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News 11/26/2006

French acting legend Philippe Noiret, known to international audiences for his roles in Il Postino and Cinema Paradiso, died Thursday following a bout with cancer. He was 76.

News 11/22/2006

Robert Altman, the creative force behind such films as M*A*S*H, The Player, and Gosford Park, died Monday at a Los Angeles hospital, his production company said. He was 81. The cause of death was not immediately released. Altman was nominated for five Academy Awards in the Best Director category and received a Lifetime Achievement Oscar earlier this year.

Wesley Snipes is claiming he is being unfairly targeted by federal prosecutors on tax fraud charges, calling himself a "scapegoat." The actor is said to be in Namibia filming a movie; a U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman denying reports that he had worked out a deal with authorities.

Peter Jackson has announced that he will not be directing The Hobbit, a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, due to an ongoing financial dispute with New Line Cinema. Jackson explained the decision in a posting to fansite TheOneRing.net: "This outcome is not what we anticipated or wanted, but neither do we see any positive value in bitterness or rancor. We now have no choice but to let the idea of a film of The Hobbit go and move forward with other projects."

Borat's film's producers and 20th Century Fox have filed an opposition to a request for a preliminary injunction sought by two University of South Carolina frat boys, who were concerned over their loutish portrayal in the film and want it shut down. Fox and the producers are contesting the boys' claims that they were drunk when they signed the content forms and state in a declaration that all participants were "very enthusiastic" about their role.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes arrived in the Maldives for their honeymoon, a government official confirmed to the Associated Press Tuesday, saying their exact location was "very, very secret." A local journalist said he heard the couple was staying on a yacht, while a tourism official said there was a rush for bookings at an underwater restaurant after a rumor surfaced the couple would be dining there.

Angelina Jolie made an unannounced visit to Cambodia Wednesday, where she is funding a nature conservation project. The actress reportedly chatted very briefly with officials before taking off in a two-helicopter convoy bound for parts unknown. No word on whether Brad and the family made the trip as well.

Steven Spielberg was honored for his contributions to the small screen at Monday's International Emmy Awards, where he received the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Founders Award.

In a rare move, France's culture minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres has banned minors under the age of 18 from seeing Saw III after he previewed the latest flick in the horror franchise. The film opens this week in France.

Fox Atomic has called off its planned remake of Revenge of the Nerds, Daily Variety reports. The film was already delayed after Emory University in Atlanta elected not to participate.

News 11/20/2006

The penguins of Happy Feet marched their way to number one at the box office with an estimated $42.3 million, edging out the 007 flick Casino Royale with an estimated $40.6 million and bumping Borat to third place with an estimated $14.3 million. The horror shorts compilation After Dark's Horror Fest: 8 Films to Die For came in tenth place with an estimated $2.4 million, and Let's Go to Prison came in twelfth place with an estimated $2.1 million.

Jennifer Lopez's career will be spoofed in a new adults-only flick titled J.Ho: Jenny on the C--k, the New York Post reports. Lopez will be played by look-alike porn star Jasmine Byrnes, whose previous credits include Britney Rears 3.

The long-running battle over photos from Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones' 2000 wedding went to Britain's highest court Monday, with a panel of five judges in the House of Lords set to decide whether OK! is entitled to compensation from rival mag Hello! after the latter published covertly snapped photos of the event, despite the former's exclusive deal with the couple.

Attorneys representing the villagers of Glod, Romania are planning to file lawsuits against the producers of Borat in New York, Florida, and Germany on Monday, asking for more than $30 million in damages and seeking to halt screenings of the controversial comedy unless scenes mocking the villagers are cut or changed.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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