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  • CTV sitcom 'Spun Out' suspended after star J.P. Manoux charged with voyeurism

    J.P. Manoux at the CTV Upfront presentation in 2014. (George Pimentel/Getty Images)J.P. Manoux at the CTV Upfront presentation in 2014. (George Pimentel/Getty Images)

    CTV's "Spun Out," which recently completed production on its second season, is facing its own PR nightmare once again. The sitcom has been "indefinitely suspended" following the news that star Jean Paul "J.P." Manoux turned himself in to Toronto Police on Tuesday after being charged with one count of voyeurism. 

    The Toronto Star reported that two women, who rented a condo from the 45-year-old actor near Queen St. W. and Gladstone Ave., contacted police after finding a camera in the apartment. According to police, after they got the call on Jan. 22, an investigation was launched, which turned up hidden cameras that were connected to the Internet.

    Manoux, who is an American with permanent residency in Canada, is set to appear at Old City Hall on March 11. If he is found guilty, he could reportedly face five years in prison, though this may be complicated by the potential of more victims (police said he had rented the condo out before).

    Manoux with Paul Campbell (left) on Spun Out. (CTV)

    According to the Star, Bell Media spokesperson

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch apologizes for calling black actors 'coloured'

    This is one of the rare times Benedict Cumberbatch makes headlines for not being lovable. The 38-year-old "Imitation Game" star has already apologized for using the term "coloured actors" during an interview on PBS last week with Tavis Smiley.

    "As far as coloured actors go, it gets really difficult in the U.K.," Cumberbatch said. "I think a lot of my friends have had more opportunities [in the U.S.] than in the U.K., and that's something that needs to change." 

    The British actor released a statement on Monday in which he said: "I'm devastated to have caused offense by using this outmoded terminology. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done. I can only hope this incident will highlight the need for correct usage of terminology that is accurate and inoffensive.The most shaming aspect of this for me is that I was talking about racial inequality in the performing arts in the U.K. and the need for rapid improvements in our industry when I used the term."

    This is

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  • Oops! Reporter compliments Rashida Jones on her 'tan'

    It's the sort of comment you would expect from Michael Scott on "The Office," not from a seasoned reporter, but at the SAG Awards on Jan. 25, TNT correspondent Danielle Demski praised Rashida Jones for her "tan."

    "You look like you've just come off an island or something," Demski said. "You're very tan. Very tropical."

    To this, Jones replied,  "I mean, you know, I'm ethnic."

    Jones is the daughter of black producer Quincy Jones and white actress Peggy Lipton and, according to her sister Kidada, her ethnicity has often confounded people. 

    "[Rashida] passed for white," Kidada told Glamour in 2005.

    In response, Rashida said, "'Passed'?! I had no control over how I looked. This is my natural hair, these are my natural eyes! I’ve never tried to be anything that I’m not."

    Rashida admitted that she is often told, "But you look so white!" which does not sit well with her.

    "I want to say: 'Do you know how hurtful that is to somebody who identifies so strongly with half of who she is?'" she

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  • What to know about new 'Supergirl' Melissa Benoist

    Supergirl is flying back onto the small screen and she's bringing Melissa Benoist with her. The "Glee" star has been cast as the Bechdel-friendly superhero (real name: Kara Zor-El) in CBS's upcoming series based on the original DC comic. 

    But who is Benoist exactly? You may recognize the 26-year-old Colorado native from "Glee" as Marley Rose, the New Directions singer-songwriter who dated Jake Puckerman in the fourth and fifth seasons.

    Benoist, who is currently engaged to her "Glee" co-star Blake Jenner (Ryder Lynn), made her screen debut in 2008 opposite Mariah Carey in the film "Tennessee." She went on to have small roles in "Law & Order," "Homeland" and "The Good Wife" before being cast on "Glee" in 2012.

    The actress made waves last year when she played Miles Teller's

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  • Zooey Deschanel joins growing list of celebrities who get pregnant before getting engaged

    It used to be that first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in the baby carriage, but now many Hollywood starlets aren't putting a lot of importance in that specific sequence of events.

    Not long after breaking the news about her pregnancy, Zooey Deschanel announced this week that she was getting married. The "New Girl" star's rep confirmed that she is engaged to 42-year-old producer Jacob Pechenik, with whom she is expecting her first child.

    The 34-year-old actress is only the latest celebrity to tie the knot after announcing a tot. Here are ten more stars who beat her to it:

    Angelina Jolie
    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have six children, three of them biological, all of whom came long before the duo wed. The couple got engaged in 2012, four years after their youngest kids (twins Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline) were born, and married in France last year.

    Katie Holmes
    The "Dawson's Creek" star started dating Tom Cruise in 2005 and the couple got engaged shortly

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  • Bruce McCulloch: Music was 'how I defined myself' before Kids in the Hall

    When Bruce McColloch was a young drunk punk, he fell in love with music before comedy. In a new interview with The Toronto Star to promote his new Citytv show, "Young Drunk Punk" (about music-obsessed high-school grads in 1980 Calgary), McCulloch revealed that he used to be one fo those kids.

    “Literally from the age 13 on, it was my job that I didn’t get paid for to know every record in every record store and everything from England to Toronto, Vancouver,” he said. “I would walk into a record store and if I didn’t know every record, it would be a problem for me."

    The 53-year-old "Kids in the Hall" star said he had a huge vinyl collection and that music "is how I defined myself up until I found comedy, actually, in my early 20s.”

    Though McCulloch joined the sketch group The Kids in the Hall in 1984, he did bring his musical history to the show, which ran from 1988 to 1995. Here are some of the best examples:

    Tammy
    MucColloch played a blonde bubble-headed teen pop star who sang banal and

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  • Homophobia is still alive in Hollywood

    Hollywood may not be as homophobic as it once was but it certainly isn't entirely gay-friendly.

    Billy Crystal was raked across the coals this past weekend for appearing to say that gay sex on TV was "too much" for him. The 66-year-old comedian, who played one of the earliest openly homosexual characters on TV on the series "Soap" back in the late 1970s, was on a panel at The Television Critics Association's winter press tour promoting his new FX series "The Comedians" when he made the comment. 

    "I've seen some stuff recently on TV in different kinds of shows where the language or the explicit sex is really, you know, sometimes I get it, and sometimes I just feel like, 'Ah, that’s too much for me,'" Crystal said. "Sometimes it’s just pushed a little too far for my tastes, and I’m not going to get into which ones they are."

    Crystal later attempted to clarify his thoughts to The Hollywood Reporter in a statement. "What I meant was that whenever sex or graphic nudity of any kind is

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  • Shannen Doherty versus Jason Priestley: A history of their feud

    It's been 15 years since they played brother and sister on "Beverly Hills, 90210," but Jason Priestley and Shannen Doherty are still engaging in some serious sibling rivalry.

    Priestley, who played Brandon to Doherty's Brenda Walsh on the teen soap, has opened old wounds in his tell-all "Jason Priestley: A Memoir," which was released last year. The 45-year-old "Call Me Fitz" star wrote that the actress "really and truly did not give a s---." He also recalled Doherty getting snooty when a Fox publicist ordered her a town car instead of a limo. "It was a very cool attitude, until it wasn't," he wrote.

    After reading the memoir, Doherty was none too pleased about her former co-star's characterisation of her, blaming his recollections on a bad car crash that left him critically injured in 2002. "I love Jason, but you know he had a car accident … a racing accident, and I think maybe parts of his memory got altered from that," she said on Friday during an interview on Jenny Hutt Sirius XM.

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  • Jane Fonda: 'If I never have sex again it will be sad but I'll be OK'

    Jane Fonda a the 2015 Golden Globes.Jane Fonda a the 2015 Golden Globes.Jane Fonda has had enough workouts in her life, thank you very much. The 77-year-old actress and fitness icon has revealed that, at her age, sex is no longer a necessity.

    According to The Express, the "Newsroom" star recently made the surprise revelation on the Italian series "Che Tempo che Fa."

    "I'm 77," she reportedly said. "If I never have sex again it will be sad but I'll be OK."

    Ouch! That must be hard to hear for the men in her life. Back in 1965 Fonda married her first husband, French filmmaker Roger Vadim. The couple must have had a somewhat successful time in the bedroom, as they had a child together, Vanessa, who was born three years later.

    But days after divorcing Vadim in 1973, Fonda was married once again to activist Tom Hayden. Their marriage also produced a child, son Troy, that same year and they also later adopted a teenager, Mary Luana Williams.

    Their relationship ran its course and the couple divorced in June 1990, but less than two years later Fonda married her

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  • Isaac Mizrahi: 'The moon is a planet,' and other silly moments of celebrity ignorance

    Earlier this week, the home shopping channel QVC went viral for all the wrong reasons. Host Jane Treacy and designer Isaac Mizrahi were caught debating whether the sun is a star and the moon is a planet.

    Treacy: "Isn't the moon a star?"
    Mizrahi: "No, the moon is a planet, darling."

    (For the record, the moon is a sattelite of Earth.)

    After the haute couturier spent the next few seconds treating his host like a moron, he proceeded to trump her in the ignorance department.

    Treacy: "Isn't the sun a star?"
    Mizrahi: "I don't know what the sun is."

    Unfortunately, we have seen worse cases of ignorance by celebrities. Here's a rundown of some of the most cringe-worthy moments of celebrity stupidity:

    Jessica Simpson on tuna


    Perhaps one of the most infamous incidences of idiocy on TV! Back in the early 2000s, Jessica Simpson made her then-husband Nick Lachey give a double take on thei reality show "Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica" when she asked, "Is this chicken, what I have, or is this fish? I know

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