Valerie Gatto, the lead in the upcoming independent feature film, "Croaker," was crowned Miss Pennsylvania USA 2014 on Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport.
If Gatto, who plays Macy Patterson in the film, wins the Miss USA pageant, she will become the second Pennsylvania titleholder to wear the national crown. The first was Miss Pennsylvania USA 1971 Michele McDonald.
"When thinking about who I may have met who works harder than Valerie, I struggle to compare. I think her action following her crowning as Miss Pennsylvania sums her up best -- she went to visit her pap in the hospital in crown, gown and sash to share the achievement with him," said the film's producer Fred Terling.
The Miss USA Pageant is part of the Miss Universe Organization owned by Donald Trump and NBC Universal. The winner of the Miss USA competition will represent the United States at the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant.
"Croaker," an independent film shot in Canonsburg, centers on the Sirko family that has fallen next in line to a 17th-century curse. The film is in post-production and scheduled for release Feb. 1.
Bob Barker's 90th birthday present is urging one more contestant to "come on down" from the audience on "The Price Is Right," The Associated Press reports.
The veteran game-show host, at the helm of "The Price Is Right" from 1972 to 2007, was invited back by current host Drew Carey on Thursday to celebrate the milestone birthday.
He moved a little more slowly, but Barker fell right back into the groove. The audience gave him a standing ovation, and he joined with Carey in encouraging viewers to spay or neuter their pets -- Barker's longtime cause.
To the reception, Barker said, "You folks appreciate the fact that it has taken me a long time to become 90."
Awards shows can seem like interminable events, but Susan Sarandon has apparently found a way to make all those dreary speeches seem a lot more fun: by being stoned, People reports
The Oscar-winning actress, 67, seemed downright casual about her penchant for getting high on "Watch What Happens Live" Wednesday.
When host Andy Cohen asked her to name one major Hollywood event she showed up to stoned, Sarandon replied, "Only one?" and slapped her knee as the two shared a hearty laugh.
"I would say almost all except the Oscars," she replied.
That adds up to an awful lot of time in public baked: She has racked up eight Golden Globes and four Emmy nominations during her 43-year career, not to mention five Oscar nods.
After a decade of marriage, "Idina Menzel and Taye Diggs have jointly decided to separate," reps for the couple tell People. "Their primary focus and concern is for their son. We ask that you respect their privacy during this time."
Diggs and Menzel, both 42, met as co-stars in the original production of the Broadway musical "Rent" in the mid-1990s. They married in 2003 and had a son, Walker, in 2009.
Menzel, a Tony Award winner for "Wicked," spoke to People about the marriage earlier this year, saying it wasn't always smooth sailing.
"We work at it," she said. "I'm not going to glamorize it or glorify it -- we go through tough times like everybody else, but we love each other very much. We try not to be away from each other for more than two weeks at a time, and we try to find new ways to communicate."
Having the hottest celebrity body among all the celebrity bodies is like being a goddess among exceptionally beautiful women, E! News reports.
That means we can all pretty much bow down to Penelope Cruz, who was named No. 1 on Fitness magazine's 2013 Best Bodies List! Jennifer Lawrence and Sandra Bullock, whose figures are also praiseworthy, rounded out the mag's top three hottest bodies of the year list.
So how did Cruz, 39, earn that top spot? Fitness magazine praises the "Counselor" star for having "popped back up on the red carpet in amazing shape just three months after giving birth [to son Luca in July]." The mom of two reportedly credits "following a Mediterranean diet, dancing and chasing after her kids for getting her back into shape after both pregnancies."
Lawrence, 23, was lauded in particular for her toned, athletic physique in "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." She reportedly got into shape to play Katniss through "agility drills, sprint intervals, medicine ball exercises and cardio on a stationary bike."
As for 49-year-old Bullock? She credits her ageless figure to "Pilates, kickboxing, weight lifting and running or biking while traveling." The "Gravity" star spends an hour a day, six days a week doing a mix of cardio and strength training.
Ellen DeGeneres wants the world to know that despite reports to the contrary, she's "happily married" to Portia de Rossi.
The talk show host addressed rumors about their five-year marriage during a hilarious monologue on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Wednesday, that began with a trip to the hair salon.
"The other day I'm at the hair salon getting these extensions," DeGeneres joked. "And there's tabloids all over the hair salon -- that's where they are, I guess. All of a sudden I notice one sitting on the counter in front of me [and] it caught my eye because Portia and I were in the top right-hand corner and I thought, 'Oh, that's sweet, they're honoring us.' "
"And then I read the headline underneath and it said 'Ellen and Portia's Marriage Crumbles.' I was like, 'Oh, what happened? They seemed so happy," DeGeneres joked.
The 55-year-old said that while she never reads tabloids because "I don't like letting that energy in," curiosity got the better of her.
"So I get the magazine and I'm flipping through it and there's one page torn out," she said. "The only page torn out was my story ... I will never know what's tearing my marriage apart."
DeGeneres then took a moment to shoot down the rumors and set the record straight. "It's so ridiculous to me," she said, adding that there's no trouble in paradise.
"There's not one ounce of truth to any of it," she said. "I am very happily married. The only thing we ever argue about is who loves who more, it really is true. ..."