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Osbourne And Hart To Dance With The Stars

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Osbourne And Hart To Dance With The Stars
Kelly Osbourne and Melissa Joan Hart are among the celebrities who will don their dancing shoes to compete in U.S. reality competition Dancing With The Stars.

The former Sabrina, The Teenage Witch star and Ozzy Osbourne's daughter will show off their fancy footwork with 14 other famous hopefuls as they're paired off with professional dancers for the ninth series of the contest, due to kick off in the U.S. on 29 September.

Other stars preparing to hit the dancefloor include Donny Osmond, singers Mya and Macy Gray and pop star Aaron Carter, as well as former model Kathy Ireland, actress Debi Mazar and a handful of athletes, including Ultimate Fighting Championship star Chuck Liddell.

Singer La Toya Jackson was approached to compete on the show but turned down the invitation because she is still grieving the death of her superstar brother Michael.

She told Access Hollywood, "The fact of the matter is, I won't be doing it, simply because of the circumstances that (are) going on at the moment.

"I can't see myself putting myself into there right now, dancing every single day when I'm still trying to find out what exactly happened to my brother. That's the most important thing for me at this very moment."

Teenage Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson waltzed home with the crown on the last season of the show, narrowly beating French actor Gilles Marini to take the title.

Hart Apologises For Farrah Fawcett Gaffe

Hart Apologises For Farrah Fawcett Gaffe
Actress Melissa Joan Hart has publicly apologised for off-colour comments she made about ailing actress Farrah Fawcett.

The former Sabrina, The Teenage Witch star took to her MySpace.com blog on Wednesday after realising her remarks about her recent People magazine cover shoot had sparked a little scandal in cyberspace.

Hart said she hoped Fawcett didn't die and cost her the cover of People magazine - the actress was photographed showing off her new-look figure on last week's issue.

But Hart was quick to respond to the backlash. She wrote, "It has come to my attention that something I said has been completely misconstrued in the press.

"I was merely explaining what I had read about how the cover of People magazine was chosen... I truly hope that Farrah and her family know I wish them the best at this time in her life. And that I would never be so selfish to disrespect anyone, let alone someone I admire greatly. "

'Sabrina' star to keep potty training blog

Melissa Joan Hart is to start a blog about her efforts to potty train her eldest son. The Sabrina The Teenage Witch star will chronicle two-year-old Mason's learning process for the next two months in a bid to help other parents. Hart, who gave birth to second son Braydon in March, is taking part in a new Pull-Ups training pants project to mark Potty Training Awareness (more)
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Melissa Joan Hart Begins Potty Training Adventure

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Melissa Joan Hart has such a potty mouth. And that's a good thing! The former Sabrina, the Teenage Witch star is ready to begin potty training her eldest son, Mason, 2. And, in cooperation with Pull-Ups training pants, she'll be keeping an online diary of the high-fives and (soggy) lows. "I've been watching DVDs ... and meeting with experts and trying to figure out the potty training, but it really is different for every single kid," Hart told People at The Playroom's First Anniversary benefiting the organization Friends of the Family on Wednesday in L.A. "You have to take what works
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Par conjuring up 'Sabrina' pic

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch has cast her spell on Paramount Pictures, which has signed a deal with Archie Comics Entertainment for the rights to co-produce a live-action film based on the hit comic book character that also was the subject of a television series produced by Paramount Television. Paramount will distribute the film, to be produced by Archie Comics Entertainment president Allan Grafman and CEO Chuck Grimes. Archie Comics Publications Inc. chairman Michael Silberkleit and president Richard Goldwater will serve as executive producers. Paramount and Archie Comics will split the proceeds of a licensing and merchandising program surrounding the film. "While the movie will be empowering for girls, it is going to have the action and science-fiction fantasy that appeals to boys," Grafman said.

Paramount TV streamlines ops

Paramount TV streamlines ops
Viacom Prods., home of Lifetime's The Division and USA Network's upcoming drama 4400, is being absorbed by its larger studio sibling, Paramount Television. Viacom Prods. president Perry Simon is set to segue to an overall producing deal with Paramount TV. Paramount Television president Garry Hart said the integration of Viacom Prods. would help the studio diversify its production activities but streamline administrative matters for the TV production units housed under the Viacom Inc. umbrella. The folding of Viacom Prods. comes a year after Paramount Television absorbed the operations of Viacom-owned Big Ticket Television in a similar streamlining initiative. Viacom Prods.' roster in recent years also included ABC/WB's Sabrina the Teenage Witch and NBC's Ed.

Late UPN OK for Secunda pilot

UPN has given a last-minute pilot presentation order to an untitled comedy from former Late Night With Conan O'Brien writer Andrew Secunda. Charisma Carpenter and Tyler Labine topline the project, from Paramount Network TV, the Littlefield Co. and Nervous Properties. The show, written by Secunda, centers on an uptight, career-minded woman (Carpenter) and her fun-loving brother (Labine). Adam Chase and Warren Littlefield are exec producing, with Secunda serving as co-exec producer. Veteran helmer James Widdoes is on board to direct. Meanwhile, another UPN comedy pilot presentation, I Do, I Did, Now What? is not going forward. Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel alumna Carpenter is repped by the Gersh Agency and manager John Carrabino. Labine, whose series credits include That Was Then, Dead Last and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, is repped by UTA and Characters Talent Agency in Vancouver. In other pilot casting news, Tobin Bell (In the Line of Fire) has joined NBC's drama pilot Revelations, while Johnny Sneed (NBC's American Dreams) has been added to ABC's comedy Earthquake. Bell is repped by Saffron Management and attorney Bill Jacobson.

Labine inks WB talent deal for '04 series

Labine inks WB talent deal for '04 series
Tyler Labine has signed a talent holding deal with the WB Network to star in a series project for fall 2004. The pact reunites the actor with the WB after he played one of the leads in the network's 2001 summer series Dead Last. On television, Labine recently co-starred on the short-lived ABC/Touchstone TV drama That Was Then as part of his talent deal with the studio. Labine's TV credits include the ABC/WB series Sabrina, the Teenage Witch. On the big screen, he was most recently seen in My Boss's Daughter. Born in Ontario, Canada, Labine is repped by UTA and his Canadian agent Tyman Stewart of the Characters Talent Agency in Vancouver.

Comedian Buddy Hackett Dies at 78

Comedian Buddy Hackett Dies at 78
Comedian and actor Buddy Hackett, who charmed audiences in the early days of television as well as with roles in such Disney features as The Love Bug and The Little Mermaid, was found dead at his Malibu beach home on Monday; he was 78. A stand-up comic who got his start playing the Catskills resorts of upstate New York, often poking fun at his own rotund figure, Hackett was a fixture in both television and film, as well as on Broadway and in nightclubs, where his sometimes raunchy humor perpetually had audiences rolling in the aisles. Stints on early television sitcoms and talk shows gave way to Broadway roles, which in turn him to screen fame in the early `60s. He was most well-known for his scene-stealing turn in 1962's The Music Man (where he performed the song "Shipoopi") as well as for his roles in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and The Love Bug. He found a new (and younger) audience in with his voice performance as Scuttle in Disney's animated feature The Little Mermaid, and did numerous guest spots on TV shows such as Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and Just Shoot Me; he also had a supporting role in the highly acclaimed but little-seen 1999 sitcom Action. While the cause of death was not immediately announced, it was known that Hackett suffered from diabetes. He is survived by his wife, Sherry Cohen, son Sandy Hackett, and two daughters. --Prepared by IMDb staff

Sanagustin gets sr. vp stripes for WB net comedies

Reflecting the WB Network's increased volume of comedy programming, the network has appointed Chris Sanagustin as senior vp current programming, overseeing all on-air comedies. She will report to John Litvack, the WB's executive vp current programming and primetime scheduling. WB senior vp current programming Michael Roberts will continue to focus on the network's on-air drama series. "We are extremely fortunate to have Chris at the WB," Litvack said. "And I am especially excited that her background is so well-rounded and includes development, keeping ongoing series on the air and production." Sanagustin joins the WB from Viacom Prods., where she spent seven years, most recently as vp creative affairs. During her tenure there, she worked on such series as the WB's Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, CBS' Baby Bob, Showtime's The Chris Isaak Show and the feature Sabrina Goes to Rome.

Stars Buy Liz's Jewels

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Stars Buy Liz's Jewels
Elton John, actress Jennifer Tilly and Sabrina, The Teenage Witch star Caroline Rhea are among the celebrities who snapped up Elizabeth Taylor's baubles at an auction last week. The movie veteran was auctioning off some of her famous jewelry collection in New York to raise cash for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. While most buyers kept their identities secret, Elton, who hosted the auction/dinner at Christie's, paid $19,000 for a sapphire ring, Tilly paid $22,000 for a ruby and gold Bulgari pendant and Rhea paid $15,000 for a Van Cleef diamond ring. Rhea actually outbid Liz for the ring, which was specially made for the sale, but promised to give it to her if she appeared on her new chat show. The event raised $250,000 for AIDS charities.

Rhea Makes Pass At Del Toro

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Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro failed to fall under the spell of Sabrina The Teenage Witch actress Caroline Rhea - despite her best efforts. The 37-year-old blonde was delighted when she managed to secure a last minute invite to the Stella By Starlight awards at the Rainbow Room in New York, because she is besotted with the Traffic star, who was due to take part. On arriving at the ceremony, Rhea made a bee-line for the hunky actor and insisted she be sat next to him at his table. But an excited Rhea was left fuming when 77-year-old actress Lauren Bacall effortlessly managed to steal a kiss from Del Toro - twice.

Paranoid Sabrina Builds Herself A Fall-out Closet

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Paranoid Sabrina Builds Herself A Fall-out Closet
Sabrina, The Teenage Witch star Melissa Joan Hart is so terrified of chemical warfare possibilities in America, she's making plans to hide from the world. The paranoid actress has set up a fall out shelter in her Hollywood Hills home - so she has somewhere to run to if the threat of anthrax reaches epidemic proportions. The actress was shaken up last week (ends12Oct01) when a hate mail letter containing anthrax was sent to American TV network NBC. She says, "I put some games in a room and got some bottled water, some dog biscuits for my dog and some food, so I can just hang out in my closet if I have to. I'm terrified."

Kelly Brook Becomes A Witch

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Kelly Brook Becomes A Witch
British bra model Kelly Brook is set to leave American audiences spellbound - playing a witch in a new TV series. If the show takes off Kelly, 21, could earn $15, 000-a-week to star in the comedy, which is aimed at the lucrative teen market. Brook - real name Kelly Parsons- who last year appeared topless (she has a 32E bust) on stage as a raunchy pole dancer, is said to be thrilled at landing the part - after beating off stiff competition from American actresses. In the Warner Brothers Network series, Kelly plays the title role in The (Mis)Adventures Of Fiona Plum. Bosses hope the series will be a huge hit among young kids already hooked on shows like Sabrina, The Teenage Witch - starring Melissa Joan Hart. Kelly's character - a spoiled witch - is banished from England to Seattle by her father to work as a nanny. She lives in a South London maisonette with actor boyfriend Jason Statham.

Sabrina Was Convinced Santa Existed

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Sabrina Was Convinced Santa Existed
"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996) star Melissa Joan Hart spent her teenage years convinced Santa Claus existed because she had a photograph of him. The actress' parents went out of their way to convince their daughter that St. Nicholas existed, and one year made sure she even had a photo to show to friends. She says, "My parents did a great job. One year, we were having a little Christmas Eve party with friends and something was on the roof, and we heard this crash. We opened the door, and there was a pillow case full of presents. Another year, Santa ran past the window, and I got a picture. My friends were like, `There's no Santa, ' and I'd be like, `Oh, I've got pictures - I've seen him.'"

Sabrina Star To Go Back To School

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Sabrina Star To Go Back To School
Melissa Joan Hart knows exactly what to do when her bewitching sitcom comes to an end - she's going back to school. The 24-year-old star of "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996) is determined to finish her education and get a degree. She says, "My 10-year plan is basically not to die! I think we'll go at least two seasons, then I'd go to school. I'm determined to finish my degree." And, after having grown up on the screen, Hart, who now has her own production company Hartbreak Films, is even considering taking time out of showbiz altogether. She says, "Maybe I'd move to Montana and have children and horses."

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