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Is Eddie Murphy In Talks to Host the Oscars?

Sources close to Academy Awards officials  say comedian and actor Eddie Murphy is being considered to host the Oscars in February.

The move is seen as an effort to return to basics — in other words, have one funny act head up the entire ceremony. In years past, the Academy has experimented with different hosting ideas, culminating in the somewhat questionable move this year that saw actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway emceeing what many called a disastrous show.

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‘Blue’s Clues’ Host Steve Burns Talks About His Fame-ishness and Date With a Swimsuit Model [VIDEO]

Remember Steve Burns? You might know him better as simply “Steve,” the aw-shucks proprietor of a cartoon house and blue dog, from the popular Nickoledeon kids’ show ‘Blue’s Clues.’

The role didn’t make him a traditional celebrity, but it did make him “fame-ish” enough to be occasionally recognized on the street (often by kids, of course) and to have at least one swimsuit model solicit him for a play date. Burns opened up about his “microcelebrity” at the Moth, a storytelling event series.

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Celebrity Birthdays for September 1 – Lily Tomlin, Gloria Estefan and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Lily Tomlin
Age: 72
Occupation: Actress, Comedienne, and Writer
Known For: Being a comedic legend who appeared on the 1960s sketch show, ‘Laugh-In,’ starring in films such as ’9 to 5′ and ‘All of Me,’ as well as on TV shows such as ‘The West Wing,’ and winning Tonys, Emmys, and a Grammy

Gloria Estefan
Age: 54
Occupation: Singer and Songwriter
Known For: Selling over 100 million albums worldwide both as a solo artist and as lead singer of the Miami Sound Machine, hits such as ‘Conga’ and ‘Rhythm is Gonna Get You,’ suffering a horrific bus crash in 1990, and winning seven Grammy Awards

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Adult Children Try to Sue Mother for Being a Bad Parent

Citing evidence such as birthday cards that contained no money and a lack of care packages when they were away at college, Steven Miner, 23, and Kathryn Miner, 20, tried to sue the woman who brought them into the world for being “negligent” and causing them “emotional distress.”

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 31 – Van Morrison, Richard Gere and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Van Morrison
Age: 66
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Musician
Known For: Hits such as ‘Brown Eyed Girl,’ ‘Into the Mystic,’ and ‘Moondance,’ winning six Grammy Awards, and being a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Richard Gere
Age: 62
Occupation: Actor and Activist
Known For: Films such as ‘American Gigolo,’ ‘An Officer and a Gentleman,’ and ‘Pretty Woman,’ and his work as an advocate for human rights in Tibet

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This Day in History for August 31 – Princess Diana Dies and More

1803 – Lewis and Clark start their expedition to the west (More info)

1888 – Mary Ann Nichols, the first of Jack the Ripper’s confirmed victims, is murdered (More info)

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Ellen DeGeneres Makes Surprise Appearance at Taylor Swift Concert [VIDEO]

It was impressive enough that Taylor Swift booked a four-night run of sellout performances at L.A.’s Staples Center. Then she went and added surprise cameos from Justin Bieber and Jason Mraz, who each popped up for unannounced duets. Sunday night marked the end of Taylor’s Staples residency, and she had yet another surprise special guest for her fans: Ellen DeGeneres.

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Hurricane Irene Washes Away 141-Year-Old Vermont Bridge [VIDEO]

One of Hurricane Irene‘s unfortunate structural victims this weekend was the 141-year-old Bartonsville Covered Bridge in Bartonsville, Vermont.

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 29 – John McCain, Lea Michele and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

John McCain
Age: 75
Occupation: Politician
Known For: Being a Vietnam prisoner of war, serving as an Arizona senator since 1986, and a failed 2008 presidential bid

Lea Michele
Age: 25
Occupation: Actress and Singer
Known For: Broadway roles in ‘Ragtime,’ ‘Les Misérables,’ and ‘Spring Awakening,’ and her portrayal of Rachel Berry on the TV musical juggernaut known as ‘Glee’

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Irene Stinks! Watch News Correspondent Get Covered in Raw Sewage [VIDEO]

Whenever natural disasters strike, news stations often send out a few poor saps to report from the scene. With Hurricane Irene, we typically saw wind-whipped, rain-soaked correspondents in various locations talking about the storm’s fury.

But if there’s an award for Most Deserving of Hazard Pay, it has to go to Washington, DC Fox affiliate WTTG’s Tucker Barnes.

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 24 – Cal Ripken, Jr., Rupert Grint and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Cal Ripken, Jr.
Age: 51
Occupation: Retired Professional Baseball Player
Known For: Holding the record for most consecutive games played and being widely considered one of the best shortstops and third basemen ever

Rupert Grint
Age: 23
Occupation: Actor
Known For: Playing ginger-haired Ron Weasley in the ‘Harry Potter’ film franchise

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Josh Groban to Join ‘The Office’ as Andy Bernard’s Brother

James Spader isn’t going to be the only high-profile name joining ‘The Office’ next season. Singer and sometime-actor Josh Groban has signed on to play the brother of Ed Helms’ character, WASPy salesman Andy Bernard.

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