'Ghostbusters' writer Harold Ramis was only 69 years old. (Barry Brecheisen / Getty Images)
'Ghostbuster' Harold Ramis dies
Actor, director and Chicago native Harold Ramis died early Monday morning at age 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, according to the Chicago Tribune. Ramis contributed much to classic comedic films of the 1980s, ’90s and ’00s. He’s best known for acting and writing the “Ghostbusters” films, and for directing and writing “Caddyshack,” “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This.”
Alec Baldwin: 'Goodbye to public life'
In a lengthy essay published Sunday on New York Magazine’s Vulture blog, actor Alec Baldwin says he wants to leave public life. This follows an accusation in November that the actor shouted a homophobic slur at a member of the paparazzi. Baldwin has said the TMZ videographer ambushed him. “This is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again,” he says in the statement. “It’s goodbye to public life in the way that you try to communicate with an audience playfully like we’re friends, beyond the work you are actually paid for. Letterman. ‘Saturday Night Live.’ ” Baldwin, 55, also says he’s likely to move his wife and baby out of New York City. “I want my newest child to have as normal and decent a life as I can provide. New York doesn’t seem the place for that anymore.”
Cooking queen Paula Deen returns to public life
Former Food Network star Paula Deen is back to work after a string of public relations disasters that started when she hid her diabetes from fans and then escalated after a former employee accused Deen of racial discrimination and sexual harassment. On Sunday, the audience at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami gave Deen a standing ovation, according to CNN. Earlier this month, Najafi Media announced it would invest $75 million in Paul Deen Ventures, an umbrella company for her cookbooks, product endorsements and restaurants.
Robin Thicke separates from wife Paula Patton
Singer Robin Thicke and his longtime wife Paula Patton have announced an amicable split. The pair told People Magazine Monday: “We will always love each other and be best friends, however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time.” Meanwhile, a group of students at Boston University is demanding the school cancel Thicke’s March 4 concert because they say the lyrics to his hit song “Blurred Lines” are derogatory toward women and promote sexual assault.
Compiled by Melody Baetens