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Tobey Maguire's attorney claims the actor does not owe over $300,000 to Ponzi investors

Tobey Maguire’s attorney has fired back after a bankruptcy trustee sued the actor for over $300,000 in allegedly illegal poker winnings, saying Maguire is innocent of any wrongdoing. The court filings released on Thursday say that Maguire didn’t only win while playing hedge fund manager and convicted con man Bradley Ruderman, he also lost $168,500. Maguire’s attorney says that he shouldn’t owe the Ponzi investors anything, but if the actor is required to pay anything back, it should be reduced to the amount he lost in the private Texas Hold ‘em games held in various upscale Los Angeles-area hotels.

The lawyers representing Ruderman’s clients are asking for $4 million from the 22 players named in the suit, and claim that Maguire is not entitled to his winnings because they came from $5.2 million of Ruderman’s clients’ money.

Tobey Maguire sued for over $300,000 in alleged illegal poker winnings

Actor Tobey Maguire is reportedly being sued for $311,000 in poker winnings he received from hedge fund manager Bradley Ruderman, currently serving a 10 year sentence in federal prison for embezzling millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme from 2003 to 2009, reports People.

The money was allegedly won in a series of private, illegal Texas Hold ‘em poker games held in elite Los Angeles-area hotels like The Four Seasons and the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The lawsuit, brought by lawyers representing Ruderman’s clients, claims Maguire, 35, is not entitled to the winnings because they came from $5.2 million of Ruderman’s clients money lost in high stakes gambling, and the games were unlicensed with the state of California. Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck also reportedly took part in the games, but are not named in the suit. Director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook) and actor Gabe Kaplan (Welcome Back, Kotter), however, could be sued for their winnings in the games. No criminal complaints have yet been filed.

Reps for Maguire have not responded to requests from EW for comment.

Goshen PD confirms: Ryan Dunn's blood-alcohol level over legal limit

Pennsylvania’s West Goshen police department has confirmed that Jackass star Ryan Dunn’s blood alcohol concentration far surpassed the legal limit when during his fatal collision early Monday morning. Dunn’s BAC measured .196 percent. The legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08 percent. No other substances turned up in Dunn’s blood, however.

Through a scene reconstruction, the police department also determined that Dunn was driving between 132 and 140 miles per hour when he lost control of his car and ran off the road. The county coroner’s office previously classified the accidental death to be caused by blunt trauma and the heat of the fire from the explosion caused when Dunn’s 2007 Porsche collided with trees.

Jackass 2 crew member Zachary Hartwell was also killed in the crash.

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Coroner's office confirms Ryan Dunn's cause of death

The Chester County Coroner’s Office has confirmed to EW that Jackass star Ryan Dunn, 34, and his friend Zachary Hartwell — a production assistant on Jackass Number Two — died of accidental “blunt and thermal trauma” due to yesterday’s early morning accident, in which Dunn’s 2007 Porsche careened into a patch of trees in the Pennsylvania town, then burst into flames. A toxicology report, however, is not yet complete, so questions over Dunn’s blood alcohol level will not be resolved until the full autopsy report is released likely within six weeks. Dunn tweeted a picture of himself drinking just hours before the accident.

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Estella Warren checks into treatment center

After being charged with DUI, hit-and-run, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest, Planet of the Apes star Estella Warren has checked into a residential treatment facility, People reports. Warren’s attorney, Darren Kavinoky, tells the magazine that the 32-year-old former model has been fitted with a SCRAM bracelet, which detects alcohol in the system, to “prove that she isn’t drinking.” Authorities allege that Warren hit an officer who tried to arrest her after her Prius crashed into three cars on May 24. Warren could be sentenced up to six months in jail for the four misdemeanor charges.

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Natalie Portman gives birth to baby boy

Natalie Portman has given birth to a baby boy, People is reporting. The Oscar-winning actress is engaged to the baby’s father, choreographer Benjamin Millepied. The two met while working together on Black Swan. No other details about the baby or the birth have been released.

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'Spider-Man' movie franchise producer Laura Ziskin dies at 61

Laura Ziskin, one of the most successful female movie producers in history, died Sunday at her home in Santa Monica, Calif., after a seven-year battle with breast cancer, Variety reported. She was 61. In addition to overseeing Sony’s Spider-Man franchise, whose three films have grossed nearly $1.2 billion domestically, Ziskin produced or exec produced such movies as Pretty Woman, To Die For, and As Good As It Gets. The president of Fox 2000 from 1994 to 2000, Ziskin also exec produced the Academy Awards in 2002 and 2007.

“Laura was my closest friend,” Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement. “She was an inspiring warrior who fought every battle, whether it was business or personal, with her trademark brains, guts, and class. She was the creative guiding light for all of us who loved and worked with her. She was also a frustrating perfectionist and that’s why she was simply the best. We are heartbroken and miss her terribly already — as a producer, as an advocate for cancer research, but most importantly, as an irreplaceable friend.”

Estella Warren charged with hit and run, three other counts

Former model and actress Estella Warren (2001′s Planet of the Apes) was charged Thursday in a Los Angeles court with hit and run, drunken driving, resisting arrest, and battery on a peace officer, reports the Associated Press. The charges stem from a May 24 arrest in which Warren, 32, allegedly hit three vehicles and then fought with police. She is due to be arraigned on June 17.

Cannes condemns Lars von Trier for Nazi remarks

Danish director Lars von Trier, whose film Melancholia wowed critics at the Cannes Film Festival but whose recent comments about Adolf Hitler drew headlines, was declared “persona non grata” in an unprecedented move by the Festival. In a statement, the Festival’s Board of Directors, said it “profoundly regrets that this forum has been used by Lars von Trier to express comments that are unacceptable, intolerable, and contrary to the ideals of humanity and generosity that preside over the very existence of the Festival.”

A Cannes spokesperson told the Associated Press that Melancholia will remain in competition, but its director would not be present to accept any prizes should it win.

On Wednesday, von Trier told reporters that he understood and sympathized a bit with Hitler before issuing an apology.

Jeff Conaway, star of 'Taxi' and 'Grease,' hospitalized following apparent overdose

Jeff Conaway, the former star of Taxi and Grease who has a history of substance abuse problems, is currently in critical condition at an Encino, Calif., hospital after a suspected overdose, reports the Los Angeles Times. The 60-year-old actor has pneumonia and remains unconscious. In 2008, Conaway appeared on two seasons of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew to get help for his addiction to cocaine, painkillers, and alcohol.

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