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Archive for November, 2009

Celebrity birthdays: Nov. 15

“People’s Court” judge Joseph Wapner is 90. Actor Ed Asner is 80. Actor John Kerr (”South Pacific”) is 78. Singer Petula Clark is 77. Comedian Jack Burns of Burns and Schreiber is 76. Actress Joanna Barnes (”Spartacus,” “The Parent Trap”) is 75. Actor Yaphet Kotto (”Homicide: Life On The Street”) is 70. Actor Sam Waterston (”Law and Order”) is 69. Singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad of ABBA is 64. Actor James Widdoes (”Animal House”) is 56. News correspondent John Roberts is 53. Bandleader Kevin Eubanks (”The Jay Leno Show”) is 52. Rapper E-40 is 42. Country singer Jack Ingram is 39. Drummer David Carr of Third Day is 35. Singer Chad Kroeger of Nickelback is 35. Drummer Jesse Sandoval of The Shins is 35. Actor Sean Murray (”NCIS”) is 32.

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Celebrity birthdays: Nov. 14

Actress Kathleen Hughes (”Babe”) is 81. Jazz pianist Ellis Marsalis is 75. Writer P.J. O’Rourke is 62. Zydeco singer-accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco is 62. Guitarist James Young of Styx is 60. Singer Stephen Bishop is 58. Pianist Yanni is 55. Actor D.B. Sweeney is 48. Actress Laura San Giacomo (”Just Shoot Me”) is 48. Rapper Reverend Run of Run-DMC is 45. Actor Patrick Warburton (”The Tick,” “Seinfeld”) is 45. Singer Jeanette Jurado of Expose’ is 44. Bassist Brian Yale of Matchbox Twenty is 41. Singer Butch Walker (Marvelous 3) is 40. Actor Josh Duhamel (”Las Vegas”) is 37. Drummer Travis Barker of Plus-44 and of Blink-182 is 34. Drummer Robby Shaffer of MercyMe is 34. Rapper Shyheim is 32. Bassist Tobin Esperance of Papa Roach is 30.

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Actor/director Clint Eastwood honored in Paris

Clint Eastwood (left) was honored by French President Nicolas Sarcozy (AP).

Clint Eastwood (left) was honored by French President Nicolas Sarcozy (AP).

Screen giant Clint Eastwood and Anne Cox Chambers, chairman of Atlanta Newspapers, which owns The AJC, were honored for their cultural contributions at the Culture Ministry in Paris on Friday.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded actor/director Eastwood with the Legion of Honor, recognizing his body of work, his longevity and his ability to delight audiences around the globe, according to the award citation.

“It is just a great pleasure for me. I really love France. I love movies, and I love the appreciation that the French people have for movies,” Eastwood, 79, said.

Former French President Jacques Chirac had recognizred Eastwood as a knight of the Legion of Honor two years ago, and Friday’s decoration was a step up for Eastwood to grade three on the legion’s five-grade scale.

Chambers was awarded Commander in the Legion of Honor. It is the most recent of numerous honors bestowed upon …

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Celebrity photos of Taylor Swift, Stella McCartney, Fergie, LeBron James


Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie, Brooke Shields, Jennifer Anniston and more. (AP)

Photos of celebrities Stella McCartney, Fergie, Taylor Swift, Oprah, Ellen, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jay-Z, LeBron James and more made a splash this week across the world.

See photos of them in action.

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Man tried to get money from Cindy Crawford, husband over disturbing photo



A man has been charged with trying to extort money from Cindy Crawford and her husband, according to the AP.

The former supermodel and entrepreneur Rande Gerber were contacted by Edis Kayalar. The 26-year-old suspect, who wanted $100,000 for the picture, was recently deported to Germany and has not been arrested.

Apparently, a former nanny took the photo “as a joke” and the daughter, then 7, told her parents it was part of a “cops and robbers” game. Kayalar allegedly stole the photo from the nanny, who has not been charged.


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Katt Williams kicked out of Atlanta hotel?

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We’re sad to say but the Katt Williams drama continues. We go from burglary charges to the 911 call from a 17-year-old dude to being kicked out of the Four Seasons hotel.

AJC is reporting that just days after his release from the Coweta County Jail, the comedian says he was kicked out of the posh Four Seasons Hotel in Midtown.

Katt held a press conference in Atlanta Thursday night and told everyone that he was asked to leave the upscale hotel on 14th Street after employees claimed he was causing a disturbance.

He even told local TV station 11Alive that he recently bought a penthouse at the Four Seasons and had rented seven rooms for seven nights.

“I haven’t been here 72 hours and I’m being kicked out of the Four Seasons even though I paid up front and in cash. I don’t understand,” he …

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Gucci Mane in jail in Atlanta

(Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

(Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane is in a Fulton County jail for a probation violation. Guess this wasn’t the ’spotlight’ he and Usher are singing about in their new single − or maybe it is. Gucci was expected to drop a new CD Dec. 8.

We were just talking about him last month when he was at the BET Hip-Hop Awards performing a surprising three songs. His track popularity was definitely on the rise.

According to our AJC colleagues, the rapper, who’s real name is Radric Davis, is currently at the Fulton County jail and is due to be released in May 2010, according to jail officials.

It is unclear how Davis violated his probation. It’s also unclear how his legal troubles will affect his album release and future projects.

BTW: For our hip-hop purists, Gucci was reportedly born in Birmingham and moved to Atlanta in the 4th grade. So he is not a “native” Atlantan but he is an Atlantan.

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Celebrity birthdays: Nov. 13

Actress Madeleine Sherwood (”The Flying Nun”) is 87. Producer-director-actor Garry Marshall is 75. Country singer-songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard is 63. Actor Joe Mantegna is 62. Actress Sheila Frazier (”Superfly”) is 61. Actress Frances Conroy (”Six Feet Under”) is 56. Actor Chris Noth (”Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” “Sex and the City”) is 55. Actress Whoopi Goldberg is 54. Actor Rex Linn (”CSI: Miami”) is 53. Actor Neil Flynn (”Scrubs”) is 49. Trumpeter Walter Kibby of Fishbone is 45. Comedian Jimmy Kimmel is 42. Actor Steve Zahn (”Happy, Texas,” “That Thing You Do!”) is 42. Actress Aisha Hinds (”True Blood”) is 34. Bassist Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes is 31. Actress Monique Coleman (”High School Musical”) is 29.

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Tim Hudson signs deal with Atlanta Braves

(Photo: Curtis Compton/AJC)

(Photo: Curtis Compton/AJC)

The AJC’s David O’Brien is reporting that the Atlanta Braves have sealed a deal with pitcher Tim Hudson.

The three-year contract extension includes a fourth-year option for 2013. The contract is believed to be worth close to $9 million per season.

Get more news and stats on the Atlanta Braves blog.

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Mike Tyson arrested for fight with paparazzi

Well, maybe it wasn’t a fight, since we hear that Mike Tyson essentially landed the photographer on the floor. Police are investigating conflicting accounts of an airport scuffle between the former heavyweight champ and photographer Tony Echevarria that landed both men in jail, according to the AP (they’ve both been released).

Both say they will press battery charges against each other.

Paparazzo said: He told police that Tyson struck him once, airport police spokesman Sgt. Jim Holcomb said. The photographer fell to the ground and was treated for a cut to his forehead at a hospital. Video: Photog talks

Mike said: Tyson’s spokeswoman Tammy Brook said the boxer was traveling with his wife and 10-month-old child when he was attacked by an overly aggressive paparazzo. “Mike acted in self defense as a father protecting his child.”

Police said: “There’s a lot of different versions to this story and that’s all going to come out later,” Holcomb said. “Some witness statements support …

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