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Heroes' Adrian Pasdar: Fewer Episodes Will Be Better for Viewers

Adrian Pasdar, Heroes

At least one Heroes cast member thinks the news that NBC is cutting the show's fourth-season episode count is a good thing.

Adrian Pasdar, who plays flying U.S. Senator Nathan Petrelli, said after working on such a long production schedule this season, shooting only 18 episodes will be "a relief."

"If things start shifting around, they can always add more at the end, but doing 25 episodes this year was nearly 11 months of work," he said. "We love the work, but in order for the quality to be maintained, you can't just keep grinding it out.

"The pacing will be a little better — we were sometimes shooting three episodes at once, and there's no way that something doesn't slip through the cracks," Pasdar said.  "It just gets crazy."

Pasdar's character is ... read more

Terrence Howard on Iron Man 2: Marvel Made a Very Bad Choice

Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard isn't bitter about being dropped from Iron Man 2 at all.

The star, who was reportedly dropped from the sequel after salary negotiations went south, isn't shy about his dissatisfaction with the film's producers.

"Marvel made a choice, and it was a very, very bad choice," Howard told Parade.com. "They didn't keep their word. They didn't honor my contract. They produced a great bounty with the first one but they put it all in the storehouse and you were not allowed in."

Howard believes his fellow actors should have ... read more

Archuleta, Lovato to Hit the Road Together This Summer

David Archuleta, Demi Lovato

David Archuleta is making serious in-roads with the tween set: Besides guesting on an upcoming episode of Hannah Montana, he's going on tour with Disney Channel star Demi Lovato.

If you're going to the show without earplugs, brace yourself for plenty of shrieking.

The American Idol Season 7 runner-up announced the tour Wednesday on the Fox singing competition, to which he returned to perform his new single, "Touch My Hand." The 45-city tour kicks off ... read more

Stage Musical Planned to Honor Jade Goody

Jade Goody

The life of the late British reality TV star Jade Goody will be memorialized in a stage musical, her former business partner says.

Danny Hayward told BBC News that although a movie about Goody's life has also been suggested, the musical is a more appropriate tribute.

"Her dream as a little girl was to be in a musical, so obviously when she passed away it felt fitting to do something like this," Hayward said. He plans to hold open casting calls for the lead role in the coming weeks.

"Jade was just an ordinary girl and the person who plays her will reflect that," Hayward said. "The most important thing is to give someone a break, just like she got."

Goody rose to notoriety after appearing on the British version of Big Brother. She died at age 27 in March after a battle with cervical cancer.

Hayward is looking ... read more

Julie Chen Expecting Her First Child

Leslie Moonves and Julie Chen

Big Brother host Julie Chen will no longer just babysit reality TV stars.

Chen announced on The Early Show that she and husband Leslie Moonves are expecting their first child. The baby is due October 4.

Never fear, Big Brother fans: Chen said the pregnancy will not keep her from her weekly hosting duties for the 11th cycle of the show, airing this summer.

Chen and Moonves, the CEO of CBS, were married... read more

Salma Hayek Planning a Weekend Wedding in Italy

Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault

The latest trend in celebrity marriages? Two weddings.

Salma Hayek and new husband François-Henri Pinault will say "I do" again this weekend in Italy, according to People. The ceremony comes after a quiet Valentine's Day marriage at the 6th Arrondisement City Hall in Paris.

Word first got out when Antonio Bandera announced at a press conference in Spain that he and his wife, Melanie Griffith, would be attending the ceremony in Venice. Other celeb guests include Penelope Cruz and Luis Miguel.

The celebration will kick off Friday with a rehearsal dinner, according to People en Español. The ceremony will be held Saturday at the Palazzo Grassi, a 18th century white marble palace owned by the Pinault family since 2005. The couple first met at that location during a gala in 2006 ... read more

ABC Revives Millionaire for 10th Anniversary

Regis Philbin

Call your lifelines: ABC wants to make more Millionaires.

The Alphabet network will bring back host Regis Philbin for an 11-night primetime run of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to celebrate the game show's 10th anniversary this summer. The show will premiere Aug. 9 and run through Aug. 23.

The quiz show was an instant success when it debuted in August 1999 and popularized the phrase, "Is that your final answer?" Ratings began to fall, and the primetime series was cancelled in 2002. Today host Meredith Vieira then began emceeing a syndicated daytime version of the show, which is still airing.

Aside from the anniversary... read more

Fantastic Four Star and Wife Expecting First Child

Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans

Ioan Gruffudd has Fantastic news.

The Welsh actor and star of the Fantastic Four films is going to be a daddy, according to People. This will be the first child for Gruffudd and his wife, English actor Alice Evans.

The couple met in 2002 while filming 102 Dalmations. They married in the fall of 2007.

In addition to his role as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic in the Fantastic Four franchise, Gruffudd ... read more

Farrah Fawcett Doing Well, Throws Birthday Party for Ryan O'Neal

Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett's cancer battle didn't stand in the way of throwing a birthday celebration for her longtime partner Ryan O'Neal.

Fawcett hosted the party at her home Monday, the actress' friend Alana Stewart told People. Stewart also cleared up the belief that Fawcett only weighs 86 pounds after her son, Redmond O'Neal, suggested as much during a hearing for drug charges last week.

"Farrah is not 86 pounds," Stewart said. "Redmond is young and overreacted a little. Farrah has lost weight, but not that much. No, no, no."

Instead, Stewart says Fawcett is in good spirits ... read more

Ron Howard: Catholics Will Enjoy Angels & Demons

Ron Howard

After the fallout surrounding The Da Vinci Code, director Ron Howard is trying to get ahead of any criticism that his latest film, Angels & Demons, is anti-Catholic.

"Let me be clear: Neither I nor Angels & Demons are anti-Catholic," Howard wrote on the Huffington Post. He also suggested that Catholics who give his movie a chance will find something to like. "I believe Catholics, including most in the hierarchy of the Church, will enjoy the movie for what it is: an exciting mystery, set in the awe-inspiring beauty of Rome."

The flick again stars Tom Hanks as Robert Langdon, a Harvard professor of symbology who tries to track down the mysterious Illuminati, a group that has killed the four Cardinals in line to become the next pope. "Robert Langdon teams up with the Catholic Church to thwart a vicious attack against the Vatican. What, exactly, is anti-Catholic about that?" Howard wrote.

The Pope banned.... read more

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