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Jul212011

Snooki, Rob Kardashian in Talks for 'Dancing with the Stars'?

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is in negotiations to be a contestant on season 13 of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, sources tell the new issue of Us Weekly.

Rob Kardashian is also said to be in discussions with the network.  He's the 24-year-old younger brother of former DWTS contestant Kim Kardashian.

The source also said boxer Mike Tyson and R&B singer Christina Milian are potential candidates.  However, Tyson's rep said the report is "not true."

Dancing with the Stars premieres Sept. 19 on ABC.

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Thursday
Jul212011

Kim Kardashian Sues Old Navy for Using Look-Alike in Ad

David Livingston/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kim Kardashian wasn't flattered when Old Navy aired a commercial this year that starred a woman who resembles her.

TMZ.com reports the reality TV star is suing the clothing retailer, claiming the woman was cast in the ad to make viewers believe she was endorsing Old Navy products.  TMZ doesn't specify how much in damages Kardashian is seeking, though the website's sources claim she believes the ad has cost her between $15 million and $20 million in compensation.

The Kardashian look-alike, Melissa Molinaro, is seen lip-synching to a pop song in the ad.  She appeared to address the lawsuit Wednesday on her Twitter feed when she wrote, "We're still talking about this?! Its JULY this aired in February...some people have too much time on there [sic] hands."

Ironically, Molinaro has been romantically linked to Kardashian's ex-boyfriend, football player Reggie Bush. For the record, she says she's "flattered" by the Kim comparison.

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Thursday
Jul212011

Zach Braff Says He's Not Gay after Website Hacked

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Scrubs and Garden State star Zach Braff wants you to know that he isn't gay, but he's "not too straight" either.

The actor's old website was hacked on Wednesday and a message attributed to him was posted on it claiming he was gay.  The fake announcement said, "I am excited and proud that that I am an open member of the homosexual community."

Braff posted his own statement on his Facebook page, saying, "My old website got hacked.  Someone issued a 'coming out' statement on my behalf.  I'm still straight and in love with my girlfriend.  But not too straight; I still love musicals, brunch and Doogie Howser."

In addition, Braff's publicist told E! News that the site that got hacked had not been used by the actor since 2006.

Braff later posted a clip of him and former Scrubs co-star Donald Faison singing "Guy Love" from a past Scrubs episode, declaring, "This song is my official statement."

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Wednesday
Jul202011

Gwyneth Paltrow to Raise Children in Jewish Faith

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gwyneth Paltrow has said she wants to raise her children in the Jewish faith after learning on the show Who Do You Think You Are? that her family comes from a long line of influential East European rabbis. Paltrow's late father, Bruce Paltrow, was Jewish.

"It was such a nice way to grow up," she recently said on the show, though she added, "I don't believe in religion. I believe in spirituality. Religion is the cause of all the problems in the world."

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Wednesday
Jul202011

'Grey's Anatomy' Star Eric Dane Checks Into Rehab

ABC/DANNY FELD(LOS ANGELES) -- Grey's Anatomy star Eric Dane has entered rehab in Los Angeles to address pain medication addiction.

"Actor Eric Dane voluntarily checked himself into a treatment facility to help him get off of pain medication that he was prescribed for a sports injury that he suffered over the recent hiatus. He reports back to work this week. Business as usual," his publicist said in a statement.

Dane's wife, actress Rebecca Gayheart, is pregnant with the couple's second child.

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Wednesday
Jul202011

Paris Hilton Walks Out on ABC News Interview

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Paris Hilton may be the original celebutante -- a pioneer of the thoroughly modern phenomenon of being famous for being famous. But for all of her beauty, early success and entertainment industry experience, the young heiress who was born into one of the world's largest hotel empires can still be jarred by reporters who ask her sensitive questions.

Such was the case when she walked out of ABC News interview that took place at her newly renovated Los Angeles home this week when she was asked if she thinks she may be past her prime. After storming off, Hilton eventually returned to the interview after some cajoling to discuss her ideas about her own reinvention.

"I've been doing this for 15 years now, so it's been a long time … so just like any other business person or someone in the industry, it's always important to reinvent yourself and come up with new projects," she said.

From New York party girl to reality TV personality on the Fox series The Simple Life, and now the head of a billion-dollar personal empire, Hilton has certainly kept busy for a girl born into the lap of luxury. She now has stores in 31 countries, selling everything from perfumes to shoes to handbags to beauty products. She's even slapped her name on a motorcycle racing team.

"So many people that are rich do nothing," Hilton said. "I like being able to do what I want, to buy whatever I want, and to not ask for permission like some of my other friends who are adults but live like children."

While others may have usurped her role at the top of the reality television pecking order -- her latest series, The World According to Paris debuted to a dismal 400,000 viewers on the Oxygen Network – Hilton has had to deal with a terrifying phenomenon plaguing celebrities: stalkers.

James Brian Rainford was arrested outside Hilton's home on the Fourth of July. Rainford is the same man who attacked her now ex-boyfriend in April outside of a courthouse -- where Hilton was to testify against another stalker.

"It's very unsettling, because you don't know what frame of mind someone like that is in. Now four times he has tried to get in contact with me," Hilton said. "He's keeps getting in trouble for it, yet he keeps coming back, so obviously there's something wrong with him."

Hilton, who turned 30 in February, is eager now to show the world that she has now grown up. Yet The World According to Paris shows her engaged in her usual hi-jinks -- inhabiting an ecosystem where paparazzi are as omnipresent as pigeons in Manhattan, and where shopping is the dominant form of hunting and gathering.

Hilton even made a revealing and unusually candid admission about her on screen persona -- that when she is not on camera her voice drops, and she is much more serious.

"It's the character that I developed for The Simple Life. They wanted a character that was an airhead with a baby voice, and so that's a character that I do, and I had to do it for five seasons," she said. "And so sometimes when I'm on camera I'll revert back to it, just because I'm so used to it because I did it for so long."

She defends her behavior on the show as mere entertainment and part of the world of reality television.

The finale of the show's first season airs Wednesday.

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Wednesday
Jul202011

Former 'All My Children' Co-Stars to Return in September

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Married couple and former All My Children co-stars Alexa Havins and Justin Bruening will return to the ABC soap this September to reprise their respective roles of "Babe" Chandler and Jamie Martin.

All My Children
leaves the air that month.

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Wednesday
Jul202011

'Glee' Producer Sues Series Co-Creator

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A Glee producer is suing series co-creator Ian Brennan over compensation to which he claims he's entitled.

According to TMZ.com, Michael Novick alleges the compensation in dispute is owed to him based on an agreement he made with Brennan when co-creator Ryan Murphy pitched the show to Fox.

Novick seeks unspecified damages.

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Wednesday
Jul202011

CBS Suing over NBC Legal Drama

George Doyle/Stockbyte(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC's upcoming series based on the John Grisham book The Firm is the subject of a lawsuit filed by CBS against a producer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS is alleging that producer Lukas Reiter shopped a similar version of the project to NBC after he was compensated by CBS to develop it for them.

NBC is not named as a defendant in the suit.

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Wednesday
Jul202011

Comic-Con Set to Get Underway in San Diego

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(SAN DIEGO) -- San Diego will be the center of the universe for geeks, nerds, and fanboys Thursday through Sunday.

That's when the city hosts the annual Comic-Con, with as many as 200,000 people expected to attend the convention devoted to TV shows, movies, comics and much more.

Comic-Con will get things started with a sneak preview event on Wednesday night.

There will be no shortage of A-list celebrities plugging their upcoming projects at Comic-Con.  Kevin Pereira, host of the G4 network's Attack of the Show, says Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson are among the stars who will be on hand.

Comic-Con will also feature hundreds of panels on topics like the new film Cowboys and Aliens, the much-anticipated Batman sequel The Dark Knight Rises, and the Twilight series.

Pereira says even if you can't make it to Comic-Con, you'll likely be able to follow all of the action on the Internet.

"Someone is going to be tweeting about every word that gets spoken, all the images will be leaked eventually, there's going to be shaky cam footage of your favorite star, you know, giving an answer to a random fan on YouTube within moments of it happening," he says.

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