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News 02/03/2006

Prosecutors are alleging Tom Sizemore violated his probation a second time by testing positive for drugs on Jan. 23 and getting tossed from a drug-treatment program for arguing with another person. Should his probation be revoked, he could face 16 months behind bars.

Lawyers for Marlon Brando's estate have amicably settled a lawsuit brought by his former business manager claiming the late actor sexually harassed her and unlawfully fired her. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Red Eye star Rachel McAdams has been tapped to present the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Scientific and Technical awards on Feb. 18 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Director Tony Scott and producer Jerry Bruckheimer are planning to shoot their upcoming thriller, Deja Vu, starring Denzel Washington, in New Orleans and include post-Katrina footage of the devastated city. Shooting starts Monday.

Per Variety, Morgan Freeman is set to play jazz legend Duke Ellington in director Antoine Fuqua's The Jazz Ambassadors, which follows the Ellington orchestra's successful tour of Iraq during a 1963 CIA-backed coup.

Shrek codirector Vicky Jenson is in talks to make her live-action debut with the holiday comedy Four Christmases, following a young married couple, both children of divorced parents, who must attend four different Christmas Day family gatherings.

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

News 02/02/2006

Warner Bros. announced Thursday that filming will begin next week on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Emma Watson reprising their roles as teenage wizards for the fifth film in the saga.

Walt Disney Pictures has began pre-production on The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, the second film in the series. The movie is targeted for a Christmas 2007 release.

The passerby who helped Joaquin Phoenix from his car after an accident last week was none other than Werner Herzog, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Director Lee Tamahori, whose credits include Die Another Day and Along Came a Spider, was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges that he allegedly solicited an undercover cop while dressed in drag, TMZ.com reports.

Tom Sizemore is due in court for a hearing to determine whether he violated his probation in a drug possession case when amphetamines were found in his urine.

Harvey Weinstein told New York magazine that Judi Dench was turned down from appearing on "The View," "Today," and "Good Morning America" while promoting Mrs. Henderson Presents because of her age. The programs have denied the accusation.

Marilyn Manson is set to play Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll in Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, which he also wrote and will direct, per the Hollywood Reporter. Production expected to begin this summer.

Alex Gibney, writer-director of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, has won the Writers Guild of America's award for Best Documentary Writing.

News 02/01/2006

Shooting has begun on the latest James Bond adventure, Casino Royale, even though filmmakers haven't cast a Bond babe or a villain. For now, the production will focus on scenes with the new 007, Daniel Craig.

Martin Short is set to star in an autobiographical musical comedy on Broadway called Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, opening Aug. 10.

Lucy Liu toured earthquake-ravaged areas in Pakistan on Wednesday along with a UNICEF team.

Moira Shearer, the ballerina and actress best known for her starring role in Michael Powell's 1948 classic The Red Shoes, died Tuesday in Oxford, England. She was 80.

News 01/31/2006

Brokeback Mountain led the field with eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. Also in the running for Best Picture: Capote, Crash, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Munich. Best Actor: Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote), Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow, David Straithairn (Good Night, and Good Luck), and Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line.) Best Actress: Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Judi Dench (Mrs. Henderson Presents), Felicity Huffman (Transamerica), Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice), and Charlize Theron (North Country.) Best Supporting Actor: George Clooney (Syriana), Matt Dillon (Crash), Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain), Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man), and William Hurt (A History of Violence.) Best Supporting Actress: Amy Adams (Junebug), Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardner), Catherine Keener (Capote), and Frances McDormand (North Country.) Best Director: Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), Bennett Miller (Capote), George Clooney (Good Night, and Good Luck), Paul Haggis (Crash), and Steven Spielberg (Munich.)

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has voted to add an animated feature film category to the Golden Globe Awards beginning next year.

Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance welcomed twins, a boy and a girl, born to a surrogate mother on Jan. 27.

News 01/30/2006

Big Momma's House 2 topped box-office charts with an estimated $28 million in its opening weekend, outperforming Nanny McPhee, which finished second with about an estimated $14.1 million. Annapolis came in fourth with an estimated $7.7 million. The Matador entered the Top 10 for the first time when it came in tenth with an estimated $3.8 million in its fifth week.

Philip Seymour Hoffman (Capote) and Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line) and the cast of Crash won the top movie awards at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards. The casts of "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" topped the TV side.

Jessica Simpson has been nominated for three Razzie Awards, including Worst Supporting Actress, Worst Screen Couple (Simpson and her Daisy Dukes), and the inaugural Most Tiresome Tabloid Target award (The Simpsons...Ashlee, Jessica, and Nick.) Tom Cruise was also nominated in the Tiresome Tabloid Target category (His Anti-Psychiatry Rant, Oprah Winfrey's Couch, the Eiffel Tower, and "Tom's Baby") and earned a Worst Actor nom for War of the Worlds. Son of the Mask was nominated for eight awards, topping the list, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor for star Jamie Kennedy, and Worst Sequel/Remake. The Razzies will be handed out Mar. 4, the day before the Academy Awards.

A Manhattan judge issued an arrest warrant for Natasha Lyone after she and her lawyer failed to show for a hearing Friday in her dog-abuse case. The American Pie star has been struggling with drug and health problems in recent years.

Ang Lee continues his pre-Oscar momentum, winning the Directors Guild of America Award for Brokeback Mountain on Saturday.

Teen drama Quinceañera and the Sudanese documentary God Grew Tired of Us won top honors Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival.

Jessica Alba was named the most desirable celebrity girlfriend, topping a survey taken by AskMen.com. Sienna Miler came in second and Angelina Jolie took the third spot.

The Secret Life of Words won top honors at Spain's Goya Awards on Monday, the country's equivalent of the Oscars.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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