Originally created 05/20/05

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WASHINGTON - Amber Tamblyn is philosophical about the cancellation of her CBS series "Joan of Arcadia."

"I loved it for what it was and it's gone and that's sad, but that's the way it goes," said the 22-year-old actress, who portrayed a teen who performed godly chores for those revealing themselves as God.

Tamblyn said she was happy to do two seasons of "a really incredible show than like eight years on a mediocre, not-so-good show."

Of her co-stars Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen and Jason Ritter, the actress said: "I'm really going to miss everybody. It's like a family there. I love them, but that's life, I guess."

Tamblyn got the news before an interview with AP Radio for her new movie, "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants," due in theaters on June 1.

"People had kind of known it was on the bubble, I think, so it was kind of there, kind of like an iffy thing," she said.

CBS is filling the Friday time slot with "Ghost Whisperer," starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as a woman who talks to dead people.

"I think talking to ghosts may skew younger than talking to God," CBS Chairman Leslie Moonves said Wednesday.


CANNES, France - "Sin City" isn't typical fare at the Cannes Film Festival, more accustomed to art house flicks than Frank Miller's dark world of tough guys in trench coats and scantily clad ladies.

At a news conference Wednesday, where "Sin City" is competing for the top prize, a few journalists wanted to know: Is the movie sexist? And what about all that violence?

Miller, the comic book artist who co-directed the film with Robert Rodriguez, pooh-poohed the questions.

"When I sat down to do 'Sin City,' I decided the guys would all be tough, the women would all be beautiful and the cars would all be vintage," he said.

"The dirty secret of cartoonists is that we tend to write stories that give us fun things to draw," he added.

Some critics have found the movie's violence against women misogynistic. As for all the stabbing and shooting, Miller said he wasn't worried that it might desensitize people.

"I don't believe in the 'monkey-see, monkey-do' theory of violence," he said.

A few members of the huge ensemble cast were in Cannes for the premiere, including Jessica Alba, Brittany Murphy, Clive Owen, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Madsen and Mickey Rourke.

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NEW YORK - Recent photos show Lindsay Lohan looking startlingly thin.

The 18-year-old actress attributes her slimmer figure to a new exercise regimen.

"I'm working out. I just got a trainer," she tells People magazine in its upcoming issue.

Pilates? Yoga?

"No, none of that stuff, though I'd like to try it sometime. Just old-school working out," said Lohan, who stars in the new movie "Herbie: Fully Loaded," which opens next month.

Her screen credits also include "Freaky Friday," "Mean Girls" and the upcoming "A Prairie Home Companion," directed by Robert Altman.

She will host the season finale of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" this weekend, with Coldplay as the musical guest.

On Tuesday, Lohan told "Access Hollywood" she doesn't pay attention to reports that she's lost too much weight, but acknowledged there is a lot of pressure in Hollywood to stay slim.

"Especially when you lose a lot of weight and then people are telling you, 'You look great!' You are like, 'So... did I look fat before?'"

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JERUSALEM - A year after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer, Mandy Patinkin literally biked across deserts.

Patinkin completed a 264-mile charity bike ride this week from the Old City of Jerusalem to the Red Sea resort of Eilat. He joined more than 130 riders, including his 23-year-old son, Isaac, in the six-day charity event.

"It was the single hardest physical challenge I've asked my body and mind to engage in," said Patinkin, 52, who trained for the event by riding laps around New York's Central Park. The ride included a stop in Mitzpe Ramon, a town overlooking a scenic canyon in Israel's Negev Desert. That was last Saturday - the first anniversary of his surgery.

"A year ago, I never thought I'd be in Israel riding through the desert, talking to my loved ones and friends, being inspired by the memories of my ancestors," he said. "It was beyond thrilling."

Patinkin, who won an Emmy for his role in "Chicago Hope," will star in the new CBS thriller, "Criminal Minds," about FBI profilers who try to stop criminals.

He's preparing a 40-concert tour in the United States and Canada.

The bike ride raised funds for Hazon, a U.S.-based Jewish environmental group, and the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, an Israeli center that promotes peace by training students from Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan.

A longtime supporter of liberal Jewish causes, Patinkin said he found the institute's mission - and meeting members of the multiethnic student body - as inspiring as the desert scenery.

"If we can't keep our Palestinian neighbors and Muslim neighbors alive with good water and fresh air, we'll never get them to the peace table," he said.


LAS VEGAS - Ten music legends will stand together in Bakersfield, Calif. - in bronze.

The dedication of Buck Owens' Legends in Bronze will take place May 25 at Owens' Crystal Palace, the 75-year-old singer-musician said Tuesday at the 40th Academy of Country Music Awards.

"Of all the things I've done in my career, May 25th will be my biggest contribution," Owens said. The larger-than-life statues were created by Bill Rains.

The honorees include Owens, Hank Williams Jr., Bob Willis, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Strait and Garth Brooks.

Brooks said he planned to be in Bakersfield for the unveiling and hoped some of the others being honored would also attend.


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