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Back for an encore: Kelly Clarkson plans second picture book

After releasing a best-selling children's book, Kelly Clarkson is back for an encore.

HarperCollins Publishers announced Wednesday that the Grammy winner's "River Rose and the Magical Christmas" is coming out Oct. 24.

The picture book is illustrated by Lucy Fleming and continues Clarkson's "River Rose" series, which began last year with "River Rose and the Magical Lullaby." The new release also will include an original Christmas song by Clarkson.

Meanwhile, Clarkson is working on a new album, which also is expected to come out later this year.

Actor Jason Statham, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley welcome first child

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and actor Jason Statham officially became parents on Saturday, and just announced the news on social media.

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“Our little man arrived! Jack Oscar Statham 8.8lbs on Saturday June 24th,” Huntington-Whiteley wrote on a Tuesday Instagram post alongside a sweet photo of her newborn holding her fingers.

Huntington-Whiteley announced her pregnancy in February with a photo of herself in a bikini with her baby bump on full display.

“Very happy to share that Jason and I are expecting!! Lots of love Rosie x Photo by @jasonstatham,” she wrote.

According to E! News, Huntington-Whiteley was joined by 40 to 50 close friends and family members at her baby shower on May 20.

“Everyone was really chill, and the spotlight was Rosie,” a source told the entertainment site, adding that she looked “flawless” at the party.

The couple kept things private ahead of their son’s birth and most recently appeared on the red carpet at the premiere of Statham’s film “The Fate of the Furious.”

Statham and Huntington-Whiteley have been dating since 2011 and became engaged in 2016.

Fans, critics surprised, delighted at Kendall Jenner's birthday gift to North West

North West, daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, turned 4 earlier this month. To celebrate, Kardashian and West gifted their daughter with a puppy, but it’s what North West’s aunt, Kendall Jenner, got her that fans are delighted by. 

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Jenner, 21, gave her niece a book with more than 20 science projects.

Along with the book were materials and ingredients for four of the projects. 

Kardashian, who said she loved the gift, shared video of the book and prepared kits on social media. She said she appreciated the creative package.

Many praised Jenner for getting the gift “instead of something expensive and lavish.” 

Rock Hall of Fame to open 'Power of Rock' exhibit

Rock 'n' roll fans can get a taste of what it's like to be a star inducted at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame beginning this weekend.

The museum is opening an exhibit called "Power of Rock," featuring film clips, laser lights, concert smoke, under-seat speakers and recorded stories by Hall of Fame inductees, including former Deep Purple bassist Glenn Hughes. The exhibit is the centerpiece of an overhaul of the Hall of Fame. Renovations have cost $15 million to date.

Fans will be able to enter an interactive booth and listen to Hughes, who is set to visit the Hall on Thursday to record his story of how a Rolling Stones concert he attended as a teenager ignited his passion for rock.

"When I saw all the hoopla and what was going on on the stage, I go, 'I'll have some of this, Mother? May I have a real electric guitar?'" Hughes says.

The exhibit, presented exclusively to The Associated Press on Wednesday, opens to the public on Saturday. It will bring to life more than 30 years of the Hall's legendary induction ceremonies through digital displays, memorabilia exhibits and a 12-minute film of ceremony highlights by Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme, played on five moving screens.

Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley were among the Hall's first inductees in 1986, and 802 artists have been inducted so far.

Visitors starting their tour of the exhibit will wait on a bridge suspended three stories above the Hall's atrium and listen via a stretch of gold and black speakers to the names of Hall inductees in a roll call shout-out: KISS, Journey, Breaking Dead, among others.

Then 130 people at a time will file into a theater to watch the highlight reel spliced together by Demme, who won an Academy Award for "The Silence of the Lambs" and died in April.

"A lot of excitement, a lot of speakers — 'Make it loud' is what he'd always say," said Demme's producer, Rocco Caruso.

With laser lights, concert smoke and sliding screens, audience members will be quaking in their seats, literally — with bass speakers booming beneath them.

"You not only feel it in your chest, you feel it in your feet," said Christian Lachel, one of the theater's designers.

The film races through ceremony highlights of more than 100 artists, from Bob Dylan to Metallica, beginning with classic R&B singer Ruth Brown, known in the 1950s as Miss Rhythm, and ending with Prince's guitar-throwing 2004 rendition of the Beatles song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

Prince's black and red suit that night will be in a special showcase, along with the blue bass guitar Tina Weymouth played when the Talking Heads were inducted in 2002.

Hughes told the AP he hopes that by telling his story in the "Power of Rock" he will inspire the next generation of musicians who feel the same stirring he did that night in the 1960s, listening to the Rolling Stones.

"The artist is suffering. It's difficult to make a living," Hughes said. "But I see the same endeavor, the same hunger, as when I started out, and that's all that really matters."

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This story has been corrected to show that the $15 million is the total cost of the renovations to date, not just the new exhibit.

Bridges takes chilled approach in heated political rhetoric

But when it comes to critiquing the role of today's real-life president, Bridges is a lot more laid back than some of his fellow celebrities. How would The Dude, the character he played in "The Big Lebowski," handle things?

He likely wouldn't be dangling a severed head in the likeness of President Donald Trump, as comedian Kathy Griffin came under fire for. Neither would The Dude joke about killing the president as Johnny Depp recently did. Griffin and Depp later apologized.

"Everybody has something different and unique to contribute to society and with different ways of doing it," Bridges said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, after taking part on a panel focused on child hunger at a meeting of the Western Governors Association in Whitefish, Montana.

"Some people will be blatantly out there talking about their disappointments and ridiculing the way President Trump is acting," said Bridges, who supported Hillary Clinton in last year's election.

"I'm rooting for him to do well by our country," he said. "I'm rooting for him as a human being to do the cool thing," Bridges said, as he pivoted back to his work against childhood hunger.

Bridges said he is especially concerned about proposed cuts to federal food assistance programs, which he said could harm the well-being of more children.

The actor has been an ambassador for "No Kid Hungry " campaign, a national effort to address food insecurity among struggling families.

He founded the End Hunger Network in 1983 and became the national spokesman for No Kid Hungry in 2010.

Bridges splits his time between homes in Southern California and Montana. He has helped Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and the state's first lady, Lisa Bullock, on expanding school breakfast programs.

"The health of our children is a wonderful compass that can tell us if our country is going the right direction," he said. "That means we're off course, so I'm rooting for the president to get on course."

Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky Cornell says he ‘didn’t want to die’ in new interview 

Vicky Cornell is opening up about her husband Chris Cornell’s final night.

On May 18, the Soungarden and Audioslave frontman was found dead in a Detroit hotel room after performing one final concert. The corner ruled his cause of death to be suicide by hanging, but his wife thinks there’s more to the story.

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“My Chris was happy, loving, caring and warm,” Vicky Cornell said in this month’s issue of People. “This was not a depressed man—it wasn’t like I missed that. What I missed were the signs of addiction.”

Cornell previously struggled with addiction issues but had been sober for years, according to his wife. Shortly after his death, it was revealed that Cornell had prescription drugs and an anti-anxiety medication in his system. Vicky is unsure how the medical examiner could so quickly rule the death a suicide without waiting for toxicology results or a full autopsy report.

Related: Family of Chris Cornell disputes suicide report

She believes the drugs in his system significantly altered his state of mind.

“He didn’t want to die,” she said. “If he was of sound mind, I know he wouldn’t have done this.”

She continued, “Chris was humble, sweet, kind and good, with the patience of a saint.” The family was reportedly looking forward to an upcoming trip to Disney World with their kids, Toni, 12, and Christopher, 11. Cornell was also a father to Lily, 17, from a previous marriage.

Related: Chris Cornell toxicology report indicates multiple prescription drugs in system, did not cause death

Because Cornell was sober since 2009, she is now left guessing if she missed the signs of a relapse.

“I relaxed, I guess,” she told the publication.

The rocker was prescribed the Ativan as a sleep aid last year though it left him feeling deprived of rest. His widow said that was a sign. Following the Detroit concert, Cornell reportedly woke his wife up by turning the lights off and on in their home, remotely using an app on his phone. Vicky Cornell said when she awoke, she called her husband.

“He was on a rant,” she said. “I said, ‘You need to tell me what you took,’ and he just got mean. That wasn’t my Chris.”

Related: Brad Pitt, Dave Grohl and other celebrities pay respects at Chris Cornell's funeral

That’s when she decided to send Martin Kirsten, Cornell’s bodyguard, to check on him. After breaking down the doors, Kirsten found him slumped in the bathroom. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

“Addiction is a disease,” Vicky Cornell said. “That disease can take over you and has full power. I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure other children don’t have to cry like mine have cried.”

R2-D2 droid used in Star Wars films sells for $2.76m

An R2-D2 droid that was used in several "Star Wars" films has sold at auction for nearly $3 million.

The auction house Profiles in History said the 43-inch tall unit that was compiled from parts used throughout filming of the original trilogy sold for $2.76 million at an auction Wednesday.

There was no information about who purchased the droid, which was the most expensive item offered in a movie memorabilia auction that included numerous props from the "Star Wars" franchise. Other items up for sale included Luke Skywalker's lightsaber from the first two films, which sold for $450,000 and Darth Vader's helmet from the original film sold for $96,000.

The Calabasas, California-based Profiles in History had estimated the droid could fetch up to $2 million before Wednesday's sale.

Other space-themed film and television memorabilia was also for sale, with a collection of 23 ships from "Battlestar Galactica" and "Buck Rogers" sold for $1.8 million. A helmet worn by late actor Bill Paxton on the set of "Aliens" sold for $51,000.

Not all the items that sold were out of this world. The lighted dancefloor from "Saturday Night Fever" sold for $1.2 million."

Song from Prince's father being released on his 101st b'day

A new song from Prince's late father, produced at Paisley Park, is being released Thursday to celebrate what would have been his 101st birthday.

Prince's half-sister, Sharon Nelson, produced the jazzy "Heart of Mine" by John L. Nelson and said it is the first single from the album, "Don't Play With Love, The John L. Nelson Project," to be released Oct. 27.

The new song will be available for streaming and for sale at digital retailers on Thursday.

John Nelson, a jazz pianist who performed with the Prince Rogers Trio, died in 2001 at age 85. He co-wrote some songs with Prince, including "Computer Blue" from "Purple Rain."

"We are making his music available for the world to hear," Sharon Nelson said in a statement Wednesday. "Contrary to what has been written about our dad, he was a loving, caring, hardworking father, and a prolific jazz musician most notably known as the father of the musical genius, our brother Prince."

Sharon Nelson produced the album in January at Paisley Park from her father's sheet music. Prince, who died last year, had no creative role in the new music.

"Our dad wrote and composed many songs, but they were never recorded until now. He was Prince's musical inspiration, and this project is very special because it was recorded in Paisley Park," Sharon Nelson said. "This music was destined to come out and we are sure you will enjoy the masterful works of John L. Nelson."

The album will be released on Sharon Nelson's company, Maken It Music. Earlier this year a judge confirmed Prince's six siblings to be his rightful heirs, including his sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings — Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.

Sharon Nelson released an album in 2009 called "57th Street Sound" and co-produced an EP featuring her father in 1994.

Film academy invites Thor, Wonder Woman to joins its ranks

Thor, Captain America, Wonder Woman and Betty White have been invited to join the film academy.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its latest invitees on Wednesday, which include several artists from the worlds of action and comedy.

"We are looking in areas that historically we hadn't," film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in an interview. The organization invited 774 new members to join its ranks — the largest class ever.

Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Gal Gadot, all famous for their superhero roles, were invited to join the actors' branch. Other actors receiving invites include White, Dwayne Johnson, Riz Ahmed, Terry Crews, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Priyanka Chopra, Donald Glover and Zoe Kravitz. Several "Saturday Night Live" alumnae were also invited: Amy Poehler, Molly Shannon, Maya Rudolph and current stars Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones.

"It takes a lot to be a comedic actor," Boone Isaacs said, "and certainly the branch is recognizing this talent."

She said the organization's efforts toward inclusivity may have inspired interest among a broader range of prospective members, who must be sponsored by existing members to be considered.

The film academy reports that its new class is 39 percent female and 30 percent non-white. The organization has been diversifying its ranks after two years of #OscarsSoWhite and criticism of its overwhelmingly white and male voting body. Women now comprise 28 percent of academy membership and non-whites account for 13 percent.

"This conversation that the academy has been having for the last couple years has really energized our base, has really energized our members and the community," Boone Isaacs said.

Besides including filmmakers from traditionally overlooked genres, the new class of invitees also represents 57 countries.

"We've recognized great talent around the world, but in one area we were not as active, and that is membership," she said.

Oscar nominees are automatically considered for membership. "Moonlight" writer-director Barry Jenkins has been invited to join both branches, but he'll have to pick one. "Hidden Figures" director Theodore Melfi and documentarian Ezra Edelman ("O.J.: Made in America") also received invitations.

Joss Whedon ("The Avengers"), Simon Pegg ("Shaun of the Dead") and Phil Johnston ("Zootopia") were invited to the writers' branch. "Get Out" writer-director Jordan Peele was invited to both writing and directing branches, while his Comedy Central collaborator Keegan-Michael Key, was invited to join the actors' branch.

The music branch extended invites to Lin-Manuel Miranda, Justin Timberlake, Nick Cave, Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam and "La La Land" composers Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Justin Hurwitz.

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‘Big Bang Theory’ star Johnny Galecki loses ranch in California wildfire

Actor Johnny Galecki, star of the TV series “Big Bang Theory,” has lost his large ranch home to a California wildfire burning in San Luis Obispo, about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

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The actor was not at the home at the time of the fire Monday night and is fine, Variety reported.

“My heart goes out to all in the area who are also experiencing loss from this vicious fire, the threat of which we live with constantly, which may seem crazy to some but we do so because living in our beautiful, rural area makes it worthwhile,” Galecki said in a statement to TMZ

>> Related: ‘John Wick’ villain Michael Nyqvist loses battle with lung cancer

The fire, which is about 60 percent contained, has burned more than 1,600 acres and forced dozens of evacuations.

 

La La Anthony says she and Carmelo Anthony are not divorcing ‘right now’

There could be a reconciliation in the future for Carmelo and La La Anthony.

E! News reported that the actress appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” on Tuesday and dished about the status of her relationship with estranged NBA player husband Carmelo Anthony.

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When asked if they were divorcing, Anthony, 38, responded, “Not right now,” and added, “You know, marriages are tough, and you know that. We all know that. It’s filled with ups and downs. We are just going through a time right now.

“Him and I are the best of friends, and our No. 1 commitment is to our son, Kiyan, and we have to set an example for Kiyan, and that’s what’s most important to me.”

She also said that even though things are tough between them, she will never have a bad thing to say about Carmelo Anthony, 33.

Related: Report: NY Knicks Carmelo Anthony, TV personality La La Anthony separated

“That’s my son’s father, and he is an amazing dad,” she said. “I could not ask for a better dad.”

Host Wendy Williams couldn’t sit through the mystery of their relationship and decided to get to the thought on everyone’s minds.

“He seems to want you back,” Williams said.

Anthony responded, “Why wouldn’t he?” 

Despite knowing that they aren’t divorcing just yet, Anthony is still uncertain about the future.

Related: This celebrity’s baby is the taking over Instagram with all of these adorable posts and we can’t get enough

“Listen, if I could predict the future, we would all be multimillionaires,” she said. “I don’t know what the future holds. I just know that we are doing an incredible job again being parents to our son. We are the best of friends. I’ve been with Melo since he was 19 years old. You’re not with somebody that long, and it just goes out the window. I love him with all my heart, and we are the best of friends.”

When Williams asked if she’s dating, Anthony said, “Yeah, I’m dating. I’m dating myself.”

“I’m trying to get myself in order,” she said. “I'm in the gym every day. I'm eating right. I’m taking out all the bad stuff in my life and just really dating and focusing on myself, which is something women need to do more often, put ourselves first.”

La La Anthony and Carmelo Anthony were married in 2010 after dating since 2003.

Watch the interview on “Wendy” below.

Don't worry, Whataburger isn't closing all its stores in 2018

That sound you just heard was all of America letting out a collective sigh of relief.

Despite what you may have seen on social media, Whataburger is not closing all its stores next year.

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Joining the battle against fake news, the beloved Texas-based fast-food chain addressed the article Wednesday, reassuring Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit-lovers that their favorite late-night or early-morning or any-time-of-day-or-night food stop isn’t going anywhere.

The original article, which has been shared widely on Facebook, was posted to a hoax “news” site — once a user clicks on the story, they’re greeted by the Yao Ming Face meme with a caption saying “You Got Owned,” followed by text saying “You’ve Been Pranked!” and requesting that users “Create a story and prank your friends!” The bottom of the site clarifies its status as a “prank website that is intended for fun” and says, “We do NOT support FAKE NEWS!!! [sic]”

Don’t believe everything you see on the internet, folks.

Bentley previously owned by George Strait up for sale

A Bentley convertible previously owned by country music legend George Strait is for sale.

According to the AutoTrader ad, the 2012 Bentley Continental GTC has less than 13,000 miles and is in excellent condition.

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The asking price of $159,000 includes the vehicle and a car manual signed by Strait.

Though it’s a nice car, there's no guarantee that it will get you to "Amarillo by Morning." 

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jason Statham welcome a baby boy

It's a boy for model-actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and her fiancé, Jason Statham.

Huntington-Whiteley wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday that son Jack Oscar Statham was born on Saturday weighing 8.8 pounds.

She included a photo of a tiny hand holding her finger.

A publicist for the former Victoria's Secret model did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Huntington-Whiteley also used Instagram to reveal her pregnancy in February. She and Statham announced their engagement in January of 2016. This is their first child.

Huntington-Whiteley appeared in "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." Statham's recent film credits include "The Fate of the Furious" and "Spy."

Sons to attend birthday service at Princess Diana's grave

Prince William, his wife, Kate, and Prince Harry will attend a private service at the late Princess Diana's grave on what would have been her 56th birthday.

In a brief statement, Kensington Palace said Wednesday that the July 1 service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and attended by Diana's family.

The service comes several weeks before the 20th anniversary of her in August 1997 death in a Paris car crash.

Diana is buried on the grounds of Althorp estate, her family's ancestral home in the countryside near Northampton in central England.

William and Harry, who were 15 and 12 years old when their mother died, are marking the anniversary by commissioning a statue of Diana that will stand in the public gardens of Kensington Palace in London.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has celebs singing 'Hamilton' for charity

Lin-Manuel Miranda has Hollywood singing lyrics from his hit musical, "Hamilton," in order to raise money for a coalition of nonprofits focused on immigration.

Celebrity participants in Miranda's #Ham4All challenge include Ben Stiller, Kelly Clarkson and Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. The challenge calls for participants to donate money and to take a video of themselves singing their favorite "Hamilton" song and post it to social media. Money raised through the challenge goes toward Miranda's Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition.

Miranda also released a video for "Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)" on Wednesday. The track takes its name from a line in the musical and features "The Night Of" star Riz Ahmed, along with rappers K'naan, Residente and Snow Tha Product.

Disney: Animatronic Trump will speak at Disney World show

Disney has confirmed that an animatronic version of President Donald Trump will have a speaking role at its Hall of Presidents attraction at Walt Disney World in Florida.

The company is pushing back against reports that Trump's figure wouldn't have a speaking part in the show, which features figures of all U.S. presidents.

Disney Parks editorial content director Thomas Smith writes in a blog post that Disney is working closely with the White House on Trump's words and a recording session with the president has been scheduled.

The attraction closed in January so Trump's figure could be added. Smith says it will reopen late this year with a new show and upgraded theater.

An online petition was launched in January to push Disney to keep its animatronic Trump silent.

Robert Durst's pals resist testifying at California hearing

Two of Robert Durst's longtime friends are fighting in a New York court to avoid being sent to testify at a pretrial hearing in the millionaire's murder case in California next month.

Stewart Altman, who graduated from high school with Durst nearly 60 years ago, and his wife, Emily, appeared Wednesday in a Long Island courtroom, where their attorneys said a request by the Los Angeles district attorney to testify at a July 24 pretrial hearing was unnecessary because the case has yet to come to trial.

Durst, an eccentric millionaire who was featured in the HBO documentary "The Jinx," is facing murder charges in Los Angeles in the 2000 killing of his longtime friend, Susan Berman. Prosecutors suspect Durst shot Berman because he feared she might divulge incriminating information regarding the 1982 disappearance of Durst's first wife, Kathleen.

Durst, 74, was never charged in Kathleen Durst's disappearance and has denied killing either Berman or his first wife.

In the HBO documentary "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst," he is heard muttering that he "killed them all." He was arrested in New Orleans in 2015 just before the final episode aired.

Attorneys for the Altmans argued that their testimony is not necessary at a pretrial hearing. "It's just something they want to have," attorney Lawrence Goldman said of the prosecutors.

Los Angeles prosecutors say they want to question them about their friendship with Durst, including his state of mind when the millionaire fled to Galveston, Texas, in 2000, amid questions about Kathleen Durst's disappearance.

In 2001, Durst was charged with killing a 71-year-old neighbor in Galveston, where Durst was living disguised as a mute woman. While conceding he chopped up neighbor Morris Black's body and tossed it in the sea, Durst was acquitted of murder after testifying that he was defending himself.

Stewart Altman's attorney also contends his client, who is a labor attorney, may be entitled to claim attorney-client privilege about conversations he had with Durst. An assistant Nassau County district attorney, arguing on behalf of colleagues in Los Angeles, said Altman would have to make those claims once at the pretrial hearing.

Prosecutors also want to question Emily Altman about a 33-page document Durst prepared for his Galveston trial. At Durst's request, she turned the document over to the filmmakers who produced the HBO documentary, according to court papers.

Veronica Guariglia, the Nassau prosecutor, countered, "This is a criminal proceeding. It's not for us to say this is not necessary."

Goldman and another attorney for the Altmans declined to answer on the record at the end of the court proceeding when Guariglia asked whether Durst was paying their legal fees.

The judge said he will rule before July 5.

‘John Wick’ villain Michael Nyqvist loses battle with lung cancer

 

Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, the star of the original “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy, lost his battle with cancer on Tuesday.

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“It is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year-long battle with lung cancer,” according to a statement from the actor’s representative published in Variety.

Nyqvist, 56, was probably best known to American audiences for his villain roles, including in “John Wick” and “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol.”

The actor leaves behind his wife, Catharina, and children, Arthur and Ellen.

Edward James Olmos wants pet owners to stay home July 4

Edward James Olmos has a message for pet owners on the Fourth of July: Stay home.

Noisy fireworks on America's birthday can startle animals and cause them to run away. Olmos has teamed up with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals to urge owners to comfort their pets or at least leave a TV or radio set on to mask the blasts so they don't get as scared.

"Many animals have actually broken through glass windows and doors to get out of the house," the veteran actor told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "They don't know where the explosion is coming from, all they know is that there are explosions and they immediately take it in a fearful way."

The insurance giant Nationwide, which provides pet health insurance, last year reported that the most common Fourth of July pet injuries were laceration caused by pets breaking through a glass window or fence. Other firework-related pet injuries included being hit by a car after becoming spooked by fireworks, near drowning after falling in pools and strangulation by collars getting caught.

"If you stay with them, it helps them," added Olmos, who starred in "Stand and Deliver" and earned an Oscar nomination. "They'll tremble, they'll shake, but they will at least feel secure enough not to do any bodily harm to themselves."

PETA Latino Senior Manager Alicia Aguayo says that "Fourth of July fireworks can spell disaster for animals who end up in animal shelters or even disappear forever after running in fright from the explosions."

Olmos plans to stay home with his beloved Moe, a 10 year old Labrador retriever whom the actor has tweeted about — photos included — a few times. "He's a really wonderful dog," said the owner proudly. "He is a service dog, so he works at hospitals with children and with people and he is wonderful."

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