January 13th, 2010
05:39 PM ET

Michael C. Hall being treated for cancer

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Michael C. Hall, who stars as the serial killer protagonist of "Dexter," has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma but is on the road to recovery, his representative confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

"I feel fortunate to have been diagnosed with an imminently treatable and curable condition,” Hall, 38, said in a statement. “I thank my doctors and nurses for their expertise and care."

Hall rose to fame on the HBO series “Six Feet Under,” in which he played the deep-in-the-closet funeral director David Fisher. After a five-season run Hall then took on another character with a few skeletons, playing the title role of a police blood splatter expert-cum-serial killer in the hit Showtime series, “Dexter.”

The diagnosis isn’t slowing Hall down at all. The actor plans to attend both the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards with his wife, Jennifer Carpenter, and will begin filming the fifth season of “Dexter” later in the year.

January 13th, 2010
02:24 PM ET

'Idol' premiere No. 1 in ratings

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Some “Idol” fans may be wringing their hands over the loss of Paula Adbul and the impending exit of Simon Cowell, but that apparently didn’t stop folks from tuning in to the premiere.

The most successful show on television scored big Tuesday night with 29.8 million viewers and a first place showing in the Nielsen ratings.

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January 13th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

Family, friends attend Casey Johnson funeral

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Johnson & Johnson heiress Casey Johnson was laid to rest Tuesday in a private funeral in New Jersey.

The service was attended by close friends and family, including New York Jets owner Robert “Woody” Johnson, Casey’s mother Sale and her sisters Jaime and Daisy.

Johnson, 30, was found dead in Los Angeles on January 4. Her family arranged for her body to be flown back to the east coast for a private funeral. FULL POST

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January 13th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Raimi, Maguire, Dunst gone from 'Spidey 4'

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The next “Spider-Man” movie won’t pick up where the third film left off. It will travel back in time, showing Peter Parker in high school and thereby dropping its big name stars Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire along the way, according to news reports.

The new movie will have a new director and cast but  will still be produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin and Marvel Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It will use a script by James Vanderbilt and put the focus back on a teenage Spider-Man coming of age as he deals with his superpowers.

Entertainment Weekly reports that franchise director Sam Raimi was unable to make Columbia’s  deadline of a 2011 release so they opted to make a completely different kind of “Spider-Man” without the director. (Deadline Hollywood chronicled the difficulties Raimi was having with the script.)

The studio is hoping to do a more gritty, contemporary remake and is currently searching out edgy, young directors.

On a different platform, Broadway producers have announced that they will refund tickets for preview performances of “Spiderman: Turn off the Dark,” the musical that was scheduled to begin previews in February but has been postponed, according to Patrick Healy in the New York Times Arts Beat blog.

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January 13th, 2010
11:04 AM ET

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie pledge to support Haiti

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt issued a joint statement on Tuesday night expressing their deep sorrow at the widespread loss of life that occurred in the Haiti earthquake.

The pair, who have visited the island in recent years to assist musician Wyclef Jean’s charity Yele Haiti, said, “We are devastated by the news from Haiti. We will work closely with our good friend Wyclef Jean to support the humanitarian efforts on the island and help those who have been injured and left without homes and shelter.”

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January 13th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

'American Idol' is back

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“American Idol” returned in all its glory Tuesday night with the Boston auditions and the theme was simple: plenty of heart string tuggers with a sprinkling of the truly awful.

Die-hard fans know the initial shows are set up to feature the worst of the worst of the aspiring “Idols,” but this time around it seems we can prepare to be “Gokeyed.”

Last season contestant Danny Gokey was introduced with the tragic back story of a young wife whose death helped inspire him to follow his dream all the way to a third place showing. FULL POST

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