Dick Wagner Loses Career With 'Curable' Dementia


Dick Wagner had enjoyed a successful life on stage, playing lead guitar for bands like Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and Kiss, when he had a stroke and a heart attack in 2007."I woke up from a coma after two weeks with a paralyzed left arm," said Wagner, now 70 and living in Arizona. "My profession as a guitarist, I thought was over."


He and Cooper co-wrote the majority of the band's top-selling songs, including the 1975 hit, "Welcome to My Nightmare."But Wagner's own personal horror show had just begun. He worked hard at rehabilitation, but new symptoms began to appear: mental fuzziness and an odd gait."I couldn't turn to the left as I walked, only to the right, and I would do a spiral and fall," he said. "I fell completely flat on my face in the driveway on the concrete. I didn't know what had happened to me."

Another fall by his swimming pool precipitated a blood clot and surgery. Wagner was convinced his career was over.But in 2011, Wagner was diagnosed with NPH, or normal pressure hydrocephalus, a condition caused by a build-up of spinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain, which puts pressure on nerves that control the legs, bladder and cognitive function.

Doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix surgically placed a shunt in his head to redirect the fluid through a tube under the skin to his abdominal cavity. A small amount is drained every day for the rest of his life.

My first kiss with Selena Gomez was the best of my life: Justin Bieber


Justin Bieber has opened up about his love life and about his relationship with Disney starlet Selena Gomez.'My first kiss with Selena was the best of my life. It was in the car. It was scary and spontaneous and it was just awesome,' reveals Justin, 18.


‘What does love feel like? It feels good.'If you're really in love then you should get butterflies. Butterflies and happiness, that's how I feel anyway.'The Beauty And A Beat singer has tried to keep his relationship with Selena, 20, out of the spotlight - and from his legion of fans.


'I never like to throw it in my fans' faces. I love my fans and I'd never want to do that to them,' Justin tells Fabulous.'It's my private life and I like to keep that separate.'I don't have many things that I get to myself but that's one thing.'I'm very happy. And I know my fans just want to be happy for me.'


Beauty queens vie for Miss America title in Vegas

A parade of beauties from every state are primping and prepping to compete for the Miss America crown Saturday night.The show at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip is the culmination of a week of preliminary competitions and months of practice.Each of the beauty queens has already proven her poise, charm and volubility by winning her state crown.After an opening number, the judges will announce 16 finalists.The women will strut their stuff in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview competitions, with cuts after each round until a new Miss America is crowned.


Jennifer Aniston gives Kimmel haircut live on TV


Jennifer Aniston can be a lot of fun on late-night when she doesn’t have anything to promote.Free of the obligation to talk about any upcoming projects and appearing on ‘The Jimmy Kimmel Show’ purely “out of love”, as the host put it, Aniston helped her friend launch his show in its new 11.35pm time slot, wielding weapons including a sledgehammer, a pair of scissors and yes, embarrassing vacation photos.


She used the first to take out Kimmel’s new desk while declaring “out with the old, in with the new!” and noting the show’s time change.And how on Earth could that “mistake” happen? “You’d think that one of our staff members, seeing you with the sledgehammer, would have said something before you came out,” Kimmel said, deadpan. “This makes no sense at all.”

“It actually makes no sense at all,” Aniston agreed. “Like zero. Like a little bit less than zero sense, even. Well, what are ya gonna do,” he said.At least they started out with a bang, literally, before the vacation pictures came out. Kimmel and his wife were part of the group that hit Cabo recently with Aniston and her fiancee, Justin Theroux, and was captured via cellphone camera at the spa getting a manicure, pedicure and massage. He was also snapped while nauseated on a boat, but the pictures didn’t chronicle that adventure in detail.

24th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala


The Award Season Express made its first stop of the new year in the middle of the desert a couple of hours east of Hollywood at the annual Palm Springs International Film Festival gala.A blast of Golden Globe nominees and Oscar hopefuls walked the press gauntlet on Saturday night, including Naomi Watts, Helen Hunt and John Hawkes, Ben Affleck and ‘Arbitrage’ star Richard Gere, who received the night’s so-called Chairman’s Award.


“Great,” Gere noted with more than a touch of sarcasm. “That’s better than the Governors Award?” he inquired, with a chuckle. “What’s the pecking order of these awards? I want to know. Am I getting the best award? I’m not going in unless I’m getting the best award!”Though Gere, 63, has never received an Oscar nomination, there were previous Academy Award winners aplenty at the Palm Springs gala. Among them was Sally Field, the night’s honoree for career achievement, including her hard-won role of Mary Todd in director Steven Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’.“I still can’t believe I got the role,” Field replied, cracking a smile. “Did I get it?”


Turning serious, she told the black-tie audience she was proud to be part of the film and happy to still be working. “I’m very lucky... Next year it’ll be 50 years that I’ve been in the business as a professional. It’s been a wild ride,” she said.

Lindsay Lohan due back in court on Monday


Lindsay Lohan was due to appear in New York criminal court on Monday to hear if her alleged role in a fight at a Manhattan nightclub will go to trial.At least she’ll have money to pay her legal bills. The 26-year-old flew to London to attend the New Year’s Eve party at the Dorchester thrown by the billionaire Sultan of Brunei’s celebrity-mad son, Prince Azim, and was reported to have been paid $100,000 (Dh367,309) for her presence.Lohan is accused of hitting Tiffany Mitchell, 28, of Palm Beach, Florida, at the Avenue Lounge in Manhattan.

It will be her 19th court appearance since 2007.Her lawyer is optimistic she’ll get off, telling CNN in November: “Once again, Lindsay Lohan is a victim of someone trying to capture their 15 minutes of fame.”“From my initial investigation, I am completely confident that this case will be concluded favourably and that Lindsay will be totally exonerated,” Heller said of the New York incident.
But it’s not the end of her legal woes.

Lohan is scheduled to appear at a probation violation hearing on January 15 in California.
You’ll remember she was put on probation after being convicted of stealing a necklace in 2011. She’d avoid jail if she stayed out of trouble, something it seems she can’t do. In November 2012, four charges, including giving false information to a police officer, obstructing or resisting a police officer in performance of his duty and reckless driving, were filed following a car crash.
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