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By United Press International  |  July 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM
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ANTHONY SEDLAK: Canadian celebrity chef Anthony Sedlak was found dead of apparently natural causes in his North Vancouver apartment.

He was 29 when he died Friday of an undiagnosed medical condition, the Vancouver Sun reported, without offering further details.

The restaurateur and cookbook author was the host of Food Network Canada's "The Main" and a judge on "Family Cook Off."

The Sun said a private funeral service is being planned for him in Vancouver.

NORA EPHRON: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and Martin Short paid tribute to the late writer-director Nora Ephron at a memorial in New York's Alice Tulley Hall.

Ephron died June 26 of complications from leukemia. She was 71.

The Hollywood Reporter said she pre-planned her entire memorial service, including the location and list of speakers. She even had one-of-a-kind recipes tucked into the individual programs, the newspaper said.

"I believe that when people pass, they zoom into the people that love them the most. So, if that's the case, then all of us here have a piece of Nora," Short said at the ceremony Monday. "And that's the way it should be. Because life would just seem all too mundane without her. And if she's a part of us, we must be more like her: read everything, savor everything, talk to the person on your left, embrace laughter like it's a drug, drink more pink champagne, and yes, brush up your style."

Her sons Jacob and Max also celebrated her wit, warmth and strength.

"She was the most fantastic blend of joy and cynicism. She was my best friend, my biggest cheerleader and a total drill sergeant, which is basically what a great parent is supposed to be," Jacob said. "Some other things I will miss about mom: her roast beef with Yorkshire pudding, the way she kept at least 10 different kinds of jam in her refrigerator, how we wept and we cried together upon finding out that Pat Buchanan would no longer be a regular on Rachel Maddow ... and the fact that we cannot discuss the breakup of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' marriage, and the fact that she would have found that just as fascinating as the fact that John Roberts was the deciding vote on healthcare."

Also in attendance were U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Alan Alda, Graydon Carter, Rob Reiner, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Westfeldt and Scott Rudin, The Hollywood Reporter said. spotted Meg Ryan, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick, Steven Spielberg, Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, Kristin Chenoweth and Martha Stewart.

Ephron's film credits include "When Harry Met Sally," "My Blue Heaven," "Sleepless in Seattle," "You've Got Mail" and "Julie & Julia."

KATIE HOLMES and TOM CRUISE: Katie Holmes' lawyer said the Hollywood actress and Tom Cruise, her soon-to-be ex-husband, have reached a divorce settlement.

They were married five years and have a 6-year-old daughter, Suri.

Holmes filed for divorce June 28 in New York.

"The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed. We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life," Holmes' attorney, Jonathan Wolfe, said in a statement to "We thank Tom's counsel for their professionalism and diligence that helped bring about this speedy resolution."

Holmes and Cruise said in a joint statement through their respective representatives Nanci Ryder and Amanda Lundberg:

"We are committed to working together as parents to accomplish what is in our daughter Suri's best interests. We want to keep matters affecting our family private and express our respect for each other's commitment to each of our respective beliefs and support each other's roles as parents."

PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN: Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has joined the cast of "The Hunger Games" sequel "Catching Fire," The Hollywood Reporter said Monday.

The star of the recent Broadway revival of "Death of a Salesman" will play Plutarch Heavensbee in "Catching Fire," which is set for a November 2013 release, the newspaper said.

Hoffman' won the best actor Oscar for "Capote." His film credits include "Twister," "Boogie Nights," "The Big Lebowski," "Cold Mountain," "Mission: Impossible III," "Doubt" and "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead."

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