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Will Ferrell 'not pursuing' Reagan Film, Says Spokesman

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Will Ferrell is not pursuing a film project about President Ronald Reagan, a spokesman for the actor said Friday. The actor had read and considered the script for "Reagan" but had never committed to developing or starring in the comedic film, which had prompted a strong family backlash.

 

Will Ferrell

 

The script for "Reagan" had been described in a Variety report as a political satire about the president falling into dementia at the start of his second term.

 

Reagan's children Michael Reagan and Patti Davis, as well as the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, issued statements against the idea of a film portraying dementia and Alzheimer's in a comedic fashion.

 

Ferrell's spokesman said that "Reagan" is "by no means" an Alzheimer's comedy. Reagan died of the disease in 2004.

 

 

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Alec Baldwin to Host Revived 'Match Game' on ABC This Summer

 

NEW YORK (AP) — It's going to be fun and games for Alec Baldwin as he joins Steve Harvey and Michael Strahan for ABC's summer prime-time game-show block.

 

Alec Baldwin

 

ABC announced Thursday that Baldwin will be quizmaster for a revival of "Match Game." First aired a half-century ago, it's a panel game show that features two contestants who compete to match the answers from six celebrities in filling in a missing blank.

 

"Match Game" will round out a full Sunday night of game shows, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern with Harvey returning as host of "Celebrity Family Feud" and Strahan presiding over "The $100,000 Pyramid."

 

The trio of hour-long shows will premiere on June 26.

 

 

 

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The Latest: Superstar Singer, Songwriter Prince Dies at 57

 
CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) - The Latest on the death of pop superstar Prince (all times local):
 
     12:40 p.m.
 
A small group of fans has gathered in the rain on a hillside opposite Prince's home and studios at Paisley Park, some taking photos with their cellphones.
 
Prince
 
The music superstar's publicist tells the AP that Prince died at his home Thursday at the age of 57.
 
Thirty-two-year-old Steven Scott of Eden Prairie said he was at Paisley Park last Saturday for Prince's dance party. He called Prince "a beautiful person" whose message was that people should love one another.
 
One woman cried hysterically as she waved away an Associated Press reporter.
 
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     12:10 p.m.
 
Pop music superstar Prince has been found dead at his home in suburban Minneapolis.
 
His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press the music icon was found dead at his home Thursday in Chanhassen.
 
The singer, songwriter, arranger and instrumentalist was widely acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his era, drawing upon influences ranging from James Brown to the Beatles to Jimi Hendrix. His hits included "Little Red Corvette," ''Let's Go Crazy" and "When Doves Cry."
 
The Minneapolis native broke through in the late 1970s with the hits "Wanna Be Your Lover" and soared over the following decade with such albums as "1999" and "Purple Rain."
 
The title song from "1999" includes one of the most widely quoted refrains of popular culture: "Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999."

 

 

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Country Music Legend Merle Haggard Dies at 79

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country giant Merle Haggard, who celebrated outlaws, underdogs and an abiding sense of national pride in such hits as "Okie From Muskogee" and "Sing Me Back Home," died Wednesday at 79, on his birthday.
 
Haggard's manager, Frank Mull, said the country icon died in Palo Cedro, California, of pneumonia.
 
A masterful guitarist, fiddler and songwriter as well as singer, the Country Music Hall of Famer recorded for more than 40 years, releasing dozens of albums and No. 1 hits.

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