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Piers Morgan to replace Larry King on CNN

Last updated on: September 9, 2010 16:00 IST

Piers Morgan to replace Larry King on CNN



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Britain's Got Talent judge Piers Morgan will replace host Larry King on the US network CNN.

Morgan, who is familiar to US audiences from America's Got Talent, will start his new job in January, reports the BBC.

CNN president Jon Klein, Morgan can "look at all aspects of the news with style and humour with an occasional good laugh in the process".

It is, however, not known whether he will continue with his judging roles on the US and UK talent shows.

'Obviously some things are going to have to give,' Morgan commented so in ITV News at Ten.

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Image: Piers Morgan
Photographs: Kieran Doherty/ Reuters

Bodyguard files sexual harassment suit against Britney

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Britney Spears' bodyguard who claims to have been sexually harassed by the singer is filing a lawsuit on Thursday.

The minder alleges that the pop star repeatedly exposed herself to him and abused her children.

According to the suit, Fernando Flores claims Britney made "repeated unwanted sexual advances" toward him by exposing herself in front of him in her home, reports TMZ.

Flores alleges, on one occasion -- in a scene right out of Legally Blonde -- "She was wearing a white lace, see-through dress. She walked over close by [Flores], intentionally dropped her cigarette lighter on the floor, bent over to retrieve it and thereby exposed her uncovered genitals to [Flores]." The lawsuit goes on, "The incident caused [Flores] shock and disgust."

The suit then goes on to describe another alleged instance where Britney summoned Flores to her room, where she was standing naked. The suit claims, "After an awkward silence during which [Britney] just stood naked before [Flores], [Flores] asked Spears if she needed anything. After some hesitation, Spears asked [Flores] to get her two bottles of 7 Up."

One time after allegedly exposing herself, the suit claims Britney said, "You know you liked it."

And the suit says, "In addition to exposing herself to [Flores], Spears engaged in numerous sex acts in front of [Flores]." There's also an allegation Britney was "loudly having sexual relations" in a hotel suite where her kids were present. The suit does not say if the kids saw anything.

And there is a more serious allegation -- the suit claims on one occasion Britney allegedly demanded Flores' belt, then walked in the house and allegedly twice "savagely hit the small child [Preston]" with the belt.

And the suit claims on another occasion Britney fed both kids crabmeat even though she knew they had serious fish allergies. The suit claims both kids started vomiting and Spears allegedly prevented anyone from seeking medical help, allegedly telling them, "Mind your own f**king business!"

Although it is not mentioned in the lawsuit, sources have told TMZ, Flores contacted the LA County Department of Children and Family Services. And we're told DCFS investigated and determined the claim had no merit.

The suit will be filed in LA County Superior Court.

Image: Britney Spears
Photographs: Ethan Miller/ Reuters
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Clint Eastwood turned down Superman and James Bond roles

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Client Eastwood has revealed that he turned down roles like Superman and James Bond in his early career.

The veteran actor said that he was offered a huge sum to take over after Sean Connery stepped aside from the world's most famous spy's role, but he refused.

'This was after Sean Connery left. My lawyer represented Cubby Broccoli [who produce the Bond franchise] and he came and said, 'They would love to have you. But to me, well, that was somebody else's gig. That's Sean's deal. It didn't feel right for me to be doing it,' the Telegraph quoted the legendary star as saying.

Eastwood also disclosed in an interview with the LA Times that he was lined up to play Superman and was offered pretty good money for that as well but he decided that he was too old for the role of the saviour.

'I can remember -- and this was many years ago -- when Frank Wells (Warner Bros. President) came to me about doing Superman. So it could have happened. This was when they first started to think about making it. I was like, 'Superman? Nah, nah, that's not for me.' Not that there's anything wrong with it. It's for somebody, but not me,' The Dirty Harry star said.

Christopher Reeve played Superman in three films before tragically breaking his neck in a riding accident and Connery returned to Bond's role with a whopping 1-million-dollar deal with Diamonds Are Forever.

Image: Clint Eastwood
Photographs: Fred Prouser/ Reuters
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Carla Bruni out of new Woody Allen film?

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French First Lady Carla Bruni is reportedly being cut out of Woody Allen movie Midnight in Paris.

Bruni has allegedly been replaced by a far younger look-alike Lea Seydoux, who has already been hired to re-shoot all of her scenes.

'The American director has taken the precaution of filming the First Lady's scenes with someone else,' The Daily Mail quoted a movie insider as telling celebrity Paris website

Bruni was the centre of attention and amusement when she took dozens of takes to perform a few simple dramatic tasks during the shoot, even when all she had to do was walk in and out of a bread shop while saying nothing, and then carrying a small baguette while looking serious.

And now with 25-year-old Seydoux on the scene, Bruni's dream of starring alongside Owen Wilson and Marion Cotillard, the remaining star cast of this film, is more or less over.

'While there's obvious novelty value in getting France's first lady to carry a baguette around Paris, Lea is a far better actress. She'll get people flowing into the cinemas, which in the end is what a professional film is all about,' said a film industry source.

Besides that, Seydoux would cost the director a lot lesser. She is also a much safer bet than Bruni, because she has already proved her acting skills in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds before getting a leading role in Ridley Scott's Robin Hood.

Bruni meanwhile, has admitted she could well be a ''terrible'' actress; even though she wants to one day tell her grandchildren that she appeared in a Woody Allen film.

Image: Carla Bruni
Photographs: Jack Dabaghian/ Reuters
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Source: ANI