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FRI, SAT, SUN, September 9, 10, 11, 2011

The family of John Wayne has authorized Heritage Auctions to sell of some of the Duke's memorabilia.  Items expected to entice bidders include his leather football helmet from USC, the saddle he used in seven westerns and several stuffed pilgrims left over from "True Grit."

Hollywood insiders were shocked at the announcement that Eddie Murphy will host the Oscars.  That's because Gumby has made nothing but clunkers lately like "Meet Dave" and "Adventures of Pluto Nash" -- which may be why the producers have asked him to wear his donkey costume from "Shrek."

"J. Edgar," a new film on the life of the FBI founder, opens this week with Leonardo DiCaprio as Hoover.  Leo spent six months at Quantico, VA learning how to handle weapons, how to follow the Bureau's strict rules of evidence gathering, and how to look natural wearing ladies' underwear under his suit. 

Wells Fargo has introduced a radical new debit card that will cost customers a flat fee of $3 per month.   They're hoping that those who can't afford to pay the fee will put it on their Wells Fargo Credit card where it will generate an additional 22% interest.

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