PAULA ABDUL TO BE GUEST JUDGE ON DWTS
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here comes the judge -- Paula Abdul. After stints on "American Idol" and "The X Factor" Abdul has a new judging gig on "Dancing With the Stars." But it will be for one night only. Host Tom Bergeron announced last night Abdul will be a guest judge next week. In a taped segment, Abdul says she's been sneaking in to watch "Dancing With the Stars" for years. She adds that being a judge for a night is a "dream made in dancing heaven." Abdul got her start as one of the dancers for the Los Angeles Lakers and became the choreographer for the dance team.
"DANCING WITH THE STARS"
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It's a tie at the top on "Dancing With the Stars." Kelly Monaco and Melissa Rycroft both got three nines apiece from the judges after last night's performances. But Bristol Palin isn't so lucky. The political daughter got her best scores ever, but still finished last. She had a mini-meltdown during rehearsal. Palin was in tears as she accused pro partner Mark Ballas of not wanting to be with her. But they made up in time for their Paso Doble. Tonight, two celebs will get the boot.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- There's a new wrinkle this season on "The Voice." It's the steal. Once a singer is dropped from a team, the other judges can pick them up. That happened twice on last night's show. All the other judges wanted to get Amanda Brown. Cee Lo Green let her go, deciding to stick with 18-year-old Trevin Hunte. Amanda decided to go with Adam Levine. Team Blake picked up Collin McLoughlin after he was dropped by Team Adam. Tonight on The Voice, more of the battle round.
"TAKEN 2" - OLIVIER MEGATON
NEW YORK (AP) -- People are known to swoon over being in Paris during the spring. But the director of "Taken 2" says doing a movie in Istanbul in the fall is nothing to get romantic about. Olivier Megaton says he wanted to film in the Turkish city because it's so different looking from most cities in the world. But he says until he did "Taken 2," he had only shot there during the spring and summer. This time, he did the filming in the fall -- and it wasn't fun. Megaton says it was a "pain in the ass" because it was cold and rainy much of the time. But the movie has done well so far. It's number one at the box office going into its second weekend in theaters.
PEOPLE: ROBERT PATTINSON AND KRISTEN STEWART BACK ON
UNDATED (AP) -- They're a couple again. People.com reports Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are back together. People says several sources have confirmed the "Twilight" pair are on again after their split over the summer. Stewart had admitted she had a brief affair with her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director, Rupert Sanders. People reports that Pattinson has also decided not to sell the L-A home they had shared.
LENA DUNHAM GETS 7-FIGURE BOOK DEAL
NEW YORK (AP) -- "Girls" creator Lena Dunham is laughing all the way to the bank. The comic has signed a seven figure book deal with Random House. Dunham is the Emmy-nominated star, writer and director of the HBO series Girls. No publication date has been set for her essay collection "Not That Kind of Girl." Several competitors for the book deal say bidding went past $3.5 million.
FINAL BOX OFFICE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Final box office figures show a huge weekend for Liam Neeson. His action sequel "Taken 2" opens with $49.5 million. That's about twice what the original took in during its opening weekend. `Hotel Transylvania" drops to second with 27 mil. "Pitch Perfect" goes into wide release with $14.8 million. "Looper" was fourth, followed by the debut of the animated "Frankenweenie."
VIOLA DAVIS-BENEFIT AUCTION
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Oscar-nominee Viola Davis is giving up two of her dresses to help her old high school. The dresses are being auctioned on eBay to benefit the drama club at Central Falls High School in Providence, Rhode Island. The auction will also help the Segue Institute for Learning. Davis grew up with the founder. The Providence Journal reports Davis was in town over the weekend for a screening of her new movie "Won't Back Down." The event raised about $15,000.
DETROIT (AP) -- It was one of Hollywood's biggest punches -- when Mongo slugs a horse in the classic comedy "Blazing Saddles." It was football player-turned-actor Alex Karras who threw that punch. The Detroit Free Press and Detroit News reported Monday that the former Lions All-Pro defensive lineman is in kidney failure and has been given only a few days to live. Lions president Tom Lewand says the franchise is deeply saddened to learn of Karras' condition. Karras also starred in the 1980s sitcom "Webster."
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