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News 09/23/2007

Rodney Dangerfield's widow, Joan Dangerfield, sued a former friend of her husband's Thursday to stop him from airing a videotape of the comedian that was shot during his later years when he was in poor health. She says the recording was never intended to go public and that defendant David Permut has already sent DVD copies to reporters and has considered using the footage in a documentary.

George Clooney and girlfriend Sarah Larson were treated for broken bones Friday afternoon in New Jersey after their motorcycle was sideswiped by another car, according to the actor's rep, Stan Rosenfield. The actor suffered a hairline rib fracture and Larson a broken foot. The couple were patched up at Palisades Medical Center and released several hours later.

Julia Roberts' Pelican Brief costar and fellow Oscar winner Denzel Washington will be the one to present the actress with the 22nd American Cinematheque Award on Oct. 12 at the Beverly Hilton hotel. AMC will televise the ceremony on Dec. 5. Tom Hanks, Shirley MacLaine, Dermot Mulroney, Marcia Gay Harden, Bruce Willis, Oprah Winfrey, and Blair Underwood are also scheduled to attend the kudos fest.

Jessica Alba and Dane Cook helped to raise $260,000 for a kids' charity in Tennessee. The actors, who costar in Good Luck Chuck, attended a benefit screening of the film in Knoxville this week with proceeds going to Variety of Eastern Tennessee, which aids children with disabilities.

Warner Bros. have tapped Oscar-winning director George Miller (Happy Feet, Babe, Road Warrior) to helm the big-screen superhero flick Justice League of America. The studio is aiming for a 2009 release date, per Variety. The film will likely feature Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Flash, but neither Christian Bale nor Brandon Routh will likely appear as their superhero alter egos.

News 09/20/2007

They're no Bill Gates (No. 1, $59 billion), but multimedia moguls Rupert Murdoch, Sumner Redstone, David Geffen, Steve Jobs, and Roy Disney; filmmaking titans George Lucas and Steven Spielberg; and the ubiquitous Oprah are all billionaires who made Forbes' list of the 400 richest Americans. New Corp. honcho Murdoch was 33rd on the list, with $8.8 billion, while Winfrey was 165th with $2.5 billion.

Sex and the City: The Movie began production Wednesday, with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon all reprising their roles from the hit HBO show. Chris Noth, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler, and Jason Lewis are aboard as the ladies' love interests, while Jennifer Hudson was recently cast as Carrie Bradshaw's assistant. The film is slated for a May 30 release.

Narnia fans won't be setting sail on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader quite as soon as expected. Disney has pushed back the film's release from May 1, 2009 until May 7, 2010, due to a production delay caused by "the challenging schedule for our young actors." The film will now begin shooting next summer, instead of January. The second film in the franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, is slated to open May 16 after being pushed back from a December release.

News 09/19/2007

Matthew McConaughey is stepping into Tropic Thunder, taking over the role left vacant by Owen Wilson following his suicide attempt and subsequent hospitalization, Variety reports. The part amounts to an uncredited cameo in the ensemble comedy, which also stars Ben Stiller, Jack Black, Robert Downey Jr., Nick Nolte, Bill Hader, and Steve Coogan. Also, Jennifer Garner is in negotiations to star opposite McConaughey in New Line Cinema's Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, per Variety. The film centers on an appealing womanizer who's visited by apparitions of girlfriends past, present and future while attending his younger brother's wedding and ultimately realizes his childhood sweetheart's the girl for him.

News 09/18/2007

Wesley Snipes has been ordered to pay $1.7 million in unpaid commissions to United Talent Agency for helping him to land roles in Blade III, Chaos, Middle Man, and The Shooter. The Los Angeles based-agency filed suit against the actor in July 2006, alleging breach of oral contract. After Snipes failed to respond to the suit, a judge entered a default judgment against him.

News 09/17/2007

Will Ferrell is auctioning off a cameo role in his next surefire blockbuster, Step Brothers, with proceeds from the sale benefiting the Cancer for College foundation, set up in the name of his college friend and cancer survivor Craig Pollard. Would-be walk-on stars can place their bids online, with the winner getting announced Sept. 27.

Drumline star Zoe Saldana is in final talks to play a young Uhuru, chief communications officer on the USS Enterprise, in J.J. Abrams' upcoming Star Trek reinvention. Saldana joins a cast that already includes Zachary Quinto as young Spock, Anton Yelchin as young Chekov, and Leonard Nimoy as regular Spock.

Evan Handler, better known as Harry Goldenblatt, the back-hair-baring love interest of Kristin Davis' Charlotte York, is the latest HBO star to sign on to appear in Sex and the City: The Movie, per People, which is filming this month in New York. Along with the fearless foursome, Chris Noth's erstwhile player Mr. Big is the only other Y-chromosome-carrying actor to be confirmed on the flick.

Steve Buscemi and the estate of the late director Luis de la Reguera have settled a lawsuit with Small Planet Pictures, the distributor of Rockets Redglare!, the 2003 indie flick Buscemi co-produced. The actor and the late director's estate filed suit against the company, alleging it failed to properly promote the documentary. Rights to the film will be turned over to de la Reguera's estate, and $35,000 in legal fees for Buscemi and Co. must be paid for within five years, lest Small Planet face a $1.75 million fine.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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