People: Michael Douglas, Tim Samaras, Matt Smith, Sharon Jones

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Michael Douglas made a surprising statement while giving a (very) candid interview with the U.K.'s Guardian in reference to his throat cancer, E! News reports.

When asked whether he now regretted his years of smoking and drinking, usual causes of such a disease, the celeb replied, "No. Because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus."

The "Behind the Candelabra" star went on to say, "I did worry if the stress caused by my son's incarceration didn't help trigger it. But, yeah, it's a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. ..."

However, Douglas' rep tells E! News, "He did not say this was the cause of his cancer. In a discussion of oral cancer, he said this is one of the suspected causes. He never made it personal."

Regardless, Dr. Drew Pinsky praised the actor (who has now been cancer free for two years after successful treatment) for what he said during the interview, tweeting, "Very courageous, will help reduce the risk for others."

The National Geographic Society expressed sadness over the deaths of "Storm Chasers" star Tim Samaras, 54, his son Paul Samaras, 24, and their colleague, Carl Young, 45, People reports.

The elder Samaras was found inside his car, still wearing his seat belt. His son and colleague had been pulled from a car by the winds - which carried one of them for a half a mile.

Samaras' recent research was often funded by the National Geographic Society, which on Sunday released a statement, saying: "We are shocked and deeply saddened. ... [Samaras] was a courageous and brilliant scientist who fearlessly pursued tornadoes and lightning ... in an effort to better understand these phenomena."

Only last month, the elder Samaras spoke to the society's namesake publication about his work, telling National Geographic that his interest in twisters began as a child, while watching the classic movie "The Wizard of Oz," with its dramatic storm sequence.

At the time, he said, "[I] vowed to myself, 'I'm going to see that tornado one day.' "

Describing the thrill in pursuing his work, the scientist, whose background was in engineering, said, "Being close to a tornado is one of those incredible, fleeting moments that sometimes you have to take a couple of seconds to take in."

Samaras said he still marveled at the sound of a tornado. "And the sounds are different. If [the tornado is] in an open field, it sounds like a waterfall. If it's in a populated area, it becomes more of a thundering sound."

He also described "the smell of tornadoes - if you're in the right place, you get a strong odor of fresh-cut grass or occasionally, if it's destroyed a house, natural gas. Sometimes you get that raw earth smell, similar to if you run a bulldozer over open land."

His closing words in the interview were to warn others about being weather-aware, especially in the springtime.

"Know that it can happen," he said. "Before you start your day, take a quick look at the forecast and know if you're going to have severe weather during the day. Just be weather smart."

Who will be the new Who?

The BBC says Matt Smith is stepping down from the lead role in the long-running sci-fi series "Doctor Who," spurring intense speculation about his replacement, The Associated Press reports.

The broadcaster said Sunday that Smith will leave after a November episode to mark the show's 50th anniversary, and a Christmas special.

The titular Doctor is a time-traveling extra-terrestrial Time Lord who can regenerate into new bodies. Smith is the 11th actor to play the character since the series began in 1963.

Smith, who took over the role from David Tennant in 2010, said playing the Doctor had been "the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke."

"Doctor Who" is one of the BBC's most popular programs, and Smith's tenure has seen the show gain new fans in the United States, where it is shown on BBC America.

The BBC did not announce Smith's replacement, but fans took to the Internet to speculate about casting of the 12th Doctor.

Bookmaker William Hill made "Being Human" star Russell Tovey and "Harry Potter" alumnus Rupert Grint 10-1 favorites, followed by stage star Rory Kinnear and "Homeland" actor David Harewood.

William Hill also offered 8-1 odds on the next Doctor being female.

Soul singer Sharon Jones has cancer and has canceled plans for an album and tour in 2013, the AP reports.

A Monday news release says Jones has stage 1 bile duct cancer and needs immediate surgery.

Jones and her band, the Dap-Kings, had planned to release "Give the People What They Want" on Aug. 6 and were already touring. The singer was forced to miss a few shows recently while looking for a cause of her illness.

The release says that doctors caught the tumor early and that the cancer hasn't spread. They expect the 57-year-old to make a full recovery.

Jones says she'll stay in touch with fans and keep them updated on her condition.

Singer-actress Pia Zadora has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and coercion after a disturbance at her Las Vegas home, People reports.

The '80s starlet, 61, was booked Saturday into the Clark County Detention Center and released after posting $4,000 bail.

The "Butterfly" actress was arrested about 11 a.m., some six hours after police responded to a disturbance call at her home.

Police declined to release the name of the victim and other details, saying further information would be released Monday.

Zadora has been married to her third husband, Las Vegas police detective Michael Jeffries, since 2005. The couple met after Zadora contacted police to report a stalking incident.

After working as a child actress on Broadway, Zadora starred in various films including "Lonely Lady," "Hairspray" and "Troop Beverly Hills."



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