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  • Hugh Laurie gives impromptu piano performance at Vancouver’s Cellar Jazz Club

    Hugh Laurie performing at the Hammersmith Apollo in London in June. (Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

    Apparently, Hugh Laurie is as knowledgeable about music as Dr. House is about medicine. The "House" star surprised the audience of a Vancouver jazz club this week when he took the stage for an impromptu piano performance.

    Laurie, who is in town to film the sci-fi Disney flick "Tomorrowland," reportedly showed up at the Cellar Jazz Club on Monday night to watch Canadian guitarist Rob Montgomery perform.

    According to Vancouver's Metro newspaper, at one point Montgomery asked the 54-year-old actor to join him onstage. Laurie proceeded to impress the audience with his stride piano technique as his hands leapt across the keyboard.Read More »from Hugh Laurie gives impromptu piano performance at Vancouver’s Cellar Jazz Club

  • J.K. Rowling on Harry Potter’s 15th anniversary: I miss Dumbledore the most

    If J.K. Rowling had a magic wand, she would conjure Dumbledore into being. On the 15th anniversary of her culturally defining wizard series "Harry Potter," the author has revealed that Harry Potter's mentor, Professor Dumbledore, is the character she misses most.

    "He was the character who was hardest to leave for me," Rowling said in a video for Scholastic Books, which appeared on "Good Morning America" Tuesday. "He was the person who I'd have come back physically and sit and talk to me."

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  • Eileen Brennan passes away at 80: Her 5 most memorable roles

    Eileen Brennan has passed away at the age of 80. (Jean-Paul Aussenard/WireImage)

    Oscar-nominated actress Eileen Brennan has died at the age of 80. The star best known as Goldie Hawn's evil commanding officer in "Private Benjamin" passed away Sunday in Los Angeles after battling bladder cancer.

    In a career spanning five decades, Brennan had her fair share of memorable roles on Broadway, film, and television. She most recently made a splash in her 2006 role as Jack's bizarre acting teacher in "Will & Grace," for which she earned an Emmy nomination. "So sad to hear of Eileen Brennan's death," Sean Hayes tweeted Tuesday. "She was hilarious to work with on W&G. She always made me laugh during my scenes with her."

    But perhaps her most critically acclaimed roles were those she had on the big screen — particularly her surly performances, like the nightmarish orphanage head Miss Bannister in 1988's "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking."

    "I love meanies, and this goes back to Capt. Lewis in 'Private Benjamin,'" Brennan said in a 1988 interview with the Associated Press. "You know why? Because they have no sense of humor. People who are mean or unkind or rigid — think about it — cannot laugh at themselves. If we can't laugh at ourselves and the human condition, we're going to be mean."

    Here are five film performances (not all "meanies"!) to remember Brennan by, as Hollywood mourns her departure.

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  • Justin Bieber’s rep: TMZ doctored Toronto spit photos

    Justin Bieber appears to spit over the balcony of his Toronto hotel. (Photo by Sean O'Neill)

    Justin Bieber is spitting mad at TMZ for accusing him of spitting on his Toronto fans last week.

    The 19-year-old "Boyfriend" singer's rep has accused the gossip website of digitally altering an image of the Biebs taken Thursday to make it look like he was dropping saliva from the balcony of Toronto's Hazelton Hotel onto his fans below.

    "Justin didn't spit on anyone. No fans were below the balcony. TMZ superimposed photos of the fans next to Justin on a completely different balcony to make it appear like he was spitting on fans when he wasn't," his rep said in a statement. "In fact, earlier in the day, Justin bought his fans hot chocolate and played them some of his new music. Justin loves his fans."

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  • ‘The Bachelorette’ makes Desiree Hartsock cry

     

    "The Bachelorette" left everyone in tears on Monday night, both on screen and off.

    On the first part of the ABC reality show's finale, 27-year-old bridal stylist Desiree Hartsock and the man she hoped would be her husband, Brooks Forester, parted ways in a flood of water works.

    Though Hartsock spent the first hour of the episode on dates with the two other suitors, Chris Siegfried and Drew Kenney -- she called the former "a perfect husband" and gave the latter quite a bit of lip action -- her feelings remained with Forester.

    "When I was going on dates I wanted to go on dates with you,” she later told the 28-year-old marketing guy.

    But the object of her affection wasn't so clear about his feelings for her. He said as much when he visited his mother and sister in Idaho during the show. “The idea of me proposing to her at the end of this makes me really uncomfortable,” Forrester told them.

    It wasn't until Forester was faced with host Chris Harrison that he came out and said what he actually

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  • Justin Bieber’s history with pot: From the Windsor-Detroit border to Stockholm

     

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    Justin Bieber's tour has gone to pot once again with fresh allegations that the Canadian pop star is getting mixed up with marijuana.

    A police dog at the Windsor-Detroit border reportedly found a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia on the 19-year-old "Boyfriend" singer's tour bus on Sunday. Bieber was not on the vehicle at the time, though he did perform at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit later that night.

    A spokesman for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection told the Detroit Free Press the bus driver was cited and that the vehicle and its passengers were then let go.

    Though the Biebs has not yet commented on the allegations, yesterday he tweeted the tentative message, "Good day today...so far."

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  • Johnny Depp: Retirement is ‘not too far away’

    Captain Jack Sparrow may be dropping the anchor on his acting career. Johnny Depp, who played the effeminate pirate in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise, has announced he plans to quit acting in the near future.

    Johnny Depp at the U.K. premiere of 'The Lone Ranger' on July 21. (Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)"I wouldn't say that I'm dropping out any second, but I would say that it's probably not too far away," he said on "BBC Breakfast" in a new interview about his latest blockbuster, "The Lone Ranger."

    The 50-year-old star 's response came when the interviewer brought up a quote Depp gave Rolling Stone earlier this month, in which he said, " I can't say that I'd want to be doing this for another 10 years."

    "At a certain point you start thinking when you add up the amount of dialogue you say per year, for example, and you realize that you've said written words more than you've actually had the chance to say your own words, you start thinking of that as sort of an insane option for a human being," he told the BBC. "Are there quieter things that I wouldn't mind doing? Yeah, I

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  • Jay Baruchel named ‘honorary captain’ of the Montreal Canadiens

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    Ten years of being an avid Montreal Canadiens fan has finally paid off for Jay Baruchel -- the "Goon" star is now in charge of his favourite hockey team. At least in name, anyway.

    According to the Montreal Gazette, Habs team owner Geoff Molson and retired team member Chris Nilan named Baruchel "honorary captain" of the Habs at the Just for Laughs gala in Montreal. The 31-year-old Montreal native reportedly received the honour in person by Nilan and via video by Molson.

    "What an incredible experience," Baruchel tweeted of the event, which took place at the Place des Arts on Thursday night.

    Baruchel, who shared the stage alongside the likes of comedians Amy Schumer and Elon Gold, has made no bones about how fanatically he follows the Habs. He even took the Just for Laughs stage in a Montreal Canadiens Jersey with a Quebec flag over his shoulders.

    "In the past

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  • Justin Bieber in Toronto: Allegedly throwing spit balls, playing guitar pick catch

    Justin Bieber appears to spit over the balcony of his Toronto hotel. (Photo by Sean O'Neill)

    Justin Bieber appears to spit over the balcony of his Toronto hotel.Justin Bieber was in a playful mood in Toronto yesterday after arriving in town for his two Toronto shows -- not only did he appear to throw spit balls off a balcony, he also played a game of catch during his first performance.

    The 19-year-old "Boyfriend" singer was photographed on the balcony of his hotel on Thursday, appearing to spit off the balcony of the Hazelton Hotel in the Toronto neighbourhood of Yorkville. He was flanked by three friends (who he calls "theteam") who egged him on and took photos together.

    Though it is unclear whether the Ontario native was aiming at anyone in particular, TMZ reports a number of his fans were gathered in front of the hotel all day. Bieber himself even posted a video of them screaming on Thursday. "I wake up this morning to this :) best fans in the world #beliebers #sexyfans," he wrote on Instagram.

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch gets ordained, performs wedding ceremony in Ibiza

    Benedict Cumberbatch officiates his friends' wedding in Ibiza. (Facebook)

    The mystery of how Sherlock Holmes ended up officiating a wedding in Ibiza this weekend has been solved -- he was a friend of the couple getting married.

    According to the Mail Online, British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (who plays the eponymous detective in BBC's "Sherlock") travelled to the Spanish island last week to conduct the outdoor ceremony for Seth Cummings and Rob Rinder.

    "It's a very private, lovely thing to be asked to do," the 37-year-old actor told Vulture. "Of course, I'm going to make a joke after it, 'I do weddings. Next will be children's parties and bat mitzvahs,' if it goes well."

    Photos posted on Facebook (on entrepreneur Ivan Massow's page) show Cumberbatch in a dark suit with a white open-collared shirt as his friends exchange vows in a picturesque scene at the Hacienda Hotel overlooking a cliff.

    Though it's hard to tell from the photos, the thespian did appear to be a little nervous before the big event, having been only recently ordained. "It's a mainly Jewish and gay audience, so hopefully they will be lenient towards me," Cumberbatch told Vulture before jetting off to the sunny locale.

    Cumberbatch and his friends relax after the wedding. (Facebook)

    But it seems to have all gone well. Another photo shows the actor

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