Photos: Yes, You Can Buy Kid-Approved Gifts at the Dollar Store
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Photos: Yes, You Can Buy Kid-Approved Gifts at the Dollar Store

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Say What? Ed Sheeran Is ‘Friends’ With Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox
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Say What? Ed Sheeran Is ‘Friends’ With Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

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Singer Ed Sheeran, 22, wasn’t old enough to drive a car or even have a learner’s permit when “Friends” ended in 2004, but oddly enough, the “Give Me Love” singer is buddies with two of the show’s biggest stars.

Thursday Jennifer Aniston’s manager, Aleen Keshishian, posted a Thanksgiving Instagram pic with her, the actress and Sheeran — all cuddled up with the tag “#happythanksgiving #jenniferaniston @aleenkeshishian #edsheeran.”

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That means Sheeran and Aniston, 44, are at least “friends” enough to celebrate the holiday together.

But that’s not all. Sheeran also tweeted a pic about a week ago, saying, “My friend Courteney [Cox] is nominated for a People’s Choice Award for favorite cable TV actress. She’s never won one before, and she lets me live in her beach house, so how’s about we all vote for her and win her the … thang eh? Safe.”

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Say What? Sheeran lives at Courteney Cox’s beach house! The pic showed the two having drinks with Cox giving her new friend a big hug.

At only 22, with friends like Aniston, Cox and tour mate Taylor Swift, Sheeran might be the most popular guy in Hollywood.

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Facebook Group Supports Boy with Glasses
Nov29

Facebook Group Supports Boy with Glasses

PHOTO: A mom turns to Facebook users to help her son feel better about his new glasses.
A mom turns to Facebook users to help her son feel better about his new glasses.

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When her 4-year-old son Noah was reduced to tears by the thought of wearing glasses, Lindsey Fisher decided to turn to an unlikely source for help: Facebook.

To show Noah he was not alone, Fisher created a Facebook group called “Glasses for Noah.”

On the Facebook page Fisher wrote that Noah didn’t want to wear glasses. “He keeps telling us that ‘everyone will laugh at him.’”

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To help her son, Fisher made a request: “Show Noah how awesome glasses really are by posting some pictures for him to see you in your glasses!”

It turns out plenty of people wanted to show off their spectacles. Thousands posted photos to the page with supportive messages for Noah. The page has currently been liked by more than 4,000 people.

Lindsey Fisher’s father and Noah’s grandfather, Bannister Eads, told ABCNews.com that all the photos have made Noah much happier about wearing glasses.

“He saw all these people wearing glasses and I think he thought, ‘Well it’s not so bad after all.’ It helped him,” said Eads.

On Friday, Fisher posted a message on the group wall thanking supporters for posting photos.

“Noah is LOVING them!!” wrote Fisher. “Y’all are amazing and we would give each of you a hug if we could!!!”

Eads said now Noah no longer cries when wearing glasses and is even comfortable wearing them to school.

“He puts them on after his nap at school. He’s used to it now,” said Eads, who also wears glasses. “He’s like me. He can see now.”

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Movie Review: Much Action, Little Substance, in ‘Homefront’
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Movie Review: Much Action, Little Substance, in ‘Homefront’

Nov 29, 2013 1:50pm

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“Homefront” stars Jason Statham as an undercover DEA agent named Phil Broker, who as the film begins has infiltrated a methamphetamine drug operation run by a group of unusually well-coiffed, very fit bikers who, comically, call themselves The Outcasts.  The gang is run by seemingly psychotic father and son team played Danny T (“Sons of Anarchy’s” Chuck Zito) and Jojo (Linds Edwards).  When the drug bust goes down, Danny T is apprehended, but in the process Jojo’s shot and killed in front of his father, who immediately blames undercover cop Broker and vows to avenge his son’s death.

Two years later, we find now-former DEA agent Broker making a new life for himself in a tiny Louisiana town, where he’s moved with his 9-year-old daughter, Maddy (Izabela Vidovic), to escape the wrath of Danny T. Maddy’s a tough little girl, so tough that when the school bully decides to pick on her, she promptly knocks his block off.  This innocent act of self-defense sets off a somewhat ridiculous chain of events that requires some serious suspension of disbelief to follow.

The bully’s mother, a properly tweaked-out and violent woman named Cassie (Kate Bosworth), will not stand idly by as her precious little bully is beaten and embarrassed by the new girl in town.  She demands justice — and her kind of justice is avenging her son by going after Maddy’s daddy.  Cassie goes to her meth-cooking brother, “Gator” Bodine, played by James Franco, and asks him to put a scare into Broker.

Gator, the feared town agitator, makes a decision that pretty much puts everybody’s life in danger but certainly sets the stage for us to see Statham do what he does best — quietly kick some ass.

“Homefront” has its suspenseful moments but occasionally feels like it was written by a violent 12-year-old. The thing is, it was written by Sylvester Stallone, who let’s not forget won a best screenplay Oscar nod in 1976 for “Rocky.”  Violence aside, we’re expected to develop an emotional connection to Broker and Maddy as we learn he’s a widower and Maddy misses her mommy.  It’s partially effective, because young Vidovic proves to be one of the best actors in this movie.  It’s otherwise ineffective because the rest of the movie, and the connections between its characters, is just silly.

Undoubtedly, if you love mindless, formulaic action films and Statham, then there’s plenty for you to enjoy in “Homefront.”  But a little more substance and intelligence probably would’ve given it the edgier feel it needs to be a better and more believable movie.

Two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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