1962 "To Kill A Mockingbird" courtesy ®The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will showcase a new digital restoration of To Kill a Mockingbird in celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary on Wednesday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The evening will feature an introduction by talk show host Tavis Smiley and an onstage discussion with Oscar®-nominated actress Mary Badham. The digital restoration is courtesy of Universal Pictures, which is marking its centennial this year.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) became as much of a classic as its source, and the defining film of Gregory Peck’s career. Produced by Alan J. Pakula and directed by Robert Mulligan, the film features Peck as a Depression-era lawyer struggling against a prejudiced system to exonerate an African-American man falsely accused of rape.

For his iconic portrayal of Atticus Finch, Peck earned his fifth Best Actor nomination and only Oscar. Co-star Robert Duvall made his film debut as the mysterious Boo Radley, while a 10-year-old Badham also made her first screen appearance as Atticus’s daughter Scout.

The film unfolds as a coming-of-age story, as Scout learns about injustice, human frailties and the definition of heroism. Badham’s Oscar nomination for her performance made her the youngest actress with that honor at the time.

To Kill a Mockingbird earned a total of eight Academy Award® nominations and won three awards. In addition to the aforementioned, it received Oscars® for Black-and-White Art Direction (Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead; Set Decoration: Oliver Emert) and Adapted Screenplay (Horton Foote), and nominations for Black-and-White Cinematography (Russell Harlan), Directing (Mulligan), Original Score (Elmer Bernstein) and Best Picture (Pakula, producer).

For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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Jennifer Lawrence on the cover of 'Rolling Stone' courtesy Beth Furtwangler / Wenner Media

Jennifer Lawrence has a way of making a first impression, as several of her Hunger Games co-stars and friends tell Rolling Stone. “I was on my bus,” says Woody Harrelson of first meeting Lawrence when filming The Hunger Games, “and on my bus I have a yoga swing. Jennifer comes on, and she goes, ‘Hi, Woody, I’m J— is that a sex swing?’ Her first sentence to me.”

Another Hunger Games co-star, Josh Hutcherson, also had a memorable first experience with Lawrence. “When I got cast, she called me up for one of those five-minute ‘Excited to work with you, blah, blah, blah’ things,” Hutcherson says. “The conversation started with her saying, ‘Think about a catheter going in – ouch!’ and then turns into a 45-minute rant about zombies and the apocalypse.”

And then there’s Zoë Kravitz, who appeared with Lawrence in X-Men: First Class and who is one of her best friends: “I’d met her a few times, and she was like, ‘You should come over and we’ll hang out.’ So I go over to her apartment, and she opens the door in a towel. She’s like, ‘Come in, sorry, you’re early, I was about to shower.’ And she drops her towel and gets in the shower, and starts shaving her legs, totally naked. She was like, ‘Are we here yet? Is this OK?’ And I was like, ‘I guess we’re there!'”

The Jennifer Lawrence article is in the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone, on newsstands Friday.

Online excerpt and photo shoot video at www.rollingstone.com.

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Georgia Engel (l.) guest stars with Betty White in a new "Hot in Cleveland" this Wednesday March 28th on TVLand.

this episode of Hot in Cleveland has Joy (Jane Leeves) dates a guy who she thinks is her teen crush Rick Springfield (played by Rick Springfield) and Victoria (Wendie Malick) wants to fire the cleaning-averse housekeeper (Rhea Perlman). Meanwhile, Melanie’s (Valerie Bertinelli) date with a pretentious professor (Craig Bierko) makes her feel insecure and Elka (Betty White) is fed up with her writing partner Mamie (Georgia Engel).
Hot in Cleveland premieres Wednesday, March 28th at 10pm on TVLand.
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Kevin Alejandro guest stars on "Breakout Kings." Photo courtesy of A&E.

Kevin Alejandro, may have bit the dust on True Blood, but he’s already picking up new acting gigs to keep himself in the game.

Alejandro is best know as Jesus Velasquez, the smokin’ hot love interested to Lafayette Reynolds (Nelson Ellis) on the HBO Vampire dramedy. But now, since his on-screen boy-toy offed him on True Blood, he’s transitioned into a guest starring stint on A&E’s drama series Breakout Kings.

Word is he’ll be doing a heap of killing of his own on Kings – but it appears that his character believes each victim needed butchering.

Sure Kings a one-off role, but let’s face it, dead doesn’t mean dead on True Blood, so perhaps it’s possible that Alejandro could return for season five…if the producers deem it necessary (pretty please).

OK, so I may be delusional, but it’ll be great to see Alejandro back in action.

Alejandro’s episode of Breakout Kings airs Sunday, March 25th, 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

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Sofia Vergara starring in "Modern Family" (Wednesdays 9|8c) © 2012 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. All rights reserved. - photo credit: ABC/PETER "HOPPER" STONE

Life & Style can exclusively reveal that Sofia Vergara and Sharon Stone will play bisexual lovers in the new comedy Fading Gigolo. “Sharon thinks it’s going to be a lot of fun playing the lover of one of the hottest actresses out there,” a friend of the star tells Life & Style. “The scenes will be steamy!”

Life & Style got a sneak peek at the script and can confirm that Sharon, 54, who will play a dermatologist, and Sofia, 39, enjoy a ménage à trois with John Turturro’s gigolo character.

Shooting for the film is set to take place in New York City, beginning in April. Turturro will direct and play the gigolo, and Woody Allen will co-star as his pimp.

This isn’t the first time Stone has shared passionate sex scenes with a woman — she had a lesbian lover in Basic Instinct, and she played Ellen DeGeneres’ lover in HBO‘s If These Walls Could Talk.

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Lionel Richie 2011, photo credit - Attribution: Eva Rinaldi (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/deed.en

Music icon Lionel Richie takes the next step of his storied career on Monday, March 26, with the release of his highly anticipated new album, Tuskegee, which features 13 of his timeless hits performed as duets with country stars.

“Tuskegee is one of the most special albums I have ever done in my life,” he says. “It’s a moment in time when all of these artists got together and celebrated music.”

With this worldwide release comes several firsts for Richie, including his first Billboard cover, which is the March 24 issue that is on stands now, and his first performance at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, where he received rave reviews after taking the stage of the Billboard showcase on March 14. On Friday, he achieved another career first when he performed an hour-long live concert for HSN.

Richie will appear on the 47th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS on April 1 (8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT).  Other appearances include Today, Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Talk.  On April 2, the Academy of Country Music and dick clark productions will tape an all-star concert special, ACM PRESENTS: Lionel Richie and Friends–In Concert, airing on CBS on April 13.

Tuskegee is an exciting new chapter in a career that has seen album sales of more than 100 million, 22 Top 10s, five Grammys, an Academy Award for Best Original Song, a Golden Globe, and a host of other awards.

On this worldwide, multi-genre album, Richie is also joined by the likes of such superstars as Shania Twain, Kenny Rogers, Willie Nelson and Jimmy Buffett.

“By far, this is probably the most fun ever because of the fact I did not have a clue as to what it was going to be from one session to the next,” he says. “What started out as a group of very talented, very successful collaborations with great artists ended up brand new, very good old friends. We’ve had so much fun. I learned more jokes.  I’ve gotten more jokes to tell.  I have jokes I can never say again.

“I’m so proud of the fact that this album has renewed my faith in mankind because this is what the business is supposed to be in the beginning, where you walk into a room and you can be you and I can be me and we can have some fun together.  Egos were left not at the door but never came in the room.

“Nine months later and beyond my wildest dreams, as far as creativity, something was finished that even blew me away.”



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RandyTravis courtesy Kay Waggoner / Webster & Associates

Country superstar Randy Travis will co-host Today, America’s most-watched morning show, on Wednesday, March 21, teaming with Hoda Kotb during the fourth hour on NBC.

The Grammy-winning singer will be filling the chair for Kathie Lee Gifford who is taking the week off.

It’s all part of his phenomenal silver milestone in the music industry, marked by the Warner Bros. Records release of the Anniversary Celebration CD that includes a star-studded cast of collaborators and extensive North American concert tour.

In addition, Travis also released the 11-track greatest hits package Randy Travis, available exclusively through Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations.

Travis calls this week’s national television appearance an anniversary highlight.  Travis says, “Having appeared and performed on the Today show many times, I am honored to co-host.  I look forward to teaming with Hoda Kotb and the NBC crew during my visit to New York.”

For more information and performances updates, visit: www.randytravis.com.

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Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy bust a move during rehearsals for DANCING WITH THE STARS on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/LOU ROCCO)

Sherri Shepherd is up for just about anything, whether it’s starring on 30 Rock or co-hosting The View.

Now she’s strapping her down her super-sized breasts, sliding into a pair of heels and running herself ragged for her current adventure as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars (Mondays and Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, ABC).

Why? Shepherd loves a challenge, particularly if it’s a little frightening – but besides that, she wants to show her son, who has special needs, that anything is possible if you try hard.

Check out the video below for how Shepherd is dealing with the costumes all the rigors of Dancing with the Stars.

Then check out the second video for the scoop on Shepherd’s other hosting endeavor, Clorox Lounge’s Last Comic Sitting.

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Pictured: Malcolm McDowell receiving star on Holllywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Malcolm McDowell was given a long-overdue honor Friday with a star bearing his name on Hollywood Blvd.

The star of A Clockwork Orange was joined for the ceremony by colleagues, Gary Oldman, Rob Zombie, Mark Paul Gosselaar and Director Mike Kaplan, who all took turns praising the actor.

McDowell stars next in The Monster Butler to be produced by Dark House Films, first as a theatrical released and then later distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

In honor of McDowell receiving his star, The American Cinematheque is hosting an in-person tribute at the Egyptian Theatre showing his most iconic film, Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange as well as Nicholas Meyer’s Time After Time (McDowell plays H.G. Wells in the pic).

A Q&A takes place between films with McDowell and Mary Steenburgen. The tribute continues through March 19th at the Aero Theater.

For tickets and info log onto American Cinematheque.

McDowell’s star is the 2465th on the Walk of Fame and is located in front of the Pig ‘n Whistle British pub, 6714 Hollywood Blvd.

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Shannon Magrane sings for her life on AMERICAN IDOL which aired Thursday, March 15 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. CR: Michael Becker / FOX

Shannon Magrane sang for her life on American Idol, but it wasn’t enough to keep her in the competition Thursday night.

Fans might be bent about the outcome, but AI judge, Steven Tyler says it was the right decision.

It’s all unfolding. They all sing so good, Tyler begins. “They’re not going to get thrown off for their voice. They’re going to get thrown off because their voice didn’t deliver in a song.”

Tyler’s seen an improvement in the last few weeks and expects more growth as the season wears on – and as the talent is iced – one by one. Fellow judge Randy Jackson agrees.

“I see improvement every week. It’s really tough,” Jackson acknowledges.

Still, the lone female judge Jennifer Lopez was burning-up over the bottom three – a trio of women.

“I don’t like seeing three girls in the bottom, I don’t think it’s fair,” she laments. “I don’t think they had the most challenged performances last night. You should reward the really good performances.”

Magrane was upbeat after getting the boot, but why wouldn’t she be? At 16, the singer just got a huge jumpstart on her career.

“I’m one of the few teenager girls to have come this far,” she points out. “All the 16 year olds like that. It’s not over.”

Click onto the video below for scoop from Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Shannon Magrane.

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