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Jan312011

David Arquette Out of Rehab

Photo Courtesy - Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- David Arquette's rep has confirmed to ABC News Radio that the actor has left rehab. He entered rehab over New Year's weekend for what was described as alcohol and other issues.

A People magazine source says Arquette is "in great spirits. He's feeling good and he's ready to move forward."

The 39-year-old actor checked into rehab less than three months after he and his wife Courteney Cox announced their separation.

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Monday
Jan312011

Lindsay Lohan 'Worried' About Charlie Sheen

Photo Courtesy - Jeff Vespa/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- You know you're in bad shape when Lindsay Lohan thinks you should slow down.

Lohan, herself just out of rehab, is telling friends she's "concerned" about the "life or death situation" in which Charlie Sheen now finds himself. According to TMZ, Lohan is telling her friends that Sheen, who entered rehab last Friday, shows "obvious signs of addiction."

A source tells the gossip site that LiLo "understands the problem of having the wrong people around" and "wants Charlie to understand that he needs to surround himself with positive, sober people."

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Monday
Jan312011

Roseanne Barr Sues Ex in Child Visitation Flap

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Roseanne Barr has returned the favor -- she's just sued her ex-husband and bodyguard, Ben Thomas.

Thomas filed suit against Barr in October for reneging on a divorce agreement with the comedienne that snagged him and his new wife nearly unlimited trips to Hawaii. E! reports the deal was part of a custody arrangement for Thomas to see Buck, his teenage son with Barr, that granted him up to 10 days per month in Hawaii, where Barr and Buck live. However, Thomas sued when Barr allegedly pulled out of the deal in an e-mail, declaring "I'm no longer interested in abiding by this ridiculous arrangement."

Thomas not only filed suit after that, but released details of his suit and divorce arrangements to the press -- including Barr's e-mail address, according to E! -- which led Barr to countersue, claiming her ex violated confidentiality clauses in their divorce paperwork.

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Monday
Jan312011

Carole King's 'Tapestry' Marks 40th Anniversary

Photo Courtesy - Redferns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If you were old enough to buy music in the '70s, there was one album that was very likely in your record collection: Carole King's Tapestry.  Believe it or not, it's been four decades since that landmark record arrived in stores -- in fact, this past Sunday, Jan. 30, marked the official 40th anniversary of its release.

After its release, Tapestry spent 15 straight weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart, which is still a record for an album by a female artist.  Entirely written or co-written by King, it produced a string of hits, including "It's Too Late," "So Far Away" and "I Feel the Earth Move," and won four Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.

Since its release, Tapestry has sold 25 million copies and inspired two tribute albums, one in 1995 and one in 2003.   It's also been added to the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress and was ranked #36 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Tapestry epitomized the "singer-songwriter" genre that swept the charts in the 1970s -- confessional lyrics set to mellow music.  In the new documentary Troubadours, which will air on PBS on March 2, King explains the reason why Tapestry and similar albums, from artists like James Taylor and Jackson Browne, were so popular in post-‘60s America.  "There was just sort of a generational turbulence, cultural turbulence [in the '70s]," she says.  "There was a hunger for intimacy...the personal thing that we did." 

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Monday
Jan312011

'The King's Speech,' 'The Fighter' Among Top Winners at SAG Awards

Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company(LOS ANGELES) -- The King's Speech ruled the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

The film won two awards, including the top prize, outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.  Colin Firth received an outstanding male actor award for his performance in the film, which has quickly made a strong case to win the best picture Oscar.

Black Swan actress Natalie Portman and The Fighter co-stars Christian Bale and Melissa Leo were also honored.

On the TV side, ABC's Modern Family and HBO's Boardwalk Empire won the awards for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy and drama, respectively.  To her surprise, 89-year-old Betty White was recognized as the top female actor in a comedy series for Hot in Cleveland.

Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi, 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin, The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, You Don't Know Jack's Al Pacino and Temple Grandin's Claire Danes were also winners in the TV acting categories.

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Monday
Jan312011

'The Rite' Debuts Atop the Box Office with $15 Million

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Anthony Hopkins' latest film has earned the "rite" to call itself the box office champion.

Hopkins' thriller The Rite debuted in first place over the weekend, earning an estimated $15 million.  It took the top spot away from the romantic comedy No Strings Attached, which dropped to second place, with $13.7 million.  The Jason Statham action flick The Mechanic tied with The Green Hornet for the third spot, with each film collecting $11.5 million.

The King's Speech received a nice Oscar bump, earning $11.1 million, about two million more than it raised the previous weekend.  The film received 12 Oscar nominations last week and is considered a top contender in the best picture category.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. The Rite, $15 million.
2. No Strings Attached, $13.7 million.
3T. The Green Hornet, $11.5 million.
3T. The Mechanic, $11.5 million.
5. The King's Speech, $11.1 million.
6. True Grit, $7.6 million.
7. The Dilemma, $5.5 million.
8. Black Swan, $5.1 million.
9. The Fighter, $4.1 million.
10. Yogi Bear, $3.2 million.

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Monday
Jan312011

Lea Michele of 'Glee' to Sing "America the Beautiful" at Super Bowl

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- You don't have to wait until the Super Bowl is over to get your Glee fix.

According to published reports, show star Lea Michele will sing "America the Beautiful" before the big game.  Faith Hill, Queen Latifah, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Marc Anthony, Ray Charles and Vicki Carr are the only other acts who've performed "America the Beautiful" at football's big game.

Christina Aguilera will sing the national anthem and The Black Eyed Peas will provide the halftime entertainment.

The Super Bowl is set to air live from Dallas on Fox Feb. 6.  A special episode of Glee will air after the game.

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Monday
Jan312011

Madonna's Movie Won't Premiere at Cannes Film Festival

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(LOS ANGELES) -- Turns out a report in a French newspaper that Madonna's new movie W.E. would premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May is false.

A rep for IMGlobal, the sales agency handling the film, told the Hollywood Reporter that the film won't be completed in time for Cannes.  Instead, it will premiere at various fall film festivals.

The official selection of films at Cannes won't be announced until April.

Madonna doesn't appear in W.E. -- she directed it.  It stars Abbie Cornish and Oscar Isaac in parallel stories about a modern couple and about England's King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson, the former Duke and Duchess of York.

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Monday
Jan312011

James Bond Movie Composer John Barry Dies at 77

Photo Courtesy - MGM(LONDON) -- John Barry, the Academy Award-winning British musician, composer and arranger who composed scores for numerous hit movies and some 12 James Bond films, has died of a heart attack, according to the BBC.  He was 77.

Barry arranged the iconic 007 theme from the James Bond films.  His credits also include award-winning scores for Born Free, The Lion in Winter, Midnight Cowboy, Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves.

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Sunday
Jan302011

British Actor Cast as New Superman

Photo Courtesy - Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival(LOS ANGELES) -- British actor Henry Cavill has been cast as the next Man of Steel in the latest re-boot of the Superman franchise, according to EW.com.

Best known for his role as Charles Brandon on Showtime's The Tudors, Cavill, 27, will take on the iconic role in director Zach Snyder's film, which is expected to hit theaters in December 2012.

In a statement, Cavill expressed his delight at being cast in the role, which was previously held by the late Christopher Reeve in four feature films in the 1970s and 1980s and Brandon Routh in Bryan Singer's 2006 film Superman Returns.

Cavill was in the running to portray the Man of Steel in the 2006 re-boot, but was replaced by Routh after Singer took over the project from director McG, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Action movie fans who are unfamiliar with Cavill will become more acquainted with the actor after this November's Immortals is released, where he will portray the mythical Theseus in an ensemble cast that includes Mickey Rourke, John Hurt and Stephen Dorff. 

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