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Mar 24, 2011

Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose violet eyes, tumultuous love life and passion for diamonds epitomized Hollywood glamour, died on Wednesday at age 79.

The star of “Cleopatra” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles surrounded by family after a long battle with congestive heart failure that sent her to the hospital six weeks ago.

Mar 23, 2011

Actress Elizabeth Taylor dies at 79

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, a two-time Oscar winner and Hollywood beauty whose screen success was sometimes overshadowed by her tumultuous personal life, died on Wednesday at age 79.

She died after a long battle with congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles surrounded by her four children after having been hospitalized six weeks ago, her spokeswoman said in a statement.

Mar 20, 2011

Thriller ‘Limitless’ tops lackluster box office

LOS ANGELES, March 20 (Reuters) – Thriller “Limitless”
topped North American box offices with $19 million in ticket
sale over a lackluster weekend that continued Hollywood’s
losing streak versus last year.

The movie, in which Bradley Cooper portrays a man who is
able to exponentially increase his brainpower by taking a drug,
beat animated family film “Rango,” which maintained the No. 2
spot in its third weekend in theaters with $15.3 million,
according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Mar 13, 2011

‘Battle: Los Angeles’ claims box office victory

LOS ANGELES, March 13 (Reuters) – Alien invasion film
“Battle: Los Angeles” waged a successful campaign for North
American movie supremacy over the weekend, collecting $36
million in a march to the No. 1 spot on box office charts.

The movie, which tells of a group of U.S. Marines defending
the city from otherworldly beings, trounced two other new films
in theaters, thriller “Red Riding Hood” and animated “Mars
Needs Moms,” which looks to be a costly flop for the Disney
studios, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

Mar 12, 2011

Mel Gibson gets probation for domestic violence

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The criminal cases of Hollywood star Mel Gibson and his former girlfriend ended on Friday when a judge sentenced him to probation for hitting her and prosecutors declined to charge her with blackmail.

Gibson, 55, pleaded no contest to a charge of domestic violence against Oksana Grigorieva, the mother of his baby daughter. He received three years’ probation, was ordered to spend one year in counseling, perform 16 hours of community service and pay fines and court costs.

Mar 11, 2011

Mel Gibson gets 3 years’ probation in violence case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood actor and director Mel Gibson pleaded no contest on Friday to hitting his ex-girlfriend during a heated argument and was sentenced to three years’ probation and violence counseling.

Gibson, 55, received no jail time as part of his plea, which is the equivalent of admitting guilt under California law. He sat through the court proceeding in a dark suit and open-collared shirt, and answered the judge directly when asked if he understood his sentencing.

Mar 10, 2011

Charlie Sheen sues Warner Bros. for $100 million

LOS ANGELES, March 10 (Reuters) – Charlie Sheen struck back
on Thursday at the makers of the hit TV sitcom “Two And A Half
Men,” suing them for $100 million and claiming they fired him
from the show after he criticized producers.

Sheen, who has been in and out of drug and alcohol rehab in
the past year, sued producer Chuck Lorre and a division of the
giant Warner Bros. film and television studio on behalf of
himself, the cast and crew of the No. 1-rated U.S. TV comedy.

Mar 10, 2011

Judge delays jail sentence in Lohan theft case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge on Thursday gave troubled actress Lindsay Lohan two more weeks to plead guilty to a charge she stole a $2,500 necklace in January, delaying any decision to return the Hollywood starlet to jail.

Lohan, 24, pleaded not guilty to theft of the necklace in early February, and a California judge gave her until Thursday to reach a deal in which she would plead guilty or no contest to the charge, which is the equivalent of guilty. But attorneys failed to strike a bargain, leading to Thursday’s ruling.

Mar 10, 2011
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Charlie Sheen could be ready to quiet down

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It may be hard to believe after recent weeks of his rants on subjects ranging from “trolls” to “tiger blood” and the makers of his former hit sitcom “Two And A Half Men,” but Charlie Sheen says he is ready to give up on giving interviews to the media. Sheen, who was fired from his lucrative job as the star of the CBS show earlier this week, told the Dan Patrick radio program on Wednesday that it might be the last time he talks to a reporter.

“This could be my final interview, which is sort of symbolic because it’s where it all began and it’s where it all ends,” Sheen said, because “all they do is vilify me in their narrative speak.”

Mar 9, 2011

Mel Gibson reaches plea deal in domestic abuse case

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Mel Gibson is expected to plead no contest to a charge of battery and avoid jail time for the domestic abuse claim made by his ex-girlfriend, a source close to the case told Reuters on Wednesday.

Celebrity news website TMZ.com, citing unidentified people connected to the Los Angeles District Attorney, reported that the “Braveheart” actor and director will appear in court on Friday to enter his plea, which is equivalent to guilty.

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