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NBC canceling show: A.D. The Bible Continues Canceled

NBC canceling show: A.D. The Bible Continues Canceled, NBC announced Friday that it’s canceling “A.D.: The Bible Continues,” which starred Juan Pablo Di Pace as Jesus.
The Bible may continue, but not on NBC.

The network announced Friday, to no one’s surprise, that it had canceled the low-rated “A.D.: The Bible Continues” series.

Producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey indicated they would try to continue the series, perhaps on a digital platform, citing a loyal core audience for faith-based programming.

No specific plans or destinations were announced.

“A.D.” was launched in the wake of great success for several religious-based specials, including “The Bible.”

Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett may try to bring the series back on a digital platform.
“A.D.” picked up the story after the death and resurrection of Christ, focusing on the lives of his disciples.

It launched in April with 7.6 million same-night viewers and about 9.5 million overall.

Ratings quickly dropped, however, to less than half the opening-night audience.

It didn’t help that “A.D.” was paired on Sunday nights with the equally low-rated “American Odyssey.”

Actress Diana Douglas Webster dies: Diana Douglas Webster Dies

Actress Diana Douglas Webster dies: Diana Douglas Webster Dies, Diana Douglas, the first wife of Kirk Douglas and mother of Michael Douglas, died Saturday in Los Angeles. She was 92.

Douglas died of cancer at a motion picture industry retirement home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood, according to an obituary from Michael Douglas’s production company, Furthur Films. It cited Diana Douglas’s husband of fifteen years, Donald A. Webster of Washington, D.C.

Born Diana Love Dill in Bermuda, where her family had lived for centuries and her father was the attorney general, Douglas later moved to New York and met Kirk Douglas while they were both studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

She later went to California on a $200-a-week contract with Warner Bros. against Douglas’s advice that she try for Broadway instead.

She went on to have a six-decade as an actress and model, appearing in dozens of movies and television episodes, including the 1987 Steve Martin film “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” and the TV shows “ER” and “The West Wing.”

She also did stage roles, including some on Broadway.

In May 1943, Douglas appeared on the cover of Life magazine, modeling spring fashions.

“Kirk Douglas, by then serving in the Navy during World War II, saw her on the cover and told his shipmates he would marry her,” according to the obituary.

They wed that November and went on the have two sons, Michael and Joel, before divorcing in 1951.

“We had brought to marriage such different concepts of what it constituted, what was expected due,” she wrote in her memoir, “In the Wings and Beyond.”

The two remained on amicable terms. She even appeared with him in several movies, including her last film, 2003’s “It Runs in the Family,” which also starred Michael Douglas and one of her grandsons, Cameron.

Douglas was also married to actor Bill Darrid from 1956 until his death in 1992.

Princess Charlotte is christened: Princess Charlotte Christening

Princess Charlotte is christened: Princess Charlotte Christening, Princess Charlotte has been christened at a church in Sandringham after the Cambridges made their first public outing as a family of four.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge pushed the princess in a pram the Queen used for two of her own children.

Several thousand well wishers greeted the royals, while Prince George delighted the crowds on foot.

The royal couple announced they had chosen five godparents for the princess ahead of the christening.

Charlotte could be heard crying as the family reached the doors of the church Nine-week-old Charlotte is fourth in line to the throne The christening was held at the Church of St Mary Magdalene, and attended by the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Other guests included the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, Catherine’s parents Michael and Carole Middleton and two siblings, Pippa and James.

The baptism, conducted by Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Reverend Justin Welby, was held in private.

The Queen and Prince Philip were among a select guest list The Cambridges were met outside the church by the Archbishop of Canterbury, who conducted the baptism Prince George wore an outfit strikingly similar to that worn by his father when he first met brother Harry in hospital in 1984 The Duchess of Cornwall and her husband Prince Charles also attended Royal enthusiasts, including 80-year-old Terry Hutt, gathered outside the chapel to catch a glimpse of the princess Princess Charlotte has two fewer godparents than her brother George, and none from within royal circles.

The five include Catherine’s cousin Adam Middleton, William’s cousin Lady Laura Fellowes and Thomas van Straubenzee, a friend of the duke’s.

The final two are the duke’s friend James Meade – who read the lesson during the service – and the duchess’s friend Sophie Carter.

Mr van Straubenzee, whom William met at Ludgrove Prep School, and Mr Meade, a friend from Eton, were both ushers at the duke and duchess’s wedding and gave speeches at the reception.

Lady Laura Fellowes is the daughter of Baroness Jane Fellowes – a sister of Diana, Princess of Wales.

Commentary: BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt

This was a christening with echoes of the past and some distinctly Cambridge touches.

The baptismal font and the replica christening gown have served other baby royals well in the past. Even the pram was a hand-me-down from the Queen.

But when it came to godparents there wasn’t a monarch, or a knight or a dowager in sight.

Once such people provided infant Windsors with their spiritual guidance. Now, William and Kate have turned to their close friends and their close family to fulfil this role.

William’s mother, Diana, may have been absent, but she wasn’t forgotten. One of her relatives is a godmother and the chosen church was where she too was baptised.

This was the first time William, Kate, George and Charlotte have been seen together. Such sightings won’t become commonplace. The Cambridges are keen to limit their children’s public appearances as they grow up.

Like her brother, Charlotte was christened in a replica of the lace and satin christening gown made for Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, Victoria, the princess royal, in 1841.

The original was worn by all royal babies until the christening of Prince Edward’s son James, Viscount Severn, in 2008.

Charlotte was christened using the ornate silver gilt Lily Font which is usually on show as part of the crown jewels at the Tower of London.

Lady Laura Fellowes – pictured alongside a young William in 1986 – is one of Charlotte’s godparents Thomas van Straubenzee – here with William in 2005 – gave a speech at the duke and duchess’s wedding Who are the godparents?

Among those gathered to catch a glimpse of the princess was 80-year-old royal enthusiast Terry Hutt, who camped overnight to get a good spot.

Wearing a union jack suit and hat, he said: “This is such a happy occasion and I just wanted to be part of it.”

Laurie Spencer, 52, from Florida, gave up a $1,200 (£770) ticket to the British Grand Prix to attend.

“When I found out the christening was happening while we were here I knew I just had to be there, but there was no way my husband was,” she said.

“We were having dinner last night and somebody on the next table heard us talking and asked if he could have my ticket instead, so they have gone to the Grand Prix and I have come here.”

Anyone bringing flowers was asked to give them to representatives of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, where Catherine is a patron, who will then take them to hospices in the region.

Princess Diana was baptised in the church in 1961 The Lily Font, left, is normally kept as part the crown jewels Prince Harry was among those missing from the ceremony. He is currently spending three months in Africa.

St Mary Magdalene is the church used by the Queen when she is resident on her private estate.

Archbishop Welby gave an address. He was supported by The Reverend Canon Jonathan Riviere, the Rector of the Sandringham group of parishes.

Lambeth Palace released the text of the homily given by the archbishop, which included the words: “It seems that different forms of ambition are hard wired into almost all of us. At a baptism our ambitions are rightly turned into hopes and prayers for the child, today for Princess Charlotte.

“Everyone wants something for their children. At our best we seek beauty, not necessarily of form, but of life.”

Among the pieces of music chosen for the event was Vaughan Williams’ Prelude on Rhosymedre – a piece the duke and duchess used as processional organ music at their wedding.

Mario Testino has been asked by William and Catherine to take the official photographs after the service.

Following the service, the duke and duchess will host a tea at Sandringham House where guests will be served slices of christening cake, which is a tier from their wedding cake.

Vanessa Williams gets married again: Vanessa Williams Jim Skrip

Vanessa Williams gets married again: Vanessa Williams Jim Skrip, A beaming Vanessa Williams is seen here on her wedding day – after getting hitched for the third on Saturday.

The 52-year-old star wed her partner of three years, Jim Skrip, in front of friends and family on Independence Day in his – and her mother’s – hometown of Buffalo, New York.

Vanessa wore an intricate yellow dress for the occasion while the groom wore a grey suit and red tie.

The Ugly Betty star’s representative confirmed to People Magazine that the star had once again walked down the aisle on the July Fourth holiday.

While the rest of their wedding details remain private, previously the star gushed about her former accountant beau who she met while holidaying in Egypt in 2012.

She told Madame Noire: ‘I was on vacation with my daughter going to Egypt, cruising on the Nile. I wasn’t looking for anything. I’d been alone for a number of years and divorced for ten years at that time. I found a hometown guy from my mom’s town in Buffalo, New York and started a conversation.

He happened to be traveling alone and happened to know who I was but wasn’t a super fan. He accepted me for who I was after a wonderful first three-hour date of talking about ourselves. We found out we had a lot of things in common. Three years later we’re getting married.’

Vanessa confirmed her engagement on The Queen Latifah Show back in September.

The former beauty queen turned actress is no stranger to heading down the aisle, having done it twice before.

The star was married Ramon Hervey from 1987 to 1997 and they share daughters Melanie, 28, and Jillian, 26, and son Devin, 22.

She was also married to Rick Fox and they divorced in 2005 after six years of marriage, and have a daughter Sasha, 15.

Vanessa Williams gets married again: Vanessa Williams Jim Skrip

Vanessa Williams gets married again: Vanessa Williams Jim Skrip

Red Lane Dies: Nashville Hall Of Famer Dies

Red Lane Dies: Nashville Hall Of Famer Dies, Songwriter Red Lane, whose works have been recorded by Merle Haggard, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Roger Miller, among many others, died Wednesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 76.

A 1993 inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Lane was born Hollis Rudolph DeLaughter in Bogalusa, Louisiana. After high school and a stint in the Air Force as an aircraft engine mechanic, he began playing in nightclubs and performing in talent shows.

In 1971, Lane scored the first of four chart singles as a recording artist for RCA. “The World Needs a Melody” was his only Top 40 country hit. Also in the Seventies, he began parachute jumping out of airplanes, telling the Tennessean in 1975 that it was “the nearest mettle tester [he’d] ever experienced.” In addition to that hobby leading to a song recorded by Roger Miller — “(The Day I Jumped) From Uncle Harvey’s Plane” — his love of aircraft led Lane to earn his pilot’s license. For more than 30 years, the songwriter lived in a DC-8 passenger jet, which he had converted into a home just outside Nashville.

Some of Lane’s best-known songs included “‘Til I Get It Right,” a Number One hit in 1973 for Tammy Wynette, “My Own Kind of Hat,” recorded by Merle Haggard and later covered by Alan Jackson, “The Eagle,” recorded by Waylon Jennings, “Miss Emily’s Picture,” a Number Two hit for John Conlee in 1981, and “Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa,” recorded by Merle Haggard and later by George Strait.

Red Lane Dies: Nashville Hall Of Famer Dies

Bobbi Kristina Pics: Who’s Shopping Bobbi’s Hospice Pics?

Bobbi Kristina Pics: Who’s Shopping Bobbi’s Hospice Pics?, Bobbi Kristina Brown is quietly passing away in Atlanta, surrounded by family. The daughter of Whitney Houston has been in hospice, constantly visited by family saying their final goodbyes. Someone is taking advantage of Bobbi’s state, and is trying to cash in on the drowning incident by shopping a Bobbi Kristina Brown death photo. An “extended family member” is said to be behind the photo.

The Houston family and the Brown family are managing to get along in hospice as Bobbi Kristina’s condition deteriorates. Things have been extremely rocky between the two families since Bobbi was found face down and unresponsive in the bathtub on January 31. The Browns feel the Houstons are trying to cash in on Bobbi Kristina’s death, inheriting the $20 million Whitney Houston left her only daughter. Conversely, the Houstons fear the Browns are going to exploit Bobbi’s passing, and it appears all those apprehensions are a reality.

Someone is shopping a photo of Bobbi Kristina Brown near death. TMZ reports they were offered a chance at buying the image of Bobbi dying in hospice. The outlet describes the photo as, “taken earlier this week at the facility outside of Atlanta.” The report goes on to state, “A woman is hovering over Bobbi Kristina in the photo.” The grim and disgusting act is made even worse by the fact someone close to Bobbi is responsible. “We’re told it’s a family member.”

Whether or not the photo of Bobbi will be bought is still uncertain, likely. TMZ passed, but the family member is said to be shopping the picture to “multiple magazines and websites.” Even more concerning, some media outlets are considering purchasing the Bobbi Kristina Brown death photo. According to the rumors there is a definite interest.

It’s a safe bet this image will be the first of many attempts at family members and insiders trying to cash in on the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown. An image of the daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston dying will undoubtedly be the first of many attempts to make money on the drowning incident that is turning into a murder investigation.

Bobbi Kristina Pics: Who's Shopping Bobbi's Hospice Pics?

Aly Reisman: Gymnast Bares All For ‘Body Issue’

Aly Reisman: Gymnast Bares All For ‘Body Issue’, Nimble Needham native Aly Raisman, captain of the gold medal-winning US women’s gymnastics team at the 2012 Olympics, bares it all — OK, almost all — in ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue. The 21-year-old gymnast tells the mag she was worn out after the Olympics, and is undecided about competing in Rio at next summer’s games. “Every day is a challenge,” she says.

“Even though at the 2012 Olympics we were so happy to win the gold medal, every day is not like that. I think people don’t understand that; people don’t see that side of the sport — the frustration, how much it takes a toll on your body, and mentally as well.” About her 5-foot-2, 115-pound frame, Raisman says, “Instead of being insecure about my muscles, I’ve learned to love them.

I don’t even think of it as a flaw anymore because it’s made me into the athlete that I am. I think imperfection is beauty.” Now in its seventh year, the Body Issue has featured a slew of buff sportos in their birthday suits, including Venus Williams, Michael Phelps, Marshawn Lynch, Candace Parker, Blake Griffin, and Apolo Anton Ohno. The magazine hits newsstands July 10.

Aly Reisman: Gymnast Bares All For 'Body Issue'

Colbert Eminem: Colbert, Eminem Chat On Public Access

Colbert Eminem: Colbert, Eminem Chat On Public Access, The comedian stopped by Michigan public-access cable TV show, “Only in Monroe,” on Wednesday to sit in as host. Not only that, Colbert had a sit-down chat with Michigan native Eminem.

After introducing the rapper as “a local Michigander who is making a name for himself in the competitive world of music,” Colbert quizzed him on his knowledge of songs by fellow “Michigander” Bob Seger. Eminem knew only a hand full of songs, but watching him sing “Old Time Rock and Roll” is just priceless.

Michelle Bowman and Kaye Lani Rae Rafko Wilson, the hosts of the cable show, typically cover local events and interview people from the United Way and the Red Cross.

Together, Eminem and Colbert covered a range of topics in the segment. Safe to say it was quite different than the typical “Only in Monroe” local segment.

“I’m so grateful to the people of Monroe, Michigan and the whole crew at MPACT Studios,” Colbert said. “I’d especially like to thank local performer Marshall Mathers -that man is poised for a breakout. He just needs a good stage name. I’m thinking ‘MarshMat.'”

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” premieres on Sept. 8 on CBS.

Colbert Eminem: Colbert, Eminem Chat On Public Access