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Sept. 7, 2012 at 1:49 PM
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Wake, funeral plans set for Duncan

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- A public wake and private funeral will be held for film actor Michael Clarke Duncan in Los Angeles next week, his family said.

The star of "The Green Mile" and "Armageddon" died Monday, nearly two months after suffering a heart attack. He was 54.

The Los Angeles Times said a public viewing of his casket is scheduled for Sunday at the Hall of Liberty at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in the Hollywood Hills.

An invitation-only service will be held Monday at an undisclosed location, the Times said.

Duncan is survived by his mother, Jean; sister, Judith; and fiancee, reality television personality Omarosa Manigault.


Eastwood stands by RNC speech

CARMEL, Calif., Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Clint Eastwood says he has no regrets about the headline-making speech he gave at the Republican National Convention last week.

Eastwood, 82, told The Carmel Pine Cone newspaper in California he didn't clear what he was going to say with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's staff before he took the stage in Tampa, Fla.

During an improvised speech praised by his supporters and mocked by his critics, Eastwood pretended to ask an empty chair representing Democrat President Barack Obama why he didn't keep his 2008 campaign promises.

"They vet most of the people but I told them, 'You can't do that with me, because I don't know what I'm going to say,'" Eastwood told the newspaper, explaining he had the idea for the empty-chair interview minutes before he gave his speech.

The actor-writer-director, who was elected mayor of Carmel in 1986 and served one term, went on to say he wanted to make three main points during his RNC appearance.

"That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who's not doing a good job," he told the newspaper. "But I didn't make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it."

Eastwood said Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan came backstage to thank him after his speech, showing no sign they were displeased with what he said.

"They were very enthusiastic and we were all laughing," he said.

"President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," Eastwood said. "Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that's what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle."


One Direction wins big at VMAs

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- British boy band One Direction won a leading three MTV Video Music Awards at a ceremony in Los Angeles.

The pop stars went home with the trophies for Best New Artist, as well as Best Pop Video and Most Share-Worthy Video for "What Makes You Beautiful."

Rihanna earned Thursday night's top prize of Video of the Year for "We Found Love" featuring Calvin Harris.

Chris Brown won two VMA Moonmen for Best Male Video and Best Choreography for "Turn up the Music."

Tying Brown with two wins for the night was M.I.A., who picked up the prizes for Best Direction and Best Cinematography for "Bad Girls."

Kevin Hart served as host of the Staples Center event, which featured performances by Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, P!nk, Green Day, One Direction, 2 Chainz and Calvin Harris.


Madonna paints 'Obama' on her back

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Madonna took off her shirt at a New York concert this week, revealing the word "Obama" painted across her lower back, The Hill reported.

The 54-year-old pop icon showed her support for U.S. President Barack Obama the same night he accepted the Democratic party's nomination for re-election.

Speaking at her show at Yankee Stadium Thursday, Madonna also praised the first lady, The Hill reported.

"Thank God for Michelle Obama," Madonna said.

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