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Meshach Taylor dead; 'Designing Women' actor was 67

Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as

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Meshach Taylor, best known for his role as assistant Anthony Bouvier on the hit sitcom "Designing Women," has died, his agent confirmed to CNN. He was 67.

"It is with love and gratitude that we sorrowfully announce that our darling, amazingly brilliant and dynamic, Meshach, the incredible father, husband, son and friend has begun his grand transition," his family said in a statement after...

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Vanessa Carlton announces pregnancy, shows off baby bump

Musician Vanessa Carlton performs at the celebration of

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It's no "Ordinary Day" for singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton.

The artist is pregnant with her first child, she announced on Facebook Thursday. Along with a photo of her baby bump, Carlton posted, "See the picture below. No, those aren't a bunch of croissants. We're expecting a baby. It's healthy and moving around like a champ."

Though Carlton, 33, and husband, musician John McCauley,...

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Amy Adams gives up first-class seat to U.S. soldier

Amy Adams in a L'Wren Scott gown at

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Amy Adams proved she's a class act -- a first-class act, to be precise.

The "American Hustle" star gave up her first-class seat to a U.S. soldier on a flight from Detroit to Los Angeles.

While the actress tried her best to be discreet about her good deed, she was spotted by Jemele Hill, the co-host of ESPN's "Numbers Never Lie," who promptly tweeted about it.

Just saw...

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New 'Hunger Games' teaser debuts

Never underestimate President Snow, or the marketing team behind “The Hunger Games.” A new trailer for the next film ends with a sneaky surprise.

The trailer for “The Hunger Games: Mockinjay -- Part 1” comes on like a televised address from Snow (the always terrific Donald Sutherland), delivering a smooth mix of nationalist rhetoric and iron-fisted threats. It turns out, however, that he may...

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Billy Joel helps pedestrian who fell in East Hampton, report says

Billy Joel at his motorcycle shop, 20th Century

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He may have been "The Stranger," but that didn't stop Billy Joel from coming to the rescue of a woman who fell into the street in the Hamptons on Monday.

According to the New York Post, Joel was riding his motorcycle through the Village of East Hampton when he saw a 65-year-old woman had fallen in a crosswalk. Today.com reports she was sprawled facedown in the street when the Piano Man hopped...

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North Korea: 'The Interview,' starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, should not be released

Seth Rogen (left) and Evan Goldberg promote their

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Seth Rogen and James Franco have teamed up for another comedy, but that's not the headline fall's "The Interview" has grabbed. North Korea wants the United States to block its distribution, as releasing the comedy would be an "act of war."

Though the film isn't mentioned by name, a spokesman for North Korea's Foreign Ministry Wednesday made clear that the plot about TV journalists recruited...

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Sugarland's Kristian Bush embarks on solo path with ease

Sugarland member Kristian Bush performs on ABC's "Good

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Kristian Bush hit the stage at City Winery on May 30 and said he was going to play "an hour-and-a-half of music you've never heard of."

He was fibbing, and telling the truth, all at the same time.

Jennifer Nettles’ Sugarland tag-team partner doesn’t have the benefit of trading lead vocals with the likes of Jon Bon Jovi and Beyonce during Sugarland’s ascent, leaving him in a much more...

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Brian Williams 'raps' 'Baby Got Back' on 'The Tonight Show'

Brian Williams "raps" Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back"

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Brian Williams has almost enough hits for an album.

The NBC Nightly News anchor was back on "The Tonight Show" Monday, in yet another rap supercut by ultimate prankster Jimmy Fallon.

If the newsman's "Rapper's Delight" was good and his "Gin & Juice" was better, then this take on Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" certainly tops them all -- thanks to some perfectly-cast guest appearances...

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Michael Keaton in 'Birdman': First trailer

Oct. 17

Is it a superhero film, a surrealist comedy or one of those Hollywood satires about Hollywood? The answer may be all three.

According to a Fox synopsis from about a year ago, "Birdman" is a "black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Keaton) – famous for portraying an iconic superhero – as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his...

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New trailer for Dinesh D'Souza's 'America'

Scenes from 'America,' author-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza's documentary targeting

On the heels of his Barack Obama takedown "2016: Obama's America," author-turned-filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza is targeting Hillary Clinton in a new documentary titled simply "America."

In at least one scene, the actress Jennifer Pearson will portray Clinton in a re-enactment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film, based on D'Souza's hopefully titled book "America: Imagine a World...

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