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Chef Jamie Oliver Turned Down Hobbit Role

He was offered the role in return for cooking a birthday dinner

British chef Jamie Oliver turned down the opportunity to appear as a hobbit in one of Peter Jackson’s films due to a scheduling conflict.

Oliver was offered the role in exchange for cooking the director’s 50th birthday dinner, according to the BBC. The chef revealed the offer during his new show “Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast”.

Unfortunately Oliver was working and couldn’t fly out to New Zealand where most of the filming took place.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies was recently released in theaters.


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It’s Another Boy for Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys

Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys
Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys in New York City, Oct. 30, 2014. The couple welcomed their second child together on Dec. 27., 2014.

Genesis Ali Dean is the couple's second child together

Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys just received the greatest gift: a baby!

The music producer and “Girl on Fire” singer welcomed their second child together on Saturday, Dec. 27, the couple announced Sunday via Instagram.

Son Genesis Ali Dean was born at 1:52 a.m., weighing 6 lbs., 5 oz.

“The joy of joy is joy!! It’s a boy,” Keys, 33, and Beatz, 36, wrote simultaneously. “We are so grateful!! #blessings!!”

His holiday arrival is also the perfect present for the couple’s 4-year-old son Egypt Daoud, who was looking forward to being a big brother.

“I think he’s super excited because he’s not going to be the youngest anymore,” Keys told PEOPLE in October. “He’s always kissing my belly.”

The mom-to-be and fashion designer Beatz — who is also dad to daughter Nicole and sons Prince Nasir and Kasseem from previous relationships — announced in July that they were adding another baby to their brood.

“Happy anniversary to the love of my life,” Keys wrote on Instagram. “And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!! You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Chris Rock and Malaak Compton-Rock Split After 19 Years

Chris Rock and Malaak Compton Rock
Kevin Mazur—WireImage/Getty Images Chris Rock and Malaak Compton Rock at the 65th Annual Tony Awards at the Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2011 in New York City.

They have two daughters together

Chris Rock and his wife are divorcing after nearly 20 years together.

“After much contemplation and 19 years of marriage, Chris and I have decided to go our separate ways,” Malaak Compton-Rock, a philanthropist and founder of the nonprofit styleWorks, said in a statement Sunday. “Being fortunate enough to lead a life of service by working with those most vulnerable makes me well aware of life’s blessings, even when faced with difficulties.

“While recognizing that this is a significant change, my children remain at the center of my life and their well-being is my top priority. It is in this spirit that I sincerely ask that their privacy and the privacy of our family be respected during this transition in our lives.”

Rock’s attorney, Robert S. Cohen, confirmed the couple has split.

“Chris Rock has filed for divorce from his wife, Malaak,” Cohen said in a statement. “This is a personal matter and Chris requests privacy as he and Malaak work through this process and focus on their family.”

The Top Five star, 49, wed Compton-Rock, 45, in 1996. They live in Alpine, New Jersey, with their two daughters together, Lola Simone, 12, and Zahra Savannah, 10.

In 2010, they shot down claims that Rock had fathered another child out of wedlock. Three years earlier, the stars defended their “happy” relationship and “beautiful family” amid divorce speculation.

“The best part is just having a partner,” Rock said in 2007 of being married. “There is no real worst part. I’m not going to say there’s a worst part. I mean, I’m a comedian – comedians like to work alone. So maybe I’m not the ideal guy to be married to, in that sense.”

This article originally appeared on People.com

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Harry Potter Actor David Ryall Dies at 79

David Ryall
Rex David Ryall

British character actor David Ryall, known most recently for his roles in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Mr. Turner, died on Thursday at 79, according to reports.

Actor Mark Gatiss broke the news on Twitter on Saturday, remembering him as “a twinkling, brilliant, wonderful actor.” Ryall’s daughter, Charlie Ryall, confirmed the news as well.

While he was perhaps best known for replacing Peter Cartwright as Elphias Doge in the seventh Harry Potter film, Ryall had an expansive television, film, and theater career that began in the 1960s.

His most television credits include Outnumbered and The Village. He also portrayed Prime Minister Winston Churchill on several occasions — in the 2002 television movie Bertie and Elizabeth, in Two Men Went to War from the same year, and in 2006 in the TV series Le grand Charles.

This article originally appeared at PEOPLE.com

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Report: Dustin Diamond Speaks Out About Stabbing Arrest

Dustin Diamond
Ozaukee County Sheriff/AP This Friday, Dec. 26, 2014 booking photo provided by the Ozaukee County Sheriff shows Dustin Diamond. Diamond, who played Screech on the 1990s TV show "Saved by the Bell," has been charged with stabbing a man at a Wisconsin bar.

On Friday, Dustin Diamond—better known as Screech from Saved by the Bell—was arrested by the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly stabbing a man. While few details were known at the time, reports of what happened are now starting to trickle out.

According to a report obtained by CNN, Diamond claims that the incident began when a group of intoxicated people became unruly, and so he left his girlfriend, Amanda Schutz, to go close out his tab. When he returned, he allegedly found Schutz bleeding with two men holding her hair. According to the report, Diamond was accosted by another man when he moved to intervene, and inadvertently stabbed the man in the process. The wound was not life-threatening.

CNNis also reporting that other people in the Port Washington, Milwaukee bar claim that the incident began when women started shoving each other, and that “a women was upset because people were taking pictures of her and her boyfriend.”

This article originally appeared at EW.com

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Rapper Ludacris Proposes to Girlfriend on Private Plane

"She didn't say yes. She said HELL YES!"

Ludacris is now officially a member of the mile high – proposal – club.

The rapper took popping the question to new heights when he proposed to girlfriend Eudoxie Mbouguiengue on Friday.

But his longtime love’s response wasn’t the one-word answer he was waiting for.

“She didn’t say yes,” Ludacris, 37, teased on Instagram. “She said HELL YES!”

Sharing a collage of the couple’s big moment, Ludacris included snapshots of his fianceé showing off her shock and excitement, along with a picture of the words “Eudoxie will you marry me,” written on a marbled backdrop.

Before announcing their engagement, Ludacris shared photos of family and friends getting ready to board a private plane. “Let the festivities begin … #vacation,” he wrote.

But, despite the pending proposal, the future groom played it cool.

“This that ‘I’m bout to sleep this whole ride face’ ” he added alongside a photo with Mbouguiengue on the tarmac.

This that "I'm bout to sleep this whole ride face" #vacation

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What's in the past is history, what's in the future is a mystery.

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This article originally appeared at PEOPLE.com

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Spoiler Alert: Jennifer Lawrence Was 2014’s Top-Grossing Actor

Jennifer Lawrence
Stuart C. Wilson—Getty Images Jennifer Lawrence attends the premiere for "Serena" during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Vue West End on Oct. 13, 2014 in London.

Chris Pratt came in second place

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone: Forbes has released its annual list of the top-grossing actors in Hollywood, and the number one champ for 2014 is none other than Jennifer Lawrence. With not one, but two huge blockbuster movie franchises, the Oscar winner’s a big part of grossing a combined $1.4 billion (X-Men and The Hunger Games).

Sitting at number two is Chris Pratt, an actor whose star power is equally obvious in hindsight, but far from a given at the start of the year—no one expected The LEGO Movie to be a huge hit, and Guardians of the Galaxy had plenty of people nervous.

Rounding out the top three is Scarlett Johansson, an actress who had a very big summer with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Lucy, and Under the Skin all in theaters over a relatively short period of time.

Head over to Forbes for the full report.

This article originally appeared at EW.com

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Saved By the Bell Actor Arrested on Weapons Charge

Dustin Diamond Screech
Taylor Hill—Getty Images Actor Dustin Diamond attends the sold-out opening performance of "Bayside! The Musical!" at Theatre 80 St. Marks on Sept. 11, 2014 in New York City.

Dustin Diamond played the geeky Screech

The actor best known for playing Screech on Saved by the Bell was arrested early Friday morning in Wisconsin, police said.

Dustin Diamond was charged with possession of a switchblade, carrying a concealed weapon and recklessly endangering safety, according to police reports.

He was arrested in Ozaukee County outside Milwaukee. Diamond told police he stabbed a man accidentally while defending his fiancee. Witnesses said the victim was stabbed under his armpit but was not in critical condition.

The victim was treated at a local hospital, law enforcement said.

Diamond’s bail was set at $1,000 and he did not appear to have been released as of early Friday afternoon. Diamond’s agent declined to comment to the Associated Press.

Diamond, who played the geeky Screech Powers in the teen sitcom, lives in Port Washington and was sued in 2009 over non-payment of $2,079.40 in utility bills.

Diamond was expected to appear in court on Friday afternoon, the local Fox affiliate reports.

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Taylor Swift Bought Hugh Jackman’s Shirt for $6,000

It's all for charity

Taylor Swift was in the audience at a Christmas Eve performance of Hugh Jackman’s new Broadway play and managed to leave with the X-Men star’s t-shirt.

At a matinee performance of Jackman’s “The River” on Wednesday, Jackman auctioned off articles of his clothing to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the New York Daily News reports.

Swift donated $6,000 in exchange for the T-shirt Jackman wore during his performance. Jackman got an additional $6,000 from another audience member and $2,000 for his belt.

Swift and Jackman posed backstage for a picture that promptly found its way onto Hugh Jackman’s Instagram.

Lovely to see @taylorswift13 and her family. Merry Christmas Eve to all xoxx

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[New York Daily News]

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Reese Witherspoon Creates the Real-Life ‘Wreath Witherspoon’

"Inherent Vice" Premiere
Axelle/Bauer-Griffin—FilmMagic Reese Witherspoon arrives at the premiere of Inherent Vice at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Dec. 10, 2014

The wreath Witherspoon made its way from the TV screen to the real world on Christmas Day.

After The Mindy Project‘s Dr. Mindy Lahiri (played by Mindy Kaling) created a new holiday must-have – a Christmas wreath covered in pics of Reese Witherspoon – on the show earlier this month, the Wild actress responded on Thursday.

Witherspoon Tweeted a photo of herself with a Christmas wreath, writing, “Wishing y’all a very merry Christmas!!! Sincerely #WreathWitherspoon.. (couldn’t resist @mindykaling)”

In response to the awesomeness, Kaling herself Tweeted, “@RWitherspoon you win Christmas, Queen Ree!”

Fans have also taken the Wreath Witherspoon concept and run with it, prompting Kaling to share a photo of the crafty creations on Instagram.

Also big in the world of Mindy Project fans? Merry ChrisMessina.

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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