Celebrity roundup

Michael C. Hall moves on from ‘Dexter’


New project

Panicking that you are going to miss Dexter after its final season? It’ll all be OK. You’ll be able to see the show’s star Michael C. Hall back in action pretty soon. Hollywood Reporter reports that the actor is working with Showtime on an adaptation of the novel American Dream Machine, about a talent agent and the movie business. No serial killings that we’re aware of at present. Hall will have a small role and executive produce.

Five’s the charm

Why fix it if it ain’t broke? Seventeen years after signing up for the first Mission: Impossible, Tom Cruise has signed on to his fifth installment of the franchise, which has done more than $1 billion worldwide, Deadline.com reports.


Chris Brown didn’t make it to the big gala Monday night due to technical difficulties. The singer’s private jet was forced to make an emergency landing in Burbank, Calif., after the cockpit filled with smoke, reports TMZ. Newly single Brown did manage to make it to an afterparty with a mystery brunette. Hopefully the new lady is independent so he doesn’t have to “wife” her as he did with Rihanna.

Home bound

Ja Rule has left federal prison in the Adirondacks, though he’s not a free man. The release date for the rapper technically is July 28, with possible community-based supervision for the balance. He’ll remain in home confinement. JR served most of a two-year sentence for illegal gun possession in a state prison and subsequent transfer into federal custody in a tax evasion case.

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    Que paso? Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley used to be so close. They met as partners on Dancing with the Stars and stayed in touch but these days they no longer speak. “She stopped getting along with me,” Chmerkovskiy told Andy Cohen on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. “I got a message now that I am associating with other people that she can't be associated with, I am no longer to be spoken with, and sorry, but it is what it is.” Jennifer Lopez, rumored to be dating the dancer, is besties with Leah Remini, who recently left the Church of Scientology, and that perhaps doesn’t sit well with Alley, who remains loyal to Tom Cruise’s church.

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    At 88, Hollywood legend Lee Grant looks back in ‘I Said Yes to Everything’

    Actress Lee Grant came that close to washing Shampoo out of her hair when co-star Warren Beatty told her how to play the scene when she learns he has seduced her character’s daughter. The matter got resolved after she spoke to the actual director, Hal Ashby, and then to Beatty again. Not only did she win an Oscar for the role, but she and Beatty became great friends, even sharing a few passionate kisses after filming ended.

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