Robin Roberts’ Alleged Stalker Arrested In New York

Police have arrested a man they say was stalking Robin Roberts, one of the hosts of ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Page Six reports that 43-year-old Troy Warren turned up at the ABC studios in New York eight times between June 10 and June 24 and demanded to see Roberts.

When I see her I’m going to punch her in the face,” Warren allegedly told GMA security director Michael Centrella, according to Page Six.

Court records posted online say Warren was arrested on Monday on charges of 4th-degree stalking, a misdemeanor, and is being held on $3,000 bail at Manhattan Detention Complex.

His next scheduled court date is Aug. 4.

The arrest comes just weeks after another alleged stalker turned up at ABC with a kitchen knife and threatened to kill Michael Strahan, a football Hall of Famer and the co-host of “GMA” and “Live With Kelly and Michael.”



Alicia Keys Pregnant With Second Child, Announces News With Sweet Instagram Pic

Alicia Keys and husband Swizz Beatz are expecting their second child, the singer has announced on Instagram.

The musical duo tied the knot July 31, 2010, which makes today their four year wedding anniversary. Keys chose to highlight the occasion while breaking the joyous news:

“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !!” Keys, 33, captioned her beautiful photo, adding: “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life! ☺️”

The couple has a son, Egypt, who will turn four in October.

The expecting father posted a similar photo to his Instagram, captioning it: “Love is life & life is love and we’re so excited for another GIFT from up above Happy Anniversary my Goddess 4 years of greatness & cheers to 100 plus more inshallah @aliciakeys ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥”

In October 2013, Keys told ABC News that more kids are certainly something she’s thinking about. “That’s down the road, definitely down the road,” said Keys, simultaneously dispelling pregnancy rumors and confirming her future plans.

Last May, MediaTakeOut reported that Keys is pregnant, based on an insider at the Met Gala who claimed the singer didn’t have a drink all night.

Congratulations to the happy family!


TV Producer Robert Halmi Sr. Dies At 90, Known As One Of The Last Great Network Impresarios

NEW YORK (AP) — Prolific TV producer Robert Halmi, Sr., has died.

Halmi died Wednesday in his New York City home at 90, said spokesman Russ Patrick. The Hungarian-born Halmi found success as a magazine photographer after arriving in America in 1951, shooting pictures for such publications as Life and Sports Illustrated.

But in a mid-career switch in the mid-1960s, he turned to moving pictures. During the next half-century he produced more than 200 programs and miniseries for television.

His specialty was family-friendly entertainment, with TV projects including “The Josephine Baker Story,” the Bette Midler-starring “Gypsy,” ”Merlin,” ”Dinotopia” and “The Lion in Winter” with Glenn Close.

Other projects included TV versions of “The Odyssey,” ”Alice in Wonderland,” ”Gulliver’s Travels,” starring Ted Danson, and “In Cold Blood,” with Anthony Edwards and Eric Roberts.

Teamed with his son, Robert Halmi, Jr., he claimed every project was a passion project, including the 1994 miniseries version of “Scarlett,” Alexandra Ripley’s sequel to “Gone With the Wind,” which he defended as not a rip-off of the world’s most beloved movie, but “an eight-hour study in American history.”

Still active well into the new millennium, he produced the TV miniseries “Neverland” in 2011, and a year later a new version of “Treasure Island,” starring Donald Sutherland and Elijah Wood.

“Today’s producers are just money people who have X number of dollars, and with them they buy people, mostly on the phone,” Halmi told The Associated Press in 1993. “I’m somebody with pretty good taste who goes one step further. With the creative process, everything has to be nurtured. I know on every project, every day, where it stands dollars-and-cents-wise, but I also know did someone have a cold.”

His projects were honored with 136 Emmy Awards. A Peabody Award citation hailed him as “perhaps the last of the great network television impresarios.”

Halmi recently had begun filming “Olympus,” a mythological series for the Syfy channel.

“There are two English words which I never could understand or cope with ever since I came to this country,” he told The AP. “One is ‘security.’ The other is ‘retirement.’”


Do you wish that Comic-Con could come to you? Then check out D23′s touring Fanniversary celebrations

Go ahead. Admit it. After hearing about all that cool stuff Comic-Con attendees got to see last week, you’re now wishing that you’d gone down to San Diego.

But then again, when you factor in what it would have cost to travel to Southern California (Not to mention that all 130,000 badges which were made available for this year’s event sold out within 90 minutes back in March), maybe going to Comic-Con isn’t really an option for you.

Which is why you’re probably now wishing that there were some sort of Comic-Con-like presentation which traveled around the country. A panel that went to where pop culture enthusiasts were, rather than forcing the fans to come find it.

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Well, if that’s really how you feel, then you should maybe check out Disney’s D23 Fanniversary events. Which is this Comic-Con-like presentation that begins traveling around the US next week and — over the next three months — will make stops in 11 different cities as it entertains & informs thousands of Disney fans.

Mind you, what’s kind of ironic that D23 (i.e., the Official Disney Fan Club) started presenting these Fanniversary events back in 2011 to keep its members energized & engaged during those years when the Club is not presenting its own biennual Comic-Con-like event, the D23 Expo. Which will next be held at the Anaheim Convention Center August 14 -16, 2015.

That said, D23 won’t be presenting the same old Fanniversary when the first of these events kicks off in Burbank on August 9th. According to Billy Stanek, the web editor for the Official Disney Fan Club (more importantly, one of the show writer for this year’s edition of Fanniversary), they’ve made a significant number of changes to this traveling show.

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“The last time we did Fanniversary, we did this show chronologically. Staring with the oldest stuff first and then working our way up to The Walt Disney Company’s most recent projects. This time around, recognizing that we’ve got Disney fans of all ages who come out to these presentations, we decided to divide the show a little differently,” Stanek explained during a recent phone interview. “Don’t worry. We’ll still have plenty of stuff for those people who love classic Disney animation. With this presentation, we’ll be celebrating Donald Duck’s 80th birthday as well as the 55th anniversary of Sleeping Beauty‘s theatrical release. But we’ll also have stuff that’s more current from television and the Parks thrown in.”

That ultimately is the real challenge when putting together something like a Fanniversary. Given that The Walt Disney Company means so many different things to so many different people these days, it’s hard to craft one presentation that can then touch on all aspects of the Mouse House.

“That’s why we decided to go with these new categories this year. So that — with our new live-action sequence — we can go from the Muppets to Star Wars over to Marvel, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary,” Stanek continued. “But for classic Disney fans, this is also the part of the Fanniversary presentation where we talk about 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and show some great archival footage from that 1954 release.”

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“I guess what I’m trying to say here is that — if there’s something that you’re not interested in being talked about at this year’s Fanniversary event — just wait 15 seconds and the next thing you’ll probably like,” Billy laughed. “I mean, there’s actually one section of this year’s presentation where we go from Marvel to The Little Mermaid. Which I know sounds like a pretty bizarre transition. But we have found a way to make it work.”

While prepping this year’s Fanniversary, Stanek worked closely with Kevin Kern, a Collection Specialist at the Walt Disney Archives. And as the D23 team was looking for some Disney-related anniversaries to celebrate at this years event, they came across some extraordinary footage which pertains to the Company’s work on the 1964 – 1965 New York World’s Fair.

“Some of the film you’ll see was shot on the Disney studio backlot and shows a test of the load – unload procedure for the Ford Magic Skyway. It’s a pretty neat behind-the-scene look at the ride car system that powered this attraction at the Fair,” Kevin explained. “Now what’s important to understand about the Ford Magic Skyway is that it was an early cousin to Disney’s later Omnimover system that would eventually lead to break-throughs like the PeopleMover and other attractions for the Parks.”

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And speaking of the Disney Parks … Kern also teased the showing of some footage showcasing the testing of the Matterhorn track while that Tomorrowland attraction was still under construction.

“This construction footage gives a unique glimpse into the creation of this attraction. When you watch, you’ll notice a gentleman in a bobsled testing out the track. Bob Gurr swears that it’s Pete Clark, an early WED leasee / licensee promoter for Disneyland. We’re still trying to get a definite verification on that. It’s an interesting shot, something that you don’t get to see every day. You usually don’t get to see this side of attractions while they’re being built,” Kevin said.

By the way, Disney Legend Bob Gurr will be appearing at this year’s Fanniversary events in San Diego where he’ll be speaking about the Matterhorn and the Monorail. And Disney Legend Floyd Norman will be in Burbank next week, where — as part of the kick-off for this year’s Fanniversary series — he’ll be talking about the work he did on Sleeping Beauty.

“People shouldn’t feel bad if they can’t get to San Diego and Burbank to hear Bob & Floyd talk in person. Because we managed to fold so much brand-new interview footage of so many Disney Legends, luminaries and celebrities into this year’s Fanniversary event,” Stanek stated. “When we created the list of the people that we wanted to have speaking during this year’s show, I was told a couple of times that ‘… you’re never going to have this happen. You’re not going to be able to do this.’ I mean, I heard all of all these different excuses as to why I wasn’t going to be able to do this. And I’m just so grateful and excited to say that — in the end — we did in fact pull it off.”

Well, if you couldn’t get to Comic-Con this year and would now like to attend a 105 minute presentation which honors The Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain, Tower of Terror and then closes out with a big tribute to Mary Poppins, then you definitely need to check D23′s Fanniversary event. This touring celebration will be visiting 11 cities across the United States with Kevin and Billy acting as two of the show’s hosts at various stops along the way.

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These stops include Burbank, CA on August 9th, August 10th in San Diego and August 16th & 17th in San Francisco. The tour then starts up again in September with a stop in Chicago on September 6th, Seattle on September 13th, Atlanta on September 20th, Philadelphia on September 21st, Washington DC on September 26th and New York City on September 28th. This year’s Fanniversary tour then concludes in October with two stops. One in Boston on October 4th and the other in Orlando on October 25th.



What Everyone Said About ‘Sharknado 2′ On Twitter Tonight

Because one sharknado isn’t enough, Syfy made a sequel to last year’s disaster B-movie, only this time the sharp-toothed creatures took over New York City.

If you didn’t watch “Sharknado 2: The Second One” on Wednesday night, fear not: Twitter did. Here’s what you missed while living your life:

This time there were sharks on a plane. (Sadly no Samuel L. Jackson, though.)

SHARKNADO 2: SHARKS ON A PLANE

— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 31, 2014

Kelly Osbourne made an appearance as a flight attendant — but then a shark ate her head.

Oh hey there @KellyOsbourne! #Sharknado2TheSecondOne

— Sharknado (@SharknadoSyfy) July 31, 2014

Tara Reid’s April wrote a survival book on the last Sharknado.

Yep, the #Sharknado book is real. Also tells how to survive a Boaricane. http://t.co/VnmuONLN3k #Sharknado2TheSecondOne

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 31, 2014

But, oops, she lost her hand to a hungry shark.

Can someone give @TaraReid a hand for that impressive action sequence? (See what we did there?!) #Sharknado2TheSecondOne

— People magazine (@peoplemag) July 31, 2014

Andy Dick made a cameo as a New York cop.

Andy Dick playing a cop is the least believable thing in #Sharknado2

— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) July 31, 2014

Sandra Denton, a.k.a. Pepa from Salt-N-Pepa, also showed up for a bit.

yes, that IS Pepa. #Sharknado2TheSecondOne

— Damian Holbrook (@TVGMDamian) July 31, 2014

Perez Hilton made a cameo complaining about the delayed subway train (then he died).

Do NOT make @PerezHilton wait for the train, guys #Sharknado2TheSecondOne

— HuffPost TV (@HuffPostTV) July 31, 2014

Then the sharknado interrupted a Mets game and bats were used as weapons.

And it’s a homerun! #Sharknado2TheSecondOne #Sharknado2 http://t.co/fkKaxfsKNy

— Sharknado (@SharknadoSyfy) July 31, 2014

This woman got her face ripped off by a shark.

That shark ate her damn face! #Sharknado2 pic.twitter.com/dEWVpZCMtH

— Damian Holbrook (@TVGMDamian) July 31, 2014

Citi Bikes were used to escape the sharks.

They’re gonna get charged so much money for not returning those Citi Bikes… #Sharknado2

— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) July 31, 2014

Vivica A. Fox pulled out a medieval sword to kill a shark.

Just when I thought Jasmine the stripper in #IndependenceDay was @MsVivicaFox‘s best work! #Sharknado2 pic.twitter.com/MHbMugRWHw

— Damian Holbrook (@TVGMDamian) July 31, 2014

There were slingshot bombs.

Kids, don’t try this slingshot exploding propane thing at home. You can do the sword shark thing, though. #Sharknado2

— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) July 31, 2014

There was much commentary about equal amounts of plastic surgery and bad acting.

Hard to tell which is worse, the acting or the plastic surgery… #Sharknado2

— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) July 31, 2014

Oh, and a girl on an airplane toilet died.

Yes, I was eaten by a shark while on a plane toilet. #Sharknado2

— kelly oxford (@kellyoxford) July 31, 2014

Tara Reid got a saw for a hand (because duh).

Buzz Saw Hand Tara Reid is peak humanity #Sharknado2 pic.twitter.com/rEJh1rZ03Q

— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) July 31, 2014

There was lots of screaming.

FIN: AAAAAAAAAA
SHARK: AAAAAAAAAA
FIN: AAAAAAAAAA
SHARK: AAAAAAAAAA

-submitted for your Emmy consideration-

— James Poniewozik (@poniewozik) July 31, 2014

Every New Yorker whipped out a chainsaw and attacked.

Cause everyone in Manhattan has a chainsaw. #Sharknado2

— Carissa Pavlica (@ModwildTV) July 31, 2014

Al Roker and Matt Lauer killed it (literally).

Lauer and Roker survive! pic.twitter.com/W3i5AIKLPe

— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 31, 2014

Ian Ziering’s Fin flies through the air and cuts through shark after shark until the day is saved.

Is he seriously flying? #Sharknado2TheSecondOne #Sharknado2

— Tom + Lorenzo® (@tomandlorenzo) July 31, 2014

Here’s how critics felt about it.

Still better than Lucy.

— emilynussbaum (@emilynussbaum) July 31, 2014

But in the end, we all know Twitter was more important than the movie.

admit it you are only watching sharknado to tweet about it and get lots of retweets

— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) July 31, 2014