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Mary Grace Canfield, who played Ralph Monroe on TV’s “Green Acres,” dies at 89

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Mary Grace Canfield, a veteran character actress who played handywoman Ralph Monroe on the television show “Green Acres,” has died. She was 89. Her daughter, Phoebe Alexiades, says Canfield died of lung cancer on Saturday at a hospice in the California coastal town of Santa Barbara. Canfield had appearances on a …

Kristen Bell, Michael B. Jordan host Oscar ceremony for the scientists behind special effects

  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – The scientists and inventors who make big-screen superheroes, spectacular explosions and other only-in-the-movies effects possible have their own Oscar ceremony. Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan hosted the film academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hotel, recognizing more than 50 of the most creative scientists and …

Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead

Award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead Sunday afternoon in his apartment in 35 Bethune St. in the West Village of Manhattan according to local law enforcement as reported by The Wall Street Journal and showbiz insider TMZ.   The story is still developing, but sources told TMZ that the probable cause of death …

Toxicology report says Justin Bieber had marijuana, Xanax in system after Fla. arrest

MIAMI—A preliminary toxicology report shows that Justin Bieber tested positive for marijuana and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax after his arrest last week in South Florida. The report released Thursday by the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s office also shows no presence of other illicit drugs in Bieber’s system, such as cocaine or oxycodone. The 19-year-old pop …

Scarlett Johansson, Oxfam charity part ways in dispute over Israeli settlements in West Bank

JERUSALEM—Scarlett Johansson has parted ways with the international charity Oxfam because of a dispute over her work for SodaStream, a company operating in a West Bank settlement that features the Hollywood star in an ad that will air during the Super Bowl. Johansson became the latest casualty of a widening campaign to boycott the settlements, …

In latest sign of trouble, Justin Bieber is arrested on charges of DUI, resisting arrest

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—When he debuted five years ago, Justin Bieber was a mop-haired heartthrob, clean cut and charming. But a series of troubling incidents have put his innocent image at risk, and none more so than his arrest on DUI charges Thursday. Police say they arrested a bleary-eyed Bieber—smelling of alcohol—after officers saw him drag-racing …

Marlins President David Samson a castaway on new season of CBS’ ‘Survivor’

MIAMI—Miami Marlins President David Samson is among 18 castaways on the new season of “Survivor,” which begins Feb. 26 on CBS. The cast also includes a high-stakes poker player, an ex-NFL cheerleader, a nuclear engineer and former NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson. In a biography released by the network, Samson lists as his claim to fame …

Kanye West sues in NY to stop ‘Coinye West’ bitcoins from cashing in on his success

NEW YORK—Kanye West has filed a New York lawsuit to stop production of “Coinye West” bitcoins that he says unjustly cash in on his fame. The rapper’s lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court. It seeks to stop companies and individuals that have not yet been identified from exchanging the digital currency. It also …

Firefighters return cruise tickets from ‘Ellen’ over ethics conflicts

WELLESLEY, Mass.—Four Boston-area firefighters that talk show host Ellen DeGeneres rewarded with Caribbean cruise tickets for rescuing a dog from an icy river have had to return them because of conflicts with state ethics laws. Wellesley Fire Chief Richard DeLorie tells the Boston Globe that he has sent the cruise vouchers back because state ethics …

Kristen Stewart is ‘terrified’ to begin work on new Drake Doremus film ‘Equals’

LOS ANGELES—Kristen Stewart has signed on to play the lead in “Like Crazy” director Drake Doremus’ futuristic love story “Equals,” and it’s making her a nervous wreck. “I can’t believe I agreed to do it,” said the “Twilight” actress about her upcoming role in the sci-fi drama, which also stars Nicholas Hoult of the upcoming …

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