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Halle Berry Reveals She’s Related to Sarah Palin

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Here’s hoping Halle Berry’s next family reunion takes place in Wasilla. The Oscar-winning actress revealed in an interview with Extra that she’s distantly related to former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

“You want to know who I’m related to? Sarah Palin!” Berry told Extra. Extra’s Jerry Penacoli shouted “No!” in disbelief. Berry laughed and said, "That’s what I said, ‘Nooo!’" mimicking a horror movie scream.

How? “Some twisted way,” Berry said. “Somebody sent me this information that she was my distant [relative].”

Berry’s Cloud Atlas co-star Tom Hanks, who was also interviewed by Extra, said the connection fits in with the theme of their new sci-fi film, which opens Oct. 26.

“This is the Cloud Atlas continuum without a doubt,” he joked. “I’m telling you, the connections that go through. It doesn’t matter who, what race, where, what time.”

Berry didn’t say how she discovered the Palin connection, but many celebrities are discovering unlikely famous relations thanks to genealogical shows like Who Do You Think You Are? and the website Earlier this month, tied Justin Bieber to fellow Canadian stars Celine Dion and Ryan Gosling. And in 2010, the site reported that Palin and President Obama are tenth cousins.

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Levi Johnston Considering Full Custody of Son

ABC/RICK ROWELL(LOS ANGELES) -- Dismayed by a reality-TV show featuring his ex-fiancee, Bristol Palin, and their son, Tripp, Levi Johnston plans to seek full custody of the boy.

In a statement to ABC News, Johnston wrote, “I want full or half custody of Tripp. His room is already set up in my house and just waiting for him.”

Palin, 21, and 3-year-old Tripp are featured on the Lifetime show, Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.  Johnston says the show is proof that his ex is a terrible parent and his son is “on a downward spiral,” the gossip website TMZ reported.

TMZ reported that Johnston, 22, is so “disgusted” by his son’s language and behavior that he obtained the required court papers to file the custody petition.

“I love my son more than anything … and I will do whatever it takes to make sure he is raised the right way,” Johnston reportedly told TMZ.

Johnston was Palin’s high school boyfriend. The pair have been engaged twice but are no longer a couple. Under the terms of their child-custody agreement, Palin has primary custody and Johnston may visit Tripp. The agreement prohibits either parent from publicly disparaging the other.

Palin is the daughter of former Alaska governor and one-time Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The disclosure during her mother’s 2008 campaign that Bristol Palin, then 17, was pregnant created sweeping controversy.

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Levi Johnston’s Girlfriend Is Pregnant

Donna Ward/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Levi Johnston is going to be a dad again.

A source close to Bristol Palin’s ex-fiance told ABC News that Johnston’s girlfriend, Sunny Oglesby, has been pregnant for “about four or five months.” The source would not comment on whether the two plan to get married.

Johnston, 21, and Oglesby, 20, have been dating for a year.

This will be the second child for Johnston, who fathered a son with Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, in 2008. Johnston and Bristol Palin called off their engagement in March 2009, got engaged again in July 2010, and split up once and for all weeks later.

Johnston’s book Deer in the Headlights, released in September, claimed that Bristol Palin wanted to get pregnant because she was jealous of her mother’s pregnancy with son Trig. Having a baby of her own, he wrote, was exactly “what she wanted.”

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HBO's McCain-Palin Movie 'Game Change' Premieres Saturday Night

Jeff Fusco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The semi-controversial HBO political movie Game Change that documents John McCain's unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2008 -- particularly his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate, premieres Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. ET.

A number of Palin confidantes have claimed that the movie is inaccurate.  Still, Game Change star Julianne Moore says she strived to make her portrayal of Palin true to life.

She says, "It's a daunting task to play somebody who is not only a living figure, but a hugely well-known one.  So for me the most important thing is accuracy."

To that end, Moore says she hired a vocal coach to help her with the role because Palin "has an incredibly idiosyncratic way of speaking."

At Thursday's premiere of the movie in Washington, D.C., Moore addressed the pro-Palin critics who've commented on the project. 

She said, "With every movie of book or whatever, people are always going to have an opinion.  Obviously people are entitled to whatever opinion they're gonna hold, but I do think that they should see the movie first."

Ed Harris plays McCain in Game Change.  He says he has a greater appreciation for the Arizona senator after doing research for the movie.

"I spent a lot of time reading some of the books that he'd written.  He's a man of tremendous sense of honor and duty," Harris said.

Game Change, based on the book of the same name by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, also stars Woody Harrelson, Ron Livingston and Peter MacNicol.

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HBO Movie Trailer Puts Sarah Palin in a Bad Light

Jeff Fusco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- HBO's critics on the Right were apparently right about the network's upcoming movie Game Change, about Sen. John McCain's run for the presidency in 2008. While the network claimed the movie would be even-handed politically, the trailer for the film shows Sarah Palin doesn't come off too well; critics decried it from the get-go as a hit piece on the former Alaska governor who became the target of a merciless media and political barrage after McCain chose her as his running mate.

Starring Ed Harris and Julianne Moore -- who in the past has been critical of Palin -- the movie, which premieres on March 10, depicts how McCain's team picked the former Alaska governor and then subsequently, had second thoughts about it when Palin seemed to fold under pressure. The book of the same name on which the movie is based is about the entire 2008 election, but the filmmakers -- who also produced the Left-leaning HBO movie Recount -- chose to focus on the Palin/McCain part of the book.

Included in the trailer is Palin claiming that Russia can be seen from Alaska as Woody Harrelson, who plays McCain adviser Steven Schmidt, quips, "Oh my God, what have we done?"

At one point, Moore as Palin tells the adviser, "I'm single-handedly carrying this campaign. I'm going to do what I want." Moore also remarks in whisper, "I have to win this thing.  I so don't want to go back to Alaska."

There's been no comment yet from Palin about the trailer for Game Change., though

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Another Sarah Palin Reality Show? Maybe Not

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(NEW YORK) -- Sarah Palin effectively chose her media career over politics when she announced in October that she would not run for president. But it appears the media may no longer be interested.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former Alaska governor and current Fox News contributor is shopping a new reality show. Like her first venture, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which aired on TLC in 2010, Palin is reportedly collaborating with genre guru Mark Burnett. One major difference: This series will focus on Palin’s husband Todd and his career as a championship snowmobile racer instead of the Mama Grizzly herself.

THR claims both TLC and A&E Networks passed on the project. A representative for TLC declined ABC News’ request for comment, while a rep for A&E was unaware of any new pitch from Palin and Burnett. When asked if the network would be interested in a new Palin show, the rep said, “We wouldn’t comment on something like that.”

Part of the problem could be the price per episode. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sarah Palin’s Alaska sold for more than $1 million an episode, and Burnett and Palin are seeking similar compensation for their new show.

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Kathy Griffin Responds to Sarah Palin with Invite to Her Broadway Show

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagi(NEW YORK) -- In Sarah Palin's book, Kathy Griffin is "a has-been" and "a 50-year-old adult bully." But the comedian sees the "Mama Grizzly" as a kindred spirit.

Responding to Palin's complaints about Griffin's tongue-in-cheek critiques of Alaska's former first family, Griffin's publicist told ABC News, "As a fellow reality star, Kathy would like to extend free tickets to her upcoming Broadway show to reality-star Sarah Palin and her reality-TV crew. Kathy supports all reality stars regardless of what they say about her." Griffin declined to comment specifically on Palin's personal assessment of her.

Griffin parlayed her Emmy-winning Bravo TV series My Life on the D-List into Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony, which will run in New York from March 11-19. Palin, meanwhile, strayed from politics into the reality TV realm with Sarah Palin's Alaska, which ran from November 2010 to January 2011.

There appears to be little love between them, though. During an appearance on Fox News this weekend, Palin called out Griffin for repeatedly poking fun at her children. Palin's latest gripe: that Griffin will reportedly parody a conservative Tea Party-type character on an upcoming episode of Glee.

"You know, Kathy Griffin can do anything to me or say anything about me, because you know, she's kind of this; she's a 50-year-old adult bully is really what she is," Palin, 47, said. "She's kind of a has-been comedian and she can do those things to me. I would just ask for respect of my children...Kathy, pick on me, come up to Alaska and pick on me, but leave my kids alone."

Griffin started 2011 by revealing her new year's resolution to bring down 16-year-old Willow Palin. Her reasoning: Willow Palin reportedly posted homophobic slurs on Facebook in November, and "You don't throw around the F-word without hearing from me about it."

Griffin has been milking the Palins for laughs for years. In December, troops at the Marine Corps Air Station in California booed her when she made a crack about former Dancing With the Stars contestant Bristol Palin during the taping of VH1 Divas: Salute the Troops.

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Bristol Palin Buys House in Arizona

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Adam Larkey(MARICOPA, Ariz.) -- Bristol Palin bought a five-bedroom house in a development called Cobblestone Farms, in Maricopa, Ariz., a suburb of Pinal County.

The 20-year-old daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin bought the house for $172,000 from a North Dakota couple, according to The Arizona Republic.

The Palin family offered no comment on the sale, but it has generated speculation on what Bristol and her mother Sarah's plans are for the home. is reporting that Ms. Palin may be eying an Arizona college.

Public records state the 3,900-square-foot house was built in 2006, and purchased for $329,560. The property had been in foreclosure earlier this year.

Hardly one to stay out of the headlines, Bristol Palin recently made big news with her stint on the 11th season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. She came in third, even though she had the least experience among all the contestants. After 10 weeks of stiff competition, Bristol, whose spot in the finals was surrounded by controversy for her low scores in previous weeks, said she was ready to return home to Alaska and spend time with her family.

It is unclear if her new Arizona home will be a permanent or seasonal residence.

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Barbara Walters Talks to Oprah, 'Fascinating People' in TV Specials

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Barbara Walters says, "I will never do it again."  She's talking about producing and starring in not one but two back-to-back Thursday night specials on ABC.

In the first one, called Oprah: The Next Chapter, Walters gets Oprah Winfrey to open up, discussing everything from her rumors about her sexuality, to why she never had kids, to her relationships with both Gayle King and longtime boyfriend Stedman Graham.

Winfrey tells Walters that despite all the rumors, she's "not lesbian, not even kinda lesbian" and says the reason why the constant questions bother her is "because it means that somebody must think I'm lying."  She adds, "Why would you want to hide that?  That's not the way I run my life."  Winfrey also says the reason she never had kids is because if she did, the pressures of her job would have led to her neglecting them.  She says, "I have no regrets about that."

In the second special, The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2010, Walters sits down to chat with Sarah Palin, Betty White, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber and the cast of MTV's Jersey Shore, and also mentions Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Prince William's fiancee Kate Middleton, LeBron James and Sandra Bullock.  Walters talks to Betty White about sex and how she has no plans to retire, discusses Justin Bieber's love life and haircut, finds out what kind of American Idol judge J-Lo will be, and learns about Jersey Shore slang like "grenade" and "smush."

As for Palin, she's back for a record third appearance on this annual special and, when asked if she could beat Barack Obama if she ran for president, says, "I believe so."  She reveals what book and which magazines she reads, and dismisses as "silly" reports that she cost the Republican party a Senate majority in the recent elections by backing unqualified candidates.

As for the most fascinating person of 2010, that's still a secret.  Walters, per tradition, won't reveal who it is, except to say, "When you see who this person is, you'll say, 'Yeah. [They] should be." 

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Aaron Sorkin Shoots Down Sarah Palin's Hunting Show

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is going after Sarah Palin with guns blazing, calling the former Alaska governor-turned-reality TV star a “witless bully” for proudly killing a caribou on national television.

In Sunday’s episode of her TLC reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, the 2008 vice presidential nominee showcased her shooting skills while hunting with her father in the Alaska tundra. In a pre-emptive strike, Palin defended her love of hunting against the “anti-hunting hypocrisy.”

“Tonight's hunting episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska ‘controversial’? Really? Unless you've never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation of tonight's episode. I remain proudly intolerant of anti-hunting hypocrisy. :)” Palin posted on Facebook and Twitter the day before the episode aired.

Sorkin launched a profanity-laden counterattack Wednesday, accusing Palin of being a “phony pioneer girl” who tortures animals for fun rather than killing for necessity.

“Like 95% of the people I know, I don't have a visceral (look it up) problem eating meat or wearing a belt. But like absolutely everybody I know, I don't relish the idea of torturing animals. I don't enjoy the fact that they're dead and I certainly don't want to volunteer to be the one to kill them and if I were picked to be the one to kill them in some kind of Lottery-from-Hell, I wouldn't do a little dance of joy while I was slicing the animal apart,” Sorkin writes in a blog posted on The Huffington Post entitled “In Her Defense, I’m Sure The Moose Had It Coming.”

“I'm able to make a distinction between you and me without feeling the least bit hypocritical. I don't watch snuff films and you make them. You weren't killing that animal for food or shelter or even fashion, you were killing it for fun. You enjoy killing animals,” Sorkin says of Palin, who he calls “deranged.”

The screenwriter, however, doesn’t stop with Palin. “The Learning Channel should be ashamed of itself,” Sorkin concludes.

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