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News 09/14/2007

A woman who claims her saxophone-player husband was the inspiration for Andy Garcia's character in the 2005 film The Lost City, is suing the actor for "research without permission and marketing of life's events for profit without consent," per TMZ. In the film, which he also directed, Garcia plays a nightclub owner in pre-Castro-era Cuba who flees after the Marxist leader assumes power. Carol Shulman, who's seeking $2.5 million in royalties and damages, says hubby Eddie "Shu" Shulman was exiled in 1958 for freedom of expression.

Jamie Foxx received the 2,347th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday. "This is one of the most amazing days of my life," the Oscar winner said. "I want to thank the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for making my dream come true. This is beyond my wildest dreams." The multifaceted entertainer's new film, The Kingdom, hits theaters Sept. 28.

The U.K. release of Ben Affleck's directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone, has been pushed back because of similarities to the real-life case of Madeline McCann, the four-year-old British girl who disappeared while on a family vacation in Portugal in May. The film, which deals with the kidnapping of a four-year-old girl in Boston, had been scheduled to premiere at the London Film Festival next month, but was withdrawn by Buena Vista International U.K. "We don't want to release the movie if it is going to touch a nerve or inflame anybody's sensitivities," Affleck said at the Deauville Film Festival last week. The film's North American release is set for Oct. 19.

The German government has changed its mind about Tom Cruise's Nazi movie yet again and will allow the makers of Valkyrie to shoot at the Bendlerblock war memorial after all, a finance ministry official told Bild newspaper. The government had initially said it would not permit the film to shoot at German war memorials because of Cruise's devotion to Scientology, but later said the decision was based on previous bad experiences with film crews. Now, it seems, all systems are go. The film is slated for release next year.

A roller bag containing a historical costume belonging to 86-year-old Broadway icon Carol Channing was swiped right out from under her nose by an unknown assailant as she was arriving at the Renaissance Hollywood hotel Thursday. The dress, which Channing wore more than 700 times during her breakout run as Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, was destined for the Smithsonian Institute. Channing was also toting the 1964 Tony Award she won for Hello Dolly in a separate bag, and that museum-bound item is still safe and sound.

News 09/13/2007

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas are planning to shoot a movie in India, the actress told the Times of India Thursday. "We will take our kids and all of us will come there, set up camp in India and shoot a film," Zeta-Jones said, without providing details of what said film might be about.

News 09/12/2007

"Daily Show" star Jon Stewart, who hosted the Oscars in 2006, will return to emcee the 2008 ceremony, per the New York Times. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences made an official announcement Wednesday.

Mark Ruffalo and his wife, Sunrise Coigney, are expecting a baby girl, People reports. The twosome, who wed in 2000, already have two children: son Keen, six, and daughter Bella, two.

Fight Club co-stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are getting back in the ring for State of Play, an adaptation of the British miniseries by the same name, Variety reports. Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) will direct the film, which is due to begin shooting as soon as Norton wraps The Incredible Hulk.

News 09/11/2007

A judge has rejected a request by Lindsay Lohan's attorney to dismiss portions of a lawsuit against the actress stemming from an October 2005 car crash. The starlet's lawyer had argued that Raymundo Ortega's unsubstantiated claim that Lohan was drunk at the time of the crash was nothing but a "battering ram to force a settlement." The judge apparently didn't see it that way, and set an Apr. 7 trial date in the case.

Michelle Yeoh will receive France's highest civilian honor, the Legion of Honor, in an Oct. 3 ceremony in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, French Foreign Ministry officials said Tuesday.

Michael Douglas and Charlie Rose will be honored with lifetime achievement awards at the 10th annual Savannah Film Festival, organizers said Tuesday. The festival runs Oct. 27-Nov. 3. Siblings Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave, and Corin Redgrave will also be honored, it was announced last month.

Steve Martin, Diana Ross, Martin Scorsese, Brian Wilson, and pianist Leon Fleisher have been selected as the recipients of the 30th annual Kennedy Center Honors. The awards will be handed out at a Dec. 26 ceremony to be broadcast by CBS.

Jennifer Hudson has joined the cast of Sex and the City: The Movie, playing the assistant to Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), per the Hollywood Reporter. The film begins shooting next week in Manhattan.

Kate Bosworth will play the title role in the upcoming feature adaptation of the best-selling novel Veronika Decides to Die, per the Hollywood Reporter. The film centers on a girl who wakes up in a mental institution after a failed suicide attempt and learns she has a weakened heart and only days to live. Armed with that knowledge, she subsequently finds true love and a new will to survive.

News 09/10/2007

Gil Cates will produce next year's Academy Awards, marking the 14th time he'll have done so. Oscar telecasts produced by Cates have garnered 99 Emmy nominations and 25 awards, including a 1991 Emmy for Cates for producing the 63rd edition of the Oscars.

John McTiernan, director of Die Hard and Predator, requested a withdrawal of his guilty plea in connection with the federal racketeering case against celebrity private eye Anthony Pellicano. McTiernan pled guilty in April to making "knowingly false" statements to FBI agents about Pellicano's alleged illegal wiretapping operation. He was due to be sentenced Monday, but requested a postponement and is now back in court Sept. 24.

Shia LaBeouf, star of the upcoming fourth movie in the Indiana Jones franchise, revealed at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards that the picture has been titled Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Plot details remain under wraps. The action flick began shooting in June; it's due for a May 22, 2008 release.

Ang Lee took home the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival for his erotic spy thriller Lust, Caution. The victory follows his 2005 Best Picture win for Brokeback Mountain. Brad Pitt won Best Actor for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for portraying Bob Dylan in the biopic I'm Not There. Brian De Palma took home Best Director for Redacted.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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