- - Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Duggar family matriarch expecting 20th child

The Duggar brood continues to grow.

The family featured on TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” has revealed matriarch Michelle Duggar is 3 1/2 months pregnant with her 20th child, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In true Duggar fashion, the family appeared in full on the “Today” show to announce the good news.

“We are due in April and just thrilled,” Mrs. Duggar told Ann Curry during the broadcast. “We have the motto in our house that there’s always room for one more.”

“I don’t know how it happened!” joked her husband, Jim Bob Duggar.

The couple welcomed their 19th child, Josie, in 2009. During the pregnancy, Mrs. Duggar suffered gallbladder problems and preeclampsia, a rapid rise in blood pressure, giving birth to Josie 3 1/2 months prematurely. At birth, the infant weighed 1 pound, 6 ounces but is now a healthy toddler about to celebrate her second birthday.

The family is gearing up for the ninth season of their reality program, set to debut Nov. 13. As for welcoming more children into their home, the family is always open to the possibility.

“We’ll have to wait and see,” Mrs. Duggar said. “We would love however many the Lord sees fit to give us.”

Show on Jackson’s doctor promises inside story

Just days after the guilty verdict for Conrad Murray, MSNBC will broadcast a documentary that promises to give the inside story of Michael Jackson’s doctor, the Associated Press reports.

MSNBC said Murray, who did not take the stand at his trial, will break his silence in the program, “Michael Jackson and the Doctor,” which has been two years in the making. Murray reveals personal details of his relationship with the King of Pop, as well as untold events that led to Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009.

The network announced the film will have its U.S. premiere at 10 p.m. Friday. It will be repeated at 9 p.m. Sunday.

Murray was found guilty Monday of involuntary manslaughter for supplying Jackson with a drug he craved for sleep.

Ellen DeGeneres named special AIDS envoy

The Obama administration has announced $60 million in additional funding to fight AIDS transmission in sub-Saharan Africa, and a new special envoy to raise global awareness about the deadly disease: Ellen DeGeneres.

According to the Associated Press, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the actress will “bring her sharp wit and big heart, and her impressive TV audience and 8 million followers on Twitter” to support U.S. efforts to save the lives of those suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Mrs. Clinton said the money will help scale up and assess new prevention strategies.

She said Tuesday that more effective prevention methods were driving infections down, making it possible to treat more people. She said that is allowing health campaigners for the first time to “get ahead of the pandemic,” and make progress toward establishing an AIDS-free generation.

Hal Kanter, Hollywood writer, created ‘Julia,’ dead at 92

Hollywood comedy writer Hal Kanter has died in Los Angeles at 92, the Associated Press reports. He wrote for Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, directed Elvis Presley in “Loving You” and created the landmark “Julia” TV show.

The Writers Guild of America said Kanter died Sunday. His daughter, Donna Kanter, told the Los Angeles Times he died from pneumonia complications at Encino Hospital.

Kanter wrote for the Oscars show for decades and was among show writers who shared Emmys in 1991 and 1992.

He created the 1968 NBC-TV series “Julia” starring Diahann Carroll, the first sitcom to feature a black actress as a professional woman rather than a domestic worker.

Kanter also wrote the 1952 Hope and Crosby movie “Road to Bali” and Presley’s 1957 movie “Loving You,” which he also directed.

Actor Matthew Fox wants jury trial in civil suit

Matthew Fox wants a jury trial in a Cleveland civil lawsuit claiming the former star of TV’s “Lost” punched the driver of a chartered party bus.

According to the Associated Press, online court records show Mr. Fox made the demand in a counterclaim filed Thursday.

In her lawsuit, driver Heather Bormann of Cleveland alleges that Mr. Fox punched her in the breast, groin, arm and legs after she blocked him from boarding the bus on Aug. 28. Mr. Fox was in Cleveland for a movie shoot.

Miss Bormann’s suit says she needed medical treatment for injuries that led to a loss of income. She’s seeking at least $75,000 in damages.

Cleveland prosecutors reviewed the case and declined to file charges against the actor.

‘Lost’ writer to adapt King book for Showtime

“Lost” scribe Brian K. Vaughan has found his next TV gig.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the well-known comic book writer has been tapped to adapt Stephen King’s 2009 novel “Under the Dome,” which is in development at Showtime.

The premium cable network announced plans to develop a potential drama series based on the book about locals in a Maine town who battle one another when a force field surrounds their community and cuts them off from the remainder of the world.

Mr. King will be an executive producer on the project along with DreamWorks TV’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank.

In addition to serving as a writer, co-producer and executive story editor on ABC’s “Lost,” Mr. Vaughan is an Eisner Award winner for best comic series for Y: The Last Man, Runaways, Ex Machina and Marvel’s Ultimate X-Men.

Compiled from web and wire reports.

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