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April 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM   |   Comments

Gable denies drinking and driving; says he may have had aneurysm

MALIBU, Calif., April 4 (UPI) -- John Clark Gable says he lost consciousness, but not from drinking alcohol before his Malibu, Calif., arrest this week for driving under the influence.

Gable is the 52-year-old son of the late Hollywood screen icon Clark Gable.

He was arrested Tuesday and charged with DUI and hit-and-run after he rear-ended one vehicle and hit six other parked cars.

Gable told the entertainment news website TMZ he was not drinking alcohol before the incident, but did lose consciousness.

He said he has previously suffered two small brain aneurysms and suspects a third might have caused him to have the motor-vehicle accidents.

He told TZM he is undergoing medical tests in an effort to determine what happened.


Disney closes LucasArts videogame studio

BURBANK, Calif., April 4 (UPI) -- Walt Disney Co. of Burbank, Calif., closed LucasArts videogame studio, which was part of its mega-acquisition of George Lucas empire, a videogame blog said.

About 150 staffers were laid off, Kotaku.com posted Wednesday.

The studio's current projects, "Star Wars: First Assault" and "Star Wars 1313," were canceled, the blog said.

Disney officials indicated the company will still use the LucasArts name to license games, but the studio is history.

"After evaluating our position in the games market, we've decided to shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model, minimizing the company's risk while achieving a broader portfolio of quality Star Wars games," Disney said in a statement. "As a result of this change, we've had layoffs across the organization. We are incredibly appreciative and proud of the talented teams who have been developing our new titles."

LucasArts was part of a $4 billion-plus merger last year when Disney acquired LucasFilm and its sibling company from Lucas.


David Letterman reads Jay Leno-themed Top 10

NEW YORK, April 4 (UPI) -- David Letterman dedicated a funny, but good-natured "Late Show" Top 10 list in New York in response to his rival Jay Leno's ousting as "Tonight Show" host.

Letterman and Leno were up for the "Tonight" show emcee job when then-host Johnny Carson retired 22 years ago.

Leno ultimately got the job and has consistently beat Letterman in the ratings since.

NBC announced Wednesday it is replacing Leno with Jimmy Fallon as "Tonight Show" host, in hopes of appealing to a younger demographic.

In response, Letterman read a list of "Top 10 Things We Will Miss About Jay Leno" on Wednesday night's show. It went as follows --

10. Whenever he used a "Headline" I sent in, I got a "Tonight Show" T-shirt.

9. Now I'm the only guy in late-night television who's not a Jimmy.

8. He looks damn good in denim.

7. Driving one of his antique fire trucks.

6. Playful spats with ['Live! with Kelly and Michael' producer Michael] Gelman.

5. If you broke down on the freeway, Jay was always there to help with a camera crew.

4. Can't remember the name of the bit, but it's the one where Jay is walking.

3. He's Mom's favorite talk show host.

2. I won't be able to do this anymore (Letterman does Leno impression.)

1. Watching him interview big stars who won't do this show.


'Thrift Shop' tops U.S. record chart for a sixth week

LOS ANGELES, April 4 (UPI) -- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" featuring Wanz is No. 1 on the U.S. record chart for a sixth non-consecutive week, Billboard.com reported Thursday.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 is Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man," followed by Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay-Z at No. 3, Baauer's "Harlem Shake" at No. 4 and P!nk's "Just Give Me a Reason" featuring fun.'s Nate Ruess at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are Rihanna's "Stay" featuring Mikky Ekko at No. 6, Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" at No. 7, Drake's "Started From the Bottom" at No. 8, Pitbull's "Feel This Moment" featuring Christina Aguilera at No. 9 and Ariana Grande's "The Way" featuring Mac Miller at No. 10.

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