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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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'Glee' stars 'leaning on each other' on set following Cory Monteith's death

The stars of Glee got back to work last week following a month of mourning their late castmate Cory Monteith, who died July 13 from a combination of heroin and alcohol. For Harry Shum Jr., who plays Mike Chang on the show, being surrounded by people who love Monteith is just what the cast needed.

“We’ve all been leaning on each other. It’s been a rough patch and a rough time,” he told People magazine on Saturday. “I don’t know when that will ever end, that rough patch of losing a friend like that. It’s so unexpected, but we’re all leaning on each other.”

Before returning to work, the cast and crew gathered July 25 to pay tribute to the actor, who made his name playing Finn Hudson on Glee. Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) said that memorial was a necessary part of their grieving process.
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Singer Eydie Gorme dies at 84

Iconic nightclub singer and vocalist Eydie Gorme, best known for her Grammy-nominated 1963 hit, “Blame it on the Bossa Nova,” died Saturday in Las Vegas following a brief illness. She was 84.

Gorme and her husband, Steve Lawrence, met in 1953 when Gorme joined the cast of a local New York TV show hosted by Steve Allen. The duo, who married in 1957, became one of the most enduring vocal teams in pop music history. Lawrence, their son David, and others close to the family were with her at the time of her death, according to Foxnews.com.

In a statement, Lawrence said: “Eydie has been my partner on stage and in life for more than 55 years. I fell in love with her the moment I saw her and even more the first time I heard her sing. While my personal loss is unimaginable, the world has lost one of the greatest pop vocalists of all time.”

In addition to Lawrence and their son, Gorme is survived by a granddaughter. Her other son, Michael, died of heart failure in 1986.

Watch a video of Gorme in action below:
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Chris Colfer remembers Cory Monteith: 'Love and miss you, buddy'

Cory Monteith’s Glee family gathered last week for a memorial on the Paramount Studios lot where the show films, but the tributes didn’t stop there.

Following the private event, Chris Colfer (Kurt) took to Instagram — just as co-star Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina) had done days earlier — to remember his co-worker and friend.
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Twister (board game, not 'nado): A pop culture timeline

Charles Foley, inventor of the board game Twister, died yesterday at 82. May he rest in peace in whichever socially awkward color-coded contortion was his favorite.

I always thought Twister was the greatest board game ever invented — in theory, anyway. In execution, I think I was playing it wrong. I have distinct memories of ending up with my face smushed onto my uncle’s stomach and my other little cousins’ bare toes (THEY were doing it wrong) wriggling under my butt as I tried not to fall. I almost always surrendered out of embarrassment. What I really needed to do was grow up, work out, and play with sexy peers so my strategy could become less “Avoid the body hair of relatives” and more “Whoops! I fell down and touched your whole body.” I can still do it! Twister is timeless and shall never be forgotten.

Below, a brief timeline of the button-candy board game in pop culture:
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Broadway marquees to dim to honor James Gandolfini

Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights Wednesday night in memory of James Gandolfini, the Sopranos star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009.

The Broadway League said Tuesday the lights will be dimmed for one minute at exactly 8 p.m. ET.

The 51-year-old actor died Wednesday in Rome and a funeral will be held Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.

Gandolfini received a Tony nomination for his role in the award-winning “God of Carnage.” He also appeared on Broadway in “On the Waterfront” in 1995 and “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1992.
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Remembering James Gandolfini -- VIDEO

There’s a silver lining when great performers die. Even though, at 51, the world was undoubtedly robbed of James Gandolfini too soon, he is preserved in a very real way in the movies and television shows that endeared us to him.

We’ve written a lot about Gandolfini over the past 20 hours and will continue to do so to remember and honor his life and talents. But, when it comes down to it, Gandolfini can do that himself, too. So, EW created a little video tribute, chronicling some of Gandolfini’s best performances over the years.
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James Gandolfini's best 'Sopranos' lines: The Tao of Tony

While James Gandolfini died Wednesday at the far-too-young age of 51, the actor left behind a body of work that belies his only half-century of life. And nothing stands out in that career quite like Gandolfini’s near-decade embodying Tony Soprano on HBO’s The Sopranos.

David Chase’s groundbreaking series about the complicated mob boss was powerful for many reasons, none more so than Gandolfini’s delivery of Chase’s dynamic dialogue. During six seasons and 86 episodes, Gandolfini’s Soprano unspooled a life philosophy through impatient (but ultimately loving) interactions with his family, gruff instructions to his underlings and reluctant therapy sessions with Dr. Melfi.

Here is Life According to Tony Soprano, in his 16 best quotes:
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