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Lee Aaker, ‘Rin Tin Tin’ and ‘High Noon’ child star, dead at 77

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Lee Aaker, 'Rin Tin Tin' and 'High Noon' child star, dead at 77

Lee Aaker, a blonde, button-nosed staple of classic film and television throughout the 1950s, has died. He was 77.

Best-known for the classic boy-and-his-dog series “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin” which ran on ABC from 1954 to 1959, Aaker passed away earlier this month after a stroke in Mesa, Arizona, his friend and fellow former child star Paul Peterson confirmed via Facebook.

“Saying Goodbye to Lee Aaker — you have to be a certain age to remember Rin Tin Tin,” Peterson, 75, wrote in his short but poignant post. “Lee Aaker passed away in Arizona on April 1st, alone and unclaimed … listed as an ‘indigent decedent.’ “

Born in Inglewood, California on Sept. 25, 1943, Aaker was discovered by legendary film director Fred Zinnemann and cast in his 1951 short film “Benjy,” which was commissioned as a fundraiser video by Los Angeles Orthopedic Hospital. The 31-minute short, narrated by Henry Fonda, featured Aaker as a little boy with scoliosis who gets the chance to undergo a life-changing medical procedure — if he can get permission from the parents who have rejected him. Despite featuring scripted scenes, “Benjy” would go on to win the Oscar for Best Documentary Short category.

Next up: Zinnemann recruited Aaker for an uncredited appearance in his classic Western “High Noon,” opposite Gary Cooper. That film won four Academy Awards, but lost Best Picture at the 1953 Oscars to Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Greatest Show on Earth,” which also featured Aaker in another uncredited role.

In all, Aaker appeared in nine films released in 1952 — all before he turned 10 years old.

However, like many stars that shine early and bright, Aaker struggled to get work as he grew up. As a teenager, Aaker scored bit parts on TV series such as “The Donna Reed Show,” where he met his lifetime pal Paul Petersen.

“Suddenly after the series was canceled and I began doing guest shots, I realized that something had changed — I wasn’t the center of attention any more,” Aaker once said according to his IMDB profile. “My folks had always told me that my career might not last, but when it happened, it was still a hard thing for me to adjust to.”

His last on screen appearances were an uncredited role in the 1963 screen adaptation of the musical “Bye Bye Birdie” and a guest spot on “The Lucy Show.” He enlisted in the Air Force shortly after leaving Hollywood and worked a carpenter, the Wrap reported. Later in life he became a regular at fan conventions.

Peterson, now a well-known advocate for former youth performers, said he is now fighting to organize a burial service for Aaker.

“As an Air Force veteran Lee is entitled to burial benefits,” Peterson said. “I am working on that. God knows when a sparrow falls.”

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Disney hypes real-life lightsaber for #RevengeOfTheFifth

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Laser swords are no longer just for movie characters. 

On Tuesday, May 4 — widely celebrated as “Star Wars” day — Disney announced that, for the first time, mere mortals can arm themselves with retractable, working lightsabers. 

“Light…darkness…a balance,” says “The Last Jedi” character Rey in a teaser video for the cinematic weapon’s earthling launch.

“Yes, that’s a new type of lightsaber Rey is holding in her hand, created by Walt Disney Imagineering Research and Development,” Disney Parks wrote in an accompanying blog post.  

The trailer also promoted Disney’s new “all immersive” Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel, set to open for two-night stays in 2022, when the sabers will become available. Guests at the galactic resort will be the first to experience the real world sabers and will additionally be given the opportunity “to train in the ancient ways of the lightsaber” among other thematic offerings. 

“Watching that lightsaber activate right before your eyes will be just one of the countless ways that, from the moment you arrive to the moment you depart, you’ll be plunged into a Star Wars story where your decisions and actions — or even the casual conversations you may have — determine how your personal journey unfolds,” the post goes on.

The new, retractable spear is unsurprisingly not the first re-creation of the famed franchise’s most iconic weapon: YouTubers and the French have also previously made various attempts at emulating the device.

Fans have made it clear that, once they get their hands on the glowing swords, some ought to turn green: On the heels of “May the Fourth,” some “Star Wars” die-hards are also now promoting #RevengeOfTheFifth and “May the Sith” — additional “Star Wars” themed holidays meant to promote the series’ villains. 

“Happy #RevengeOfTheFifth to every darkside enthusiast,” tweeted one fan girl on Wednesday.

“Sometimes it’s good to be bad,” wrote another fandom account with the hashtag.

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‘RHOD’ star Kary Brittingham, Eduardo split after 12 years

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Kary Brittingham and her husband, Eduardo Brittingham, are ending their marriage.

The “Real Housewives of Dallas” star announced the news of their divorce on Instagram ahead the reality show’s reunion on Tuesday.

“As we go in to tonight’s episode, I want you to know that Eduardo and I have made the very tough decision to separate,” she wrote. “He has been the most amazing father these past 17 years to my four kids and for that I am eternally grateful.”

Kary wrote the message alongside a family photo of herself, Eduardo, and the children. The estranged couple has one daughter together, Isabella, while Kary has three children from her previous marriage: daughters Sofia and Olivia and son Alex.

Kary and Eduardo tied the knot in 2009 in Careyes, Mexico.

“He has been the most amazing father these past 17 years to my four kids and for that I am eternally grateful,” the Bravolebrity continued. “We are stepping into this new journey as co-parents together and while I know it’s going to be an adjustment, I am confident that we can handle this next chapter of life with the same amount of mutual respect and love we’ve shared with each other for so long.”

Kary acknowledged that “starting over at 50 can be scary” but explained that separating was the “right thing” for themselves and their children.

“If you believe in the power of prayer, please pray for us as we walk through this uncharted territory,” she ended her note.

During the “RHOD” reunion, Kary broke the news to her co-stars, admitting that she was in “so much pain” while filming.

“This was a really tough season for me, and watching it back, I realized how much I hurt and how much I was struggling, you know, in my life. As I watched that, I realized how much in pain I was. My marriage was falling apart, and I didn’t wanna admit it,” Kary said, through tears.

“After the show finished, you know, me and Eduardo had to have a real heart-to-heart talk, and we decided that, you know, we needed to go our separate ways. And we just told our kids right before coming to the reunion.”

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Infamous ‘stop being poor’ T-shirt is fake

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Paris Hilton is so misunderstood.

The hotel heiress has made a shocking revelation for fans on social media: Her infamous “STOP BEING POOR” tank top is a fake.

“So there’s this photo online of me — I’m sure you’ve seen it,” the once-and-forever It girl begins in a video posted on TikTok, now viewed more than 4.5 million times.

“I never wore that shirt,” she says in setting the record straight, pointing toward the background which features the famous image of Paris flaunting the “STOP BEING POOR” message across her torso. “This was completely Photoshopped. Everyone thinks it’s real, but that’s not the truth.”

Then, the real message flashes on the screen. “Stop being desperate,” she says with a snicker, reading the shirt she wore that night some 16 years ago.

“Don’t believe everything you read,” she warns at the end.

The notorious top has been tied to the 40-year-old party gal since 2013, according to the viral archive KnowYourMeme. Images of Paris with sister Nicky, 37, at a 2005 fashion show — for the now-defunct fashion label Chick by Nicky Hilton — were tweaked to diss the siblings as spoiled and were then shared widely on Tumblr.

Though the images were reportedly debunked just a few months later, the fakes remain closely associated with Paris, who is reportedly worth an estimated $300 million.

Meanwhile, the blushing bride-to-be is likely busily planning her nuptials with 40-year-old venture capitalist Carter Reum, who proposed to the “Stars Are Blind” singer with a massive diamond and sapphire engagement ring that could be worth over $2 million, according to jewelry experts.

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