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Sep302010

Michael Caine Discusses Plans for Novel and Retirement 

Photo Courtesy - Ian Gavan/Getty Images(UNITED KINGDOM) -- Two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine is contemplating a career change before he retires. The actor has set a goal of writing a thriller about terrorism within three years, before he turns 80, and then hanging it up for good. He tells the BBC of the novel, "It'll be for guys. It won't be a great literary effort." Caine explains he tried writing the book once before years ago, but stopped after an eerie coincidence.  "I had this plot where terrorists fly a plane into a London skyscraper. Then they did it in real life. I was quite stunned by that, so I stopped writing."  Fans of Caine's acting work can rest easy.  He has movie gigs locked for the next three years, including another turn as Alfred in Christopher Nolan's continuing Batman franchise.

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Thursday
Sep302010

Charlie Sheen on Lindsay Lohan: “She’s Doing the Best She Can” 

Photo Courtesy - CBS(LOS ANGELES) -- If there’s anyone in Hollywood who can understand what Lindsay Lohan is going through in rehab, it’s Charlie Sheen.  The actor, who has battled substance abuse for years, tells RadarOnline he has nothing but hope for the troubled Mean Girls star.  During an interview Wednesday in Los Angeles, Sheen said of Lindsay’s struggles, “I think she’s doing the best that she can.  It’s not easy to begin with...but then you put it under the bright lights of this circus and it makes it that much more difficult.  People just need to leave her alone and let her do her thing.”  The Two and a Half Men star added that he believes “at the end of the day, she’ll win.”

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Thursday
Sep302010

Michael Lohan to Seek Conservatorship for Daughter Lindsay? 

Photo Courtesy - TMZ.comMichael Lohan may become much more involved in daughter Lindsay Lohan's life.  According to TMZ.com, he's met with a lawyer whom he's expected to hire in an attempt to establish a conservatorship for Lindsay.  Fans may already be familiar with the concept of a conservatorship.  For the last two-plus years, Britney Spears' father has had control of her personal and business affairs under a conservatorship established after she was hospitalized for psychiatric issues twice in a one-month span. Michael Lohan reportedly will file a petition for a conservatorship for Lindsay "within days."

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Thursday
Sep302010

Judge Dismisses Two Charges Against Anna Nicole Smith's Boyfriend 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- KABC-TV reports a Los Angeles judge on Wednesday dismissed two charges against Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend, Howard K. Stern, who along with two doctors has been accused of conspiring to illegally provide the late model with prescription drugs prior to her death in 2007. The judge reportedly threw out a charge of obtaining drugs for Smith by fraud and deceit, as well as part of a conspiracy count against Stern and Dr. Sandeep Kapoor. The rest of the 11 charges faced by Stern, Kapoor and Dr. Khristine Eroshevich have yet to be resolved.  The three defendants, who have pleaded not guilty to the charges, are currently on trial. Closing arguments are expected to begin Monday.  Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in Florida in February 2007.

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Thursday
Sep302010

Who Are the Front Runners for 2011 Grammys?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The eligibility period for a 2011 Grammy Awards nomination ends Thursday.  Musicians who released albums or singles between Sept. 1, 2009 and Sept. 30, 2010 are in contention for a nod.  The nominees will be announced during a primetime CBS special in December, with the actual awards being handed out when the show airs on CBS Feb. 13.

Billboard senior editor Ann Donahue says Eminem and Jay-Z are two names that will loom large.  She tells us, "Those seem to be the two we're hearing the most chatter about."  Jay's monster hit "Empire State of Mind" and Eminem & Rihanna's song "Love the Way You Lie" are bound to attract many Grammy votes.  Donahue also predicts that the Best New Artist category will include Drake and B.o.B, and possibly Justin Bieber, depending on whether or not he's considered a "new" artist since he's technically already released two albums.

Donahue also predicts that Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" could see nominations in the three biggest categories: Record, Song and Album of the Year.   Since they are mostly considered a country group, Donahue says Grammy voters "always like changing up the genres in the Album of the Year category, and I think [Lady A] could take the country slot."

Another album that Grammy voters may be drawn to is Santana's Guitar Heaven, which features the legendary guitarist teaming with guest vocalists like Chris Daughtry and Rob Thomas.  Not only is Santana a past winner, sweeping the awards ten years ago with his album Supernatural, but he's made the kind of record that Grammy voters love. Donahue says that they "want to see a diversity of genres...artists that are unexpected working together." She adds, "The Grammys always seem to respond to that. It's kind of an evergreen for the Grammys to reward that kind of work."

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Thursday
Sep302010

Britney Spears Episode Brings Glee Its Highest Ratings Ever

Photo Courtesy - BritneySpears.com/ 20th Century FoxTuesday night's installment of Glee, which paid tribute to the music of Britney Spears and featured a cameo by Spears herself, scored the show's highest-ever ratings, topping the Madonna tribute episode last season.  According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show drew 13.3 million viewers, marking an increase of 4 percent over its already impressive season premiere last week. 

Spears herself tweeted while watching the show, posting thoughts such as "'...Baby One More Time' brings back so many memories!  Feels like yesterday!," "Jane Lynch scares me" and "Kurt wears some pretty fabulous outfits."  She finished by saying, "I loved it!  Thank you guys so much for making it happen!"  On Wednesday, the singer posted a picture of a TV-shaped cake sent to her by her business partner, Candies.  She wrote, "Thank you, Candies, for helping me celebrate my Glee episode. Next time send a bigger cake!"

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Thursday
Sep302010

Mel Gibson's Ex Reportedly Will Appear on Oprah

Photo Courtesy - ABC NewsMel Gibson's ex-girlfriend is prepared to reveal all about her relationship with the actor. Us Weekly reports Oksana Grigorieva, the target of the purported Mel Gibson meltdown caught on tape, will appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show at some point to discuss the failed relationship with Gibson. The report doesn't specify when Grigorieva will tape the interview. Oprah's production company wouldn't confirm the report.  In July, RadarOnline.com posted audio of a man, purportedly Gibson, threatening Grigorieva and admitting that he once hit her. Gibson has since been investigated for allegedly striking Grigorieva at his Malibu home last January. The ex-couple is also locked in a custody battle over their infant daughter, Lucia.

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Thursday
Sep302010

The Flintstones Celebrates 50th Anniversary 

Photo Courtesy - ABC NewsFifty years ago, viewers met The Flintstones, the modern Stone Age family. The first primetime animated series in TV history premiered Sept. 30, 1960 on ABC and featured Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma, and their neighbors Barney and Betty. The show is often compared to another classic buddy comedy, The Honeymooners, with some saying that Fred and Barney were based on Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton, played by Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, respectively.  The Flintstones was also the first primetime animated series to last more than two seasons, running for six seasons in all.  Its record was surpassed in 1996 when The Simpsons marked its seventh season.

After The Flintstones was cancelled in 1966, a full-length movie, The Man Called Flintstone, arrived in theaters.  Years later, two more movies spun off from the series.  The first film, The Flintstones, released in 1994, starred John Goodman as Fred, Rick Moranis as Barney, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma and Rosie O'Donnell as Betty.  The second, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, premiered in 2000 and was a prequel with a different cast.  There have also been several TV movies, the most recent in 2001, plus numerous TV specials and spin-offs like The Pebbles and Bamm Bamm Show.

The Flintstones continue to influence popular culture. There are two Flintstones-themed amusement parks in the U.S., one in South Dakota and one in Arizona.  The breakfast cereals Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles were inspired by the show, as well as a chewable children's vitamin.  The Flintstones were recently seen in an ad for Geico insurance, and Weird Al Yankovic immortalized the show in his song "Bedrock Anthem."  Meanwhile, "Yabba-Dabba-Doo" is one of TV's most recognized and repeated catchphrases, along with "Wilmaaaaaa!"

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Thursday
Sep302010

Bonnie and Clyde Director Arthur Penn Dead at 88 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Arthur Penn, the Oscar-nominated director of the classic 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, died Tuesday night. According to The New York Times, he passed away of congestive heart failure at his New York City home. Penn turned 88 on Monday.

Penn is best remembered for his work on Bonnie and Clyde, which starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the iconic bank robbers. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, including a best director nod for Penn. Actress Estelle Parsons won an Oscar for her performance in the film.

Penn is also closely associated with The Miracle Worker, the story of the blind and deaf author Helen Keller. He directed it as a TV play in the 1950s before bringing it to Broadway, winning a Tony Award in the process. A few years later, he directed the film adaptation of The Miracle Worker, which earned Penn an Oscar nomination and both Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke an Oscar win.

Penn received a third Oscar nomination in 1970 for Alice's Restaurant. His other film credits include the Marlon Brando-Jack Nicholson flick The Missouri Breaks and the Gene Hackman thriller Night Moves.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Celebrity Roast Comedian Greg Giraldo Dies at 44

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- TMZ.com reported Wednesday that comedian Greg Giraldo, 44, died after being hospitalized for five days due to an overdose of prescription pills.  Giraldo, best known for celebrity roast appearances, passed away with his family by his side, a source told TMZ.com.  Sources say plans are being made for a public memorial service.

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