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Which Celebrity Entrepreneur Could Replace Donald Trump on "Celebrity Apprentice

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Now that NBC has ended their relationship withNow that NBC has ended their relationship with Donald Trump, The Celebrity Apprentice is looking for a new host. So who could possibly fill Trump's old seat in the boardroom?A source told Us Weekly that celebrity entrepreneurs such as former NBA star and L.A. Dodgers co-owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are all being discussed as possible replacements. But not so fast, a Cuban confidante told the magazine. "Mark's not interested. He thinks Shark Tank is a way better show and loves being a part of it," the source says.As for Branson, a rep clarified "Richard has a very busy schedule of worldwide commitments that would not enable him to do this."Still, NBC entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt has no worries about finding a replacement for the show's 2016-2017 TV season. He said earlier this summer, "We've actually been overwhelmed by a number of really exciting people who've come forward and are interested in taking over the show."NBC ended its business relationship with Trump in June and declined to air his Miss USA pageant after he made controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Melissa Rivers Remembers Joan Rivers on Anniversary of Her Death

Brian Bowen Smith/E!(LOS ANGELES) -- Melissa Rivers paid tribute to her iconic mother, Joan, in the best way possible Thursday night, remembering her best jokes over the years.During the special titled Celebrating Joan, E! highlighted Joan's best interviews and segments on Fashion Police, featuring with the likes of Miss Piggy, Martha Stewart, Kris Jenner and others."Not only did I never know what was going to come out of my mother's mouth, neither did the stars who were brave enough to sit in the hot seat," Melissa noted before a montage of celebrity guests was shown.The tribute also featured beautiful words from Melissa. "We are remembering her the only way she would have wanted, and that's through laughter," she said.Then, came the jokes about Joan. "Some parents never talked to their kids about sex. My mother, on the other hand, never stopped," Melissa continued. "Outrageous was normal for Joan Rivers."Joan never held back, poking fun at celebrities, so neither did Melissa, who showed a clip of Joan's innocent bloopers over the years.Joan died last Sept. 4 at the age of 81.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Caitlyn Jenner Opens Up About Dating Life on Season Premiere of "Ellen"

James White/E! Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Caitlyn Jenner is finally coming clean about those rumors that she's dating model, Candis Cayne. The former Olympian, who recently transitioned from male to female, admitted that while she's not focused on her love life right now, Cayne is an important part of her life.When asked about her dating life on the upcoming season 13 premiere of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing September 8, Jenner says: "Would I like to find a partner in life to share my life with? Yeah, I'm sure at some point. Right now I’m just very busy doing a lot of things and kind of just getting used to where I’m at and who I’m at. As time goes on I’ll deal with that subject."But when pressed about Cayne, Jenner admits, "Actually Candis is backstage, but that’s a whole other deal. ...Candis is great. We really have a lot a fun and she’s a beautiful woman."Previously, Jenner said she had only been sexually attracted to women.During her appearance on Ellen, Jenner also addresses how her family took her transition and explains how her stance on gay marriage changed in that she's now supportive.Host Ellen DeGeneres also asks Jenner if she missed being Bruce, her former male identity. "Do I miss him? ...Absolutely no, you know why? Because as a woman I can still do all the fun stuff anyway," she replies. "I can still play golf." Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Aziz Ansari Offers Unconventional Dating Advice in "Modern Romance"

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Aziz Ansari delivers unconventional dating and relationship advice in his book, Modern Romance.  He's even gone on tour, answering the dating questions of thousands.Just how unconventional is Ansari's advice?  For starters, there's the Monster Truck Rally Theory for first dates."Normally we go out on dates and its these awful resume exchanges," he explained on Friday's Good Morning America. "And the Monster Truck Rally Theory basically came to us [after] talking to this social scientist that is at Stanford.  And he said him and his friends started doing these things where they took women on first dates to monster truck rallys and it ended up being great."Another theory Ansari details in the book is one named after rapper Flo-Rida, which encourages daters to give everyone a second chance -- just like giving the rapper's new songs a chance."At first you hear it and it's like, 'I heard this before Flo-Rida. I get what you're doing here. This is very similar to what you threw out last summer'," says Ansari.  "But then you hear it a few times on the radio, and you're like, 'All right Flo-Rida, you did it again. Let's start dancing.'"Even though Modern Romance is a hit, Ansari isn't yet sure he'll pen a sequel. "Hey! I just finished this one. I need a little bit of a breather," he said when asked.ABC Breaking News | Latest News VideosCopyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Anne Hathaway Discusses Losing Roles to Younger Actresses

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Anne Hathaway, who admits beating out older Hollywood actresses when she was in her twenties, reveals in Glamour UK's October edition that she's quickly getting a taste of her own medicine.The Princess Diaries actress, now 32, is dealing with the reality that she's the one losing out to younger actresses, and she's OK with that.“I can’t complain about it because I benefited from it,” she tells the magazine. “When I was in my early twenties, parts would be written for women in their fifties and I would get them. And now I’m in my early thirties and I’m like, ‘Why did that 24-year-old get that part?’”“I was that 24-year-old once, I can’t be upset about it, it’s the way things are,” adds Hathaway. “All I can do right now is think that thankfully you have built up perhaps a little bit of cachet and can tell stories that interest you and if people go to see them you’ll be allowed to make more.”Anne also discusses her friendship with Taylor Swift, whom she calls a "force of nature.""She just seems to be following her heart," notes Hathaway. "I met her -- I hope it's OK to say this -- when she and Jake [Gyllenhaal] were together. She was 20 at the time, and we hung out one night. I was like, 'You are a magnificent creature.'"The full interview will be available October 7.Hathaway plays the owner of an online fashion site who hires a senior intern played by Robert De Niro in The Intern, opening nationwide September 25.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Are Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner in Marriage Counseling?

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner were spotted arriving and leaving separately at a marriage counseling center in Los Angels on Thursday, according to the Daily Mail.Photos obtained by the British tabloid show Garner entering through the front of the building, while Affleck uses the back entrance.Later, the estranged couple were seen walking together, both smiling. Ben, who drove away alone from the counseling center, gave Jen a ride in his black muscle car.Back in June, Affleck and Garner announced plans to divorce after 10 years of marriage. They have three children, nine-year-old Violet, six-year-old Seraphina and Samuel, three.Garner had planned on letting the Gone Girl star live on the grounds of their LA mansion, but is now having second thoughts and may have him stay in a rented home down the street instead, according to the Daily Mail.After the couple announced they were divorcing, reports surfaced claiming that Ben was involved with their children's 28-year-old nanny Christine Ouzounian. Affleck's rep has denied the allegations.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kate Hudson Wants Jennifer Aniston on Instagram

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston isn't a big fan of social media, but that isn't stopping Kate Hudson from trying to get her co-star in the upcoming movie Mother's Day on Instagram.Hudson, 36, posted a selfie of her and Aniston on the set of the movie captioned, "Day 1: Who's that gorgeous lady peekin over my shoulder #SuchFun #GirlsAtWork #MothersDayMovie #LetsConvinceJenToGetOnInstagram."Based on the photo's comments, Kate's two million-plus followers seem to agree, but convincing Jennifer to come around could be a tall order.The Cake star gave social media a try back in May when she took control of Living Proof health and beauty products' Instagram account and didn't like the experience."I was so stressed out, sweating bullets," she told People magazine at the time. "It was too much pressure."Aniston, 46, also worries about the effect its having on today's younger generation."Kids aren't speaking to each other anymore," she notes. "I was with friends of ours from Vermont and their two kids don't have an iPhone or an iPad. They were nine and 12 and were the most interesting young adults.""Seeing other kids on their [phones] all the time, it makes me sad," she adds.Mother's Day, also starring Julia Roberts, is currently filming in Atlanta and centers on different moms whose stories all collide on the holiday. It's slated for a 2016 release.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

It's Force Friday: "The Force Awakens" Unveils New Toys

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- Star Wars fans all over the world were treated to a global unveiling of all new toys and other merchandise from the upcoming The Force Awakens film, during a rolling "unboxing" event staged in dozens of cities in countries around the world. The event -- and a midnight sneak peeks of the toys -- were ahead of what's being billed as Force Friday: the day when fans can get their hands on the new products. Already a hit from his debut at Comic-Con San Diego this past August, the ball-shaped droid BB-8 is making headlines again, thanks to newly revealed scaled-down versions of the plucky astromech that work just like their bigger, big-screen star counterpart.Two versions will be made available. A remote-controlled BB-8 from Hasbro will be sold exclusively by Target for $79.99, while Sphero, the company that helped bring the 'bot to life onscreen, will be selling a wireless device-controlled version for $149.99.Good Morning America took part in the fun Thursday, revealing the LEGO Millennium Falcon, in addition to the latter BB-8, and even Jimmy Kimmel got the chance to reveal four items during his late-night show -- including Chewbacca Crocs. "I'm calling them ChewCroc-as, I don't know why they don't," he joked. He also revealed helmets based on the First Order Stormtroopers, and with Guillermo's help, revealed the voice of Adam Driver's baddie Kylo Ren via his talking helmet.A full guide to all the exclusive goodies -- and where to get them -- is available on Star Wars.com.The Force Awakens, which stars Driver, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong'o, and Daisy Ridley, among others, will hit theaters on December 18. The J.J. Abrams film is being released by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Have a Date Night, Minus Baby Silas

Jamie McCarthy/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were spotted enjoying a date night on Sunday, minus their four-month-old son Silas.The famous couple took in R&B singer Erykah Badu's concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, looking "adorable," an onlooker tells Us Weekly.“They looked like they were in love and enjoying a night out, just the two of them,” according to the source.Justin and Jessica  “leaned over and whispered to each other a lot," adds the source. "They had wine and food in their box and were laughing and smiling. They were both singing and dancing along to Erykah Badu. They seemed to be having a good time.”The former 7th Heaven actress also was on hand to cheer her husband when he joined Taylor Swift for a rendition of his song "Mirrors" during her concert in L.A. last week. Jessica was "clapping a ton and singing along to Justin’s performance," an eyewitness tells the magazine. "She was clearly loving it.”The couple, who tied the knot in 2012, welcomed their first child this past April.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

"The Transporter Refueled" Opens Friday

EuropaCorp(LOS ANGELES) -- The Jason Statham franchise The Transporter is rebooted with a new film opening nationwide Friday.The Transporter Refueled stars newcomer Ed Skrein as a transporter named Frank Martin. A femme fatale and her sidekicks turn to Frank to orchestrate a major bank heist.The Transporter Refueled, from the producers of Lucy and the Taken trilogy, is rated PG-13.The Robert Redford-Nick Nolte comedy A Walk in the Woods debuted earlier this week.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

What Did Lady Gaga Wear to Film Explicit "American Horror Story" Sex Scene?

Monty Brinton/CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- Lady Gaga said she was giving “all of herself” to her role in American Horror Story: Hotel, and she wasn’t kidding. Show creator Ryan Murphy tells Entertainment Weekly Gaga was positively fearless when it came to her sex scenes.“She’s the only actress I think I’ve worked with who wanted to do more explicit stuff than was written,” Ryan says. “You write a foursome for her and you expect a lot of questions. She never did that.”In fact, it was clear from the moment Gaga showed up on set that she had no qualms about the risqué material.“She showed up and she was wearing diamond pasties, a Band-Aid on her hoo-ha, heels, and a black veil that Alexander McQueen made for her on the day before his death,” Ryan says. “Then the crew gasped in delight and we were off!”The foursome reportedly involves Gaga’s character, The Countess, and her lover Donovan -- played by Matt Bomer -- getting naked with another male-female duo. After their tryst, The Countess and Donovan slash the couple’s throats with sharp metal gloves and drink their blood. Sounds...intense.American Horror Story: Hotel premieres on FX October 7.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Margaret Cho Opens Up About Childhood Sexual Abuse

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Comedienne Margaret Cho is opening up about the pain she endured after being sexually abused as a child, and later raped by a family friend.In a new interview with Billboard, Cho revealed she was sexually abused from ages 5 through 12. "I had a very long-term relationship with this abuser, which is a horrible thing to say. I didn't even understand it was abuse, because I was too young to know," Cho said. "I endured it so many times, especially because I was alone a lot."Cho said the abuse continued when she was raped by a family friend at age 14. "I was raped continuously through my teenage years, and I didn’t know how to stop it," she explained. "It was also an era where young girls were being sexualized. For me, I think I had been sexually abused so much in my life that it was hard for me to let go of anger, forgive or understand what happened."It didn't help that the students in her school only bullied her for being raped.  "I told someone that I was raped, and the kids at school found out and said, ‘You are so ugly and fat that the only way anybody would have sex with you is if they were crazy and raped you," she recalled. "So don’t act like you are hot and somebody wanted to f*** you. It’s because you are disgusting, and you deserve to be raped.'"Cho says she eventually left school because of the bullying, and later learned to deal with the pain by writing in her journal, which she was encouraged to do by an English teacher.  The comic and actress, who released a new song titled "I Want to Kill My Rapist," told Billboard she's now using music to understand what she went through. She told the magazine that she's "still trying to figure out how to be a musician.""I’m a victim and now a survivor of sexual abuse and rape, and I think it’s really hard to talk about it. I think having a song to perform live will allow others to talk about it," she explained. "It’s a huge issue, and this was cathartic for me."Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Review: "The Transporter Refueled" (Rated PG-13)

Ray Stevenson and Ed Skrein; Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- If I were to make an honest trailer about The Transporter Refueled, the script would sound like this:“In a world…where Hollywood keeps repurposing familiar brands…comes a movie so unnecessary…you won’t even recognize the name of the actor playing the title role!  Starring…a guy who showed up in a few episodes of Game of Thrones and was replaced by another actor!  And…a bunch of actresses who were hired because they can pass for high-priced hookers! Plus…a bunch of actors who were hired because they look like movie stereotypes of Russian mobsters!”Having said that, The Transporter Refueled isn’t bad.  Though it’s still unnecessary.The story takes place in the French Riviera in 2010.  A high-priced prostitute named Anna (Loan Chabanol) has devised a plan to rip off her brutal Russian mobster pimp, and hires Frank Martin, aka The Transporter, to help. Along for the ride is Frank’s dad, Frank Sr. (Ray Stevenson), a retired spy pretending to be an Evian salesman. Stevenson charms as the movie’s debonair comic relief, delivering a Roger Moore-esque performance. Too bad his character arc feels like it was informed by a Magic 8 Ball.But let’s talk about Ed Skrein, the actor who plays Frank Martin. Having done this for a little while now, I know Ed’s going to get picked apart by some critics and fans for simply not being Jason Statham, who originated the role in 2002. Statham had already garnered some attention for a couple of Guy Ritchie collaborations, but The Transporter was his breakout role as a leading man and action star.  He was so good at it, it really is hard to image anyone else playing Frank.  As it turns out, Skrein is more than adequate to the task. He’s not as gritty or charismatic as Statham, but he’s a fine actor with a much different physique, and a cool enough demeanor to keep us interested.Undoubtedly, fans attracted to this movie because of the Transporter brand will expect thrilling action sequences and stunts -- and those are absolutely the strength of this movie. Most of today’s action sequences seem like white noise: we keep seeing the same thing over and over again, and it’s BORING. Here, we have a number of original sequences, including a couple of creative stunts and visuals we haven’t really seen before.All that said, the outlandish script and story, and the lack of star power, will only allow this Transporter to be refueled once.Two-and-a-half out of five stars.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Bryan Cranston Compares Being Famous to Being -- Pregnant?

Lewis Jacobs/AMC(NEW YORK) -- Bryan Cranston is probably one of Hollywood's most recognizable faces, thanks to his Emmy Award-winning performance on Breaking Bad. But that doesn't mean the actor has gotten used to the notoriety that comes with the job."Being [famous] is almost like being a pregnant woman. People think they can just put their hand on your belly and tell you, ‘Oh, you're going to have a boy!’ It's like having a complete stranger fondling you," Cranston told The Hollywood Reporter. "And they have this sensibility where they feel comfortable coming up to you and saying, ‘You know that thing you did? I didn't like that movie.'"That's something else Cranston's not crazy about: "They're not in the storytelling world, but they hear buzzwords. So they'll go, 'I didn't like your character's arc.'"Even so, Cranston does admit fan engagement in itself is a good thing.  "I'm open to all of it," he says. "The only failure in art is when you move someone to no emotion whatsoever. I'd rather have people fiercely angry with me so long as they're moved to some emotion. Even if the emotion was off-target -- even if I was trying to move the audience one place and they go another. You missed, but at least they felt something."Cranston will next star as Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo, out Nov. 6.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kim Richards Rejects Plea Deal in Beverly Hills Incident

Rodolfo Martinez/Bravo(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Richards has rejected a plea deal, authorities say.The reality TV star, who was arrested in April after an incident at the Beverly Hills Hotel, was offered a deal by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, but one component apparently didn't sit well with her team.Richards' lawyers argued that she should be able to complete community service instead of community labor, Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the D.A.'s office, told ABC News. Santiago says community labor entails more physical labor, such as cleaning a freeway, than community service, which could involve volunteering for a non-profit organization.Santiago added that the proposed deal included 36 months of probation, 30 days of community labor and 52 Alcoholics Anonymous classes. Richards was supposed to appear at a hearing Monday, but she reportedly missed it because of an injury."She didn't attend because she had some sort of injury to her foot, and therefore couldn't appear," Santiago said in an interview with People magazine. "The judge accepted the explanation and allowed her attorney to appear on her behalf."The former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star was banned from the Beverly Hills Hotel after she was arrested April 16 and charged with public intoxication, trespassing, resisting an officer and battery on a police officer after the incident at the hotel. Reportedly, Richards pleaded not guilty in June to the charges, and last month, Richards, who has struggled with alcohol addiction, revealed that she'd spent time in rehab after her arrest. A pre-trial hearing was set for Sept. 14.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

How Paula Deen's Weight Loss Encouraged Her to Be on "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC/Donna Svennevik(NEW YORK) -- Paula Deen may have dropped some serious weight in the past, but the Dancing with the Starscontestant said she "never" gave up butter.When asked by ABC News what she would do to sweeten up the judges for good scores, she said, "I dunno, bring ‘em butter!""I probably will. I’ve asked wherever they put me to stay, if there was just a little kitchen, not much of one, but that’s where I go to decompress and to get into my little safety area," she said. "Louis [Van Amstel] is my partner and I fed him pretty good this last week because we’ve been practicing at my house, so I fed him pretty good this week."With a lot of dancing in her future, Deen said she's excited for the challenge and that after she dropped all the weight a few years back, 35 pounds, she feels ready for the show."It was a process getting here. But when I finally dropped the weight off I thought, 'Well, maybe I can do it,'" she added. "Maybe I can do it now. And I’ve been eating out of my new cookbook that comes out next week, I’ve been eating that now for a couple of years, which has allowed me to get to where I think I might can do it."She said she's going to stay in shape for the show, but that she'll never turn her back on her favorite ingredient. "I never gave up butter," she stressed. "Never, never. But the big word in my life now is, ‘moderation.’ Moderation, moderation, moderation."Dancing with the Stars season 21 debuts Monday, September 14 on ABC.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Stan Lee Explains Why "Fantastic Four" Bombed at Box Office

Fox(NEW YORK) -- Stan Lee is the legendary co-creator of classic Marvel comic characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four. The most recent version of the latter flopped miserably at the box office when it debuted a few weeks ago. So does Lee know why?"Well, it was probably because I didn't have a cameo in it," he quipped during a recent interview on Larry King Now on the online portal Ora TV. Lee traditionally has a cameo in every film based on a Marvel character.Lee also said he wasn't consulted on the story.Lee added that he has yet to see the film. "I don't run to see anything...I just get there eventually," he explained.Fantastic Four, starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell, is out now.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Live "Star Wars" Toy Unboxing Happening Now Worldwide

Buena Vista(NEW YORK) -- It might as well be Christmas for Star Wars fans, although there’s no tree.  There are, however, plenty of presents as the world's first live, global toy unboxing event is underway to promote Friday's release ofStar Wars: The Force Awakens toys.  The movie opens in December.The rolling event moves from time zone to time zone today, beginning earlier this morning in Sydney, Australia.  It’ll cover 12 countries and 15 cities in all when it’s done, after which all of them will go on sale at midnight -- or Force Friday, as it’s being called.We did say it was live: you can watch it now on the official Star Wars YouTube live stream.  You can also livechat as you watch, and see what Star Wars fans from around the world are saying, in real time.Stars Wars is owned by Disney, which owns ABC News.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sony Denies Editing Will Smith Film to Please NFL

Sony(LOS ANGELES) -- Sony Pictures says reports that it "softened" the upcoming film Concussion starring Will Smith to satisfy the NFL are incorrect.According to VanityFair.com, the company is refuting a story in the New York Times stating that emails discovered during the hacking of the Sony corporate website last year revealed that the film was watered down to avoid protests from the National Football League.“Today's New York Times article and headline, written by individuals who have not seen the film, contains many misleading inferences," the statement read. "As will become immediately clear to anyone actually seeing the movie, nothing with regard to this important story has been 'softened' to placate anyone."The film stars Smith as forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered that concussions in pro football can cause depression, dementia and other behavioral changes in football players. His work drew attention after some former NFL players, including Hall of Famer Junior Seau, committed suicide.Sony describes the film as "a dramatic thriller based on the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu, the brilliant forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful institutions in the world."Concussion will open December 23.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dean Jones, Actor in "The Love Bug," Dies at 84

Walt Disney Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Dean Jones, famous for his work in 1960s Disney movies like The Love Bug, died Tuesday of Parkinson's disease, Variety reports.  He was 84.Jones made his Broadway debut in 1960 in There Was a Little Girl with Jane Fonda, and starred that same year in the Broadway show Under the Yum-Yum Tree, and in 1963 in the film adaptation. But he is best known for his appearances in a string of Disney films in the 1960s and 1970s including That Darn Cat!, The Love Bug, The Shaggy D.A. and the Love Bug sequel Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.  In 1972 he received a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in The Million Dollar Duck.Jones is survived by his wife, three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, according to Variety.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Cate Blanchett Set to Star in Lucille Ball Biopic

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- According to Variety, Cate Blanchett is set to play Lucille Ball in an upcoming biopic of the beloved 1950s TV comic and star of the classic sitcom I Love Lucy.Aaron Sorkin, Emmy and Academy Award-winning screenwriter behind The Social Network among many other films and creator of TV's The West Wing, is in talks to write the script, the magazine reports.The film, produced by Lucy's children Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., will focus on Ball's marriage to their father, Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz, with whom Ball created and co-starred in I Love Lucy.  The pair also created the successful Desilu Production company.  Lucy died in 1989.Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.