German military bars Tom Cruise |


German military bars Tom Cruise

Plus: Paris Hilton is freed from jail, the ''Distubia'' team may reunite, sources say Isaiah Washington is in talks with NBC, WWE wrestler Chris Benoit and family die in apparent murder-suicide, and more

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Trouble for Tom Cruise in Germany
The German Defense Ministry has banned Tom Cruise’s WWII movie Valkyrie from shooting on military sites in the country, due to the actor’s affiliation with Scientology. This is not the first time Cruise has had problems with Germany, which views his church as exploitive and profit-based — politicians there have previously called for boycotts of his films. ”We believe Germany is the only place we can truly do the story justice,” United Artists chief Paula Wagner said in a statement. A spokesman for UA also said that the film will still shoot in the country, though exact sites have yet to be determined. (Variety)

Paris Hilton freed from jail
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, the heiress was released from a California jail after finishing her sentence for violating probation. Hilton smiled and waved at the nearly 200 reporters gathered at the scene before leaving with her parents. (

Possible reunion for Disturbia team
Shia LaBeouf and director D.J. Caruso, who had a sleeper hit with Disturbia, are in talks to work together again on the thriller Eagle Eye. In the movie, based on an original idea from Steven Spielberg, LaBeouf would play a young man who is framed as a terrorist. (Variety)

Report: Isaiah Washington in talks with NBC
The fired Grey’s Anatomy actor has had some initial discussions with folks at the Peacock about a possible deal, though sources tell the Hollywood Reporter those talks have stalled. It is not yet known whether NBC was interested in giving him a role on a new or existing series. Previously, the actor told EW that he is ”sorting through a ton of offers in both film and TV. There is one network in particular that’s very interested, but I don’t want to say anything specific until it’s a done deal.” (Hollywood Reporter)

WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, family found dead
WWE wrestler Chris Benoit, his wife, Nancy, and their 7-year-old son, Daniel, were found dead at their home in the Atlanta area Monday afternoon, in an apparent murder-suicide. Investigators believe Benoit killed his wife and son over the weekend and then himself sometime Monday. Details of the deaths ”are going to prove a little bizarre” when released to the public, Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Autopsies were scheduled Tuesday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in DeKalb County. (AP via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

50 Cent cast opposite De Niro, Pacino
The rapper will costar in the thriller Righteous Kill, as a drug dealer who helps two detectives (Robert De Niro and Al Pacino) track a serial killer. Jon Avnet will direct the film, which begins shooting in September. (Reuters)

Michael Jackson, R. Kelly file suit against Jay-Z’s 40/40 club
Broadcast Music Inc., on behalf of clients including Michael Jackson, R. Kelly, and a dozen other acts, filed a suit in a Manhattan federal court Monday against the Chelsea hotspot co-owned by Jay-Z, for allegedly playing songs it had not licensed to entertain clubgoers. Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, was not named specifically in the suit. (New York Post)

Paramount plans Mideast theme park
The studio has made a licensing deal to adapt its popular movies — including Top Gun, Mission: Impossible, Titanic, and more — into amusement-park attractions for a park to be built in the United Arab Emirates. No opening date or exact host city has been determined, though planners are considering Dubai. Variety)

Castings in Guy Ritchie flick
Gerard Butler, Idris Elba, Ludacris, Thandie Newton, and Tom Wilkinson have signed on to star in RocknRolla, writer/director Guy Ritchie’s flick about a Russian mobster who attracts London’s criminal underground into a crooked land deal. (Variety)

Fatone to host Singing Bee
Former ‘N Sync member Joey Fatone, most recently seen on Dancing With the Stars, has been tapped to host NBC’s The Singing Bee. On the game show, contestants will hear a band play a fragment of a popular tune; when the band stops playing, the player must sing the next line. (Variety)

CBS to post soaps online
The Young and the Restless, As the World Turns, and Guiding Light will now be available for free streaming every day at 6 p.m. ET on Each episode will be up for viewing for one week after its initial broadcast. Also going online eventually, though no deal is yet in place: The Price Is Right. (Variety)


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