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Entertainment News Archives for 2016-07

'Happy Days' Creator and 'Pretty Woman' Director Garry Marshall Dies at 81




LOS ANGELES (AP) — Writer-director Garry Marshall, whose TV hits included "Happy Days" ''Laverne & Shirley" and box-office successes included "Pretty Woman" and "Runaway Bride," has died. He was 81.


Gary Marshal




Publicist Michelle Bega says Marshall died Tuesday in at a hospital in Burbank, California of complications from pneumonia after having a stroke.


Marshall also had an on-screen presence, using his New York accent and gruff delivery in colorful supporting roles in movies that included "Lost in America" and "Soapdish."


Marshall, brother of actress-director Penny Marshall, earned a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and worked at the New York Daily News. But he found he was better at writing punchlines.


He began his entertainment career in the 1960s selling jokes to comedians, then moved to writing sketches for "The Tonight Show" with Jack Paar in New York.




'POKÉMON GO' Is a Big Hit, But It Has Drawbacks


LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's fair to say people are falling for the new game 'Pokémon Go.' Not to mention tripping, getting robbed and trespassing because of it. The augmented reality game went live a week ago today. And it's been a hit — one of the most popular downloads ever.


Pokemon Go


But the popularity has its drawbacks. In St. Louis, police say robbers perched near digital spots have robbed people who show up to collect Pokémon. One man says his home has been overrun with players, who block his driveway and halt traffic as they stare at their phones.


And a 21-year-old player in Oregon shrugged off a stab wound to keep playing. He asked a stranger on the street if he was playing and the other guy stabbed him. Police say the player described his attacker, refused treatment — and continued on his Pokémon hunt.


The museum on the site of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz says 'Pokemon Go' is not welcome there. Pokemon Go is a reality game that people play on their smartphones as they look for virtual creatures while visiting real-life locations. There have been reports of people playing the game at Auschwitz and other memorial sites around the world. That's being denounced as disrespectful.


Chicago 'Hamilton' Cast to be Led by Veterans; Diggs Leaving


NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway veterans Miguel Cervantes and Karen Olivo will lead the cast of "Hamilton" in Chicago, while new Tony Award-winner Daveed Diggs will soon leave the Broadway company.


Hamilton Chicago


Cervantes, whose Broadway credits include "If/Then" and "American Idiot," will play Alexander Hamilton this fall when the Chicago production opens. Olivo, who won a Tony playing of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of "West Side Story," will play Angelica Schuyler.


Diggs, who plays both the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, will leave the Broadway show July 15, joining the recently departed creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo.




Behind Famed Hot Dog Contest, a Whopper of a Legend


NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, the showmen behind the Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest on July Fourth have said the tradition dates back to 1916 as a showdown between patriotic immigrants on the Coney Island boardwalk.


Nathans Hot Dog Contest


That would make this Monday's contest a centennial of sorts. But the backstory was actually invented by PR men in the 1970s to get the hot dog chain and the gluttonous spectacle on the map.


Former Nathan's Famous president Wayne Norbitz says the first recorded contest actually happened in 1972.


The chowdown has grown into a sports-like competition with more than 30,000 people attending in person and hundreds of thousands more watching on television.





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