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News 01/20/2007

Lindsay Lohan's mother, Dina, told People magazine that the actor is doing "absolutely fine" in rehab. "This is a wonderful, giant step she's taking and it's all good," the elder Lohan said. "Hollywood's a really, really busy scary place and everything is under control."

Liza Minnelli and David Gest have dropped dueling lawsuits against each other in order to move on with their divorce, according to a lawyer for Gest, who said the couple will be divorced in a few weeks in Tennessee, a state that, unlike New York, has no-fault divorce. Gest had sued Minnelli for $10 million for assault, claiming her beatings left him with permanent damage; she countersued for $2 million, claiming he stole money from her.

The Russian immigrant accused of threatening to kill Hilary Duff was sentenced to 117 days in jail and five years probation after pleading no contest to a felony stalking charge.

The Sundance Film Festival kicked off Thursday with a screening of the documentary film, Chicago 10, which examines the anti-war protests of the Vietnam era. Robert Redford opened the festival by calling for an apology from U.S. leaders over the war in Iraq.

A special effects assistant was seriously injured on the set of Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts' upcoming movie Charlie Wilson's War, after a stimulated stinger missile exploded while it was being tested. Neither star was on the set at the time.

Al Pacino has signed on to star as surrealist painter Salvador Dali in the film Dali & I: The Surreal Story, according to the trades. The movie is scheduled to start shooting in June.

News 01/18/2007

AFI will mark the 10th anniversary of its seminal "AFI's 100 Years…" series with the "AFI's 100 Years…100 Movies—10th Anniversary Edition," a three-hour countdown of the 100 greatest movies of all time, airing on CBS in June. The program will consider both classic favorites and newly eligible films released from 1996-2006. AFI is planning to update the list every 10 years from now on.

Kevin Bacon is playing along with the "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" game by starting up the charity-driven Website sixdegrees.org, where visitors will be able to learn about and donate to celebrities' favorite causes. Nicole Kidman, Will Ferrell, Tyra Banks, Jessica Simpson, and Kanye West are among the stars who have already agreed to be featured on the site, USA Today reports.

Police in Stowe, Vermont clarified that Paul Sorvino was legally armed when he pulled a gun on his daughter's ex-boyfriend during a confrontation earlier this month, and stated that the actor never actually pointed the weapon at the other man. Amanda Sorvino testified about her father coming to her defense at a hearing Tuesday at which she was granted a protection order against her ex-boyfriend.

News 01/17/2007

Lindsay Lohan has reportedly entered a rehab facility to seek treatment for an undisclosed issue. "I have made a proactive decision to take care of my personal health," Lohan said in a statement Wednesday. "I appreciate your well wishes and ask that you please respect my privacy at this time."

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences revealed the nine films on the shortlist of nominees for the foreign-language Oscar: Days of Glory (Algeria), Water (Canada), After the Wedding (Denmark), Avenue Montaigne (France), The Lives of Others (Germany), Pan's Labyrinth (Mexico), Black Book (The Netherlands), Volver (Spain), and Vitus (Switzerland.) Clint Eastwood's Letters From Iwo Jima, which won Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, is ineligible for Oscar consideration in the same category, as is Mel Gibson's Apocalypto, because they are U.S. productions. The Oscar nominations will be announced on Jan. 23.

China is blocking the release of Martin Scorsese's The Departed due to the film's mention of a Chinese plot to buy military equipment, government sources told Reuters. However, the ban is unlikely to stop people from seeing the film, as pirated copies are already being sold on the streets.

Paul Sorvino's daughter Amanda Sorvino testified in a Pennsylvania court Tuesday that her father pulled a gun on an ex-boyfriend who threatened to kill her at a Vermont hotel on Jan. 3. Sorvino, 36, was granted a protection-from-abuse order against her 21-year-old boyfriend, Daniel Snee. Her father did not accompany her to court.

News 01/16/2007

After going into the 64th Annual Golden Globes with a leading seven nominations, Babel ended the night with a single win for Best Picture, Drama. Meanwhile, Martin Scorsese picked up Best Director for The Departed, increasing speculation that this could be the year he finally gets acquainted with Oscar. Here's a rundown of some of the night's other highs and lows: Helen Mirren continued to reign over the 2007 awards season with a pair of Globes for her regal performances in The Queen and the HBO miniseries "Elizabeth I." Meanwhile, Forest Whitaker ruled over the Best Actor, Drama category for his powerful turn in The Last King of Scotland. Rounding out the royals, Prince won Best Original Song for "The Song of the Heart" from Happy Feet. Sacha Baron Cohen made a rare out-of-character appearance to accept Best Actor in a Comedy for Borat and thanked all the Americans who have yet to sue him over the film. Meryl Streep won Best Actress in a Comedy for her turn as an evil editor in The Devil Wears Prada, adding a sixth Golden Globe to her sizable collection. Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson won Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for their roles in Dreamgirls, which also won Best Picture, Musical or Comedy. Beyoncé, on the other hand, went home empty-handed, despite nods for Best Actress and Best Song. "Grey's Anatomy" won Best TV Series, Drama, while freshman contender "Ugly Betty" was sitting pretty with wins for Best TV Series, Comedy and Best Actress in a TV Comedy for America Ferrera. Alec Baldwin won Best Actor in a TV Comedy for "30 Rock" and Kyra Sedgwick won Best Actress in a TV Drama for "The Closer." "House" star Hugh Laurie won Best Actor in a TV Drama. The NBC telecast of the Golden Globes attracted 20 million viewers, beating out FOX's "24," which drew 15.7 million viewers.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are relocating their family to New Orleans, where Pitt is filming The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Us Weekly reports. "We love it there. The kids are going to go to school there. We're really looking forward to it," Jolie told the magazine at the Golden Globes Monday.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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