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SINCE YOU ASKED,'The Bachelor' couple sets televised wedding date,Manzo leaving 'Real Housewives of New Jersey',Jackman raises $1.8M with birthday... [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 15, 2013


SINCE YOU ASKED,'The Bachelor' couple sets televised wedding date,Manzo leaving 'Real Housewives of New Jersey',Jackman raises $1.8M with birthday benefit

"The one regret ... would be divorcing Robert Kardashian. But then, there wouldn't have been Kendall and Kylie (with Bruce Jenner)."

Kris Jenner to New You magazine about husband No. 1. Kris and Bruce, husband No. 2, are splitting and will record the split on "Keeping Up with the Kardashians.",Dempsey Challenge raises $1M for cancer center,Patrick Dempsey's bicycling, running and walking fundraiser in western Maine to raise money for his cancer center has netted more than $1 million.

Nearly 4,000 participants took part in the fifth annual Dempsey Challenge on Oct. 12 and 13, raising $1.1 million for the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer, Hope & Healing at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

The final tally is expected to grow to more than $1.2 million.

More than 1,100 cyclists rode routes ranging from 10 to 100 miles Oct. 13, with the actor making an appearance during the event's closing ceremony.

Patrick, a native of Buckfield, plays Dr. Derek Shepherd on TV's "Grey's Anatomy."

He launched the Dempsey Challenge after his mother's experience with cancer. He founded the Dempsey Center in 2008.

-- Associated Press,Hugh Jackman threw himself a birthday party with 4,500 guests, but they had to pay to attend.

The actor spent his 45th birthday Oct. 12 at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, where he sang, danced and told stories for "One Night Only," a benefit concert that raised $1.85 million for the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

"This is probably the most narcissistic way to spend your birthday," he said after the show. "I chose my favorite songs and told stories about my life."

Backed by a 17-member orchestra, Hugh performed a variation of his recent Broadway show, with personal stories, a few film clips and selections from classic Hollywood musicals -- including a tap- dancing routine during "Singin' in the Rain." He talked about his family, sang a tribute to his wife and shared music and images of his native Australia.

"A lot of guys would say to their wife, 'Do you mind if I go play golf with my buddies?' That's how I am about the show," he said. "I love it. If there's a song I don't like, I cut it and bring in a new song. Everything is something I want to do. So, to be here tonight, supporting this cause -- and it couldn't have been a more generous crowd if it tried -- in every way it was great."

Hugh said he donated his birthday performance to the Motion Picture & Television Fund, because it offers "that unconditional helping hand you get in a family." The organization provides health care and other services to entertainment-industry workers and retirees.

The two-and-a-half-hour show ended with Hugh auctioning off an electric Fiat, a pair of Wolverine claws and two sweaty undershirts he wore during the night's performance. The shirts went for $11,000 each.

-- AP,I read that actress Kaley Cuoco got engaged after three months. Who is she marrying? -- N.G.

The co-star of TV's "The Big Bang Theory" is engaged to tennis player Ryan Sweeting. As Kaley explains it, they have a lot of the same friends, and that familiarity sped up the development of the relationship -- the reason they became engaged so quickly.

My favorite actor is Jeff Bridges. Is he doing any new movies? -- K.L.

He co-stars with Julianne Moore in the family fantasy "Seventh Son," due out in January, voices a role in the upcoming animated film adaptation of the classic "The Little Prince," alongside James Franco and Marion Cotillard, and is shooting the adaptation of the novel "The Giver," with Meryl Streep and Taylor Swift.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,One of the original members of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" has announced she's leaving the show after five seasons.

Caroline Manzo made the announcement Oct. 13 on Twitter and on her blog on Bravo's website after "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" aired the final part of the show's reunion.

She says the reality show -- known for its brawls, screaming and family fights -- has become something she hopes her future grandchildren will never see.

Caroline wrote that she's filming a pilot spinoff called "Manzo'd With Children" that would give "a very different look" at her family.

An email to Bravo seeking comment wasn't immediately returned Oct. 14.

-- AP,Mark your calendars: Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici of ABC's "The Bachelor" are getting married.

Their wedding ceremony will air live on ABC on Jan. 26. "The Bachelor: Sean and Catherine's Wedding" will be hosted by Chris Harrison.

Sean was named the franchise's 17th bachelor after he was rejected by Emily Maynard on "The Bachelorette."

Other couples from "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" who married include Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney, and Ashley Hebert and J.P. Rosenbaum.

"The Bachelor" will return in January with Juan Pablo Galavis looking to find his match from 25 eligible women.

-- AP

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