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Stern signs 5-year contract with Sirius

New York -- U.S. shock jock Howard Stern said on his radio show Thursday he has signed a contract that will keep him on SiriusXM Radio another five years.

Stern's current 5-year-contract, for which he was paid $500 million, expires Dec. 31.

Although reported Stern did not say how much he is to be paid under this new agreement, he said recently he had no intention of taking a pay cut from his $100 million-a-year salary.
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Sarandon, Davis recreate 'Thelma & Louise'

New York -- Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis reunited for a Vanity Fair photo layout to observe the 20th anniversary of their film, "Thelma & Louise," the New York Post said.

The actresses were flown by private jet from a New Jersey airport to shoot the spread at a mansion in Miami last week, the newspaper said.

The photos they took there are expected to appear in an issue of the magazine early next year in connection with the 1991 movie's anniversary, the Post said.

The film, about two friends whose liberating road trip turns into a crime spree, co-stars Harvey Keitel and Brad Pitt.

Sarandon and Davis were both nominated for the best actress Oscar and Ridley Scott was nominated best director. Callie Khouri won the Oscar for best original screenplay.

Police: Chasen slaying started as robbery

Los Angeles -- Harold Martin Smith most likely killed celebrity publicist Ronni Chasen in a robbery gone bad, police in Beverly Hills, Calif., said Wednesday.

Chasen, 64, was gunned down Nov. 16 as she drove home after a party celebrating the Cher-Christina Aguilera movie "Burlesque." Smith fatally shot himself Dec. 1 as police attempted to serve a search warrant in the lobby of a Los Angeles apartment building.

The Hollywood Reporter quoted Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden as describing the investigation as "open and active" in a press conference Wednesday.

Yoko: World blessed to have had Lennon

New York -- Artist and musician Yoko Ono took to Twitter Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of her husband John Lennon's slaying in New York.

The peace activist, rock 'n' roll icon and former member of the Beatles was 40 when he was gunned down outside his Manhattan apartment building by a deranged fan who remains in prison.

"Today, on this painful anniversary, please join me in remembering John with deep love and respect," The Hollywood Reporter said Ono tweeted Wednesday. "Despite his short, 40 years of life, he gave so much to the world. The world was blessed with fortune to have known John. ... We continue to learn so much from him even today. John, I love you. 2010/12/8 Yoko Ono Lennon."

Oprah says she's not a lesbian

Chicago -- U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey denies a rumor claiming she is a lesbian in an upcoming interview with Barbara Walters to air on ABC.

"I'm not a lesbian," quoted Winfrey as saying.
"I'm not even kind of a lesbian," she elaborated. "And the reason why (the rumor) irritates me is because it means that somebody must think I'm lying. That's number one. Number two ... why would you want to hide it? That is not the way I run my life."

Particularly vexing, Winfrey said in the interview set for broadcast Thursday, is the fact the lesbian stories focus on her relationship with her longtime platonic friend Gayle King.

Producers, directors reach tentative deal

Los Angeles -- The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers says it has reached a tentative agreement with the Directors Guild of America on a new contract.

The three-year collective bargaining pact concerns a new TV/theatrical contract between the two parties, the AMPTP said in a statement Tuesday.

"These early talks allowed us to bridge the gaps created by uncertain economic times and deliver increases in areas critical to DGA members," the statement said.

Negotiations, which began Nov. 16, concluded Tuesday afternoon.

The guild said details of the tentative agreement will be released once the pact has been submitted to the guild's national board for approval at a special board meeting Wednesday.

Dushku drops out of TNT pilot

Los Angeles -- The U.S. cable network TNT confirmed Eliza Dushku has dropped out of its pilot for the drama series "Bird Dog."

Dushku was to play a police officer who teams up with her father, also a police officer.

"Hey guys! News to report~ We have mutually & AMICABLY decided to part ways on "Bird Dog" due to creative differences. No worries/fears/tears!" The Hollywood Reporter quoted Dushku as saying via Twitter Monday.

Neither TNT nor Dushku offered details about the "creative differences" that led to the actress' departure.

Dushku is best known for her work on TV's "Dollhouse," "Tru Calling" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

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Despicable,' 'Dragon' up for top Annie

Burbank -- "Despicable Me," "How to Train Your Dragon," "Tangled," "The Illusionist" and "Toy Story 3" are nominated for Hollywood's Best Animated Feature Annie Award.

Nominations for the 38th annual Annie Awards, which are to honor 2010's best offerings in animation, were announced Monday. The winners are to be announced at a ceremony Feb. 5 at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles.

The nominees in this year's Best Short Subject category include "Coyote Falls," "Day & Night," "Enrique Wrecks the World," "The Cow Who Wanted to Be a Hamburger" and "The Renter."

In the running for the Best Animated Television Production prize are "Futurama," "Kung Fu Panda Holiday," "Scared Shrekless," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" and "The Simpsons."

Suicide gun not used in Chasen slaying

Los Angeles -- The gun used in the suicide of a person of interest in the slaying of a Hollywood publicist is not the gun used to kill Ronni Chasen, a ballistics test showed.

KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported the development in the case Monday.

Chasen, 64, was gunned down Nov. 16 as she drove home after a party celebrating the Cher-Christina Aguilera movie "Burlesque." Smith shot himself Dec, 1 as police attempted to serve a search warrant in the lobby of an apartment building.

Law Enforcement officials said last week they received several tips in the Chasen case, including one from the TV show "America's Most Wanted" that involved Smith.

Report: Cruise may star in musical movie

Los Angeles -- Hollywood film star Tom Cruise is in talks to star in a big-screen adaptation of the stage musical "Rock of Ages," the film's director said.

"It's all looking really good," director Adam Shankman -- whose directing credits include "Hairspray" and "The Wedding Planner" -- told E! News.

"I was really inspired and impressed by him as Les Grossman and his willingness to go for it," Shankman said, referring to the over-the-top, dancing film executive Cruise played in the comedy "Tropic Thunder." "He and I had talked about doing a musical, so I thought I'd talk to him about 'Rock of Ages.'"

So, will the action icon sing in the movie?

"Of course, he will," Shankman told E! News. "If he's in it, he has to."