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News 03/23/2007

The Los Angeles City Attorney's office filed two misdemeanor DUI charges against Vivica A. Fox Friday, stemming from her arrest earlier this week. Fox's arraignment is scheduled for May 17; if convicted, she could face a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Mel Gibson lost his temper during an appearance at Cal State Northridge Thursday and told an expert on Mayan culture to "f—k off," when she questioned him about racial stereotyping in Apocalypto, tmz.com reported. The woman was escorted out of the event by organizers shortly thereafter. Gibson's rep told "E! News" he has no plans to apologize for the incident. "Why would he apologize?" the rep said. "The event organizers threw the heckler out, not Mel."

Titanic twosome Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio will reunite to star in Revolutionary Road, a drama about post-war disillusionment, Variety reports. Winslet's husband, Sam Mendes, will direct.

Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia Barrino are among the singer-actors Aretha Franklin has said she would like to consider possibly portraying her in an upcoming musical feature film based on her autobiography, From These Roots.

The editorial page editor of the Los Angeles Times abruptly quit Thursday, after the paper killed a special edition of the opinion section that was to be edited by Brian Grazer upon learning that the editor's girlfriend works for a public relations firm that represents Grazer and Imagine Entertainment.

Harry Houdini's great-nephew is seeking to have the magician exhumed 81 years after his death to answer persistent rumors that he was poisoned. Houdini died on Halloween 1926, at age 52.

News 03/22/2007

Russell Crowe will make his directorial debut on the upcoming Bra Boys, a drama centered on a real-life counterculture surfer community in Australia, Variety reports. Crowe previously narrated a documentary based on the three brothers who founded the community in a Sydney suburb. It's unclear whether he will appear in the film.

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are celebrating the adoption of three-year-old Pax Thien by donating $100,000 through their Jolie-Pitt Foundation to help build the first modern medical facility in Duk County, Sudan, People reports.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have announced that the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade has been canceled after 75 years, due to rising costs and loss in revenue.

Dina Lohan's scheduled appearance on "The View" was canceled Thursday, after Rosie O'Donnell read an unflattering New York Post article about her on the air, OK! magazine reports. A rep for Lindsay's mom told People that she was upset by O'Donnell's remarks. "The woman is honest," the rep said. "Just because Rosie O'Donnell and the New York Post take everything out of context? There's nothing bad there."

Tim Burton will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Venice International Film Festival, which begins Aug. 29, organizers said Wednesday. Additionally, the festival is declaring Sept. 5 to be Tim Burton Day.

Lucky and Flo, the two Labrador Retrievers who helped officials sniff out nearly 1 million illegal DVDs and CDs in Malaysia last week, have been moved to a safe house after a bounty was put on their heads by angry film pirates. The two canines are on loan from the Motion Picture Association of America for a month, as part of an effort to fight piracy in the Southeast Asian nation.

News 03/21/2007

Angelina Jolie left Vietnam by private jet Wednesday, with sons Maddox and Pax Thien in tow. The threesome are expected to be reunited with Brad, Zahara, and Shiloh shortly.

Vivica A. Fox was arrested for drunken driving Tuesday night after California Highway Patrol officers clocked her going 80 mph and observed her drifting in and out of her lane on Los Angeles' 101 Freeway. The Soul Food star failed field sobriety tests and her blood-alcohol level registered above the 0.08 percent legal limit, per the CHP's arrest report. Fox was booked at Van Nuys Jail and released on her own recognizance.

Tom Cruise has signed on to star in an as-yet untitled World War II drama about a real-life assassination attempt on Adolf Hitler, the trades report. Bryan Singer will direct the film, which is the second picture for United Artists under the leadership of Cruise and producing partner Paula Wagner.

Woody Harrelson's father suffered a fatal heart attack in the Supermax federal prison in Denver earlier this month, officials said Wednesday. Charles Harrelson was serving two life sentences for the murder of a federal judge. He was 69.

The 80th Annual Academy Awards are scheduled to take place on Feb. 24, 2008, Academy President Sid Ganis announced Wednesday. Nominations will be announced on Jan. 22, 2008.

News 03/20/2007

Bernie Mac told David Letterman he plans to retire from standup after 30 years once he completes shooting his film The Whole Truth, Nothing but the Truth, So Help Me Mac this fall. "I'm going to still do my producing, my films, but I want to enjoy my life a little bit," Mac said on Monday's "Late Show." Meanwhile, David Letterman showed up for work Tuesday, but went home sick with a stomach bug before taping the "Late Show." Adam Sandler, one of the night's guests, filled in for the host, who won't need to return to work until next week, as he had already taped Wednesday's show and will be preempted by basketball on Thursday and Friday.

Angelina Jolie finalized her adoption of three-year-old Pax Thien on Tuesday after the U.S. embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam approved the process, according to the Philadelphia-based adoption agency that made the arrangements. The actor is slated to pick up her new son's Visa Wednesday, clearing the way for their trip home to New Orleans. Meanwhile, it looks like Angelina Jolie's stint as a stay-at-home mom will be short-lived. The actor has signed on to star opposite Morgan Freeman in the upcoming action film Wanted, which is due to start shooting in May, per Variety.

Keanu Reeves reportedly grazed a paparazzo standing in the way of his Porsche as he drove out of a parking space in a residential area south of Los Angeles Monday night, police said. The photographer was taken to an area hospital for treatment of unknown injuries; Reeves was not hurt in the collision.

Lucky and Flo, two black Labradors on loan from the Motion Picture Association of America, led Malaysian authorities to a cache of nearly 1 million pirated DVDs and CDs in an office building in southern Johor state on Tuesday. Officials arrested five Malaysians and a Vietnamese man in the raid, which resulted in the seizure of nearly $2.8 million worth of discs. The MPAA estimated that its members lost $1.2 billion to Asian-Pacific movie pirates last year.

News 03/19/2007

Angelina Jolie arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam Monday to complete the remaining steps to bring her adopted son Pax Thien back to the United Steps. The actor is slated to meet with U.S. consular officials Tuesday to apply for the three-year-old boy's visa and expected to leave Hanoi Wednesday to return home.

Peter Bogdanovich and his business manager are being sued by a man who claims the Oscar-nominated director demanded $100,000 from him as payment for hiring his son as a director's assistant on his next film...a project which, according to the suit, has yet to materialize.

Israeli Vice Premier and former Prime Minister Shimon Peres met with Leonardo DiCaprio last week and asked the actor to help promote the stalled Middle East peace process and to continue to campaign for global environmental action, People reports. DiCaprio reportedly promised his assistance on both issues.

John Travolta has donated a signed motorcycle modeled after one he rode in Wild Hogs to be auctioned off to benefit the restoration of the Marion Theater in Ocala, Florida, where he owns a home.

Hilary Duff admitted to Britain's Mail on Sunday that she felt pressure to lose weight after reading negative press reports about her appearance. "When a newspaper comes out that says 'Duff Puff—she must have gained 15 pounds' or something like that, how would any normal person react?" the 19-year-old singer-actor said. Duff has attributed her dramatic slimdown to healthier eating habits in the past.

Sleuth-to-the-stars Anthony Pellicano was due in court Monday to be arraigned on an updated indictment in the federal wiretapping and racketeering case against him, related to allegations that he wiretapped the ex-wife of billionaire Kirk Kerkorian on behalf of Kerkorian's attorney.

Katherine Heigl has signed on to star in the film 27 Dresses, about a woman who has been a bridesmaid 27 times and is prepping for her 28th trip down the aisle as bridesmaid to her sister, who is marrying the man she is madly in love with, Variety reports.

Stuart Rosenberg, an acclaimed TV and film director, who directed The Amityville Horror and partnered with Paul Newman on Cool Hand Luke and several other movies, died Thursday of a heart attack, his son said. He was 79.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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