Former ‘Power Ranger’ actor pleads guilty to killing roommate with sword

Published: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 2:48 PM
Updated: Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 3:10 PM

HOLLYWOOD - SEPTEMBER 28: Actor Ricardo Medina attends the Lambda Legal Liberty Awards at the Egyptian Theater on September 28, 2005 in Hollywood, California.
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Former “Power Rangers” star Ricardo Medina pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Thursday, according to prosecutors.

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The 38-year-old entered the plea in Los Angeles County Superior Court and admitted to using a “Conan the Barbarian” sword to stab his roommate, Josh Sutter, to death in 2015, The Associated Press reported.

According to the Los Angeles Times, investigators said the two were arguing over the way Medina’s girlfriend parked her car before the stabbing.

Medina appeared as the red Power Ranger in three versions of the popular series: “Power Rangers Wild Force” (2002), “Power Rangers Wild Force: Identity Crisis” (2002) and “Power Rangers Samurai” (2001).

He faces up to six years in state prison.

Bill O’Reilly payout could top $25 million as anchor announces new podcast

Published: Sunday, April 23, 2017 @ 10:18 AM

Former fox news host Bill O'Reilly, pictured here waiting for the arrival of U.S. President Barack Obama during an event at the White House in February of 2014 in Washington, is launching a new podcast Monday amid reports he’s getting a $25 million payout from Fox News. 
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Ousted Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly isn’t taking his termination for sexual harassment allegations lying down. After three weeks off the air and less than a week after Fox let him go, O’Reilly is returning Monday evening with a new podcast, according to his website BillO’

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A banner across the top of the site reads, “Monday. The no spin news returns.” O’Reilly usually started off his Fox show “The O’Reilly Factor” with the phrase “You are about to enter the no spin zone.”

Fox is also paying O’Reilly, 67, a reported $25 million over the next year, according to NBC News, after he inked a new four-year contract with the network just last month guaranteeing he’d make at least that much.

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O’Reilly was terminated from the network last week after the New York Times reported in early April that Fox had paid out $13 million to five women over several years to settle sexual harassment allegations against the longtime Fox anchor.

In a statement after his ouster, O’Reilly denied the allegations, calling them “unfounded claims.”

His top-rated cable news show, on the air since 2001, generated millions of dollars in advertising revenue for Fox and consistently netted more than 3.5 million viewers a night in recent months.

Rob Lowe debuts as KFC’s newest colonel Sunday

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 7:00 AM

Actor Rob Lowe is the newest  celebrity to portray Col. Harland Sanders, the founder of KFC. Lowe will debut on Sunday.

Meet the new KFC colonel — actor Rob Lowe.

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The actor has played many roles through the years — as Sam Seaborn in “The West Wing” and Chris Traeger in “Parks and Recreation,” for example — but the former Brat Pack member who also starred in “St. Elmo’s Fire” is branching out into fast food.

Lowe will portray Colonel Harland Sanders beginning Sunday, donning the colonel’s white suit, black string tie and trademark goatee — but he also will be wearing a space suit, USA Today reported.

Lowe, 53, will be promoting KFC’s Zinger chicken sandwich, the restaurant chain announced Friday.

“My grandfather was the head of the Ohio chapter of the National Restaurant Association in the 1960s and took me to meet Colonel Harland Sanders when I was a kid,” Lowe told USA Today. “It was a big deal. I thought this would be a nice homage to both Colonel Sanders and to my grandfather.”

Among the other seven celebrities who have portrayed the founder of the Finger Lickin’ Good chicken are Darrell Hammond, Norm Macdonald, Jim Gaffigan and actors George Hamilton and Billy Zane.

Lowe, 53, has previously done commercials for DIRECTV.

The spicy Zinger sandwich will debut Monday in the United States after a 33-year stint overseas, KFC said. In a video promoting the sandwich, Lowe steps to the podium in his space suit and proclaims that “The time has come to explore beyond our known horizons.”

Lowe ends the video by asking, “Can you actually launch KFC’s world-famous Zinger chicken sandwich into space?”

His answer? “We certainly hope so. Our entire marketing campaign depends on it.

“But when we succeed, we will lick our fingers. We will lick our fingers good.”

Serena Williams shares another shot from Mexico vacation

Published: Saturday, April 22, 2017 @ 5:37 AM

Serena Williams celebrates with the championship trophy after her victory against her sister, Venus Williams, in last January's final of the Australian Open.

Tennis star Serena Williams announced she was pregnant on Snapchat earlier this week as she shared — and then deleted — a photo of her baby bump with the cryptic caption “20 weeks” from her vacation in Mexico.

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The world’s top-ranked female player shared another shot from her getaway with fiancé and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian on Instagram, Today reported. The 35-year-old is looking out over the Caribbean Sea at the edge of Mayan ruins in Tulum. Earlier, Williams posted a photo of herself and Ohanian horsing around in New Zealand last January.

Williams has won 72 career WTA titles during her career. She has won 23 Grand Slams in singles competition and has 14 in women's doubles. She also won two Grand Slam events in mixed doubles.

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Jennifer Hudson shares video of son singing ‘Hallelujah’

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 8:45 PM

Singer Jennifer Hudson shared an Instagram video of her son singing Leonard Cohen’s

Everyone knows Jennifer Hudson has a powerhouse voice, but her son, David Otunga Jr., is a singer in his own right.

The “American Idol” alum on Wednesday shared a video of her son, whose father is her long-time fiance, lawyer David Otunga, on Instagram.

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David, 7, is seen shyly singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” as someone plays the piano. Once he’s finished, he breathes a sigh of relief and smiles at his mother.

Hudson’s caption definitely showed she was a proud mom.

“This is so precious to me , I can't even begin to describe how it melts my heart,” she wrote. “I did not want to shame my baby by shouting but ... look at him .. he so serious and focused ! A mothers dream ! My babies singing!”

Watch the video below: