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  • Ryan Reynolds celebrates his 37th birthday with Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax figure

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    Ryan Reynolds got an early 37th birthday present on Monday -- himself!

    The "R.I.P.D." star, who celebrated his big day on Wednesday, posed next to his Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax figure in New Orleans earlier this week, where he is currently filming his new movie "Selfless."

    “This is undoubtedly the largest and most spectacular birthday candle I've ever received," Reynolds said, according to E! Online.

    In a poll the wax museum launched on its Facebook page to find its next subject,

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  • Danielle Fishel fires back at Internet bullies who criticized her weight

    Danielle Fishel and her husband Tim Belusko. (Instagram)

    Danielle Fishel did not appreciate critics weighing in on her wedding over the weekend. The "Boy Meets World" star wed Tim Belusko on Oct. 19, but when photos emerged of the couple's big day, many Internet users responded by critiquing her weight.

    And the bride was having none of it.

    The 32-year-old actress then made a quip at her critics' expense.

    Fishel married Belusko, 25, in Los Angeles with "Boy Meets World" co-star Ben Savage looking on. The actress

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  • Richard Gere, is that you? ‘Franny’ star steps out looking very different

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    Believe it or not, this is what Richard Gere looks like now.

    People's Sexiest Man Alive of 1999 was nearly unrecognizable on the set of his new film "Franny" earlier this week. The 64-year-old actor was photographed Monday shooting a number of scenes sporting long grey hair and a colourful scarf.

    In the film, Gere plays a philanthropist who befriends a couple of newlyweds in order to recapture his youth. Directed by newcomer Andrew Renzi, the movie also stars Dakota Fanning and Theo James as the couple.

    Carey Lowell and Richard Gere in 2009. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

    Gere appears to be having the time of his life on set, despite reports that he and Carey Lowell, his wife of 11 years, have parted ways. According to the New York Post, the couple has been living separately "for some time" after marrying in 2002, two years after welcoming a son.

    “They have a place in Bedford [New York], and [Gere]

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  • Why William Shatner doesn’t think he deserves the Stratford Festival’s Legacy Award

     

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    William Shatner doesn't think he's a legend -- not yet, anyway.

    Almost five decades after he joined the theatre company in 1954, the 82-year-old Canadian actor was awarded the Stratford Festival's Legacy Award on Monday at Toronto's Four Seasons Hotel.

    Though Shatner spent three seasons performing in nine productions at Stratford (before he shot to fame as James T. Kirk in "Star Trek"), he doesn't think he deserves the same accolade given to veteran thespians Christopher Plummer and Maggie Smith.

    "This is really good, giving awards to living legends. But there's a problem, there's a problem -- I'm a legend in the making, OK?" Shatner quipped after receiving the award from actor Colm Feore, according to CTV News. The actor then added, "Chris Plummer is a legend. What an actor, what a man, what a buddy, he's fantastic. And Dame Maggie Smith, come on ... These are legends."

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  • Betty White spoofs Miley Cyrus’s VMAs performance

    Betty White might be 91 years old, but it's going to take a lot more than Miley Cyrus to offend her.

    In a new promo for White's reality show "Off Their Rockers," the "Hot in Cleveland" star spoofs Cyrus's controversial VMAs performance as well as her skin-flashing "Wrecking Ball" video.

    "I was asked to help promote my show, 'Off Their Rockers,' which is coming to Lifetime, so I got some ideas from recent pop culture events that really got the kids talking," White says in the promo.

    The "Golden Girls" alum then blasts through a wall atop a giant wrecking ball, similar to the one Cyrus sits on in her "Wrecking Ball" music video (although White forgoes the nudity).

    "Can someone bring me a sledgehammer?" White then asks. Once she gets her wish, White proceeds to give it a dainty kiss.

    At the end of the promo, the nonagenarian holds up a foam finger — similar to the one Cyrus rubbed on her body during her VMAs performance with Robin Thicke — with a smile on her face.

    Whose pop culture

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  • Elizabeth Berkley: My ‘Showgirls’ sentence has been lifted

    The "Showgirls" curse has been broken, at least according to Elizabeth Berkley. On "Dancing With the Stars" earlier this week, the 41-year-old actress broke down after being reminded of her universally panned 1995 film.

    "It's a sexy dance, and the choreography reconnected me to when I was just a young woman and took a risk creatively and did 'Showgirls,'" Berkley said in an interview that aired during the ABC show on Monday night.

    In the camp-tastic Paul Verhoeven film, Berkley played a Las Vegas stripper turned showgirl, a role that got her unofficially blacklisted in Hollywood.

    "Little did I know when it came out that it was going to be met with such criticism and such a backlash," the actress said. "With that time came a lot of doors that slammed in my face, where it was very frustrating not being able to perform for people and dance for people. And it was painful, it hurt."

    Berkley in "Showgirls" (1995). (United Artists)

    In an interview with Variety published on Monday, Berkley admitted she stopped dancing completely after the film came out. "Because it was so criticized, it was humiliating — doing anything that was connected to

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  • Drake fans angry over Philadelphia show cancellation

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    Nothing was the same in Philadelphia after Drake canceled his concert on Saturday.

    The Toronto rapper upset local fans when his gig, which was set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center, didn't start on time. Even worse, an hour and a half later, it was announced that the show wouldn't begin at all, and would instead be postponed until Dec. 18. According to NBC, a venue spokesperson claimed there was an "unexpected technical issue."

    "My apologies to Philly," Drake wrote on Instagram. "I was so ready to come see all of you but things happened beyond my control and a judgement call was made. I will see you all soon!"

    Local radio station Hot 107.9 reported that the set's "catwalk," the circular structure hanging above the floor, was "deemed not safe." A more popular rumour, spread by MediaTakeOut, suggested Drake was still upset about tour mate Future's uncharitable comments about his new album.

    "One of Drake's people said something to one of Future's people . . . and it POPPED," an insider told MediaTakeOut. "It was a lot of pushing, not many

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  • Justin Bieber fan spends $100,000 on surgery to look like his idol

     

    Can you believe a 33-year-old musician has gotten surgery to look like Justin Bieber? It's true: Toby Sheldon, a singer-songwriter from Los Angeles who has an aging phobia, has spent $100,000 in the past five years to look like the 19-year-old Canadian pop star.

    "Once Justin shot to fame his face was everywhere and all I kept thinking when I saw his picture was, 'I want to look like him,'" Sheldon told the U.K. magazine Closer (via The Daily Mail).

    Toby Sheldon, before and after surgery. (Double Vision Media)

    After a number of operations -- Botox, face fillers, a chin reduction, hair treatments, and eyelid and smile surgery -- Sheldon looks a little more like the Biebs than he did before.

    Justin Bieber (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

    "I didn't necessarily listen to his music or fawn over him as a celebrity, but his face was just so flawless every change I made was modeled after him," said Sheldon, whose family lives in Germany and has no knowledge of his surgeries.

    Despite the time and money he has spent emulating the "Boyfriend" singer, Sheldon still plans to get more surgeries. "I know there is more work to be done in order to make a full transformation into Justin Bieber's doppelganger like a nose job and jaw reduction, which my surgeon has suggested," he told the Mail.

    Still, it looks like the transformation is working for him. According to Sheldon, he has been mistaken for Bieber and was even recently turned away from a liquor store because the staff thought he was underage.

    His friends even have a new nickname for him: Toby Bieber.

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  • Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard marry — what took them so long?

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    Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have finally tied the knot recently after being engaged for four years. According to TMZ, the Beverly Hills County Clerk Office held an impromptu ceremony for the duo after they recently picked up their marriage license. Bell reportedly cried as a photographer snapped photos of the big day.

    The 33-year-old "House of Lies" star actually got engaged to Shepard in 2009 after he proposed during the Christmas holidays. So, what took them so long to finally walk down the aisle?

    You may remember Bell re-proposing to Shepard, 38, in June (three months after giving birth to their first child) following the U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned the gay marriage ban.

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  • Is this the end of the Jonas Brothers? A run-down of their ‘deep rift’

     

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    It's trying times for the Jonas Brothers. Leading up to what was supposed to be the kickoff last Friday for their comeback tour to promote their fifth album, "V," the the pop rock trio have cancelled the gig and rumors are swirling that the end is nigh.

    So, what exactly happened?

    Last Wednesday, two days before their tour was set to kick off, the band abruptly cancelled it. "There is a deep rift within the band," their spokesman told People. "There was a big a disagreement over their music direction."

    When asked what this meant for the band's future, the rep said, "It remains to be seen."

    Rumours surfaced that Joe Jonas was facing substance abuse issues, but he refused to discuss anything about the band when he appeared at the Annenberg Gala in Beverly Hills on Thursday night. “I’m not going to talk about that right now,” he told People.

    That same day, the Jonas Brothers band deleted its official Twitter account, though the individual members kept their own (none of them have updated since the tour announcement was made).

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