Robin Williams to be honored by Billy Crystal at Emmys


Robin Williams fans will be happy to know the late actor will get a special tribute at the 2014 Emmys. Something they may be less excited about: The comedian’s longtime friend and Father’s Day co-star, Billy Crystal, will lead the segment Monday, according to the Associated Press.

“We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable,” Emmys producer Don Mischer said. “Billy seemed like the perfect choice.”

Let’s just hope he doesn’t mess this up like he did the entire Academy Awards show in 2012.

Crystal has yet to speak publicly about Williams’ suicide; he simply took to Twitter to say, “No words.”

At last year’s Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters during the tribute segment. This year’s memorial segment will include a performance from Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles.

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Nicki Minaj 'Anaconda' video is, um, visually stimulating?

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My, Nicki Minaj sure put the hump in hump day.

The rapper released her very NSFW Sir-Mix-A-Lot-sampling video for Anaconda on Wednesday, and it made us completely forget about all the unenthusiastic twerking attempts in Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off video, also released this week.

Where shall we begin? With the near-naked costumes, the overflowing beverages, the booty-shaking — So. Much. Booty. Shaking. — the comparably dressed and similarly proportioned women gyrating their rumps while Minaj grinds all over them, or the no-hands-allowed Drake lap dance? There’s just so much.

The entire video is, let's say, visually stimulating, but we are left with one big takeaway: If your brain was able to function beyond merely taking in all the butt, you may have noticed the blatant product placement. Among the plugs: Beats by Dre, obviously, MateFit, a natural weight loss tea, and Myx, a “refreshing fruit infused Moscato beverage” co-owned by Nicki Minaj.

Yeah, she knows what sells. By Wednesday night, the video had garnered 12 million YouTube hits.

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Robbie Amell engaged to Italia Ricci


The Flash actor Robbie Amell, younger cousin of Stephen Amell, is officially off the market. Amell asked longtime girlfriend and actress Italia Ricci to marry him on Wednesday, and he has the Instagram to prove it.

“She said yes!!!... I think. I can’t really be sure,” the 26-year-old captioned a photo of the couple kissing. “I’m going marry my best friend. @italiaricci.”

Amell and the 27-year-old Chasing Life star have been together for six years. “Happy 6 year anniversary to my favorite person in the entire world. I love you so much,” Ricci wrote on Instagram last month. “Also, you’re pretty good-looking. @robbieamell.”

So is his cousin, Stephen, who stars on CW’s Arrow and married America’s Next Top Model contestant Cassandra Jean.

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Christina Aguilera welcomes baby girl

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Well, Christina Aguilera's baby was born to be a hippy.

The Voice coach and her producer fiance Matthew Rutler welcomed a baby girl, their first child together, on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reports. So far, baby’s measurements are top secret.

“So proud to welcome our beautiful daughter Summer Rain Rutler into the world,” the singer tweeted early Monday. How seasonal.

Aguilera is already mom to 6-year-old son Max Liron Bratman with ex-husband Jordan Bratman.

Rutler, who met the singer on the set of Burlesque in 2000, popped the question in February, and by March we all knew they were expecting a baby girl. In the months that followed, Xtina turned up the heat, posing for the obligatory naked-and-pregnant cover photo for V Magazine — “As a woman, I’m proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store,” she told the mag — and enjoying a rather Dirrty baby shower cake that depicted a nude and generously bosomed pregnant woman giving birth spread-eagle on a hardwood floor.

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Charlie Sheen makes it rain during ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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We’re not sure, but we think Charlie Sheen just made us like him a little bit.

Before we begin, a disclaimer: We’re sure you’re either completely sick of seeing people dump ice on themselves for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge or you’re as confused as we are about the premise — aren’t most people saying they’d rather be drenched with freezing water than give to charity? Regardless, the viral challenge has sparked a flurry of donations, helping raise $15.6 million so far for the ALS Association to research Lou Gehrig’s disease, and that’s a wonderful thing.

So here’s where Charlie Sheen comes in:

The 48-year-old Anger Management actor accepted the challenge from hockey star Ryan Miller and made it rain all over himself — with cold, hard cash instead of cold, hard H2O. TMZ has the video.

“Oh wait, that’s not ice. That’s $10,000 in cash, which I am donating to the ALS foundation,” Sheen says in the clip. “Let’s face it, ice is going to melt, but this money is going to actually help people. So I am hereby calling out Jon Cryer, Chuck Lorre and Ashton Kutcher to identically do what I just did.” …

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Introducing Grandpa Rock

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First, we had to endure the lead singer of our favorite metal band looking super slow and lazy at the Amp on Sunday night (see Sean Daly’s spot-on and somewhat sad review of the Alice Cooper-Motley Crue show here), and now comes this unexpected news that’ll really make you feel like an old-timer:

Kid Rock is going to be a grandpa.

The 43-year-old American Bad Ass has a 21-year-old son, Bobby Ritchie Jr., whose girlfriend is four months pregnant with a baby girl, Us Weekly reports. Kid had the kid in 1993 and won custody in 2000, raising Bobby mostly on his own. The singer’s rep had no comment on the happy news.

Now please excuse us while we down our glucosamine chondroitin and put our tray tables in the upright and locked position as we begin our descent into 30.

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'Downton Abbey’ cast owns Bottlegate


When you’re involved in a popular period drama, you can be certain history geeks far and wide are just waiting around for you to choose the wrong costume or prop so they can flaunt their genius level at your expense.

Downtown Abbey had done a pretty stellar job of keeping it authentic until last week when show bosses released a promotional photo in which a plastic water bottle photobombs stars Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael. Oops!

The blunder went viral, prompting producers to pull the photo from the drama’s website. Now the cast is using the gaffe to do some good, because charities are so hot right now. The show’s 17 cast members posed for a twitpic looking embarrassed and holding bottles of water.

“The cast of #Downton embraced 'water bottle-gate’ today,” the tweet read. The post contains a link to WaterAid UK, a safe water and sanitation charity.

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Savannah Guthrie joins legion of moms

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It’s a girl for Savannah Guthrie.

The Today show co-host and husband Michael Feldman welcomed their first child together early Wednesday. Vale Guthrie Feldman weighed in at 8 lbs., 5 oz., and measured 19.5 inches long, the morning show reports.

“My 3am wake up call sounds a lot different now. Sweeter...” Guthrie tweeted early Thursday.

The little one “has blue eyes,” (like pretty much every baby ever born), “a little bit of blondish hair and the chubbiest cheeks you’ve ever seen,” Guthrie, who was planning to call into the show today, told friends at the program. “Mike and I are so overcome with happiness, gratitude and joy.”

Guthrie’s colleagues sent her off to maternity leave in style on Monday, showering the 42-year-old with gifts.

“In my heart of hearts, I would hope for Savannah to have a girl,” Guthrie’s mom Nancy told People. “I probably shouldn’t say that because my son is just everything to me, but there’s nothing better than a daughter.”

Looks like we know who grandma’s favorite is.

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Celine Dion puts career on hold as husband fights cancer

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A message posted on Celine Dion’s website Wednesday said the Canadian singer has “decided to postpone all of her show business activities indefinitely” so she can focus on her family and on the health issues she and husband Rene Angelil are facing.

Celine has canceled all of her shows until March. That includes her residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace — one of the hottest tickets in Vegas since she returned to the Strip three years ago — as well as her tour of Asia, which was planned for the fall.

Dion, 46, must “focus 100% of her attention on her husband Rene, their family, and associated health issues,” the statement said. Rene, 72, had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his throat in December and stepped aside as Celine’s manager in June.

“It’s been a very difficult and stressful time for the couple as they deal with the day-to-day challenges of fighting this disease while trying to juggle a very active show business schedule, and raise their three young children,” the statement said.

Dion is suffering from “an illness that has caused inflammation in her throat muscles,” according to the statement. She hasn’t performed at her show in Las Vegas since July 29.

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Robin Williams' daughter Zelda Williams leaves social media thanks to evil trolls

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People are terrible. Case in point: the Twitter users who sent Zelda Williams, daughter of Robin Williams, photos that they claimed showed her father’s dead body.

While the people of the Internet turned out in force to write messages of support after the Good Will Hunting actor died of an apparent suicide on August 11, a few ugly characters decided it would be amusing to bully a young woman grieving the sudden and tragic loss of her father, a man beloved by strangers young and old, far and wide.

Zelda, who celebrated her 25th birthday with her father only one week before his death, has abandoned her Twitter and Instagram accounts after trolls took to her social media pages to criticize Robin and his career and to slam her for not posting enough photos of her dad.

But it gets worse. According to the BBC, at least two people sent Zelda photoshopped images of what they said was her father’s lifeless body. Initially, Zelda asked her Twitter followers to report the users who sent her the photos, but she erased that tweet and replaced it with this one:

“I’m sorry. I should’ve risen above. Deleting this from my devices for a good long time, maybe forever. Time will tell. Goodbye.” …

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Fans livid after discovering Teen Choice Awards are rigged

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So, did you happen to notice the fine print at the end of the Teen Choice Awards on Fox Sunday night?

Neither did the rest of us who had better things to do. But fangirls and fanboys realized with one click of the pause button that their lives have been a total waste. Or at least the time they spent voting for favorite celebrities.

Business Insider points out that a disclaimer following the telecast read, “Winners for the Teen Choice Awards are determined using the votes cast on Votes are tabulated electronically and winners are determined based on the nominees in each category with the highest number of eligible votes. (Production company) Teenasaurus Rox reserves the right to choose the winner from the top four vote getters. The Olay Fresh Effects Breakout Star Award and Ultimate Choice Award were both chosen by Teenasaurus Rox.”

Plus, it turns out “winners” of what should probably be called the Teenasaurus Rox Choice Awards are notified six days prior to the show to make sure VIPs like the Kardashians grace viewers with their presence. …

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Justin Bieber avoids jail time in Miami plea deal

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Could it be? Is Justin Bieber manning up?

Not likely, but The Maple One did plead guilty to charges of careless driving and resisting arrest on Wednesday, finally putting an end to the legal drama that began in January when he drove a Lamborghini all crazy like through the streets of Miami Beach in what police called an illegal drag race.

According to the Associated Press, the judge who accepted the Boyfriend singer’s plea gave the Biebs — who naturally had better things to do than actually show up — a good old fashioned lecture.

“I hope that he realizes that his actions not only lead to consequences that affect him but they lead to consequences that affect others that are looking up to him as a role model,” Miami-Dade County Judge William Altfield said. “He just hopefully will get the message. He will grow up. He will use his talents positively for young persons.”

“We will turn this into a positive experience,” Bieber attorney Howard Srebnick vowed. “We’re relieved that it’s over.” …

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Lauren Bacall: She tamed Bogie and tempted us


Lauren Bacall, a smoldering model-turned-actress who hit the silver screen as a teen in 1944 and went on to play a series of tough-girl roles, died of a stroke-related issue Wednesday, the Humphrey Bogart Estate announced. She was 89.

One of the sexiest and fastest-rising stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Bacall’s cover photo on Harper’s Bazaar caught the eye of A-List director Howard Hawks, who, as the story goes, taught Bacall her famous sultry growl, changed her name (she was born Betty Joan Perske) and cast her opposite husband Humphrey Bogart in her debut To Have and Have Not, the couple’s first of four films together.

The movie forged her identity — as Bogart once said, “steel with curves” — and “Baby” and “Bogie," whose chemistry was undeniable, married in 1945. She was 20; he was 25 years her senior. …

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson’s mom, cousin hurt in DUI crash


Authorities in central Florida are investigating a car accident involving the mother and cousin of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Clermont police tell the Associated Press that officers stopped a vehicle driven by what appeared to be a drunk driver on Aug. 2. The driver took off, ran two red lights and hit the car driven by Johnson’s mother Ata Maivia-Johnson. She and the passenger, his cousin Savelina “Lina” Fanene — who is following in The Rock’s footsteps, training in Orlando to be a WWE Diva — were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Police filed a warrant for DUI and other charges on the driver who left the traffic stop.

“My mom and cousin were hit head on by a drunk driver,” The Rock tweeted Sunday along with a scary-looking photo of the accident. “They lived. This was 100% preventable.”

He also Instagrammed a picture of himself wheeling his mother out of the hospital with a cast on her arm Wednesday, captioning the snapshot with thanks to fans for their outpouring of support.

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Remembering Robin Williams


Robin Williams, the Juilliard-trained actor and uncontainably exhibitionist comic who became one of the most dazzling all-around talents in show business, winning an Academy Award for a dramatic role in Good Will Hunting and an Emmy for his stand-up work, was found dead Monday at his home in Tiburon, Calif. He was 63.

Authorities on Tuesday detailed how Williams took his life, saying he hanged himself with a belt in a bedroom of his San Francisco Bay Area home.

Marin County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Boyd said Williams was last seen alive by his wife Sunday night when she went to bed. She woke up the next morning and left, thinking he was still asleep elsewhere in the home.

Shortly after that, Williams’ personal assistant came to the Tiburon home and became concerned when Williams failed to respond to knocks at a door. The assistant found the 63-year-old actor clothed and dead in a bedroom.

Boyd said all evidence indicates Williams, star of Good Will Hunting, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Morning, Vietnam and dozens of other films, committed suicide by hanging himself. But he said a final ruling will be made once toxicology reports and interviews with witnesses are complete. …

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