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Spider-Man/Pretty Woman Producer Laura Ziskin Passes Away

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Very sad.

Spider-Man/Pretty Woman producer Laura Ziskin has lost the battle to breast cancer at 61-years-old.

Aside from an extremely impressive film career, Ziskin was also one of the founders of the Stand Up to Cancer research movement, which is an initiative "intended to enable cutting-edge research targeting all types of cancer led by 'dream teams' of doctors."

Here's what Laura's Stand Up to Cancer co-founder Katie Couric had to say about her:

"Laura was one of the most courageous people I’ve ever known. Her fearlessness in the face of this relentless killer inspires everyone on the SU2C team to redouble our efforts to make cancer history."

Aside from her film producing career and her work with Stand up to Cancer, Ziskin was also the first woman to produce the Academy Awards ceremony on her own in 2002, and she produced the first-ever "green" ceremony in 2007.

Such an impressive, inspirational woman! She will be missed.

Our thoughts go out to her family, friends, and peers during this difficult time.

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Twilight Fan Spends $60,000 To Visit Breaking Dawn Set


This is excessive! Fortunately for this fan, the money is going to a good cause, so we can’t bash them TOO hard.

A Twilight fan dropped $60k on an Ebay auction for the opportunity to spend a day on the Breaking Dawn set with the cast and crew.

The money will go to Stand Up to Cancer, which is a wonderful cause, but we hope that this fan gets their money’s worth.

We wonder what types of fun things this fan will get to do on set! Here’s a few thoughts:

-Engage in some 100% legal, non-marijuana-based smoking with Kristen Stewart

-Do an extensive ab workout with Taylor Lautner

-Take an excursion off-set to pick up hair products with Robert Pattinson

-Have a deeply intellectual/philosophical discussion with smart-way-beyond-her-years-actress Dakota Fanning

What would U want to do if U were on the Breaking Dawn set for a day?

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A Slew Of Stars Stand Up To Cancer!


On Sept. 10, almost every major network and cable channel will simultaneously broadcast the second annual Stand Up to Cancer telethon. The Stand Up to Cancer program is part of the Entertainment Industry Foundation, a nonprofit Hollywood-based group that supports programs addressing health, education and social issues.

It's going to be an amazing event that will promote awareness and assistance in finding a cure for those suffering.

Some huge stars are donating their time to the telethon. Some of the A-list names announced this morning were George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Renee Zellweger, Will Smith and Gwyneth Paltrow!

Make sure you tune in and do your part to help find a cure!

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