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Feb. 16, 2011 at 4:00 AM

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KENNETH MARS: Film and television actor Kenneth Mars has died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Granada Hills, Calif., his family said. He was 75.

Mars's film credits include Mel Brooks's comedy classics "Young Frankenstein" and "The Producers," as well as Peter Bogdanovich's "What's Up, Doc?" and Woody Allen's "Radio Days" and "Shadows and Fog," The Hollywood Reporter said Tuesday.

The Chicago native also appeared on the TV shows "Malcolm in the Middle," "Fernwood Tonight," "America Tonight" and "He & She."

Among his voice-over jobs were "The Jetsons," "The Flintstones Kids," "The Little Mermaid," "Duckman," "Life With Louie" and "The Land Before Time" series.

The Hollywood Reporter said funeral services for Mars will be private, but donations in his memory may be made to Smile Train in Washington D.C.


LARA LOGAN: Lara Logan, a 39-year-old correspondent for "60 Minutes," was beaten and sexually assaulted while covering the recent protests in Egypt, CBS said.

The attack took place last Friday, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down after three weeks of protests demanding his resignation.

"CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a '60 Minutes' story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy," CBS News said in a statement posted on its Web site Tuesday.

"In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering. There will be no further comment from CBS News and correspondent Logan and her family respectfully request privacy at this time."

ABC News said Logan, a South Africa native and mother of a 2-year-old son, is an award-winning journalist who has covered war zones for 18 years.

More than 100 reporters were assaulted, threatened, arrested or improperly detained in the days leading up to Mubarak's ouster, ABC News quoted journalist organizations as saying.


MILEY CYRUS: U.S. singer Billy Ray Cyrus says "Hannah Montana," the TV sitcom he co-starred in with his daughter Miley, destroyed his family.

Although the show helped revive the elder Cyrus' career and made his daughter a popular singer and actress, Billy Ray told GQ for its March issue he wishes he and Miley had never gotten involved with "Hannah Montana."

During the course of the show, Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Tish split up, and Miley, now 18, has been criticized for some time for her sexy image and hard-partying ways.

"I hate to say it, but yes, I do (regret it.) I'd take it back in a second," the New York Post quoted Billy Ray as saying to GQ about "Hannah Montana."

"Every time the train went off the track ... her people, or as they say in today's news, her handlers, every time they'd put (the blame on) me," he added. "I took it because I'm her daddy ... OK, nail me to the cross. I'm scared for her. She's got a lot of people around her that's putting her in a great deal of danger. I want to get her sheltered from the storm."

The Post said Miley's publicist didn't respond to its request for comment on her father's interview.


FRANKIE MUNIZ: Frankie Muniz's publicist is denying an online report claiming the actor assaulted his girlfriend and held a gun to his own head at their home in Phoenix.

Entertainment news Web site TMZ cited a police report filed last Friday as the source for its story about the 25-year-old former "Malcolm in the Middle" star, who is also a race-car driver and musician.

TMZ said it was alleged in the police report that Muniz "grabbed a gun and held it to his head, possibly with the intent of committing suicide," as well as punched girlfriend Elycia Turnbow and "threw her into a wall."

Both Muniz and Turnbow were charged with disorderly conduct, TMZ said.

But the couple's representative downplayed the alleged incident in a statement issued Tuesday to UsMagazine.com.

"Frankie and Elycia had an argument a few days ago. The police were called to the residence," the statement said. "A gun played no part in the argument and was voluntarily given to the police for safekeeping. There were no bruises and neither left the residence. He was not suicidal. She was not assaulted. They have been together since the incident; are still together and are moving forward with their lives and with their relationship."

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