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Family, friends celebrate Kirk Douglas’s 101st year

Kirk Douglas had a lot of help to blow out his many birthday candles over the weekend.

Deadline Hollywood reported that the Hollywood legend rang in 101 years on Saturday at his Beverly Hills home and was showered with tributes from his famous family. 

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The senior Douglas’ 17-year-old grandson, Dylan Douglas, posted a photo on an Instagram of himself planting a peck on his grandfather’s face.

“Happy birthday 101 years and still sexy love you with all my heart Pappy,” Dylan captioned the photo.

Dylan’s mother, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, offered her own well wishes for her father-in-law. She shared a photo on Instagram of Douglas and herself with the caption, “101 today!!!! My darling Pappy on my knee. Happy Birthday to my wonderful, inspirational and loving father in law, Kirk. Love you with all my heart.”

Zeta-Jones’ posts came in lieu of her presence at Douglas’s lunchtime birthday bash, but she definitely didn’t miss out on singing her father-in-law a personalized rendition of “Happy Birthday” through FaceTime, according to The Daily Mail

In addition to his 73-year-old son, Michael Douglas, — who flew in and out of the celebration to rejoin his son Cameron at the birth of his granddaughter — Kirk was joined in celebration by his wife of 63 years, Anne, 98, nieces and nephews and Hollywood bigwigs. 

Douglas’ family presented him with a bright, sunflower-patterned cake with his age written in frosting, and his cardiologist allowed the “Spartacus” star to enjoy his yearly, physician-permitted shot of vodka, according to Deadline

Born on Dec. 9, 1916, Kirk Douglas has enjoyed a storied career spanning several decades. The veteran was known for playing the title character from “Ulysses” (1954), starring in “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” (1954) and his famed role as “Spartacus” (1960). 

Considering the 101-year-old actor was up and dancing just last year, he’s still got plenty of youth left inside.

Ellen DeGeneres’ California home threatened by wildfires

The Thomas Fire is impacting thousands of California residents, including talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

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DeGeneres tweeted Sunday night that her Santa Barbara home is in danger from the raging wildfire.

“We just had to evacuate our pets,” she wrote. “I’m praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters.”

The Thomas Fire has burned through at least 200,000 acres through Sunday evening and also interrupted transmission lines in the Santa Barbara area, leaving more than 85,000 customers without power.

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The fire began seven days ago and has forced more than 88,000 people to evacuate their homes, KCBS reported.

More than 4,000 firefighters have been deployed to the firefight.

Chef Mario Batali leaves 'The Chew' amid sexual harassment allegations

Chef Mario Batali is stepping down as co-host of ABC’s cooking and lifestyle show “The Chew” after being accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching women, USA Today reported.

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Multiple anonymous women alleged in a story by food-trade publication Eater New York that Batali had groped their breasts or buttocks, amid other allegations.

Batali apologized and pledged to try and “regain” the “respect and trust” of his fans, family and business associates.

“I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt,” Batali said. “Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted.

“That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”

Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group — which services about two dozen restaurants owned by Batali, Joe Bastianich and others — confirmed that Batali “will step away from the company's operations,” USA Today reported.

“We have asked Mario Batali to step away from ‘The Chew’ while we review the allegations that have just recently come to our attention,” ABC said in a statement. “ABC takes matters like this very seriously as we are committed to a safe work environment. While we are unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with the show, we will swiftly address any alleged violations of our standards of conduct.”

Batali has been one of four co-anchors of “The Chew” since its inception in 2011, Variety reported. He also recently signed a deal with Food Network to produce new episodes of his cooking series “Molto Mario” for the first time since 2005. Food Network had no comment on the status of that project, Variety reported.

Jane Fonda reunites with ‘favorite ex-husband’ Ted Turner for her 80th birthday bash

Jane Fonda was joined by her “favorite ex-husband” Ted Turner and friends to celebrate her 80th birthday at The Whitley in Atlanta Saturday night. 

James Taylor and Carole King performed and then helped Jane blow out candles. 

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Other famous friends at the “Eight Decades of Jane” celebration included including actresses Rosanna Arquette and Catherine Keener, playwright Eve Ensler and Spanx founder Sarah Blakely. 

Fonda’s son, Troy Garity, was also among the 228 guests.

The Associated Press reported that the event recognized Fonda’s achievements throughout her life and also raised $1.3 million for Fonda’s Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Power & Potential foundation, which she created in 1995.

More information on the event and Fonda’s GCAPP foundation can be found at myAJC.com.

Sting performs at Florida Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Gala

Grammy Award-winning musician Sting performed Saturday night during the Florida Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Gala in St. Petersburg, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

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Sting, 66, who has won 16 Grammys as a solo artist and as a member of The Police, sang some of his notable hits, including “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic,” “Roxanne” and “Englishman in New York,” the Times reported.

Born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner in 1951, Sting earned his first Grammy in 1980 with The Police. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with The Police in 2003.

Back injury forces Lindsey Vonn to drop out of World Cup race

After injuring her back in a World Cup race Saturday, skiing champion Lindsey Vonn withdrew from another scheduled super-G event Sunday before the race was canceled because of fog.

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Vonn tweeted her decision 45 minutes before Sunday’s race was to start, saying she was focused on being healthy for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Vonn, 33, hurt her back during her run in Saturday’s super-G race, CNN reported. She made it to the bottom of the slope, but slumped to the snow after crossing the finish line.

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Vonn later tweeted she had an "acute facet (spinal joint) dysfunction. I got compressed on the 6th gate and my back seized up,” CNN reported.

Vonn finished 24th in Saturday's race, more than a second behind winner Jasmine Flury of Switzerland.

The Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea will be held Feb. 9-25. The American star won the downhill title at the 2010 Vancouver Games but missed the 2014 Sochi Games because of injury.

Police: Pro wrestler arrested in Florida after putting wife in headlock 

professional wrestler was arrested in Florida early Sunday after police said he put his wife in a headlock and dragged her into his car.

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Richard A. Swann, 26, of Orlando, was booked into the Alachua County Jail just after midnight on charges of simple battery and false imprisonment. World Wrestling Entertainment suspended him indefinitely following the arrest. 

Gainesville Police officers stated that Swann and Vannarah Riggs, also a professional wrestler, were in the car when Riggs started to critique his performance earlier that night at 8 Seconds in downtown Gainesville. 

At some point, according to the arrest report, she got out of the car saying she was getting scared because Swann was becoming more angry at her. 

Swann then got out too and chased her, yelling at her to get back inside. When she did not, he grabbed her, put her in a headlock and dragged her back inside the car while she was screaming for help, according to the arrest report. 

Swann denied the allegations.

Watch: Comedian Hannibal Buress arrested in Miami

A popular stand-up comedian was handcuffed early Sunday in Miami and video of his arrest is going viral.

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“Explain what I’m detained for,” Hannibal Buress asks Miami police officers repeatedly as he leans against a police car while handcuffed.

Buress, 34, was booked into Miami-Dade Jail just before 2 a.m. and released around four hours later after posting bond, according to the Miami Herald.

The details of what he specifically did to be charged have yet to be released. 

In addition to his appearances on stage, the comedian has starred as an actor in “Neighbors,” “Baywatch” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Max Clifford, the 'King of Spin,' dies in UK prison

Max Clifford, a celebrity publicist whose clients included O.J Simpson, David Beckham and Simon Cowell, died in a British prison, CNN reported Sunday. He was 74.

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Nicknamed the “King of Spin,” Clifford was serving an eight-year prison term after his 2014 conviction for a series of indecent assaults on teenage girls, CNN reported.

Clifford was the first person to be convicted in an investigation into sex abuse allegations against late British TV host Jimmy Savile.

Clifford denied 11 accusations of sex abuse dating from 1966 to 1985, calling his arrest and prosecution “a nightmare.” 

“As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. Our condolences are with Mr. Clifford's family at this difficult time,” the ministry said in a statement. The cause of Clifford's death was “not self-inflicted” the statement said.

‘Fargo’ actor Steve Reevis dies at 55

Actor Steve Reevis, who had roles in the movies “Fargo,” and "Last of the Dogmen," died Thursday in Montana. He was 55.

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Ralph Foster, of the Foster Funeral Home, said Friday that Reevis died at a hospital in Missoula. He said he did not know the cause of death.

Reevis was a member of the Blackfeet Nation in northwestern Montana and portrayed Native Americans in the films he made.

In “Fargo,” Reevis played the role of Shep Proudfoot, and in “Last of the Dogmen,” he was featured as Yellow Wolf. 

Reevis also appeared in the movie "Dances With Wolves" and the 2005 version of "The Longest Yard." He acted in several television episodes, including "Walker, Texas Ranger," ''Jag" and "Bones."

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