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Jul072011

'Harry Potter' Cast Kicks Off Promotion for 'The Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2'

Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros. Pictures(LONDON) -- Most of the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 attended a press conference in London Wednesday to kick off a promotional tour for the final film in the Harry Potter franchise.

The film actually wrapped production about a year ago, and Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, says since then, the reality that there are no more Harry Potter movies to make has been difficult to accept.

Co-star Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley, agreed, telling reporters he feels "a bit lost" without them.  Grint says the films have been a constant part of his life and it’s "quite sad" knowing the project is ending.

Star Daniel Radcliffe, who appeared at the press conference via a video link from New York, where he's starring on Broadway, said he will miss the cast, the crew and all the stunts his character Harry got to do.

There was also rather discouraging news for fans from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows producer David Heyman, who said author J.K. Rowling "has no plans" to write another Harry Potter book.

Harry Potter and Deathly Hallows: Part 2 premieres in London Thursday.  The U.S. premiere is set for July 11 in New York City, with the nationwide opening set for July 15.

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Thursday
Jul072011

Ben Affleck Lost $400K to Universal Studios President in Poker Ring

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Affleck needs to brush up on his poker playing skills.

In an interview with Star magazine, an "insider" explained that the actor was involved in the Tinseltown top secret poker ring with several other actors, and lost $400,000 to the president of Universal Studios, Ron Meyer.

According to the source, "Ben busted big.  He drummed up a giant tab, and then all of a sudden he disappeared from the game.  He wasn't seen for months."

Losing that sum of money to such an important figure in the movie industry could have proved fatal for Affleck.

"We knew that he couldn't stiff a businessman like Ron Meyer.  That would be 'career over' in Hollywood. Suicide,” the insider said, but added, “Ben eventually paid up and started showing up again for more games.”

Other stars allegedly involved in the ring include Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and Tobey Maguire, who's married to Meyer’s daughter, Jennifer.

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Thursday
Jul072011

NBC Announces Series Premiere Dates for Fall 2011 Schedule

George Doyle/Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- NBC has revealed the series premiere dates for its official fall primetime schedule, which kicks off Tuesday, Sept. 13 with the season premiere of Parenthood.

Sunday Night Football is set to start on Sept. 8, provided the NFL lockout ends.

The new comedies Up All Night and Free Agents will debut on Sept. 14 outside of their respective time periods following the season finale of America's Got Talent.  Both series will then premiere in their regular slots with their second original episodes on Sept. 21.

Other season premieres include The Sing-Off on Sept. 18, The Biggest Loser on Sept. 20, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on Sept 21.  Community, Parks and Recreation, and The Office all return on the same night, Sept. 22.

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Thursday
Jul072011

Jennifer Aniston Talks About Split from Brad Pitt on Bravo Show

James Devaney/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s been quite some time since their split, but during an interview with James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio, Jennifer Aniston talked about what it was like shooting the film The Break-Up so soon after her divorce from Brad Pitt.

In the interview, Aniston said, "It was just a beautiful story about a couple breaking up.  And I was slightly familiar on the topic and the issue and I sort of honestly felt like, what a great way to sort of exorcise some of that.”

The actress, who is now dating Justin Theroux, added, "I really enjoyed it.  You would think otherwise, because even the producers were like, 'I don't know if we should ask you to do this,' but I was like, why not? Turn the page, let's move on."

The entire episode of Inside the Actors Studio with Aniston can be seen Monday at 8 p.m. on Bravo.

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Thursday
Jul072011

Offer to Casey Anthony to Star in Adult Film Withdrawn

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The world couldn’t get enough of Casey Anthony during her trial, but since the verdict of not guilty was announced Tuesday, that interest has turned to outrage.

It's also prompted Vivid Entertainment's Steve Hirsch to withdraw his offer to feature Anthony in an adult film.

In a statement, Hirsch said, "We were ready to make an offer to Casey to star in one of our feature films.  It's clear to me now, however, that there has been an overwhelmingly negative response to our offer and so we've decided to withdraw it."

"We now believe that we underestimated the emotional response that people are having to the verdict.  A movie starring Casey Anthony is not what people want to see," he added.

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Wednesday
Jul062011

Natalie Portman Names Baby Boy 'Aleph'

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Natalie Portman and her fiance, Benjamin Millepied, have named their baby boy Aleph, according to People.com. Aleph is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet.  The name can mean "strong leader" or strength.

The moniker may come from Portman's Jewish heritage. She was born in Jerusalem as Natalie Hershlag.

The 30-year-old Oscar winner gave birth to her first child with Millepied on June 14, 2011. The couple met while working together on the film Black Swan.

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Wednesday
Jul062011

James Spader Joins Cast of 'The Office'

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three-time Emmy Award winner James Spader is joining the cast of The Office, but not as Steve Carell's replacement.  Instead, he'll be the new CEO of Sabre, he parent company of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Viewers were introduced to his character, Robert California, last season, when he famously read Dwight Schrute's mind.

One of the show's producers describes California as "this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior."  

Spader, 51, replaces actress Kathy Bates, who played the role of Jo Bennett on the show.

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Wednesday
Jul062011

CNN Cancels Eliot Spitzer's 'In the Arena'

Neilson Barnard/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A prostitution scandal brought down former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's political career, and now low ratings have torpedoed his television gig.

CNN has announced that Spitzer's show In the Arena has been given the axe. The series, rebuilt from his first CNN show, Parker Spitzer, will be replaced in the 8 p.m. timeslot by Anderson Cooper's AC 360 starting Aug. 8.

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Wednesday
Jul062011

Nicolas Cage, Son Weston Share Domestic Troubles

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- In the case of Nicolas Cage and his son Weston Cage, it seems the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

The son was arrested on Monday for domestic violence, less than three months after his father faced similar charges.

Now Weston, 20, has dropped two bombshells. Not only is his wife, Nikki Williams, a 22-year-old singer, pregnant, but he's getting a divorce, he announced on his Facebook page Wednesday morning.

His announcement follows a turbulent weekend, in which the newlyweds -- they were married in April during a quickie ceremony in New Orleans -- were both arrested for domestic violence on July 4.

According to TMZ, Williams allegedly cut Cage on the arm with a broken bottle, punched him wildly and threatened to jump off the balcony. The website reported that there were visible injuries on both.

Initially after he was released on $50,000 bail Tuesday, Weston Cage professed his love for his wife on Facebook, chalking up the whole mess to "a huge misunderstanding" that occurred "because of alcohol."

By Wednesday, it was unclear if Williams had been released from jail. He asked his Facebook friends to vote on whether or not he should get a divorce before posting, "made my choice/getting divorced."

Weston also updated his status from "married" to "it's complicated."

His father has also been dealing with his share of marital troubles.

On April 16, Nicolas Cage was arrested in New Orleans for domestic abuse, disturbing the peace and public drunkenness after an allegedly aggressive outburst.

According to police, the actor was heavily intoxicated and violent as he argued with his wife, Alice Kim, in a tattoo parlor and on the street. He pushed her, and later, punched a few cars. According to People, Cage's son, 5-year-old Kal-El, fell and scraped his knee in the midst of the chaos and a child-abuse detective was called to the scene. No charges were filed in that case.

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Wednesday
Jul062011

Jennifer Aniston's Dark Debut in 'Horrible Bosses'

Jasper Juinen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Contrary to reports, Jennifer Aniston will not appear topless in her new movie Horrible Bosses, but you will still see her like never before.

Aniston, who stars as a "sexually aggressive" dentist who harasses her male assistant in Bosses, which opens Friday, recently set the record straight about all those topless rumors.

Rumors circulated in May that Aniston had filmed a scene in which she's naked above the waist. But the 42-year-old actress said no such scene was ever shot, nor will it surface in the DVD. Even the raciest scene, in which Aniston appears in an open medical jacket without a shirt or bra underneath, still leaves much to the imagination.

Make no mistake, though, "Bosses" will definitely show a darker side of Aniston -- starting with her hair. The woman who made popular the "Rachel" hairstyle insisted upon covering her trademark streaky blonde tresses with a long brunette wig.

"We had this wonderful period of time I do call Hair Gate," Aniston told the Chicago Sun-Times. "The studio didn't want me to wear a wig. I was told, 'No one will know who you are.' I said, 'They will know my name from the credits.'

"I'm the one who insisted on the dark hair," she added. "I was doing a movie right before this and one after that had me looking more like me, and I knew this character had to be different."

Seeing herself in the mirror as a brunette, Aniston said, "I just felt such a freedom."

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