6 items from 2008
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."
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. »
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. »
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. »
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.
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." »
"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
6 items from 2008
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