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Worry not, for Mark McGrath is still alive

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Mark McGrath was the unsuspecting beneficiary of the weirdest ego boost ever on Thursday after a press release circulated saying the Sugar Ray frontman had been shot dead by a masked gunman. This resulted in Twitter blowing up with touching tributes along with the hashtag #RIPMarkMcGrath.

Here’s how it all unfolded in my inbox — aren’t I special?

10:10 a.m. (which happens to be my grandmother’s favorite time): An email with the subject line “BREAKING NEWS: MARK McGRATH IS DEAD” said the 46-year-old musician was confronted by a masked gunman on the set of entertainment show Hot Package and was shot multiple times. The email claimed that McGrath died in the arms of co-host Derrick Beckle, and also weirdly requested that in lieu of flowers, fans should honor McGrath by posting a “Sugar Ray Selfie,” which is a photo of oneself “holding a packet of sugar over their heart.” The press release ended with the hashtag #RIPMARKMCGRATH.

So yeah, Twitter blew up. And then…

11:46 a.m.: “Tomorrow night on the Season 2 Premiere of Hot Package, Mark McGrath is killed by a masked gunman and dies in the arms of his co-host Derrick Beckles. …

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About that foot in Giuliana Rancic's mouth...

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By now you’ve heard that Fashion Police co-host Giuliana Rancic made some racially insensitive comments about Zendaya’s flowing dreadlocks after the Oscars red carpet. But, in case you’ve had better things to do than be anywhere near the Internet for the last week, we’ll remind you that the E! personality (if you can call her that) said the K.C. Undercover actress looked like she smelled of weed and patchouli because of her hairstyle.

Zendaya responded with an open letter, writing, “To say that an 18 year old young woman with locs must smell of patchouli oil or 'weed’ is not only a large stereotype but outrageously offensive.”

Zendaya went on to list a number of scholars, actresses, singers, and authors who rock the style and suggested Rancic educate herself before making such a judgment.

“There is already harsh criticism of African American hair in society without the help of ignorant people who choose to judge others based on the curl of their hair,” Zendaya wrote. “My wearing my hair in locs on an Oscar red carpet was to showcase them in a positive light, to remind people of color that our hair is good enough.” …

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James Franco sighting in Gainesville

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They say it’s great to be a Florida Gator, and it pretty much is any time James Franco stops by to talk to a seemingly packed Stephen C. O’Connell Center, as he did on Wednesday night.

As part of the school’s ACCENT Speakers Bureau, Franco was interviewed by Mike Foley, former Tampa Bay Times executive editor and master lecturer of journalism at UF.

Regarding what the conversation would include, Foley told the j-school, “I have a rich field to plow here,” likely referring to Franco’s work as a whole as well as his recent dust-up with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Before stepping on stage, Franco posted a nervous-looking selfie on Facebook, captioning the photo, “GO GATORS!!!!!! I’m going to pretend this isn’t a crowd to hear ME talk. WTF?!?!?!?!”

Calm down, guy. It was free.

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Naya Rivera, Ryan Dorsey expecting first child

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Two things that happened on Tuesday: Big Sean dropped his new album, and Big Sean’s relatively recent ex-fiance, Naya Rivera, announced that she’s pregnant.

Coincidence? The Internet thinks not. But the Internet, it would appear, is wrong.

The Glee star — who married Ryan Dorsey just two months after her split with Big Sean — announced that she’s expecting on that particular day because, according to Dorsey, OK Magazine was about to spill the beans and tipped off the couple.

“S/o 2 whoever sold the 'news’ 2 the greatest 'magazine' in the world -OK Magazine, who informed us yesterday they were releasing it 2day,” Dorsey of FX’s Justified tweeted. “Even though it was way before we wanted to share...At the very least, thanks for the heads up OK so we could share it on our own. #Dadlife!”

Rivera, 28, announced the news in Instagram.

“First comes love, then comes marriage ...” she wrote, along with a photo of a bun in an oven that said, “XOXO, The Dorseys.”

“Ryan and I feel so blessed and can’t wait to welcome the newest member of our family,” Rivera wrote on her website.

So is it finally safe to assume Big Sean and Rivera are ready to forget the other ever existed? Fingers crossed.

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'Furious 7’ premiere canceled over Vin Diesel’s baby news

He didn't miss that Vanity Fair Oscar Party, though.

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He didn't miss that Vanity Fair Oscar Party, though.

My, Vin Diesel’s unborn child sure is a diva or divo; it’s because of his or her imminent arrival that the Furious 7 premiere in Abu Dhabi has been canceled, another bump in the long road (see what we did there?) to the release of the ridiculous street-racing franchise's next installment.

The super-private Diesel and longtime love Paloma Jimenez are expecting their third child, an insider tells the Hollywood Reporter, a well-kept secret, seeing as how baby is said to be due around the same time the flick hits theaters April 3. That’s why Universal canceled the March 10 world premiere at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, where part of the film was shot: Because Diesel, the face of the franchise and one of this film’s producers, decided not to go.

“He wants to be with his family at the birth; it’s a beautiful thing,” a source tells THR. “What human being wouldn’t?”

Probably all the squeamish ones, that’s who.

The premiere is now slated for April 1 in Los Angeles. A Universal source says the studio is “happy to premiere the film in L.A., birthplace of the franchise, where a core fan base exists.” Nice punning, Universal! …

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America's Next Top Model contestant Marjina Puhar killed in N.C.

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A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of three people found inside a Charlotte, N.C., home, including former America’s Next Top Model contestant Mirjana Puhar, 19.

Police told local media outlets that Emmanuel Jesus Rangel was charged with three counts of first-degree murder. Other victims include Jonathan Cosme Alvarado, 23, and Jusmar Isiah Gonzaga-Garcia, 21.

Puhar competed on AMNT’s 21st cycle last year.

Rangel was also charged with a Sunday killing in a North Carolina motel.

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Robin Thicke performs in courtroom

We like to think it was this festive.

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We like to think it was this festive.

Man, we didn’t realize Robin Thicke was having such a hard time booking gigs.

The Blurred Lines singer performed his little heart out during his testimony in a copyright trial against Marvin Gaye’s family.

Weird, but for good reason.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Thicke sang, played piano and danced in his seat to prove that several songs sound alike, sheerly by coincidence. It was all in an effort to prove that he, Pharrell Williams and T.I. didn’t rip off Gaye’s 1977 song Got to Give It Up.

The trio pre-emptively sued Gaye’s children, seeking a ruling that Blurred Lines was not a copyright infringement. Then Gaye’s children countersued.

Most of Thicke’s testimony centered around his claim that he was drunk and high during interviews in which he said he had told Williams they should write a song like Got to Give It Up. He also reminded the courtroom that he didn’t actually co-write Blurred Lines as he had previously claimed, so it’s not his fault if the ruling comes down in the plaintiffs’ favor.

“It felt like a little white lie that wouldn’t hurt his career and boost mine,” Thicke said on the stand. …

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Chris Brown denied entry into Canada

But he already has a fancy coat and everything!

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But he already has a fancy coat and everything!

We thought surely Justin Bieber would be the next celebrity to be denied entry into a North American nation, but nope. Chris Brown tweeted Tuesday that Canada won’t let him in, and his concerts in Montreal and Toronto have been canceled.

“Good people of the Canadian government wouldn’t allow me entry,” Brown wrote. “I’ll be back this summer and will hopefully see all my Canadian fans!”

Brown can apply to return at a later date, his spokeswoman tells the Associated Press.

The Canucks’ decision might have a little something to do with Brown’s attack on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009, his altercation while on probation outside a Washington hotel, and maybe even all the shootings that tend to happen around him. In 2010, the U.K. denied Brown’s entry as well, citing his past criminal record.

Let’s face it, though: This is probably best for everyone. Brown won’t turn into an icicle, and Canadians won’t fear for their safety. Win-win.

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Leonard Nimoy hospitalized with severe chest pains

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Actor Leonard Nimoy — that’s Captain Spock to us Trekkies — was rushed to the hospital last Thursday with severe chest pains.

No word on his current condition, but Nimoy, 83, was feeling well/unwell enough to cryptweet this on Monday, “A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP”

Nimoy was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease a year ago and has been in and out of the hospital over the past few months, according to TMZ. He blames the illness on his many years of smoking, though he quit 30 years ago.

We suppose all we can do now is hope Spock will continue to live long and prosper.

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'American Horror Story' actor Ben Woolf dies

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We really didn’t see this coming. Ben Woolf of American Horror Story, who was hit by a car last week, has died. He was 34.

Woolf died of a stroke while surrounded by family at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday, publicist Zack Teperman told the Associated Press. The diminutive actor had been in critical condition since Thursday after being hit in the head by a passing vehicle’s side mirror near Hollywood Boulevard.

Woolf played Infantana in American Horror Story in 2011 and Meep on American Horror Story: Freakshow. He also worked as a preschool teacher.

“He was a tremendous professional and an incredibly kind person, beloved by the American Horror Story family,” said FX and the show’s producers.

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from all over the world for our beloved Ben,” his family said in a statement. “He touched so many hearts in his 34 years. His memory will live on within each of us and within his work.”

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Video: John Travolta tries to redeem Idina Menzel flub, only makes things worse

STAHP.

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STAHP.

Why can’t John Travolta keep his hands off everyone?

First, he imposed a pucker upon an unsuspecting Scarlett Johansson’s cheek while grabbing her around the waist on the red carpet outside the Dolby Theater on Sunday. Then came all the face touching.

Travolta showed up to present an award with Idina Menzel, whose name he infamously pronounced Adele Dazeem during last year’s awards show.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” said Menzel, after being introduced by Neil Patrick Harris. “Please welcome to the stage, my very dear friend, Glong Gazingo!”

Travolta walked out and admitted, “I deserve that.”

Then he grabbed Menzel’s chin and didn’t let go for what seemed like 1,000 lifetimes. Her awkward, too-big smile says it all.

“But you, you my darling," he said, "my beautiful, my wickedly talented Idina Menzel!”

Congratulations, John. You pronounced a name correctly while simultaneously creeping everyone out. Good job.

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Video: Lady Gaga's 'Sound of Music' tribute deserves all the Oscars

Amazing.

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Amazing.

On Sunday night, Lady Gaga caused me to completely forget where I was and what I was doing the moment she descended from the heavens and made sweet love to my eardrums.

Her tribute to The Sound of Music was so out of control, everyone from @JoeShmoe to the legendary Julie Andrews couldn’t stop raving about it.

“I was deeply honored by the Academy’s lovely tribute to The Sound of Music, and especially touched by Lady Gaga’s wonderful performance,” the Oscar winner told Access Hollywood.

Gaga’s medley was the perfect way to celebrate the film’s 50th anniversary and included The Sound of Music, Do Re Mi, Edelweiss and Climb Ev’ry Mountain.

“I have always been a fan, but last night we bonded and now I have a new friend,” Andrews said of Gaga.

So, when’s girls’ night because I’m totally clearing my schedule!

“Thank you, for that,” Andrews told Gaga on stage as the two received an appropriately stirring standing ovation. “It really warmed my heart.”

And reminded us all that Mother Monster has some serious pipes.

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The horror! Joan Rivers left out of Oscars 'In Memoriam’ segment (with video)

I mean, really?

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I mean, really?

Notice anything super offensive about the “In Memoriam” segment during the Academy Awards on Sunday night? Yeah, it did not include Joan Rivers, who basically invented the red carpet and has, since 1995, reigned as Queen of the Oscars.

The stand-up comedian, talk show host, documentarian and guest star supreme also worked on a number of films. In case the Academy forgot, Rivers wrote, directed and starred in Rabbit Test, did voice work for Shrek 2 and appeared in The Muppets Take Manhattan, Iron Man 3 and Spaceballs. So there.

“Every comedian is a wonderful actor,” she told the Tribune in 2012. “When we come out and we make things look like we said them for the first time, that’s acting.”

After the ceremony wrapped up, a rep for the Academy responded to Twitter’s rightful outrage, telling Vanity Fair, “Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the 'In Memoriam’ segment of this year’s Oscar show. She is, however, included in our 'In Memoriam’ gallery on Oscar.com.”

Wow, I really wish Joan were here to make a hilarious, snide remark.

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Billy Bob Thornton marries longtime partner Connie Angland

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It only took 12 years of dating and months of secret-keeping, but Billy Bob Thornton is once again a married man.

The Golden Globe winner tied the knot with his Angelina Jolie rebound, Connie Angland — get this — in October. The 59-year-old Fargo star wed his 49-year-old bride “at their home in Los Angeles during a private ceremony before family,” his rep tells People.

The couple started dating in 2003, soon after Billy Bob divorced Angie. They welcomed daughter Bella the next year. This is Billy Bob’s sixth go-round in the marriage department.

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Jack Osbourne, wife Lisa expecting second child

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Sure, Kelly Osbourne pretty much stole the weekend, what with her absolutely stunning Rita Vinieris gown and slightly more-tolerable, lavender red-carpet hair. But her brother Jack Osbourne gets honorable mention because he and wife Lisa are expecting their second child together.

No doubt Ozzy and Sharon are pretty pumped.

The Dancing With the Stars alum announced the good news Saturday on Instagram.

“Supprise!!!!! #round2 #babyinbound,” Osbourne, 29, captioned a photo of his bare-bellied wife and their 2-year-old daughter Pearl. Lisa, 27, also shared the news on her blog, raddestmom.com, a url we wish we had thought of circa pregnancy of 2007.

“I’m pregnant! Pearl is very happy to become a big sister,” she wrote. “She diligently reads her 'I’m a big sister’ books every night & recites to me her plans of bathing, feeding, singing to, and holding the baby.” She went on, “We are more than halfway through this thing & are very excited to be parents again! Thanks for all the well wishes.”

Jack and Lisa started dating in 2011 and got married a year later. They suffered a late-term miscarriage in 2013, so we feel sort of obligated to get mushy and wish them all the health and happiness.

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