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Coronavirus Kills a Veteran Actor

Mark Blum of 'Desperately Seeking Susan,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' dies at 69

(Newser) - Madonna is among those mourning veteran actor Mark Blum, who died this week of complications from COVID-19. The 69-year-old starred alongside Madonna in 1985's Desperately Seeking Susan, in which he played the husband of character Roberta Glass. "This is really tragic … I remember him as funny warm,... More »

Ryan Reynolds Helps Out the Barkeeps

'I wouldn't be the father I am today without bartenders'

(Newser) - Out-of-work bartenders are getting some help from actor and gin aficionado Ryan Reynolds. In a Tuesday tweet , Reynolds said the United States Bartenders' Guild would receive 30% of proceeds from online sales of Aviation Gin until May 1. Consider it "a tip to your bartenders—who REALLY miss you... More »

Former Lost Star Tests Positive, Calls Out the 'Cowardly'

Daniel Dae Kim has the coronavirus

(Newser) - Celebrities with the coronavirus? You can add actor Daniel Dae Kim to the list. "Hi everyone—yesterday I was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus," says the former Lost and Hawaii Five-0 actor on Instagram . "Looks like I'll be OK, but I wanted... More »

Pitt Attributes Speeches to 'Real Work,' 'Funny Friends'

Oscar winner managed to overcome his nerves

(Newser) - Brad Pitt's speechwriting is apparently as worthy of applause as his acting. There was much discussion about Pitt's ghostwriter after a round of impressive award show speeches. But there is no ghostwriter, Pitt told Variety on Sunday as he took home the Oscar for best supporting actor . "... More »

How a Helicopter Crash Changed Kirk Douglas

'From this day forward I would be asking ... Why was I alive?'

(Newser) - Not even two weeks after a helicopter crash killed an NBA legend , news outlets are revisiting a 1991 helicopter crash that nearly killed a legendary actor. Kirk Douglas, who died Wednesday at age 103, said his life was forever changed when the helicopter he was traveling in collided with an... More »

Shannen Doherty Reveals Stage 4 Diagnosis

'My cancer came back,' says actress

(Newser) - Shannen Doherty delivered somber news on Tuesday. The actress who announced she was in remission from breast cancer in 2017 revealed to ABC News that she is now in stage 4. "My cancer came back," said Doherty, who was first diagnosed with the disease in 2015 . "I... More »

Brad Pitt's Oscars Luncheon Move Wins Hearts

Actor wore a name tag—just in case

(Newser) - Brad Pitt managed to win (more) hearts on Monday with the simple act of putting on a name tag. The actor was photographed at the 92nd Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at Los Angeles' Loews Hotel sporting a tag with his name and nomination as best supporting actor for Once Upon ... More »

Mighty Ducks Actor Found in California Man's Garage

Cops say Shaun Weiss was on meth when he broke into car

(Newser) - A homeowner in Marysville, Calif., called in a report of "an unknown male inside his garage that did not belong there" early Sunday morning, specifically sitting in a car parked in that garage. Police say the male in question had broken the passenger window and was "filtering through"... More »

Ozzy to Fans in Wake of New Diagnosis: I Need You

71-year-old rocker says he's been diagnosed with a form of Parkinson's

(Newser) - In a Monday interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, rocker Ozzy Osbourne revealed that 2019 hadn't been a great year for him. In fact, "[it] was the worst, longest, most painful, miserable year of my life," he said, noting that he'd had a bad... More »

Another 'Huge Honor' for Billie Eilish

18-year-old is youngest artist to record James Bond theme

(Newser) - Billie Eilish isn't done making history. The youngest person to be nominated in the four main Grammy categories in a single year, also the youngest to be named Billboard's Woman of the Year, is now the youngest artist in history to write and record a James Bond theme... More »

2020 to Bring a First for Chloe Sevigny

Actress is expecting her first child at 45

(Newser) - Chloe Sevigny will embark on a new adventure in 2020: motherhood. The American Horror Story actress, also starring in the upcoming HBO miniseries We Are Who We Are, is about five months pregnant, expecting her first child with boyfriend Sinisa Mackovic, TMZ reports. The outlet spotted the couple out and... More »

Rose McGowan Defends Tweet About Iran Airstrike

The actor takes heat for her claim that 'the USA has disrespected your country'

(Newser) - Rose McGowan's tweet that apologized on behalf of the US to Iran for "disrespecting their flag and people" in the wake of an airstrike that killed the country's top general was not anti-American, the actress said in the face of harsh criticism. "I don't support... More »

Kylie Jenner's Christmas Gift for Stormi Was Pretty Adult

Every 1-year-old needs a diamond ring, right?

(Newser) - What's more unusual: A one-year-old getting a diamond ring for Christmas, or said one-year-old having her gifts covered by the likes of CNN and the Los Angeles Times ? In the case of Kylie Jenner's daughter Stormi, let's call it a draw. The Kardashian/Jenner-clan member posted a... More »

Lovato Pleads With Public: 'Please Don't Go After Him'

The singer, 27, has broken up with male model Austin Wilson

(Newser) - Only a month after making it official on Instagram, Demi Lovato and her male model boyfriend have called it quits—and she wants everyone to lay off the guy, TooFab reports. "Please don't go after him," the 27-year-old singer wrote Friday of her new ex, Austin Wilson.... More »

Susan Sarandon Isn't Looking Quite the Same

The 'Thelma & Louise' actor reveals her bruised and broken face on Instagram

(Newser) - Looks like Susan Sarandon took quite the fall, but her political views are quite intact. On Friday, the Thelma & Louise actor posted images of her bruised and black-eyed face on Instagram and explained it this way: "A little slip = concussion, fractured nose, banged up knee. So, looks... More »

Ellen, Sandra Bullock File Suit Together

Lawsuit targets pop-up websites using star power without permission

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres and Sandra Bullock have teamed up to take on the so-called "celebrity endorsement theft industry." Their lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks to expose 100 anonymous individuals and entities that fraudulently sell health and beauty products using the celebrities' names, images, and likenesses without permission. The entities, which... More »

Looks Like Movie Star Fell Off the Wagon

Ben Affleck loses his balance after leaving LA event

(Newser) - Seems Ben Affleck knocked back a few at a Halloween party in Los Angeles after staying sober for more than a year, Us Weekly reports. The Triple Frontier star—or what looks like him, behind a skull mask—was caught by TMZ leaving a Unicef ball in West Hollywood on... More »

'Elliott' of ET Fame Is Arrested in Oregon

Police say Henry Thomas has been charged with DUI

(Newser) - Cue the "ET, make your one phone call home" jokes. TMZ reports Henry Thomas, the actor best know for playing Elliott in ET, was arrested for alleged DUI Monday night in Oregon. The site reports officers responded to an 8:30pm 911 call about a driver stopped in the... More »

Loughlin Wants to Talk Prison With Huffman: Report

Another report says a plea deal may still be on the table for Loughlin

(Newser) - Despite an alleged $500,000 spent to get them into the University of Southern California, Lori Loughlin's daughters are no longer enrolled at the school. Olivia Jade Giannulli, 20, and Isabella Rose Giannulli, 21, "are not currently enrolled" but "we are unable to provide additional information because... More »

More Big News From Nicki Minaj

She's now 'Mrs. Petty'

(Newser) - Nicki Minaj wasn't bluffing when she said she'd soon walk down the aisle. The 36-year-old rapper who previously said she was retiring to start a family announced her marriage to boyfriend of one year, Kenneth "Zoo" Petty, late Monday. She shared a video showing Mr. and Mrs.... More »

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