Linger too long near George Clooney’s Italian villa in hopes of catching a glimpse of the actor-director and his bride Amal Alamuddin, and you might pay dearly. The town of Laglio, where Clooney has an 18th century mansion with private dock on Lake Como, has hiked fines for those who create “problems of public order” on the road behind the villa or approach by boat closer than about 100 yards offshore. Fines could be as stiff as 500 euros ($550), five times higher than before.
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John Travolta has only good things to say about Scientology. A church member for more than 40 years, he told the Tampa Bay Times on Monday while promoting The Forger, that he won’t see Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, in theaters. It’s a behind the scenes look at the church, which is not portrayed in the most positive light. Travolta said he thought the movie featured “people who were disgruntled with their experiences” and added that Scientology basically saved his life after his son Jett died in the Bahamas in 2009.
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Blues musician B.B. King has been hospitalized. His daughter Claudette tells The Los Angeles Times that the 89-year-old was being treated for dehydration caused by Type 2 diabetes, a condition he was diagnosed with more than 20 years ago.
Cue the sobs. The CW’s The Vampire Diaries will lose star Nina Dobrev. “I always knew I wanted Elena’s story to be a six-season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime,” Dobrev wrote on Instagram. “I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger.”
Can you imagine Lorraine Bracco as Tony Soprano’s wife instead of Edie Falco? Bracco revealed to Huffington Post Live that Sopranos creator David Chase wanted to cast her as Carmela, but she felt no need to rehash her Goodfellas character. The Oscar nominee then told Chase she was more interested in playing the shrink, Dr. Melfi. Done!