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Cine News: 27 April 2012

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Arts & Culture

Oprah WinfreyRosie O'Donnell Supports Oprah Winfrey At School Fundraiser


Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell proved she had no hard feelings towards her former TV boss Oprah Winfrey on Wednesday night after joining the media mogul at a New York fundraiser for her South African girls school.

The Rosie Show was axed from Winfrey's Own network in March after just one season on air and the cancellation was rumoured to have caused a rift between the two stars.

But O'Donnell showed she had nothing but love for Winfrey by turning up to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls benefit at the Jazz at Lincoln Center venue this week.

Cindi Berger, O'Donnell's representative, tells the New York Daily News, "They have an excellent relationship. It was a very special night and a wonderful time."

The event featured a performance by the first class of graduates from the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg.

Other guests to show their support for Winfrey's cause included singer Mary J. Blige, actress Goldie Hawn, model Iman and hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons.

Winfrey opened the school in 2007 to provide education for disadvantaged females. »

Mia Amber Davis' Widower Sues Doctors Over Death


The widower of actress Mia Amber Davis is suing the Road Trip star's doctors for prescribing birth control pills which allegedly contributed to her death from a pulmonary embolism.

Davis passed away last May, a day after undergoing an operation on her knee to fix an old sports injury.

Los Angeles coroners ruled her official cause of death was a "pulmonary thrombo-embolism" - a blood clot in the lungs - although they listed the surgery as a "significant condition contributing to death".

Her grieving widower Mike Yard, who wed the plus-sized actress in 2008, is now convinced the type of contraception she was on, Balziva and Zenchent, "greatly increased her risk for a pulmonary embolism and ultimately caused her death".

He claims her obstetrician should have known better than to prescribe the overweight Davis with the drugs. Yard is adamant his wife should have been offered an alternative type of birth control, because "obesity" is a well-known risk factor with those pills.

Yard also alleges the doctor who cleared Davis for treatment on her knee was wrong to do so because she was obese, adding he "should have advised (Davis) to eliminate some of her other risk factors prior to clearing her for the surgery".

He is seeking unspecified damages from both the obstetrician and the surgeon for the loss of love, companionship and moral support, reports »

Patrick Dempsey Rescues Teen From Car Crash


Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey turned real-life hero on Tuesday when he pulled a teenage driver from a wrecked car after a serious accident outside his Malibu, California home.

The TV hunk, who plays top neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd on the hit medical drama, raced into action after witnessing the young motorist's Mustang flip over several times and crash into his front yard.

According to, Dempsey used a crowbar to free the boy from the wreckage as he waited for paramedics to arrive on the scene.

The crash victim, whose name has not been released, had an extremely lucky escape - he suffered a concussion but did not sustain any serious injuries.

Dempsey is familiar with car crashes - he spends much of his spare time racing. »

Hugh Grant: 'My Baby Mama Is Brilliant'


Hugh Grant heaped praise on the mother of his baby daughter during a TV interview in the U.S. on Thursday in an effort to address criticism aimed at her by the Chinese media.

During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which aired on Friday, the movie star revealed his former girlfriend, Chinese model Tinglan Hong, has been hurt by nasty comments in the press, accusing her of abandoning the couple's child, Tabitha.

Grant said, "She's a brilliant mother, wonderful. I have to say that because the whole Chinese press has decided that she's abandoned the baby.

"She texted me earlier and said, 'Please say on national American television I'm a wonderful mother.'"

And the actor proved he's great with kids when he sat down for a chat with DeGeneres' young English regulars Sophia Grace and Rosie over tea.

The two little girls shared jokes with the star on the show and talked about his new movie The Pirates! Band of Misfits. »

Avatar Star Zoe Saldana Is Big On Boobs


Small-breasted Avatar star Zoe Saldana has revealed she would consider a boob job if she felt a bigger chest would make her happier.

The actress admits she finds breasts fascinating and urges all women to do what they need to do to have the best boobs.

She says, "Buy yourself a pair of t**ties... I heard somebody tell me this once and I thought, 'You know what, you're absolutely right. Thank you for that.' It just hit me. Why not... Buy yourself a pair of t**ties.

"It's the same way an old man who's having, like, a mid-life crisis can buy a Porsche and date, like, a 17 year old, I can buy myself a pair... and be the sexiest soccer mom."

Appearing on socialite Amanda de Cadenet's new U.S. talk show The Conversation on Thursday night, Saldana confessed she loves watching empowered bra-less women bouncing down the street: "I love when you can showcase (your breasts). It doesn't matter how flat or how big or saggy or crooked or whatever; just be proud of them and just show them. Go up and down the stairs without a bra and just let them hang. I think it's so sexy and empowering." »

Actor Matthew Underwood Arrested


Former Zoey 101 star Matthew Underwood is facing a charge of marijuana possession after he was caught with the drug during a police search of his Florida home.

Cops arrived at the 22 year old's Port St. Lucie house on Friday morning to execute a search warrant and found him in a bedroom with a 17-year-old girl.

The actor, who worked with Britney Spears' sister Jamie Lynn on the Nickelodeon TV show, was arrested for pot possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Another male, 24-year-old Ryan Runyon, was also taken into custody on counts of marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession.

Underwood was booked for the charges and subsequently released. »

Annalynne McCord's Dad Approves Of New Romance


Actress Annalynne McCord's new romance with Dominic Purcell has been given the thumbs up by her protective father, who has become "obsessed" with the former Prison Break star.

The 90210 actress began dating Purcell last year following her split from on/off boyfriend Kellan Lutz and she has previously gushed about how the pair "connected" over a conversation about moving out of Los Angeles.

She has since introduced Purcell to her dad David and, despite the 18-year age gap between them, her father has given the couple his seal of approval.

McCord, 24, tells Star magazine, "(David) is obsessed with him (Purcell). When they get together, they're like buddies. I'm like, 'What's wrong with this picture?'"

The TV star has also been spending time with the actor's four young kids from a previous marriage and recently bonded with his daughter Ashley over her charity work in Cambodia.

She says, "We really connected. It's really cool to be able to talk to an 11-year-old and have her be interested!" »

Amanda De Cadenet Shocks Famous Friends With Sex Question


British socialite Amanda De Cadenet stunned celebrity guests on the debut of her new U.S. chat show The Conversation by quizzing them about their favourite sex positions.

Gwyneth Paltrow, Zoe Saldana, Jane Fonda and comedienne Sarah Silverman were all asked about what makes them most comfortable in intimate settings.

The racy question raised eyebrows for Fonda and prompted de Cadenet's longtime pal Paltrow to shriek, "What?" - but they all answered.

Silverman said, "I do enjoy a good sound missionary-ing... and I like to be manhandled," while Star Trek pin-up Saldana replied, "I like missionary and I like being on my knees too. And I love being on top... I love doggy-style or standing up."

Candid Fonda offered: "While I am quite flexible and I can kneel, it's not quite as comfortable for me as it used to be before I had a fake knee... (I like to be) either lying down or sitting up on a couch with him coming on to me, no pun intended."

After her initial shock, Paltrow added, "I'm down with all of them."

The Conversation debuted on Thursday night. »

Tommy Lee Jones Supports Cinema Documentary


Oscar-winning actor Tommy Lee Jones has contributed to a documentary about a cinema he managed back in his student days.

The Men in Black star ran the Orson Welles Cinema in Cambridge, Massachusetts while he was studying at Harvard University in the 1960s.

Filmmaker Garen Daly, who managed the cinema after Jones, is making a movie about the avant-garde picture house and he interviewed the actor about his time in charge.

The director reveals Jones told him a number of stories about his stint as the venue's first-ever manager, including a time when he asked "a bunch of stoned hippies" to paint the theatre's lobby.

Daly tells the Boston Herald, "It was his first job 'in the business'... He had quite a few amusing stories... They painted it (the lobby) purple, which was a very hippie colour at the time. Eventually, they ran out of paint, and Tommy sent one of the hippies to the store to get more. He was stoned and came back with just the lid - no paint. Jones told him, 'Well, you got it partially right.'"

The Orson Welles Cinema was the first theatre in America to showcase independent movies and foreign films. »

Zoe Saldana Desperate To Have Kids


Avatar star Zoe Saldana is desperate to start a family after spending years waiting to become a mum with ex-fiance Keith Britton.

The actress admits she has always dreamed of a brood of kids but the timing was never right for her to get pregnant during her 11-year romance with Britton, which ended last year.

In a candid interview with socialite Amanda de Cadenet for new U.S. show The Conversation, Saldana says, "I'm Latin, we start young... At 22, you're like, 'I'm getting an itch to hold something; I just wanna have a little critter.'

"I was dating my partner and you wanna be respectful... he wasn't ready... and then when he got ready I didn't have time.

"Making the decision to wait with him was one of the most mature things... Had I been, like, the traditional person that I really am, I would have been, 'I'll find somebody that can give me a baby...' I'm glad that I respected him."

But now the 33-year-old actress is desperate to be a mum: "I want two or three or four or five. I don't care. They're so delicious and I love the pressure and anxiety of, like, a loud room full of yapping kids. I'm a kid myself, so I get along very well with animals and children. I dig them, I get them. They make perfect sense to me." »

Jennifer Aniston Almost Missed Out On Friends Role


Jennifer Aniston almost missed out on her breakthrough role in hit sitcom Friends because she was contracted to star on another TV show when she was offered the part as Rachel Green.

NBC network bosses immediately thought of Aniston as the perfect person to portray Green when they were presented with the comedy and they cast her alongside co-stars Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer.

But she had yet to sign a contract with NBC to officially join the show by the time it was ready to go into production in 1994, and TV executive Warren Littlefield admits they took a huge risk keeping Aniston on the project instead of simply recasting the role - because they weren't completely sure if she'd be able to quit her other job.

In an interview on U.S. breakfast show Today on Friday, he said, "We had a little difficulty. She had actually signed on to do a series at CBS and we had to take her in second position. We did the pilot that way, and she still wasn't available.

"We had to go into series production throwing millions of dollars at risk and we still did not have the rights to go forward with Jennifer."

Aniston was eventually able to commit to Friends and the programme went on to become one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, winning multiple awards, including Emmy and Golden Globe honours - and launching her career. »

Jason Reitman Recruits Emma Stone And Paul Rudd For The Apartment


Director Jason Reitman has recruited stars including Emma Stone, Paul Rudd and James Woods for a reading of The Apartment as he takes his movie theatre project to New York City.

The moviemaker has been bringing a series of well-loved movies to the stage in Los Angeles in recent months for star-studded live readings of films including The Big Lebowski, The Breakfast Club and The Princess Bride.

He is now taking the shows to the Big Apple and will kick off the Live Read series in Manhattan on Friday with a reading of 1960 classic The Apartment.

Stone and Rudd will take over the roles made famous by Shirley MacLaine and Jack Lemmon, while the show will also feature James Woods, Lena Dunham and Jason Sudeikis.

The event will take place at The Times Center, and due to the overwhelming demand for tickets, the reading will also be broadcast on screens in the venue's main hall for those who couldn't get a seat in the theatre. »

Ginnifer Goodwin And Josh Dallas Campaign For Arts Funding


Once Upon A Time co-stars Ginnifer Goodwin and Josh Dallas jetted to Washington, D.C. on Thursday to fight for arts funding.

Actor Omar Epps joined the couple as they visited Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to increase spending for the arts in schools across the U.S.

Goodwin took to to share photos of her trip, while encouraging fans to help keep educational arts programmes alive by contacting their local representatives.

Her boyfriend Dallas also tweeted, "Day 1 on Capitol Hill... asking for Congress and Senate to support arts spending... The Arts are a Key Driver of our economy. Not-for-profit arts generate more than $166 billion in economic activity each year. That means 5.7 million full-time jobs!"

Goodwin added, "In The Capitol... fighting for the arts. Staggering stats forthcoming. Somehow both inspiring & disheartening... Fyi (for your information) kids excel in math (sic) & science, are higher career earners, & are more active in society when there is art." »

Heidi Klum Turns Empire State Building Red For Charity


Heidi Klum turned New York's iconic Empire State Building red on Thursday in aid of a bone marrow donor charity.

The supermodel was guest of honour at the lighting ceremony and flicked the switch to illuminate the famous tower in honour of Dkms - the world's largest bone marrow donor centre.

Klum posted a picture of herself standing at the top of the Empire State on and told followers, "Lighting the Empire State Building red in honour of Dkms... Fight blood cancer... What a beautiful view of New York City from the top of the Empire State Building!!" »

Tommy Lee Jones Wins Harvard Arts Medal


Tommy Lee Jones has been honoured by his alma mater college after receiving the Harvard Arts Medal on Thursday.

The Men in Black star, who attended the Massachusetts university in the 1960s, returned to the institution and was presented with the award at a special ceremony.

The Oscar winner told the audience his time at Harvard shaped his career, saying, "I believe my experience here was the best thing that happened to my creative life. For that, I will be grateful as long as I live."

He also took part in a question-and-answer session with fellow Harvard alumni and actor John Lithgow, who worked with Jones on a number of college drama productions during their time at the college.

The event ended with the star fielding questions from the audience, and Jones was surprised to receive a marriage proposal from a woman in the crowd, according to The Harvard Crimson.

He accepted the offer, telling her, "Yes. But you have to speak to my wife. She may have an opinion." »

Celebrity Hacker: 'Accessing Emails Was Easy'


A cyber-crook who stole personal information from celebrities including Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Reynolds and Mila Kunis has insisted hacking stars' email accounts was easy.

Christopher Chaney, 36, from Florida, pleaded guilty last month to nine felony charges, including identity theft, wiretapping, and unauthorised access to a protected computer.

He is facing up to 60 years in jail after he admitted hacking into email addresses belonging to more than 50 celebrities and stealing personal data - including nude photos of Johansson - and now he's spoken out to reveal how simple it was to access the accounts.

Chaney insists once he broke into one unnamed star's account - using details freely available on the internet - he searched her inbox and found emails from dozens of other famous faces, enabling him to add them to his list of targets.

He tells GQ magazine, "You feel like you've seen something that the rest of the world wanted to see. But you're the only one that's seen it. It's the whole Star Trek thing - going where no man has gone before."

Chaney admits he was first tempted to try out email hacking after reading how Miley Cyrus was targeted by cyber-crooks in 2008, adding, "I was like, 'How hard could this be if it's happening all the time?'"

Chaney is due to be sentenced in July. »

Stars Caught Up In London Siege Drama


Actors Jamie Campbell Bower and Frances Barber were caught up in a terrifying siege in London on Friday.

Cops shut down bustling Tottenham Court Road in central London and evacuated offices and shops when a man claiming to have a bomb reportedly took four people hostage following a dispute over a haulage licence.

Nearby streets were cleared of passers-by as computers and debris began to rain down from the fifth-floor office where the siege was taking place - and Twilight star Campbell Bower and veteran theatre actress Barber were among those caught up in the drama.

In a series of posts on, Barber wrote, "F**k a duck am in middle of hostage sitch (situation) in Tott. ct. Road. Can't get out. We are all hostage inside. I mean I am not in The office, but another. All cordoned off. Apparently some lorry driver who failed his Hgv (haulage) licence? Gone in to office with big canisters. Police won't let us out.

"Tott ct rd deserted. All shops, cafes, etc evacuated. Police everywhere. We are not allowed out. To clarify I am Not in The office. Just trapped in an office nearby. Police won't let us out... (They said) that we have to stay inside. Tried to leave but they won't let us."

Campbell Bower adds, "At Tcr. Just saw what looked like more office equipment coming from window. Police line stopped me from getting closer."

The siege ended after approximately three hours. A 50-year-old man was arrested. »

Jeremy Clarkson Loses Land Battle


British TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has lost a legal battle to ban walkers from a path near his home.

Clarkson, famed for fronting hit motoring show Top Gear, applied to ban public access to a walkway close to his property on the Isle of Man, off the west coast of England.

He alleged having a footpath so close to the home breached his human rights, but officials on the island have ruled there is "strong and persuasive evidence" the public has a right to walk in the area. »

Kim Kardashian's Rep Dismisses Nude Pictures


A representative for Kim Kardashian has dismissed rumours the star has become embroiled in a nude pictures scandal, insisting the woman in the leaked snaps is not the socialite.

Photos showing a dark-haired woman standing in a kitchen naked while cracking eggs into a frying pan emerged online this week (beg23Apr12) and gossips suggested the photo was an old shot of Kardashian.

However, the reality TV star's spokesperson is adamant it is not Kardashian in the pictures, telling, "It's not her. You can totally tell. It looks nothing like her."

A number of stars, including Scarlett Johansson and Mila Kunis, have previously been caught out by hackers who have stolen personal photographs and posted them online. »

Ellen Parker Testifies In Intruder Trial


Actress Ellen Parker took the stand at a court in New York on Thursday to recount the terrifying night she woke up to see a man climbing in through her apartment window.

The former Guiding Light star, 62, told Manhattan Supreme Court she was in bed on the night of 25 August last year when she heard noises in her room.

She then saw an intruder grab a jewellery box from her dressing table before climbing out through the window.

William Pelzer, who is in his 40s, is on trial accused of the break-in and Parker allegedly picked him out of a photo line-up, according to the New York Post.

The defendant's lawyer, Kevin Canfield, said, "There are no fingerprints or DNA evidence linking him to the break-in."

Parker starred in soap opera Guiding Light from 1986 to 1993 and has also had roles in Law & Order and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as 1979 movie Kramer vs. Kramer. »

Hugh Grant Reveals Meaning Behind Daughter's Name


Hugh Grant has explained why his baby daughter has a Chinese name meaning 'Happy Surprise' - she was an unexpected addition to the movie star's life.

The Four Weddings and a Funeral actor became a first-time father last year after a fleeting affair with Chinese model Tinglan Hong. They welcomed a baby girl called Tabitha, and although they are not a couple, Grant is determined to be a part of his daughter's life.

He has now confirmed his little girl also has a Chinese name, Jingxi, and it reflects her unexpected arrival.

Grant tells talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, "I can't pretend it wasn't a little bit of a surprise but, it's a very nice surprise. In fact, the baby's name in Chinese - because the mother is Chinese - means Happy Surprise."

He adds, "It's surprising that everyone was right all these years. (People were) saying, 'Hugh, why don't you have some children? It changes your life.' And, you're thinking, 'Oh, shut up!' And now that I have (a child), it is life changing. I recommend it. Get some." »

James Cameron Trained For Space Trip


Moviemaker James Cameron underwent astronaut training for a planned mission into space but the trip was called off at the last minute.

The Avatar director has revealed he spent the summer of 2000 in Moscow undergoing training for a trip to the Russian Mir Space Station, however it was eventually called off and Cameron missed his chance to go into orbit.

The filmmaker hasn't divulged the details of exactly what went wrong, but claims the scrapped plans were linked to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003, when the American craft disintegrated on re-entry to the Earth's atmosphere, killing all seven crew members.

He tells The Hollywood Reporter, "In 2000 I spent the summer in Moscow going through the cosmonaut biomedical protocols and centrifugal training and all that stuff. I was going to go to the Mir space station when it was still in orbit. It's a long story, but unfortunately that fell through - I'll just say it had a lot to do with the crash of Columbia."

When asked whether he hopes to eventually make the trip to space, Cameron replies, "Well, yeah - it's a big future right?" »

Eva Longoria's Tearful Farewell To Desperate Housewives


Eva Longoria had a tearful final day on the set of Desperate Housewives, weeping in the arms of her co-star Marcia Cross as the show came to an end after eight years.

The actress, who plays Gabrielle Solis in the comedy drama, welled up with emotion when shooting her final scenes on Thursday and she shared her sadness with fans on

Longoria posted a series of photos from the set of the show, including shots of her crying with Cross and hugging fellow Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, and an image of her now-abandoned trailer.

In a series of tweets, she writes, "That's a wrap! End of an era!... Bye bye trailer! All cleared out and empty! Ready for another actor to move in! Me and the beautiful Marcia Cross! Crying our eyes out! Me and Felicity Huffman holding each other so tight! She kept me standing for the last 8 years! I love u (sic) Flicka!"

The show, launched in 2004, will end in the U.S. next month. »

The Things They Tweet:


"Wow listening to the opening credits song of @rockofagesmovie and @TomCruise killed/annihilated/destroyed it! Aaahhh I'm screaming!!!!" Julianne Hough is a big fan of her Rock of Ages co-star Tom Cruise. »

Selena Gomez And Taylor Swift Enjoy Girls' Night In


Actress/singer Selena Gomez knows how to have fun without boyfriend Justin Bieber - she ate cupcakes and danced the night away with Taylor Swift during a girls' night in.

The best pals enjoyed some quality time together on Wednesday night, and Gomez shared the fun with her fans - posting an Instagram picture of the duo dancing with two friends, playing guitar and eating cupcakes.

In a post on her page, she wrote, "Because you need a best friend (that) sings beautifully, another best friend to dance with you and another to listen. Oh and cupcakes." »

Benedict Cumberbatch Landed Star Trek 2 Role With iPhone Audition


British actor Benedict Cumberbatch snagged a role in the upcoming Star Trek thanks to an audition tape recorded on an iPhone.

The War Horse star heard director J.J. Abrams was interested in casting him as the lead villain in the follow-up to his 2009 blockbuster, so he came up with an oddball idea to have a friend film his try-out on his smart phone late one night.

He tells the New York Times, "I was pretty strung out, so that went into the performance."

He submitted the clip to Abrams only to be told by an assistant that the filmmaker was on vacation.

But when Cumberbatch finally received a cryptic reply from Abrams a week later, he didn't know whether to start celebrating or continue to hold his breath.

He says, "I heard on the day after New Year's Day... He just sent me an email, going, 'You want to come and play?' I said, 'What does this mean? Are you in town, you want to go for a drink? I'm English, you've got to be really straight with me on this. Have I got the part?'"

Cumberbatch's involvement in the untitled Star Trek sequel was formally announced in January. He will appear alongside 2009 stars Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto in the new installment, which is set to hit cinemas next summer. »

Tired Ricki Lake Signed Up For Dating Site While Medicated


Actress and TV personality Ricki Lake once signed up for an online dating website while under the influence of strong sleeping medication - and she has no recollection of filling out the information.

The original Hairspray star admits she learned a lot about herself and the type of men she liked during one desperate moment while searching for the perfect guy.

Newlywed Lake admits she was in a relationship at the time, but wasn't happy.

She says, "When you take (sleeping pill) Ambien and you stay up on it you have selective memory... I was on Ambien and I was bored and I signed up to

"It's like a two-hour process and suddenly I find out that The Kite Runner is my favourite book and I'm looking for a man who can take care of himself."

Lake admits she no longer pops Ambien but she does need help with her insomnia and has turned to her pharmacist dad for help.

She adds, "Sleeping is an issue for me... It's hard to turn it off." »

Kristen Stewart Tops Best Dressed List


Kristen Stewart has been named the world's best dressed woman.

The Twilight star was hailed for her fashion sense in the annual poll by Glamour magazine after giving herself an image make-over from "awkward teen to style queen".

The actress also topped the best-dressed couple list with her Twilight co-star and rumoured boyfriend Robert Pattinson.

Last year's best dressed woman winner, Emma Watson, dropped to second place, while former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham climbed 12 places to third.

British royal Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge was in fourth place, with singer Florence Welch rounding out the top five in the poll compiled by Glamour magazine readers. »

War Witch Wins Top Film Prize At Tribeca


War Witch and Una Noche were the big winners at the Tribeca Film Festival awards in New York this week (beg23Apr12).

Drama War Witch was named Best Narrative Feature, with Rachel Mwanza taking home the Best Actress award at the prizegiving in Manhattan on Thursday night.

Una Noche director Lucy Molloy was honoured, as were the film's cinematographers Trevor Forrest and Shlomo Godder. Dariel Arrechada and Javier Nunez Florian shared the Best Actor award for their role in the Cuban drama.

The awards were presented by the festival's founders Robert De Niro and producer Jane Rosenthal, and the jury panel, which included Patricia Clarkson, Michael Moore and Susan Sarandon. Winners received a cash prize of up to $25,000 (£13,000).

Other jurors who cast their opinion on the films include Dakota Fanning, Whoopi Goldberg, Kim Cattrall and director Brett Ratner.

Audience Award winners will be announced on Saturday. »

Michael Landon Memorial Plaque Back On Display In Park


A plaque commemorating late actor Michael Landon has been reinstalled in a New Jersey park, five months after officials temporarily removed the honour.

The Little House on the Prairie star lost his battle with cancer in 1991, aged 54, and his widow Cindy decided to keep his legacy alive by having his name etched onto a metal plaque and displayed in a children's park dedicated to the icon in his hometown of Collingswood.

The memorial, displayed on a knee-high cement slab, was taken off during a community clean-up in November, but town mayor Jim Maley insisted it was in safe keeping and would be put back at a later date.

At the time, Landon's widow fumed, "It was sad to hear what had happened... I paid for the park to be built and the plaque was funded by the private donations of people who loved Michael and wanted to memorialise him. It meant a lot to my family and his fans, and it would have meant a lot to Michael, too. The park should be restored and the plaque returned to its original place."

However, the memorial plate was reportedly found in a dump by a local resident in January - although no reason was given for its apparent disposal - and it has since been put back on display "close to its previous location", according to the New York Times. »

Rihanna Wanted James Franco As Video Love Interest


Rihanna asked 127 Hours star James Franco to play her man in the We Found Love video.

The movie star reveals he had to turn the offer down because of a scheduling conflict.

Franco tells MTV News, "She actually asked me to be in that video, the one with the relationship that gets crazy. I couldn't do it."

But the actor insists he would have been interested in the role under different circumstances, adding, "I do like Rihanna."

The R&B star eventually asked model Dudley O'Shaughnessy to play her love interest in the promo. »

Charlie Sheen Tried To Convince Pal Robe Lowe To Scam Emmys


Charlie Sheen once tried to drag childhood pal Rob Lowe into a get-rich-quick scheme at the Emmy Awards - by asking him to read out his name as he announced the winner of a Best Actor trophy.

Lowe insists the star was deadly serious when he suggested they tried to scam the awards - and win big in Las Vegas.

He recalls, "At the Emmys a few years ago I was delivering the category of Best Lead Actor in a Comedy and Charlie was nominated; I hadn't talk to him for a while... He calls me up and said, 'Listen, I have a plan. The odds against me winning in Vegas are 36-1; I'll put a million dollars down, you read my name and I'll give you 70 per cent of the winnings.

"I hang up, laughing, and he calls me again and goes, 'Dude, I'm serious'.

"I said, 'Charlie, let me walk you through this... Here's the thing, they're gonna give me an envelope at the EMMYs, I'm gonna open it, it's going to say Alec Baldwin. What would you have me do with the thing that says Alec Baldwin?' He goes, 'You can eat it! I will come up, make a spectacle and you eat it very quickly.'" »

Tom Cruise Had Rock Of Ages Get-out Clause Just In Case He Couldn't Sing


Tom Cruise only agreed to be part of the Rock Of Ages cast if he passed vocal tests.

The movie star plays outrageous rocker Stacee Jaxx in the upcoming movie musical, and director Adam Shankman reveals Cruise wanted to make sure he could hit the high notes before signing on.

The filmmaker admits the Top Gun star had been begging him for a musical role for years - but when Shankman presented him with the idea to play Jaxx, Cruise wasn't immediately sold.

Shankman says, "I needed for one of my movies to clear a poster of Top Gun, so I called him (Cruise) to ask if he could clear it and he followed up with, 'When are you going to make a musical with me?' In my head I was like, 'Never', but then this opportunity came up so I offered it to him to see if he would bite.

"My idea was that it would be huge for the world's biggest movie star to play the world's biggest rock star.

"He thought it was such as crazy idea, but he just likes challenges, and I think, being a father and seeing (daughter) Suri love music and (wife) Katie (Holmes) love dancing, it was in his consciousness and he jumped at it.

"But we did have this agreement that if we put him with a vocal coach and he just couldn't sing, we would make it go away and just never discuss it again."

Shankman admits it quickly became clear Cruise had a great voice: "I listened in from the other side of the door of his first vocal lesson and immediately knew it would work. He was hitting these notes that were unbelievable, and in the movie, he has to sing Paradise City, which is so high, but he just wrestles it to the ground." »

Alicia Silverstone Has No Regrets About Baby-feeding Video


Actress Alicia Silverstone has faced the camera for the first time since her baby-mouth feeding video sparked controversy online.

Many mums were turned off by the short film of the Clueless star chewing her 11-month-old son's food and then spitting it into the baby boy's mouth - but she insists she doesn't regret going public with her premastication technique.

Appearing on news show Entertainment Tonight on Thursday, the actress says, "It's a part of the weaning process, so while I'm still breastfeeding, it's just a way to introduce him to food."

But Silverstone can understand why so many modern mums were shocked by the viral video: "It's new to them, but this has been going on for thousands of years and is still going on all over the place; it's natural."

And five per cent of women polled in a new TV survey agree with the star - because they've tried premastication.

The health-conscious, vegan actress adds, "I don't regret posting the video, but I didn't expect it to do what it did... I've had nothing but great feedback." »

Sarah Michelle Gellar Pregnant With Second Child - Report


Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar is pregnant with her second child, according to a U.S. report.

The Buffy the Vampire Slayer star and husband Freddie Prinze Jr are reportedly expanding their family.

A friend of the pair tells Us Weekly, "She and Freddie are thrilled. They're amazing parents."

They first met on the set of 1997 horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer, and began dating three years later. They walked down the aisle in 2002 and welcomed daughter Charlotte Grace in 2009. »


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