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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are married

Brad Pitt and Angelina were married this past Saturday in France, according to People.

A spokesman confirmed the news today to the Associated Press. The two began their relationship during the filming of 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith and became engaged in 2012. Pitt and Jolie are set to star together in By the Sea, an independent film written and directed by Jolie, set to film in Malta.

Character actor Stephen Lee dead at 58

 

Stephen Lee, a character actor who has appeared in several TV series including Seinfeld, Malcom in the Middle, and The West Wing died on August 14 after a heart attack. He was 58.

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'Cops' crew member Bryce Dion dies during filming

Bryce Dion, a sound mixer for the Spike TV show Cops, died Tuesday night while filming a stand-off between police and a robbery suspect in Omaha, Neb.

“We are deeply saddened and shocked by this tragedy and our main concern is helping the family in any way we can,” Langley Productions, the company behind Cops, said in a statement. “Bryce Dion was a long term member of the Cops team and a very talented and dedicated person.”

According to the Omaha Police Department, the robbery suspect fired at the police officers, who then “returned fire.” The details of how Dion died are not immediately available, but the police department held a press conference at 3:30 p.m. ET about the shooting. Details will be available soon.

Showtime Anytime is now available on Apple TV

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Time to update your streaming rosters: Showtime Anytime is now available on Apple TV.

On Tuesday morning, Apple announced that Showtime’s on-demand streaming service has been added to the list of supported content services on Apple TV. Much like HBO GO, Showtime Anytime allows paying cable subscribers to stream Showtime shows and movies to a growing list of devices, which also includes Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox 360 video game consoles.

Also new to Apple TV: Swedish broadcaster SVT Play, and Norwegian public broadcaster NRK, both available in their respective markets.

Young Jeezy arrested on firearms-related charges

According to the Mountain View Police Department of California, gunshots were fired during a Wiz Khalifa concert on Friday, Aug. 22 at Shoreline Ampitheatre, which resulted in the death of 38-year-old Eric Johnson.

The following Sunday, the Mountain View Police, along with the Irvine Police Department, executed search warrants at the Verizon Ampitheatre in Irvine, and as a result of that search, six individuals, including rapper Young Jeezy, were arrested on firearms-related charges. The police have not yet announced any connection between the arrests and the shooting.

The homicide investigation is ongoing.

M.I.A. reaches settlement with NFL over 2012 Super Bowl incident

Musician M.I.A. flipped the crowd a middle finger when she performed during Madonna’s set at the 2012 Super Bowl half-time show, and the NFL promptly asked her for money in damages. Now, two years later, M.I.A. and the NFL have reached a settlement.
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Suge Knight shot multiple times at VMAs pre-party hosted by Chris Brown

According to TMZ, hip-hop mogul Suge Knight was shot several times at a pre-party  for the VMAs put on by Chris Brown.

Police were called to the scene at West Hollywood club 1 OAK shortly after 1:30 a.m., and Knight was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital for surgery; he is one of at least three injured, one critically.

The incident is the latest in a series of unfortunate events surrounding the lead-up to this year’s VMAs, which will be broadcast live tonight from Inglewood, Calif.

Backup dancer for Nicki Minaj bitten by snake during VMAs rehearsal

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During rehearsals for Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, a backup dancer for Nicki Minaj’s scheduled performance of her booty anthem “Anaconda” was allegedly bitten by a large snake that was to be included in the performance.

As first reported by TMZ and spotted by People, the injured dancer was reportedly taken to the hospital to prevent bacterial infection; the snake being used wasn’t venomous but can transmit infections.

No word on whether or not the snake will continue to remain a part of the performance. But if it does, it’ll mark a pretty big comeback for snakes—the last time the reptiles made VMA headlines was 13 years ago, in Britney Spears 2001 performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U,” which also featured a tiger. READ FULL STORY

Ray J enters not guilty plea to charges of sexual battery

Ray J, whose full name is William Ray Norwood, has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of sexual battery, vandalism, battery on a police officer, and resisting a peace officer.

According to the Associated Press, Norwood entered the not guilty plea on Tuesday in regards to his arrest on May 30 after a woman claimed he groped her at the bar of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. According to the police, Norwood then resisted arrest, using his feet to shatter a patrol car window.

Norwood’s preliminary court hearing is scheduled for Aug. 28. His reps did not immediately respond for comment.

'Midnight Rider' producer enters not guilty plea in Sarah Jones case

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Midnight Rider executive producer Jay Sedrish has entered a plea of not guilty to the charges of criminal trespass and involuntary manslaughter in the case of Sarah Jones’ death. Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant, was struck by a train and killed during filming of the Gregg Allman biopic in February.

Sedrish’s plea comes one month after Midnight Rider filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin entered a plea of not guilty after turning themselves in to police. Sedrish also waived his right of personal presence at an arraignment in Wayne County, Ga. where the filming took place. Sedrish’s legal team cited his residence in California as reason not to appear at an arraignment.

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