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NBC and Facebook announced a deal Thursday to share content on the upcoming Winter Olympics, both hoping to boost interest on what promises to be a big event for social media, The Associated Press reports.

One of NBC's short Olympic profiles, on the relationship between American speed skater J.R. Celski and Seattle rapper Macklemore, premiered Thursday on Facebook's site.

The Olympics begin Feb. 6 in Sochi, Russia, and NBC is the American rights holder to broadcast the games. The network believes, through its experience with the London Summer Olympics in 2012, that social media helps drive more viewers to their telecasts. Facebook wants to establish itself as the place to have those conversations.

The NBC Olympics page on Facebook will feature video such as the Celski story and other content. American figure skating gold medalist Sarah Hughes will be available to answer questions from fans online during NBC's prime-time coverage of the figure skating competition. NBC also will offer polls, photo galleries, trivia and other shareable information on its Facebook page.

Nielsen says "Duck Dynasty" drew 8.5 million viewers for its fifth-season premiere, the AP reports.

That audience was slightly higher than for October's fourth-season finale of the A&E reality show. But last summer, 12 million viewers caught the fourth-season premiere.

Wednesday's airing gave viewers their first fresh look at the series since it got caught up in an uproar. Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, was briefly suspended by A&E after GQ magazine quoted him declaring that gays are sinners and African-Americans were happy under Jim Crow laws. Supporters of Robertson's right to voice his opinions flocked to his defense before the network reinstated him.

Justin Bieber is walking on eggshells.

E! News has learned that sheriffs took the pop singer's cell phone out of his possession during the police raid at his Calabasas, Calif., residence on Tuesday morning, following the egg-throwing incident that took place late last week. And this has Bieber's camp "worried."

"Justin's people are really worried that [the sheriff's department] have his phone," the source tells E! News, without being specific. Reports claim the star's afraid of naked pictures and texts with drug references being leaked.

E! News was told that although law enforcement has Bieber's phone, along with some security footage, neither have been looked at yet.

The insider also says that Bieber's high-tech surveillance system prevents anyone from making a copy of the footage. Therefore, authorities took the entire video machine and are hoping to download the footage from the day and time in question.

As for the drugs that were found, the source tells E! News that they have not been tested yet but says the results will most likely be positive for Molly (a form of ecstasy) and Xanax, but the official word has not been given.

Michelle Hurst, who plays the intimidating Miss Claudette on Netflix hit "Orange Is the New Black," awoke from a coma Thursday morning and is recovering from serious injuries from a car accident, according to a fundraising page set up in her name, Variety reports.

Hurst was in a car accident just before the holidays and was placed under a 16-day medically induced coma so doctors could perform surgeries close to her spine. She remains in the ICU at UNC Chapel Hill Hospital in North Carolina, and a fundraising page has opened to raise money for her medical bills and time taken off work, according to the page.

Piper Kerman, author of the memoir on which the series is based, tweeted the link Thursday morning. www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/helping-our-orange-family/123744.

The link was also retweeted by show star Natasha Lyonne, who plays Nicky Nichols.

So far, more than $4,700 has been raised out of the $5,000 goal. Donations are being handled by Hurst's sister. Season two of "Orange Is the New Black" is expected to hit Netflix in mid-2014. Netflix did not immediately comment on her status on the show.

Perhaps it just held too many bad memories.

Robert Pattinson has sold the Spanish-style home in L.A.'s Los Feliz neighborhood that he shared with Kristen Stewart when their world came crashing down following her tryst with director Rupert Sanders, People reports.

Stewart moved out when the scandal broke in the summer of 2012, and Pattinson himself later decamped to a rental in Beverly Hills.

But on Tuesday, the "Twilight" actor, 27, finally sold the house for $6.375 million, according to Redfin. He had bought it for $6.275 million in September 2011 and listed it this past October for $6.75 million.

Built in 1922, the 4,026-square-foot hacienda-style home sits on an acre and a half of property, has three bedrooms and 31/2 baths and incredible original details. It also features lush gardens, a lagoon pool and spectacular views of the city.

The buyer was not known. Previous celebrity owners of the property include Tim Curry, Noah Wyle and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

You just can't keep the "Titanic" down for long.

Producers of the ambitious musical retelling of the famous 1912 sea tragedy said Thursday a revival will be steaming back to Broadway in the fall, following a tune-up in Toronto over the summer, the AP reports.

It will be directed by Thom Southerland. The rest of the creative team, casting and dates will be announced later.

The musical tells the story of the ship's ill-fated maiden voyage and encounter with an iceberg in the Atlantic. The show, which has a score by Maury Yeston and a book by Peter Stone, focuses on the vessel's passengers in first-class, second-class and steerage.

It won Tonys in 1997 for best musical, best score, best sets and book of a musical, and lasted more than 800 performances.

An appellate court on Wednesday unanimously upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, determining there was substantial evidence of his guilt presented at trial.

The ruling by the California 2nd District Court of Appeal came less than three months after former cardiologist Conrad Murray was released. He served two years in jail for causing Jackson's 2009 death.

The 68-page ruling includes lengthy recitations of the evidence against Murray, who was convicted in 2011 of giving Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol in June 2009 while the superstar was preparing for a series of comeback concerts titled "This Is It."

The six-week trial focused on Murray's care of Jackson, including nightly doses of propofol to help the entertainer sleep.

In its opinion, the appeals court determined that Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor was within his right to impose the maximum sentence of four years.

Murray's "callous disregard for Mr. Jackson's health and safety was shown throughout the trial from the manner in which he administered a number of dangerous drugs to Mr. Jackson without the appropriate medical equipment, precautions or personnel in place, and to the manner in which he left Mr. Jackson unattended," the opinion states.

"The evidence demonstrated that Mr. Jackson was a vulnerable victim and that [Murray] was in a position of trust, and that [Murray] violated the trust relationship by breaching standards of professional conduct in numerous respects," it said.

The former physician was released from jail in October due to a change in California law requiring nonviolent offenders to serve their sentences in county jails and as a result of credits for good behavior.


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