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The Former 'Saturday Night Live' Funnyman to Play Ashley Tisdale's Father

January 30, 2008 08:24:02 GMT


Former "Saturday Night Live" performer Kevin Nealon has been cast in the 20th Century Fox's adventure comedy "They Came from Upstairs". According to Hollywood Reporter, the 54-year-old comic will be playing Stuart Pearson, the father of Ashley Tisdale's character.

Aside from starring opposite the "High School Musical" starlet, Nealon will also join the cast that include Robert Hoffman, Tim Meadows and Gillian Vigman. Meanwhile, the film directed by John Schultz tells the story of a group of teens who defend their Maine vacation home from an alien invasion coming from upstairs.
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Diane Kruger to Be One of the 2008 Berlinale Jury

January 30, 2008 07:59:11 GMT


The co-star of Nicolas Cage in "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" Diane Kruger has been chosen to be among the eight international film experts and stars to decide who is to take home the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears. On Tuesday, January 29, the German actress has been announced by the Berlinale organizers to be joining the jury panel at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival which will be held on February 7 to 17.

On the panel led by the 1990 Berlinale Golden Bear-winner Costa-Gavras, Kruger joins Danish director Susanne Bier, French actress Sandrine Bonnaire, production designer Uli Hanisch, sound designer Walter Murch, Russian film producer Alexander Rodniansky and Taiwanese actress Shu Qi. With those fellow, she would have to select films to be awarded the 58th Berlinale's top kudos from the total of 21 films running in the main competition.
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Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban Name Their Clothing Line 'Hank Evie'

January 30, 2008 07:40:24 GMT


Nicole Kidman and her husband Keith Urban are using their celebrity status to branch out to the fashion-design world. The celebrity couple are planning to unveil their own clothing line, naming it "Hank Evie."

On using "Hank Evie" to name their fashion line, it is reported that the two words actually are the separate names Nicole and Keith used to call each other while they were still in the early stages of their relationship.
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Brian O'Conner and Dom Toretto Back for 'The Fast and the Furious 4'


January 30, 2008 07:04:16 GMT


The two key cast of "The Fast and the Furious", Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, are coming back on the fourth installment of Universal Pictures' street car racing film. In an interview with MTV News, Diesel confirmed the rumors stating that he and Walker are reprising their role in "Untitled Fast and the Furious Sequel".

On the chance of Walker going back as Brian O'Conner, the star of "The Pacifier" said, "Gotta have Paul Walker." Meanwhile, on him being back as Dominic Toretto, he reasoned, "I think doing the cameo in 'Tokyo Drift' confirmed a lot of things for me. It confirmed that if you create a role that the world kind of identifies with, or the world adopts, sometimes you have that responsibility to revisit that role. I'm a little bit slower than the average actor that just jumps into the sequel, but I think the time has come to revisit Dom Toretto."
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Confirmed, Kanye West to Tour With Rihanna, Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D.


January 30, 2008 06:58:45 GMT


The bits and pieces of pictures on Kanye West's official blog have been put together, revealing the supporting acts for his upcoming tour.

As previously suggested, Lupe Fiasco and N.E.R.D. will join him in the 'Glow in the Dark Tour' and Rihanna too has been added to the list. Others like Common and Consequence are not listed, leading to speculations that they are merely rumored acts.
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Dolly Parton Goes Digital for New Album

January 30, 2008 06:33:24 GMT


Country singer Dolly Parton and her label Dolly Records have signed a major deal with INgrooves to distribute her albums worldwide digitally, and her upcoming album 'Backwoods Barbie' will be the first venture. The deal is part of Parton's attempts to be innovative in creating connection with her fans through the sale of her albums.

"When we started Dolly Records we knew we had to be cutting edge as well as put out great music," Parton said. "After looking at the choices in digital distribution, INgrooves was the perfect partner for our first release. They had tons of experience and were flexible enough to work with a crazy country girl like me and I know we'll have a ball making waves in the digital world."
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Judge Denied Foxy Brown's Get-Out-of-Jail-Early Request

January 30, 2008 06:19:34 GMT


New York State Supreme Court Judge Melissa Jackson ruled Thursday, January 24 that Foxy Brown would not be allowed to leave the state for medical attention. The judge, in other words, turned down the rapper's request for an early release from jail for ear problem.

Brown petitioned on January 15 for her early release from New York's Rikers Island by January 30 to treat an ear problem she feared could jeopardize her hearing and singing career. In her four-pages handwritten letter to New York Supreme Court Judge, Brown said she has already learned a lesson from serving jail time and thus pleaded to be released.
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Mira Sorvino to Develop Baseball Movie

January 30, 2008 06:18:50 GMT


The Academy Award-winning actress for her role in "Mighty Aphrodite", Mira Sorvino, is said to be developing a movie. According to press release, the co-star of Robin Williams in "The Final Cut" is in the process of making a baseball movie.

On the project, Sorvino commented, "The day we penned the first five pages was so exciting." She then revealed that it was a project stating, "We'd been talking about it for years, but then one day we just hired a babysitter to take the kids to the museum and sat there and banged stuff out."
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Video Premiere: Kylie Minogue's 'Wow' and 'In My Arms'

January 30, 2008 06:02:32 GMT


Kylie Minogue releases two music videos from her 'X' album at relatively the same time. After first putting 'In My Arms' for worldwide view, the pop diva has exclusively given the world premiere of 'Wow' for gossip blog Perez Hilton.com.

The video of 'In My Arms' employs a futuristic look and 'in-the-box' concept and similarly, 'Wow' video also takes on colorful shots complete with symmetrical lines. The latter will also be premiered on U.K.'s 'Channel 4' at 11:00 P.M. today (January 30). Both are reportedly directed by Melina Matsoukas and filmed in Los Angeles, California.
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Lindsay Lohan Has Fallen Off the Wagon Again

January 30, 2008 05:53:10 GMT


It appears that alcohol is an easy-come easy-go for Lindsay Lohan. Soon following her comeback to the spotlight, the actress-singer has been seen back to her old-partying habit and once again turned herself into a nightclub regular. Less than a month after she was caught drinking champagne directly from a bottle on the dance floor at a New Year's Eve Party, she's been reported to fall off the wagon again.

Lindsay, as reported by the New York Post's Page Six, was seen drinking vodka at New York hotspot The Box on Friday night, January 25 as she partied with shipping heir Stavros Niarchos, DJ Samantha Ronson and "The Hills" star Brody Jenner.
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Young Kirk Found in The Flash Wannabe of 'Daddy Day Care'


January 30, 2008 05:16:36 GMT


The boy who wants to be The Flash in the Eddie Murphy's 2003 comedy "Daddy Day Care", Jimmy Bennett, has reportedly nailed a part in the upcoming sci-fi film "Star Trek". Comingsoon.com reported that the 11-year-old actor has been picked by director J.J. Abrams to join the "Trek" cast.

The actor who will turn 12 on February 9 is going to star as the young James Kirk. He will join the young new crew cast of the action adventure film, including Chris Pine who depicts older Kirk, Zoe Saldana, Ben Cross, Zachary Quinto, Winona Ryder, Eric Bana and Leonard Nimoy. In the meantime, the film distributed by Paramount Pictures is expected to hit theaters on Christmas Day.
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P. Diddy Promotes Former Intern as Bad Boy Records' President


January 30, 2008 04:57:06 GMT


P. Diddy has appointed a new president for his label, Bad Boy Records. Harve Pierre, a former intern of the rapper who had joined Bad Boy since its establishment in 1993, has been promoted to the top position on Tuesday, January 29.

Pierre started off as Diddy's assistant and the executive producer of 50 Bad Boy albums plus five other projects with RCA Records, according to Variety.com. He has since worked his way up to become the executive VP/General Manager/VP of A&R.
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'300' Star Gerard Butler to Star Opposite Katherine Heigl


January 30, 2008 04:36:56 GMT


The "300" star Gerard Butler has been set to join the cast of Columbia Pictures' latest project "The Ugly Truth". According to Variety, the Phantom of 2004's musical film "Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera" will star opposite "27 Dresses" star Katherine Heigl in the battle of the sexes romantic comedy.

In the film directed by Robert Luketic, the 38-year-old Scottish actor is set to portray Mike Alexander, the host of a television segment with the same title as the feature film. He will be a chauvinistic correspondent who challenged morning show producer played by Heigl in a series of outrageous tests to prove his relationships' theories and help her find love. Additionally, the comedy film is expected to start production in April.
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Led Zeppelin's Bassist to Join Foo Fighters at Grammys

January 30, 2008 04:35:45 GMT


While there were reports that Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters planned to drum in Led Zeppelin's reunion tour, it has turned vice versa. The bassist of the British band, John Paul Jones will join Grohl's band in their scheduled performance at 50th Grammy Awards next month.

Foo Fighters will play their single 'The Pretender', which is also nominated at the event, and backed up with Jones and a number of amateur musicians. A contest called My Grammy Moment was opened for unsigned instrumentalists to submit their demo video on YouTube where its winners will get a chance to perform with Foo Fighters at the February 10 night.
News > Celebrity Gossip

Queen Latifah Signed Up as the New Face of U.S. Diet Firm Jenny Craig


January 30, 2008 04:34:03 GMT


Rapper-turned-actress Queen Latifah has been cast for a new 'role,' weight-loss spokeswoman for U.S. diet firm Jenny Craig.

The voluptuous star, who once revealed she wanted to lose weight, is the next celebrity after Kirstie Alley and Valerie Bertinelli to sign up as the face of Jenny Craig's diet program. Officially began her reign as Jenny Craig's newest celebrity client, Latifah could be seen strolling the streets of New York in the new TV commercials for the weight loss company, airing in the States now.
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