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Angelina Jolie Tours Maltese Naval Base, Vacations with Family

Jun Sato/GC Images(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are currently in Malta filming their upcoming movie, By the Sea, but the newlyweds have also been mixing in a little familytime and sightseeing.

This past Sunday, the 39-year-old actress visited a Maltese Navy ship, where she met with sailors, crew members and government officials and learned about the equipment aboard the vessel.

An eyewitness tells E! Online Jolie received the red carpet treatment and was all smiles as shipmen saluted her like Hollywood royalty.

The source goes on to say Angelina was “very kind and gracious” during the visit, adding, “She listened to what everyone had to say and was very interested.”

Jolie, dressed casually in a black dress and top with black flats, “looked amazing as always, she was dressed very simple but classy,” says the source, noting, “She was happy and radiant. She looked really good.”

The entertainment website reports that a day earlier, Jolie and Pitt, 50, enjoyed a family yachting trip in Malta with their six kids. The family was accompanied by three bodyguards, yacht crew members and a nanny during a private family yacht trip around Selmun Bay.

The kids participated in some watersports activities while Pitt and Jolie hung out aboard the ship together and took pictures. The family also enjoyed a sushi lunch on the yacht.

By the Sea
, which Jolie is directing, is set to hit theaters in 2015.

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Alleged Last Audio of Joan Rivers Reveals ‘Problems’ with Voice

Charles Sykes/Bravo(NEW YORK) — You can now find on YouTube what could be the last-ever recording of Joan Rivers, which the New York Post reports was taped on Aug. 28, the very day she underwent a procedure at Yorkville Endoscopy from which she never awoke.

Rivers made a test recording for a radio ad for her friend Brad Zimmerman’s upcoming off-Broadway show, My Son the Waiter, a Jewish Tragedy, when her normally brash pipes falters and she coughs. “My voice has been bothering me,” she explained. “I don’t know what it is.”

The comic legend complains not only about the material — “This is terrible copy. Who wrote this crap?” — but also about her health. “I feel like s**t,” Rivers complains on the recording. “I’m tired already.”

Rivers died Sept. 4, after doctors had put her in a medically-induced coma after she went into cardiac arrest during the endoscopy.

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Coroner’s Official Says Lindsay Lohan Never Rolled ‘a Body Bag for Whitney Houston’

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Lindsay Lohan recently did an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Telegraph to promote her debut in a London production of the play Speed-the-Plow next week. During the interview the actress made a reference to Whitney Houston while discussing her work at a morgue in Los Angeles a few years ago.

Lohan reflected on how her sentence for drunk driving and violation of her probation included jail time and 12-hour shifts in a morgue for four months. Lohan described the punishment as “F’d up and inappropriate — because a lot of other people were meant to do it, and they were like: ‘No, they can’t handle it. Lohan can.’” She added, “It’s different for me than it would be for other people — like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in L.A. and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston.”

Lohan claimed she made the best of the situation. She explained, “I know it sounds really dark and strange, but I thought it would be a lot worse. I kind of regulated a lot of it. I’d tell people: ‘You didn’t fold that sheet properly,’ because I’m OCD with folding.”

Lohan’s comments have been disputed by an official for the coroner’s office, who tells TMZ that Houston was never in a body bag and no one in the probation program ever came in contact with the singer’s body. The official added that Houston was wrapped in plastic with a sheet cover the entire time she was at the morgue.

Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012.

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Wendy Williams Eats Crow over Kim and Kanye Marriage

Courtesy Wendy Williams Show(NEW YORK) — Wendy Williams literally ended up eating crow on Monday.

The 50-year-old talk show host had vowed that she would eat crow if Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s marriage lasted more than 72 days — the length of Kim’s previous marriage to Kris Humphries.

After nearly four months, the couple is still together, and Williams proved she was a woman of her word by eating crow on her talk show Monday.

With the help of a gourmet chef, Williams cooked up some crow gumbo. She then donned a crow bib and dug into the dish, which she described as “not so bad.”

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“Dancing with the Stars” Recap: Alfonso Ribeiro Sets High Bar in Season 19 Premiere

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro was the early standout during the Monday premiere of the 19th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, while designer Betsey Johnson and Olympian Lolo Jones suffered significant missteps during their routines.

Ribeiro finished in the lead among the 13 celebrities who are vying for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

This year’s celebrity cast includes reality TV personality Sadie Robertson, who appears in Duck Dynasty; YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota; and NASCAR legend Michael Waltrip.

The pairs were scored by judges and will earn votes from the audience. The couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and audience votes will be eliminated. The first elimination of the season will come during a results show Tuesday.

The judges’ panel was expanded this year to include former Dancing With the Stars pro dancer Julianne Hough, a two-time Mirrorball champion herself and sister of current pro Derek Hough. Julianne Hough evaluated performances alongside head judge Len Goodman and judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

Tonight’s Routines

Antonio Sabato Jr.: The General Hospital actor’s cha cha with Cheryl Burke drew moderate praise. Said Goodman: “Well it’s obvious that you’ve got dancing in your blood. Unfortunately it hasn’t reached your feet.” Hough said Sabato’s performance was “a little flat-footed” but she liked his extensions. Tonioli liked that Burke gave Sabato “a lot of content” for the first week and said Sabato had good hip action, while Inaba said the couple had “hot chemistry” that would lead to higher expectations. Goodman, Hough and Inaba each gave Sabato a 6, while Tonioli gave him a 7, for a total of 25 out of a possible 40.

Lea Thompson: The Back to the Future actress, who was a ballet dancer decades ago, earned warm praise from the judges for her elegance, but they cautioned her to watch her posture. “It was beautiful! It was so beautiful. It made me so happy,” Hough said. Tonioli agreed, describing Thompson’s quality of movement as “exquisite.” Inaba said she thought it was one of the “best first foxtrots I have ever seen…you guys are a really well-balanced team,” and Goodman said it “was terrific. Well done.” Thompson earned four 8s for a total of 32 points.

Janel Parrish: The judges liked the spirited jive that Parrish and partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy delivered. “Naughty! Naughty! Naughty!” Tonioli said, although he said Parrish needed to polish her jive moves. Inaba liked that Parrish had the courage to “just go for it,” adding: “You’ve got great potential.” Goodman said it was “a bit untidy on occasion” but said, overall, it was well done, while Hough said Parrish was a true performer. Tonioli awarded Parrish an 8, while the others each gave her a 7 for a total of 29 points.

Lolo Jones: The Olympian’s cha cha with pro partner Keo Motsepe ran into trouble at the start because of a missed cue that affected her time throughout the majority of the routine, and during her judges’ critique a frustrated Jones acknowledged her performance was “awful.” Hough commended her for picking the routine up again and said she needed to work on her fluidity. Tonioli told Jones that all performers mess up at times and told her to come back next week and show something better. Goodman told Jones not to be too hard on herself, adding: “You had personality, you had a bit of sizzle going on so it’s not all bad.” Inaba said, “Lolo, truthfully that was more like an ‘uh oh.'” Jones earned two 6s and two 5s for a total of 22 points.

Betsey Johnson: A stubborn prop feather boa derailed the flamboyant fashion designer’s spunky cha cha with partner Tony Dovolani. When Johnson tried to retrieve the hot pink boa from a prop rack the garment got stuck. When she tugged, it fell onto the floor and got caught between the dancers. Then Dovolani bent down to retrieve the boa and the routine petered out. Despite the malfunction, Johnson finished the routine with her trademark cartwheel and split. “I was enjoying it so much. It was so entertaining and then the disaster with the boa. I’m so upset,” Goodman said. Hough said Johnson had “some really wonderful moments,” and Tonioli added, “You just went for it with gusto. It went wrong.” Johnson earned four 5s for a total of 20 points.

Tavis Smiley: The talk show host and partner Sharna Burgess earned praise for their foxtrot. “I like watching you dance because you’re one of those people who’s like a natural mover…you move so well, so natural, so likeable. Well done,” Inaba told Smiley. Hough said Smiley’s routine was “awesome” and that he looked comfortable on the dance floor, and Goodman said Smiley needed to work on his footwork but that the routine was fun and enjoyable. Tonioli said he loved “the comedic touches” and urged Smiley not to throw his arms. Smiley earned an 8 from Hough and 7s from the other judges for a total of 29 points.

Sadie Robertson: The Duck Dynasty star’s cha cha with Mark Ballas earned praise from the judges. “Duckling no more. Here we’ve got a bird of paradise!” Tonioli said. Added an approving Goodman: “Quack! Quack! You’ll be back.” Hough called Robertson “the entire package.” Inaba said Robertson had gorgeous lines. Inaba and Goodman awarded her 8s while Hough and Tonioli gave her 9s for a total of 34 points.

Michael Waltrip: The NASCAR racer’s cha cha with Emma Slater drew mixed review from the judges. “I liked it…I think you did fantastic. It was fun, entertaining, well done, simple,” Inaba said. Hough said it was “awesome” and noted that it seemed Waltrip was having so much fun. But in comparing Waltrip with Slater, Tonioli said “you looked at times like a golf cart trying to keep up with a Ferrari,” and Goodman made another car analogy: “The engine was running but you never got out of first gear.” Waltrip earned three 6s and a 7 for a total of 25.

Jonathan Bennett: The Mean Girls actor’s bubbly jive with Allison Holker earned him a standing ovation from the ballroom audience. “You’re a polished performer…I’m, like, blown away,” Inaba said. Hough called Bennett “such a natural performer” and told him he had potential. Goodman agreed, telling him to “work hard.” Bennett earned two 7s and two 8s for a total of 30 points.

Tommy Chong: The comedian’s cool cha cha with pro partner Peta Murgatroyd — and a cameo from his comedy partner, Cheech Marin — brought smiles to the judges’ faces. “You are extremely sexy,” Hough told Chong, adding: “You have the moves like nobody’s business.” Tonioli confessed that he’d been expected “bad grandpa. I’m getting cool grandpa.” Goodman said it was painless, fun and enjoyable. Inaba added: “That was fantastic! You came in like a low rider … you killed it!” Chong earned three 7s and a 6 for a total of 27 points.

Randy Couture: Judges were full of praise for the mixed martial artist and action movie star’s smooth foxtrot with partner Karina Smirnoff. Hough and Inaba both found the actor’s performance sexy, with Hough telling him: “Randy, you’re making me randy…you have grace and you have class and there’s a sensitive beauty about you.” Inaba said she prided herself in being professional but couldn’t help feeling “a little weak in the knees…you are sexy out there!” Goodman said the performance “had a charm about it,” and Tonioli said Couture was light on his feet. Couture earned three 8s and a 7 for a total of 31 points.

Bethany Mota: The YouTube sensation earned good reviews for her jive with partner Derek Hough. Inaba found the routine “tight, clean and well-rehearsed,” but said there were lulls in Mota’s energy. Hough agreed. Goodman thought Mota should keep her diary clear as he found the routine “terrific.” Added Tonioli: “Huge on the Web and pretty good on the dance floor as well…I’m telling you, you were wonderful.” Mota earned four 8s for a total of 32 points.

Alfonso Ribeiro: Ribeiro’s and pro partner Witney Carson’s electrifying jive earned them a standing ovation, including from Goodman. “Beautiful routine. Fantastically danced,” Goodman said. “That was without question the best dance of the night.” Hough said she was “blown about by the musicality in that,” and commended Carson’s choreography. Tonioli said Ribeiro was the “king of the night” and Inaba said Ribeiro had “the swagger of season 19…you just raised the stakes my friend! Excellent.” Ribeiro earned 36 points, the highest score of the night.

ABC will air the results show Tuesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The Scores

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: 36
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: 34
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev : 32
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: 32
Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff : 31
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: 30
Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 29
Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess: 29
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: 27
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: 25
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: 25
Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe: 22
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani: 20

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Clooney to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — George Clooney will be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the 2015 Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced on Monday.

Clooney has been nominated for a whopping 13 Golden Globe awards during his long career. He’s won three times for his acting, for O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Syriana, and The Descendants.

Clooney also owns a Golden Globe as co-producer of best picture winner Argo.

Last year’s recipient of the lifetime achievement award was Woody Allen.

The Golden Globes will take place on January 11, 2015.

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Tiffani Thiessen Is ‘Definitely Trying’ to Get Pregnant

USA Network Photo: David Giesbrecht(NEW YORK) — Tiffani Thiessen would like to expand her family soon.

Even more excited about the possibility of a second baby? Her 4-year-old daughter, Harper.

“She puts more pressure on me than anyone!” Thiessen told the online magazine, Sweden with Love. “Every day, she begs me to have a baby. She can’t wait to turn into a little mommy. She’s ready!”

Thiessen, 40, is hoping she can make that a reality sooner rather than later. The White Collar actress and her husband, Brady Smith, are “definitely trying.”

“With Harper it happened right away,” she said, adding that she doesn’t think she’s currently pregnant. “I’m hoping it’ll be as easy this time around.”

There are other exciting things coming down the pike for the actress too. Thiessen, an avid gardener who has a chicken coop in her backyard, will begin filming a new show for the Cooking Channel, Dinner at Tiffani’s, later this year, and she’s also gearing up to send Harper off to her last year of preschool.

“I’ve loved so much that I’ve been able to spend basically every day with her. Even when I’ve been working, she’s come to work with me,” she said. “She’s going to be in school until 3 p.m., and that’s a long time for me to be away from her. I suspect I’ll pull her out once in a while.”

Still, Harper, whom Thiessen described as “high-spirited girl,” certainly has a mind of her own, her mom added.

“She knows what she wants, and that can be challenging at times. But I don’t ever want to quash her spirit or change the fact that she’s a strong-willed little kid,” she said. “We have boundaries and we have rules, but we’re not crazy strict. We want her to grow up to be both a respectful and happy person.”

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“The View” Premieres with New Hosts

Lou Rocco/ABC(NEW YORK) — It’s a new era for The View.

The ABC talk show kicked off a new season with three new co-hosts — Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace — in a new studio in New York City.

“The thing that never changes on The View is it’s great conversation with great women,” Whoopi Goldberg said at the start of the show. “That is not going to change.”

First up to introduce herself was O’Donnell, who was returning to the show after getting married, having a new baby and sending her oldest off to college. Sitting cross-legged and barefoot, she also said that she had lost about 50 pounds after having surgery.

“I’m good. I’m happy,” O’Donnell, 52, told the live studio audience. “I had a heart attack two years ago in August and then I had the vertical gastric sleeve. …It is sort of a last change thing after you tried everything else. …I feel better.”

Perez went next, explaining that in addition to joining the talk show, she’s also gearing up to star in a new Broadway show alongside Larry David. She also recently married musician Eric Hayes, and is a longtime activist now working as part of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS.

“Life is good,” Perez, 50, said. “I could go on and on and on and brag about myself but I usually like other people to praise me, not to praise myself. It’s a Latin thing.”

Another new face was Wallace, 42, who worked in the White House with George W. Bush before joining John McCain and Sarah Palin’s ill-fated presidential campaign. She’s also a novelist and the mother of a 2-year-old son.

“I am a Republican,” she declared before O’Donnell — who famously sparred with Republican Elisabeth Hasselbeck — announced, “And I really like her!”

The only remaining panelist from last season was Goldberg, 58, who emerged thinner, having topped out at 217 lbs.

“I’m happy to have a gig and happy to be working with y’all,” she said. “[I'm] happy we get to carry on the tradition.”

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“Django Unchained” Actress Says She Was Handcuffed for ‘Showing Affection’

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — An actress who appeared in the film Django Unchained is claiming Los Angeles police handcuffed her last week after “showing affection” toward her partner in public.

In a lengthy post on her Facebook page on Thursday, Daniele Watts wrote, “Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.”

Watts says when police arrived, she stood on a sidewalk and spoke with her father on her phone. She knew she’d done nothing wrong, so she walked away.

She says a few minutes later, two police officers “accosted” her and “forced” her into handcuffs. She continues, “As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that ‘authority figures’ could control my BEING…my ability to BE!!!!!!!”

Watts also posted a photo of herself crying during the incident, alongside another picture of herself playing a cop on the show Weeds.

Watts’ partner, Brian, maintains to TMZ that the two were making out inside a parked car outside of CBS studios in Los Angeles when a nearby resident spotted them and called police. He suggests police confronted them because he’s white and Watts is black, and they thought she was a prostitute.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement saying officers were responding to a call that “a male and a female were involved in indecent exposure inside a Silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open.”

The statement notes, “The responding sergeant and police officers located two individuals that matched the description of the suspects, and they were briefly detained. Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed. Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released.”

The LAPD says an internal investigation regarding the matter has been launched.

Watts currently stars in the new FX comedy Partners.

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“Django Unchained” Actress Says She Was Handcuffed for ‘Showing Affection’

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) — An actress who appeared in the film Django Unchained is claiming Los Angeles police handcuffed her last week after “showing affection” toward her partner in public.

In a lengthy post on her Facebook page on Thursday, Daniele Watts wrote, “Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.”

Watts says when police arrived, she stood on a sidewalk and spoke with her father on her phone. She knew she’d done nothing wrong, so she walked away.

She says a few minutes later, two police officers “accosted” her and “forced” her into handcuffs. She continues, “As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that ‘authority figures’ could control my BEING…my ability to BE!!!!!!!”

Watts also posted a photo of herself crying during the incident, alongside another picture of herself playing a cop on the show Weeds.

Watts’ partner, Brian, maintains to TMZ that the two were making out inside a parked car outside of CBS studios in Los Angeles when a nearby resident spotted them and called police. He suggests police confronted them because he’s white and Watts is black, and they thought she was a prostitute.

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Police Department released a statement saying officers were responding to a call that “a male and a female were involved in indecent exposure inside a Silver Mercedes with the vehicle door open.”

The statement notes, “The responding sergeant and police officers located two individuals that matched the description of the suspects, and they were briefly detained. Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed. Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released.”

The LAPD says an internal investigation regarding the matter has been launched.

Watts currently stars in the new FX comedy Partners.

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