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6 items from 2008


Burke Beats Bass To Take Dancing Title

25 November 2008 11:03 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Model Brooke Burke has won U.S. TV talent show Dancing With The Stars.

The TV personality beat out competition from NFL star Warren Sapp and former 'N Sync singer Lance Bass - who was booted out of the finale first, landing the season's third place.

Burke, who is a mother of four, has been the favourite to win throughout the series, which saw celebrity competitors including Oscar-winner Cloris Leachman and young actor Cody Linley.

Burke worried fans after she injured her foot during a dance routine, but made a rousing return to form - scoring top points 16 times.

The star's professional dance partner Derek Hough says, "I actually can't believe it. I really can't. I honestly can't. The journey's been so long. It's been tough. It's been wonderful."

Previous finalists in the hit TV show include former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, actor Mario Lopez and Bass' former bandmate Joey Fatone. »

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Obama 'Absolutely Heartbroken' By Hudson's Loss

26 October 2008 4:08 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama has reached out to Jennifer Hudson - admitting he has been left "absolutely heartbroken" by the murder of the Oscar winner's mother and brother.

The Dreamgirls star's mum Darnell Donnerson and her 29-year-old brother Jason were gunned down at their home in Chicago, Illinois on Friday.

The actress/singer's nephew, Julian King, who was staying with his grandmother when she was killed, is still missing.

William Balfour, who was once married to the seven-year-old's mother Julia Hudson, is in police custody. No charges have been brought against him as WENN goes to press.

And Obama, who is senator of Hudson's home state, has expressed his shock at the horrific incident - branding the deaths as an "unimaginable tragedy".

Obama tells People.com, "(My wife) Michelle and I were absolutely heartbroken to learn about this unimaginable tragedy and we want Jennifer to know that she is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We also pray for the swift and safe return of her young nephew."

And in an interview with E!, he tells host Mario Lopez how he is seeking the star's home number to personally pass on his condolences.

He told the show, "I'm still trying to get a phone number to call her at this tragic time. She is somebody who has campaigned for me, she also lives in my community. So, we're really going to have to... help her and pray for her and her family during this difficult time."

In August, Hudson threw her support behind the politician by singing the U.S. national anthem at the Democratic National Convention, after she was personally invited by Obama's campaign. »

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Lopez Pens Children's Book

26 September 2008 11:06 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

U.S. TV hunk Mario Lopez has become the latest star to pen a children's book.

The former Saved By The Bell star has written Mud Taco with his sister Marissa, about his experiences growing up.

A source says, "For fun, he and Marissa would make tacos out of mud in the backyard, substituting worms for cheese, grass for lettuce and mud for meat.

.Mario would dare Marissa to eat one, but she.d refuse. Now they.re writing a book about it to teach children to be strong and creative..

The new book is due out in 2009, according to Life + Style magazine. »

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Lopez And Gosselaar Reunite Onscreen

25 September 2008 9:09 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Mario Lopez is to be reunited with his Saved By The Bell co-star Mark-paul Gosselaar for a one-off reunion of the TV show.

Lopez - who hosts Warner Bros entertainment show Extra - has invited Gosselaar, who played Zach Morris in the hit show, to join him in a 20th anniversary special.

And Gosselaar reveals he still watches re-runs of the show with his son and wife.

He says, "We never thought the show was going to get picked up.It's cool now to watch Saved By The Bell. It's become an icon."

The Extra TV special will air in the U.S. on Friday. »

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Lopez Keeps Shirt On For New Show

15 September 2008 11:53 AM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Chiseled actor Mario Lopez has vowed to stop taking off his shirt for photoshoots - because he's desperate to be taken seriously as a TV journalist.

The former Saved By the Bell star, 34, made his debut as a TV anchor for U.S. entertainment show Extra earlier this month.

And despite reports he's made plans to release a workout video before this holiday season, Lopez insists he'll no longer be showing-off his six-pack.

He says, "My shirtless photo-shoot days are behind me. Obviously, being healthy and staying fit are important to me. My TV projects are my main priority. And no, you will never see me host Extra without a shirt." »

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Mario Lopez: No More Going Shirtless

15 September 2008 7:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

"My shirtless photo-shoot days are behind me," Mario Lopez tells People in a bitter blow to beefcake. Not that the buff new Extra host has anything to hide. "Obviously, being healthy and staying fit are important to me," says the 34-year-old, who in the past seemed like the only serious rival to Matthew McConaughey in the bare-chest sweepstakes. As of Monday, former The Bold and the Beautiful and Dancing with the Stars favorite Lopez – who was also memorably bare-bottomed in the shower for a 2006 episode of Nip/Tuck – will be happily hosting Extra on his own, full-time."My TV projects are my main priority, »

- Bryan Alexander

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