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What We're Reading This Weekend: Tales of the Rich and Famous

What We're Reading

What We're Reading This Weekend: Tales of the Rich and Famous

Originally posted 10/17/2013 05:30PM

Johnny Carson's womanizing, Billy Crystal's take on aging, Aisha Tyler's many accidents … This weekend our staffers are losing themselves in stars' life stories.

Tell us what you think – and let us know what you're reading!

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See This, Skip That: From World War Z to Monsters University, Your Weekend Movies

Brad Pitt in World War Z: What to See … and Skip This Weekend

Originally posted 06/21/2013 12:15PM

World War Z and Monsters University are moderately entertaining, but PEOPLE's critic says A Hijacking delivers the most thrills.

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PHOTO: See the Stars of The Princess Bride 25 Years Later! | Cary Elwes, Robin Wright

Robin Wright, Carey Elwes Reunite for 25th Anniversary of The Princess Bride

Originally posted 10/03/2012 01:50PM

As you wish!

It's been 25 years since The Princess Bride's magical tale first stole audiences' hearts.

To celebrate the anniversary – and the film's Blu-ray release on Wednesday – the cast reunited for a screening at Alice Tully Hall in New York on Tuesday.

Robin Wright and Cary Elwes, whose on-screen love made the film a cult classic, joined Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya), Chris Sarandon (Prince Humperdinck), Wallace Shawn (Vizzini), Carol Kane (Valerie), Bill Crystal (Miracle Max) and director Rob Reiner.

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Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Justin Timberlake Remember Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron Remembered by Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks

Originally posted 06/27/2012 09:55AM

A true trailblazer, Nora Ephron leaves behind a legacy of always knowing the right (and wittiest) thing to say. She was "an expert in all the departments of living well," according to Meryl Streep – one of many paying tribute to the late author-journalist-screenwriter-director, who died Tuesday at 71.

"You could call on her for anything: doctors, restaurants, recipes, speeches, or just a few jokes, and we all did it, constantly," Streep – who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Julia Child in Ephron's Julie & Julia (2009) – wrote in an email to The New York Times. "Nora just looked at every situation and cocked her head and thought, ‘Hmmmm, how can I make this more fun?'"

Streep wasn't the only celebrity to remember Ephron fondly.

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Nora Ephron Dies at Age 71

Nora Ephron, Writer-Director of Sleepless in Seattle, Dies at Age 71

Originally posted 06/26/2012 08:10PM

Nora Ephron, one of the most powerful figures in Hollywood as the creative force behind such blockbusters as You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally, died on Tuesday at age 71.

The three-time Oscar nominee "passed away June 26, 2012 at 7:40 pm at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center surrounded by her family. The cause of death was acute myeloid leukemia," her family tells PEOPLE in a statement.

"We thank you all for your thoughts."

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PEOPLE Review: Oscars Like Old Times – for Good and Bad | Billy Crystal

Oscars 2012

PEOPLE Review: Oscars Like Old Times – for Good and Bad

Originally posted 02/27/2012 01:00AM

Considering that last year's Oscars were so thumpingly bad – co-host James Franco behaved as if he'd been taken out of the freezer, left on the counter and unevenly thawed – last night's broadcast was a welcome relief.

The strength of the show ultimately rests on the heat of the biggest contests – I doubt Americans were on the edge of their seats wondering whether the cosmically inscrutable Tree of Life could score an upset over the French silent The Artist – but the production looked great and flowed well.

Billy Crystal was hosting for his ninth time, brought on after Eddie Murphy dropped out in November, and it felt no different from his seventh, eighth or (if one were to project) fifty-seventh time.

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POLL: How Did Billy Crystal Do? | Billy Crystal

The Best of Billy Crystal at the Oscars: How Did He Do?

Originally posted 02/26/2012 11:50PM

Is the ninth time still a charm?

More than 20 years since he first played host in 1990, Billy Crystal once again flexed his funny bone – and his vocal cords – for Sunday night's 84th annual Academy Awards.

In case you missed the host's latest turn on the Oscar stage, PEOPLE is breaking down some of his best moments and one-liners.

• Taking a jab at Hollywood elite early in the show, Crystal deadpanned, "Tonight, enjoy yourself, because nothing can take the sting out of the world's economic problems like watching millionaires present each other with gold statues."

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Octavia Spencer, Christopher Plummer Win Supporting Actor Oscars

Oscars 2012

UpdatePosted 02/26/2012 10:20PM

Octavia Spencer, Christopher Plummer Win Supporting Actor Oscars

Originally posted 02/26/2012 09:25PM

Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer have new fireplace mantel adornments – Oscars!

After a splashy opening with host Billy Crystal and bestowing honors in technical categories, the 84th annual Academy Awards finally got down to the business of presenting its first acting honor Sunday night. Octavia Spencer, whom Las Vegas oddsmakers gave a 70-percent chance of winning, did just that, taking the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her turn as the rebellious maid Minnie Jackson in The Help.

"I'm freakin' out," said the actress, who received the first standing ovation of the evening. Choking back tears, then finally unable to control their flow, Spencer, 32, said she needed to thank all her families: the one in her native Alabama, the one in L.A., her Help family. She also thanked the Academy for letting her sit next to the hottest guy in the room – Tate Taylor, director of The Help.

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Did Jennifer Lopez Have a Wardrobe Malfunction? | Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez

Oscars 2012

Did Jennifer Lopez Have a Wardrobe Malfunction at the Academy Awards?

Originally posted 02/26/2012 09:40PM

Jennifer Lopez dazzled on the red carpet before the Academy Awards in a sparkling Zuhair Murad gown.

But when the American Idol judge took the stage with Cameron Diaz to present the Oscars for Best Costume Design and Makeup, her look – and that dangerously plunging neckline – wasn't so best-dressed-list worthy.

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Oscar Trivia: What You Don't Know About Hollywood's Big Night | Billy Crystal, Rooney Mara

Oscars 2012

Oscar Trivia: What You Don't Know About Hollywood's Big Night

Originally posted 02/23/2012 01:15PM

Pop quiz: What annual awards show airs this Sunday night? If you're as into the Oscars as we are, you likely just yawned and said, "Easiest. Question. Ever." And you'd be right.

Now, let's try a few more challenging questions. Which of the current crop of Best Actress hopefuls honeymooned at George Clooney's Italian villa? The Help's Jessica Chastain earned a scholarship to Julliard funded by which Oscar-winning comedian? War Horse composer John Williams's son sang for which classic rock band?

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