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News 01/27/2006

Joaquin Phoenix escaped serious injury after flipping his car while driving in Los Angeles Thursday, Us Weekly reports. His publicist tells the magazine that the brakes went out and the Golden Globe-winning actor lost control of the car. He was not hospitalized.

Meg Ryan's publicist are finally confirming that the 44-year-old actress has adopted a baby girl from China. Ryan, who has a 13-year-old son, Jack, with Dennis Quaid, is back in L.A. with the child. No further details have been released.

According to Variety, producer Joe Roth's once-ballyhooed Revolution Studios has halted development operations, as its current deal with Sony is about to expire.

AMC Entertainment is buying Loews Cineplex Entertainment to create the country's second-largest movie chain.

Nicole Kidman has been named Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia, her nation's highest honor, in recognition of her charity work as a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund. Kidman was also named a goodwill ambassador to the United Nations Development Fund for Women on Thursday.

Hattie McDaniel, the first black actress to win an Academy Award, was honored Wednesday with a U.S. Postal Service commemorative stamp.

Halle Berry and Richard Gere have been tapped as this year's recipients of Harvard's annual Hasty Pudding awards for making "lasting and impressive contribution to the world of entertainment."

Oscar-winning Hungarian filmmaker István Szabó revealed on Friday that he ratted out a fellow film student in the 1950s to the country's communist-era secret police, claiming he "talked nonsense" in order to save a classmate's life.

The mayor of Rome revealed plans Thursday for a new international film festival that will screen more commercial fare compared to the Venice Film Festival's usually highbrow programming. The inaugural fest will take place Oct. 13-21.

Tom Hanks has signed on as a presenter at the 78th Academy Awards on March 5.

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Robin Williams is set to play Theodore Roosevelt in Night at the Museum, a comedy starring Ben Stiller as a night watchman at a museum of natural history who finds that many of its exhibits have come alive, thanks to a pharaoh's spell, including one of the former president.

Tom Cruise topped a poll of movie exhibitors in the Quigley Publishing Co.'s annual survey of the top 10 moneymaking stars of 2005, thanks to his hit War of the Worlds. Johnny Depp was second, followed by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, who appropriately enough tied for third.

News 01/25/2006

An autopsy suggests actor Chris Penn died of natural or accidental causes, but an official cause of death won't be released until toxicology tests come back in about six weeks.

News 01/24/2006

The Walt Disney Co. has announced that it has acquired Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion. Pixar's Steve Jobs will now join Disney's board.

Chris Penn, star of Reservoir Dogs and brother to Sean and Michael, was found dead in his Santa Monica home at age 43. Cause of death is being investigated, but police say there are no signs of foul play.

A college student filed a police report Sunday accusing Joe Pesci of punching him in the mouth after he took a picture of the Goodfella star in a Boca Raton, Florida, shopping center parking lot.

Brokeback Mountain, Transamerica, and Capote along with CBS' "Out of Practice" and "Commander in Chief" are among the movies and TV shows nominated by GLAAD for its 17th Annual GLAAD Media Awards Monday.

Filmmaker Jason Reitman was surprised to find a sex scene between Katie Holmes and Aaron Eckhart mysteriously missing from the satire Thank You for Smoking during a packed screening at Sundance. Reitman later said the edit was accidental.

Ron Howard's big screen adaptation of The Da Vinci Code, starring Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou, has been selected to open the Cannes Film Festival on May 17 before hitting theaters around the world two days later.

Evil Dead filmmaker Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures has snagged the film rights to Japanese videogame Siren, to adapt to the big screen.

Rawson Marshall Thurber, who wrote and directed Dodgeball: An Underdog Story, is set to adapt CBS' '80s series "Magnum P.I." to the big screen for Universal.

Good Charlotte's twin rock stars Benji and Joel Madden are forming a production company, Fast Future Films, with documentary director Marvin Scott Jarrett. Joel Madden is also set to star in the thriller Valley of the Damned, which starts shooting in the spring.

Jet Li and Jason Statham, who previously costarred in 2002's The One, are teaming up again for Rogue, a thriller following an infamous assassin (Li) who's being tracked by an FBI agent (Statham) after setting off a war between two rival Asian mobs.

News 01/23/2006

Underworld: Evolution topped the box office with an estimated $27.6 million in its opening weekend, but the big news was Brokeback Mountain. Boosted by its four Golden Globe awards, the cowboy drama bounced into the top five, finishing in fifth place with an estimated $7.8 million. The New World came in ninth with an estimated $4.25 million and End of the Spear came in tenth with an estimated $4.2 million.

Brokeback Mountain producers Diana Ossana and James Schamus won the Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year prize at the 15th annual Producers Guild of America Awards on Sunday.

Jack Abramoff's father has penned a public letter to George Clooney, claiming the actor made the disgraced lobbyist's 12-year-old daughter cry when he mocked her father's name during his acceptance speech at the Golden Globes.

The Da Vinci Code is slated to open the Cannes Film Festival on May 17, two days before it is released worldwide. The film will screen out of competition, organizers said.

A Swiss businessman has shelled out $1.9 million to purchase the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 coupe featured in James Bond films including Goldfinger and Thunderball.

Johnny Cash's daughter, Rosanne, told Newsweek that she considers Walk the Line more fictional than fact. "You know, I just don't have a need to see the Hollywood version of my father's drug addiction and my parents' breakup," she said.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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