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Stars line up for spots on 'Eureka'

New York -- Wallace Shawn, Dave Foley and Aaron Douglas have been booked as guest stars for the second half of the fourth season of the U.S. series "Eureka," Syfy said.

Also to appear on the show are previously announced guest stars Wil Wheaton, Felicia Day, Ming-Na and Stan Lee.

Season 4.5 of "Eureka" is to begin on Syfy next year. The exact premiere date has not yet been announced.

DMX denies violating parole

Phoenix -- Hip-hop star DMX has denied violating his probation for an assault conviction by using cocaine and Oxycontin, court officials in Arizona said.

The 39-year-old rapper, whose real name Earl Simmons, appeared at the Maricopa County courthouse Wednesday and insisted he hasn't recently used cocaine and Oxycontin, reported.

Simmons was arrested Nov. 18 for a probation violation after he was allegedly found to be in possession of cocaine.

He was also cited for use of Oxycontin without a prescription, failing to submit to drug testing, failing to participate in counseling programs, failure to make payments for fines and driving on a suspended license, RadarOnline said.

The rapper is due back in court Dec. 9.

Snipes may take case to Supreme Court

Ocala, Fla. -- Lawyers for Wesley Snipes have asked a federal judge to extend his bail while they consider petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court about his prison sentence.

The Orlando Sentinel said the motion was filed Tuesday.

The film star's 2008 conviction and three-year prison sentence for failure to file tax returns and pay federal income taxes were upheld by an appellate court in July. However, he has remained free on bond and his legal team requested a new trial.

A federal judge in Florida last week denied that petition and ordered Snipes to surrender to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to begin his prison sentence.

The Sentinel said it was not clear where and when Snipes must turn himself in.

Kelly Preston gives birth to a son

Ocala, Fla. -- Kelly Preston's publicist says the 48-year-old U.S. actress and wife of actor John Travolta has given birth to a son in a Florida hospital.

Baby Benjamin was born Tuesday and weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces.
Preston and Travolta are also the parents of a 10-year-old daughter named Ella. Their son Jett died in January 2009 after suffering a seizure. He was 16.

"John, Kelly and their daughter Ella Bleu are ecstatic and very happy about the newest member of the family," representatives for the couple said in a statement issued to Wednesday. "Both mother and baby are healthy and doing beautifully."

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Jennifer Grey wins 'Dancing'

Los Angeles -- Actress Jennifer Grey and her professional dance partner Derek Hough were declared the winners on "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday.

The "Dirty Dancing" icon and Hough beat out Bristol Palin and Kyle Massey and their partners for the Season 11 honor.

"I didn't think I was going to compete tonight and I'm really glad I did," Grey tearfully said upon learning her fate.

The actress injured her knee earlier this month.

Hough also led celebrities Nicole Scherzinger and Brooke Burke to victory in previous seasons of "Dancing."

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Bocelli joins D.C. Christmas special bill

Washington -- Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli has joined the lineup for this year's edition of the annual "Christmas in Washington" concert, TNT announced Tuesday.

The concert is to premiere exclusively on the cable network Dec. 17, with Ellen DeGeneres serving as host.

Bocelli will be performing selections from his double platinum CD, "My Christmas." He is the latest addition to a show that will also feature Mariah Carey, Miranda Cosgrove, Annie Lennox, Maxwell and Matthew Morrison, TNT said.

U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are expected to attend the event, along with other Washington luminaries.

Actor arrested for slaying mom with sword

New York -- An actor who appeared on TV's "Ugly Betty" and in the movie "Step Up 3D" is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation after allegedly stabbing his mother to death.

The New York Post said Michael Brea, 31, was taken to Brooklyn's Kings County Hospital after his mother, Yannick, was found dead from multiple stab wounds in her apartment Tuesday.

Police told the newspaper the younger Brea used a sword he received at a Freemasons ceremony to attack his mother during a heated argument.

Investigators reportedly were summoned to the scene by neighbors who called 911.

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Michael J. Fox headed back to 'Good Wife'

New York -- Five-time Emmy Award-winner Michael J. Fox is to reprise his guest-starring role on an upcoming episode of the U.S. legal drama "The Good Wife," CBS said.

Best known for his work on TV's "Family Ties" and "Spin City," as well as in the "Back to the Future" film trilogy, Fox is semi-retired from acting because he suffers from Parkinson's disease.

CBS said he will return to "The Good Wife" to play Louis Canning -- a shrewd, cynical litigator with a neurological condition, who last faced Julianna Margulies' character Alicia when he represented a large pharmaceutical firm.

Rossum and Duritz break up

Los Angeles -- U.S. actress Emmy Rossum says she and musician Adam Duritz have ended their relationship after about a year of dating.

The "Mystic River" and "The Phantom of the Opera" star told USA Today she and the Counting Crows front man broke up two months ago.

"We're still very close friends," she said.

The actress will soon be seen in the Showtime series "Shameless."

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Hundreds attend Ronni Chasen's funeral

Los Angeles -- Nearly 1,000 people turned out for the funeral of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, who was gunned down in her car last week, the Los Angeles Times reported.

No arrests have been made in Tuesday's slaying of the popular public-relations executive, officials said.

Chasen, a 64-year-old New York native, was privately buried Sunday after a public service at the chapel at Hillside Memorial Park in Culver City, Calif., the Times said.

Among the mourners were musician T Bone Burnett, director John Landis, composer Hans Zimmer, filmmaker Larry Cohen, producers Donald DeLine and Karen Rosenfelt, and studio chiefs Amy Pascal and Rob Friedman, the newspaper said.

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