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Zach Braff helps out in adorable proposal -- VIDEO

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In between his busy schedule of funding films with Kickstarter and preparing for a role on Broadway, former Scrubs star Zach Braff took some time to help a fan propose to his girlfriend.

While some people orchestrate epic productions or choreographed lip-dubs, singer-songwriter Matt Hulbert went a different route. Hulbert had his girlfriend Janice sit in front of a computer to watch a homemade video he made with some family and friends — with a special appearance from Braff.

I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that Hulbert pretty much nails the whole proposal thing. Check it out below:
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'The Hangover' stars talk about Kickstarter: Bradley Cooper is confused

The British Broadcasting Corporation sat down with the three leads from The Hangover franchise and talked about Kickstarter. This matters for two reasons: 1) The premiere online crowd-funding platform is amidst a complicated cultural moment — good for Zach Braff and Veronica Mars; bad for everyone else — requiring more discussion, not less; and 2) Bradley Cooper has no idea what Kickstarter is. To be fair, he’s an actor. Acting is his job. Knowing about stuff, or stuff.com, is not.

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Diddy goes to 'Downton Abbey'... in Funny or Die short -- VIDEO

Ah, this explains everything. When Sean “Diddy” Combs announced yesterday that he was joining the cast of Downton Abbey as a series regular, he was actually promoting a new Funny or Die short that digitally adds the hip-hop mogul to existing Downton footage. (You can insert him anywhere!)

The jokes are predictable — Diddy keeps calling the show Downtown Abbey; at one point, he fights off Thomas’s advances; there’s a decent amount of swearing — but funny all the same. And you’ve got to admire the chutzpah of a guy who never misses an opportunity for product placement, even in a spoof video.

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Helen Mirren, in full costume, scolds street performers interrupting her play about the Queen

You must respect the THEATRE! The Daily Telegraph reports that Dame Helen Mirren left a performance of The Audience, in full Queen Elizabeth II costume, Saturday evening to yell at a group of drummers outside the Gielgud Theatre for disrupting the performance. Apparently, as the music from a group promoting the As One in the Park festival grew louder, Mirren could barely hear her co-star, Paul Ritter, speak and so she walked off the stage and left the theater to scold the performers, in less than regal language, reportedly.

Mirren told the Telegraph, “I’m afraid there were a few ‘thespian’ words used. They got a very stern royal ticking off but I have to say they were very sweet and they stopped immediately.” She continued, “I felt rotten but on the other hand they were destroying our performance so something had to be done.”

Mirren recently won an Olivier Award for her performance in the play.

Requests to Mirren’s representation as well as representatives from the As One in the Park festival for comment were not immediately returned.

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Mila Kunis is FHM's Sexiest Woman in the World: 4 reasons she's awesome

Beating out Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Rihanna, Mila Kunis was named Sexiest Woman in the World 2013 by FHM magazine. The magazine joked, ”If you were to bury a time capsule so that future generations would know what life was like back in the early-ish 21st century, you wouldn’t go far wrong with an iPhone, a can of Monster Energy drink and a photo of Mila Kunis.”

To celebrate Mila (and her beauty on the inside and out), here’s a quick reminder why she’s so much more than just a pretty face.

1. This interview where she totally makes this first-time interviewers life:
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Ian McKellen to officiate Patrick Stewart's wedding

Fanfic writers, your dreams are coming true: Magneto is marrying Professor X.

Okay, not exactly. But the actors who play the iconic X-Men characters do have some wedding plans lined up: Sir Ian McKellen will officiate at the upcoming wedding of Sir Patrick Stewart and his fiancée, 35-year-old jazz singer Sunny Ozell.

When the topic of X-Men: Days of Future Past came up during McKellen’s appearance on U.K. program The Jonathan Ross Show this weekend, the English actor announced, “I’m going to marry Patrick,” provoking some fits of laughter from the audience before he clarified, “How else do you put that? I’m going to officiate at his wedding.” READ FULL STORY

David Brent returns! Ricky Gervais reprises tone-deaf boss for Comic Relief special -- VIDEO

It’s been nearly 10 years since we said goodbye to The Office‘s David Brent and the delightfully pathetic employees at Wernham Hogg Paper, following a special Christmas episode that seemed to set them off towards a brighter future. Even the obnoxious Brent was allowed some hope, following a promising blind date with a beautiful woman who actually found him… charming.

So what has he been up to in the decade since? Last night, in a 10-minute “The Office Revisited” special that aired on BBC 1 for Comic Relief, Ricky Gervais checked back in with his hopeless stooge. Brent is still selling (cleaning products now, not paper), and music is still his biggest passion. In fact, he’s now a self-described “local Simon Cowell,” guiding the career of an aspiring black lyricist named Dom Johnson. I don’t have to tell you that Brent finds a way to screw this up, do I?

Watch the catching-up-with video below, followed by Brent & Johnson’s new music video, “Equality Street.” READ FULL STORY

Public transport's latest convert? Spice Girl Geri Halliwell live-tweets London tube trip

Spice Girls! They’re nothing like us.

Despite not being quite as in-your-face as she was in 1997, the artist formerly known as Ginger Spice has apparently not taken the London tube in 17 years….until this week, when she decided to spice up her life a bit.  Lucky for all of us, she also live-tweets the experience. Remember: Slow it down, read the signs, so you know just where you’re going.

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Mila Kunis gets a lesson in U.K. pub culture in awkward-yet-charming BBC interview

As entertainment reporters, we’ve done our fair share of junkets, and certainly know how Chris Stark feels in his interview with Mila Kunis for BBC Radio 1, below. Talking to a celebrity for the first time can be intimidating, but Kunis puts the nerve-rattled Stark at ease and lets him talk about what he knows best — his lads, football (that’s soccer to you), steak-and-ale pies, and a concoction called the lad bomb (Jaegermeister + Red Bull and vodka) — that we hope never catches on in the States.

When Kunis gets going on the questions Stark is supposed to be asking about her upcoming film Oz The Great and Powerful, she handily rattles off the answers to the questions everyone asks, making Stark, who contributes to BBC Radio 1′s Scott Mills Show, look genius and any other junket interview look, well, boring.

Check it out below:
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Maggie Smith is the only person not watching 'Downton Abbey': VIDEO

In a rare interview airing this Sunday on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Downton Abbey star Maggie Smith pauses when she’s asked if she’s proud of the show. Why? “I haven’t actually seen it, so I don’t — I don’t sit down and watch it,” she tells Steve Kroft. “Never?” he asks. “No, I haven’t watched it,” she confirms. Smith, who’s promoting her new movie Quartet, is a perfectionist who doesn’t want to see what she should have done differently. (The answer: nothing!) Not in the preview clip below, sadly, is the 78-year-old Oscar, Emmy, and Tony winner’s answer to a question about her reputation as someone who doesn’t suffer mediocrity: “You’re trying to say that I am what everybody says… I’m scary and I understand that totally,” Smith says. “Old people are scary and I have to face it, I am old and I am scary and I am very sorry about it but I don’t know what you do.”  READ FULL STORY

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