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Nov012010

Charlie Sheen Files for Divorce From Third Wife, Brooke Mueller

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen has filed for divorce from his third wife, Brooke Mueller, a week after he was released from a New York hospital following an alleged alcohol-fueled rampage at an upscale hotel.

Sheen, 45, star of the hit comedy Two and a Half Men, filed for divorce Monday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.

The couple was married in May 2008 and has 1-year-old twin boys together. Sheen is petitioning for joint custody.

According to the court documents, Sheen did not know the "extent of [his] assets and obligations," and the couple has a pre-nuptial agreement.

The Web site TMZ.com obtained a previous property settlement the couple signed in May in which Sheen agreed to pay Mueller $55,000 a month in child support. He also agreed to pay her $1 million to keep the couple's home and an additional lump sum payment of $757,689.70.

In August, Sheen pleaded guilty to misdemeanor third-degree assault after pulling a knife on his wife on Christmas Day 2009.

In the new documents, Sheen listed the couple's separation date as the day of the fight.

Last week, Sheen was hospitalized after security at the Plaza Hotel was called to the actor's room because he was acting erratically.

Sheen and his second wife, Denise Richards, and their two children, all were staying at the hotel, though Sheen was in a separate room.

Also reportedly in Sheen's room was porn actress Christina Walsh.

Sheen's publicist has said the actor was not drunk but was suffering an allergy to medicine.

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Monday
Nov012010

Faintings at Screenings of New James Franco Film, '127 Hours'

Image Courtesy - Fox Searchlight(NEW YORK) -- The new James Franco movie, 127 Hours, about the trapped hiker who amputated his own arm to escape certain death is apparently so graphic its causing audience members to faint.  That wasn't director Danny Boyle's intent and studio executives say they would rather people not get sick at the film, but industry experts say it could boost box office.

The film is the story of Aron Ralston, a young hiker who went off into the Utah mountains in 2003 without telling people where he was going.  Falling boulders pinned his arm and after five days unable to free himself, Ralston decided the only way to survive was to amputate his arm.  He did so and the film shows it graphically. 

The filmmakers say its not meant to be a gross-out film and critics are singling it out as a high-brow drama with awards on the horizon.  Danny Boyle, who directed Slumdog Millionaire, is no stranger to the Oscar stage.  That film won eight Academy Awards. 

127 Hours opens Friday.

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Monday
Nov012010

'Saw 3D' Tops Halloween Weekend Box Office 

Photo Courtesy - Lionsgate Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Jigaw’s return in Saw 3D debuted as the number-one movie over the Halloween weekend, with an estimated $24.2 million in ticket sales.

The previous box office champion, Paranormal Activity 2, fell to second place with $16.5 million in estimated revenue, according to Variety.  The Bruce Willis/Morgan Freeman action flick Red was third, with $10.8 million in estimated revenue, while Jackass 3D finished in fourth with $8.4 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Saw 3D, $24.2 million.
2. Paranormal Activity 2, $16.5 million.
3. Red, $10.8 million.
4. Jackass 3D, $8.4 million.
5. Hereafter, $6.3 million.
6. Secretariat, $5.1 million.
7. The Social Network, $4.7 million.
8. Life as We Know It, $4 million.
9. The Town, $2 million.
10. Conviction, $1.8 million.

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Monday
Nov012010

Taylor Swift Answers Rumors on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' 

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Taylor Swift takes over The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday for her Speak Now album release party.  The show was taped last week, and word has gotten out that Ellen asked Taylor about her possible relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal.

According to MTV.com, DeGeneres posted a picture of Swift and Gyllenhaal on the screen during the show's interview portion, but she couldn't get Swift to admit to anything.  DeGeneres reportedly asked if Swift's song "Dear John" was about her alleged former love interest John Mayer.  The singer replied, "That song kind of is what it is."

In addition to her Ellen appearance, Swift is also set to perform on ABC's Dancing with the Stars Tuesday.

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Monday
Nov012010

Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood Hosting Tribute for John Lennon 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday, a tribute to John Lennon will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, California.  The event will kick off the "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign, which will benefit WhyHunger, a charity dedicated to fighting poverty and hunger around the world.

The tribute will feature many of Lennon's songs played live.  Special guests in attendance will include Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, Booker T and more.

The event will also feature a food drive for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

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Monday
Nov012010

Jon Bon Jovi May Release Solo Album After Tour Ends

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(NEW YORK) -- Bon Jovi are releasing their Greatest Hits album next week, and their tour, which resumes Nov. 30, is scheduled to run through July of 2011.  After that, Jon Bon Jovi might just step out solo.

He tells Billboard, "I'm going to sit on a beach for August [next year] and come September, figure out what's next.  [I might do] a smaller-sounding solo record, and/or focus more on the philanthropy and sports ownerships."

Jon, who hasn't released a solo record since 1997's Destination Anywhere, tells Billboard that if he does make a solo album, it'll be "a lyric-driven, acoustic-sounding kind of thing with piano, a couple guitars, an organ and a violin."

Noting that he often performs solo and acoustic for charity, he adds, "It really gives the singer a chance to sing. You're not competing with loud amps."

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Monday
Nov012010

Huey Lewis & The News Release First Album in Nine Years

Photo Courtesy - W.O.W. Records(NEW YORK) -- After nine long years, Huey Lewis & The News return this week with a new album, Soulsville.  It's not a collection of original songs, though -- it's a tribute to the music of Stax, the legendary R&B record label that gave us such artists as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T. & The MG's, Isaac Hayes and Wilson Pickett.

Why return after so many years with this kind of record?  Huey tells ABC News Radio, "You need a concept these days."

In fact, the band's manager suggested that they they do the tribute album, and while Huey had initial reservations because of the iconic status of the original Stax performances, he eventually realized it was a great idea.

He explains, "I was very apprehensive about the whole project, 'cause some of these performances should not be repeated...but as we began to play it, it all felt so natural for us, and came out so well, and really suited our band."

For Soulsville, Huey Lewis & The News made a conscious effort not to record the biggest Stax hits, like "In the Midnight Hour" and "Dock of the Bay."  Instead, Huey says they "chose to go a little deeper into the catalog and hopefully find songs that people maybe hadn't heard."  Overall, he says, it was the most fun he and the News have ever had making a record.

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Monday
Nov012010

Charlie Sheen Is Not Near Death, Says Rep

Photo Courtesy - Jeff Vespa/Getty(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen's manager is crying foul over a RadarOnline.com story that has his client at death's door.  The website quoted an unnamed friend of the Two and a Half Men star as saying Sheen is doing so much cocaine, "he's going to die this week."  This headline follows last week's allegedly drug-fueled incident at New York City's Plaza Hotel.

"Reckless lies," is what Mark Burg called the RadarOnline story, reports TMZ.com. Burg tells the gossip site he raced to Sheen's home after reading the piece to find him on the couch -- in the middle of eating a turkey sandwich.

"Charlie looked at me like I was nuts," the manager said when he asked the actor about the Radar story.  "He looked as normal as he's looked in a long time."

Burg explained Sheen was eager to hand out Halloween candy, and to return to the set of his hit CBS show Tuesday.  In fact, his only complaint was he hadn't yet received a new script.

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Monday
Nov012010

'Dancing with the Stars' Celebrates 200th Episode Monday Night

Photo Courtesy - The Disney/ABC Television Group(LOS ANGELES) -- Some of Dancing with the Stars' most popular alumni will return to the ABC series Monday night for its 200th episode.

Former Mirror Ball trophy winners Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith and Helio Castroneves, plus Kelly Osbourne, Giles Marini and Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown, will help judge the six remaining celebrities, who will attempt to reproduce "iconic" dances from previous seasons.

Two more former Dancing champions, Apolo Anton Ohno and Kristi Yamaguchi, will act as team captains during a special team competition.

Dancing with the Stars airs Monday night at 8:00 Eastern time.

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Monday
Nov012010

Brad Paisley's 'Hits Alive' Compilation Hits Stores Tuesday 

Photo Courtesy - Sony Nashville/Arista Records(NEW YORK) -- Brad Paisley's first best-of collection, Hits Alive, is out Tuesday featuring both live and studio versions of his biggest songs.

When choosing which version of his hits to include, Paisley thought about which songs have really changed the most in his concerts since they first came out.  "Things like 'Alcohol' and 'She's Everything' and 'Waitin' on a Woman,' they've become extended different pieces live," Paisley explains.

The singer also decided against putting the songs in chronological order on the collection.  Instead, he wanted the album to flow like one of his concerts would.

As for the songs themselves, Paisley thinks his fans will get a really good look at how his life has changed since he first came on the scene in 1999.  His early hits like "I'm Gonna Miss Her" and "Little Moments" were written while he was still single. Once he got married and started a family, the songs changed, too.

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