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Posted on May 1, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 6:00 AM

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BOB HOSKINS DIES

LONDON (AP) — The guy millions of kids knew as Roger Rabbit's friend, or Smee from the movie "Hook," has died. Bob Hoskins found himself followed by little kids after making "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Hook." He once said a dad passed along a request from his son that if he ever returned to Toontown or Neverland, he should bring him. Hoskins played Cher's boyfriend in "Mermaids" and co-starred with Jennifer Lopez in "Maid in Manhattan." Hoskins played many serious roles, including the one in "Mona Lisa" that earned him an Oscar nomination. Hoskins was last seen as one of the seven dwarves in "Snow White and the Huntsman." Hoskins quit acting in 2012 when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He died after coming down with pneumonia. He was 71.

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Michael Weinfeld

The star of "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," ''Hook," ''Mermaids" and other movies has died. AP Entertainment Editor Michael Weinfeld tells us that Bob Hoskins died after coming down with pneumonia.

<<CUT *161 (04/30/14)>> 00:08 "means I do"

Sound of Bob Hoskins and Roger Rabbit

Sound of Bob Hoskins and Roger Rabbit in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."

<<CUT *162 (04/30/14)>> 00:09 "the Lost Boys"

Sound of Bob Hoskins, Dustin Hoffman

Sound of Bob Hoskins, Dustin Hoffman in scene from 'Hook."

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Bob Hoskins

In a 2002 AP interview, Bob Hoskins said after he started doing dramatic roles, kids started coming up to him because he was in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and "Hook."

<<CUT *164 (04/30/14)>> 00:16 "that fit ya"

Bob Hoskins

In a 1995 AP interview, Hoskins said he prefered acting over directing because acting was easier.

BOB HOSKINS DIDN'T KNOW HE WAS SHORT AND BALD

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Hoskins knew he didn't have the looks of a leading man. He once compared his face to a "squashed cabbage." But he could laugh about it. Hoskins once said he didn't know he was short until he had to stand on a box to kiss Cher in "Mermaids." He said he always thought he was "six-foot-tall looking like Cary Grant." Instead, he said he found out he was "a short, fat middle-aged man with a bald head." The look came in handy when he was playing real-life people like J. Edgar Hoover, Winston Churchill and Nikita Krushchev. He said most world leaders and dictators looked like him. He joked that he and Danny DeVito were the only ones who could play those parts.

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Bob Hoskins

In a 1995 AP interview, Bob Hoskins said seeing himself on screen changed the way he looked at himself.

<<CUT *166 (04/30/14)>> 00:07 "else ya got"

Bob Hoskins

In a 2002 AP interview, Bob Hoskins said there was a simple reason he played so many world leaders.

AMY PURDY ICING INJURY, TAKING MEDS TO HEAL IN TIME FOR "DWTS"

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amy Purdy tweeted a photo of her getting laser treatment for her bad back and rib. She's still waiting for word on whether she'll be back on the dance floor Monday on "Dancing With the Stars." She's keeping up her spirits, tweeting "we're gonna make this happen." She says she's also been icing the area and taking anti-inflammatories while working with a sports doctor. She hurt herself doing the rumba in this week's episode.

WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENTS DINNER CELEBRITY GUESTS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hollywood "It" girl Lupita Nyong'o (loo-PEE'-tuh nee-YONG'-goh) will be dining in the same room with the president this Saturday. She's Time magazine's guest at the annual White House Correspondents dinner. Vanity Fair says she'll be sitting at the table with her "12 Years A Slave" director Steve McQueen, the director of "Gravity," Alfonso Cuaron and Armie Hammer. Kristen Bell and her husband Dax Shepard will be at the Huffington Post table. Thomson Reuters invited Darren Criss and Madeleine Stowe. NBC has Kevin Hart, ABC invited Julianna Margulies and Tony Goldwyn. Sofia Fergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet and Hayden Panettiere will also be attending. Joel McHale will be the entertainment.

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NOTE FOUND IN KURT COBAIN'S POCKET SAYS BAD THINGS ABOUT COURTNEY LOVE

SEATTLE (AP) — A handwritten note that police found in Kurt Cobain's wallet after his suicide says some nasty things about his wife Courtney Love. CBS News reports that the note was taken from Cobain's wallet when police arrived after he killed himself. CBS reports that the note said "Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife, even when she's a bitch with zits and siphoning all your money for doping and whoring." CBS got the note from Seattle police after filing a public information request.

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LETTERMAN PRAISES CRAIG FERGUSON

NEW YORK (AP) — Kind words about Craig Ferguson from his boss David Letterman. Letterman says it's "virtually impossible" to be "unique in the world of television," but Ferguson managed to make the "Late Late Show" ''unlike any other late night show." He congratulated Ferguson for "a great run." Ferguson will leave at the end of this year, months before Letterman retires.

''TODAY'S" SUMMER CONCERTS

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariah Carey will kick off this year's summer concert series on the "Today" show. She'll perform May 16. Other acts include, Pharrell, Ed Sheeran, Neon Trees, Ariana Grande, Tim McGraw, OneRepublic, Fall Out Boy, Sara Bareilles (buh-REH'-lihs) and Phillip Phillips.

''A HARD DAY'S NIGHT" IN THEATERS THIS JULY

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "A Hard Day's Night" will be back in theaters this summer. It's been digitally restored and the soundtrack has been remixed and remastered. It'll be in select cities starting July 4.

PATTI LABELLE, GLADYS KNIGHT, NATALIE COLE HEADING TO BROADWAY

NEW YORK (AP) — Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole are heading for Broadway. They'll take turns guest-starring in "After Midnight." Each will offer their own take on songs like "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," ''Stormy Weather" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street." The show celebrates Duke Ellington's years at the Cotton Club in Harlem. It's up for a Tony for best musical.

''GHOSTBUSTERS 3" - NO BILL MURRAY, NO HAROLD RAMIS, NO IVAN REITMAN

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bill Murray's not interested, Harold Ramis is dead and Ivan Reitman doesn't want to direct it, but Reitman still thinks there's a future for "Ghostbusters 3." He says there's "an enoromous number of iconic ideas" in the first two movies that could be expanded in a third film. He says the idea that "ghosts exist and you can trap them" can easily be adapted to the 21st century. Ernie Hudson is the only original cast member who's signed up for the sequel.

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Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman says "Ghostbusters 3" will go ahead even though he won't direct and two of the stars won't be in it. ((refers to the late Harold Ramis))

<<CUT *017 (04/30/14)>> 00:11 "the 21st century"

Ivan Reitman

Ivan Reitman says the idea of Ghostbusters is interesting today.

<<CUT *018 (04/30/14)>> 00:10 "see it happen"

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson says he's looking forward to making "Ghostbusters 3."

by Michael Weinfeld

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