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Actor who played Goober on 'Andy Griffith' dies

6 May 2012 4:59 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Nashville, Tenn. (AP) — George Lindsey, who made a TV career as a grinning service station attendant named Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw," has died. He was 83. The Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville said Lindsay died early Sunday morning after a brief illness. Lindsey was the beanie-wearing Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" from 1964 to 1968 and its successor, "Mayberry Rfd," from 1968 to 1971. He played the same jovial character on "Hee Haw" from 1971 until it went out of production in 1993. "America has grown up with me," Lindsey said in an Associated »


- Travis Loller (AP)

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Beastie Boys Honored By Travie McCoy, Kid Rock, Black Thought During Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony (Video)

6 May 2012 4:46 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Just one day after the death of Beastie Boys' McA Adam Yauch, HBO broadcast the trio's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held last month at the Rock Hall in Cleveland, O.H. Yauch, who was too ill to attend, dedicated the honor to his Beastie "Brothers." Photos:  Adam Yauch: The Beastie Boy's Life and Career in Pictures "I’d like to dedicate this award to my brothers Adam and Mike who have walked the globe with me," Yauch wrote in a letter, read by Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz and Michael "Mike D" Diamond on his behalf.

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- Sophie A. Schillaci

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No Doubt announce release date for first album in over 10 years

6 May 2012 4:22 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This time, there can be No Doubt - Gwen Stefani and company will be releasing their first album in over a decade on September 25. No doubt, because all four band members - Stefani, guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal and drummer Adrian Young - announced the official release date in a video posted on their official website over the weekend. You can watch it in full below. "Hi everyone, we're the band No Doubt," began Kanal, who did most of the talking, as the canned cheers of a non-existent audience played. "We've been sharing a lot of information with you, »


- Chris Eggertsen

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Kentucky Derby 2012: Hats Off to These Stylish Stars!

6 May 2012 4:21 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's only the most important day in headwear of the whole year!  And this year the stars did not disappoint when they stepped out in Lousiville, Ky. yesterday for the annual Kentucky Derby. While the race's winner, I'll Have Another, certainly stole the limelight, our eyes were on stars like Ashton Kutcher and Miranda Lambert, who donned their best for their day out at Churchill Downs. But most importantly: Who was rocking the best hat game?! There were all sorts of stylish hats at this year's event, ranging from the largest of large (Cyndi Lauper!) to the floral numbers (Anne Nicole Smith's adorable daughter, Dannielynn!) and everything in between.  Even the gentlemen »


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The Avengers nets biggest opening weekend of all time

6 May 2012 4:10 PM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

The Avengers has blazed a trail through the U.S box office, taking a staggering $200.3 million in its opening weekend to leave previous records crushed into a heap of smouldering rubble. After saturating the media with promotional material, everybody had anticipated Marvel would end up with a commercial hit on their hands, but the final performance has trumped even the most optimistic of forecasts. The film beat Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2’s existing record by more than $30 million, which when added to the current...

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- George Wales

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'Tanning Mom' Controversy Prompts 'SNL' Spoof by Kristen Wiig; Patricia Krentcil Fires Back at Snooki (Video)

6 May 2012 4:01 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Patricia Krentcil is having her day in the sun. The New Jersey woman, dubbed "Tanning Mom," has been taking a lot of heat lately after she was accused of taking her 5-year-old daughter into a tanning bed with her. The state authorities were notified when Krentcil's fair-skinned daughter showed up to school with a sunburn, saying her mom had taken her tanning. Children under the age of 14 are prohibited from using tanning salons in New Jersey. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, perhaps New Jersey's most famous tanning enthusiast, told Extra, "The b---- is crazy. Everyone knows you

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- Jane Kellogg

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'Hunger Games' Star Liam Hemsworth Speaks Out on Director Gary Ross' Exit

6 May 2012 3:57 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Liam Hemsworth has broken his silence on the director shakeup heard 'round the world. The Hunger Games helmer Gary Ross shocked fans -- and his actors -- when he opted not to return for the franchise sequel, Catching Fire. The decision was said to be due to a rushed production schedule, the result of star Jennifer Lawrence's commitment to another high-profile sequel, Fox's X-Men: First Class. Photos: 'The Hunger Games' Cast Lionsgate quickly reacted, offering the coveted gig to I Am Legend and Water for Elephants director Francis Lawrence. "The last I heard the new director had just come on,

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- Sophie A. Schillaci

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Can 'The Dark Knight Rises' break 'The Avengers' opening weekend record?

6 May 2012 3:53 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There is a friendly battle brewing between two Burbank studios this summer, and the first salvo was fired with the amazing opening of "The Avengers" this weekend. The Marvel Studios superhero team monstrosity awarded Walt Disney Studios bragging rights to the largest 3-day opening in history with $200.3 million in ticket sales. Across town, Warner Bros. has Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" waiting in the wings for July. In 2008, Nolan's "The Dark Knight" set an opening weekend record with $158.4 million, which was later broken by studio stablemate "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2."   Just a »


- Gregory Ellwood

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James Cameron talks Avatar sequels

6 May 2012 3:47 PM, PDT | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

James Cameron has given an update on the potential sequels to box-office juggernaut Avatar, and not only is he excited to be making them, the director is now claiming that they are the only films he will work on from here on in. “Last year I basically completely disbanded my production company’s development arm,” said Cameron. “So I’m not interested in developing anything. I’m in the Avatar business. Period. That’s it. I’m making Avatar, Avatar 2, Avatar 3, maybe Avatar 4.” Apparently,...

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- George Wales

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Veteran Actor Michel Piccoli Lauds Election Victory of French Socialist

6 May 2012 3:32 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

London - One of the prominent supporters among the French entertainment industry lauded new French president Francois Hollande Sunday night after his defeat of incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy. Actor Michel Piccoli, who supported Hollande during the election campaign, said the success at the polls reminded him of the first socialist victory in French presidential elections in 1981 when Francois Mitterand came to power. "I was there 30 years ago," the 86-year-old Piccoli told Agence France Press. "I think about Francois Mitterand a lot." Of Gods and Men director Xavier Beauvois was also among the big industry supporters of

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- Georg Szalai

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Beyoncé Does Her Own Makeup - and Cuts Her Own Hair

6 May 2012 3:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Beyoncé remembers first trying makeup when she was 6 years old. "I was playing in my mother's makeup," she tells People. "I had blue eye shadow and red lips, and I put crazy blush on. I looked like a clown, but I thought I was so beautiful." Her routine has come a long way since then - the singer often does her own makeup for appearances - but her love for the basics remains. Asked what she wears to look awake after sleepless nights spent with baby Blue, she replies, "Lip gloss - I love L'Oréal's Infallible 8 Hr Le Gloss »


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CBS Readies Lawsuit Against New ABC Show Glass House

6 May 2012 3:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

CBS is moving to shutter ABC's new reality show The Glass House before it even airs. Set to premiere on June 18 (if the network doesn't get their way), Glass House will feature fourteen strangers locked up together in — yes —  a glass house, where they'll compete in challenges and scheme against each other with input from viewers provided via social networking channels. It's a concept that certainly sounds familiar to CBS; their lawyers argue the show is "strikingly similar" to reality stalwart Big Brother, whose contestants fight and scheme (and parade themselves in novelty costumes) all summer — just in a faux house that isn't yet made of glass.Legal proceedings for copyright infringement appear near-certain should ABC move forward with the show. But first, lawyers for CBS wrote a "cease-and-desist" letter to ABC on Friday that, "that [the network] has instructed us to pursue all available remedies if this course of conduct »


- Andre Tartar

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Watch Now: Teen Wolf Season Two Trailer Promises More Scares, Romance and Monsters

6 May 2012 3:00 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

"Battle lines are being drawn." Rejoice, Teen Wolf fans—your favorite MTV guilty pleasure is returning for its second season in less than a month! To celebrate its highly anticipated return, we've got your exclusive first look at season two, and it's safe to say your mind is about to be blown by the new footage. Seriously, prepare yourselves now! Plus, do you want to find out how you can watch the first 10 minutes of the season two premiere before it returns to MTV on June 3? Find out how... Holy epic, Batman! There is so much Teen Wolf goodness packed into this three-minute promo that we felt the need to list our five favorite things about it. And trust us, it was hard to limit to just »

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Jewel Will Play June Carter Cash in TV Movie

6 May 2012 2:45 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Talk about big shoes to fill. In an upcoming Lifetime movie, Jewel will portray country legend June Carter Cash, CBS and the Associated Press report. The role of Cash won Reese Witherspoon an Oscar for her performance in 2005's Walk the Line. Based on the book Anchored in Love, which John Carter Cash wrote about his mother, the movie will begin filming this summer in Atlanta and is scheduled to premiere later this year. Matt Ross, who portrays Charles Montgomery on American Horror Story, will play Johnny Cash opposite the Grammy-winning Jewel. Tell us: »


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Hollande Defeats Sarkozy in French Presidency Vote

6 May 2012 2:25 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Paris (AP) — Socialist Francois Hollande defeated conservative incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday to become France's next president, heralding a change in how Europe tackles its debt crisis and how France flexes its military and diplomatic muscle around the world. Exuberant, diverse crowds filled the Place de la Bastille, the iconic plaza of the French Revolution, to fete Hollande's victory, waving French, European and labor union flags and climbing its central column. Leftists are overjoyed to have one of their own in power for the first time since Socialist Francois Mitterrand was president from 1981 to 1995. "Austerity can no

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Indie Box Office: Audiences Check Into 'Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'

6 May 2012 2:01 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Turns out not everyone was at "The Avengers" this weekend. Participant Media's "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" managed an impressive $27,789-per-screen average in its debut. The film, about a group of Brit retirees in India, took in $750,381 from 27 locations. Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson star. Fox Searchlight is distributing. Also read: 'The Avengers' $200.3M Debut Weekend Destroys Box-Office Record "Although it's early days in what looks like to be a long run," Participant Media CEO Jim Berk said in a statement. "It's extremely gratifying that moviegoers in the U.S. »


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TV's 'Goober' George Lindsey Dead at 83

6 May 2012 1:35 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Actor and comedian George Lindsey -- Goober on TV's "Andy Griffith Show" -- died early Sunday morning after an extended illness, his family announced. He was 83 years old. Lindsey auditioned for the role of Gomer Pyle, but fellow actor and Alabama native Jim Nabors ended up with the part. When Nabors got his own show later, Lindsey was approached about resuming his role of Goober, which he did for the next five years. Also read: Jack Elinson, Veteran TV Comedy Writer, Dies at 89 "George Lindsey was my friend," said Griffith in a »


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The Hunger Games' Liam Hemsworth Breaks Silence on Director Shakeup: "I'm Really Sad"

6 May 2012 1:05 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Liam Hemsworth is (finally) opening up about Francis Lawrence replacing Gary Ross as director of The Hunger Games followup, Catching Fire. Though Hemsworth says he doesn't know exactly when Catching Fire actually begins filming… "The last I heard the new director (Lawrence) had just come on, so that's really cool," the Aussie actor told us this weekend at City Year's second annual Spring Break event. "I'm excited about that. I think we shoot the last few months of this year." Not that Hemsworth is happy to see Ross go. "I'm really sad to see that Gary's not going to be part of the second one," he said. "He did such an amazing job on the »


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The Avengers Continues Breaking Box Office Records

6 May 2012 1:00 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The Avengers raked in over $200 million from North American box offices this weekend — after first day sales of $80.5 million. That's a new record for the biggest opening weekend sales, besting the numbers set by last summer's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 and recouping the film's reported production costs, just like that. Reportedly, demand for the movie was so extreme that many Imax theaters ran out of seats.  »


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'The Avengers' Smashes Records

6 May 2012 11:41 AM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

It's been clear for a while that The Avengers would be a box office success, though few people could have foreseen this opening. The superhero team-up got off to an unprecedented $200.3 million start this weekend, which obliterates the previous all-time weekend record set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 last Summer ($169.2 million). While it fell short of setting a new opening day record (that still belongs to Potter), The Avengers was responsible for new high marks in most other major categories. It was the fastest movie ever to reach $100 million, $150 million, and $200 million, and it set new records for Saturday ($69.7 million) and Sunday ($50.1 million) grosses. It also had the highest per-theater average ever for a nationwide release with $46,057. Through its first three days, The Avengers has already grossed more than Thor ($181 million), Captain America: The First Avenger ($176.6 million) and The Incredible Hulk ($134.8 million). It's still behind Iron Man »

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