‘Family Feud’s’ First Host Richard Dawson Dies
*Long before Steve Harvey was the host of “Family Feud,” there was Richard Dawson. Dawson, already a star on the classic “Hogan’s Heroes” comedy series, was “Feud’s” first host, has died from complications due to esophageal cancer at the age of 79. Dawson did two stints as the host “Feud,” from 1976-1985 and then from 1994-1995. He won the Emmy Award as best game show host in 1978. He was also a regular on “The Match Game.” He was known for kissing each woman contestant on the show, and in 1985 when the show ended, executive producer Howard Felsher estimated that Dawson had kissed “somewhere in the vicinity of 20,000.”
Alfre Woodard Returns to ‘True Blood’
Alfre Woodard will return for the fifth season of HBO’s True Blood, as Ruby Jean Reynolds, the schizophrenic mother of Lafayette (played by Nelsan Ellis), reports Shadow and Act. Her character was last seen in season 3, when she was a patient in a mental hospital, and under the care of Jesus (Kevin Alejandro), whose later romance with her son Lafayette, was nothing short of tragic. The actress was nominated for a 2011 Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her role in “True Blood.” June 10 is the premiere date of the series 5th season on HBO.
Watch Trailer for ‘Freelancers’ starring 50 Cent, Forest Whitaker & Robert DeNiro
The first trailer for “Freelancers” starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Forest Whitaker and Robert DeNiro is now out. In the film, which is headed straight to DVD, Fiddy plays the son of a slain NYPD officer who, with his two best friends, joins the Police Academy. After graduating, he’s taken under the wing of his father’s former partner, Captain Joe Sarcone (De Niro), and he becomes part of Sarcone’s rogue task force. (Read/learn more at Shadow and Act.) Watch the trailer: