Honey Boo Boo’s run is over
The TLC network on Friday canceled its colorful series about child beauty pageant contestant Honey Boo Boo and her Georgia family.
The network had already completed filming of another season of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and was set to begin airing it at the end of this year.
TLC wouldn’t publicly cite a reason for the cancellation, but it said in a statement that “supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority.”
The cancellation came after published reports that June Shannon, the mother of Alana Thompson (Honey Boo Boo), was dating a man with a criminal past.
Rowling is back for Halloween
Harry Potter fans can look forward to a Halloween treat, with some tricks, from J.K. Rowling.
In an announcement posted Friday on her website, www.pottermore.com, the author revealed that she has prepared a 1,700-word story about the witch and former Hogwarts professor Dolores Umbridge. The story will appear on Friday, Halloween, on her site. It will include Rowling’s “revealing first-person thoughts” about Umbridge, according to Friday’s announcement.
Umbridge first appeared in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth of seven books in Rowling’s multimillion-selling series. Imelda Staunton played her in the film adaptations of the Potter books.
‘Ouija’ rakes in $20 million
NEW YORK (AP) – The spirits moved “Ouija” to No. 1 at the box office, with the board-game adaption leading the weekend with a $20 million debut, according to studio estimates Sunday.
1. “Ouija,” $20 million.
2. “John Wick,” $14.2 million.
3. “Fury,” $13 million.
4. “Gone Girl,” $11.1 million.
5. “The Book of Life,” $9.8 million.
6. “St. Vincent,” $8.1 million.
7. “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” $7 million.
8. “The Best of Me,” $4.7 million.
9. “The Judge,” $4.3 million.
10. “Dracula Untold,” $4.3 million.
Hancock gets his due
Herbie Hancock enjoyed “A Great Night in Harlem” with a look to the past and the future as the legendary jazz pianist received a lifetime achievement award from the Jazz Foundation of America at a benefit concert at the historic Apollo Theater.
Actor Bruce Willis introduced Hancock at Friday night’s concert.
The tribute also featured a historic reunion of Hancock’s groundbreaking jazz-fusion Mwandishi band from the early ’70s – with the pianist joining multi-reed player Benny Maupin, trombonist Julian Priester, trumpeter Eddie Henderson, drummer Billy Hart, and bassist Buster Williams to play his composition “Toys.”
– From News wire services