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Late 'Jackass' star Ryan Dunn mistaken for soldier killed in Gaza

A New Zealand newspaper is making apologies after it accidentally ran a front page picture of the late "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn, thinking he was a New Zealand-born Israeli soldier.

The editor of the New Zealand Herald took full responsibility Monday for the error.

Both on the cover of its print edition and on its website, the outlet ran a photo of Dunn thinking he was Staff Sgt. Guy Boyland, a soldier killed Friday during combat in Gaza. Boyland was featured in the paper's cover story.

The Herald lifted the picture of Dunn off Boyland’s Facebook page without further investigating, according to the editor.

Boyland was a fan of Dunn's, and the two do look similar.

Dunn, 34, was killed in 2011 in Pennsylvania when his car hit a tree at high speed. He and a passenger died from blunt force and fire, according to a coroner's report, with toxicology tests showing his blood-alcohol content had been more than twice the legal limit.

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Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino is ordered into anger management

Mike Sorrentino has cut a deal regarding a simple assault charge he picked up after a fight with his brother Frank last month outside the family's New Jersey tanning salon.

On Monday, the "Jersey Shore" alum was ordered by a judge to attend 12 weeks of anger-management classes, the Associated Press reported. In three months the court will revisit the case and if Sorrentino has completed his assignment the assault charge might be downgraded.

"It's almost like you take it back to when you were younger," the reality TV star told Splash cameras as he left court, when asked if he and Frank were all good now. "Every family argued; that's how it goes."

Mike earned a black eye when the Sorrentino brothers tangled June 17, -- but it didn't come from Frank. It was actually a slug from his mother, Linda.

"She got him with a left," brother Marc Sorrentino told E! News. "Mom's the tough one."

The Situation, who's currently starring with his family in "The Sorrentinos" on TV Guide Network, explained...

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Freddie Prinze Jr. dubs Kiefer Sutherland an 'unprofessional dude'

Freddie Prinze Jr. really didn't think his "24" co-star Kiefer Sutherland was all that.

Prinze, the former staple of high school movies, spoke up about Sutherland while promoting his latest show, "Star Wars Rebels," at Comic-Con in San Diego over the weekend. He actually bashed the Fox star, whom he appeared alongside in 2010, according to ABC News' Jason Nathanson.

"I did '24.' It was terrible. I hated every moment of it," the 38-year-old said, apparently unsolicited. "Kiefer was the most unprofessional dude in the world. That's not me talking trash. I'd say it to his face. I think everybody that's worked with him has said that. 

"And I just wanted to quit the business after that. So, I just sort of stopped."

Sutherland's response Monday came in the form of a statement from his rep.

"Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze Jr. more than five years ago, and this is the first he has heard of Freddie’s grievances," publicist Annet Wolf said via email. "Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and...

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Piper Perabo of 'Covert Affairs' marries Stephen Kay

"Covert Affairs" star Piper Perabo has married beau Stephen Kay, a director and executive producer on the USA Network series.

The wedding took place in New York City on Saturday, Us Weekly reported.

The two made quite a fashion statement in a photo taken after they tied the knot: Perabo, 37, wore a sequined, animal print, silver-and-nude long-sleeved Michael Kors gown and yellow veil, while Kay, 51, rocked a casual blue three-piece suit over a blue  T-shirt. A gray fedora topped off his ensemble.

Yes, a yellow veil.

Also seen in the shot, apparently taken on the way to the reception, were guests wearing brightly colored dresses and a couple of men on tuba and sax, who according to People magazine were part of a New Orleans-style band.

News of their engagement went public last September.

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Colbie Caillat was 'all insecurities' making revealing 'Try' video

Colbie Caillat’s latest single "Try" has gone viral, and happily so.

But even though the song highlights the importance of women staying true to themselves rather than transforming for someone else, the singer said Sunday that she wasn't free of self-doubt while shooting the accompanying video -- which has notched more than 17 million YouTube views since its release three weeks ago.

"I’m used to always being Photoshopped and caked on with makeup, and when I started out with no makeup and I was just sitting there with these lights on and everyone was looking at me on the cameras, I was just all insecurities," said Caillat, dressed in a black pantsuit with metallic paint tattoos on her arms, on the Young Hollywood Awards' 2014 blue carpet.

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The music video simply features the 29-year-old and other women of all shapes, sizes, colors and ages taking off their makeup and confidently going au naturel under the bright stage lights.

"I felt liberated once...

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Justin Bieber honors Make-A-Wish fan at Young Hollywood Awards

Justin Bieber made a brief appearance at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday, scoring an award that might seem unexpected based on his recent headline-grabbing behavior: Champ of Charity.

Shrill, ear-piercing screams came from the audience when the Biebs, dressed in a casual gray sweater and skinny jeans and accompanied by manager Scooter Braun, found his seat in the audience about halfway through the show. Australian pop star Cody Simpson presented the award to Bieber while a video montage highlighting the latter's work with the Make-A-Wish foundation played.

"Someone asked me backstage and they said, 'What’s it like to give?'" Bieber said in his acceptance speech. "And I didn’t really know what to say, but now I know it’s so much better than receiving."

"This is Grace's award. Grace, can you come up here please?"

Bieber then beckoned to Make-A-Wish recipient Grace Kesablak, who came to the stage practically glowing in a flowing pink gown and matching cap....

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Ansel Elgort has 'em screaming at Young Hollywood Awards

Teen fans with smartphones at the ready packed in behind the blue carpet at the Wiltern in Los Angeles for the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards on Sunday, eager to catch sight of the newest crop of young celebs and, let’s be honest, score a selfie to share on Instagram.

"The Fault in Our Stars" star Ansel Elgort snagged the bulk of this year’s shouts and screams. For the 20-year-old, who just started acting two years ago before landing a lead role in the young adult book-turned-movie, the reaction is still new.

"At times it can be a bit overwhelming, but at times you have to appreciate. Those people over there are probably really good fans,” Elgort told the Los Angeles Times, casually waving to the people pressed up to the fence behind the blue carpet and sparking new screams. "They probably saw the movie and loved it, so in that way it’s nice."

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The first-time nominee left the award show with wins for fan favorite actor and best on-screen couple --...

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Taylor Swift surprises fan with heartfelt love advice

There may be no better person to seek love advice from than Taylor Swift, 24, the queen of heartbreak songs.

A female follower reached out to the singer-songwriter via Instagram this week, asking for her guidance on that very topic.   

"There’s a guy Taylor, a guy who’s sweet and charming and makes me laugh," the girl, named Hannah, wrote in a Tuesday post. "A guy who plays guitar like me. A guy who was my first best friend. A guy who I met when I was seven and he was nine. A guy who this one time, when we were younger, said that I was 'like' his girlfriend because I was a girl and his friend. I wish."

Boy, this sure is sounding a lot like the lyrics in Swift's chart-topper "You Belong With Me."

Surely Hannah knows the hit, as the photo tagged to her message touted a cutout collage of Swift pics. She continued: "A guy who I have the biggest crush in the whole wide world on, and he'll never like me back. (And he has a girlfriend who he adores and she's pretty and has an amazing figure...

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Jennette McCurdy insists she's no role model

Jennette McCurdy says she’s no role model -- never claimed or wanted to be one, thank you very much. The Nickelodeon darling delved into details in a public note via Reddit on Thursday.

"There was a time when I tried to live up to the aggrandizing title [of role model], that pedestal of a thing. Maybe it wasn't so much that I was trying to live up to it. Perhaps I thought I could and I thought I was supposed to, so I gave it my best shot," the 21-year-old wrote.

The title -- scuffed in recent months by a sequence of events that kicked off in March when a trio of racy pictures showed up online -- had emerged naturally for McCurdy.

She first burst onto Nickelodeon screens and into young children’s noggins as spontaneous Sam Puckett in the channel’s hit live-action comedy "iCarly." With Miranda Cosgrove (Carly) and Nathan Kress (Freddie) as her onscreen best friends, she became instantly recognizable.

"Back in my adolescence, I was more amiable, bubbly, and on lightly humid days, maybe...

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I Luh Ya 45! Jennifer Lopez celebrates birthday with starry bash


Jennifer Lopez must have been waiting for Thursday night!

The singer-actress celebrated her 45th birthday in style with about 100 guests in the Hamptons, according to several reports.

Among the celebrity guests who toasted to the "I Luh Ya Papi" songstress at Grecian hot spot Nammos were her "Papi" collaborator French Montana and his girlfriend Khloe Kardashian, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" costar Scott Disick, Lopez's longtime manager Benny Medina, rapper Fat Joe, TV host Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos, Bravo's Andy Cohen, designers Rachel Zoe and Brian Atwood, and Lopez's bestie Leah Remini, according to E! News and Us Weekly.

Her rumored beau Maksim Chmerkovskiy reportedly made an appearance too, arriving at the festivities around 1 a.m. after finishing up a rehearsal. He and the birthday girl were "super cute" and "affectionate," the reports said.

The festivities included a formal dinner and a dance party that reportedly went on to 4 a.m. There was also a "massive...

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Joan Rivers rails: Palestinians 'started it' with Israel

Joan Rivers is definitely not one of those celebrities who avoid paparazzi outside the airport. In fact, she just used such an opportunity to go on an absolute tear, defending Israel and slamming the mainstream media.

Rivers held nothing back outside LAX on Thursday as she answered a TMZ video guy's question regarding the current flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

"If New Jersey were firing rockets into New York, we'd wipe 'em out. ... If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York, we would get rid of New Jersey," the comic said passionately. "So I don't want to hear any more 'We'll have a partial truce.'"

She also didn't flinch when asked where civilians should go when Israel fires retaliatory rockets into Palestinian territory. The answer? She didn't care. And they shouldn't put weapon caches in civilian homes.

"They started it. You're all insane," she said. "They started it. What are you all saying? They started it."

Presumably the "you" she...

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Justin Theroux reveals a tawdry past peppered with mug shots

Justin Theroux is a bad boy. Or so he'd have the world believe.

Thursday night found Theroux as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night show, with the host at one point compelled to sift through his guest's online past. 

"I've got some skeletons," the star of "The Leftovers" admits. "I think you can't really come into Hollywood without a couple mug shots under your belt."

Kimmel seems unconvinced that the actor, writer and Jennifer Aniston fiance had ever been arrested.

"You think you know me, Jimmy, but you don't know me ...," Theroux says. "You can Google it. Everything's on the Internet. None of us can escape it."

Hmm. That sounds like a challenge. One requiring the powerful oracle that is Google. And "Google" apparently delivers the goods.

Kimmel's allegedly impromptu search turns up not one but many Theroux mug shots. A classic orange jail jumpsuit is featured in one. A chicken in another. There's a milk moustache. And, well, lipstick. Watch the video above for the full experience,...

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