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Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights tonight in memory of James Gandolfini, "The Sopranos" star who earned a Tony Award nomination in 2009, The Associated Press reports.

The Broadway League said Tuesday the lights will be dimmed for one minute at exactly 8 p.m.

The 51-year-old actor died last Wednesday in Rome. A funeral will be held Thursday at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Gandolfini received a Tony nomination for his role in the award-winning "God of Carnage." He also appeared on Broadway in "On the Waterfront" in 1995 and "A Streetcar Named Desire" in 1992.

Said Charlotte St. Martin, executive director of the League: "Gandolfini was a consummate actor who brought individuality to each role and inspired a true connection with the audience."

Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones were performing in Washington, D.C., on Monday night when the singer threw some shade in the direction of President Barack Obama, who was not in attendance, HuffPost reports.

"I don't think President Obama is here, but I'm sure he's listening in," the 69-year-old rocker told the crowd, according to tweets from the show. The reference to the NSA's domestic surveillance program reportedly drew boos, although it's unclear if attendees were voicing discontent at Jagger's quip or the president himself.

Conservatives were quick to jump on the comment. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., tweeted the quote Tuesday morning, much to the delight of his followers.

A David Maraniss biography of Obama revealed that the president and Jagger have quite a history -- if impersonating someone counts. A college-age Obama was known to do an impression of Jagger. "He could do the walk, the strut, the face," writes Maraniss in "Barack Obama: The Story."

The two also sang together at a White House event celebrating the blues.

Jagger has revealed himself to be a conservative, expressing his fondness for the late Margaret Thatcher and his dismay at the way her death was celebrated by her political opponents.

Something old, something new ... and definitely something blue!

George Lucas' gorgeous bride, Mellody Hobson, chose the hue for her flowers, and in their wedding photo, the newlyweds are beaming at each other above the bouquet's pop of color, People reports.

Their nuptials Saturday were a star-studded event with 200 guests including Samuel L. Jackson, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford, Calista Flockhart and Tyler Perry.

"It was such a fun and festive wedding. Everyone was in the best mood having such a great time," says a source.

"Bill [Moyers'] service was beautiful, nothing short of profound. Congrats Mr. & Mrs. Lucas," Howard wrote on Twitter after the event at Lucas' Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, Calif. The classic decor -- said to be designed and coordinated by LA-based wedding planners Yifat Oren and Stefanie Cove -- included white flowers and two giant floral trees. Guests danced late into the night to performances by Van Morrison and Janelle Monae.

Lucas, 69, and his new wife, 44, got engaged in January, after dating since 2006.

Aerialist Nik Wallenda's tightrope walk over a gorge near the Grand Canyon drew nearly 13 million viewers to the live television broadcast, the AP reports.

The Discovery Channel said Monday that the quarter-mile stunt at the Little Colorado River Gorge was among the most highly viewed shows in the station's history.

It also prompted 1.3 million tweets Sunday, making it one of the top trending topics.

Wallenda took 22 minutes to cross the 2-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the dry river bed. He did it without a harness or safety net.

The well-known daredevil contended with the wind and repeatedly called on God to calm the swaying cable.

He wore a microphone and two cameras, one that looked down on the river bed and one that faced straight ahead.

The first Palestinian winner of the "Arab Idol" contest has returned to the Gaza Strip in a chaotic welcome by thousands waiting to catch a glimpse of him, the AP reports.

A convoy of cars drove through the crossing between Egypt and Gaza Tuesday afternoon. Mohammed Assaf's manager, Wael Yazagi, confirms the singer has returned to Gaza.

Thousands more waited outside Assaf's home in the Khan Younis refugee camp. Palestine TV broadcast the homecoming live, but there was no immediate sign of the singer.

Assaf's weekend victory in the TV competition has given Palestinians a sense of pride and national unity.

However, Palestinian divisions were apparent during Assaf's return to Gaza, ruled by the Islamic militant group Hamas. Devout Muslims consider TV singing contests as forbidden by religion.

After a photo was leaked online showing Kate Gosselin making what many are calling an apparent racist gesture -- slanting her eyes -- the former reality TV star is defending her actions, People reports.

Gosselin, 38, writes on her blog that she's "the last person [who] could be called a racist." In fact, the photo (which she says was private and never intended to be shared online) reminds her of happier times with ex-husband Jon Gosselin, with whom she was "goofing off" in the picture years ago.

"Jon and I were opening fan mail together one afternoon ... and when we opened this plastic Asian dress-up wig sent from a caring fan, we smiled, each taking turns posing in it and snapping photos (on my phone) of each other," Gosselin wrote Tuesday. "I 'slanted' my eyes to show him my best Asian impression, which made him smile."

"A common topic of our show was 'everybody's Asian' -- except for mommy, so a thoughtful fan figured she'd help me look Asian too!" Gosselin writes.

"It's normal to talk about and even 'exaggerate' the feature differences between family members of a biracial family as they are noticed by curious growing children within the family. These types of discoveries and at home discussions are a normal part of being a loving, accepting, biracial family and it does not make any of us prejudiced!"

The TV personality, who calls her children's heritage "perfect," goes on to say that in her family, "We don't see color or preference, we see qualities and hearts."

Arnold Schwarzenegger is opening an office in Algeria of his environmental initiative R20 in a bid to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions there and throughout the Mediterranean, the AP reports.

Schwarzenegger, who is in Algeria for three days, signed an accord Tuesday with Environment Minister Amara Benyounes to open an office of his non-governmental organization in the western city of Oran.

He told reporters Algeria can help the region move toward environmental awareness.

The former California governor and film star, referring to his movie "Terminator," said that "in real life, it's equally important that I play the Terminator and end environmental problems."

R20, founded in 2010, focuses on the role of states, regions and cities in achieving U.N. environmental goals.

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