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Batman star visits shooting survivors

Batman star Christian Bale visited survivors of the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting Tuesday and stopped by a makeshift memorial to victims of the attack that killed 12 people and injured 58.

Carey Rottman, one of those injured in Friday’s shooting at a theater showing “The Dark Knight Rises,” posted two photos of himself with Bale on his Facebook page. Hospital staff also posted a Facebook photo of the actor with some staff members.

An online campaign had urged Bale to visit survivors of the shooting.

After visiting The Medical Center of Aurora, Bale stopped by a makeshift memorial to the victims near the movie theater. He walked among the 12 crosses erected for each of the slain victims, and many people there didn’t realize who he was or chose to leave him alone.

A Warner Bros. spokeswoman told the Denver Post that Bale was representing himself, not the movie studio.

Osbourne ready to leave ‘Talent’

Sharon Osbourne said Tuesday that she’s ready to say goodbye to NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” taking the network by surprise.

In a posting on Twitter, Osbourne addressed “my darling” fellow judge Howard Stern and said, “money is not the reason I’m not returning” to the show. Her tweet trailed off with “it’s because ….” and didn’t elaborate.

Her message was unexpected, NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told a meeting Tuesday of the Television Critics Association.

“This is coming out of context and sort of spontaneously, and we don’t even know what’s going on. And it’s probably much ado about nothing,” Greenblatt said, declining to comment further.

The birthday bunch

Actress Barbara Harris is 77. Rock musician Jim McCarty (The Yardbirds) is 69. Rock musician Verdine White (Earth, Wind & Fire) is 61. Model-actress Iman is 57. Rock musician Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) is 54. Actress Illeana Douglas is 47. Actor Matt LeBlanc is 45.


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