August 15, 2012 in Nation/World

Stallone speaks out about loss of his son

From Wire Reports
 

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As investigators seek to determine the cause of Sage Stallone’s death last month, his father, Sylvester Stallone, is speaking out for the first time about his loss.

“It’s tough. It’s very, very tough,” Stallone told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “It’s a horrible situation, but time will hopefully heal and you try to get through it, but it’s just something. It’s a reality of life.”

After his son’s death, Stallone canceled all his public appearances for “The Expendables 2,” which opens Friday. Now, though, “I think it’s important to get back and start reliving your life. Otherwise, you can go into a spiral,” he said.

The investigation into Sage Stallone’s death remains open until a cause of death is determined.

Murder conviction still dogs Chapman

Duane “Dog” Chapman has his bags packed for London, but a murder conviction from the 1970s is keeping him out of the United Kingdom. The reality television star from the show “Dog the Bounty Hunter” was to appear on another reality show, “Celebrity Big Brother,” but he has been denied a visa.

“It’s something that follows you the rest of your life, no matter who you become or who you are,” Chapman, 59, said Monday. “I’m not proud of it.”

He was 23 in Pampa, Texas, in 1976 when he was in a car outside a house where a friend had gone inside to buy marijuana, he explained. The friend got into an argument with the dealer and shot him.

“In Texas in the ’70s, if you were present, you were just as guilty,” Chapman said. He and the others in the group were all found guilty of murder. Chapman was sentenced to five years in prison and was paroled after 18 months.

Jones plans one last concert tour

Country music icon George Jones says he’s ready for one last go-round on tour before retiring from the road.

Jones said in a statement Tuesday that 2013’s The Grand Tour will be his last after more than 50 years on the road. He plans approximately 60 dates and said it’s hard to quit doing what he loves, “but the time has come.”

At 81, Jones is widely considered the greatest living country singer and his contributions to the genre such as “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and “White Lightning” remain standards.

The birthday bunch

Actress Rose Marie is 89. Actor Mike Connors is 87. Author-journalist Linda Ellerbee is 68. Songwriter Jimmy Webb is 66. Rock singer-musician Tom Johnston (The Doobie Brothers) is 64. Actress Tess Harper is 62. Actress Debra Messing is 44. Actor Ben Affleck is 40. Rock singer Joe Jonas (The Jonas Brothers) is 23. Actress Jennifer Lawrence (“The Hunger Games”) is 22.


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