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James Cameron Sued For Allegedly Ripping Off “Avatar”

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Taking on all the Na’avi’s is such a smart idea! Kelly Van is the author of a book called, “Sheila the Warrior: The Damned”, which was published online. And she’s claiming that James Cameron stole the idea for Avatar from it.

She’s spouting that 20th Century Fox was in on it too, and in court papers, claims that everything was copied. From the plot to the characters, especially their, “physique, demeanor, attire, emotions and powers/rituals.” Van’s characters are blue with yellow eyes, too.  She’s going as far as to allege that Cameron’s “settings” and “scenes” are ripped off from her story as well.

Van’s work is a science-fiction piece where her characters travel to Tibet where baddie “bloodsuckers” are attempting to overthrow the peace. In her Tibet, “the concept of killing” is alien. Using Tibet as a space is hardly original, though, now is it? It’s a Buddhist land, and the “concept of killing” amongst the people, is alien according to the religion’s scriptures. Violence came in when China decided to overthrow the country causing His Holiness The Dalai Lama to flee to India. Her plot sounds like a metaphor to us!

Cameron claims he’s never even heard her story, and isn’t particularly worried about the suit. Chris Petrikin, a spokesman for Fox stated, “It’s absolutely baseless. Jim Cameron’s treatment for Avatar was written before Ms Van alleges she even started to write her book.

One of the major disputes is this: a studio source says that a completed script for the film was given in 1998. Van’s lawyer, Kevin Mirch, disagrees, saying, “We did a lot of research, and the copyright says ‘Avatar’ was copyrighted on April 1 of 2007. The date of [Van's] creation was in 2000, and it was published on the Internet in 2003.”

Outlining more of the beef he added, “Avatar was done much later. It’s just contrary to what they said to us – which they did in a very rude manner. [Cameron's] lawyer wrote us a letter saying they would go after our law firm and our client if it wasn’t dismissed immediately. To have letters that say they’re going to sue us and they’re going to bankrupt us is bad business.” We’ll be watching how this particular script unfurls! ‘Cause the Na’avi won’t take it lying down.

[Photo: Splash News Online]

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Terrence Howard Secretly Married Since January

Crazy news: Terrence Howard has been secretly married for the last five months. The Iron Man actor (replaced by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2) introduced wife Michelle Ghent at a cocktail party in Cannes for Winnie, his upcoming Mandela biopic with Jennifer Hudson. “To come here and be with my wife, it’s the best feeling in the world,” Howard told Anderson Cooper. “Terrence is so in love with her and she’s a great, down-to-earth girl who really understands and loves him for him,” a source told Us.

What surprises us even more than the secret marriage is that someone lived up Terrence’s notorious standards for female partners. After all, Howard is anti-premarital sex (“Afterward, I would feel unclean…so I would have to let them go because they didn’t help me to be a stronger person”), pro baby-wipes (“If they’re using dry paper, they aren’t washing all of themselves…I go in a woman’s house and see the toilet paper there, I’ll explain this. And if she doesn’t make the adjustment to baby wipes, I’ll know she’s not completely clean”) and fond of dating multiple women at once (“The greatest number of women I’ve dated was 12. I’ve had four women come to my hotel and we all painted pictures together. I was just trying to see which ones I liked the most”). Still, it looks like one lucky lady has passed the audition. See photos of Howard and his lady in Cannes below.

[Photo: .com]

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Megan Fox Dropped From Transformers 3, Everyone Happy

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While it’s not totally clear whether she jumped or was pushed, everyone seems glad that Megan Fox will not be starring in Transformers 3. Initially, blogger Nikki Finke announced that Paramount decided to give Shia LaBeouf a new love interest in the next sequel, presumably one who wouldn’t compare director Michael Bay to Hitler after the shoot (“[it] makes more sense for the story,” said her source). A rep for Miss Fox responded “It was her decision not to return. She wishes the franchise the best,” but Finke has already called the rebuttal a “pantload”—which is still a smaller pile than the last Transformers movie.

While LaBeouf has yet to comment on Fox’s departure, he’s already made clear he wants big changes for the franchise. “There were some really wild stunts in it, but the heart was gone,” he said of Revenge Of The Fallen, admitting he “wasn’t impressed.” It shouldn’t be too long before we hear who will be helping Shia bring back the “heart”—Transformers 3 has already begun filming in LA.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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Elizabeth Banks Gets Chewy At Cannes

Proof we love Elizabeth Banks: we almost think this outfit is a good idea. The Zack & Miri star showed up at the premiere of Lee Chang-Dong’s Poetry earlier today, wearing a pink and black dress that resembles nothing so much as a bubblegum stuck to an inky theater seat. And is it wise to tack a massive, layered train to a mini-skirt? That said, we don’t know why Alec Baldwin hasn’t committed to her already on 30 Rock (all due respect to Julianne Moore and her horrible accent) and we’d be proud to stand next to Strawberry Froyo Lass here. Are you liking the look? Let us know in our TheFABLife poll.

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Five Things Ellen Taught Us About Rob

Robert Pattinson (photos) appeared on Ellen today to discuss Eclipse, his adorable shyness, and as we mentioned earlier, his mostly-favored new haircut. While RPattz was as bumbling and giggly as ever, Ellen was able to pry five fun facts from the hysteria-inducing hunk:

5. He thinks he’s more beautiful than Julia Roberts. When Ellen asked RP how he felt about being named one of People‘s most beautiful people, he said he didn’t realized ranking was involved, and jokingly said that Julia Roberts “came out of nowhere” and he had been working on the title all year.

4. He “doesn’t think well in real-time.” When asked why he’s more at ease with a script in hand and the cameras rolling than in interviews, Pattinson said he hasn’t perfected the art of thinking before he speaks.

3. He shaved his head due to a bad case of “nits” AKA head lice. Truthfully he lopped off his lovely locks for his role opposite Reese Witherspoon in Water For Elephants, but he jumped at the chance to start a rumor that didn’t involve knocking up Kristen Stewart.

2. He practiced ballet until he was 10 years old, then “realized he was a guy.” Ellen then joked that Rob missed his opportunity to hookup with female dancers, but given he and KStew‘s eye-f*cking extravaganza on Oprah, we think Robsten (photos) is doing just fine.

1. He cannot be identified by his pecs. Producing a studio full of girl boners, Ellen invited one lucky audience member to participate in “Pattin’ Pattinson” where while blindfolded, she had to pick Rob out of a line-up just by feelin’ him up. She failed at the game, but won the award of luckiest b*tch on the planet, second only to Kristen.

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Michelle Williams At Cannes: Pretty In Pink?

While Michelle Williams didn’t join in Ryan Gosling‘s snow tubing adventure at Sundance to promote Blue Valentine earlier this year, she happily hit the film’s red carpet with her co-star at the Cannes Film Festival yesterday. While we’re big fans of the Dawson’s Creek graduate (not to mention her new pixie cut), we’re not so sure about the proud pink gown she wore to the big reveal. Between the shapeless body and low hanging straps, she looks like a little girl running around in her mom’s nightie. Are we being too harsh? Check out the gallery and let us know what you think in our TheFABLife poll.

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HairStyle Wars: RPattz Shaves His Mop

Robert Pattinson (photos) made his mark in the hearts (and loins) of women everywhere as Edward Cullen, and has since sustained our drooling with his compulsive habit of fussing with his luscious locks on every red carpet from here to Paris to Tokyo. Well, Team Edward, brace yourselves. Our man has gone and done the unthinkable! A freshly-buzzed RPattz debuted his Water For Elephants ‘do at the taping of Ellen yesterday (airs today at 4PM EST). What’s the verdict? Too short or still sexy?

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Ryan Gosling And His Five-Year-Old Co-Star Just Made Our Ovaries Cry

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Ryan Gosling, we are helpless and unable to function after all this cute overload you’re responsible for. It was bad enough when you were dating Rachel McAdams and you took your Notebook love off the screen and into our hearts making us think you were The World’s Most Perfect Couple™ , but now that we’re all a little older and wiser and that much closer to our child-bearing years, you are truly killing us. Only a very smooth operator could appeal to our maternal instincts this way, posing with your tiny Blue Valentine co-star Faith Wladyka so lovingly on the red carpet. Not to mention how cute you are with co-star Michelle Williams, too. You’re good, Gosling. You’re very good.

[Photos: Getty Images]

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FABLife’s DVD Pick Of The Week

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A black man becomes president in a country which has suffered under white rule. He’s expected to make sweeping changes to right the imbalance caused by years of racial intolerance. Instead, he urges forgiveness and keeps some of the detested hallmarks of the old regime. How can the president instill hope in a broken people? The answer in director Clint Eastwood‘s award-winning drama is to promote the sporting achievements of South Africa’s rugby team. Mostly white and unloved by the black community, they face a crucial test in the 1995 World Cup. The president, of course, is Nelson Mandela. Morgan Freeman invests him with the necessary dignity and captures the political edge un-dulled by 27 years in prison. After years of voiceovers and second banana roles, it’s great to see him take center stage. Blonde Matt Damon is the captain of the Springboks rugby team, who needs some convincing about Mandela’s reforms. Invictus may lack the stirring musical montages of Rocky IV, but this smart sporting movie is very satisfying entertainment.

Extras: The Blu-Ray/SD combo offers two “making of” featurettes and a music trailer.

- By C. Bottomley

Check out our exclusive video from the DVD of Eastwood and the cast discussing Freeman’s portrayal of Mandela.

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Alanis Morissette Gives Her Thanks To Prince Of Persia

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Thank U, Gyllenhaal. Thank U, synergy. Thank U, corporate resurgence! Alanis Morissette was on hand for the Prince Of Persia premiere in LA last night, having recorded “I Remain,” the track that plays over the film’s closing credits. “I saw a screening of the movie and immediately felt compelled to write a song within 10 minutes,” she told USA Today. “It wrote itself.” Funny, we just assumed the producers remembered her bombastic City Of Angels track “Uninvited” when they needed something vaguely middle eastern for the credits, but her version seems a lot more flattering. Maybe she can make a whole album based on summer blockbuster video game adaptations! Look forward to her “A World Of Crafted War” in 2011.

An event honoring producer Jerry Bruckheimer coincided with the Persia premiere, giving pec-powered Persia star Jake Gyllenhaal the chance to mingle with action heroes like Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage and Bruce Willis. See photos of these stars and more in the gallery below (is it just us or does Billy Bob Thornton look like the dad from Gossip Girl these days?).

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