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Lawsuit claims ‘Lie to Me’ is a stolen idea

Lawsuit claims ‘Lie to Me’ is a stolen idea

LOS ANGELES – Was U.S. network Fox deceitful in the creation of its hit show “Lie to Me?”
John Gertz Prods. says it acquired in 2005 the screen rights to the novel “The Interview Room,” by Roderick Anscombe, about a psychiatrist and expert in detecting lies who confronts a challenging patient.
The book was turned into a screenplay entitled “Lie to Lie,” according to a complaint filed in LA Superior Court. In September, 2007, JPG and Anscombe say they pitched the project to

Jay Leno to get Harvard Hasty pudding award

BOSTON – It’s been an up and down few years for comedian Jay Leno, but the comedian and talk show host got some good news on Monday when he was dubbed “Man of the Year” by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Club. Leno, 60, joins actress Julianne Moore who was recently chosen as Woman of the Year by the club, the oldest college drama group in the United States.
The host of NBC’s “The Tonight Show” was cited for being a “television icon and dedicated live performer.” He will be roasted at a

Winfrey reveals secret sister

NEW YORK – Oprah Winfrey’s big secret is out – she has a long lost sister. The media mogul announced on Friday she would start this week by making a personal confession during ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’. On the programme, due to air in the U.S. on Monday afternoon, the TV mogul opens up about her family history and reveals she has a secret half-sister called Patricia, who was given up for adoption by Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, in 1963 when the star was nine years old. Winfrey says,

Monet retrospective attracts thousands

Thousands of art lovers queued for hours in freezing temperatures over the weekend for a final look at a major Claude Monet retrospective in Paris. The Grand Palais opened round the clock to cope with the demand to see nearly 200 works by the 19th century French Impressionist. Film star Jodie Foster was among those to visit the exhibition before it closes on Monday evening. It is the biggest retrospective on Monet in decades.
“I came all the way here [to Paris] to work and then

Travolta snubs ‘Glee’

John Travolta has turned down a cameo appearance on ‘Glee’ – because producers wouldn’t give him enough time to rehearse for a “knock ’em dead” song-and-dance number.
The movie star’s Grease sweetheart Olivia Newton-John has appeared on the hit show, but Travolta insists he won’t be following in her footsteps.
“They’ve asked but when I do musicals I train for six to nine months… and a show like that is an on-demand thing,” he said. “I really have a criteria or a pride

Pakistan backs Veena in row with clerics

TORONTO – Miss Pakistan Annie Rupani came out in support of Pakistani actress Veena Malik who is under fire from the Muslim clergy for getting too close with Indian actor Ashmit Patel during her participation in “Bigg Boss 4” in India.
Slamming Mufti Abdul Qawi who said in a TV interview Friday that the actor has ‘insulted Pakistan and Islam’ by her behaviour, the Houston-based Miss Pakistan said the mullahs have no right to pass judgment on Veena Malik. “I fully support Veena

Aniston and Kutcher vie for Hollywood’s worst awards

LOS ANGELES – If films starring Jennifer Aniston, Ashton Kutcher and the lovelorn cast of “Twilight” left you dumbfounded, you’re officially in good company. All are prominent contenders for the Razzie Awards, an annual competition honoring Hollywood’s worst movies, actors and filmmakers, its organizer said Monday.
Now in their 31st year, the Razzies are run by California movie buff John Wilson’s Golden Raspberry Foundation as an antidote to the self-congratulatory seriousness

Aamir on Berlin film fest jury

Bollywood star Aamir Khan will bring some Indian spice to the jury at the 61st Berlin film festival next month. The seven-person jury, headed by Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini, is tasked with picking the winner of the coveted Golden and Silver Bear prizes in the February 10 to 20 festival in the German capital.
Australian film producer Jan Chapman, German actress Nina Hoss, Canadian film-maker Guy Maddin, British costume designer Sandy Powell and Iranian director

Ajay Devgn’s back in Power

Ajay Devgn, who had walked out of Rajkumar Santoshi’s ‘Power’ is apparently back in the film now. We thought the actor had left the project for good when he quit the project in November last year. This also caused the film schedule to go completely haywire.
In fact, post that the industry was abuzz with rumours that the film was shelved following Ajay’s exit. But all rumours can be put to rest now because this multi-starrer is back on track. A source said, “The film was launched

Franco to star in Iceman

‘Spider Man’ star James Franco is set to play an assassin’s role in the movie “The Iceman” based on the true-life story of mafia killer Richard Kuklinski. The “127 Hours” actor will play the role of Mr.Softee who acts as a mentor to the main character Richard Kuklinski
(Michael Shannon) in the film based on the real life story of the notorious mafia contract killer who hid his crimes from police by freezing his victim’s bodies to disguise the time of death.
Benicio Del Toro

Mr. India sequel to be shot in 3D

Anil Kapoor is irritated with people making castles in the air about the sequel to his 1987 sci-fi hit “Mr. India” and says rather than talking, we should start the project.
“We have all been talking about it and I think more than talking, we should start working on it. There is nothing we can talk about it as of now you know. It is completely blank. We should get going,” Anil told.
To be produced by Boney Kapoor, the Part II is going to be shot in 3D. While Anil and Sridevi

Bollywood gets a kickstart in 2011

NEW DELHI – After a dull 2010, Bollywood has started 2011 on a high note. Four much anticipated films – “No One Killed Jessica”, “Yamla Pagla Deewana”, “Turning 30” and “Dhobi Ghat” – have opened to good reviews and profits at the box office.
“No One Killed Jessica”, the year’s first release Jan 7 that stars Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan, is still going strong at the box office two weeks on and has grossed Rs.380 million ($8.3 million) so far. It has been co-produced by UTV

Steven Spielberg to produce musical tv pilot

LOS ANGELES – US network NBC has picked up a musical from..Steven Spielberg? Yes, it’s true. “Smash,” based on an idea by the busy producer (who has “Terra Nova” and “Falling Skies” on tap), is an hour-long musical series that follows characters that come together for the exhilarating ride of putting on a Broadway musical.
In other words, a scripted “making of” series that may be prime for broadcast TV, due to the success of Fox’s “Glee.” Written and executive produced by

WikiLeaks founder’s story optioned as feature film

LOS ANGELES – An upcoming biography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange isn’t even in stores yet, and it’s already been optioned into a feature film. Plans are under way for Andrew Fowler’s book, “The Most Dangerous Man in the World,” to be turned into a movie.
The Australian reporter first interviewed Assange last May, and his investigative biography is due out later this year. Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Productions jointly optioned the movie rights. Assange, 39,

A star is born ‘to be remade with Beyonce in Barbra streisand role’

Clint Eastwood is planning a remake of A Star Is Born, with Beyonce Knowles in the role previously played by Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and Janet Gaynor. Eastwood’s film will be the fourth version of the story, which first made it to the screen in 1937.
Beyonce is in talks to play Esther Blodgett, the small-town girl who arrives in Hollywood dreaming of fame. She meets and falls in love with Norman Maine, an alcoholic former matinee idol who guides her to stardom but finds

How ‘Black Swan’ will reach the $100 million mark

LOS ANGLES – A ballet psycho-thriller isn’t the typical boxoffice juggernaut, but as Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” hit the $75 million mark during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Women (big surprise!). About 55 percent of the audience is female (17-34 is the sweet spot), and many bring their boyfriends and husbands along.
Women are giving the film a B+ on CinemaScore; men are a bit less enthusiastic with a B, but that is considered great for a horror/thriller.

Apple tightens the screws on iPhone 4

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is giving a whole new meaning to locking your phone with its new screws. In line with its infamous philosophy of maintaining absolute control over its products, sources said US.
Apple stores are replacing screws on iPhone 4s brought for servicing with tamper-proof screws to prevent anyone else from opening the device. Kyle Wiens, chief executive of iFixit, a prominent Apple repair and parts supplier, said the purpose of the new screws is to keep