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Charges: Sandlot Actor Attacked Man Handing Out Candy

In real life Benny 'The Jet' Rodriguez grew up to be a firefighter

(Newser) - He outran the Beast, but he might not be fast enough to escape the long arm of the law. NBC News reports Michael Vitar—who played Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez in 1993's The Sandlot —was arrested last week and charged with beating a man handing out candy... More »

Patriot Actress Dead at 21

Skye Bartusiak suffered suspected seizure

(Newser) - The young actress best known for playing Mel Gibson's daughter in The Patriot died at her home in Houston on Saturday, her mother says. Skye McCole Bartusiak was 21. "She was a kind and really beautiful girl," her mother tells CNN , explaining that while no cause of... More »

Shirley Temple Dead at 85

Remains youngest Oscar-winner ever

(Newser) - Famed child actress Shirley Temple died yesterday of natural causes at the age of 85, her family says. She passed away at her home in Woodside, Calif., "surrounded by her family and caregivers." Born in 1928, Temple soared to fame in the 1930s; she was three when she... More »

11 Child Stars Who Sought Emancipation

Some just wanted to skirt child labor laws

(Newser) - Turns out Jaden Smith doesn't really want to be emancipated from his parents —but these 10 child stars, rounded up by the Huffington Post , did:
  • Drew Barrymore petitioned for emancipation in 1991, when she was 15, in order to skirt child labor laws that were restricting the hours
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'Matilda:' Here's Why Child Actors Go Nuts

Mara Wilson weighs in

(Newser) - Mara Wilson—perhaps better known to some as Matilda or the little girl in Mrs. Doubtfire and Miracle on 34th Street—is all grown up now, and she's glad she was never "Olsen twins famous," she writes on Cracked . Perhaps inspired by the recent troubles of Lindsay... More »

33 Child Stars Who Turned Out OK

They're not all like Angus T. Jones

(Newser) - For every child star like Angus T. Jones trashing his own show , there's a Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who started acting at age seven but has managed to turn into a movie star while apparently remaining well-adjusted and normal. The Huffington Post rounds up an impressive 32 more of the latter:... More »

Geez, Wally, You're an Abstract Artist Now

Tony Dow of 'Leave it to Beaver' fame makes name as sculptor

(Newser) - He is, and likely forever will be, best known as good old Wally Cleaver, the big brother who had to bail out a goofball sibling facing one dilemma after another on the classic TV series Leave it to Beaver. For the last dozen years, though, Tony Dow has been carving... More »

Corey Feldman to Bare Hollywood Pedophiles

Actor will name those who 'abused me'

(Newser) - A vampire hunter on The Lost Boys is now after Hollywood pedophiles. Former child actor Corey Feldman, a star of Stand By Me and The Goonies, has vowed to reveal the names of two Hollywood figures who abused him when he was 14. "These older men were leching around... More »

11 Celebs Who Fired Their Parents

Beyonce said it was a business decision, but for some, it's personal

(Newser) - You may have heard that Beyoncé recently broke up … with her dad. Father Matthew Knowles had been her manager ever since the Destiny’s Child days, but rumors recently surfaced that the daddy-daughter relationship was strained after Matthew had a baby with another woman and divorced Beyoncé’s... More »

Lion King Star, 11, Dies of Cancer

Shannon Tavarez inspired thousands to donate bone marrow

(Newser) - A young girl with a giant voice who won an open audition for a role in the Broadway production of The Lion King has died of leukemia at the age of 11. Shannon Tavarez spent seven months performing in the show before she was diagnosed in April. Thousands of people,... More »

Mary-Kate: Being a Kid Star Sucks

She talks fashion, troubles in rare interview

(Newser) - Even though Mary-Kate Olsen’s childhood stint on Full House brought her fame and fortune, she says she “would never wish my upbringing on anyone.” She and twin sister Ashley were “little monkey performers” in those days, she says. “I look at old photos of me,... More »

'I've Unretired': Amanda Bynes

Actress breaks career news on Twitter again

(Newser) - A month after stunning Hollywood and sparking questions about her mental stability with the news of her retirement , Amanda Bynes wants a do-over. "I've unretired," the 24-year-old on-again-off-again actress tweeted . She's a co-star of the buzzed-about high school comedy Easy A, notes People —and within minutes of... More »

Is Amanda Bynes Losing It?

Actress seemed paranoid on set of latest film, sources say

(Newser) - Amanda Bynes says she’s retiring from acting —but many are speculating that Hollywood may have retired her. She achieved TV fame at an early age, but Big Fat Liar—which she filmed at 15—was her first, and last, big-screen success. The 24-year-old actress has recently spent more... More »

TV's Highest-Paid Kiddie Actors

Shockingly, Hannah Montana is not No. 1

(Newser) - Think Miley Cyrus is the highest-paid child actor on TV? Not even close. Angus T. Jones, the 16-year-old “half” of Two and a Half Men, makes $250,000 an episode. Miley doesn't even crack the top five. The New York Post lists the top 10:
  1. Miranda Cosgrove, 16:
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Corey Feldman Mourns 'My Brother Corey Haim'

Actor calls longtime friend 'a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul'

(Newser) - Corey Feldman, the surviving half of "the two Coreys," spoke out this afternoon about the "tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul"—Corey Haim, who died today of a drug overdose today at 38. The '80s child actors were friends and co-stars, most recently in... More »

10 Still-Sane Child Stars

Neil Patrick Harris and Natalie Portman are proof: They don't all go nuts

(Newser) - Brian Bonsall once played adorable baby-of-the-family Andy Keaton on Family Ties; now he’s a druggie who was recently arrested for assaulting a friend with a bar stool—but not all former child stars head down that ugly path. The Frisky rounds up 10 who managed to keep it together:... More »

Blind Actors Blast Breslin Pick for Keller

Advocates complain that blind, deaf had no chance to audition

(Newser) - Advocates for blind and deaf actors complain that they were never given a chance to audition for the role of Helen Keller in an upcoming revival of The Miracle Worker. The part has instead been given to Abigail Breslin, best known for playing Olive in Little Miss Sunshine. The Broadway... More »

Potter Kids Need to Rebel: 'Malfoy'

Film needs more controversy from young actors, says co-star

(Newser) - The young stars making magic in the Harry Potter series are far too nice, says co-star Jason Isaac. “The problem with Harry Potter,” the actor who plays Lucius Malfoy, father of Potter rival Draco, tells the Telegraph, “is that there is so little controversy.” They “... More »

Jon & Kate Plus ... Child Labor Investigation

(Newser) - The Pennsylvania Department of Labor is investigating Jon & Kate Plus 8 to see if the show violates child labor laws, the AP reports. TLC says it complies with all state regulations; the department would not reveal who made the complaint, saying only “any complaint we get, we investigate.... More »

No Sex Until Marriage: Miley

Singer may be growing up, but plans to hold on to virginity

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus “can’t be the 12-year-old who just moved to LA forever,” the starlet tells the Daily Mail with regard to her rapidly deteriorating innocence—but “I want to keep my virginity until I marry. I was brought up in a Christian family.” The 16-year-old... More »

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