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On the comeback trail: Philip Seymour Hoffman takes his bike for a stroll after undergoing detox for heroin abuse

Just weeks ago it emerged Philip Seymour Hoffman had checked in for a 10 day detox after snorting heroin.

And the veteran actor looked to be in good shape as he continued down the road to recovery by hopping on his bicycle for a summer ride through the West Village of New York on Friday.

But the 45-year-old soon took a break from his two-wheeler as he met up with his partner Mimi O'Donnell for a leisurely stroll along the sun dappled streets of the upmarket neighbourhood.
On the mend: Philip Seymour Hoffman enjoyed an afternoon stroll with his partner Mimi O'Donnell in New York, on FridayOn the mend: Philip Seymour Hoffman enjoyed an afternoon stroll with his partner Mimi O'Donnell in New York, on Friday

The Oscar-winner looked smarter than usual in a blue long sleeve shirt as he carried a messenger bag over his shoulders.

Completing his casual attire were crumpled jeans, a baseball cap, and brown loafers paired with thin framed spectacles resting snugly over the bridge of his nose.

Meanwhile, his costume designer partner wore a simple red summer dress, cinched at the waist by a silver belt, for the hot day in the Big Apple.
Confident showing: The heavyweight actor appeared to be enjoying his day out as he pushed his road bike along the sun dappled streetsConfident showing: The heavyweight actor appeared to be enjoying his day out as he pushed his road bike along the sun dappled streets

The road ahead: The 45-year-old kept his eyes on the sidewalk as his partner Mimi conversed with himThe road ahead: The 45-year-old kept his eyes on the sidewalk as his partner Mimi conversed with him

As first reported by TMZ, Philip had problems with substance abuse in the past, but had kicked the habit for 23 years until he had a relapse.

Hoffman says he fell off the wagon more than a year ago, with his problem starting slowly with prescription pills and recently escalating to snorting heroin.


He said the latter only lasted around a week and he quickly realised he needed help, so he checked into a detox facility on the East Coast.

Philip explained he was at the facility for 10 days and credits 'a great group of friends and family' for helping him seek the treatment he needed to get better.
United front: The long-time couple appeared to be engrossed in a serious chatUnited front: The long-time couple appeared to be engrossed in a serious chat

Philip is known for being a dedicated family man, who met his long-time partner Mimi while directing the 1999 play In Arabia We'd All Be Kings.

They have a 10-year-old son Cooper born in March and two daughters, six-year-old Tallulah and four-year-old Willa.

Meanwhile, the heavyweight actor is playing Günther Bachmann in the forthcoming A Most Wanted Man, a story of a Chechen Muslim who illegally immigrates to Hamburg and gets caught up in the international war on terror.

The thriller is slated for release on November 22.
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Best Buy recalls 5,000 MacBook Pro batteries after reports they were catching FIRE and burning customers

Best Buy has moved to recall 5,100 replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro due to a fire risk.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said Wednesday that there have been 13 reports that the battery caught fire. One consumer suffered a serious burn on the leg.

Best Buy Co. is voluntarily recalling both black and white ATG lithium-ion replacement batteries for the notebook computers.

Hidden danger: Best Buy has announced a recall of 5,100 replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro due to a fire riskHidden danger: Best Buy has announced a recall of 5,100 replacement batteries for the MacBook Pro due to a fire risk

The batteries were sold online or shipped to customers through its Geek Squad services from September of 2008 through June of 2012 for about $50.

Best Buy said it is contacting customers to ask them to return the batteries for replacement or for a Best Buy gift card. Company spokesman Jeff Shelman noted that Best Buy is only one of many retailers that may have sold the batteries.

The model number ‘MC-MBOOK13B’ is on the label of the black battery and ‘MC-BOOK13W’ is on the label of the white battery. The ATG logo is on both.

The CPSC has advised MacBook Pro users to ‘immediately stop using the recalled battery, remove it from the computer and contact Best Buy for a replacement Apple brand battery or a $50 Best Buy gift card as a full refund.’
Fire hazard: The model number 'MC-MBOOK13B' is on the label of the black ATG lithium-ion batteries being recalled by Best Best Fire hazard: The model number 'MC-MBOOK13B' is on the label of the black ATG lithium-ion batteries being recalled by Best Best

A Best Buy spokesperson told the tech blog Gizmodothat while it was ‘only one of many companies that may have sold these batteries, we feel they are a potential fire and burn hazard and want to keep our customers safe.’

International Business Timesreported that it is not uncommon for lithium-ion batteries to overheat, and Apple has had its fair share of problems with its devices getting too hot.

Most recently, Consumer Reports found that the new iPad released in March can reach temperatures as high as 116 degrees.
In good faith: Best Buy said that while it is not the only store selling the batteries, the company wants to make sure that its customers are safeIn good faith: Best Buy said that while it is not the only store selling the batteries, the company wants to make sure that its customers are safe

In 2011, there were two well-documented instances of iPhones spontaneously bursting into flames.

However, an Apple representative reassured concerned customers last year that the company’s devices operate 'well within our thermal specifications.

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James Gandolfini dead at 51: The Sopranos actor dies in Italy following a suspected heart attack

James Gandolfini has died aged 51 after a suspected heart attack, it has been confirmed.


The Sopranos star was on vacation in Rome and was due to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily.


He is survived by his wife Deborah Lin and two children, Michael, 13, and nine-month-old daughter Liliana Ruth.


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Dead at 51: James Gandolfini attending a charity gala on June 10; he has died of a suspected heart attack in Italy

Dead at 51: James Gandolfini was in good spirits as he attended a charity gala on June 10; he has died of a suspected heart attack in Italy



In a statement Gandolfini's managers Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders confirmed the death, which happened on Wednesday.


'Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving,' they said.


Cable channel HBO called the actor a 'special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone, no matter their title or position, with equal respect.'


 

James Gandolfini

Devoted dad: James was said be 'thrilled' at the arrival of his daughter last year; he is pictured carrying her to lunch with his wife in May



 

James Gandolfini

Loving family: James and wife Deborah Lin attended the Cirque du Soleil in LA in 2011 with his son Michael and a friend



'We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family,' HBO said.


'He touched so many of us over the years with his humor, his warmth and his humility. Our hearts go out to his wife and children during this terrible time. He will be deeply missed by all of us.'


Gandolfini's wife, former model Deborah Lin, gave birth to a baby girl last October, and the couple married in Hawaii in 2008.


James Gandolfini

Breakout role: Gandolfini is best known for his role as Tony Soprano in hit HBO series The Sopranos



 

James Gandolfini

Married to the mob: In character with his Sopranos co-stars Edie Falco, Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler



Following the birth of his daughter, a spokesperson for the actor said he was 'thrilled' at becoming a father again.


His rep said: 'I am happy to confirm that James and Deborah Gandolfini are the proud parents of a happy and healthy baby girl.'


James also has a son, Michael, with his ex-wife, Marcy Wudarski, who he divorced after three years of marriage in 2002.


 

The Sopranos

Complex character: James Gandolfini alongside actors Tony Sirico Federico Castellucio, and Steven Van Zandt in The Sopranos



There has been a huge outpouring of grief on Twitter from celebrities following the tragically sad news.


Amongst those to share their sadness were stars who had worked with Gandolfini.


'RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend,' wrote Jeff Daniels, his co-star in Broadway's God of Carnage.


'I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini!' tweeted Christina Applegate, his co-star in the 2004 comedy Surviving Christmas. 'My heart is broken for his family!! I’m in shock.' 


Steve Carell, who was about to work with the larger-than-life star in HBO Films' Bone Wars, added: 'James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.'


 

The Sopranos

Celebrated: James and his on-screen wife Edie Falco both won at the 2000 Golden Globes for their roles as Tony and Carmela Soprano



 

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Award-winning: James Gandolfini with his award for Outstanding Lead Actor at the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles in 2000



'He was a genius,' said The Sopranos creator David Chase.


'Anyone who saw him even in the smallest of his performances knows that. He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time. A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes.'


Chris Albrecht who gave the greenlight for crime family drama at HBO in 1999 and approved Gandolfini for the role told Deadline: 'Absolutely stunned. I got the word from Lorraine Bracco and just got off with Brad Grey who had just heard from David Chase. We had all become a family. This is a tremendous loss.'


Gandolfini rose to fame playing the hit man in the 1993 film True Romance, and roles in films such as Terminal Velocity and Get Shorty followed.


However, it wasn't until his breakout role in the hit television show The Sopranos that he  became a household name playing mob boss Tony Soprano, winning three Emmy Awards for the role.


Gandolfini won a huge fan base playing complicated character, who juggled family life with his wife and children with leading a criminal organization at the same time.


The character died in the season finale, although the audience was never shown the moment of his death.


Speaking to Vanity Fair about the ending, Gandolfini said: ‘What the f***? I mean, after all I went through, all this death, and then it’s over like that?'


Joe Gannascoli, who played Vito Spatafore on the HBO drama, said he was shocked and heartbroken.


'Fifty-one and leaves a kid -- he was newly married. His son is fatherless now ... It's way too young,' Gannascoli said.


Following the success of the HBO television series - which finished in 2007 - he continued to make big screen appearances in critically acclaimed films including In The Loop and The Taking of Pelham 123.


He appeared alongside Twilight actress Kristen Stewart in the heartwarming drama Welcome to the Rileys and voiced the Wild Thing Carol in Where the Wild Things Are.


 

 

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Loving husband: James and his second wife Deborah Lin, pictured here at a HBO event in 2011, married in Hawaii in 2008



In his personal life, Gandolfini made his first public appearance with Deborah at the premiere of the second half of the sixth and final series of The Sopranos in March 2007.


Their wedding just a year later was an incredibly romantic affair.


They exchanged vows in front of family and friends at Honolulu's Central Union Church.


 

James Gandolfini

Versatile: James Gandolfini starred opposite Twilight's Kristen Stewart in the heartwarming 2010 movie Welcome To The Rileys



Deborah wore a white gown made of Italian lace, while the church was decorated with white lilies and rhododendrons. He recently played Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in the Oscar nominated film Zero Dark Thirty.


Born in Westwood, New Jersey, Gandolfini graduated from Park Ridge High School, where he cut his teeth acting in school plays, and went on to study communications at Rutgers University.


He started his professional acting career treading the boards in New York, and made his Broadway debut in the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire with Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin.


Although his first film role came before in the 1987 comedy horror movie Shock! Shock! Shock!


Gandolfini had a number of projects completed before his death including Violet & Daisy starring Saoirse Ronan, and another project by director Nicole Holofcener starring Catherine Keener.


In an interview in December last year, Gandolfini sounded upbeat about a slew of smaller roles following the breathtaking blackout ending in 2007 of The Sopranos.


'I'm much more comfortable doing smaller things,' Gandolfini said.


'I like them. I like the way they're shot; they're shot quickly. It's all about the scripts - that's what it is - and I'm getting some interesting little scripts.'


 


LOVING TRIBUTES: CELEBRITIES EXPRESS THEIR GRIEF ON TWITTER



'RIP James Gandolfini. A great friend,' wrote Jeff Daniels, his co-star in Broadway's God of Carnage.


'I am so deeply saddened by the untimely passing of sweet James Gandolfini!' tweeted Christina Applegate, his co-star in the 2004 comedy Surviving Christmas. 'My heart is broken for his family!! I’m in shock.'


Steve Carell, who was about to work with the larger-than-life star in HBO Films' Bone Wars, tweeted: 'James Gandolfini. Unbelievably sad news. A fine man.'


Patrick Wilson wrote: 'R.I.P. James Gandolfini. So awful. What a fantastic actor…so much to say but I can’t even process. My condolences to his family.'


Bush rocker Gavin Rossdale said: 'james gandolfini– so sad what an incredible actor. more loss. be good to each other. it’s all so short.'


Actor Jonah Hill: 'I'm truly heartbroken to hear that James Gandolfini has passed away. He is one of my all time favorite actors. Tragic loss.'


Carson Daly: 'SO SAD! PRAYING FOR HIS FAMILY- wow- Shocked by this news today….'


Josh Henderson: 'Just read about James Gandolfini.. Never met him but what a damn good actor. Gone way to soon. Rip brother.. #prayers'


Dominic Monaghan: 'Oh man James gandolfini died. Fantastic in the soprano, and true romance. A great talent.'


Alyssa Milano: 'Rest in peace, Mr. Gandolfini.'


Rainn Wilson: 'Arrivederci, James Gandolfini. You were one of the great greats. We’ll miss your dangerous, big heart. #RIPGandolfini'


Josh Groban: 'Thank you James Gandolfini for some of the most brilliant tv moments of all time. So sad!!!'


Giuliana Rancic: 'Just heard James Gandolfini has died of a heart attack at the age of 51. So incredibly sad.'


Leah Remini: 'R.I.P James Gandolfini. My prayers to his family and friends. He will certainly be missed by us who loved watching him'




 
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Hitman walks out of court GRINNING after testifying against mob boss Whitey Bulger and claiming that 'they killed 11 people'





'The Executioner': John Martorano spent three days testifying against his former mob boss Whitey Bulger

'The Executioner': John Martorano spent three days testifying against his former mob boss Whitey Bulger


A former mob hitman who has spent the
past three days testifying against his former boss, James 'Whitey'
Bulger, walked out of court with a smile on his face after describing at
least 11 murders that they arranged.


John
'The Executioner' Martorano was a star witness for the prosecution, and
seemed more than happy to leave the past in court as he walks away
without any charges as part of a deal with federal authorities.


'Couldn’t
care less,' Martorano's cousin Joe said of his relative who claimed in
court that he never killed for money, only for helping the crime family.


'He wants to live his life
now. He wants to be what he has always been: a good guy, taking care of
his family. Whatever happens after that happens,' Joe Martorano told
The Boston Herald.


John's appearances in court this week were the first time that he had seen Whitey Bulger in person since 1982.

Martorano
is one of three former Bulger loyalists who agreed to cooperate with
prosecutors and testify against Bulger at his racketeering trial. Bulger
is accused of playing a role in 19 killings during the 1970s and '80s.


On
Wednesday, Martorano's third day on the witness stand, he endured a
stinging cross-examination by Bulger attorney Hank Brennan, who
repeatedly challenged his truthfulness and his motives in testifying
against Bulger.


Martorano
insisted that he told prosecutors the truth about the role of Bulger and
his partner, Stephen 'The Rifleman' Flemmi, in various killings, but
Brennan suggested that Martorano was a chronic liar who fabricated or
exaggerated Bulger's involvement so he could get a reduced sentence for
his own crimes.




Turning: John Martorano, who has admitted to killing 20 people, claimed he was 'heartbroken' when he learned that his former boss has been supplying information to the government

Turning: John Martorano, who has admitted to
killing 20 people, claimed he was 'heartbroken' when he learned that his
former boss has been supplying information to the government


Martorano served 12 years in prison after he cut a deal with prosecutors and agreed to testify against Bulger.

Brennan brought up the 1982 killing of Boston businessman John Callahan, whom Martorano described as a close friend.




'You even lied to your best friend, John Callahan, before you murdered him,' Brennan said.



Facing justice: James 'Whitey' Bulger is accused of murder, extortion and running a criminal enterprise

Facing justice: James 'Whitey' Bulger is accused of murder, extortion and running a criminal enterprise


'Correct,' Martorano replied. 'To me that was a necessity. I couldn't tell him I wanted to shoot him.'

Brennan
also pointed out inconsistencies between what Martorano told
investigators in the late 1990s and what he now says happened.


Martorano
acknowledged that he originally told investigators that Flemmi was
sitting next to him in a car and fired shots at James 'Spike' O'Toole as
he stood behind a mailbox on Dec. 1, 1973. O'Toole was killed because
he had shot and wounded Flemmi's brother.


Flemmi was a fugitive hiding in Montreal at the time of the shooting.

'It was somebody else in the back seat, not Flemmi,' Martorano said. 'I was in error and corrected it.'

Jurors
were shown photos of the mailbox riddled with bullets and images from
seven other killings, featuring shot-up cars with shattered glass and
blood on the seats. One photo showed a man lying dead on the floor of a
phone booth.


Tommy Donahue,
who says his father, Michael Donahue, was killed by Bulger in 1982, told
reporters outside court that it was 'sickening' for him to see photos
of the car in which his father died.


Donahue, who was 8 when his father was shot, said the car belonged to his grandfather.

'To see it riddled with bullets and know my father was killed in it, it was heart-wrenching, to say the least,' he said.

Prosecutors
say Michael Donahue died when Bulger and another man opened fire on the
car as Donahue gave a ride home to Bulger's target, Edward Brian
Halloran.






Moving on: Joe Martorano, the cousin of John, said that his relative 'couldn't be happier'

Moving on: Joe Martorano, the cousin of John, said that his relative 'couldn't be happier'




Winter Hill Gang:

Winter Hill Gang: A diagram showing the 'Winter
Hill Gang' organization in the late 1970s was passed around jurors as
John Martorano took the stand in the trial of accused mob boss Whitey
Bulger


Martorano also acknowledged that
he knew he faced a possible death penalty for killings in Oklahoma and
Florida when he decided to strike a deal with prosecutors and implicate
Bulger and Flemmi.


Brennan also asked Martorano if he had profited from his crimes.

Martorano
said he had been paid $250,000 by a film company for the rights to his
life story and could get another $250,000 if the company ends up making a
movie. He said he's also received about $70,000 from a book, 'Hitman,'
written by Boston Herald columnist Howie Carr.


Brennan asked Martorano if he thought about how seeing the book in bookstores could hurt the families of the people he killed.

'I didn't try to hurt anybody with the book,' he said, adding that he used the money to support his family.

Assistant
U.S. Attorney Fred Wyshak tried to rehabilitate Martorano's
credibility, going through 11 killings and asking him if he and Bulger
were involved in each.


'Correct,' Martorano replied each time.
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'I work hard on my legs': Ke$ha opens up about her body insecurities and admits she's not 'perfect' in new shoot

We're used to seeing her dripping with gold jewelry, dressed in crazy attire and displaying her obnoxious attitude.


However, it appears that if you scratch beneath the glittery surface, Ke$ha is just like everyone else.

The 26-year-old singer has opened up about her body hang-ups in a new fitness feature for Self magazine.
Ke$haWarrior: Ke$ha admits that she has body hang-ups just like everyone else in a new interview with Self magazine

'I don't have a perfect body,' she revealed to the magazine, adding that instead thinks it is important to 'celebrate what you've got.'

For the accompanying shoot, the Tik Tok singer stripped down to a pair of tight-fitting hot pants, pumps and lime green hooded top and certainly exuded body confidence.

The star admitted that she loves showing off her legs at any given opportunity.
Ke$haAll that glitters: Ke$ha reveals that she loves showing off her legs at every opportunity

Ke$haFit: Despite looking incredible in the shoot, Ke$ha pleads that she has body insecurities too

'For me, I like showing off my legs because I work really hard on them,' she said.

'So you will rarely find me wearing pants.'

Revealing how she deals with her own body insecurities, the singer explained: 'I'm not always perfect but I try to keep a balance in my life.'

And Ke$ha admits that she refuses to weight herself.

'I stay far away from a scale because it's not about a number, it's about how I feel. I try to eat healthy because it makes me feel good.'

Ke$ha

Ke$ha

Body confident: Ke$ha on stage at a concert displaying her sculpted figure


Ke$haYou missed a bit: Ke$ha arrived at the Billboard Awards last month in a skirt that flashed a lot of flesh

The singer certainly hasn't shied away from talking about her body parts in the past.

Just last month the pop star admitted she composed her hit songs by trailing her breasts along the keyboard.

'They go onto the keys and I just let them tickle the ivories,' she told talk show host Conan O'Brien.

'They really just go crazy, and all of a sudden, I have these chord progressions.'

'It started as a joke but it's produced some of my favourite songs on my new record,' she said. 'I turn off all the lights, I walk over to the piano, and I gently lower myself - my boobs...'

'Your breasts?' asked an amused Conan.

'My t--ties,' confirmed the star.

'They have a mind of their own,' replied Conan, to which Kesha vigorously nodded.
Ke$haInterview: Ke$ha's comments appear in full in this month's Self magazine
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