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Aliquippa native Joe Letteri, Peter Jackson and their Weta Digital effects studio will share the 2014 Vanguard Award for achievements in new media and technology. Variety reported the award, bestowed by The Producers Guild of America, will be presented at the 25th annual PGA ceremony Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Four-time Oscar winner Letteri and the New Zealand-based Weta team have collaborated on "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Avatar," "King Kong" and "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and provided effects on films such as "Man of Steel" and "The Avengers." Previous recipients include James Cameron, Stan Lee, George Lucas, John Lasseter, YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, game designer Will Wright and RealD's Michael V. Lewis and Joshua Greer.

"Peter Jackson and Joe Letteri have created some of the most epic visionary fantasies in the history of filmmaking," PGA Awards co-chairs Lori McCreary and Michael De Luca told Variety.

North Hills High alum Andy Mientus will make his Broadway debut next year as Marius in the Broadway revival of the Tony Award-winning "Les Miserables." Mientus was onscreen recently in the NBC musical series "Smash" and played Heinz Hall in the cast of the "Spring Awakening" national tour. Opening night is scheduled for March 23, reports Playbill.com.


Apple is giving iTunes users a chance to donate to relief efforts for the typhoon tragedy in the Philippines, the AP reports.

Users can go to the iTunes store to donate to the American Red Cross; funds raised will go to help the Asian nation, which has been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The official death toll is more than 1,700, but as many as 10,000 are feared dead and more than 9 million people have been affected.

iTunes has done the same to raise funds for those affected by other tragedies, most recently for Superstorm Sandy. Apple says it was able to donate $2.5 million for Sandy relief based on donations from iTunes users and its own employees.

A&E network is feasting on the Wahlberg brothers, who will star in a new reality show titled "Wahlburgers" and set in the family's Boston restaurant, The Associated Press reports.

For the show, actor brothers Mark and Donnie Wahlberg head back to their hometown to join forces with older brother Paul in the hamburger venture.

A&E says all eyes will be on these Wahlbergs, who are determined to make their restaurant brand a success in Boston and beyond. Now they just have to agree on a second location.

"Wahlburgers" is set to premiere Jan. 22.

It's all in the past.

Emma Thompson is opening up for the first time about what caused the end of her six-year-marriage to Kenneth Branagh back in 1995.

During an interview with the UK's Sunday Times, Thompson revealed that she's forgiven Helena Bonham Carter (and her ex-husband) for carrying on an extramarital affair, E! News reports.

The "Saving Mr. Banks" star shared that it's "all blood under the bridge. You can't hold on to anything like that."

She added, "It's pointless. I haven't got the energy for it. Helena and I made our peace years and years ago."

Bonham Carter and Branagh reportedly began their affair when they were filming "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein" in 1994.

And once the actor split from Thompson, he and Carter went public with the relationship, which lasted until they split five years later.

Despite that, Thompson claims that she has much in common with Bonham Carter.

"Oh, we are [alike], being slightly mad and a bit fashion-challenged. Perhaps that's why Ken loved us both. She's a wonderful woman, Helena."

Thompson's past seems to echo her storyline in 2003's romantic hit "Love Actually."

When asked about the famous scene, in which she discovers her husband is carrying on an affair, the Brit-born star admits that she pulled from her own experiences to help her get through the trying scene.

"I've had so much bloody practice at crying in a bedroom, then having to go out and be cheerful, gathering up the pieces of my heart and putting them in a drawer," she said.

But Thompson has since moved on and has been married to actor-producer Greg Wise for a decade. The two share daughter Gaia, 13, and adopted son Tindyebwa Agaba, 26.

Miley Cyrus continues to make no apologies for her controversial behavior, People reports.

Following a touchy-feely performance during Sunday's MTV Europe Music Awards -- and accepting an honor for her "Wrecking Ball" video while apparently lighting up a joint -- the pop star took to her Twitter account to make one thing clear: She doesn't care what anyone thinks.

"Sometimes in life you just gotta decide to not give AF," Cyrus wrote, following up with, "Last night was a blurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr thanks @katyperry for hosting."

The additional Tweet included a link to a scantily clad Cyrus walking on the show's stage.

The performance comes just a few months after the starlet's infamous bump and grind against Robin Thicke during the MTV VMAs.

Here's the latest on Internet gossip superstar Elaine Lui: She has a book coming out next spring, the AP reports.

Amy Einhorn Books has a deal with Lui to publish "Listen to the Squawking Chicken: When Mother Knows Best, What's a Daughter to Do? A Memoir (Sort Of)." In case you didn't guess, the book is a memoir and a mother-daughter story.

Einhorn Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced Tuesday that Lui's book is scheduled for an April release.

The 40-year-old Lui is a Canadian TV star known in North America and beyond for laineygossip.com, a website visited more than 1 million times each month. In Canada, she helps host the daytime show "The Social" and appears on the evening entertainment program "Etalk."


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