Walter White gets an obit
Walter White was so real to some fans of “Breaking Bad” that they placed an obituary for the lead character in the Albuquerque Journal on Friday, AP reports. The obit included a photo of actor Bryan Cranston with details such as his founding of “a meth manufacturing empire” and he died “after a long battle with lung cancer and a gunshot wound.” The AMC program was shot in the New Mexico city.
Big Sean is taking the leap
Detroit rapper Big Sean will perform at Eastern Michigan University’s Convocation Center on Nov. 20, promoters announced Friday. Tickets for the show go on sale at 10 a.m. Oct. 11 via emutix.com or by phone at (734) 487-2282; prices are TBA. The EMU show comes on the heels of Big Sean’s August concert at DTE Energy Music Theatre, where he brought out guests Drake and Nicki Minaj before an audience of around 12,000 fans. In other Big Sean news, the rapper recently became engaged to his girlfriend, “Glee” actress Naya Rivera. The news was made public on Thursday when Rivera stepped out on the red carpet at a Los Angeles event with an engagement ring on her finger. The pair first announced their relationship in April.
Jane Fonda gets top film honors
The American Film Institute plans to bestow actress Jane Fonda, 75, with the 42nd Life Achievement Award, one of Hollywood’s most prestigious career honors, Associated Press reports. “Jane Fonda is American film royalty,” AFI chairman Howard Stringer said in a statement released Thursday. “A bright light first introduced to the world as the daughter of Henry Fonda, the world watched as she found her own voice and forged her own path.” Most recently, the actress has appeared in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and HBO’s “The Newsroom.” Fonda’s reputation as a feminist and liberal soured some, particularly when she protested the Vietnam War and visited North Vietnam in the midst of it. The AFI award will be presented at a star-studded gala on June 5, 2014, to be televised later that month on TNT.
■Another movie star is headed for the small screen. CBS announced Friday that Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry, 47, will star in “Extant,” a 13-episode thriller about an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family when she returns after a year in outer space.
Lauryn Hill was released from prison Friday, AP reports. The former Fugees singer has served a three-month sentence in a federal prison in Danbury, Conn., since July for tax evasion, specifically for failing to pay taxes on the more than $1.58 million she earned from 2005-2007. Under terms of her plea agreement, the multiple Grammy winner will spend the next three months under confinement at her home in South Orange, N.J.
■CBS late-night host David Letterman has extended his contract through 2015, AP reports. His deal was to expire in 2014. Letterman has been with CBS since 1993. Craig Ferguson, host of “The Late Late Show,” is in talks with CBS regarding an extension of his contract, as well.
■The ABC drama “Lucky 7” ironically is the first television show of the new season to be canceled, AP reports. The Tuesday night show about a group of lottery winners aired only two episodes. It’ll be replaced temporarily by reruns of the network’s hit show “Scandal.”
■Apparently singer Sinead O’Connor’s recommendation that Miley Cyrus not let the industry exploit her sexually fell on deaf ears. The singer, whose latest album is being released on Tuesday, first released more sexually explicit photos of herself (while simultaneously smoking what looks like a blunt and cigarette), FoxNews.com reports.
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The Detroit News and wire reports