A morning mix of entertainment headlines...
The exuberant Phyllis Diller — the legendary comedian with the throaty cackle who died Monday at the age of 95, reportedly with a smile on her face — is being remembered by many contemporary comics for her pioneering spirit. Among those paying tribute on Twitter: Andy Richter, Patton Oswalt and Kathy Griffin, who wrote “Please recognize she paved the way single handedly for years for us female comedians.” (Associated Press; Washington Post)
The family of Tony Scott , the “Top Gun” director who jumped off an L.A. bridge to his death on Sunday, denies that the filmmaker committed suicide because of a fatal diagnosis. “The family told us it is incorrect that he has inoperable brain cancer,” Craig Harvey, a chief for the coroner's office, told the L.A. Times, contradicting a previous report by ABC News. Scott reportedly left a suicide note at his office but the reasons behind his decision to take his own life are not publicly known. (LAT)
From the department of the absolutely tasteless, TMZ reports that some bystanders shot photos and video of Scott’s jump from the Vincent Thomas Bridge and are shopping them around to various media outlets. Even TMZ has decided this is horrible and opted not to purchase the material. (TMZ)
Michael “Cactus” Moser, husband of Wynonna Judd, has lost one of his legs following a motorcycle accident that occurred over the weekend. According to a rep for Judd quoted by the Associated Press, Moser’s leg was “severed at the scene of the accident” and subsequently had to be amputated below the knee. The couple is recently married, having tied the knot in June of this year. (AP)
Evidently Neve Campbell had her first child, one she welcomed with boyfriend J.J. Feild . She never released an announcement regarding the birth, but she was recently photographed at the beach with the infant. So congrats, Julia Salinger. (Us Weekly)
NBC has its Alex P. Keaton back. The network apparently emerged triumphant from the competition over Michael J. Fox’s forthcoming return to TV comedy, which is slated to arrive on the airwaves in the fall of 2013. His series — based closely on Fox’s own life, including his Parkinson’s Disease — marks his return to the Peacock network, where he made a name for himself as America’s cutest Republican on “Family Ties.” (Did I mention I used to have crush on him? Oh, right. So did everyone.) (TV Column)
Jim Carrey may join the cast of “Kick-Ass 2”? (Vulture)