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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 10/31/2012

Brad Pitt makes major contribution to support gay marriage; Gene Hackman reportedly hits homeless man in self-defense

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Brad Pitt: Backing same-sex marriage with some major money. (Joel Ryan - Associated Press)
Brad Pitt says he will donate $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaign’s National Marriage Fund in an effort to give the group the bump needed to pass same-sex marriage initiatives in multiple states, including Maryland. The actor and Chanel commercial star has offered to double any contributions made to the fund in the next 24 hours, up to that $100,000 max. “It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days,” Pitt writes in an e-mail sent to HRC supporters and shared on the HRC Web site. “In Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington, voters will go to the polls to decide if gay and lesbian couples — our friends and neighbors — are worthy of the same protections as everyone else. But that’s the system we have and I’m not going to back down from the fight for loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry.” Pitt and Angelina Jolie have both been longtime, vocal supporters of marriage equality. They also both appeared on a recent list of the most charitable stars. (L.A. Times;

Gene Hackman reportedly slapped a homeless man on Tuesday afternoon in downtown Santa Fe, but police there say the veteran actor was acting in self-defense. According to TMZ, the man approached Hackman and his wife in a threatening manner and called her a very bad word, prompting the “French Connection” star to hit him. (Associated Press; TMZ)

Kelsey Grammer has very calmly explained that he and his wife brought their baby girl to a Playboy mansion Halloween party because she needed to nurse, and also because they don’t have a good babysitter. “We enjoyed the party with a few of our friends, the baby slept as her ears were covered the entire time and we left shortly after midnight,” he said in a statement, adding that his wife Kayte Grammer went as a witch (not as his ex-wife Camille Grammer, as some speculated) and that he wore “an uninspired Dracula costume.” Well, glad we cleared that up. (E! Online)

In other, more serious “Cheers” cast member news, George Wendt was recently hospitalized with chest pains. He is expected to recover, but had to drop out of a Chicago production of “The Odd Couple.” (People)

New York Magazine’s Daily Intel wonders whether George Lucas is selling his studio — and the “Star Wars” saga — because the company is in bad shape, prompting Disney to drop $4 million to buy a no-longer-lucrative franchise. (Daily Intel)

Robert Pattinson is reportedly the new face of Dior’s men’s fragrances. He signed a $12 million deal to star in an upcoming ad campaign. (Digital Spy)

Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood is getting married for a third time. Wood, 65, is engaged to 34-year-old theater producer Sally Humphreys. (Reuters)

Buzzfeed declared that this costume — as worn by Josh Sundquist, Paralympic skier, author and cancer survivor who lost his leg at age 9 — wins Halloween. I am inclined to agree. (Buzzfeed)

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