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Tony-Winning Actress Ruthie Ann Miles Injured In Car Crash That Killed Her 4-Year-Old Daughter

A Tony-winning actress was hospitalized, and her 4-year-old daughter has died, after they were hit by a car in Brooklyn, New York Ruthie Ann Blumenstein, whose stage name is Ruthie Ann Miles, won a Tony Award in 2015 for her role in the Broadway revival of The King and I. According to the New York Daily News, she, her daughter Abigail, another woman with a 1-year-old son, and a fifth victim were struck when a driver ran a red light. Both children did not survive.  Reports claim that the driver is said to have suffered a seizure and does not remember the crash. Miles, who is also pregnant, is said to be in stable condition at a Brooklyn hospital as of early Tuesday. The other woman, Miles’ friend Lauren Lew, is also recovering. The Broadway community – including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Kristin Chenoweth, Audra McDonald, and Sutton Foster – are rallying around Miles, and many are sending messages of condolences and support for her and her family.  ...Read more

2018 Oscars TV Ratings Hit All-Time Low

According to a round-up of local Nielsen markets, the 90th Annual Academy Awards was down 16 percent to an 18.9 household rating, down from last year’s near-low of 22.4. That’s also down from the prior lowest ratings on record, which was a 21.9 household rating from 2008. While the Oscars remain one of TV’s most viewed events at around 29 million viewers, just last year it was 32 million. Any number of factors are often blamed for a low-rated award shows. One reason being offered for the latest drop in Oscar ratings is the fact that this year’s crop of Best Picture nominees featured few box-office blockbusters. The highest box-office gross among the Best Picture nominees belonged to the World War II drama Dunkirk ($525 million worldwide), which came up short in the major categories but ultimately went home with three Oscars for film editing and sound editing and mixing. An even bigger driving factor for Oscars’ recent ratings decline is the rapidly-changing viewing habits of TV audiences, more of whom are choosing to stream their favorite content online (including on social media) rather than watching live on TV.  ...Read more

Frances McDormand Is Reunited With Her Oscar After It’s Stolen During After-Party; Suspect In Custody

Frances McDormand has been reunited with her best actress Academy Award after it was snatched during a post-Oscar party Sunday.  McDormand, 60, was upset after her award was snatched from her table while celebrating at the Governors Ball on Sunday night, TMZ reported. Security was dispatched to find the Academy Award, which had McDormand’s named engraved on it, after it went missing. Winning recipients of the award get their names engraved on it at the Governors Ball. The man who allegedly stole the award was arrested and police identified the suspect as Terry Bryant, 47. He was arrested on suspicion of felony grand theft and is being held on $20,000 bail. ...Read more

2018 Oscars TV Ratings Hit All-Time Low

According to a round-up of local Nielsen markets, the 90th Annual Academy Awards was down 16 percent to an 18.9 household rating, down from last year’s near-low of 22.4. That’s also down from the prior lowest ratings on record, which was a 21.9 household rating from 2008. While the Oscars remain one of TV’s most viewed events at around 29 million viewers, just last year it was 32 million. Any number of factors are often blamed for a low-rated award shows. One reason being offered for the latest drop in Oscar ratings is the fact that this year’s crop of Best Picture nominees featured few box-office blockbusters. The highest box-office gross among the Best Picture nominees belonged to the World War II drama Dunkirk ($525 million worldwide), which came up short in the major categories but ultimately went home with three Oscars for film editing and sound editing and mixing. An even bigger driving factor for Oscars’ recent ratings decline is the rapidly-changing viewing habits of TV audiences, more of whom are choosing to stream their favorite content online (including on social media) rather than watching live on TV.  ...Read more

2018 Oscars Winners List: ‘The Shape of Water’ And Guillermo del Toro Win Top Honors

The 90th Annual Academy Awards took place Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, and “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” both had big nights.  The first award of the night went to Sam Rockwell for best supporting actor for his role in “Three Billboards.”  Later in the evening, “Three Billboard’s” Frances McDormand won for best actress, and used her speech to promote gender equality. Allison Janney won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in “I, Tonya” and joked in her speech, “I did it all by myself.” Gary Oldman won best actor for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour.”  The big award of the evening, for best picture, went to “The Shape of Water.” It was the second award for Guillermo del Toro, who also won for best director.   See highlights and the full list of winners in the linked article below. ...Read more

TV’s M*A*S*H And Broadway Actor David Ogden Stiers Dies At 75

David Ogden Stiers, an actor best known for playing a surgeon on the “M.A.S.H.” television series, has died. He was 75. The actor’s agent Mitchell Stubbs confirmed Saturday night in an email that Stiers died after battling bladder cancer. No additional details were provided, but Stubbs’ agency tweeted that Stiers died at his home in Newport, Oregon, on Saturday.  Stiers played Maj. Charles Winchester III on “M.A.S.H.” beginning in its sixth season. He also did voice acting in several Disney animated films, voicing the character Cogsworth in “Beauty and the Beast” and played characters in “Lilo & Stitch” and “Pocahontas.” Stiers received two Emmy nominations for his work on M.A.S.H.  In 2009, the actor revealed publicly that he was gay. He told ABC News at the time that he had hidden his sexuality for a long time because he thought coming out might have had repercussions in relation to his “family-friendly” voice-over work.   ...Read more

“Fixer Upper” Stars Chip And Joanna Gaines Announce New HGTV Series

Chip and Joanna Gaines have a new series coming to HGTV. Called Fixer Upper: Behind the Design, the half-hour-long project will give fans a peek behind the stars’ design process as they execute overhauls. The first of the 15 episodes will air on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The premiere is scheduled for just after the main Fixer Upper series. “I can’t wait to show our fans how every piece of the design comes together before the final reveal,” Joanna said in a statement. “I want to nail every detail so that, when we walk away, Chip and I know we’ve given a family the one-of-a-kind home of their dreams.” Exclusive photos and video will be available to viewers online a the following link:  HGTV.com/FixerUpperBehindtheDesign ...Read more

Police Called To Tori Spelling’s Home Amid Reports Of ‘Nervous Breakdown’

Police rushed to the home of Tori Spelling in Los Angeles after a 911 caller reported that the celebrity was having a “nervous breakdown.” Officers were called to Spelling’s home on Thursday morning, March 1st, after an anonymous call was made at around 7:00 reported that Spelling was behaving in a “very aggressive” way, according to TMZ. While she reportedly didn’t have any weapons, she was agitated enough for someone in the house to call 911.  Spelling is also said to have dialed 911 the night before because she thought someone was breaking into her home, but it just turned out to be her husband, Dean McDermott, coming home. Earlier Wednesday evening, she had been out for the evening with ‘The Bachelor’ star Corinne Olympios. Spelling has reportedly dealt with mental health issues in the past. ...Read more

Former E! Staffer Says He Witnessed Misconduct By Ryan Seacrest Against His Former Stylist

An anonymous industry source claimed to have witnessed E!’s Ryan Seacrest acting inappropriately toward his former stylist in an interview with Today on Wednesday.  Former stylist Suzie Hardy has accused Seacrest of sexually harassing and assaulting her over the six years that she was employed by the network from 2007-13, including grabbing her crotch multiple times. On the Today show, the unnamed source corroborated Hardy’s account.  Seacrest, 43, has staunchly denied Hardy’s allegations, and his network is standing by him as he’s set to host E!’s Oscars coverage Sunday. Seacrest has accused Hardy of attempting to blackmail him; however Hardy’s attorney, Howard E. King, said of Seacrest’s denial statement: “Not only is that false, but it is an attempt to smear the victim and divert attention from her very specific and supportable claims.” ...Read more

“Fuller House” Creator Jeff Franklin Fired After Complaints Of Inappropriate Behavior

Fuller House creator and show runner Jeff Franklin has been fired, and will no longer be a part of the Netflix sitcom. His firing follows reported complaints about his behavior in the writers’ room. Franklin, who created Full House and it’s sequel Fuller House, has been accused of being verbally abusive and making inappropriate statements in the writers’ room and on set, according to Variety. As a result of the allegations, Warner Bros. TV, which produces the series, has declined to renew the veteran TV writer’s production deal.  A Netflix spokesperson said, “Fuller House will return for a fourth season, as planned. We hope to go into production in the next few months.” Fuller House was renewed in January for season 4.  Representatives for Fuller did not immediately respond to comment as of press time. ...Read more