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Lawrence Kasdan, Simon Kinberg may be writing 'Star Wars' spinoffs, not sequels

What proper geeks would we be if we didn't keep you up on the latest about Disney's upcoming Star Wars movies? Bad ones, that's what kind. But there's news: It seems newly hired screenwriters Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg will indeed be writing projects based on George Lucas' universe, just not necessarily sequential projects post-Return of the Jedi. Kinda like an expanded universe thing, y'see, which is probably what Lucasfilm should have done in the first place.

The Hollywood Reporter says the pair will be writing separate projects that aren't going to be Episodes VIII and IX (although they still say Michael Arndt is working on Episode VII). These scripts could be potential spinoffs based on side characters, and not direct sequels. THR says Disney CEO Roger Iger wants to make a Star Wars movie "every two to three years," and expanding the base of characters a la The Avengers is a way to do that.

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Joe Jackson had a stroke that may or may not be serious


The late Michael Jackson's father, 83-year-old Joe Jackson, suffered a stroke Thursday morning, CNN confirms. Not to worry, though; He's been treated at a Las Vegas hospital and is doing fine. Or is he?

Joe "is in very good spirits," a source told the network about the mild stroke, his third in the past five years. Fox News went the completely opposite direction: "He's in 'serious' condition. Joe has been struggling with his health a lot over the past three or four months," their source said. "The good thing is that he was taken immediately to the hospital as he was with a couple of people at the time."

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Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez reach settlement with Gabriel Aubry


It took only a week, but already Halle Berry and her two boys, fiance Olivier Martinez and baby daddy Gabriel Aubry all have reached an agreement to end their battles. That's good, because we don't think Aubry's face could have taken any more of Martinez's disagreements.

Berry attorney Blair Berk came out of court Thursday and held up a sign that read simply: "The parties have reached an amicable agreement. There will be no further statements regarding this matter." Aubry was in court but the engaged couple were not. Gabriel's attorney Shawn Chapman Holley was there, too, amazing everyone with the fact she has free time outside of representing Lindsay Lohan.

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Mayim Bialik and Michael Stone getting divorced after 9 years


Mayim Bialik is divorcing husband Michael Stone after nine years, filing papers Nov. 21. She's asking for joint custody of their children. Time to call Six for some comfort. That's right, another Blossom reference, because we quit watching The Big Bang Theory.

"Divorce is terribly sad, painful and incomprehensible for children," she wrote on her parenting blog, which is devoted to attachment parenting. Just not to the father, it seems. "It is not something we have decided lightly. ... We will be ok."

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Rihanna hugs it out with Chris Brown on Instagram

tbd-rihannachrisbrown120312.jpgIf, for some reason, you're one of the teeming masses of weirdos who think Rihanna and Chris Brown should get back together, do we have the picture for you. Seems Riri finally felt like showing everyone how friendly she and Breezy are now with a photo on Instagram.

The singer posted this photo to her Instagram profile on Thursday, writing, "i dont wanna leave!!! Killed it tonight baby!!!" It was directed at @f---yopictures, a handle so eloquent, it could only be Chris Brown's. Those are clearly his tats, and she clearly hasn't been shy about letting people know she's been hanging out with him while he's on tour in Europe.

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'Game of Thrones' as a 'Seinfeld' sitcom episode

A laugh track and a guitar riff change everything.

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Dr. Dre tops Forbes list of highest-paid musicians


You may not have seen him in person for a good long while, but Dr. Dre is rolling in it, topping Forbes' annual list of highest-paid musicins with $110 million. Most of that was from selling his Beats headphone line, though, so don't expect it to last.

Dre collected $100 million pretax after HTC bought a 51 percent stake for $300 million, but he and his partners bought back half of what they sold, Forbes says. Coming up right behind him is Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, who rode The Wall Live tour to $88 million. Elton John got third with $80 million, also from touring, just like U2, which got $78 million from their 360 tour, and British boy band Take That, who got $69 million from a reunion tour.

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Fred Savage and wife Jennifer have a baby boy

tbd-fredsavage113012.jpgWhile we've been busy thinking about Ben Savage resurrecting Boy Meets World with a new followup show, his older brother, The Wonder Years' Fred Savage, announced the birth of his third child. Yes, Fred will be associated with The Wonder Years for life. Deal with it.

"He's here," Fred tweeted way back on Monday, with this adorable pic of a newborn. There were no other details provided, but we're going to assume his wife Jennifer is just fine. He hadn't even mentioned the pregnancy until the photo, too.

The 36-year-old and his wife already have a 6-year-old son named Oliver and a 4-year-old daughter, Lily. We know Fred has been producing and doing some voice acting and even directing some things. Fortunately, a spinoff of The Wonder Years isn't one of them.

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Guy Ritchie, Jacqui Ainsley have a baby girl


Former Mr. Madonna and cockney gangster movie director Guy Ritchie has added a nwe member to his brood, because his fiancee Jacqui Ainsley has had their second child togther, a baby girl who was born earlier this week. But no way are they handing out any details.

"We can confirm that Guy and Jacqui are the proud parents of a new baby girl. Mother and baby are doing well," the 44-year-old Ritchie's rep tells People in a statement. The girl was born by cesarean section in London.

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Katy Perry admits she usually wears Spanx to fit into stuff

rsz_tbd-katyperry113012.jpgKaty Perry just won about a million new fans, because she admitted to Us Weekly she wears Spanx all the time. It's not like we didn't know, but it's always great to hear people admit stuff like that.

"I feel like my (fat) is sticking out so bad right now," she told the mag at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York on Wednesday night. "I almost always wear (Spanx), but not tonight, and I feel it pushing out, making me look fat." The event was to raise money for children's programs, and featured the likes of Selena Gomez, Harry Belafonte, Uma ThurmanTony Bennett and Kelly Ripa.

She also reveals a very realistic workout program: "I like to say I run on the elliptical for 30 minutes watching CNN, but I don't do it often enough," she said. "So I'm just like, 'Oh, I guess I'm not fitting into this Lanvin dress for these couple of months.'"

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Lindsay Lohan arrested for assault, faces more charges


Lindsay Lohan's week went from bad to worse, with the actress being charged with at least four different crimes on the same day on two different coasts after allegedly hitting a woman at a nightclub early Thursday. As if the critics savaging her Lifetime movie Liz & Dick wasn't enough of an insult.

NBC New York says Lohan was at Club Avenue in Manhattan when she allegedly punched the victim in the face and was detained by New York's Finest. TMZ says the pair argued after sitting in separate booths near each other, with Lohan smacking her on the left side of her face for no apparent reason (the site speculates it was some kind of disagreement over Max George from The Wanted, who didn't want to deal with a drunk LiLo).

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Jake from Adventure Time is making bacon pancakes with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys

Jake really does have magical powers -- like doing mashups with hip-hop moguls that you won't get out of your head, ever. Here's 10 hours of it, just to prove my point. And here's a remix, if you somehow get bored with that.

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Britney Spears owes taxes, Tyler Perry sued, Casey Anthony trial on Lifetime

Today's quick legal roundup finds that Britney Spears and Kevin Federline may have divorced several years ago, but they still owe the state of California $37,712.71 in back taxes from 2004, the year they got married, TMZ reports. We're pretty sure Brit can pay her half, but as for K-Fed, we don't think Jack in the Box will be able to cover that.

Tyler Perry, meanwhile, has been sued in Philadelphia by author Terri Donald, who is claiming the plot his movie Good Deeds was stolen from her 2007 novel Bad Apples Can Be Good Fruit, WENN says. She wants $225,000 and her name in the movie's credits, because there's no Perry could have thought of a wealthy man meeting a single mom all on his own.

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Danielle Fishel talks about origins of 'Boy Meets World' sequel


Children of the '90s by now have heard that Disney has signed former Boy Meets World actors Ben Savage and Danielle Fishel to star in a revamp of the show called Boy Meets Girl. In case you were wondering how and why they'd ever do anything like star in a show picking up more than decade later with the pair raising a 13-year-old daughter, the 31-year-old Fishel wrote all about it on her Tumblr.

"I am going to do my best to not speak for others with this open post. But because I have known Michael Jacobs, Ben Savage, Rider Strong, Will Friedle, and Bill Daniels for 19 years, I know we share many of the same feelings regarding the 7 wonderful years we spent making BMW ... I promise with the entirety of my heart that we will make GMW with the same honesty, innocence, and intelligence that you learned to expect from BMW," she wrote.

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Angus T. Jones apologizes for telling the truth about 'Two And a Half Men'

Only a day after calling his TV show Two And a Half Men "filth" and telling people to "please stop watching" it in a video for a a Christian group, Angus T. Jones kinda-sorta apologized to the show's cast and crew in a statement. You're just reading it here now because he didn't say it until The Juice* was safe at home, hidden away from a world where so many people watch a show like Two And a Half Men.

"I apologize if my remarks reflect me showing indifference to and disrespect of my colleagues and a lack of appreciation of the extraordinary opportunity of which I have been blessed. I never intended that," the 19-year-old said Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter (watch the video above, starting around the 7:30 mark). "Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two And a Half Men with whom I have worked and over the past 10 years who have become an extension of my family."

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