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Actor Bill Daily of 'I Dream of Jeannie' dies at at 91

Bill Daily, the actor best known for playing Major Roger Healey in the sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie,” has died at age 91 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Variety reported that Daily’s son, J. Patrick Daily, confirmed the news.

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“He loved every sunset, he loved every meal — he just decided to be happy about everything,” his son said, according to the publication.

J. Patrick Daily told The Hollywood Reporter his father died of natural causes.

The late actor’s spokesman, Patterson Lundquist, also confirmed the news in a post on Daily’s official Facebook page, adding that he died Tuesday.

Related: Photos: Notable deaths 2018

“I can confirm that our favorite funny man Bill Daily passed on Tuesday, September 4. He was 91 years young. Bill had retired from all public life only a few years ago,” Lundquist said. “He recently moved from Albuquerque, New Mexico – his home for over 30 years - to Santa Fe, New Mexico to live with his son Patrick and family. 

“Bill was best known for his two most iconic roles - Maj. Roger Healey of ‘I Dream of Jeannie,’ the girl crazy best-friend to Major Nelson; and the perpetually jet-lagged, Howard Borden of ‘The Bob Newhart Show.’

“Bill’s philosophy in life was that happiness was a decision you make. That was how he lived. Bill enjoyed every bit of his life to the fullest. There will not be a memorial service or funeral for family, friends, and fans. Instead, Bill’s final wish is to throw a party. Remember the good times and be happy.”

“I Dream of Jeannie” aired from 1965 to 1970. “The Bob Newhart Show” aired from 1972 to 1978. Daily’s other TV appearances include “Bewitched,” “The Love Boat,” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” He starred in his own TV show, “Small & Frye,” in 1983.

Nike online sales rise by 31 percent

Despite some early backlash and a slight dip in sales, Nike’s online sales increased by 31 percent from Sunday through Tuesday of this week, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

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The company introduced controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick as the face of its 30th anniversary “Just Do It” advertising campaign. President Donald Trump, police officers and many football fans objected to the choice, arguing that Kaepernick taking a knee to protest police brutality and racial injustice was out of line. 

>> Colin Kaepernick face of Nike’s new ‘Just Do It’ ad campaign

The ad, released Monday and featured on television for the first time during Thursday’s NFL opener between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, featured a close-up, black-and-white image of Kaepernick with the words, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” 

On Friday, San Francisco-based Edison Trends revealed that after an initial drop in sales, Nike recovered strongly. Its 31 percent rise is nearly double its 17 percent gain over the same time period in 2017.

“There was speculation that the Nike/Kaepernick campaign would lead to a drop in sales,” Edison Trends co-founder Hetal Pandya said in a statement. “The data does not support that theory.”

>> Nike campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick sparks boycott

But after Nike’s stock fell 3.9 percent to touch a low of $79 per share on Tuesday, it rebounded to end the week at $80.30 per share, The New York Post reported.

Cardi B, Nicki Minaj allegedly scuffle at New York bash

A Harper’s Bazaar party in New York turned bizarre Friday night as rival rappers Cardi B and Nicki Minaj apparently tangled at the Plaza Hotel, People reported.

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The singers were attending the Harper’s Bazaar Icons fashion week bash, and the scuffle included hair-pulling and shoe throwing, The New York Post reported.

The two singers crossed paths while walking off the red carpet on a second-floor balcony at the event, the Post reported.

“It was bad,” a witness told the newspaper. “They were separated by security, but Cardi was still trying to get at her. She took of a giant red shoe and threw it at Nicki — who was being blocked up against a wall by a huge security guard.”

Related: Nicki Minaj says scuffle with Cardi B was 'mortifying,' accuses her of payola

Cardi B posted on Instagram after the incident, implying that comments by Minaj about her newborn daughter is what sparked the scuffle.

The disturbance occurred while Christina Aguilera was performing inside the party, the Post reported. Guests included Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, Gigi and Christie Brinkley, the newspaper reported.

Paul McCartney gives concert at New York's Grand Central Terminal

Three hundred lucky fans got a ticket to ride Friday night at Grand Central Terminal in New York as Paul McCartney gave a “secret” concert, WABC reported. Judging from the crowd’s reaction, maybe they were amazed by the show.

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Celebrities like Meryl Streep, Kate Moss and Chris Rock were among those in attendance for the rush-hour concert, which the former Beatle used to promote “Egypt Station,” his first solo album in five years.

“This is quite a surprise,” Stephen McLaughlin, 57, waiting for a train to Westchester County, told The New York Post. “He’s an idol. He’s someone I grew up with. I’ve never seen him except on TV.”

McCartney, 76, showed up at the train terminal at 5:30 p.m. The location of the concert had been a secret, but McCartney dropped hints Thursday night when he appeared on the “Tonight Show,” the Post reported.

“It’s a surprise gig, we haven’t been telling anyone, but the album’s title is ‘Egypt Station’ so that might be a little clue there — station,” McCartney told host Jimmy Fallon. “It might be a grand show, I don’t know.”

“Egypt Station,” McCartney’s 17th solo-album, was released Friday, WPIX reported.

Ryan Reynolds pays tribute to Burt Reynolds with spoof of famous Burt photo spread

Actor Burt Reynolds, who died from cardiac arrest Thursday at the age of 82, was known as a consummate professional, a big box-office movie star, a sex symbol, a stuntman, a popular college football star -- and the list literally goes on and on. 

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Some fans may not realize, though, that Reynolds was also known for his trailblazing spirit, which was never on such public display as when he did a naked photo spread for Cosmopolitan magazine in 1972, becoming the magazine’s first male centerfold. His career exploded after the publication as women went crazy for the hunky movie star.

But Reynolds didn’t see it that way. 

“It was a total fiasco,” he wrote in his memoir, calling it one of his biggest mistakes, according to The Washington Post. 

His female fans certainly didn’t see it that way, and neither did a large number of his male fans.

>> Related: Burt Reynolds ‘having difficulty breathing,’ according to 911 call, was rushed to hospital

In fact, Ryan Reynolds, who is no relation to Burt Reynolds, used a similar pose to the famous early ‘70s Reynolds photo spread for the original “Deadpool” promo, laying on his side in his superhero costume with a blazing fire burning in a fireplace behind him, channeling Burt Reynolds’ spirit.

Ryan Reynolds tweeted the two photos together after Burt Reynolds’ death Thursday, saying, “He did it first. And best. And naked.”

Burt Reynolds remembered as ‘living legend,’ ‘trailblazer,’ ‘true gentleman

Iconic actor Burt Reynolds, who died Thursday at the age of 82, was remembered Thursday by fellow actors and friends as many things, including a “living legend,” a “trailblazer” and a “true gentleman.

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A family member issued a statement calling the suave movie star and 1970s-era Hollywood heartthrob “a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students.”

Here are some of the tributes to Reynolds from social media. 

>> Related: Burt Reynolds ‘having difficulty breathing,’ according to 911 call, was rushed to hospital

Colin Kaepernick’s controversial Nike ad debuts during NFL season opener 

Nike’s “Just Do It” ad narrated by Colin Kaepernick aired during Thursday’s NFL season opener between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles (8:20 p.m., NBC), the Associated Press reported.

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The two-minute spot features a host of athletes, including LeBron James and Serena Williams. Kaepernick himself appears about 80 seconds in.

Related: WATCH: Colin Kaepernick stars in Nike's 'Just Do It' 30th anniversary commercial

Kaepernick tweeted the spot Wednesday, captioning it with his tagline, “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

Nike’s deal with Kaepernick spurred social media critics, calling for a boycott of the athletics gear giant.

Related: Nike ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick sparks boycott

President Donald Trump weighed in Wednesday morning with a tweet calling out the NFL’s ratings and renewing his attack on players’ protests during the national anthem.

“Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts. I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!” the president wrote.

Related: Donald Trump Jr. replaces Kaepernick with president in Nike ‘Just Do It’ ad

Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem to call attention to racial inequality and police brutality against minorities.

Related: Colin Kaepernick face of Nike’s 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ ad campaign

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since March 2017.

Nike spot’s central theme is about athletes pushing for bigger dreams. The spot ends with the former 49ers quarterback walking off camera saying, “Don’t ask if your dreams are crazy, ask if they’re crazy enough.”

WATCH: Colin Kaepernick stars in Nike's 'Just Do It' 30th anniversary commercial

Colin Kaepernick’s campaign with Nike is just beginning.

Days after a print ad was revealed and it was announced that the free agent would be the face of the brand’s 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” ad campaign, fans and observers can see the first commercial. Kaepernick tweeted the video Wednesday.

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ESPN reported that the two-minute ad is narrated by Kaepernick. In addition to the activist, NBA player LeBron James, tennis icon Serena Williams, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, skateboarder Lacey Baker, NFL linebacker Shaquem Griffin, wheelchair basketball player Megan Blunk, boxer Zeina Nassar and wrestler Isaiah Bird, who was born without legs, are featured in the commercial.

Kaepernick has remained a free agent since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017. He first started sitting during the national anthem at NFL preseason games in 2016 to draw attention to police brutality and racial inequality in America. He later began kneeling during the anthem after U.S. Army veteran Nate Boyer convinced him to do so the next month. 

Related: Colin Kaepernick face of Nike’s 30th anniversary ‘Just Do It’ ad campaign

Although Kaepernick was initially alone in his demonstration, athletes across different teams and sports ultimately joined him. The demonstration has inaccurately been interpreted as protesting the anthem, the U.S. military and the country by some critics.

Related: Nike ad campaign featuring Colin Kaepernick sparks boycott

Nike will run the ad during Thursday’s NFL regular-season opener between the Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles.

99 Cosign: Cuzin Ryan Speaks On Working With Bigg D, Zoey Dollaz & More

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Ty Dolla $ign caught with cocaine, marijuana in Atlanta, police say

Singer and rapper Tyrone Griffin Jr., famously known as Ty Dolla $ign, is facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Atlanta on Wednesday evening. 

Griffin and six others were stopped in the area of 810 Martin Luther King Jr. around 4:55 p.m., according to the Atlanta Police Department.

Officers said the smell of marijuana was coming from the car, so they searched the vehicle and found marijuana and cocaine.

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Atlanta police said Griffin will be charged with possession of marijuana (less than an ounce) and possession of cocaine. They said once the charges are finalized, he will be taken to the Fulton County Jail. 

The other six people with Griffin were released without charges, and the investigation remains active, police said.

The singer was scheduled to perform at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Wednesday night. He has recently collaborated with artists including Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Drake.

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