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Seuss family tries to guilt thieves into returning stolen Lorax statue -- VIDEO

There are no rhymes in the video below, so don’t get excited. But the local NBC affiliate in San Diego did at least use one Grinch reference when reporting on the Lorax statue that was stolen from the La Jolla, Calif., garden of Audrey Geisel, the 90-year-old widow of Dr. Seuss (real name, Theodor Geisel), over the weekend. Property manager Carl Romero told NBC San Diego that the thieves dragged the 300-pound bronze statue down a hill, over a fence, and probably into a car. (Is it wrong that we’d like to see video of that?) Police are investigating, but Romero is offering the guilty party an out. “Give me a call, I’ll come and get it. I won’t press charges. But if we find it…we definitely will press charges. So your name will be in print and everybody’ll know you did it.”

That’s a nice try, but Audrey Geisel’s daughter, Lark Grey Dimond-Cate, who sculpted the missing statue, did a better job laying on the guilt: “It’s crummy to sneak into a 90-year-old widow’s home, in the dead of night, and steal her Lorax. You can’t be doing that,” she said. “It gave her so much happiness to get up in the morning and look out the window and see her little Lorax. And she got up the other day, and he wasn’t there,” she continued. In conclusion: “Let’s bring a happy end to this story,” she said, while holding a little replica. “The little guy doesn’t belong to ya. He belongs up at Seuss house. Bring him home.” Watch the plea below. READ FULL STORY

Yoda, World's Ugliest Dog, Becomes One With the Force, Dies at Age 15

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Last June, when Yoda, a 15-year-old, 1.8-pound Chinese Crested/Chihuahua mix, won the 23rd Annual World’s Ugliest Dog contest, dog owners everywhere thought to themselves, “When 15-years-old my pooch reaches, look as bad she will not.” The time for such Star Wars-related puns is sadly over because Yoda’s hometown newspaper reports that the mutt died in her sleep Saturday.

When Hanford, Calif., resident Terry Schumacher first saw her pet, abandoned behind an apartment building, she thought the scruffy little dog was a rat. Yoda’s blotchy coat, bald patches, crooked teeth, and raggedy ears, made her look like a swamp creature from Dagobah begging to be voiced by Frank Oz. So she was a shoo-in to win the $1,000 Grand Prize as the World’s Ugliest Dog at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif., last summer. Contest producer Vicki DeArmon says that Yoda will retain the title until a new Ugliest Dog can be crowned this June.

May the Force be with Yoda and her family.

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Dionne Warwick's final conversation with Whitney Houston: 'She had everything in the world to live for.'

It’s been almost one month since the sad passing of Whitney Houston, and now the legendary singer’s family is beginning to open up. While Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina (who, as its been reported, was left everything in her mother’s will) and her brother Gary Houston and sister-in-law Patricia Houston sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a chat on Oprah’s Next Chapter (the episode airs on OWN this Sunday), the Grammy-winner’s cousin, singer Dionne Warwick talked to Good Morning America on Thursday.

“I spoke to Whitney the day that she passed,” Warwick revealed during her interview, “I spoke to her that morning.” The 71-year-old said that Houston asked if she’d be at Clive Davis’ Grammys party, which Houston was also going to attend. Warwick told GMA, “She said, ‘You’re here, aren’t you? You’re coming to the party, aren’t you?’  I said, ‘Yeah, I’m going to be there’ and she said, ‘Thank you, I want you to be here. You’ve got to be here for me.'” (Tragically, Houston was found dead in a bathroom at Los Angeles’ Beverly Hilton Hotel, hours before the pre-Grammy celebration.)
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A look at Oprah's upcoming interview with Whitney Houston's family -- VIDEO

While Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive interview with the family of late legend Whitney Houston doesn’t air until this Sunday on OWN, eager fans or reluctantly curious viewers can get a sneak peek at the sit down. The hour-long episode Oprah’s Next Chapter features Winfrey discussing the life and death of the famed singer with Houston’s brother Gary Houston, sister-in-law Patricia Houston, and her daughter, 16-year-old Bobbi Kristina.

There isn’t much in the clip of Bobbi Kristina —  who landed in the hospital after having a “complete breakdown” because of the passing of her mother — aside from footage of an embrace from Winfrey. But we do get a glimpse into some of the questions the host asked Houston’s family. (“Does it feel real yet that she’s gone?”, “As a big brother, how did you feel about Bobby Brown?”) Watch the preview below:
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Nominated for Nothing: Why '50/50' should have had better Oscar odds

Every year, brilliant movies are utterly ignored by the Oscars. The Searchers, Groundhog Day, Persona, Breathless, Hoop Dreams, King Kong, Caddyshack — the Academy has a long history of overlooking comedies, action movies, horror flicks, artsy foreign films, and documentaries that aren’t about World War II. This year, we’ll be taking a closer look at films that were too small, too weird, or perhaps simply too awesome for the Academy Awards. These are the Non-Nominees.

The Film: Loosely based on screenwriter Will Reiser’s real-life battle with cancer, 50/50 is equal parts tear-jerking (but never manipulative) cancer drama and R-rated Seth Rogen buddy comedy. Filled with heartfelt, nuanced performances from Anjelica Huston, Anna Kendrick, and leading man Joseph Gordon-Levitt at his career best as Adam, a 27-year-old coming to grips with his cancer diagnosis, the film excelled at taking an honest and funny look at the rarely accurately portrayed tragedy (and yes, comedy) of coping with the disease. [SPOILERS AHEAD!]
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Bethenny Frankel reveals she suffered miscarriage on 'Today'

Bethenny Frankel might have been appearing on Today to promote season 3 of Bethenny Ever After…, but the conversation took a somber turn when Savannah Guthrie asked the reality TV star-slash-businesswoman whether she’s considered having another child to join her 21-month-old daughter Bryn. “It’s a very personal question,” Frankel told Guthrie. “We were pregnant with a second baby, and at eight weeks, I miscarried.”

An emotional Frankel went on to tell Guthrie that the experience — which, Frankel said, did not happen during the taping of the show — made her feel extreme sympathy for women who suffer from infertility. So much sympathy, that she hasn’t even had the chance to turn her thoughts back to whether or not she and husband Jason Hoppy will try for another child again. “I’m not really thinking about it,” she said. “Until you become a woman you don’t know the things that come with being a woman. And I’m 41, and I don’t know. It’s not really my choice. It’s not really my option. The window’s closing.”

Watch the video of the interview — during which Frankel also talks about a burning a hole in her esophagus from taking an antibiotic — embedded the jump.  READ FULL STORY

Should Don and Joan hook up on 'Mad Men' next season?

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Are things about to get romantic between Don and Joan on Mad Men?

This week, during an appearance at a BAFTA event in London, Jon Hamm suggested that things haven’t always been platonic between the two Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce colleagues. Asked why Don has never made a pass at Joan, Hamm replied, “Who says he hasn’t?” Then he hinted that Mad Men‘s fifth season might explore the relationship between the two. “They have worked together for a long time,” he said. “They know one another very well, and I’ll leave it at that.”

Now, Hamm doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to hook up. Obviously, Don and Joan have shared some very intimate moments with their finely-tailored clothes still on. Remember when Don was waiting to hear if he won the Clio award, and he reached down to hold Joan’s hand? Remember when they waited at the hospital together (for the colleague who got run over by a lawnmower), and Don told Joan that he’d miss her, and that her husband was “lucky”? And Joan confided in him about her dark outlook on the world: “That’s life. One minute you’re on top of the world, the next minute some secretary’s running you over with a lawnmower”?

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PopWatch Confessional: 'The Bodyguard' got me addicted to movie soundtracks. Share your memories!

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At the risk of dating myself, I’ll only say that I was pretty young when The Bodyguard was first released. But I still remember the first time I watched it.

It was late one night during a family vacation to Las Vegas when my parents decided to pull the movie up on Pay-Per-View to unwind after a day of no-doubt hectic family fun. I can only assume they thought I’d tune out the film or join my sisters in slumber since the film was wildly age inappropriate at the time. (Then again, my parents were never strict about that sort of thing.) Instead, though, I remember sitting down right next to my dad and sitting through the entire movie, mesmerized by the guy who used a knife to slice an apple without a cutting board (“Don’t ever try that.” — mom)  — and most of all, the music. That woman had a lovely voice. I wanted to hear her sing over and over again.

That woman died this past weekend. When I heard the news that Whitney Houston had been found dead, I was shocked — like everyone else. Stunned silent, really. But most of all, I was instantly taken back to that hotel room many, many years ago with my parents and hearing her voice for the very first time. I remember thinking that I’d never see another movie I loved as much as this one ever again because the songs were so beautiful. In fact, it made me want to see more “grown-up” movies, I told my mom. Were they all that good? (Nope.) Did they all have ladies who sang like that? (Nope, again.) Until the night my nutty parents chose to screen questionable programming, I’d never heard someone sing in a movie like Whitney Houston sang in The Bodyguard. (Hilarious fact: I watched The Bodyguard before I watched The Sound of Music. How warped is that? But I wouldn’t have it any other way.)

The movie went on to gross $410.9 million worldwide and had one of the best-selling soundtracks of all time. I didn’t know any of that as a kid — nor would I have particularly cared. All I knew was that I loved the movie, I loved the songs — I loved her (and the gold shiny outfit she danced in).

Whitney Houston — and The Bodyguard — made me love the special relationship between movies and music and the wonderful things that result when the two work in harmony. And I’m so thankful to have developed that appreciation at such a young age. So I’ll be watching (for the hundredth time!) tonight when the movie re-airs on the Lifetime network and feel nothing but joy and thanks.

What about you, PopWatchers? Share your memories of the movie and feel free to watch it together below!

Nicolas Cage is not a vampire, or so he claims -- VIDEO

Last night, Nicolas Cage took time out from promoting Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance on Letterman to address one antique dealer’s claim that he is, in fact, a vampire. Last fall, the man posted a photo online from the 1860s that bears a striking resemblance to the actor and said it proves Cage is the walking undead. “Well, let me say that there is a resemblance, but how can I be polite about this?” Cage told Letterman. “It’s a, uh, somewhat slowed-down version of me.”

There are similarities, Letterman noted. “But it’s slowed-down,” Cage reiterated. He says he doesn’t drink blood, he has a reflection in a mirror, and a photo can obviously be taken of him, so that proves he’s not a vampire. But isn’t that exactly what a vampire would say? Watch or read enough vampire stories, and you inevitably get to one that argues the reflection bit was a rumor started by vampires to throw off humans. The vampires drink more than blood on The Vampire Diaries. I’m not saying Cage is a vampire…. I’m just saying he hasn’t proven he’s not yet. Technically.  READ FULL STORY

Karl Lagerfeld calls Adele 'too fat,' settles for Lana Del Rey instead

In an interview with Metro US, fashion mogul Karl Lagerfeld, the outspoken creative director for Chanel, shared his brutally honest thoughts about pop singer Adele and her figure.

“I prefer Adele and Florence Welch,” he told the newspaper. “But as a modern singer [Lana Del Rey] is not bad. The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice. Lana Del Rey is not bad at all. She looks very much like a modern-time singer. In her photos she is beautiful. Is she a construct with all her implants? She’s not alone with implants.”

Feel free to pick out what part of that statement most offends you. READ FULL STORY

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