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Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV, 77, died on Wednesday afternoon, less than a week after suffering a serious heart attack.

Hamilton IV released his signature hit, "Abilene," in 1963. However, he'd scored a number of hits before then, including "A Rose and a Baby Ruth," "Before This Day Ends," "Three Steps to the Phone (Millions of Miles)" and "If You Don't Know I Ain't Gonna Tell You."

Hamilton was known as, “The International Ambassador of Country Music,” a title he earned after becoming the first American country singer to perform in the then-Soviet Union and in Prague. ...Read more

ABC/Image Group LA(NEW YORK) --  Reese Witherspoon's latest campaign has taken the star of movies such as Legally Blonde far from the glamour of Hollywood.

"It was one of those things where I was like, 'I can't not do this movie 'cause it's so important to me," Witherspoon told ABC News.

The Walk the Line Oscar winner's new movie, The Good Lie, tells the story of the Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan, orphaned children who walked hundreds of miles, without food or shelter, to escape the civil war in 1983.

Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort brought 3,600 Lost Boys and Girls to the U.S. to start new lives. ...Read more

Ben Cohen/E! Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- No one was more shocked than Joan Rivers' Fashion Police co-hosts when she passed away earlier this month at age 81. In fact, earlier that week, they'd just finished filming an episode of Fashion Police, running down the red carpet looks in honor of the Emmy Awards.

Now that Rivers is gone, co-host Giuliana Rancic said the show's future is up in the air.

"They are looking at different scenarios, whether it moves forward or it doesn't," Rancic tells ABC News. "Melissa [Rivers]...a lot of that will be up to her and how she's feeling and how she decides what she wants to do, along with the execs here at E! There

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Charles Norfleet/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Former Saturday Night Live cast member Darrell Hammond will return to the NBC show -- not as a member of the troupe, but as its new announcer.

Iconic Saturday Night Live announcer Don Pardo, who'd been with the show since its inception, died last month at age 96.

When the show's 40th season premieres on Sept. 27, it'll be Hammond reading the cast members' names, as well as those of the guest host, Chris Pratt, and musical guest Ariana Grande. It's not a role unfamiliar to Hammond -- he occasionally filled in for Pardo over the years, impersonating the veteran announcer when Pardo was unavailable.

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Todd Wawrychuk/ABC(NEW YORK) -- Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away With Murder are some of the most buzzed about television productions of the fall, and they’re keeping the shows’ creator, Shonda Rhimes, very busy.

ABC's Good Morning America's co-anchor, Robin Roberts, visited “Shondaland,” the name of Rhimes' production company and the term she and her colleagues use to refer to their workplace.

During the interview, they talked about the last time a producer had three top shows on at the same time.

“I think it was Aaron Spelling -- T.J. Hooker, ...Read more

Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like Dallas has danced his last. Magic Mike XXL director Gregory Jacobs tells E! News that Matthew McConaughey won't be reprising his role as the male stripper in the forthcoming sequel.

Although there's no word on why McConaughey isn't coming back, Jacobs said the film will be "very different."

"It's road trip movie, and put it this way: it's different enough that once you see it, you'll understand why we made a sequel," Jacobs said. "No one will be accusing us of making the same movie twice." 

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Fox(NEW YORK) -- Welcome to the weekly post-apocalyptic dystopian young-adult novel film adaptation review! Featured in this edition: The Maze Runner, a movie and story that finds its roots in Lord of the Flies, Peter Pan, and the more contemporary belief that we’re all screwed.
 
The Maze Runner starts out by teasing us, immediately throwing us into the action as we witness a tattered young man (Dylan O’Brien, MTV’s Teen Wolf) struggling to find a way out of a large, gated elevator ascending an industrial-type elevator shaft. It’s intense, claustrophobic and intriguing. When he gets to the top, a ...Read more

D Dipasupil/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Melissa Rivers has posted a message to her fans on WhoSay thanking them for their support in the wake of her mother Joan Rivers' death on Sept. 4.

In a statement that represents her first public comments since her mother's funeral, Rivers writes, "As my son Cooper and I mourn the loss of my mother, we want to thank everyone for the beautiful cards and flowers conveying heartfelt messages and condolences, which continue to arrive from around the world and through social media. My mother would have been overwhelmed by the scope and depth of the love that people ...Read more

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Fans of Joan Rivers can remember the late comedy icon as Little, Brown & Co. announced that they're set to publish a biography about her life.

According to Deadline.com, veteran journalist Leslie Bennetts will pen the currently untitled biography.

"Joan Rivers’ life story was…characterized by triumphant highs and devastating lows, one that is both wildly entertaining and deeply moving," Bennetts said in a statement. "But Rivers’ career was also enormously significant in American cultural ...Read more

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Meredith Vieira tackled the topic of domestic violence by sharing a personal story.

On Wednesday's episode of her talk show, Vieira discussed experiences she had with an abusive boyfriend many years ago.

"It started out with, we’d have a fight and he’d just sort of grab my arm. I didn’t think a lot about it, and then it turned into pushing me against the wall and then it went beyond that to actually taking his hand and grabbing my face and saying, ‘I could ruin your career if I wanted to and no one would want you,'" she revealed.

"Then there was the night that, we shared an ...Read more

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an interview in the October issue of Details, Ben Affleck drew some parallels between his life and the life of his character in the upcoming movie Gone Girl -- at least in the way tabloids can play fast and loose with the truth.

In the movie, he plays a man whose wife goes missing, making for a juicy story for the 24-hour news cycle.

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Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images for PLAYERS INC(NEW YORK) --  A middle school math teacher from Maryland joined an exclusive club Wednesday night, becoming only the third person to win the $1 million grand prize on Wheel of Fortune.

Sarah Manchester of Silver Spring, Maryland, solved the winning puzzle -- the phrase “loud laughter” -- on the episode that aired Wednesday night during the show’s Teacher’s Week. In order to get to that bonus round, Manchester had to solve the prize puzzle, winning a trip to the Dominican Republic, and then also solved the third Toss Up Puzzle: “The Pacific Ocean.”
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Photo By Russell Turiak/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Much has been written about wrestler André the Giant's ability to consume copious amounts of liquor.

It's true, his Princess Bride co-star Cary Elwes said.

"The man was extraordinary. He was absolutely a man who could consume vast amounts of alcohol and not have it affect him at all. I’ve never seen anything like it," Elwes, who played Westley in the film, told the Daily Beast.

"I went drinking with him after our first screening in New York, and I was sipping a beer all night -- which he thought was very funny. There was no way I was going to compete ...Read more

Ben Gabbe/NBC(NEW YORK) -- After leaving Saturday Night Live last year following eight years on the hit NBC sketch-comedy show, Bill Hader is returning to the series.

NBC announced Wednesday that Hader will return to SNL as a host on Oct. 11. He'll be joined by musical guest Hozier.

This may be good news for fans who miss Hader's signature character, Stefon.

He recently joked on ABC's Good Morning America that viewers "will never see him again. No, I'm joking.  I don't know. I do miss him."

Previously, Hader told GQ magazine that he was done for good with Stefon, the infamous club kid with insider ...Read more

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Neil Patrick Harris stopped by ABC's The View Wednesday and revealed all the details of his Italian wedding to David Burtka, which took place earlier in the month.

"We've been together over 10 years and I think when our kids got to the age they were having reasonable conversations, when they are asking lots of why questions, to have a clear-cut explanation of who their daddy is, I think is great," Harris said of why he tied the knot. "He's my husband and it was easier than partner or boyfriend or something like that."

The former How I Met Your Mother star said only about 45 people were at the wedding and ...Read more