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Singer Joe Cocker Dies at 70

Joe Cocker

Legendary singer Joe Cocker has died, the BBC reports. He was 70.

Cocker died of an "undisclosed illness," his agent, Barrie Marshall, told the news organization. According to ITV News, Cocker had been battling lung cancer.

He was "simply unique" and "it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts," Marshall said.

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Watch a Sneak Peek of TLC's New Special My Husband's Not Gay

My Husband's Not Gay

TLC is highlighting yet another subculture with its upcoming special, My Husband's Not Gay.

The one-hour program, which airs Sunday, Jan 11 at 10/9c, follows a group of Mormon men who are happily married to women — but are also attracted to other men. But they're not gay, according to them. Instead, they refer to themselves as having Same-Sex Attraction or SSA and see their feelings as something to "overcome."

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Amazing Race's Amy and Maya: We're a "Great Underdog Story"

Phil Keoghan, Amy, Maya

Friday's Amazing Race finale was pretty sweet. Food scientists and PhD students Amy and Maya, who specialize in candy and ice cream, came from behind, thanks to the four-team finale twist, to become the third all-female team to win the $1 million — and the fourth team to do so without having won a leg prior to the finale. "It's pretty surreal," Amy tells TVGuide.com. "You never know what's going to happen. I think just because we're not physically intimidating and because of what we do, other teams definitely underestimated us." See what else they have to say about their victory, what they'll do with the money and if they really have a beef with Brooke and Robbie.
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Sammy Davis Jr.'s Ex Says She Was Raped by Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby

The ex-girlfriend of Sammy Davis Jr. is the latest woman to come forward with sexual assault claims against Bill Cosby.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Katherine McKee, who was Davis Jr.'s "road wife," says Cosby invited her to bring him barbecue in his hotel room one night in the '70s. "I remember I walked in the door, and he had a robe and cap on. He took the ribs from my hands and just grabbed me," she says. "He spun me around, pulled my panties down, and just took it. We were still standing at the door when he attacked me. It was so fast and so shocking and so unbelievable. ... To me, there was a different personality involved. He was a different man. It felt like a different person performing that act."

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Watch George Clooney Make the Downton Abbey Ladies Faint

George Clooney, Elizabeth McGovern

George Clooney's Downton Abbey sketch has finally aired, and just as he tells Lady Violet, he was as beautiful and charming as ever.

The two-part segment, which was part of British channel ITV's "Text Santa" charity, featured Clooney as Lord George Oceans Gravity, Marquis of Hollywood, who is married to Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern) in an alternate Scrooge-like dream sequence. Naturally, the whole clan is smitten with him, including Lady Violet (Maggie Smith), who faints at the mere touch of his hand.

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On the Set of Outlander: How Well Do the Stars Know Scottish Culture?

Sam Heughan

Starz's Outlander films and takes place in Scotland, but how well do the stars really know the culture?

Celebrity Watchlist: Which TV show gives Outlander's Sam Heughan nightmares?

During our trip to the show's set, we tested Caitriona BalfeSam Heughan and Tobias Menzies on all things Scottish, from the laws of whiskey to famous Scottish rock stars and everything in between. How well did they do? Watch:

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Sony Lawyer Says The Interview Will Get Released — But When?

The Interview

A Sony Pictures lawyer says that The Interview will get released — they just don't know when or how.

"Sony only delayed this," David Boies said Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press. "Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed. How it's going to be distributed, I don't think anybody knows quite yet, but it's going to be distributed."

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Soap Vet Catherine Hickland Goes On An Excellent God Adventure

Cat & Fern's Excellent God Adventure

Where the heck has this gal been? Former soap queen and Broadway baby Catherine Hickland hasn't been seen on our TV screens since One Life to Live ended its run on ABC three years ago — and that's fine by her! The much-missed, eternally effervescent beauty is fully busy these days as a cosmetics mogul, life coach, motivational speaker and hypnotherapist. She's now married to producer Todd Fisher, son of Debbie Reynolds and the late Eddie Fisher. (Yep, that makes her Princess Leia's sister-in-law!). And she has joined forces with 99-year-old wunderkind writer Fern Underwood on the just-published Cat and Fern's Excellent God Adventure: Daily Inspirations for 365 Days of Heaven on Earth. Co-written by bestselling author and soap scribe Lindsay Harrison (The Young and the Restless, Venice) and with a forward by Reynolds, the book is available through both Amazon.com and catandfern.com. TV Guide Magazine sat down with Hickland for a lively gab session that ranged from the holy to the holy mackerel (she's head over heels in love with a rooster!). Will this popular star ever return to acting? Don't bet on it.

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Homeland Finale Recap: “Not Every Choice We Make Is Blessed with Moral Clarity”

Claire Danes

After an exceptional fourth season that was quite literally explosive at several points, Homeland went out with a relative whimper on Sunday night.

"Long Time Coming" provided viewers with a few answers (some of which were to questions we didn't even know we had), but also many other larger, looming questions about who's working with whom.

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Muhammad Ali Hospitalized with Pneumonia

Muhammad Ali

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia, The Associated Press reports. read more

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