ARIEL WINTER: A California judge has removed teen actress Ariel Winter from her home after her mother allegedly physically and emotionally abused her, TMZ said.
Winter, 14, is one of the stars of the ABC sitcom "Modern Family."
TMZ cited court sources it did not name as saying Ariel's adult sister Shanelle Workman was awarded temporary custody of the actress following a guardianship hearing last month.
A judge ordered the sisters' mother, Crystal Workman, to stay 100 yards away from Ariel while the matter is being investigated, the celebrity news web site said Wednesday.
Shanelle, whose age was not reported, suffered the same alleged abuse as Ariel and was placed in foster care for more than two years two decades ago. She never returned to her mother, TMZ said.
The family is due back in court Nov. 20.
JERRY SEINFELD: Comedian and native New Yorker Jerry Seinfeld has pledged the proceeds to three stage shows to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Seinfeld, along with his collaborator Colin Quinn, will donate 100 percent of the proceeds to local relief organizations.
Seinfeld and Quinn announced Tuesday a performance had been added to their schedule Dec. 19 at the NYCB Theater in Westbury, Long Island.
The show will follow previously sold-out performances Thursday at the Walt Whitman Theater in Brooklyn and at the St. George Theater in Staten Island Dec. 6.
"I grew up on Long Island, and New York City is home," said Seinfeld in a statement Wednesday. "This is a tough time for this area, and we're just glad to be able to help in the recovery."
STEVE JOBS: Digital animation studio Pixar says it's named its main building after the late Steve Jobs, who was instrumental in keeping the firm alive in its early years.
The Apple founder was a big investor in the animated movie studio, laying out $10 million to purchase Pixar from Lucasfilm in 1986.
Pixar was sold 20 years later to Disney for $7.4 billion.
The building at the Emeryville, Calif., headquarters of Pixar has been officially named "The Steve Jobs Building."
It's appropriate, The Pixar Times blog said, because Jobs helped design it, suggesting it be centered around a large atrium so employees would be constantly running into each other, which would spark creativity.
Jobs put millions of his own money into Pixar years before it was profitable, until its first feature film, "Toy Story" in 1995, made it a hugely successful studio.
ANNA NICOLE SMITH: "Addicted to Fame," a documentary about the making of the late Anna Nicole Smith's movie "Illegal Aliens," is set for release in the United States.
Co-starring John James, Chyna and Gladys Jimenez, the film will be available on iTunes Nov. 27. It will open in select theaters and can be seen via Video On Demand Nov. 30.
Producers of the documentary describe it as "the outrageous, couldn't-make-it-up, rare glimpse into the making of the B-movie 'Illegal Aliens.'"
"Director David Giancola embarks on the project with the intention of making a 'movie that mocks B-movies,' but finds himself mired in an uncontrollable drama brought on by eccentric personalities, tragedy and the madness that is the movie business," a news release said. "'Illegal Aliens' bombed at the box office but the story was the second most-reported of 2007, only after coverage of the Iraq War. With 'Addicted to Fame', Giancola grants the public the first-ever look behind-the-scenes on the set of Anna Nicole Smith's last movie, dubbed by some critics to be 'the worst movie ever made,' starring the most controversial and tragic figure of the 1990s."
Smith, a model and celebrity spokeswoman, died of an accidental drug overdose in 2007. She was 39.
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