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"Partridge Family" star David Cassidy in an induced coma, suffering from organ failure

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By Andrea Dresdale

Bobby Bank/Getty Images(FLORIDA) — One-time Partridge Family star and 1970s pop idol David Cassidy is currently hospitalized in Florida in critical condition with organ failure, his rep confirmed to ABC News.

The actor’s rep added that Cassidy was in an induced coma but that “he is currently conscious and surrounded by family.”

Cassidy, 67, is suffering from kidney and liver failure.

Earlier this year, the actor announced that he planned to retire from touring, and later revealed to People that he’s battling dementia. Cassidy, whose grandfather and mother also were stricken with the memory-loss disease, told the magazine of his diagnosis, “I was in denial, but a part of me always knew this was coming.”

Cassidy was one of the biggest pop stars in the world in the 1970s, selling around arenas around the globe, his success driven by his role as singing teen Keith Partridge on the TV series The Partridge Family. He’s had a rocky time during the last several years, having been arrested for driving under the influence in 2010, 2013 and 2014, and filing for bankruptcy in 2015. That same year, he was charged in a hit-and-run accident.

Earlier this year, David made news when fan-shot video surfaced of him slurring his words and struggling to remember lyrics during a concert in Agoura Hills, California.

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'Stripes,' the TV series?

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By ABC News Radio

Bill Murray and Warren Oates in “Stripes”; Columbia Pictures/Getty Images (NEW YORK) –“That’s the fact, Jack!” CBS is developing a comedy based on Bill Murray and Harold Ramis’ 1981 hit movie comedy Stripes, according to Deadline.

Ivan Reitman, who directed the original, is reportedly attached to direct and executive produce the series.

Stripes starred Murray and Ramis as two slacker friends who were dissatisfied with their jobs and decided to join the Army, whereupon hilarity ensured. It co-starred John Candy,Sean Young and P.J. Soles, as well as then-largely unknown actors including John Larroquette, Bill Paxton, Judge Reinhold, and Timothy Busfield.

Coming as it did just a year after the hit box office comedy Caddyshack, which also starred Murray, Stripes cemented his status as a bankable big-screen comedy star. It grossed more than $85 million.

No word on when we’ll see the series.

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Ray Fisher says he was excited to play Cyborg because it gave him "a lot to chew on"

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Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/TM & © DC Comics(NEW YORK) — Ray Fisher plays Cyborg, the half-man, half-machine superhero in Justice League. Fisher, a newcomer to the DC Comics Universe, says when he landed the coveted role, his hope was to embody his character.

“Once I started testing for the role and found out what it was, that’s when I started doing as much research into the character [as possible],” Fisher tells ABC Radio. “And that’s when I saw a completely different side of Cyborg. And that’s the side that I actually fell in love with, which was a character that was very deep and grounded and had a lot of pathos in respect to his origin and his life circumstances.”

Those life circumstances, says Ray, include how he “lost his mother…[and] his body…through no fault of his own.”

Ray says to become Cyborg, DC Comics gave him all the tools he needed.

“Once I booked the role they sent me every Cyborg comic that ever existed,” Fisher says. “From the 1980s when he was created for the New Teen Titans all the way through The New 52 where Cyborg is introduced as a founding member of the Justice League. So I got a pretty expansive look at who he was. So when it came time to actually portray the character — you can pick and choose little bits from any version to sort of make it a cohesive whole.”

Now, with all those pieces together, Ray says he can focus on what’s important.

“What would it be like for an individual to go through this transformation?” Ray asks. “Dealing with that loss and having him being able to recover a piece of himself, a piece of his humanity… is something that as an actor was exciting to play with because it gives you a lot to chew on.”

Justice League opens today.

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Catching up with Marg Helgenberger: Actress talks cancer awareness, gender equality and Taylor Swift

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Santiago Felipe/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Marg Helgenberger wants to remind everyone that the season of giving is upon us. As a Stand Up to Cancer ambassador, the actress is raising awareness for the organization’s campaign with CVS called The Value of a Dollar.

Through this weekend, CVS shoppers have the opportunity to donate $1, $3 or more to Stand Up to Cancer when they check out at their local pharmacy.

Helgenberger tells ABC Radio she was inspired to get involved after her mother was diagnosed with cancer in the 1980s. Her mother, her sister and many of her friends are now among the survivors.

“Everyone in the world has someone in their family [who’s been touched] by some type of cancer,” she says. “So I think that it’s something that everybody would be willing to spend a little money to help be a part of the solution.”

When she’s not working in support of cancer research, you can find Helgenberger on stage, in the Off-Broadway show What We’re Up Against. The timely story is about gender politics in the workplace and Helgenberger says she can relate to the misogyny her character experiences.

“Lots of dismissiveness and mansplaining, my God!” she says of the things she’s experienced on the job. “And just being literally sort of ignored.”

She recounts a story where her director was only relaying direction to her male co-star. She finally had to remind the director that she was in the scene too.

Other on-set memories were more fun, however — like the time when Taylor Swift — a self-proclaimed obsessed fan of CSI — made her acting debut on a 2009 episode of the show. Though Taylor never named one of her cats after Helgenberger’s character, the actress says the singer couldn’t have been nicer to the cast and crew.

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Sylvester Stallone denies accusation of sexual assault against 16-year-old

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Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Sylvester Stallone is denying published report that he and a bodyguard were accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in 1986.

A rep for Stallone said in a statement to ABC affiliate KABC, “This is a ridiculous, categorically false story. No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr. Stallone. At no time was Mr. Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter. It never happened.”

The story, first published in February 2016 by the Baltimore Post-Examiner website, but picked up Thursday by The Daily Mail, cites a Las Vegas police report that the Mail said was verified by the retired police detective who headed the Vegas police sexual assault unity at the time.

According to the report, which the Mail published a copy of, the 16-year-old was introduced to Stallone by a child actor on the film Stallone was working on at the time, Over the Top.

The report alleges that the teen was given a key to Stallone’s room by Stallone’s bodyguard and invited up where she and Stallone had sex while the bodyguard remained in the bathroom. Stallone later asked if she’d ever had sex with two men after with the bodyguard came into the room and, the report alleges, the men coerced her to perform oral sex on them.

Later, the report claims, Stallone threatened to beat the girl if she told anyone. The report says the teen, who suggested her initial encounter with Stallone, but not the later encounter with Stallone and the bodyguard, was consensual — the age of consent in Nevada is 16 — declined to press charges saying, “I’m humiliated and ashamed….”

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