News, Mar. 17: Thornton Denies Cheating on Jolie, Affleck Wants His Razzies, Bo Derek Lobbies for Horses, More…

Top Story: Billy Bob Denies Cheating on Angelina

Billy Bob Thornton insists he did not cheat on his ex-wife Angelina Jolie while they were married. In an interview with GQ magazine, The Associated Press reports the actor said the infidelity “was [a] rumor but that was never it.” Thornton went on to explain what really contributed to the marital breakup was that he and Jolie just had different ideas about how they wanted to live their lives; for example, he said, Jolie likes to go all over the world while he just wanted to stay home. In a July 2003 interview with Barbara Walters on 20/20, Jolie said she didn’t feel like she knew Thornton anymore and thought that she would never get married again, AP reports.

Give Affleck His Razzies

Ben Affleck jokingly complained to AP Radio that he never got all the Razzies he won for Pearl Harbor and hoped his Gigli Razzie Awards, given for being the worst movie of 2003, were in the mail. He said he should, at the very least, get “a golden sack of grapes or something” and commented that the people who give out the awards have “diminished their integrity,” by neglecting to send him his just rewards. But seriously, folks, Affleck said what happened to him and former fiancée Jennifer Lopez was his fears coming true all at once. “A fear starts to seep in, like what if something bad happens? What if everybody hates my movie? What if I have some public embarrassment? Then it all happens in a month and it turns out all right, it’s not the end of the world,” Affleck told AP Radio.

Bo Derek Lobbies for Horses

Actress and horse lover Bo Derek traveled to Washington, D.C., Tuesday to support legislation that would ban the killing of horses for gourmet dining overseas, AP reports. While the practice of slaughtering American horses for food has declined in recent years, the legislation–written by Reps. John Sweeney, whose district includes the historic Saratoga racetrack, and Ed Whitfield, a thoroughbred owner–would stop the nearly 50,000 horses countries killed every year for foreign consumption in countries such as France and Japan, where the meat is considered gourmet fare. “As a horse owner, I was shocked,” Derek told AP. “We don’t use horses any longer for pet food so why are we sending them over to other countries?”

Teenager Convicted in TV Actor’s Shooting Death

Monique King, the 17-year-old girl whose false rape claim led to the 2002 shooting death of actor Merlin Santana, was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder, AP reports. On the night of the shooting, King apparently told the two men who were convicted of killing Santana that the actor had made unwanted advances towards her, spurring the men into shooting Santana–best known for his recurring role on The Steve Harvey Show–as he sat in the passenger seat of a car. The girl later admitted the rape claim was a lie, AP reports.

Danny Aiello Wants To Sing

Actor Danny Aiello, best known for his films Do the Right Thing, Broadway Danny Rose and Moonstruck, has decided at the age of 70 to record an album, AP reports. “I’ve always loved to sing,” Aiello said. “I’ve been singing since I was a kid.” I Just Wanted to Hear the Words should be released in April, he told AP. The CD includes his renditions of standards such as “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” and “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter.”

Blink-182 Cancels Shows After Drummer Injured

The group Blink-182 has canceled concerts in Australia, Japan and Hawaii after drummer Travis Barker fell down while getting off a bus in Melbourne Thursday and broke his foot, reports. “It was just a freak accident,” Barker said in a statement. “But it’ll heal and we’ll be back.” Blink-182 will remain off the road until two shows scheduled in Mexico on April 22-23 and will go ahead with their planned 16-date tour with Cypress Hill and Taking Back Sunday, starting April 29 in Boise, Idaho. The group, which is touring in support of their untitled sixth album, will also co-headline a summer tour with No Doubt beginning June 1 outside Indianapolis.

The Apprentice Is NBC’s “Trump” Card

Money, money, money, money! Donald Trump’s hit reality series The Apprentice gave NBC the edge they needed to stay competitive among viewers aged 18 to 49 this week. Despite competing against TV’s most popular program, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Apprentice drew a total of 19.2 million viewers last Thursday, landing it in the No. 6 position for the week. Here are the Top 10 shows for the week of March 8-14, according to Nielsen Media Research: (1) CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CBS (2) American Idol (Tuesday), FOX (3) Survivor: All-Stars, CBS (4) American Idol (Wednesday), FOX (5) Without a Trace, CBS (6) The Apprentice, NBC (7) Everybody Loves Raymond, CBS (8) Friends, NBC (9) Cold Case, CBS (10) Will & Grace, NBC

Role Call: Parker, Walken Join Cigarettes, Bullock Gets Love Interest, More…

Mary-Louise Parker and Christopher Walken have signed to star alongside James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon, Mandy Moore and Kate Winslet in the musical comedy Romance and Cigarettes, to be directed by John Turturro. The United Artists project follows a cheating blue-collar husband who is forced to choose between his sexy mistress and his harried wife. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Romance will be intersperse by lip-synched performances of popular songs by artists including Nick Cave, Tom Jones and Bruce Springsteen … CBS’ Without a Trace star Enrique Murciano has signed on to star as Sandra Bullock‘s love interest in Miss Congeniality 2. In the film, FBI Special Agent Gracie Hart (Bullock) heads to Las Vegas on a new case, wh