Jennifer Aniston's dog Norman dies

Jennifer Aniston's dog Norman dies

Jennifer Aniston
Over the years, Jennifer Aniston described her pal as a quiet canine who enjoyed resting at her feet.

(PEOPLE) -- Jennifer Aniston has lost a friend. Her beloved Welsh corgi-terrier mix, Norman, died at age 15.

"He died a few weeks ago," Aniston's rep confirms to PEOPLE. "He was an old dog and it was just his time."

Over the years, Aniston described her pal as a quiet canine who enjoyed resting at her feet.

"He's my baby boy," she told PEOPLE in February. "Norman goes with me on location -- I've got to take Norman."

The actress, who just purchased a $4.95 million apartment in New York, bought the home under the name Norman's Nest Trust.

Earlier this year, the pooch tagged along with Aniston when she was a guest on TV's "Chelsea Lately."

Host Chelsea Handler and the crowd went wild for the pup, whom Aniston affectionately called "Norm" and "Normy," and watched as the actress tried to get him to sit, but to no avail.

"He's 15 years old, he doesn't care anymore," Aniston said.

Back when he was a young pup, Norman got into his share of trouble. He reportedly disappeared for two days in 1998 and eventually turned up at an animal shelter.

But most likely the event left him unfazed: "Even back [as a puppy] he was as cool as a cucumber," Aniston told PEOPLE in 2008. "He's just a person in a dog suit."

Norman is survived by Aniston's other pup, a white German shepherd named Dolly.

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The original 'Idol' kicks off in Europe

The original 'Idol' kicks off in Europe

Nina of Serbia
The group Nina of Serbia celebrates after advancing to the next round at Eurovision.

Dusseldorf, Germany -- While America gets ready for the finale of "American Idol" and tunes into hot new shows such as NBC's "The Voice," Europe is busy watching the continent's annual vocal competition that many say gave rise to the entire phenomena of televised singing throw-downs: Eurovision.

Since 1956, European nations have sent representative artists and songs to battle for the boasting rights as top songsmiths.

On Tuesday evening the first semi-final of 2011 took place in a Dusseldorf, Germany, arena. And just like on U.S. shows such as "Idol," losers went home and winners advanced. The only difference is that in this competition, entire countries are left saddened when songs fail to impress the voting public in Europe -- and members of a jury: The vote is split 50/50 between fans and a panel of experts.

Serbia, Greece, Lithuania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Switzerland, Hungary, Iceland, Russia and Finland all advanced Tuesday evening, while countries such as Turkey, Norway, Armenia, Portugal, Malta, Croatia, Albania and Poland were sent packing. The biggest shockers were arguably Iceland's inclusion and Norway's exclusion from the finals.

The winners advance to Saturday's final, where they will join the top contenders from Thursday's semi-final in an anticipated live broadcast of 25 artists from 25 countries singing their country's representative tunes in a winner-takes-all evening that is among Europe's most watched events of the year. Between 100 million and 120 million are expected to tune in this year for all three events.

Germany -- last year's winner -- the United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain all automatically qualify for Saturday's final as members of the "Big Five."

Americans largely ignore Eurovision, as they have little reason to pay attention: U.S. broadcasters do not show the telecast and America has no official entry.

But this year, some in the United States are taking more interest than ever, thanks to a fresh crop of singers and increased exposure of the Eurovision brand brought about via Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

To be sure, the European National Broadcasting union has a long way to go to gain fans in North America.

For starters, they have no official media partner to show the semi-finals this week or the finals on Saturday. Fewer than 20 U.S. journalists were accredited out of over 2000 total print, television, radio and Web journalists at Eurovision in 2011. France, by comparison, has around 125 journalists, many representing major news outlets.

Still, interest in Eurovision is up in the U.S. The number of American media outlets attending Eurovision this year has more than doubled from 2010 and Eurovision officials say website traffic from North America overall is comparable to last year and even up slightly.

Many view the competition as a curiosity. This year's crop at Eurovision has already produced two giggle-inducing entrants: Israel's official song in contention this year is simply titled "Ding Dong" while Belarus went with the not-exactly-subtly titled "I Love Belarus."

But the level of songwriting across the board seems to be on the rise at Eurovision. After all, this is where ABBA first made their mark on the world stage and every year great songs rise above the din at the event, with several this year piquing interest -- many are raving about a song from Azerbaijan.

This year's hopefuls might surprise curious American pop fans. Blue's "I Can," from the U.K. and Eric Saade's "Popular" from Sweden, rival anything on U.S. Top 40 radio at the moment, with slick production and memorable hooks.

It remains to be seen just who will get the final nod Saturday. Odds makers have France and the United Kingdom atop many lists at the moment, but that could change.

Whatever transpires at Eurovision this week, one thing is certain: It won't be dull.

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Miley Cyrus covers 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

Miley Cyrus covers 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

Miley Cyrus covers 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'

Miley Cyrus isn't done digging through the crates quite yet. Following her duet with Bret Michaels for her “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” cover, the former "Hannah Montana" star has tackled Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Cyrus, 18, performed the track during a concert in Ecuador last Friday. “I have a lot of fans come up and tell me that I inspire them and make them want to follow their dreams, and so for this tour I want to be able to do the music that inspired me and made me want to be here on this stage tonight,” she told the hyped audience.

“It’s hard being on the road because you miss your family back home,” she continued, “and this song is something I always sing with my little brother…so this song is also for him.”

And with that, the opening chords to the iconic track began and Cyrus launched into her rendition. Check the performance in the video below if you dare.

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Royal wedding watched by 24.5 million on terrestrial TV

Royal wedding watched by 24.5 million on terrestrial TV

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled down the Mall after leaving Westminster Abbey

More than 24m viewers in the UK watched the royal wedding on the BBC and ITV, industry body Barb estimates.

The BBC said a peak figure of 20m - a 70% share - tuned into the corporation's coverage at the end of the service in Westminster Abbey.

More than 34 million viewers watched at least part of the BBC's TV royal wedding coverage, it added. These figures include live iPlayer viewings.

Radio figures and US TV data will be released later.
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Deputy director general Mark Byford, who led the BBC's coverage, said: "We are delighted with the audience... and our programming.

"We are pleased that so many people celebrated the royal wedding with the BBC's coverage across TV, radio and online."

The BBC peak audience figure is based on estimated overnight figures.

It includes those watching BBC One, BBC One HD, the BBC News Channel and iPlayer.

According to provisional figures, there were more than 9m users of the BBC News website overall on Friday.

Police estimate a million people lined the wedding procession route from Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace on Friday.

The estimated figures for the BBC and ITV put the wedding in the all-time top 10 most-watched programmes, although more people watched the 1966 World Cup Final (32.3m) and Princess Diana's funeral in 1997 (32.1m).

The wedding between the Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer in 1981 attracted 28.4m viewers.

Those watching the other terrestrial channels on Friday - BBC Two, Channel 4 and Five - made up only 1% of the television audience as the wedding service began.

Sky News said it had a peak of 661,000 viewers at 1100GMT, the start of the wedding ceremony, with about one million people using its website.

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'Family Guy' hurricane-themed crossover episodes postponed

'Family Guy' hurricane-themed crossover episodes postponed


This Sunday's planned crossover between "Family Guy," "The Cleveland Show" and "American Dad" has been postponed to next season, according to the New York Times.

The recent events in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and other parts of the southeastern U.S. are the reason for the last-minute postponement, the paper reports.

The episodes involve a hurricane that hits the fictional locales of Stoolbend, Quahog and Langley Falls, according to a description posted by the Fox network earlier this week.

Those towns, of course, are the locations of the Brown/Tubbs, Griffin and Smith families in the popular Sunday night animated series produced by Seth MacFarlane.

The 90-minute interconnected story was a major part of Fox's plans for May sweeps. Instead, the network will air reruns of all three series.

Do you think Fox made the right decision postponing these episodes until the fall (or possibly even later)?

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