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May 5, 2011 at 4:08 AM

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JACKIE COOPER: Former child actor Jackie Cooper has died at a hospital in Beverly Hills, Calif., his family said. He was 88.

TMZ said he died Tuesday after a brief, unspecified illness.

The former "Our Gang" star was nominated for an Oscar when he was 9 years old for his performance in the movie "Skippy." His other film credits include "The Champ," "The Bowery" and "Treasure Island."

As an adult, he played Daily Planet newspaper editor Perry White in the "Superman" movies, starring Christopher Reeve.

He won Emmy Awards for directing episodes of "M*A*S*H*" and "The White Shadow."


JUSTIN BIEBER: Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire, Lisa Kudrow, Team Coco and Funny Or Die are to be presented with Webby Awards in New York next month.

The ceremony will take place June 13 at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom.

The panel that nominates and selects the Webby Award winners is comprised of Web industry experts, including Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, blogger Arianna Huffington, Federated Media founder John Battelle and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

"This year's Webby Winners exemplify the type of profound effect the Internet is having on popular culture and the world at large," David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards, said in a statement Tuesday. "From Arcade Fire's reinvention of the music video format with 'The Wilderness Downtown,' or the New York Times coverage of revolution in Egypt and the Middle East, the Internet is the driving force of change in the world today."

Bieber won the Webby for Comedy: Individual Short or Episode, while Kudrow's "Web Therapy" won the Webbies for Best Comedy: Long Form and Best Individual Performance in an Online Video.

Arcade Fire's "The Wilderness Downtown" won the Webby and People's Voice Award for Best Experimental and Weird Video.

Conan O'Brien's Team Coco writing team won the Webby Award and People's Voice for Best Celebrity/Fan Web site.

Will Ferrell, Jim Carrey, Dana Carvey, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph and Darrell Hammond's "Funny or Die's Presidential Reunion," directed by Ron Howard, won the People's Voice Award for Best Comedy: Long Form or Series. Carrey also won the People's Voice Award for Best Individual Performance in an Online Video for his portrayal of late President Ronald Reagan in the clip.

Funny or Die's "Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis" won the Webby Award for Best Web Personality/Host, while the Web site won the Webby for Humor.

Snoop Dogg and LL Cool J's "Snoop Dogg vs. LL Cool J: The Ultimate Halo Smack Down" won the People's Voice Award for Best Branded Entertainment.


MARIE OSMOND: Marie Osmond's publicist has confirmed the entertainer remarried her ex-husband, former basketball player Stephen Craig, in Las Vegas Wednesday.

People.com said the private ceremony took place almost four decades after they first exchanged vows in 1982.

They divorced three years later and are the parents of a 28-year-old son. Osmond, 51, went on to marry Brian Blosil in 1986. They had seven children together and divorced in 2007. Their son, Michael, committed suicide in 2010 after battling depression for most of his life. He was 19.

"I am so happy and look forward to sharing my life with Stephen, who is an amazing man as well as a great father to my children," Osmond said in a statement to People.com.

She donned the same Ret Turner-designed dress she wore to her first wedding to Craig, now 54 and working as a motivational speaker, the celebrity Web site said.

Wednesday was the birthday of Osmond's son, Michael, and late mother, Olive.

"It was important that both Michael and my mom were with us on this special day," Osmond told People.com.


KELLY PRESTON: U.S. actress Kelly Preston is to play mob boss John Gotti's wife, Victoria, in the upcoming film, "Gotti: Three Generations," the New York Daily News said.

Preston's husband, John Travolta, has been cast as Gotti.

The couple last appeared together in the big-screen comedy, "Old Dogs," along with their daughter Ella.

Ella, 11, has also signed up for the role of John and Victoria's daughter Angel in "Gotti."

"We're really excited to have Kelly on board. We are friends with the Travoltas, and they have great chemistry. It will be great onscreen. It's a very tender relationship in the screenplay," producer Marc Fiore told the Daily News.

The movie is expected to start shooting in New York in January.

Written by Leo Rossi, it will be about the relationship between John Gotti Sr. and his son, John Gotti Jr., who allegedly ran New York's Gambino crime family on his behalf in the late 1990s when Gotti Sr. went to prison for racketeering. The elder Gotti died behind bars of cancer in 2002. He was 61.

The younger Gotti, now 47, was a defendant in four racketeering trials -- all of which ended in mistrials -- between 2004 and 2009.

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