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A famous Norman Rockwell painting now worth well over a million dollars has been recovered by the FBI after it was stolen from its owner in the '70s.

A lawyer for an anonymous individual called in to Philly's FBI headquarters last year and said their client was in possession of a stolen Rockwell painting -- 'Lazybones' -- and wanted it returned to its rightful owner.

The lawyer said their client had seen stories about the stolen painting in the media in recent years before realizing they had it themselves. They reportedly thought they'd had a copy, not the original. It was surrendered to authorities, and no charges were pursued.

Now, the painting will be returned to its owner, Susan Murta, who last saw it in 1976 at her parents' house when she was 18. The painting was stolen from Murta's family home in Cherry Hill, NJ during a burglary.

Murta's dad originally bought the painting for $75 after he accidentally hit it with a pool cue back in 1954. It's now reportedly worth more than $1 mil. 

 

Katherine Jackson is back in Los Angeles, and one of the kids Trent believes is masterminding the court case against him almost gymnastically shielded her from questions about the family war.

Katherine headed back to L.A. from London after a judge essentially ruled her case against Trent couldn't go forward without her present in court.

Katherine's daughter, Rebbie, blocked the photographers who were asking about allegations that Trent stole from her and abused her ... something he denies.

Trent believes Rebbie and Jermaine Jackson are manipulating Katherine into going against him, although the endgame isn't clear.

He says he is willing to walk away from the whole thing, so it's unclear why the case is pressing forward.  

Sources say the 86-year-old will be seeing doctors ... and it's certainly possible her lawyer could ask the judge at the next hearing to keep her off the stand because of her age and health.

 

The recent Fresh Prince reunion photo — which actor Alfonso Ribeiro posted to Instagram earlier this week — will hardly be featured on former co-star Janet Hubert’s refrigerator.

Hubert, who played the show’s original Aunt Viv (she was eventually replaced by Daphne Maxwell Reid four years into the production), was noticeably absent from the image, which was taken at a event thrown by a charity to which former co-star Karyn Parsons belongs. Hubert slammed the pic in a since-deleted Facebook post and said so long as she’s absent, there will never be a true reunion.

“I know the media hoe [sic] Alfonso Ribeiro has posted his so called reunion photo,” she wrote. “Folks keep telling me about it. He was always the ass wipe for Will. There will never be a true reunion of the Fresh Prince. I have no interest in seeing any of these people on that kind of level.”

Hubert insisted the photo hadn’t shaken her, but that she does hope the truth about her alleged feud with Will Smith in the early ’90s does reach resolution.

“I am not offended in the least, by this photo…it was an event for Karen’s charity,” she wrote. “It does however prompt me to take some meetings in Hollywood to pitch my memoir…and tell of the behind the scenes story before I leave this earth.”

 

West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat in the second of a four-match T20 International series at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad on Thursday.

 

The West Indies have retained the same eleven that suffered a six-wicket defeat – their fourth consecutive T20 loss to the Pakistanis – in the opening match in Bridgetown.

 

They are seeking a series-levelling victory ahead of the final two matches at the same venue at the weekend.

 

Pakistan introduce newcomer Fakhar Zaman Following the outstanding debut performance in Barbados of leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who took the Man of the Match award with figures of three for seven, Pakistan.

 

The 26-year-old left-handed batsman and occasional left-arm spinner is getting his first taste of senior international action at the expense of Mohammad Hafeez.

 

Teams: West Indies – Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Evin Lewis, Chadwick Walton, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Sunil Narine, Samuel Badree, Kesrick Williams.

 

Pakistan – Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali.

 

Michael Strahan’s role at “Good Morning America” is still ruffling feathers at the morning show. Sources claim fellow anchors on the show are sick of ABC bosses giving him preferential treatment.

 

“They roll out the carpet for [Strahan] while seasoned talent is treated like dirt. He’s been given a lot of opportunity, flexibility, when the others who have been working there longer don’t get that kind of treatment,” a source said.

 

Strahan signed a special deal that allows him to continue to analyze football at “Fox NFL Sunday” and host ABC’s “$100,000 Pyramid.” But he was forced to drop most of his lucrative endorsement deals when he joined the morning show.

 

Meanwhile, pop anchor Lara Spencer, “feels like her role has been minimized with Strahan. There’s not a lot of love between the two. They know how to put it on for the cameras, but he’s doing a lot of what Lara should be doing [on the show] and she’s not happy. She’s the pop person.”

 

We also hear that George Stephanopoulos is over it. “He’s bored with the fluff. He goes into work, does the show and leaves by 8:57 a.m. He doesn’t interact. He’s been phoning it in for quite some time,” the source said.

 

An ABC News exec insisted that Spencer has fully welcomed Strahan into the fold. “That’s just bulls - - t. They get along great. She loves having someone with his sense of humor on the show. Michael is lovely with the staff . . . And as for Lara, she has far more airtime in the 8 a.m. hour and is loving the studio audience.”

 

Plus, other stars are juggling just as many outside projects as Strahan.

 

“The idea that George is phoning it in is absurd. He gets to ‘GMA’ at, like, 3 in the morning. He works 16 hours a day,” the exec continued. “He goes home because he does all of the special reports in addition to ‘GMA,’ and he’s calling sources and getting ready for his Sunday show. He comes back to the office in the afternoon . . . And he’s incredibly engaged in the news coming out of DC right now.”

 

An ABC rep added: “We’ve tripled our lead over the ‘Today’ show [in total viewers]. The show has never been better.”

Is Ellen DeGeneres okay? Rumor has it, her wife Portia de Rossi wants the host of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" to enter rehab after she was taken to Emergency Room following an accident. 

 

Ellen was recently rushed to ER after she tripped and injured her finger following a night out. "So, you know how in gymnastics when you do a one-handed cartwheel and you have to spread the weight evenly between all your fingers? Well, I had two glasses of wine and fell into a door," she shared. 

 

She went on, "Portia [de Rossi] and I were coming home from a dinner party. We were at the door, the dogs were so excited to see us and I caught the lip of the top step. I was a foot away from the door and I fell into the door and it did something to my finger, I knew something was wrong." 

 

A friend of Ellen tells Radar Online, "Ellen needs help and she needs it now. She can joke all she wants about this, but it's not funny. And this could spell the end of her marriage. Ellen has been honest about her addiction fear and has discussed it with family and friends many times." 

 

A representative for Ellen and Portia hasn't responded to a request for comment. 

 

© AceShowbiz.com

 

 

If The Fresh Prince‘s Banks family transcended fiction, we now know what this year’s Christmas card would look like — the cast of the cult classic ’90s sitcom just staged an epic reunion.

Alfonso Ribeiro, who played the uber-privileged Carlton from 1990 to 1996, shared an image of the show’s cast to Instagram last night (March 27) that finds Will Smith, Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Vivian) and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey) enjoying some beach views. Sadly, the image was missing one critical component of the show: James Avery, who died on New Year’s Eve 2013 after complications that stemmed from open-heart surgery. Avery played the lovably uptight Uncle Phil.

“Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete,” Ribeiro wrote 21 years after the show’s final episode aired, and fans of the show flooded his comments with adoration.

“Oh how legendary! Wish I could give them all a huge hug! It was great growing up watching you all, making me laugh,” one wrote, while another noted “Been waiting for years to see a picture like that. thank you guys.”

 

James Blunt's friendship with late "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher cannot be taken lightly. The 43-year-old singer provided a soundtrack for Carrie and her mother Debbie Reynolds' joint memorial on Saturday, March 25. He composed a very emotional song called "Courtney's Song" which was played during a touching video montage of the two iconic actresses. 

"There's still a light on your table. There's still your name on my phone. I can't believe I'm not able to call," the song began. "We met in a beautiful place. You danced, I talked. I go back there every single day. I'm still there, but you're not." James' melodic voice reflects the sincerity of the meaningful lyrics. "You lit me up and you led me inside. Then you disappeared with no warning sign. You broke more than my heart when you left without saying goodbye. I'm here to let you know, I'm here to let you go," he sings. 

Carrie's brother, Todd Fisher, confirmed the special friendship between his sister and James. "[Years ago], James Blunt came to Los Angeles, did not have anywhere to stay and was going to come and record a [song] he was still writing," Todd told ET. "She said, 'Stay at my place,' [so] he is literally staying at her place [when] he writes 'You're Beautiful' in her bathroom. Because there is a piano in [her] bathroom." He continued, "They inspired each other. There was this mutual inspiration going on. She had a way of rubbing off on people and inspiring people and she inspired him." 

Todd also revealed his impression of James' music. "The simplicity of his songs is pretty amazing. It's not like [it has] complicated lyrics but something about how he strings all this together is beautiful," he said. 

The actor admitted he was impressed with "Courtney's Song" and believed that it is going to be a hit. "I believe this song is going to be a really big song. Not because of what it is, but because it is beautiful standalone song, and I think it's going to mean a lot to a lot of people who have lost loved ones," so he claimed. "It is truly a gift to all of us for all of us have lost loved ones... Everybody has lost somebody and this song is a true help in letting go." 

 

After the outcry from many about finding an abundance of missing girls in Washington D.C., an official task force has been created in an attempt to find more missing people.

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser announced on Friday (March 24) that the city will dedicate more resources to find city children who are missing. The Congressional Black Caucus itself had already asked the FBI to assist D.C. police in their on-going investigations of missing people.

There will reportedly be an increase in the number of police officers attempting to locate people as well as the aforementioned task force to determine what social services teenagers need to stabilize their home lives. Nonprofit organizations will also receive more funds to work with vulnerable teenagers.

“Often times, these girls are repeat runaways,” Kevin Harris, a spokesman for the mayor, told the Washington Post. “So if we really want to help solve this problem and bring down the numbers, we have to break the cycle of young people, especially young girls, who repeatedly run away from home.”

National help is also on the way in trying to locate missing people across the country. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C.’s representative in Congress says she would introduce legislation requiring the U.S. Department of Justice to publish detailed demographic characteristics of missing children.

Police have previously been insisting that the rate of missing teenage women hasn’t risen, just the awareness of their disappearance. Regardless, something should be done to attempt to find missing people and stabilize their home so they don’t once again run away.

 

Even a heart attack can’t take Zorro out—thank goodness!

While appearing at a film festival in Malaga, Spain on Saturday, March 25, Antonio Banderas revealed he experienced a health scare earlier in the year.

“I suffered a heart attack on January 26, but it wasn’t serious and hasn’t caused any damage,” the actor told Spanish media, according to the Associated Press.

Banderas was briefly hospitalized outside of London, England after experiencing chest pains while exercising. He reportedly underwent a procedure in which three stents were placed into his arteries.

“It hasn’t been as dramatic as some have written,” the actor added.

Back in January, Banderas cryptically acknowledged the incident when he shared a photo of himself and girlfriend Nicole Kimpel on Instagram, captioning it, “Enjoying nature after a startle.”

 

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