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October 23, 2008

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William Shatner lashes out at George Takei

Los Angeles - William Shatner is setting his phaser to stun against his old "Star Trek" co-star George Takei.

In a video posted on Shatner's Web site Wednesday, he lashed out at Takei for not inviting him to his wedding last month. The 77-year-old Kirk said Takei, who played Enterprise helmsman Sulu, apparently harbors a grudge against him that kept him from being invited to Takei's nuptials.

"The whole thing makes me feel badly," Shatner said in the video. "Poor man. There is such a sickness there. It's so patently obvious that there is a psychosis there. I don't know what his original thing about me was. I have no idea."

Takei and Brad Alman tied the knot Sept. 15. "Star Trek" alums Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig - who played Uhura and Chekhov, respectively - were among the attendees at the multicultural ceremony at the Japanese American National Museum. Takei and Altman had previously stated that Shatner was invited to their wedding, but he never RSVPed.

Hough feeling 'fine' after hospitalization

Los Angeles - Julianne Hough is feeling fine after being hospitalized with stomach trouble following her "Dancing With the Stars" performance.

"With stomach problems, you never know what's going on," Hough wrote in a FanCast posting. "It could've been appendicitis. It turned out just to be a bad stomach. As my mom said, better safe than sorry."

The 20-year-old professional dancer, who's partnered with "Hannah Montana" actor Cody Linley on the popular ABC dancing competition, went to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following the live results show Tuesday.

Hough said she hadn't been feeling well all day and "curled up in a ball" backstage after the show.

"I'd never been in an emergency room before," she wrote. "I was grateful I wasn't there for anything more serious than a bad stomach ache."

Miss Teen Louisiana arrested, loses crown

Bossier City, La. - Miss Teen Louisiana lost her crown 11 days early after being arrested on charges of leaving a restaurant without paying and carrying marijuana.

RPM Productions Inc., the sponsor, took back the title on Tuesday after learning that Lindsey Evans, 18, of Blanchard, had been arrested, president Paula M. Miles said Wednesday.

Evans will have to return her sash and crown, but won't have to return any other prizes or cash equivalents, Miles said.

"She's done a good job this year," Miles said.

A call to Evans' parents' house was not answered Wednesday.

Miles said she had been told that the three women with Evans told police that Evans, alone in the group, had paid her bill. But Bossier City spokesman Mark Natale said Evans admitted not paying.

Bossier City police booked all four on theft charges, three on drug charges and two on drug paraphernalia charges, he said.

Shooter Jennings revives old recordings

Nashville, Tenn. - Back when Shooter Jennings set out to make an album with his dad, country music star Waylon Jennings, he was 16 years old and a big fan of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails.

The result was a collection of songs with psychedelic guitar parts and odd vocal effects that never saw the light of day.

Jennings set the project aside and forged ahead with his own career.

Now, almost seven years after his father's death, he's retooled the recordings and released them on a new CD, "Waylon Forever," billed as the late country star's final recordings.

"It's more mature," Jennings said recently of the new arrangements he added with his band, the .357s. "At the time, being 16, I think I didn't know how to embrace subtly as much."

His father sings on the eight tracks and plays guitar on two of them, "Jack of Diamonds" and "Lonesome On'ry and Mean."

The disc features remakes of Jennings classics such as "Waymore's Blues," a cover of Cream's "White Room" and a never-released Waylon Jennings composition called "I Found the Body."

Howard: 'Iron Man' swap was a surprise

Los Angeles - Terrence Howard says he was surprised to learn that Don Cheadle would replace him in "Iron Man 2."

"It was the surprise of a lifetime," the actor and musician told National Public Radio on Tuesday. "There was no explanation, (the contract) just up and vanished."

Howard said he read news reports that money was the issue, saying the contracts he signs apparently "aren't worth the paper that they're printed on sometimes."

Cheadle assumes the role of James Rhodes, a character that becomes Iron Man's sidekick War Machine in the comics, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his role as weapons mogul Tony Stark.

Howard, who also starred in "Hustle & Flow," is promoting his new album "Shine Through It."

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