Originally created 04/12/06

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NEW YORK - Bow Wow and Ciara have split, a spokeswoman for Ciara has confirmed. The young celebrity couple had dated for nearly a year.

"I cannot comment on the reason, but can confirm that Ciara and Bow Wow have split," said Tracy Nguyen in a statement Monday. The spokeswoman also took the unusual step of stating that the breakup wasn't amicable.

A message left with Bow Wow's publicist wasn't immediately returned.

Bow Wow, whose real name is Shad Moss, was christened Lil' Bow Wow by Snoop Dog. He dropped the "Lil'" in 2003.

The 19-year-old rapper sang a duet with Ciara on "Like You," the second single off his fourth album, "Wanted."

Ciara, 20, was dubbed "the first lady of Crunk & B" by Lil' Jon, who produced her debut single, "Goodies," from her 2004 album of the same name.

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For one thing, he says, clowns give children nightmares.

Black, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, made his reputation as an angry comic with a dirty mouth. The 57-year-old comedian has gained national prominence through his "Back in Black" segments on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," hosted by Jon Stewart.

He also has found a place in movies, including the upcoming "Farce of the Penguins" and "Man of the Year."

Black returned recently to the University of North Carolina to teach several classes as part of his alma mater's annual Carolina Comedy Festival.

He considers his teaching part of the art form's oral tradition.

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - Frankie Muniz is taking a break from acting to be a professional race car driver.

The 20-year-old actor recently wrapped up the final episode of Fox TV's "Malcolm in the Middle" and is turning his attention to driving race cars for at least the next two years.

Muniz says he'll race this season for Jensen Motorsport in Formula BMW and hopes to move up to the Atlantic Series, the steppingstone to Champ Car, in 2007.

"I'm going to make it my full-time deal right now because you kind of have to," he told The Associated Press recently. "You can't really juggle both (acting and racing) because, if you do, you just don't get enough time in the car. And I really love racing and this is what I want to do right now and for the next two years, and potentially more."

He got fired up about racing in 2004, when he was invited to take part in the Toyota Pro-Celebrity Race that has been a part of the Grand Prix of Long Beach for 30 years.

"I've had 'Malcolm' since I was 12," Muniz said. "In the beginning, everyone was asking how I was going to make that transition from child actor to adult actor, respected actor, movie actor, whatever that might be. I thought, 'Well, I'll just continue what I'm doing and, when I turn 18, I'll be an adult. So I'll be an adult actor, right?'"

"When it came down to it... all I really wanted to do was go racing," he said.

Muniz said he doubts he is through with acting.

"Truthfully, I think it will be easier for me to leave for a while and come back when I'm 23, 24 and be an adult and start fresh," he said.

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LOS ANGELES - Ali Landry wed in Mexico over the weekend, her manager said.

The "Eve" co-star and former Miss USA married director Alejandro Monteverde in San Miguel de Allende on Saturday, manager Elissa Leeds said Monday.

No other details were released.

Landry appears in Monteverde's upcoming film "Bella," due out later this year.

Her brief marriage in 2004 to former "Saved by the Bell" star Mario Lopez was annulled.


LOS ANGELES - Jack'll be back - despite all the firepower the bad guys rain down on him.

Kiefer Sutherland has signed on for three more seasons as superhero agent Jack Bauer on Fox's "24."

As part of the deal, Sutherland will establish a production company based at 20th Century Fox Television to develop original programming, the studio announced Monday. He will also serve as a co-executive producer of the hit drama.

Sutherland "is an extraordinary actor with amazing instincts. He's fiercely intelligent, and he has fantastic taste in material," studio co-president Dana Walden said in a statement.

"When he told us he had ambitions to create and produce television series, we jumped at the chance to help him achieve that goal," she said.

No financial details were disclosed.

Sutherland has starred for five seasons as Bauer, who works for the fictional federal Counter-Terrorist Unit.

As the show plays out in real time, with each season covering 24 hours, Bauer faces crisis after crisis.

In past episodes, he discovered his wife's murdered body, fought heroin addiction, saved humanity from terrorists and faked his own death.

The role won him a Golden Globe award and two Screen Actor's Guild awards.

Sutherland will also appear in the upcoming film "The Sentinel" with Kim Basinger and Michael Douglas.


NEW YORK - Michael Douglas says he was misquoted in a GQ article last month in which he slammed "good friend" Brad Pitt and girlfriend Angelina Jolie regarding Pitt's divorce from Jennifer Aniston.

In the GQ story, written by Jeanne Marie Laskas, Douglas is quoted as saying: "I don't know about Brad Pitt, leaving that beautiful wife to go hold orphans for Angelina.

"I mean, how long is that going to last?"

The Brangelina-bashing comments were picked up widely.

However, in an interview that was to air Monday, Douglas tells TV's "Extra" he denies having said it.

"It was a lengthy article," he says. "(It) must've been 20 hours of tape recording, so I asked to hear the tape recording and the reporter said, 'Well, I turned the tape recorder off.' And I said, 'Well, you had it on for the whole time, so I didn't say it.'"

Andy Ward, the magazine's executive editor, fired back in a statement Monday, saying Laskas "spent many hours over the course of four months with Michael Douglas. His comments about Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - along with many other quotes from that long night at a hotel bar in Washington, none of which he is disputing - are in Jeanne Marie's notebook.

"We stand behind them 100 percent. For him to suggest we made them up is laughable. Still, we like the guy and hope all this attention will help his movie."

Pitt and ex-wife Aniston divorced in October 2005. Since then, Jolie's children, Maddox and Zahara, have legally had their surname changed to Jolie-Pitt, and Pitt is expecting a child with the bombshell actress this summer.

The 61-year-old actor, a "Messenger of Peace" for the United Nations, tells "Extra" he wrote the high-profile couple an apology and considers Pitt "a good friend, and (Jolie) does wonderful work for the United Nations, which is what I'm also involved in."

Douglas adds that he feels that the alleged misquotes stem from pressure on magazines to be "exploitative" in order "to try to attract people for their circulation."

After a three-year hiatus, Douglas returns to the big screen this year in the psychological thriller "The Sentinel," starring opposite Kiefer Sutherland, Kim Basinger and Eva Longoria.


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Lewis Black believes comedy isn't taken more seriously in the academic world because of clowns.

ATHENS, Greece - Bob Geldof, the singer who has won international acclaim for his humanitarian efforts, has accused China of being responsible for the continuing civil war in Sudan's Darfur region.

The 51-year-old Irish rocker, who organized last year's Live 8 benefit concerts, said China was protecting the Sudanese government because it provides 6 percent of China's oil.

"I was in Darfur 20 years ago and people were killing each other then. It's an ancient battle between nomadic people and settled people, between Arab-Africans and black Africans, between Islam and Christians.... The reason why it has not been resolved is because of China," he said Monday.

"The Chinese protect the Khartoum government... and they will not allow a vote in the Security Council," said Geldof, who was in Athens to receive a humanitarian award from the Greek branch of Doctors of the World.

The conflict is estimated to have claimed more than 180,000 lives since 2003 and driven millions from their homes.

Geldof, who organized the Live Aid concert in 1985, said Live 8 was his last: "I'd be too old by the time the next one comes along."

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PARIS - A French court has delayed a hearing on a lawsuit filed by a screenwriter who alleges the complex global thriller "Syriana" was largely plagiarized from her script.

George Clooney won a best-supporting actor Oscar for his portrayal of a veteran CIA officer in the 2005 film.

A preliminary hearing on the lawsuit filed by Stephanie Vergniault that had been set for Monday was rescheduled to May 29 for procedural reasons, officials said.

The lawsuit targets Clooney's production company, Section Eight, which he formed with director Steven Soderbergh; Warner Bros.; and "Syriana" writer-director Stephen Gaghan.

Vergniault has said she wants 35 percent of the movie's earnings in France and the United States. She claims "Syriana" borrowed "very largely" from a script she completed in 2002.

Titled "Oversight," her story line involves CIA intrigues with oil companies in the Persian Gulf, according to the court filing.


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