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Angela Bassett congratulates pioneer theater director Lloyd Richards on receiving the 2002 Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes in the arts in New York on Oct. 30, 2002.
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Hollywood Honors Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett has had good days - being a mother to twins, winning a Golden Globe and getting nominated for an Oscar. Then there was Thursday.

"Do you ever have one of those days? I woke up and the sun wasn't really shining but then it burst through the clouds and it was glorious. Hallelujah!" Bassett, 49, exclaimed to the crowd at the ceremony for the 2,358th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Bassett was joined by her husband, Courtney B. Vance, their children and guests Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne and Rick Fox, her co-star in the new film "Meet the Browns," out Friday.


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Fishburne, who starred alongside Bassett in 1993's "What's Love Got to Do With It," highlighted Bassett's resilience in the industry. She landed an Oscar nomination for the role portraying Tina Turner triumphing over abuse.

Her film credits also include 1998's "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."

Cox, Arquette Asks Celeb Pals To Open Their Wallets

2Courteney Cox and David Arquette have a challenge for their famous friends: help raise $1 million in two weeks for Epidermolysis Bullosa, a rare skin condition that primarily affects children.

Joining Cox and Arquette in the awareness and money-raising effort are Jennifer Aniston, Orlando Bloom, Kate Beckinsale, Rashida Jones, James Marsden and Eva Longoria Parker. All will lend their famous faces and financial support to the Epidermolysis Bullosa Medical Research Foundation, where Cox, Arquette and Aniston serve on the honorary advisory board. (Brad Pitt, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale are also members.)

"EB is very personal to me so I'm happy to be a part of this $1 million challenge," Cox said in a statement to The Associated Press. "Now is such an important time to put the spotlight on EB and ensure that research can continue at a fast pace."

Epidermolysis Bullosa is a debilitating genetic disorder that causes the skin to blister and break at the slightest touch. Victims are often covered in burn-like sores that never heal and most don't live beyond age 30.

Former Beach Boys: Band Name Cannot Be Duplicated

3Two former members of the Beach Boys settled a five-year legal battle over use of the name of the legendary California band, a lawyer said Thursday.

Former band members Al Jardine and Mike Love reached the agreement Tuesday after a two-day conference in Superior Court, said attorney Lawrence Noble, who represents Jardine.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Love sued Jardine in 2003, claiming he fronted a group that used various versions of the Beach Boys name.

The lawsuit said Love is the sole licensee to perform under the name, and that Jardine was denied use because he did not agree to abide by terms of a proposed license.

Love was seeking $2 million in court costs and $1 million he said Jardine collected from using the name.

The Beach Boys, formed in the early 1960s, originally consisted of brothers Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson; Love, their cousin; and Jardine.

Dennis Wilson died in 1983. Carl Wilson died in 1998.

Obsessed Britney Fan Gets YouTube Video Awards Nomination

4And the nominees include: an obsessed Britney Spears fan, the Obama Girl, Chocolate Rain and the "don't tase me, bro" guy. The event: the second annual YouTube Video Awards.

YouTube will announce the 12 winners in the video-sharing site's awards on Friday, recognizing the top-user created videos of 2007. There were six nominees for each category: music, sports, comedy, instructional, short film, inspirational, commentary, creative, politics, series, eyewitness and "adorable."

The nominees can be viewed on YouTube.

Chris Crocker, who shot to stardom in his video freak-out over Spears' public meltdown, is nominated in the commentary category, along with Michael Buckley of the popular online series "What the Buck?"

"The nominees were viewed nearly a quarter-billion times," said YouTube spokesman Aaron Ferstman, who noted the site considered the "watercooler effect" when selecting this year's finalists.

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Miley Cyrus Gets Waxed

5Johnny Depp, meet Miley Cyrus.

Madame Tussauds New York unveiled a wax figure of the wildly popular teen actress-singer on Thursday amid such likenesses as Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, David Wright, Rachael Ray and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The smiling wax Miley - aka Hannah Montana - is featured in skinny black jeans, a blue and gold silk top, open-toed shoes and, of course, long flowing hair.

Judge: T.I. Can Attend Easter Services

T.I. didn't get to host a Thanksgiving gathering at the suburban home where he is under house arrest, but he will be able to attend Easter services.

A federal magistrate judge ruled Thursday that the 27-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford Harris, can be away from home from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday for services by New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

Harris is awaiting trial on weapons charges. He must be accompanied by a court-approved monitor and one of his attorneys, the judge said.

The rapper faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the weapons charges filed against him. The charges stem from an Oct. 12 arrest after Harris allegedly tried to buy unregistered machine guns and silencers.

Mariah Carey Named "Idol" Mentor

Mariah will have some little lambs: and try to help them win "American Idol."

The pop star will be one of this year's celebrity mentors to the current crop of Idol wannabes.

She will join Dolly Parton, Neil Diamond and Andrew Lloyd Webber as celebrities brought on to help shepherd the remaining singers through an episode, which usually features heaping gobs of their music.

Carey will also be able to plug her new album, which is due in stores next month.

Madonna Embraces Digital Age

Madonna's new album "Hard Candy" is going to be available on cell phones before it even hits stores.

According to RollingStone.com, she's making it downloadable to European owners of Vodafone cell phones a week before the album is due in stores on April 29.

It seems Madonna has fully embraced the digital age.

She tried in the past to keep her songs off iTunes, but said she got tired of not being able to download her own music.

She'll be the first artist to release an album via cell phone before the actual release date.

No plans have been made yet for a similar release in the U.S.