'That '70s Show' actress Lisa Robin Kelly dies at age 43

Published: Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 3:36 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 3:36 PM

That '70s Show actress Lisa Robin Kelly has died, according to reports from TMZ.

The site reports that the 43-year-old passed away in her sleep on Wednesday night (Aug. 14) in California. In the past few years the actress has been arrested at least four times — once for a DUI, once for spousal abuse, and finally for assault.

She filed for divorce from her husband Robert Gilliam in July.

On the show, Lisa played wild-child Laurie Forman, the older sister of main character Eric.

Though she appeared in smaller roles on other TV shows and in movies, Lisa is most recognized for her time on the long-running sitcom.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family at this time.

Source: TMZ

Actor Bill Paxton of 'Aliens,' 'Titanic' fame dead at 61

Published: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 10:41 AM
Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2017 @ 10:41 AM


            Actor Bill Paxton of 'Aliens,' 'Titanic' fame dead at 61

Award-winning actor Bill Paxton of "Aliens" and "Titanic" movie fame, has died from complications from surgery, according to TMZ.

The 61 year old acting veteran has starred in a string of movie hits over his four-decade career, including "Twister," "Hatfield and McCoys," and "Apollo 13."

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He was working on the new CBS series "Training Day," when he died.

"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," the family said in a statement reported by TMZ.

"Bill's passion for the arts was felt by all who knew him, and his warmth and tireless energy were undeniable."

He leaves behind two children and his wife of 30 years Louise Newbury.

The actor was born in Fort Worth, Texas in May of 1955. He made his film debut in Roger Corman’s 1975 film “Crazy Mama,” according to IMDb. He had a small role in the 1981 cult classic “Stripes” and went on over the next three decades to act in such movies as “The Terminator,” “Near Dark,” “Weird Science,” “Tombstone,” and True Lies.”

#RIP Bill Paxton.

Posted by TMZ on Sunday, February 26, 2017

Bill Paxton, the veteran actor who starred in Big Love and appeared in films like Aliens, Twister, Titanic and Apollo 13, died Saturday following complications from surgery. He was 61.

Posted by Rolling Stone on Sunday, February 26, 2017

'Moonlight' writer-director Barry Jenkins could make Oscars history

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 8:36 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 8:36 PM


            'Moonlight' writer-director Barry Jenkins could make Oscars history

Barry Jenkins, the writer and director of the critically acclaimed film "Moonlight," is nominated for multiple Academy Awards, according to the nominations announcement Tuesday.

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The Huffington Post reported that Jenkins is nominated in the categories of best director, best adapted screenplay and best picture for his work on the coming-of-age film based on the play "In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue." The film focuses on young black man named Chiron as he grows up and comes to terms with his sexuality. 

If Jenkins wins the award for best director, he would be the first African-American in history to do so, according to CBS News.

Jenkins is the fourth black man to be nominated in the category. Past nominees include John Singleton in 1992 for "Boyz n the Hood," Lee Daniels in 2010 for "Precious," and Steve McQueen in 2013 for "12 Years a Slave."

Jenkins tweeted a reaction to the nominations from Amsterdam:

The Oscars will be presented on Feb.26.

Lin-Manuel Miranda could become youngest EGOT winner

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 3:21 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 3:21 PM


            Lin-Manuel Miranda could become youngest EGOT winner

Playwright, actor, songwriter, rapper and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda might be making history if he wins an Academy Awards in February.

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The Washington Post reported that Miranda, perhaps best known for the Broadway musical "Hamilton," has been nominated for an Oscar for best original song. He wrote "How Far I'll Go" for the Disney animated movie "Moana."

Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

Should he win, People reported that Miranda, 37, will be the youngest person to reach EGOT status. EGOT refers to a person who has won at least one Emmy, one Grammy, one Oscar and one Tony award. He would also be the person who has reached EGOT status the fastest. If he wins, it will have taken him only nine years.

Related: The Oscars 2017: Complete list of nominees

Miranda won his first Tony Award in 2008 for Best Original Score (music and/or lyrics) written for the theatre for "In the Heights," and he won two more Tonys in 2016 for "Hamilton." He won his first Grammy in 2009 for Best Musical Theater Album for "In the Heights" and won in the same category again in 2016 for "Hamilton." Miranda won an Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Emmy in 2014 for his work on the 2013 Tonys.

Other EGOT club members are Helen Hayes, Rita Moreno, John Gielgud, Audrey Hepburn, Marvin Hamlisch, Jonathan Tunick, Mel Brooks, Mike Nichols, Whoopi Goldberg, Scott Rudin and Robert Lopez.

Miranda may also reach another rare status. Since he is also a MacArthur Fellow since being given a MacArthur "genius" grant in 2015, and won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Hamilton," he could be the first member of the MacPEGOT club. Minus the grant, the Wall Street Journal reported that there are a dozen PEGOT winners, including Brooks, Goldberg and Hepburn.

Miranda expressed his gratitude for to the Oscar nomination on Twitter:

The history-making prospect of Miranda's EGOT status makes it hard not to root for him, but he faces competition from "La La Land," which earned the most Oscar nominations and won the most awards at the Golden Globes on Jan. 8.

Number of black Oscar nominees in acting categories sets record

Published: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 11:06 PM
Updated: Tuesday, January 24, 2017 @ 11:06 PM


            Number of black Oscar nominees in acting categories sets record

The Oscars are a little less #sowhite and a little more diverse this year.

The nominations announced Tuesday have set a record for diversity in acting categories. "Entertainment Tonight" reported that black actors have been nominated in every acting category for the first time ever.

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USA Today reported that the four acting categories: Best actor, best actress, best supporting actor and best supporting actress, include black actors.

Mahershala Ali is nominated for best supporting actor for "Moonlight." In the best supporting actress category, record-setting nominees include Viola Davis for "Fences," Naomie Harris for "Moonlight" and Octavia Spencer for "Hidden Figures."

Related: The Oscars 2017: Complete list of nominees

Denzel Washington is the only black nominee in the best actor category, nominated for "Fences." Similarly, Ruth Negga, nominated for "Loving," is the only black nominee in the best actress category.

Related: 'Moonlight' writer-director Barry Jenkins could make Oscars history

CBS News reported that the nominations are the first time at least one black actor has been nominated in all acting categories and the tally is the highest it's been at six total, beating the 2005 record of five, which was the same number of black nominees in the acting categories in 2007.

The Academy Awards was heavily criticized on social media in 2015 and 2016 with the trending hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. The criticism, along with a number of Hollywood actors boycotting the 2016 show, may have led to historic changes in the academy's voting membership.

Fandango correspondent Chris Witherspoon told CBS News that "2017 will go down as a historic year for black actors in film. It’s remarkable to see the academy voters embracing diversity like never before."