Ben Affleck Exits Glory Road
RELAUNCHED: Longtime Subway Restaurants spokesman Jared Fogle returns to ads for the sandwich chain on Wednesday in a $60-million campaign aimed at portraying Subway as a leader in the fight against childhood obesity, reports Reuters. Fogle, who famously lost nearly 250 pounds eating a daily regimen of the chain's sandwiches, disappeared from Subway commercials about a year ago at the request of franchisees who wanted to broaden the chain's message. As part of the new campaign, Subway will include toys like Frisbees in its children's meals in a bid to encourage exercise.
REQUESTED: NBC Universal filed suit Tuesday against entertainment show host Pat O'Brien, 56, to keep him from promoting his new show while he's still under his old contract. The longtime co-anchor of Access Hollywood recently announced his exit in order to host a new syndicated entertainment show, The Insider. The Paramount show premieres Sept. 13. A Los Angeles judge denied NBC Universal's request for an immediate restraining order to keep O'Brien quiet. A hearing has been set for July 23.
EXPECTED: The Chronicles of Riddick actress Thandie Newton, 31 and her husband, screenwriter Lover Parker, 36, are expecting their second child this winter, reports columnist Liz Smith. The two already have a 3-year-old daughter, Ripley.
DIED: Legendary bodybuilder Joe Gold, 82, who opened the first Gold's Gym in the mid-1960s and in 1977 launched the World Gym franchise (which now has more than 300 locations), died Monday at a Southern California hospital, reports the Los Angeles Times. He had been hospitalized for a few days, said Mike Uretz, chief executive of World Gym International. The cause of death was not reported.
DEFEATED: Olympic hopeful Michael Phelps, 19, took his second defeat in as many days on Tuesday when swimmer Ian Crocker broke his own world record in the 100-meter butterfly at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials in Long Beach, Calif. Crocker's time was 50.76 seconds (the 6th world record of the trials). Phelps's time was 51.15 – the fourth fastest time in history, but not fast enough, reports the Associated Press.
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