People: Robin Williams, Robin Roberts, Julie Taymor, Sage Stallone
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News in nanu-nanu land: Robin Williams could be returning to his TV roots in a half-hour comedy by David E. Kelley.
The Oscar-winning actor (for "Good Will Hunting) burst onto the small screen in the late 1970s and early '80s as the alien Mork in ABC's "Mork & Mindy." For his return, The Hollywood Reporter revealed, CBS is taking a long look Kelley's single-camera show that would cast Williams as an ad exec working beside his daughter.
Kelley ("Ally McBeal," "The Practice," "Boston Legal") created the project and will executive produce. Williams is a seven-time Emmy nominee, as Mork and for his comedy specials and guest appearances on "Law & Order: SVU" and "Homicide: Life on the Street."
Lucimarian Roberts, the mother of ABC's "Good Morning America" co-host Robin Roberts, has died, a day after the anchor announced she was leaving work a day earlier than expected for a medical leave. Robin Roberts is set to undergo a bone marrow transplant to battle a rare blood disorder.
Her 88-year-old mother died in Gulfport, Miss., on Thursday night, The Associated Press reported. On her Facebook page, Robin Roberts said she and her sister, Sally-Ann, arrived in time to visit with their mother before she died. They made it despite flooding in the area from the effects of Hurricane Isaac.
The AP noted that Lucimarian Roberts was a Gulf Coast activist for more than four decades and was the first African-American to serve as chairman of the Mississippi State Board of Education in the 1980s.
Her death came on the same day Robin Roberts said goodbye to the "GMA" audience before starting her medical leave for treatment of a blood disorder.
"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is about to see the light at the end of the lawsuit tunnel.
Director Julie Taymor and the producers of the Broadway production of "Spider-Man" have reached a tentative settlement in a dispute over her role in the musical. A document filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan said the case could be reopened within two months if the agreement breaks down. Settlement terms were not released.
Taymor filed the lawsuit in November, saying her copyrighted written works were violated when she was fired last year and the musical's script was rewritten after the $75 million production suffered injuries and critical panning during the longest preview in Broadway history. The musical has since become a success. She was seeking damages of more than $1 million.
Sylvester Stallone's son Sage died at age 36 from natural causes due to a heart condition, coroner's officials said Thursday, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Sage Moonblood Stallone, the oldest of Sylvester Stallone's children, was found dead July 13 in his home by an employee and a relative. No foul play had been suspected, and toxicology results showed only a minimal amount of hydrocodone in his system.
First Published September 1, 2012 12:00 am