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Michael Palin opens up about fellow Python Terry Jones' dementia diagnosis
British writer and comedian Michael Palin admits it is painful to watch his fellow Monty Python member Terry Jones suffer from dementia.

"Terry J has been my close friend and workmate for over fifty years," Palin wrote in a Facebook page Saturday.

"The progress of his dementia has been painful to watch and the news announced yesterday that he has a type of aphasia which is gradually depriving him of the ability to speak is about the cruelest thing that could befall someone to whom words, ideas, arguments, jokes and stories were once the stuff of life. Not that Terry is out of circulation. He spends time with his family and only two days ago I met up with him for one of our regular meals at his local pub. Howard Johnson, an American friend of Python, was in town and took this picture. Terry doesn't say very much but he smiles, laughs, recognizes and responds, and I'm always pleased to see him. Long may that last."

The message accompanied a photo of the pair sitting together and smiling.

Jones' representative confirmed last week that the 74-year-old, Welsh-born filmmaker has been diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a type of dementia. The news was revealed just as BAFTA Cymru announced its plans to honor Jones at a ceremony in Cardiff on Oct. 2.

In addition to being a member of the famed Monty Python comedy troupe, Jones also helmed the classic movies Monty Python's Life of Brian and The Meaning of Life, and co-directed Monty Python and the Holy Grail with Terry Gilliam. He penned the screenplay for the 1986 fantasy movie Labyrinth, starring David Bowie, as well.

The surviving Pythons -- Jones, Palin, Gilliam, John Cleese and Eric Idle -- performed a series of sold-out stage shows in 2014.


Josh Brolin marries Kathryn Boyd in North Carolina
Film star Josh Brolin married his former assistant Kathryn Boyd this weekend during a North Carolina ceremony attended by his father James Brolin and step-mom Barbra Streisand.

Us Weekly and People.com reported the happy event took place Saturday.

The couple dated for about three years before exchanging vows.

Brolin was previously married to actress Diane Lane for eight years, ending in 2013. He has two adult children with his first ex-wife Alice Adair.

Brolin is known for his work in the films Milk, No Country for Old Men and Goonies.



LOOSE LIPS:
"When I look at Olivia and the way that she pulls off all these things - it's gonna be easy for him to grow up in a house of love and respect because I feel that way about his mom."
--Jason Sudeikis, on raising son Otis with fiancée Olivia Wilde, to PEOPLE



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Who defended Corey Feldman after the backlash for his Today show performance?


Jean Shepard, Country Music Hall of Famer dead at 82
Influential country star Jean Shepard has died at the age of 82.

Known as a Grand Ole Opry star since 1955, Shepard died Sunday after entering into hospice care last week. An exact cause of death has yet to be revealed.

"Today is one of the hardest days of my life. Mom has been called home this morning and is now at peace. Please keep our family in your prayers during this tough time. Thank you everyone for your support," the singer's son Hawkshaw Hawkins Jr. said in a statement according to Billboard.

"Our stage will never be the same. Jean Shepard, thank you for the memories," the Grand Ole Opry added on Twitter alongside a memorial image of Shepard.

Shepard is credited for opening doors for female country stars as she chose to tour alone as a solo act instead of being part of a group and she is known for releasing country music's first concept album in 1956, Songs From a Love Affair, that dealt with a marriage ending due to adultery.

Shepard is known for hit songs such as number one hit "A Dear John Letter," along with "A Satisfied Mind," "Second Fiddle (To an Old Guitar)," and "I'll Take the Dog," a duet with Ray Pillow. Her last single, "Too Many Rivers" was released in 1981.

Shepard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011. Outspoken about modern pop-country music, the trailblazer once said to the The Tennessean in 2015, "Today's country is not country, and I'm very adamant about that."

"I'll tell anybody who'll listen, and some of those who don't want to listen, I'll tell them anyway. ... Country music today isn't genuine," she continued.

Shepard is survived by her husband, Benny Birchfield, and sons Don Robin Hawkins, Harold Franklin Hawkins II and Corey Birchfield.


??? Guess Who ???

Who defended Corey Feldman after the backlash for his Today show performance?

Miley Cyrus used her social media to defend Corey Feldman after the backlash for his his Sept. 16 Today show performance.

Feldman performed his new song "Go 4 It" on the morning show and drew immediate criticism. He tearfully responded in a now-deleted Facebook post saying the performance "wasn't that weird."

Cyrus joined Pink in support of Feldman, encouraging him to "enjoy life and continue to make art!"

"Thank you and your angels for sharing your music with us!" Cyrus posted on Instagram.

"You're absolutely right to ignore (even though it can be hard) the hurtful comments made by uninspired people!!!!" she said. "Good luck to you and always dream big! I know that's what always keeps me smiling."

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