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Fonda Swears on Live TV
Washington's 'Great Debaters' Leads Image Awards
Bai Ling Arrested for Shoplifting
Shelly's Killer Pleads Guilty
Stars Urge SAG Leaders To Begin Talks To Avoid Strike
Williams "No Longer Planning for the Future"
Farrow Praises "Extraordinary" Spielberg
Spears Wants Schwarzenegger's Help
Coen Brothers To Adapt Bestselling Novel
Hilton Under Investigation for Dog Boast
A Baby for Biggs?

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15 February 2008

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Fonda Swears on Live TV

Jane Fonda turned the air blue on morning talk show Today on Thursday when she uttered the explicit "c" word. The actress, 70, joined Eve Ensler on the show's sofa to discuss the 10th anniversary of the playwright's The Vagina Monologues-inspired V-Day when she stunned viewers by saying an anatomically-explicit word. Asked how she got involved in V-Day and the play, where celebrities act out personal monologues, Fonda explained she wasn't keen on the whole idea at first. She said, "I live in Georgia; I was asked to do a monologue called [c-word] and I said, 'I don't think so, I've got enough problems.'" Fonda said she later saw the play and it "changed my life." The expletive ran during the live broadcast on the East Coast. It was bleeped out for subsequent broadcasts. Later in the show, interviewer/host Meredith Vieira apologized to viewers, stating, "We were talking about The Vagina Monologues and Jane Fonda inadvertently said a word from the play that you don't say on television. It was a slip and obviously she apologizes, and so do we. We would do nothing to offend the audience. So please accept that apology." Since her first The Vagina Monologues performance, Fonda has become a V-Day champion, traveling the world with Ensler and performing The Vagina Monologues in India, Mexico, Jordan, Israel and Palestine.

Washington's 'Great Debaters' Leads Image Awards

Denzel Washington's 2007 movie The Great Debaters has taken the top prize at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards in Los Angeles. The movie - which Washington both directed and acted in - was named best film, with acting prizes also going to its stars Washington, Jurnee Smollett and teenager Denzel Whitaker. As he collected his award at Thursday's ceremony at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Washington was keen to point out that the NAACP Image Awards mean much more to him than the Oscars. He said, "I'll be at that other show (the Academy Awards) next week, but my heart is here. I'm just so happy to see these young people get recognized." Singer/actress Janet Jackson landed the award for best supporting actress in a motion picture for her turn as a psychiatrist in Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? Perry was also a big winner in the TV categories with his sitcom Tyler Perry's House of Payne taking the honor for best comedy series, and stars LaVan Davis and Lance Gross given nods in the acting categories. Medical drama Grey's Anatomy was honored with best drama series, while the show's star Chandra Wilson landed an acting prize and creator Shonda Rhimes was honored for writing. The best actor in a drama series trophy went to Hill Harper of CSI: NY and Ugly Betty's America Ferrera and Vanessa Williams also took home trophies - winning the awards for best actress and supporting actress in a comedy series. Stevie Wonder was inducted into the NAACP Hall of Fame and special honors were given to Aretha Franklin and Oscar-nominated actress Ruby Dee.

Bai Ling Arrested for Shoplifting

Chinese movie star Bai Ling has been arrested for shoplifting, after she was caught in the act at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday afternoon. The Crow actress allegedly walked into a terminal gift shop at around 4:30pm and took two celebrity magazines and a pack of batteries, before casually leaving the store without paying for her goods - worth just $16. But Ling was spotted by an eagle-eyed store employee and placed under citizen's arrest. Ling, who was reportedly "co-operative but crying," was taken to a nearby police station where she was booked for theft, according to Tmz.com. And hours later, the 37-year-old posted a message about her trip on her website accompanied with photos of herself outside the Southwest terminal - but failed to mention her arrest at all. Writing on her blog, she says, "Delayed the flight, wondring (sic) again in the airport like a ghost, why can't I just be the sun smile? My heart is a little sad now, casted by the melody of life ..."

Shelly's Killer Pleads Guilty

Actress/director Adrienne Shelly's killer faces a 25-year prison sentence, after pleading guilty to manslaughter. Ecuadorian construction worker Diego Pillco admitted strangling the Waitress filmmaker in November 2006 after she caught him trying to rob her apartment. During his testimony in a New York courthouse on Thursday, Pillco then confessed to hanging the 40-year-old to make her death look like a suicide. Pillco, an illegal immigrant in the U.S., was renovating an apartment in the same West Village building where Shelly had an office. He said he panicked when Shelly discovered him stealing from her purse and threatened to call the police. Pillco, 20, will be sentenced on March 6.

Stars Urge SAG Leaders To Begin Talks To Avoid Strike

Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro have taken out newspaper advertisements appealing to leaders of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to start talks with movie studios in a bid to avert a possible strike. SAG members will reportedly hold a mass walk-out this summer after their current contract expires on June 30 if negotiations with studio bosses over pay and conditions do not prove fruitful. The Hollywood stars want SAG directors to enter talks with studios before it's too late to avoid strike action, and took out adverts in trade papers Variety and The Hollywood Reporter to appeal to the leaders of the 120,000-strong union. Their call comes just days after the Writers Guild of America (WGA) members voted to end a three-month strike over Internet royalties - which has crippled the American TV and movie industry - earlier this week. But SAG national executive director Doug Allen insisted the union would open negotiations "at a time that will most benefit our members."

Williams "No Longer Planning for the Future"

Actress Michelle Williams opened up about her failed relationship to Heath Ledger just weeks before the death of the tragic star. In an interview with Britain's Wonderland Magazine published this month, the Oscar-nominated Brokeback Mountain beauty discussed how much her life had changed since her September 2007 split from fiance Ledger, admitting she has learned not to plan too far ahead in the future. She said: "Obviously so much has changed for me in the last few months that I don't really have and idea of what my life is going to be. I thought I knew certain things and it turned out that I didn't, so I don't really try and anticipate so much anymore. I'm not making any bets on the future." And Williams even addressed the benefits of no longer being in such a high-profile romance, adding: "When you're in a relationship with somebody who is also a public personality, then it doubles the attention from the media. When you minus that equation, it's just less enticing. That's been a real bonus. It's the plus side of the break-up for me." Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment on January 22 after taking an accidental drug overdose.

Farrow Praises "Extraordinary" Spielberg

Actress Mia Farrow has praised Steven Spielberg's decision to leave his position as artistic director for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The campaigning star has been urging Spielberg to quit the post for months, because of China's trade links with Sudan - where more than 200,000 people have been killed and more than two million turned into refugees by famine and war, since civil war broke out in 2003. And now Spielberg has taken the bold step, Farrow is thrilled: "In an extraordinary act of conscience, Steven Spielberg ended his involvement as an artistic director of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Let us hope that Mr. Spielberg's decisive action will influence other participants, sponsors and supporters of the Olympic Games to speak out. This is the time to increase pressure on China, the host country of the Olympics and, tragically, the underwriter of the Darfur genocide."

Spears Wants Schwarzenegger's Help

Troubled star Britney Spears is desperate for California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's help in her ongoing custody battle, according to reports. The singer - whose lawyers from legal firm Trope & Trope last month filed a motion requesting permission to withdraw as her counsel - allegedly believes her inability to keep an attorney in her custody case with ex-husband Kevin Federline violates her "civil rights." Spears' estranged manager Sam Lutfi reportedly contacted Schwarzenegger's former publicist to help put the 26-year-old in touch with the state commander. A source tells the New York Daily News, "Britney says her civil rights have been violated and she wants to talk to Arnold about it. She wants the governor to look into why she can't get an attorney. Sam was chewing on his dinner while he was saying all this into the phone. He wanted Schwarzenegger to call him, and he said he'd hand Britney the phone." Spears lost the right to visit her sons Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, one, last month after a breakdown at her Beverly Hills home at the end of a scheduled visit, which resulted in a three-hour police stand-off.

Coen Brothers To Adapt Bestselling Novel

Award-winning filmmakers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen are adapting Michael Chabon's bestseller The Yiddish Policeman's Union for the big screen. The Coen brothers are set to write and direct the screen version of the Jewish murder mystery - but the movie moguls have yet to make decisions about the cast. The Coens' current film No Country For Old Men earned the brothers a Bafta for best director at the weekend, and is nominated for eight Oscars. According to website andpop.com, the brothers will start work on Chabon's story after shooting dark comedy The Serious Man.

Hilton Under Investigation for Dog Boast

Paris Hilton's dog love has landed her at the center of a new Los Angeles Department of Animal Services investigation, after the heiress boasted about owning 17 pets on a TV show. The socialite told chat show host Ellen DeGeneres all about the extent of her pooch collection on the comedienne's show on Monday - not realizing it's illegal to have more than three dogs at any one non-kennel, non-breeder, residential address in Los Angeles. Animal Services sources tell Tmz.com that bosses of an animal rescue organization took heed of Hilton's dog boast and complained to the officials, who paid her a visit on Tuesday. The website reports Animal Services representatives turned up at Hilton's home, but Paris and her dogs were not there. They left a message with a maid and now plan to return to conduct a full inspection.

A Baby for Biggs?

Newly-engaged American Pie star Jason Biggs is racing to become a first-time dad - his fiancee Jenny Mollen is pregnant, according to reports. The couple announced its engagement last month after a whirlwind six-month romance, and now the actress is expecting Biggs' baby. A source tells U.S. magazine In Touch, "Jenny is pregnant... She's very happy."

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