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A police officer puts on a pair of rubber gloves before entering the apartment of Raymond Clark III, a Yale animal research technician who worked with murdered student Annie Le, in Middletown, Conn., Wednesday, Sept 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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Hollywood Power Couple Lansing, Friedkin Recognized For Hitting The Books

A Hollywood power couple is going back to school.

Former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing and her husband, Oscar-winning director William Friedkin, will receive honorary degrees and speak at commencement ceremonies May 17 at Penn State University, the school announced.

Lansing led Paramount for 13 years, stepping down in 2005. She oversaw the release of Academy Award-winning blockbusters including "Titanic," "Braveheart" and "Saving Private Ryan." Lansing was the first female president of production for a Hollywood studio when, in 1980, she was named to that job at 20th Century Fox Productions.

She founded The Sherry Lansing Foundation, an organization she now chairs that focuses on fundraising for education, health care and cancer research. Lansing will speak at Penn State's College of Health and Human Development commencement.

Friedkin won an Academy Award for directing "The French Connection" in 1971, and received an Oscar nomination for "The Exorcist" in 1973. He will be the featured speaker at the College of Communications ceremony.

"Ugly Betty's" Eric Mabius Welcomes Commitment Unlike His Character

2Eric Mabius is cast as playboy editor Daniel Meade on ABC's "Ugly Betty," but in real life, he's married to a former ninth-grade classmate.

"This sounds a little trite and unbelievable, but we had sex-ed class in ninth grade together," said the 37-year-old actor, who is married to interior designer Ivy Sherman.

Mabius said he and Sherman flirted, but didn't date.

"But 10 years later when I was in New Orleans working on a project, my best friend put us back in touch," he told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "And the rest, as they say ... "

Sherman is expecting the couple's second child later this year. They have a son, Max, who is nearly 2 years old.

On "Ugly Betty," Mabius' character is dating Renee Slater, sister of his rival, Wilhelmina Slater (played by Vanessa Williams).

"Let's say things really heat up between Renee and Daniel. I can definitely say that. And there's an implied double entendre in that," Mabius told the AP. "Things get crazy."

Mabius has also appeared in the TV series "The L Word," "The O.C." and "Eyes."

Bob Dylan To Perform At Virgin Mobile Festival

3Bob Dylan has joined the lineup of the 3rd Virgin Mobile Festival at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Aug. 9-10.

Other performers include The Offspring, Wilco, Iggy & The Stooges, Chuck Berry and previously announced acts Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots, according to a statement posted on the festival's Web site.

Plans call for two main stages at the race course and a dance tent spotlighting electronic music.


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Last year, 74,000 people attended the event, which included performances by the Police, Smashing Pumpkins, the Beastie Boys and nearly 40 other groups.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, May 3.

Amy Poehler To Be A "Baby Mama" In Real Life

4Amy Poehler isn't just acting like a "Baby Mama" anymore, she's pregnant in real life.

Her publicist says she's expecting her first child with husband Will Arnett. The baby is due sometime this fall.


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Poehler is 36 and Arnett is 38. The couple has been married since 2003.

Stone Temple Pilots Singer Pleads No Contest To DUI

5Scott Weiland has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and was sentenced to eight days in jail.

The 40-year-old rocker entered the plea through his attorney in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday. He also was sentenced to four years' probation and must take part in an 18-month alcohol program.

Weiland came to fame as the lead singer of 1990s Stone Temple Pilots, who regrouped after Weiland split this month from Velvet Revolver, a band also featuring former members of Guns N' Roses.

Stone Temple Pilots are scheduled to embark on a 65-city tour May 17. Weiland must serve his jail time by May 28.

Weiland was arrested Nov. 21 on a San Fernando Valley freeway off-ramp.

It was the second DUI conviction for Weiland, who has been dogged by substance problems throughout his career.