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Jan132011

Keira Knightley, Other Stars to Audition for 'Dark Knight' Sequel

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Keira Knightley could put the "knight" in The Dark Knight sequel.  The Hollywood Reporter says she's set to audition for a role in the sequel to The Dark Knight sometime in the next two weeks.

Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel and 127 Hours actress Kata Mara are also expected to test for unspecified roles in The Dark Knight Rises, which will open in July of 2012.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there will be two significant female roles in the film, one of which is Talia, the daughter of Ra's al Ghul, the villain portrayed by Liam Neeson in Batman Begins.  Talia is also a love interest for Batman and the mother of his son.

The Dark Knight Rises, which will again star Christian Bale as Batman, could start filming in May.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Peter Fonda Finds Dead Body in Car

Photo Courtesy - Steve Granitz/ WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Peter Fonda made a disturbing discovery while driving on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon.

According to TMZ.com, the Oscar-nominated Easy Rider star found a dead body inside a car he spotted parked on the side of the road.  The 70-year-old Fonda had pulled over to see if anything was wrong, then found a man slumped over in the front seat.

Responders tell TMZ the man appears to have committed suicide.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Taylor Swift Number One Again In Lowest-Selling Chart Week Ever

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift's Speak Now is number one on the Billboard album chart for a sixth non-consecutive week, but she also has the dubious honor of being number one in the lowest-selling week since Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991.

Every single album on the chart sold fewer than 60,000 copies last week, which is further evidence of the continued slide in album sales worldwide.

Swift, at number one, sold 52,000 copies of Speak Now last week, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the lowest number of copies sold by a number one album since the Dreamgirls soundtrack topped the chart four years ago on sales of 60,000.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Johnny Depp Named America's Favorite Movie Star

Photo Courtesy - Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Captain Jack Sparrow himself, Johnny Depp, tops the annual Harris poll of Americans' favorite movie stars.  He jumped one spot from his second-place finish last year, while Denzel Washington climbed from number three in 2009 to number two this year.

Last year's favorite movie star, Clint Eastwood, dropped to ninth.  John Wayne -- the only star to appear in the list every year since 1994 -- came in third.  Harrison Ford and Angelina Jolie, absent from the 2009 list, took fourth and fifth, respectively.  Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman, who each made the list in 2009, dropped off in 2010.

More than 2,300 people participated in the survey, which was conducted in December.  Here's a look at America's 10 favorite movie stars:

1. Johnny Depp
2. Denzel Washington
3. John Wayne
4. Harrison Ford
5. Angelina Jolie
6. (tie) Tom Hanks
6. (tie) George Clooney
6. (tie) Julia Roberts
9. Clint Eastwood
10. Sandra Bullock

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Stephanie Seymour and Peter Brant Jr.: Too Close for Comfort or Mother-Son Love?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Supermodel Stephanie Seymour, 41, and her son, Peter Brant Jr., 18, provoked "ewws!" across the Internet after photographs of them hugging and kissing on a beach in St. Barts appeared online. In one photograph, Brant Jr. appears to be kissing Seymour on the mouth and brushing his hand over her breast.

On Tuesday, Brant Jr. (Seymour's eldest son with her current and second husband, billionaire Peter Brant) rebuked his virtual critics on his Facebook fan page and released a statement to the press.

"I would just like to say that these pictures have been taken completely out of context, my mother and i are very close as she is with all her children," he wrote, grammatical errors included. "she often hugs and kisses me and my siblings in a manner that is intimate, any mother in the world does the same. that day on the beach we walked around with each other completely aware of the presence of photographers there."

Brant Jr. added that because he's gay, it's different.

"We have nothing to hide and with that in mind I would like to say that I am openly gay," he wrote. "At my age my mother and I are almost like friends and I feel open to talk to her about anything (and yes our relationship may be different because of my sexuality)."

On his Facebook page, which as of this morning boasted more than 1,400 fans, Brant Jr. gave his thumbs up to messages of support and continued to hit back at the naysayers.

"This is not only a malicious attack on my family's privacy but also on me personaly," he wrote in one poorly spelled post. "Some positve press ... Even though I look awful in half these photos!," he said in another.

A representative for Seymour did not immediately respond to ABCNews.com's requests for comment.

It's not the first time people have gawked at PDA between famous family members.

Last April, 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord made blog headlines after kissing her sister, Angel McCord, on the mouth.

And in 2000, celebrating her Oscar win for Girl, Interrupted, Angelina Jolie shocked the world by planting long kiss on the lips of her older brother, James Haven Voight.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Golden-Voice Ted Williams Headed to Rehab

(LOS ANGELES) -- Homeless man-turned-media sensation Ted Williams is headed to rehab for drugs and alcohol dependency, according to a representative from the Dr. Phil show. 

Williams, 53, announced his intentions during the taping of an episode of the Dr. Phil show set to air Thursday.

The homeless voiceover actor became a national sensation after he and his golden voice were discovered last week. Williams became homeless due to a troubled history with drugs and alcohol. 

Williams claimed to have been sober for two years. However, during his on-set discussion with Dr. Phil he admits that statement was a lie and that he's in fact been drinking on a daily basis. Williams' decision to enter rehab comes days after he was detained by the police due to a physical altercation with one of his daughters at a Hollywood hotel. 

According to representatives from the Dr. Phil show, Williams' made the decision to enter rehab with the advice from Dr. Phil McGraw and with support from his family.

Williams' ex-wife and five children are also on the Dr. Phil episode airing Thursday. During the taping they express their worry that Williams is not prepared for the sudden wave of fame that has engulfed him.

Williams has been offered jobs with the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team and foodmaker Kraft since his rise to fame. No word on how his entering rehab will affect such offers.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Travolta Family Calls Baby Benjamin Their 'New Beginning'

Photo Courtesy - GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- John Travolta and Kelly Preston say that the birth of their new baby son Benjamin is "nothing less than a miracle" and "a new beginning" for the family, following the loss of their son Jett two years ago.

 "For us it's been uplifting," Travolta told People magazine. "He's given the house a renewed spirit and purpose. He's brought us a new beginning, and his presence has brought joy to all the people who have wanted the best for us."

Benjamin Travolta was born on Nov. 23, 2010, in Florida. His parents report he is healthy and doing beautifully since birth.

The first photos of Benjamin, as seen in the magazine, show the family dressed in all white and the parents holding their newborn and smiling from ear to ear.

"They went through such a public tragedy losing Jett at age 16 and then later came the news of Kelly's pregnancy, and it just did so much to buoy their spirits of course they tell people that Jett is always with them and will never leave them," said People editor Suzanne Zuckerman.

The couple had been trying to have another baby for years, even before 16-year-old Jett died from a seizure-related injury in 2009, while the family was vacationing in the Bahamas.

"I don't think there is any time that we don't think about him," Travolta told People. "All our memories are connected to Jett over the last 18 years -- our photos, our homes, our travel. It's not something that will ever leave us."

Family is everything to this couple; Travolta said he even changes diapers and sings to baby Benjamin who sleeps next to his mother for easy access to breast feeding. In 2005, they talked about the importance of children in an interview with ABC News.

"I think if you give your kids as much love, you know, you can never spoil them with too much love," Preston said.

"I think I knew what love was before, but I think I didn't have a clue until I had children with Kelly," Travolta said. 

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Michael Jackson's Former Doctor Will Stand Trial for Manslaughter

Photo Courtesy - Carlo Allegri/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After a six-day preliminary hearing ended Tuesday, a Los Angeles judge ordered Michael Jackson's former personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, to stand trial on one count of involuntary manslaughter in the entertainner's 2009 death.

Murray is accused of administering a lethal dose of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives in an attempt to get Jackson to sleep.  Superior Court Judge Robert Pastor also granted a request to have Murray's license to practice medicine in California suspended.

Jackson's former bodyguards, as well as police detectives and paramedics testified that Jackson appeared dead long before Murray ordered him to be taken to the hospital.  Prosecutors wrapped their case after a pair of doctors declared Murray "acted outside the standard of medical care" in dispensing the drugs, then failed to provide proper care when things took a turn for the worst.

The defense chose not to call any witnesses, but revealed during the hearing its strategy at trial will apparently be to try to convince a jury that Jackson himself administered the fatal dose.

A hearing on Jan. 15 will determine when Murray will stand trial.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Shania Twain to Be Inducted into Canadian Music Hall of Fame

Photo Courtesy - Mercury Nashville/ Universal Music Group(TORONTO) -- 2011 is shaping up to be a great year for Shania Twain.

On the heels of her New Year's Day wedding in Puerto Rico comes the news that she's going into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.  Twain will be inducted at the 2011 Juno Awards, Canada's answer to the Grammy Awards, on Sunday, March 27.

The singer last attended the Juno Awards in 2003, when she served as the show's host. 

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Wednesday
Jan122011

'The Social Network' Now on DVD

Photo Courtesy - Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The Social Network, arguably the most buzzed-about, well-reviewed and honored film of 2010, is now available on DVD.

Jesse Eisenberg stars as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in the story of how the social networking website was created, and the subsequent legal battles Zuckerberg had with former Harvard colleagues and a former business partner.

The DVD contains audio commentaries from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher, while the Blu-ray version has additional features, such as a behind-the-scenes documentary. 

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