J.Lo in Hot Water, Barbie's Got Back: The Week in Entertainment News

Your one-stop spot for all the big show biz headlines this week.

By Stephanie Rice
|  Saturday, Jul 6, 2013  |  Updated 12:08 PM EDT
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Spectator's View of Fireworks Blast

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Spectator's View of Fireworks Blast

James Wilhite said he was seated in the front row Thursday night at a Simi Valley fireworks show when sparks and shrapnel began shooting into the crowd. View Wilhite's video from the July 4, 2013 show.
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Artist Creates Healthy, “Normal” Barbie

Nickolay Lamm designed a new version of the iconic doll based off of the actual measurements of the average 19-year-old girl. Barbie has often come under scrutiny for giving young women a skewed perception of thinness due to her unrealistic body proportions. While the curvier Barbie won’t be hitting store shelves, Lamm hopes his creation will make a lasting impression.

J. Lo Performs For Human-Rights-Violating Leader

Grammy-winner Jennifer Lopez sang “Happy Birthday” to the leader of Turkmenistan, a country dubbed by Human Rights Watch as “among the most repressive in the world.” Lopez would not have attended the event if she had been aware of the current human rights issues, according to her publicist. But “Jenny From The Block” isn’t the first celeb to get herself into global hot water...

Paula Deen Cuts Ties With Agent

The embattled celebrity cook was on the other side of the equation this week. After being dumped by many of her business asscociates over her current racial-slur controversy, Deen was the one serving notice when she ended her business relationship with long-time agent Barry Weiner on Thursday. In a prepared statement, the former Food Network star gave no reason for the split and wished Weiner well.


America Celebrates Indepedence Day

From Nathan’s hot dog eating contest to Usher’s firework spectacular, this year’s July Fourth festivities did not disappoint. Check out our gallery to see snapshots from the Independence Day events.

Good Samaritan Returns Steve Martin’s Lost Wallet

Luck was on Steve Martin’s side when a man found and returned the actor’s wallet in Pennsylvania. Martin was in town for a performance and apparently lost the precious possession while bicycling down a Pa. street before his show.

Jennifer Love Hewitt Jumps on Baldwin’s Twitter-Quitting Bandwagon

Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt says her negative experience on the social media site has caused her to drop it for good. Hewitt’s announcement came just after “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin reaffirmed his Twitter retirement to Vanity Fair.

50 Cent Charged with Battery

Rapper 50 Cent (real name Curtis Jackson) was charged with kicking his ex-girlfriend and doing over $7,000 worth of damage to her L.A. condo in June. If convicted he could see up to five years in prison and $46,000 in fines.

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