Actor Robert Hastings has lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 89.
The McHale's Navy star passed away on Monday (30Jun14) in Burbank, California. Hastings began his career in radio at the age of 11 on shows like The Daily Mirror Radio Gang and Adventures in King Arthurland and he became the voice of popular comic book character Archie Andrews in the 1950s.
In 1949, Hastings moved into TV acting and appeared in several shows, including Sergeant Bilko, The Dukes of Hazzard, All in the Family, General Hospital and Ironside, but his most famous role was that of Lt. Elroy Carpenter on McHale's Navy.
Hastings served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.
Paying tribute to the beloved actor, his younger brother Don, who stars in U.S. soap As The World Turns, says, "I miss him. He was a great guy. He was a good father and a good husband."
Actor Tom Wopat has come under fire from activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) after signing up to take part in a leading circus' parade in his native Wisconsin. The former Dukes of Hazzard star has been tapped to play the grand marshal of the Big Top Parade in Baraboo on 26 July (14) to help celebrate the Ringling Bros. circus company's 130th anniversary.
However, the actor's decision to perform at the bash has angered PETA campaigners, who have long called for a crackdown on the alleged mistreatment of Ringling's circus elephants.
PETA Foundation Deputy General Counsel Delcianna Winders tells WENN, "Wopat is out of touch for supporting circuses that force animals to perform through violent beatings. There's not a hot rod on the planet fast enough for Wopat to escape the fact that he's promoting the cruelest show on Earth."
Wopat has yet to respond to the pressure from PETA.
PETA's longrunning campaign against the Ringling Bros. has previously won the support of celebrities including Alec Baldwin, Olivia Munn, Jada Pinkett Smith and Ashley Judd.
A one-night-only production of American composer Cole Porter's variety show The Ambassador Revue is set to be staged in New York, 85 years after it debuted in Paris, France. The original 1929 show featured singers like Morton Downey and Evelyn Hoey performing a collection of Porter tunes, but the production closed after a few months and the tracks were never heard outside of Europe.
The songwriter went on to return to the U.S. and find fame with hits like I Get a Kick Out of You from Broadway musical Anything Goes, What Is This Thing Called Love from Wake Up and Dream, and one of his most popular releases, Night and Day, which was covered by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Eartha Kitt, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald.
The revue songs were long thought lost until musical theatre historian Ken Bloom and bandleader Vince Giordano discovered the missing compositions in an archive at Universal Music's offices in Milan, Italy, and tunes like Boulevard Break and Blue Hours were heard in a revived production in Paris in 2012.
Now the pair is taking The Ambassador Revue to the Big Apple, where Porter fans will be treated to a collection of 'lost' tracks with singers, tap dancers and showgirls taking part in the one-off show at The Town Hall in New York on 27 June (14).
Former The Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat will star, while Bloom will direct and Giordano, who arranged the show, will perform with his band the Nighthawks.
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While 2002's Spider-Man gets the lion's share of the credit, Bryan Singer's X-Men, released two years earlier, was the film that really revived the comic book film genre after its near-death at the hands of George Clooney and his Bat-nipples. Through the franchise's 14 years of sequels, spin-offs, soft reboots, and now, timeline colliding mashups, loads of mutants have sprung to life on film. And while some have endured through the franchises ups and downs like Hugh Jackman's ever-present Wolverine, others have slipped through the cracks after only appearing in one film. In tribute to our lost mutant brothers, we've decided to comb through the list of our favorite one and done mutants and determine which ones deserve a second chance in the film series.
DeathstrikeReal Name: Yuriko OyamaTeam Affiliation: One of Stryker's henchmanLast Seen: X2: X-Men UnitedBest Moment: Her fight with WolverineShould She Return?: Yes. Her face off with Wolverine during the tail end of X2 was thrilling. Having a dark foil of Wolverine with similar abilities would be grea asset for the series going forward.
JuggernautReal Name: Cain MarkoTeam Affiliation: The Brotherhood of Evil MutantsLast Seen: X-Men: The Last StandBest Moment: "I'm the Juggernaut, b**ch!"Should He Return? Yes. The Juggernaut is a fan-favorite mutant, and the character's inclusion in X-Men 3 was one of that film's few highlights. The character crashing through walls with reckless abandon, and especially his fight with Kitty Pride was a ton of fun.
NightcrawlerReal Name: Kurt WagnerTeam Affiliation: X-MenLast Seen: X2: X-Men UnitedBest Moment: Nightcrawler vs. the White HouseShould He Return?: Hell yes, Nightcrawler's dizzying fight scene at the start of X-2 is still the franchise's best moment, even ten years later. Alan Cumming brought a real, earnest humanity to Kurt Wagner, and it's a pity that the franchise hasn't found room for the mutant in subsequent films. Sure, we got some teleporting action via Azazel in First Class, but that brooding bad guy doesn't have an ounce of the charm as Nightcrawler.
BansheeReal Name: Sean CassidyTeam Affiliation: X-MenLast Seen: X-Men: First Class Best Moment: Banshee taking flight for the first timeShould He Return?: No. Banshee was perfectly likeable in X-Men: First Class, but the series rightfully jettisoned the character since things were getting too crowded on the mutant front, especially with Days of Future Past's multiple timelines.
AngelReal Name: Warren Worthington IIITeam Affiliation: N/ALast Seen: X-Men: The Last StandBest Moment: A young Warren trying to file down his wings as a childShould He Return?: Yes. There's something really majestic about Angel. Sure, a ton of other mutants can fly, but who else does so with giant, feathery wings.
BlobReal Name: Frederick J. DukesTeam Affiliation: Team XLast Seen: X-Men Origins: WolverineBest Moment: His boxing match with WolverineShould He Return?: It's a shame that this blubbery villain's only adventure was in the worst film of the franchise, but there are much cooler mutants that deserve more screen time.
Deadpool/WeaponXIReal Name: Wade WilsonTeam Affiliation: Team XLast Seen: X-Men Origins: WolverineBest Moment: Pre-Weapon XI Wade Wilson cutting down bad guys with swords and verbal jabsShould He Return?: No. Perhaps the biggest sin made by the entire franchise was the handling of Deadpool. It still baffles us how the powers that be at 20th Century Fox thought the best way to handle "the merc with a mouth" was to sew said mouth shut and use him like a cheap, final act pinata for Wolverine and Sabertooth to claw down to size. Fool me once...
Kestrel Real Name: John Wraith Team Affiliation: Team X Last Seen: X-Men Origins: Wolverine Best Moment: Sabertooth grabbing the teleporting mutant's spine was nightmarishly cool. Should He Return?: No. Will.i.am is better off as far away from the X-Men franchise as possible, and if the series were to introduce any teleporting mutant back into the fray, it damn well better be Nightcrawler.
Chris Brown's misdemeanour assault trial is expected to start on Friday (18Apr14) after his bodyguard, Christopher Hollosy, took the stand on Thursday (17Apr14), charged with beating up plaintiff Parker Adams. Both men are accused of attacking the 20 year old outside a Washington, D.C. hotel last year (13).
Hollosy has been charged with misdemeanour assault and faces six months behind bars if convicted.
Adams, who claims the bodyguard broke his nose in the fight, testified on Thursday that Brown lashed out at him after refusing to have his picture taken with the alleged victim, but it was blows from Hollosy that left the plaintiff with head and face injuries.
Adams told the court that he had approached Brown outside the W Hotel with two female friends.
The singer agreed to pose for a picture with the girls, but made an alleged homophobic remark when Adams asked to join in.
The altercation quickly escalated and the alleged victim said, "As I put my dukes up, that's when the bodyguard stepped in between us and he slugged me in the face."
Both Brown and Hollosy have pleaded not guilty.
The Kiss Kiss singer was on probation when he was arrested. He faces continued jail time if convicted - because the assault would violate his parole.
Brown was jailed last month (Mar14) after violating his probation when he was dismissed from a rehab facility in California, where he was receiving court-ordered anger-management treatment.
Iconic stoner duo Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong are set to reunite on the big screen for a new film. The actors are teaming up with The Dukes of Hazard director Jay Chandrasekhar for their first official movie together since 1983's Still Smokin'.
Chong tells Celebstoner.com, "(Chandrasekhar) is working a script right now for us. We've had some preliminary meetings. It looks really good. It looks really funny. It's about us going to a festival called the Burning Joint. All sorts of shenanigans happen. It's going to be a lot of fun."
Last year (13), Cheech and Chong's Animated Movie was released and although the duo approved the film, they were not involved with it.
Chong continues, "It was not done with our involvement. They animated the old records. I thought for what they had it was great. We didn't have to write anything. All Cheech and I had to do was look at it and go yeah or no. I liked it."
Cheech and Chong are hoping to start filming Burning Joint this summer (14).
Former child star Kyla Pratt has become a mother for a second time after secretly giving birth to a baby girl last summer (13). The Dr. Dolittle actress kept her first pregnancy with daughter Lyric under wraps in 2010, and she decided to keep her latest family addition, with longtime boyfriend Danny 'KP' Kilpatrick, to herself once again.
Her representative, Ernest Dukes, confirms to TheYBF.com, "Kyla gave birth to a healthy baby girl in August 2013 and is currently enjoying motherhood for the second time around."
But Pratt insists she wasn't trying to hide anything from fans - she simply wasn't ready to make something so private public, especially in the age of social media.
The 27 year old tells HipHollywood.com, "Me personally, I just feel that (being pregnant) is something personal that I wanted to experience and enjoy myself.
"Especially with social media nowadays, people are easily able to reach you and easily able to say what they want to you without consequences, and, when you're pregnant, you're hormonal and got a lot of things going on.
"My fear was somebody saying something and it really affecting me, when it doesn't really matter. I loved my pregnancy, every moment. I wasn't hiding, sitting in the house with my shades drawn... I just have people around me that respect me and understand where I was coming from."
Actress Shanola Hampton has given birth to her first child. The Shameless star and her producer husband Daren Dukes welcomed daughter Cai MyAnna Dukes on Monday (20Jan14).
The couple tells People.com, "We never knew how much was missing from our life until our baby girl arrived. So blessed, so overjoyed, pure bliss."
Hampton further expressed her joy at motherhood in a post on her Twitter.com page, writing, "I thought I knew love before, but now I know love on a completely different level! Can't believe my baby is here."
The couple has been married for over 13 years.
Actor John Schneider allowed a photographer to capture his grief on camera after he learned of his father's death during a photoshoot. The Dukes of Hazzard star was posing for publicity pictures for his TV show The Haves and the Have Nots in November (13) when he found out his dad, John Schneider Sr., had passed away at 83.
Schneider continued with the shoot, but later allowed the snapper to capture his reaction on camera as the tears began to flow.
The photographer, Jeremy Cowart, shared the candid pictures on his blog and detailed his time with the star, writing, "John was... killing his portraits... smiling, goofing off... Once we wrapped up his session... John came to me and whispered in my ear 'Hey can you sneak a few more portraits of me?... There's something going on and I just need a photo'. So I grabbed my camera again and John walked back on set. He immediately began weeping. Legitimately crying... I thought this was another impression and I thought 'Wow, what an acting talent'. But then after a couple of frames, I could tell that this wasn't an act. He was really somewhere else. Finally, I put my camera down... I walked up to him and hugged him. He whispered in my ear 'My dad died about an hour ago. I found out during our lunch break. And I wanted you to capture that for me'...
"John took off shortly thereafter to go back home to plan the next steps with his family. I've since received official permission from John to share this story and these portraits with you. I will never forget this moment. And I want to thank John for inviting me into his story... As a father myself, I wept for him. We all did that day."
Jackass star Johnny Knoxville was left stunned to discover he comes from a long line of in-breeders during a recent family tree climb. The TV and movie stuntman-turned-actor hired a top U.S. genealogist to trace his roots and he was shocked by his findings.
Knoxville says, "He calls me in... and he goes, 'Sit down, you know in these rural mountain regions you come from, no one ever goes into the community and no one ever leaves the community... so it's not uncommon that there's in-breeding in those communities.'
"I said, 'Is there in-breeding in my family?' and he says, 'A significant amount'."
But Knoxville, real name Philip John Clapp, admits he quickly shook off his shock.
The Dukes of Hazzard star explains, "I was so happy. He thought he was giving me a really horrible thing and I had tears rolling down my face."
An animated version of the live-action, prime-time series, "The Dukes of Hazzard." The story follows the around-the-world auto race in which the Duke cousins are competing against Boss Hogg, the corrupt owner of Hazzard County, Georgia, for a large cash prize -- money needed by the Dukes to pay off Boss Hogg and keep their farm; and sought by Boss Hogg 'cause it's money. Episodes relate Boss's devious attempts to win the race.