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Eminem thanks fans for recovery support

Sat., Aug. 11, 2012

Eminem, who battled an addiction to prescription drugs, thanked his fans at a New York concert for helping him get through dark times.

The 39-year-old told hundreds Thursday night that he “wouldn’t have gotten out of that dark place without y’all,” before he performed the Grammy-winning song “Not Afraid.” He said the performance was “dedicated to anybody tonight who’s been through personal struggles.”

Eminem’s addiction and climb to sobriety are detailed in his 2010 album “Recovery.” It was that year’s best-selling album.

At the Hammerstein Ballroom the rapper performed more than a dozen songs at an event for the watch brand G-Shock, including the hits “Lose Yourself,” “Love the Way You Lie” and “The Real Slim Shady.”

Bands pledge aid for theater victims

Motley Crue and Kiss are donating money to support those affected by the Colorado movie theater shootings.

The bands said at their concert in suburban Denver on Wednesday night that they would donate $100,000 to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund.

The fund was set up to help victims and families who were hurt when a man opened fire July 20 at a midnight showing of the new Batman movie in Aurora. Twelve people were killed, and 58 were injured.

Parenting a learning process for Garner

Jennifer Garner is a mom three times over as of last February, when her son Samuel was born, joining sisters Violet, 6, and Seraphina, 3. But she’s still most at home playing women who don’t have a clue about motherhood.

“NOBODY is prepared for this,” she says with a laugh. “And sometimes, the harder you try, the more you mess up. There’s nothing that will humble you more. I am constantly feeling that I’ve screwed something up, or will screw something up. You learn as you go along.”

In her new film, “The Odd Life of Timothy Green,” Garner plays a woman in search of a baby she cannot have. She and her husband (played by Joel Edgerton) find a little boy quite literally in the cabbage patch.

“It’s as honest a depiction of parenthood as you ever want to see,” she says. “Aside from finding a boy in the garden, this is about as true as you’re going to get – faking your way through parenting, making it up as you go. You fake it till you make it, right?”

The birthday bunch

Songwriter Kenny Gamble (Gamble and Huff) is 69. Wrestler-actor Hulk Hogan is 59. Actor Joe Rogan (“Fear Factor,”) is 45. Actress Anna Gunn (“Breaking Bad”) is 44. Rap DJ Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) is 42. Actor Will Friedle (“Boy Meets World”) is 36. Rapper Asher Roth is 27.


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