jueves, 27 de septiembre de 2012

Andy Williams dies at 84 - GoErie.com

Andy Williams, the silky-voiced, clean-cut crooner, whose hit recording "Moon River" and years of popular Christmas TV shows brought him fans the world over, died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Mo. Williams, 84, fought a yearlong battle with bladder cancer.

With an easy style and a mellow voice that President Ronald Reagan once termed "a national treasure," Williams proved ideal for television.

"The Andy Williams Show," which lasted in various formats from 1957 to 1971, featured Williams alternately performing his stable of easy-listening ballads and bantering casually with his guest stars.

He received 18 gold and three platinum albums over his long career and was nominated for five Grammy Awards. He released an autobiography in 2009, "Moon River and Me: A Memoir."

It was on that show that Williams -- who launched his own career as part of an all-brother quartet -- introduced the world to the original four singing Osmond Brothers of Utah. Their younger sibling Donny also made his debut on Williams' show, in 1963 when he was 6 years old.

Four decades later, the Osmonds and Williams would find themselves in close proximity again, sharing Williams' theater in Branson.

Williams, who performed in Erie at least four times over the years, had an unflappable manner on television and in concert, which mirrored his offstage demeanor.



Sean Lowe to star in 'The Bachelor'

ABC officials say the next star of "The Bachelor" will be Sean Lowe, who was dumped on "The Bachelorette."

The 28-year-old Dallas businessman will be the one doing the choosing when "The Bachelor" returns for its 17th edition.

On the eighth edition of "The Bachelorette," Lowe confessed his love for Emily Maynard but was eliminated just before the finale.

ABC says Lowe is ready to look for love again and confident he will find his soul mate. The 6-foot-3 Texan was a linebacker for Kansas State and worked in finance and insurance before starting a custom furniture business.

"The Bachelor" is hosted by Chris Harrison and returns in January.



Judge orders review of Brown's probation

A judge has ordered further study of Chris Brown's community service and travel to determine whether the R&B singer has violated the terms of his probation for the 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna.

When Brown appeared in court Monday, Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg tried to sort through Brown's probation record and the impact of a positive marijuana result during a random drug screening.

Schnegg said community service logs from Brown's home state of Virginia were "somewhat cryptic" and additional review was needed to determine whether he had complied with his probation.

A spreadsheet sent by the Richmond, Va., police chief indicated Brown had completed 1,402 hours of community service, ranging from trash pickup, to washing cars, painting and tending to stables.

The judge ordered Brown to return to court Nov. 1 for another update.

Virginia officials also reported that Brown may have traveled to Paris without permission.



Green Day's Armstrong checks into rehab center

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong has entered a treatment center for substance abuse.

The rock band's frontman had a meltdown on stage at the iHeart Radio Music Festival in Las Vegas. In a clip that has gone viral, Armstrong profanely complained that the band's time was being cut short, then smashed his guitar.

The band apologized for the incident and said their set was not cut short by Clear Channel, the host of the two-day festival.

The Grammy-winning band also is canceling some promotional appearances. It released the album "Uno" on Tuesday.



Gellar gives birth to baby boy

Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze Jr. have added a boy to their brood. The baby was born Monday in Los Angeles. His name and details of the birth weren't released.

The couple also has a 3-year-old daughter named Charlotte. They celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this month.

Gellar, 35, and Prinze, 36, have co-starred in two "Scooby-Doo" films along with "I Know What You Did Last Summer."


-- from wire reports

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