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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- CBS says it plans to air a program about how producers re-organized the 2012 Grammy Awards ceremony after the shocking death of U.S. singer Whitney Houston.

Houston drowned in her hotel bathtub Feb. 11, 2012, the day before she was to attend the awards show. The Grammy Awards took place as scheduled Feb. 12, including tributes to the 48-year-old recording star.

CBS said it will air a 1-hour special, "The Grammys Will Go On: A Death in the Family," Feb. 9.

The program will look at how producers revamped the broadcast to include an opening prayer from host LL Cool J and performance by Jennifer Hudson of Houston's classic song "I Will Always Love You."

"In an ordinary year, the Grammys is a really tough show to produce; it's live and things happen behind-the-scenes at the last minute that you never expect," Jack Sussman, CBS executive vice president of specials, music and live events, said in a statement. "But every year the people behind this show find ways to make 11th-hour creative adjustments resulting in memorable moments that you only see on the Grammys. This special is a very entertaining peek behind the curtain at the extra-extraordinary circumstances of last year, and how some of the biggest stars in the musical world came together for a television broadcast that will be remembered for many years to come."
LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- CBS says it has renewed its U.S. investigative drama "NCIS" for the 2013-14 television season, with its star Mark Harmon set to return.

"In a world gone niche, 'NCIS' keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the No. 1 show on television," Leslie Moonves, president and chief executive officer of CBS Corp., said in a statement Friday.

"'NCIS' is the type of franchise every company wants in today's global content ecosystem -- high-quality storytelling that generates passionate viewers and drives revenue on every conceivable platform."

The series about crime-solvers for the Naval Investigative Service is in its 10th season.
Friday, 01 February 2013 11:49

Actor Donald Faisons new bride Cacee Cobb pregnant

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Cacee Cobb, the new bride of Hollywood actor Donald Faison, announced on Facebook she is pregnant with their first child.

Cobb is the former personal assistant and longtime best friend of singer Jessica Simpson, who is expecting her second baby.

"Looks like @donald_faison and I are going to have a little stormtrooper of our own!" Cobb wrote Thursday in a caption for a photo of T-shirt depicting a baby-sized "Star Wars" stormtrooper, UsMagazine.com said.

The baby's gender and anticipated due date were not mentioned in the online message.

The couple married in December 2012.

Faison has four children from prior relationships.
Friday, 01 February 2013 12:29

Report Josh Radnor and Julia Jones break up

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Hollywood couple Josh Radnor and Julia Jones have ended their yearlong romance, UsMagazine.com reported Friday.

No reason was given for the split.

Radnor is a cast member of TV's "How I Met Your Mother."

Jones co-starred in the "Twilight" film franchise.
Friday, 01 February 2013 12:43

Anna Gunn to star in scripted Bravo series Rita

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NEW YORK, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Bravo Media says it has signed actress Anna Gunn to star in "Rita," one of the U.S. cable network's first scripted drama pilots.

The American adaptation of the Danish family drama of the same name is to commence production this spring, with Miguel Arteta directing and executive producing the pilot.

"Anna is the perfect actress to play Rita," Andrew Wang, Bravo's vice president of scripted development and production, said in a statement Friday. "Rita needs to have a certain wit and strength about her, a person who is unapologetic in her point of view about her life and choices and Anna perfectly embodies all of those qualities that we are looking for in that role."

"Anna Gunn is a phenomenal talent and we couldn't be more excited that she's going to play Rita," said Krista Vernoff, the show's writer and executive producer. "I know Hollywood is a hyperbolic town, but that's not hyperbole. We are freaking out with excitement."

In the series, Gunn will play a private school teacher struggling to raise three teenage children while dealing with the inane bureaucracy and overprotective parents at her school, Bravo said in a synopsis.

Gunn currently stars on "Breaking Bad," which is wrapping up its last season. Her other small-screen credits include "Deadwood," "The Practice," "Six Feet Under," "ER" and "Seinfeld."
Saturday, 02 February 2013 02:41

Actress Christina Ricci engaged

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. actress Christina Ricci has confirmed she is engaged to dolly grip boyfriend James Heerdegen, whom she met on the set of "Pan Am."

Us Weekly first reported the actress was wearing an engagement ring in October, but she only confirmed the news Friday.

"Yeah," she told the magazine. "[We got engaged] a couple months back."

The two met while on the set of the canceled ABC drama "Pan Am," the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

Ricci was previously engaged to "Sullivan & Son" actor Owen Benjamin, but that was called off in June 2009.
Saturday, 02 February 2013 02:49

Kerry Washington tops at Image Awards

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- "Django Unchained" and "Scandal" actress Kerry Washington was the night's top winner with three awards at the 44th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.

Washington won best supporting actress, best actress in a television drama and received the NAACP President's Award recognizing special achievement and public service at the Friday ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium.

"Red Tail" -- a World War II drama about the Tuskegee airmen - was named best picture.

Beasts of the Southern Wild" was named best independent film and also took the best director award for Benh Zeitlin, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Denzel Washington won best actor for "Flight," Viola Davis won best actress for "Won't Back Down" and Samuel L. Jackson took home the second award for "Django Unchained" as best supporting actor.

In television, "Scandal" won for dramatic series and BET's "The Game" won for comedic series, the Times reported.

Comedian and actor Steve Harvey hosted the ceremony.
Saturday, 02 February 2013 03:57

Injured Justified stunt woman sues Sony

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- A stunt woman has filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles against Sony Pictures Entertainment after she was injured in a stunt on the set of FX drama "Justified."

Lisa Hoyle filed the suit Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging she was injured Feb. 3, 2011, when a parked car she was standing next to was hit by another car for a stunt she was unaware was being staged.

The car she was next to rolled over her ankle and knocked her unconscious, the suit said.

Hoyle said the stunt crew had been informed of the stunt during a safety meeting, but she was getting food and didn't hear the message about the planned crash. She said she was injured because of poor set management and negligence by Sony, The Hollywood Reporter said.

The amount in damages Hoyle seeks was not reported.
Saturday, 02 February 2013 04:32

ABC orders pilot for divorce comedy

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HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- ABC has ordered a pilot for a comedy from "Rules of Engagement" producer Mike Sikowitz, called "Divorce: A Love Story," The Hollywood Reporter said.

The multicamera comedy focuses on Kenny and Robin, whose relationship is even worse after they divorce then it had been during their marriage. The show is based on Israel's "Life Isn't Everything," The Hollywood Reporter said Friday.

Sikowitz, along with Daniel Lappin, will write and executive produce the pilot. Noa Tishby will also serve as executive producer.

This is Sikowitz' second pilot order after the NBC comedy "Welcome to the Family," about a white and a Latino family who are joined by an unplanned pregnancy.
Saturday, 26 January 2013 04:34

Godzilla fight could face arbitration

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HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- A judge will decide if a fight between Legendary Pictures and the producers of its new film, "Godzilla," will go into arbitration, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Legendary and producers Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Doug Davidson have been locked in a battle since the production company decided to boot the three men, saying they did little work on the film, scheduled to be released in 2014.

Lee, Lin and Davidson said they brought the film to Legendary and signed an agreement saying they will be paid.

Lawyers for Legendary said they have a 2011 draft contract with the three producers saying any disputes such as this one should play out privately in arbitration.

The producers said they want the dispute to go to court where they perceive they might have leverage with the prospect of internal Legendary information becoming public. They said they never signed the 2011 agreement requiring arbitration.

Private arbitration company JAMS told both sides it is allowing Superior Court Judge Abraham Kahn to determine whether the case should play out in public or private.
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