Blog Posts by Sheila Marikar

  • Maurice Sendak, Author of 'Where the Wild Things Are,' Dead at 83

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    Maurice Sendak, author of the beloved children's book, "Where the Wild Things Are," has died. He was 83.

    Sendak's longtime editor told the  New York Times that Sendak died of complications from a stroke.

    The Brooklyn-born author had already written seven children's books when, in 1963, Harper & Row published "Where the Wild Things Are."  Sendak wrote and illustrated the unconventional story about an unruly boy named Max dressed in a wolf suit who, sent to his room by his mother as punishment for misbehaving, travels to a land of monsters and proves himself the wildest thing of all.

    Initially met with mixed reviews, the story quickly gained popularity and, in 1964, was awarded the Caldecott Medal, the country's highest honor for children's literature.

    Sendak is credited with injecting children's literature with depth and psychological meaning, and his art was hailed for both its edginess and

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  • Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys Dies After Cancer Battle

    REUTERS/Ethan Miller/FilesAdam Yauch, part of the groundbreaking hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys, has died, the Associated Press confirmed, citing the band's mentor, Russell Simmons. He was 47.

    Yauch, known by the stage name MCA, was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 after doctors discovered a tumor in his salivary gland. He underwent surgery and radiation therapy to treat the disease.

    Because of his treatments, Yauch sat out the Beastie Boys' induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April. The band also delayed the release of their latest album, "Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2." The group had not performed live since the year Yauch was diagnosed with cancer.

    Yauch co-founded the Beastie Boys with Mike "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz in 1979. They became known on a national level with their 1986 album, "Licensed to Ill," and cemented themselves as hip-hop pioneers with the subsequent albums "Paul's Boutique," "Check Your Head" and "Ill Communication."

    Yauch was also

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  • Lindsay Lohan Reportedly in Another Nightclub Altercation

    Lindsay Lohan Reportedly in Another Nightclub AltercationLindsay Lohan might want to stay in and hit up Netflix for a bit. On Wednesday night, according to  TMZ.com, she was driven to the Standard hotel in West Hollywood by a friend who hit another car in a parking garage. She then called her father, Michael Lohan, who arrived and took her inside the hotel's Smoke & Mirrors club.

    (That may not have been the wisest choice. Earlier this month, Lohan was accused of shoving a woman at the club.)

    TMZ said the drama continued inside when a female patron made a "snide" remark about Lohan "going clubbing with her dad," prompting the actress to yell, "Shut the f**k up."  The woman reportedly threw a drink at Lohan, at which point she and her dad threw in the towel and left the club.

    According to TMZ, neither Lohan nor her dad drank alcohol at the club (he, like her, has had substance abuse issues).

    Lohan's rep declined ABCNews.com's request for comment.

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  • Mel Gibson Caught in New Rant?

    Mel Gibson Caught in New Rant?Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas says he and his family were house guests at Mel Gibson's Costa Rica home in December when the Oscar-winning actor-director went on a violent, profanity-laden rant that was recorded on an iPod by Eszterhas' son.

    Eszterhas provided the recording, about two-and-a-half minutes long, to gossip website The Wrap.

    Gibson's rep declined to comment on the recording. But TMZ reported that the actor is looking into whether Eszterhas and his son, Nick, violated any laws in Costa Rica by secretly recording him in his home.

    Eszterhas says the audio file features an enraged Gibson ranting against the "Basic Instinct" screenwriter and Gibson's ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.

    "Why don't I have a first draft of 'The Maccabees'? What the f*** have you been doing?" a man's voice is heard screaming on the recording. Eszterhas said at the time of the recording he had yet to deliver a script for a new project they'd been working on, set to be titled "The

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  • Hollywood Reacts to Dick Clark's Death

    The legendary Dick Clark stands with Ryan Seacrest as he celebrates 40 years of ringing in the New Year on the ABC Television Network, in Times Square, in New York, December 31, 2011. Clark has died of a heart attack, his publicist confirms, April 18, 2012. REUTERS/ABC/Ida Mae Astute/HandoutCelebrities have been quick to pay tribute to Dick Clark following the news that he died after suffering a heart attack this morning. Many stars took to Twitter with memories of the legendary entertainer:

    Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest): “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life.”

    Seacrest later released a full statement this afternoon:
    “I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel,” the statement said. “When I joined his show in 2006 , it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year’s Eve for the last 6 years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I’ll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and

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  • Demi Moore Back in Public After Reported Rehab

    After months out of the spotlight, Demi Moore is back on the scene. The 49-year-old actress made her first public appearance Tuesday night following her January hospitalization and reported rehab stint.

    She celebrated the launch of "The Conversation," a TV show she's executive producing with her pal Amanda de Cadenet, at a home in Beverly Hills. The Lifetime series will feature candid one-on-ones with female stars like Lady Gaga, Jane Fonda, and Gwyneth Paltrow. In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Moore and De Cadenet said the refrain of the show is "listen to your voice. Listen to your inner guide."


    While Moore has not filed for divorce from Ashton Kutcher yet (she announced they were divorcing in November), she appears to be moving on. Moore tweeted this photo of herself lying in bed and wrote, "Testing..." Credit: @mrskutcher/TwitterOn Twitter Tuesday, she asked her more than 4.9 million followers, "Time for a change, twitter name change… any suggestions?" Her current handle is @MrsKutcher.




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  • Kardashian reveals her political ambitions.

    Kardashian reveals her political ambitions. (Credit: John Shearer/Getty Images)

    Residents of Glendale, Calif., you've been warned:  Kim Kardashian wants to be your mayor.

    In an un-aired clip from Sunday's "Khloe & Lamar" posted on RadarOnline.com, Kardashian tells her sister Khloe that she's going to run for mayor of Glendale, a suburb of Los Angeles, in five years. They're driving around Dallas pointing out the Ross Perot Museum as she reveals her grand plan.

    "I decided I'm going to run for the mayor of Glendale," Kardashian says. "It's going to be in like five years. So I have to buy a house there, you have to have residency there."

    Kardashian has picked one of her friends to run her campaign. She plans to work her heritage to her advantage: "It's like Armenian town," she says of Glendale.

    The city of approximately 200,000 is home to more than 50,000 Armenian-Americans, according to the 2000 census. Will that be enough for the 31-year-old reality TV queen to get elected, or will another heavily made up ingenue be driving past her

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  • Doctors Debate Ryan O'Neal's Cancer Prognosis

    UPDATE: While taping an interview with ABC News’ “Nightline” scheduled to air April 27, O’Neal disputed People magazine’s report and said he does not know what stage of prostate cancer he has. He said “it is contained” and has not metastasized.

    ORIGINAL POST: Ryan O'Neal's cancer prognosis may not be as sunny as he initially claimed.

    Late last week, the actor told People magazine that he's been diagnosed with stage four prostate cancer, but because it was detected early, his doctors believe he'll make a full recovery.

    "Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel fortunate that it was detected early and according to my extraordinary team of doctors the prognosis is positive for a full recovery," he said.

    Doctors told ABCNews.com that doesn't compute.

    "It's peculiar, stage four is not early," said Dr. Herbert Lepor, a urology professor at the NYU School of Medicine. "Let's say this is metastatic prostate cancer. That is a fatal disease. It's the

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  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Are Engaged

    Credit: LACMA/PRNewsFotoAngelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are engaged at last.

    Pitt's publicist confirmed the engagement to the Associated Press today but said there is no wedding date "at this time." She characterized the engagement as "a promise for the future" and said the couple's kids "are very happy."

    Earlier today, a representative for Beverly Hills jeweler Robert Procop told The Hollywood Reporter that he designed an engagement ring for Jolie, which she was seen wearing on April 11.

    "I can confirm that, yes, Robert Procop did indeed design an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie, designed in collaboration with Brad Pitt," the rep said.

    The jeweler said that Pitt "had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration."

    "He wanted every aspect of  it to be perfect, so I was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suite Angelina's hand," Procop said. "Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect

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  • Jeweler Says Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Are Engaged

    Jeweler Says Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt Are Engaged (Credit: LACMA/PRNewsFoto.)Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt: Engaged at last?

    A representative for Beverly Hills jeweler Robert Procop told The Hollywood Reporter that he designed an engagement ring for Jolie, which she was seen wearing on April 11.

    "I can confirm that, yes, Robert Procop did indeed design an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie, designed in collaboration with Brad Pitt," the rep said.

    The jeweler said that Pitt "had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a yearlong collaboration."

    "He wanted every aspect of  it to be perfect, so I was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suite Angelina's hand," Procop said. "Brad was always heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design evolution. The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger. Each diamond is of the highest gem quality."

    Representatives for Pitt and Jolie did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com's requests for comment.

    Pitt, 48,

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