Steve Martin serves jury duty... Or does he?
December 24th, 2010
11:42 AM ET

Steve Martin serves jury duty... Or does he?

Only Steve Martin could find the humor in serving jury duty.

This week, the comedian unleashed a series of trial-based tweets, firing off such musings as "REPORT FROM JURY DUTY: guy I thought was up for murder turns out to be defense attorney. I bet he murdered someone anyway," and "I like to cup my hands and say, 'you tell 'em Judge Judy,' then duck behind the other jurors. HUGE laughs."

But it turns out Martin may be guilty of misleading his Twitter followers. One unnamed spokesperson claimed the 65-year-old funnyman was not on a jury panel but was part of an L.A. jury pool. Martin's publicist Alan Nierob, however, told the New York Post he wasn't in a courthouse at all.

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Gayle King talks Oprah, lesbian rumors
December 24th, 2010
09:43 AM ET

Gayle King talks Oprah, lesbian rumors

Oprah Winfrey wasn't the only one moved to tears as she told Barbara Walters about her friendship with Gayle King. King admits that she, too, found herself bawling because of her BFF.

King, 55, tells USA Today she was in Tasmania when she watched the ABC TV special in which Winfrey, 56, described her as "the mother I never had. She is ... the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves."

"I called her and said, 'I'm sitting in my room crying all by myself,' " says King, who, despite the touching tribute, asked Winfrey why she started sobbing. "She said, 'I was just caught off guard. No one had asked me the question that way.' "

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Life & Style Weekly
December 24th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

Weeklies cheat sheet: Holiday edition

In this holiday edition of (a miniature) weeklies cheat sheet, we get a little variety: Shania Twain, Eva Longoria and Heidi Montag each nab a magazine cover, almost as if the rest of the celebs are taking the holiday off.

No matter – we’ll settle for Twain’s engagement news and Longoria as Sandra Bullock No. 2. And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with pictures of plastic surgery gone horribly wrong?

Until the New Year….


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And the newest member of 'Real Housewives of New York' is...
December 24th, 2010
09:34 AM ET

And the newest member of 'Real Housewives of New York' is...

After much speculation, the newest member of "The Real Housewives of New York" has been revealed: Completely Bare owner Cindy Barshop.

The New York Post reports that the single mother of twin girls, who operates several successful hair-removal salons, will replace departing cast member Bethenny Frankel when the hit Bravo reality series returns for its fourth season.

"She has an organic connection to the cast," Bravo programming VP Christian Barcellos says of the Long Island, NY, native. "She's friends with [fellow New York 'Housewives'] Ramona [Singer] and has connections to Kelly [Bensimon]. They all run in the same circles. And she's a very successful, entrepreneurial, self-made woman. She's the epitome of the go-go New Yorker who lives downtown in an absolutely fabulous West Village loft."

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Zac Efron shaves his head for 'The Lucky One'
December 24th, 2010
09:32 AM ET

Zac Efron shaves his head for 'The Lucky One'

Zac Efron is creating a lot of buzz with his newly shaved head. After shearing off his locks to play a Marine in the movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks's "The Lucky One," the actor convinced the film's cast and crew to follow suit for the sake of charity.

According to the Times-Picayune, Efron – who just wrapped shooting on "The Lucky One" in New Orleans – issued a challenge to his colleagues, saying that for every crew member who joined him in getting a buzz cut, he would donate cash to local charity Kingsley House, which aims to educate children, strengthen families, and build community.

"He likes doing things for charity - two Make-A-Wish kids came a visit to the set while he was there - and he felt like he wanted to do something for a New Orleans charity since he had such a nice time shooting there," Efron's publicist told the paper.

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Larry King: My questions weren't softballs
December 24th, 2010
09:28 AM ET

Larry King: My questions weren't softballs

For all the critics who considered “Larry King Live's” interviews to be filled with “softball” questions, the former host begs to differ.

In an exclusive interview with "Reliable Sources’" Howard Kurtz, King fired back: “I didn't know what softball meant.” He added, “I asked good questions. I asked short questions. My questions didn't take three sentences. It always had a question mark at the end. A lot of questions [today] aren’t questions.”

King opened up on a wide range of topics about the 25 year run of “Larry King Live,” namely that, of course, not every moment was without confrontation.

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