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People who need Barbra Streisand’s castoffs are the luckiest people in the world. The superstar entertainer plans to sell more than 400 items she has personally collected over the years at an auction scheduled for October 17–18 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

September 16 2009 12:05 PM

Arianna Huffington wants to be in TV -- sitcoms, specifically. The progressive blogger and editor in chief of The Huffington Post has brokered a deal with 20th Century Fox TV to develop a politically themed sitcom set in Washington, D.C., according to The Hollywood Reporter. ABC has ordered scripts for a series centering “on the friendship of three freshman members of Congress -- two men and a woman -- who live together in D.C.” Huffington and Greg Malins (How I Met Your Mother) will executive produce.

September 16 2009 11:05 AM

Out actor George Takei and his husband, Brad Altman, will be the first gay couple to appear on The Newlywed Game.

"George and I are thrilled. It's pretty historic for us," Altman told the New York Daily News. "It's going to be a great experience for both of us to see how well we really know each other after 22 years together."

The couple will compete on the revived game show that originally premiered in 1966. It has since gone through a handful of reincarnations.

September 16 2009 10:55 AM

Legislation to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, which federally restricts marriage to heterosexual couples, was introduced Tuesday in House of Representatives amid a growing chorus of people who have had a change of heart on the matter.

The man who singed the bill into law, President Bill Clinton, and the man who authored the legislation, Bob Barr, along with seven representatives who voted to pass it in 1996, now support the law’s repeal

September 16 2009 10:45 AM

Stand for Marriage Maine appears to have distorted a headline from the Associated Press in its new Catholic Church–sponsored television advertisement urging voters to repeal the state’s marriage equality law in November.

The 30-second ad, which began airing Tuesday, includes a frame occurring at about the 18-second mark that shows the Associated Press logo attributed to the headline “Homosexual Advocacy Group Accuses Maine Diocese of Violating Tax Law.”

September 16 2009 10:15 AM

Betty White, a star of The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, will receive the Life Achievement Award at the 16th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show in January, the organization announced on Tuesday.

The 87-year-old actress is to be recognized for her professional and humanitarian accomplishments, according to a statement from SAG reported by United Press International.

September 16 2009 9:15 AM

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September 16 2009 9:02 AM