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News 08/26/2007

Kirsten Dunst's Manhattan hotel suite was burglarized earlier this month, with thieves making off with a $13,000 handbag, $2,500 in cash, an iPod, two digital cameras, a cell phone, ID and credit cards, and other items, court records show. One suspect was being held on $50,000 bond after being arraigned on burglary and larceny charges Wednesday. Authorities have since recovered credit cards, IDs, and the cell phone.

Tom Brady returned to the field to lead the New England Patriots to a 24-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers Friday, just two days after missing practice to visit his newborn son with ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan. Announcers told the crowd that the child, born Wednesday in Los Angeles, had been given the name Jonathan Brady.

The long-gestating big-screen adaptation of "Dallas" is re-jiggering its once all-star lineup and repurposing itself as a straight-up comedy, per Variety. John Travolta stays on board as J.R. Ewing, but Jennifer Lopez, Luke Wilson, and Shirley MacLaine have long since jumped ship. Brady Bunch spoof auteur Betty Thomas is in final negotiations to direct the flick.

News 08/23/2007

Lindsay Lohan pled guilty Thursday to seven misdemeanor counts stemming from her two DUI arrests, one in May, one in July. Police allegedly found cocaine on Lohan both times, but in amounts less than the 0.05 grams required to file felony charges. A judge sentenced Lohan to one day in jail, 10 days of community service, and 36 months' probation. The actress was not present in court and was represented by her attorney, Blair Berk. Lohan issued a statement Thursday, stressing that she badly wants to get her life back on track and that she sees pleading guilty as a step in the right direction. "It is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs," the actress said. "Recently, I relapsed and did things for which I am ashamed. I broke the law, and today I took responsibility by pleading guilty to the charges in my case." Both of Lindsay's parents weighed in on her jail sentence Thursday...and for once they agree on something. "It's really sad," Dina Lohan told E! Online's Marc Malkin exclusively. "Something bad is going to happen, I'm afraid." Her ex-husband Michael Lohan, who's logged time behind bars himself, concurred, saying, "I'm against it. Jail would probably harm Lindsay more than help her." He went on to call his daughter "a victim of her own celebrity. She is a little girl who has been used by everybody around her because of her celebrity and that's what's landed her where she is. Now, she needs a helping hand, not a sentence."

Mel Gibson got the judge's stamp of approval Thursday at his final progress report hearing in his DUI case, TMZ reports. The actor was not present in court and was represented by his attorney, Blair Berk, who filed paperwork showing Gibson had completed four and half months of AA meetings and paid all relevant fines. The judge said Gibson's attendance at AA meetings is now optional, but ordered the actor to appear at his next court date on Feb. 15.

Bridget Moynahan delivered her first child, a baby boy, Wednesday in Los Angeles, her rep announced. Her ex and the baby's father Tom Brady was not at practice with the New England Patriots Wednesday afternoon, having hopped an early morning flight bound for Los Angeles, though it's unclear whether he made it in time for the birth. The quarterback was later spotted at a Santa Monica hospital, bearing flowers.

The Toronto Film Festival is set to feature 359 films from 55 countries, including movies by Michael Moore and Kenneth Branagh, Variety reports. New additions to the lineup include movies starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jessica Alba, Uma Thurman, Kevin Bacon, Aaron Eckhart, and Rachel McAdams, among others. The festival runs Sept. 6-15.

A judge ruled Wednesday that a palimony-like lawsuit filed by Tim Burton's ex-girlfriend Lisa Marie was flawed because her complaint lacked facts to back up her allegations. The former model claims in her court documents Burton cheated her out of her rights to assets he promised her during their almost 10-year relationship, which ended in 2001. The judge gave Marie 10 days to revise her lawsuit.

News 08/22/2007

Bill Murray could face a drunken driving charge in Sweden after admitting to driving a golf cart through downtown Stockholm while under the influence, police said. The actor refused to take a breath test, but submitted to a blood test, the results of which will take 14 days to come back, police said. Murray agreed to let a police officer plead guilty for him if the case goes to try and will most likely face fines if charged.

Brad Pitt was in New Orleans Tuesday, touring the construction site of a house in the Lower Ninth Ward that is based on the winning design in his Global Green USA contest. The home is being built with numerous environmentally friendly features, including energy-saving appliances, toilets designed for water conservation, and solar panels. On the heels of Pitt's visit to the Katrina-devastated region, he and Angelina Jolie are due to decamp for the Hamptons this weekend, where they will be attending a dinner to raise additional funds for his rebuilding efforts, E! Online's Marc Malkin reports.

Bette Midler has been fined $6,500 for illegally felling more than 230 trees around one of her properties in Hawaii and for building a graded road without the proper permits. The singer-actress' attorney said she had been unaware she needed permits to cut down the trees and that she would pay the fines and follow a replanting program.

Justin Timberlake will star alongside his Shrek costar Mike Myers in the upcoming comedy The Love Guru, which is due to begin shooting next month in Toronto. Also aboard are Jessica Alba and Verne Troyer, a.k.a. Mini-Me of Austin Powers fame.

News 08/21/2007

Oliver Stone was sued Monday for $42,000 by Newport Beach-based company Ubiquity Recordings Inc., which claims the director owes the money as part of a 2003 settlement related to musical compositions and sound recordings for the Fidel Castro documentary Comandante.

Kevin Kline will star as the title character in a Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, with Jennifer Garner costarring as his revered Roxanne. The production is due to open at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Nov. 1.

News 08/20/2007

E! Online's Marc Malkin reports exclusively that Laura Linney is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Marc Schauer. Per the actress' rep, the proposal went down last week. "They are very happy," the rep said. It will be the second marriage for Linney, whose previous union ended in divorce in 2000. No wedding date has been set.

Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson have signed on to costar in the big-screen adaptation of John Grogan's memoir Marley & Me, about the world's worst Labrador retriever, per Variety. The film is due to begin production next year.

Eleven extras in Tom Cruise's Nazi movie Valkyrie were injured Sunday night when they fell off the back of a truck while shooting a scene in Berlin, Germany's Bild newspaper reported. Cruise was not on the set at the time. Filming was halted and the extras were taken to a local hospital, where one was admitted and the rest treated and released.

Nicole Kidman and Ralph Fiennes are slated to costar in the love story The Reader, an adaptation of the novel by Bernhard Schlink, per Variety. Filming is slated to start in Berlin next month.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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