James McAvoy: Brit filmmakers dumb down movies for Americans
May 31st, 2011
12:39 PM ET

James McAvoy: Brit filmmakers dumb down movies for Americans

The American-made superhero flick "X-Men: First Class" may seem an unusual choice for Scottish star James McAvoy, who earned critical raves for British dramas like "The Last King of Scotland" and "Atonement"—but then again, the actor says U.K. movies just aren't what they used to be.

"We make loads of movies to try and hit in America, and yet it's never the ones aimed at America that do well. We dumb our movies down because we want Americans to understand them," the BAFTA winner tells SkyNews.

"Then Americans watch it and go, 'This is a really unsophisticated, dumbed-down movie. Why would we buy this? Why do we like this? We don't.' It's like we're patronizing them and short-changing ourselves," he says.

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Sin City silliness on 'The Bachelorette'
May 31st, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Sin City silliness on 'The Bachelorette'

Last night's episode of "The Bachelorette" began with Chris Harrison ordering the 18 remaining suitors in the living room to explain how the show works. Even after advancing to the next round, few of the suitors understand the concept of shaving.

William is the recipient of the first one-on-one date with Ashley, with a promise that he'll be making a splash in Las Vegas. Pools and Vegas - we can strike two show trademarks off our "Bachelorette" bingo card.

Meanwhile, "Phantom" Jeff, who's now wearing a knit cap to go with his mask, pledges to take the mask off on his first one-on-one date with Ashley. Good thing, as his new look screams "ready to rob a bank by the fourth episode."

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LeAnn Rimes: I'm not 'scary skinny'
May 31st, 2011
09:25 AM ET

LeAnn Rimes: I'm not 'scary skinny'

What should have been a beautiful belated honeymoon turned into a bit of drama for LeAnn Rimes.

Vacationing in Mexico with hubby Eddie Cibrian, Rimes shared her bliss with her Twitter followers, posting a photo of herself on the beach in a blue bikini on Sunday.

Shortly afterward, fans began commenting on her thin frame, with one noting, "Whoa, you're scary skinny! Sorry don't mean to offend but that's a lot of bones showing through skin..."

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Paris Hilton: I'm not your typical heiress
May 30th, 2011
06:26 PM ET

Paris Hilton: I'm not your typical heiress

Editor's Note: Paris Hilton recently sat down with Piers Morgan for an emotional, tell-all interview. Tune in to hear from the heiress and her mom Kathy on "Piers Morgan Tonight" at 9 p.m ET.

Paris Hilton may be on her third reality show with Oxygen’s “The World According to Paris,” but the 30-year-old says that viewers will actually see the real her with this one.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times about her former reality program "The Simple Life," Hilton says producers told her “it was supposed to be 'Green Acres' meets 'Clueless.' So that's what I gave them. It was fun. But it gave the world this perception of me. People assume that's who I am."

She’s hoping that her Oxygen show will paint a more authentic picture.

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LisaRaye McCoy reps for the 'Single Ladies'
May 30th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

LisaRaye McCoy reps for the 'Single Ladies'

One thing you need to know about LisaRaye McCoy: She keeps it real.

Whether it's discussing the break-up of her marriage to the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, her desire to find a man of means or even the rumored beef on the set of her new show "Single Ladies" with co-star Stacey Dash, the actress doesn't hold back.

For example, she has no problem admitting that producers wanted a younger face when casting her character Keisha Green on the new VH1 romantic comedy series.

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Judy Garland concert headed for theaters
May 30th, 2011
05:28 PM ET

Judy Garland concert headed for theaters

Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers have all seen their tours get transferred to the big screen, and now an unlikely star is getting the concert-film treatment: late Hollywood legend Judy Garland.

According to the L.A. Times, Garland's historic 1961 Carnegie Hall concert will be turned into a documentary courtesy of filmmakers Steven Lippman, Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein. Though Garland's comeback performance earned critical raves, countless standing ovations, and spawned a chart-topping double album, no footage exists of the actual event.

"The concert is a cultural touchstone, something I remember vividly as a kid," Friedman tells the L.A. Times. "It's a magical moment in theatrical history. And yet there's almost no record of it."

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