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'Melrose Place' actress found guilty of vehicular homicide

Jurors in New Jersey have convicted a former Melrose Place actress of vehicular homicide.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports the panel on Tuesday also acquitted Amy Locane-Bovenizer of a more serious charge, aggravated manslaughter, in the 2010 accident that killed a 60-year-old woman. Somerset County prosecutors said Locane-Bovenizer’s blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit when the crash occurred on a dark two-lane road in Montgomery Township.

The defense conceded she was driving under the influence. But her lawyer claimed a woman was chasing her after an earlier accident, forcing her to speed.

The actress appeared in 13 episodes of TV’s Melrose Place and in movies including Cry-Baby, School Ties, and Secretary.

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Halle Berry's ex arrested after fight at her house

Halle Berry’s ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry was arrested for investigation of battery Thursday after he and the Oscar-winning actress’s current boyfriend got into a fight at her Hollywood Hills home, police said.

Aubry, 37, was booked for investigation of a battery, a misdemeanor, and released on $20,000 bail, according to online jail records. He’s scheduled to appear in court Dec. 13.

Aubry came to Berry’s house Thanksgiving morning and police responded to a report of an assault, said Los Angeles Police Officer Julie Boyer. Aubry was injured in the altercation and was taken to a hospital where he was treated and released.

Emails sent to Berry’s publicist, Meredith O’Sullivan, and Aubry’s family law attorney, Gary Fishbein, were not immediately returned.

Berry and Aubry have been involved in a custody dispute involving their 4-year-old daughter, Nahla. The proceedings were sealed because the former couple are not married. Both appeared in the case as recently as Nov. 9, but neither side commented on the outcome of the hearing.

Berry has been dating French actor Olivier Martinez, and he said earlier this year that they are engaged.

It's a baby girl for Rob Schneider

Rob Schneider welcomed a baby girl on Friday, People reports.

Miranda Scarlett is the Deuce Bigalow actor and his wife Patricia’s first child together. The couple wed last year. “Mommy and Baby happy and healthy!” Schneider, 49, tweeted on Nov. 18.

Schneider is also father to daughter Elle, 23, from a previous marriage.

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Joe Simpson pleads no contest to DUI

Ashlee and Jessica Simpson’s dad has pleaded no contest to a DUI and will serve three years probation.

According to court papers made available Friday, Joe Simpson entered the plea to one misdemeanor count, according to People. A second count was dismissed. He will also have to attend classes on alcohol abuse.

Simpson, 54, spent a night in the pokey last August after he was pulled over in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles around 10 p.m. He volunteered to do the Breathalyzer.

PETA angry over wolves in cages at 'Twilight' after-party

A group even angrier than Team Jacob fans at an Edward rally? PETA. E! reports that caged wolves were at the after-party for Twilight: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 on Monday night.

In a statement to EW, PETA said: “A PETA staffer was in attendance at the Twilight premiere and was told that the exhibitor was “Hollywood Animals,” a notorious exhibitor that has been cited for numerous violations of the Animal Welfare Act for repeatedly failing to provide the animals it exploits with basic veterinary care, proper shelter, food, and water. PETA has written to Summit Entertainment and the premiere party organizers urging them to not use live animals as part of their future Twilight promotional events….”

EW reached out to Summit Entertainment (now Lionsgate) and Hollywood Animals for clarification or a response, but did not hear back.

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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.

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