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News 06/03/2007

Lindsay Lohan's DUI arrest didn't seem to have much affect on her busy social schedule over the weekend. The 20-year-old actress attended a Memorial Day pool party at Hollywood hotspot Teddy's on Sunday and was photographed by x17online.com apparently passed out in the front seat of the SUV belonging to her friend Samantha Ronson as they departed around 4:30 a.m. According to the New York Post, Lohan collapsed as she left the club and had to be lifted into the car by a bouncer. Meanwhile, In Touch Weekly claims the Georgia Rule star may follow in Britney Spears' footsteps and log some time at Promises treatment center in Malibu. Lindsay's father, Michael Lohan, told E! Online's Tina Dirmann exclusively that a drug counselor spoke with his daughter on the phone at his behest just days before her DUI arrest. The elder Lohan said he gave Lindsay's number to Jimmy Jack, the executive director of faith-based rehab center Teen Challenge, and encouraged him to call. Jack confirmed that he reached the actress on her cell phone as she was en route to a dinner party and said she was very gracious after he told her he was praying for her. Producers of Lindsay's upcoming comedy Poor Things claim the actress' DUI arrest won't affect production on the film, per Variety. Shooting is slated to begin Wednesday on the project, which also stars Rosario Dawson, Shirley MacLaine, and Olympia Dukakis. Meanwhile, the producers said they are willing to work around the actress' time in treatment in order to keep her on the cast. "We are trying to rearrange the shooting schedule to facilitate her working at the end of the shoot to coincide with the completion of her rehabilitation," producers Rob Hickman and Shirley MacLaine, who will also star in the indie comedy, said in a joint statement. "We wish her love and the blending of mind, body and spirit." Filming on the project was due to begin this week.
In a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest Thursday, Knocked Up director Judd Apatow said he met with Lindsay Lohan about playing the lead in the pregnancy comedy, but ultimately passed in favor of Katherine Heigl. "I don't know if she's got a real nurturing spirit at this point in her life. You see that picture of her in the car and you don't imagine her cuddling a baby," Apatow joked.

Ashley Judd made a cameo at Sunday's rain-shortened Indianapolis 500, braving a downpour and running barefoot across the track to embrace her husband and the race's winner, Dario Franchitti.

Charlie Sheen has denied published reports that he is backing out of narrating the provocative 9/11 documentary Loose Change, which claims the so-called terrorist attacks were actually part of a government conspiracy. The actor said he is waiting to be presented with the final cut of the film before making his decision. "My views and convictions regarding the events of 9/11 have not wavered," Sheen said in a statement released by his publicist. "I still firmly believe the citizens of this great country, especially the family members of those tragically lost, deserve a much more accurate and thorough investigation surrounding the horrific events."

The latest addition to Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's brood is now legally known as Pax Thien Jolie-Pitt, after a court approved the name change Thursday. Jolie adopted the three-year-old boy from Vietnam in March as a single parent, due to laws prohibiting unmarried couples from adopting, but like his siblings Maddox, Zahara, and Shiloh, he is being raised by both the actress and Pitt.

A London stage performance of The Lord of the Rings ended abruptly Wednesday as Hobbits, elves, and other creatures rushed to help a screaming cast member whose leg was trapped in set machinery. Adam Salter, who was playing a Ranger, was treated for injuries at a local hospital, but suffered no broken bones. Producers called off preview performances scheduled for Thursday and Friday in order to modify the set to prevent future accidents.

Leaving Las Vegas director Mike Figgis reportedly ran into trouble upon arriving at Los Angeles International Airport recently. According to Britain's Guardian, the helmer was detained for five hours by non-industry -savvy immigration agents after he told them he was there to "shoot a pilot." However, Figgis told boingboing.net the incident had been blown out of proportion. "If it had been true it would have been a good story—sorry to dissappoint [sic]," he wrote.

Reese Witherspoon has signed on to star in Universal Pictures' remake of the 1939 comedy Midnight, which starred Claudette Colbert as a down-on-her-luck woman who becomes a pawn in a wealthy man's scheme to get rid of the gigolo romancing his wife, Variety reports. Witherspoon will also produce the project through her company Type A Films, while Little Miss Sunshine writer Michael Arndt will direct.

Pierce Brosnan and his wife, Keely, have donated $100,000 to help replace an unsafe playground at an elementary school on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where they own a home. "We were disheartened that the playground equipment was condemned for so long, and we wanted to find a way to help," the erstwhile James Bond said in a statement.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and wife Dany Garcia Johnson have announced that they're separating after 17 years together, 10 of which they've spent married, per People. "While certain aspects of our relationship have changed, we are both vitally important to each other's lives," the duo, who have a five-year-old daughter, said in a joint statement. We "look forward to spending the rest of our lives together as best friends and business partners."

Elisabeth Shue may never be the next Maria Sharapova, but she's okay with that...she just wants to become a nationally ranked tennis player. The actress has been training with a pro two hours a day in a bid to earn a ranking at the beginning level of professional tennis.

Jennifer Aniston has signed on to be the new face of Smartwater, a brand of bottled water that claims to be the purest form of H2O available. The actress, who is an investor in the company, will appear in an upcoming ad campaign for the product and has designed a limited-edition Smartwater label that hits stores next month.

Denise Richards is showing an independent streak. She plays an exotic dancer in the upcoming indie drama A Beautiful Life, which is budgeted at less than $5 million, per Variety. Shooting begins this summer.

Miss Kazakhstan Gauhkar Rakhmetalieva said at the Miss Universe pageant Monday that her country's government is making a movie in response to Borat in an effort to highlight the nation's positive sides. However, the beauty queen said her homeland had come to see the humorous side of Sacha Baron Cohen's oeuvre and acknowledged that the film brought the country some much needed publicity.

News 05/27/2007

Robert De Niro filed a motion Friday to dismiss the lawsuit brought against him by the insurance company that covered the production of Hide and Seek, calling the suit "irreparably defective" because it will be impossible to prove that De Niro misrepresented the company when he indicated on a medical certificate that he had never been diagnosed with, or treated for, prostate cancer. The actor maintains that he learned he had the disease two days after he signed the form.

Julia Roberts will produce and star in a movie about British wildlife conservationist Joan Root, who was murdered in her Kenya home last year by opponents of her environmental work in the Lake Naivasha area. The film was inspired by a Vanity Faire article about Root's life and death, titled "A Flowering Evil."

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell are teaming up to star in the comedy Ashes to Ashes, which Hawn will also direct, per Variety. The story is about a woman who travels to Kathmandu to scatter her husband's ashes, but loses them along the way.

Sylvester Stallone was formally convicted of importing restricted human growth hormones into Australia Monday and was ordered to pay $10,651 in fines and court costs. The Rocky star pleaded guilty to the charges last week.

Mexican filmmakers Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, and Alejandro González Iñárritu have teamed up for a $100 million moviemaking partnership with Universal Pictures. Their new production company, dubbed Cha Cha Cha, will make five movies for the studio, some of them in Spanish, per the Los Angeles Times.

Tom Sizemore pled not guilty to five felonies and one misdemeanor Tuesday, stemming from his arrest earlier this month in the parking lot of a Bakersfield, California hotel, TMZ reports. The actor was charged with possession and transportation of meth, as well as three counts of possessing prescription drugs without the proper prescription. He's due back in court June 18 for a preliminary hearing. L.A. prosecutors plan to ask a judge to revoke Sizemore's probation and send him to jail in light of his May 8 arrest for allegedly using crystal meth. The actor, who pled no contest last year to a meth possession charge and received three years probation, has pled not guilty to three counts of possession of Rx drugs and one count of transportation and possession of methamphetamine. He's facing up to 16 months in state prison if convicted on all charges.

Angelina Jolie says she plans to take some time off from making movies, and this time she might actually mean it. The actress told reporters in Cannes that she aims to wrap up shooting on the thriller Wanted, take two months off, work for two more months and then take a year off to log some family time with Brad Pitt and their kids. The remarks come after Jolie told a Vietnamese newspaper in March that she would stay home to help Pax adjust to his new life. A week later, she signed on for Wanted and then took a role in the upcoming Clint Eastwood mystery The Changeling.

Jon Heder and his wife, Kirsten, have welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Evan Jane Heder, People reports. The actor's rep did not reveal the baby's exact date of birth but said she was "safe and sound and healthy."

Dennis Quaid and his wife, Kimberly, are expecting twins later this year by a surrogate mother, the actor's rep said. The couple, who married in July 2004, are the biological parents. Quaid also has a teenage son from his marriage to Meg Ryan.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will premiere in Tokyo on June 28, following in the footsteps of Spider-Man 3, which staged its world debut there last month. The film premieres in London on July 3 and opens in the U.S. on July 13.

Robert Rodriguez has signed on to direct Barbarella, a new motion picture adaptation of the classic sci-fi comic book series. Universal Pictures is fast-tracking the project for a 2008 release, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Claire Danes, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Heche, and Felicity Huffman are among the celebrity presenters for the 61st annual Tony Awards on June 10. Spring Awakening leads the field in nominations, with a total of 11.

Lindsay Lohan's parents were in a Long Island courtroom Tuesday, battling it out over visitation rights. Michael Lohan, who was freed from prison earlier this year, told reporters he wants to reestablish a relationship with his kids. "I just want to resolve this, and I wish for the best for the children, and for Dina and myself," he said. Dina Lohan didn't comment on the situation, but took the opportunity to plug her oldest daughter's latest film, Georgia Rule. "The movie was amazing. You should see it," she said. Also, Lindsay is facing criminal charges after crashing her car early Saturday morning. Beverly Hills police say Lohan was driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and that "a usable amount" of "contraband," believed to be cocaine, was found in her car. Lohan was not immediately taken into custody so she could be treated at hospital for minor chest injuries.

Fresh off the record-setting debut of Shrek the Third, Mike Myers has signed on to star in a remake of the 1947 comedy The Secret Life of Walter Mitty for 20th Century Fox, per Daily Variety. Also in the works for the actor: the Who drama See Me, Feel Me: Keith Moon Naked for Your Pleasure, in which he'll play the legendary drummer, and a fourth Austin Powers movie told from the viewpoint of Dr. Evil.

Martin Scorsese officially launched the World Cinema Foundation at Cannes Tuesday, an organization dedicated to preserving neglected films for posterity and restoring those that have been damaged. The foundation was inspired by a similar venture launched in the United States by Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Clint Eastwood.

Keira Knightley won $6,000 in libel damages from the U.K.'s Daily Mail Thursday over a story that insinuated she suffered from an eating disorder, something she has repeatedly denied. The actress' mother, Sharman Macdonald, who was in court for the victory, said Knightley planned to add another $4,000 to the award and donate it to BEAT, a charity that aids people with eating and mental disorders.

Sharon Stone auctioned off a kiss from George Clooney for the hefty sum of $350,000 in Cannes Wednesday at an event to benefit AIDS research. The annual Cinema Against AIDS dinner raised a record $7 million for amfAR, with guests including Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Goldie Hawn, and Kurt Russell tossing money toward the worthy cause.

Warner Bros. and Matrix producer Joel Silver are teaming with Mattel to create a live action He-Man movie titled Masters of the Universe, the trades report. The movie will make the second project based on the action figure hero, following the 1987 flop starring Dolph Lundgren as the titular character.

Prosecutors have decided not to file charges against Ryan O'Neal stemming from the actor's dustup with his son at his Malibu home in early February. The elder O'Neal was arrested Feb. 3 and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and negligent discharge of a firearm.

Sandra Bullock has accepted The Proposal. The actress is set to star in the romantic comedy from Touchstone Pictures as a demanding boss who talks her young male assistant into a sham marriage when she suddenly faces deportation to Canada, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Nicolas Cage won't touch The Untouchables prequel. The actor has dropped out of talks to star in the Brian De Palma project, citing scheduling conflicts, Variety reports. Earlier in the month, it was reported Cage was in negotiations to play a young Al Capone.

An Australian Star Wars fan who was on his way to pose for a 30th anniversary photo shoot in Melbourne was surrounded by police and arrested Friday after his replica laser gun was mistaken for an actual machine gun, according to published reports. Though the weapon proved to be fake, police said the man would be charged with possessing an unregistered firearm.

News 05/20/2007

Tom Sizemore has settled separate lawsuits brought against him by State Farm Insurance and by his ex-girlfriend, Heidi Fleiss, according to court documents filed last week. The terms of the settlements were not revealed. With those matters off his court docket, Sizemore can turn his concentration to his latest legal snafu, stemming from his arrest last week on drug possession charges.

Chow Yun-Fat has tentatively agreed to rejoin the cast of John Woo's new Chinese epic, Red Cliff, after dropping out of the film last month and claiming he had not had enough time to prepare for his role because he received his script late.

Steven Spielberg has released the text of a private letter he sent to Chinese President Hu Jintao last month, in which he condemned the genocide in Darfur and asked China to use its influence to help stop the suffering in the region. Spielberg, who is serving as a culture and arts consultant for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, also requested an audience with Jintao within the next 30 days to discuss the issues further.

Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty has asked India's Supreme Court to move the obscenity case against her and Richard Gere from New Delhi to Mumbai, where she lives so that she can fight the charges against her. The twosome's legal troubles began after Gere got a little too touchy-feely with Shetty at an AIDS awareness event last month.

A 12-year-old girl and her grandparents have sued the Chicago Board of Education claiming that she suffered psychological distress after a substitute teacher showed her class Brokeback Mountain last year. The girl's grandfather, who had previously complained to school administrators about reading materials containing swear words, called the screening of the gay cowboy film, "the last straw." The family is seeking nearly $500,000 in damages.

Spider-Man outranks Superman and Batman as the best-loved superhero, according to a recent survey of U.S. consumers conducted by the Davie Brown Index.

Sylvester Stallone pled guilty Tuesday to bringing vials of muscle-building hormone into Australia illegally during a February visit. The actor was nabbed at the Sydney airport after a customs search of his luggage turned up 48 vials of human growth hormone, which is restricted in Australia and can not be imported without a permit. Stallone did not attend the hearing, but issued an apology for what he called a "strange and unfortunate occurrence." He is due to be sentenced next week and could face a maximum penalty of $18,000 on each of the two charges against him.

Lindsay Lohan is on fire right about now, at least as far as Maxim's concerned. The Georgia Rule star came in at number one on the lad mag's eighth annual Hot 100 list, while Jessica Alba placed second and Scarlett Johansson third. In results sure to spark a little sibling rivalry, Ashlee Simpson came in at number 16, beating out her sister, Jessica, who ranked 41st; meanwhile, Ashley Olsen came in 37th, while her twin, Mary-Kate, did not make the cut. Meanwhile, prosecutors have rejected a felony theft complaint against Lindsay Lohan filed by a woman who claimed the actress stole clothing from her home while she was away. Lohan was apparently invited over to the so-called victim's apartment by a housesitter, who gave the Georgia Rule star a bag of clothes that she was seen handing to her driver. However, the district attorney determined there was insufficient evidence to charge the actress with theft, especially as the housesitter insisted the bag contained only items "meant for and given by her to Lohan."

Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are teaming up to produce three back-to-back features for DreamWorks based on the adventures of the beloved Belgian cartoon hero Tintin, per Variety. All three features will be shot in full digital 3-D, with each filmmaker directing one of the movies. The studio did not reveal who would helm the third.

Leonardo DiCaprio has been sued by his neighbors for building a basketball court at his Hollywood Hills home that they claim weakened a hillside and left their deck and pool in danger of collapse. Ronald and Joan Linclau are seeking at least $250,000 in damages from the Blood Diamond star. DiCaprio's rep said the suit was "totally without merit."

Cannes kicked off its 60th anniversary Wednesday with the premiere of My Blueberry Nights, starring Jude Law, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, and Norah Jones in her first acting role. Other highly anticipated films debuting at the festival include Michael Moore's Sicko, Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof, and the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie projects Ocean's Thirteen and A Mighty Heart.

Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz are in talks to star in the romantic comedy What Happens in Vegas, about two strangers who wake up after a debaucherous night on the Strip and discover they are married, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Forest Whitaker and Jessica Biel will team up for the indie drama Powder Blue, in which Whitaker will play a suicidal ex-priest and Biel will play a stripper with a terminally ill son, per the Hollywood Reporter. The project begins shooting in July.

Michael Moore has responded to the U.S. government's investigation of his unauthorized trip to Cuba where he filmed a segment of his documentary, Sicko, by having his attorney demand all the documents related to the probe from the U.S. Treasury Department under the Freedom of Information Act. Moore's healthcare system exposé debuts this week at Cannes.

Robert De Niro and Al Pacino will team onscreen for just the second time in the $60 million indie drama, Righteous Kill, in which they'll play cops chasing a serial killer, Variety reports. (Their other collaboration was in 1995's Heat.) Shooting is set to begin Aug. 6 in Connecticut.

Letters From Iwo Jima earned Outstanding Film honors at the 2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards, while Rinko Kikuchi (Babel) was named Outstanding Film Actress and Kal Penn (The Namesake) Outstanding Film Actor. "Survivor" winner Yul Kwon edged out "American Idol" loser Sanjaya Malakar in the Favorite Reality star category. All the red carpet and behind-the-scenes action will be featured in an hour-long special on E! May 24, while the awards presentation will air May 28 on AZN Television.

Joseph Reitman requested Thursday to drop his lawsuit against estranged wife Shannon Elizabeth through which he was requesting a 50-50 split of the assets and property the couple acquired during the five years they lived together before tying the knot in 2002. The duo, who split in 2005, are not officially divorced, per court documents, but they announced that they had reached a settlement in January.

Elizabeth Taylor can keep her Van Gough. A federal appeals panel on Friday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a group of heirs who claimed the 1889 work "View of the Asylum and Chapel at Saint-Remy" was rightfully theirs because it was sold under duress after their ancestor Margarete Mauthner fled Nazi Germany for South Africa. The three-judge panel found that even if the plaintiffs' allegations were true, they waited too long to sue under California laws.

Shawnique Hill, the former stylist and dresser for Oprah Winfrey's Broadway hit, The Color Purple, has sued the show's producers, claiming she was fired after complaining there were too few "people of color" working behind the scenes. Her complaint alleges discrimination, breach of contract and wrongful termination. The show's producers confirmed the case was in litigation, stating: "We are confidant that there has been no violation of the law."

Ryan Phillippe has filed a legal response to Reese Witherspoon's divorce claim, citing "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split, and asking for joint custody of the couple's kids, according to court documents obtained by "E! News." Phillippe also requested that visitation with seven-year-old Ava and three-year-old Deacon be "equally allocated." He did not request spousal support from the Walk the Line star, nor did he block her from requesting support from him. In her November filing, Witherspoon requested joint legal custody and primary physical custody of the children and asked the court not to grant her ex any spousal support.

Anne Heche's split from her estranged husband just took an acrimonious turn. Coley Laffoon has demanded custody of the couple's five-year-old son, Homer, while alleging in court documents that Heche is unfit to care for the child due to her "bizarre and delusional behavior." The actress fired back with a statement accusing Laffoon of "resort[ing] to lies" to get more money from her.

Scarlett Johansson gets the royal treatment as Mary, Queen of Scots in an upcoming historical epic, production company Relativity Media announced Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival. John Curran (The Painted Veil) directs and Jimmy McGovern (British crime drama "Cracker") writes the script.

News 05/13/2007

The star of The Queen turned down an invitation from the queen to dine at Buckingham Palace last Tuesday due to a scheduling conflict, Britain's Mail on Sunday reported. Helen Mirren said in a statement that she was unable to attend because she was filming in South Dakota at the time. Mirren has issued another statement reiterating her dismay at having to decline the invitation. "I was contracted on that date to be working in South Dakota, in a situation which was impossible to change," said the star of The Queen, who is currently shooting National Treasure: Book of Secrets. "I explained this to the Palace officials, and I believe they understood. I would never have the hubris or the rudeness to insult anyone who had the kindness to invite me to dinner."

Neve Campbell traded vows with British actor John Light in a small ceremony in Malibu Saturday, People reports. The couple announced their engagement in February 2006.

Twentieth Century Fox is developing a Wall Street sequel that will bring Michael Douglas back as Gordon Gekko, the New York Times reports. The movie will be titled Money Never Sleeps, a reference to one of Gekko's catchphrases.

Kevin Costner and his wife, Christine Baumgartner, welcomed a baby boy named Cayden Wyatt Costner on Sunday in Los Angeles, according to the actor's rep. It's the first child for the couple, who wed in 2004; Costner has four children from two previous relationships.

Brittany Murphy has apparently gone off and tied the knot with screenwriter Simon Monjack in secret, Us Weekly reports. The newlyweds were reportedly trying to conceal their wedding rings from photographers while partying at the Kentucky Derby because they were waiting to make a formal announcement.

Justin Timberlake and Cameron Diaz briefly reunited Sunday for the world premiere of Shrek the Third, in which Timberlake voices a youthful version of the future King Arthur, while Diaz reprises her role as Princess Fiona. Though the duo reportedly avoided each other on the green carpet, they later greeted each other warmly at the cast photo, sharing a friendly hug and kiss.

Tom Sizemore was arrested for meth possession in Bakersfield, California Tuesday morning after he reportedly challenged a desk clerk to a fight while trying to check into a hotel. Police responded to the scene and took the actor into custody, where he was booked on three drug-related charges. Because Sizemore is already on probation in another drug case, his latest arrest could mean jail time.

Drew Barrymore was named an Ambassador Against Hunger for the United Nations World Food Program, the organization announced Wednesday. The actress will use her star power to promote school feeding programs in Africa and elsewhere. "I can't think of any issue that is more important than working to see that no schoolchild in this world goes hungry," Barrymore said.

Ashley Judd earned her bachelor's degree in French from the University of Kentucky Sunday, according to a university spokesman, though it was unclear whether the actress actually showed her face at graduation ceremonies. Judd attended UK from 1986 to 1990, but left one semester shy of completing her degree.

Warner Bros. has canceled all of its advance screenings of movies including Ocean's Thirteen and the upcoming Harry Potter sequel in Canada, claiming the nation's weak copyright laws promote piracy. Specifically at issue is the fact that Canada has no law forbidding moviegoers from bringing camcorders into the theater and making copies for "personal use," a stance that Warner Bros. claims makes it all too easy for piracy rings to make and distribute illegal DVDs.

Movies that make smoking look cool might get hit with tougher ratings to keep children from seeing them, the Motion Picture Association of America said Thursday. In the past, illegal teen smoking has been a factor, but the new ratings system will take all smoking into account.

Eddie Murphy will star in a big-screen adaptation of Fantasy Island, playing multiple roles, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Johnny Depp's publicist has denied a report in Britain's Daily Mail claiming the actor plans to wed his longtime partner Vanessa Paradis this summer. A source told the paper that the emotional rollercoaster ride of the couple's daughter's nine-day hospitalization in March "spurred them into action." Also, Depp is open to living the Pirates life for a fourth time. The actor told Entertainment Weekly that he would consider doing another Pirates of the Caribbean sequel, as long as the movie was made "for the right reasons," such as a worthwhile storyline. Depp said he was all for the project "if we came up with a story where we could explore something absurd or funny or totally insane." Meanwhile, Depp has spoken out about his seven-year-old daughter Lily Rose's illness for the first time, telling Britain's Daily Mirror, "It gave us a great scare." The child was hospitalized for nine days in March, but Depp said she is now "as healthy as she ever was. She is wonderful." Though the actor did not reveal the cause of the illness, published reports have suggested that it was a bad case of E. coli poisoning.

Rob Schneider recently proved his ability to roll with the punches in Roger Ebert's eyes by sending the ailing critic flowers courtesy of "Your Least Favorite Movie Star," despite Ebert's scorching review of Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. Ebert, who is currently recovering from surgery for salivary gland cancer, wrote on his Website that while the gesture hadn't changed his opinion of the execrable movie, it was much appreciated nonetheless. "Rob Schneider might (in my opinion) have made a bad movie," Ebert wrote. "He is not a bad man."

Michael Moore has lashed out at the Bush administration over the U.S. Treasury Department's probe into his trip to Cuba to seek aid for ailing 9/11 rescue workers for a segment in his upcoming health-care documentary, Sicko. "I understand why the Bush administration is coming after me--I have tried to help the very people they refuse to help, but until George W. Bush outlaws helping your fellow man, I have broken no laws and I have nothing to hide," Moore wrote in a letter posted on the Daily Kos.

Lindsay Lohan has been sued by a photographer who claims he "sustained severe and permanent personal injuries" after the actress allegedly bumped him with her car while pulling up to New York's Hotel Gansevoort on Mar. 13. In his lawsuit, filed Thursday, Giovanni Arnold also named Dina Lohan as a defendant because she allegedly owns the BMW her daughter was driving at the time. During an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" Wednesday, Lohan said the paparazzo "completely faked" the whole thing.

Sandra Bullock was granted an extended restraining order against a woman accused of stalking her after she testified Friday that Marcia Valentine had on five occasions left woven palm fronds in her yard with "weird signs" and "pieces of animal fur." Of course, that's on top of Valentine's attempt to run over the actress' husband, Jesse James, in the couple's driveway last month. The judge said he found "clear and convincing evidence" that Valentine had been stalking Bullock and ordered her to stay at least 500 yards away from the actress, James and his three children for the next three years.

Mel Gibson earned a judge's praise at a Friday hearing for completing the rehab program he was ordered to attend after his booze-fueled, anti-Semitic Malibu meltdown last summer. Gibson was not present for the hearing, as the judge said he did not want to interrupt the actor's rehabilitation efforts, but he was ordered to appear in court on Aug. 23 for a final progress report hearing.

"Heroes" and Superman Returns took the top honors at Thursday's 33rd annual Saturn Awards, presented by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films. "Battlestar Galactica" was named Best Cable or Syndicated Series, and The Descent was deemed Best Horror Film.

Construction on an environmentally friendly home based on the winning design in a contest created by Brad Pitt began in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward Thursday. Pitt missed the opening but issued a statement from Prague, where he is on location with Angelina Jolie, saying he was urging "our leaders to really make this a priority." The first house is expected to be completed in August around the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and will serve as a model home and visitor center while construction on the other homes is underway. Meanwhile, Pitt, George Clooney, and other stars of Ocean's Thirteen are using the events surrounding the movie's premiere next month to call attention to the genocide in Darfur. The actors and the film's producer, Jerry Weintraub, have launched a Website, notonourwatch.org, and will stage benefit screenings of the film to raise funds for the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the ongoing conflicts in the region.

News 05/06/2007

David Goyer has signed on to direct Magneto, the second X-Men spin-off from 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios, per Variety. As the name implies, the comic flick centers on the mutant villain Magneto, played by Ian McKellen. Before production kicks off, the studios will complete the first spin-off flick, Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman.

Billy Crystal has been tapped to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. PBS will televise the Oct. 11 ceremony. Past recipients of the funny-yet-serious honor include Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, and Neil Simon.

Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta Jones, Steven Spielberg, and Clint Eastwood were among the stars turning out in Washington D.C. Tuesday to pay their respects to former MPAA chief Jack Valenti, who died last week at age 85.

Hugh Laurie is making the jump to the big screen with a role in the upcoming crime drama Night Watch, also starring Forest Whitaker, Keanu Reeves, and Chris Evans. Filming on the project begins this month.

Open casting calls are being held at American Girl Place shops in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York this month, seeking aspiring actresses between the ages of eight and 12 to appear in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery. Julia Roberts is co-producing the project, which stars Abigail Breslin as the title character.

Kali Bowyer, a woman who claims Chris Rock is the father of her 13-year-old son, has acknowledged that she is not 100 percent certain about the child's paternity. The Georgia native has requested a DNA test to establish whether Rock is indeed the daddy; Rock has said he will contribute to the child's care if it's determined he's the father.

Lauren Bacall is launching a signature jewelry line featuring pieces inspired by her personal tastes, but priced more affordably. The line, dubbed simply Bacall, being developed by Weinman Bros. Inc. and debuting in select stores this fall.

Lindsay Lohan is already counting the days until her 21st birthday on July 2. During an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Wednesday, the actress said she is plotting celebrations in Las Vegas and Malibu and plans to really "milk it" once she is of age.

Mel B told People that she plans on taking Eddie Murphy to court to force him to take a paternity test proving he is the father of her infant daughter, Angel Iris Murphy Brown. "He's not doing a DNA test and he's not signing the birth certificate," the former Spice Girl said Tuesday. "So it's going to have to go to court so he can be forced to do it, which is strange since he was the one asking for it."

Britain's House of Lords sided with OK! over Hello! Wednesday in the long-running legal battle over photos from Catherine Zeta-Jones' wedding to Michael Douglas in 2000. OK! paid $2 million for exclusive photo rights but was scooped by Hello! after the latter published paparazzi snaps of the event. The lords awarded OK! $2 million in damages but left the magazine on the hook for about $16 million in legal fees after ruling that Hello! did not intentionally injure its business.

Jersey Boys is moving to Sin City, opening at the Las Vegas Sands Corp.'s new Palazzo casino-hotel in early 2008. Investors are taking a gamble that the Broadway smash hit will have similar success on the strip.

Jessica Simpson has enlisted in Major Movie Star, an upcoming film about a down-on-her-luck actress who joins the Marines, People reports. The project is scheduled to begin shooting next month.

The Indian judge who issued a warrant for Richard Gere's arrest last week for kissing a Bollywood actress in public has reportedly been transferred from his Jaipur post to the small town of Kishangarh several hours away. An official told the Times of India that the transfer was "routine."

Sandra Bullock has filed for a restraining order against the obsessed fan who allegedly tried to run over her husband Jesse James in the couple's driveway, TMZ reports. In her legal documents, the actress claims Marcia Valentine has visited the "property on several occasions, and threw numerous signs and other objects over their gate." Bullock requested protection for herself, James, and his three children.

Sienna Miller and Cillian Murphy have signed on to costar in Universal's Hippie Hippie Shake, based on the memoir of Richard Neville, who was one of the defendants in the longest obscenity trial in British history back in the '60s. Filming is slated to begin in the fall, per Variety.

Josh Hartnett will star in the upcoming drama I Come with the Rain, Variety reports, playing a private detective haunted by his past encounter with a serial killer.

Warner Bros. has hired George Clooney and his Smoke House producing partner Grant Heslov to pen Escape from Tehran, a so-called dramedy based on the true story of how the CIA convinced Hollywood to help create a fake movie project to smuggle Americans out of Tehran during the 1979 hostage crisis, Variety reports. Like all Smoke House productions, the project is a potential starring and directing vehicle for Clooney.

Gordon Scott, the actor who played Tarzan in the 1950s, died Monday of post-heart surgery complications, a spokesperson said. He was 80.

Kim Basinger showed up to court Friday for a hearing in her custody dispute with Alec Baldwin, who in turn, did not attend. It was the first court session since the actor's angry voicemail message to his 11-year-old daughter, Ireland, was leaked to the press. Since the recording was made public, Baldwin has apologized repeatedly for referring to Ireland as a "rude, thoughtless little pig," among other things, and even tried to convince NBC to let him out of his "30 Rock" contract so he could focus on dealing with his "parental alienation."

A New York judge ruled Friday that Marilyn Monroe's right of publicity expired at the same time she did in 1962, clearing the way for family members of the late photographer Sam Shaw to continue selling and licensing images of the blond bombshell, including the iconic shot of her standing over a subway grille. Monroe's estate sued the Shaw Family Archives and Bradford Licensing Inc. in 2005, alleging the star's name, image, and likeness were being used without her consent.

Liv Tyler is set to play Betty Ross, the love interest of Edward Norton's Bruce Banner/Hulk in Marvel Studios' upcoming big-screen version of The Incredible Hulk, per the Hollywood Reporter.

Reese Witherspoon's Type A Films is developing Under the Bridge, a film based on a true-crime story about a brutal murder in a small British Columbia town in 1997, per the Hollywood Reporter. It's unclear whether the Oscar winner plans to star in the project.

Oprah Winfrey attended the Chicago opening of The Color Purple Thursday, 22 years after she starred in the film version and two years after she made her Broadway debut as producer of the stage show. The talk-show host said she is now looking into the possibility of taking the production to South Africa.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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