LOS ANGELES - Cuba Gooding Sr. was found dead in his car in Los Angeles, according to ABC. He was 72 . The soul singer was reportedly found slumped over inside his car in Woodland Hills, Calif. at 12:58 p.m. on Thursday, but he could not be resuscitated by CPR. A spokesperson with the Los Angeles Fire Department would not confirm Gooding Sr's identity, but confirmed to Variety that they responded to a call on Ventura Blvd. and determined the death of an adult male at that same time.
LOS ANGELES - Facebook unveiled its first foray into social VR at its f8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Tuesday, giving users of the company's Oculus Rift VR headset a new way to interact with each other through avatar-based chats and shared media experiences.
LOS ANGELES - Carrie Fisher won't appear in "Star Wars: Episode IX," after all. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy made the reveal during an interview with ABC News on Friday at the "Star Wars Celebration" in Orlando. "Sadly, Carrie will not be in 'Nine,'" Kennedy said. "But we will see a lot of Carrie in 'Eight.'" Related Everything We Know About 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Actor Todd Fisher, the late actress' brother and Debbie Reynolds' son, had said that his sister had a role in the ninth installment.
Actors Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner officially filed for divorce nearly two years after the Hollywood A-list couple split, the Los Angeles Times reported. Irreconcilable differences were cited in the paperwork filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, where Garner filed the divorce petition and Affleck filed his response, the newspaper reported late on Thursday. Garner and Affleck, both 44, are seeking joint custody of their three children: daughters Violet, 11, and Seraphina, 9.
The highly-anticipated trailer for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" is here. Disney and Lucasfilm dropped the footage on Friday at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Fla. during a panel dedicated to the movie featuring Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and "The Last Jedi" director Rian Johnson. The trailer shows opens with Rey on the island where we saw Luke in "The Force Awakens." Hamill says "I only know one truth. It's time for the Jedi to end." There are also shots of an injured Finn in some type of stasis pod, and Kylo Ren brandishing his lightsaber.
LOS ANGELES - CNN political commentator Jeffrey Lord raised a few eyebrows on Thursday morning by comparing President Donald Trump to Martin Luther King Jr. Lord said Trump should be thought of as the "Martin Luther King of health care" during an appearance (via Skype) on Alisyn Camerota's "New Day." Fellow CNN commentator Symone Sanders, a Democratic activist, fired back immediately.
LOS ANGELES - Apple could potentially find the cash to pull off a $200 billion-plus takeover of Disney -- creating a company worth $1 trillion with "almost limitless opportunities in content and technology." That's according to a speculative analysis from RBC Capital Markets, which in a note to client Thursday said such a colossal tie-up would be contingent on Apple getting tax breaks to "repatriate" overseas cash.
LOS ANGELES - MTV is reviving the reality franchise "Fear Factor" for a new generation. The Viacom cabler has ordered 10 new episodes of the series from Endemol Shine North America. Rap star Ludacris is set to host and exec produce. The series that challenges teams of contestants to face extreme physical and mental trials is expected to bow May 30.
LOS ANGELES - A New York couple decided to kill their disabled adopted son after watching "Manchester by the Sea," according to a prosecutor handling the case. Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said last week during a bail hearing that 16-year-old Jeffrey Franklin was killed within two hours of his adoptive parents, Ernest and Heather Franklin, watching the Oscar-winning film on Feb. 28, according to WBNG-TV. McBride said an examination showed that the teen died before the fire.
NEW YORK - Comedian and actor Charlie Murphy died in his sleep at a New York hospital on Wednesday at age 57 after suffering from leukemia, entertainment media reported. Murphy, whose younger brother is "Coming to America" and "The Nutty Professor" star Eddie Murphy, was a cast member and sketch writer on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show." The Brooklyn native also co-wrote and acted in some of his brother's movies, including the 2007 comedy "Norbit." Murphy's agent William Rodriguez was not immediately available for comment.