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Jennifer Aniston to get star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


It may not be as high an honor as the “hottest woman of all time” nod she received from Men’s Health last year, but Jennifer Aniston will be granted her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week. The former Friends star, whose new film Wanderlust opens next weekend, will receive her star on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce  maintains the Walk of Fame, and the price of sponsoring a new star is $30,000.

For her role on Friends as Rachel Green, Aniston received five Emmy nominations, two SAG Awards, and two Golden Globe nominations. She has since starred in numerous films, including Rumor Has It, The Good Girl, and The Break Up. Fun fact: Aniston’s godfather, actor Telly Savalas, received his Walk of Fame star in 1983.

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'Thor 2' to be directed by 'Game of Thrones' helmer Alan Taylor: Report

TV director Alan Taylor, best known for his work on Game of Thrones, has been hired to direct Thor 2, Deadline reports. Thrones fans know his work from the brilliant “Baelor” episode (ranked by EW as one of the year’s best), which was so strong it landed him four more episodes to direct.

Michael Jackson doctor files appeals notice in LA

The doctor sentenced to four years behind bars for causing Michael Jackson’s death has filed a notice that he intends to appeal the conviction.

Conrad Murray signed a one-page document that was filed in Los Angeles on Friday seeking all records and transcripts from the case. The filing does not indicate the basis on which Murray will argue to overturn his conviction or sentence.

The 58-year-old was sentenced Tuesday to four years in jail for his involuntary manslaughter conviction, but the term will be automatically cut in half.

Murray’s challenge will be heard by a state appeals court in Los Angeles, assuming he files an opening brief at a later date.

Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor blasted Murray’s conduct on Tuesday, calling him a disgrace to the medical profession.

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

The man who put the world of entertainment in the palm of our hands has stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple.

The Wall Street Journal has posted a letter from Steve Jobs to the company’s board of directors and “the Apple community” at large, saying that he felt he could not longer serve in his position at the technology powerhouse. “I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.”

He recommended Tim Cook, COO of the company, be chosen as his successor. READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man' movie franchise producer Laura Ziskin dies at 61

Laura Ziskin, one of the most successful female movie producers in history, died Sunday at her home in Santa Monica, Calif., after a seven-year battle with breast cancer, Variety reported. She was 61. In addition to overseeing Sony’s Spider-Man franchise, whose three films have grossed nearly $1.2 billion domestically, Ziskin produced or exec produced such movies as Pretty Woman, To Die For, and As Good As It Gets. The president of Fox 2000 from 1994 to 2000, Ziskin also exec produced the Academy Awards in 2002 and 2007.

“Laura was my closest friend,” Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement. “She was an inspiring warrior who fought every battle, whether it was business or personal, with her trademark brains, guts, and class. She was the creative guiding light for all of us who loved and worked with her. She was also a frustrating perfectionist and that’s why she was simply the best. We are heartbroken and miss her terribly already — as a producer, as an advocate for cancer research, but most importantly, as an irreplaceable friend.”

Lindsay Lohan will play Kim Gotti opposite John Travolta in 'Gotti: Three Generations'

Lindsay Lohan will play the daughter-in-law of late mob boss John Gotti — and wife of imprisoned mobster “Junior” Gotti — in the film Gotti: Three Generations, according to a press release from Fiore Films. (A Fiore representative for Gotti had earlier told EW that Lohan was out of the running to play another role in the film: Victoria Gotti, the daughter of Gotti Sr. and sister of Gotti Jr.) As part of the deal, Lohan has also agreed to star in another Fiore film, Mob Street, written by Chazz Palminteri. Lohan joins a cast that includes John Travolta as Gotti Sr. and Joe Pesci as Gotti subordinate Angelo Ruggierio. The film will shoot in the fall, with an expected release date of late 2012.

Report: 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' may get new creative team, director Julie Taymor could exit

The producers of the $65 million Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark are negotiating to bring in new members of the creative team that may lead to the exit of the embattled show’s acclaimed director, Julie Taymor, according to the New York Times. The show’s backers are reportedly discussing many aspects of the production, from how radically to overhaul the script and score, what individuals should be hired to assist in that overhaul, and when to open the show. The musical’s official premiere, already delayed five times, seems likely to be postponed once again from its current date: March 15. Ken Sunshine, who has worked for several months as a consultant on the show, tells EW he is “just not commenting on speculation.”

Writers Guild to start negotiations with AMPTP on new contract this week

The Writers Guilds of America West and East will begin negotiating a new deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers on Thursday, the organizations announced in a joint statement today. The current contract, which expires in May, was signed in Feb. 2008 after a 100-day industry-halting strike by Hollywood’s movie and television writers.

2011 Golden Globes: the winners list

The 2011 Golden Globes were handed out Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Social Network, Glee, Boardwalk Empire, and The Kids Are All Right were among the night’s big winners. The complete list of winners follows:

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Social Network

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
The Kids Are All Right

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version

Best Television Series – Comedy or Musical

Best Director – Motion Picture
David Fincher, The Social Network

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Robert De Niro

Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Melissa Leo, The Fighter

Best Actor in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical
Laura Linney, The Big C

Best Foreign Language Film
In a Better World (Denmark)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jane Lynch, Glee

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack

Best Animated Feature Film
Toy Story 3

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me,” Burlesque
Music and lyrics by Diane Warren

Best Television Series – Drama
Boardwalk Empire

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Chris Colfer, Glee

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Christian Bale, The Fighter

Coroner's official testifies Dr. Conrad Murray provided Michael Jackson with 'substandard' care

On Tuesday, at the preliminary hearing to determine whether Dr. Conrad Murray will be tried for involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of Michael Jackson, a coroner’s official testified that the pop icon was basically healthy but that, as his personal physician, Murray provided him with “substandard” care. According to the Associated Press, Dr. Christopher Rogers, a forensic pathologist, told the court that Murray was wrongly using the powerful anesthetic propofol to treat the singer’s chronic insomnia and that he should have more closely monitored Jackson while he was under sedation. Rogers said he didn’t believe the defense’s suggestion that Jackson may have injected himself with propofol, though he told the court that it’s possible Jackson may have swallowed some of the drug, based on the amount found in his stomach after his death. On Monday, a detective who questioned Murray in the wake of Jackson’s death said the doctor told him that he noticed Jackson wasn’t breathing shortly after 11 a.m. on the morning of his death. According to phone records, Murray didn’t call paramedics until 12:21 p.m., a delay that prosecutors contend demonstrates negligence on Murray’s part.

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Michael Jackson’s doctor attends manslaughter hearing
Michael Jackson wrongful death lawsuit refiled
Jackson wrongful death suit declined by federal judge
Michael Jackson’s mother files suit against concert promoter AEG Live
Michael Jackson doctor’s manslaughter hearing set for January
Conrad Murray can keep license, judge rules
Michael Jackson’s doctor stopped CPR to hide drugs, witness says

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