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Mar312011

Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher in Buddy Comedy?

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Pop star Justin Bieber may be following up the success of his Never Say Never flick with a lead role of a non-musical nature.  The Los Angeles Times reports Bieber is considering a role alongside Ashton Kutcher in the film comedy What Would Kenny Do? 

The plot centers on the relationship between a 17-year-old and his thirty-something self.  Bieber would play a teen who meets a hologram claiming to be an adult version of himself.  The hologram, played by Kutcher, then helps the teen through the trials and tribulations of high school. 

The newspaper says Sony Studios planned to make the movie this year, but Bieber’s touring obligations may push the project to 2012.

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Thursday
Mar312011

Movie Review: 'Source Code'

Vendome Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Source Code stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Colter Stevens, a fighter pilot who finds himself as the main cog in a top-secret government operation to figure out who blew up a Chicago commuter train.  How?  By sending Coulter back in time, sort of, onto the train and assuming the identity of one of the victims.  Back on the train, he has eight minutes to figure out who planted the bomb.  Like Groundhog Day, he gets to relive the scenario over and over again, until he figures it out.  Directed by Duncan Jones, son of rock legend David Bowie and who also directed Moon, Source Code is an intensely entertaining sci-fi thriller.

Four out of five stars.

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Thursday
Mar312011

Movie Review: 'Insidious'

Filmdistrict(NEW YORK) -- The modern-day horror film usually has about as much originality as a strip mall.  Thankfully, Insidious is more like an eccentric boutique with a few cliches.Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne are Josh and Renai Lambert, parents of two young boys and a baby daughter.  Following a few bizarre episodes, Renai is quite confident their new house is haunted.  Life becomes a little more complicated when their oldest son Dalton slips into a coma for no apparent reason.  Turns out Dalton is haunted -- and what we get is a low-budget horror film with swagger.  In other words, Insidious is cocky -- knowing full well audience members are clenching their teeth, gripping their chairs and hiding their eyes as the hair on the back of their necks stands up.  Equally as scary is the cheap payoff at the end but that can be forgiven for crafting this insanely creepy flick. 

Four out of five stars. 

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Thursday
Mar312011

Billy Joel Scraps Planned Memoir

Jemal Countess/WireImage for Songwriter's Hall of Fame(NEW YORK) -- Fans looking forward to finding out all the details about Billy Joel's life will have to wait in vain -- he's canceled plans to publish his memoir.  The Book of Joel was due out in June from HarperCollins, but Joel has now decided to put the kibosh on the project.

In a statement provided to ABC News by his rep, the "Piano Man" said, "It took working on writing a book to make me realize that I'm not all that interested in talking about the past, and that the best expression of my life and its ups and downs has been, and remains, my music."

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Thursday
Mar312011

Michael Buble Ties the Knot?

143/Reprise Records(BUENOS AIRES, Argentina) -- Although Michael Buble publicly stated that he would be getting married April 2, it seems the singer has jumped the gun.

The Buenos Aires Herald reported that he and fiancée Luisana Lopilato tied the knot in a civil ceremony Thursday in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The couple was surrounded by journalists and fans as they left the ceremony, smiling for photographers.

According to the paper, the couple will have a religious ceremony this weekend, at the Villa Maria palace in Canuelas, outside Buenos Aires. A party will follow. The couple plan to have another party in May in Buble's home country of Canada.

According to the paper, Lopilato, an Argentine actress and singer, said, "I’m surprised and overwhelmed by the amount of fans and journalists that came out today. I’m a normal person, despite my job, and I really wasn’t expecting this."

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Thursday
Mar312011

Tina Fey, Your Boss?! American Workers Say 'Yes, Please'

All Goldstein/NBC Universal(NEW YORK) -- American workers don’t have a say in who their boss is, but if given the opportunity, a majority would pick Tina Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, from NBC’s 30 Rock.

Conan O’Brien was the second most popular choice for a fun boss, followed by actor Steve Carell’s character, Michael Scott, the boss on NBC’s The Office.

The findings come from a survey of 1,000 people commissioned by the Nestle food company.

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Thursday
Mar312011

'Barefoot' Backfire: Ina Garten Snubbed By Cancer Patient

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The saga of The Barefoot Contessa and the little boy with cancer appears to have taken a surprising twist.  The six-year-old boy with leukemia who told the Make-A-Wish Foundation he wanted to cook with the star of the Food Network show, Ina Garten, will not meet with her after all, according to TMZ.com.

Garten quickly agreed to meet Enzo Pereda after she received a torrent of bad publicity when word leaked out she was too busy to make time for him.  Enzo's father, Adrian, now tells TMZ the rendezvous is off, adding, "I don't want to put my son through all these emotions.  We're better off just leaving everything the way it is."

Enzo will proceed with the wish he made after Garten turned him down: swimming with dolphins.

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Thursday
Mar312011

Vanilla Ice to Star in Peter Pan

Paul Natkin/WireImage(LONDON) -- Vanilla Ice is about to get the hook -- Captain Hook. The rapper will star in a pantomime stage version of Peter Pan in December in England, according to the BBC.

It doesn't mean the show will be without words -- in Britain, a "pantomime" is a cartoonish, slapstick performance often staged during the Christmas season.

The manager of Kent Central Theatre, where Peter Pan will take place, defended the casting of Vanilla Ice, saying, "[He] has never performed in a pantomime before, but I am sure that he will go down as a hit."

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Thursday
Mar312011

Wonder Woman Gets a New Look

David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Wonder Woman may fight crime, but fans think she committed a crime of fashion. That's likely the reason why producers of NBC's upcoming Wonder Woman reboot elected to give the character a makeover after photos featuring star Adrianne Palicki in full Wonder Woman costume met with largely negative feedback, reports DailyBlam.com.

Now, instead of the shiny blue vinyl pants and boots she previously wore, Palicki appears to wear a more natural cotton outfit with red boots, although the top still looks like it may be vinyl.

A spokesperson for DC Comics had earlier explained the updated outfit by saying, "The latest evolution of Wonder Woman’s iconic costume is a central part of the latest comic book storyline."

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Thursday
Mar312011

Judge Judy Hospitalized with Intestinal Discomfort

Jesse Grant/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Judge Judy stepped down from the bench and into an ambulance Wednesday morning.

According to RadarOnline.com, Judge Judy Sheindlin was brought from the set of her TV show to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with what her rep described as "intestinal discomfort." The website said the 68-year-old's condition stemmed from oral surgery she underwent the previous day.

Sheindlin tells TMZ.com she's doing fine now, saying, "I'm just exhausted, and my body was telling me it needed a day to chill."

She says she expects to return home Thursday.

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