Ric Ocasek, lead singer of The Cars, found dead at 75 years old

(CNN)Ric Ocasek, lead singer of the new wave rock band The Cars, died Sunday in New York City, police said. He was 75. The Cars were a mainstay of MTV in its early days. Their video for “Double Life” was the 21st video ever played on the new cable channel, according to VH1. Ocasek married supermodel Paulina Porizkova after the two met while shooting the video for 1984’s “Drive.” The couple last year announced their separation. They had two children together. He was known for his mop of black hair and black sunglasses, which featured in many of the band’s videos, including “You Might Think” in 1984. Ocasek and The Cars were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of …

How ‘A Very Brady Renovation’ turned a house into a TV home

(CNN)Thanks to the magic of television, a charming but otherwise innocuous house in Studio City, CA, took on iconic status as the fabled residence where Mike and Carol Brady raised their mixed family brood over the course of five seasons (and many on-air reunions) of “The Brady Bunch.” Now, after HGTV purchased the house after the longtime owner died in 2018, the actors led by a team of the network’s popular remodeling hosts on “A Very Brady Renovation,” and the cleverly reworked and extended structure is an astonishingly perfect recreation, inside and out. “One of the reasons I thought that this HGTV deal was going to be big is because when the house first went on the market, long before …

Tyler Perry lived on this street before he was homeless. A nearby highway sign now bears his name

(CNN)Tyler Perry is a mega-millionaire now, but he hasn’t forgotten where he came from. “My eyes filled with water knowing what God has allowed to happen in my life,” Perry shared in a Facebook post. “Atlanta has truly been the promised land for me. I came here with nothing, lived off Sylvan Road, ended up homeless and starving, but I was always praying and believing.” Perry’s dream didn’t come true overnight. It took years of determination and hard work before he got to where he is today. Here are some reasons why Perry is so beloved. He broke ground with his character Madea The making of the character Madea helped make Perry the successful mogul he is today. For more …

Taylor Swift calls out White House during VMAs acceptance speech

(CNN)Taylor Swift is certainly not taking a literal interpretation of her single, “You Need to Calm Down.” “In this video several points were made, so you voting for this video means that you want a world, where we’re all treated equally under the law,” she said. On Tuesday, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere said the Trump administration rejects discrimination but doesn’t support the Equality Act bill. The bill has passed the Democratic-controlled House, but has not been brought up for a vote in the Republican-controlled Senate. “The Trump administration absolutely opposes discrimination of any kind and supports the equal treatment of all; however, the House-passed bill in its current form is filled with poison pills that threaten to …

Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce dies at age 20

(CNN)Actor Cameron Boyce, who starred in the Disney Channel’s television shows and series, has died at age 20. “He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed.” A veteran actor at 19 Boyce was born and raised in Los Angeles, and was dubbed an old soul by those who knew him, according to Disney Channels’ biography of him. “His love of performing began in a dance studio, which then transitioned him into commercials, and …

Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas share a first glimpse inside their second wedding

(CNN)It was the second wedding for Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner. And now we have a first glimpse of their ceremony in France. Mr and Mrs Jonas A post shared by Sophie Turner (@sophiet) on Jul 3, 2019 at 8:34pm PDT Absolut beauty @sophiet A post shared by 🆖 (@nicolasghesquiere) on Jul 3, 2019 at 6:55pm PDT The couple’s second wedding Saturday was at the picturesque Château de Martinay in Carpentras, France, according to Elle. They were joined by the groom’s famous brothers and their spouses, including Nick Jonas and his wife, Priyanka Chopra. In May, they got married in a surprise Las Vegas ceremony to make it legal before their French celebrations. Original Article : HERE ; This post …

MTV Movie & TV Awards 2019: See the full list of winners

(CNN)The MTV Movie & TV Awards celebrated the best on-screen work of the past year on Monday night. “Shazam” star Zachary Levi hosted the show. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was awarded the Generation Award, and Jada Pinkett Smith was honored with the Trailblazer Award. Ruth Bader Ginsburg received nominations for best real-life hero, and was also nominated in the best documentary category, as well as most meme-able moment, and best fight, for the legal effort portrayed in the documentary “RBG.” (“RBG” was produced by CNN Films.) She won for Best real-life hero. See below for a full list of winners. Best movie “Avengers: Endgame” *WINNER “BlacKkKlansman” “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” “Us” Best show …

‘You Need to Calm Down’ may be Taylor Swift’s most political move yet

(CNN)Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down” is a pop anthem for equality and understanding. The video features numerous celebrities who identify as LGBTQ, including Ellen DeGeneres, Billy Porter, RuPaul, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Adam Lambert, Todrick Hall, Hayley Kiyoko, Adam Rippon, Chester Lockhart, Dexter Mayfield, Hannah Hart, Antoni Porowski, Jonathan Van Ness and Tan France to name a few. Some are met by chanting protestors holding anti-gay signs. Taylor Swift gives surprise Pride Month performance at the Stonewall Inn The “You Need To Calm Down” video comes just days after Swift gave a surprise performance at the Stonewall Inn in New York City, an LGBTQ rights landmark. Swift has become more vocal about her politics over the past year. For …

Why ‘Game of Thrones’ fans aren’t happy with this final season

(CNN)“Game of Thrones” fans are fed up. This final season was supposed to be a climax of brilliant storytelling, a time when all the pieces in this sprawling, intricate Westeros puzzle finally snapped into place. “David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have proven themselves to be woefully incompetent writers when they have no source material (i.e. the books) to fall back on,” says the petition, referring to the two “Thrones” showrunners and the source material by author George R.R. Martin. “This series deserves a final season that makes sense.” HBO has declined to comment about criticism of “Game of Thrones,” but it’s used to saying goodbye to series, such as “The Sopranos,” with divisive endings. As we head into Sunday night’s …

Kristen Wiig’s comedy pulls out of Georgia after anti-abortion bill signing

(CNN)The creative team behind “Bridesmaids” has joined a growing movement to boycott Georgia in the wake of the signing of an anti-abortion bill. There has been a major backlash from Hollywood and calls for a boycott of the many TV and film productions in the state. Most recently, executive producers for “The Power,” an Amazon show by Sister Pictures, said creators of the series decided not to scout for filming locations in Georgia because of the controversial bill. TV show producers cancel plans to scout for filming locations in Georgia because of abortion law Executive producers Jane Featherstone and Naomi De Pear said that decision was “a direct response to the signing.” “We feel we have to stand up for …

Ron Howard and Brian Grazer say they will boycott Georgia if the ‘heartbeat bill’ goes into effect

(CNN)Filmmaker Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer have joined the list of Hollywood stars who say they will boycott Georgia after the state’s governor signed the controversial “heartbeat bill” into law. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the “heartbeat bill” into law on May 7. The bill would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The ACLU has said it will challenge the new law in court. The measure is set to go into effect January 1. Georgia has been a filming location for multiple television shows and blockbuster films, including one of Marvel’s biggest hits, “Black Panther.” Such films and the production of wildly popular TV series …

In 7 years, Grumpy Cat accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime

(CNN)In seven years, Grumpy Cat achieved more celebrity than most of us could ever dream of. Grumpy Cat’s cultural influence extended to books, movies, celebrity appearances and more. Since skyrocketing to fame through Reddit in 2012, Grumpy Cat garnered 1.5 million followers on Twitter, 2.4 million on Instagram and 8.5 million on Facebook. (She was basically the Kim Kardashian of house pets.) Here are some of the other achievements Grumpy Cat, sometimes with the help of her human family, had under her collar. A published author Some of us can barely compose a legible text message. But Grumpy Cat, who doesn’t even have opposable thumbs, has signed book deals and published multiple works, including “The Grumpy Guide to Life: Observations …

3 production companies say they won’t film in Georgia after abortion law signed

(CNN)Hollywood has been outspoken against a controversial Georgia abortion law, and now the heads of three production companies are saying they will not film in the state. Georgia has been the location for the filming of multiple television shows and blockbuster films, including one of Marvel’s biggest hits, “Black Panther.” Such films and the production of wildly popular TV series including “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things” have resulted in an estimated $2.7 billion pouring into the Southern state from direct spending via 455 productions, the governor’s office announced last year. Filmmakers J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele released a joint statement Friday stating they’d stand “shoulder to shoulder with the women of Georgia” as their new show “Lovecraft Country” begins …

Peter Mayhew, Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars,’ dies at 74

(CNN)Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca, has died, according to his agent. “He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films from his knock-kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth,” his family said. “But, to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in a film.” Mayhew started the Peter Mayhew Foundation to support people in crisis situations, including providing food and supplies for the children of Venezuela during their recent road to freedom. “His kindness, generosity and care will live on in the Peter Mayhew Foundation with Angie …