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News 02/25/2006

Elizabeth Taylor celebrated her 74th birthday by donating a mobile medical unit to the New Orleans AIDS Task Force.

Oscar nominee Felicity Huffman is headlining a series of Dove shorts helmed by Penny Marshall premiering this week at dovenight.com. The spots are set to air through Apr. 9.

Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston have slashed the asking price of their former Beverly Hills home from $28 million down to $25 million, per the Wall Street Journal.

Jessica Simpson took a break from filming her upcoming movie Employee of the Month to dine with New Mexicoís Governor Bill Richardson and his wife at the governor's mansion.

John Leguizamo arrived by dog sled at an ice-carving festival in Fairbanks, Alaska to open a park with characters from the upcoming sequel to his film Ice Age.

German theater chain Cinemax X yanked from its theaters Turkish blockbuster Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, starring Billy Zane and Gary Busey, after accusations the film is dangerous because it portrays American soldiers in Iraq committing atrocities and features a Jewish-American doctor as a villain.

News 02/23/2006

Howard Stern is launching a film festival as part of his "commitment to democratize entertainment," In Demand Networks announced Wednesday. The top three films in the Howard Stern Film Festival competition will receive cash prizes and air on Howard TV On Demand. Meanwhile, the use of profanity on Stern's satellite radio show increased 34 percent from January to February, FamilyMediaGuide.com reported.

James Bond director Lee Tamahori was placed on three years probation, fined $390, and told to attend an AIDS education course after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass. As part of the Die Another Day director's plea deal, two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully soliciting an act of prostitution and loitering with the intent to commit prostitution were dismissed.

Brad Renfro pled guilty to attempted possession of heroin stemming from his arrest in December and was placed on three years probation. Renfro will also enter drug rehab.

Colin Farrell is suing former "Price is Right" spokesmodel Candace Smith for allegedly conspiring with his ex-girlfriend Nicole Nahrain to sell the actor's sex tape.

Officials declined to charge Joe Pesci for allegedly punching a fan who photographed him in a shopping-center parking lot.

Authorities have confirmed that the body found in paparazzo Todd Kevin Wallace's Brentwood apartment earlier this month belonged to the photographer, who had been facing charges stemming from a run-in with Reese Witherspoon.

Warner Bros. Pictures is already gearing up for sequels to Batman Begins and Superman Returns, with respective directors Christopher Nolan and Bryan Singer in line to return, Daily Variety reports.

ShoWest named "American Idol" alum Jennifer Hudson its Female Star of Tomorrow. Hudson will make her film debut in Dreamgirls, slated for a December release.

Matthew McCounaughey, Brooke Shields, and Rachel Bilson are among the celebrities auctioning off a 10 minute Skype session with a fan on eBay to benefit the Art of Elysium. To bid, visit www.ebay.com/skypeaceleb.

News 02/22/2006

A group of James Bond fans have launched the website craignotbond.com to protest the selection of Daniel Craig to replace Pierce Brosnan in the role of the iconic spy and threatening to boycott the film. Meanwhile, Craig lost his two front teeth after he was accidentally punched in the face while shooting a stunt fight, and drew sympathy from Brosnan, who told reporters that he also suffered a number of injuries during his Bond tenure.

Lindsay Lohan told Allure magazine that she wants to be considered a serious actress and rejects her party-girl image. "I hate it when people call me a teen queen," Lohan said.

Woody Harrelson, Stuart Townsend, and Edward Norton will serve as the host committee of the Global Green Oscar Party, a benefit concert in support of environmental solutions. Proceeds from the March 3 event going toward green rebuilding in the Gulf Coast.

Ben Kingsley vowed Tuesday to help raise funds to assist victims of the devastating earthquake in Pakistan last year that killed about 87,000 people and left millions homeless.

A maid who stole valuables from celebrity clients, including Robert De Niro and Candice Bergen, was sentenced to one to three years in prison Tuesday.

Morgan Freeman will receive UCLA's Spencer Tracy Award March 7 in recognition of his outstanding screen performances and professional achievement.

News 02/21/2006

Two different DVD editions of Peter Jackson's epic retelling of King Kong will hit stores on Mar. 28. One version's a single-disc version while the other is a lavish, two-disc special edition.

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith scored 10 nominations to lead the competition at the 32nd annual Saturn Awards, honoring best in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror films. On the tube side, "Lost" and "Smallville" snagged six nods a piece.

Grbavica, first-time Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic's drama about a rape victim from that country's war, won the Golden Bear for best film Saturday at the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival.

Actress Naomi Watts will serve as honorary chair for the 2006 Independent Spirit Awards being held Mar. 4 in Santa Monica, California.

News 02/20/2006

Eight Below, a survival tale about abandoned sled dogs, beat the pack to the box-office, grossed an estimated $25 million over the four-day holiday weekend. It edged out romantic comedy spoof Date Movie, which debuted in second place with an estimated $22.3 million. Freedomland, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Julianne Moore, came in seventh with an estimated $7 million.

Brokeback Mountain scooped up four BAFTA awards, Britainís Oscar equivalent, on Sunday, including Best Film, Best Director for Ang Lee, Best Supporting Actor for Jake Gyllenhaal, and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Richard Bright, who acted in the Godfather movies and on HBO's "The Sopranos," was struck and killed by a bus in New York City on Saturday. Bright, 68, was hit by a private Academy Bus as he crossed the street in his neighborhood, police said. The driver told police he was not aware that he had hit anyone. No arrests have been made.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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