Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor, who played the villainous and gossipy Harriet Oleson on the television series “Little House on the Prairie,” died Tuesday, People reported. She was 93.
MacGregor died at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Woodland Hills, a spokeswoman confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.
MacGregor played the wealthy, haughty, mean-spirited Oleson in 153 of the 205 episodes of the television series that ran from 1974 to 1982, according to the IMDb database.
According to the “Little House on the Prairie” website, Katherine “Scottie” MacGregor was born Jan. 12, 1925, as Dorlee Deane McGregor in Glendale, California. She grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, and was active in the drama club at the University of Denver in 1944. She graduated from Northwestern University in 1947 with a bachelor’s degree.
MacGregor moved to New York in 1949 and began a distinguished career in theater, People reported. After some limited roles in television, she met Michael Landon in 1974 and landed her role as Harriet Oleson, the magazine reported.
Because Laura Ingalls’ “Little House” books barely mentioned Oleson, MacGregor crafted her own character, which played a dominant role in the series, which was set in Walnut Grove, Minnesota.
Melissa Gilbert, who starred as Ingalls on the series, paid tribute to MacGregor on Instagram and Twitter. Alison Arngrim, who played Oleson’s daughter in the series, posted a photo of the pair.
Douglas Rain, the actor who provided the creepy, chilling voice of the HAL computer in the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” died Sunday in Stratford, Ontario, the BBC reported. He was 90.
Rain was a Shakespearean actor who was nominated for a Tony Award in 1972, the BBC reported.
But he will be remembered for the calm, homicidal voice of the rogue AI computer in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 science fiction movie classic.
When the computer makes an error in the film, it leads Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and Dr. Frank Poole (Gary Lockwood) to decide to turn off HAL -- but the computer resists, leading to the deaths of four of the five members of the crew, NPR reported. Bowman manages to deactivate the computer, but the exchange between the astronaut and the computer made for riveting theater.
"I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that," Rain, as the voice of HAL, tells Bowman. “Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”
As HAL is disconnected by Bowman, Rain famously sings “Daisy Bell” as his voice fades away in a chilling coda, NPR reported.
The film won an Academy Award for Kubrick for best visual effects, the BBC reported.
Actor Anthony Hopkins, who won an Oscar for playing serial killer Hannibal Lector in “The Silence of the Lambs,” said HAL influenced his performance, the BBC reported.
Rain was born in Winnipeg on March 13, 1928, and spent 32 years acting as Iago from “Othello” and Malvolio in “Twelfth Night,” at the annual Stratford Festival, NPR reported.
He also had dozens of theater, film and television credits, according to the IMDb database.
Action film "Avengers: Infinity War," TV series "Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments," singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes and rapper Nicki Minaj were among the big winners Sunday at the 44th annual People's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.
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Mila Kunis, Rita Ora and other stars stunned on the red carpet at the 2018 People’s Choice Awards on Sunday in Santa Monica, California.
One week after he mocked Republican U.S. Rep.-elect Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanistan, on "Saturday Night Live," comedian Pete Davidson issued an apology – and got a little payback.
"In what I'm sure was a huge shock to people who know me, I made a poor choice last week," Davidson said on Saturday's "Weekend Update" segment. "I made a joke about Lt. Cmdr. Dan Crenshaw, and on behalf of the show and myself, I apologize."
Davidson was referring to his remarks from the show's Nov. 3 broadcast, in which he said Crenshaw, who wears a patch over his right eye, looks like "a hit man in a porno movie." The joke immediately drew harsh criticism online, prompting a rebuke from the National Republican Congressional Committee.
"I mean this from the bottom of my heart: It was a poor choice of words," Davidson continued Saturday. "The man is a war hero, and he deserves all the respect in the world. And if any good came of this, maybe it was that for one day, the left and the right finally came together to agree on something – that I'm a [expletive]."
"Ya think?" Crenshaw said, sliding in behind the "Weekend Update" desk in a surprise appearance.
Crenshaw accepted Davidson's apology, then got a chance to take a few jabs at Davidson.
"This is Pete Davidson," Crenshaw joked as a photo of Davidson appeared on the screen. "He looks like if the meth from 'Breaking Bad' was a person."
Crenshaw also said Davidson looks like "a Troll doll with a tapeworm" and "Martin Short in 'The Santa Clause 3.'"
"By the way, one of these people was actually good on 'SNL,'" Crenshaw quipped.
Then the bit took a serious turn.
"There's a lot of lessons to learn here. Not just that the left and right can still agree on some things, but also this: Americans can forgive one another," Crenshaw said. "We can remember what brings us together as a country and still see the good in each other."
Crenshaw continued: "This is Veterans Day weekend, which means that it's a good time for every American to connect with a veteran. Maybe say, 'Thanks for your service.' But I would actually encourage you to say something else: Tell a veteran, 'Never forget.' When you say, 'Never forget' to a veteran, you are implying that, as an American, you are in it with them, not separated by some imaginary barrier between civilians and veterans, but connected together as grateful fellow Americans. We'll never forget the sacrifices made by veterans past and present. We'll never forget those we lost on 9/11, heroes like Pete's father. So I'll just say, 'Pete, never forget.'"
"Never forget," Davidson replied, shaking Crenshaw's hand. "And that is from both of us."
>> Watch the segment here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)
This is a cold stone stunner.
Pro wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin is going cold turkey when it comes to alcohol.
“My eating program is going fantastic,” Austin said on his podcast. (I’m) sticking to my exact macros. (I’ve had) zero alcohol for right at 14 days now.
“Pounds are coming off. My strength is going up.”
Austin’s beer drinking has been a staple of WWE events for more than two decades, and YouTube videos show the wrestler in drinking contests, sharing brews and spraying rivals with the foamy drinks. He even shared a beer with Vince McMahon Jr. before putting his signature “Stone Cold Stunner” move on the WWE owner.
“His favorite beer is his next one,” WWE commentator Jim Ross has said.
Apparently, not any more. “Stone Cold” is happy to be sober.
“No alcohol, and when you hit the weights on a consistent basis and eat what you’re supposed to, it is amazing the difference that you can make or I’m making,” Austin told Sports Illustrated.
“Breaking Bad” may be back in movie form soon, but there are still many questions surrounding the return of the popular show.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the creator of “Breaking Bad,” Vince Gilligan, is working on a movie but it is unclear whether it will be for theatrical release or made for television.
It is also unclear if the movie will be a prequel or if it will follow the timeline after the television show’s finale, Variety reported.
But despite all of the information that is not yet known, one thing that is known, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s sources, is that the movie will be part of the “Breaking Bad” franchise.
Gilligan is expected to write and executive produce the movie, and could also direct. The executive producers of “Better Call Saul,” the “Breaking Bad” prequel, are also reportedly connected to the project, THR reported.
Production on the movie is expected to start this month in New Mexico. The state’s film office confirmed a movie is scheduled to be shot with the working title “Greenbrier,” the Albuquerque Journal reported.
The movie will follow the escape of a man who was kidnapped as he tries to find freedom, the Journal reported.
“Breaking Bad” aired for five seasons on AMC.
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"Saturday Night Live" star Pete Davidson is making headlines again – but this time, not for his breakup with singer Ariana Grande.
In Saturday's "Weekend Update" segment, the comedian cracked jokes about political candidates' looks, including former Navy SEAL Dan Crenshaw, a Texas Republican running for Congress. Crenshaw wears a patch over his right eye, which he lost in an IED blast in Afghanistan, CNN reported.
"This guy's kinda cool, Dan Crenshaw," Davidson said. "You may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hit man in a porno movie."
He laughed, then added: "I'm sorry; I know he lost his eye in war or whatever."
>> Watch the segment here (WARNING: Discretion advised)
Crenshaw took to Twitter to respond to Davidson's comments.
"Good rule in life: I try hard not to offend; I try harder not to be offended," Crenshaw tweeted Sunday. "That being said, I hope @nbcsnl recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds used as punchlines for bad jokes."
The National Republican Congressional Committee also issued a statement slamming Davidson.
"Getting dumped by your pop star girlfriend is no excuse for lashing out at a decorated war hero who lost his eye serving our country," the statement said. "Pete Davidson and NBC should immediately apologize to Dan, and to the millions of veterans and military families who tune in every weekend – because they're not laughing."
Pop star Ariana Grande released a new single shortly before ex-fiance Pete Davidson hit the stage on "Saturday Night Live."
In the song, called "Thank U, Next," Grande thanks her former boyfriends – including Davidson and Mac Miller, who died from a suspected overdose in September – for helping her learn and grow.
"Even almost got married / And for Pete, I'm so thankful / Wish I could say, 'Thank you' to Malcolm / 'Cause he was an angel," she sings in the first verse.
>> Listen to the song here (WARNING: Lyrics contain profanity.)
Grande referenced the song's title last week in a now-deleted tweet slamming Davidson after he appeared to joke about the pair's whirlwind romance and broken engagement in a "Saturday Night Live" promo.
"Hey Maggie, I'm Pete," he told musical guest Maggie Rogers in the clip. "Wanna get married?"
"No," Rogers said, to which Davidson replied, "0 for 3." (Davidson previously was engaged to Cazzie David, daughter of comedian Larry David, according to NBC News.)
In an apparent response to the clip, Grande tweeted, "For somebody who claims to hate relevancy u sure love clinging to it huh," adding, "Thank u, next."
During this weekend's "SNL" broadcast, Davidson addressed the split – and Grande's song – on "Weekend Update."
"I know that some of you are curious about the breakup, but the truth is it's nobody's business, and sometimes things just don't work out and that's OK," Davidson said. "She's a wonderful, strong person, and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world."
Moments later, he joked: "I'm still a great song, though."
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