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Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony arrive at the Samsung Hope for Children Gala at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City on June 7, 2011. UPI/John Angelillo
Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony arrive at the Samsung Hope for Children Gala at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York City on June 7, 2011. UPI/John Angelillo | License Photo

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BOOTSY COLLINS: The 24-year-old nephew of musician Bootsy Collins has died at University Hospital in Cincinnati after a tooth infection spread to his brain, Collins' wife said.

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Kyle Willis, an unemployed single father of a 6-year-old girl, first went to a hospital complaining of a painful toothache two weeks ago, The Cincinnati Enquirer said. Collins' wife Patti told the newspaper Willis had no health insurance and couldn't afford the $27 antibiotic he was prescribed.

Left untreated, the infection in his tooth apparently spread to his brain, she said. Willis was violent and delirious when an ambulance brought him to the hospital where he died Tuesday, Patti Collins told the newspaper.

Bootsy Collins, a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, is best known for his work with soul superstar James Brown and the '70s band Parliament-Funkadelic.


MARC ANTHONY: Marc Anthony says he didn't cheat on his wife, Jennifer Lopez, with married actress Jada Pinkett Smith, his co-star on the U.S. drama "HawthoRNe."

Anthony and Lopez, who are the parents of young twins, announced last month they are ending their seven-year marriage.

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People.com said Friday Anthony addressed rampant rumors about his alleged infidelity in an interview with TV's "Nightline."

"No, absolutely not," Anthony said of the cheating buzz.

"When something like that happens, it's laughable," he said. "We've been friends for years. Jada, Jennifer, me, [Will Smith], for years. It was a flight attendant, it was the pilot -- I heard it was this guy sitting next to me in a rehab in Houston. ... I've heard it all."


HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE: Co-host Holly Robinson Peete has confirmed she's leaving "The Talk," after much speculation regarding her probable departure from the U.S. chat show.

"After weeks in limbo, I was finally 'officially' given word from CBS today that I have not been picked up for the 2nd season of The TALK," Robinson Peete wrote via Twitter Friday. "I realize there have been several reports and 'leaks' for sometime to this effect but until today I was not contractually released which prevented me from moving on and finding other work."

Peete said she is relieved to have closure, but admits she is disappointed "about not continuing with a show I worked very hard to launch and love dearly."

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"But I've been around long enough to know that while you cannot control certain situations you CAN control how you respond to them. Thank you to CBS for a tremendous opportunity to realize a long held dream of mine to host a daytime talk show. I learned SO much and will cherish and build upon my experience. Best of all I made some friends for life," she said in her online posting.

E! News said there has been no word on who will replace Peete and Leah Remini, the other co-host who was not asked back for Season 2 of "The Talk."

Panelists Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert and Julie Chen are set to return this fall.


ANNE HECHE: Anne Heche and Judd Hirsch have been cast in the TV movie "Silent Witness," U.S. cable network TNT announced.

The small-screen adaptation of Richard North Patterson's book is to run under TNT's Mystery Movie Night banner.

The movie stars Dermot Mulroney as prominent defense attorney Tony Lord, who returns to his hometown to defend a teacher, played by Michael Cudlitz, in a case that reminds him of the heartache from his high school days, when he was a student falsely accused of murdering his first love.

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Heche will play Sue Robb, the wife of the accused, while Hirsch will play Tony's longtime friend, who helps him on the case, TNT said.

"Silent Witness" is set to premiere Dec. 7.

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