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Publishing David Carradine photo. Too much information?


carradinePolice in Thailand are working to solve the mystery of actor David Carradine’s death last week in a Bangkok hotel, and they have said not to expect any answers for a month.

His family, however, is ready to settle at least one question: whether the media should publish photos said to be the actor’s body, discovered naked and hanging in his Bangkok hotel room on June 4. 

Carradine’s death has sparked intense media speculation about how he died (Click here for that story). Theories have ranged from suicide to murder to accidental autoerotic asphyxiation. All are speculative, none are confirmed.

When a Thai newspaper, Thai Rath, which is known for lively coverage of crime and celebrities, published grainy photos on Saturday that it claimed showed Carradine’s hanging body, an attorney for the actor’s brother, Keith Carradine, said the family will take legal action against people or media outlets that publish the photos.

Jeremy Piven starts rehearsals for Broadway debut


jeremy-piven.jpg“Entourage” star Jeremy Piven started rehearsals this week on another show about the inside world of show-business, only this time it’s on a Broadway stage.

Piven is starring in a revival of David Mamet’s play “Speed-the-Plow,” billed as a “scathing portrait of the film industry and the people who are willing to sell their souls for sex, fame and fortune.”

Hip hop is tops on “So You Think You Can Dance”


dance5.jpgAs the judges liked to say, Thursday’s finale of “So You Think You Can Dance” was BUCK!

America loves inspiring underdogs and season No. 4 proved no exception to that rule as hip-hopper Joshua Allen beat fellow street dancer Twitch (Stephen Boss) to be crowned America’s Favorite Dancer on the final episode that brought back the very best of the show.

As fans saw in earlier episodes this summer and previous seasons, technical perfection doesn’t always outshine charm and charisma. The very polished Katee Shean — whom many expected to either win or at least be in the top two — was out before the two final male contestants.

Now you see it, now you don’t: Sting’s beard


sting-with-beard.jpgNEW YORK – It seemed a strange time for a shave. After the main set and before the encore at The Police’s last ever concert, Sting sat down in a barber’s chair backstage and relaxed as two women shaved his face, first with electric razors then with a blade. The moment was filmed and beamed to a giant screen above the stage. 

Why, you might ask? Media commentators in the past week have been less than kind about his salt-and-pepper beard that was showing serious signs of grey — and age. Sting was quoted on Monday as saying “The ladies love it,” but perhaps something changed his mind.

Rainn Wilson naked. A sex symbol? Sort of.


wilson.jpgWhat’s with Rainn Wilson of “The Office” showing his naked body all over the place these days? It’s not like Wilson, 42, is Brad Pitt or Matthew McConaughey or some other male sex symbol. Or is he?

He thinks he is — sort of.

One day after baring his not-so-buff bod at Sunday’s MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles (that’s him and his teddy in the picture at right), Wilson talked to reporters about his new movie, “The Rocker,” which is slated for an August release. Wilson portrays a former drummer for a 1980s metal band who lands a gig playing for a teenage garage band. And in one scene of his band’s rehearsal, Wilson shows off his naked butt.

Earth Day in Hollywood


hollywood-sign.jpgHollywood has long considered itself an eco-friendly community, so it’s only fitting to look closer at their green activities on Earth Day. Show business newspaper The Hollywood Reporter recently compiled a list of some of the environmental actions of media and other companies.  

–  1000 CDs and DVDs recycled each week by Willam Morris Agency’s Beverly Hills office.