Country music stars and fans joined together to urge prayers for Randy Travis overnight as he recovered from brain surgery following a stroke at a Texas hospital, The Associated Press reports.
Travis remained in critical condition after surgery Thursday morning to relieve pressure on his brain, publicist Kirt Webster said. The 54-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer had been improving while being treated for heart failure caused by a viral infection when he had the stroke.
Stars including Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum and Martina McBride and the Grand Ole Opry used Twitter to express their concerns and join Webster's call for prayers for Travis, a popular and pivotal figure in country music. Hundreds posted messages with the hashtag PrayforRandy.
The setback occurred hours after doctors said Travis was showing signs of improvement since the start of treatment Sunday for congestive heart failure and the insertion of a pump to help his heart increase blood flow.
His doctors said Wednesday in a video statement that his heart problem stemmed from an upper respiratory infection caused by a virus, but they have not released any information since.
Is Ben Affleck our Nick Dunne?
E! News confirms that the Academy Award-winning actor is in negotiations with 20th Century Fox and New Regency to star in the film adaptation of Gillian Flynn's best-selling thriller "Gone Girl," which will be directed by "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo's" David Fincher.
"Gone Girl" tells the story of Nick and Amy Dunne, a married couple whose relationship becomes strained after Nick loses his job, leading the pair to leave New York City and make a living in his hometown in Missouri. Things take a turn for the worse when Amy disappears and Nick becomes a prime suspect.
Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, along with Leslie Dixon, are producing the flick. Flynn wrote the first draft of the screenplay and is rewriting with Fincher, according to Deadline, with shooting slated to begin this fall.
The film has yet to cast the female lead.
The drama around Paula Deen continues, People reports.
Nearly a week after parting ways with her longtime agent Barry Weiner, the Southern cook has decided to cut ties with the legal team of the firm Oliver Maner. The team was defending her against the civil lawsuit filed by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House that Deen co-owns with her brother, Bubba Hiers.
A source close to the Deen family says, "She and her team decided the previous attorneys were out of their depth."
Instead, Deen has hired Grace Speights, a Washington, D.C.-based partner in Morgan Lewis' Labor and Employment Practice.
"They are one of the top labor firms in the country," says the source.
Her legal team also will consist of Patricia Glaser, whom The Hollywood Reporter named one of America's top entertainment power lawyers this year and who has worked with Conan O'Brien and Keith Olbermann, and Harvey Weitz, a Savannah, Ga.-based attorney.
Deen is continuing to work with the publicity firm The Rose Group and has also hired Judy Smith -- aka the inspiration for the main character, Olivia Pope, in ABC hit drama "Scandal" -- to help her come back from the dramatic downfall, in which she lost a multitude of business deals, following her admission in May to using a racial slur during a legal deposition in connection with Jackson's civil suit.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck has left the desk at "The View" for the couch on Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," the AP reports.
Hasselbeck will join co-anchors Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on the three-hour morning show in September. Wednesday was her last day after a decade on "The View."
Hasselbeck parlayed her popularity as a contestant on "Survivor" into a job on Barbara Walters' ABC daytime show in 2003. During her time on the show, she authored two cookbooks. She's politically more conservative than her co-hosts on "The View," which often led to some contentious moments.
Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said that Hasselbeck's "warm and engaging personality made her a star" and an "excellent conversationalist." She replaces Gretchen Carlson, who will be given her own daytime show on Fox, Ailes said.
Rumors that Hasselbeck was leaving first surfaced in March, drawing a heated denial from Walters at the time. She also said it was not true that Hasselbeck's political views made her unpopular in the executive suites at "The View."
Her views won't be a problem on "Fox & Friends," which is popular with a conservative audience. The talk show is the most popular cable news program in the morning.
Hasselbeck's departure is part of a year of turnover at "The View." Joy Behar, one of the show's original panelists, is also leaving. Walters, who developed the show, is retiring from television next spring. That leaves Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd as the remaining panelists. Jenny McCarthy, the former Playboy playmate who hosts a show on VH1, has been mentioned as a possible new panelist.
Leah Remini, for years one of the best-known members of the Church of Scientology, has left the church following alleged disputes with its management, according to reports, People reports.
The departure by the "King of Queens" actress, 43, was first reported by Tony Ortega, the former Village Voice editor who is working on a book about the church and writes a daily blog about it.
The New York Post also reports she is making a break from the church after facing years of "interrogations" and "thought modification" for questioning leader David Miscavige's rule.
A rep for the actress had no comment.
A Scientology spokeswoman said in a statement: "The Church respects the privacy of parishioners and has no comment about any individual Church member."
Ortega suggested Remini had grown disillusioned with the church's management in recent years, and that she was subjected to interrogations after an incident at Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' 2006 wedding in which she asked about the whereabouts of church leader Miscavige's wife.
Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are about to say "I do!"
The couple, who revealed their engagement in March 2012, are planning to get married this weekend, a source confirms to People. They boarded a flight to Paris Tuesday with Berry's daughter, 5-year-old Nahla.
With rumors flying of an impending wedding, whether they remain in Paris or travel further afield -- Martinez loves the Mediterranean -- remains a mystery. But the two have had their eye on summer nuptials for some time, several sources say.
Berry, 46, and Martinez, 47, who are expecting their first child together in early fall, are frequent visitors to the City of Light.
Most recently, the pair attended the Champs-Elysees Film Festival in mid-June, where native Parisian Martinez revealed that the couple would be welcoming a boy.
"My son will be an American," the actor said.
An item since they met on the 2010 film "Dark Tide," "they seem truly in love," says Sophie Dulac, president of the Champs-Elysees Film Festival. "I've known Olivier very well and have never seen him like this."
Likewise, Berry has been head-over-heels for her French amour -- and his homeland. "She has called him 'The One,' " says Dulac. "She's said she never expected to meet this Frenchman, to fall in love like she has."
It will be the first marriage for Martinez, who previously dated singer Kylie Minogue, and the third for Berry, who was wed to baseball player David Justice in the early 1990s and to singer Eric Benet in the early 2000s. She also weathered a protracted custody battle over Nahla with her most recent ex, model Gabriel Aubry.