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Ron Glass, Star of “Barney Miller” and “Firefly,” Dead at Age 71

Jon Kopaloff/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Ron Glass, the actor best-known for his role on the 1970s sitcom Barney Miller and the sci-fi series Firefly, has reportedly died at age 71.

Variety reports Glass’ representative confirmed his death, but provided no other details.

Born in Indiana, Glass appeared in supporting roles in a number of 1970s TV series before landing his breakout role as the dapper, erudite police Det. Ron Harris on Barney Miller. He played the character for the show’s entire eight-season run, earning an Emmy nomination for the show’s final season in 1982.

In 2002, Glass found a new generation of fans playing Shepherd Darriel Book, a preacher traveling with a crew of smugglers in outer space, on the Joss Whedon-created short-lived cult TV series Firefly. He reprised the role in the spin-off film Serenity three years later.

Castle star Nathan Fillion, who also starred with Glass in Firefly, posted a photo on Instagram of Glass with a quote from the show, ending with, “We love you, Ron Glass. Don’t go far.”

Off-screen, Glass was a practicing Buddhist.

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Report: Ron Glass, Star of “Barney Miller” and “Firefly,” Dead at Age 71

Jon Kopaloff/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) — Ron Glass, the actor best-known for his role on the 1970s sitcom Barney Miller and the sci-fi series Firefly, has reportedly died at age 71.

Variety reports Glass’ representative confirmed his death, but provided no other details.

Born in Indiana, Glass appeared in supporting roles in a number of 1970s TV series before landing his breakout role as the dapper, erudite police Det. Ron Harris on Barney Miller. He played the character for the show’s entire eight-season run, earning an Emmy nomination for the show’s final season in 1982.

In 2002, Glass found a new generation of fans playing Shepherd Darriel Book, a preacher traveling with a crew of smugglers in outer space, on the Joss Whedon-created short-lived cult TV series Firefly. He reprised the role in the spin-off film Serenity three years later.

Off-screen, Glass was a practicing Buddhist.

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Florence Henderson, Mom on “The Brady Bunch”, Dead at 82

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — Florence Henderson, the actress best known for her iconic role as Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, has died. She was 82. According to her manager, she died in L.A., surrounded by friends and family.

Henderson, a singer and actress, appeared in Broadway plays and musicals, but later moved to TV. In 1962, she was the first woman to guest host The Tonight Show. She also appeared on NBC’s Today show, doing weather and some news.

In 1969, she landed the role that made her a TV icon: Carol Brady, “the lovely lady” with three daughters who married Robert Reed’s Mike Brady. That’s the way they all became The Brady Bunch, which aired from 1969 until 1974.

Henderson continued to play Carol Brady in all the various Brady spin-offs and TV movies, such as The Brady Brides, A Very Brady Christmas and others. She later became popular game show panelist, TV guest star and the very visible spokesperson for Wesson cooking oil.

Henderson was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars in 2010, and also appeared on the VH1’s The Surreal Life. She continued to make TV and movie appearances throughout her career: her most recent TV role was in an episode of the Disney Channel’s K.C. Undercover. She also hosted her own talk show and cooking show on RLTV.

In 2011, she published a memoir, Life Is Not a Stage: From Broadway Baby to a Lovely Lady and Beyond.

On her Facebook page, Henderson says of her most famous role, “I played Carol as the mother I always wished I had; as the mother a lot of people wished they had.” She adds, “I’ll still be working when I’m 105. I’m planning to be the female George Burns!”

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Thanksgiving Movies to Watch If You’re Sick of Football

Paramount/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — There’s a Thanksgiving movie for everyone. Whether you like comedies or tear-jerkers, these movies will provide a welcome respite from all the cooking, eating or football-watching this holiday:

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

In this 1987 John Hughes film Steve Martin plays an executive eager to get home to Chicago in time for Thanksgiving. When his plane is diverted to Wichita, he joins forces with clumsy salesman John Candy for a three-day journey to the Windy City.

Pieces of April

In this 2003 indie film, Katie Holmes stars as April, a young woman living in New York City with her boyfriend. She puts aside childhood resentments to invite her estranged family over for what may be her mother’s last Thanksgiving.

Home for the Holidays

In this 1995 film directed by Jodie Foster, Holly Hunter plays a recently fired single mom who makes the trip east for Thanksgiving with her disapproving family. She soon realizes that her own problems are nothing compared to her dysfunctional family’s.

Hannah and Her Sisters

Woody Allen’s Oscar-winning movie stars Mia Farrow, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest, and tells the intertwined stories of the three sisters over three Thanksgivings.

The Ice Storm

Set over Thanksgiving weekend, this 1997 film takes place in the swinging ’70s, and focuses on two upper-class Connecticut families who try to escape their humdrum lives through sex and alcohol.

Free Birds

Widely panned by critics, this 2013 animated film about turkeys who travel back in time to stop Thanksgiving stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler.

Scent of a Woman

Al Pacino won his only Oscar for this 1992 film in which he plays a blind, short-tempered retired Army officer who hires a prep student, played Chris O’Donnell, to be his assistant over the Thanksgiving weekend.

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First Look: Scorsese’s “Silence”

Paramount Pictures – 2016(NEW YORK) — Paramount Pictures has just unveiled the first trailer to its upcoming Martin Scorcese film Silence.

Set in the 17-century, and based on Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel, the film has Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver playing Portuguese Catholic priests who travel to feudal Japan to find their missing mentor (Liam Neeson), at a time when practicing the faith was punishable by death.

The snippet gives a peek at what the missionaries face; in addition to the perilous journey to the then-mysterious country, the film’s portrayal of torture at the hands of the emperor’s forces, through the lens of cinematic legend Scorsese, is stunning.

The movie opens December 23.

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“Jealous Much?” Shannen Doherty Teases Photo from “Heathers” Reboot

Getty Images/Vivien Killilea(LOS ANGELES) — Amid her battle with cancer, Shannen Doherty is still working on a project that brings back a flash from her past.

“Sneak peek from the #Heathers set….. jealous much?” she posted to Instagram on Tuesday.

The tease comes from the remake of her classic 1980s movie Heathers, which also starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Doherty played the ominous Heather Duke in the cult classic.

In the snap, Doherty shows off herself wearing a brown wig tied off with a red scrunchy, the latter being the rank insignia of sorts of the head of the “Heathers,” a group of high school mean girls all named Heather.

The film, almost 30 years old, focused on Ryder befriending, then with Slater’s character’s help, killing off, their school’s bullies — including all but Doherty’s Heather Duke.

Entertainment Weekly reports the new TV Land show will feature a new heroine like Ryder’s character dealing with her own “Heathers.”

Doherty went on to star in other hits in the 80s and 90s, including Beverly Hills, 90210.

Recently her fellow 90210 stars paid tribute to Doherty at RewindCon in Bloomingdale, Illinois. They all wished her the best with her breast cancer battle.

“None of us are up here today without Shannen … she’s been through a lot,” actor Luke Perry said.

Jennie Garth said in a tweet, “To my soul sister @theshando strongest lady i’ve ever known. then and now. i used to be threatened by your spirit, now i’m in awe of it. you’ve taught me a lot about speaking my mind and not being afraid of my power.”

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Mariah Carey to Ellen on Split from James Packer: “Everything Happens for a Reason”

James Dimmock/ E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) — Mariah Carey is moving on after her rumored split from fiancé James Packer.

Appearing on an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing Wednesday, the Grammy Award winner, 46, spoke about Packer for the first time since reports surfaced of their broken engagement.

Noting Carey’s “highly publicized relationship” with the Australian business mogul, DeGeneres said, “You were engaged and you were trying on wedding dresses in the docu-series. We see the behind the scenes of that, which is pretty personal. And now, you’re not together anymore.”

“Now it’s a whole friggin’ thing,” said Carey, whose docu-series “Mariah’s World” premieres on Dec. 4, with Packer appearing in several episodes.

“How are you, mentally?” DeGeneres then inquired. “Are you happy? How are you?”

“I think I’m doing well,” said Carey, wearing a low-cut V-neck black top and “celebratory” diamonds. “How are you?”

“I’m great,” DeGeneres said. “I’m great.”

“No, I’m actually…. Everything happens for a reason,” Carey said. “Things are the way they are.”

Carey declined to say much more. “It’s kind of difficult to talk about it at the moment,” the singer said, changing the subject. “So, I’m just going to compliment you on these decorations once again because they are fabulous, and I am here, among them.”

Carey and Packer, a billionaire casino mogul, got engaged in January after dating for nearly a year. Reports of trouble in their relationship surfaced last month with the singer’s rep saying an official statement on the status of their relationship would be released once they had determined their future.

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Report: “Star Wars: Rogue One” Opening Could Hit $140 Million

Lucasfilm – 2016(LOS ANGELES) — Based on the advanced ticket sales for the U.K., industry insiders note to Deadline that the December 16 opening for Rogue One: A Star Wars story is tracking anywhere from $100 to $140 million bucks Stateside.

While a ticket sale date for the U.S. has yet to be announced, its thought that based on how quickly the tickets are selling in the U.K., where the film opens a day earlier than it does in the U.S., it’s thought the movie will place second for a December opening only to another Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens.

That film, the seventh in the official Star Wars canon, made just shy of $248 million last year, setting an all-time record.

Rogue One is a stand-alone story, taking place just before the events of 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The new film stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, a troublemaker recruited by the nascent Rebel Alliance to steal the plans to the Empire’s new Death Star.

The movie, which also stars Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, will be released by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

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“The Voice” Recap: Miley Cyrus Loses an Artist

Darby Walker; Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) — On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the 11 artists who performed Monday learned that Darby Walker, from Miley Cyrus’ team, was sent home.

Darby was eliminated on a one-hour results show. She lost an “Instant Save” vote to fellow Team Miley member Aaron Gibson.

Prior to the vote, Darby and Aaron sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Darby performed “Your Song,” by Elton John, and Aaron covered “Budapest,” by George Ezra.

There are now 10 artists remaining in the competition, including those on Teams Blake Shelton, Alicia Keys and Adam Levine.

During the results show, Blake and Alicia each joined their respective teams for a group performance. Team Blake sang “The Heart of Rock & Roll,” by Huey Lewis and the News, and Team Alicia performed “People Get Ready,” by The Impressions.

The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Brad Pitt: FBI Won’t Pursue Further Investigation Into Child Abuse Allegation

Getty Images/Pablo Cuadra(LOS ANGELES) — The FBI has concluded its investigation into a September incident involving Brad Pitt and one of his children, ABC News has confirmed.

According to a statement released by the bureau, “the FBI has conducted a review of the circumstances and will not pursue further investigation.”

There were no charges filed, the statement said.

A rep for Pitt did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

Two months ago, a source told ABC News that Pitt, 52, had been accused of child abuse after he argued with one of his children while aboard a flight from France to the United States. The Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services also launched an investigation into the alleged incident, and earlier this month, cleared Pitt of wrongdoing.

The news of the alleged plane incident broke shortly after the actor split from his wife of two years, Angelina Jolie-Pitt. The stars had been a couple for a decade or so, and share six children: Maddox, Pax, Zahara, Shiloh and twins Vivienne and Knox.

Pitt stars in the new film Allied, debuting in theaters Wednesday.

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