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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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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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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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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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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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Mar112011

Musicians Unite for Concert to Benefit Tucson Shooting Victims

Tom Willett/Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Alice Cooper joined Jackson Browne, Nils Lofgren, David Crosby, Graham Nash, and other musicians Thursday night in Tucson, Arizona for a benefit concert to raise money for the victims of the Jan. 8 shootings there that left six people dead and 13 wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Organizers say an estimated 5,000 people attended the event at the Tuscon Convention Center in support of the new Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding.  The fund aims to promote civility and respect in public discourse and also increase awareness of mental health issues.

Browne, one of the concert organizers, says the theme of civility, respect, and understanding all boils down to being mannerly and polite to your fellow men and women.  For his part, Cooper says music helps bring people together and makes them feel better.

Other artists participating included Sam Moore of Sam and Dave, Jennifer Warnes, and Dar Williams.

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Mar112011

Reports: Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel Break Up

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Justin Timberlake is now a single man, according to multiple reports.

He and girlfriend Jessica Biel have broken up, according to a People magazine source who says, "It was completely mutual and they both decided it was time to move on."

UsMagazine.com also quotes an unnamed source as saying of the reported split, "It was mutual... Jessica is doing well."

E! Online reports that Timberlake initiated the split, and while one of the website's sources claims Biel is "devastated," a friend of Biel's tells the site that the actress is "a very independent, proud woman with her own career, she's fine."

The couple began dating in 2007 and has battled countless breakup rumors through the years.

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Mar112011

'Battle: Los Angeles,' 'Mars Needs Moms,' 'Red Riding Hood' Open Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Battle: Los Angeles -- Aaron Eckhart is a Marine staff sergeant who leads his platoon into battle against an alien invasion that has destroyed cities around the world and is now targeting Los Angeles. Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan and R&B singer Ne-Yo also star. Rated PG-13.

* Mars Needs Moms -- A nine-year-old boy is on a mission to save his mom from some Martians who've kidnapped her. Seth Green, Joan Cusack and Dan Fogler lend their voices to the animated Disney film, which is screening in 3D. The film is based on the best-selling children's book by Bloom County comic creator Berkeley Breathed.  Rated PG.

* Red Riding Hood -- In this dark spin on the classic tale, Amanda Seyfried is a woman being eyed by the big bad wolf, which transforms into a human during the daytime. Gary Oldman and Julie Christie also star in Red Riding Hood, helmed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke. Rated PG-13.

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Friday
Mar112011

Target 'Surprised and Disappointed' by Gaga's Decision to Break Partnership

FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Target says it's surprised that Lady Gaga has backed out of an agreement to release a special edition of her new album, Born This Way, through the retailer. Gaga reportedly nixed the deal because she disagreed with corporate donations Target had made to what she saw as anti-gay politicians, and Target's alleged refusal to promise not to make future donations to groups and candidates who oppose LGBT issues.

In a statement obtained by E! Online, Target said, "We were very surprised and disappointed by the statements made by Lady Gaga's organization related to her partnership with Target." It added, "Target remains committed to the LGBT community as demonstrated by our contributions to various LGBT organizations, our recently established Policy Committee to review our political giving and our respectful, inclusive workplace environment."

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