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Bob Dorough, ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Performer and Writer, Dies at 94

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Bob Dorough, ‘Schoolhouse Rock!’ Performer and Writer, Dies at 94
Bob Dorough, the jazz musician who was instrumental in the 1970s educational cartoon series “Schoolhouse Rock!” died Monday in Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania, a spokesperson for Dorough told TheWrap. He was 94.

During his run with “Schoolhouse Rock!” Dorough wrote and performed iconic numbers including “My Hero, Zero” and “Three Is a Magic Number.”

Dorough, born in Arkansas and raised in Texas, took to music early,joining his high school’s band and serving three years in a special services army band unit.

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Dorough was a conductor, accompany player, arranger and conductor for a number of years before recording his first effort of his own, “Devil May Care,” in 1956 for the Bethlehem label. Among the artists Dorough worked with was Miles Davis, recording “Nothing Like You” and “Blue Xmas,” both of which Dorough composed, with Davis in 1962.

“In 1971 he received a commission to ‘set the multiplication tables to music.’ This led to a small industry, being the beginning of ABC-tv’s ‘Schoolhouse Rock,’ Saturday morning cartoons that entertained and instructed unsuspecting children during the years 1973-1985,” Dorough’s biography reads.

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The bio adds, “The impact of this media exposure was unpredictably immense. The show came back for another five years in the 90’s and is now enjoying its 40th anniversary with a DVD edition of the entire, five-subject series, for which Dorough worked as the Musical Director.”

In 1995, Dorough signed with the prestigious Blue Note Records label, recording three CDs — “Right on My Way Home,” “Too Much Coffee Man” and “Who’s On First” — for the label.

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Bruce Campbell Says He’s Retired as Ash, And Now We’re Sad

Bruce Campbell Says He’s Retired as Ash, And Now We’re Sad
Bruce Campbell is hanging up his chainsaw for good. According to the actor, he’s retiring from playing Ash vs Evil Dead‘s Ash Williams – a character he’s played on and off again for almost 40 years. When word broke recently that Starz was cancelling Ash vs Evil Dead, fans were understandably crestfallen, but still somewhat hopeful. In the past, […]

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Verne Troyer's Death 'Possible Suicide': 'Very High Level of Alcohol in His System,' Says Coroner

Verne Troyer's Death 'Possible Suicide': 'Very High Level of Alcohol in His System,' Says Coroner
Verne Troyer had a “very high” amount of alcohol in his system at the time of his death, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office tells People.

“He was admitted with a very high level of alcohol in his system,” says coroner spokesperson Ed Winter, who notes that the case was “reported as a possible suicide.”

Toxicology tests have been performed and the final results could take 4-6 weeks Winter explains, saying, “His case is deferred at this time pending additional tests.”

Troyer, best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers franchise, died Saturday at the age of 49.

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Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian Welcome Baby Girl Tiana

Dwayne Johnson and Lauren Hashian Welcome Baby Girl Tiana
Dwayne Johnson is a dad again—and even more outnumbered by girls! The 45-year-old star shared on social media Monday that his longtime partner, Lauren Hashian, recently gave birth to a baby girl named Tiana. E! News has learned Tiana was born on Tuesday, April 17. This is the couple's second daughter together and his third overall. "Skin to skin. Our mana. Blessed and proud to bring another strong girl into this world," the actor captioned the sweet post with his baby girl. "Tiana Gia Johnson came into this world like a force of nature and Mama @laurenhashianofficial labored and delivered like a true rockstar." "I was raised and surrounded by strong, loving women all my...
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‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ pro Alan Bersten underwent surgery to remove neck tumor weeks before cast reveal

‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ pro Alan Bersten underwent surgery to remove neck tumor weeks before cast reveal
Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” pro Alan Bersten is one of the favorites to win, with his partner Mirai Nagasu, but the dancer almost didn’t make this season. Just weeks before the cast announcement, Bersten underwent surgery to remove a tumor from his neck.

After experiencing stomach pains while on the “Dancing with the Stars: Live” tour last month, the 23-year-old was diagnosed with a rare and potentially fatal condition called hyperparathyroidism. He had a tumor on one of this parathyroid glands that disrupted the amount of calcium in his blood.

“Just the word tumor is so frightening,” he told “People.” “I didn’t know what malignant or benign meant until I looked it up and I was like, ‘Well hopefully it’s benign — God forbid I have cancer.’ That is more stress than I could ever imagine. I think the scariest part was not knowing.”

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Zach and Tori Roloff Accused of Endangering Their 11-Month-Old Son Jackson on Instagram

Zach and Tori Roloff Accused of Endangering Their 11-Month-Old Son Jackson on Instagram
The parent shamers were out in full force on Tori Roloff's Instagram page over the weekend. The Little People, Big World star shared a sweet photo of husband Zach Roloff enjoying some father-son time with their little boy Jackson. However, it didn't take long for some followers to call out the couple for allowing their 11-month-old to sit on a lawn mower with his proud dad.

"Do you realize how dangerous that is, there have been multiple cases of children falling off, just by a simple bump, and the child has lost limbs of not death. Please think and act to keep the child whole and alive please," one fan wrote before another added,
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Kate Middleton Gives Birth to Baby No. 3 With Prince William: It's a Boy!

Kate Middleton Gives Birth to Baby No. 3 With Prince William: It's a Boy!
Welcome to the world, royal baby No. 3! Kate Middleton and Prince William have welcomed a third baby into the royal lineage. The Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to son on Monday, Kensington Palace confirmed. In the early hours of the morning, Kensington Palace announced that the Duchess had gone into early labor. "Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 1101hrs. The baby weighs 8lbs 7oz," Kensington Palace announced on Twitter. "The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well." The wee one was born at St. Mary's Hospital in London and joins brother Prince George of Cambridge, 4, and sister...
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan Shares Sweet Photo With Newborn Daughter and Son on 52nd Birthday

Jeffrey Dean Morgan Shares Sweet Photo With Newborn Daughter and Son on 52nd Birthday
He's one proud papa! Jeffrey Dean Morgan hit up Instagram today to celebrate his 52nd birthday with his children, 8-year-old son Augustus Morgan and newborn daughter George Victoria Morgan, whom he welcomed with Hilarie Burton on March 1. Along with the photo of The Walking Dead actor holding on tight to the two children he delivered, the proud papa wrote, "A damn fine day. Thanks to everyone for all the birthday wishes! Means the world. Xo." George appears to be outfitted in pink pants and a onesie that says "Daddy's Girl." The 8-year-old stares at the camera while enjoying a mouthful of his dad's birthday cake. Meanwhile, Hilarie hopped on Instagram and...
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Matt Smith Breaks Silence on Claire Foy Pay Disparity: ''I Support Her''

Matt Smith Breaks Silence on Claire Foy Pay Disparity: ''I Support Her''
He's got her back! Matt Smith, who plays Prince Philip in season one and two of Netflix's The Crown, is breaking his silence and speaking out in support of his co-star Claire Foy, who stars as Queen Elizabeth II, after it emerged that the lead actress was getting paid less than him. At the world premiere of his upcoming film Mapplethorpe, Smith talked to about the The Hollywood Reporter about the headline-making pay disparity and made sure to publicly back the British actress. "Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," he said to the outlet. "I support her completely, and I'm pleased that...
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Channing Tatum Hangs Out With Arie Luyendyk Jr. During First Public Appearance Since Split

Channing Tatum Hangs Out With Arie Luyendyk Jr. During First Public Appearance Since Split
Channing Tatum stepped out for the Honda Indy Grand Prix on Sunday, attending his first public event since he and Jenna Dewan announced they were splitting after nearly nine years of marriage.

The 37-year-old actor attended the event in Birmingham, Alabama, where he served as the grand marshal and hung out with Bachelor star Arie Luyendyk Jr.

“Such a great dude!” Luyendyk Jr., 36, wrote alongside a picture of the pair posing together at the event while wearing matching red and black Honda racing suits.

Continuing, the reality star added that it had been “Fun meeting @channingtatum and getting to lead
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Watch the Avengers: Infinity War Hollywood Premiere Live-Stream

Avengers assemble! At 5:30 p.m. Pt Monday, the cast of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War will descend upon the red carpet at the El Capitan in Hollywood—and fans can watch all the action live-streamed right here! Confirmed cast members making appearances include Dave Bautista, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Don Cheadle, Bradley Cooper, Benedict Cumberbatch, Vin Diesel, Robert Downey Jr., Winston Duke, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Tom Holland, Scarlett Johansson, Pom Klementieff, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Pratt, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Wong and Letitia Wright. Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, is...
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Chris Evans and His Brother Quiz Each Other and Share Hilarious Childhood Memories

Chris Evans and His Brother Quiz Each Other and Share Hilarious Childhood Memories
Do you know Chris Evans' favorite Disney movie or who was his first kiss? His brother Scott Evans sure does. The two siblings put their knowledge of each other to the test by answering questions about the other on Monday's episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers. Some questions asked for basic information. For instance, Seth Meyers asked Chris about his younger brother's favorite book (Where the Red Fern Grows) and quizzed Scott on Chris' favorite Disney movie (Robin Hood). Other questions revealed hilarious childhood memories. For instance, Seth asked the brothers about each of their first kisses and grilled Scott on the lie The Avengers star told his class about their father's...
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How Motherhood Changed Everything for Kelly Clarkson

How Motherhood Changed Everything for Kelly Clarkson
In her lifetime, Kelly Clarkson has experienced countless standout moments. Since being named the inaugural American Idol champion in 2002, the former cocktail waitress and telemarketer from Burleson, Texas has sold more than 25 million albums, notched more than 100 number one hits on the Billboard charts, collected some 66 trophies and even penned a New York Times Bestseller, with her first children's book River Rose and the Magical Lullaby. But, frankly, the multiplatinum pop star wouldn't care if her obituary neglected to mention any of that. "I've accomplished a lot," she told People in 2015, shortly after welcoming her first of two children with husband Brandon Blackstock, 41, "but I guess...
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Robert Buckley's Father Gets a Message of Appreciation From His Late Brother on Hollywood Medium

Robert Buckley's Father Gets a Message of Appreciation From His Late Brother on Hollywood Medium
There's nothing like closure. Tyler Henry helps give that to iZombie actor Robert Buckley to take home to his family in this clip from Wednesday's all-new Hollywood Medium With Tyler Henry. "They're showing me my symbol for father, but they're having me talk about wanting things to be resolved in a closure sense," Tyler says.  The energy Tyler channels seems to be from a very protective contemporary of Robert's father. "The feeling is like, the person who passes too soon before their time, they're watching over dad like a hawk," the medium explains.  Robert knows exactly who Tyler is talking about. ...
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Allison Mack and the Story of Nxivm: Inside the Alleged Sex Slavery Ring Accused of Turning Women Into Recruiters for Their ''Master''

Allison Mack and the Story of Nxivm: Inside the Alleged Sex Slavery Ring Accused of Turning Women Into Recruiters for Their ''Master''
When Smallville ended after 10 seasons in 2011, Allison Mack found herself a little adrift, having played journalist and town truth-seeker Chloe Sullivan for almost the entirety of her adult life. "I was 28 and I felt not quite sure where I was going or who I was. I think that was probably the most bumpy transition," Mack told Fine Magazine for its March 2017 issue. Asked how she managed to navigate that change in her life, she said, "I have a wonderful teacher and mentor named Keith Raniere, who really gave me some incredible guidance." She was appearing in a play, Red Velvet at San Diego's Old Globe Theatre, theater being an art Raniere had suggested she...
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Watch Married at First Sight's Molly and Jonathan Reunite for Tense Decision Day

Watch Married at First Sight's Molly and Jonathan Reunite for Tense Decision Day
It's the moment fans have been waiting for! Tonight marks the season finale for Married at First Sight where three couples will decide if they want to stay married or go their separate ways. Before you gather around with family and friends to make your final predictions, this clip may provide some insight into one pair's mindset. In an exclusive sneak peek at tonight's all-new episode, Molly Duff and Jonathan Francetic sit down with the experts to discuss the past eight weeks of married life. And while it hasn't been easy for this pair, Dr. Jessica Griffin decides to take a positive approach and see what each person is grateful for. "I'm grateful that I've never had to...
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A Chocolate Fountain, Champagne and More! Willow Rings in Her Engagement as Only a Royal Could on The Royals

It's a hen party fit for a (future) queen! In this clip from Sunday's all-new The Royals, Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Park) throws Willow (Genevieve Gaunt) a bachelorette party she'll never forget. "If you were going to have a hen party, just if, I was just wondering what we'd do?" Eleanor asks Willow. "If I were and I'm not," the bride-to-be warns. "Right," Eleanor agrees. "I suppose we'd get massages, drink some champagne and have a bit of chocolate. Ok, a lot of chocolate," Willow confesses. Ask and you shall receive Willow! The princess escorts the future queen of England to her own private spa room, but that's...
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Avengers: Infinity War Spoiler-Free Social Media Reviews Are In

The embargo has been lifted—but don't worry about spoilers! With the exception of a few cast members, Monday's Hollywood premiere marked the first time that the stars of Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War saw the film in its entirety. Uniting characters from Ant-Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Thor against a common enemy—in this case, Thanos (Josh Brolin)—was no easy task. But crticis agree directors Anthony Russo...
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How Never Going Too Hollywood Made Kelly Clarkson Even Stronger

How Never Going Too Hollywood Made Kelly Clarkson Even Stronger
When Kelly Clarkson won American Idol back in 2002, fans knew her as a 20-year-old Texan with a strong set of pipes. Fast-forward almost two decades later, and Clarkson isn't all that different. Sure, she's since sold millions of albums, won three Grammys and landed more than two-dozen songs on Billboard's Top 100 chart. However, the soulful sound and authentic personality fans first fell in love with still exist today. Perhaps that's because Clarkson's career was never about the fame but rather about the music.  "I'm not looking for fame or anything," Clarkson told The Early Show six months after her win (per CBS News). "I want to have a job that I could come home and...
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Get to Know Awkwafina Before Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's 8

Get to Know Awkwafina Before Crazy Rich Asians and Ocean's 8
She's hip, she's funny and you're about to know her name: Awkwafina. The 29-year-old actress is on the rise and about to storm the Hollywood scene with her roles in two highly anticipated movies, Ocean's Eight and Crazy Rich Asians, based on Kevin Kwan's hugely popular novel. Prior to nabbing the gigs in the upcoming films, Awkwafina appeared in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Girl Code and Dude, which hit Netflix last week. In Crazy Rich Asians, a barrier-breaking big-budget film which has an entirely Asian cast, the funny lady plays Goh Peik Lin, a college friend and comedic relief to Rachel Chu (Constance Wu), a woman who gets caught up in family drama when she finds out that her...
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