Drea De Matteo No Longer 'Desperate'

3/4/2010 7:00pm EST
Drea DeMatteo
Producers of hit TV drama Desperate Housewives have confirmed actress Drea De Matteo will not be returning to the series - but deny reports she was fired due to falling ratings.

The former Sopranos star joined Eva Longoria, Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross and Felicity Huffman on the program as the matriarch of an Italian family who moves to Wisteria Lane. Reports surfaced in November suggesting De Matteo had been fired after just five episodes following poor TV ratings.

However, producers insist they've merely granted her request to quit the show to spend more time with her fiancé, singer Sh...

Bob Bryar Leaves My Chemical Romance

3/4/2010 7:00pm EST
Bob Bryar
Rockers My Chemical Romance have parted ways with drummer Bob Bryar. The percussionist has been with the Helena hit-makers since 2004, when he was drafted in to replace original band member Matt Pelissier.

However, now the group is in need of a new drummer - after Bryar left the line-up last month.

In a post on the My Chemical Romance website, guitarist Frank Iero writes, "Hello Friends. Recently it seems as though every time we write to you guys we have bad news, and we apologize for that, but we've learned in life you can't have the sweet without the sour. As a band we have been very ...

Robert De Niro Urges Aging Actors To Snub Plastic Surgery

3/4/2010 7:00pm EST
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro has called on his contemporaries to accept the ageing process - and commends Meryl Streep for shunning cosmetic surgery.

The legendary Taxi Driver actor is famous for his rugged features, and insists he would never contemplate going under the knife to rid his face of wrinkles. And he is urging older stars to follow Streep's lead - by refusing to resort to medical procedures to retain their youthful looks.

He tells Britain's The Times magazine, "It's so transparent (surgery). If you're doing a younger part in a story, say 15, 20 years younger, the audience will accept that, ...

Gwyneth Paltrow Wants You To Get Some Sleep

3/4/2010 6:52pm EST
Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow is urging readers of her online health and lifestyle website to get some sleep - because a good rest is tantamount to good health.

The actress has teamed up with her doctor, Frank Lipman, to get the message across with a list of sleep tips on Goop.com.

She writes, "Everyone I know is knackered (tired), me included. But I didn't imagine that there could be health problems associated with not getting a good night’s rest.

"I recently read a book called Light’s Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival by T.S. Wiley, which talks about the negative cumulative effects of sleep deprivation...

Diddy: 'Lil Wayne Will Be Missed'

3/4/2010 5:00pm EST
Rapper Sean 'Diddy' Combs has bid farewell to prison-bound Lil Wayne, insisting he'll miss the rapper's "energy" while he's behind bars. The Lollipop hit-maker is due to be sentenced to a year in jail on Monday after he was convicted of weapons possession, stemming from a 2007 arrest.

Lil Wayne has recorded new tracks and filmed music videos to be released while he is incarcerated, but fellow hip-hop star Combs maintains he will be greatly missed. And he hopes Wayne will use his jail term to better himself and serve as an example to those who look up to him.

Combs tells MTV.com, "I thin...

Rapper J-Kwon Missing

3/4/2010 4:00pm EST
A search has been launched for missing rapper J-Kwon, according to bosses at his record label. The Tipsy hit-maker, real name Jarrell Jones, has not been seen by his loved ones in St. Louis, Missouri since the beginning of February - and his label bosses are growing more than a little concerned.

Gracie Productions CEO/President Tony Bucher says, "J-Kwon is a big part of the Gracie family, and we are obviously increasingly worried and want to make sure he is OK."

"We've already received thousands of emails from fans and supporters who are worried about J-Kwon, and we want everyone to kno...

Selena Gomez Steps In For Nicole Kidman In 'Monte Carlo'

3/4/2010 3:00pm EST
Selena Gomez
Teen sensation Selena Gomez has stepped in for Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman in upcoming movie Monte Carlo, after producers decided to give the script a more youthful spin. The 17-year-old Disney actress has been named the new star of the comedy, based on the book Headhunters by Jules Bass.

Kidman, 42, was set to star in the film in 2005, which originally followed the novel's plot more closely and sent four New Jersey women to Monaco, where they posed as heiresses.

According to trade paper Daily Variety, producers have updated the script to instead focus on a group of college and high...

Sinead O'Connor: 'If Christ Was Here, He'd Burn Down The Vatican'

3/4/2010 2:37pm EST
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Controversial Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has launched another tirade against Catholic Church leaders, after Irish bishops asked parishioners for money to compensate children sexually abused by priests.

The Dublin archdiocese was rocked last November upon the release of The Murphy Commission Report, a document resulting from a public inquiry into allegations the Vatican had hidden child abuse by its priests between 1975 to 2004. Following the scandal, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his "outrage, betrayal and shame" over the alleged abuse, but his comments went unnoticed by O'Connor - who ca...

Amerie Engaged To Manager

3/4/2010 2:26pm EST
R&B beauty Amerie is engaged to her manager boyfriend, Lenny Nicholson. The 1 Thing singer, 30, accepted Nicholson's proposal during a romantic trip to Paris, France last weekend, when he got down on one knee and presented her with a pink diamond ring.

Rumors quickly spread online claiming the couple had eloped and exchanged vows, but her publicist has quashed the marriage reports, insisting Amerie has only just got engaged.

In a post on Twitter.com, Amerie's rep writes, "Can u correct the news Amerie just got engage (sic). She is not getting married (yet), she just got engaged, that's...

Neil Patrick Harris To Lead 'The Smurfs'

3/4/2010 1:23pm EST
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris is set to lead The Smurfs into Hollywood - he's reportedly been cast in a big screen adaptation of the popular 1980s cartoon.

"The How I Met Your Mother" star will tackle the lead role in the movie, which will be a mixture of live action and animation, according to Deadline Hollywood.

"Scooby-Doo" filmmaker Raja Gosnell has signed on to direct "Smurfs: The Movie" and filming is slated to begin in April, when Harris takes a hiatus from his role in the hit TV show.

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