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- Was Sarah Jessica Parker trying to get out of jury duty yesterday at Manhattan federal court? It sounded that way to those who overheard her "griping to another prospective panelist" about all the reasons she shouldn't be asked to be a juror in a fraud case. "My daughter is home sick," said Parker, who "also noted that she had an 'international flight' [Tuesday]." The jury box filled up before she was called, and, in a subsequent phone interview, the Sex & the City actress said she was "ready, willing and able to serve" on a jury, sick child not withstanding. "I never once raised my hand," declared Parker. "I don't shirk any of my civic responsibilities." [Page Six]
- Jennifer Aniston is said to be the other woman in actor/writer Justin Theroux's split from costume designer Heidi Bivens, his girlfriend of 14 years. Sources say that Theroux "abruptly ended their relationship as he got close to Aniston," who he met on the set on Wanderlust last fall, and "moved out of their home last weekend." (A rep for Bivens says she was the one who moved out.) [Page Six]
- Michelle Obama told representatives from the writers, producers and actors guilds yesterday that she wants to see more positive depictions of the U.S. military in Hollywood productions. "In the end, this isn't just about the stories," she said, "but about having the men and women and their families who serve our country feel the gratitude every day from a grateful nation." Super 8 director J.J. Abrams moderated the event. The First Lady would go on to attend two fundraisers later in the day, the second of which reportedly raised more than $1 million for the Democratic National Committee. It was briefly interrupted, according to pool reports, when "a young woman near the front of the crowd collapsed. She was attended to by a doctor and appeared to be OK." [Associated Press]
- At the Tony awards after-party at the Plaza hotel, the famous faces were nearly outnumbered by the buffet tables. There were so many set-ups that attendees were issued "a postcard map of the three floors" of food options, which included " [a] cupcake station (provided by the Food Network's Cupcake Wars)", "the 'Tomatoes Tomatoes' buffet where everything was made using seasonal tomatoes 'from soup to pasta,'" "the Sweet Smell of Success area which featured jars of 'cookies, cookies and more cookies," "various 'China Town' stations, which featured 'tastes from the Far East,'" and the Plaza Food Hall by Todd English, described as "a mecca of sushi, flatbreads, a raw bar and insane desserts." [The Wall Street Journal]
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