Entertainment Weekly: “Star Wars: Episode VII” will be released on Dec. 18, 2015, Lucasfilm and Disney have announced.
In a statement, Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, responded to rumors that director (now co-writer) J.J. Abrams was having worries about meeting the 2015 deadline. “We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” Horn said.
Los Angeles prosecutors have charged CeeLo Green with giving Ecstasy to a woman who claimed the singer drugged her and had sex with her, but have declined to file charges of sexual assault against him, citing insufficient evidence.
Green is scheduled to make a court appearance Monday afternoon.
AP: Nina Davuluri has become the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America title. Davuluri won as the nationally televised pageant returned to Atlantic City after a six-year period in Las Vegas. Davuluri is the first winner of Indian descent.
Veteran British broadcaster Sir David Frost has died at the age of 74 after a suspected heart attack while on board a cruise ship. A family statement said he had been giving a speech on the Queen Elizabeth on Saturday night.
Internationally, Frost is best known for his revealing interviews with former U.S. President Richard Nixon. Read more from BBC News.
Elmore Leonard, one of America’s greatest crime novelists, has died following complications from a stroke, his longtime researcher Gregg Sutter confirmed. He was 87.
Among Leonard’s best-known works are “Hombre” (starring Paul Newman), “Get Shorty,” “Out of Sight” and “Jackie Brown” (based upon his “Rum Punch”). Some of his stories include ones that became the films “3:10 to Yuma” and “The Tall T,” as well as the FX TV series, Justified.
Actor Dennis Farina, star of ‘Law & Order,’ dies at 69
AP: Dennis Farina, a former Chicago police officer who as an actor played a cop on “Law & Order,” has died at 69. Farina’s representative, says the actor died Monday morning in a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung.
In addition to his role on “Law & Order,” Farina appeared in films including “Get Shorty” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
Online streaming network Netflix made history today with Emmy nominations for “House of Cards” and “Arrested Development.” It’s the first time a series distributed via the Internet, not television, was nominated for the television industry’s most prestigious statue.
Among primetime series, “Game of Thrones” was the most-nominated drama, with 16, and “30 Rock” was the most-nominated sitcom, with 13. FX’s “American Horror Story: Asylum,” which was submitted as a miniseries, received 17 nominations. Read more from The New York Times.
Photo: This image released by Netflix shows Robin Wright as Claire Underwood and Kevin Spacey as U.S. Congressman Frank Underwood in a scene from the Netflix original series, “House of Cards.”
'Glee' actor Cory Monteith was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, British Columbia, police said late Saturday.
Monteith checked into the room July 6 and was due to check out Saturday. When he missed his checkout time, staff went to the room and found his body, said Doug LePard, acting chief of Vancouver police. Police did not indicate a cause of death. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday.
Lauryn Hill sentenced to 3 months in prison for failing to pay taxes
AP: Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been sentenced to three months in prison for failing to pay taxes on about $1 million in earnings. She has also been sentenced to three additional months of home confinement. Before the sentencing, her attorney said Hill had paid more than $970,000 to satisfy state and federal tax liabilities. It’s not clear when or where she’ll report to prison.
Photo: Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill exits Federal Court in Newark, New Jersey, in June 2012 after pleading guilty to three counts of failing to file federal income tax returns. ( Eduardo Munoz / Reuters)
Puppeteer and philanthropist Jane Henson, the widow of the legendary Jim Henson, died Tuesday at her home in Connecticut.
Mrs. Henson, who was the co-creator of the iconic Muppets, passed away following a long battle with cancer, according to a news release from the Jim Henson Foundation. She was 78.
Photo: Jane Henson, co-creator of the Muppets, participates in a ceremony at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History on Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo’ won best picture at the Oscars Sunday night, with Daniel Day-Lewis winning best actor for his performance in ‘Lincoln’ and Jennifer Lawrence winning best actress for her performance in ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’ Ang Lee won best director for ‘Life of Pi.’ Christoph Waltz and Anne Hathaway won in the supporting acting categories.
Daniel Day-Lewis also broke a record with his win, becoming the first man to win three best actor Oscars.