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His family said in a statement, "The choice to keep this private was his choice, in talking with us and making a decision as a family. We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones -- this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality. It took enough, but not that. He was 83 and passed holding our hands with the same tenderness and love he exhibited as long as I can remember. As our hands clutched and he performed one last breath, the music speaker, which was set to random, began to blare out one of his favorites: Ella Fitzgerald. There is a picture of he and Ella meeting at a London Bistro some years ago that are among each of our cherished possessions. She was singing 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow' as he was taken away."
- Gene was best known for playing Willy Wonka in 1971's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and for collaborating with Mel Brooks on Young Frankenstein, The Producers and Blazing Saddles.
- He was nominated for two Oscars -- one in 1969 for Best Supporting Actor in The Producers and in 1975 for Co-writing Young Frankenstein.
- Gena won an Emmy in 2003 for a guest role on Will & Grace.
- His most recent role was voicing a character on Yo Gabba Gabba in 2015.
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HOLLYWOOD WEIGHS IN ON ANTHONY WEINER'S LATEST SCREW-UP
Disgraced politician Anthony Weiner is caught up in another sexting scandal and social media is having a field day. Celebrities could not resist weighing in on the situation on Monday (August 29th) after the New York Post exposed the latest photos and flirty messages he exchanged with a woman on Twitter.
The Mindy Project actress Fortune Feimster wrote, "You should know that no texts or pictures are safe with today's technology. But do u know who should really know that by now? Anthony Weiner." Comedian Josh Gondelman tweeted, "Every time Anthony Weiner's sexts go public I feel so much disappointment. Mostly that he's in way better shape than I am."
JOSHUA JACKSON WANTS DIANE KRUGER BACK
Joshua Jackson is reportedly not enjoying life as a single man. Sources tell Page Six that he is on a quest to win back Diane Kruger nearly two months after their split.
One insider said, "He never wanted the breakup in the first place. He's pretty bummed out...Diane is currently wearing the pants and calling the shots with the breakup, but he wants to work things out with her."
- Josh has apparently tried to go out with other women but isn't really enjoying being back on the dating scene.
- He and Diane were together for 10 years and were living together before their breakup in July.
He discussed the situation with Vanity Fair at Sunday's (August 28th) MTV Video Music Awards saying, "I'm not coming back to SNL. Transitions on shows happen all the time, but I won't be back." Jay added, "Listen, man, transitions happen at the show. That's how it happens and I'm just looking forward to getting on White Famous. That's what I'm on now."
- He also said of his time on the show, "You brush shoulders with so many people and I'm going to miss seeing everybody every day. I love them. They are my family."
- Jay joined SNL in 2010.
- White Famous is an upcoming Showtime series being executive-produced by Jamie Foxx about a comedian who is rising in popularity and trying to maintain his image and credibility as he goes mainstream.
- Fellow SNL cast member Taran Killam will also not be returning for the show's 42nd season.
ASHLEY GRAHAM HAS HAD IT WITH UNSOLICITED PENIS PICTURES
Ashley Graham doesn't want to see your junk. She chatted with Page Six on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards over the weekend where she was asked about the weirdest messages she has received online.
The 28-year-old model replied, "I really think it’s weird when they send me penis pictures on Instagram." Ashley added, "It irks me deep inside. Don’t do it, I'll block you."
- Ashley has been married to husband Justin Ervin since 2010. She opened up about their relationship and not having sex until their wedding back in March telling Entertainment Tonight, "There was already this sexual tension, this roaringness. We had already established such a friendship that we had the two combine. Which, in my mind, just made magic, because now not only am I sleeping with someone that I trust and I love, but I know that he wants me. He affirms me all the time and lets me know how sexy and beautiful I am." She also said, "We are going to totally have kids. We are probably going to do it in the next few years. Just another part of my brand building."
She does not give a full interview but tells the magazine, "I don't do interviews, and I haven't spoken publicly in years." Chyna also teases her upcoming show with Rob Kardashian saying, "I'm excited about fans getting to know me as a person and not as a thing or a face. I hope when people think about Blac Chyna, they think of a mogul and entrepreneur, a mother and a badass bitch."
- Abby Schreiber, the magazine's managing editor, discussed the shoot with Us Weekly saying, "Kim came by the set to check in with Chyna to see how she was doing. They had a private moment in Chyna's dressing room when they could catch up and FaceTime family members. They really seemed to relate to one another like close friends or sisters....Kim went through the racks and the clothes with Chyna privately in the dressing room and gave her thoughts."
- Chyna and Rob are expecting a daughter in October.
CHELSEA HANDLER IS HAPPILY SINGLE: Chelsea Handler wants to make it clear that she doesn't need a man. She recently said during an interview with Huffington Post, "Being fiercely independent is something that is very admirable. I think that people tell us we have to get married and again, it's like talking about the format of a TV show. People say you have to get married. Why? Who decided that? Why do we have to do that? I live a full life. I can't imagine my life being any better than it is and that's because I didn't listen to people telling me that I needed to get married." She also said, "Men are intimidated by me, but what am I supposed to do? I'm not going to pretend I'm somebody else. I think by being intimidating, you're weeding out the people that were never going to be good matches for you anyway."
MARISKA HARGITAY FLIPPED OUT ON 'LAW & ORDER: SVU' SET LAST WEEK: Page Six is reporting that Mariska Hargitay flipped out on the New York set of Law & Order: SVU last week. A witness said, "They were shooting on Ninth Avenue, and she was yelling, 'Did you get that?' to a crew member. The guy responded, 'No,' and she went apes**t. She was saying, 'When I do these, you have to make sure you get this.' She was in a full NYPD police vest and was running down the street out of nowhere yelling at this guy." Another source tried to downplay the situation saying, "It's her on-set shtick. This is her joking around with the camera guys...They've been working together for 18 years."
KATHARINE MCPHEE HAS LOVE FOR THE KARDASHIANS: Scorpion star Katharine McPhee has nothing but love for The Kardashian family. She says in the September issue of Ocean Drive magazine, "I love the Kardashians, I enjoy their show." Katharine adds, "I think some of the images they are constantly putting out are a part of their brand, like constant perfection. I think that they actually are pretty deep thinking, feeling people that have to deal with their issues and lives in their own ways."
RUBY ROSE IS SINGLE AGAIN: Orange is the New Black actress Ruby Rose is back on the market. She and girlfriend Harley Gusman have ended their relationship after hanging out for most of the summer. A source told People magazine, "It just didn't work out. They weren't on the same page." Ruby ended her engagement to Phoebe Dahl last December.
GUY PEARCE WELCOMES SON WITH CARICE VAN HOUTEN: Guy Pearce and Game of Thrones star Carice van Houten have announced the birth of their son, Monte. Guy tweeted on Monday (August 29th,) "A cute little package arrived and told us his name's Monte Pearce. We think we're gonna keep him. Placenta smoothie anyone? @caricevhouten" Carice shared the tweet and added a bunch of emojis. Monte is their first child.
SEASON SEVEN WILL BE THE LAST FOR 'PRETTY LITTLE LIARS': Pretty Little Liars will officially be ending after its seventh season. Creator I. Marlene King announced the news during a Facebook Live interview. The second half of the final season will premiere in April 2017 and the series finale will be a two-hour episode.
DEATHSTROKE WILL BE NEW 'BATMAN' VILLAIN: Ben Affleck confirmed that Deathstroke will be the main villain in the upcoming Batman movie. The character first appeared in The New Teen Titans comic back in 1980. He is a mercenary and assassin who goes by the name Slade Wilson. It is unclear who will play the character.
ALISON BRIE TO STAR IN JENJI KOHAN NETFLIX SERIES: Community star Alison Brie has landed the lead role in Jenji Kohan's upcoming Netflix series G.L.O.W. The show is set in the 80s in the world of female wrestling. The company has ordered 10 episodes which do not yet have a launch date.
DREW BARRYMORE LAUNCHES HOME DECOR LINE: Drew Barrymore has launched a new home decor collection. The collection includes bedding, artwork, paperweights, pillows, shower curtains and more. The products are currently available on Shutterfly.
AMBER HEARD/BILLY BOB THORNTON MOVIE WILL HIT THEATERS SOON: The movie London Fields starring Billy Bob Thornton and Amber Heard is expected to hit theaters before the end of the year. The film is based on a book by Martin Amis. It is also the movie that Johnny Depp and Amber fought over because he believed she cheated on him with Billy Bob during production. Johnny also reportedly has a small role in it