LUCIEN FREUD: Berlin-born realist painter Lucian Freud has died of an unspecified illness at his London home, New York art dealer William Acquavella said.
He was 88.
The grandson of psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud moved to England with his Jewish family in 1933 and became a British citizen in 1939, the BBC said.
He studied at the Central School of Art in London, then the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing and London's Goldsmiths College.
The artist's depiction of a large nude woman sleeping on a couch sold in 2008 for $33.6 million and set a world record for a work by a living artist, the British broadcaster noted.
"The vitality of [Freud's] nudes, the intensity of the still life paintings and the presence of his portraits of family and friends guarantee Lucian Freud a unique place in the pantheon of late 20th Century art," Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate gallery, told the BBC. "His early paintings redefined British art and his later works stand comparison with the great figurative painters of any period."
KIM KARDASHIAN: U.S. reality TV personality Kim Kardashian has filed a lawsuit, claiming the Old Navy clothing company used her likeness in ads without her permission.
The Wall Street Journal said the suit, filed Tuesday, seeks unspecified damages from the retail chain for using a Kardashian lookalike to sell its clothes.
"I've worked hard to support the products I'm personally involved with and that I believe in," the newspaper quoted Kardashian as saying.
The Journal said a representative for Old Navy owner Gap Inc. declined to comment on the lawsuit.
KATIE COURIC: U.S. broadcast journalist Katie Couric is to serve as guest co-host of "The View" for the first time next month, ABC said.
Couric is to appear on the daytime chat show Aug. 3, it was announced Thursday by Bill Geddie, executive producer of "The View." Her appearance coincides with the show's final week of Season 14.
Couric wrapped up a 5-year stint as anchor of the "CBS Evening News" this spring. Before that, she was a longtime co-host of NBC's "Today" show. Couric was replaced by former "View" moderator Meredith Vieira when she left NBC for CBS.
Disney/ABC recently announced it had signed Couric as host and producer of her own 1-hour, nationally syndicated daytime talk show, and that she would be joining the ABC News team.
CARRIE UNDERWOOD: Recording artists Tony Bennett and Carrie Underwood are to perform on the second season premiere of the New York police drama "Blue Bloods," CBS said Thursday.
Bennett and Underwood will play themselves as they perform at a fundraiser attended by series characters Frank Reagan and Erin Reagan-Boyle, played by Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan.
The singers will perform a duet of "It Had to Be You" on the Sept. 23 episode of the show. They initially collaborated on the classic pop standard for Bennett's new album, "Duets II," due out Sept. 20.
"Having musical legend Tony Bennett and the hugely talented country music star Carrie Underwood perform on our show is a true gift. The talent that they bring together is amazing," "Blue Bloods" Executive Producer Leonard Goldberg said in a statement.
"We're looking forward to an exciting second season premiere with a story that is certain to provoke debate, and are thrilled that Tony and Carrie can be a part of it."
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