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March 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

Son: Actor Ed Asner hospitalized for exhaustion, not stroke

GARY, Ind., March 13 (UPI) -- Ed Asner's son said the 83-year-old actor was hospitalized for exhaustion, not a stroke, after falling ill during his one-man show in Gary, Ind.

"My dad is doing fine. He was rushed to the hospital yesterday for being disoriented on stage," Asner's son, Matt, told TMZ Wednesday.

"He is resting now at an Indiana hospital and is doing well and very grumpy, which with him is always a good thing. He is being assessed right now and what I can say is that it was not a stroke. That much we do know. He was feeling under the weather for a few weeks so he may just need some rest but for now he is just fine," the younger Asner said.

TMZ said Ed Asner fell ill and struggled with his lines about 15 minutes into his play "FDR" Tuesday.

Asner's TV credits include "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its spin-off "Lou Grant." The president of the Screen Actors Guild also is known for his work in the film "Elf." He recently appeared in the Broadway play "Grace."


TV's Tamar Braxton pregnant with first child

NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) -- Singer and reality TV personality Tamar Braxton confirmed she is pregnant on "Good Morning America" in New York Wednesday.

Braxton is a cast member of the shows "Braxton Family Values" and its spinoff "Tamar & Vince."

"I have a love on top! I am pregnant," Braxton said on "GMA." "I feel great and greedy at the same time. This is the most I've eaten ever."

This will be the first child for Braxton and her husband, music mogul Vince Herbert.

"I don't have that many months to go. Almost there," she said.

Braxton did not say if she knows what the baby's gender is.

The new season of "Braxton Family Values" is to premieres Thursday on WE tv. It co-stars Braxton's sisters Toni, Traci, Towanda and Trina, as well as their mother, Evelyn.


Biggie Smalls' ghost to be character in animated series

NEW YORK, March 13 (UPI) -- A new animated series is in the works about how late rapper Biggie Smalls' children are running his New York recording studio, producers said.

Chris Wallace, the hip-hop star known as Biggie Smalls or the Notorious B.I.G., was killed in 1997. He was 24. His shooting remains unsolved.

His children, C.J. and T'yanna Wallace, will voice their own characters on the animated series, while famous musical artists will appear as guests on the show, Ossian Media, the company behind the project, said in a news release.

The rapper's spirit is expected to be a central character on the series, "appearing to the children in ethereal form to guide them through the adversities they face as they struggle to preserve their father's labor of love," a synopsis said.

The series will feature original songs, as well as re-imagined renditions of classics from the Wallace catalog.

"It's been 16 years since our dad was murdered and we miss him dearly. ... It is such an honor for us to be able to carry on his legacy, not only through his music but also by channeling him through our own creativity. This project, 'House of Wallace,' is a great opportunity for us to bridge the gap between our parents who loved his music and the kids and young adults our ages, that were not around to really appreciate it," T'yanna and C.J. Wallace said in a statement.

"Ossian is excited to commence work with C.J. and T'yanna on this project. Furthermore, it is Ossian's distinct honor and privilege to be entrusted with furthering the legacy of one of the world's greatest modern musical talents. The show's creative format will allow for advertising integration in the truest, purest sense of the term -- this could well be the very first animated program to incorporate creative shops [and their brand partners] directly into the narrative," said Ossian Media President Wally Eltawashy.

The company didn't say where or when the series is expected to premiere.


Luke Bryan's 'Spring Break' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, March 13 (UPI) -- Luke Bryan's "Spring Break... Here to Party" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is the late Jimi Hendrix's posthumous release "People, Hell and Angels," followed by Bruno Mars' "Unorthodox Jukebox" at No. 3, Mumford & Sons' "Babel" at No. 4 and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are Rihanna's "Unapologetic" at No. 6, Florida Georgia Line's "Here's to the Good Times" at No. 7, Imagine Dragons' "Night Visions" at No. 8, the "Now 45" compilation CD at No. 9 and the Lumineers' self-titled album at No. 10.

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