gambling with her age

Betty White planning poker night to celebrate 97th birthday

Betty White is 97 years old today, and she's still getting carded!

According to the actress' rep, the "Golden Girls" star plans on celebrating her birthday on Thursday with some friendly gambling.

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"In [the] evening, Betty is playing poker with friends that she has played with for decades," Betty's rep told Us Weekly, adding that her birthday wish is a phone call from Robert Redford.

TMZ reported on Jan. 17 that the birthday girl is "feeling great and happy as ever."

Betty, as beloved as anyone in the entertainment industry, continues to field offers to act in films and TV shows.

In September 2018, the Hollywood legend received a standing ovation while being honored at the Emmy Awards.

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"Thank you. I'm just gonna quit while I'm ahead," she joked. "Little did I dream that I would be here and it's incredible that I'm still in this business, that you're putting up with me. I'm thanking you. It's incredible that you can stay with a career this long and still have people put up with you. I wish they did that at home!"

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Prior to her Emmys award, Betty credited her long career with her positive attitude.

"I know it sounds corny, but I try to see the funny side and the upside, not the downside," she told Parade. "I get bored with people who complain about this or that. It's such a waste of time. Enjoy life. Accentuate the positive, not the negative. It sounds so trite, but a lot of people will pick out something to complain about, rather than say, 'Hey, that was great!' It's not hard to find great stuff if you look."

Even at 97 years old everything is still coming up aces for Betty.

medical reveal

Arnold Schwarzenegger reveals he had heart surgery

Arnold Schwarzenegger successfully underwent heart surgery in Ohio, he revealed.

The "Terminator" star posted several pictures to Instagram on Oct. 23, one of which showed him recovering in a hospital bed. 

"Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic, I have a new aortic valve to go along with my new pulmonary valve from my last surgery," he wrote alongside the images. 

The former California governor underwent emergency heart surgery in March 2018. He would later go on to say that he thought it would be a simple procedure with a minimal recovery effort, but the recovery turned out to be grueling and he felt like he was fighting for his life. He spoke about the medical procedure earlier this year while speaking to 2020 graduates.

"I woke up from the surgery,  I woke up 16 hours later instead of four hours [later]. And there was a tube sticking out of my mouth. The doctor moved forward, took the tube and ripped it out of my throat. And I was coughing violently, and he says, 'Just keep coughing. And then let us tell you what happened,'" he said. "They told me they had to do emergency surgery, that something went wrong during this non-invasive procedure. And then it became very invasive. They said they broke through the heart wall and there was internal bleeding and I could have died if they didn't open up my sternum and do open-heart surgery."

He added, "Life will always throw an obstacle in your path, like it was my heart surgery or with your graduation. But if you have a vision, a very clear vision of where you want to go and what you want to do, then there's no problem."

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Arnold, who also had his pulmonic valve replaced in 1997, is proving this time that he's feeling good, even sharing images of himself out and about in Cleveland.

"I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues," he said on Friday. "Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team!"

After his post, several of Arnold's children commented on his images.

"PLEASE DONT GO WORKOUT TODAY!!" Patrick Schwarzenegger wrote. Katherine Schwarzenegger commented with several praying hand emojis.

B-day love

Celine Dion pays loving tribute to twin boys on 10th birthday

Celine Dion's husband, Rene Angelil, passed away in 2016, but he's still a huge part of his children's lives. 

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On Oct. 23, the singer paid tribute to her twin sons, Nelson and Eddy, on their 10th birthday while referencing Rene, who died after a long battle with throat cancer. 

"Nelson and Eddy, you have been bringing so much joy, love and laughter into our lives every single day for the past 10 years," she wrote on Instagram. "You make me, your big brother and your Dad, who is for sure watching over you, so very proud. Happy birthday my beautiful boys! We love you so very much… – Mom, RC and Dad xx…"

Celine's message was accompanied by several current and past images of the pre-teen boys. The images show the boys rapidly becoming young men. 

The superstar also shares 19-year-old son René-Charles, 19, with her late husband.

Celine often keeps Rene's spirit alive in Instagram tributes to her kids. On René-Charles' last birthday in January she called him a "true gentleman."

"I'm so proud of the way you're conducting yourself in life," she wrote at the time. "I want you to know that your father's guidance continues to support and protect you… as I do. Keep being the best of yourself… strong, passionate, and wise, as you pursue all of your dreams in life – the sky's the limit!"

She added, "And above all, have a good time!…. Your happiness, is my happiness. I love you so much, my dear son! Mom xx…"

vocal voter

Jennifer Aniston casts vote for Biden, shades Kanye

This time Jennifer Aniston is doing the casting!

On Oct. 23, the beloved "Friends" star posted a series of Instagram photos that shows her dropping off her ballot at an authorized ballot drop off box for the 2020 election. Jen told her nearly 36 million followers that she voted for Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris. 

"#IVOTED for @joebiden and @kamalaharris. I dropped my ballot off, and I did it early," she said. 

In her lengthy caption, she explained the rationale behind her vote. 

"I voted for them because right now this country is more divided than ever. Right now, a few men in power are deciding what women can and can't do with their own bodies. Our current President has decided that racism is a non-issue. He has repeatedly and publicly ignored science… too many people have died," she said. "I urge you to really consider who is going to be most affected by this election if we stay on the track we're on right now… your daughters, the LGBTQ+ community, our Black brothers and sisters, the elderly with health conditions, and your future kids and grandkids (who will be tasked with saving a planet that our leadership refuses to believe is hurting)."

It's not surprising that Jennifer sided with the Biden/Harris ticket, as she's openly spoken about her admiration for Kamala Harris and her disdain for President Donald Trump. 

"This whole thing isn't about one candidate or one single issue, it's about the future of this country and of the world. Vote for equal human rights, for love, and for decency," she said.

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Many of Jen's like-minded famous friends applauded her for her words. 

In ending her caption, Jen took a shot at someone else on the ballot, someone who's gotten a lot of press

"PS – It's not funny to vote for Kanye. I don't know how else to say it," she wrote. "Please be responsible."

Living and breathing

'Dead' man who Drew Barrymore's physic spoke to is actually alive

It feels good to be alive… right? And perhaps no one knows more about that than a former relative of Drew Barrymore's.

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Last week, a physic appeared on Drew's talk show and began summoning relatives who had passed. Most of those who supposedly came through were relatives of her ex-husband Will Kopelman. 

"You are … a part of that family — it doesn't matter [that] the two of you are not together anymore," physic Anna Raimondi told a happy Drew.

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Drew welled up when Anna spoke of a deceased "judge" who came through, who Drew identified as "David." 

Judge David Kopelman, however, is alive and well and living in Boston. Now, Drew's ex is sounding off on the physic.

"Drew and I have a close and highly amicable co-parenting relationship; I have and always will continue to cheer her on from the sidelines. That being said, the segment was a solid laugh considering my uncle Judge David Kopelman is still very much alive," Will said. "And I'm a little surprised that Drew chose to give oxygen to someone like this, because self-entitled mediums who prey on vulnerable bereaved people with claims they can communicate with their dead loved ones in exchange for fame and compensation all belong in jail. None of my dead relatives — all of whom I'm sure would have really liked Drew — are speaking with some submental hack working the talk show circuit. This I assure you."

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Following Will's unfiltered comments, a rep for Drew told Page Six, "The grandfather of Will is Frank, who was a judge and is deceased. David is … Will's uncle, who's alive and also a judge. That was the confusion."

Anna, meanwhile, stands by her abilities, telling the publication, "I felt a judge who is passed. Drew said David. I only felt a judge."

Feeling soar

Taking flight! Emilia Clarke goes skydiving for 34th birthday

The mother of dragons has her own wings!

To celebrate her 34th birthday, Emilia Clarke decided to take flight and soar over the United Kingdom. On Oct. 23, the "Game of Thrones" star posted a series of images from an adrenaline-filled skydiving adventure she went on.

"What could match the profound existential terror of another birthday?" she captioned the images. "Jumping out of a… plane is what."

Emilia used several funny hashtags to document her thoughts, including "free falling," "birthday blues take a punch," "who says you can only fly dragons" and "my facial expressions tell you all you need to know." 

In ending her caption, she thanked Hinton Sky Diving for "the most exhilarating experience of my life!"

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Emilia's fans loved the pictures while they sent birthday love to the actress (even Courteney Cox gave Emilia a shoutout in the comments section.)

One fan wrote, "Very glad that parachute worked." Other fans naturally tied her flight to her famous "GOT character," Daenerys Targaryen.

"Does this feel like riding a dragon?" one person asked. "After flying on a dragon, piece of cake. Happy everything," another said. 

Fly, Emilia, fly!

'Home Improvement' star hit with additional felony in alleged DV assault

Zachery Ty Bryan's legal situation has gotten more intense.

According to TMZ, prosecutors are adding new charges against the "Home Improvement" star, including an additional felony, for the alleged assault of his girlfriend last weekend.

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Police documents paint a terrifying picture of the Oct. 16 incident. The police report claims the actor woke his girlfriend up because he was angry about missing phone chargers. Zachery was reportedly shouting obscenities at the woman and even pulled her out of bed by her hair. At that point, he allegedly started beating her, the report states.

The woman told police that Zachery has become more agitated of late and alleged that he's been getting abusive over the past month. On the night of the incident, he allegedly punched and slapped her in the head and face multiple times. 

"She also claims he choked her to the point she thought she was going to suffocate, and put his knee into the back of her neck," TMZ reported. 

Eventually the woman managed to get away and called 911, but she claims Zachery disconnected the line. When police called back, he was standing next to her listening to the conversation. At some point she escaped to a friend's home nearby, previous reports indicate.

Once authorities arrived, Zachery was reportedly evasive and claimed the woman was upset because he was trying to break up with her. Police also noticed blood and bruising on the woman. 

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Zachery was initially arrested on a charge of felony strangulation, as well as charges of fourth-degree assault and interfering with making a report, both of which are misdemeanors. Prosecutors have now charged him with strangulation and coercion, both of which are felonies. He's also being charged with six misdemeanors.

The actor is now out on bail but can not have any contact whatsoever with the victim. 

Waist watcher

Busta Rhymes showed off incredible weight loss: Pics

Where have you gone, Busta Rhymes!

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On Oct. 23, the legendary rapper posted a side by side picture of himself. One of the images is undated, but shows him with a pronounced tummy. The other is recent, and it shows him with incredibly-defined abs.

"DON'T EVER GIVE UP ON YOURSELF!!" he captioned the side-by-side snaps. "LIFE BEGINS RIGHT NOW!!!"

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Busta, 48, implied that his upcoming album, "Ele 2 The Wrath of God," was one of the motivating factors to him losing weight. 

"MY DEDICATION IS DIFFERENT!! I WOULD NEVER PUT OUT AN ALBUM AND NOT BE IN THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE!!" he said. "I RESPECT MYSELF TOO MUCH AND I RESPECT Y'ALL TOO MUCH!!! I'M ONLY HERE TO INSPIRE!!"

Busta thanked several of his trainers and coaches and tagged Weight Watchers and Peloton in his images, indicating they helped with his transformation. 

As his followers congratulated him in the comments section of his Instagram, he told one fan, "Let's keep it going and keep it growing!!"

Over the past few months, the "Break Ya Neck" singer has posted several videos from his intense workouts. In August, Media Take Out reported that Busta weighed had lost 100 pounds after once allegedly tipping the scales at nearly 400 pounds. 

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Blake Lively calls out herself after hilarious Photoshop fail

Blake Lively just got caught in a Photoshop fail, one that even she finds funny.

On Oct. 22, the actress posted a photo with her husband, Ryan Reynolds, just prior to dropping off their election ballots. At first glance, the picture is innocent enough, but fans noticed something odd about her feet: she drew on sandals!

"Its the drawn on heels for me 😂," one person commented on Blake's photo.

There was little debate about whether the sandals were real or not due to the fact that Ryan posted the same photo. In his photo, the "Gossip Girl" star is barefoot and standing on her tippy toes.

The couple poked fun at the photo fail. Blake even tagged Christian Louboutin at her feet, hilariously implying they were high-end shoes. On her Instagram Story, she later posted the picture and drew platform heels on her feet along with the caption, "I don't see the issue." An arrow pointed at her feet. Ryan posted the images, too.

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She later asked Christian Louboutin if the brand was hiring. "Barefoot iPhone doodler with vast experience avail," she wrote, adding she has an "impressive resume upon request."

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Blake finally explained what happened.

"Can you tell I was so happy to get outta a onesie and vote," she wrote on her Story. "Sure it was an absentee drop off ballot with a mask covering my look. But dammit I exercised my right to vote. And to not wear shoes that ruined my outfit."

Straight talk

'SATC' star reveals the real reason he never came out as straight

He played a gay man in two movies and on one of the most popular television shows for six years, but Willie Garson was merely acting. The truth is, he's straight in real life, but he avoided questions about his sexuality for years. 

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"I didn't talk about it because I found it to be offensive to gay people," the beloved "Sex and the City" star told Page Six. "People playing gay characters jumping up and down screaming that they're not gay, like that would somehow be a bad thing if they were."

Willie actually became quite slick when he was asked in interviews about his sexuality.

"When the question would come up during the show I would say, 'When I was on "White Collar" no one ever asked me if I was a conman, and when I was on "NYPD Blue," nobody ever asked me if I was a murderer. This is what we do for a living, portray people,'" the 56-year-old actor explained.

Will, who played Carrie's friend Stanford Blatch, added, "I've never been straight closeted, is that a thing?"

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Still, due to the show's massive popularity and because he played his character so effortlessly, it affected his dating life.

"At the beginning, you would approach someone at a bar and realize, 'Oh, they want to be Stanford's best friend.' They don't necessarily want to sleep with you," he said.

Willie starred on the show from 1998 to 2004. He was also featured in both "Sex and the City" movies. These days he's single and has a 19-year-old son Nathen, whom he adopted from foster care 12 years ago.

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"I very much always wanted to have a child," he said. "I had a long relationship, off and on, for like 20 years and she never wanted to have a child, which is fine. And it was like my mid-life crisis, I really wanted a child more than anything else and I got one. We're partners, my kid and I."