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Wednesday
Jul302014

Drew Barrymore's Half-Sister Jessica Found Dead

Drew Barrymore pictured. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images)(SAN DIEGO) -- Drew Barrymore's half-sister has died.

Jessica Barrymore, who, like the actress, was the daughter of actor John Barrymore, would have turned 48 on Thursday.

"Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible," Drew Barrymore told ABC News. "I'm so incredibly sorry for their loss."

Drew Barrymore is the daughter of John Barrymore and his third wife, Jaid Barrymore.  Jessica was born to Barrymore and actress Nina Wayne.

According to the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office, Barrymore was found Tuesday in her car on the 900 block of Hoover Avenue in  National City, CA.  The fire department shortly thereafter confirmed she was dead.

A cause of death has not yet been determined.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Richard Belzer's Brother Dead of Apparent Suicide

Richard Belzer pictured. (Art Streiber/NBC)(NEW YORK) -- Leonard Belzer, the brother of comic and longtime Law & Order: SVU actor Richard Belzer, died of an apparent suicide Wednesday morning in New York City.

Belzer, 73, the older brother of 69-year-old Richard, jumped to his death from his apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side at around 6:45 a.m. ET, though there are reports he may have leaped from the roof. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

ABC News has learned that Belzer had been dealing with health problems, and reportedly left notes behind.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Reports: Orlando Bloom Gets in Scuffle with Justin Bieber 

Vince Bucci/Getty Images for Yari Film Group(IBIZA, Spain) -- Apparent bad blood between Justin Bieber and Lord of the Rings star Orlando Bloom boiled over at a restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, Wednesday morning, according to various gossip outlets.

TMZ cites two eyewitnesses who claim Bloom threw a punch at Bieber, who reportedly ducked and screamed in response, "What's up, b***h?"

According to TMZ, Bloom and Bieber were at a star-packed Cipriani. Diddy and Paris Hilton were reportedly dining there at the time too.

Sources tell the New York Post Bloom took a swing at Bieber after the 20-year-old singer made a rude comment about the actor's lingerie model ex-wife, Miranda Kerr. However, a source close to Bieber insisted that the comment was only made after Bloom took a swing, and missed.

Whatever started the static had apparently been in the works behind the scenes -- and in the pages of the tabloids -- for some time.  Bieber reportedly cozied up to Kerr at her Victoria's Secret show in 2012, and for his part, Bloom reportedly got close to Bieber's on-again-off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez in April, while she and Biebs were on one of their many breaks.

After the scuffle, TMZ says Bieber left the restaurant and the crowd inside applauded.

TMZ also reports that Bieber tried to get the last laugh after his hasty retreat by posting, then quickly deleting, a photo of Kerr in a bikini.

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Wednesday
Jul302014

Chris Martin & Gwyneth Paltrow Still Hanging Out After Splitting

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization(NEW YORK) -- Although Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced earlier this year that they were splitting after 10 years of marriage, the couple reportedly just can't stop hanging out with each other.

According to People magazine, the "estranged" couple was spotted together in New York's East Hampton on Monday night to attend a screening of Hector And The Search For Happiness. The two were joined by Paltrow's mother, actress Blythe Danner, and family friend Simon Pegg, who starred in the film and is also godfather to Martin and Paltrow's daughter Apple.

"They seemed so comfortable with each other," said a person at the screening. "It was like they were still married."

"I don't know what's going on with them," another person at the screening said, "but they seem really happy."

This isn't the first time the two have been spotted having a good time together. The Coldplay frontman and Paltrow were reportedly seen being "lovey-dovey and playful" at Robert Downey Jr.'s 49th birthday party in April.

In June, they were spotted having a friendly meal with their children at a restaurant on the Malibu Pier in California. Not to mention, an E! News source claims the two are still living together in their Brentwood, California home.

Martin and Paltrow married in December of 2003 and announced last March they were "consciously uncoupling." Along with a daughter Apple, they have a son named Moses.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

James Garner Died of Massive Heart Attack, According to Death Certificate

Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor James Garner died of a massive heart attack, according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ.

The former star of TV's Maverick and The Rockford Files died July 19 in his Los Angeles home at the age of 86. The certificate lists the cause of death as acute myocardial infarction.

Garner's credits also include the classic 1963 war drama The Great Escape, an Oscar-nominated role in 1985's Murphy's Romance and a 1994 film version of Maverick, with Mel Gibson playing the title role and Garner starring as his father. Garner also appeared in 2000’s Space Cowboys opposite Clint Eastwood, and 2004’s The Notebook, and had a role on the TV sitcom 8 Simple Rules.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

"24" Alum Defends Kiefer Sutherland After Freddie Prinze Jr.'s Critical Comments

Fox(NEW YORK) -- After Freddie Prinze Jr. told ABC News Radio he quit acting after working with Kiefer Sutherland on the set of 24, another cast member of the show is coming out in Sutherland's defense.

Louis Lombardi, who appeared on the Fox series from 2005 to 2006, told US Weekly, "My experience with Kiefer was absolutely the opposite. He was one of the most professional actors I've ever worked with. He wanted the best out of everybody. I have nothing but great experiences with him. He's a gentleman."

In an interview with ABC News Radio at San Diego’s Comic-Con, Prinze claimed Sutherland was unprofessional on the set of 24 when they worked together in 2010.

"Maybe he was jealous, maybe Kiefer did something to him -- who knows?" Lombardi continued. "But Kiefer's one of the most professional and most likable people! Kiefer is the most professional actor. I'm baffled about [that] kid's comments and baffled why he would say this years later. I'm all for Kiefer. I think he's a great dude and I have nothing but love for him. Everyone loves him, all the actors around him, the crew. Everyone."

Prinze told ABC News Radio that he "hated every moment" of his time working on 24. He continued, "Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash, I'd say it to his face, I think everyone that's worked with him has said that."

Prinze claimed his experience was so unpleasant that he "just wanted to quit the business after that."

Prinze also said, "I went and worked for Vince McMahon at the WWE for Christ's sake and it was a crazier job than working with Kiefer. But, at least he was cool and tall. I didn't have to take my shoes off to do scenes with him, which they made me do. Just put the guy on an apple box or don't hire me next time. You know I'm 6 feet and he's 5'4."

Prinze was at Comic-Con promoting his new Disney XD series, Star Wars Rebels.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

"Bachelorette" Runner-Up's 'Mystery' Letter Goes Public; Nikki Ferrell Blasts Show's Producers

ABC/Todd Wawrychuk(NEW YORK) -- The heartfelt letter that Bachelorette runner-up Nick Viall wrote to "Bachelorette" Andi Dorfman has been revealed.

The Bachelorette's official Facebook page posted the letter in its entirety for the world to see on Monday, and that's okay with Nick.  He told Us Weekly, "I was in no way ashamed of what was in that letter. I knew by giving it to her, that was a possibility and I accepted that."

Nick's letter begins, "Andi, You lit me up.  You made me feel those things that people go a lifetime to find, and I feel like I made you feel the same. I truly hoped we would have made it into the real world, where there would be no arbitrary deadline, where those stresses that came with that environment would have melted away, where we could have had the goofy, fun, exciting relationship that I know we could have. What we had was real to me, and it was amazing."

Nick explains, "I fully realize that in the end I could have been wrong about what we had. While it's hard to accept, I totally realize that it's a possibility. With that being said, when I think about the relationship that we had, very few things in my life have felt more real…I think about that moment when you ended things and what you said to me. I believe you when you said something didn't feel right with us when you woke up that morning, but I wonder if what didn't feel right was really about us and our relationship."

He continues, "I wonder if it would have been different if that night you thought about us with your heart and not with your head. Let’s just call it what it was--our relationship was very much the road less traveled. I totally get that all the passion, intensity, and connections that we had were accompanied by fear and sometimes discomfort. There is a reason why very few are willing to take the road less traveled. It can be scary, challenging, and risky, but if you have the courage to take it, it usually ends up being amazing."

Nick then shifts to Andi choosing Josh Murray, and his own plans for the future, writing, "I realize I have to move on and I mean it when I say that if you're truly happy with your decision and I haven't been a thought on your mind, then I want that happiness to continue for you. If I have to move on, I will look to find amazing with someone else and know that some day I will. I just know I would much rather turn my life upside down and risk it all to have amazing with you."

In related news, Nikki Ferrell, who was chosen by Juan Pablo Galavis at the end of season 18 of The Bachelor, watched Monday’s Bachelorette drama and raged against the show’s producers after Nick asked Andi on the After the Final Rose special about sleeping with him when she didn't feel the same way he felt about her.  Nick asked Andi, "Feeling like you did, if you knew how in love with you I was, why did you make love with me?"

"Gee I wonder who told Nick to say that...," tweeted Ferrell after the show. "How the producers of @BachelorABC sleep at night is beyond me. #trash."  Ferrell added, "But on a positive note so beyond happy for @AndiDorfman and @jmurbulldog."


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Wednesday
Jul302014

Penn and Teller Debut New Magic Competition Series

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Magicians Penn and Teller debut a new reality competition series Wednesday night on The CW that features aspiring magicians competing for a chance to perform with the duo in their show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

On Penn and Teller: Fool Us, aspiring magicians perform their best trick and try to fool the duo.  If Penn and Teller can’t figure out how the trick was done, the contestant wins.

Penn and Teller: Fool Us debuts at 8 p.m. Eastern time on The CW.


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Wednesday
Jul302014

"Sharknado 2: The Second One" Premieres on Syfy

Syfy(NEW YORK) -- The shark storm is back! Sharknado 2: The Second One premieres Wednesday night on the Syfy channel.

Ian Ziering starred in last year’s smash cult hit and returns for the sequel because as viewers remember, he chainsawed his way out of a shark.

In Sharknado 2: The Second One, the man-eaters invade New York City.

Ziering tells ABC News Radio he doesn’t think expectations are higher this time. “I think people are expecting the same amount of enjoyment,” Ziering says, adding, “This is still low budget filmmaking. It's still going to be fun to see somebody running through the background that you noticed getting his legs chewed off in the scene before. I mean, that's part of the fun.”

Ziering describes Sharknado as “campy sci-fi low budget independent filmmaking.”

Sharknado 2: The Second One also stars Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Judah Friedlander, Robert Klein, and former Taxi star Judd Hirsch as a taxi driver. Kelly Osbourne makes an appearance as a flight attendant, and Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Kelly Ripa also have cameos.

Syfy is so confident that Sharknado 2 will do well, it has already ordered a third installment that will premiere next summer.

Sharknado 2: The Second One airs at 9 p.m. Eastern time.


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Tuesday
Jul292014

Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray Share Details of Their Secret Atlanta Dates

ABC/Javier Pesquera(NEW YORK) -- Bachelorette fans learned Monday night that Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray were engaged.

But the proposal actually happened months ago and, since the end of filming, the two have had to sneak around Atlanta, where they both live, to see each other.

"We kind of just chilled all the time," Murray told ABC News. "We couldn’t do anything outside, obviously, and [we wore] a lot of disguises: wigs, hats. [And there was a lot of] coming over back ways."

To pass the time, Dorfman, 27, cooked meals for Murray (think short ribs and steak) and even taught him to love sushi (almost!) as much as she does.

"I'm like, 'I'll take three sashimi combos,'" she recalled, laughing. "I've got to feed him at all times."

Added Murray, "She's an amazing cook. She cooks any and everything."

Now that the world knows that they're engaged, the couple can't wait to go on their first real date. While they declined to reveal specifics, they did say that they've already picked the restaurant.

"We're going to a good steak place," she said. "But we don't even know when we're going to be able to go."

Added her smiling fiancé, "It's just going to be nice for her and I to not have to hide anything."


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