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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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Friday
Mar112011

Celebrities React on Twitter to Japan Quake and Tsunami

FUKUSHIMA MINPO/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Celebrity reaction to Thursday's earthquake and tsunami in Japan has been swift as stars take to Twitter to offer condolences and best wishes to the victims.

"Oh man yall see this earthquake in japan??????!!!!!! Let us pray!!!! God bless Japan!" P. Diddy posted on his Twitter account.

"My prayers and love is with all of those in Japan. Wow my heart is breaking with every image I see. So sad! Praying hard!" Khloe Kardashian tweeted.

Glee star Lea Michele expressed her sympathy on the networking site: "So devastating to hear about the huge earthquake and tsunami Japan. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone there."

For celebrities, the news of the 8.9 quake hit especially close to home. Many stars do publicity and perform in Japan. Moreover, the tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake was expected to reach Hawaii and parts of the West Coast.

Back from a recent tour stop in Japan, Katy Perry wrote, "My prayers go out to anyone that is being effected by the disaster in Japan ... #prayforjapan."

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Friday
Mar112011

Police Visit Charlie Sheen's Home; Custody Agreement Reached

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Charlie Sheen saga took a brief dramatic turn Thursday night when Los Angeles police paid a visit to Sheen's Beverly Hills home, investigating a possible violation of a temporary restraining order.

Sheen's estranged wife, Brooke Mueller, obtained a restraining order against him earlier this month, claiming that he'd threatened her during a recent trip to the Bahamas.  They're due in court for a hearing on the matter March 22.

As for Thursday night, a police spokesperson said, "It came to the attention of the detectives that Mr. Sheen may have weapons in the home, and they are visiting him to make sure that he is abiding by the terms of his TRO," meaning temporary restraining order.  Under the order's terms, Sheen isn't allowed to possess weapons.

KABC-TV quotes Sheen attorney Mark Gross as saying police found a couple of bullets and a unspecified 19th century firearm, though he wouldn't say if that firearm constituted a TRO violation.  Gross also wouldn't say if it was Mueller who'd called police.

Sheen didn't seem too stressed by the police visit, tweeting, "All good here on homefront.  All reports are false.  I'll explain more very soon."  He later tweeted, "The LAPD were AWESOME.  Absolute pros!  they can protect and serve this Warlock anytime!!!" Around 3 a.m. P.T., Sheen followed that message by tweeting: "101 and on the black. 50 cops in my home. they all left. I'm still here. WINNING? 24/7"

Earlier in the day, Sheen and Mueller's attorneys announced that the ex-couple reached a custody agreement regarding their twin boys, according to People magazine.  A joint statement declared that the former couple had "reached an agreement that resolves their differences."  Terms of the agreement are being kept confidential.

The courts earlier this month removed Bob and Max from Sheen's home at Mueller's request.

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Friday
Mar112011

Ashthon Jones Eliminated from 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Ashthon Jones got the boot on American Idol Thursday night, leaving 12 contestants in the competition.

Jones sang Diana Ross' "When You Tell Me That You Love Me" for the judges, who decided not to use their one save of the season to keep her from elimination.  Karen Rodriguez and Haley Reinhart were in the bottom three with Jones, but they'll be back next week.

Casey Abrams was sick and in the hospital during Thursday night's show, so he didn't take part in the group tribute to Michael Jackson.  The other 12 contestants worked their way through "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'," "Rock with You," "Black or White" and "Man in the Mirror."

American Idol alum Adam Lambert returned to the stage that made him famous to sing a stripped-down version of his song "Aftermath."  Lambert also talked about the remix of that song he's put out to benefit The Trevor Project organization.

In addition, Diddy-Dirty Money performed their platinum single "Coming Home," featuring Skylar Grey. 

American Idol's
top 12 will perform next Wednesday night at 8:00 ET on Fox.

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