Depp on Jonathan Frid's death: World has lost an original
April 20th, 2012
10:28 AM ET

Depp on Jonathan Frid's death: World has lost an original

In a heartbreaking twist of fate, Jonathan Frid, the actor who originally portrayed Barnabas Collins in "Dark Shadows," won't get to see the retro soap transition to the big screen.

Frid's nephew Don told CNN that the 87-year-old actor passed away in the early morning hours of April 14 in Hamilton, Ontario after battling pneumonia. According to his nephew, Frid had been in the hospital for about two weeks prior to his passing.

Frid "was excited" about Tim Burton's film version of "Dark Shadows," Don said. "He was 85 when he first heard of it, and he entertained the idea of doing it. He never thought it would surface, but when the time came to do it, he was adamant about seeing a script first."

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Police: Leslie Carter suffered apparent overdose
February 2nd, 2012
06:25 PM ET

Police: Leslie Carter suffered apparent overdose

An incident report obtained by CNN Thursday from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office indicates that Leslie Carter, the deceased sister of singers Nick and Aaron Carter, suffered an apparent overdose and was taking medication for depression.

Carter, an aspiring singer, died Tuesday in upstate New York at the age of 25. The incident report notes that three prescription drugs were found near Carter: Olanzapine, used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder; Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant; and Alprazolam, used to treat anxiety or panic disorders, also known as Xanax.

Carter's step-mother, Ginger, and father, Robert, told police that the 25-year-old mom had a "long history of mental illness and was on medication for her depression."

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Janet Jackson is PETA's 'Grinch of the Year'
December 28th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Janet Jackson is PETA's 'Grinch of the Year'

Janet Jackson has landed on PETA's "naughty" list this holiday, and Kim Kardashian isn't far behind.

The animal rights organization has named Jackson "Grinch of the Year" for launching a collection with fur company Blackglama, according to GossipCop.

"When Janet Jackson had her infamous 'wardrobe malfunction' during the Super Bowl, at least the flesh that popped into view was her own - unlike the stolen animal skins that she drapes herself with, which are as dead as her taste in fashion (not to mention her career)," the organization says in a press release.

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Jolie on 'Blood and Honey': Couldn't have done it without my cast
December 6th, 2011
03:05 PM ET

Jolie on 'Blood and Honey': Couldn't have done it without my cast

Angelina Jolie says it was a shift to go from being the star to the director for her film "In the Land of Blood and Honey," but it sounds like the actress has taken to it well.

It was "great not to be in front of the camera," she said in an interview with "Nightline," but acknowledged that also being the screenwriter carried a new burden.

"When you're an actress, you use somebody else's words and you can always blame the director and the director can say the editor," Jolie says. "But the writer is the one that kind of sits alone in the room and writes what they think is funny, important, historical and topical."

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