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Sep 30, 2010

Ralph Lauren auctions his world — for cancer

By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – Ever wonder what it’s like to live in Ralph Lauren’s world — the fabulous fashion, sexy models, polo ponies and rugged American ranches? Well, now you can buy it in an online auction for charity.

The famous designer is opening his world of high fashion and Hollywood stars to top bidders in the sale starting on Friday, marking the 10th anniversary of his Pink Pony global initiative that raises money and awareness for fighting cancer.

Sep 25, 2010

Judge grants appeal to free actress Lindsay Lohan

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A judge late on Friday granted an appeal to release actress Lindsay Lohan from jail less than nine hours after she was placed behind bars on a charge of violating her probation by failing a drug test.

Judge Patricia Schnegg, an assistant supervising judge in the Los Angeles courts, signed the order to free Lohan, set bail at $300,000 and ordered the “Mean Girls” actress to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet, a spokesman said.

Sep 25, 2010

Lindsay Lohan challenges ruling that jailed her

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lindsay Lohan’s attorney filed legal papers on Friday seeking to spring the troubled actress from jail after she was taken into custody on a charge she violated probation by failing a random drug test.

Earlier Friday, Superior Court Judge Elden Fox denied bail for Lohan, 24, who was convicted in 2007 of drunken driving and cocaine possession. The ruling put Lohan behind bars until an October 22 hearing on whether she had consumed drugs or alcohol against court orders.

Sep 24, 2010

Lindsay Lohan sent back to jail in handcuffs

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Lindsay Lohan was led away from a Beverly Hills courtroom in handcuffs on Friday and taken back to jail where she is expected to spend nearly a month awaiting a hearing for violating her probation.

Superior Court Judge Elden Fox denied Lohan bail, which would have kept her out of confinement. He set an October 22 hearing to decide if the 24-year-old actress violated terms of her probation on a 2007 conviction for drunken driving and cocaine possession after she failed a random drug test.

Sep 2, 2010

Telluride festival unveils film lineup

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Telluride Film Festival on Thursday unveiled the lineup of movies for this weekend’s event, regarded as among the top U.S. movie gatherings of the year and an early highlight for Oscar hopefuls.

The festival, which takes place over four days in the ski resort town of Telluride, Colorado, is considered a key event for cineastes featuring an eclectic group of foreign and U.S. movies.

Sep 1, 2010

Catherine Zeta-Jones furious Douglas’ cancer went undetected

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones admits having a hard time watching husband Michael Douglas battle throat cancer and has told People magazine she is furious with doctors for not detecting his disease sooner.

Douglas, the Oscar winner of “Wall Street” and a veteran of Hollywood movies and television, told the celebrity magazine that he spent months seeking attention for persistent throat and ear pain only to be told nothing was wrong until August.

Sep 1, 2010

Zeta-Jones furious Douglas’ cancer went undetected

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones admits having a hard time watching husband Michael Douglas battle throat cancer and has told People magazine she is furious with doctors for not detecting his disease sooner.

Douglas, the Oscar winner of “Wall Street” and a veteran of Hollywood movies and television, told the celebrity magazine that he spent months seeking attention for persistent throat and ear pain only to be told nothing was wrong until August.

Aug 26, 2010

A Minute With: James Cameron talking new “Avatar”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When “Titanic” director James Cameron released his film “Avatar” last year, there were not as many theaters equipped with 3D equipment to screen the 3D version as he would have liked.

So, on Friday, film studio 20th Century Fox is releasing an “Avatar: Special Edition” version of the biggest blockbuster of all time ($2.7 billion in global ticket sales) exclusively in Imax 3D theaters and venues equipped with digital 3D.

Aug 19, 2010

A Minute With: Emma Thompson as “Nanny McPhee”

By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) – Emma Thompson is no stranger to success, but when her movie “Nanny McPhee,” which she wrote and starred-in, turned in $122 million in global ticket sales in 2005, it surprised many industry watchers.

Friday, the two-time Oscar winner (adapted screenplay for “Sense and Sensibility” and lead actress in “Howard’s End”) again puts on the scary-looking makeup for the tough-minded nanny who whips kids into shape for “Nanny McPhee Returns.”

Aug 12, 2010

“Roots” producer David Wolper dies at 82

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Award-winning producer David L. Wolper, who won numerous awards over a long career that included his African American mini-series “Roots”, has died doing what he loved, watching TV. He was 82.

Wolper, whose career included producing the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic games in Los Angeles, died quietly on Tuesday night of congestive heart disease and complications of Parkinson’s disease, said his spokesman Dale Olson.

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