July 8th, 2010
05:25 PM ET

Claire Danes celebrates Emmy nom in Rome

At first, Claire Danes was worried about becoming self-conscious about her lead role in the biopic “Temple Grandin,” based on the life of the venerated animal scientist and author, chiefly for three reasons, the actress told CNN.

"It was a little scary to play somebody who, one, is alive, and two, is valued very deeply by huge sways of people, and three who is wired in such a fundamentally different way than myself," Danes, 31, explained.

But after immersing herself in the study of Grandin’s movements and turns of phrase, Danes ended up portraying the scientist and autism advocate in a way that not only earned Grandin’s respect, but also the attention of her peers. Danes nabbed a nomination in the outstanding actress in a miniseries or TV movie category, and "Temple Grandin" is also in the running for outstanding made for television movie.

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July 8th, 2010
04:36 PM ET

Mel Gibson being investigated for domestic violence

The Malibu Hills police department has opened an investigation into the alleged domestic violence dispute between Mel Gibson and his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, CNN has confirmed.

The 54-year-old actor has been caught in a custody dispute with his former girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, over the couple's 8-month-old daughter. Toward the end of June, Grigorieva, 40, filed a restraining order against Gibson alleging that the actor and director struck her in the face, People reported.

Police said they are still in the process of gathering information surrounding Grigorieva’s allegations, and because the investigation is in preliminary stages, there isn’t more information available.

CNN has reached out to both Gibson and Grigorieva's reps for comment.


Filed under: Celebrities • Mel Gibson
July 8th, 2010
03:35 PM ET

'Burn Notice' finally gets an Emmy nod with Sharon Gless

Despite being cable’s most watched show, USA’s “Burn Notice” had yet to pick up an Emmy nomination. So after four years as Madeline Westen, Sharon Gless – who was last nominated in 2008 for her guest appearance on “Nip/Tuck” - had just about given up on the idea.

“Usually by the fourth year, when no one’s recognized you, you just think, ‘OK, we’re not their cup of tea.’ But they proved us wrong today,” she said.

Gless – who received a nod for outstanding supporting actress in a drama series – garnered two Emmys for her role as Christine Cagney on “Cagney & Lacey” in the 1980s, in addition to being nominated a total of 10 times. But, she said, it never gets old.

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July 8th, 2010
03:34 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Lindsay's outrageous tweets

Lindsay Lohan might have been sentenced to 90 days in jail, but she’s still free to tweet and, for two more weeks, party too.

Thankfully, she decided to skip her own party to celebrate her 24th birthday last night. But this morning at our meeting, we could not ignore her outrageous tweets! She quoted something from the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human rights, writing, “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment," and then linked to an article entitled “Iranian Woman Faces Stoning for Adultery."

Clearly, the "Showbiz Tonight" staff was mystified by the timing and choice of her tweets, which lead us to wonder if she’s actually comparing her jail sentence to international human torture. What do you think they could mean?

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July 8th, 2010
03:12 PM ET

Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer: The penalty was harsh and unfair

Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer, Shawn Chapman Holley, has released an official statement regarding the 90-day jail sentence her client was handed on Tuesday.

“Ms. Lohan and I are extremely disappointed in the sentence handed down by Judge Revel. We believe that the penalty is far harsher than what others would have received under similar circumstances,” Holley said in the statement.

“To be punished so severely for doing so, particularly in light of the fact that she substantially complied with each of her probationary conditions, is harsh and unfair.”

And about that manicure – which Lohan has already tweeted was a joke – Holley said, “the fact is, the words could barely be seen by the naked eye. That a courtroom camera, purportedly there to accurately chronicle the proceedings, would use a telephoto lens to zoom in as it did to Ms. Lohan's fingernail is a commentary on the entire issue.”


Filed under: Celebrities • Lindsay Lohan
July 8th, 2010
02:30 PM ET

Julia Louis-Dreyfus 'relieved' her name was spelled right

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is clearly a fan of Julia Louis-Dreyfus' work in “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” as the actress has been nominated for the best actress in a comedy Emmy ever since the show started in 2006.

But after her memorable Hollywood Walk of Fame mishap, Louis-Dreyfus told CNN, "I was relieved to see that the Academy spelled my name right.”

“And,” she added, “as I am now a free agent, Lebron and I will be announcing our plans later this evening."

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