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Monday
Jun272011

Jennifer Aniston Goes on Double Date, Shows Off New Tattoo

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston did some double dating over the weekend with her Horrible Bosses co-star Jason Bateman.

Aniston and her new man Justin Theroux met up with Bateman and his wife Amanda Anka at Il Cantinori in New York, according to People.

The magazine also reports Aniston was sporting her first tattoo, located on the inside of her right foot.  The tattoo reads “Norman,” which pays tribute to her pet dog who died last month at the age of 15.

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Sunday
Jun262011

'Cars 2' Drives Away with Box Office Top Spot

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Cars 2 raced to first place at the box office over the weekend, garnering $68 million in its opening weekend, according to studio experts.

Also debuting over the weekend was the film Bad Teacher, which finished second in the box office tally, raking in $31 million.

Green Lantern ($18.4 million), Super 8 ($12.1 million) and Mr. Popper’s Penguins ($10.3 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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Sunday
Jun262011

Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz Tie the Knot

Bowers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz are reportedly the latest showbiz couple to tie the knot.

The “James Bond” actor and actress Weisz, 41, reportedly exchanged vows on Wednesday during a low-key ceremony in New York.

Just a few people were in attendance to witness the ceremony, according to published reports, among them being Craig’s son and Weisz’s daughter.

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Saturday
Jun252011

Celebrities React to NY's Legalization of Same-Sex Marriage

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- On Friday night, the New York State Senate voted in favor of legislation that will allow same-sex couples in the state to marry, and some celebrities took to Twitter to express their feelings about the passing of the bill.

Pop star Lady Gaga, who has been a vocal supporter of gay rights, was in Tokyo when the Marriage Equality Act of 2011 passed in the New York Senate, and expressed her happiness online tweeting “I can't stop crying. We did it kids.”

Lady Gaga also tweeted a picture of herself with a group of young people, with the message “The revolution is ours to fight for love, justice+equality. Rejoice NY, and propose. We did it!!!” accompanying the twitpic.

Leading up to the vote Actor Neil Patrick Harris, who is openly gay, tweeted “I'd sure love to get married. Please, NY Senate, vote in favor of marriage equality today. My family would really appreciate it.”

And after the bill was passed, Harris hopped back onto Twitter to say, “It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!”

Funnyman Seth Meyers, of Saturday Night Live, added some humor to the reactions on Twitter, saying “In the last 10 minutes I've had 100 missed calls from Stefon.”

SNL fans know “Stefon” as a flamboyant Correspondent character on the show.

New York joins Connecticut, Vermont, Iowa, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, as the sixth state to legalize gay marriage. Same-sex nuptials are also legal in Washington, D.C.

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Friday
Jun242011

Comedian Jerry Lewis Rushed to Sydney Hospital

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(SYDNEY) -- Jerry Lewis, on tour in Australia on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of Australia, was rushed to a Sydney hospital on Friday just minutes before a scheduled appearance, according to a written statement issued by the organization.

In the statement, MDF Australia CEO David Jack said the 85-year-old comedian was "not well enough to take the stage." Lewis has struggled with a number of health problems recently, including a debilitating back condition, heart problems and the lung condition known as pulmonary fibrosis.

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Friday
Jun242011

'General Hospital' Actor: 'I Dare Them' to Cancel Us

ABC/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- Maurice Benard, who has played General Hospital's brooding, dangerous-yet-lovable Sonny Corinthos for 18 years says that if ABC gets rid of his soap, there's going to be a problem.

"If they cancel General Hospital, there are going to be riots because these people are loyal,” Benard told ABC News Radio this week. "They love this show,” he said. “So I dare them to try."

And while that may be nice for the show's fans to hear, it doesn't sound as if its staff and actors have been guaranteed anything. Benard said the last time he worked he was told, "'If the audience continues to watch, and our ratings are good, we will continue to be on. That's the bottom line...If we all do our jobs correctly and the audience continues -- because we have a very big following -- then we're going to be all right.”

ABC announced in April that it was canceling long-running soaps All My Children and One Life to Live.

Benard is currently touring comedy clubs while on break from General Hospital. "I'm not Richard Pryor,” he said, “but people laugh. I think people shed tears."

If you get to see his show, you may wind up on stage. "I have somebody come up and do a scene with me,” he said.

And those who attend Benard’s show will also get a chance to see the actor’s six-year-old son perform a Justin Bieber song.

He “steals the show,” Benard said.

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Friday
Jun242011

'Columbo' Star Peter Falk Dies at 83

Jesse Grant/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Peter Falk, who was best known for the title role in Columbo has died, according to a statement released by his family.

"Falk died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011," according to the statement. Peter Falk is survived by his wife, Shera, of 34 years and two daughters from a previous marriage.

The actor suffered from advanced dementia that set on after a series of dental operations in 2007. In 2009, his wife Shera and daughter Catherine engaged in a legal tug-of-war over who should be in charge of his personal affairs; a judge ruled that Shera would retain control.

Falk was best known for his role as iconic cop Lieutenant Columbo in the long-running TV series Columbo. He won four Emmy awards for his work on that show.

Falk also found success on the big screen. He was nominated for Oscars for his roles in 1960's Murder, Inc. and 1961's Pocketful of Miracles.

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Friday
Jun242011

'Jersey Shore' to be Recast?

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MTV is denying a report that it plans to recast its hit show Jersey Shore.

US Weekly reported Friday that the show's producers planned to recast the show after the original members shoot season five this summer in Seaside Heights, N.J.

A new cast would be "a lot cheaper," a source told the magazine. The current housemates each reportedly make $100,000 per episode.

“We love the present cast, and their summer adventures have just begun," an MTV spokesperson tells ABC News. "We currently have no plans to recast the show.”

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Friday
Jun242011

Cory Monteith Reveals He Had a 'Serious' Drug Problem

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Cory Monteith, who is best known for his role as the clean-cut jock Finn Hudson on Glee, reveals to Parade magazine that he had a serious drug problem when he was a teen. In this Sunday's issue, Monteith, who is now 29 years old, admits, "I'm lucky on so many counts, I'm lucky to be alive."

The British Columbia native said that by the time he was 13 years old he was getting drunk, smoking pot and skipping school.  By the time Monteith was 16 years old, he had moved on to stronger and harder drugs. At age 19 he went to rehab, but it didn’t seem to help.  After stealing money from a family member Monteith says he was given an ultimatum to either get clean or face theft charges.  Monteith credits that incident with turning his life around, explaining, "I was done fighting myself. I finally said, 'I'm gonna start looking at my life and figure out why I'm doing this.'"

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Friday
Jun242011

Pulitzer Prize for The Onion?

PRNewsFoto/The Onion(NEW YORK) -- Steven Forbeck is the head of the satirical organization Americans for Fairness in Awarding Journalism Prizes, which is trying to elicit support for a Pulitzer Prize for The Onion, itself a satirical newspaper.

The Onion, established in 1988 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, has taken to calling the Pulitzer Board the "Lazy, Illiterate Pulitzer Board," leading up to the publication of its 1,000th issue June 20.

So far, Ricky Gervais, Arianna Huffington, Gail King, Ira Glass, Mikheil Saakashvili (President of the Republic of Georgia), Russ Feingold, Tom Hanks, and Mario Batali, as well as many other notables, have joined the cause.

"[AFAJP] was founded in 1944, started in response to a lot of concerned citizens noticing that journalism organizations were not being recognized for their achievements," Forbeck, in character as the Head of the AFAJP, told ABC news. "Specifically was one in Belgium, some reporters were rewarded for some reporting they did, I don't know, on the Western Front during World War II. And of course, as we all know, Belgium isn't an actual country, so it doesn't have any standing to win an actual prize."

For the record, Belgium is a country located in Western Europe.

Since its inception in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize Committee has distributed 8,000 of the prestigious prizes. Forbeck thinks that The Onion should without question be awarded a Pulitzer.

"It is a testament to the age that we live in, unfortunately, that I would even have to answer this question. It is the number one news organization in the country. Unbiased reporting, hard-hitting, in-depth coverage, I could go on and on, but unfortunately most of the adjectives that could describe The Onion haven't been invented yet," said Forbeck.

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