'Sesame Street' welcomes Julia, new character with autism

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 2:27 AM

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A character with autism is joining Elmo, Big Bird and the other familiar faces on "Sesame Street."

The iconic children's show, which airs on PBS and HBO, will introduce a new Muppet, Julia, to TV audiences April 10, according to The Associated Press.

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Sunday's episode of "60 Minutes" offered a closer look at Julia, who has appeared online and in print as part of Sesame Workshop's "Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children" initiative since 2015.

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"It's important for kids without autism to see what autism can look like," Julia's puppeteer, Stacey Gordon, who has a son with autism, told "60 Minutes."

Host Lesley Stahl met Julia and spoke to Elmo and Big Bird about their new friend.

"Hi, Julia," Stahl said to the red-headed Muppet, who remained quiet – the same reaction she'll have when meeting Big Bird in her upcoming debut episode.

"I thought that maybe she didn't like me," Big Bird told Stahl.

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"Yeah, but you know, we had to explain to Big Bird that Julia likes Big Bird – it's just that Julia has autism, so sometimes it takes her a little longer to do things," Elmo said.

Julia also will struggle with loud noises and make up a game with her new friends.

 "They decide to play tag together, but Julia's so excited that she's jumping up and down," writer Christine Ferraro told Stahl. "That's a thing that can be typical of some kids with autism. And then it turns into a game where they're all jumping like her. So it was a very easy way to show that with a very slight accommodation, they can meet her where she is." 

Actor Jason Statham, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley welcome first child

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 6:10 PM

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Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actor Jason Statham officially became parents on Saturday, and just announced the news on social media.

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“Our little man arrived! Jack Oscar Statham 8.8lbs on Saturday June 24th,” Huntington-Whiteley wrote on a Tuesday Instagram post alongside a sweet photo of her newborn holding her fingers.

Our little man arrived! Jack Oscar Statham - 8.8lbs on Saturday June 24th. 👼🏼❤️

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Huntington-Whiteley announced her pregnancy in February with a photo of herself in a bikini with her baby bump on full display.

“Very happy to share that Jason and I are expecting!! Lots of love Rosie x Photo by @jasonstatham,” she wrote.

According to E! News, Huntington-Whiteley was joined by 40 to 50 close friends and family members at her baby shower on May 20.

“Everyone was really chill, and the spotlight was Rosie,” a source told the entertainment site, adding that she looked “flawless” at the party.

The couple kept things private ahead of their son’s birth and most recently appeared on the red carpet at the premiere of Statham’s film “The Fate of the Furious.”

Statham and Huntington-Whiteley have been dating since 2011 and became engaged in 2016.

Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell says he ‘didn’t want to die’ in new interview 

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 5:37 PM

Vicky Cornell is opening up about her husband Chris Cornell’s final night.

On May 18, the Soungarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead in a Detroit hotel room after performing one final concert. The corner ruled his cause of death to be suicide by hanging, but his wife thinks there’s more to the story.

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“My Chris was happy, loving, caring and warm,” Vicky Cornell said in this month’s issue of People. “This was not a depressed man—it wasn’t like I missed that. What I missed were the signs of addiction.”

Cornell previously struggled with addiction issues but had been sober for years, according to his wife. Shortly after his death, it was revealed that Cornell had prescription drugs and an anti-anxiety medication in his system. Vicky is unsure how the medical examiner could so quickly rule the death a suicide without waiting for toxicology results or a full autopsy report.

Related: Family of Chris Cornell disputes suicide report

She believes the drugs in his system significantly altered his state of mind.

“He didn’t want to die,” she said. “If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn’t have done this.”

She continued, “Chris was humble, sweet, kind and good, with the patience of a saint.” The family was reportedly looking forward to an upcoming trip to Disney World with their kids, Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11. Cornell was also a father to Lily, 17, from a previous marriage.

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Because Cornell was sober since 2009, she is now left guessing if she missed the signs of a relapse.

“I relaxed, I guess,” she told the publication.

The rocker was prescribed the Ativan as a sleep aid last year though it left him feeling deprived of rest. His widow said that was a sign. Following the Detroit concert, Cornell reportedly woke his wife up by turning the lights off and on in their home, remotely using an app on his phone. Vicky Cornell said when she awoke, she called her husband.

“He was on a rant,” she said. “I said, ‘You need to tell me what you took,’ and he just got mean. That wasn’t my Chris.”

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That’s when she decided to send Martin Kirsten, Cornell’s bodyguard, to check on him. After breaking down the doors, Kirsten found him slumped in the bathroom. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

“Addiction is a disease,” Vicky Cornell said. “That disease can take over you and has full power. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure other children don’t have to cry like mine have cried.”

La La Anthony says she and Carmelo Anthony are not divorcing ‘right now’

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 2:57 PM

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There could be a reconciliation in the future for Carmelo and La La Anthony.

E! News reported that the actress appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” on Tuesday and dished about the status of her relationship with estranged NBA player husband Carmelo Anthony.

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When asked if they were divorcing, Anthony, 38, responded, “Not right now,” and added, “You know, marriages are tough, and you know that. We all know that. It’s filled with ups and downs. We are just going through a time right now.

“Him and I are the best of friends, and our No. 1 commitment is to our son, Kiyan, and we have to set an example for Kiyan, and that’s what’s most important to me.”

She also said that even though things are tough between them, she will never have a bad thing to say about Carmelo Anthony, 33.

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“That’s my son’s father, and he is an amazing dad,” she said. “I could not ask for a better dad.”

Host Wendy Williams couldn’t sit through the mystery of their relationship and decided to get to the thought on everyone’s minds.

“He seems to want you back,” Williams said.

Anthony responded, “Why wouldn’t he?” 

Despite knowing that they aren’t divorcing just yet, Anthony is still uncertain about the future.

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“Listen, if I could predict the future, we would all be multimillionaires,” she said. “I don’t know what the future holds. I just know that we are doing an incredible job again being parents to our son. We are the best of friends. I’ve been with Melo since he was 19 years old. You’re not with somebody that long, and it just goes out the window. I love him with all my heart, and we are the best of friends.”

When Williams asked if she’s dating, Anthony said, “Yeah, I’m dating. I’m dating myself.”

“I’m trying to get myself in order,” she said. “I'm in the gym every day. I'm eating right. I’m taking out all the bad stuff in my life and just really dating and focusing on myself, which is something women need to do more often, put ourselves first.”

La La Anthony and Carmelo Anthony were married in 2010 after dating since 2003.

Watch the interview on “Wendy” below.

‘Big Bang Theory’ star Johnny Galecki loses ranch in California wildfire

Published: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 @ 3:03 PM

Actor Johnny Galecki, a star of TV’s ‘Big Bang Theory’ has lost his ranch home to a California wildfire. He’s pictured here at the the 25th Annual GLAAD Media Awards - Dinner and Show on April 12, 2014 in Los Angeles.
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Actor Johnny Galecki, star of the TV series “Big Bang Theory,” has lost his large ranch home to a California wildfire burning in San Luis Obispo, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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The actor was not at the home at the time of the fire Monday night and is fine, Variety reported.

“My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile,” Galecki said in a statement to TMZ

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The fire, which is about 60 percent contained, has burned more than 1,600 acres and forced dozens of evacuations.