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No hocus pocus: Hugh Jackman won’t be Houdini

 
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Hugh Jackman has turned down the magic.

According to People.com, producers of a 2014 Broadway musical about escape artist Harry Houdini reported Monday that the show has lost its star.

“I have greatly enjoyed the collaborative process on Houdini,” Jackman said in a statement. “Ultimately, though, I wasn't able to commit to the time this role will require.”

Where’s Jessica?

Justin Timberlake was a big hit on Saturday Night Live last week. But where was his wife Jessica Biel?

RadarOnline.com reports that afterparty attendees wondered what was going on with the couple when she didn’t show. The website also reports that Timberlake was recently spotted without his wedding band during his new tour.

“Justin was solo again at the Saturday Night Live after party, and he stayed until nearly 5 a.m.,” a fellow partygoer exclusively told Radar. “Everyone was buzzing about her absence.”

Arsenio OK

Los Angeles police say talk show host Arsenio Hall drove off a road in the San Fernando Valley but he’s uninjured.

Sgt. Russell Carr tells City News Service that Hall lost control of his Porsche and drove into a dirt shoulder at around 7:15 p.m. Monday in West Hills.

This is the end

The Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley and Torrey DeVitto are finally divorced.

The couple, who married in 2011, signed a prenup, reports TMZ, that keeps all their earnings separate. Wesley gets the lion’s share; he made more, and he gets all the money he fronted for the purchase of their home ($730,593) while she gets the $10,000 she put in.

Baby news

Holiday babies are everywhere. Rachel Zoe and husband Rodger Berman just welcomed new son Kaius Jagger, Kai for short. He’ll be little brother to Skyler, 2.

Meanwhile Supernatural star Jared Padalecki announced on Twitter Monday that he and wife Genevieve Cortese Padalecki welcomed their second son (no name announced yet). He’ll join big brother Thomas Colton, 21 months.

“My amazingly strong wife home-birthed a happy and healthy baby boy last night. Please send love,” Padalecki, 31, writes.

Meanwhile, Kate Winslet has a name for her new son (with Ned Rocknroll): Bear. Winslet has two other children: Mia, 13, and Joe, 10, with Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes, People.com reports.

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Tim Gunn attends the 13th annual New York Restoration Project Annual Spring Picnic at General Grant National Memorial on May 29, 2014 in New York City.

    Celebrity birthdays on July 29

    Actor Professor Irwin Corey (“Car Wash”) is 100! Actor Robert Horton (“Wagon Train”) is 90. Actor David Warner (“Titanic”) is 73. Singer-bassist Geddy Lee of Rush is 61. Filmmaker Ken Burns is 61. TV personality Tim Gunn is 61. Singer Patti Scialfa with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is 61. Country singer Martina McBride is 48. Actor Wil Wheaton is 42. Actor Stephen Dorff is 41. Actor Josh Radnor is 40.

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Michael Franit

    In concert

    Michael Franti & Spearhead bring Soulshine Tour to Boca Raton

    Usually, when lead singers of rock bands shout to the crowd “Are you feeling good?!” they don’t mean it in a holistic or spiritual way. But that might change at the Soulshine Tour Featuring Michael Franti & Spearhead, which hits Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton on Tuesday.

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Javier Mascherano of Argentina looks on during the National Anthem prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between the Netherlands and Argentina at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 9, 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    Scene in the Tropics

    Soccer stars spotted in Miami

    Argentine soccer star Javier Mascherano was seen with friends Friday at the Wynwood shop Toys for Boys, where they enjoyed a bottle of Dom Perignon while talking to the owners and browsing the luxe items. As far as we know they didn’t buy anything.

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