Actor Richard Lynch dead at 76
PALM SPRINGS, Calif., June 21 (UPI) -- Science-fiction and horror film actor Richard Lynch has died at his home in Palm Springs, Calif., his publicist said. He was 76.
His credits include the films "Deathsport," "Scarecrow," "The Sword and the Sorcerer," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge," "Cyborg 3: The Recycler," "Final Combat," "Wedding Slashers," "Halloween 2007" and "The Lords of Salem," as well as the TV shows "Charlie's Angels," "Battlestar Galactica," "Blue Thunder," "Airwolf," "Hunter," "Highlander" and "The A-Team."
Lynch's representative, Mike Baronas, told Fox411 actress Carol Vogel discovered the actor's body Tuesday after she stopped by his home, worried because she hadn't heard from him in several days.
"When she entered, she discovered him lying on the kitchen floor. She proceeded to call 911 although his body was cold and lifeless," Baronas said Wednesday. "From what I currently understand, no investigation into the cause of his death will be made as his body was sent directly to a funeral home."
Lynch reportedly suffered scarring in 1967 after he accidentally set himself on fire while under the influence of LSD, Fox411 said. His distinctive appearance led to dozens of acting roles, mainly as villains.
Report: NBC eyes replacement for Curry
NEW YORK, June 20 (UPI) -- NBC is quietly preparing to replace Ann Curry after less than a year as co-host of the "Today" morning program, The New York Times reported.
Curry took over as co-host when Meredith Vieira left the show last year, but has been talking to network officials for weeks about a different job.
The Times said falling ratings, a lack of chemistry with co-host Matt Lauer and Curry's suitability for hard news are being cited as reasons for the change.
Discussions about Curry's future with the network are expected to be finished before NBC's coverage of the Summer Olympics begins in late July, the Times said.
Although no replacement has been hired, Savannah Guthrie, who fills in when Curry is off, has been mentioned, the newspaper said.
'Sesame Street' movie in the works
LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- 20th Century Fox is developing a film based on the classic American children's television series "Sesame Street," The Hollywood Reporter said.
Joey Mazzarino, a longtime writer on the show, is writing the script, while Shawn Levy and his 21 Laps production company, Michael Aguilar, Mark Gordon and Film 360's Guymon Casady are producing the picture.
The series premiered in 1969 and is a mix of live-action, animation and Jim Henson puppets such as Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster and Bert and Ernie. The show has inspired two previous movies -- "Follow That Bird" in 1985 and "The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland" in 1999.
The Hollywood Reporter said Fox had no comment on its story about a possible third installment in the big-screen "Sesame Street" franchise.
The entertainment industry trade newspaper did not say on which characters the new movie would focus or what the story might be.
'Maybe' still No. 1 on U.S. record chart
LOS ANGELES, June 21 (UPI) -- Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a second week, Billboard.com reported Thursday.
Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 is Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" featuring Kimbra, followed by Maroon 5's "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa at No. 3, Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" at No. 4 and Fun.'s "We Are Young" at No. 5.
Rounding out the top tier are One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" at No. 6, Nicki Minaj's "Starships" at No. 7, Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" at No. 8, Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" featuring Sia at No. 9 and Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" at No. 10.
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