News Roundup: June 14


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Six months after his breakup with Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake is finally talking about it. Timberlake told People magazine that he still can’t say the words “break up” because it hurts too badly. “You get to a point where you’re crying yourself to sleep at night,” he said. “I feel like I’m in the middle of a soap opera. I honestly know what it’s like to have a broken heart now.” Timberlake appears in People‘s June 24 issue, featuring “America’s Top 50 Bachelors.”


“I want that,” is what Michael Jackson told his entourage about Queen Elizabeth’s golden throne while touring Britain’s Houses of Parliament on Friday, Reuters reports. Jackson–with friends magician David Blaine and psychic spoon bender Uri Geller–visited Westminster, where his unannounced visit took tourists by surprise. The bizarre trio is now headed to the city of Exeter for a children’s charity event organized by the local soccer club, which is headed by Geller.

Former Party of Five star Jennifer Love Hewitt is releasing her debut album, BareNaked, on Sept. 24, Reuters reports. The self-titled single from the album, which was co-written by Hewitt and Meredith Brooks, will hit the airwaves July 1.


Director Joel Schumacher is developing a remake of the 1937 film A Star Is Born for Warner Bros. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Schumacher may also direct the pic, which is being produced by Jon Peters, with Will Smith in talks to take on the starring role.

British actor Jason Statham, who played Turkish in 2000’s action comedy Snatch, has joined the cast of The Italian Job by director F. Gary Gray. According to Variety, the film focuses on a heist crew out to steal gold bullion by creating the largest traffic jam in the history of Los Angeles. The film also stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron and Edward Norton.


Pamela Anderson may soon be sending out her résumé. Columbia TriStar Domestic Television is pulling the plug on Anderson’s syndicated action/adventure series, V.I.P., Reuters reports. In a statement Thursday, Columbia Tristar blamed the show’s cancellation on financial troubles.

William Shatner will host a new series of late-night movies on the Sci-Fi Channel called William Shatner’s Full Moon Fright Night starting July 20, The Associated Press reports. As well as introducing movies, Shatner will re-enact gruesome scenes from that night’s film.


Michael Jackson, Barry Manilow, Sting, Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson and Randy Newman were honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday night, the AP reports. Liza Minnelli and her husband, David Gest, accepted the award on behalf of Jackson, who is currently in Great Britain. The ceremony will air on the Bravo network Oct. 7.