Hugh Hefner and runaway bride patch things up
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hugh Hefner and Playmate Crystal Harris, his former fiance, have patched things up in no time flat. Harris has apologized for saying this week on shock jock Howard Stern's radio show that sex with the 85 year-old Playboy founder lasted "like about two seconds," and that she never saw him naked.
Comic Andy Dick pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges
CHARLESTON, West Virginia (Reuters) - Comedian Andy Dick pleaded not guilty on Friday to charges he sexually abused a security guard and another man at a West Virginia bar by grabbing their crotches. The case marks the latest in a long string of legal entanglements for Dick, who was a regular cast member on the 1990s television comedy "NewsRadio" but has since struggled with substance abuse problems.
Kelsey Grammer ditches comedy for dark drama "Boss"
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer makes an abrupt change of direction in his upcoming new TV series, playing a ruthless, power-hungry mayor in a drama series that he calls "the greatest time of my life creatively." After years of playing comedy roles on television, Grammer, 56, said on Thursday he had decided to return to his roots for the October drama series "Boss" on cable channel Starz.
"Humble" foam pie protester admits Murdoch assault
LONDON (Reuters) - A British protester who threw a plate of foam at Rupert Murdoch during a parliamentary hearing into the phone-hacking scandal pleaded guilty in court to assault Friday and quipped: "this has been the most humble day of my life." Jonathan May-Bowles, a comedian who uses the name Jonnie Marbles, was borrowing the phrase famously used by Murdoch when he appeared before a panel of lawmakers earlier this month.
Soulja Boy not buying jet: spokesman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rap star Soulja Boy is not buying a private plane, despite a report that he was shelling out $55 million for a tricked-out G5 jet, his spokesman said on Friday. The celebrity website TMZ.com had reported the performer of such tracks as "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" and "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" bought the jet as a birthday present for himself. Soulja Boy turned 21 on Thursday.
Jerry Lewis tight-lipped on telethon role
LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Veteran entertainer Jerry Lewis on Thursday brushed aside questions about media reports that he was retiring as host of the annual U.S. telethon for muscular dystrophy, suggesting they were false. Lewis, 85, announced in May that he would be making his final performance this September on the telethon he has hosted since 1966, and would sing his signature song "You'll Never Walk Alone."
Statue for Chuck Berry erected in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS (Reuters) - Rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry, spry and smiling at 84 years-old, gave a wave of approval dedicating an eight-foot bronze statue of himself on Friday before a cheering crowd of about 500 people. The statue was erected in the Delmar Loop entertainment district of St. Louis despite opponents who objected to the monument, citing Berry's legal troubles during his long career.