June 10th, 2009
04:15 PM ET

Carrie Prejean responds!

This just in to the Showbiz Tonight news desk: Carrie Prejean’s attorney, Charles S. Limandri, tells us:

“This is all kind of a big shock.  We’ve been working with Mr. Trump’s office; she’s been doing all the speaking engagements she’s been asked to do.   It is not true that she has not been cooperating.   Something is going on; the truth is not being told.    I don’t understand where this is coming from, or why.  For people to say that she breached her contract, that she is not doing speaking engagements is false.  She did one last Sunday in Las Vegas and it went really well. I spoke to her for about a minute earlier today, and then she got a call from Trump’s office, and that was the first word.   No one said to her, Carrie, you are not doing what we want you to do."

Looks like the gauntlet has been thrown down!

What do you think? Should Carrie Prejean have lost her crown?

Be sure to watch Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN for all of the latest developments.

June 10th, 2009
03:41 PM ET

Perez Hilton and Shanna Moakler react!

Reaction to Donald Trump’s firing of Carrie Prejean is pouring in. Perez Hilton, the judge and celebrity blogger who asked Prejean about her stance on same-sex marriage told Showbiz Tonight:

“Better late than never.”

Prejean’s controversial response to Hilton’s question, that she “believe[s] that a marriage should be between a man and a woman” sparked a media firestorm.

Shanna  Moakler, the Miss California USA co-executive director who resigned after Trump initially refused to fire Prejean, tells us that:

“First and foremost, my faith has been restored in the Miss Universe Organization and with Donald Trump. I believed eventually what I intimately knew would come to fruition.”

 We will have much more on Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN.

June 10th, 2009
03:10 PM ET

BREAKING NEWS: Carrie Prejean- You're Fired!

BREAKING NEWS:  This just in to Showbiz Tonight:

"The Miss California USA Organization, in conjunction with the Miss Universe Organization and with the blessing of its owner, Mr. Donald J. Trump, announced today the termination of Carrie Prejean as MISS CALIFORNIA USA® 2009, citing continued breach of contract issues. This was a decision based solely on contract violations including Ms. Prejean’s unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization, stated MISS CALIFORNIA USA® Executive Director, Keith Lewis.  After our press conference in New York we had hoped we would be able to forge a better working relationship. However, since that time it has become abundantly clear that Carrie is unwilling to fulfill her obligations under our contract and work together.

“I told Carrie she needed to get back to work and honor her contract with the Miss California USA Organization and I gave her the opportunity to do so,” said Mr. Trump. “Unfortunately it just doesn’t look like it is going to happen and I offered Keith my full support in making this decision. Carrie is a beautiful young woman and I wish her well as she pursues her other interests.”

Effective immediately, First Runner-Up, Tami Farrell, will assume the role and responsibilities of MISS CALIFORNIA USA®. Additionally, the Miss Universe Organization will make reigning MISS USA®, Kristen Dalton, and MISS UNIVERSE®, Dayana Mendoza, available to fulfill appearance requests which were previously declined by Ms. Prejean."

Tune in to Showbiz Tonight for all of the fast breaking details on this developing story- 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN!

June 10th, 2009
02:55 PM ET

Shia LaBeouf is at his wit's end

It might be a huge put-on, but Shia LaBeouf sounds pretty unhappy in an interview in this Sunday’s edition of Parade magazine, now available on the Web.

“Actors live dependent on being validated by other people’s opinions,” LaBeouf, who stars in the forthcoming "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," told the magazine’s Dotson Rader. “I don’t understand what it is I do that people want. I don’t know what an actor does. I have no credentials. I don’t know what I’m doing. To my mind, talent doesn’t really exist. Talent is like a card player’s luck. It is motivation, ambition, and luck. It’s just a drive to be the best. I think acting is a con game.”

Later, he added, “Acting is instinctual. The good actors are all screwed up. They’re all in pain. It’s a profession of bottom-feeders and heartbroken people.”

LaBeouf himself is, apparently, recovering from a broken heart. He broke up with China Brezner, the daughter of “The Greatest Game Ever Played” producer Larry Brezner. LaBeouf starred in the movie, which was based on Mark Frost’s book.

“Why did the love of my life and I break up?” he said. “Man, I have no idea. What was that all about? I have no answers to anything. None.”

Then he said, “Why am I an alcoholic? I haven’t a damn clue! What is life about? I don’t know.” LaBeouf was arrested for drunken driving last year, and also had a drunken run-in with guards at a Chicago Walgreens in 2007.

The interview is full of revelations, including memories of his “hippie childhood,” which included dressing up in a clown costume to help his father sell hot dogs, and doing stand-up at age 10.

The upshot is that LaBeouf seems to have developed a well-worn cynicism about everything, even as he tries to work out what he’s doing.

“I’m still doing the same hustle now,” he continues. “The only change is that, instead of my dad selling hot dogs from the cart, it’s ["Transformers" producer] Steven Spielberg selling the hot dogs.”

– Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer


Filed under: movies
June 10th, 2009
02:16 PM ET

Jessica Alba: I'm sorry

Jessica Alba is apologizing after reports came out earlier this week that she'd plastered downtown Oklahoma City with posters decrying the diminished great white shark population.  Alba is there shooting the film "Killer Inside Me" along with Casey Affleck and Kate Hudson. Photos of the actress plastering city property and a United Way billboard surfaced on a blog and were "twittered."  The city subsequently filed a complaint with police after seeing the pictures.

Alba released this statement: 

“I got involved in something I should have had no part of.  I realize that I should have used better judgment and I regret not thinking things through before I made a spontaneous and ill-advised decision to let myself get involved with the people behind this campaign.  I sincerely apologize to the citizens of Oklahoma City and to the United Way for my involvement in this incident.”


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June 10th, 2009
08:17 AM ET

Julia Roberts in 'Eat, Pray, Love'

The Hollywood actress has agreed to star in the film adaptation of a best-selling book. And James Franco has moved from big productions like "Milk" and "Spider-Man" to an independent drama called "In Praise of Shadows."

CNN's Doug Hyde has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:


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