AVATAR IS THE TOP-GROSSING FLICK! Avatar has become the highest-grossing movie of all time. Hollywood.com reports that the film has earned 1.859 billion dollars worldwide in just 39 days, enough to take the title away from Titanic. In fact, not only is the film also expected to break Titanic’s domestic revenue record in the coming weeks, but it might even break the two-billion dollar worldwide profit mark too.
HEROES STAR BUSTED FOR DUI! After driving reckless on a Los Angeles freeway, Heroes star Adrian Pasdar was arrested on DUI charges on Wednesday morning. TMZ reports the 44-year-old, who plays “Senator Nathan Petrelli” on the NBC series, was clocked doing over 90 mph and failed to stay in his lane. He refused to take a breathalyzer and was put behind bars. Pasdar’s bail was set at 15-thousand dollars.
SUTHERLAND SCAMMED! Kiefer Sutherland got scammed out of 869-thousand dollars. The Associated Press reports that the 24 star was one of many victims to pay a con artist to buy steers in Mexico and sell them for a profit in the U-S. That man, Michael Wayne Carr, never even bought the cows and is now charged with 12 felonies including grand theft and forgery. If convicted, he’ll face 18 years in prison.
NBC PICKS UP CONAN’S SHOW! It seems as though NBC doesn’t have any bad blood with Conan O’Brien, even though they recently fired him from his job as host of The Tonight Show. The network has just picked up a pilot called Justice, made by Conan’s production company, Conaco. According to MTV.com, the series follows a Supreme Court justice who quits so he can start his own legal practice. Conan and his company were reportedly shocked when they heard that the show was picked up.
TILDA SWINTON WILL PLAY CONAN! In Conan O’Brien’s final monologue as host of The Tonight Show, he made a joke about Tilda Swinton playing him if a movie was to be made about his life. Well apparently, the actress is more than happy to do just that! In an interview with www.MovieLine.com, Swinton joked that she “would just be only too happy…Yes, yes, yes, absolutely.”
WILL FERRELL HAS THIRD SON! Comedian Will Ferrell and his wife Viveca welcomed a baby boy on Saturday morning. The child was born just hours after Will and his wife performed “Free Bird” on Conan O’Brien’s last appearance as the host of the Tonight Show. This is the third child and third boy for the couple. They named him Axel and he joins his five-year-old brother Magnus and his three-year-old brother Mattias. Learn more at www.People.com.
POLTERGEIST STAR PASSES AWAY. Zelda Rubinstein, the tiny actress who is best known for her role as “Tangina,” the medium in Poltergeist, has died. RadarOnline.com reports that Zelda died of natural causes yesterday. Rubinstein had ongoing health issues, most recently suffering a mild heart attack two months ago. She was 76.
IDOL CONTESTANT’S MOM MISSING! American Idol contestant Angela Martin’s mother is missing. Martin’s mother disappeared on December 26th from the Chicago area. Police recovered Viola Brown Martin’s car on New Year’s Eve, but there has been no sign of her since. Fans saw Angela audition for Idol in Chicago this year and she is currently in Hollywood for more Idol tryouts. For more info, check out www.TVWatch.People.com.
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER IS COMING BACK! How I Met Your Mother is coming back for a sixth season this fall on CBS. And not only that, but according to USA Today, the show, which stars Neil Patrick Harris, will have country sensation Carrie Underwood make a guest appearance in the episode airing March 1st.
UGLY BETTY CANCELLED! ABC has cancelled Ugly Betty. The series will be able to finish out its fourth season but with 20 episodes instead of 22. Entertainment Weekly reports that since the producers have a heads up, they can assure fans a “satisfying conclusion” to the series. Betty had some pretty bad ratings recently, which no doubt led to its cancellation.