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Actor Geoffrey Lewis Dies at 79

The father of actress Juliette Lewis was known for his many appearances in Clint Eastwood films

Actor Geoffrey Lewis, a longtime Clint Eastwood collaborator who appeared in many Westerns, died Tuesday at age 79.

Lewis, who is the father of actress Juliette Lewis, died of natural causes at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., Variety reports.

He appeared in Eastwood films such as Any Which Way You Can, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and High Plains Drifter.

He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his work on the 1980 TV show Flo. Other television credits include Murder, She Wrote, Hawaii Five-O, Little House on the Prairie and Barnaby Jones.

Lewis, a longtime Scientologist, is survived by wife Paula Hochhalter, daughter Juliette and nine other children.

[Variety]

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Watch Conan O’Brien Attempt Michelle Obama’s #GimmeFive Challenge

He gets by with a little help from Kevin Hart

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of her Let’s Move! campaign, Michelle Obama has been asking people to use the hashtag #GimmeFive on social media and document five steps toward a healthier lifestyle.

The latest celebrity to take part in the challenge is Conan O’Brien, but in the clip above, the late-night host found a clever way to get out of any real physical activity: making Kevin Hart do all the heavy lifting (literally). Then again, there’s nothing in the First Lady’s rules that say you can’t recruit some friends—in fact, she probably encourages it.

Read next: How Billy Eichner Got Michelle Obama and Big Bird on Billy on the Street

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Kanye Settles Paparazzi Lawsuit and Apologizes to Videographer

Videographer Daniel Ramos and Kanye West shaking hands after West apologized to Ramos as part of a settlement, in March 2015 in Los Angeles.
Allred, Maroko and Goldberg /AP Videographer Daniel Ramos and Kanye West shaking hands after West apologized to Ramos as part of a settlement, in March 2015 in Los Angeles.

The 37-year-old singer was charged with misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft

Kanye West has settled the civil lawsuit filed by Daniel Ramos, the videographer he allegedly attacked outside Los Angeles International Airport on July 19, 2013.

It’s unclear whether Ramos received any money in the settlement, but one of the terms was for West to personally apologize to him, the videographer’s lawyer, Gloria Allred, tells PEOPLE in a statement. The two were photographed shaking hands afterwards, with West flashing a rare smile.

“This case was set for trial next week on April 14, 2015,” Allred says. “However, today we filed a dismissal because the case was settled to the satisfaction of the parties. We cannot discuss the details of the settlement, except to say that one important aspect of it was an apology by Kanye West to our client, Daniel Ramos.”

The 37-year-old singer was charged with misdemeanor battery and attempted grand theft in September 2013 after he allegedly punched Ramos and wrestled his camera to the ground. West pleaded not guilty to both charges in November 2013, claiming he had acted in self-defense.

“We are very proud of our client Danny Ramos and his courage in bringing and pursuing this case which was so important to him and many other celebrity photographers,” Allred adds. “We believe that this case sent an important message. Celebrities are not above the law, and they have no right to physically attack someone simply because they were asked a question.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Jeremy Clarkson Won’t Face Charges for Attacking Producer

File photo dated March 24, 2015 of Jeremy Clarkson.
Daniel Leal-Olivas—AP File photo dated 24/03/15 of Jeremy Clarkson,

The producer did not want to press charges

Some good news for Jeremy Clarkson: The former Top Gear host won’t be facing police charges following his “fracas” with one of the show’s producers, the BBC reports.

On March 25, the broadcaster announced it would not be renewing Clarkson’s contract following the physical altercation that took place between him and Oisin Tymon earlier in the month. Tymon did not want to press charges, but the North Yorkshire Police still had numerous parties to speak with in its investigation into the incident.

“Now that all the interviews are complete, we have properly established that there is no need for further police action,” the North Yorkshire Police said in a statement.

BBC Director-General Tony Hall included in his March 25 statement that the broadcaster wants to renew Top Gear for 2016, but it is unclear whether co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond will re-join the series. The BBC postponed events Clarkson was supposed to appear at on March 27 and 28, however the trio of presenters will go one with a series of live shows planned before Clarkson’s release. The BBC and its content have been dropped from the upcoming shows, and will continue as Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.

The broadcaster shelved the airing of future Top Gear episodes this season following the incident and has received death threats in response to Clarkson’s firing.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Taylor Swift and Sam Smith Lead So Far in Billboard Music Awards Nominations

Sam Smith and Taylor Swift at the Elle Style Awards on February 24, 2015 in London.
David M. Benett—Getty Images Sam Smith and Taylor Swift at the Elle Style Awards on February 24, 2015 in London.

Nominated in every announced category except the one for the other gender

The 2015 Billboard Music Awards hosts Ludacris and Chrissy Teigen along with Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz announced finalists for the first five categories Tuesday morning on Good Morning America with Sam Smith and Taylor Swift occupying a familiar space at the top of the leaderboard—each finding their name in four categories. The trio revealed Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Female Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top 100 Song. The remaining 36 (!) cateogories will come later on Tuesday via a press conference hosted by Teigen and Empire star Jussie Smollett.

Wentz was promoting Fall Out Boy’s billed performance at the broadcast saying, “We’re gonna play our song ‘Uma Thurman’ for the first time on live TV, and our buddy Wiz Khalifa is going to come out and do something with us.” The awards will air live May 17, from 8-11 p.m on ABC.

All announced finalists are below.

TOP ARTIST
Ariana Grande
One Direction
Katy Perry
Sam Smith
Taylor Swift

TOP MALE ARTIST
Drake
Pharrell Williams
Ed Sheeran
Sam Smith
Justin Timberlake

TOP FEMALE ARTIST
Iggy Azalea
Ariana Grande
Katy Perry
Taylor Swift
Meghan Trainor

TOP BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM
Maroon 5, V
Pentatonix, That’s Christmas to Me
Ed Sheeran, x
Sam Smith, In the Lonely Hour
Taylor Swift, 1989

TOP HOT 100 SONG
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX, “Fancy”
John Legend, “All of Me”
Sam Smith, “Stay With Me”
Taylor Swift, “Shake It Off”
Meghan Trainor, “All About That Bass”

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

 

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The Dukes of Hazzard Actor James Best Dies at 88

Actor James Best as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on the television series 'The Dukes of Hazzard,' 1982.
CBS Photo Archive—Getty Images Actor James Best as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane on the television series 'The Dukes of Hazzard,' 1982.

The actor is best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane

James Best, the actor best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in the CBS comedy The Dukes of Hazzard, has died. He was 88.

The actor passed away Monday evening in Hickory, North Carolina, after a brief illness and complications from pneumonia, according to an obituary posted to the actor’s personal website.

The Kentucky-born actor appeared in many film and television roles throughout his lengthy career. His credits includeThe Caine Mutiny (1954), alongside actor Humphrey Bogart, and 1958’s The Left Handed Gun with Paul Newman. He also appeared on popular TV programs including The Andy Griffith Show,Bonanza and Gunsmoke.

Best’s recurring role as the silly officer of Hazzard County in The Dukes of Hazzard brought him to national fame during its run from 1979 to 1985.

“He was a fine actor, director and mentor, and an even better friend,” costar Tom Wopat, who played Luke Duke, wrote in a statement included in the obituary.

Sonny Shroyer, who played Deputy Sheriff Enos Strate in the series, wrote, “James Best will go down as one of the greatest actors that ever lived.”

Best also formed an acting school where he taught notable Hollywood pupils including Clint Eastwood, Farrah Fawcett, Regis Philbin and Quentin Tarantino. He operated the school in various forms for more than 25 years.

Best never fully retired from acting. In 2014 he starred in the family stage drama On Golden Pond for the Hickory Community Theatre, the Charlotte Observer reported.

In his 2009 autobiography, Best in Hollywood: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful, he addressed his feelings toward aging and death.

“The only thing that makes me sad about having so little time left is leaving the people I love and those who love me,” he wrote. “There are also films and other projects that I want to get done, and there are always fish that need catching.”

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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B.B. King Hospitalized Near Las Vegas Home

B.B. King
Mark Metcalfe—Getty Images B.B. King performs on stage during day two of the Bluesfest Music Festival at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm on April 22, 2011 in Byron Bay, Australia.

King was rushed to the hospital over the weekend

Legendary blues musician B.B. King, 89, has been hospitalized at a medical center near his Las Vegas home, PEOPLE has confirmed.

King was rushed to the hospital over the weekend due to dehydration from his Type II diabetes, TMZ reports.

News of King’s hospitalization comes less than a year after the singer cancelled the remainder of his tour because of health problems.

“Mr. King did not feel well enough to continue his performance last night, Oct. 3, 2014, at the House of Blues in Chicago,” read a statement on King’s website posted Oct. 4. “He was immediately evaluated by a doctor and diagnosed with dehydration and suffering from exhaustion whereby causing the eight remaining shows of his current tour to be cancelled.”

But it didn’t take long for King – who was also hospitalized in 2007 – to address his fans directly after his tour was cancelled.

“I’m back at home now listening to music, watching movies and enjoying some down time,” he wrote in a statement posted Oct. 7. “I think I’m busier at home now than on the road talking to friends calling to check up on me. I do appreciate everyone’s calls and concern. I want to tell you, I’m doing alright.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Watch Anne Hathaway Lip-Sync to Miley Cyrus’ ‘Wrecking Ball’

The actress flips off her competition while recreating the video

No, you are not dreaming a dream: that really is Anne Hathaway riding a wrecking ball and lip-syncing along to Miley Cyrus’ 2013 hit.

The Oscar-winning actress shows her commitment to her most unexpected role yet by slicking back her hair, sporting Cyrus’ white tank top and red lip stick and getting freaky with construction equipment on Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle, airing Thursdays. (Tear-away pants even make a cameo.)

Now, some of that behavior might not be becoming of a princess of Genovia, but judging by the middle finger Hathaway flashes halfway through — it’s ostensibly directed at her competitor, Emily Blunt, but it could also double as a message to her haters — she doesn’t really care.

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Here’s How Taylor Swift Surprised Her Best Friend For Her Birthday

Reconfirming your suspicions that she's the best friend ever

For those who wished they were a part of Taylor Swift’s high-power girlfriend crew, here’s another instance of the pop star being the world’s best best friend.

Swift decided to give her high school friend, and often award show date, Abigal Anderson a 25th birthday surprise: A special sing-along performance by her all-time favorite band Dashboard Confessional.

Here’s how it unfolded, as told by Instagram:

The Surprise – Part One @abigail_lauren

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

The Surprise – Part Two @abigail_lauren

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

It was very well received.

The Surprise – The Finale @abigail_lauren @yelyahwilliams @dashboardconfessional

A video posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

 

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Kelly Clarkson Gets Apology From Fox News Host For Weight Comments

Chris Wallace during "FOX News Sunday" in Washington on July 27, 2012.
Paul Morigi—Getty Images Chris Wallace during "FOX News Sunday" in Washington on July 27, 2012.

Chris Wallace released a statement for his "offensive comment"

Fox news host Chris Wallace has taken responsibility for the offensive comments he made about Kelly Clarkson‘s weight on Friday, issuing a public apology to the singer.

The 67-year-old Fox News anchor told PEOPLE in a statement “I sincerely apologize to Kelly Clarkson for my offensive comment.”

“I admire her remarkable talent and that should have been the focus of any discussion about her,” he added.

Wallace faced huge Internet backlash over the incident, and was even called out by Fox News colleague Greta Van Susteren to apologize for his “fat shaming.”

On Friday, Wallace appeared on The Mike Gallagher Show when what started as playful banter about friend Gallagher’s own weight quickly turned into a mean commentary over Clarkson’s post-baby body.

“Don’t fat shame me. You do a lot of fat shaming,” Gallagher, 54, said during the show. “That’s the phrase now, ‘fat shaming.’ Have you seen Kelly Clarkson? You know the singer, Kelly Clarkson? Holy cow, did she blow up.”

While at first Wallace dodged the comment, even adding that the 32-year-old mom has a “lovely voice,” he later joined in on the “shaming.”

“She could stay off the deep dish pizza for a little while,” Wallace said.

While Clarkson hasn’t commented yet, she’s addressed criticism of her weight publicly before – including an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Friday.

“We are who we are. Whatever size, and it doesn’t meant that we’re gonna be that forever,” the “Heartbeat Song” singer told DeGeneres.

— Reporting by Jennifer Heyde

This article originally appeared on People.com.

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