Roy Clark, foreground, with Buck Owens on "Hee Haw"; CBS via Getty Images(TULSA, Okla.) -- Roy Clark, the Grammy-winning Country Music Hall of Fame member and celebrated picker who's best-known by most as co-host of TV's Hee Haw, has died at age 85.
Clark's publicist confirmed he died Thursday morning at his Tulsa, Oklahoma home of complications from pneumonia.
Just two years ago, Clark revived his classic “I’m a pickin’ and I’m a grinnin’” Hee Haw bit for the landmark 50th Annual CMA Awards, with fellow country picker Brad Paisley stepping in for his late Hee Haw co-host, Buck Owens.
Hee Haw -- a rural variety show that mixed homespun comedy with current country stars -- premiered on CBS in 1969. When it was cancelled by the network, it moved to syndication, where it ran until 1992.
Though his musical prowess was somewhat overshadowed by his comedy success on Hee Haw, Clark was an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, admired for his abilities on both guitar and banjo. At the peak of his career, he was well-known enough to guest-host The Tonight Show for Johnny Carson.
Of the dozens of singles Clark released over nearly four decades, his biggest hit was the 1969 cover of "Yesterday When I Was Young," which reached #9 on the Billboard Country Singles chart and #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.
Roy Clark was a Grand Ole Opry member who was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He’s survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara. A memorial will be held in Tulsa in the coming days.
ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) -- What are you going to be doing this Thanksgiving holiday? Other than stuffing your face, watching football and drifting off into a drooling food coma on the sofa? Entertainment Weekly has a snapshot in their just-released November/Thanksgiving Pop Culture Index.
Let's start with which TV chef you'd prefer to cook your Thanksgiving bird. Barefoot Contessa star Ina Garten's the first choice, at least among those who say Thanksgiving's their favorite holiday. Overall, 20% picked foul-mouthed Hell's Kitchen host Gordon Ramsey.
If you could share your Thanksgiving feast with a TV family or group of friends, it's no surprise the friends from Friends top the list, followed by Lorelai and Rory from Gilmore Girls. Others on the list include the Johnsons from black-ish and even the Starks from Game of Thrones -- the Starks who're still alive, at least. By the way, 40% of those surveyed say they expect some Thanksgiving drama around the table, especially from family members.
Favorite Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float? Charlie Brown's the clear favorite at 25%, followed by Garfield, Mickey Mouse, Big Bird and Spider-Man. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed say they'll definitely watch the parade.
Planning to binge-watch some TV after the meal? The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Neflix tops the list, followed by The Haunting of Hill House, Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and NBC's This Is Us.
And because no holiday's complete without tunes, 25% chose Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" as the holiday song they'll play the most. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song" also are near the top of the list.
The Entertainment Weekly Pop Culture Index is compiled by surveying what EW describes as a "large proprietary panel of self-selected EW consumers age 18 ."
Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former The Bachelor stars Arie Luyendyk Jr. and his fiancée, Lauren Burnham, have announced they're expecting. Burnham is due in June.
Luyendyk posted a photo on Instagram to announce the couple’s happy news.
"Nothing compares, absolutely nothing compares to the moment you find out you’re going to be a dad!” he wrote alongside a photo of the couple. “We cried, we laughed and it really was such a special moment for us, we’re so freakin’ happy!"
Burnham posted an image on her account as well, with the caption, "Our greatest adventure begins June 2019!"
Burnham told Us Weekly about when the couple found out.
"I kind of had a feeling that I might be pregnant. So my friend insisted on bringing a pregnancy test over," Burnham told the magazine. She said she wanted Luyendyk to read the test results.
"Arie came out with the test in his hand and tears in his eyes. He was like, 'You’re pregnant!'" she recalled.
The couple, who currently live together in Phoenix, Arizona, are set to wed in January.
Luyendyk famously dumped his former fiancée and subsequent The Bachelorette star Becca Kufrin on television in an episode that aired in March 2018.
Monica Schipper/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- With her new coming-of-age drama Jinn, Luke Cage alum Simone Missick is taking on a different type of role.
In the film, Missick plays Jade Jennings, a popular meteorologist and new convert to Islam, who's conflicted when her teenage daughter questions her beliefs. Missick tells ABC Radio that she felt a strong duty to the role, which is inspired by the life of director Nijla [Nih-JAH-la] Mu'min [Moo-MEEN].
"I felt a responsibility to portray this woman and her story honestly," Missick tells ABC Radio. "And Nijla and I did have a chance to talk extensively before we started filming because this was partly her story, and because she was sharing something that was so intimate. And so she gave me a lot of background information on how she created this character and what it was that she was trying to get to come across on screen."
While the film mostly revolves around Jade's daughter Summer and her struggle to come to grips with her mother's new religion, Missick says the film also serves an important purpose: to help debunk myths about Islam.
"The fact is, we are living in a climate of Islamophobia, especially in our country, she says. "And to label an entire religion that is practiced by millions and millions of people all over the world as one that comes out of hatred is just false and it's wrong."
She continues, "It's something that continues to divide us in this country and globally more and more every day. And so Nijla really wanted to share with people the beauty, and the love, and the community that she grew up in."
Jinn, also starring Simone's husband Dorian Missick and Zoe Renee, is now in theaters and arrives on VOD and Digital HD November 16.
Photo by NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Katherine MacGregor, who portrayed Harriet Oleson on all nine seasons of the NBC drama Little House on the Prairie, died Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 93.
Between 1974 and 1983, MacGregor appeared as Harriet, the nosy wife of Mercantile general store owner Nels Oleson, and mother of nasty Nellie Oleson on 153 episodes of the series.
Melissa Gilbert, who starred in Little House as Laura Ingalls Wilder, paid tribute to MacGregor on Twitter, writing, "She was outspoken and hilariously funny. A truly gifted actress as she was able to play a despicable character but with so much heart. Her Harriet Oleson was the woman our fans loved to hate. A perfect antagonist."
After Little House, MacGregor guest-starred on television shows including East Side/West Side, Mannix, Emergency!, All in the Family and Ironside.
Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) -- Idris Elba fans are revolting against a new doll that is said to be inspired by People's sexiest man alive.
According to Metro UK, Emperis toy company created an action figure -- with the hefty price tag of roughly $1,000-- that's said to have been modeled to look like British star. However, upon a closer look, many fans are wondering if the UK toy company has ever even seen the actor.
"Is that Jafar or Voldemort? Certainly not Idris," tweeted one fan.
"That's not Idris Elba," wrote another. "That's Montel Williams."
The doll, which went on sale on November 5, has a bald head, a narrow jawline and a slim goatee. Considering Elba has never really sported a shaven head, many people have also likened the doll to A Million Little Things actor Romany Malco.
Emperis has responded to the backlash telling the Metro UK that the doll is their "interpretation" of Elba.
"Idris Elba is a British actor we have always admired," they said. "Our doll was inspired by him leading to our artistic interpretation."
So far, Elba hasn't publicly responded to Emperis' "inspired" image.
ABC/Lorenzo Bevilaqua(LOS ANGELES) -- Armie Hammer took to Twitter to criticize celebrities for posting selfies in tribute to late Marvel Comics visionary Stan Lee, but now he’s the one facing backlash.
It all started when he posted a now-deleted tweet on Monday reading, “So touched by all of the celebrities posting pictures of themselves with Stan Lee… no better way to commemorate an absolute legend than putting up a picture of yourself.”
He added, “If Stan impacted your life (ie. All of our lives) with his work, post his work that touched you the most. Posting a selfie makes his death about you and how cool you felt taking a picture with him.”
Some Twitter users were quick to disagree with Hammer. One wrote, “They…worked with him…?”
“Me…too…?” Hammer replied. The actor voiced a character in Stan Lee's Mighty 7, an animated 2014 TV movie.
Another person asked, “what else u supposed to do when someone dies armie.”
“If your answer is ‘post a selfie’ then I think we need a cultural revamp across the board,” he answered.
Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan also called Hammer out on Twitter. In a post that’s since been deleted, he wrote, “Looks like you found a way to use others' ways of mourning and their memories to draw some attention to yourself. You sound like a real a**hat.”
L-R: Stan Lee (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images); Spike Lee;(Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)(NEW YORK) -- A New Zealand newspaper clearly didn't do the right thing when they wrote their obit for the late, great Marvel comics legend Stan Lee, who died Monday at the age of 95.
On the front page of the Gisborne Herald, the paper confused the comic book creator for BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee.
After the mix-up went viral, Lee took to Instagram to reassure fans he was alive and well.
“God bless Stan Lee. Me? Not yet," Lee wrote, captioning the image of the front-page error. "And dat’s da ‘I’m still A Live, And Strivin’ Truth, Ruth. YA-DIG? SHO-NUFF.”
No doubt Stan Lee would've found the error more than a little amusing -- as a young man, he worked briefly as a part-time obituary writer.
L-R: Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, writer/director Steve McQueen, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez; Kristina Bumphrey/Starpix(NEW YORK) -- Oscar-winner Steve McQueen says he did not have award show season on his mind when he went to work on his latest film Widows.
The film, which is an adaptation of the popular 1980s British series of the same name, follows the widows of three crime bosses who are murdered during a robbery attempt. After enlisting the all-star cast, which includes Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo and Elizabeth Debicki, McQueen says his next priority was to make sure his thriller was worth seeing.
"I do this for the audience," McQueen says. "First and foremost. I mean, my first protocol is the audience. I never finished this film until I showed it to the audience. And that's what I'm here for."
McQueen's heist film is the director's first official feature since winning the Best Picture Oscar for his 2013 film 12 Years a Slave. Still, McQueen is not worried about making a comeback.
"There's no point of me making a picture about people and those people don't come and see it," he continues. "It's about the audience. It's about about we. Not me."
Widows, also starring Brian Tyree Henry, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall and Daniel Kaluuya, hits theaters on November 16.
L-R: Deborra-Lee Furness, Hugh Jackman and Ivanka Trump in 2010; Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Hugh Jackman defended his longtime friendship with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner on The ViewTuesday.
The couple, whom Jackman said he’s known for 15 years, made headlines when they recently attended the actor’s 50th birthday party.
“They’ve always been so kind and generous,” said Jackman, recalling Ivanka’s “kindness” when she wrote his late mother-in-law, Fay Duncan, a handwritten letter when she won the Order of Australia medal for her charity work.
“People question, ‘Really?’ And I’m kinda like, 'OK, let’s say your friends of 15 years’ father became president. Whether you agree with the politics or not, do you just dump your friends?” Jackman said. “I’m like, 'no, no you don’t.' I don’t understand that.”
Jackman stars in the film The Front Runner, based on the story of Senator Gary Hart, who withdrew from the presidential race in 1988 in the wake of a rumored affair that made media headlines in ways such stories seldom had before in America. Jason Reitman, who wrote and directed the film, said the story parallels today’s political environment.
“We’re all trying to figure out how the hell we got here and I can’t help but look at the story and see the kind of seeds, the threads that you pull on to get us here,” Reitman said.
“It’s so hard to have that conversation in 2018,” Reitman added. “The volume is at a 12 -- you go onto Twitter, you say one wrong thing… you’re gonna get your head ripped off!”
“What’s nice about a story from 1987 is that we can kinda bring the volume down a little and actually have a conversation about gender politics, about the line between a public and a private life, the relationship between politicians and journalists," Reitman said. "All these things we’re trying to talk about.”
Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday night’s The Voice, Carson Daly revealed which of the three artists each from Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson‘s teams who performed on Monday would advance to the next round: two based on America’s vote, the other chosen by his or her coach.
At the top of the show, Daly also acknowledged the passing of The Voice season 1 finalist Beverly McClellan, who died on October 30 at the age of 49 from endometrial cancer.
The artists advancing after Tuesday’s show are:
Soulful country singer Kirk Jay and gruff-voiced blues artist Chris Kroeze advanced, based on America’s votes. Blake saved country artist Dave Fenley. Funsho, Michael Lee and Natasia GreyCloud were sent home.
America saved soul artist DeAndre Nico and 14-year-old pop singer Reagan Strange. After agonizing over which of the remaining artists would complete his team, Adam settled on teen heartthrob Tyke James, explaining that there was still more he wanted to see from him. Steve Memmolo, RADHA and Kameron Marlowe went home.
America sent Kentucky native MaKenzie Thomas and Kennedy Holmes -- the youngest artist in the competition at 13 -- to the next round. Acknowledging it was a tough decision for her to make, Jennifer saved R&B singer Sandyredd. Franc West, Colton Smith and Patrique Fortson were sent packing.
America saved 16-year-old country artist Chevel Shepherd and blues singer Sarah Grace, 15. Kelly, known for getting emotional, saved gospel powerhouse Kymberli Joye. Abbie Cates, Keith Paluso and Zaxai were sent home.
Also on Tuesday’s show, Ayanna Joni and Lynnea Moorer, the two finalists from The Voice Comeback Stage -- the show's new digital series in which judge Kelsea Ballerini gave artists who failed to get chair turns during the blind auditions a chance to re-enter the competition -- performed for America’s vote. Joni tackled Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” and Moorer delivered “Boo’d Up,” by Ella Mai. America picked Moorer, who chose Clarkson as her coach and moves on, along with the other 12 contestants. Joni was sent home.
The evening also included country star Kane Brown performing his latest single “Lose It,” and pop outfit Backstreet Boys singing their new song, “Chances.”
The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
John Lamparski/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Boardwalk Empire alum Paz de la Huerta has slapped Harvey Weinstein with a new sexual assault lawsuit, according to Deadline.
In a copy of the suit obtained by the entertainment website, the 34-year-old actress alleges the disgraced movie mogul exposed himself in a "taunting manner" while greeting her at the door of his Four Seasons Hotel room in Beverly Hills in 2011.
The documents go on to claim that another undressed woman was in the room, and that Weinstein invited her "to participate in a three party sexual encounter."
The alleged incident took place a year after a couple of earlier encounters in which de la Huerta has previously claimed she was raped by Weinstein in New York City. The suit alleges she was there to Weinstein to, "stop stalking and harassing her and quickly left the vicinity of Weinstein’s room feeling embarrassed, scared, shocked and humiliated. She added that that Weinstein appeared angered by her rejection and denunciation."
She explains her appearance in the doorway of Weinstein's Four Seasons hotel room as an attempt to warn him to, "stop the harassing phone calls, which he had that day resumed, and any further uninvited visits to her building."
Weinstein's lawyer, Ben Brafman, denied the claims on Tuesday, according to Deadline, saying, "It is our understanding that the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office carefully reviewed Ms. De la Huerta’s claims of sexual assault by Mr. Weinstein many months ago and made a conscious decision to reject her as a complainant for obvious reasons."
Adds Brafman: "We also believe that her newly minted version of events including her new California claims are equally preposterous and unfortunately, the product of an unstable personality with a vivid imagination."
De la Huerta's lawsuit come on the heels of another accusation of sexual misconduct earlier this month, alleging Weinstein assaulted a 16-year-old model: claims Brafman, called "preposterous" in a statement to ABC News.
Last month, Weinstein scored an apparent legal victory, when the Manhattan District Attorney’s office dropped one of the charges against him involving Lucia Evans, the actress who accused Weinstein of forcing her to perform oral sex in 2004.
Ever since allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein came to light late last year, he has continued to deny any claims of non-consensual sex.
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper are already brainstorming ideas for a potential performance of “Shallow” at next year’s Oscars.
In a new interview with Variety, the pop superstar said she’s “one hundred percent” on board to sing the A Star Is Born duet with Cooper at the ceremony, should it be nominated for best original song.
Co-star and director Cooper adds, “We talked about that actually, because I’m such a maniac. I started texting [Gaga] the whole pitch of how we should do it. So we’ll see. There might be a cool, unorthodox way we could perform it.”
A nomination for “Shallow” seems likely as it continues to climb the charts. Gaga says she believes the song is resonating with people because it’s about a dialogue between a man and a woman.
“To me, that conversation is what makes the song successful and beautiful and why people cry when they hear it,” she says. “It’s because that man and woman connect, and they are listening to each other.”
The official video of Gaga and Cooper's performance of "Shallow" has earned over 101.4 million views on YouTube in just over six weeks.
At this point, it's seeming as if it's not a question of if A Star Is Born will score any Oscar nominations, but how many. Oscar buzz began the moment the movie debuted at the Venice Film Festival August 31 to near universal acclaim.
Released nationally October 5, A Star Is Born debuted in second place. In the six weeks since it's earned $178.1 million domestically and just under $324 million worldwide.
Eric Ray Davidson/TBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Snoop Dogg gets his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this Monday, November 19.
The 47-year-old rapper, actor, philanthropist, producer, game show host and stoner icon -- born Calvin Broadus Jr. -- will receive the 2,651st star, located right in front of where they record ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kimmel himself will join Dr. Dre and Quincy Jones in honoring Snoop at the ceremony.
The honor coincides with the 25th anniversary of Snoop's debut album, Doggystyle, in November of 1993.
You can watch the ceremony stream live at WalkofFame.com. You can also catch Snoop every week hosting TBS' Joker's Wild game show, and with his buddy Martha Stewart on VH1's Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, now in its second season.
Snoop also stars opposite Matthew McConaughey and Martin Lawrence in the movie The Beach Bum, due out in March 2019.
Merrick Morton/Twentieth Century Fox(NEW YORK)-- In her latest film, Widows, Oscar-winner Viola Davis plays a fierce widow whose husband and others are killed during an attempted robbery. Her character then recruits the other widows to pull off a heist her late husband was planning.
"The heist is just a metaphor for women saying, 'You know what? My life isn't working for me. I got to pay my bills, so I'm going to make it work," Davis told Tuesday's Good Morning America.
"That's what women have to do," Davis continued. "You have a lot of single mothers out there, you have to pay the bills, dealing with no health insurance; they have to get it done. And this movie, you'll see. It's for the girls."
Davis's own girl -- eight-year-old daughter Genesis -- once gave her mom some sage advice about life, after hearing her on the phone with her manager.
"[We were] haggling over something and she said, 'Mommy, put the phone down. I got to tell you, don't let anybody put their life into your life. If they put their life into your life, you have to tell them to get out because they don't have the pass-code,'" Davis said.
"I put the phone down and I said, 'Genesis, say that again so I can write it down.' She teaches me a lot."
Davis also shared her go-to mantras with GMA.
"'The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are,'" she said. And another: "You don't have to hustle for your worth. You don't have to barter for it. 'You're just born worthy. "
Davis said she wants some of these inspirational words to apply to her daughter as well: "I want her to know that exactly who she is, is enough."