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Gene Allen — Former President Of The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences — Has Died At 97

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So sad.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced on Friday that its former president, Gene Allen, has passed away at 97 years old.

He died of natural causes on Wednesday at his home in Newport Beach, California.

Gene had served as the leader of the Academy for three terms in the 1980s. But far before he headed the organization, he received an Oscar for Best Production Design for his work on the 1964 flick My Fair Lady.

He was also nominated for movies like A Star Is Born and Les Girls.

In addition, the film icon was the executive director of the Art Directors Guild from 1970-1997, and at the end of his reign he received a Special Achievement Award.

Scott Roth, who took over Gene's role at the Guild, expressed his condolences, saying:

"Gene Allen displayed verve and brio in his 27 years leading the Art Directors Guild. Add to this his service as an IATSE vice president, president of the Motion Picture Academy, and his multiple Oscar nominations (and wins) for Art Direction and you're looking at a protean career unlikely soon to be matched. He will be sorely missed by his many friends (including me) in the labor and entertainment communities."

Guild president Mimi Gramatky also added:

"Painting until almost the last day of his life, Gene was a consummate artist, leader and award winner who made an enormous contribution to the field of production and art direction, for which we are eternally grateful. We will miss him very much."

He is survived by his wife, Iris, and sons Pat and Mike. Our hearts go out to everyone affected by this sad loss.

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Bring It On Costars Reunite After 15 Years — And Reveal They Were ARRESTED While Filming The Movie!

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Bring It On cast

Brr! It's cold in here — Kirsten Dunst, Gabrielle Union, Eliza Dushku, and Jesse Bradford must be in the atmosphere!

The former costars reunited for an Entertainment Weekly photo shoot in El Lay to celebrate 15 years since their film Bring It On — which has raked in more than $90 million.

Related: 13 Celebs Who Were Arrested When They Were 21 Or Under!

This marks the first time since production that the four have been in the same place at the same time. Talk about a trip down memory lane!

During the interview, Bradford reminisced about how much fun they all had on set — you know, so much fun that they were even arrested while filming in Mexico! He recalled:

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Nicole Kidman Was Named After A Dead Baby Elephant! Get The Strange Scoop Straight From The Aussie HERE!

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What's in a name?

This was the question on everyone's mind as Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, and Nigella Lawson gathered for Friday night's episode of The Graham Norton Show!

Basically, we learn that Meryl HATES her own name and that Nicole inherited the Hawaiian name Hokulani from a baby elephant who was living at the Honolulu Zoo when she was born!

Pretty cute, right?

Related: Nicole Kidman Slips Into Her Lingerie For Interview Magazine

Well, Graham and his team decided to reach out to the zoo and see how Hokulani is doing these days, and they got some pretty upsetting news in return!

Ch-ch-check out Nicole's reaction to finding out her namesake has been dead for decades (above)!

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Drew Barrymore Embraces Her Figure For Her Cover Of InStyle — 'I Just Don't Have A Bikini Body'

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Drew Barrymore

We just love her!

Drew Barrymore opened up about her body image and being a mom in InStyle's first-ever virtual reality cover experience. Fun fact: this is the 40-year-old's eighth time gracing the front of the mag!

Photos: Celebrities With Flower Tattoos!

When it comes to her figure, she's not afraid to have a sense of humor.

The mother of two shared:

"I am who I am and I just don't have a bikini body. I don't even have a one piece body anymore! But I am loving the long rash guard, board-shorts look."

Well, we think she looks great — but we totally understand that comfort is key!

The E.T. star has been in the public eye nearly all of her life, so we can imagine that constant attention can get to you:

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Bristol Palin Bashes Movement That Provides Free Birth Control To Minors

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Bristol has some strong thoughts on this.

Bristol Palin is not a fan of Washington state's birth control initiative.

The Evergreen State has a Medicaid plan called "Take Charge," which provides free birth control, gynecologist visits, and education to women and men of all sorts of ages, including teenagers.

Photo: Bristol Flaunts Her Growing Baby Bump!

The expecting mother was enraged in her blog on Wednesday after referencing a report by conservative organization Judicial Watch that claims Washington was providing birth control implants to 10-year-olds.

She was especially upset that the report revealed young children didn't even need a parent's consent to receive an IUD, writing:

"It is crazy that the government is offering a controversial form of birth control that can have serious life-long side effects to 10-year-old children, but then to do all of this behind a parent's back is simply outrageous!"

However, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has stressed in the past that the internal contraceptive is actually recommended for younger patients, and is completely safe.

The 24-year-old opened the post by saying that, at the age of 10, she wasn't concerned about birth control because the only things that mattered to her were "playing outside and acing fifth grade."

What do U think? Do you agree with Bristol? SOUND OFF in the comments!

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City Council Candidate Charged With Kicking A Dog To Death Claims 'There's Two Sides To Every Story'!

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So sad!

Earlier this week, a New Hampshire man made headlines after police accused him of causing the death of a small dog by kicking it!

City Council candidate Toby Tousley was charged with animal cruelty for allegedly kicking a Pekingese Chihuahua mix because it went to the bathroom on his lawn!

According to reports, the 55-year-old was making repairs to a rental building he owned on Saturday when the 17-year-old canine started squatting on the property.

Photos: Reese Witherspoon Introduces Her Adorable New Family Dog!

Tousley tried to scare the dog off, but when that didn't work he allegedly gave the dog a kick — and the animal died shortly after!

After receiving "hundreds" of threatening calls and emails since the incident, the City Council candidate is claiming that the police released inaccurate information to the media! He said:

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The Pretty Little Liars Girls Coordinate Perfectly At NY Comic-Con

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The PLL girls visit Comic-Con.

Are you ready for season six of Pretty Little Liars???

We can't wait to see what new shenanigans they'll be getting into five years from now!

Related: Get All Your PLL Season 6 Deets!

The girls looked fab during NY Comic-Con while discussing the upcoming season, and they coordinated their outfits to perfection.

Sasha Pieterse stood out in a red dress with black trim along the hem, and she cinched in her waist with a wide black belt.

The rest of the girls kept it black and white — maybe they really wanted A to have the spotlight!

Or maybe she bullied them into it, LOLz.

Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson both rocked two-piece monochrome looks, with Lucy adding sparkle to the skirt and crop top, while Ash was sophisticated with a long blazer and crisp white shirt.

Troian Bellisario and Shay Michell were the sexiest of the bunch in a low-cut leather dress and mesh-detailed jumpsuit, respectively.

Who's your fave???

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