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    LOS ANGELES — Homicide detectives have re-opened their investigation of Natalie Wood's death nearly 30 years after the actress drowned in the waters off Southern California in one of Hollywood's most enduring mysteries.

    The renewed look at Wood's Nov. 29, 1981, death was prompted by new information detectives received about the case, Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said Thursday.

    No additional details were provided, but a detective planned to hold a news conference Friday, and anyone with information about the case was being asked to contact sheriff's officials.

    A spokesman for Wood's husband at the time of her death, Robert Wagner, said the family trusts the sheriff's department will take appropriate action but has not been contacted about the case being re-opened.

    Wood drowned after a night of partying with husband Wagner and "Brainstorm" co-star Christopher Walken on the couple's yacht anchored off Santa Catalina Island. Her death was ruled an accident and it was determined that she had been drinking before her death.

    The office wrote that Wood was "possibly attempting to board the dinghy and had fallen into the water, striking her face."

    A dinghy that had been attached to the couple's yacht, "Splendor," was found in a Catalina cove.

    The Los Angeles Times reported that detectives were prompted to look at the case again after comments by the ship's captain, Dennis Davern. He was recently interviewed for a collaboration between the magazine Vanity Fair and the television series "48 Hours Mystery" that focuses on Wood's death.

    "Although no one in the Wagner family has heard from the LA County Sheriff's department about this matter, they fully support the efforts of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and trust they will evaluate whether any new information relating to the death of Natalie Wood Wagner is valid, and that it comes from a credible source or sources other than those simply trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death," Wagner spokesman Alan Nierob wrote in a statement.

    Wood, a three-time Oscar nominee famous for roles in "West Side Story," "Rebel Without a Cause" and other Hollywood hits, was 43 when she died. She and Wagner, star of the TV series "Hart to Hart," were twice married, first in 1957 before divorcing six years later. They remarried in 1972.

    Wood's drowning sparked tabloid speculation that foul play was involved, but Wagner and Wood's sister have dismissed any suggestion there was foul play.

    Lana Wood wrote in a biography on her sister, "What happened is that Natalie drank too much that night."

    Wagner wrote in a 2009 autobiography that he blamed himself for his wife's death.

    Phone and email messages to Walken's publicist were not immediately returned. Attempts to contact Davern were unsuccessful.

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    Anthony McCartney can be reached at . http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP


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    In a world with nearly 7 billion people, chances are someone famous is celebrating their birthday today.

    And indeed: Rachael Mcadams, Danny DeVito, and more will all be blowing out candles today. Will it be your favorite TV personality? Maybe an important figure from history?

    Help us celebrate the birth of some of the world's coolest people by taking a scroll through some of the most noteworthy birthdays of November 17th -- enjoy!



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    This is one publicity stunt Kim Kardashian didn't orchestrate herself.

    Amidst the reality star's scandal over her remarkably short nuptials to Kris Humphries, PETA is targeting Kim Kardashian in a new billboard campaign that publicly criticizes her fox fur wardrobe.

    First reported by Hollywood Life, the billboard shows an image of Kim Kardashian wrapped in fur next to a pair of young foxes and a message that reads: "KIM: These babies miss their mother. Is she on your back?"

    "Kim knows that animals on fur farms are beaten, electrocuted, and often skinned alive," PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange wrote in a statement on their website. "We've explained it to her, and she's watched a video expose that was filmed inside fur farms. When Kim is ready to put an end to her relationship with fur, PETA will be happy to take her discards and donate them to the homeless."

    PETA's fur campaign has received plenty of attention lately. Earlier this week, the group criticized Nintendo for the Super Mario Bros. character's Tanooki suit in the newly-released game for the Nintendo 3DS. The suit, modeled on Japanese raccoon dogs called tanuki, gives the video game character super powers in his quest to save the Princess.

    PETA writes on its website:

    When people learn that millions of innocent animals are beaten, boiled, hanged, and electrocuted for their fur every year; that each fur coat, each piece of fur lining or fur trim, and each fur cat toy represents the intense suffering of dozens of animals; and that furriers intentionally mislabel the fur of cats and dogs as fur from other species or as faux fur -- then every decent human being will want to go fur-free.

    While the E! reality star prefers animal-skinned fashion, The New York Daily News reminds readers that her sister has taken a completely different stance on the matter.

    Khloe Kardashian stripped down for PETA back in 2008 as part of the organization's "I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur" campaign.

    *Scroll down to see more photos from the "I'd Rather Go Naked" campaign. (WARNING: SOME IMAGES CONTAIN EXPLICIT CONTENT)*

    But PETA doesn't stop with simply criticizing the fur industry and its customers; they also propose some solutions. On their website, PETA's cruelty-free clothing guide offers tips on looking trendy without hurting any animals.

    Check out the opposing billboards featuring the two Kardashian sisters below.


    Check out these past PETA campaigns (EXPLICIT CONTENT):


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    Despite the couple's best efforts to make it work, Demi Moore announced Thursday that she would be filing for divorce from Ashton Kutcher after six years of marriage.

    The couple allegedly visited a Kabbalah counselor in October in an effort to save their marriage.

    We wondered: which other Hollywood couples have sought counseling to save their marriages? Click through the slideshow below to see star couples who have tried to make it work with the help of a professional before ultimately calling it quits.



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    Never one to step back from the ledge separating music and politics, Third Eye Blind frontman Stephan Jenkins has penned an ode to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

    Entitled "If There Ever Was A Time," the San Francisco alt-rock mainstay's newly released protest song kicks off with a bang--an audio clip taken from the gristly aftermath of a police-lobbed tear gas canister fracturing the skull of Iraq War veteran Scott Olsen at an infamous Occupy Oakland protest.

    (SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO)

    From there, the U.C. Berkeley valedictorian (really) says Zuccotti Park is everywhere and calls on the youth of America to take to the streets--all done in Third Eye Blind's trademark glossy post-grunge style.

    The track can be streamed or downloaded on the band's Facebook page.

    "I think college students are going to come to terms with the unfairness of student loans, the hallowing out of jobs from finance based capitalism, and the depletion of public wealth," said Jenkins in a post on Third Eye Blind's website. "When you take money out of politics, which is what Occupy Wall Street is about for me, you reverse these trends. This song is meant to encourage their participation. I hope we flood this movement with music."

    Jenkins has long been outspoken politically and often embedded political messages in his songs. In a tongue-in-cheek blog post on Huffington Post San Francisco earlier this year, he advocated for Oracle billionaire Larry Ellsion to become the next Republican nominee for president.

    Here are the lyrics:

    if there ever was a time, it would be now is all I'm saying if there ever was a time to get on your feet and take it to the street cause you're the one who's getting played right now by the game they're playing come on meet me down at Zuccotti park

    oh where are the youth, we need you now
    come speak the truth, come break it down
    where are the youth, we need you now

    if there ever was a time, it would be now
    to make the masters hear this
    if there ever was a time to get downtown
    and get non violent and fearless
    things only get brighter when you light a spark
    everywhere you go right now is Zuccotti park

    and news corps says you don't have a plan
    well sit down man, i'll tell you again
    the plan's to stand together up to greed
    and a tear gas can in a veteran's face
    won't change the case

    (chorus)

    if there ever was a time, it would be now
    for the rest of us
    if there ever was a time it would be now
    cause money and power are incestuous
    a moment makes a movement
    or it fades out in the dark
    come on meet me down at Zuccotti park

    and i saw a sign in the oakland spring
    it said "occupy everything!"
    or by and for and off won't mean a thing

    Listen to the track:


    Check out this video of Jenkins discussing the politics behind Third Eye Blind:


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    Coming out on Tuesday is a CD of love songs penned by none other than former Italian prime minister and famed bunga bunga party thrower Silvio Berlusconi.

    Apparently Berlusconi once worked as a cruise ship singer, but tragically, you won’t hear his vocal stylings on this album.


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    Only hours after news of Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher's impending divorce broke, Kutcher was spotted by the paparazzi in Los Angeles, California.

    It looks like Kutcher was back to work late Thursday afternoon when his soon to be ex-wife spoke to the Associated Press to reveal she and her husband would end their marriage, after just over six years. The split comes after months of speculation that Kutcher cheated on Moore with Sara Leal, a 23-year-old blonde he allegedly had a fling with back in September.

    The somber looking 33-year-old was photographed with some crew members, drinking coffee outside the soundstage where his CBS sitcom, "Two and a Half Men," is filmed.

    Following Moore's announcement, Kutcher quickly put in his two cents, taking to Twitter to say, "I will forever cherish the time I spent with Demi."

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    Let's preface this by saying Demi Moore didn't call us to consult on her plan to divorce Ashton Kutcher (or anything else for that matter). So we really don't know about any existing or non-existing pre-nups, legal agreements or much of anything else that transpired in their marriage and pre-divorce planning.


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  • 11/18/11--02:29: WHAT WENT WRONG?
  • Demi Moore announced Thursday that she is filing for divorce from Ashton Kutcher after six years of marriage.

    "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life," she told the Associated Press. "This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation."

    Rumors began circulating about the couple's marital troubles in September, when Kutcher was reportedly caught cheating. Though he denied the allegation, reports continued to surface that the pair were working on their marriage in light of the infidelity.

    People have long questioned the couple's age difference; the pair married in 2005, when she was 43 years old and he was 27. In 2007, Moore told Vanity Fair that their relationship "caught us both by surprise." Could their age disparity have contributed to their marriage's demise?

    Here, a look back at their 5-year marriage.


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    Demi -- your doormat days are done! Congratulations, you've just saved your self-respect.

    I'm sure that you, Demi Moore, are feeling absolutely terrible about throwing the towel in on your marriage, but you shouldn't.

    When you said your vows with Ashton Kutcher six years ago, you were madly in love and you thought you were committing forever.

    But after the humiliation of Ashton allegedly cheating with 22-year-old blonde Sara Leal during a wild night of partying, AND allegations from then 21-year-old Brittney Jones that she hooked up with your husband a year ago -- you need to think about what's best for yourself and your three daughters.

    Your statement makes it very clear that cheating was NOT OK with you. The rumors that you had an open marriage with Ashton must have been driving you crazy.

    "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton," you wrote in an official statement. "As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life."

    In other words Demi -- you're giving the world a clear message that YOU held your marriage vows sacred. That as a wife and mother YOU had values. And those values were NOT compatible with cheating or an open marriage. I applaud you Demi for making a courageous decision to stand up for yourself.

    You are a beautiful, talented, intelligent woman who will be loved again. Just because Ashton, at 33, is too immature to make a commitment to monogamy, doesn't mean that you're not worthy. You are!

    Click to read more about Demi & Ashton's divorce!


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    I try to take absolutely no pleasure in celebrity breakups -- our national bloodsport in recent years. That said, this one just makes me sad -- two nice people who seemed so very happy, and then not. So here's my mostly downbeat playlist for Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. As always please add your own best breakup songs below.

    "So Sad About Us" - The Who
    "Ex-Factor" - Lauryn Hill
    "Another Nail In The Heart" - Squeeze
    "D-I-V-O-R-C-E" - Tammy Wynette
    "I Never Talk To Strangers" - Tom Waits with Bette Midler
    "Celebrity" - Brad Paisley
    "Confessions" - Usher
    "A Man and A Woman" - U2
    "Split Decision" - Steve Winwood
    "Guide For the Married Man" - The Turtles
    "How Do You Keep The Music Playing" - Tony Bennett
    "Lonely Avenue" - Ray Charles
    "Thrill Is Gone" - B.B. King
    "Warning Sign" - Coldplay
    "Older Women" - Denise LaSalle
    "Older Woman" - The Superficials
    "The Younger Man" - Graham Lyle
    "Edge of Seventeen" - Stevie Nicks
    "Grown Woman" - Mary J. Blige
    "The Break Up Songs" - Marsha Ambrosius
    "Song For The Dumped" - Ben Folds Five
    "Break Up To Make Up" - The Stylistics
    "Desiree" - Neil Diamond
    "The Last One To Know" - Tommy James
    "Love Is A Losing Game" - Amy Winehouse
    "Gimme One Reason" - Tracy Chapman
    "If I Could Turn Back Time" - Cher


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    Demi Moore was long considered a celebrity role model for helming a successful blended family with ex-husband Bruce Willis, their three children and current husband Ashton Kutcher.

    "I like being what the girls call MOD--'my other Dad,'" said Kutcher.

    That all came to an end Thursday when Moore filed for divorce from Kutcher, her husband of six years.

    But they're hardly the only celebrity blended family to split. Click through our slideshow to view other high profile families who went from blended to ended.


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    I'm From Driftwood is a 501(c)(3) non-profit forum for true lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer stories. Earlier this year, founder and Executive Director Nathan Manske and two companions successfully completed a four-month, 50-state Story Tour collecting LGBTQ stories from towns and cities across the country. They're pulling some of the most relevant, important and sometimes just enjoyable stories from their archives and sharing them with HuffPost Gay Voices.

    I've heard Dustin Lance Black talk about Mormons, Prop 8, Milk, Oscars, the Trevor Project and all sorts of other topics involving the LGBTQ community. So when we met him to collect his I'm From Driftwood story, I thought I had a general idea of what he might talk about. When he started talking about his high school job and best friend, however, I realized I had no idea where his story might go.

    I love my best friend from high school. His name is Ryan, and he was older. He ran the Toys "R" Us so he could hire the other kids. So all the cutest guys in high school, all of a sudden, were working at Toys "R" Us -- not surprisingly, he was hiring the cutest ones, and so those were all his friends. I drifted towards him because I think I saw a kindred spirit. I was like, "I think I might be part of your tribe," not that I would say that for years.

    After moving to Los Angeles together for college, neither friend had come out to the other until Mr. Black helped his friend along.

    Now, somewhere in that summer I finally shoved him out of the closet. I basically grilled him until he said, "Yes, I'm gay." And I remember sitting there saying, "Well, that's OK with me, I still accept you." I knew I was gay, I just wasn't saying anything about it.

    Mr. Black wasn't aware what would happen after helping his friend out of the closet, and how it would ultimately lead to his own coming out.

    [H]e started bringing all these gay people over. Like he was out. He was living his life. And there were a lot of cute gay people coming over, and interesting gay people coming over. And for the first time I was like, wow, these are my people. I didn't know there were all these me's out there.

    Something else he didn't know was that all those me's also have a lot of fine-tuned gaydars.

    But eventually one of them said to him, "You know your roommate is gay?" And I think he never thought that, and so he started poking at that and wondering about that, and I sort of saw the writing on the wall and was like, "Boy, this is coming to a head."

    Maybe it was Mr. Black's own seeing the writing on the wall that led to his own comedic, appropriate and melodramatic coming-out moment.

    I just remember I was in some poetry class, of course, at UCLA, that I decided to take, and instead of paying attention to the lecture, I wrote this huge manuscript, detailing every moment that he should have known I was gay and should have helped me out of the closet. You know, just like, blaming and doing all this very immature stuff, and I wrote this manuscript. I remember waking up early one morning, and I left it in the bathroom, and I just wrote with soap on the mirror, "I am gay," and I went to college and shook the whole time until I got home and finally at that point I was out.

    WATCH:

    Submit your own story at ImFromDriftwood.com.


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    Christina Applegate took to Twitter the other day to speak for the 99.99% of moms who are neither Victoria Beckham nor Heidi Klum nor any of the celeb mothers whose bodies seems to be made out of a different, magical substance than the rest of ours: "Just saw a pic of Jessica Alba 3mths after giving birth. Happy 4 her for how amazing she looks but kind wanna kick her. #babyweightsux"

    Yes indeed, Christina, baby weight sure does suck. And I too have wanted to kick Jessica Alba on more than one occasion. Kidding! (Sort of.) Seriously people, whatever happened to 9 months on, 9 months off? (Or, as in my case, 9 months on, 8-years-and-counting off...)


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    Today, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are in the spotlight for their impending divorce; Moore announced that she had filed for the formal split on Thursday. But as Hollywood stars, the show must go on. So, what's next for the pair?

    Kutcher, who was a fan favorite and ratings darling on "That '70s Show," has had a much less successful go of it as a movie star. He has appeared in a dramas such as "Bobby" and "The Butterfly Effect" and "Spread," as well as a prolific number of critically panned romantic comedies, including "Just Married," "A Lot Like Love," "Guess Who," "What Happens In Vegas," "Killers," and "Valentine's Day." His most recent film, "No Strings Attached," was another derided rom com.

    The rough go of it on the big screen precipitated a move back to television, as he took over for Charlie Sheen as the star opposite Jon Cryer in the smash hit "Two and a Half Men." As for his next film, he will once again appear in a romantic comedy, the ensemble "Valentine's Day" followup, "New Year's Eve." He has no other announced roles beyond the upcoming December release.

    As for Moore, she just starred in the Ellen Barkin-starring drama, "Another Happy Day," as well as the acclaimed financial crisis ensemble, "Margin Call," in which she plays a member of a tanking financial firm. Her next film is "LOL," a comedy in which she co-stars with Miley Cyrus and Ashley Greene.

    PHOTOS:


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    Bright, charming, charismatic, and out of the closet -- what better characteristics for a gay role model?

    While Neil Patrick Harris might possess all of those qualities, he recently revealed that he isn't exactly comfortable with being positioned as someone others look to for leadership.

    At the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's 40th anniversary gala last week, where he and partner David Burtka were honored, he told E!'s Marc Malkin, "I sort of go out of my way not to be Soap Box Johnny."

    Harris noted, "We're super happy to lead by example, but even to define ourselves in any kind of leadership position I think is awkward... I cringe when I hear people say they consider themselves role models."

    Burtka feels similarily. "We really don't do anything," he said. "We take care of our kids. We're in a relationship. We love each other, but we don't go out of the way to stand on a soapbox."

    This isn't the first time that Harris has spoken out about his reluctancy to be labeled a role model. When asked about being an advocate for the LGBT community during a 2008 Out magazine interview he responded:

    "My job is jester -- not advocate... I'm striving to be an example of normalcy. Because I'm noticed as an actor, people are aware of what's happening in my life, and that I can't change, and if I tried to, it'd be an uphill battle. I'd be angry and bitter."


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  • 11/19/11--12:10: PHOTO: Mason's Day Out
  • It’s all about family time for Kourtney Kardashian and little Mason!


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    Jennifer Lopez is taking yet another spin in a Fiat 500, but this time she's doing it with even more style.

    The new J.Lo commercial for the Italian automaker brings the movie and pop star downtown from her native Bronx to the ritzier streets of Manhattan to show off a new collaboration between Fiat and the storied Gucci fashion label.

    The Turin-based auto manufacturer, which is the parent company to Chrysler, says the Fiat 500 by Gucci represents an "important partnership between two brands that have always expressed Italian genius and creativity across the world."

    The small car boasts "true Italian style" and is "brimming with fashion references," the company says, including chrome accents, a Gucci-logoed Frau leather interior and a simulated velvet dashboard.

    Gucci and Fiat are also pushing the car's connection to the 150th anniversary of Italy's unification, though we don't think we'd see Giuseppe Garibaldi riding shotgun around Manhattan with J.Lo.

    The car, which will be available in U.S. dealerships early next year, starts at $23,500. That's less than a Gucci crocodile tote ($29,900).

    What do you think? Does a fashion partnership make sense for Fiat? Let us know in the comments.

    CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article stated Fiat is based in Florence. It is based in Turin.

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    Though Michelle Williams got her start on a show geared towards teenagers, she's built her already-illustrious career with serious roles that largely been far from family friendly.

    To score her first Oscar nomination, Williams co-starred in the gritty, high-profile closeted gay cowboy feature, "Brokeback Mountain." Then, a string of dramas, such as "The Hottest State," "Incendiary," "Deception," "Wendy and Lucy," and "Synecdoche, New York," all of which earned R ratings from the MPAA. The acclaimed work led to two of the biggest roles of her life, in "Blue Valentine" and "My Week With Marilyn," but also, a bit of a parental dilemma: with daughter Matilda walking, talking and out of the nursery, it was a bit difficult for Williams to bring her to work.

    So, as the two time Oscar nominee told the Los Angeles Times earlier this week, getting cast as Glinda the Good Witch in "Oz: The Great and Powerful," the Disney-made prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," has been a revelation when it comes to set visit opportunities.

    "It's been such an amazing move for us as a family. It's a really happy place to go to work and a happy place for her to come visit," Williams said. "Often -- the 'Marilyn' sets and the 'Blue Valentine' sets -- they aren't really ideal places for children. She can still come visit, but she can't really get comfortable and hang out for a while. This really integrates my life and my work in a great way."

    Lucky Matilda -- the film features a who's who of big screen stars, including James Franco as the Wizard, Zach Braff as his assistant, Mila Kunis as Theodora and Rachel Weisz as Evanora. Filming is ongoing in Michigan, with a release date set of 2013.

    For more from Williams, click over to the Los Angeles Times.


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    PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Palm Springs police say they're seeking actor Jeremy London for questioning after receiving a call from his girlfriend alleging he assaulted her.

    Sgt. Kyle Stjerne says the department received a call at about 10:30 a.m. Friday from London's girlfriend, alleging the actor assaulted her outside her Palm Springs home.

    Stjerne says a verbal altercation over custody of the couple's child became violent and she suffered minor injuries. The woman's name wasn't released.

    London's lawyer Catherine Lombardo denied allegations that the abuse occurred.

    London's volatile relationship and addiction issues were broadcast to VH1 viewers during season four of the reality show "Celebrity Rehab" with Dr. Drew Pinsky.

    London's most memorable performances include the slacker anti-hero lead role of TS Quint in "Mallrats" and roles on television's "7th Heaven" and "Party of Five."


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