Larry Hagman…who you know as J.R. Ewing from "Dallas"…died on Friday from complications from throat cancer. He was 81. He'd been fighting it for the past 13 months. His family released a statement saying, quote, "He was surrounded by loved ones when he passed. It was a peaceful passing, just as he had wished for." Hagman's breakout role was on the 1965 sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie", where he starred opposite Barbara Eden for five seasons as Tony Nelson. He then played J.R. on "Dallas" for 14 seasons, from 1978 to 1991, and returned to the role for TNT's new "Dallas" show earlier this year. The second season will premiere in January. He'd completed filming on six of the upcoming 15 episodes. Hagman's death was unexpected…so the producers are scrambling to find a way to explain J.R.'s abrupt mid-season departure. It's too early to say how that might work.
On Thanksgiving morning, Halle Berry's ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry, was dropping off their four-year-old daughter at Halle's house when he got into a fight with Halle's fiancé, Olivier Martinez. Apparently Gabriel took a swing at Olivier…but Olivier used to be a boxer and ended up taking Gabriel down and landing some punches. Gabriel went to the hospital with a broken rib, some bruises on his face, and a possible head injury. Olivier also went to the same hospital with a possible broken hand and some neck injuries. Gabriel was arrested for misdemeanor battery. He claims Olivier started the fight and if the cops look at the footage from Halle's security tapes they'll see he was the victim.
Charlie Sheen just gave Lindsay Lohan a check for $100,000 to pay off part of her IRS tax debt. It's not clear if it's a loan or a present. But what is clear is that he sent it, she cashed it, and it went straight to the IRS. Charlie and Lindsay became friends while they were filming cameos for "Scary Movie 5" in September. The movie is set to come out in April. Lindsay owes the government $233,904 in unpaid taxes from 2009 and 2010, so Charlie just knocked out about half of that debt. Lindsay is set to make $2 Million this year so she SHOULD be able to pay off the rest.
It was a big weekend again for Twilight. Breaking Dawn - Part 2 made another $64 million. That pushes its total domestic gross to $227 million in just two weeks. None of the weekend's new releases cracked the top 3. "Rise of the Guardians" made $32.6 million in 4th place . . . and "Life of Pi" was just behind with $30.2 million in 5th place. "Red Dawn" finished in 7th place with $22 million.
This is one of those stories where one little decision would've changed the entire course of movie history. According to a new interview with Steven Spielbeg, back in the late '70s when he was just coming off "Jaws" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", he wanted to direct a James Bond movie. But the producer told him NO. We're thinking if he had said yes, Spielberg would've directed Roger Moore in "Moonraker". Spielberg says, quote, "I've never asked again. Instead, I made the 'Indiana Jones' series." That's right: If Spielberg had gotten a "yes" on directing a Bond film, we might not have "Indiana Jones". Spielberg is still a huge Bond fan, even though they rejected him three decades ago. He says he saw "Skyfall"…and can't wait to see it a second time.
The Discovery Channel has canceled "Dirty Jobs" after eight seasons
Chevy Chase is leaving "Community"…effective immediately. According to reports, Chevy didn't quit, and he wasn't fired…it was a, quote, "mutual agreement." Most of the show's upcoming season has already been filmed, and Chevy will remain in those episodes. It's unclear how sudden this move was made…so we don't know if his character's departure will be explained on the show, or if it'll just continue without him. None of this is a surprise. Chevy has trashed the show in several interviews…basically saying that he didn't think it was funny, he didn't like his character, and he was just doing it for the money. And last season, he was involved in a nasty feud with "Community" creator Dan Harmon, who left the show earlier this year. The fourth season premiere will begin airing on February 7th.
Justin Bieber met the Prime Minister of Canada recently, where he accepted something called a "Diamond Jubilee Medal". It's awarded to Canadians who "earn achievements abroad." So, it's basically like Canada's version of being knighted by the Queen. Justin didn't seem to have much respect for it. He showed up wearing a backward baseball cap and overalls, which were unbuttoned on one side.Justin Tweeted a picture from the event, with the caption: Quote, "I met the Prime Minister in overalls. LOL." He Tweeted a picture of himself wearing the outfit with the caption, quote, "I hope you hate my style."
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On Saturday, "Gangnam Style" surpassed Justin Bieber’s "Baby" video to become the most-watched YouTube video of all time. As of late last night, "Gangnam Style" had over 823 million views, while "Baby" followed with around 805 million.
Lady Gaga was on tour in Peru for Thanksgiving, and she had a little surprise on Thanksgiving night. She woke up to raid the fridge…naked…and that's when she discovered that 35 Peruvian fans had broken into the garage of the place where she was staying. But she joked about it on Twitter, so apparently she didn't mind.