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'Superman' star Margot Kidder's death ruled a suicide
Superman star Margot Kidder's death has been ruled a suicide by a coroner in Park County, Mont.

Kidder, who starred as Superman's girlfriend Lois Lane opposite the late Christopher Reeves, was announced to have died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose.

"Ms. Kidder's family urges those suffering from mental illnesses, addiction and/or suicidal thoughts to seek appropriate counseling and treatment," Park County coroner Richard Wood said in a statement. "The public is encouraged to allow the family to grieve privately."

Kidder died in May at the age of 69 at her home in Livingston, Mont.

The actress suffered from mental health issues throughout her life that left her homeless in 1996. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was taken to Olive View-UCLA Medical Center after going missing for several days.

She famously portrayed Lois Lane, the determined and strong-willed Daily Planet reporter who falls in love with Superman, starting with 1978's Superman. She reprised the role three more times in Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983) and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987).

Kidder also appeared in films such as Quackser Fortune Has A Cousin in the Bronx, The Amityville Horror, Mob Story and The White Room, among others. Television roles included parts in Nichols,The L Word, Brothers & Sisters and Superman series, Smallville.


Oscars: Three-hour telecast, popular film category announced
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced in a letter to members a number of approved changes coming to the Oscars.

The changes include a leaner, three-hour telecast that will cut down on the length of the awards ceremony, a new category to recognize achievement in popular film and a new air date for 2020's 92nd Oscars, which will now be televised on Feb. 9, 2020, ahead of its original Feb. 23 date.

The 91st annual Academy Awards will still take place on Feb. 24, 2019, as previously announced.

The Academy said it will craft the three-hour telecast by presenting select categories during commercial breaks. The winning moments will then be edited to appear later on in the broadcast.

It remains to be seen which changes will be implemented for the 91st annual Academy Awards. The popular film category represents the ceremony's first new category since introducing the Best Animated Feature Film award in 2001.

The planned changes come after 2018's 90th Academy Awards earned the lowest ratings for the event on record.

"We have heard from many of you about improvements needed to keep the Oscars and our Academy relevant in a changing world. The Board of Governors took this charge seriously," the letter said. "We are excited about these steps, and look forward to sharing more details with you."


LOOSE LIPS:
"I go away back with Rosie and that's not the Rosie I know. She was the most diverse and tolerant woman I've ever known for a long time. Whatever got in her head, isn't the Roseanne I know."
--Tim Allen, on Roseanne Barr's firing from ABC in May over her racist tweet comparing Valerie Jarrett to an ape, to reporters



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Which Parks and Recreation star will voice Sonic the Hedgehog in the upcoming film based on the popular video game character?


Matthew Perry recovering after gastrointestinal surgery
Matthew Perry is on the mend after having gastrointestinal surgery.

The 48-year-old actor's rep told TMZ Perry recently had surgery in Los Angeles to repair a gastrointestinal perforation.

"He is grateful for the concern and asks for continued privacy as he heals," the rep said, according to People.

A gastrointestinal perforation occurs when a hole forms in the esophagus, stomach, small intestine or large intestine. Causes can include gastric ulcers, appendicitis and inflammatory bowel disease.

Perry has experienced health issues over the years, and discussed his struggle with substance abuse in 2015. He appeared in a video in support of the nonprofit drug and rehab organization Phoenix House.

"You can't have a drug problem for 30 years and expect to have it solved in 28 days. I was very moved by the hope that I saw [at Phoenix House], which is what this is all about," the star said. "Getting sober is a really hard thing to do."

"I've had a lot of ups and downs in my life and a lot of wonderful accolades," he added. "But the best thing about me is that if an alcoholic comes up to me and says, 'Will you help me stop drinking?' I will say, 'Yes. I know how to do that.'"

Perry is best known for playing Chandler Bing on Friends. He said in an interview with Variety last year that he wouldn't be interested in reviving the NBC sitcom.


'Flip or Flop' to return for Season 8 on HGTV
Popular HGTV series Flip or Flop will return for an eighth season.

The network announced in a press release Wednesday that it renewed the show for 15 more episodes slated to premiere in the spring.

Flip or Flop stars former couple Tarek El Moussa and Christina El Moussa, who split in December 2016 after seven years of marriage. The show follows the pair as they flip homes in the Orange County, Calif., area.

"HGTV fans have followed Tarek and Christina through scores of house flips and supported their personal journey for years," HGTV president Allison Page said. "We're eager to see how they continue to run their flipping business, co-parent their children and start new chapters in their professional and personal lives."

Tarek and Christina celebrated the news in Instagram posts Wednesday.

"Did you hear???? No!!!!? Here it is!!! Yesterday... we just started filming an all new SEASON 8 of FLIP OR FLOP!!!" Tarek captioned a video with Christina. "For the next 12 months we are going to give it everything we have to make it the best season possible!!"

Christina shared the same clip on her own account.

"We're baaacckkk!!! #FlipOrFlop was just picked up by @hgtv for 15 new episodes!! Look for Season 8 to premiere in Spring 2019. We want to make it the best season yet...." she wrote.

Tarek previously told E! News filming Flip or Flop is "absolutely different" following his divorce from Christina. Christina started dating Ant Anstead in November, and told E! News in June she's open to marriage with the British television personality.


??? Guess Who ???

Which Parks and Recreation star will voice Sonic the Hedgehog in the upcoming film based on the popular video game character?

Ben Schwartz has been selected to voice Sonic the Hedgehog in Paramount's upcoming film based on the iconic video game character.

Schwartz confirmed the casting on Twitter Wednesday. "I. LOVE. 90S. BLUE. ICONIC. CHARACTERS. I am beyond excited about this movie," he said.

"It's gonna be amazing. I have been training by running, wagging my finger and impatiently tapping my foot. GOTTA GO FAST!" Schwartz continued, in reference to various poses Sonic is known for.

Schwartz joins a cast that includes Jim Carrey, Tika Sumpter and James Marsden.

The Sonic the Hedgehog film will be a mix of both live-action and CGI. The project, from director Jeff Fowler (Gopher Broke) and executive producer Tim Miller (Deadpool), is set to arrive in theaters on Nov. 19, 2019.

Schwartz, best known for starring on NBC's Parks and Recreation, has voiced Dewey Duck on Disney Channel's Duck Tales reboot and is set to voice Leonardo in Nickelodeon's upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated reboot.

Video game maker Sega first published Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991 for the Sega Genesis. The series to date has sold more than 360 million copies across various gaming platforms. A new Sonic game, Team Sonic Racing, was announced at E3 2018 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

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