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Billy Crystal to Pay Tribute to Robin Williams at Emmys

Billy Crystal, a longtime friend of the late Robin Williams, will present a tribute to the actor and comedian at the Emmy Awards this Monday night.

Crystal’s tribute will come during the “In Memoriam” segment of the show, with singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles providing the musical accompaniment for that entire segment. It’s not clear what she’ll perform, though she recently dedicated her song “Hercules” to Williams during a concert.


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Breaking Bad Stars Cranston and Paul Reunite

Walter White and Jesse Pinkman are back… Not exactly.

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad are back in a hilarious short video.

The two play pawn shop owners — Buzz and Randy Jackson — when Julia Louis-Dreyfus comes in to to sell her Best Supporting Actress Emmy from her days on Seinfeld because she owes some big money.

Cranston and Paul own Barely Legal Pawn and Louis-Dreyfus has to make money to pay for her own island.

Paul cracks some jokes and mistakes the actress for Mary-Louise Parker from Weeds.

Then Cranston picks on her for only winning “supporting” actress. “It would be better if it was a leading,” he says.

There’s even a Breaking Bad joke at the end. Check it out here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovqM72em1dA&sns


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George Clooney’s Wedding Plans

George Clooney and his fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, are likely to tie the knot next month, at his villa in Lake Como, Italy, sources tell E! Online.

“George has always loved Como, he finds it very peaceful and relaxing and now Amal has fallen in love with the area as well,” according to a source, who adds, “They want to start their married life there with the beautiful lake as a backdrop.”

Another thing that makes Como an ideal location, according to the source, is that the 53-year-old actor’s home “is like a very well-oiled machine. He has the local mayor fully on his side and the locals too and he can ensure that press and paparazzi are kept away.”

The source goes on to say the future bride and groom “want it to be about them celebrating their love and respect for each other with their loved ones watching. And they can do that in Como while keeping everything fully under their control.”

Another source reveals the wedding will be very “small and intimate.”

“This is not going to be a huge Hollywood wedding with Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock flying in to Italy for a week,” a source insists, adding, “George and Amal don’t want a media circus with paparazzi helicopters flying overhead and motorbikes chasing after them as they all arrive at the airport in Milan from Los Angeles.”

The source says, “They want the wedding to be intimate with quiet but happy and fun dinners and lunches after they’ve said short but meaningful, handwritten vows in front of their loved ones.”

“They can do a party for movie industry friends in Los Angeles at a later date,” the source adds.


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Charlie Sheen And The Ice Bucket Challenge

After being challenged by Ryan Miller, the husband of his Anger Management co-star Noureen DuWolf, Charlie Sheen did what so many celebrities have done recently and took on the ALS Foundation’s Ice Bucket Challenge. But as shown in a YouTube clip, the actor put his own spin on it: instead of pouring ice over his head, he poured dollar bills.

After lifting the bucket to his head and letting the money fall out, Sheen said: “Oh wait, that’s not ice. That’s $10,000 in cash which I am donating to the ALS foundation. Because, let’s face it: ice is going to melt, but this money is going to actually help people.”

Sheen then challenged his former Two and a Half Men co-star Jon Cryer, as well as his replacement, Ashton Kutcher, and the show’s creator, Chuck Lorre, “to identically do what I just did,” adding, “Come on, it’s for a great cause.” Sheen was dismissed from Two and a Half Men in 2011, and has a contentious relationship with Lorre and Kutcher.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral effort to increase awareness of ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, has been a tremendous success so far. Thanks to the efforts of both ordinary folks and celebrities, the ALS Association reported Sunday that it had received $13.3 million in contributions from July 29 through Aug. 17. According to The New York Times, that includes 260,000 new donors.


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Big Movie Weekend Brief

Here’s a brief look at the new movies opening this weekend:

The Expendables 3 — Virtually every big action star from the past 30 years is featured in this sequel, which pits The Expendables team against one of its co-founders — the evil Conrad Stonebanks, played by Mel Gibson. Sylvester Stallone, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Kellan Lutz and Ronda Rousey also star. Rated PG-13.

The Giver — Based on the Lois Lowry novel of the same name, Brenton Thwaites plays a young man in a post-apocalyptic world who discovers his society’s dark past from The Giver — the keeper of memories, played by Jeff Bridges. The cast also includes Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Swift. Rated PG-13.

Magic in the Moonlight — In Woody Allen’s latest film, Colin Firth plays a magician who tries to expose a psychic — Emma Stone’s character — as a fake in 1920s France. Eileen Atkins, Marcia Gay Harden, Hamish Linklater, Simon McBurney and Jacki Weaver also star in the romantic comedy. Rated PG-13.


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