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Betty White voted America's 'most trusted' celebrity

Betty White voted 'most trusted' celebrity by Americans in a new Reuters poll, beating out Denzel Washington and Sandra Bullock

Betty White has been voted America's favorite and most trusted celebrity, a new poll indicates.

White, the former "Golden Girls" funnywoman who is currently starring in TV Land's "Hot in Cleveland," beat out Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen as the person "whose endorsement of a company would be most likely to drive business," according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll of 2,012 Americans.

And she didn't have to go to the Marine Corps birthday ball to do it.

The 89-year-old animal lover won an Emmy last year for her "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig, has appeared on "Community" and in Snickers commercials and was named Associated Press entertainer of the year last December. Perhaps that trustworthy face of hers could help do some damage this fall on her "Punk'd"-style prank show "Betty White's Off Their Rockers"?

The other most favorable celebrities behind White are Denzel Washington, Sandra Bullock, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman (who tied for seventh place with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge), Will Smith and Johnny Depp.

Topping the not-so-hot list are: Paris Hilton, Charlie Sheen, Britney Spears (who ties for third with Kanye West), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tiger Woods, Kim Kardashian, Mel Gibson, Donald Trump and LeBron James.


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Photo: Betty White in June 2011. Credit: Christopher Polk / Getty Images

New 'Twilight: Breaking Dawn' photos: Edward, Bella get cozier

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson with 'Breaking Dawn' director Bill Condon

"Twilight" stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's Edward and Bella are steaming things up in the newest batch of set photos from "The Twilight Sage: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1."

Beware: Spoilers ahead.

Edward and Bella can be seen once again at their highly anticipated wedding, with the Cullen clan and between the sheets of their marriage bed. Their postmarital tryst brings on deadly consequences for the vampire-human couple and the ones they love in the final films, including Taylor Lautner's spurned Jacob Black.

Photos: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in 'Breaking Dawn'"It's a trip to watch the wedding scenes, especially," Stewart has said. "It was so volatile and emotional -- I was being such a crazy person."

But the pivotal scene that surely drove Twi-hards raging through the pages of Stephenie Meyer's final book was Renesmee's controversial conception, which pushes the newlyweds into parenting a supernatural hybrid. Surely the penultimate installment of the series is laden with emotions, which we're sure fans everywhere will share.

Academy Award-winning director Bill Condon directs the first of a two-part adaptation of Meyer's final book. It hits theaters Nov. 18.

Until then, click the pics for a peek at the newest stills from the "Breaking Dawn" set including some of the, ahem, other things Edward and Bella do on their honeymoon.


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Photo: Director Bill Condon with Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson on the set of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1." Credit: Andrew Cooper / Summit Entertainment

Abercrombie would pay 'Jersey Shore' cast to take off its clothes

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in a suit that's not by Abercrombie & Fitch

The situation: Abercrombie & Fitch is too good for the "Jersey Shore" and is willing to make a "substantial payment" to cast members not to wear its clothes.

Abercrombie & Fitch, the Ohio-based clothing retailer that has previously been in hot water for its racy T-shirts, racy catalogs and questionable employment practices, asked "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino in a statement Tuesday to stop wearing its digs on TV because his character may be sullying its name. 

"We are deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image. We understand that the show is for entertainment purposes, but believe this association is contrary to the aspirational nature of our brand, and may be distressing to many of our fans," an Abercrombie & Fitch representative said in the statement. "We have also extended this offer to other members of the cast, and are urgently waiting a response."

So that means no high-priced A&F graphic tees or college-friendly sweats for Pauly D, Snooki, JWoww, Vinny, Ron, Sammi and Deena either. Conveniently, the company's offer and the attendant publicity coincide with late summer's back-to-school shopping crush.

In an interview with New York magazine last summer, The Situation sounded off on the "Jersey Shore" effects on merchandise.

"The show went international, and I read that it's very big overseas, especially 'The Situation' -- my name, or my character -- is known worldwide now," he said. "Abercrombie & Fitch, their most popular shirt, they told me, is 'Fitchuation.' I mean, where did they get that from? Obviously from myself."

Sorrentino earned roughly $3 million last year from the show and pushing merchandise for various brands -- still, might it pay for the Sitch to ditch A&F during his "gym, tan, laundry" routine? Like, more than it would pay if he were hired as their spokesmodel?

Hey, we don't hear Ed Hardy complaining about the cast wearing its ornate digs on the show. 

The MTV series, which broke MTV's ratings record with its recent fourth-season premiere, is currently filming the antics of the hard-partying, gym-loving, partially Italian American cast in Florence, Italy.


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Photo: Abercrombie & Fitch has made an offer to Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino -- shown in a Cohesive & Co. suit at GQ's Men of the Year party in March -- and the rest of the "Jersey Shore" gang to stop wearing its "aspirational" clothes. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press

Kevin Federline and girlfriend Victoria Prince have his fifth child

Kevin Federline has fifth child, first baby for girlfriend Victoria Prince

Kevin Federline and girlfriend Victoria Prince welcomed a baby girl this week, making K-Fed a proud papa for the fifth time.

Jordan Kay, who is Prince's first child, was born at 6:33 p.m. Monday. No word yet on Jordan's size or weight, but Federline already explained how he and his lady love settled on the baby's name.

"If we were going to have a little girl, she wanted to name her Jordan. And then, we actually thought that it was a boy, but we stuck with the name Jordan because, you know, it fits both ways," he told Us Weekly in April.

The rapper, 33, who now has more children than musical hits, was once married to Britney Spears and is the father of her two boys, Sean and Jayden. He also has two other kids -- Kori and Kaleb -- with ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson, an actress-singer who starred in "Moesha." Federline left Jackson to be with Spears. His marriage to Spears ended in 2007 in a very public divorce. Shar had no hard feelings, apparently: She and K-Fed appeared together in VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp" in 2010.

Federline and Prince, 28, a former pro volleyball player, began dating in 2008. Now that the birth is out of the way, the couple could be hearing wedding bells.

"I do want to get married," he told the mag. "But I will wait until I have the courage to propose."


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Photo: Kevin Federline on "Celebrity Fit Club: Boot Camp." Credit: VH1

Jennifer Grey gives her support to Kenny Ortega's 'Dirty Dancing'

Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in 'Dirty Dancing.' Grey approves Kenny Ortega's remake.

The "Dirty Dancing" remake has found itself a fan -- perhaps only one, but it's a big one -- in Jennifer Grey.

"I love @Kennyortega and trust that he will do something special #DirtyDancingRemake," Grey tweeted.

Grey played Baby -- she of "You don't put Baby in the corner" -- in the original 1987 film starring the late Patrick Swayze that grossed $214 million worldwide. The musical love story follows a 1963 summer romance that develops between a rebellious and smoldering dance instructor (Swayze) and a teenager (Grey) vacationing in the Catskills with her conservative family.

The 51-year-old actress professed her love for Ortega, the original movie's choreographer, who was signed by Lionsgate to direct the reboot, which promises to portray "the emotional excitement of first love, the thrills and complexity of sexual awakening ... and the soul-stirring power of dance."

"I'm so excited about this news, and I think there's nobody better to do this than my beloved Kenny Ortega, who is as responsible as anyone for the success of the first one. I can't wait to see what he's going to do with it," she said through her publicist.

News of the reboot was greeted coldly by naysayers who hold the original in high regard and are mindful of the franchise's failed sequel. But that didn't seem to shake Ortega.

"The opportunity to direct 'Dirty Dancing' is like returning home for me," said Ortega, who has Michael Jackson's "This Is It" and juggernaut "High School Musical" under his belt.

"I believe everywhere you look there is evidence that the talent is out there and I can't wait to begin the process of discovering the next breakout triple-threats."

We hope Ryan Gosling'S "Crazy, Stupid, Love" stunt with Emma Stone shoots him to the top of that list.

Who do you think should be cast in the remake? What role would you want Jennifer Grey to play if she came back? Tell us in comments.


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-- Nardine Saad

Photo: Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in 1987's "Dirty Dancing." Credit: Vestron Pictures

James Franco, Freida Pinto swing by 'Planet of the Apes' premiere

James Franco, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton and Rupert Grint premiere 'The Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

James Franco,  Freida Pinto and Tom Felton hit the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday.

In the Rupert Wyatt-directed prequel, Franco plays scientist Will Rodman, who is enlisted to seek a cure for Alzheimer's disease and tests a possible antidote on a chimpanzee named Caesar.

However, by increasing the chimp's intelligence, it begins to exceed that of his human counterparts -- ultimately leading to a rebellion of rogue genetically enhanced apes in modern-day San Francisco. The film is a reboot of the 1968 sci-fi classic that brought forth four sequels, Tim Burton's 2001 remake and several television shows. Click the pics for more photos from the "Planet of the Apes" premiere.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-rise-planet-apes-premiere-pictures,0,7473862.photogallery "The Adventures of Tintin" and "Lord of the Rings" actor Andy Serkis plays Franco's test subject-turned-pet-turned-threat in the newest "Apes" film and attended the premiere with his family.

Pinto, the "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Immortals" star, plays primatologist Caroline Aranha in the film, and walked the red carpet in an asymmetrical green dress.

Her "Apes" costar, "Harry Potter's" bad boy Tom Felton, traipsed the red carpet in a dapper three-piece suit with a neat pocket square. Felton's "Potter" nemesis, Rupert Grint, also joined him, wearing a T-shirt with "I (heart) Tom Felton" scrawled on it and effectively upstaged a few of the film's headliners.

Felton plays a cruel caretaker at a compound built for apes. "The Green Hornet" actor Jamie Harris, whose father played Albus Dumbledore in the first two "Harry Potter" films, plays his coworker, Rodney, who is much more sympathetic to the apes at the compound.

"Dexter" and theater actor John Lithgow, who plays Franco's Alzheimer's-stricken father, Charles Rodman, and David Oyelowo, who appears in the upcoming film "The Help," made their way to the premiere as well.  Oyelowo plays Steven Jacobs in "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and brought his wife, Jessica, to the opening.

Also spotted: "Grey's Anatomy's" Loretta Devine, "Franklin and Bash" actress Claire Coffee, "Las Vegas" and "Fired Up!" actress Molly Sims.

 "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes" hits theaters Aug. 5.


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Photos, from top:  Freida Pinto and James Franco. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.

Tom Felton points out Rupert Grint's T-shirt. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

'Amazing Spider-Man' trailer: Garfield clearly hit the gym [Video]

'The Amazing Spider-Man' trailer starring Andrew Garfield hits the web

Andrew Garfield's "The Amazing Spider-Man" trailer hit the Web on Wednesday with the brooding British actor creeping into the darker Spidey role -- and costume -- of Stan Lee's beloved comic book character. 

Utters a svelte Garfield: "We all have secrets: The ones we keep and the ones that are kept from us."

Goodbye, Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst; hello, Andrew and Emma Stone! Watch the trailer below.

In the Marvel reboot, "The Social Network" star plays Peter Parker and Stone plays lady love Gwen Stacy. As a child, Peter is sent by his parents to live with his aunt and uncle, and quite a bit of out-of-place, who am I? soul-searching appears to ensue. And after a sneaky trip to a lab, he transforms into the web-slinging, building-leaping arachnid superhero we've come to know. 

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"I related to Peter Parker so much because I felt like someone else inside," Garfield told Entertainment Weekly. "I loved the comic books and the animated TV series and I even dressed up as Spider-Man as a kid."

Director Marc Webb (how appropriate is his last name?!) seems to be following the same story line from the Sam Raimi-directed films, but with a darker tone.

"Ultimately what this movie is about is a kid who grows up looking for his father and finds himself. And that's a Spider-Man story we haven't seen before," Webb said.

Rhys Ifans will play the role of Doc Connors, a.k.a. the Lizard, one of Spider-Man's arch-enemies.

The film hits theaters July 3, 2012. Yes, nearly a full year from now. Thank you, Comic-Con.


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Harry Potter fans take over Trafalgar Square for 'Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' premiere [Pictures]


Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson traipsed the red carpet Thursday in London as the world premiere of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2" apparated in Trafalgar Square. Surrounded by droves of fans crowding into the British landmark, they headed for a screening of the eighth and final film in the franchise.

"It's a moment that you have to let yourself sit back and say 'this is really cool,' " said Radcliffe, who went through 160 pairs of glasses and wore out 60 to 70 wands playing the boy wizard. "The atmosphere is unrepeatable, so this is fitting."

Photos: 'Deathly Hallows -- Part 2' London premiere

Radcliffe, who took a break from his Broadway show to make the premiere, said he kept two pairs of glasses, one from the first film and one from the final film, that he would pull out if he ever felt "nostalgic."

"It's my whole childhood," said one fan, who was among an estimated 18,000 expected at the event.

Harry-potter-pictures Warner Bros. set up the massive premiere in front of the National Gallery and crews created a makeshift Diagon Alley to neighboring Leicester Square, where the cast would be viewing the film.

The day got off to a wet start as rain poured down on fans in a very British fashion, but the weather dried as the stars came out and fans waited eagerly to catch a glimpse of Radcliffe, Grint, Watson and the woman who imagined it all: J.K. Rowling, whose books have sold more than 450 million copies.  

"I knew I would one day I'd be standing in Trafalgar Square with people chanting my name, and I wasn’t even called J.K. then!" Rowling joked about the ultimate premiere.

"They're such British books. We just needed to stay true to the essence of the books and the Britishness because Hogwarts is in Scotland," added the author, who also served as a producer on the David Yates-directed film.

"Thank you for making glasses, spectacles and red hair very cool," producer David Heyman said to Rowling. "Thank you for encouraging a generation of young people to read. Thank you for allowing us to make films of your books."

"You just have to let yourself kind of revel in it because it won't happen again," Radcliffe said. "It's a day to be elated."

Over 10 years, Radcliffe's boy wizard faced dementors, Death Eaters, boggarts, backfiring spells, love and He Who Must Not Be Named, played by a serpentine and noseless Ralph Fiennes, with whom he'll have a final showdown in "Deathly Hallows -- Part 2."

"I got used to [not having a nose] now," Fiennes said. "Now it's strange to see myself with a nose!"

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Emma Watson's first crush: 'Harry Potter' costar Tom Felton

Emma Watson reveals 'Harry Potter' crush is Tom Felton

Emma Watson had an on-set "Harry Potter" crush — and it wasn't for the guy who played Ron Weasley.

The "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2" star revealed that while filming the first two "Harry Potter" films, her 11-year-old self had a "huge crush" on costar Tom Felton, who plays bleached-blond Slytherin nemesis Draco Malfoy.

"He was my first crush," the actress tells Seventeen magazine. "He totally knows. We talked about it — we still laugh about it. We are really good friends now, and that's cool."

Felton now has a long-term girlfriend, Jade Olivia, whom he met three years ago when she was a stunt coordinator's assistant on the "Harry Potter" set. But our Muggle minds are still whirring with the possibilities in a Draco Malfoy-Hermione Granger romance. Could the mudblood-hating pureblood actually have gone for the frizzy-haired, know-it-all witch? Sounds like the makings of some incredibly fun fan fiction, and members of the Draco-Hermione camp must be ecstatic right about now.

Emma Watson on Seventeen magazine's August cover But Watson doesn't count her feelings for Felton as a "celebrity crush."

"I've never understood having crushes on people who you don't know in real life. I only crush on people I meet," she said. "I mean, I can appreciate that someone is good-looking, obviously, but I don't intend to fantasize about people I don't know!"

The Brown University dropout also dished about her alternative prospects had she not become the brainy best friend of a certain lightning-scarred wizard.

"If I hadn't done 'Harry Potter,' I would have gone and done years of art. I really do love it, and I'd love to write," she said.

At 21, Watson is currently brushing up on her American accent for the film "Perks of Being a Wallflower," trying her best to not sound like Paris Hilton. Listen to her Yankee voice here.


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Photos: Emma Watson at the MTV Movie Awards, top, and on the cover of Seventeen. Credits: Valerie Macon / Agence France-Presse /Getty Images, top; Seventeen.

'Brady Bunch' mom Florence Henderson brought home a souvenir from one-night stand with a New York mayor

Florence Henderson: Brady Bunch mom reveals she got crabs from Mayor John Lindsay

Florence Henderson, matriarch of "The Brady Bunch," got crabs in the 1960s from a one-night stand with then-New York Mayor John Lindsay.

Freaking out over the idea of Carol Brady with pubic lice? There's more: She and Lindsay were married at the time — but not to each other. Tsk-tsk, Mrs. Brady.

"I was lonely. I knew it wasn't the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it," the actress, 77, reveals in her upcoming memoir, "Life Is Not a Stage," which hits bookshelves in September. The book discusses her childhood in an abusive home, second marriage and Broadway stardom.

The morning after the one-night stand, she woke and saw "little black things" crawling on her bed and body.

"Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate but cross over all socioeconomic strata," Henderson writes. "He must have had quite the active life. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship."

Flowers and a note of apology came from Lindsay, who had served as a U.S. congressman before being elected mayor and took a run at the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. He died in 2000.

Henderson also squashes rumors that she'd had an affair with Barry Williams, who played her on-screen stepson Greg Brady and was 20 years her junior.

"Barry did have a serious crush on me, which I understood and helped him get past," Henderson writes. "Let us just say that if he had entertained a roll in the hay with me, I would never have done it."

And we thought Marcia had issues.


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Reuters contributed to this report.

Photos: Florence Henderson in 2010, left, and with the rest of "The Brady Bunch" cast, right. Credits: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times, left; file, right.

Florence Henderson, the actress who played "The Brady Bunch" matriarch Carol Brady, reveals that she got crabs from a one-night stand with New York mayor John Lindsay.


Tsk, tsk, Carol. Both she and Lindsay had been married the night of their affair in the 1960s.


"I was lonely. I knew it wasn't the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it," the 77-year-old actress revealed her infidelity in her upcoming memoir "Life is Not a Stage," which hits bookshelves in September. The book discusses her childhood in an abusive home, second marriage and Broadway stardom.


After the one-night stand, she woke up the next day and saw "little black things" crawling on her bed and body -- those things would be pubic lice.


"Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate but cross over all socioeconomic strata," Henderson wrote. "He must have had quite the active life. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship."


Flowers and a note of apology came from Lindsay, who died in 2000 after becoming a U.S. congressman and having a brief bid as a Democratic presidential nomination.


Henderson also squashed rumors that she had an affair with Barry Williams, who played her on-screen stepson Greg Brady and was 20 years younger than her.


"Barry did have a serious crush on me, which I understood and helped him get past," Henderson wrote. "Let us just say that if he had entertained a roll in the hay with me, I would never have done it."


And we though Marcia had issues...




Reuters contributed to this report.


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