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Katy Perry Wishes She Was Educated


Some entertainers will tell you that their education was a waste of time . . . but KATY PERRY isn't one of them.  She's basically admitting that she isn't as intelligent as she'd like to be. 


She tells Yahoo, quote, "I'm kind of bummed at this stage that I didn't have a great education because I could really use that these days."


Katy dropped out of high school during her freshman year . . . and before that, she went from school to school, because her parents were pastors and were always on the move.  On top of that, she wasn't always getting the best instruction.


She says, quote, "I was being pulled out of school, even in the middle of school . . . and sometimes being home-schooled.  Sometimes we were sent to these really half-Christian, half-education, I-don't-know-what-they-were schools."


So, she's trying to learn as much as she can as an adult.  She says, quote, "I've learned to educate myself at this stage and how to continue my education at any age.  I'm going on 30 and I'm still very thirsty for information."




Robin Williams Had Parkinson's Disease


ROBIN WILLIAMS was suffering from Parkinson's disease when he died earlier this week. 


His wife Susan issued a statement saying, quote, "Robin's sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson's Disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly.


"It is our hope in the wake of Robin's tragic passing, that others will find the strength to seek the care and support they need to treat whatever battles they are facing so they may feel less afraid."


Parkinson's is a progressive disorder of the nervous system.  MICHAEL J. FOX was diagnosed with it in 1991.



After he heard yesterday's news, Fox Tweeted, quote, "Stunned to learn Robin had PD.  Pretty sure his support for our [charitable foundation] predated his diagnosis.  A true friend;  I wish him peace."




People Everywhere Are Celebrating "Shark Week" By Eating Sharks Into Extinction


How are people celebrating Shark Week . . . aside from actually watching shark-related programming on the Discovery Channel?  Well, apparently a lot of people are participating by EATING SHARKS INTO EXTINCTION.



Or so says the Internet.



Restaurants are trying to sell as much shark meat as possible, and people are eating it like crazy.  A shark conservation expert says this is NOT good.  Quote, "It's opportunistic.  [Restaurants] are using the celebrity of 'sharkism' to sell more tacos than they normally would."



The most commonly-eaten shark in the U.S. is the Shortfin Mako, a species that's listed as "Vulnerable."  That's a step above "Endangered" . . . and puts them on par with polar bears.



A sarcastic shark activist jokes, quote, "But you wouldn't want to eat polar bear tacos." 




New In Theaters Today


1.  "The Expendables 3"  (PG-13) 



Sylvester StalloneJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenTerry CrewsRandy Couture, and Arnold Schwarzeneggerare all back from the last movie.  And there are a TON of new additions.



Wesley Snipes plays a founding member of the team that they have to bust out of prison . . . which is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the fact that Snipes couldn't participate in the first two movies, because he was locked up for his tax troubles.



Antonio Banderas adds comic relief as a commando who's always desperately wanted to join the team.  And Mel Gibson is Stallone's old partner . . . he cofounded the Expendables, but turned bad and became an arms dealer with a vendetta against him.



In order to deal with the new threat, Stallone recruits some young, fresh blood . . . including Kellan Lutz, MMA badass Ronda Rousey, and boxer Victor Ortiz.



And finally there's Kelsey Grammer as an old friend of Stallone's who helps recruit the new members . . . and Harrison Ford as the CIA handler behind their assignments.



Unfortunately Chuck Norris doesn't show up again, and Bruce Willis punked out when it came time to film . . . but it sounds like they added more than enough muscle to over-compensate.



2.  "Let's Be Cops"  (R) 



Damon Wayans Jr. and Jake Johnson from "The New Girl" dress up as police officers for a costume party . . . and are so convincing, they're mistaken for REAL cops by everyone in the neighborhood . . .



Including some corrupt cops and mobsters run by Andy Garcia.  The rest of the cast includes Nina Dobrev from the "Vampire Diaries""The Daily Show's" Rob Riggle, and Keegan-Michael Key from Comedy Central's "Key & Peele"




3.  "The Giver"  (PG-13)   


Brenton Thwaites lives in a "perfect" society where people can't see color or feel the full range of human emotions, because of an injection they get every morning.  



Jeff Bridges is the Giver, the one man who has the full memory of all of humanity's experiences.  And when Brenton is chosen to become the next "Receiver of Memory", he discovers love and starts skipping his daily injections.



Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes play his parents . . . Israeli minx Odeya Rush is his love interest . . . and Meryl Streep is the villain, the Chief Elder of the community.  Taylor Swift is also in it.  She has a small role in it as The Giver's daughter.


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08/15/2014 7:35AM
KJ's Hollywood Dirt for 8/15/2014
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