TONY SCOTT-SUSPECTED SUICIDE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The director of "Top Gun" is dead. Authorities are investigating the death of Tony Scott as a suicide. L-A police say several people called 911 to report someone had jumped off a bridge in the port area yesterday afternoon. The Los Angeles Times reports investigators have found a suicide note. Scott was 68. Scott's movie credits include "Top Gun," "Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II. Fellow director Ron Howard Tweets -- "tragic day."
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- They're anything but "Expendable." There was some macho mayhem this weekend, as Sylvester Stallone and his buddies open at number-one. It was a nearly 29 million dollar opening weekend for "The Expendables 2." But that's down a bit from the first Expendables movie two years ago. "The Bourne Legacy" drops to second this weekend. The animated adventure "ParaNorman" opens in third. The late Whitney Houston's last movie has just a fifth place opening weekend. "Sparkle" also stars "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks, in a movie about three sisters starting a recording career.
OBAMA AND CLOONEY: BUDS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- George Clooney has friends in high places -- like the White House. President Barack Obama says Clooney is a good friend and a good person. Obama tells Entertainment Tonight that both he and Clooney are low-maintenance. Don't expect to see a lot of news footage of Clooney hanging out at the White House. Obama says Clooney keeps his distance so that Obama won't be criticized for palling around with celebs. And first lady Michelle Obama adds that Clooney is "cute, too."
"THE EXPENDABLES 2" - JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jean-Claude Van Damme was supposed to be in the first "Expendables," but he couldn't because he was busy editing a movie he directed. He was glad Sylvester Stallone gave him a second chance. He's also glad Stallone cast him as the villain, even though it means he won't be appearing in any more sequels.
"SPARKLE" - TIKA SUMPTER
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It meant a lot for Tika Sumpter to be in the last scene of the last movie that Whitney Houston made. In between takes, Sumpter says Houston told her she was proud of her. Sumpter says it made her "teary-eyed" since many parents don't even say that to their children. She says "it was a powerful moment."
CBS DROPS LAWSUIT AGAINST "THE GLASS HOUSE"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- CBS has dropped its lawsuit against ABC's "The Glass House," which it claimed was a "Big Brother" ripoff. CBS says ratings for The Glass House are so low, it's not worth their while to continue the suit. Only a million and a-half people watched a recent episode. CBS says viewers have "delivered the ultimate form of justice." However, CBS says it's going to arbitration to settle its claim that the show's top producers violated their confidentiality agreements. They used to work on "Big Brother." Tonight's the season finale for "The Glass House."
JAY LENO'S PAY CUT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jay Leno is taking a big pay cut. Published reports also say "The Tonight Show" has laid off about two dozen staffers. Leno's pay cut was to save the jobs of other staffers. The moves are part of an effort to save money at NBC. NBC Universal imposed the cutbacks Friday, according to reports in The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times. The layoffs and Leno's salary concessions were first reported by the website Deadline Hollywood.
KEVIN AND DANIELLE JONAS SAY REALITY SHOW BROUGHT THEM CLOSER TOGETHER
NEW YORK (AP) -- Kevin and Danielle Jonas say their reality show brought them closer together. Danielle says knowing they were on camera forced them to talk about things they might've have put aside. She also says they "talk through things more instead of yelling." She says the only thing viewers will be surprised to see about her husband is "how messy Kevin is."
DAVID SCHWIMMER REUNITES WITH LISA KUDROW ON "WEB THERAPY" TONIGHT
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- David Schwimmer reunites with Lisa Kudrow on her Showtime series "Web Therapy" tonight. Kudrow plays an online therapist and Schwimmer will be one of her patients. He'll be in four episodes in all.
REAL WORLD, CELEBRITY REHAB'S JOEY KOVAR DIES
NEW YORK (AP) - MTV says it's "deeply saddened" to hear that Joey Kovar of "The Real World: Hollywood" has died. Kovar was also in "Celebrity Rehab" for an addiction to cocaine and ecstasy. Celebrity Rehab's website says Kovar abused "massive amounts of alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy, meth" and steroids and "had come very close to death through an overdose." He was 29 years old.
MISS AMERICA TO AIR THIS JANUARY ON ABC
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The new Miss America will be crowned January 12th on ABC. The pageant will take place at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
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