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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt exchanged love letters while filming abroad

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's love story keeps getting better.

The "Maleficent" star revealed in an interview with Australia's TV Week that she and her fiancé — the father of their sizable brood — kept their romance alive while they were working on opposite sides of the world by exchanging handwritten love letters.

A love note from Brad Pitt!? We'll take it!

The mother of six said that while she was in Australia directing "Unbroken," her World War II Louis Zamperini biopic, and while Pitt was filming his Nazi period drama "Fury" in England, the pair decided to take a page out of their scripts and keep in touch the old-fashioned way.

"He was supportive from a distance, and it was quite romantic in a way," the 39-year-old said.

"We decided to be of that time, when we could imagine he was in the European theater and I was in the Pacific theater, and we wrote handwritten letters to each other that were very connecting for us, thinking of the people that were separated for months, if not...

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Dad Brian Williams cheekily shares Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' news

Brian Williams totally went into proud-dad mode as he announced his daughter Allison Williams' casting in NBC's live musical production of "Peter Pan."

The typically serious anchor (and sometime rapper) got cheeky Wednesday night on "NBC Nightly News" as he shared the news item in his normal tone, then added a tidbit of embarrassing insider information to acknowledge that he was indeed reporting on his own kid.

After introducing the "Girls" star, recapping the network's success with last year's "Sound of Music" remake and announcing that Christopher Walken had taken on the role of Captain Hook, the journalist shared this little nugget about his little girl:

"Family members confirm she's been rehearsing for this role since the age of 3 and they look forward to seeing her fly," he said as a photo of his young daughter wearing a Peter Pan costume appeared on the screen.


The 26-year-old is also a classically trained singer -- something not necessarily evident in her Marnie...

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Drew Barrymore's half-sis Jessica wouldn't kill herself, brother says

Drew Barrymore's half-sister Jessica Barrymore most likely accidentally overdosed, the deceased's brother speculated Thursday.

"It looks like it was a drug misadventure. Mixing alcohol and pills," John Barrymore, 60, told the New York Daily News, likening his sibling's death to that of actor Heath Ledger. "I seriously doubt she took her own life."

Indeed, friends had described her to a San Diego-area news program Wednesday as a positive woman with a great sense of humor, who "put people first" and "always had a smile for you."

Jessica Barrymore, who would have been 48 on Thursday, was found unresponsive in a car in National City on Thursday morning. Fire officials pronounced her dead on the scene, according to the San Diego U-T.

A nonalcoholic drink was found between her legs and unidentified white pills were scattered on the passenger seat, 10News had reported Wednesday.

Police told the U-T that an empty alcohol bottle had been found on the scene but did not confirm the presence of...

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Girl on fire Alicia Keys is pregnant with baby No. 2

It's a new baby for Alicia Keys. The Grammy-winning crooner is pregnant with her second child.

The powerhouse "Girl on Fire" singer made the announcement on Instagram Thursday, which coincided with her fourth wedding anniversary with musician Swizz Beatz.

"Happy anniversary to the love of my life. And to make it even sweeter we've been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here's to many many more years of the best parts of life!" the 33-year-old wrote, sharing a super-smiley portrait of herself and her husband cradling her growing belly.

Swizz Beatz, 35, whose real name is Kasseem Dean, posted a similar pic in which he's kissing his wife's arm and penned his own sentiments.

"Love is life & life is love and we're so excited for another GIFT from up above," he wrote. "Happy Anniversary my Goddess 4 years of greatness & cheers to 100 plus more inshallah".

The two wed in Corsica in July 2010 and are already parents to son Egypt Daoud Dean,...

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Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes has second child -- a baby girl

Supermodel Doutzen Kroes has welcomed her newest little angel: a baby girl named Myllena Mae.

The Victoria's Secret Angel and husband Sunnery James, whom she married in 2010, welcomed their daughter at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Holland, her rep told The Times, adding that the child arrived a few days past her expected due date.

"Both of our families are beyond thrilled to finally meet our beautiful and healthy little girl," the couple said in a joint statement. "She's a true blessing!"

The Dutch model and the DJ are already parents to a 3-year-old boy, Phyllon Joy. But Kroes had wanted to add a girl to their brood.

"I wanted a girl so badly -- I had it confirmed by two doctors!" she says in the upcoming September issue of Glamour (via People), for which she bared her burgeoning belly in a photo spread.

Kroes, 29, announced her pregnancy in February with a nude Instagram photo and took to Twitter on Wednesday to elaborate on her latest addition.

"A miracle saw the light of day this morning....

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Justin Bieber mans up, posts picture of Orlando Bloom crying

Nobody says "neener-neener-neener" like Justin Bieber.

Witness the accompanying picture of an apparently weeping Orlando Bloom that was posted by the singer on his Instagram page in the wake of their recent scuffle.

Because nothing screams "manly" like one guy calling another guy a crybaby.

Bloom, 37, allegedly hauled off on Bieber, 20, in the wee hours Wednesday at a fancy restaurant in Ibiza, Spain, for reasons that are unknown but very well could have something to do with Miranda Kerr, the actor's ex-wife.

The pop star ducked, Bloom missed and a bodyguard took the hit, reports said. Then the "Boyfriend" singer waited until just before midnight, local time, to go on the offense in a one-sided social-media slap fight.

The crying photo -- taken last September when Bloom got emotional at an after-party held the night of his "Romeo and Juliet" premiere on Broadway -- was liked by hundreds of thousands of Instagrammers within just a few hours of its publication.

Um, victory?

It was...

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Scarlett Johansson debuts shorter, blonder haircut

New phase, new look: Scarlett Johansson has chopped off her blond tresses.

The pregnant "Lucy" star was photographed on Tuesday sporting a bright blond haircut with sweeping bangs while walking the streets of New York City with fiance Romain Dauriac.

Johansson, 29, who announced in March that she's expecting her first child with the French journalist, was sporting a white T-shirt under black overalls and oversized sunglasses. But for the first time in a while, the real scene-stealer was her near-pixie haircut rather than her burgeoning belly.

The "Her" voice actress' tresses have been changing all year. In March, when she was promoting "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," her shoulder-length 'do took on a slightly reddish hue. In May, her hair was a bit shorter at an aristocratic wedding in Somerset, England.

The new cut comes just as rumors are swirling that the actress will wed Dauriac in a few weeks, according to Page Six, whose sources overheard "The Avengers" star saying so at a...

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Robert Pattinson on Kristen Stewart cheating: '... happens'

Robert Pattinson seems to be totally over the whole Kristen Stewart-Rupert Sanders cheating scandal that ended his relationship with the actress a couple of years ago.

Like totally over it.

The former "Twilight" star gave a candid interview to Esquire UK in which he spoke about his new acting direction, his ascetic lifestyle and, oh yeah, that whole affair thing that went down in July 2012, alluding to the latter with an expletive that rhymes with "spit" (and if you read the whole interview, you'll see why we chose that particular word).

"... happens, you know?" the 28-year-old told Esquire's Sanjiv Bhattacharya. "It's just young people. ... It's normal! And honestly, who gives a ...?"

Well, legions of "Twihards," for one, whose worlds were shattered when the costars called it quits over and over again following Stewart's tryst with her married "Snow White and the Huntsman" director. Still, that didn't deter Pattinson from dismissing the whole incident.

"The hardest part was talking...

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Drew Barrymore's half-sister Jessica Barrymore found dead in a car

Drew Barrymore's half-sister Jessica Barrymore has reportedly been found dead in a car parked near San Diego.

The Golden Globe-winning actress expressed her condolences on Wednesday, saying in a statement to People, "Although I only met her briefly, I wish her and her loved ones as much peace as possible."

Jessica Barrymore's body was found early Tuesday by a woman who was trying to leave for work when she found a car blocking her driveway, 10News reported. The car was in in National City, which is between San Diego and Chula Vista.

The woman told 10News that she'd found Jessica Barrymore reclined in the driver's seat, with a drink between her legs and white pills scattered on the passenger seat. A neighbor said the car had been parked there since around midnight.

As of Wednesday a cause of death had not been determined, the medical examiner's office told the San Diego Union-Tribune. An autopsy will be conducted in the next few days. 

Drew, 39, and Jessica, who worked at a Petco store...

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Orlando Bloom said to swing at Justin Bieber in restaurant scuffle

Orlando Bloom may have just done something many people have been pining to do for a while: Throw a punch at Justin Bieber.

Seriously, rumor has it that people applauded after the fact.

The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star, 37, reportedly tried to punch the embattled "Beauty and the Beat" singer, 20, early Wednesday while they were at the star-studded Cipriani restaurant on the Spanish island of Ibiza, according to TMZ.

It's unclear what instigated the scuffle -- sources told TMZ it might have been Bieber's history with Bloom's ex, supermodel Miranda Kerr -- but the British actor threw the punch, missed when Bieber ducked and his bodyguard took the hit, according to video of the incident.

"Orlando took one swing at Justin and missed," a source told People magazine. "They were separated and Justin stayed at Cipriani with friends for a while before leaving."

The New York Post reported that Bieber and Bloom had been seated at different tables, but when Bieber & Co. walked by Bloom's table,...

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Kelsey Grammer forgives sister's killer, parole board denies release

Kelsey Grammer forgave the inmate who murdered his sister 39 years ago, but said Tuesday during a parole board meeting that he still did not want the man released from prison.

The Colorado parole board was deciding if Freddie Glenn, 57, would remain behind bars for the 1975 rape and murder of 18-year-old Karen Grammer, a spokeswoman with the Colorado Department of Corrections said.

The Denver Post first reported this story.

On Wednesday, a corrections department spokeswoman told the Los Angeles Times that Glenn's parole had been denied. He will appear before the board again in three years, she said.

Present for the hearing via a monitor, the 59-year-old star of the upcoming comedy series "Partners" spoke for the first time to the man who forever changed his life.

Glenn, reportedly tearful at times, told Grammer he was sorry for the atrocity he committed in his youth and was a changed man who yearned for a second chance at life.

"I accept that you live with remorse," Grammer told Glenn....

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy exiting 'DWTS,' still mum on J.Lo romance

Maksim Chmerkovskiy says he's hanging up his "Dancing With the Stars" shoes.

The widely proclaimed "bad boy of ballroom" (though he believes that moniker makes no sense) and most recent "DWTS" champ made the announcement Tuesday on "The View."

"I'm done dancing [on] 'Dancing With the Stars,'" the 34-year-old said. "I feel like it's time."

"It's an amazing thing and I'm blessed. I feel very honored. Like I said, I look like a lot of things but inside I'm genuinely happy and I love this experience."

The hunky Ukrainian hoofer appeared on 14 seasons of the long-running ABC dance competition's 18 cycles. He's been paired with actress Tia Carrere, singer Willa Ford, boxer Laila Ali, Spice Girl Melanie Brown, Misty May-Treanor, actresses Denise Richards and Debi Mazar, TV host and current "DWTS" co-host Erin Andrews, singer Brandy Norwood, actress Kirstie Alley, Olympic soccer player Hope Solo, actress Melissa Gilbert, Alley (again for the All-Stars season) and finally Olympic ice dancer...

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