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Working with Cosby? Tiffany Haddish says she was joking

"Girls Trip" breakout star Tiffany Haddish says she was just joking when she said she wanted to work with Bill Cosby.

Haddish told reporters Thursday that she made the remarks during a day of interviews and was trying to be funny while reflecting a fearless approach to her work.

She said it was "not the best joke" and clarified: "I don't agree with what he did or anything."

Haddish later told The Associated Press that she had done more than 20 interviews that day.

"In every interview you have to be humorous because you're considered a comedian, right? So I was trying to be humorous and maybe it was not the best joke," she said. "It was a joke. But at the end of the day, the whole point of it was to say I'm not afraid of the big bad wolf."

Haddish appeared at the Television Critics Association's summer meeting to discuss her role in Tracy Morgan's new TBS comedy, "The Last O.G." Morgan plays a man just released from prison after 15 years. Haddish plays his former girlfriend who has moved on.

The actress is on a high after receiving overwhelming accolades for her performance in "Girls Trip," but says her bank account "don't show movie star yet."

"That's the part I'm waiting on," she said. "When do that happen? They say like nine months. It's like a baby. I'm waiting for the delivery."

Luke Bryan breaks no touching rule for terminally ill fan

Country singer Luke Bryan broke his famous “no touching” rule at meet and greets for one special fan.

People reported that the rule gained attention when Bryan appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2016.

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At the time, Bryan said fans got a little too handsy with his back end at shows and meet and greets before the show.

KSHB reported that before the singer’s show Friday at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, Francis Stanaway, 88, was able to break the rule.

Stanaway, who is under hospice care at Crossroads Hospice, was able to coordinate a meet-and-greet with her family and event organizers before the show. 

“We’re excited for her because she used to love country so much before she went to the nursing home,” daughter-in-law Linda Sokolaski said. “She doesn't get to experience it much more.”

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Stanaway was able to meet and pose with the 41-year-old singer and give him a pat on the behind in the photo.

Crossroads Hospice was able to make the encounter happen through its Gift of a Day program, according to KHSB.

June Foray, voice of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, dead at 99

Foray died Wednesday at West Hills Hospital in Los Angeles of cardiac arrest, but she had been in fragile health since a car accident two years ago, niece Robin Thaler said Thursday.

Foray was the best-known woman among the voice performers who contributed so much to the classic cartoons of Warner Bros., Disney, Hanna-Barbera and other studios. She had a galaxy of ways to create funny but believable characters, but could also be warm and wise in Disney's "Mulan" or, in a memorable "Twilight Zone" episode, chilling.

She had over 300 credits as a voice actress, most recently doing one last turn as Rocky in a 2014 short.

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Foray was a teenager when she moved with her parents to Los Angeles. She had begun performing in radio as a child in Massachusetts and, once in Hollywood, became active in major radio programs such as "The Jimmy Durante Show." She later called old-time radio a great training ground, forcing her to learn to be versatile and quick-thinking.

Among the legends she worked with were Chuck Jones and the other famed Warner's animators; Jay Ward, creator of "Rocky and Bullwinkle"; Rod Serling, creator of "The Twilight Zone"; radio and recording satirist Stan Freberg; and such cartoon voice talents as Daws Butler (Huckleberry Hound) and Blanc (Bugs Bunny, Sylvester).

In his 1989 memoir, "Chuck Amuck," Jones noted "the highly talented and versatile Mel Blanc" did voices for Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Tweety, Yosemite Sam and others, "except female voices, which were done by the equally talented June Foray."

Perhaps inevitably, Rocky — with his trademark exclamation "Hokey Smoke!" — was Foray's favorite.

"Everybody asks me that," she said in a 2000 Associated Press interview. "I think the fans kind of answer that for me. Everybody loves Rocky. I get letters from Belgium, Germany, all over. People don't think of him as a squirrel. They think of him as a person. And he's a good little person."

The diminutive Foray wore a gold Rocky pendent around her neck that she delighted in pointing out to people.

She was also fond of Rocky's pal, voiced by Bill Scott, as well. "Bullwinkle was a very sweet creature," Foray said. "He was not a stupid person. He was extremely ingenious. He was very faithful."

The original "Rocky and Bullwinkle" aired in 326 short installments as part of a series featuring other cartoon creations by Ward. The Cold War conflict pitted the moose and squirrel against the bumbling spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale, to whom Foray also gave a voice.

"Rocky and His Friends" ran on ABC weekday afternoons from 1959 through 1961, and then "The Bullwinkle Show" was on NBC from 1961 to 1964, first in prime-time and later in daytime.

Besides Bullwinkle J. Moose and Rocket J. Squirrel, the show featured such sequences as "Fractured Fairy Tales"; "Peabody's Improbable History"; "Aesop and Son"; and "Adventures of Dudley Do- Right."

"The shows were on two plateaus," Foray once said. "The children enjoyed it because of the humorous look of the characters and the sounds of the voices. The adults find it so inventive because of the puns, the satire. ... It was a show that was different from everything that came before it or after it."

In 1966, Foray was the voice of Cindy Lou Who in the much-revived TV holiday special "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," based on the Dr. Seuss book, directed by Jones and narrated by Boris Karloff. She worked with Jones on another classic children's story in 1973, voicing the mother in "The Cricket in Times Square."

Earlier, she worked with Freberg on his 1953 hit record, "St. George and the Dragonet," a parody of the "Dragnet" series, and teamed with Freberg again for his acclaimed historical comedy records "Stan Freberg Presents The United States of America. Vol. 1" in 1961 and "Vol. 2" in 1996, portraying a host of historical characters. She also contributed her voice talents to one of the best-known "Twilight Zone" episodes, a 1963 chiller about a talking doll that turns murderous.

"I'm Talky Tina ... and I'm going to kill you," the doll says to the hapless victim (played by Telly Savalas, later famous as "Kojak.")

For Walt Disney, her contributions included the voice of Lucifer the cat on his 1950 "Cinderella." At Warner Bros., she was the voice of Witch Hazel in several Jones films and Granny, the owner of Tweety Bird and Sylvester, in many cartoons, though Bea Benadaret (the voice of Betty Rubble on "The Flintstones") also voiced Granny in some early cartoons. For Walter Lantz she was Woody Woodpecker's nephew and niece, Knothead and Splinter.

Later generations might know her voice best as Grandmother Fa in Disney's "Mulan" from 1998.

As cartoon characters were recycled by Hollywood, Foray remained active into her 80s. She did Granny on "Tiny Toon Adventures" and reprised her Rocky role in the 2000 big-screen adaptation, "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle," a mixture of cartoon and live action starring Rene Russo and Jason Alexander. The film was poorly received, but she thought it had a good story line and "all the charm of Rocky and Bullwinkle."

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Wallace reported from Dallas. Associated Press Writer Andrew Dalton and former Associated Press writer Polly Anderson contributed to this story.

Showtime sets a Donald Trump cartoon from Stephen Colbert

Showtime has elected to air a cartoon series about the Donald Trump White House.

The 10 half-hours of what Showtime calls a workplace comedy will be executive produced by Stephen Colbert for premiere this fall. No date was specified.

Showtime says the series, so far untitled, will satirically deconstruct life in the White House-hold with family members, insiders, world leaders and even rival Democrats taking part.

This animated portrayal of Trump is a popular recurring feature on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." The Showtime series will team Colbert with his "Late Show" executive producer Chris Licht. Production turnaround time will be swift, enabling current events to play a role in the show.

Rx for Dr. McDreamy: Boxing lessons this summer in Maine

Actor Patrick Dempsey is working on his boxing skills this summer in his native Maine.

Dempsey played the role of Dr. McDreamy on the ABC drama "Grey's Anatomy." He has been training in the ring since June with firefighter Jason Quirk, who's also a professional boxer.

Quirk tells the Portland Press Herald that Dempsey approached his coach at the Portland Boxing Club.

Fellow firefighters posted a picture of Quirk and Dempsey on the Munjoy Hill Fire Station Facebook page on Thursday.

Quirk won't say where they're working out or why Dempsey wants boxing lessons.

Dempsey is the creator of the Dempsey Challenge bike-run-walk fundraiser to raise money to help families affected by cancer. His most recent film was the romantic comedy "Bridget Jones's Baby."

Lamar Odom Opens Up About Drug Addiction

In a recent video, former NBA Star Lamar Odom opened up about drug addiction, death of loved ones and more! Watch the emotional video below.

 

 

You have to give Lamar Odom credit for being this honest about such a sensitive subject, and getting the help he needs.

Tracy Morgan relishes post-crash chance to be 'better man'

Tracy Morgan has a ready answer when asked about getting a second chance after his near-fatal crash three years ago.

"Thank God. That's all I've gotta say," Morgan told a TV critics' meeting Thursday, where he was promoting his new TBS comedy "The Last O.G."

In 2014, the former "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" star suffered severe head trauma when a truck slammed into the back of the limo van he was riding in. Comedian James McNair, his friend and collaborator, was killed.

Morgan said his brush with death had a profound effect on him. That includes the kind of sitcom he's doing. In "The Last O.G.," Morgan plays an ex-con, Tray, who finds the life and the Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood he left behind is gone.

Morgan has surrounded himself with a strong cast, including "Girls Trip" breakout star Tiffany Haddish and Cedric the Entertainer. Why didn't he just go with a "Tracy Morgan Show" that gave him all the laughs?

"Maybe I'm just a better man since the accident. Maybe I'm just a better man," he said. "It ain't about me. It's bigger than me."

He indicated the physical effects of the crash may not be entirely in the past, saying people around him on set makes sure he takes regular breaks during the workday.

"The Last O.G." co-stars Haddish as Tray's ex-girlfriend, Shay, the mother of twins he didn't know he had. In the 15 years he was imprisoned, Shay moved on, marrying a successful man (Ryan Gaul) who is helping raise the children.

Gaul's character is white, and Morgan said the sitcom is deliberately inclusive.

New York is home to more than black people, and all lives matter, he said.

Meg Ryan, John Mellencamp reportedly dating again

John Mellencamp and Meg Ryan are reportedly back together since breaking up over two years ago, according to a published report.

Entertainment Tonight reported that the couple started dating in 2010 and broke up five years later. In a March interview with Howard Stern, Mellencamp said Ryan isn’t fond of him.

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“Oh, women hate me. I loved Meg Ryan,” he told Stern. “She hates me to death. I think it’s because I’m a child. I throw fits -- I gripe. I complain. I’m moody. Every bad thing that a fellow can be, that’s me.”

Apparently, he was a little off the mark.

Mellencamp was most recently romantically linked to model Christie Brinkley, but the two called it quits after nearly a year together.

A source close to the former couple revealed to Page Six that Brinkley and Mellencamp’s differences in lifestyle was the reason behind the split.

“If you know John, you know he doesn’t do well at social gatherings and at tables filled with nice folks, particularly the Hamptons set,” the source said at the time of their break up. “He shoots straight from the hip. She may have liked that he’s a cowboy, but in the end that’s what drove her away.”

Quincy Jones Wins $9.4 Million From Michael Jackson’s Estate

Quincy Jones has prevailed in a case he launched nearly four years ago against MJJ Productions, the record label founded by Michael Jackson, and Sony Music, over the “disguising” of royalties and breach of his contracts with Michael Jackson. In yesterday’s decision, a jury in Los Angeles Superior Court awarded Jones $9.4 million.

Jones’ lawsuit charged that MJJ Productions, the record label Jackson founded that is now administered by Jackson’s estate, and Sony Music began to capitalize on Jackson’s work after his death, reissuing music that was remixed or edited without Jones’ approval. According to Jones’ contracts with Jackson and Sony Music, which go back to 1978, Jones would have first crack at this type of work.

The work that MJJ productions and Sony Music released after Jackson’s death included a 2012 re-release of  Bad, the concert film  This Is It and its accompanying soundtrack album and two Cirque du Soleil productions.

Jones’ complaint also accused Jackson’s estate of “disguising” royalties made from the various productions, films and albums by classifying them as profits, which prevented Jones’ royalties from being accurately calculated. Jones asked for $30.3 million; the estate countered that Jones was owed less than $400,000 due to accounting errors on their part.

Jenifer Lewis settles LA Fitness lawsuit over ‘Con Man’ Ex

Actress Jenifer Lewis has reportedly settled her lawsuit with LA Fitness over a trainer she says conned her out of $50,000.

Back in January, the “Black-ish” star filed a lawsuit claiming LA Fitness contributed to her loss by not properly vetting the manager, who met the star at the company’s West Hollywood location and began dating shortly afterward.

Three months into the relationship, he asked her to loan him $50,000 for a film he was producing. She gave him the money, only to find out eventually that he was a con man with a record.

LA Fitness, meanwhile, argues that they run background checks on all employees and that the check on the man involved did not reveal any of what Lewis claimed to be true.

TheJasmineBrand.com is reporting that the two parties have since reached a settlement, in which LA Fitness did not admit any guilt.

LA Fitness said that they had offered the settlement in an attempt to close this chapter for good, and that the actress is dragging it out to gain publicity. The company is now demanding that Lewis drop her charges, which she reportedly agreed to do five days after receiving the payment.

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