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CELEB SPOTTING: Napoleon Dynamite Cast Reunites!

Flashback to 2004! Members of the cast of  cult comedy Napoleon Dynamite were spotted for a mini reunion!

Jon Heder, who played the main character, posed with Tina Majorino, who played Deb, Haylie Duff, who played Summer Wheatly, and Efren Ramirez, who played Pedro in a photo, reunited this week in celebration of the hit film’s 10th anniversary. Hill+Knowlton Strategies senior account executive Stephanie Kahan, who was also in the picture, posted the pic via Twitter saying, “Celebrating 10 sweet years of #napoleondynamite.”

The cast was also promoting the release of the anniversary Blu-Ray/DVD combination pack Napoleon Dynamite: 10 Sweet Years… of Liger Magic, Tots & Great Skills. They will also get together again next month to make an appearance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery on August 7 for a screening of the movie for the opening of the Sundance Next Fest. The appearance is definitely fitting as Napoleon Dynamite first premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, eventually bringing in $44.5 million at the domestic box office, after working with a small budget of just $400,000!

Good to see some of the main characters together!

Image via Stephanie Kahan

Lee Thompson Young Dead of Apparent Suicide

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Sad news to report. Lee Thompson Young, best known for the 1990s’ Disney series, The Famous Jett Jackson, has died. Officials say that his death was a suicide, his publicist confirmed to TMZ. The actor was 29 years old.

Lee’s publicist told TMZ, “It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning…Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed.”

Lee was discovered this morning reportedly with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was found after staff on the set of Rizzoli & Isles, in which Lee appeared as Boston detective Barry Frost, called the actor’s landlord to check his apartment when he failed to show up for work.

Rizzoli & Isles creator Janet Tamaro shared her love for Lee on Twitter. “We are all without the words to truly express our collective grief and profound sadness at the loss of such a sweet, bright light,” she tweeted. “We are broken-hearted. #RIPLeeThompsonYoung.”

Absolutely heartbreaking! I grew up watching The Famous Jett Jackson, and other roles that that he’s had over the years, including Friday Night Lights and Akeelah and the Bee. He was a talented, entertaining actor. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. RIP Lee.

Image via Robert Voets/UPN/CBS

Rachael Leigh Cook Expecting First Child

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Another celebrity baby in the oven! Rachael Leigh Cook and Daniel Gillies have announced that they are expecting a baby this fall. This will be the first child for the couple, who tied the knot on Aug. 14, 2004.

Rachel is currently filming the second season of TNT’s Perception, but keeping keeping her baby news under wraps hasn’t been easy. “I’ve been hiding my rapidly growing bump while shooting but this kiddo is vying for screen time,” the actress said. “We clearly have a future actor on our hands.”

Daniel added, “A lot of people are asking whether I’d prefer a boy or a girl. In truth, it doesn’t matter to me — I just can’t wait to meet little Keanu Robocop.”

In addition to their unborn child, the acting couple has more upcoming projects to look forward to. Showtime’s Broken Kingdom, which Daniel directed and produced and Rachel appears in, premieres on May 15th. The film  features narratives told from the perspectives of a street girl, a writer, a day-care teacher and a university student.

The CW also recently ordered a full season of The Vampire Diaries‘ spinoff, The Originals, after airing its backdoor pilot episode Apr. 25. Daniel will reprise his role as Elijah Mikaelson; Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin will also appear on the new series.

I must be living under a rock because I didn’t know that Rachel and Daniel were even together, let alone married for almost 10 years! And now she’s having a baby with my #3 Vampire Diaries boo (#1 is Joseph who plays the sexy, evil Klaus, #2 is Ian Somerhalder who plays bad boy turned good sometimes Damon)! Congrats to them, though and to their families!

Image via Jesse Grant/WireImage.com