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By United Press International   |   Sept. 6, 2012 at 8:36 AM

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AMANDA BYNES: Amanda Bynes has been charged with two counts of hit-and-run related to separate collisions in April and August, Los Angeles prosecutors say.

The 26-year-old actress faces up to a year in jail if convicted on both misdemeanor counts, People.com reported Wednesday.

Her arraignment is scheduled for Sept. 27 at a Van Nuys, Calif., courthouse, the celebrity news Web site said.

Bynes is best known for her work in the films "Hairspray" and "What a Girl Wants," as well as TV's "The Amanda Show" and "What I Like About You."


KELLIE PICKLER: Country singer Kellie Pickler cut off her long, blond hair to show support for her cancer survivor friend in a taped segment for "Good Morning America."

"Cancer does not discriminate," Pickler, 26, said on Wednesday's show.

She and her longtime friend, Summer Holt Miller, had their hair shaved down to the scalp in Nashville Tuesday and the moment was taped by "GMA" cameras. The segment aired Wednesday morning.

Miller, 36, underwent a double mastectomy after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. She is to begin chemotherapy this week, E! News said.

"If this compels even one person to change their mentality toward waiting until the age of 40 for their mammogram, then it will be worth it," Miller said.


ARTIE LANGE: "The Nick and Artie Show," a U.S. late-night chat program led by radio stars Nick Di Paolo and Artie Lange, is to debut on DIRECTV this weekend.

The nightly show will begin airing Friday on the satellite television system's Audience Network.

DIRECTV said in a news release the series, which will air Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. ET, will feature "the most outrageous observational humor to be found anywhere.

"The guys will review and give their unique takes on the day's top sports and entertainment stories, along with celebrity interviews, movie reviews, live musical performances and a variety of in-studio segments, from cooking with Artie's Mom to a game of pool," a synopsis said.


CYBILL SHEPHERD: Cybill Shepherd has left the Broadway production of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man" to be with her ailing mother, the show's producers said.

The revival of the political comedy marked Shepherd's Broadway debut. She took over the role of Alice Russell from outgoing cast member Candice Bergen in July.

"My time on Broadway in 'The Best Man' has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I am devastated to have to cut short. Also once in a lifetime, is my opportunity to be with my mother at this time in her life. I am sad to leave the production, but grateful to be my mother's daughter a little while longer," Shepherd, 62, said in a statement Tuesday.

Shepherd's understudy Angelica Page has stepped into the role for the remainder of the show's performances through Sunday when the limited engagement will conclude.

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