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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)

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)

For Halloween, I dressed as a leg lamp. I had to shave my leg, but I think it was worth it. RT if you agree.…

— Josh Sundquist (@JoshSundquist) October 29, 2012

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.


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