McGraw: Drunk texting helped me quit drinking
January 13th, 2011
06:17 PM ET

McGraw: Drunk texting helped me quit drinking

Tim McGraw learned to text when he was drinking heavily - he knew if he called his wife, Faith Hill, she would know he’d been indulging. But then even text messaging got him in trouble.

"I started slurring my texts and I figured, 'Hell, I've got to quit drinking,'" he told On The Red Carpet. "That's the only thing that's going to work.”

McGraw, who has three daughters with Hill, gave up alcohol in 2008. The couple has been married since 1996.
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Sting's happy-marriage secret? Tawdry sex
January 13th, 2011
06:11 PM ET

Sting's happy-marriage secret? Tawdry sex

They've been together almost 30 years, but the spark still hasn't gone out of Sting's relationship with Trudie Styler.

The secret to their still-sizzling love affair? Tawdry sex, he tells February's Harper's Bazaar.

"Relationships aren't easy, and I don't think they're particularly natural, but we're lucky because we actually like each other," says 59-year-old Sting, who wed Styler in 1992. "We love each other — that's a given — but Trudie lights my world up when she comes into a room. I don't take her for granted."

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Margaret Cho: HIV/AIDS still carries stigma
January 13th, 2011
05:58 PM ET

Margaret Cho: HIV/AIDS still carries stigma

For Margaret Cho, HIV/AIDS isn’t something to think about once a year around the start of December – it’s a personal cause.

The comedian recently spoke with CNN about what inspired her to get involved with HIV/AIDS activism as "Anderson Cooper 360°" gears up to mark the 30th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis with a special presentation, "Hope Survives: 30 Years of AIDS." The hour-long special, which airs Friday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN, will also feature guests Sir Elton John, Sharon Stone, Mo'Nique and Cho, among others.

We caught up with Cho to talk about where the issue of HIV/AIDS stands today as well as if she’s spoken to one Bristol Palin lately.

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Halle Berry to play Aretha Franklin?
January 13th, 2011
05:53 PM ET

Halle Berry to play Aretha Franklin?

Aretha Franklin's life story is making its way to the big screen, and Halle Berry may be stepping into the spotlight as the legendary Queen of Soul.

Sixty-eight-year-old Franklin — who says her health problems have been "resolved" — issued a press statement this week saying a biopic was in the works based on her 1999 autobiography, "Aretha: From These Roots," reports the Huffington Post.

The singer suggests she'd like Oscar winner Berry to portray her in the film, a suggestion she also made to CNN in December 2008, while Terrence Howard has been tapped for the role of Motown legend Smokey Robinson. Franklin's also interested in having Denzel Washington portray her father C.L. Franklin, a Baptist minister and civil rights leader.

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Michelle Williams isn't sure Mr. Right exists
January 13th, 2011
05:13 PM ET

Michelle Williams isn't sure Mr. Right exists

January 28 marks the third anniversary of Heath Ledger's death, and for Michelle Williams, it's still a huge loss, for herself as well as their 5-year-old daughter, Matilda.

"Very obviously, for me and for her, there's a hole in our life," Williams tells the February issue of Marie Claire. "Of course the natural inclination is to want to fill it and make it disappear, but what I've come to recently is that it's impossible. Nothing will fit in that hole because what we want back we can't get, which is this one person."

Though Williams has had other romances since Ledger unexpectedly died of a drug overdose, she is proceeding with caution.

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'The Kennedys' a no-go on Showtime
January 13th, 2011
05:10 PM ET

'The Kennedys' a no-go on Showtime

The Kennedys may be beloved in America, but "The Kennedys" miniseries? Not so much. Showtime is the latest network to take a pass on the controversial eight-part movie.

“Although 'The Kennedys' is well-produced, well-acted, and a quality piece of work, it doesn’t fit the Showtime programming brand,” a network rep tells the Hollywood Reporter.

As Marquee previously reported, "The Kennedys" — which stars Katie Holmes as Jacqueline Kennedy and explores the relationship between John F. Kennedy (Greg Kinnear), his brother Robert (Barry Pepper), and their father, Joe (Tom Wilkinson) — was to air on the History Channel this spring but was yanked by the Arts & Entertainment Television Network last week.

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