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Amy Adams Gives Her First-Class Seat to a Serviceman

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Amy Adams attends the 2014 Time 100 Gala on April 29 in New York City. D Dipasupil—FilmMagic/Getty Images

Much to the pleasure of her fellow Delta passengers

Amy Adams has class — even if it means flying coach. The 39-year-old Oscar nominee gave up her first-class seat on a Friday flight for a U.S. serviceman.

Accounts of the seat swap were posted to Twitter by fellow passengers flying to Los Angeles from Detroit. “When we were waiting to board, I saw her glance the soldier’s way and then she said something to the person she was traveling with,” said Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie, who was also on the flight. “Before we took off she had vacated her seat and the flight attendant brought the soldier to her seat.” Hill’s tweet about the star’s selfless act has since gone viral:

Adams then sat in the serviceman’s original economy-class seat, where a fellow passenger snapped a selfie with the American Hustle actress.

A flight attendant told Hill that the 2014 TIME 100 honoree chatted with the serviceman at the front of the plane. As a possible explanation for the actress’s kindness, one of Hill’s followers tweeted that Adams was raised on a military base because her father was a serviceman.

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Shailene Woodley: Parents Should Stop Freaking Out About Miley Cyrus

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Left: Miley Cyrus; Right: Shailene Woodley Getty Images (2)

Keep calm and twerk on, Miley — Shailene's got your back

Shailene Woodley in the July issue of Vanity Fair came to the surprising defense of another young female celebrity: Miley Cyrus.

“Miley isn’t rude or mean or cruel to anyone in her actions,” the 22-year-old Fault in Our Stars told the magazine. “She just does herself. And regardless of whether you agree with what she’s doing or not, it’s none of your business what she does.”

Cyrus has been criticized in the past for her less-than-wholesome performances, particularly at the VMAs with Robin Thicke and the sexually themed theatrics of her Bangerz tour, and their potential influence on her young fans.

But, to Woodley at least, that criticism is ridiculous. “She’s not in the world doing mean things. Why are all these parents or all these people freaking out about Miley being herself?” Woodley said.

The young actress also advised parents to redirect their attention to non-Miley-related issues. “If you don’t want your kids to watch it, you know, you can change that situation at home, but don’t make a big deal of what she’s doing,” Woodley said. “Make a big deal about the bullies at school who are beating kids up.”

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The Night the Lights Went Out on Broadway: Eli Wallach and A Short History of the Ultimate Actor’s Honor

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Eli Wallach rehearsing on May 17,1971, in New York, New York. Santi Visalli—Getty Images

The actor will receive the Great White Way remembrance on June 27

Tonight, June 27, in honor of his long career in film and theater, Eli Wallach will receive Broadway’s equivalent of a flag at half mast. At a quarter to eight, for one minute, the marquee lights of New York’s Broadway theaters will dim to acknowledge his death earlier in the week. As noted by the Broadway League, the theater-industry organization that makes these decisions, Wallach was in more than two dozen Broadway shows, beginning with a 1940s production of Skydrift and including such notable titles as Major Barbara and Rhinoceros.

Though the dimming of the lights sounds like one of those things that must be as old as theater itself — or at least as old as light bulbs — it’s actually a tradition that began during Wallach’s lifetime.

Charlotte St. Martin, the executive director of the Broadway League, told Playbill in 2010 that nobody knows how the tradition got started, but it’s pretty easy to guess. After all, the first person to be honored in that way was in a show when she died, so the people running the lights were her current co-workers, not her distant admirers. The first person to receive the honor, according to the New York Post, was Gertrude Lawrence, an actress who was killed by viral hepatitis while starring in The King and I. The New York Times reported that she went into the hospital right after a matinee in August; by the first week of September, she had fallen into a coma. She died on a Saturday and the Tuesday performance of The King and I was cancelled in her honor; as the Times described it, “house lights in all Broadway legitimate theaters giving performances tonight will be dimmed for one minute at 8:30 P.M.” In addition, London theaters would dim their house lights — that’s inside the theater, not outside — at 7:30, which was their curtain time.

As Playbill confirms, the tradition, which started in the early 1950s, got off to a slow start, with only three such ceremonies in the first 25 years. The second on their list was the one to take it from inside the house to outside on the marquee. When Oscar Hammerstein II died in 1960, Broadway went all out: the Times reported that “miles of neon lights and thousands of bulbs from Forty-second to Fifty-third Street and in the side streets between Eighth Avenue and the Avenue of the Americas were turned off”; street lamps were dark too and thousands of people gathered to hear two musicians play taps. But, though that ceremony was elaborate, it’s not quite so clear-cut as to say it was the second-ever dimming, period. It was the first time since World War II that all of the outside Broadway lights were dimmed — in 1942, the Army tested whether the city could go dark in the case of air raid — but it was neither the first time that inside lights were dimmed (that was Lawrence) or that just a few marquees were dimmed.

These days, dimming happens much more frequently. This year, so far, the Broadway League has announced dimming of the lights in honor of Ruby Dee, Nicholas Martin, Mitch Leigh and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

But quantity doesn’t necessarily mean quality. As the tributes get more frequent, they seem to have gotten less precise; the light-dimmers have recently been criticized for failing to mark the minute named by the Broadway League. When James Gandolfini received the honor in 2013, the New York Post noted that not every theater participated or participated at the right time. Without that coordination, the gesture doesn’t have much of a visual effect. You can see for yourself, around 0:33 in the below video:

Still, the difficulty of coordinating such a tribute is nothing new. When Eli Wallach was a teenager growing up in New York City, for example, long before Broadway stars could hope to be honored with dim marquees, he might have even seen an example first hand: in 1931, to mark the memory of Thomas Edison, the entire nation participated in a ritual dimming of the lights, to celebrate his contribution to electricity. Broadway was joined by the Statue of Liberty and the White House in turning off the lights during a special radio broadcast at 9:59 P.M. Eastern Standard Time. But, despite the grand gesture, not everything went off without a hitch. “In New York,” the New York Times wrote on Oct. 22, 1931, “the tribute, though spontaneous, was intermittent despite the city’s efforts to synchronize the tribute.”

TIME Late Night Highlight

Why Mark Ruffalo Stopped Being Friends With Jennifer Garner

A decade after co-starring in 13 Going on 30 together, the two no longer keep in touch

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When Mark Ruffalo appeared with Keira Knightley on Watch What Happens Live Thursday night to promote their upcoming film Begin Again, a viewer asked about his friendship with another leading lady: Jennifer Garner, his co-star in the 2004 movie 13 going on 30.

“We had a great time together, and I think we would,” Ruffalo said, “But then Ben came on the scene, and that was the end of that.”

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Shia LaBeouf ‘Detained’ at Broadway Show

The troubled actor finds trouble again

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Updated: June 27, 7:44 a.m. ET

Transformers star Shia LaBeouf was escorted out of a Broadway show and detained by New York City police following allegedly disruptive behavior during a performance of Cabaret on Thursday night, according to reports.

“He has been detained. He is expected to be charged but nothing has been filed yet,” an NYPD spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. CNN reports that police said the actor had been drunk, disruptive to theatergoers at Studio 54 and lit a cigarette before being detained and led away in handcuffs. Police Spokesman Brian Sessa said LaBeouf was later charged with criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

Broadway songwriter Benj Pasek tweeted that he saw the actor led away in tears.

No one from LaBeouf’s camp has yet commented on the incident.

The 28-year-old’s missteps have made headlines recently. He allegedly headbutted a man at London bar in January and was accused of plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes novel for his short film last December.

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Charlie Rangel’s Famous Friends Are Happy He’s Still in Congress

A fixture in New York's social and political scenes, Rangel is slated to add two more years to his 44-year stint in Congress after a tight race against state Sen. Adriano Espaillat

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Hugh Grant on Phone-Hacking Verdict: Don’t Forget the Guilty Pleas

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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17: Hugh Grant the 59th London Evening Standard Theatre Awards at The Savoy Hotel in London on Nov. 17, 2013. David M. Benett—Getty Images

The actor has been an outspoken critic of the illegal reporting practices that led to the sensational U.K. trial

Hugh Grant would like to amend the score card being touted by most news stories about verdicts in the British phone-hacking trial this week. Most have noted that just one of the seven defendants, former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, was found guilty of conspiring to intercept calls. Six others, including Rebekah Brooks, who was editor before Coulson, were found not guilty. Grant, one of the most prominent victims of the phone-hacking in question, is concerned that coverage of the trial isn’t complete, because the tally is leaving out the guilty pleas of others charged in the scandal. In a statement issued to TIME, the actor, who in 2012 settled with the paper’s parent company, Rupert Murdoch’s News International, for damages over the hacking, wrote:

Some newspapers here are spinning these verdicts in the way you describe as “only one out of seven defendants found guilty.” This is deliberately to ignore the guilty pleas of others charged with the same offenses. These guilty pleas could not be reported during the trials and are not being widely reported now by some newspapers who are intent on minimizing the extent of criminality in their industry. The true figures are these (as per today’s Guardian): Of eight journalists charged with hacking, six have now been found, or have pleaded, guilty — one editor, three news editors and two hackers. Twelve more trials of News International (now rebranded News UK) journalists are currently scheduled.

And it may not stop there: In addition to the “dozens” of journalists who the Guardian says could potentially face charges related to this scandal, the paper also reports today that Murdoch, who owned the now-defunct News of the World, has been informed by Scotland Yard that they would like to interview him about the case.

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Gary Oldman Is Sorry He Defended Mel Gibson’s Anti-Semitic Rant

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Actor Gary Oldman attends WonderCon Anaheim 2014 - Day 2 held at Anaheim Convention Center on April 19, 2014 in Anaheim, California. Albert L. Ortega—Getty Images

But the Anti-Defamation League said apology was "insufficient and not satisfactory"

Updated at 12:52 p.m. EST

Gary Oldman apologized Tuesday for an interview in which he defended anti-Semitic comments other actors have made in the past.

In an interview with Playboy, Oldman said actor Mel Gibson “is in a town that’s run by Jews.” He apologized for using anti-Semitic stereotypes in a letter to the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday.

“I am deeply remorseful that comments I recently made in the Playboy Interview were offensive to many Jewish people,” he wrote. “Upon reading my comments in print—I see how insensitive they may be, and how they may indeed contribute to the furtherance of a false stereotype. Anything that contributes to this stereotype is unacceptable, including my own words on the matter.

“I hope you will know that this apology is heartfelt, genuine, and that I have an enormous personal affinity for the Jewish people in general, and those specifically in my life,” he added.

Oldman gave an expletive-filled interview to promote his new film, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. In the story, the actor denounced the “political correctness” that has hurt the careers of fellow actors Mel Gibson and Alec Baldwin. Each of those two actors has a history of making offensive comments: Gibson went on an anti-Semitic rant in 2006 while he was being arrested for drunk driving, and Baldwin was accused of using an anti-gay slur last year. Both have since apologized for their comments.

The Dark Knight star defended Gibson saying he “got drunk and said a few things, but we’ve all said those things. We’re all [expletive] hypocrites.” He went on to say: “Mel Gibson is in a town that’s run by Jews and he said the wrong thing because he’s actually bitten the hand that I guess has fed him, and doesn’t need to feed him anymore because he’s got enough dough.”

The Anti-Defamation League, however, is not impressed with Oldman’s apology. “We have just begun a conversation with his managing producer. At this point, we are not satisfied with what we received. his apology is insufficient and not satisfactory,” ADL national director Abraham Foxman told the Hollywood Reporter.

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Before She Was Miss Piggy, This Muppet Went By Another Name

A hand-written note from Jim Henson.
A hand-written note from Jim Henson. Nate D. Sanders

A piece of Muppets history can be yours

She’s known for crushing hard on Kermit the Frog, but Miss Piggy had a love life long before any amphibian stole her heart.

A 40-year-old hand-written note and set of Polaroids from Muppets creator Jim Henson, all currently being auctioned off, feature “Piggy Lee” and her love interest, Hamilton Pigg. “She is delicate and lovely,” Henson writes. “He is cigar smoking — the epitome of grossness.”

The documents are from 1974, the year Piggy Lee and other early versions of Muppets made an appearance on an Herb Alpert television special. The guest spots were so well-received that the Muppets quickly got their own show, which premiered two years later.

And the rest, as they say, was interspecies romantic history.

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum: Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill Have the ‘Most Amazing Bromance’

Jenna talks about being the third wheel in her husband's bromance with Hill.

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Jenna Dewan-Tatum stopped by to see Jimmy Kimmel Monday night, addressing recent comments made by her husband, actor Channing Tatum.

Tatum said in a recent radio interview that his 22 Jump Street co-star Jonah Hill “wants to be with my wife.”

Jenna’s response to the statement was an appropriate: “Wait, what?,” she asked, adding that “I’m the third wheel, they have the most amazing bromance.”

And she may have good reason to be jealous of the pair’s bond, with Tatum recently telling Entertainment Weekly that “If I wasn’t with my wife and Jonah had lady parts, I would probably ask him out.”

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