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Director John Hughes Dies of Heart Attack at 59

John Hughes

John Hughes, the director of classic 1980s comedies such as The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Sixteen Candles, has died. He was 59.

The director suffered a heart attack Thursday while taking a morning walk in New York City, where he was visiting family, a spokeswoman for Hughes told
Born on February 18th, 1950 in Michigan, Hughes began his career as an advertising copywriter in Chicago. He got his start in comedy writing by selling jokes to Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers. He later submitted a story about a family vacation from his childhood to National Lampoon magazine, which became the basis for National Lampoon's Vacation.

He made his directorial debut in 1984 with Sixteen Candles, which starred Molly Ringwald as Samantha Baker, a young woman whose 16th birthday goes horribly wrong.

"I was stunned and incredibly sad...

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Brad Pitt Calls Angelina His "Soul Mate;" So Why Not Marry Her?

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt doesn't mince words about his feelings for Angelina Jolie, but despite the couple's bond, don't expect a trip down the aisle anytime soon.

See photos of Brangelina together

"I have a love in my life, a soul mate — absolutely," Pitt said in a candid interview with Parade. But for now, the star of Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Inglourious Basterds believes keeping his family together is a bigger commitment than marriage.

"Our family is the base ... read more

Poll: Readers Say Jeanine Will Win Dance

Jeanine Mason

Jeanine Mason was rarely considered a front-runner on this season of So You Think You Can Dance, but a majority of readers now believe she will be crowned America's Favorite Dancer.

See photos of Mason performing this season

After Wednesday's final performance show, 45 percent of voters said they believe Mason would be the last dancer left standing at the Kodak Theater. Her leap to the top of the leader board came after several powerhouse performances on Wednesday's show, including her solo routine, which received a standing ovation from the judges and the 3,000-plus fans in the theater. Before the final performance show, only 8 percent of readers said she would win.

Mason's closest competitor is ... read more

Georgia Man Charged with Attempting to Stalk Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus, Mark McLeod

A Georgia man who told police he was secretly engaged to Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus has been charged with attempting to stalk the tween sensation.

Check out photos of Cyrus on Hannah Montana

Police arrested 53-year-old Mark McLeod Tuesday after Walt Disney Pictures security officers reported he had returned to the Tybee Island movie set where Cyrus was filming, according to The Associated Press. McLeod was previously arrested in June for disorderly conduct and obstruction of an officer near the beachside set, which is 12 miles east of Savannah.

After the initial arrest, McLeod told police ... read more

Aerosmith's Front Man Falls from Stage, Suffers Minor Injuries

Steven Tyler

Aerosmith front man Steven Tyler fell off the stage during a performance at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota and was airlifted to a hospital with minor injuries early Thursday.

The 61-year-old rock singer fell while dancing after the sound system failed during "Love in an Elevator," according to The Associated Press. When Tyler stopped dancing, he accidentally stepped off the stage's catwalk and fell onto some fans.

See photos of Tyler performing through the years

"He does a lot of dancing on the stage and he does a lot of stuff with his mike stand," said Mike Sanborn, spokesman for the Buffalo Chip Campground, which hosted the event. "He put his stand down and twirled around and stepped backwards off the stage."

Tyler, who was in town to promote his Dirico Motorcycles, got back up and was taken backstage to be examined by the venue's medical staff. He suffered ... read more

Jon & Kate Ratings Plunge with Post-Split Return

Jon & Kate Plus 8

Jon & Kate Plus 8's ratings tumbled during its return episodes, losing about 6 million viewers from its highly buzzed divorce announcement show in June.

Monday's first half hour averaged 4.0 million viewers, while the second episode grew to 4.2 million, according to TLC. The ratings dropped 61 percent from the June 22 episode, which featured the couple announcing their separation. That episode, which kicked off a six-week hiatus, was seen by 10.6 million viewers, making it the most-watched episode in the series' history.

See photos of the kids on Jon & Kate Plus 8

Though the most recent episode is... read more

Big Brother 11 Episode Recap: August 4, 2009 (Veto Competition/Ceremony 4)

Michele, Big Brother 11

Russell's plan to eliminate Ronnie the Rat has only one veto competition standing in its way. But even before Ronnie learns how it will shake out, he goes to desperate lengths to secure his safety. Meanwhile, Russell cooks up a brand new alliance (and rubs a few people the wrong way in the process) and Michele finds herself stuck between the two sides of the house. So, did Ronnie save himself yet again, or is his fate all but sealed? Let's find out.

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Dan Rather Sues CBS Executives Again

Dan Rather

Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather has sued network CEO Leslie Moonves and CBS News President Andrew Heyward in an effort to have them reinstated in his $70 million lawsuit against the network.

In the new complaint, which was filed in New York State Supreme Court, Rather accused both men of fraud, according to Reuters. Rather claims he was a made a scapegoat by the network during a scandal in 2004 over a report on ... read more

North Korean Leader Pardons Imprisoned U.S. Journalists

Bill Clinton

The two American TV journalists sentenced to prison in North Korea were given a "special pardon" by the country's leader Kim Jong Il on Tuesday, following a visit by former President Bill Clinton, according to reports.

CNN said the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported that the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee is a sign of North Korea's ... read more

Michael Douglas' Son Arrested on Meth-Dealing Charge

Cameron and Michael Douglas

The son of Oscar-winning actor Michael Douglas was arrested on a drug charge at a New York City hotel, according to The Associated Press.

Cameron Douglas, 30, was arrested on a methamphetamine-dealing charge on July 28 at the Hotel Ganservoort, law enforcement officials told the AP. New York police said ... read more

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