LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Gallagher, the stand-up comedian famous for smashing watermelons, has suffered a heart attack and is recovering in a Texas hospital, a representative from his management office said on Thursday.
Gallagher, 65, was set to perform on Wednesday night at Coach Joe’s Hat Tricks in Lewisville, Texas, when he collapsed backstage. An ambulance took him to a nearby hospital where doctors determined he had suffered a heart attack. He remains there under sedation, said Christine Scherrer, a representative for his manager.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Betty White, the 90-year-old queen of comedy, remained the star with the most audience appeal in 2011 while cross-dressing Tyler Perry of the “Madea” films suffered a setback in a new celebrity poll on Thursday.
The survey from Encino, California-based E-Poll Market Research showed “Hot in Cleveland” star White was the most liked Hollywood celebrity in its survey covering calendar year 2011, a spot she also held in 2010. She was followed by Sandra Bullock and Michael J. Fox.
LOS ANGELES, March 13 (Reuters) – A Los Angeles judge
on Tuesday dismissed former “Desperate Housewives” cast member
Nicollette Sheridan’s battery complaint against the hit TV
show’s creator, Marc Cherry, dealing the actress a setback in
her wrongful termination suit.
The decision by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth
White came as the nearly two week trial approached closing
arguments before a jury.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Doonesbury” author Garry Trudeau on Friday defended an upcoming strip that one newspaper has rejected and others have questioned because it deals with a Texas abortion law the cartoonist described as “lunacy.”
The law, which went into effect earlier this year and requires abortion providers perform an ultrasound before the procedure, is intended to give pause to pregnant women and possibly reconsider their decision.
LOS ANGELES, March 9 (Reuters) – Around a dozen U.S.
newspapers have raised questions about an abortion-related
“Doonesbury” comic strip set for publication next week, and some
will likely not run it, the syndicate behind the cartoon said on
The cartoon’s story line for Monday through Saturday focuses
on a Texas law that requires abortion providers to perform an
ultrasound on pregnant women before the procedure, said Sue
Roush, managing editor for Universal Uclick, the syndicate
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “All-American Muslim,” a TV reality show celebrated by some and criticized by others for its view of everyday life in an Islamic community, was canceled by its network on Wednesday after one season of slumping viewership.
“We decided not to renew it for a second season,” said Laurie Goldberg, a spokeswoman for the TLC network that aired the program.
LOS ANGELES, March 7 (Reuters) – A pregnant Jessica
Simpson has taken a page from Demi Moore’s celebrity playbook in
a nude cover photo for the April issue of Elle magazine, and the
singer and actress has confirmed the baby will be a girl.
In the cover photo released by the magazine on Wednesday,
Simpson can be seen covering her breasts with her right arm and
hand, and cradling her full abdomen with her left.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Apparently OR-7 has a cold, wet nose for the Pacific Northwest.
The lone gray wolf by that name has returned home to Oregon, after captivating biologists and wildlife lovers by becoming the first of his species found in California in over 80 years, officials said on Friday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, an influential voice in U.S. Republican politics known for his attacks on liberals and Democrats, died unexpectedly of natural causes in Los Angeles early on Thursday, his family said. He was 43.
Breitbart was walking last night near his Los Angeles home when he collapsed, said his father-in-law, actor Orson Bean.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A lone gray wolf known as OR-7 has made California home for only two months, but environmental groups on Monday sought to make it easier for the predator’s species to reestablish a foothold in the state after an absence of more than 80 years.
The Center for Biological Diversity and three other conservation groups sent a petition to the California Fish and Game Commission to protect gray wolves as an endangered species under state law and to develop a plan to protect them.