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5 Fatal Celebrity Car Accidents

Including one whose death was predicted by a fellow celeb

(Newser) - With Tracy Morgan recovering after a car accident that killed friend and fellow comedian James McNair, Radar looks back on 11 more deadly crashes involving celebrities. Five notable ones:
  • Ryan Dunn: The 34-year-old Jackass star had a blood alcohol level of .196 and was going 130mph when his Porsche flew
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Twitter Sued Over @JamesDean

James Dean Inc. wants account transferred away from anonymous owner

(Newser) - James Dean Inc. has a problem with @JamesDean . The Twitter account bearing the late actor's name has been used by an anonymous James Dean fan since 2009, and now James Dean Inc., which represents the actor's heirs, wants the Twitter handle. It's suing Twitter, the owner of... More »

20 Movies That Debuted After a Star's Death

Paul Walker died less than two weeks before 'Hours' release

(Newser) - Paul Walker died less than two weeks before the Dec. 13 release of Hours, a movie about Hurricane Katrina he starred in. The San Francisco Chronicle rounds up many more examples of movies released after one of their stars died. Click through the gallery for a sampling, or check out... More »

James Dean Love Letters Up for Sale

Letters date from year before star's death

(Newser) - Love letters from one of the major romances in James Dean's short life will hit the auction block for the first time. The actor, who was killed in a car crash at the age of 24, dated Barbara Glenn for 2 years, and the three letters up for sale... More »

In Death, Taylor Reveals James Dean's Dark Secret

Her close friend and co-star was molested as a child, she claimed

(Newser) - Elizabeth Taylor knew a painful secret about close friend James Dean—but, in a 1997 interview with Kevin Sessums, she asked the journalist not to reveal it until after her death. In a column for the Daily Beast , Sessums recalls that interview for POZ, a magazine dedicated to AIDS activism.... More »

James Dean Lives—at Least in New TV Ad

Company's clever spot imagines what actor's live could have been

(Newser) - James Dean is resurrected in a new TV ad for a South African investment firm, the Telegraph reports. The ad depicts Dean advancing through life as if he had he not died at age 24—directing his own films, leading a Vietnam War protest, going to a developing nation on... More »

Oscar for Ledger? You Must Be High

'Pretty good actor who did away with himself' doesn't deserve award

(Newser) - It’s time to put an end to the inane campaign to give Heath Ledger an Oscar for The Dark Knight, writes Eric Lucas in the LA Times. Ledger’s much-fawned-over performance “ultimately devolves into a can-can dance of snuffling pseudo-psychopathia,” Lucas writes. “It has all the... More »

Top 10 Oscars That Weren't

Film classics and actors the Academy overlooked

(Newser) - In the Academy Awards' 80-year history, many classic films, performers, and directors have been robbed of their statues. CNN's Screening Room names the 10 most crushing Oscars that weren't, many of which lost out to—gulp—musicals:
  • 1941: Seminal Citizen Kane loses to sappy How Green Was My Valley
  • 1956:
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Young & Reckless: AP Brit Obit Sparks Macabre Debate

Is 26 too young for an obit?

(Newser) - The Associated Press decision to prepare an obituary for 26-year-old troubled pop star Britney Spears has triggered a debate about the extent the news media should anticipate the early deaths of celebrities like Spears, actress Lindsay Lohan and singer Amy Winehouse, who are clearly living risky lives. The AP had... More »

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