Jerry Bishop, longtime ‘Judge Judy’ announcer and radio host, dies at 84 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Jerry Bishop, the longtime veteran radio personality who was the off-camera announcer for the courtroom show

Source: Jerry Bishop, longtime ‘Judge Judy’ announcer and radio host, dies at 84 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Brian Dennehy Dead: Actor in ‘First Blood’ and ‘Death of a Salesman’ Was 81 | Hollywood Reporter

Brian Dennehy, the regular-guy actor whose bulldog build, good-guy demeanor and no-nonsense approach meshed in an array of memorable roles for film, television and the theater, has died. He was 81.

Dennehy died Wednesday night of natural causes in New Haven, Connecticut.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not Covid-related,” his oldest daughter, actress Elizabeth Dennehy, wrote on Twitter. “Larger than life, generous to a fault, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends.”

Dennehy played the sheriff in Washington state who doggedly pursues Vietnam veteran John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) in First Blood (1982) and a district attorney who’s out to save his own skin in the Harrison Ford-starrer Presumed Innocent (1990).

Source: Brian Dennehy Dead: Actor in ‘First Blood’ and ‘Death of a Salesman’ Was 81 | Hollywood Reporter

Bob Dylan Gets First Billboard No. 1 Murder Most Foul Charts

Better late than never.

A very talented, promising young musician just earned his first No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and he goes by the name of [checks notes] Bob Dylan? Yes, Nobel Prize in Literature holder, Oscar winner, and ten-time Grammy award-winning folk legend Bob Dylan has climbed to the top of the charts for the first time in his career at the tender age of 78. Pitchfork reports that Dylan’s 17-minute song “Murder Most Foul” about the assassination of JFK, which he surprise released last month, now sits atop the Rock Digital Song Sales chart after selling 10,000 downloads within its first week of release.

Source: Bob Dylan Gets First Billboard No. 1 Murder Most Foul Charts

Steelers’ first-round draft pick enjoys first official meal at Primanti Bros.

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2019 first round draft pick, Devin Bush, takes a bite out of an “Almost Famous” Primanti Bros. sandwich at the restaurant brand’s Strip District location in Pittsburgh – his inaugural meal upon arriving in the Steel City. SOURCE: Primanti Bros

Devin Bush visited the original Strip District location on Saturday.

Source: Steelers’ first-round draft pick enjoys first official meal at Primanti Bros.

Bon Jovi reunites to enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

CLEVELAND — Bon Jovi reunited with former members Richie Sambora and Alec John Such for a powerful performance on Saturday night as the band earned a spot in the prestigious Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Jon Bon Jovi, Sambora and Such were joined by current bandmates David Bryan, Tico Torres and Hugh McDonald at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, where the Rock Hall is based.

They performed crowd favorites like “You Give Love a Bad Name” and “It’s My Life.”

Source: Bon Jovi reunites to enter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Will Ferrell Hospitalized After Serious Car Accident | Hollywood Reporter

Video footage taken at the scene showed Ferrell conscious, talking on his phone while he was being loaded into an ambulance.

Will Ferrell was involved in a serious car accident Thursday night in Orange County, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Saturday Night Live icon was in a two-car crash around 11 p.m. along Interstate 5, Rafael Reynoso, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol told THR.

The car Ferrell was in flipped after it was hit by another car, Reynoso said.

Four people were in Ferrell’s car; they all suffered injuries, none life-threatening, and were taken to the hospital. It is unclear if Ferrell has been released.

Video footage taken at the scene showed Ferrell conscious, talking on his phone while he was being loaded into an ambulance.

Neither alcohol nor drugs are suspected in the crash. At this time, no citation or arrests have occurred, Reynoso said.

A rep for Ferrell did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Actress Susan Anspach of ‘Five Easy Pieces’ passes away at 75 – Global Times

Actress Susan Anspach, who appeared in the 1970 classic Five Easy Pieces with Jack Nicholson and other films, has died at the age of 75.

Her son, Caleb Goddard, confirmed her death to The New York Times.

He said she died on Monday of coronary failure at her Los Angeles home.

Anspach was best known for her role as an icy pianist in Five Easy Pieces.

Her other film credits included The Landlord with Beau Bridges, Blume in Love with Kris Kristofferson and as Woody Allen’s ex-wife in Play It Again Sam.

Anspach got her start on stage in New York where she appeared in plays alongside actors such as Robert Duvall, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight.

Anspach was married from 1970 to 1978 to actor Mark Goddard, who adopted her two children from other relationships.

She claimed that Nicholson was the father of her son Caleb although the actor has never publicly acknowledged his paternity.

Source: Actress Susan Anspach of ‘Five Easy Pieces’ passes away at 75 – Global Times

CIA Operative Says Ted Kennedy Didn’t Know Mary Jo Kopechne Was in the Car at Chappaquiddick | TMZ.com

Ted Kennedy didn’t abandon Mary Jo Kopechne when his car plunged off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island.

We’ve been asked not to use the CIA person’s name, but he worked for the agency for decades. He says back in 1969, Kennedy was romantically involved with the wife of a very powerful politician, and if word got out about the affair Kennedy was afraid it would ruin his career.

The operative says the night of the accident Kennedy and some of his buddies were all drunk and drove to a party on the Island. They went there because the politician’s wife was at the party and Kennedy wanted to hook up with her. Mary Jo Kopechne was at the party … she and Kennedy were acquaintances but not romantically involved.

According to the operative, Mary Jo was drunk, said she had a headache, got up and said she was going into one of the bedrooms to lie down.

At some point later in the evening, Kennedy and the politician’s wife wanted “some alone time” and didn’t want to do anything in front of the group, so they got in the car and drove … eventually plunging off the bridge into the water. They both swam to shore safely. The operative says both were not injured.

The operative says unbeknownst to either Kennedy or the politician’s wife, Mary Jo apparently was unable to sleep in the house because of the noise, so she went into the back seat of the car where she fell asleep … which is where she died. At least one person at the party knew Mary Jo had gone into one of the cars and told authorities that after the accident.

Source: CIA Operative Says Ted Kennedy Didn’t Know Mary Jo Kopechne Was in the Car at Chappaquiddick | TMZ.com

MLK assassination: How Walter Cronkite covered the April 4, 1968 tragedy

 

On April 4, 1968, Walter Cronkite, then-anchor of the “CBS Evening News​,” went on air with a detailed report on the shooting and the nation’s reaction to the tragedy

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was standing on the balcony of the old Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, when he was shot dead 50 years ago today. King, an iconic pastor who led non-violent protests against racial inequality in the civil rights movement, later died at a hospital. He was 39.

That night, Walter Cronkite — then-anchor of the “CBS Evening News” — went on air with a detailed report on the shooting and the nation’s reaction to the tragedy.

The April 4, 1968 broadcast

“Dr. Martin Luther King, the apostle of non-violence in the civil rights movement, has been shot to death in Memphis, Tennessee,” Cronkite said. “Police have issued an all-points bulletin for a well-dressed, young white man seen running from the scene. Officers also reportedly chased and fired on a radio-equipped car containing two white men.”

“Dr. King was standing on the balcony of a second-floor hotel room tonight when, according to a companion, a shot was fired from across the street. In the friend’s words, the bullet exploded in his face,” Cronkite reported.

Source: MLK assassination: How Walter Cronkite covered the April 4, 1968 tragedy

 

‘Roseanne’ Ratings Climb, Hit 25 Million Viewers With Time-Shifting Record

 

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‘Roseanne’
Roseanne’s ratings riches keep climbing, hitting a record haul for Nielsen’s live-plus-3 ratings growth.The new totals for the Mar. 27 premiere have the ABC comedy totaling 25 million viewers and a massive 7.3 rating among adults 18-49. Looking at just the audience, the 6.6 million viewer add-on from the premiere night is a time-shifting record. And that doesn’t even include the additional 4.3 million viewers who tuned into an encore telecast on Sunday night — or the growth it will see from Hulu and ABC streaming.

Source: ‘Roseanne’ Ratings Climb, Hit 25 Million Viewers With Time-Shifting Record