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Man sues for libel over 'Brüno'

Ayman Abu Aita, a Palestinian shopkeeper portrayed as a terrorist in the movie "Brüno," has filed a lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen, David Letterman and others. Abu Aita alleges libel and slander and seeks $110 million in damages in the lawsuit filed last week in District of Columbia federal court. Among those sued are the film's director and film distributor NBC Universal. CBS and Letterman's company Worldwide Pants are named for an interview in which Letterman and Cohen discuss Abu Aita.

Cage sued by ex-girlfriend

Christina Fulton, an ex-girlfriend of Nicolas Cage and mother of his adult son, Weston, has sued the actor and his ex-business manager, claiming she is owed more than $13 million and a house that was promised to her. She claims Cage said he'd give her a home, but she has now been ordered to leave the property. She seeks the title and rights to the house, as well as money to pay debts she says were caused by the actor's former business manager Samuel J. Levin. Cage's attorney, Marty Singer, says the claims are absurd and Cage has given her $3 million per year in recent years.

Director defends 'New Moon' fan

Samantha Tumpach was taping her sister's birthday party at a movie theater. When she was caught with about three minutes of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" on her camera, she found herself looking at prison time. Now, the film's director, Chris Weitz, is coming to her defense. Weitz told the Chicago Sun-Times he was dismayed to hear about Tumpach's arrest in a Rosemont, Ill., movie theater. In an e-mail, Weitz said there's a difference between protecting a copyright and prosecuting someone who "clearly seems not to have any intentions towards video piracy."

Brady, Bundchen welcome boy

Supermodel Gisele Bundchen and her New England Patriots quarterback husband Tom Brady are the proud parents of a baby boy. The baby was born Tuesday, but the birth was announced Wednesday. No name has been chosen yet. Brady has a 2-year-old son with actress Bridget Moynahan. The baby is Bundchen's first child.

Winner breaks 'Loser' record

A 40-year-old man from Broken Arrow, Okla., lost 239 pounds to win the $250,000 grand prize on NBC's "The Biggest Loser." Danny Cahill, who went from 430 pounds to 191 pounds in six months and three weeks, is the biggest loser in the show's history. He also broke the record for the most weight lost by any contestant. Nielsen Co. reports Tuesday night's season eight finale drew 13.4 million viewers, the show's biggest audience in four years. Season nine of the show will premiere Jan. 5.

Compiled from wire reports by Melissa Sullivan

 

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