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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 05/23/2012

Donald Driver wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’; Will Smith talks about slapping reporter


Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd celebrate on “DWTS.” (Adam Taylor - ABC)
As our colleagues at The TV Column reported, another “Dancing With the Stars” contestant grooved his way into the winner’s circle Tuesday. Football player Donald Driver became the 14th recipient of the Mirror Ball trophy, “a somewhat surprising win, given that Donald had just started to really pick up steam in recent weeks,” according to The Post’s Emily Yahr. Read more about the finale over at the TV Column.

Will Smith (sort of, kind of) talked to David Letterman about why he gave a reporter who attempted to kiss him a light slap. “It’s just awkward, Dave,” Smith said of the “joker’s” attempt to smooch him. “[Organizers] said, ‘We’re sorry. It’s just his schtick,’” Smith explained. “And I said, ‘Well that’s why his [butt] got schtuck.’” Watch the clip, which has one NSFW word toward the end, at the link. (Mediaite)

In a truly inspired bit of casting, Zach Galifianakis has reportedly been tapped to play Ignatius J. Reilly in a film adaptation of “A Confederacy of Dunces.” “Muppets” screenwriter James Bobin is in talks to write the film. While past “Dunces” projects have had issues getting off the ground, it would truly be a crime if this Galifianakis-led film didn’t come to fruition. (Vulture)

New Yorkers who love Beastie Boy Adam Yauch have started a campaign to rename a Brooklyn Heights park in his honor. The group originally wanted to rename Squibb Park for MCA, but abandoned this plan after hearing from Kathleen Hanna, wife of Adam “Ad-Rock” Horowitz, about a plan to fix up State Street Park, where Yauch played as a child. (Flavorwire; Facebook)

Eugene Polley, inventor of the first wireless TV remote and enabler of lazy people everywhere, died May 20 at age 96. (Washington Post)

George Lazenby has something to say, after the jump.

George Lazenby, the actor who played James Bond once on the big screen, has some thoughts on the inclusion of Heineken beer in “Skyfall.” Spoiler alert: He’s not a fan. (TMZ)

Paul Thomas Anderson screened “The Master,” his film about a Scientology-like leader, for the group’s most famous follower Tom Cruise in hopes of not angering the Scientology community. Based on the trailer, it should come as no surprise that Cruise reportedly ”had issues” with the film. (The Wrap)

Sorry, Annie fans. Your fake girlfriend Alison Brie from “Community” is dating Dave Franco, younger brother of James Franco. (Us Weekly)

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Categories:  Celebrities, Movies | Tags:  DWTS, Will Smith

 
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