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SINCE YOU ASKED,Philadelphia anchor under fire for shooting tweet [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 8, 2013


"It's the happiest day of my life. I never thought I'd find somebody that is so loving and kind."

Dot Marie Jones, Coach Shannon Beiste on "Glee," to the Advocate about proposing to longtime girlfriend Bridgett Casteen,Scarlett gets titleof 'sexiest' again,Seven years after being named Esquire magazine's sexiest woman alive, Scarlett Johansson has earned the title for a second time.

Scarlett, who also won in 2006, is the first woman to get the honor twice. Last year's winner was Mila Kunis.

Scarlett jokingly tells the magazine she's "gotta hustle" and "pretty soon the roles you're offered all become mothers. Then they just sort of stop."

The 28-year-old actress is also off the market. She recently went public with her engagement to former French journalist Romain Dauriac. It will be her second marriage.

She split from Ryan Reynolds in 2010.

She says jealousy "comes with the territory" with a Frenchman but she prefers being with someone "who's a little jealous."

The November issue of Esquire will be on newsstands Oct. 15.

-- Associated Press,Princess Diana's longtime lover slams biopic starring Naomi Watts

Dr. Hasnat Khan, the now 54-year-old cardiologist whose secret romance with the late Princess Diana is the basis for the movie, "Diana," told Britain's The Sun that the film is a "betrayal" of the couple's love.

"I can see a lot of humor in a lot of bad things, but in this one I can't," Hasnat told The Sun. "I haven't seen the film, and I haven't met anyone who has seen it, but I can tell you for sure that it's based on a superficial idea. I have kept things very discreet, but now this film is trying to open things up again."

At the heart of the cardiothoracic surgeon's problems with the film -- which is based on the 2001 book. "Diana: Her Last Love" -- is the movie's suggestion that his family did not accept his high- profile lover because she wasn't Muslim. That, he says, simply isn't true.

"Lost" actor Naveen Andrews plays Hasnat in the movie, which covers his two-year relationship with the royal that ended shortly before her death in 1997.

Hasnat doesn't publicly discuss the pair's relationship often because he finds it "very difficult" -- and he's annoyed that "Diana" is drudging up his trauma all over again.

"We all have our own traumas and get on with it -- but when it's there in your face year in, year out, it's hard," he told the Sun.

"Even when these lines are delivered by the fragrant Naomi Watts, doing her level best with a squirmingly embarrassing script, this film is still atrocious and intrusive," Britain's Sunday Times' reviewer wrote.

"Diana" director Oliver Hirschbiegel told the BBC that the critical drubbing has been a royal headache for everyone involved.

"It's devastating, but when you make a film like this, you don't think about the reactions," he said.

-- New York Daily News,I just saw "The Internship" and thought Vince Vaughn was hilarious. Does he have any new movies? -- G.K.

The comic actor co-stars in the comedy "Delivery Man," due in November, appears in Will Ferrell's sequel "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues," due in December, co-stars with Will again in the comedy "Daddy's Home," due next year, and is set to shoot another comedy, "Business Trip."

I liked Kelsey Grammer on the show "Boss." What will he be doing now? -- D.N.

Kelsey, most famous, of course, for "Frasier," moved right from that series to movies. He voices a character in the animated musical "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return," starring Lea Michele and due next May; co-stars with Sylvester Stallone in the drama "Reach Me," due next March; co-stars in the romantic comedy "Think Like a Man Too," due next June; and is shooting the sequel "Transformers: Age of Extinction," with Mark Wahlberg, also due next June. He is set to do a TV comedy series with Martin Lawrence in which they play Chicago lawyers.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez welcome baby boy

It's a boy for Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez.

A representative for the 47-year-old actress confirms that the couple welcomed their son Oct. 5. Publicist Meredith O'Sullivan Wasson offered no other details.

E! News reports Halle delivered the baby at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

This is the second child for Halle. She has a 5-year-old daughter with her ex-boyfriend, Gabriel Aubry. The two settled their custody battle over the child in 2012.

This is the first child for Olivier. The French actor and Halle married in July.

-- AP,A Philadelphia TV news anchor is being criticized for trying to get her Twitter followers to watch the station's coverage of a deadly shooting by comparing it to "Breaking Bad."

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports WTXF-TV news anchor Joyce Evans tweeted "Thought 'Breaking Bad' was hot last Sunday? See who's breaking bad in SW Philly, leavin' 6 people SHOT -- Tonite at Ten!"

Viewers immediately criticized Joyce, with one person writing it sounded "like it was written by a sociopath."

Joyce is a longtime anchor at the Fox affiliate. She later responded that she was trying to compare the "very real life drama" of the shooting to the fictional show about a chemistry teacher turned methamphetamine dealer.

The shooting the evening of Oct. 6 killed one person and wounded five. It remains under investigation.

-- Associated Press

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