Jack Harris, who produced horror film ‘The Blob,’ dies at 98
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Harris, who cemented his place in Hollywood history by producing the 1958 horror film “The Blob,” has died.
His daughter, Lynda Resnick, says Harris died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in Beverly Hills surrounded by family. He was 98.
Born in Philadelphia and a vaudeville performer from a young age, Harris was a decorated WWII veteran before getting into the movie business. He worked in marketing, publicity, distribution and production across his long career.
His first film, the B-movie “The Blob” starring Steve McQueen, became an enormous hit, grossing more than $3 million on a $110,000 budget and spawning a sequel and a remake.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Harris; his daughter; his son, Anthony Harris; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
‘I’m coming for you’: Whoopi Goldberg blasts fake web story
NEW YORK (AP) — Whoopi Goldberg is blasting a fake-news website that ran a story she claims “endangered” her life.
The host of ABC’s “The View” on Monday condemned a story that circulated last week falsely claiming that she said Navy SEAL widow Carryn Owens appeared at President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress for the “attention.”
Goldberg said this “horrible lie” jeopardized many great relationships she has with vets and their spouses and that it “endangered” her family’s life and her own.
The Underground Report, which has removed the story, calls itself “a news and political satire web publication” reporting “often in semi-real or mostly fictitious ways.”
Unsatisfied with that fine-print disclaimer, Goldberg vowed to take legal action against the Underground Report writer, warning, “I’m gonna get my lawyer and I’m coming for you.”
‘Daily Show’ cancels Tuesday episode due to snow
NEW YORK (AP) — The winter weather means a few less laughs.
Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah canceled its episode on Tuesday because of the storm. The network is airing a rerun instead. “The Daily Show” generally tapes its episodes in the late afternoon in a Manhattan studio.
There’s no snow day for Noah’s comedy colleagues Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon, however. Representatives for the New York-based “Tonight” show on NBC and “Late Show” on CBS said the weather is not affecting their episodes.
‘SpongeBob’ creator says he has Lou Gehrig’s disease
The creator of Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” says he has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Stephen Hillenburg tells Variety he’ll continue to work on the show and his other passions for as long as he’s able.
Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris, Jon Pardi earn ACM Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Brothers Osborne, Maren Morris and Jon Pardi are early winners at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards.
The ACMs announced on Tuesday the winners of their new artist categories, including Brothers Osborne securing new vocal duo or group of the year honors, Morris snagging the new female vocalist of the year award, and Pardi getting the new male vocalist of the year trophy.
The new artist winners will get to perform on the 52nd ACM Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2, on CBS.
Brothers Osborne are also nominated for vocal duo of the year, while Morris is in the running for an additional five nominations, including album of the year, single record of the year and female vocalist of the year.