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By United Press International   |   Sept. 20, 2012 at 8:56 AM

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STEPHEN DUNHAM: Actor Stephen Dunham has died at a Burbank, Calif., hospital following a heart attack at his Southern California home, his family said. He was 48.

The New Hampshire native died at Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center Sept. 14, his 48th birthday, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Dunham's small-screen credits included "Oh, Grow Up," "What I Like About You," "DAG," "The Bill Engvall Show" and "Hot Properties." He appeared in the films "Monster-in-Law," "Nothing Sacred," "The Mummy," "Traffic," "Catch Me If You Can," "Anger Management," "Get Smart," "Savages," and the upcoming "Paranormal Activity 4."

Dunham is survived by his wife, actress Alexondra Lee, The Hollywood Reporter said.


CLINT EASTWOOD: Hollywood film icon Clint Eastwood says his attitude towards gay marriage falls into the "leave everybody alone" category.

Eastwood, 82, told the openly gay host of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" he defines himself as a libertarian, noting his opinion on marriage equality is "a part of the libertarian idea: Leave everybody alone," The Huffington Post reported Wednesday.

"The condition of society right now, with the high unemployment rates and the tremendous debt we're increasing and the government spending, we'd think there'd be [many more worthy issues] to think about [rather] than worrying about gay marriage," he said.

Eastwood has been on the promotion trail for his new big-screen drama "Trouble with the Curve."

He also made headlines last month when he gave a speech at the Republican National Convention and spoke to an empty chair as if he was interviewing President Barack Obama.


SHAKIRA: Colombian-born singer Shakira announced on her website Wednesday she is pregnant with her first child.

The 35-year-old recording artist confirmed she was dating Gerard Pique, the 25-year-old central defender for FC Barcelona, in March 2011, People.com said.

"As some of you may know, Gerard and I are very happy awaiting the arrival of our first baby! At this time we have decided to give priority to this unique moment in our lives and postpone all the promotional activities planned over the next few days," she wrote on her website Wednesday.

"This means I will not be able to be a part of the iHeartRadio Music Festival ... I'd like to thank Clear Channel and my fans for their constant love and understanding. Big kiss!"

Shakira did not say when she is to due to deliver or what the baby's gender is.


JAMES BROLIN: Actor James Brolin will guest star on an upcoming episode of the U.S. sitcom "Community," NBC announced.

Brolin will play William Winger, the estranged father of Joel McHale's character, Jeff, the network said in a release Tuesday.

Brolin's episode, "Cooperative Escapism in Familial Relations," is scheduled to air during Season 4, which is to start Oct. 19.

An accomplished actor, director and producer for nearly five decades, Brolin is well-known to audiences for his work on TV's "Marcus Welby, M.D.," "Hotel," "Pensacola: Wings of Gold" and "The Reagans." He has also appeared as a guest star on "Law & Order: SVU," "Psych" and "Lost City Raiders."

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