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Jun022011

In New 'X-Men,' Michael Fassbender Takes Magneto in Different Direction

ABC News Radio(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Fassbender is one of the stars of the prequel X-Men: First Class, debuting Friday. He plays a younger incarnation of the villain Magneto, portrayed by Sir Ian McKellen in the first three X-Men films. Fassbender says X-Men: First Class director, Matthew Vaughn, didn't want him to channel McKellen as they shot the movie. He says, "At one point when I was first offered the job I thought OK, shall I go and study the man in terms of his nuances, his voice and then I was talking to Matthew in the first meeting and he wasn't so keen on going down that route."

Fassbender feels he's a good fit for a superhero movie because as a child, he believed he had Superman-like powers. He says, "I would hear this little ringing noise in my ear at night. I remember when I was in lying in bed and I was like that's a calling for me to go to the garage and find, y'know, kryptonite or whatever. I had the Superman outfit and I wanted to take it to the swimming pool and practice my flying but my parents wouldn't really let me."

According to Us Weekly, Fassbender is dating one of his X-Men co-stars, Zoe Kravitz, who plays Angel.

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Thursday
Jun022011

Justin Timberlake Hasn't Spoken to Britney for Years

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Over ten years ago, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears were the hottest couple in pop music.  Now, they're two people who have nothing to do with one another.

In the new issue of Vanity Fair, Justin says of his former girlfriend, "I wish her the best -- that goes without saying.  We haven't spoken in nine or 10 years."  As for why the two broke up, Justin says, "We were [both]...small-town kids, doing the same thing.  But then you become adults and the way you were as kids doesn't make any sense...at least for me, I was a totally different person."  He adds, "I just don't think we were normal.  There was nothing normal about our existence."

Justin also talks about his most recent girlfriend, Jessica Biel -- or, rather, he explains why he won't talk about her.  "I have to protect things that are dear to me -- for instance, her," says Timberlake.  "She is single-handedly the most significant person in my life.  In my 30 years, she is the most special person, OK? So I protect it."

As for his music career, Justin tells Vanity Fair that he'll probably make another album but, he says, "I could see myself only doing one more big tour."  He also says that if he had to do it all over again, he might not have apologized for the infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl in 2004.  He says, "In hindsight, I probably should have been more pro-artist instead of trying to please everyone....today, I might have said, 'Screw that.'"

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Thursday
Jun022011

Chris Daughtry Hopes New Album Will Come Out This Year

ABC News Radio(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Daughtry has been giving fans constant updates via Twitter as he and the rest of Daughtry have been working on new songs in the studio.  Now he's finally given a hint as to when the new tunes will become available.  Chris wrote on Twitter, "A few more days of writing left, THEN we start recording the record in July.  It will HOPEFULLY be out before the year's end."

The American Idol vet added, "It's been an incredible two weeks writing with the boys...we wrote some magical stuff that I can't wait for you all to hear! It has truly been three steps in the right direction."  However, when it comes to actually performing, it appears as though the band may be a bit rusty. Describing a "celebratory jam session" with his bandmates, Chris wrote, "Wow, we sounded awesome AND awful, all at the same time."

Daughtry's last album, Leave This Town, came out in July of 2009. It went platinum and produced three hits, including "No Surprise."

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Thursday
Jun022011

Charlie Sheen, Ex-Wife Reach New Custody Agreement

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen has reached a new custody agreement with his ex-wife, Brooke Mueller, according to TMZ.com.

Under the agreement, they will have joint legal and physical custody of their two-year-old twin boys, Bob and Max.  However, Mueller reportedly will spend more time with the boys than Sheen.  The former Two and a Half Men star and his ex have yet to sign the deal.

Both sides previously banged out a custody agreement in March, around the time Sheen was fired from his CBS sitcom in the wake of his increasingly erratic behavior.  The terms of that agreement were kept confidential.

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Thursday
Jun022011

Black Eyed Peas Add Multiple Artists to NYC Charity Concert Bill

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The Black Eyed Peas won't be taking the stage alone for their charity concert in New York City's Central Park on June 9.

The New York Post reports that Natasha Bedingfield, LL Cool J, MC Hammer, Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry, and even legendary singer/songwriter Carole King have joined the bill for the event, at which Whoopi Goldberg, Zach Braff and Jimmy Smits will also make appearances.

The concert, at the Park's famous Great Lawn, will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, which works to fight poverty in New York City, as well as the Peas' own Peapod Foundation.  Fifty-four thousand tickets have been given away by lottery, reports The Post, and another 6,000 are for sale at RobinHood.org.

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Thursday
Jun022011

Kim Kardashian: 'I Am Not Pregnant!'

David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) - An OK! magazine story pegged newly-engaged reality show star Kim Kardashian as being pregnant, quickly touching off a flood of gossip headlines.

But the story's not true, according to Kardashian, who took to her own blog Wednesday to put an end to the claims she's in a family way with her NBA star fiancee, Kris Humphries.

"This is crazy! I am NOT pregnant," Kardashian posted.

"Magazines can be so tricky with their wording," she continued.  "The inside [article] states that one day I want a baby!  But I'm not pregnant!  I can foresee lots of crazy, made up stories coming out in the near future and I certainly don't have time to shut down every rumor.  But believe that if you hear it from me, it will be true.  Otherwise, don't always believe what you read, dolls."

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Thursday
Jun022011

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Developed the Shakes from Alcohol Abuse

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(LONDON) -- Actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers has reportedly developed the shakes as a result of excessive drinking, and is now being treated at a five-star rehab facility in South Africa.

Britain's Sun newspaper reports Meyers signed up for a three-month stay at the Montrose Place rehabilitation center in Cape Town after completing a drying out session for alcohol addiction in London.

A source tells the newspaper Meyers looked "very pale and thin and had restless leg syndrome, with one leg shaking if he sat down."   The source added, "That's typical of people who have done a lot of alcohol."

The 32-year-old Meyers previously spent time at a California rehab facility.  The actor has had several incidents of public intoxication in recent years, including a May 2010 run-in with a United Airlines employee who barred him from a flight because he was drunk.

Meyers' acting credits include Match Point, Mission Impossible III, and the starring role in the Showtime series The Tudors.

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Thursday
Jun022011

Jennifer Hudson Joins Cast of 'Three Stooges' Movie

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Hudson has landed a role in the upcoming Three Stooges movie from the Farrelly brothers.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Oscar winner will play a nun at the orphanage where the stooges are raised.  Sean Hayes, Will Sasso, and Chris Diamantopoulos will play Larry, Curly and Moe, respectively.  The cast also includes Glee star Jane Lynch and Larry David, who will also play nuns in the film.

Hudson hasn't appeared on the big screen since 2008's The Secret Life of Bees.  She recently worked on a film about Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, filling the title role.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

No 'Star Wars' TV Shows Shot Yet, Says George Lucas

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- ABC News Radio has confirmed George Lucas was misquoted by the New York Post and other outlets that claimed the legendary filmmaker had 50 episodes of an anticipated Star Wars live-action TV show "in the can." A Lucasfilm source tells ABC Radio that Lucas and company indeed have 50 scripts written for the program -- which is to be set between the events of 2005's Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and 1977's Episode IV: A New Hope -- but the show itself won't be shot until technological advances could allow the shows to be filmed on a TV-sized budget.  The misquote was borne of an interview Lucas gave to G4's Attack of the Show that also explored the upcoming Star Wars 3D re-releases.

Lucas, who already has a fourth season of the hit Star Wars: The Clone Wars set for release on Cartoon Network this fall, says the live-action shows are written as miniature movies but would need to be shot for one-tenth the budget of a feature film.

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Wednesday
Jun012011

Adele Fighting Laryngitis; Postpones Tour Dates

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Adele has topped the album and singles charts, but her voice isn't in top shape.  She's come down with laryngitis and has been forced to postpone five shows on her current tour.

It all started last Thursday, when doctors told Adele to call off her show in Minneapolis.  She did, but then went on to perform this past Saturday night in Denver, Colo.  That, unfortunately, caused a relapse, and she had to postpone her show Sunday in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the last minute.  Since then, Adele has had to call off her show last night in Vancouver, her show Wednesday night in Seattle, and her show in Portland, Oregon, on Friday.  She plans to resume the tour this Saturday in San Francisco, California.  The dates are expected to be rescheduled.

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