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  • Charlie Sheen: Capri Anderson Tried to Extort $1 Million


    Charlie Sheen fired back at Capri Anderson in lawsuit that alleges she tried to extort $1 million from him after their "consensual encounter" in a New York hotel room. "This case involves a shakedown and extortion of the internationally known actor and celebrity Charlie Sheen â€¦ by an opportunist pornographic film star and publicity-hungry scam artist," says the lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Anderson, an adult film actress whose real name is Christina Walsh, "fabricated a sensational tale about being assaulted, battered and held against will" and then threatened to go to the media with "her false tale" if »


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  • Wesley Snipes Still Eluding Prison Stripes


    Wesley Snipes is used to going direct to DVD these days. Not directly to jail. So maybe that's why a lawyer for the embattled actor tells E! News that Snipes has no plans on surrendering for a three-year prison stint—despite a Florida federal judge's order. What gives? "Mr. Snipes is not in custody and at this point we have not received a self-surrender date or facility," defense attorney Daniel Meachum said. "However, we are working hard so that there is never a surrender date or facility for Mr. Snipes to report to other than his house or any other place that he chooses to visit." Just not the big house. "In other words we as his lawyers are »


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  • Warner Bros. investigating 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' leak


    Pirates, beware of Warner Bros.’ wizards: Warner Bros. announced in a statement that they plan to probe the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I leak. The first 36 minutes of the film — which is released Friday in theaters — were made available on several Internet sharing sites like BitTorrent earlier in the week. Said the studio in a statement: “This week, a portion ofHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was stolen and illegally posted on the Internet. This constitutes a serious breach of copyright violation and theft of Warner Bros. property. We are working actively to restrict »


    - Kate Ward

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  • Paramount Sets October 21, 2011 Release Date for Paranormal Activity 3


    Don’t say we didn’t warn you. With the Saw series hopefully dead and buried, it’s time for another horror franchise to step up and take center stage. Bloody Disgusting reports that Paramount Pictures has locked an October 21, 2011 release for Paranormal Activity 3, which is weird since I have yet to get a phone call regarding my potential plot outlines. No other details are available at this time, though I’m willing to bet that the film will boast low-budget, hand-held quality video, an unseen demon, a victimized family and that freaky Katie girl.

    Paranormal Activity 2 was directed by Tod Williams and has collected a hefty $156 million worldwide upon its October 22 release. The original, directed byOren Peli, collected $193 million in 2007. »


    - Jeff Ames

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  • Hollywood Shock: Oscar Publicist Ronni Chasen Shot Dead

    Hollywood Shock: Oscar Publicist Ronni Chasen Shot Dead

    Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was found shot to death in her car on Tuesday in Beverly Hills, the Los Angeles coroner has told TheWrap. Representatives from Chasen & Co. did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment. Beverly Hills police would not confirm that the victim was Chasen, but did tell TheWrap that a woman was found in her car early Tuesday with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. A police report said the victim was shot five times, and then apparently crashed her car into a lightpole around 12:28 a.m. near »


    - Brent Lang

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  • 2011 Best Director Oscar Contenders

    2011 Best Director Oscar Contenders

    Christopher NolanDavid FincherMartin ScorseseSofia CoppolaDavid O. RussellDanny BoyleDarren Aronofsky, Joel and Ethan CoenPeter Weir andMike Leigh. On Jan. 25, when the nominations for best director are announced, it's hard to believe that half of those contenders won't make the cut. Every year is competitive in the best director race, but 2011 is turning into one of the most impressive ever. It's rare when you can say the nomination is legitimately the win, but for five lucky nominees it really will be. With that in mind, Awards Campaign reviews 18 potential nominees for best »


    - Gregory Ellwood

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  • Michael Douglas's Ex-Wife Won't Get His Wall Street Money (For Now)


    Michael Douglas's money is safely his ... for now. A Manhattan judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Douglas's ex-wife Diandra Douglas, seeking half of his paycheck from his fall film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. The Oscar-winning actor, who recently finished treatment for throat cancer,  was  "very excited" when he learned of the judge's decision, his lawyer Marilyn Chinitz said, adding, "This case should never have been brought in the first instance and certainly not in New York." In the suit, Diandra argues she is entitled to half of the profits from the Wall Street sequel since Douglas made »


    - Sharon Cotliar

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  • Box Office Slumps

    Movie attendance on Sunday was significantly lower than most studios had estimated, with virtually all of the top attractions winding up with less than the anticipated results. (Weekend estimates are based on actual ticket sales for Friday and Saturday and an educated guess for sales on Sunday.) Topping the list was Paramount/DreamWorks Animation’s Megamind, which drew $29.1 million, $1 million less than the studio had estimated. Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pine, opened with $22.7 million. The studio had figured it would earn $23.5 million. The road-trip comedy Due Datedropped a far bigger-than-expected 53 percent in its second weekend to earn $15.4 million and place third. Overall, the top 12 films grossed $111.67 million, compared to last year’s $129,452,765, when 2012 opened with $65.2 million. For the year total box office revenue is up 3.3 percent to $9.14 billion; attendance is down 1.81 percent.

    The top ten films over the weekend, according to final figures compiled by Box Office Mojo (figures in parentheses represent total gross to date):1. Megamind, Paramount/DreamWorks Animation, $29,120,461, 2 Wks. ($88,822,635); 2. Unstoppable, 20th Century Fox, $22,688,457, (New); 3. Due Date, Warner Bros., $15,419,042, 2 Wks. ($58,897,308); 4. Skyline, Universal, $11,692,415, (New); 5. Morning Glory, Paramount, $9,203,266, 1 Wk., ($11,809,321 — From Wednesday); 6. For Colored Girls, Lionsgate, $6,517,280, 2 Wks. ($30,687,468); 7. Red,Summit Entertainment, $4,973,539, 5 Wks. ($79,677,396); 8. Paranormal Activity 2, Paramount, $2,980,201, 4 Wks. ($81,930,657); 9. Saw 3-D, Lionsgate, $2,862,449, 3 Wks. ($43,580,310); 10. Jackass 3-D, Paramount, $2,235,457, 5 Wks. ($114,643,266).

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  • Kat Von D Kisses Jesse James Goodbye ...

    It's back to the real world for Jesse James and Kat Von D.After spending Labor Day weekend joined at the hip, the couple shared a goodbye kiss when Von D dropped James at Lax Monday. With their love apparently in full bloom, the pair packed the weekend with music, food and Pda. On Friday, James and Von D ate lunch a deux and were later spotted filling up at a local gas station. The next day, the lovebirds soaked up the sun in Orange County, Calif., and were seen kissing and holding hands after hitting two music events - »

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  • Jennifer Aniston's Cougar Town Date

    Looks like Jennifer Aniston's guest starring role on Cougar Town comes with some sweet fringe benefits. The actress, 40, (who was recently rumored to be back together with John Mayer) shared a two-hour Italian dinner withCougar Town actor Josh Hopkins at Madeo in Beverly Hills on Sept. 2. "She seemed very excited about her date," says a eyewitness. "She and Josh sat at a more private table and they seemed to get along great." Aniston, who sipped white wine and ordered fish, shared animated conversations with Hopkins, 39. "It was obvious that they don't know each other well, but there was »

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  • John Travolta Drops Extortion Case Charges

    A Bahamian court today dismissed charges against a former paramedic and his attorney accused of trying to extort $25 million from John Travolta in the wake of his son's death last year. The Pulp Fiction actor and his family asked that the charges be dropped because he had "concluded that it was in my family's best interest for me not to voluntarily return to the Bahamas to testify a second time at trial," Travolta said in a prepared statement. "Almost a year later, the long pending status of this matter continued to take a heavy emotional toll on my family, causing »


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  • Amazon streaming 99-cent ABC and Fox shows... right now (update: purchases, not rentals!)

    Eager to get on the new Apple TV's cheap 99-cent TV show rentals but not so pumped to wait four weeks for it to ship? No worries: Amazon's also now offering 99-cent rentals purchases of various ABC and FOX shows, which means a whole host of Amazon VOD-compatible devices just got some cheaper streaming options as well -- and hey, Roku just cut prices on its entire lineup of Amazon- and Netflix- compatible players, so you can get in the game for as little as $60. Of course, the Apple TV also features day-and-date movie rentals, local streaming, AirPlay, and that slick iPhone / iPod touch Remote app, but only your heart truly knows if those are worth an extra few bucks and a month of fevered desire.

    Update: As our astute commenters are pointing out, these are actually listed as 99-cent purchases, making this a far better deal entirely. We don't know if that's for real or just an error right now, though -- we're double checking and we'll let you know.

    Update 2: Yep, we've confirmed that these are 99-cent purchases, making this a much better deal than Apple's rental model -- although only you can decide whether you actually need permanent streaming access to Dollhouse Season 2. Read more »
  • Apple TV vs. the competition -- how does it stack up?

    Although it's only just been revealed and won't actually go on sale for four long weeks, Apple's new hockey puck is far from the only media streamer on the market -- and with Sony's Netbox and the Boxee Box on the way, the sub-$200 set-top box market is exploding with options. So let's line up the revised Apple TV against the (post-price cut) Roku HD-XR, Popbox, and even an LG Blu-ray player in the same price range and see what you're actually getting -- and more importantly, getting access to -- on each device. Oh, and there's some choice words from Roku after the break.

    Update: You asked for them, so we added the PS3, Xbox 360 & WDTV Live as well, after the break.

    Device:AppleTVRoku XRPop BoxLG BD550
    Price:$99$99$129$130 - $150
    Form Factor/Size:3.9 x 0.9 x 3.95 x 5 x 1.758 x 1.4 x 6 inches16.9 x 1.8 x 7.9
    Available Content:HD TV shows from ABC & Fox ($0.99), HD Movie rentals ($4.99/$3.99), Netflix, iTunes, YouTubeNetflix, Amazon VOD (now with $0.99 HD TV show purchases from Fox & ABC), MLB.tv, UFC, NBA GameTime, YouTube, PandoraYouTube, Revision3, Blip.tv, h.264 / XviD / MPEG-4, MKV / AVI / WMVBlu-ray discs, VUDU, Netflix, CinemaNow, YouTube, Pandora, Napster
    Apps / SDK:N/ARoku Channel / SDK availablePopapps Store / SDK availableNetCast widgets
    Connectivity:WiFi N, EthernetWiFi N, EthernetEthernet, optional WiFi adapterEthernet, Disc
    Video Quality:720p, 5.1 audio720p (1080p upgrade coming soon), 5.1 audio1080p, 5.1 audio1080p, 7.1 audio, DTS-HD MA / Dolby TrueHD audio



    Device:AppleTVSony PS3 Slim 250GBXbox 360 S 250GBWDTV Live Plus
    Price:$99$349$299$149
    Form Factor/Size:3.9 x 0.9 x 3.911.42 x 2.56 x 11.412 x 3 x 104.9 x 1.5 x 3.9
    Available Content:HD TV shows from ABC & Fox ($0.99), HD Movie rentals ($4.99/$3.99), Netflix, iTunes, YouTubeBlu-ray, PlayStation Network, Netflix, Qriocity, DLNA, DivX CertifiedHD DVD (lolz), Zune Marketplace, DLNA/PC streaming, XviD/DivX, Netflix, ESPN3 coming soonNetflix, DLNA streaming, AVI / MPG / MKV, YouTube, Pandora
    Apps / SDK:PlayStation NetworkXbox Live, Community GamesN/A
    Connectivity:WiFi N, EthernetWiFi b/g, EthernetWiFi N (no 5 Ghz), EthernetEthernet, USB, optional WiFi or Powerline networking
    Video Quality:720p, 5.1 audio1080p, 7.1 audio, DTS-HD MA / Dolby TrueHD1080p, 5.1 audio1080p, 5.1 audio


    Response from Roku
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    Roku created the category for streaming players over two years ago with the original Netflix player for $99. Since then the category has continued to grow rapidly with large hardware entrants like Xbox, PS3, Wii, blu-ray players, and now AppleTV adding streaming capabilities. At the same time, content is becoming more readily available thanks to Netflix's increasing popularity, but also from Amazon, MLB.TV and most recently Hulu Plus. During this time Roku sales have continued to accelerate as the overall streaming market grows, and customers enjoy our simple interface, low cost and large selection of services. Our customers are using the box more and more. Two years ago the average Roku customer used our product 11 hours a month, but now it's 43 hours a month.

    Beyond Netflix we have introduced over 50 additional content partners on our open platform that offer customers access to over 100,000 movies and TV shows, live sports, music, photo and video sharing, and more - all while continuing to reduce the cost of our products. Today, a customer can get a Roku player for as low as $59.99 and an HD-capable model for as low as $69.99, plus a 1080p model for $99.99. By selling direct to customers (on roku.com) we can offer more while maintaining lower prices.

    Roku is completely confident that our strategy of offering more features and lower cost than competitors continues to be the right plan. Read more »
  • FCC tears apart the new iPod touch, while iFixit wistfully looks on

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    We're not quite sure when the Federal Communications Commission got into the habit of tearing deviceslimb from limb after testing their wireless radiation levels, but we have to say we're loving the trend -- and there's quite nothing like peering into the juicy innards of a new Apple device. Here, the FCC got its greasy paws on the new Retina Display-packing iPod touch, aka "Apple A1367," and in the gallery below you can see exactly where Cupertino keeps that A4 processor, 3.44 watt-hour battery, internal antenna, and 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz WiFi.
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  • Dustin Hoffman Back In Little Fockers

    Dustin Hoffman Back In Little Fockers

    A couple of weeks ago there were reports that the second sequel to Meet the Parents was back in the studio for significant re-shoots, and that a missing star from part two was being wooed to return. It's now confirmed that Dustin Hoffman has agreed to shoot some scenes forLittle Fockers.

    Six new scenes will be filmed next month, and four will feature Bernie Focker, who was initially written out of the script when the production couldn't reach a deal with Hoffman. The film wrapped a while ago significantly under budget (although incredibly, we're still talking about $100m) so clearly Universal feels comfortable putting that spare change to use.

    Deadline's insider tells them the role is not dissimilar to the one offered to Hoffman in the first place. The "pivotal" scenes will see him play opposite Barbra Streisand once again, and he'll also be part of a big scene at the end of the film that involves everyone. 

    The spin from the studio is still that the movie was fine as it was (actually born out by test screening scores of "54% excellent, 85% total favorable, 73% definitely recommend"). But, says Mr Insider, "We want to make it better; it's an investment for the future of the franchise".

    Aside from Hoffman and Streisand, Little Fockers stars series regulars Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Teri Polo, Blythe Danner and Owen Wilson, plus newbies Jessica Alba, Laura Dern and Harvey Keitel. Paul Weitz is directing John Hamburg's script, and Jay Roach is producing. It's out in the series' traditional Christmas slot on December 22.

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  • Angelina Jolie to Direct, Write and Produce Love Story

    Angelina Jolie to Direct, Write and Produce Love Story

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    Angelina Jolie's life just got a bit busier. 

    The actress, mom of six and humanitarian is adding several other titles to her repertoire: Director, producer and screenwriter. 

    The Oscar winner, 35, will be jumping behind the camera to direct a love story set during the Bosnian War. "The film focuses on a Serbian man and a Bosnian woman who meet on the eve of the war and the effect the war has on their relationship," Graham King's GK Films announced. 




    The movie, based on a screenplay Jolie wrote, will also be produced by the actress, who, as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador,visited war-torn Bosnia in April. 

    As for casting, Jolie will apparently be looking outside of Hollywood. The actors for her new film will be from "various ethnicities from the region of the former Yugoslavia," says the film company.
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  • Apple cross into draconian rule:Apple attempts to patent kill switch that roots out unauthorized users, detects jailbreaks

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    244diggsdiggJust about every mobile operating system manufacturer can remotely delete apps from the smartphones they help provide, but if a recent patent application is any indication, Apple's looking to lock down the whole enchilada on future devices. The basic concept is as simple as the diagram above -- certain activities trigger the phone to think it's in the wrong hands -- but the particular activities and particular remedies Apple suggests extend to audiovisual spying (to detect if a user has a different face or voice than the owner), and complete remote shutdown. While the patent mostly sounds targeted at opt-in security software and would simply send you an alertor perform a remote wipe if your phone were stolen or hacked, jailbreaking and unlocking are also explicitly mentioned as the marks of an unauthorized user, and one line mentions that cellular carrierscould shut down or cripple a device when such a user is detected. Sounds great for securing phones at retail, sure, but personally we'd rather devices don't determine our authority by monitoring our heartbeat (seriously, that's an option) and we're plenty happy with the existing Find My iPhone app. Read more »
  • Our Gadgets Wouldn't Like Us When We're Angry

    Our Gadgets Wouldn't Like Us When We're Angry

    Our Gadgets Wouldn't Like Us When We're AngryHere's a comforting truth: the next time your gadgets make you angry enough to pout, stomp, and scream, know that you're not alone. In fact, you're in the majority.

    A recent survey by Harris Interactive showed that 60% of Americans were driven to yell or swear at a gadget out of frustration. Which frankly seems a little low, given how many times a day I feel like this:



    The condition is known as "Hourglass Syndrome," a term coined by Intel and loosely defined as the agony inherent in waiting for our gadgets to quit stalling. 62% of us swear or yell, 29% resort to physical abuse of mouses, and 24% slap around our screens. Me? I'm in that 1% that turns bright green and just breaks stuff. It may not be cost effect, but it sure is cathartic.

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  • Malware Blamed For Disastrous Plane Crash

    Malware Blamed For Disastrous Plane Crash154 lives were lost when Spanair Flight 5022 crashed moments after taking off from Madrid-Barajas International Airport in 2008. Now documents from an investigation into the incident are showing that a malware infection may have been to blame.

    According to the investigation, the computer system used to monitor technical problems on the plane was infected with a trojan. As a result, there were no alerts or warnings for three technical issues which "if detected, may have prevented the plane from taking off."

    The investigation is still not complete and authorities are trying to determine just how the malware got onto the computer system in question. [MSNBC]

    Photo by Andy Mitchell

    Update: To clarify, the computer system in question is described as being on the ground—not on the plane itself—and used to monitor the state of critical systems prior to take off.

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  • Contest: Win $500 for uploading videos

    We are accepting all video uploads and looking for the best uploaded video of 2010. Members of this site are entered automatically by uploading a video. We offer you the capability of storing video files up to 500 mb in size. All uploads for contest entry must be completed by December 1st 2010. A panel will then select the best 20 videos and then turn over voting to the site community. Streams, audio, and other none video uploads are restricted from this contest.

    It doesn't matter if your video is 5 seconds short or 50 minutes long. Any video uploaded is a qualifying one. Spread the word. We also have prizes for the runner up contestants.
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