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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 11/29/2011

‘Beginners,’ ‘Tree of Life’ tie for top Gotham Award; Hedy Lamarr praised for inventing wireless tech

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Beginners” and “Tree of Life” tied for best feature film at the Gotham Awards, a celebration of independently made movies. George Clooney’s The Descendants” was nominated for three awards but won none. (Reuters)

Charlize Theron: a woman who can look uber-glamorous even while tripping. (Stephen Lovekin - Getty Images)
In other highly important Gotham Awards-related news, Charlize Theron , who was honored at the ceremony with a career award, tripped over a floor light during the event. Fortunately, the Daily Mail has run huge pictures of this fleeting moment. My favorite part is how her “Young Adult” co-star Patton Oswalt stands by in the background, seemingly oblivious and/or indifferent to what’s going on. (Daily Mail)

Hedy Lamarr, the 1930s and ’40s film star known for being the first actress to simulate a female orgasm in a major motion picture, apparently invented spread-spectrum radio, a precursor to the technology that allows for wireless communications like Bluetooth. This information was previously known but is now making its way around the Internet thanks to the new book “Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Actress in the World.” If you’re reading about this via a wi-fi connection, thank Hedy Lamarr. (L.A. Times)

Kourtney Kardashian has started a mommy blog; her first video post focuses on child style and treats us all to a glimpse of son Mason’s New York City hotel room closet. Like every young boy, he has at least 20 pairs of shoes. (Digital Spy)

A celebrity relationship confirmed, and an actor’s return to "Parks and Rec,” after the jump.

Sam Mendes, director and former husband to Kate Winslet, has confirmed he is now dating actress Rebecca Hall (“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”). (Us Magazine)

Louis C.K. will return to “Parks and Recreation.” Which means more complications for Ben (Adam Scott) and Leslie (Amy Poehler). (TV Line)

Hey, guess what show made the cover of TV Guide after winning an online poll that indicates how strong its Internet fan base is? “ Community .” You know, that show NBC is on the verge of canceling. (Warming Glow)

Seth Rogen speaks up for former “Freaks and Geeks” host James Franco regarding his Oscar hosting gig last year. “I think when you agree to do something like that, you put a certain amount of faith in the institution, hoping that they’ll take care of you, and I feel like they didn’t” take care of him, Rogen says in an interview with ShortList. “Why hire James Franco and then give him Billy Crystal’s monologue? It was like, ‘Oh, we’ll hire these young hosts and then we’ll just do the same [bleep] we do every [bleep] year.’ Which to me was really odd. I think they just approached it wrong. They didn’t think it through, and they were way underprepared. I think they hung him out to dry.” (ShortList via Vulture)

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