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|Secret Service agents turned away Sacha Baron Cohen, in character as Kazakhstan reporter Borat, from the White House Thursday, after he showed up to invite "Premier George Walter Bush" to a screening of his new movie, Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.
Esquire magazine has named Scarlett Johansson the Sexiest Woman Alive.
Warner Bros. will distribute DVDs of Superman Returns in China more than two months ahead of its global home video release with the movie priced comparable to pirated discs, between just $1.80-$2.80 apiece.
Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to star as Tony Stark, a wealthy industrialist who, upon being kidnapped, invents a high-tech suit of armor that gives him superpowers and allows him to escape, in the Marvel Comic flick Iron Man, per Variety. Jon Favreau will direct the movie, due out in May 2008.
Director Oliver Stone blasted President Bush during a screening of his film, World Trade Center, at the San Sebastian International Film Festival Thursday, saying he's "set American back 10 years" and that Stone is "ashamed for my country."
Former "Saturday Night Live" fake news team Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are in talks to costar in the comedy, Baby Mama, chronicling a career woman who doesn't want to interrupt her schedule to have a baby and ends up hiring a surrogate.
Nicole Kidman, Monica Bellucci, and Viggo Mortensen are among the stars tapped to attend the inaugural Rome Film Festival Oct. 13-21.
Scarlett Johansson has been tapped to star as the titular royal in Mary Queen of Scots, a biopic centering on the antagonistic relationship between Mary and Queen Elizabeth I.
|Tom Hanks has topped yet another Hollywood poll, this time of the 10 Most Trustworthy Celebrities, as compiled by Forbes magazine. Rachael Ray, Michael J. Fox, Oprah Winfrey, and James Earl Jones rounded out the top five, while Ty Pennington inexplicably came in at number seven.
Reese Witherspoon and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to star in Rendition, centering on a Cairo-based CIA analyst whose life falls apart after witnessing an interrogation by the Egyptian secret police.
Larry Williams, the father of Brokeback Mountain actress Michelle Williams, is fighting an Australian federal court's order of extradition to send him back to the U.S., where he is wanted on charges of tax evasion after he allegedly failed to pony up more than $1.5 million between 1999-2001.
|Russell Crowe told reporters he quit an untitled Nicole Kidman-Baz Luhrmann Australian epic last June because he "doesn't do charity work for major studios." Crowe dropped out of another movie earlier this year, Eucalyptus, also set to costar the actress. Meanwhile, Crowe has also denied reports he was
looking to portray the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin in a biopic, calling the notion "appalling." "It's so awful that I have to deal with millions of people thinking I would dance on my friend's grave," Crowe said.
George Clooney has waved off speculation that he may some day run for office, telling reporters outside an event aimed at benefiting
Darfur, "Believe me, you don't want me in politics."
Jim Caviezel is in talks to star in the sci-fi flick Outlander, centering on a spaceship that crashes into Earth during Viking times.
Jackass: Number Two racked up an estimated $28.1 million to nab the top spot over the weekend. Jet Li's Fearless came in second with an estimated $10.5 million, the World War I air battle action of Flyboys came in fourth with an estimated $6 million, and the remake All the King's Men came in
seventh with an estimated $3.8 million.
A Los Angeles judge has extended Colin Farrell's stay-away order against Dessarae Bradford, the woman who bumrushed the actor's "Tonight Show" appearance, until August 2009.
Mel Gibson appeared at an Oklahoma screening of his upcoming film Apocalypto Thursday donning a mask and wig to slip past press unnoticed, according to the venue's spokesperson.
Emma Watson has expressed doubt at returning for the final two films in the Harry Potter franchise, telling Newsweek, "I don't know yet. Every film is such a huge production, and it's a long time...Maybe that sounds ungrateful. I've been given such an amazing opportunity, but I'll just have to go with the flow."
Julie Andrews has been tapped to receive the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award Jan. 28.
A New York judge has thrown out David Gest's $10 million civil assault lawsuit filed against his estranged wife Liza Minnelli. Gest claimed his ex-wife beat him to the point of hospitalization during alcoholic rages and that he suffered severe headaches as a result. The judge dismissed the claim after a doctor testified that a strain of herpes, not
beatings, caused the pain.
All news gathered from E! Online and other sources