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Ghostbusters star Harold Ramis dies aged 69

Actor and director Harold Ramis, best known for the films Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day, has died aged 69. Harold Ramis The star found fame as bespectacled ghost-hunter Egon Spengler in the Ghostbusters franchise in 1984. But he was also a talented writer and director, whose credits included Caddyshack and Animal House. “His creativity, compassion, intelligence, humour and spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved him,” said his family in a statement. Much-admired in Hollywood, Ramis’s death prompted an outpouring of tributes on Twitter. Billy Crystal, who starred in the director’s mobster comedies Analyze This and Analyze That wrote: “Sad to hear my friend Harold Ramis passed away. “A brilliant, funny, actor and director. A wonderful husband and dad. Big loss to us all.” Iron Man director Jon Favreau added: “No, no, not Harold Ramis. Worked for him years ago. He was the real deal. Growing up, his work changed my life. He will be missed.” “Harold Ramis was a brilliant, shining example for every comedy writer hoping to achieve excellence the field,” wrote Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane. US chat show host Seth Meyers called him “one of the all time greats”, while Scrubs actor Zach Braff said: “If you’re my age and got into comedy, Harold Ramis was one of the reasons. Life is fast and over too soon.” Born in Chicago to convenience store owners Ruth and Nathan, Ramis studied at Washington University in Missouri and, on graduation, briefly worked in a psychiatric ward. He started his career as a writer by penning arts stories for his local newspaper and editing Playboy magazine’s “party jokes” section. “It was amazing how many of these jokes were written in pencil on three-ring notebook paper, or came from people who were incarcerated,” he told The Chicago Reader. “It was also amazing how many of them dealt with farmers and farm animals. “At the time – it was the late 1960s – the Playboy editors wanted to modernize the jokes a bit, to make them more counterculture. A big part of my job was changing ‘the farmer’ into ‘a swinging advertising executive.’” After leaving the magazine, he joined Chicago’s renowned Second City improvised comedy troupe but said he realised his limitations as a performer after encountering John Belushi. “When I saw how far he was willing to go to get a laugh or to make a point on stage, the language he would use, how physical he was, throwing himself literally off the stage, taking big falls, strangling other actors, I thought: ‘I’m never going to be this big.’” Instead, he played the straight man – acting as a sardonic foil to Bill Murray in the 18-rated army comedy Stripes, and playing the most straitlaced and scientifically-inclined of the Ghostbusters trio. The film, a global smash in 1984, spawned a sequel in 1989 as well as a long-running cartoon series. A third instalment had been in development for several years. Ramis acknowledged that the spectral comedy was his most memorable work but took pride in its longevity. “People love Ghostbusters in a really big way,” he said in 2009...

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Shane Warne posts topless selfie covered in bruises

Shane Warne might have been trying to distract fans from reports he spent four hours in a hotel room with Ultimo boss Michelle Mone, but his latest selfie has received backlash instead. Shane Warne posted this selfie of himself covered in bruises after a paint ball game The 44-year-old Australian posted a shirtless photo on his Instagram page showing his slim torso covered in bruises. He wrote: ‘OUCH !!! This was fun back in Melbourne, but bloody hurt more than being hit by a fast bowler…’ The bruises resulted from an aggressive game of paint ball but fans instead started criticising the athlete’s weight loss. Instagram user janos91 wrote: ‘C’mon @shanewarne23 bring the gut back, I’ll have a few froths and ham cheese toasties with you to get you back on track.’ Lilial said: ‘Eat something. For the love of got, eat something.’ His selfie today followed reports that Warne spent four hours in millionaire businesswoman Michelle Mone’s hotel room – hours after a Valentine’s Day weekend with Liz Hurley. The former cricketer, who split from the actress last year, reportedly met up with Mone at her suite in London’s Dorchester Hotel on February 16. Two days earlier, the notorious womaniser had flown to the UK where he visited his ex-fiancee at the £6million Herefordshire mansion they bought in 2012. Warne and Miss Hurley spent the night there before travelling to London and spending a second night together at her townhouse. They were believed to be trying to rekindle their relationship, with Warne recently hinting they were on the verge of a reconciliation. But the Australian is said to have visited Mone, 42, at lunchtime the following day, apparently taking champagne and roses to her £500-a-night eighth-floor suite. The pair emerged separately four hours later, with the underwear firm boss heading to the BBC’s central London office to appear on Radio 5Live show, On The Money. Mone, who divorced ex-husband Michael in January last year, flew back to Scotland the next day, while Warne jetted to Las Vegas to take part in a poker tournament. Last night, on her Twitter page, Mone said she would never ‘meet a guy if he was taken’. The businesswoman tweeted: ‘Thanks for all your messages, most lovely but for the rest of you, FTR [for the record] I’d never ever meet a guy if he was taken. It was done to me and I remember that pain.’ She added: ‘Not that it’s anyone’s biz but I’ve been single for 18 months, very independent, successful and don’t need anyone for anything other than my family.’ The mother-of-three was at home in her luxurious Glasgow townhouse yesterday. She cancelled a speaking engagement at the Scottish Wedding Show, on behalf of her lingerie company Ultimo, where she was due to appear at 2pm. Mone, who was at the two-day event on Saturday, was said to be ill. Warne last night brushed off the claims about his meeting with the entrepreneur, writing on Twitter: ‘Just read some more ludicrous & laughable reporting on me, what an absolute load of rubbish! Whatever, time to rack up the air miles again.’ Warne is not the first sportsman to be linked to Mone. In 2012 married footballer Robbie Savage was seen leaving her home in the early hours following an award ceremony earlier that evening. The pair claimed they are just friends. Mone, said to be worth £50million, separated from her husband of 20 years in 2011. Months later, she claimed he had cheated on her with an Ultimo designer, which Mr Mone denied. @MailOnline

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Jesinta Campbell is sporty-chic with bed hair in fashion shoot

We are used to seeing her working out as often as we see her modelling so Jesinta Campbell’s athletic fashion shoot for Cosmopolitan Australia magazine was perfectly inspired. Jesinta posed on a concrete floor in an unzipped dress and sandals for Cosmopolitan Australia March Issu The 22-year-old Miss Universe Australia posed for the March issue of the magazine with messy bed-hair with sporty-chic style. Campbell is seen wearing chunky-soled white sandals and an unzipped sweater dress in one shot, while she ties a denim shirt around a mesh skirt in another. Jesinta wore bed hair alongside a strapless top in the shoot The Gold Coast-born beauty then slipped into a thigh-skimming white dress and strappy heals and a strapless monochrome top. Jesinta’s modelling career has gone from strength to strength since winning the Miss Universe Australia title in 2010, in which she finished as the second runner-up. But more recently the athletic model has nabbed deals with Asics, Wonderbra and has been filming the travel show Getaway with fellow host Jason Dundas. Jesinta not only has a blossoming career in the media, but her love life is on the right track too and recently celebrated Valentine’s Day with boyfriend Lance ‘Buddy’ Franklin. Although when asked about the romantic occasion on Channel 9 Mornings this month, she said: ‘We’re kind of romantic with each other every day, so … Valentine’s Day is just another day’. The Wonderbra spokesperson was also forced to come to the defence of her boyfriend this month when he was described as ‘a bit of a player’. The comment was made when Jesinta was a guest on the Triple M Grill Team radio show ‘People like to glamorise things and make things look bigger than they are, [but] he’s just a normal, every day guy,’ she replied. And she’s so smitten with her man that she shares regular photographs of him on her Instagram account, including one last week of him showing off his growing beard. Read more: http://instagram.com/jesinta_campbell

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Sam Worthington Arrested for Allegedly Punching a Paparazzo

The ‘Avatar’ actor is arrested in Greenwich Village and charged with assault after he reportedly punched a paparazzo who allegedly kicked his companion in the shin. Sam Worthington has been arrested following an altercation with a paparazzo. According to CNN, the incident took place at 5:30 P.M. on Sunday, February 23 in Greenwich Village. NYPD Detective Kellyann Ort said that the “Avatar” actor allegedly punched a paparazzo named Sheng Li after he allegedly kicked Worthington’s female companion in the shin. Worthington was charged with assault and was issued a desk appearance ticket. The 37-year-old paparazzo, meanwhile, was charged with assault, harassment and reckless endangerment. TMZ reports that the paparazzo was still in custody. No one was hospitalized following the incident. According to reports, Worthington’s female companion that day was his girlfriend Lara Bingle. Last month, they were seen wearing matching rings on their ring fingers when they were in Sydney. According to E! News, Bingle was in a photo shoot for Australian retailer Cotton On and the star later came for a visit. Worthington probably is mostly remembered for his role as Jake Sully in “Avatar”. In addition to the 2009 movie, the Australian actor took part in other titles such as 2009′s “Terminator Salvation”, 2010′s “Clash of the Titans” and 2012′s “Man on a Ledge”. © AceShowbiz.com

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Atlanta Residents Plan Protest Following Justin Bieber’s Reported Move

Some people who may be Bieber’s potential neighbors say in a Facebook post that the pop star’s ‘relocation to Atlanta can be nothing but bad for our children, as well as the community.’ Justin Bieber Some people apparently are not happy after learning that Justin Bieber might live in their neighborhood. The 19-year-old pop star recently was reported eyeing a mansion in Atlanta. Although so far there is no confirmation to the claim, Harold White who lives in Buckhead neighborhood has organized a protest which will take place on Monday, February 24 at 6 A.M. “We’re concerned he’ll bring the wrong type of element into a quiet, residential area. It is our position that a person with his means could certainly find a neighborhood more suited to his ‘eclectic’ lifestyle,” he told CNN. White’s wife then created a Facebook event to support the plan. “As a community here in Buckhead, we have worked hard to achieve our goals and get to where we are. Justin Bieber’s relocation to Atlanta can be nothing but bad for our children, as well as the community,” reads the page, written by Buckhead Neighborhood Coalition. The post also mentioned previous incidents related to the Canadian star. “Some can’t even let their children play in the driveway without fear; he has raced vehicles under the influence, before. What’s to say he won’t do it again?” Last month, Bieber made negative headlines following a series of legal troubles. The police raided his Calabasas mansion after he allegedly threw eggs at his neighbor’s house. Later he was arrested for DUI in Miami Beach. Bieber has pled not guilty to the charge. © AceShowbiz.com

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Chris Brown Leaves Rehab Facility

A source close to Brown says that the ‘Fine China’ singer is ‘back home now and he feels good about it.’ Chris Brown has left a Malibu rehab facility after completing his 90-day stint. Just shortly after he was reported extending his anger management program, the 24-year-old star was said going back home. “He’s back home now and he feels good about it,” a source close to the star told Hollywood Life. According to the source, Brown’s friends held a party to celebrate his release. “We had a low-key celebration for him. It was real quiet. A lot of hugs. A lot of thank yous. No big speeches although he said, ‘Thank y’all for being there for me. Really appreciate all that. Love.’ We weren’t trying to turn it into a crying session, we just all wanted to be around him and uplift him and show him how proud of him we are,” the source explained. The source went on saying that Brown would try his best to have better relationships with people around him. “He’s trying to take what he learned with him about his anger and relationships with women and his mother and use those skills to make his relationships better,” the source added. After completing rehab, Brown is ready to go back to work. The singer recently announced the new release date for his album, “X”

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Ludacris Now Asks for Full Custody and Child Support From Ex

The rapper was previously told by judge to pay 7,000 dollars in child support but he claimed he could not afford it. Ludacris is turning the tables, now asking his ex-girlfriend and baby mama Tamika Fuller for a full custody of their 2-month-old daughter and child support. Fuller previously asked the rapper to pay $15,000 a month in child support and he pleaded poverty. In the newly-filed court documents, Ludacris claimed that he’s a “fit and capable parent” and had been an active father to his 12-year-old daughter. According to TMZ, Ludacris asked the judge in an Atlanta court to grant him child support from Fuller. The judge previously told Ludacris to pay Fuller $7,000 in child support. In a court session last week, Ludacris declared he could not afford to pay child support because he was waiting for the paycheck from “Fast and Furious 7″. He stated Paul Walker’s death had put the project on hold and he could not cash out his money. Ludacris offered $1,800 a month, confessing he only made around $55,000 for 2013. Ludacris and Fuller hooked up in early 2013 and she gave birth to the baby in December. Fuller has attempted to clear up her name, saying, “It saddens me that it has come to this. I did not file on him. Nor would I ever try to attempt to extort my child’s fathers. I’ve never asked him to buy me a car. I had engine trouble. I asked to borrow one of his during my pregnancy so that I could continue 2 get 2 work

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