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Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks remember Nora Ephron; cruise worker sues John Travolta

Nora Ephron with Meryl Streep. (Michael Loccisano - Getty Images)
Celebrities who worked with the late filmmaker Nora Ephron , who died Tuesday at age 71, have remembered her. Meryl Streep (“Silkwood,” “Heartburn,” “Julie and Julia”) said in an e-mail to the New York Times, “Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, ‘Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?’” Tom Hanks (“Sleepless in Seattle,” “You’ve Got Mail”) and his wife, Rita Wilson, said in a statement, “Nora Ephron was a journalist/artist who knew what was important to know: how things really worked, what was worthwhile, who was fascinating and why. At a dinner table and on a film set she lifted us all with wisdom and wit mixed with love for us and love for life.”

Billy Crystal (“When Harry Met Sally”) called her a “brilliant writer and humorist.” Read more remembrances via the Associated Press.

Fabian Zanzi, a former cruise room attendant, has filed a federal lawsuit against John Travolta, claiming the actor sexually assaulted him in 2009. Travolta’s attorney called this a “ludicrous lawsuit with inane claims.” Another similar suit was filed against Travolta in April by two massage therapists. The two men have since withdrawn their suit. (CNN)

Chris Pratt and Will Arnett have been cast in “Lego: The Piece of Resistance,” which Variety calls a “hybrid of live-action and Lego-based animation.” Pratt will voice a regular Lego guy confused for a “Masterbuilder” who has to help save the world and Arnett will voice Lego Batman. The studio would like Channing Tatum to voice Lego Superman, but he’s super busy with other stuff. (Variety)

US Weekly reported through “sources” that Charlie Sheen had recently trashed a hotel room at the Ritz Carlton in New York City and was then banned from the establishment. The actor’s rep, however, firmly denies this and the hotel says Sheen is still welcome. (Us Weekly; Us Weekly)

Maxwell Drew is ready for her close-up, after the jump.

Jessica Simpson tweeted a photo of her daughter, revealing that Maxwell Drew looks like a Kewpie doll. (USA Today)

The Brothers Massey, Kyle and Chris, talked to E! News about their lawsuit against the producers of Bristol Palin’s reality show “Life’s a Tripp.” The men claim they came up with the concept for the show and were set to co-star in it, but were pushed out. (E!)

Debra Messing will no longer wear scarves on “Smash,” so there’s that. (Vulture)

Justin Bieber went golfing and got mad when the paparazzi took his photo doing it: “dear is supposed to be a relaxing sport..u arent supposed to be in the bushes yelling at me with cameras. let me finish the game.” (Mirror; @JustinBieber)

Watch the trailers for “Epic,” which stars Colin Farrell and Beyonce, and “Arbitrage,” starring Richard Gere, below.

By  |  08:41 AM ET, 06/27/2012

Categories:  Celebrities | Tags:  Morning mix, Nora Ephron, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Charlie Sheen, John Travolta

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