Vine Star Curtis Lepore Dropped From Rainn Wilson’s TV Show After Rape Trial Backlash

Rainn Wilson has dropped Vine star Curtis Lepore from his new show "Hollywood and Vine" following backlash surrounding Lepore's rape trial that concluded earlier this year.
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Benedict Cumberbatch Finally Knows How To Say ‘Penguin’

Benedict Cumberbatch is a man of many talents, but saying "penguins" is not one of them.

Recently, a video of the "Sherlock" star repeatedly failing at saying the word in a 2009 documentary went viral. The actor was then confronted about it while appearing on "The Graham Norton Show."

Though reliving the experience may have caused the actor's face to become slightly closer in color to Norton's set, the good news is he was finally given a chance at redemption.

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Vine Star Curtis Lepore Leaves Rainn Wilson Comedy Series After Backlash

Earlier this week, "The Office" alum Rainn Wilson announced his new scripted comedy series, "Hollywood and Vine," about the lives of five Vine stars. The cast was set to include Curtis Lepore, Jerry Purpdrank, Lele Pons, Simone Shepherd and Christian DelGrosso, who collectively have 30 million followers on Vine. But backlash soon fired up over the inclusion of Lepore, who was charged with raping his ex-girlfriend in January. The Vine star later pled no contest to felony assault and the rape charges were subsequently dropped.

On Thursday, Wilson posted on his Facebook that he was aware of the concerns of Lepore's casting and that his company behind the series, SoulPancake, was evaluating their decision.

On Friday, however, Wilson announced that Lepore would no longer be involved in "Hollywood and Vine." Wilson said the decision to part ways with Lepore was a mutual one and was "the best decision for everyone involved."

Lepore has yet to make a statement about the news, but he did tweet a photo of himself covered in raffle tickets Friday night. HuffPost Entertainment emailed Lepore to see if he had any further comment; this post will be updated if and when he responds.

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Best Tweets: What Women Said On Twitter This Week

This week was quite productive for the ladies of Twitter. Not only did Twitter user Mmmkay? do laundry, she achieved the impossible: "Just finished the laundry with no missing socks. // *adds magician to resume*." Yep, that's definitely magic.

Abbi Crutchfield killed two birds with one stone this week when she bought a pumpkin to celebrate Halloween: "Carrying a pumpkin home from the grocery store counts as exercise during the fall." Seasonal enthusiasm and cardiovascular exercise? This woman is a hero.

For more great tweets from women, scroll through the list below. Then visit our Funniest Tweets From Women page for our past collections.

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Cream Bassist Jack Bruce Dead At 71

Jack Bruce, singer and bassist of classic rock band Cream, died at the age of 71, his family confirmed on his Facebook page Saturday.

"It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him, but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts," the Bruce family wrote.

A rep for Bruce confirmed to TMZ that he died from liver disease.

An acclaimed bass player for Cream, Bruce also sang lead vocals on Cream songs like "Sunshine of Your Love" and "White Room." The group, whose members also included Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

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Conan O’Brien Made A Sexist Joke About 77-Year-Old Madeleine Albright, But She Shut Him Down In The Best Way

Comedian Conan O'Brien and former secretary of state Madeleine Albright got into a hilarious Twitter battle, and Conan got burned.
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Kim Kardashian’s Vegas Birthday Had Everything From Plunging Necklines To Giant Cupcakes

Kim Kardashian celebrated her 34th birthday at the Vegas nightclub Tao last night.
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The 7 Most Haunted College Campuses In The World

The seven most haunted campuses in the world.
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Taylor Swift, Pharrell, Gwen Stefani, Sia And More Inspired Hope At The ‘We Can Survive’ Concert

Music biggest stars perform at second annual We Can Survive concert.
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That Time Mindy Kaling Was Mistaken For Malala Yousafzai

Mindy Kaling might be famous enough to sell out her panel discussion at The New Yorker Festival earlier this month, but even she is occassionally mistaken for someone else.

A New York Times reporter spent the evening with the star and creator of "The Mindy Project" as she attended the New Yorker Festival earlier this month. While Kaling was greeted by fans asking for autographs and photos earlier in the night, once she arrived at the after-party at the Top of the Standard, one man confused Kaling for someone else.

“Congratulations on your Nobel Prize,” the man said to Kaling, according to the Times. He thought she was Malala Yousafzai, the 17-year-old Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai had been announced as the co-recipient of the prize the night before the party, on Oct. 10.

According to the Times, the man commented on how well Kaling had recovered from her gunshot wounds from the Taliban in 2012. “Did he really think I’m Malala?” Kaling said to the Times reporter. "And that if I were, I’d be at the Boom Boom Room?"

The Malala connections didn't stop there though. New York Magazine was also at the event and asked attendees what they were doing at 17, since Yousafzai won the Nobel prize at that age. "I was, like, stressing out about getting into college, like a nerd," Kaling said to the magazine.

So yes, Kaling and Yousafzai are clearly very different people.

For more, head to The New York Times.
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