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Paul Walker remembered: Celebs react to 'Fast and Furious' star's death

Over the course of his 25-year-plus acting career — which began with small TV roles when he was just a teenager in the mid-’80s — Paul Walker collected many friends and admirers in the industry. The Fast and Furious series star, who really made a name for himself in the late ’90s with movies like Varsity Blues and She’s All That, died Saturday afternoon in a car accident at age 40, and online reaction poured in from his acting friends and peers.

Read below for tributes to the late actor, including from Fast co-star Ludacris, Sarah Michelle Gellar (whose husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., starred alongside Walker in She’s All That), and past co-workers Matthew Lillard and Tyson Beckford.

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Charlie Trotter dies at 54; Anthony Bourdain, more chefs pay tribute

With a culinary style he likened to improvisational jazz, Charlie Trotter changed the way Americans view fine dining, pushing himself, his staff, his food, and even his diners to limits rarely seen in an American restaurant. Yet it was his reluctance to move beyond those limits that may have defined the last years of his life.

Trotter, 54, died Tuesday, a year after closing his namesake Chicago restaurant that was credited with putting his city at the vanguard of the food world and training dozens of the nation’s top chefs, including Grant Achatz and Graham Elliot. Paramedics were called around 10 a.m. to Trotter’s Lincoln Park home, where they found him unresponsive. An ambulance crew transported Trotter to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died after unsuccessful attempts to revive him, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. An autopsy was planned for Wednesday.

For decades, Trotter’s name was synonymous with cutting-edge cuisine. He earned 10 James Beard Awards, wrote 10 cookbooks, and in 1999 hosted his own public television series, The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter.

“It was the beginning of the notion that America could have a real haute cuisine on par with Europe,” said Anthony Bourdain. “That was what Charlie did.”

Bourdain and other celebrity chefs paid tribute to Trotter on Tuesday through social media:
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Farewell, Mrs. Krabappel: 'The Simpsons' pays touching tribute to Marcia Wallace

Originally, Fox planned to honor the late Marcia Wallace — who passed away last weekend — by re-airing “Bart the Lover,” the Simpsons season 3 episode for which Wallace won her first and only Emmy Award. Unfortunately for classic Simpsons fans, “technical issues” ultimately prevented the network from playing the 21-year-old heartbreaker; instead, it was replaced with “The Ned-Liest Catch,” the 2011 season finale in which Wallace’s Mrs. Krabappel begins dating widower Ned Flanders.

But despite the last-minute bait-and-switch, The Simpsons still managed a touching goodbye to Wallace.

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'Simpsons' celebrates Marcia Wallace: 5 more of Mrs. Krabappel's best episodes

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When Fox announced that it would pay tribute to the late Marcia Wallace by re-airing one of her Simpsons character’s greatest episodes, there was only one logical choice: “Bart the Lover,” a gem from season 3 in which Bart plays a cruel prank on his teacher, Edna Krabappel, by answering her personal ad with a series of letters from a fake dreamboat named Woodrow. Like all the best episodes of The Simpsons, “Bart the Lover” is both hilarious and poignant. It also helped Wallace snag an Emmy in 1992. (She was nominated again in 1994 for a guest spot on Murphy Brown.)

But while “Bart the Lover” may be Mrs. Krabappel’s best showcase, it’s certainly not her only one. After all, Wallace voiced Edna in a staggering 178 episodes altogether, as of the new half-hour that will premiere Sunday. (The Simpsons plans to retire her character, though the show hasn’t yet explained how.)

So how can a Simpsons fan honor Springfield Elementary’s most bawdy, jaded, surprisingly sympathetic educator this weekend? First, get the name right; it’s kra-BA-ppel, not Crandall. Second, spend a few hours rewatching these five episodes, which represent the best of Edna. And sorry, “Nedna” fans, whoever you are; nothing about that random pairing makes the cut.

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Hear all the Cory Monteith tribute songs from 'Glee'; which one is the saddest?

Yesterday, we got a first listen at Naya Rivera’s emotion-drenched rendition of “If I Die Young” — a cover featured in Glee‘s special tribute episode to Cory Monteith, which airs this Thursday on Fox. Now the rest of the tribute’s heart-wrenching tunes have made their way to YouTube as well.

Each of these six tracks may make you misty — but given view counts, it seems the one that’s had  the greatest impact so far is Lea Michele’s cover of “Make You Feel My Love.” (That figures; after all, Michele and Monteith dated both on and offscreen.)

Do you agree that Michele’s song is the most poignant — and saddest — of the whole collection? Give a listen below, then cast your vote.

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A tribute to fall TV's first casualty: 'Lucky 7' in memoriam -- VIDEO

Nothing good comes from winning the lottery. Poor Lucky 7 learned that the hard way when ABC canceled the freshman drama after airing only two episodes.

Let’s raise a glass to the show that we barely got to know. Your legacy will probably not extend any further than this video tribute. Brutal? Sure, but no one ever said fall TV was an easy place to make it.

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Emmys 2013: Jane Lynch pays tribute to Cory Monteith -- VIDEO

In an Emmys telecast unusually preoccupied with memorials, so far, one tribute has stood out from the pack: Jane Lynch’s emotional celebration of her Glee costar Cory Monteith, who died of an accidental overdose on July 13. Watch Lynch’s touching speech here — and find a full transcript of it below.

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Sarah Silverman pays tribute to her late dog (and sometime co-star) Duck













Sarah Silverman might be fresh off roasting James Franco, but she has a sensitive side too, as evidenced by the “obituary type thing” she posted Wednesday for her late dog Duck, who was put down over the weekend.

The comedian’s fans are very familiar with the chihuahua-pug mix, who appeared as her dog Doug on Comedy Central’s The Sarah Silverman Program. Silverman adopted Duck, who was estimated to be around 19 when he died, 14 years ago from a no-kill shelter in Van Nuys, California.

“Recently … he stopped eating or drinking,” she wrote in the heartfelt post. “He was skin and bones and so weak. I couldn’t figure out this hunger strike. Duck had never been political before. And then, over the weekend, I knew. It was time to let him go.”

Duck was put to sleep with Sarah by his side, and she remembered him as her “longest relationship,” “constant companion,” and “best friend.”

See Duck in the opening credits for The Sarah Silverman Program below:
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'True Blood': Is [spoiler] really dead? -- POLL!

Spoiler alert! If you haven’t watched True Blood‘s season 6 finale, stop reading now. READ FULL STORY

Lea Michele tearfully dedicates Teen Choice Awards win to Cory Monteith -- VIDEO

In her first televised appearance since Cory Monteith’s death, Lea Michele took the stage at the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night and dedicated her Choice TV Actress – Comedy prize to her late Glee co-star and real-life boyfriend.

“I wanted to dedicate this award to Cory,” she said while fighting back tears. “For all of you out there who loved and admired Cory as much as I did, I promise that, with your love, we’re going to get through this together.

“He was very special to me, and also to the world, and we were very lucky to witness his incredible talent, his handsome smile, and his beautiful, beautiful heart,” she continued. “So whether you knew him personally or just as Finn Hudson, Cory reached out and he became a part of all of our hearts — and that’s where he’ll stay forever, so thank you guys so much.”

See her full acceptance speech below:
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