Britney Spears checks into rehab (again)
Following a whirlwind weekend where she shaved her head, got two new tattoos, and was spotted partying in Hollywood, Britney Spears has checked into rehab. ”Britney Spears has voluntarily checked herself into an undisclosed rehab facility today,” her manager confirmed to People.com via a statement. This latest bout of rehab follows reports issued last week that Spears recently made a quick pit-stop at a rehab facility in Antigua. No word yet on the permanency of this latest check-in. (People.com)
Three films share top honors at ACE awards
Babel and The Departed tied for best drama while Dreamgirls took best comedy or musical at the 57th annual American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Awards. It was the second tie in the history of the awards; the other was in 1989 when Rain Man tied with Mississippi Burning. It was the first Eddie for Babel editors Stephen Mirrione and Douglas Crise and Dreamgirls editor Virginia Katz. In TV, Dean Holland and David Rogers were awarded for the ”Casino Night” episode of The Office; Conrad Gonzalez, Keith Henderson, and Stephen Michael were honored for the Friday Night Lights pilot; and Kate Sanford was awarded for The Wire episode ”Boys of Summer.” Daryl Hannah presented the ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker Award to Quentin Tarantino. (Hollywood Reporter)
Sirius, XM agree to terms of merger
Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio announced that they will merge to create a single, $13 billion company with 14 million subscribers that would bring Howard Stern, Oprah Winfrey, and all major professional sports under one roof. Analysts say the proposed merger will face tough scrutiny by the FCC. (Hollywood Reporter)
ASC honors Children of Men’s Lubezki
Emmanuel Lubezki was awarded for Children of Men at the 21st annual American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement Awards. In TV, John Stokes was recognized for the television movie Umney’s Last Case from the miniseries Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King, and David Moxness won for the ”Arrow” episode of Smallville. (Hollywood Reporter)
Production set to begin for fourth Saw
Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures are set to start production on Saw IV on April 16. The movie has scheduled an Oct. 26 release. Darren Lynn Bousman, who directed the first three movies, which grossed more than $400 million worldwide, will return to direct the fourth. The movie will again be about the serial killer Jigsaw. (Variety)
Ron Howard eyeing American version of Cache
Howard is considering making an American adaptation of the French film his next directing project with Brian Grazer producing and Celine Rattray executive producing. The original starred Daniel Auteuil and Juliette Binoche as a couple who found increasingly violent videos on their porch. The film earned Michael Haneke the director prize at Cannes in 2005. Howard’s other potential projects include Frost/Nixon, The Da Vinci Code follow-up Angels & Demons, and The Look of Real, which could star his daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard. (Variety)
Australian officials search Stallone’s hotel and plane
Australian officials searched Sylvester Stallone’s hotel room, private plane, and limousine on Monday. On Friday, customs removed prohibited items from his luggage at a Sydney airport. He was in the country to promote Rocky Balboa. No one is saying what items were removed or what officials turned up in their searches, but Stallone told a newspaper he made a simple mistake and that it was just ”minor stuff.” The actor left the country on Monday to start filming the fourth Rambo movie, Pearl of the Cobra. (Reuters)
Soap opera star to host Loser
Alison Sweeney of Days of Our Lives has been tapped to replace Caroline Rhea as host of NBC’s fourth season of The Biggest Loser. Taping begins this spring. Executive producer Ben Silverman says Sweeney should help expand the show’s fan base. Days is the most popular soap in the younger demographics. Sweeney, who has played bad girl Sami Brady on the soap since 1993, has talked in depth about her own battle with weight loss. She will continue her role on the soap while doing Loser. (Variety)
Spike TV launching reality detective series
Spike TV is teaming with Bunim-Murray Prods. for Murder, a 10-episode reality series in which amateur detectives try to solve real-life crimes. The show will be hosted by 20-year law enforcement veteran Tommy Le Noir, who will escort the would-be detectives to an exact replica of a crime scene pulled from homicide case files. Contestants are given 48 hours to solve the case. The team that correctly identifies the killer, or makes the most compelling case, will have a donation made to the victims’ families in their name. The show is set to premiere this summer. (Hollywood Reporter)
IN THE GOSSIPS
Page Six: Tom Brady had no idea that ex-girlfriend Bridget Moynahan was going to reveal that she was pregnant with his baby in Liz Smith’s Sunday column.
Liz Smith: Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron are the names popping up as possible candidates to portray Anna Nicole Smith in a movie about her life.
Ben Widdicombe: Ray Liotta was charged with DUI after smashing into two parked cars in L.A.