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Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 07/19/2011

Ja Rule sentenced for not paying taxes; mystery figure in ’Dark Knight Rises’ trailer?

A few of the entertainment and celebrity stories on my radar this morning...


Ja Rule, preparing to serve more than two years for tax evasion. (Julio Cortez - AP)
Ja Rule has been sentenced to 28 months in jail for failing to pay taxes on a portion of his earnings from 2004 through 2008. This comes a month after he received a separate two-year sentence on an attempted weapons possession charge. The sentences will be served concurrently. (CNN)

So who is the guy quickly glimpsed behind Batman and Bane in the trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises ”? Quips one online commenter: “I reckon it’s a technician who screwed up [Christian] Bale’s lighting.” (Digital Spy)

Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian expressed their sympathies Monday after a 15-year-old boy died in New York. Odom was a passenger in the back seat of a car that struck a motorcycle in Queens last Thursday; that motorcycle then hit the teen, who was a pedestrian. “My thoughts and prayers are with the young boy’s family,” Odom tweeted. (People)

In another sad accident, the cash cab from the Canadian version of “Cash Cab” struck and killed a 61-year-old pedestrian in Vancouver. A crew member was driving the taxi back to the lot at the time. (L.A. Times)

In case you missed this update, Betty White has turned down an invitation to accompany a war veteran to the Marine Corps ball. But she has a valid excuse: She’ll be busy taping “Hot in Cleveland.” (Celebritology)

The Ron Howard adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” is no longer happening. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Bette Midler dropped out of playing Phil Specter’s attorney in the HBO movie about the producer. Now Helen Mirren is taking over the role. (Deadline)

Lady Gaga is wrapped in plastic and Coach Taylor of “Friday Night Lights” offers a montage of encouragement, after the jump.

Somehow I missed this shot of Lady Gaga heading to a radio appearance in New York. Presumably she did not suffocate while wearing this. (Best Week Ever)

FX picked up 13 episodes of “American Horror Story,” a drama co-created by “Glee’s” Ryan Murphy. Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy and Connie Britton of “Friday Night Lights” will star. (Zap2It)

Speaking of “Friday Night Lights,” if that series finale still left you wanting more, here’s a mash-up of Coach Taylor’s best advice. Because you are all champions. Let’s play some football! (Vulture)

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