'Apprentice' winner: Too soon to talk marriage
LOS ANGELES, California�(Reuters) -- "Apprentice" winner Sean Yazbeck and show contestant Tammy Trenta are an item, but have no plans to exchange rings.
"We're not getting married," Yazbeck said in a phone interview Thursday. "At this stage, it's way too soon to be talking about that."
Yazbeck said he and Trenta started dating after the filming of the show's fifth season.
During Monday's "Apprentice" finale in Los Angeles, host and real estate mogul Donald Trump commented on Yazbeck's affections for Trenta, and asked whether he was going to marry her.
Yazbeck answered yes, "but I thought I was answering whether I loved her," he said Thursday. After that, rumors of the couple's engagement started circulating.
In an interview with Inside Edition, Trenta also said they aren't engaged.
Ex-manager sues 'Housewives' star
LOS ANGELES (AP)-- The former manager of "Desperate Housewives" co-star Nicollette Sheridan sued the actress Thursday, accusing her of breaking an agreement to pay a percentage of her income.
Rob Lee claimed Sheridan hired him when her career "consisted primarily of occasional appearances on television." The suit also said Lee persuaded Sheridan to audition for Desperate Housewives, and stopped her from abandoning a second audition. Thanks to the show's success, "Sheridan's entertainment career was reborn," according to the suit filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Sheridan initially paid Lee 10 percent of her gross income, but stopped paying after she fired him in November 2004, according to the complaint.
The suit seeks more than $500,000 in damages.
Neither Lee's attorney nor Sheridan could be reached for comment after business hours Thursday.
Jackman taking over for Crowe
LOS ANGELES, California (Hollywood Reporter) -- Just weeks after Russell Crowe dropped out of writer-director Baz Luhrmann's untitled period epic, "X-Men" star Hugh Jackman has signed on to replace the mercurial actor.
Jackman will star opposite Nicole Kidman in the 20th Century Fox romantic action-adventure set in northern Australia before World War II. Shooting starts in February.
The film centers on an English aristocrat (Kidman) who inherits a ranch the size of Maryland. When English cattle barons plot to take her land, she reluctantly joins forces with a rough-hewn cattle driver (Jackman) to drive 2,000 head of cattle across the country's most unforgiving landscape, only to face the bombing of Darwin, Australia, by Japanese forces.
After news leaked that Crowe was dropping out because of differences with the studio, the project appeared to be in jeopardy. Several names, including Heath Ledger, surfaced as a replacement. Luhrmann said Ledger is still a possibility, but for the film's third lead.
Jackman enjoys a solid relationship with Fox, coming off the box office success of "X-Men: The Last Stand," in which he reprised his role as Wolverine. Jackman also is attached to star in the studio's thriller "The Tourist."
"He just continues to astound in terms of his range, whether it's (his Tony-winning turn in) 'Boy From Oz' or 'Wolverine," Luhrmann said in an interview. "He's always been a leading man, but he is moving toward being an iconic leading man, which is perfect for the story we're doing."
Luhrmann also said he expects to work again with his friend Crowe. "I know that Russell and I want to work together. The question is on what," he said. "Working with Russell in the future is something that I definitely look forward to doing."
Jackman's upcoming films include Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain," Woody Allen's "Scoop" and Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige." Luhrmann's credits include "Moulin Rouge" and "William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet."
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