JORDIN SPARKS DIDN'T THINK SHE'D LAND THE LEAD IN "SPARKLE"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jordin Sparks didn't figure she had a chance to land the lead in "Sparkle." After all, she'd never been in a movie before. She thought she'd just make contacts that would come in handy later. Sparks says she was shocked when she won the part. She was moved by the script when she read it. She says she was crying, excited and angry all at the same time. Sparkle opens today.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There will be an "Avengers" sequel, but you'll have to wait nearly three years for it. Disney and Marvel Studios say the sequel will hit theaters in May of 2015. Joss Whedon will be back to write and direct the sequel.
MARIAH CAREY AND NO DOUBT TO PERFORM BEFORE NFL SEASON OPENER
NEW YORK (AP) -- Mariah Carey and No Doubt will perform before the NFL season opener in a special airing on NBC. They'll sing live from Rockefeller Plaza before the Giants play the Cowboys in New Jersey.
NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN CAN REFILE AN AMENDED SUIT AGAINST "HOUSEWIVES"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- An appeals court has rejected Nicollette Sheridan's request for a new trial on her claim that she was wrongfully fired from "Desperate Housewives." But the panel says she can file an amended lawsuit claiming she was retaliated against because she complained about her boss. She says Marc Cherry hit her in the head.
LOSING A TALENT CONTEST STARTED NIGEL LYTHGOE'S INTEREST IN DANCE
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) -- Losing a talent contest when he was 11 started Nigel Lythgoe's interest in dance. He says he sang a song in the competition while the winner sang and did a tap dance. He says it "annoyed" him to lose. So he talked his parents into giving him tap lessons. Lythgoe's new dance show "A Chance To Dance" premieres tonight on the Ovation network. The series will show a dance company being formed in just 28 days. It'll end with the dance company performing live in New York.
"GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS" IS CANCELED
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Gene Simmons Family Jewels" has run its course. A-and-E isn't picking it up for an eighth season. The network says it "could not be more proud" of the series. Simmons says he wants to spend more time on the Kiss tour that started last March and his other business commitments.
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Families proud to be rednecks confront family members who've left their redneck ways behind in a new reality series premiering next month. "Redneck Rehab" will air on CMT. An intervention is done on one former redneck who's now an aspiring actor who wears fancy clothes. Tom Arnold hosts. CMT describes him as a "redneck specialist."
REBA MCENTIRE'S FANS FOLLOW HER FROM MOVIES, TO BROADWAY TO MUSIC AND TV
BEVERLY HILLS (AP) -- Reba McEntire is thankful that her fans follow her no matter where her career leads her. In addition to her music, McEntire has done eleven movies, a Broadway musical and a TV series. McEntire is starring in a new series called "Malibu Country." She plays a one-time country music star trying for a comeback. It premieres this November on ABC.
BIG TIME RUSH APPEARING AT FIRST KIDS "STATE DINNER" AT WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Big Time Rush will be part of the first Kids "State Dinner" at the White House, which is really a lunch. Michelle Obama is inviting 54 kids from eight to 12 years old to a healthy lunch featuring recipes created by families across the country. Big Time Rush will perform when the kids are done eating.
JENNA JAMESON PLEADS GUILTY TO DUI
WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) -- Former porn star Jenna Jameson is pleading guilty to drunken driving. She was sentenced yesterday to three years of informal probation and ordered to pay $340 in fines. She'll also have to be part of of a Mothers Against Drunk Driving "victims' impact panel." Jameson was busted in May after her Ranger Rover hit a light pole in Southern California. Her lawyer tells City News Service that Jameson is sorry and thankful nobody was seriously hurt.
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