'Deliverance' actor Bill McKinney dies
December 2nd, 2011
06:34 PM ET

'Deliverance' actor Bill McKinney dies

Actor Bill McKinney, perhaps best known for his role in 1972's "Deliverance," died on Thursday, CNN has confirmed.

His stepson Richard Booth tells CNN that the actor, who was 80 at the time, had esophageal cancer. Booth called his stepfather a "strong, compassionate, motivated individual."

A post on his Facebook page adds that the actor was "an avid smoker for 25 years of his younger life." At 80, he was "still strong enough to have filmed a Doritos commercial two weeks prior to his passing, and he continued to work on his biography with his writing partner. Hopefully 2012 will bring a publisher for the wild ride his life was. He is survived by son Clinton, along with several ex-wives."

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While you were working...
December 2nd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • We've come a long way since The Rachel, and now Jennifer Love Hewitt and Emma Watson are beating out the perennial favorite of blow-out devotees, Jennifer Aniston, as having the most-searched hairstyles of 2011. [Us Weekly]
  • Maybe this will ease the pain of "Community" going on hiatus: Hulu has struck a deal to bring both current episodes to the site the next day, as well as having a stockpile of all three seasons available via its subscription service. [Variety]
  • Khloe Kardashian is fighting back against critics who nit-picked her appearance after she emerged from the gym with a makeup-free face. "I'm so HAPPY to be perfectly flawed," she's tweeted. "Haters are like crickets, they make a lot of noise that you can hear but you never see them, then you walk right by them and they're quiet." [E!]
  • We don't know if Justin Bieber's prediction will come true for "X Factor" contestant Drew Ryniewicz - who was voted off the show Thursday night - but it's got to be consoling to have one of the biggest teen pop stars in your corner. "@drewryniewicz keep your head up. I lost my first competition too. this is just the beginning for u. never say never. best wishes." [Justin Bieber's Twitter]
  • It's beginning to look a lot like the feel-bad movie of Christmas. A new eight-minute trailer for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" has been released, and it's promisingly grim. [Vulture]

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Tracey Gold speaks about 'Starving Secrets'
December 2nd, 2011
05:46 PM ET

Tracey Gold speaks about 'Starving Secrets'

Former “Growing Pains” star Tracey Gold is hosting a Lifetime series about anorexia, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Gold, who suffered from an eating disorder herself, will work with women battling anorexia on the reality show.

The actress wants to use the series as a platform to raise awareness. "My goal is to shed light on what an eating disorder looks like," Gold said.

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Judy Blume's 'Fudge' series available as e-books
December 2nd, 2011
05:01 PM ET

Judy Blume's 'Fudge' series available as e-books

Judy Blume's "Fudge" series has been a favorite with kids and adults alike for more than three decades, and we can only imagine the trend will continue as the five-book collection is made available as e-books.

Blume herself made the announcement on her Facebook page Thursday. "Imagine the fun Fudge would have with e-readers and other electronic devices," she writes. "On second thought, I don't even want to think about that."

The beloved author adds that she cherishes the idea of parents and kids sharing the series' adventures electronically. "Not that ebooks take the place of books between covers," she writes, "but a good story is a good story no matter the format."

"Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing," which introduced countless kids to fourth-grader Peter Hatcher and the antics of his younger brother, Fudge, turns 40 in 2012. Blume promises on her Facebook page to share more updates about Fudge's 40th anniversary.


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Adam Carolla: OWS participants, Millennials are 'self-entitled'
December 2nd, 2011
04:23 PM ET

Adam Carolla: OWS participants, Millennials are 'self-entitled'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, funnyman Adam Carolla let loose a serious rant during a discussion about the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In a tirade that’s going viral, Carolla goes off on the Millennial generation during a segment of an earlier podcast.

The former “Loveline” host explains his theory on why 20-somethings are involved in the OWS movement, calling the young group “f----g self-entitled monsters.”

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Happy 30th birthday, Britney Spears
December 2nd, 2011
03:01 PM ET

Happy 30th birthday, Britney Spears

Pop star extraordinaire Britney Spears hit the big 3-0 today. (And we'll admit that makes us feel a smidge old.)

The singer is still as big of a pop star as she was more than a decade ago, following the release of her debut album "...Baby One More Time" at the age of 17.

Since then, fame and celebrity has taken Britney Jean for something of a bumpy ride.

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