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News 07/01/2006

Tom Hanks was inducted as an honorary member into the U.S. Army's Ranger Hall of Fame, the first actor ever to receive the commendation. Being an actor, however, Hanks was unable to attend the ceremony due to other obligations.

Facing the Giants, a Christian-themed movie about a football coach's faith in God is finding an audience in Congress...not so much for its inspirational message, but for the PG rating it received. "This incident raises the disquieting possibility that the MPAA considers exposure to Christian themes more dangerous for children than exposure to gratuitous sex and violence," House Majority Whip Roy Blunt said in a letter to the Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dan Glickman.

Oscar organizers on Friday unveiled two changes for the 2006 foreign-language category, broadening the group that selects nominees as well as the films that might be considered for the world's top movie awards.

News 06/29/2006

A salesman using a fake ID with a picture of Brad Pitt was apprehended during an attempt to fleece a money exchanger in the United Arab Emigrates out of more than $23,000. The man said he had no idea whose picture was on the ID...he had simply downloaded it from the Internet. Meanwhile, police and the FBI raided a Westfield, Massachusetts house and seized photos of Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Namibian baby shower that had been downloaded from a digital memory card that was allegedly taken from Jolie's brother, James Haven's camera after he took it to a Best Buy to be fixed, TMZ.com reports.

Superman Returns took in approximately $21 million on its opening day Wednesday, good for only eighth place all time for a movie released on Wednesday, and lagging far behind Spider-Man 2's $40.4 million.

Nicolas Cage has donated $2 million through Amnesty International to help former child soldiers. "I understand that this pledge is not a solution for the problem," Cage told a United Nations Conference via video link. "It's my hopeful wish that today's discussions on this tragic subject at the United Nations conference may bring us closer to eradicating the nightmare of child soldiers."

Crash picked up the Humanitas Award honoring work that helps "liberate, enrich and unify society," while "My Name is Earl" won on the TV front.

Rob Schneider was treated for heat exhaustion and food poisoning after collapsing on the set of his new movie, Big Stan.

News 06/28/2006

The parents of a girl who was 15 at the time she had sex at a 2003 party at Nick Nolte's house have settled their lawsuit against the actor and his son. The parents had alleged Nolte was liable for damages because his house had "a long history of furnishing drugs and/or alcohol to minors."

Hugh Jackman is set to reprise his mutant alter-ego, Wolverine, in an X-Men spin-off film due out next year, the studio announced.

The stage production of The Lord of the Rings, which received mainly negative reviews from critics, will close in Toronto on Sept. 3 due to poor ticket sales.

News 06/27/2006

Sharon Stone has adopted her third child, a newborn boy named Quinn Stone, earlier this month, sources tell the New York Post.

The U.S. Supreme Court has ended a battle by Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne's granddaughter and the Walt Disney Co. to strip rights to the popular children's books from long-time licensee Stephen Slesinger and have them reassigned to Disney.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas will make its Broadway debut Nov. 8 at the Hilton Theater and running through January 2007.

News 06/26/2006

The Adam Sandler comedy Click topped the box office with an estimated $40 million, bumping Cars down to second place with an estimated $22.5 million. The Tyrese Gibson/The Game urban thriller Waist Deep came in fourth with an estimated $9.5 million. Overall, the weekend was up about six percent from the comparable frame in 2005 when Batman Begins was at the top spot for the second time. Now at $1.55 billion, the summer box office is slightly ahead of last summer through the same point.

Oscar winner Nicole Kidman tied the knot with country crooner Keith Urban in Sydney, Australia on Sunday, then boarded Kidman's private jet Monday, reportedly bound for a honeymoon in the South Pacific. "We just want to thank everyone in Australia and around the world who have sent us their warm wishes," the newlyweds said in a joint statement. It's her second trip down the aisle, his first. Meanwhile, according to the priest who married Kidman and Urban, Kidman and Tom Cruise's marriage was never valid in the eyes of the Catholic Church because they got hitched in the Church of Scientology.

Lawyers for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have sent a threatening letter to various media outlets regarding a stolen digital memory card that contains pictures of a "private baby shower" held in Namibia. They are warning anyone who dares to publish the photos that they "will be liable for substantial compensatory damages, punitive damages and injunctive relief."

Say Anything star John Cusack has filed for restraining order against L.A. woman he alleges has been stalking him and making repeated attempts to set up a meeting.

With Superman Returns swooping into theaters Wednesday, Warner Bros. Pictures has projected the iconic superhero's S-shield onto popular landmarks around the country, including Niagara Falls, Chicago's Sears Tower, and the Time Warner Center in New York City. Meanwhile, the Christopher Reeve Foundation has launched SupermanTag.org, the official Website of the latest jewelry trend, the Superman-inspired dog tag. The tags have already raised $800,000 since they were introduced last summer.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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