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Bill Cosby blames 'that gun' in Trayvon Martin's death

Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby blames "that gun" for Trayvon Martin's death in February -- forget racism or self-defense.

"I'm a person who believes that that gun, that gun, all around this United States -- when a person has a gun sometimes their mind clicks that this thing is, it will win arguments and straighten people out, and then in the wrong hands and the wrong mind, it's death," he said on CNN in an interview that aired Sunday.

He said he wasn't talking about having a gun for self-defense in the home, but made the point "that when you tell me that you're going to protect the neighborhood that I live in, I don't want you to have a gun.

"I want you to be able to see something, report it, and get out of the way. ... I don't want you to get hurt, and I don't want to hurt anyone."

Deciding racism is involved in a situation -- Cosby never mentioned George Zimmerman by name -- doesn't solve anything, he said. If a person is scared to death, whether he's a racist matters little if he's carrying a firearm at the time, Cosby said.

The stand-up comic beloved for his well-known routines as well as his turn on "The Cosby Show" lost his son Ennis Cosby to gun violence in January 1997. Mikael Markhasev was sentenced to life in prison without parole for killing the 27-year-old during a holdup while Ennis was fixing a flat tire near a freeway offramp.

Martin, 17, was fatally shot by Zimmerman while walking to his father's house from a nearby convenience store. The 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer had called police to report Martin as a suspicious person and followed him. After Martin's death in a fight that ensued, Zimmerman claimed self-defense.

After national outrage over the local police department's allegedly insufficient investigation of the crime and failure to make an arrest, Zimmerman was booked into jail last Wednesday on second-degree murder charges brought by a special prosecutor assigned to the case.


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Photo: Bill Cosby in April 2011. Credit: Frank Franklin II / Associated Press


Pippa Middleton caught up in Paris gun-wielding incident

Pippa Middleton

First it was Pippa Middleton's buns, but now it's a gun that's got the eyes of the world trained on the sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Pippa was photographed in Paris on Sunday in a car with with three male friends, the driver brandishing what appeared to be a semiautomatic pistol at a photographer allegedly shadowing their Audi on a moped, London's the Sun reported. One of the images the pap's camera caught? A look straight down the barrel, with Pippa riding -- appropriately enough -- shotgun.

Those pictures were allegedly turned over to Paris judicial police as part of a formal complaint that has been made, the Daily Mail reported, though a decision has not yet been made on whether to involve an examining magistrate.

See the pics here, courtesy of the Sun, which reported that police were "poised" to launch an investigation into the incident.

Brandishing a gun, real or fake, is illegal in France, according to GunPolicy.org, which cites specific French laws regarding firearms. A recent murder spree in Toulouse, France, that resulted in seven deaths has heightened calls for firearms-possession enforcement in a country that has no 2nd Amendment.

In January, Middleton took legal action against the paparazzi in Britain, sending letters to a half-dozen photographic agencies syndicating on behalf of the paps and warning them that the photogs' behavior constituted harassment, according to the Daily Mail, which reported that up to 400 paparazzi pictures of the royals' relative were being sent to media outlets on any given day.

The Mail said that most British newspapers use such images only rarely, but that their practice hardly dents a global market for all things Pippa in magazines and online.

The incident occurred just hours after Middleton's 6 a.m. departure from a "fancy dress party" to mark the 29th birthday of Paris fashion entrepreneur Arthur de Soultrait, the Mail said, while the royal sister-in-law was being driven to catch a train back to London.

If the gun is real, the incident could carry a penalty of up to seven years in jail for everyone in the car -- or two years if it's a fake.

"If the evidence points to her involvement, she will be prosecuted," a source told the Sun regarding Middleton. "Anybody involved in the illegal use of a handgun in public is liable to arrest and interrogation."

Paris is the city where Princess Diana died in 1997 after being chased by paparazzi. Had she lived, Diana, mother of Prince William and Prince Harry, would have been Catherine's mother-in-law.


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Photo: Pippa Middleton in Sweden on March 4, after finishing a popular annual cross-country ski marathon. Credit: Jonathan Nackstrand / AFP / Getty Images.




Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees reportedly in a coma

Robin Gibb

Robin Gibb is gravely ill with pneumonia, reportedly in a coma, on the very week that his first classical work, "The Titanic Requiem," debuted in London.

At the 62-year-old singer-songwriter's hospital bedside Saturday, according to the Sun newspaper, were his wife, daughter and two sons, plus his brother Barry Gibb, who'd famously been with Robin and Maurice Gibb in the Grammy-winning Bee Gees.

“Our prayers are with Robin," a family friend told the Sun. "He has kept so positive and always believed he could beat this." Though the paper reported the coma and possibly a second tumor, publicist Doug Wright has given no details beyond saying Gibb was hospitalized in stable condition.

PHOTOS: Robin Gibb

Gibb as recently as February was reveling in what he called a "spectacular" recovery after having a growth removed from his colon and undergoing chemotherapy. Though it has been reported that he was battling cancer, and that it involved his liver as well, Gibb has not confirmed that publicly.

He had intestinal surgery last month, and was hospitalized late last year for stomach and colon problems.

In 2010, Robin had surgery for a twisted small intestine, repairing the same congenital condition that had resulted in the death at age 53 of his twin brother Maurice.

"He sends all his love," Robin-John said ahead of the performance his father missed on Tuesday. "We are all praying for him and hoping he has a speedy recovery."

"The Titanic Requiem," which Robin Gibb composed with son Robin-John to comemmorate the 100th anniversary of the legendary ship's sinking on April 15, 1912, is a far cry from the disco-era hits that brought the Bee Gees to fame in the 1970s.

Hear a taste of the non-disco side of Robin Gibb, below. "It's a serious subject and it’s not a rock opera," he said in a recent interview. "There are no backbeats. This could have been written 300 years ago."



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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Robin Gibb onstage in May 2011 in Warsaw. Credit: Jacek Turczyk / EPA



Jada Pinkett Smith: Rumors she and Will Smith split 'ridiculous'

Jada Pinkett Smith with husband Will Smith

Jada Pinkett Smith says last summer's reports of a split between her and husband Will Smith are, in a word, "ridiculous."

"Every year, one celebrity couple is under the microscope," Pinkett Smith told told the French-language magazine Gala, as excerpted in translation by People. "This year, unluckily, it's us! I almost want to say that we should have been expecting it."

Yes, they spent a lot of time apart while one or both travel for work, but that's nothing new. And they're certainly not living under separate roofs: "That's ridiculous. We've always lived together," she said.

"These rumors are completely untrue ... our lifestyle hasn't changed," she told the mag. "Before we had the kids, we were already far away from each other quite often because of separate projects."

Will and Jada had gone out of their way in August to rebut InTouch claims that they'd gone their separate ways, saying in a statement at the time, "Although we are reluctant to respond to these types of press reports, the rumors circulating about our relationship are completely false. We are still together, and our marriage is intact."

Also part of the scuttlebutt? Talk that Jada was somehow involved with "HawthoRNe" costar Marc Anthony, then recently separated from wife Jennifer Lopez. "We unequivocally deny this," Anthony's rep told People at the time. "Enough is enough. There are families involved, children involved, friendships involved. This is NOT true."

For now, after very public displays of togetherness last August in the days after the rumors bubbled up, Will and Jada are letting time do what time does, she told the French mag.

"Will and I know the truth," she said. "We're waiting peacefully for the storm to blow over."


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Photo: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith share a moment during a game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat in Philadelphia on March 16. Credit: Drew Hallowell / Getty Images


Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt are engaged after seven years, six kids

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Pax Jolie-Pitt at LACMA

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are engaged -- and it's on the record!

"Yes, it's confirmed," Pitt's manager Cynthia Pett-Dante said Friday in a statement. "It is a promise for the future, and their kids are very happy. There’s no date set at this time."

Engagement talk spread like wildfire Friday morning after jeweler Robert Procop revealed that the sparkler Jolie was photographed wearing Wednesday at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art was an engagement ring he'd designed over the course of a year in collaboration with Pitt.

Angelina Jolie's engagement ring"I'm very happy for them," Jon Voight, Jolie's father, told Us Weekly on Friday after the news broke.

The couple have six children: Maddox, 10, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 5, and twins Knox and Viv, 3. Jolie said in the past that they would wed if the kids asked, and Pitt told CBS News in January: "We're getting a lot of pressure from the kids.

"Yeah, it means something to them, and they're, you know, they have questions when their friends' parents are married and, why is that?"

Jeweler Procop, who carries a Style of Jolie line that was designed in collaboration with the actress, described the results of the collaboration with Pitt to the Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news Friday.

"Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution," Procop told THR. "The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger. Each diamond is of the highest gem quality."

Jolie, 36, and Pitt, 48, have been together since 2005, after working together on the  movie "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."


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Photo: Angelina Jolie wears a new engagement ring as she, Brad Pitt and son Pax view works from the Chinese collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Wednesday. Credit: Howard Pasamanick / LACMA.

Angelina Jolie has an engagement ring on, jeweler says

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

This post has been updated, as indicated below.

Are Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt one step closer to tying the knot? If the new ring on her left hand means anything, they could be engaged.

Jolie was photographed wearing the big rock on her ring finger Wednesday night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she, Pitt and son Pax were attending a private viewing at the museum's Chinese Galleries.

[Updated, 1:22 p.m. April 13: It's a done deal! A rep for Pitt confirmed the engagement to People magazine Friday.]

"I can confirm that, yes, Robert Procop did indeed design an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie, designed in collaboration with Brad Pitt," a rep for the jeweler told the Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news Friday.

Pictures of actresses wearing rings have been misleading before — witness the recent Miley Cyrus rumor, and the confusion over the Halle Berry-Olivier Martinez engagement, despite confirmation that turned out to be from the wrong jeweler — and no relationship has been watched more closely than Brad and Angie's for signs of pending nuptials. But Procop went into detail with THR, saying, "Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration. He wanted every aspect of it to be perfect."

And Procop is no newbie to the Brangelina arena: He and Jolie collaborated on a Style of Jolie line of jewelry, with some of the profits going toward building a school in Afghanistan through the Education Partnership for Children in Conflict.

Reps for the couple have not confirmed an engagement. Jolie, 36, and Pitt, 48, have been together since 2005. They have previously said they wouldn't marry until all couples could wed legally, but recently have been talking about "pressure from the kids," with Jolie saying she'd get married if their children asked them to.

"I think it'd be hard to say no to the kids," the mom of six said in 2010.


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Photo: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt arrive at the 2012 Academy Awards in Hollywood. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press

Another Mel Gibson tape? Say it ain't so, Joe Eszterhas

Mel Gibson

The newly minted Mel Gibson-Joe Eszterhas war of words is starting to sound familiar: The screenwriter now says there's a tape that proves his side of the story. 

"He should be very careful calling me a liar," Eszterhas told TheWrap on Thursday, explaining that his 15-year-old son, Nick, had made a tape of some statements and actions by Gibson that were described in the "personal and confidential" nine-page letter written to his former collaborator earlier this week.

That letter went public Wednesday via TheWrap, shortly after Warner Bros. announced it had put a hold on "The Maccabees," a project envisioned as "a Jewish 'Braveheart'" to be produced and possibly directed by Gibson and written by Eszterhas.

(The studio said Wednesday that it was not ready to work with the current script. Eszterhas said in the letter that he found out in mid-March the studio was rejecting the script he'd submitted to Gibson in February; he said Gibson never contacted him after the rejection to discuss the project, causing him to conclude the actor "never had ... any intention" of making the film, and had merely announced it in an attempt to rehab his career and reputation. Gibson has said he's been working on the project for 10 years.)

The "Basic Instinct" writer's letter, full of profanity and vulgarity, depicts Gibson as a man out of control, cursing at houseguests, staff and even clergy in Costa Rica and in Malibu and spewing anti-Semitic slurs and concepts -- not to mention ranting about ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva during their custody clash and threatening to have her killed.

Much like notorious tapes of Gibson ranting at Grigorieva, which were recorded on one day but released over several days without context, the letter gives an impression of nonstop belligerance -- something Ezsterhas addressed Thursday.

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Scarlett Johansson not entirely over divorce from Ryan Reynolds

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson may have moved on with a new beau, ad man Nate Naylor, but that doesn't mean ex-husband Ryan Reynolds is just somebody that she used to know.

"I don't feel on the other side of it completely, but it gets better," she told Vogue regarding her divorce, which the couple announced in December 2010 and finalized the following July, leaving the world tragically deprived of what might have been genetically perfect offspring.

"It's still there. More than anything, it's just that not having your buddy around all the time is weird."

Aww. OK, that almost, almost makes up for the dating-Sean-Penn thing, which started after the marriage was declared done but ended before her divorce was final ("I never put a title on it, really, but we were seeing each other," she told the mag).  

"This was something I never thought I would be doing," she said of the split. "And there's no way to navigate it. ... It's a very lonely thing. It's like the loneliest thing you’ll ever do, in some way."

Not to worry: Johansson has plenty of company coming up on the big screen, where she'll star with Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner and Gwyneth Paltrow in  "The Avengers," opening May 4.


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Photo: Scarlett Johansson at "The Avengers" premiere April 11 at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

President Obama still thinks Kanye West is a jackass

Barack Obama and Kanye West

Remember when President Obama called Kanye West a jackass for interrupting Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards? Well, he meant it.

Answering the question "Kanye or Jay-Z?," posed to him by the Atlantic, the head honcho didn't miss a step in picking the latter." "Although," he added, "I like Kanye. He’s a Chicago guy. Smart. He's very talented."

Very talented, and, well, that other thing.

“He is a jackass,” Obama said when reminded of his earlier remark. "But he’s talented."

So much for following in Jay-Z and Beyonce's footsteps with an invitation to hang out at the White House any time soon — and if Kanye now really does see Kim Kardashian as "his Beyonce," as Us Magazine alleged this week, that could further complicate West versus West Wing relations.

Remember, the Obama family isn't exactly nuts about Kimmie K. either, despite that "great show" comment to Khloe Kardashian during a 2010 L.A. Lakers visit to Pennsylvania Avenue.

"Barack really thinks some of the Kardashians — when they watch that stuff — he doesn’t like that as much," First Lady Michelle Obama told iVillage last year regarding her daughters' TV habits, adding that the first father sees the adventures of the Kardashian sisters franchise as a great example of what not to do in life.

What Kim has done well is trump the president with her number of Twitter followers, having bested him last month above 14 million and pulling ahead him by a quarter-million or so.

Kanye, meanwhile, is hanging back there in the neighborhood of 7.1 million followers.

At least least he's ahead of Johnny Knoxville — star of the "Jackass" franchise.


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Photos: President Obama, left, and Kanye West. Credits: Saul Loeb / AFP / Getty Images, left; Craig Barritt / Getty Images.



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