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Newark mayor responds to high cost of Whitney Houston funeral. But what is the price of mourning?

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Whitney Houston’s death continues to generate headaches for New Jersey’s leading politicans. First, Governor Chris Christie was criticized for lowering the flags at state government buildings to half-staff to honor the late singer. Now, some Newark residents are unhappy that Whitney Houston’s February funeral cost the city more than $187,000 in police overtime. The figure equals roughly 5 percent of Newark’s annual police overtime budget ($4 million), reports CBS New York.

EW reached out to Newark mayor Cory Booker’s office, who said, though no formal complaint has been lodged, it’s incumbent upon him to exercise caution at such ceremonies. “As with any major event, and Ms. Houston’s funeral was an international event, our police department’s priority is to keep both citizens and visitors alike safe when they come to our city,” said Booker’s communication director Anne Torres.

Democratic councilwoman Mildred Crump agreed, telling CBS, “I was able to be witness to the thousands upon thousands of people who were desperate to attend [Houston's] service but held back by barriers and officers of the law. If they had not been there someone may have been trampled, seriously hurt.”

Indeed, for such a large-scale event as Houston’s funeral, the costs (beyond what the celebrity’s estate covers*) quickly move from intangible — crowd control, safety, security — to tangible, life-threatening even. It’s hardly the first time a departed celebrity has cost a city some cash. READ FULL STORY

Watch '60 Minutes' co-host Morley Safer's tribute to Mike Wallace -- VIDEO

Former colleagues of 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace are sharing their memories of the famed late journalist, who passed away on Saturday night at 93. Longtime colleague Morley Safer, who has co-hosted the legendary news program with Wallace since the early ’70s, put together a video tribute to his deceased partner.

The video features dozens of clips of Wallace doing what he did best: interviewing the most notable names of the 20th century, including figures from the White House to Hollywood. Safer offers a glimpse into Wallace’s list of interview subjects: Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, the Reagans, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Vladimir Putin, Yasser Arafat, Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett, Barbra Streisand and Leonard Bernstein. Watch the CBS News tribute below: READ FULL STORY

Mike Wallace: Some of the '60 Minutes' journalist's great interviews

When Mike Wallace joined 60 Minutes at its inception in 1968, he was already 50 years old with a  large backlog of experience in broadcasting. In the subsequent years, Wallace was responsible for some of the most dogged interviewing on television, refusing to back down from anyone, whether it was a world leader or pop star in the hot seat, and amassing a small army of Emmy Awards. To honor the man and his legacy, here are a few of Wallace’s many great interviews with people who have shaped the world over the last half-century.

A (relatively) young Wallace interviews television pioneer and The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling for The Mike Wallace Interview, a series that ran from 1957 to 1960 and included in-depth sit-downs with everyone from Kirk Douglas to Eleanor Roosevelt.

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Micky Dolenz remembers Davy Jones, says 'Glee' is closest thing to 'The Monkees' phenomenon

Davy Jones’ former Monkees bandmate Micky Dolenz appeared on both Today and Good Morning America to remember his late friend. In a cheerful GMA interview (below), Dolenz reminisced about the pair receiving good reviews — even from Rolling Stone — on their tour together last year; and Jones’ enthusiasm early in their career when he heard their music on the radio.

In retrospect, Dolenz said he understands The Monkees phenomenon. “It was a television show about this band that was not successful, that wanted to be the Beatles but never was on the show. It was about the struggle for success, and it spoke to all bands, all the garage bands, all the kids around the world who were in their living rooms and in their basements trying to become successful. Because on the television show, we were never successful, so that endeared us, I think. That made it real to a lot of kids. The closest thing that’s come along down the pike since The Monkees, I think, is Glee, which is a show about an imaginary glee club but they really are good and they can actually do it.”  READ FULL STORY

Celine Dion talks Whitney Houston: 'I'm scared of show business'

As viewers witnessed during several touching tributes on last night’s Grammys, the music community is still reeling from the death of Whitney Houston. This morning, Houston’s fellow vocal titan Celine Dion called in to Good Morning America, telling cohost Robin Roberts, “Whitney’s been an amazing inspiration for me. I’ve been singing with her my whole career, actually. I wanted to have a career like hers, sing like her, look beautiful like her.”

Dion speculated, “It’s just very unfortunate that drugs and… I don’t know, bad people or bad influences took over.” She cited icons who have fallen to the pressures of fame, including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, saying, “Something happens, and that’s why I’m so scared — I’m scared of show business,” she admitted. (As of Monday afternoon, Houston’s body had been released, but toxicology reports and the official cause of death had not.) See the full video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Ben Gazzara: An appreciation of a one-of-a-kind actor

When Ben Gazzara passed away on Friday, he left behind a six-decade legacy on stage and screen. He was one of those rare, unique actors whose sly grin and sandpaper voice could make any scene he was in instantly memorable…and he will be missed by everyone who loves movies.

Gazzara’s career began in earnest in the mid-’50s, when starred in a pair of Broadway hits. First was Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, in which he played Brick (the role later went to Paul Newman when director Richard Brooks turned it into a movie). Next was A Hatful of Rain, which earned him a Tony nomination. Just like that, Gazzara’s career was off and running. In 1959, he had his breakthrough role on screen in Otto Preminger’s controversial courtroom drama, Anatomy of a Murder, playing a lieutenant on trial for murdering the man he believes raped his wife. Even with a powerhouse cast that included Lee Remick, George C. Scott, and Jimmy Stewart, the smoldering Gazzara stood out. Not that you could tell that from the film’s hokey, old-timey trailer.

In the mid-’60s, Gazzara landed the lead role in the NBC TV series Run For Your Life, playing a lawyer named Paul Bryan, who is given nine months to live. Ironically, the show lasted for three seasons.

Gazzara’s greatest artistic collaboration was with actor-director John Cassavetes. Decades before independent film as we know was born, Cassavetes and his pair of macho pals, Gazzara and Peter Falk, created a new kind of down-and-dirty cinema. It was emotionally messy, raw, and true. 1970′s Husbands is a perfect example.

Here’s a clip of the three amigos (Cassavetes, Falk, and Gazzara) giving the usually unflappable talk show host Dick Cavett a hard time while promoting the film.

My personal favorite of all of Gazzara’s performances is in Cassavetes 1976 bleak and ballsy drama The Killing of Chinese Bookie. He plays the blowhard owner of a seedy strip club who loses money gambling to the wrong people and is forced to pay off his debt by committing the sin of the film’s title. It’s a harrowing movie — and Gazzara is tragic and electric.

Gazzara wasn’t all Method seriousness, though. He could a mischievous prankster, too. Take his performance as the baddie who sends his goons after Patrick Swayze in 1989′s Road House. There are plenty of great Gazzara scenes in this pop-culture guilty pleasure, but my favorite will always be when he, without a care in the world, swerves behind the wheel of his convertible while singing the doo-wop oldie “Sh-Boom”.

In the later years of his career, Gazzara worked non-stop, often giving small character parts his own unique, indelible stamp. One of the best is his role as porn kingpin Jackie Treehorn in 1998′s The Big Lebowski. After the film became a cult hit, Gazzara explained that even though his role was a nothing part, he agreed to do it because he couldn’t stop laughing when he read the Coen brothers’ script.

Etta James' 'At Last': Share your memories of the Greatest Wedding Song Ever

It’s impossible to remember the late Etta James and not think about her song “At Last.” When EW named the 50 best love songs in 2005, it came in at No. 14. I remember writing the entry: “It’s not the first rendition of this 1942 tune, but Etta’s is the finest, thanks to a strong, sensual delivery that says (or is it shouts?) I deserve this! No wonder every bride on earth thinks it was written just for her.” The lyrics are so simple, her voice and string section so triumphant — no song captures the jubilation of knowing you’ve found love better.

Share your memories of the song below. READ FULL STORY

Cheeta, chimpanzee and Tarzan movie star, dies at 'roughly 80'

Cheeta the chimpanzee, who starred in Tarzan movies alongside Olympic swimmer-turned-actor Johnny Weissmuller in the 1930s and ranked #1 on EW.com’s list of the 10 Best Monkeys at the Movies, died of kidney failure Saturday. According to the Suncoast Primary Sanctuary’s outrach director, Cheeta was “roughly 80 years old, loved fingerpainting and football and was soothed by nondenominational Christian music.”

Roughly 80?! Way to live, chimp! That’s amazing! (Cheeta was an anomaly; the average zoo chimp dies around age 35-45.) I sure hope my favorite chimp lives that long.

The similarities between Cheeta the chimp and your average human don’t stop there: Cheeta loved to see people laugh, abandoned art projects as soon as he got bored with them, enjoyed standing up nice and tall, and “when he didn’t like somebody or something that was going on, he would pick up some poop and throw it at them.”

Primates: They’re just like us!

RIP, Cheeta.

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The Best TV Character Deaths of 2011

Few things are more beautiful in a TV series than the death of a main character. TV shows used to be created out of static component parts, with casts of characters that would only evolve very gradually, if at all. But that’s all changed in the last 10 years, first with the advent of death-happy cable networks — farewell, Big Pussy — and then with the mid-decade rise of serialized dramas that merrily killed off cast members in an effort to perpetually raise the narrative stakes. Nowadays, it’s practically essential for any remotely violent drama to kill off a main character in the season finale. Still, in the crowded TV graveyard of this blood-soaked 2011, 10 deaths stood out. Here are the 10 Best TV Character Deaths of 2011. (Spoilers, natch.) READ FULL STORY

Christopher Hitchens, in his own words -- VIDEO

Since it’s nearly impossible to find the right words in order to give the proper credit to the fascinating, daring life and legacy of Christopher Hitchens (yep, this just about expresses exactly what it feels like today) it’s best to let him do the talking. In the wake of the passing of Hitchens, who died at the age of 62 after a battle with esophageal cancer, fans are remembering the writer and polemicist through his literary works, as well as his many televised appearances and public talks. Below are clips of some of his most memorable moments. Watch and — as Hitchens would have wanted — learn: READ FULL STORY

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