We Bought a Zoo - Matt Damon stars as a recently-widowed father who moves his family to a beautiful estate that happens to be a dilapidated zoo with 200 animals. Also stars Thomas Haden Church and Scarlett Johansson. (PG)
In the Land of Blood and Honey - Angelina Jolie directs the story of a wartime love affair between a Serbian man and an imprisoned Muslim woman. NOTE! This film contains war violence and atrocities including rape, sexuality, nudity and language. (R)
Opens Christmas Day:
War Horse - Steven Spielberg directs a tale of friendship between a boy and a horse whose fates intertwine over the course of World War I. No big-name stars. (PG-13)
The Darkest Hour - Five young people find themselves stranded in Moscow, fighting to survive in the wake of a devastating alien attack. Stars Emile Hirsch. (PG-13)
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - A young boy searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his late father, who died on 9/11. Stars Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock, and Thomas Horn. (PG-13)
Melanie Amaro wins 'The X Factor', Fox approves Season Two in the fall
Melanie Amaro of Sunrise, Fla is the first winner of the American version of "The X Factor." She won a $5M recording contract and a starring role in a Pepsi commercial. Guest performers included Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis, Pitbull, Ne-Yo & 50 Cent.
X Factor Finale Marred By Backstage Accident
Three stagehands were injured backstage last night during The X Factor. A stair riser came unhinged as 50 Cent walked out. It hit 2 workers in the head, and crashed into the arm of another. They were taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for assessment.
Adam Lambert escapes assault charges in domestic fight…for now
No charges have been filed against Adam Lambert for punching bystanders trying to break up a fight with his boyfriend. They were outside a gay bar in Helsinki. No one was seriously hurt, and no one filed a complaint with police. They blamed it on jet lag and Vodka.
Baldwin won't run for NYC mayor
Alec Baldwin says he has no plans to run for mayor of New York City. Michael Bloomberg is to vacate the office in 2013. Baldwin made the announcement on his weekly New York radio show. He said "I've lost my appetite for politics. I've got a good job now."
SNL wants Tim Tebow to host, but can’t make an offer…yet
Producers at SNL have gotten word to Denver Broncos QB Tim Tebow…they want him to host. Problem is…the NFL forbids any negotiation with a player during the active season. SNL will hold onto the offer, until the season ends in Feb. If he’s interested…he can’t say.
Apple's late boss Steve Jobs to receive Grammy
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is receiving a posthumous Grammy for his technological innovations in the arts. He will receive the honor Feb. 11, the day before the Grammys. He died of cancer in October. Grammy organizers called him a "creative visionary."
Lawyers for Sheen's ex-wife fear media frenzy
Attorneys for Charlie Sheen's ex-wife want to stop an anticipated media frenzy when she appears in court on drug & assault charges. Brooke Mueller’s court date is Jan 23. TMZ wants to do a live internet feed. Her attorneys want media kept out of the courtroom.
Taylor Armstrong Filed For Divorce To Get Back On Real Housewives
Now we know: Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong filed for divorce to get back onto the show. She was banned after husband Russell went legal over public disclosure of their marital problems. She filed the papers, & was allowed back on. Russell killed himself last August.
Mindy McCready's mom wants grandson back in Fla.
The mother of singer Mindy McCready wants her grandson back. Gayle Inge & her husband want their 5-year-old grandson Zander returned to them in Florida. He is in the custody of Arkansas child welfare authorities. Under Florida law, Inge is Zander's legal guardian.
Lindsay Lohan's 'Playboy' ranks big in ad sales
Lindsay Lohan’s Playboy Magazine appearance is setting ad sales records. The issue sold 55% more ad pages than the same issue last year, at 49 ad pages. That’s now second place. Who's No. 1? Kim Kardashian’s December 2007 cover sold 56 ad pages.
Lindsay Lohan Scores A New Modeling Gig
Lindsay Lohan definitely has something to celebrate this holiday season. She scored another modeling gig, for Jag Jeans. She poses provocatively in tiny cutoff shorts, a belly-baring top, high heels and lots of accessories. Jag says, "She is fierce yet exudes feminine grace."
Lindsay Lohan celebrates sister Ali’s 18th birthday
Lindsay Lohan helped little sister Aliana celebrate her 18th birthday in style with a swanky bash in New York. Lindsay, Dina, Cody & Michael Jr took Aliana to Beaumarchais restaurant Wed. They dined on tuna tartar, truffle gnocchi, cake, brownie sundaes, and champagne.
Hugh Hefner Has Never Bedded A Mature Lady
Hugh Hefner reveals he’s never been intimate with a woman older than 49. He is currently dating both 24-year-old Anna Sophia Berglund and Shera Bechard, age 28. He calls them "very classy." He told Britain's OK! Magazine, “What captures the heart is magic.”
Eric Benet Is A Dad Again
R&B singer Eric Benet received a special early Christmas present Wednesday - his wife gave birth to their first child. Halle Berry's ex-husband & Manuela Testolini, his wife of 5 months, are the proud parents of a little girl called Lucia. He also has a daughter named India.
Vince Neil mulling Motley Crue departure
Vince Neil says he is "thinking seriously" about leaving Motley Crue after the band finishes a string of Las Vegas shows planned for February. He said it’s been a great ride, but he wants to pursue other projects. He doesn’t want to look back and regret passing up a great offer.
Tony Bennett To Headline Children's Hospital Gala
Tony Bennett is set to headline a gala concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of St. Jude Children’s research hospital. The gala will take place Jan 7 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Bennett was a close friend of late St. Jude's founder Danny Thomas.
Marlon, Tito, and Jackie Reuniting for International Tour
Marlon, Tito and Jackie Jackson enjoyed their time performing in Japan. They’ve decided to continue the tour across Europe. The schedule is being put together. Jermaine will not be joining the rest of the family. But if the price is right, he could be persuaded.