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Jan052011

Actor Gary Collins Arrested for Not Paying Tab

Photo Courtesy - Biloxi Police Dept.(BILOXI, Miss.) -- Actor and former TV host Gary Collins was in a south Mississippi jail early Wednesday, charged with a felony for leaving a restaurant without paying his bill. Collins' Tuesday night dinner tab at Jazzeppi's restaurant in Biloxi was $59.35, said assistant police chief Rodney McGilvary. Restaurant employees asked Collins to pay the bill, but he left without doing so, McGilvary said.

Collins was arrested Tuesday and was charged with defrauding an innkeeper, McGilvary said. Refusing to pay a restaurant bill of more than $25 is a felony in Mississippi, according to Biloxi police. Collins was being held Wednesday on a $5,000 bond in the Harrison County Detention Center in Gulfport.

In November, Collins admitted to WAPT News in Jackson, Mississippi that he left the scene of a car crash in Jackson before police arrived. He was accused of rear-ending another car. Collins paid a $500 fine last month and the case was resolved, the actor's attorney said. The attorney who represented Collins in the Jackson case didn't immediately respond to a message Wednesday. Collins is married to Mary Anne Mobley, a former Miss America from Mississippi.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Comic Book Legend Stan Lee Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo Courtesy - John Shearer/ WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Stan Lee was treated like a real hero on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.  The 88-year-old, who created many of Marvel Comics' signature superheroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and The Fantastic Four, received the 2,428th star on the famed sidewalk.

At the ceremony, Lee said he wanted to share the honor with his superhero creations.  He joked, "I hope the X-Men and The Hulk and Spider-Man are appreciative."

Speaking of Spider-Man, Lee is confident that Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway musical based on the web-slinger, will be a success, despite injuries suffered by cast members and other setbacks.  Lee said he's seen a rehearsal and called it "fantastic," and thinks the show will be a "monster hit."

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Report: Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal No Longer Together

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- It looks like the "love story" between Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal is finished.  A source tells People magazine, "They're over.  It ended last month."

Swift and Gyllenhaal weren't spotted together over the holidays, and Swift rang in the New Year solo in Nashville.  Gyllenhaal was seen in New York City on Jan. 2 at a closing party for Broadway's Fela!

The two were last seen together in public on Dec. 9 in Los Angeles.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Paul McCartney Asks Indian Prime Minister to Establish Meat-Free Day

Photo Courtesy - Dave Hogan/Getty Images(NORFOLK, Va.) -- Paul McCartney wrote a letter to Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, urging him to declare Jan. 12 "a "Meat-Free Monday" in that country.

In the letter, which was provided to ABC News Radio by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, McCartney writes, "Would you please think about declaring one day every year -- perhaps Jan. 12, the anniversary of PETA's India founding -- [as] a day to celebrate vegetarianism and compassion towards animals?...it would be a celebration of life -- all life."

McCartney also urges the prime minister to watch an expose of the meat industry which he narrated, and which was just released in India.

McCartney also made sure to add, "India has held a very special place in my heart since my first visit to your country many years ago."  That, of course, was in 1968, when he and the rest of The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India to study with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.  Ringo Starr famously went back home after 10 days because he didn't like the food.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Report: Meg Ryan Dating John Mellencamp

Photo Courtesy - Rounder Records(NEW YORK) -- It's not quite "Jack and Diane" or When Harry Met Sally, but a new romance is brewing between Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp.

The couple is dating, reports People magazine.  The actress and singer recently spent time in Martha's Vineyard and New York City.  A source said the 49-year-old Ryan and 59-year-old Mellencamp first started dating just shy of two months ago.

Mellencamp recently separated from Elaine Mellencamp, his wife of 18 years.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Razzie Awards Worst Picture Nominees Revealed?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nominations for the annual Golden Raspberry Awards, honoring the worst from Hollywood, will be announced on Jan. 24, but the Los Angeles Times has just revealed what it says are the 12 finalists for worst picture of 2010.

According to the newspaper’s Tracker blog, the Razzie worst picture finalists are Little Fockers, Sex and the City 2, The Expendables, Grown Ups, Clash of the Titans, Killers, The Bounty Hunter, Yogi Bear, Jonah Hex, The Last Airbender, Vampires Suck and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

The winners, if you can call them that, are traditionally announced the day before the Oscars are presented.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Manslaughter Hearing for Michael Jackson's Doctor Brings Out Cast of Characters

A Michael Jackson fan stands outside the preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray on Jan. 4, 2011. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Almost a year and a half after Michael Jackson's death, a manslaughter hearing for the singer's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, might shed light on what exactly killed the pop icon.

Murray's hearing began Tuesday in Los Angeles in a courtroom filled with Jackson's family members and fans. Murray is accused of killing Jackson by giving him a lethal dose of the powerful sedative propofol on June 25, 2009.

After the prosecution's opening statement (the defense chose not to present a statement), multiple witnesses were called to testify. Prosecutors laid out a scenario of Murray pumping Jackson full of a cocktail of drugs the night before his death.

They claimed it took a long time for Murray to notice Jackson was dead, and that when he did notice, he called Jackson's personal assistant to help hide evidence of the drugs he had given Jackson before they dialed 911.

Prosecutors said Jackson was long dead by the time paramedics arrived: His eyes were fixed and dilated, and he was cold. They decided there was nothing more they could do, but Murray took over and demanded the star be rushed to UCLA Medical Center.

Kenny Ortega, the director of Jackson's This Is It tour, which was eventually made into a movie, also testified Tuesday. On June 20, 2009, Ortega said he was called to Jackson's home for a meeting, where Murray and executives funding the show told Ortega to essentially stay out of Jackson's health problems and to focus only on directing the show. He was told Jackson's health was fine.

Following Ortega, Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams, stepped up to the witness stand. He described the great rehearsal they had the night before Jackson died and recounted the frantic call he received from Murray to get over to the house. Murray told him Jackson had a bad reaction to the drugs he'd been given.

Later in the day, Faheem Muhammad, Jackson's head of security, took the stand to detail what he saw the day Jackson died. He said he first saw Jackson's feet, then observed Murray "on his knees in a panicked state trying to administer CPR."

According to Muhammad, Jackson's children witnessed this scene.

At the end of the hearing, which could last days, a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter. The Houston cardiologist previously pleaded not guilty. His attorneys maintain he did not give Jackson anything that should have killed him.

If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Murray, 57, could get four years in prison and lose his medical license. Murray, who is being held on $75,000 bail, also faces a civil trial over a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Jackson family.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

'Baker Street' Singer Gerry Rafferty Dead at 63

Photo Courtesy - Jorgen Angel/Redferns/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Gerry Rafferty, best known for his '70s hits "Baker Street" and "Right Down the Line," has died at the age of 63, according to the U.K. paper The Guardian.  The paper says that according to Rafferty's family, the singer died at home Tuesday morning with his daughter Martha.

This past November, Rafferty was reported to be in poor health and on life support after collapsing with liver failure.  In 2008, Rafferty reportedly "disappeared" from a London hospital where he was being treated for the same condition.  After friends said they hadn't heard from him in six months, his lawyers issued a statement in Feb. 2009 saying Rafferty was living in Italy and writing new music.  His last album of original material, Another World, came out in 2000.

Prior to scoring solo hits with "Baker Street" and "Right Down the Line," Rafferty was the lead singer of Stealers Wheel, with whom he released the hit single "Stuck in the Middle." That song was famously used during the gory "ear-cutting-off" scene of the Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Justin Bieber Says He's 'Nuts' and 'Crazy,' But Will Avoid Bad Decisions

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam(NEW YORK) -- Some might use the words "nuts" and "crazy" to describe Justin Bieber's rabid fans, but those are actually words that Justin uses to describe himself.  In his Vanity Fair magazine cover story, Justin says, "I'm crazy, I'm nuts.  Just the way my brain works...I'm just...nuts. But I think the best [artists] probably are."

So who are "the best," according to Justin?  The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Tupac, according to the teen star.  Speaking about the late King of Pop, Justin tells Vanity Fair, "Michael was able to reach audiences from young to old; he never limited himself. He was so broad, everybody loved him, and that’s what my goal is - to basically make people happy, to inspire them, and to have everyone root for me.”

Getting "everyone" to root for him right now is proving to be difficult -- Justin tells Vanity Fair that he's aware that his current fan base is mostly female.  He says, "For younger guys, it's like they're not 'cool' if they come to my concert.  [But] that'll [change], I think; it'll happen, maybe when I'm 18."

Justin also tells the magazine that as he gets older, he isn't going to make "a life-changing bad decision, as some people have."

"I've seen it happen too many times,” he said. “I could be my own worst enemy, but I don't want to mess this up."

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Kellie Pickler Married On New Year's Day

Photo Courtesy - FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Shania Twain wasn't the only country star who got married on New Year's Day.

Singer Kellie Pickler tied the knot with songwriter Kyle Jacobs in a Jan. 1 ceremony on a private island in the Caribbean. No other details are available.

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