Shia LaBeouf involved in Vancouver bar brawl?
October 18th, 2011
01:45 PM ET

Shia LaBeouf involved in Vancouver bar brawl?

Shia LaBeouf may have taken a bruising outside a Vancouver bar last week. According to local news reports, the actor got into a bar brawl which ended with a fist to his noggin.

The alleged altercation was filmed by TMZ, and video shows a man who appears to be Shia on the sidewalk being pummeled by a shirtless fellow.

After the gentleman who appears to be 25-year-old LaBeouf sustains a punch to the head, he tries to chase after his unidentified fighting partner, but others - presumably some friends - hold him back. “You gotta lay low right now,” a pal appears to counsel.

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Screenwriter claims 'Hangover 2' copied his story
October 18th, 2011
01:13 PM ET

Screenwriter claims 'Hangover 2' copied his story

First there was a lawsuit over the face tattoo in "The Hangover Part II," and now there's a reported suit over the sequel's concept.

According to Entertainment Weekly, an "aspiring screenwriter" by the name of Michael Alan Rubin has filed a lawsuit claiming the summer blockbuster - that would be about $254 million at the domestic box office, to date - ripped off his screenplay treatment.

Rubin, who is representing himself, has reportedly filed the claim against Warner Bros., director Todd Phillips and the film's screenwriters, claiming among other things  copyright infringement, defamation and fraud.

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Harry Belafonte looks asleep live on air
October 18th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Harry Belafonte looks asleep live on air

Harry Belafonte is such an elegant, dignified and well-respected star that we can't help but feel a little ashamed for giggling at this clip of the actor.

A video is flying around the Web showing Belafonte fast asleep meditating during what was supposed to be a live interview with a Bakersfield, California, television station. Update, 3:58 p.m.: According to Belafonte's rep, the actor wasn't sleeping, he was meditating.

The rep says in a statement, “After weeks of literally hundreds of interviews promoting his HBO documentary, memoir and CD, Mr. Belafonte had an early morning satellite TV tour this past Friday. True to form, there was a technical glitch in the feed to a local station in Bakersfield, California. His earpiece wasn’t working, so he decided to take the time to meditate before the rest of his Day-O. Mr. Belafonte is 84 years young, but sharper and more awake than most who have been interviewing him. Maybe the world would be a better place if more people took a moment to meditate.”

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October 18th, 2011
11:00 AM ET

'Dancing With the Stars' goes retro

It's '80s week on "Dancing With the Stars," meaning Monday's episode pledged to honor every adult contemporary radio station in America.

And what better way to do that than by bringing out The Bangles? Lead singer Susanna Hoffs looked great for 52, but she didn't seem sure whether her tunes required singing or spoken word performances.

The actual competition began with Hope Solo, who performed a tango to Bon Jovi's "Livin' on a Prayer." Finally, someone brought Tommy and Gina's story to the stage! Unfortunately, Hope again let her power get the best of her, making her dance a bit clunky and uneven.

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Penn Badgley talks visiting Occupy Wall Street
October 18th, 2011
10:55 AM ET

Penn Badgley talks visiting Occupy Wall Street

Penn Badgley, the shaggy-haired "Gossip Girl" star who's set to portray Jeff Buckley in a biopic, has taken up with the other 99 percent.

The 24-year-old was seen taking photos of demonstrators in early October, and he tells CNN that he plans to revisit the protest.

“I have seen it up close, I've been down there several days and I would like to continue going more," he said. "It's incredibly hopeful and peaceful. There are some problems that are simple - [such as] what do we do with this trash - and then there are some very difficult problems, like how do we go forward as a society in some truly democratic way that provides justice for all."

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Why Rooney Mara beat out ScarJo for 'Dragon Tattoo' job
October 18th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

Why Rooney Mara beat out ScarJo for 'Dragon Tattoo' job

Rooney Mara may not have looked the part of Stieg Larsson's "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" at first, but she understood the character of Lisbeth Salander more easily than you'd think.

"I am very slow to warm," she tells Vogue in an interview for the magazine's November issue. "I've always been sort of a loner. I didn't play team sports. I'm better one-on-one than in big groups...I can understand wanting to be invisible and mistrusting people and wanting to understand everything before you engage with the world."

Read the full interview with Mara in Vogue

But of course, Mara's physical presence had to change dramatically. Gone is the fresh-faced Ive League look she sported in director David Fincher's "The Social Network" - they've been replaced with a starkly black dye job, severe haircut, bleached brows, slight frame and piercings.

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