Stars including Richie Sambora, Kelly Clarkson and Harry Styles have paid tribute to American radio host Kidd Kraddick after he died suddenly on Saturday (27Jul13) aged 53. Kraddick, real name David Kraddick, passed away at a charity golf tournament in New Orleans, Louisiana while raising money for his Kidd's Kids foundation but no official cause of death had been announced as WENN went to press.
He presented radio show Kidd Kraddick in the Morning on Dallas, Texas station KHKS-FM 106.1 and representatives from his company YEA Networks released a statement which reads, "All of us with YEA Networks and the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning crew are heartbroken over the loss of our dear friend and leader. Kidd devoted his life to making people smile every morning, and for 21 years his foundation has been dedicated to bringing joy to thousands of chronically and terminally ill children."
The statement added that the cause of death would be announced at "the appropriate time".
On hearing the tragic news, stars took to Twitter.com to express their shock, with Bon Jovi guitarist Sambora writing, "My deepest smypathy (sic) going out tonite (sic) to the friends and family of my friend and legend Kidd Kraddick...a great guy and supporter... Sad."
Singer Clarkson adds, "Oh man, I just heard Kidd Kraddick died! He's my childhood dj. What a sad day. His poor family. He was always nice 2 (sic) me from the beginning."
One Direction star Styles offers, "Absolutely devastated to hear about the sad passing of Kidd Kraddick. He was always so nice and will be incredibly missed. Lovely man. RIP." while Jordin Sparks adds, "I'm gonna miss you Kidd."
The Jonas Brothers singers Nick and Joe Jonas shared their shock, with Nick writing, "Really hope this is not true about Kidd Kraddick. You will be missed." and his brother Joe adding, "The sad sad news about Kidd Kraddick is shocking. He will be missed greatly."
Australian actor Robert Hughes has pleaded not guilty to 11 charges stemming from allegations he abused five young girls. The former Hey Dad..! star was extradited from Britain back to his native country last December (12) to face allegations he molested five youngsters in Australia between 1985 and 1990, and he appeared at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court on Friday (26Jul13) to plead not guilty.
Hughes, 64, denied 11 charges of sexual and indecent assault and he will now stand trial in February (14).
The actor's lawyer Greg Walsh told reporters outside the court, "He asserts his innocence and it's being vigorously defended."
Carmen Sandiego, patron saint of geography experts who grew up in the early '90s, could be set to make a return. In what format is the question, however. The PBSOfficial Instagram account posted this photo of the notorious thief's hat and gloves and the caption "Where in the world did this come from? Stay tuned for something awesome!"
Now that could truly mean anything. Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego? ran on PBS for five seasons, from 1991 to 1995, and saw kids 10-14 identify geographic landmarks — usually countries or cities — as part of each episode's plot to stop crimson raincoat-wearing thief Carmen Sandiego from mounting an elaborate heist. The series helped educate a whole generation of kids on the difference between Benin and Togo and even aided in preparation for the shuttle run portion of the Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge by making contestants dash across studio-wide continental maps to place markers over the outlines of ever more obscure nations.
But Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego? actually started as a computer game in 1985 before making the jump to the (other) small screen. Could PBS' cryptic caption be hinting at a new videogame project for the franchise? A rep for the network confirms that neither new episodes of the show will be produced, nor reruns of its original run be aired "at this time." So don't even expect to see old episodes with host Greg Lee, the late Lynne Thigpen as The Chief, or in-house glee club Rockapella anytime soon, despite this follow-up tweet from the official Carmen Sandiego Twitter account:
If I were to re-air my old PBS episodes, would you watch me? xo - Carmen http://t.co/3fBdgaujfd #WITWICS #CarmenSandiego
— Carmen Sandiego (@CarmenSandiego) July 15, 2013
That tweet is probably just what it states: gauging interest in bringing old episodes of the show back to the network for a future date, though there aren't any definite plans to do so "at this time." If it does come back, can we also start a petition to bring back Shining Time Station too? And how will this girl, all grown up now, feel about having this aired again?
As exciting as whatever this news may be is, it still won't be enough to fill the void in my heart caused by regret over the show being canceled before I was old enough to compete.
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Actress Jenna Elfman has stepped in to replace Parker Posey in new TV comedy Growing Up Fisher. Posey quit the project after network executives picked up the pilot and ordered a series of episodes from writer D.J. Nash.
The timing is perfect for former Dharma & Greg star Elfman, whose White House sitcom 1600 Penn was recently cancelled.
The actress will join Eli Baker and J.K. Simmons in the new series about a family coping with divorce. It will debut later this year (13).
Stone Roses star Gary 'Mani' Mounfield recently discovered a new member of his family circle after meeting his long-lost half-brother. The bassist learned last year (12) his father Colin had another son named Steve Jones, who he kept a secret from his relatives.
Jones went online in search of more information about his dad, leading him to Mounfield's brother Greg, who later broke the news to the rocker.
Jones tells Wales Online, "When I got in touch, Mani was asking around the family, and one of the old uncles said he knew about me but was sworn to secrecy. I said fair play - he can keep a secret! He was the only one. Even Mani's mum didn't know."
Mounfield and Jones finally met last summer (Jul12) at Spain's Benicassim Festival, where Mounfield handed his new sibling a haul of signed memorabilia.
Jones adds, "I remember what Mani said when we were parting after that first meeting. We hugged each other and I said, 'Sorry it's coming to an end.' He said, 'It's not the end, it's just the beginning.'"
Oscar winner Emma Thompson celebrated a rare accomplishment with her mother Phyllida Law on Tuesday (02Jul13) when they both received honorary degrees from the same school in Scotland. The British actresses, who have have starred in a number of films together, were made doctors during a special ceremony at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow.
Thompson says, "It's our best starring role together, definitely. We've not received anything like this before and we both feel slightly fraudulent because when I told my son, he asked, 'How many essays did you have to write to get that?' So we feel really lucky that we now get to put 'doctor' in front of our names and pretend we're important."
And the Brave star admits her husband, alumnus Greg Wise, is slightly bitter about her new title: "Greg graduated from here in the '80s or '90s and he's fit to be dead and spitting feathers (mad) at home because he had to do so much work and exams to get his degree and we just had to turn up to become doctors."
Meanwhile, Law, who was born in the city, adds, "It's great fun to be able to do this together, much better than collecting it on your own and to get it in Glasgow is great."
Hey ladies, remember when you went to go see Magic Mike with all your girlfriends and the whole audience was struggling to bridle its feelings of lust? It was tough. But the struggle doesn't end there. No, my female friends, it will continue — with Magic Mike 2.
Channing Tatum has said that the sequel to the movie that had us all flustered (and slightly confused as to why Kevin Nash was there) is currently in development. Only this time there won't be so much plot interrupting the stripping we're all really there for.
"It will be a road-trip movie," Tatum told The Hollywood Reporter, "and it will essentially be the movie that everyone thought the first one was going to be: crazy and fun and less slice-of-life and less drama. The first one, we had to make not so cheesy and campy; this one we are going to swing for the fences."
That's what we want to hear. Swing away, Channing. Swing away.
Another change is that Steven Soderbergh, who directed Magic Mike, will not be directing the sequel. Tatum said that either he and his producing partner Reid Carolin will direct, or they'll have Greg Jacobs direct. Tatum is considering having Soderbergh as the director of photography, but that would bring it's own challenges.
"Because he is such an opinionated and talented man," Tatum said, "if he wants to do a five-minute tracking shot through a forest, you don't want to doubt him. It would be like having sex with your girlfriend while her porn-star ex-boyfriend is in the room watching you."
So Tatum still has some decisions to make about Magic Mike 2, but whatever happens, you can bet we'll all be at the theater, probably more than once.
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Channing Tatum is terrified that moviemaker Steven Soderbergh will honour a promise to return for a Magic Mike sequel - and serve as the actor's directing sidekick. Tatum has revealed he's developing the film, which is based loosely on his own experiences as a male stripper, and really wants Soderbergh to return as director, but the filmmaker insists he's serious about his plans to retire and he'll only sign up if the actor takes over the project, and makes him his director of photography.
The movie hunk says, "He really wants to be done directing movies. We'll see. I wish people would lobby him to finish what he started: 'Come on, man! Stop being stubborn and come back'. I've said that to him, but he is a very fixed-in-his-ways guy, and if he says it, it is hard to change.
"That's sort of where we are at - either (producing partner) Reid Carolin and I will direct it together, or we'll have Greg Jacobs direct. He worked as a producer on the movie and has been Steven's right-hand man for almost 25 movies. Right now, we're just trying to clean up the story, and then we'll make a decision.
"But it is hard for me and Reid to direct after one of the greatest directors of our time. Steven... has said he would shoot it; he would DP it... (but) he is such an opinionated and talented man, if he wants to do a five-minute tracking shot through a forest, you don't want to doubt him. It would be like having sex with your girlfriend while her porn-star ex-boyfriend is in the room watching you."
U.S. Olympic diving legend Greg Louganis is to wed his partner Johnny Chaillot later this year (13). Louganis tells People magazine the lawyer is his "soulmate" and he feels sure the pair was destined to be together.
He says, "This is what the universe had in store for both of us."
The 53 year old made a splash during his two stints in the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, earning a total of five medals, and recently served as a coach and judge on America's reality TV diving competition Splash! Louganis also mentors the U.S. Olympic diving team.