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'Glee' star Cory Monteith checks into rehab facility

Glee star Cory Monteith has entered a rehab facility.

The 30-year-old actor, who plays Finn on Fox’s musical comedy/drama, “voluntarily admitted himself to a treatment facility for substance addiction,” his publicist told People. He graciously asks for your respect and privacy as he takes the necessary steps towards recovery.”

Lea Michele, Monteith’s girlfriend and castmate, also told the magazine: “I love and support Cory and will stand by him through this. I am grateful and proud he made this decision.”

The show released a statement on Sunday, which reads: “Cory is a beloved member of the Glee family and we fully support his decision to seek treatment. Everyone at the show wishes him well and looks forward to his return.”

This is not Monteith’s first time in rehab: In a 2011 interview with Parade, he revealed that he had a “serious problem” with drugs and, following an intervention by friends and family, entered rehab at the age of 19.

Glee has two more episodes to film before completing its fourth season.

'Veep' star Anna Chlumsky expecting first child

Child actress-turned-Veep star Anna Chlumsky is set to have a child of her own. The 32-year-old actress and husband Shaun So are expecting her first child, People reports.

“I’m feeling pretty good so far,” Chlumsky, who got her big break in 1991′s My Girl, told People. “I was really lucky — I did not have any morning sickness which was great because I was working.”

Now she has wrapped shooting season 2 of Veep and is busy getting ready for the birth of her baby, expected this summer. Though she’s being careful to not over-do it on the pregnancy books.

“I’m being judicious with which books I read because I don’t want to get overwhelmed,” Chlumsky said. “Most of the books have to do with how to have a worry-free pregnancy and keep the anxiety down.”

Chlumsky and So married in March 2008.

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Captain Peacock actor Frank Thornton dies

British actor Frank Thornton — best known as Captain Peacock in the long-running television comedy “Are You Being Served?” — has died at age 92, his agent said Monday.

The actor is best remembered by British audiences for his comic role in the innuendo-laden hit sitcom, which ran from the 1970s to 1985. He played a mustachioed, pompous floor manager who oversaw his fellow shop workers in a department store.

Thornton’s agent, David Daly, said that the actor died in his sleep in his home in London in the early hours of Saturday.

Born in Dulwich, south London, Thornton had worked in insurance after leaving school but took evening classes to become an actor.
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Ryan Seacrest, Julianne Hough have split

Ryan Seacrest and Julianne Hough have decided to live apart after dating for two years, reports People.

Work and busy schedules is apparently to blame, though both say they’ll continue their friendship, sources say.

Seacrest, who is 38, is a successful TV producer who also hosts American Idol while Hough, who is 24, is a former Dancing With the Stars pro-turned-film actor.

'Buffy' actress welcomes baby girl

Former Buffy the Vampire Slayer actress Mercedes McNab is a new mom. McNab and husband Mark Henderson welcomed their first child, Vaunne Sydney, on Monday, People reports.

McNab’s rep told People that the couple “are overjoyed with their new angel, and look forward to introducing her to everyone very soon.”

The couple was married in May 2012.

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Oscar-winning animator Bob Godfrey dies at age 91

Australian-born, British-based animator Bob Godfrey has died at the age of 91, according to the U.K. Guardian. Godfrey won an Academy Award in 1975 for his animated short film Great, about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. He received Oscar nominations on three other occasions for 1972′s Kama Sutra Rides Again, 1979′s Dream Doll, and 1994′s Small Talk. But Godfrey was best known for his work on the Richard Briers-narrated BBC TV show Roobarb, which concerned the adventures of an excitable dog named Roobarb and a mischievous cat named Custard and which delighted a generation of British children in the ’70s. Briers himself passed away last week.

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British actor Richard Briers dies at age 79

British actor Richard Briers died yesterday at the age of 79, according to BBC News. Briers was beloved in the U.K. for his starring roles in the longrunning sitcoms The Good Life and Ever Decreasing Circles. In 1987, Briers joined Kenneth Branagh’s Renaissance theatre company, playing King Lear in a 1990 production of Shakespeare’s tragedy. He also appeared in several films directed by Branagh, including Henry V (1989) and Frankenstein (1994).

For the past few years, Briers had been battling a lung condition but continued to work and will be seen in the forthcoming horror-comedy movie Cockneys vs. Zombies. Briers died peacefully at his home in London.

HBO reaches deal to connect with Apple TV

HBO’s streaming service, HBO GO, became available to view on Apple TVs starting today. The cable network announced the news Tuesday at AllThingsD’s “Dive Into Media” conference in Dana Point, Calif.

The apps for HBO GO and sister network Cinemax’s MAX GO do not link directly to Apple TV, but the shows can be played on iPhones and iPads, then connected to Apple TV devices via AirPlay, which allows wireless streaming between Apple devices.

HBO GO is currently available online and on Xbox, Roku, and other devices, but HBO co-president Eric Kessler said at the conference that the network’s “long-term goal for GO is to be on all devices and all platforms.”

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Lucy Lawless says trespass ruling 'great victory'

“Xena: Warrior Princess” actor Lucy Lawless says she’s won a “great victory” after a New Zealand judge handed her a modest sentence but declined to order costs sought by oil company Shell for her role in a protest aboard an oil-drilling ship.

Lawless and seven other Greenpeace activists were each ordered Thursday to pay 651 New Zealand dollars ($547) costs to a port company and complete 120 hours of community service after earlier pleading guilty to trespass charges.

Last February, Lawless and six other activists climbed a drilling tower on the Arctic-bound vessel Noble Discoverer to protest oil exploration in the Arctic. Another protester helped from the ground. Lawless spent four days atop the 174-foot (53-meter) tower, camping and blogging about her experiences. The action briefly delayed the ship’s voyage.

Shell Todd Oil Services, which had chartered the ship, sought about 650,000 New Zealand dollars ($545,000) in reparations from the protesters.

Lawyers for the activists contended that amount was excessive. In his ruling, Judge Allan Roberts said the company could pursue its claim through the civil court system.

Shell Todd declined to comment on whether it would pursue civil action. In a statement, the company said it has “always supported the efforts of law enforcement to respond to this incident and to deter such activity in the future.”

Lawless is best known for her title role in “Xena” and more recently for starring in the Starz cable television series “Spartacus.”
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Update: Jennifer Hudson to sing with Sandy Hook chorus

Jennifer Hudson will join the chorus from Sandy Hook Elementary School to sing “America the Beautiful” before Sunday’s Super Bowl game.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday that the Grammy and Oscar-winning singer would join the Sandy Hook chorus. It features 26 children from the school in Newtown, Conn., where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed in a Dec. 14 shooting rampage.

The performance will be part of CBS’s pre-game show before the game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, and will be broadcast live. Alicia Keys will sing the national anthem.

Children who survived the shooting rampage also recorded a version of “Over the Rainbow” to raise money for charity. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Western Connecticut and the Newtown Youth Academy.

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