TICKER: Justin Bieber, Ben Affleck, Amanda Palmer, J.J. Abrams, Rihanna, Olivia Newton-John, Reese Witherspoon


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Justin Bieber is allowing his Capuchin monkey to go to a new home, says a spokesperson from the Munich animal shelter that has housed Mally since the pet's confiscation in March. Roberto Mioni Coltro of Munich Tierschutzverein tells E! News: "Justin Bieber's management contacted us and they will give up Mally."

The ultimate decision about Mally's future home, however, is up to the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation rather than the shelter. Coltro said his organization doesn't want to see Mally go to a zoo, "because the zoos will only [publicize] Mally ??? We want Mally in a rescue center or some organization for primates."

Bieber took a private plane to Munich for a March concert and was confronted about the monkey in customs when he could not produce paperwork for the pet. Mally was taken into custody and the Biebs was reportedly charged a fine and the cost of the quarantine.




A best-picture Oscar for "Argo" doesn't mean that Ben Affleck's about to go on a spending spree. The actor-director's next project is aimed at raising money and awareness for global poverty, reports Business.Time.com. Next week, the star of "Good Will Hunting" and "Armageddon" will join the Live Below the Line challenge and feed himself on $1.50 a day from April 29 to May 3.

The report said the purpose of the challenge is to open eyes to the 1.4 billion people living below the extreme poverty line, currently estimated by the World Bank to be roughly $1.50 per day in the U.S. Last year, more than 15,000 people participated in the challenge, raising over $3 million in the process. More than 20,000 people are expected to participate this year, including second-timer Josh Groban. "Taking on this challenge last year was such a humbling experience for me, and I was so proud and heartened by my fans that joined me," the singer said in a statement.

Guidelines advise participants that their five-day food bill shouldn't be more than $7.50, and they are not supposed to rummage through the pantry for snacks, unless the items figure into the total. Also, drinking lots of tap water is advised. Produce from the backyard garden is fair game, though complicated, said the website: "You can use food sourced from your garden as long as you can account for the price of production!"




Former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer, a performance artist who has a big crowd-funding following, tweaked raw emotions yesterday when she posted a poem dedicated to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on her blog. According to RollingStone.com, Palmer was attempting to enter the 19-year-old suspect's mental space and directly addresses him with a series of one sentence statements of things she imagines he didn't know, such as: "you don't know how it's possible to feel total compassion in one moment and total disconnection in the next moment."

On her blog today, Palmer writes, "as of posting this, there are 1,947 comments on a poem that took me -- no exaggeration -- about 9 minutes to write. many of the comments have been confused, many of them understanding, many of them angry.

"this is the best thing that art can do -- any art, good art, bad art, 9-minute art and 9-year art -- reveal things."

Palmer had finished her poem with a link to the One Fund, a charity that helps those affected by the April 15th Boston bombings that killed three and injured more than 170 people, along with the usual "support my art" donation link included in her blog posts.




Director J.J. Abrams found himself answering questions about parallels to the Boston bombing and a key plot point in "Star Trek Into Darkness," On the eve of the film's premiere in Sydney, he was asked if releasing the movie, due here May 9, could be considered insensitive.

"While I wish desperately that [the film] was a complete and utter entertainment with no real connection to what is happening, arguably Star Trek is always been a comment on where we are politically and culturally," he told news.com.au.

"I gotta say it certainly is part of our lives. It is something that is horrible and unfortunate and heartbreaking. And very difficult to grapple with. But I would argue that it is also one of the reasons we go to the movies -- to look at our lives, to ask questions about things we are trying to figure out, to find ways to make some sense of these things."




Before her Atlanta concert Monday, Rihanna sent a topless shot of herself getting ready for the show via Instagram. The New York Daily News said the 25-year-old singer "looked flawless without even trying as she sat perched up wearing nothing but a yellow pair of underwear."




Olivia Newton-John has postponed her upcoming Las Vegas dates substituting for Donny & Marie Osmond to be with her elder sister, who has been diagnosed with brain cancer. The announcement came a week after Vegas DeLuxe announced her engagement at the Flamingo, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

In a statement, Newton-John said: "I received the very sad news that my beautiful sister, Rona Newton-John, has been diagnosed with brain cancer. In light of this news, I have decided to postpone my forthcoming Las Vegas residency to spend time with her and our family.

The 64-year-old pop singer and "Grease" star, a breast cancer survivor -- or "thriver," as she puts it -- is expected to resume the Flamingo engagements at a later date.




Following her arrest for disorderly conduct last Friday, Reese Witherspoon has canceled several TV appearances to promote her new film, "Mud." The Washington Post reports that the actress won't make scheduled appearances on Tuesday's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and Wednesday's "Good Morning America."

The Oscar winner apologized over the weekend for her behavior after her husband, entertainment agent Jim Toth, was arrested on DUI charges. "Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. ... I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."

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