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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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.
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.
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.”
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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