ACQUIRED: Dick Clark has bought the broadcast rights to Professional League Paintball, an organized professional paintball league consisting of eight teams from major cities, reports Reuters. Additionally (and oddly), he’s developing a celebrity paintball-themed reality show. “We are pleased to be at the forefront in producing what has become the fastest-growing leisure sport activity in the world,” Clark said. “We look forward to taking the tiger by the tail and moving this marketing phenomenon to the next level — television.”
REMEMBERED: A tribute to the life of late tap legend Gregory Hines, who died Aug. 9 of cancer at age 57, will be held at the Apollo Theater in New York on Sept. 21. The evening will be hosted by Maurice Hines (Gregory Hines’s brother, who made his performing debut alongside his brother and father in a group called “Hines, Hines and Dad”) and Phylicia Rashad. The night also will feature Chita Rivera, Laurence Fishburne and Ben Vereen with a tap tribute by Savion Glover, Henry Latang and Fayard Nicholas. A limited number of tickets will be made available to the public.
RECOVERED: Johnny Cash, 71, has been released from Nashville’s Baptist Hospital, AP reports. The country legend was hospitalized for two weeks while being treated for an unspecified stomach ailment that kept him from appearing at the MTV Video Music Awards. He is now home and resting. Cash is afflicted with autonomic neuropathy, a disease of the nervous system which makes him susceptible to pneumonia. He’s been in and out of the hospital many times in recent years.
DIED: Larry Hovis, the actor who played Sgt. Carter on the 1960s series “Hogan’s Heroes,” has died of cancer at the age of 67. Hovis, who went on to teach drama at Texas State University also appeared on TV’s “Gomer Pyle, USMC” and was a creator and performer on “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.” A memorial service was held at Texas State University’s Theater Center.