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Stephen Fry reveals he attempted suicide last year

Stephen Fry admitted that he tried to commit suicide last year, according to the Guardian. The incident took place while the actor and writer was filming outside his native U.K. “It was a close run thing,” Fry said on Monday night, while being interviewed by British comedian Richard Herring in front of an audience in London, for Herring’s podcast. “I took a huge number of pills and a huge [amount] of vodka and the mixture of them made my body convulse so much that I broke four ribs, but I was still unconscious,” Fry said. “And, fortunately, the producer I was filming with at the time came into the hotel room and I was found in a sort of unconscious state and taken back to England and looked after.”

Fry, who has previously spoken about suffering from bipolar disorder, is president of the British mental-health charity Mind and told Herring that he regarded it as his duty to talk publicly about his own psychological issues. “The whole point in my role” he said, “is to be … forthcoming about the morbidity and genuine nature of the likelihood of death amongst people [with] certain mood disorders.”

'Mad Men' actor Jared Harris is engaged

British actor Jared Harris (Mad Men, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) has popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, television and radio personality Allegra Riggio. The couple announced their engagement via Twitter and Vine, where Riggio showed off her new heart-shaped diamond ring.


People reports the custom-designed engagement ring features the letter “H” on the gallery and diamonds around the band.

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Bollywood actress Jiah Khan found dead

Bollywood actress Jiah Khan has been found dead at her home in Mumbai, police said Tuesday.

A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the body of the 25-year-old actress was found in her apartment in Mumbai’s Juhu neighborhood late Monday.

Khan, whose real name was Nafisa Khan, was born in New York and grew up in London before moving to Mumbai.

Khan began her career in Mumbai’s film industry in the 2007 Hindi film Nishabd, in which she portrayed a teenager in love with her best friend’s father, played by Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan.

In her brief career she performed with other top Bollywood stars, including Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar.

Khan last appeared in the 2010 comedy Housefull, in which she played a supporting role.

Michael Douglas blames oral sex for his throat cancer

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Over the weekend, U.K. paper
The Guardian published an interview with Michael Douglas where he discussed his 2010 throat cancer diagnosis. Responding to a question about whether he regretted his years of smoking and drinking, he replied, "No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus]

, which actually comes about from cunnilingus.” He continued, “I did worry if the stress caused by my son’s incarceration didn’t help trigger it. But yeah, it’s a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it.”

To no one’s surprise, Douglas’ remarks took off all over the Internet. The Guardian published a follow-up piece discussing the potential scientific truth behind the comments and concluded, “Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much research evidence to back up Douglas’ claim that the cure for throat cancer is still more cunnilingus.”

A rep for the actor, 68, did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment, but his rep told USA Today, “Michael Douglas did not say cunnilingus was the cause of his cancer. It was discussed that oral sex is a suspected cause of certain oral cancers as doctor’s in the article point out but he did not say it was the specific cause of his personal cancer.”

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David Beckham announces retirement from soccer

Soccer legend and current Paris Saint-German player David Beckham has announced that he is retiring from the sport at the end of the current French season, reports CNN. During his lengthy professional career Beckham, 38, played for multiple teams, including AC Milan, Real Madrid, and the Los Angeles Galaxy. He also starred for the English national team and was part of the hugely successful Manchester United team of the ’90s managed by Alex Ferguson, who announced his own retirement just last week.

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'Stepford Wives' director Bryan Forbes dies at 86

British film director Bryan Forbes, whose work includes the original 1970s horror classic The Stepford Wives, has died at age 86 after a long illness, a family spokesman said Wednesday. Matthew D’Ancona said Forbes died surrounded by his family at his home in Surrey.

Forbes was born John Theobald Clarke in 1926 in London. He began his film career as an actor, playing a number of supporting roles in British films in the 1940s and 1950s, but he soon found more success in screenwriting, and later directing.

He made his debut as director in Whistle Down the Wind, the 1961 movie about children who come across an escaped convict and mistake him for Jesus. Forbes went on to make films such as King Rat, a tale of survival in a prisoner-of-war camp, and The Stepford Wives, a thriller about sinisterly perfect suburban housewives.

He was screenwriter for Chaplin, the 1992 biopic of Charlie Chaplin starring Robert Downey Jr., and also wrote several novels. His latest book, The Soldier’s Story, was published last year.
Forbes was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004 for services to the arts.
He is survived by his wife, the actress Nanette Newman, and two daughters.

'Exorcist' special effects artist Marcel Vercoutere dies at age 87

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Special effects artist Marcel Vercoutere has died at the age of 87, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Detroit-born Vercoutere worked on a number of notable movies during the ’70s, including 1971’s Robert Altman-directed Western McCabe & Mrs. Miller and the following year’s Deliverance. But he was best known for his contributions to the classic 1973 horror film The Exorcist and in particular for building, with makeup artist Dick Smith, the robot replica of Linda Blair which featured in the scene where the head of her possessed character turns 360 degrees. “She would sit there and look at you in the room,” Vercoutere would later recall of the replica. “It was frightening it was so alive.” According to his son, Vercoutere died on April 13 at his home in Burbank from complications of dementia.

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Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello dies at 70

Annette Funicello, the former child star whose squeaky-clean screen image made her a fan favorite on both the original Mickey Mouse Club and in a slew of “Beach Party” movies opposite Frankie Avalon, died Monday from complications of multiple sclerosis. According to Extra, Funicello — who went public with her MS diagnosis over two decades ago — had been in an MS coma for years. She was taken off life support earlier today.

Funicello was only 12 years old when she was hand-selected by Walt Disney to join The Mickey Mouse Club in 1955. Though she later joked that her vocal range is ”about three notes,” her screen presence made her the original show’s most popular cast member by far. Despite her self-perceived musical limitations, Funicello released a number of hit records as a teenager, including “Tall Paul” and “Pineapple Princess.” She went on to star in a series of six iconic “Beach Party” films released between 1963 and 1965.

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Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez are expecting

Halle Berry and fiance Olivier Martinez are expecting their first child together, People reports. The baby is due this fall, joining a family that already includes 5-year-old Nahla, Berry’s daughter with Gabriel Aubry. The Oscar winner and the French actor have been engaged since January 2012.

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Jeremy Renner welcomes baby girl

Jeremy Renner can add fatherhood to his resumé: The 42-year-old actor’s girlfriend, Sonni Pacheco, has given birth to a girl, his spokesperson confirmed to People. READ FULL STORY

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