Actress Kathleen 'Kick' Kennedy has ended her romance with Paul Simon's musician son Harper after less than a year. The Newsroom star, daughter of attorney Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., began dating Harper Simon after meeting him at a party in Morocco last year (13), but they have called time on their relationship, reports the New York Post.
Kennedy, who is the great-niece of assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy, was previously linked to her The Newsroom co-star Thomas Matthews.
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"It's Saturday Night Live!" will forever be the four words we associate with Don Pardo, announcer for the NBC variety show for nearly 40 years, who passed away Monday night at the age of 96 (via CBS News). Since 1975 — with only a single season-long hiatus in the early '80s — Pardo's inimitable timber introduced us to SNL’s stars, featured players, musical guests, and episode hosts, earning a permanent residence in the pop culture realm’s collective auditory cortex. But there’s more to the man than his weekly exclamations from the announcing booth at Studio 8-H. Pardo’s 75-year-long career took him to a multitude of interesting corners that we so often overlook:
Let the Games BeginA staff fixture at NBC, Pardo announced the original iterations of many of its game shows, including The Price Is Right (from 1956 to ’63) and Jeopardy! (from ’64 to ’75), as well as later programs Three on a Match, Winning Streak, and Jackpot! between ’71 and ’75.
Happy Turkey Day!For many years, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade presented its army of inflatable cartoon characters with the gravitas of Pardo’s smooth baritone. Pardo announced the annual event for NBC straight up through 1999.
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And That’s the NewsPardo boasted a longstanding career as a news broadcaster, both on radio and television; he started out as a World War II reporter for NBC Radio. On the date of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, Pardo announced the tragedy to NBC’s television audience, becoming one of the first parties to report on the death of the 35th president.
He Also Had a Musical SidePardo proved his tastes in music to be rather esoteric when he teamed with the likes of Frank Zappa and Weird Al Yankovic for performances and recordings. Pardo first collaborated with Zappa in 1976 on a rendition of “I’m the Slime,” and then again joined forces with the innovative rock artist for his live album Zappa in New York in ’78.
Five years later, Pardo would pay homage to his game show era by contributing vocally to Weird Al’s “I Lost on Jeopardy” as well as appearing in the music video.
Of Course, He Had His Woody CredAn honorary New Yorker, Pardo managed to work his way into the filmography of Woody Allen, appearing in the 1987 comedy Radio Days as a host of the Name That Tune parody “Guess That Tune.” His acting career beyond the Allen picture includes Honeymoon in Vegas and the John Ritter comedy Stay Tuned.
And He Could Take a JokePardo was a hard worker until the very end — flying back and forth between his home in Arizona and New York City every week to announce episodes of SNL — but was hardly a man who took himself too seriously. This is evident by his self-parodying appearances on The Simpsons and SNL vet Tina Fey’s 30 Rock.
Naturally, we will always remember Pardo best for his work on Saturday Night Live, but there is clearly a lot more to celebrate about the man, his indomitable career, and his unmistakable voice.
Actress Cheryl Hines will exchange vows with Robert Kennedy, Jr. on Saturday (02Aug14), according to the groom's cousin. Former congressman Patrick Kennedy has confirmed the couple will wed at the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
The Curb Your Enthusiasm actress became engaged to Kennedy in April (14). Kathleen Kennedy, her stepdaughter-to-be, recently told the New York Daily News the wedding will be a "secret affair, very private".
Kennedy is son of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy and nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the late Senator Edward Kennedy. This will be his third marriage.
Documentary filmmaker and cinema verite pioneer Robert Drew has died, aged 90. The veteran director passed away at his home in Sharon, Connecticut on Wednesday morning (30Jul14).
While the cause of his death has yet to be revealed, his son Thatcher Drew says in a statement that his dad "had been declining for some time and it was not completely unexpected".
Drew began his career as a correspondent and editor for Life Magazine and also served as a pilot during World War II. His combined experiences helped him develop his signature style of cinema verite filmmaking, a genre which features observational filming in order to capture reality, which has since become a staple in documentary filmmaking.
After founding his film company Drew Associates in the early 1960s, he created more than 100 films on social issues, politics and the arts, and is considered the "father" of cinema verite.
Drew also developed lightweight cameras, and his popular film Primary, which followed U.S. President John F. Kennedy and opponent Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin presidential primary, was the first film to ever use a sync-sound motion picture camera.
Over his five-decade career, he also directed such films as The Chair, Faces of November, From Two Men and a War, and Man Who Dances, for which he won an Emmy in 1968.
In addition to his numerous awards from various organisations and film festivals, six of Drew's films are archived at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and two are in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.
He is survived by three children and three grandchildren. His wife Anne, who frequently collaborated with him for his films, passed away in 2012.
A man has been arrested after breaking into the Kennedy family estate in Massachusetts in the hope of spotting pop star Katy Perry. Police were called to the Hyannis Port home of America's famous Kennedy clan on Tuesday night (15Jul14) after lawyer Ted Kennedy, Jr., nephew of late President John F. Kennedy, phoned the property's landline to check on his teenage son, only for the intruder, James Lacroix, to answer instead.
Lacroix, 53, was taken into custody and charged with breaking and entering.
A spokesperson for Barnstable Police tells TMZ.com there was no sign of forced entry and reveals the suspect had allegedly walked into the compound through an unlocked door. He started cooking dinner and was later found by cops sitting on a couch, reading a book.
Kennedy, Jr.'s son reportedly thought Lacroix was just a house guest.
It is not known why Lacroix thought singer Perry would be present at the estate, but authorities claim he was clearly "detatched from reality".
Actress Vanessa Hudgens is set to take the lead in a reading for the revival of musical Gigi, before the production returns to Broadway next year (15). The High School Musical star is set to take on the titular role of a free-spirited teenage girl living in Paris at the turn of the 20th century in a New York City reading before a full production premieres at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in January (15), ahead of the show's eventual Broadway debut later in the year.
Tony Award winners Kate Burton and Victoria Clark will also take part in the reading.
Hudgens' only other professional theatre credit came in 2010, when she played Mimi Marquez in the Hollywood Bowl production of hit musical Rent in Los Angeles.
Comic Kevin Meaney has been cleared following his arrest for allegedly elbowing a woman at an airport after police determined it was an accident. The funnyman was accused of striking a 29-year-old female while waiting for a flight at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Tuesday (03Jun14).
Police arrived at the scene following a complaint and arrested the star, who was subsequently charged with misdemeanour assault.
Security footage was reviewed and prosecutors have now determined the contact was accidental, according to a spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney's Office. Meaney will not face prosecution over the incident.
U.S. comic Kevin Meaney has been arrested over allegations he assaulted a woman at a New York airport on Tuesday (03Jun14). The 58 year old, who starred in the sitcom version of John Candy's film Uncle Buck, was accused of elbowing a woman in the chest at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Police detained Meaney and he was charged with misdemeanour assault, according to the New York Daily News.
Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has been added to the cast of the new Star Wars movie. The 12 Years A Slave star joins Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, John Boyega and original franchise stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker in Episode VII, which began shooting at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire, England on 16 May (14).
Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie will also join the cast for the much-anticipated film, which is set to hit theatres in December, 2015.
Announcing the new casting news on Monday (02Jun14), producer Kathleen Kennedy says, "I could not be more excited about Lupita and Gwendoline joining the cast of Episode VII. It's thrilling to see this extraordinarily talented ensemble taking shape."
Actor and activist Christopher Kennedy Lawford has married his yoga teacher fiance in Hawaii. The Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines star, son of Rat Pack member Peter Lawford and assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy's sister Patricia, wed Mercedes Miller, 34, during a ceremony in Maui on Sunday (25May14).
The union is Kennedy Lawford's second - he divorced first wife Jeannie Olsson, the mother of his three children, in 2000, after 16 years of marriage.
The 59 year old isn't the only member of the famous Kennedy clan getting married this year (14) - his cousin, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is engaged to wed actress Cheryl Hines. The couple is reportedly planning to exchange vows this summer (14) during the Kennedy family's annual reunion in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.