Make a Million” and continued to take on stage roles for decades. She won the 1978 Tony award for best featured actress in a play for her performance in Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two.”

She acted in several soap operas and also found success in Hollywood with roles alongside Gene Hackman in the 1973 film “Scarecrow” and Robert De Niro in “Bang the Drum Slowly” the same year.

But she’s perhaps best known for her brief tenure on the TV sitcom “Three’s Comedy,” where she played Lana Shields, an older woman with her eyes set on her young neighbor Jack, played by John Ritter.

She appeared on only nine episodes of the show before her character was written out, which she said took her by surprise. In a 1980 interview with People, Wedgeworth said she “had no warning or explanation. Suddenly everyone was very cold to me.”

Wedgeworth continued to tally TV and film credits for decades, including a starring role on the CBS series “Evening Shade” with Burt Reynolds from 1990 to 1994.

She was born in Abilene, Texas, in 1934. Her father was the superintendent of a local school and her mother died when Ann was 2 years old. After getting a drama degree from Southern Methodist University, she moved to New York City in the 1950s to pursue a theater career.

She married actor Rip Torn and the couple had a daughter, Danae Torn, before ending their five-year marriage in 1961. Wedgeworth later married acting teacher Ernest Martin and had her second daughter, Dianna Martin.

Wedgeworth is survived by her husband, her two daughters and stepsons Michael Martin and Greg Martin.

Lena Dunham defends 'Girls' writer-producer accused of raping underage actress

Nov 18, 2017 10

Lena Dunham sprung to the defense Friday of a male writer and executive producer on her TV show “Girls” who is accused of raping an actress when she was 17.

The following day, Dunham apologized on Twitter for her earlier statement saying she’d “naively believed” sharing her opinion from her vantage point “was important.” But she now understood “that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward” and said “I am so sorry.”

“Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case,” Dunham wrote. “We apologize to any woman who have been disappointed.”

Shortly after being posted, the tweet was taken down from the site.

According to The Wrap, “Passengers” actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report alleging that Murray Miller sexually assaulted her after a night out in Los Angeles in 2012.

“I woke up in Murray’s bed naked,” Perrineau said in a statement for a polygraph test she took in September, the site reported. “He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray.”

During their night out, Perrineau said she “repeatedly” told Miller she was 17.

Dunham — who tweeted last month that men who spoke out against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein were “more sexually irresistible (consensually, of course)” — issued a joint statement to The Hollywood Reporter with “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner.

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“During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified,” Dunham and Konner’s statement said. ” … But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller.

“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year,” the statement added. “… We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”

An attorney for Miller accused Perrineau of trying to extort money from him.

“After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who — on Ms. Perrineau’s behalf — sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims,” Don Walerstein told The Hollywood Reporter. “Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms. Perrineau go to the police.”

Miller was an executive producer or co-executive producer on 52 episodes of “Girls,” which ran for six seasons on HBO before going off the air earlier this year. He’s also worked on the animated shows “American Dad!” and “King of the Hill.”

Lena Dunham apologizes for defending 'Girls' writer-producer accused of raping underage actress

Nov 18, 2017 9

Lena Dunham apologized Saturday for defending a male writer and executive producer on her TV show “Girls” who is accused of raping an actress when she was 17.

In a new statement Dunham issued on Twitter, she said that she’d “naively believed” sharing her opinion of the situation from her vantage point “was important.” But she now understood “that it was absolutely the wrong time to come forward” and said “I am so sorry.”

“Every woman who comes forward deserves to be heard, fully and completely, and our relationship to the accused should not be part of the calculation anyone makes when examining her case,” Dunham wrote in regards to the statment she made Friday. “We apologize to any woman who have been disappointed.”

Shortly after being posted, the tweet was briefly taken down from the site before reappearing shortly thereafter.

According to The Wrap, “Passengers” actress Aurora Perrineau filed a police report alleging that Murray Miller sexually assaulted her after a night out in Los Angeles in 2012.

“I woke up in Murray’s bed naked,” Perrineau said in a statement for a polygraph test she took in September, the site reported. “He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray.”

During their night out, Perrineau said she “repeatedly” told Miller she was 17.

Dunham — who tweeted last month that men who spoke out against disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein were “more sexually irresistible (consensually, of course)” — issued a joint statement to The Hollywood Reporter with “Girls” showrunner Jenni Konner.

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“During the windfall of deeply necessary accusations over the last few months in Hollywood, we have been thrilled to see so many women’s voices heard and dark experiences in this industry justified,” Dunham and Konner’s statement said. ” … But during every time of change there are also incidences of the culture, in its enthusiasm and zeal, taking down the wrong targets. We believe, having worked closely with him for more than half a decade, that this is the case with Murray Miller.

“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3 percent of assault cases that are misreported every year,” the statement added. “… We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”

An attorney for Miller accused Perrineau of trying to extort money from him.

“After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who — on Ms. Perrineau’s behalf — sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims,” Don Walerstein told The Hollywood Reporter. “Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms. Perrineau go to the police.”

Miller was an executive producer or co-executive producer on 52 episodes of “Girls,” which ran for six seasons on HBO before going off the air earlier this year. He’s also worked on the animated shows “American Dad!” and “King of the Hill.”

Weinstein made list of names, gathered intel to silence claims, report says

Nov 18, 2017 11

Ousted Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly compiled a secret list of people to have investigated because of potential information they may have had regarding his alleged sexual assault, The Guardian reported.

The outlet said The Observer obtained the list, which was allegedly drafted by Weinstein early this year ahead of The New York Time’s scathing expose on Oct. 5 of the sexual assault accusations leveled against him.

Ninety-one names of actors, publicists, producers, financiers and others in the industry reportedly made up the list, which was allegedly part of Weinstein’s attempt to silence his accusers, The Guardian said.

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The list was reportedly given to investigators, hired by the media mogul, to gather intel on the individuals and determine whether they had any information about Weinstein or if they had plans to go public with allegations against him, according to the report.

Among those on the list were some of Weinstein’s first public accusers, including Rose McGowan, Laura Madden and Zelda Perkins, The Guardian reported. All three of their names were reportedly marked red, as a target of high importance.

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The name of another Hollywood producer, Brett Ratner, was also reportedly on the list. Ratner has since faced his own slew of accusations from women claiming he sexually assaulted them.

According to The Guardian, there were also notes on the list indicating that Weinstein knew of The New York Times probe long before they published.

Since he was first publicly accused, Weinstein has routinely denied all claims of non-consensual sex made against him through a representative.

David Cassidy suffering from organ failure, surrounded by family

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“Partridge Family” star David Cassidy is suffering from multiple organ failure at a Florida hospital, his rep confirmed to several media outlets Saturday. 

Cassidy, 67, was admitted to the unidentified facility earlier this week. 

A spokesperson told the New York Post that Cassidy was “conscious” and “surrounded by family.” His hospitalization was first reported by TMZ.

The New York Daily News, citing Cassidy’s rep, reported that the singer’s liver and kidney were failing and he needed a transplant.

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In February, Cassidy revealed to PEOPLE Magazine that he was battling dementia after he stuggled to remember song lyrics and fell off the stage at a show in California. 

“I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming,” Cassidy said at the time. “I want to focus on what I am, who I am and how I’ve been without any distractions.”

Cassidy has also battled substance abuse issues and went to rehab in 2014.

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'Flip or Flop's' Frank 'The Tank' Miller dies, Christina and Tarek El Moussa announce

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“Flip or Flop” stars Christina and Tarek El Moussa announced the death Friday of their friend and castmate Frank “The Tank” Miller.

Miller died Friday from a battle with cancer, E! News reported. Last month, Tarek El Moussa reported Miller was not doing well and was undergoing immunotherapy for five months, which caused his “face and body to swell 10 times the size it should be.”

The HGTV star said Miller had undergone multiple treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation, to prevent the illness from spreading but the cancer had unfortunately spread and headed to his brain.

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E! News reported Miller was diagnosed with Laryngeal cancer after Tarek urged him to see a doctor after he kept clearing his throat and coughing.

“It brought back memories of what I went through, which really scared me for him, which pushed me to make sure that he got it checked out,” Tarek told “The Doctors” in September, People reported. Tarek is a survivor of testicular and thyroid cancer.

Christina, 34, took to Instagram to post a tribute to her longtime contractor.

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“Frank, since the day I met you I had the utmost respect for you,” Christina wrote. “Hardworking and REAL. Always a pleasure to be around and always made me laugh. You fought your hardest!! You are so admired and respected by all who know you. God has a special place for you in Heaven. Love you and miss you.”

Tarek, 36, also penned a tribute to Miller on his Instagram.

“Good bye my dear friend Frank. I have always looked up to you and have respected you as a brother,” Tarek wrote. “You have touched not only myself and my family but thousands and thousands around the world. You
have impacted so many lives with the fight inside your heart and soul. I’ve never met anyone like you nor will I ever. I just love you love you love you more than you know! I will NEVER forget you and I hope to one day be as strong as you. Now…don’t slack!!!! I assume you are already working on remodeling heaven!!!!. Miss you buddy!!”

Lena Dunham slammed for supporting 'Girls' writer accused of sexual assault

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Lena Dunham was slammed on social media for coming to the defense of a male writer and executive producer of her HBO series “Girls” who was accused of sexual assault.

Her remarks came despite her previous support of rape survivors.  

Social media users referenced a tweet Dunham made in August  in which she supported women who came forward with their rape allegations.

“Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don’t lie about: rape,” Dunham tweeted on Aug. 4, 2017.

Jenni Konner and Lena Dunham defended “Girls” writer Murray Miller.  (Reuters)

On Friday, Dunham and “Girls” co-creator Jenni Konner defended writer Murray Miller who was accused by “Passengers” actress Aurora Perrineau of raping her after a night out in Los Angeles in 2012.

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“While our first instinct is to listen to every woman’s story, our insider knowledge of Murray’s situation makes us confident that sadly this accusation is one of the 3% of assault cases that are misreported every year,” the women said in a statement. “It is a true shame to add to that number, as outside of Hollywood women still struggle to be believed. We stand by Murray and this is all we’ll be saying about this issue.”

Critics slammed the actress for her defense although Dunham considers herself a feminist.

Italian filmmaker Asia Argento, who said disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein raped her, tweeted: “You wrote me an email of support a few weeks ago and now you defend a rapist? WTF Lena Dunham?”

One Twitter user wrote: “Apparently Lena Dunham is a huge supporter of women coming forward with sexual assault unless it’s someone she knows personally and has held her up and filled her world with love.” 

“Can we please, please, PLEASE be done with lena dunham now,” another person tweeted. 

“Who exactly decided that Lena Dunham is a feminist?” another social media user wrote.

“Lena Dunham in Aug 2017: women don’t lie about rape. Lena Dunham in Nov 2017: …unless they’re accusing a friend of mine,” another person tweeted. 

Dunham’s last tweet read: “I believe in a lot of things but the first tenet of my politics is to hold up the people who have held me up, who have filled my world with love.”

Perrineau filed a police report alleging Miller sexually assaulted her in 2012 and claimed she told Miller “repeatedly” that she was 17.

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“I woke up in Murray’s bed naked,” Perrineau said in a statement for a polygraph test she took in September, The Wrap reported. “He was on top of me having sexual intercourse with me. At no time did I consent to any sexual contact with Murray.”

Miller’s attorney accused Perrineau of trying to extort money from him.

“After being contacted several weeks ago by lawyers who — on Ms. Perrineau’s behalf — sought substantial monetary damages from him, Mr. Miller’s legal team gathered overwhelming evidence directly contradicting these false and offensive claims,” Don Walerstein told The Hollywood Reporter. “Only after her demands for money were rebuffed did Ms. Perrineau go to the police.”

Miller was an executive producer or co-executive producer on 52 episodes of “Girls,” which ran for six seasons on HBO before going off the air earlier this year. He’s also worked on the animated shows “American Dad!” and “King of the Hill.”

Fox News’ Samuel Chamberlain contributed to this report.

AC/DC Co-Founder Malcolm Young Dead at 64

Nov 18, 2017 13

Rest in peace, Malcolm Young. 

The AC/DC co-founder and guitarist has died, the band announced on their Facebook page on Saturday. He was 64. 

“Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young,” the post began. “Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”

“As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special,” Angus said in the statement. “He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”

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Young was born in Glasgow, Scotland before his family emigrated to Sydney, Australia in the early 60s, and formed AC/DC with Angus in 1973. The band was named after the “AC/DC” electrical current marker the brothers spotted on their sister’s sewing machine. Over the following years, AC/DC produced hits like  “Back in Black,” “Highway to Hell,” “Thunderstruck,” “Hells Bells,” “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” and “You Shook Me All Night Long.” 

In 2003, AC/DC and the Young brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With over 110 million albums sold, AC/DC is the best-selling Australian act of all time.

Young had been suffering with dementia for the last three years, forcing him to retire from the band that he co-founded with Angus in 1973. He last performed with AC/DC at the conclusion of their Black Icetour in June 2010 in Bilbao, Spain. 

Young’s older brother, George Young, who was a guitarist for the Easybeats and a longtime producer for AC/DC, died in October at the age of 70. 

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AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young dead at 64

Nov 18, 2017 24

Malcolm Young, the rhythm guitar player and founding member of heavy metal legends AC/DC, has died, the group announced Saturday. He was 64.

Known for the powerhouse riffs and rhythm guitar that propelled the group from Sydney, Australia, to superstardom, Young had been suffering from dementia for the past three years, the Australian Associated Press reported.

He died peacefully on Saturday with his family by his bedside, the news agency reported.

Young started the band with his brother Angus Young in 1973

“As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man,” Angus Young said on the AC/DC website. “He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.

AC/DC lead singer Johnson and lead guitarist Young perform the first concert in Australia on their ‘Rock or Bust’ world tour in Sydney in 2015.  (Reuters)

“As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.

“He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever. Malcolm, job well done.”

Malcolm was replaced by nephew Stevie for the band’s last tour promoting the 2014 album Rock Or Bust.

“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” AC/DC said in a statement.

“From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

He is survived by his wife O’Linda and two children.

Ryan Seacrest reportedly accused of misconduct by former co-worker

Nov 17, 2017 0

A former co-worker has accused Ryan Seacrest of misconduct while the pair were colleagues at E! News, according to a report Friday.

A stylist claimed the alleged incident happened about a decade ago while Seacrest, known for his hosting gigs on “American Idol” and “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” was employed at E!, Variety reported. No details of the alleged encounter were available but the entertainment news company is reportedly looking into the claim.

In a statement to Variety, Seacrest acknowledged the allegations made against him and said he was “truly sorry” if he made his accuser “feel anything but respected” and that he would cooperate with the investigation.

But he denied the allegations wholeheartedly, calling them “reckless,” and said he believes his history in the industry will speak for itself, Variety reported.

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“Throughout my 25 years in the entertainment industry, the majority of my co-workers have been women, and I’ve endeavored to foster a positive work environment of mutual respect and courtesy, as that’s how I believe it should be,” Seacrest said in the statement. “I’m distraught that anyone or any situation would call that into question.

“I’m proud of my workplace reputation, and believe my track record will speak for itself,” he said. “I’m an advocate for women. I will continue to support their voices.”

E! News did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.