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Hugh Grant offering reward for WWII vet's lost medals

Actor Hugh Grant is offering a $1,100 reward for the return of a blind British World War II veterans medals after the 95-year-old man lost them at a service station.

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D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944. Barlow, who was a corporal when Allied forces attacked the French coast, attended this year’s Memorial in Normandy, the Manchester Evening News reported.

However, Barlow lost his medals at the service station near Walsall during his return to his home in Stockport on June 8.

Barlow released images of the lost medals -- the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the 1939-1945 War Medal and the Palestine Medal -- through the Blind Veterans UK charity.

Grant tweeted his support, including a contact number and said that anonymity would be guaranteed, the Evening News reported.

Barlow said the incident was “very distressing.”

“These medals are worth very little to sell but to me they are priceless,” he told the Evening News. “I had intended to pass all of my medals on to my grandson, which makes it even more upsetting.”

Barlow turns 96 on Sunday and said the medals’ return would be a great birthday gift, Fox News reported.

Queen Elizabeth II reported to police for not wearing seat belt

A sharp-eyed observer noticed that Queen Elizabeth II, riding in a car en route to the State Opening of Parliament on Wednesday, was not wearing a seat belt. So the person decided to dial 999, which is Great Britain’s emergency telephone line, The Telegraph reported.

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The call was taken by the West Yorkshire Police Customer Contact Centre, according to the Telegraph. While a tape of the call has not been released, police spokesman Tom Donahue said “I cannot stress enough that the 999 number is for emergencies only.”

In the UK, it is mandatory to wear a seat belt -- but the 91-year-old monarch is immune from civil or criminal actions, the Telegraph reported.

A statement on the British Monarchy’s website noted that the Queen “is careful to ensure that all her activities in her personal capacity are carried out in strict accordance with the law.”

The West Yorkshire police had fun with Twitter on Thursday, bidding good morning while tweeting “Let’s hope the queen is behaving today.”

Group starts petition to have Dennis Rodman kicked out of Hall of Fame

Dennis Rodman’s recent trip to North Korea did not sit well with a human rights group, which wants the former NBA star kicked out of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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The group Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation began a petition on change.org to have Rodman expelled from the basketball shrine, CNN reported. It comes on the heels of the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who arrived in the United States last week in a coma after being detained for 17 months in North Korea. Warmbier died Monday.

“Otto Warmbier was murdered by the North Korean regime,” Marion Smith, director of the human rights group, told CNN. 

Rodman was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011. He has visited North Korea several times and has praised dictator Kim Jong-un, whom he called “a friend for life.”

Smith accused Rodman of "coddling" Kim.

"Removing Rodman from the Hall of Fame will send a message that all Americans are united against this regime," Smith told CNN.

Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president’

Johnny Depp knew his comments to his British audience were going to spark controversy, even as he said them. The actor was speaking to an audience in a British theater Thursday when he made a vague reference to John Wilkes Booth assassinating a president, The Telegraph reported.

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Depp was taking questions at the Cinemageddon at the Glastonbury Festival after introducing his 2004 film “The Libertine.” Deciding to discuss American politics, Depp brought up the subject of President Donald Trump.

“Can we bring Trump here?” he asked.

The crowd booed and yelled “No,” CNN reported.

“I’m not insinuating anything -- by the way, this will be in the press and it will horrible,” Depp said. “But when was the last time an actor assassinated a president?”

Responding to loud cheer, Depp then said, “I want to clarify. I’m not an actor. I lie for a living.”

President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by Booth, an actor, in April 1865.

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The Secret Service is aware of Depp’s comments, staff assistant Shawn Holtzclaw told CNN.

“For security reasons, we cannot discuss specifically nor in general terms the means and methods of how we perform our protective responsibilities,” CNN reported, citing a statement from the Secret Service.

Depp played Trump last year in a spoof called “Funny or Die Presents Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie,” CNN reported.

Trevor Noah on Philando Castile footage: ‘It broke me’

The “Daily Show” detoured from comedy on Wednesday, as Trevor Noah talked frankly and emotionally about the released dashcam footage in which a Minnesota man was killed by police last year during a traffic stop.

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“It broke me,” Noah said, saying he was moved by the final part of the footage showing the death of Philando Castile. In that part of the video, the 4-year-old daughter of Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, is whisked away from the car after witnessing the shooting. 

Noah had addressed the verdict on Monday’s show, Slate reported. Jeronimo Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Castile, was found not guilty of second degree manslaughter Friday.

“‘You shot four bullets into him, sir.” It’s ... mindblowing that Diamond Reynolds has just seen her boyfriend shot in front of her — she still has the presence of mind to be deferential to the policeman. In that moment, the cop has panicked, but clearly black people never forget their training,” Noah said. “Still in that moment the black person is saying sir. “‘I respect you, sir. I understand what I need to do, sir.’” The same thing Philando Castile did.”

Ellen DeGeneres calls out audience member for dishonesty

Ellen DeGeneres tested the honesty of her audience in a recent show, and most of them passed. The one woman who didn’t was embarrassed with a reprimand on national television.

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With “Ellen” in its 14th season, DeGeneres gave her audience members the chance to choose one item from the Ellen Shop, the Huffington Post reported. What the audience didn’t know was that DeGeneres had hidden cameras trained on the table, filming the shoppers as they chose between hats, mugs and other trinkets. A sign at the table reminded the shoppers that they were limited to one free item.

“I just wanted to see how honest my audience was,” DeGeneres said during the show’s segment.

Most of the guests chose one item and one woman offered to pay for a second item, the Huffington Post reported. But a woman named Nancy failed the test.

DeGeneres played back the video to the audience and called out Nancy for taking more than one item. DeGeneres then had the embarrassed woman placed in a special chair on stage and lectured her about the importance of honesty.

It was awkward, but it’s a safe bet that Nancy learned her lesson.

Bill Cosby plans town meetings on sexual assault following mistrial

Bill Cosby is planning a series of town hall meetings to talk to young people about sexual assault, according to his representatives. The news comes following a declaration of mistrial in his sexual assault trial.

“People need to be educated,” Cosby’s spokesperson, Ebonee Benson, told WBRC. “A brush against the shoulder -- anything at this point can be considered sexual assault.”

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Benson, who on Saturday delivered a statement from Cosby’s wife, Camille, blasting the judge, the district attorney and the media after the trial ended, also spoke about the role of Cosby’s wife, Camille, in the courtroom. “Seeing Mrs. Cosby in the courtroom ... resonated with the jury,” Benson said. “It took away the celebrity aspect and made them more like regular people. Everyone has problems in a marriage.”

Bill Cosby’s other spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, said Cosby is eager to get back to work.

“We are now planning town halls. We’ll talk to young people,” Wyatt said. “This is bigger than Bill Cosby. This issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today. They need to know what they’re facing when they’re hanging out and partying, when they’re doing certain things they shouldn’t be doing. It also affects married men.”

Cosby thanked the WBRC for featuring the Benson and Wyatt in two tweets Wednesday.

Cosby was accused of drugging and assaulting Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his estate more than a decade ago. His legal team has branded the encounter as a consensual, romantic liaison.

Related: Mistrial declared in Cosby sexual assault case

Cosby’s fate had been hanging in the balance while jurors deliberated in Norristown, Pennsylvania, after just six days of testimony. On June 15, Day Four of deliberations, the jurors first indicated they were deadlocked but were instructed to keep at it. Two days later, the judge finally declared a mistrial.

“We knew once they heard the truth it was going to be a mistrial or not guilty,” Wyatt said. “There were so many inconsistencies in Ms. Constand’s testimony. That jury heard those inconsistencies.”

On Tuesday, following the trial, Constand posted a message of thanks.

Other Cosby accusers have spoken to People.

“It’s not an acquittal,” accuser Tamara Green said. “I have faith in the jury system of the United States.”

Accuser Kristina Ruehli said jurors’ feelings about Cosby --  who for decades was a beloved comic, television personality and celebrity pitchman -- may have guided their deliberations.

“This has been a particularly difficult case in its factual pattern,” she told People. “I think with a jury, perhaps some may have judged Andrea by what they would have done in her place -- perplexing to some -- rather than that in fact a non-consensual sexual assault did occur.”

‘Cake Boss’ star Buddy Valastro's mother dies from ALS complications

The mother of “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro has died after a yearslong battle with Lou Gehrig's disease, which is also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. She was 69 years old. 

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Valestro’s representative confirmed the news in a statement to People.

“Mary took a turn yesterday, and Buddy rushed back to New Jersey last night to be by her side. She passed early this morning, June 22nd, surrounded by all of her children. Mary’s condition had been steadily worsening these past months, so it was not sudden but still extremely heartbreaking for the family. After eight years of fighting her battle with ALS, the family is relieved she is no longer suffering. Buddy and his sisters are absolutely crushed right now.”

Valastro also shared his grief with fans in a post on Instagram.

“It’s with an extremely heavy heart that I must share the news of my mother’s passing,” he wrote alongside the photo of his mother. “She left for heaven this morning, surrounded by the family. This is a difficult time for all of us and I do ask for your patience and respect while we let this sink in. Her battle with ALS has ended, she is no longer suffering and I hope she’s dancing to ‘I Will Survive’ with my dad right now.”

After her diagnosis, the Carlo’s Bakery owner started the Mama Mary Foundation to raise funds and awareness for ALS.

‘Baby Driver’ cast talks heart-pounding, toe-tapping summer action flick

Actor Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx star in the summer’s most anticipated action movie, and it’s equal parts heart-pounding thrills and toe-tapping musical.

Car crashes, romance and a musical backdrop make “Baby Driver” a genre-bending adrenaline kick from writer/director Edgar Wright.

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“We had a very good blueprint to work with from Edgar,” Jon Hamm told Hot Topics digital producer Jessica Sooknanan. “Not only his script and his shot-list essentially. He had the whole movie story boarded out.”

The film stars Ansel Elgort, who plays a skilled getaway driver in Atlanta serving kingpin Kevin Spacey and cronies Hamm and Jamie Foxx.

Wright wrote nearly every scene to the beat of a killer song.

“Everything really, even to the syncopation of what he hears when we do ADR, he really wanted it to bound the right way. It was magical in that way,” said Foxx.

It turns out, shooting guns on-beat is harder than it looks.

“It was really hard,” said Eiza Gonzales, who plays Hamm’s love interest, Darling. “When Jamie shot, then I knew someone else was going to shoot and then I was there, but you had to have the beat.”

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You’re not going to want to blink in the caffeinated heist thriller, or you might miss a musical cameo.

“There’s a brief appearance by Big Boi and Killer Mike, Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sky Ferrerira, Paul Williams, Jon Spencer. To be honest, I would have done even more,” Wright said.

“Baby Driver” opens in the U.S. on June 28.

Courteney Cox regrets plastic surgery

In an interview with New Beauty, former “Friends” star Courteney Cox opened up about the plastic surgery that she got as a younger woman --  some that she’s come to regret and in some cases is having reversed.

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“Hollywood makes it hard; this business makes it harder. I grew up thinking appearance was the most important thing. That as long as I looked OK, I would be OK, which got me into trouble […] I was trying so hard to keep up, and that actually made things worse. Now, I’m as natural as I can be,” she said.

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Cox talked about her old outlook on plastic surgery.

“What would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, ‘You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there,’” she told New Beauty. “So you walk out and you don’t look so bad and you think, no one noticed — it’s good. Then somebody tells you about another doctor […] The next thing you know you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, ‘Oh shit, this doesn’t look right.’”

Now, she says there’s a lot less than used to meet the eye, and that people are (once again) seeing her as she really is.

“I’ve had all my fillers dissolved. I’m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look like myself,” she said. “I think that I now look more like the person that I was. […] Things are going to change. Everything’s going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake. You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do. Those aren’t wrinkles—they’re smile lines. I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realize that fillers are not my friend.”

See more at New Beauty.

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