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Monday
Mar142011

Charlie Sheen Launches Website, Announces Tour

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen has expanded his presence on the Internet with his own personal website. He launched CharlieSheen.com on Friday, announcing via Twitter, "After years of being at the mercy of a decaying troll, CharlieSheen.com is finally in the hands of its Warlock owner! Go Now!"

The site features a video of Sheen promoting his tour, "Charlie Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option," about which he states that "trolls need not apply, you all suffer from Sheenis envy." The site also declares $1 from each ticket sale will be donated to the Red Cross to aid its Japan earthquake relief efforts. The first two dates --  Chicago and Detroit -- sold out in minutes, setting a Ticketmaster record.

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Monday
Mar142011

Richard Hatch Sentenced to More Prison Time in Tax Case

ABC News(PROVIDENCE, RI.) -- Former Survivor champ and current Celebrity Apprentice contestant Richard Hatch is going back to prison. The Hollywood Reporter says Hatch was sentenced in Providence, RI., on Friday to nine months in prison for a tax issue related to the $1 million grand prize he won on Survivor in the year 2000. He must report to prison on Monday. He says he will file an appeal.

A federal judge previously determined that Hatch, who spent more than three years in prison for failing to pay taxes on his Survivor prize, had violated the terms of his supervised release by not filing amended tax returns for the years 2000 and 2001. In addition to his latest prison sentence, Hatch was ordered to serve 26 months' supervised release, during which time 25 percent of his gross income will go to the IRS. He currently owes an estimated $2 million to the IRS, including penalties.

Hatch's predicament won't affect the current season of The Celebrity Apprentice in the short-term. All of the episodes, except for the live finale on May 22, have already been taped.

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Monday
Mar142011

Whoops! Justin Bieber Unzipped at England Concert

Island Def Jam/Facebook(LIVERPOOL, England) -- When Justin Bieber performed a concert Friday night in Liverpool, England, he gave adoring fans more of a show than he intended.

Britain's Sun newspaper reports Bieber pranced around the stage in a white outfit without realizing his fly was open.

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Sunday
Mar132011

Weekend Box Office: One Alien Movie Kills, Another Flops

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- In the battle at the box office, one film demolished the competition. Battle: Los Angeles beat the other movies and expectations, pulling in an estimated $36 million, $9 million more than some predicted. The alien invasion movie didn't get great reviews from critics, but is averaging a B rating from moviegoers, according to CinemaScore.

The animated Johnny Depp lizard western Rango held strong in its second week, coming in second, followed by Red Riding Hood and The Adjustment Bureau.

It was a disappointing opening for Mars Needs Moms. It's fifth place, estimated $7 million was $10 million less than some had predicted.

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Saturday
Mar122011

'Spider-Man' Shows Canceled, Opening Set for June

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty(NEW YORK) -- The producers of the troubled Broadway show Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark have announced that the show is now scheduled to open on June 14.

Lead producers Michael Cohl and Jeremiah J. Harris made the announcement Saturday, and also said that there will be no preview shows from April 19 to May 11. The shutdown is reportedly to allow new changes to be implemented and to facilitate rehearsals. The show’s producers also say there will be revisions to the script. Ticketholders for the canceled shows will be refunded.

The $65 million show has now had its opening delayed six times, and before Saturday’s announced date was scheduled to open March 15. Earlier in the week Julie Taymor removed herself as director of the production.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has been plagued by injuries to cast members, prompting a government workplace safety inspection and causing at least one injured cast member to quit.

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Saturday
Mar122011

Pregnant Singer Jewel Hit by Firetruck

Rick Diamond/WireImage(STEPHENVILLE, Texas) -- Pregnant singer Jewel experienced quite the health scare on Friday when the car she was traveling in was hit by a fire truck.

“The singer was taken to the hospital and current medical tests conducted indicate that she and the baby and doing fine,” a rep for Jewel said in a statement.

According to TMZ.com, the crash happened in Stephenville, Texas, about two hours southwest of Dallas.

Jewel, 36, announced in January that she and hubby Ty Murray were expecting the couple’s first child.

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Saturday
Mar122011

John Stamos Replacing Charlie Sheen on 'Men?' Maybe Not

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite rumors that former Full House and ER star John Stamos was being courted by CBS to replace Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men, Stamos said Friday that the gig doesn’t quite seem “part of my career plan right now.”

“I’m just on a different trajectory,” Stamos told Ryan Seacrest, according to People.com.

E! Online reported last month that Stamos met with CBS president Les Moonves about a role on the popular sitcom. The plan, according to E!, was not to replace Sheen’s character, but to have Stamos play a new one.

"I'm ready to have my own show," Stamos told Seacrest. "I don't want to replace anyone, especially Charlie Sheen."

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Friday
Mar112011

Mel Gibson Charged With Battery, Gets Probation, Will Undergo Counseling 

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles County District Attorney charged Mel Gibson with a single count of misdemeanor spousal battery on Friday, stemming from an altercation he had with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on January 6 of last year. Gibson was accused of slapping her.

Gibson pleaded "no contest" to the charge. He will not receive any jail time, but he was sentenced to three years' probation, will have to undergo a year of counseling, perform 16 hours of community service, and was ordered to pay court costs and other fees. The "no contest" plea is not an admission of guilt, and will spare him the media circus of a celebrity trial.

Gibson and Grigorieva have an infant daughter, Lucia.

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Friday
Mar112011

Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson Share an Intimate Dinner in Hollywood

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson were once again spotted together, enjoying a nice dinner at the Hollywood hotspot Chateau Marmont this week. The pair took a trip to Mexico for one day last week, and have been spending quite a bit of time together. 

People.com reports that both were dressed casually and occasionally held hands. 

An observer told People, "They looked genuinely happy together." 

After the meal, Penn and Johansson walked together into the hotel lobby, with Penn putting his arm around Johansson’s lower back as they headed towards the valet. 

Johansson is currently in the Los Angeles area working on the film We Bought a Zoo opposite Matt Damon. 

Johansson is 26; Penn is 50.

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Friday
Mar112011

Has Ashlee Simpson Moved on from Pete Wentz?

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Just one month after filing for divorce from Fall Out Boy rocker Pete Wentz, Ashlee Simpson was spotted at a mall in Los Angeles shopping with another musician. 

The rocker in question, Craig Owens of the band D.R.U.G.S., is signed to Wentz's Decaydance Records, and any romance rumors are unfounded, a Simpson source told People.com. 

The source noted, "Craig is a longtime friend and was comforting Ashlee during this difficult time.  She's not moving on. There's no race for a new relationship. They're friends." 

However, a Wentz source told UsWeekly.com, "Pete did a lot for this guy.  Craig was in another band and got kicked out. Pete found Craig, built a band around him and signed him. He's shocked at how this guy is repaying him."

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