ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLast Update on Friday, May 24, 2013 3:30 AM EDT
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Amanda Bynes Busted On Marijuana Charges
There are places in the country is pot smoking is legal. But it's still a crime to do it in New York City — and especially not when you are being, shall we say, "blunt" about it. That's a lesson Amanda Bynes is learning. The actress was busted on pot charges last night in New York. Authorities say they were tipped off after the management of her apartment building in Manhattan saw her rolling and smoking a joint in the lobby. By time police came, Bynes had gone to her apartment — but was still lighting up. Officers reported smelling smoke when they entered the apartment — and saw the actress also had a bong in her hand. It wasn't there for long — police say she tossed the bong out the window to the street below. She's charged with reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, and criminal possession of pot. It's unclear whether she has a lawyer. Bynes rose to fame starring in Nickelodeon's "All That" and has also starred in several films, including 2010's "Easy A."
Robert Redford has been an actor-director for years. So, he says it's a nice change to only have one job to worry about -- acting. Redford plays a shipwrecked sailor in the film "All Is Lost." Redford says he had so much faith in director J.C. Chandor, he even wanted to do his own stunts. Redford jokes it was a terrible mistake. The Oscar-winner is well into his 70s. All Is Lost screened at the Cannes Film Festival on the French Rivera earlier this week.
Pitbull Gets Froggy In Movie Role
Pitbull says he wants to get involved in other forms of entertainment than rap music — and making those Bud Light commercials you see on all the sports broadcasts. He has done that by taking on a role in an animated comedy. He does the voice of a frog in "Epic," which opens today. He jokes that next time, he'd like to be the "gorgeous princess" in the movie. But not this time. That speaking role went to Beyonce.
Jerry Lewis Offends The "Laaaaaddddiiiieessss"
As the cliche goes, Jerry Lewis is the bomb in France. But he isn't winning many friends on this side of the Atlantic for his take on female comedians. He was asked yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival who his favorite female comedian is — and he replied "I don't have any." It's an ongoing issue for the aging comic actor, who said in 1998 that he doesn't find women funny and that seeing women do jokes "sets me back a bit." Asked about that again, Lewis said he hasn't changed his mind — despite the success of performers like Sarah Silverman.
Donald Trump Prevails In Court Fight With Grandmother
An 87-year-old grandmother came out on the short end of a legal fight with Donald Trump. A jury in Chicago took the side of the real estate magnate in a civil trial claiming Trump cheated her in a transaction involving a Chicago skyscraper he built. Jacqueline Goldberg claimed Trump engaged in a bait-and-switch game on her. She had sought about $6 million in damages. An official with The Trump Organization says Trump is "obviously very happy" the jury saw things his way.
Debbie Reynolds On Liberace
Debbie Reynolds says what people used to whisper about Liberace, his friends knew for sure — that the flamboyant piano playing performer was gay. The veteran actress says those who were close to Liberace were aware he was homosexual — but that people in the Hollywood community weren't judgmental about it. As was true of most gay performers back in the day, Liberace never came out. Reynolds says she considered Liberace a good friend — and even went on a "date" with the pianist once. She adds was one of the most fun times she ever had. HBO is doing a TV movie on Liberace titled "Behind the Candelabra," starring Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his younger lover. Reynolds says of the actors: "they had to immerse themselves — two straight men, to make this come off as loving and real." Liberace was 67 when he died of complications of AIDS in 1987.
CBS Leads Ratings Race, Idol Stumbles Again
For the tenth time in 11 years, CBS is the nation's most-watched network. The end-of-season Nielsen ratings are out and finds CBS posted the widest margin of victory than any other network in about a quarter-century. What makes the numbers more impressive is that the network is winning the battle for 18-to-49-year-old viewers — the group advertisers covet most. Meanwhile, it continues to be bad news for "American Idol." It ends its streak of nine years as the nation's most popular TV entertainment program. Its popularity had been sliding for the past few years — but this marks the first time it has fallen out of the top spot. No other show in television history has come close to such sustained dominance.
Sharon Stone Causes A Commotion On The Croisette
Sharon Stone proved she can still stop traffic — and doesn't have to cross and uncross her legs to do it. The actress caused a backup of several cars on the busy Croisette street as a throng of at least 200 people waited outside the Roberto Cavalli store for her to emerge. A security guard kept fans back and drivers could only wait as it took several minutes for Stone to leave the store. Stone is in Cannes , France, for the film festival.
"Healing In The Heartland" Set For Next Week
If you want to open your wallets to help the victims of the Moore, Oklahoma tornado — and watch some good music at the same time, circle May 29 on your calendar. That's when Blake Shelton will hold his "Healing in the Heartland" concert. The event in Oklahoma City will air on NBC. Shelton is a team captain and mentor on "The Voice," which also airs on NBC. Details about who will be involved will be announced later today.
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