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Kenneth Branagh knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

In an example of life imitating art, Kenneth Branagh, who’s played royalty in several films, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace last Friday, The Associated Press reports.

The Thor director, referring to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics, told the AP “it’s been a hell of a year for the U.K. and I feel very honored to be a tiny part of it.”

Branagh, who’s best known as a Shakespearean actor and as a detective in the U.K. series Wallander, was honored for his services to the dramatic arts and for his charity work in Northern Ireland.

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Sam Worthington arrested for fighting

Sam Worthington was arrested for fighting in an Atlanta club, EW has confirmed.

The original TMZ report says Worthington was refused entrance to a club, and then became disorderly. “He allegedly pushed the doorman twice and the doorman responded by pepper spraying him and putting him in cuffs until the cops arrived.”

The charges were dismissed this morning when the complaining witness didn’t show up in court, TMZ says.

Worthington’s rep declined to comment to EW.

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Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell are married

Actress Evan Rachel Wood, 25, and actor Jamie Bell, 26, got married on Tuesday, People reports, in a small ceremony. The couple first began a relationship in 2005 after shooting the music video for Green Day’s “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” though she was briefly engaged to rocker Marilyn Manson in 2010.

Brad Pitt donates $100,000 to marriage-equality efforts

Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaignto support the organization’s efforts in campaigning for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State.” On the Human Rights Campaign website, Pitt wrote, “It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days…. But that’s the system we have and I’m not going to back down from the fight for loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry. Especially when groups like the Human Rights Campaign are fighting these battles day-in and day-out.”

Pitt is currently engaged to Angelina Jolie. The couple, who have six children together, got engaged in April. Previously, Pitt said they have no plans to marry until all couples who wish to do so are legally able.

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Gene Hackman slapped homeless man in self-defense, police say

Police in New Mexico say Gene Hackman was acting in self-defense when he slapped a homeless man who had become aggressive toward the Oscar-winning actor and his wife.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in downtown Santa Fe.

Police didn’t immediately provide any additional details. A message seeking comment was left for Hackman’s publicists at Guttman Associates in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Hackman and his wife have a home in Santa Fe.

The 82-year-old actor has won two Academy Awards and been nominated for three others over a career that has spanned five decades.

Hackman took the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle in The French Connection in 1971, and the Best Supporting Actor award for Unforgiven in 1992.

Autopsy reveals director Tony Scott died from blunt force in L.A. bridge jump

An autopsy report on the death of Top Gun director Tony Scott lists his death as a suicide and says the cause was multiple blunt force injuries suffered from jumping off a bridge into Los Angeles Harbor.

The report released Monday by the Los Angeles County coroner says Scott also drowned, and had in his system therapeutic levels of the anti-depressant Remeron and the sleep aid Lunesta.

No surprises appeared in the autopsy results on Scott, who leapt from the Vincent Thomas Bridge on Aug. 19 and whose death was presumed a probable suicide from the outset.

The coroner’s office said previously that Scott left notes behind in his car including messages to friends and loved ones, but none gave a reason why he would kill himself.

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Dennis Quaid and wife have legally separated

Dennis Quaid and Kimberly Buffington-Quaid are separating after eight years of marriage, People reports.

Kimberly has filed for legal separation for the second time. The former real estate agent filed for divorce in March, citing “discord or conflict of personalities,” but put papers on hold in late April to work on their marriage.

“Kimberly and Dennis Quaid have decided to legally separate after 8 years of marriage. They ask that their privacy and the privacy of their family be respected during this difficult time,” a rep for the actor told People.

This will be the second divorce for the Vegas star, 58, who was previously married to Meg Ryan.

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Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green welcome baby boy

Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green welcomed their first child together late last month, Fox confirmed on her Facebook page today.

The actress, who kept the news under wraps for several weeks, gave birth to a “healthy, happy, and perfect” son, Noah Shannon Green, on Sept. 27. “We are humbled to have the opportunity to call ourselves the parents of this beautiful soul and I am forever grateful to God for allowing me to know this kind of boundless, immaculate love,” she wrote.

The couple got married in 2010 after dating on and off for six years. Green, 39, has a 10-year-old son, Kassius Lijah, from his previous relationship with General Hospital star Vanessa Marcil.

Fox, 26, will appear in this December’s This Is 40. Green, who is best known for his role as David on Beverley Hills, 90210, stars in USA’s The Wedding Band.

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'8 Mile' actress arrested for assault

Actress Taryn Manning was detained yesterday morning in New York City, EW has confirmed.

Manning, who’s best known for her roles in 8 Mile and Hustle & Flow, was charged with assault. TMZ first reported that Manning, 33, attacked her makeup artist in her downtown Manhattan hotel room. The NYPD was unable to comment on the location or events leading up to the arrest.

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'Innocence of Muslims' filmmaker appears in court

Mark Basseley Youssef, the man with multiple aliases who is behind the Innocence of Muslims film, appeared in court today to answer to the charge that he violated his probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction.

Youssef was convicted in 2010 and sentenced to 21 months in prison. Afterwards, he was “barred from using computers or the Internet for five years without approval from his probation officer,” according to the AP.

In court today, Youssef denied that he violated his probation. The AP reports that U.S. District Court Judge Christina Snyder then set an evidence hearing for Nov. 9.

Youssef has been in prison since his arrest Sept. 28.

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