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Shannon, Weber team up for Lifetime movie

Los Angeles -- Hollywood stars Molly Shannon and Steven Weber are teaming up for "More of Me," a new movie for Lifetime Television.

Set to air Nov. 17, "More of Me" is a comedy about an overworked and overextended wife, mom and career woman who splits into three separate versions of herself with distinct personalities so she can manage her chaotic life, Lifetime said in a news release.

Shannon is a "Saturday Night Live" alum who was most recently seen on the big-screen in "Evan Almighty" and "Year of the Dog."

Weber starred in the TV comedy, "Wings," and the drama series, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip."

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Gossip sued for posting Britney tracks

Los Angeles -- Zomba Recording has filed a federal lawsuit in Los Angeles, charging the proprietor of PerezHilton.com with illegally posting Britney Spears recordings.

Attorneys for Zomba, which owns the copyrights to Spears' recordings, filed the suit Thursday against the gossip Web site and its proprietor, Mario Lavandeira, the company said.

The suit accuses Lavandeira of violating Zomba's copyrights by posting at least 10 completed tracks and unfinished demos from Spears' upcoming album, "Blackout," during the past three months.

"Blackout" was scheduled to be released Nov. 13, but Spears' label, Jive Records, announced Wednesday it was moving up the release date to Oct. 30 because of the Internet leaks.

Spears is not a party to the lawsuit.

"The unauthorized dissemination of recordings is a serious violation of copyright law," Zomba said in a statement. "In addition, posting demos and unfinished songs as if they were final versions is grossly unfair to the artist and misleading to the public."

Spears attends custody hearing

Los Angeles -- Pop star Britney Spears attended Thursday's hearing in Los Angeles on the custody of her children, TMZ.com has reported.

Los Angeles County Court Commissioner Scott Gordon granted her one supervised, overnight visit a week with her children.

Spears' ex-husband Kevin Federline has physical custody of their toddler sons until further notice.

Her lawyer asked that Spears be allowed overnight visits with the boys.

"Ms. Spears did speak (at the hearing)," court spokesman Allan Parachini told People.com, "and her voice was soft and respectful."

The outcome of the hearing was reportedly a compromise between the two sides.

Spears wanted more time with the kids, while Federline didn't want her to have any overnight visits.

TV star Drew Carey engaged

Los Angeles -- U.S. comedian Drew Carey is engaged to recent culinary school graduate Nicole Jaracz, People.com reported Thursday.

"It will be the first marriage for both. No date for a wedding has been set yet," said a statement from publicist Christina Papadopoulos. "They are both very happy and excited about their future together."

Carey takes over Monday for retired Bob Barker as host of "The Price Is Right."

He previously moderated the game show "The Power of 10" and created and starred on "The Drew Carey Show."

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DiCaprio's girlfriend sues paper for libel

Jerusalem -- Israeli model Bar Rafaeli is suing the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper for libel, Haaretz reported Thursday.

Rafaeli, who is the girlfriend of Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, is demanding the newspaper apologize for publishing an interview with her last week under the headline "Bar Rafaeli against the State of Israel."

The model's lawyers also want the publication to pay her $125,000 for personal damages after "she was wickedly manipulated by the newspaper's reporter."

Rafaeli was quoted as saying: "Why is it good to die for our country? Isn't it better to live in New York?"

Other quotes attributed to her are: "I am not sorry for not serving in the army, because I profited in a big way" and "I'll never bring a celebrity to Israel because they have chutzpah here like nowhere else in the world."

Ailing Fergie drops out of concert

San Salvador, El Salvador -- Grammy Award-winning rap act the Black Eyed Peas called off a concert in San Salvador after member Fergie complained of food poisoning.

The singer was midway through last week's show when she stopped and apologized to the audience at Gimnasio Nacional, E! Online reported.

"I am so sorry I can't give you the full show tonight," Fergie told the crowd of 10,000 fans. "I am not one of those (people) who cancels their show for 'exhaustion,' OK? I have never canceled a show in my life. I was basically sick on my death bed with food poisoning."

Fergie donned a tracksuit and a baseball cap and tried to do the show but after singing a brief a capella version of her solo hit, "Big Girls Don't Cry," she said she needed to rehydrate.

Snoop Dogg sentenced to clean up park

Santa Ana, Calif. -- U.S. rapper Snoop Dogg has been ordered to complete 160 hours of community service for illegal possession of a dangerous weapon.

The penalty stems from a 2006 incident in which the recording artist was nabbed carrying a collapsible baton when he walked through security at John Wayne Airport, The Orange County Register reported Thursday. He pleaded guilty to the charge last month.

As part of his community service sentence, Snoop Dogg has agreed to rake leaves, wash cars, clean toilets and pick up litter in a local park.

Authorities have opted not to release the name of the park so Snoop Dogg fans don't flock there and disturb him while he is working.

"He will do whatever it takes," said his attorney Donald Etra. "He will be making the park a better place for Orange County."

DiCaprio, Clooney team up for 'Farragut'

Los Angeles -- Leonardo DiCaprio is set to star in a Hollywood film version of Beau Willimon's play, "Farragut North," Variety.com reported Thursday.

George Clooney, whose Smoke House company is co-producing the project with DiCaprio's Appian Way, is considering directing and playing a role in the movie.

Willimon, who worked for Howard Dean's 2004 presidential campaign, is writing the script based on his drama about a young communications director for a fast-rising presidential candidate, the trade paper said.

The play is headed for Broadway next year with Mike Nichols set to direct and Jake Gyllenhaal slated to make his debut on the Great White Way.

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Report: Pam Anderson 2 months pregnant

Los Angeles -- Hollywood sex symbol Pamela Anderson is two months pregnant with her new husband Rick Salomon's baby, the San Francisco Chronicle has reported.

Anderson married Salomon in Las Vegas on Saturday.

She is best-known for her long-running stint on "Baywatch" and her marriages to Tommy Lee and Kid Rock, while Salomon is famous for starring in a sex tape with Paris Hilton and being married to actress Shannen Doherty.

Salomon and Anderson have reportedly been friends for years.

A source told the upcoming issue of In Touch Weekly that Anderson found out she was pregnant on Sept. 29, the same day she and Salomon applied for a wedding license.

"She's listening to her heart. Rick adores her and will be the best husband she's ever had," an insider told the magazine. "Pam says that after all these years of looking, the right one was right there beside her the whole time."

Bachelor Baldwin, fiancee split

Los Angeles -- Andy Baldwin, former star of the U.S. television reality series "The Bachelor," has split up with his fiancee, Tessa Horst, USmagazine.com reported Thursday.

Baldwin's representative confirmed the 30-year-old U.S. Navy doctor is to be deployed to Iraq for up to 12 months.

"He leaves in January," the representative told the magazine.

The long-distance romance was already proving difficult for Baldwin, who lives in Hawaii, and Horst, who lives in San Francisco, and a friend of Baldwin's said the news he was going abroad "was a factor" in the breakup.

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