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By United Press International   |   March 21, 2012 at 4:00 AM

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JAMIE WAYLETT: British actor Jamie Waylett has been sentenced to two years in prison for looting during the London riots last August, officials said.

Waylett, 22, played Hogwarts student Vincent Crabbe in the Harry Potter movies.

TMZ said he was convicted of violent disorder but acquitted on the charge of intending to destroy property with a fire bomb.

He was accused of carrying a Molotov cocktail, while stealing champagne from a drug store Aug. 8.

The actor was identified in video footage after the unrest ended, then arrested Sept. 20.

He has a history of previous drug-related convictions, including cocaine use and possession of cannabis, the report said.


ROBERT De NIRO: Actor Robert De Niro has apologized for a joke with racial overtones he made at a New York fundraiser for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

"Callista Gingrich. Karen Santorum. Ann Romney," The Hollywood Reporter quoted De Niro as saying during his opening remarks at Monday night's $5,000-a-plate event, which Obama's wife, Michelle attended. "Now do you really think our country is ready for a white first lady?"

CNN reported Obama's campaign press secretary Olivia Alair called the joke "inappropriate" Tuesday.

De Niro later issued a statement explaining he was trying to make a joke and never meant to offend anyone.

"My remarks, although spoken with satirical jest, were not meant to offend or embarrass anyone -- especially the first lady," the 68-year-old "Raging Bull" and "Meet the Parents" star said.


ADRIANA LIMA: Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima announced via Twitter Tuesday she is pregnant with her second child.

The 30-year-old Victoria's Secret star married 33-year-old Serbian basketball player Marko Jaric in 2009. They already have a 2-year-old daughter.

"Big news everyone! Marko and I are so happy to share some wonderful news with all of you! #ImPregnant. My favorite job in the world is being a mom! My family could not be more happy!"

Lima did not say what the baby's gender is or when it is expected to be born.


ASHTON KUTCHER: U.S. actor-producer Ashton Kutcher has booked a seat on Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane, Virgin Chairman Richard Branson said.

"I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him," Branson wrote in an online message Monday.

"He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier (and back!) with us and to experience the magic of space for himself," Branson said. "Ashton is joining a fast expanding group of true pioneers who are on their way to a life-changing experience and a place in the history books. It's great to have him on board."

MSNBC.com said the "Two and a Half Men," "That 70s Show" and "Punk'd" star paid $200,000 for his ticket on the craft, which is expected to carry as many as six passengers a flight.

The New York Daily News said no launch date has been set. Test launches are expected to begin this year, the newspaper said.

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