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First Dibs: Will Amanda Bynes Ever Get Past Throwing That Bong?

First Dibs: Will Amanda Bynes Ever Get Past Throwing That Bong?

Did Ellen DeGeneres pirate a copy of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Is a Breaking Bad alum headed for Star Wars: Episode VII? What’s so special about Lone Survivor?

  • Amanda Bynes‘s “bong toss” case might be dismissed if the actress stays out of trouble and goes to counseling for six months. Bynes didn’t appear in court for the announcement. [Fox News]
  • There’s an illegal copy of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty on the internet and it seems that it’s Ellen DeGeneres’s copy. The talk show host was sent an advance screener of the film so she could interview Ben Stiller about it, but it seems that someone has pirated it. [Eonline]
  • Jesse Plemons might go from Breaking Bad to Star Wars. The actor (who also appeared on Friday Night Lights) has reportedly been given a callback on his Star Wars: Episode VII audition. [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Mark Wahlberg‘s new film, Lone Survivor, is more than a patriotic action flick. It’s a moving tribute to real life Navy SEALs who gave their lives in an attempt to assassinate a Taliban leader. [MTV News]

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Hilary Duff Separates from Mike Comrie

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01/10/2014 at 03:45 PM EST

Hilary Duff Separates from Mike Comrie

Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie

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Hilary Duff and Mike Comrie have split.

The singer-actress, 26, and her former hockey-pro husband, 33, “have mutually decided [upon] an amicable separation,” a rep for Duff confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

“They remain best friends and will continue to be in each other’s lives. They are dedicated to loving and parenting their amazing son, and ask for privacy at this time.”

A source close to Duff, who wed Comrie in August 2010, says, “There was no major incident – no big event between the two of them. They really did drift apart. They have put effort and thought into this decision for a long time. They tried couples therapy, but in the end, they realized at this time, they work better as friends. And they really are great friends.”

The couple plan to co-parent 21-month-old son Luca Cruz. “They’re still going to go to the park together,” adds the source.

The split was not “a rash decision,” the source tells PEOPLE. “It’s something [Hilary] thought through,” the source explains. “She really does care about him and he really does care about her.”

The former Disney star spoke effusively about her husband in 2009: “I’ve never met anyone who can say a bad word about him,” she said. “He’s generous, caring and sunny. We just laugh our heads off.”

Duff told PEOPLE in October that Comrie has since become a wonderful dad as well.

“He’s an amazing father,” she says. “He’s so patient and loving and involved. He’s all the things that I knew that he would be.”

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Hilary Duff Separates from Mike Comrie
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Amanda Bynes’s Bong-Tossing Case May Be Dismissed

01/10/2014 at 03:05 PM EST

The bong-tossing case against Amanda Bynes will be dismissed if the actress stays out of trouble for six months and goes to counseling twice a week, a judge ruled Friday.

Bynes was charged in New York City last spring with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession after building managers called police because they said she was smoking pot in the lobby of her Manhattan apartment. When officers entered her 36th-floor apartment, they said they saw her heave a bong out the window.

The Hairspray star, 27, later appeared in court in a disheveled blond wig and said she didn’t do anything wrong. It was one episode in a string of erratic incidents involving Bynes last year. She was institutionalized in August after authorities said she set a small fire in the driveway of a home in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

Her mother, Lynn Bynes, was granted a temporary conservatorship over the actress, but the case was dismissed because Amanda’s care was being overseen by a mental health court.

A Manhattan judge allowed the adjournment in contemplation of dismissal Friday, which means the actress does not have to admit guilt. She must attend counseling twice a week for six months and cannot be re-arrested or the deal is revoked.

Bynes didn’t appear in court. An affidavit filed on her behalf by attorney Gerald Shargel said she understood the agreement.

“This is an important step in her rehabilitation and she is pleased with the result,” he said outside court.

The actress left an inpatient mental health treatment facility in California in December and is currently with her parents. Her California attorney said she is considering returning to school to study fashion design.

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Bynes was one of the hottest actors on children’s TV.

Beginning in 2000, she won four consecutive Kids’ Choice Awards for best television actress, the first for her role in the ensemble kids comedy-variety show All That and the others for her own variety program, The Amanda Show. She went on to star in the TV series What I Like About You and appeared in several films including Big Fat Liar, What A Girl Wants and She’s the Man.

Amanda Byness Bong Tossing Case May Be Dismissed
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