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Ron Howard Inducted into TV Academy Hall of Fame

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Ron Howard was honored Monday night in Beverly Hills, Calif., as one of the new inductees into the Academy Of Television Arts & Sciences' Hall Of Fame.

Though he's known now as a big-time director, Howard launched his entertainment career as a young TV actor in the early 1950s, eventually landing starring roles on The Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days.

How has the TV biz changed since he first entered it?  Howard said Monday night, "I began doing shows all on soundstages, where they would do remarkable things, build swimming pools on the set, having cars driving around the stage, gunshots, all kinds of things.  But now the equipment such that you can take a camera and go make a television show, make a quality television show, sort of anywhere in the world."

Star Wars creator George Lucas was on hand to celebrate Howard, whom he called a "genuinely great human being."

While Lucas was on the red carpet, he was asked to provide insight into Disney's upcoming Star Wars movie, due out in 2015.  He didn't have much info to share, saying, "I'm not really involved."

But what about the recent interview Lucas gave to Bloomberg Businessweek in which he suggested that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher will return for Star Wars: Episode VII?

He remarked, "I'm not really connected into the world.  I mean I did that quite a number of months ago.  Disney wanted me to do it so I did an interview."

The other new TV Academy Hall of Fame inductees were sportscaster Al Michaels, CBS executive Leslie Moonves, CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, Law & Order creator Dick Wolf, and the late TV innovator Philo T. Farnsworth.

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Javier Bardem, Others to Receive Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced the names of the celebrities who will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.

At a press conference on Friday, actress and recent Walk of Fame star recipient Marg Helgenberger revealed that Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, James Franco, Ron Howard and Helen Mirren will all receive their stars next year.  Also from the world of movies, makeup artist Rick Baker is set to be honored.   

Others chosen from among hundreds of nominees in the running to have a permanent place on the Walk of Fame are television stars Simon Baker, Bryan Cranston, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Matthew Perry and Katey Sagal.

Honorees from the live stage include actress Olympia Dukakis and magicians Penn & Teller.

David Green, chairman of the Walk of Fame selection committee, said in a statement, “The Walk of Fame will bring everlasting memories of star power, talent and popularity to the millions who visit Hollywood each year and which will shine even more light on the entertainment capital of the world.”

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Bryce Dallas Howard Welcomes Second Child

Eric Charbonneau/VF/Getty Images for Vanity Fair(LOS ANGELES) -- The Help star Bryce Dallas Howard became a mother for the second time last Thursday. The 30-year-old actress gave birth to a daughter named Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel. Howard and her husband, actor Seth Gabel, also have a four-year-old son, Theo.

On Sunday, Howard's father, filmmaker Ron Howard, tweeted news of the baby's arrival, writing, "Bryce & Baby B are spectacular Daddy Seth & brother Theo are beaming ear to ear :-)" He then received congratulations on Twitter from celebrities including Jennifer Connelly and director M. Night Shyamalan.

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No 'Dilemma' Here: Ron Howard Defends Gay Joke

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Filmmaker Ron Howard has come out in defense of his decision to keep a joke that has been deemed offensive by pundits and a gay rights group in his new movie The Dilemma.

Howard, who directed The Dilemma, defended the joke's inclusion in a note released Friday. The derogatory gag's inclusion in the film's trailer caused an uproar when it was released earlier this month. The controversy prompted the studio, Universal, to remove the line from the trailer.

In the trailer, a character portrayed by Vince Vaughn says: "Electric cars are gay. I mean, not 'homosexual' gay but 'my parents are chaperoning the dance gay.'"

"The Dilemma is a comedy for grown-ups, not kids," Howard said in the note. "It's true that the moment took on extra significance in light of some events that surrounded the release of the trailer and the studio made the decision to remove it from advertising, which I think was appropriate. I believe in sensitivity but not censorship.”

CNN's Anderson Cooper and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) spoke out against the film's trailer in the wake of the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, who killed himself after being bullied for being gay. Both Cooper and GLAAD objected to the use of the word "gay," calling it an unnecessary slur against homosexuals.

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