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SINCE YOU ASKED [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

July 6, 2013


"Television and video have done a lot of damage to music. They've propelled people into stardom that aren't ready for it, you know, and can't sustain it."

ELTON JOHN tells BBC Radio 4 that TV talent shows focus too much on the judges.,Kerry marries NFL beau,No "Scandal" here: Kerry Washington is a newlywed.

The star of TV's "Scandal" married professional football player Nnamdi Asomugha last week in Hailey, Idaho.

E! reported the nuptials July 3 and posted a copy of the couple's marriage license online. The Blaine County recorder's office in Hailey confirmed the June 24 filing to the Associated Press.

The 36-year-old actress and 31-year-old athlete were married the same day. Kerry's parents served as official witnesses, while one of Nnamdi's relatives performed the ceremony.

Nnamdi is a cornerback with the San Francisco 49ers. He previously played for the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles.

Besides starring in the ABC political thriller, Kerry's other recent credits include the films "Peeples" and "Django Unchained."

-- Associated Press,Henry's trainer dishes on 'Steel' body

"Man of Steel" Henry Cavill 'turned down steroids and instead scarfed down eight meals -- and 6,000 calories daily -- to bulk up his body for the Superman role, his trainer tells the New York Daily News' Confidenti@l.

Celebrity trainer Mark Twight, who coached Henry for the hard- body role, recalled his first meeting with the star, when they talked about using steroids to enhance his muscles.

"I asked Henry up-front if he wanted to use drugs to achieve the objective and he answered adamantly, 'No,'" Mark said. "I followed by saying, 'Good, because if you did, I wouldn't train you.'"

Henry chose the natural route to beef up and achieve abs of steel.

While preparing for the role, he ate so much he felt sick. He often washed fatty snacks down with whipped-cream coconut milkshakes worth 1,400 calories each.

Mark also put the 30-year-old through a punishing seven-day-a- week, 90-minute military-style workout for a year to build muscle.

Mark, who whipped Russell Crowe into shape for "Gladiator," even guided Henry's sleep, insisting that his protege snooze for at least nine hours nightly.

The trainer also revealed how he bullied Cavill into not giving up -- and changed his mental approach to working out while the duo were holed up at his facility Gym Jones in Salt Lake City.

"He became the character. He became Superman," Mark said. "The biggest change wasn't physical. He changed his attitude."

When Henry filmed his shirtless scenes, he was so ripped, he didn't even need ab-enhancing countouring. "He looked huge. He walked huge," Mark said. -- New York Daily News,I just saw "Moonrise Kingdom," and I thought the actress who played Suzy was great. Who is she, and what is she doing next? -- I.F.

Kara Hayward, 14, made her feature debut in that film playing the rebellious teen Suzy. Clearly, producers were impressed: She just completed the independent film "Sisterhood of Night" and is filming the drama "Quitters," playing a teenager dealing with her parents' divorce.

What is that cute actor Paul Rudd doing next? -- N.J.

He stars in the comedy "Prince Avalanche," due out in August; co- stars with Will Ferrell and Steve Carell in the sequel "Anchorman: The Legend Continues," due out in December; with Michael Shannon in the comedy "They Came Together," due out next year; and is set to shoot "Freezing People is Easy," with Owen Wilson and Christopher Walken.

What is actress Julia Roberts doing next? I haven't seen her in anything in a while. -- K.D.

She co-stars with Meryl Streep and Ewan McGregor in the drama "August: Osage County," due out in December, and is shooting "The Normal Heart," based on the Tony Award-winning play about a gay activist bringing attention to the AIDS crisis in the early 1980s. It's set to air on HBO next year.

-- Robin Adams Sloan, King Features Syndicate,'Grail' producer wins 'Spamalot' $

The producer of "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" won a lawsuit against six of the 1975 film's stars over a profit-sharing agreement from the hit musical "Spamalot."

Mark Forstater is entitled to a larger share of the royalties from the musical based on the film, Judge Alastair Norris ruled July 5 in London.

"I have been waiting eight years for this," Mark said outside court. "I have always been adamant I was correct. I have been proved right. Justice has prevailed."

"Spamalot" grossed $168 million before it closed at New York's Shubert Theatre in January 2009, according to the Broadway League, a trade association of landlords and producers. The six actors each earn between $500,000 and $800,000 in royalties a year, according to a 2009 interview with Roger Saunders, the London manager of their company, Python (Monty) Pictures Ltd.

Paul Lambeth, a lawyer for Python (Monty) Pictures, said his clients were considering an appeal. The judge ruled that the company didn't breach its contract with Mark.

In the film, King Arthur gathers his knights for a quest to find the Holy Grail. Along the way, they encounter villagers looking for witches to burn, French soldiers who toss cows and insults at them over battlements, and a huge knight who demands a shrubbery to let them pass.

Between 1975 and 2005, Mark received one-seventh of half the merchandising and spinoff income from "Grail," his lawyers said in court documents. Lawyers for the actors argued at a hearing in November that he should get a smaller proportion.

A hearing in October will determine damages, Mark said. -- Bloomberg News,50 Cent denies ex's claims

Rapper 50 Cent denies allegations he attacked his ex-girlfriend and trashed her condo.

The "In da Club" singer's lawyer says there's no warrant outstanding on the domestic violence and vandalism charges against 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis Jackson.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in jail and $46,000 in fines.

The woman told police that during a June 23 argument, the rapper began destroying property at her Toluca Lake condo before she locked herself into a bedroom. She says he kicked open the bedroom door and kicked her, causing injury.

Police estimated about $7,100 in damage to the home.

The woman told police she had been in a three-year relationship and has a baby with 50 Cent.

His arraignment is July 22. -- AP

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