Jada Pinkett-Smith says Katie Holmes’ Broadway debut will be ‘fabulous’

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There’s less than a week left until Katie Holmes debuts on Broadway in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, and her good friend Jada Pinkett Smith has high hopes for her performance, according to Us Weekly.

“I know she is going to be fabulous,” Jada told the mag.

Jada is so confident about her Katie’s acting chops that she said to US, “I am going to be there on opening night.”

Katie won’t be the only star lighting up the stage in the play – she’ll join hunky Patrick Wilson and veterans Dianne Wiest and John Lithgow in the production. Previews begin on September 18, 2008 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater in New York, and the play will open on October 16 and run through January 11, 2009.

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Brooke Shields returns to the ‘Lipstick Jungle’

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“Lipstick Jungle” is returning for its second season with provocative subject matter, but one thing it won’t be doing, according to series star Brooke Shields, is man bashing.

In the NBC series, Brooke plays Wendy, a high-ranking motion studio executive, whose husband Shane (Paul Blackthorne) — until recently — has been the one to stay home and care for their children.

“I think the most important thing about the way our male characters are portrayed is we don’t portray them as weak,” she says. “We don’t diminish them in any way. We celebrate how much we need them. And the need is different for each of us. We don’t paint these men as pathetic or stereotypical.”

At the end of last season, Shane’s career as a composer took off — with a little help from his wife — and, now for Wendy, it is turning into a case of be careful what you wish for. She wanted Shane to be successful, but now the issue of who takes care of its kids enters into the equation. It is a situation that Brooke, who is married to producer/writer Chris Henchy has to deal with in real life.

“I think that there is a similarity in the way we feel about motherhood,” she explains. “Our children are in very different stages, so what I have to deal with daily in my life vs. what Wendy has to deal with daily in her life [is very different]. Wendy is a very passionate person and mothering and her family are very important to her, but not at the risk of losing herself and losing what she is fueled by outside of her family. I can identify with that because my career is such a part of who I am.”

Interfering with Wendy’s plans to juggle motherhood and career this season with be none other than TV’s ultimate career girl — Mary Tyler Moore — who is famous for starring in a series about one of the first happily single career women on television — and who will be playing Wendy’s mother.

So what is it like to work with an icon?

“I defer [to her] a lot of out of respect and her history,” Brooke says. “I try to watch and appreciate. Then I get flashes of ‘Ordinary People’ or some of the favorite moments of her shows and I think, ‘There is a whole history here.’ I want to respect, but not fawn too much to make her uncomfortable. There is that fine line you don’t want to cross.”

Mary begins her recurring role when “Lipstick Jungle” premieres its second season on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. on NBC.

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More 90210 for Shannen Doherty?

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Shannen Doherty has wrapped shooting the four episodes of “90210″ that she signed up for — but it’s possible she might extend her stay in the world’s most famous zip code yet.

“If the CW comes back with an offer for additional episodes, she’s happy to consider it,” Doherty’s spokesman told the Associated Press.

“90210″ reps issued a statement Friday saying they’d “love for her to do more” episodes reprising her famous character Brenda Walsh, and there’s “definitely” a chance that she might.

It was previously reported that fellow “Beverly Hills, 90210″ original Jennie Garth signed up for an additional six episodes after finishing her first five.

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Matt Damon is in Haiti to help hurricane victims

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Matt Damon was not afraid to get his hands dirty and even got stuck in the mud during a trip to the Caribbean nation of Haiti, where he helped distribute food in a town devastated by Hurricane Ike, the Associated Press reports.

Damon arrived this weekend with Haitian-born singer Wyclef Jean to hand out rice, beans and cooking oil in Cabaret, a town where 60 people died in flash floods when Ike hit the area last week.

Things got rough for the stars when their truck carrying 300 bags of food ran into a ditch, forcing the rest of the caravan to stop. But they kept their cool as they continued their mission in the disaster region, the AP said.

The celebrities later walked to a nearby church where about 600 people were sheltered, kneeling down to talk to an emaciated, elderly man lying on the muddy floor before serving food.

Damon and Jean encouraged more people to help the United Nations raise more than $100 million for an estimated 800,000 Haitians in need of aid after four devastating tropical storms and hurricanes since mid-August.

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Britney Spears donates a portrait of herself to be auctioned off for charity

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Showing her generosity yet again, Britney Spears is donating an autographed painting of her to charity. The portrait, 5-by-4-foot, features the singer exposing her belly in black-colored pants and covering her naked breasts with both of her hands.

The portrait is put on eBay with a starting bid of $10,000. It is accompanied with a letter of authenticity from her father, Jamie Spears, which read “I hereby verify that the portrait of my daughter, Britney, has been in our home since it was completed by the Daniel Maltman Studio.”

Britney’s autographed painting is given away to the L.A.-based Promises Foundation, which provides behavioral health services to low-income women and their children, on behalf of the singer and her family. The organization’s director, Lisa Rogg, has said “The Spears family gave us this painting out of their generosity. It was their idea for the auction.”

Aside from that, Britney has been attempting to make a comeback to music industry. It has been reported that her record label, Jive Records, are planning to rush the release of her next album to take advantage of her current popularity after her successful appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, September 7, 2008. Winning a total of three awards during the awards show, that was her first ever VMAs wins despite 16 previous nominations.

Rumor has it, a single has been planned to be released in November with the full album is set for release in December, accompanied by live shows.

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