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Last Update on October 23, 2014 07:08 GMT


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It wasn't surgery -- or some newfangled diet. Renee Zellweger says the reason she looks so different these days -- is because she's happier. Zellweger has given a statement to People magazine to address the buzz online about how her current looks. Some fans say she's become "unrecognizable" after seeing photos of the 45-year-old actress at a Hollywood event this week. She's thinner and her cheeks look less rounded and more angular now. But Zellweger says any physical changes people see are because she is -- quoting here -- "living a different, happy, more fulfilling life." She says she has focused on her own health in recent years and is "thrilled that perhaps it shows." Zellweger's most recent acting credit was in 2010.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports Renee Zellweger is out with a statement explaining the new thinner her.


NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC is out with a statement about the fate of its medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman. The head of the news division says Snyderman has been encouraged to take time off from work -- and that she won't return until next month. Deborah Turness didn't say whether Snyderman would return to covering Ebola for the network. Some critics have called for NBC to fire Snyderman because she and her crew violated a voluntary quarantine after returning to the U.S.


OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- The American video journalist who recovered from Ebola here in the U.S has left the a hospital in Nebraska for his home state, Rhode Island. Hospital officials say Ashoka Mukpo's blood now tests negative for the Ebola virus. In a statement he says he appreciates being alive -- even as he's aware that people in Liberia who catch Ebola often "die alone with minimal care." Mukpo caught the virus in Liberia, where he was working for NBC News.


NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- None of that halfway house stuff for a cast member of the reality show "Real Housewives of New Jersey." A federal judge in Newark has rejected a request by Teresa Giudice to serve most of her sentence in a halfway house. Prosecutors opposed the request -- and the judge agrees. In her ruling, the judge says any request for slack in the way the sentence is served should have been made at the sentencing hearing. But, the judge says, even if that had happened, she would have rejected the bid. Teresa and Joe Giudice pleaded guilty in March to fraud charges and filing phony loan applications. Joe will serve 41 months.


NEW YORK (AP) -- William Shatner has never been the shy and retiring type. So it should be no surprise that he isn't shy about saying he doesn't plan to retire anytime soon. The man who played the original Captain Kirk on "Star Trek" says when people think of retirement they consider leaving one thing to do something else they find exciting. He says with all the different things going on in his life, people wish they could be him. One of the things he may be doing soon: a part in a new Star Trek movie.

William Shatner says he thinks all the work in redoing his house was worth it.

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William Shatner says the typical view of retirement doesn't fit the way he lives now.

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William Shatner says people envy his life.


UNDATED (AP) -- When Ray Rice appeals his ban by the NFL, the league's commissioner may have to appear. A person familiar with the case tells The Associated Press that Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has been told to appear by the neutral arbiter picked to hear the appeal. Since it's an arbitration hearing and not a criminal case, it's unclear whether Goodell will actually testify about what Rice told him about the incident in which he punched his finance out cold in a casino elevator. Rice has been indefinitely suspended by the league -- and was fired by the Baltimore Ravens.


LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Police in Las Vegas are looking into a complaint that basketball star Blake Griffin attacked a man over a photo taken at a nightclub. Authorities say the battery complaint was filed Sunday -- and stems from an altercation involving Griffin and a camera. No immediate arrest was made -- and police say the investigation remains open. Griffin plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, who were in Vegas to play an exhibition game against the Denver Nuggets. The NBA team says it's aware of the complaint -- but has no immediate comment.

Entertainment History

October 23, 2014 07:08 GMT

On October 23rd, 1941, the Disney film "Dumbo" was released.

In 1950, actor-singer Al Jolson died in San Francisco at the age of 64. He's probably best known for starring in "The Jazz Singer," the first talking film.

In 1962, a 12-year-old named Little Stevie Wonder recorded his first single for Motown Records. It was called "Thank You For Loving Me All The Way."

In 1978, Maybelle Carter, the matriarch of the musical Carter family, died. Maybelle was the mother of June Carter, who became Mrs. Johnny Cash. Maybelle Carter was 69.

In 1984, musician Bob Geldof watched a documentary on the BBC about Ethiopia's famine. He was so moved he called his friend, Midge Ure, and together they wrote the charity song "Do They Know It's Christmas."

In 1991, Rodney Crowell issued a statement that he and Rosanne Cash were getting divorced. They had married in 1979.

In 1992, country singer George Strait made his movie debut in "Pure Country," in which he starred as a country western singer.

In 1995, a Houston jury found Yolanda Saldivar guilty of murdering Tejano (tay-HAH'-no) singing star Selena. She was sentenced to spend at least 30 years in prison.

In 2004, Ashlee Simpson walked off stage after the wrong vocal track was played during her performance on "Saturday Night Live," which revealed she was lip-synching.

In 2010, singer Katy Perry married comedian Russell Brand at a tiger sanctuary in India. They divorced in 2012.

Today's Birthdays: Movie director Philip Kaufman is 78. Singer Barbara Ann Hawkins of The Dixie Cups is 71. Director Ang Lee is 60. Jazz singer Dianne Reeves is 58. Country singer Dwight Yoakam is 58. Singer "Weird Al" Yankovic is 55. Bassist Robert Trujillo of Metallica is 50. Singer David Thomas of Take 6 is 48. Drummer Brian Nevin of Big Head Todd and The Monsters is 48. Bassist Eric Bass of Shinedown is 40. "So You Think You Can Dance" host Cat Deeley is 38. Actor Ryan Reynolds ("Van Wilder," "Two Guys and a Girl") is 38. Singer Matthew Shultz of Cage The Elephant is 31. Actress Masiela Lusha (MAH'-see-el-lah LOO'-shah) ("George Lopez") is 29. Singer Miguel is 29. Actress Emilia Clarke (TV: "Game of Thrones") is 28. Actress Briana Evigan is 28. Actress Jessica Stroup ("90210") is 28.

Copyright 2014, The Associated Press.

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