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SINCE YOU ASKED,Mom, Dad banned from LiLo's reality show,Filmmaker says he's backing out of CNN Clinton doc,Fox: 'My life is better than it was' [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 1, 2013


"I'm at a point in my career where I can just be exactly who I want to be. I can just have fun and not think about any kind of repercussion."

Miley Cyrus in a one-hour documentary, "Miley: The Movement," which premieres at 10 p.m. Oct. 2 on MTV,Coins to mark royal christening,Britain's Royal Mint says it will create a set of coins to mark the christening of Prince George next month.

The baby son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (Prince William and Kate Middleton) will be christened at the Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace on Oct. 23, just over three months after his birth.

The production of the commemorative coins, approved by the royal family, will be the first time that new coins are produced to mark a royal christening in Britain.

The 5-pound coins will be made of solid gold, silver or a more affordable option, and will sell for as much as thousands of pounds (dollars).

Prince George's christening will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. The private event will be attended by close family, with official photos released later.

-- Associated Press,Michael J. Fox still says that he wouldn't "fix" his life, despite enduring a 22-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

"If I walked into a room with God or Buddha or Bill Gates or Sergey Brin or whoever could figure out a way to fix it for me, I don't think I'd do it," the actor tells Rolling Stone magazine in its October issue.

It was the same sentiment he wrote about 11 years after his 1991 diagnosis, in the memoir "Lucky Man."

"The bottom line of this whole (expletive) thing is that it's better," Michael, 53, tells Rolling Stone.

"My life is better than it was, because I have access to these truths and access to these moments where I give myself a break and just go, (expletive)"

The former "Family Ties" actor explains that his positive outlook on the debilitating disease has a lot to do with his happiness being in "direct proportion" to his acceptance of having Parkinson's.

"People look at me and have fear and sadness in their eyes, which they think they're seeing reflected back at them," he said.

"They wouldn't see what I'm really feeling, which is, 'I'm OK!' But people are afraid. ... They'll realize that this is just my life, the stuff I was given to deal with."

Now, with an unexpected return to the small screen as a series lead, the actor says that all it takes is his go-getter attitude.

"I just don't tell myself that I can't do it," Michael said -- about working on his new NBC sitcom "The Michael J. Fox Show."

"Then I just do it. A show is easier to regulate than life."

-- New York Daily News,I'm a big fan of actress Christina Hendricks of "Mad Men." Will she be doing anything until the show comes back on? -- N.H.

A lot: She voices a role in the animated "Tinker Bell and the Pirate Fairy," due out in March; co-stars with Eva Mendes in the thriller "How to Catch a Monster," directed by Ryan Gosling; and is shooting the drama "God's Pocket," directed by John Slattery, who plays Roger Sterling on "Mad Men." She's also at work on another film, the thriller "Dark Places," with Charlize Theron; and goes next into the drama "Seconds of Pleasure," with Julia Stiles; the drama "A Book of Common Prayer," directed by actor Campbell Scott; and the drama "Measure of a Man."

I was surprised to see Jay Leno as a guest on Craig Ferguson's show. Isn't he prevented from doing a competitor's show? -- F.M.

Jay, in his last months as host of "The Tonight Show," can pretty much do what he wants ... and he and Craig are in different time slots, so they're not competitors. What would be surprising is if he appeared on David Letterman's late-night show -- they are direct competitors, and have had bad blood between them for years.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,A filmmaker who was making a documentary about Hillary Clinton for CNN says he is backing out of the project because few people would cooperate with him.

Charles Ferguson wrote in a column posted on The Huffington Post on Sept. 30 that he concluded he couldn't make much of a film.

He says that of more than 100 people he approached, only two who had dealt with the former of secretary of state agreed to speak on camera.

Because of the project, the Republican National Committee has voted to block CNN from hosting the GOP presidential primary debates in 2016. Ferguson writes that Democrats also didn't want him to make the film, and Hillary would not agree to be interviewed.

CNN confirms the account. The network says it understands and respects Ferguson's decision.

-- AP,Lindsay Lohan's reality show, an Oprah-helmed project featuring the actress, 27, is set to be strictly about LiLo's recovery and attempts to resuscitate her acting career, according to TMZ.

OWN producers are doing everything possible to keep the "Canyons" star's parents -- headline mainstays Michael and Dina Lohan -- as far away from the cameras as possible.

According to the gossip site, an "executive decision" was made to ban them from the show.

There won't even be a mention of Dina Lohan's recent DWI arrest, show sources say.

The showbiz-minded mom of four was busted on Long Island's Northern State Parkway going 20 mph over the speed limit.

Producers did shoot a few scenes with LiLo and her father, but it's unclear whether the footage will make it on the show, TMZ reports.


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