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Shia LaBeouf Quits Broadway Show After Disagreement With Alec Baldwin, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Moving In Together: Top 5 Stories of the Day

Shia LaBeouf Quits Broadway Show After Disagreement With Alec Baldwin, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Moving In Together: Top 5 Stories of the Day

Shia LaBeouf quits Broadway showOrphans after a “disagreeable situation” with Alec BaldwinMila Kunis andAshton Kutcher are moving in together, and Josh Brolin and Diane Lane split after eight years of marriage: See Us Weekly‘s top 5 stories from Thursday, Feb. 21 in the roundup!
1.Exclusive: Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher Moving In Together!

Home is where the heart is — and forMila Kunis, that means home is where boyfriend Ashton Kutcher is. Namely, at his 9,000-square-foot mansion in the Hollywood Hills. As the Feb. 25 issue of Us Weekly revealed, Kunis, 29, and Kutcher, 35, are taking their relationship to the next level: cohabitation

2.Shia LaBeouf Quits Broadway Show After “Disagreeable Situation” With Alec Baldwin

Shia LaBeouf‘s exit from Broadway’s Orphans sounds even more dramatic than the play itself! After producers announced Wednesday, Feb. 20 that LaBeouf would be leaving the show “due to creative differences,” the actor is shedding new light on exactly what those differences were — and who they were with. Shortly after his departure was made official, LaBeouf, 26, posted a video of his audition for Orphans as well as screen shot images of alleged email exchanges with director Daniel Sullivan, playwright Lyle Kessler and costars Alec Baldwin and Tom Sturridge.

3. Exclusive: Josh Brolin, Diane Lane Divorcing After Eight Years

Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are going their separate ways. A little more than eight years after they tied the knot, the Cinema Verite actress, 48, and her Gangster Squad actor husband, 45, have split, reps for the couple tell Us Weekly exclusively. “Diane Lane and Josh Brolin have decided to end their marriage,” the reps tell Us. Adds an insider: “It was a mutual decision. It is very amicable. It’s not ugly, it’s just over.”

4.Kim Zolciak Rocks Skimpy Swimsuit Six Months After Giving Birth to Son Kash Kade

Kim Zolciak is clearly proud of her post-baby body! Six months after welcoming her fourth child, son Kash Kade, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star shared a sexy picture of herself via Instagram on Wednesday, Feb. 20. “I’m obsessed with Have Faith swimsuits,” 34-year-old Zolciak wrote in the caption. In the image, the “Tardy for the Party” singer models the label’s $169 halter-style one-piece, which features a deep V-plunge and open back.

5.Kim Kardashian Not Quitting Keeping Up With Kardashians Yet, Shares “Baby Hairs” Picture

And Kim Kardashian is telling you: She’s not going! Although she’s preparing for a major life transition — motherhood — the pregnant reality star has clarified recent comments to DuJourmagazine that suggested she’s leaving the Keeping Up with the Kardashians, the reality show that made her a superstar, after season nine.

This article originally appeared on Usmagazine.com: Shia LaBeouf Quits Broadway Show After Disagreement With Alec Baldwin, Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher Moving In Together: Top 5 Stories of the Day

Mindy McCready Suicide: Fans, Friends Share Mixed Reactions

The morning after she committed suicide, Mindy McCready’s death is still shocking to the world. But it came as little surprise to those who knew her best.

On Monday – just one day after she killed herself with a single gunshot to the face on the porch of her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas – her ex-boyfriend (and the father of her 6-year-old son, Zander), Billy McKnight, revealed in an interview with the “Today” show, “As sad as it is, it didn’t come as a major shock. She’s just been battling demons for so long … I was around her when she attempted suicide twice, so I knew it was in her.”

The country singer, who also shot and killed her dog, had been on a rapid decline ever since the January 13 suicide of her boyfriend, David Wilson, also the father of her 10-month-old son Zayne. Shortly after his death, McCready was accused of killing him in a jealous rage after she caught him cheating – all of which she adamantly denied.

Still, her two sons were removed from her care on February 6, after her father Tim McCreadyrevealed in court documents that she had been in bed for three weeks and was neglecting them. “Sleeps all day,” he wrote. “Drinks all night and is taking Rx drugs. Not bathing or even helping take care of her 2 children.”

After her boys were put in state foster care – where they remain – McCready was ordered to enter a facility for a mental-health and alcohol-abuse evaluation, but was able to undergo outpatient treatment instead. Eleven days later, she was dead.

Once the news of McCready’s suicide became known on Sunday evening, many of her famous fans and friends in country music expressed their condolences on Twitter. “I grew up listening to Mindy McCready…so sad for her family tonight,” wrote Carrie Underwood. LeAnn Rimes, who also tweeted her sorrow, released a statement, as well. “Mindy and I both started our careers around the same time. We worked with a lot of the same people, so we ended up spending lots of time around one another. She was always so kind and very protective of me, like a big sis. My heart is broken that she’s gone.”

McCready, whose 1996 debut album, Ten Thousand Angels, sold two million copies and peaked at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums chart, appeared on the third season of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinsky,” and is now the fifth person from that series to relapse and die.

She’s also the third from her season to die. Last August, former “Real World: Hollywood” participant Joey Kovar was found dead at a friend’s home in Chicago following a cocaine binge. Before that, in March 2011, former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr overdosed on prescription pills in Utah. The other two “Celeb Rehab” alums to pass away are “Grease” actor Jeff Conaway (from prescription pills in May 2011) and Rodney King, who was found drowned in a pool after a night of alleged drinking and marijuana smoking in June 2012.

Dr. Drew released a statement about the loss of the latest star from his reality show. “I am deeply saddened by this awful news. My heart goes out to Mindy’s family and children. She is a lovely woman who will be missed by many. Although I have not treated her for few years, I had reached out to her recently upon hearing about the apparent suicide of her boyfriend and father of her younger children. She was devastated. Although she was fearful of stigma and ridicule she agreed with me that she needed to make her health and safety a priority. Unfortunately it seems that Mindy did not sustain her treatment.”

Bob Forrest, Head Counselor on “Celebrity Rehab,” shared his feelings on McCready’s passing on “omg! Insider” on Monday. Calling her loss, “so devastatingly sad,” he explained, “One of the key things is Mindy had two, possibly three or four interwoven problems,” including personality disorder and addiction. “If one doesn’t get you the other one does … They all play together in this perfect storm.”

Although “Celebrity Rehab” has certainly made for some riveting television through its five seasons on air, getting help in front of millions of eyes each week may not be the best solution.

Doug Thorburn, author of Alcoholism Myths and Realities, explains to omg! that Alcoholics Anonymous was created with the “understanding that alcoholism (and most other-drug addiction) causes egomania. They designed their program, the 12 steps, around the idea that the massive alcoholic ego must be deflated for recovery to occur. The first 11 steps are all about this: no practicing egomaniac can admit he is powerless over something; no practicing egomaniac can see the need to pay amends and then to actually become so contrite. This is the reason the program requires anonymity … ‘Celebrity Rehab’ and other shows like it violate this essential prerequisite to recovery; hence, so many relapses and, even, suicides.”

As for the reports that “Celebrity Rehab” pays its famous patients $250,000 for their 21-day stay on the show, Thorburn adds that the monetary incentive only acts as an enabler. “Give me two equally down addicts, one with money and one without: the one without has the greater chance of getting abstinent and achieving long-term sobriety,” he adds. “Hence, I’m not sure rehab really does anyone any good other than to get them started.”

Miss America 2013: From pageant shaming to Honey Boo Boo, the night’s memorable moments

Miss New York, Mallory Hytes Hagan, earned a $50,000 scholarship and became Miss America 2013. The 23-year-old from Brooklyn, NY, deftly answered a controversial interview question about the role of armed guards in schools before defeating runners-up Miss South Carolina, Ali Rogers, and Miss Oklahoma, Alicia Clifton.

Co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet looked fit and happy as she briefly discussed her recent triumph over thyroid cancer. Chris Harrison of “The Bachelor” fame joined her, bringing a dose of his sardonic hosting humor.
Miss Iowa’s interview oopsieThe pressure of answering a broad, topical question in only 20 seconds often leads contestants to deliver awkwardly entertaining sound bites, but Miss Iowa made a painful flub. While trying to support the use of medical marijuana, she made a jumbled statement about “recreational use in health care.”

 

Yikes! Miss Iowa, who happens to be named Mariah Cary, finished as the fourth runner-up.

 

 

ABC’s America’s Choice

This year’s competition included an online component, and voters chose Miss Montana, Alexis Wineman, as their favorite Miss America contestant. She is the first woman with autism to compete in the Miss America pageant. #MissMontana took Twitter by storm and rallied supporters.

 

Honey Boo Boo conquers Miss America

Little Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson steps into the spotlight yet again! Miss Georgia mentioned the pageant diva during her introduction, saying, “From the state that celebrates diversity — from Scarlett O’Hara to Honey Boo Boo — I’m Leighton Jordan, Miss Georgia.”

 

Judge Cheryl Burke later posed an interview question about the way reality TV shows such as “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and “Toddlers in Tiaras” portray the pageant world. Miss Oklahoma, Alicia Clifton, suggested viewers take Honey Boo Boo with a grain of salt.

 

Viva tap dancing!

Although a giant piano hogged the stage, three of the 10 remaining contestants tap danced during the talent portion. When viewed on TV, the fancy footwork can look more like a round of Wii Fit than artistry. But Miss Oklahoma worked it and won a $2,000 Amway scholarship.

 

Pageant shaming

The pageant moved along at a brisk pace, but it came with a harsh vibe, as the co-hosts repeatedly rushed the contestants to change for the next segment. (Mentioning the Amway changing tent didn’t help, either.) After being herded around, the eliminated contestants sat on stage and watched the remaining Miss America hopefuls perform.

Somehow, there was plenty of time to give a demo of Brooke’s new workout DVD. She led the eliminated contestants through a series of moves not suited for their formal attire or crowded stage.

 

Later, the co-hosts jokingly bantered about the contestants being deprived of carbs, and Chris sent a round of doughnuts to the eliminated contestants sitting on the stage. The tacky gag prompted Miss America 2010, Caressa Cameron, to tweet, “Yes, please keep feeding into the stereotype that we don’t eat.”

Wife says poisoned lottery winner had no enemies

The wife of a Chicago lottery winner who was poisoned with cyanide said Tuesday she was devastated by his death and cannot believe her husband could have had enemies.

Shabana Ansari spoke to The Associated Press a day after news emerged that 46-year-old Urooj Khan’s death in July was the result of cyanide poisoning and not natural causes, as authorities initially concluded. Prosecutors, Chicago police and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office are investigating Khan’s death as a homicide, but they have not given any details, announced any suspects or said whether they believed the lottery win could have presented a motive.

Ansari would not talk about the circumstances of her husband’s death, saying it was too painful to recall. She said only that he fell ill shortly after they had dinner together.

She described Khan as a hard-working and generous man who would send money to orphanages in their native India.

“I was shattered. I can’t believe he’s no longer with me,” the short, soft-spoken Ansari said tearfully, standing in one of three dry-cleaning businesses her husband started after immigrating to the U.S. from India in 1989.

Khan’s death on July 20 was initially ruled a result of natural causes. But a relative’s request for a deeper look resulted in the startling conclusion months later that Kahn was killed with the poison as he was about to collect $425,000 in winnings. Authorities won’t identify the relative. Ansari, who said she has spoken with police detectives about the case, said she was not the one who asked for a deeper investigation and that she doesn’t know who it was.

“I don’t think anyone would have a bad eye for him or that he had any enemy,” said Ansari, adding that she continues to work at the dry cleaner out of a desire to honor her husband and protect the businesses he built.

Khan planned to use the lottery winnings to pay off mortgages, expand his business and give a donation to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Ansari said her husband did not have a will and the money is now tied up in probate.

She said she hopes the truth of what happened to her husband will come out. She said she could not recall anyone unusual or suspicious coming into their lives after the lottery win became public.

Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters Tuesday that he had never seen anything like Khan’s case in his 32 years of policing in New York, New Jersey and now Chicago.

“So, I’m not going to say that I’ve seen everything,” McCarthy said.

Authorities plan to exhume Khan’s body in the next few weeks in hopes they might be able to test additional tissue samples and bolster evidence if the case goes to trial.

“It’s always good if and when the case goes to trial to have as much data as possible,” said Cook County Medical Examiner Stephen Cina. He added that he did not believe additional testing would change the conclusion that Khan was a homicide victim, saying those comprehensive toxicology results were validated in the lab.

“Based on the investigative information we have now and the (toxicology results), we’re comfortable where we are right now,” he said.

Ansari, 32, moved to the U.S. from India after marrying Khan 12 years ago.

Khan and his wife were born in Hyderabad, a city in southern India, and their story is a typical immigrant’s tale of settling in a new land with big dreams and starting a business. Their daughter, Jasmeen, now 17, is a student here.

“Work was his passion,” Ansari said of her husband, adding that she plans to stay in the U.S. and keep his businesses running.

“I’m just taking care of his hard work,” she said.

She recalled going on the hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, with her husband in 2010, an awe-inspiring trip that was a first for both of them. One of Islam’s pillars requires every able-bodied Muslim to make the journey at least once in their lifetime.

She said her husband returned even more set on living a good life and stopped buying the occasional lottery ticket.

Nonetheless, he couldn’t resist buying one for an instant lottery game in June while at a 7-Eleven near his home in the West Rogers Park neighborhood on the city’s north side. It was a $1 million winner.

Khan opted for a lump sum of slightly more than $600,000. After taxes, the winnings amounted to about $425,000, said lottery spokesman Mike Lang. The check was issued on July 19, the day before Khan died.

Some other states allow winners to remain anonymous, but Illinois requires most winning ticket holders to appear for a news conference and related promotions, partly to prove that the state pays out prizes. Khan’s win didn’t draw much media attention, and Lang noted that press events for $1 million winners are fairly typical.

“We do several news conferences a month for various amounts,” he said.

Actor Dempsey: Coffee chain bid appears successful

Actor Patrick Dempsey said it appears his bid to buy a small coffee chain has prevailed in a bankruptcy auction that included Starbucks Corp.

Late Thursday night, Dempsey announced that his company, Global Baristas LLC, made the winning bid for Tully’s Coffee. He noted in a KOMO-TV interview that a bankruptcy judge will have the final say on Jan. 11. Still, Dempsey tweeted “We got it! Thank you Seattle!”

Dempsey’s company will pay $9,150,000 for Tully’s and complete the purchase later this month after the court hearing, he said in a statement.

“I’m thrilled that we won and I’m even more excited about saving Tully’s Coffee and its hundreds of jobs,” he said. “Tully’s is a great company with committed employees, and with its base in Seattle, one of the world’s greatest cities, I’m confident we will be able to successfully build the brand and help grow the economy. ”

Tully’s Coffee has 47 company-owned locations in Washington and California. The company, with more than 500 employees, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.

Dempsey, who gained the nickname “McDreamy” on the TV show “Grey’s Anatomy” set in a fictional Seattle hospital, has said he wants to rescue the chain.

“Seattle has been very good to me over my career, and I am honored to have the privilege to own Tully’s and work closely with the company’s employees,” he said in his statement.

After Thursday’s auction, Starbucks spokesman Zack Hutson confirmed his company participated and “is currently in a back-up position” for some of Tully’s assets. The final certification of the winning bid won’t occur until the Jan. 11 bankruptcy court hearing, Hutson said.

“We have to wait until next week to make sure everything — I believe the 11th — to make sure it’s all finalized,” Dempsey told KOMO-TV.

The Starbucks spokesman said his company made an offer for 13 of Tully’s company-owned stores in the Puget Sound region plus 12 outlets at Boeing Co. sites. Hutson said another bidder made an offer for all other assets — and is in a back-up position for those.

Also in the running was Baristas Coffee, which operates a chain of drive-thru espresso stands featuring female employees in skimpy outfits.

Both Starbucks and Tully’s are based in Seattle.

The auction process was not public.

Taylor Swift Gets Punk’d By Buddy Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber just angry 18 this week, and what could be a bigger altogether allowance than managing to “punk” a acceptable friend? A bivouac for the division premiere of MTV’s anew active Punk’d was appear this week, assuming the b’day boy accomplishing just that. And not just any acceptable friend–America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift, to boot!Justin Bieber

The trailer, which showed up as an absolute on Ryan Seacrest’s website Thursday, has a animated Bieber adage “I anticipate we should alpha with Taylor.” He again allegedly gets Swift to shoot some fireworks off the balustrade of a bank house. Which acreage on an adopted yacht. And could cause it to bolt on fire!

But wait, there’s more. According to Bieber, this accurate yacht allegedly is hosting a marriage ceremony. So poor Swift not alone is abashed by the abstraction of afire up someone’s boat–she’s tricked into cerebration she’s in fact broke someone’s appropriate day!

“This is absolutely not okay,” we apprehend a flustered-sounding Swift adage in the background. Watch for yourselves:

Aw, I accept to say this is a little mean, alive Swift’s belled adventurous bendable heart. That absolutely accept to accept acquired her to panic. Not nice, Biebs! I mean, It’s one affair to have, say, Kanye West anticipate he’s broke someone’s incomparable adored moment in time…(cough, cough). Okay, couldn’t abide that one.

The division premiere of Punk’d is March 29 at 10 p.m. ET. Be abiding to tune in for the abounding story–I’m appealing abiding Taylor will absolve Justin for her near-heart attack.

What do you anticipate of this little joke? Will you be watching at the end of the month? Be abiding to let me know!