May 3rd, 2010
10:33 AM ET

Roman Polanski breaks his silence on extradition effort

Roman PolanskiRoman Polanski has published a personal appeal to Swiss authorities asking that they deny a request by California prosecutors to extradite him to the United States.

"I can remain silent no longer," Polanski said Sunday in a posting on a website run by his friend, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy.

The Oscar-winning director's letter came 10 days after a California Court of Appeals Judge Peter Espinoza denied a petition by his victim to dismiss the 33-year-old sex case against Polanski.

"I have decided to break my silence in order to address myself directly to you without any intermediaries and in my own words," he wrote.

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May 3rd, 2010
10:33 AM ET

Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry have been separated 'for some time'

While news recently broke that actress Halle Berry and her model beau Gabriel Aubry are splitsville, it appears that the news is not so new.

Berry’s spokesperson confirmed to CNN that the pair broke up awhile ago.

"Berry and Aubry have been split for some time, but they remain close friends and committed parents to their daughter," the spokesperson said in a statement released to CNN.

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May 3rd, 2010
10:15 AM ET

'OZZfest' lineup and tour dates announced

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Heads-up headbangers. "OZZfest" returns for 2010 with a bill co-headlined by Motley Crue and the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne. The tour reunites the two metal giants, who haven't shared a stage since a 1984 trek best remembered (or not remembered, in this case) for its rock and roll debauchery. Each will play full sets, as will Rob Halford - who was last seen at OZZfest in 2004 with Judas Priest. This year's extravaganza kicks off August 14 in San Bernardino, CA, then travels to five other cities - Chicago, IL, Hartford, CT, Camden, NJ, Pittsburgh, PA and Boston, MA.

The announcement was made by in the bordello-like studio of Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, who hosts a daily radio show out of Sherman Oaks, CA. Creepy artwork lined the walls, while leopard carpet padded the floors and sculptures of hands graced wood tabletops. All the comforts of home for a rock star. FULL POST

May 3rd, 2010
08:30 AM ET

'Celebrity Apprentice' dedicates show to Bret Michaels

It’s only fitting that Bret Michaels’ team won this week’s challenge to produce three radio commercials for a home-services company. The “Celebrity Apprentice” episode was taped awhile ago, but you can’t watch the show without wishing him well as he recovers from his brain hemorrhage. This is the second week NBC aired a “get well” announcement at the end of the show. This week, the network announced the show was dedicated to him.

In this week’s episode, Michaels was RockSolid’s project manager, and his teammates Sharon Osbourne and Maria Kanellis tried to tell him that the stiff, humorless, corporate executives wouldn’t like the jingle that said plumbers “crack” a lot of jokes. He insisted he would accept the blame if the team lost for it. It was a risk, but the team won for its overall originality. I like how this team works collaboratively. You also know when they get into the boardroom, they will accept blame for whatever goes wrong.

At first I thought Curtis Stone should’ve been the one fired because he really didn’t do anything this challenge. He proved he couldn’t sing or write a jingle, but he is a chef. They told him they were going to tweak a few lines, so he still probably thinks he did a good job.

But an incident involving Cyndi Lauper changed my mind. Tenacity’s project manager Summer Sanders couldn’t decide whether to use Cyndi Lauper’s voice on a jingle, after Lauper told her she had recovered from her laryngitis. I wanted Summer Sanders fired immediately. No need for boardroom drama. In the end, she decided Lauper should sing on the jingle, but why does a swimmer have to wonder if she can trust the voice of a professional singer?

Donald Trump played games in the boardroom. First, he asked Sanders to determine which person was the best on the team. Holly haters, she chose your girl. Yes, Holly Robinson Peete is safe another week.
When Sanders returned to the firing squad with Lauper and Stone in tow, he announced that he would not fire Lauper either. The executives had loved hearing Lauper sing on that one jingle.

Trump threatened to fire two people at the beginning of the show, so I hoped he would make good on that with Sanders and Stone. No such luck. Only Sanders left this week.

Who do you think will be eliminated next week? Post your comments.

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