Celebrity News 02-24-11

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By Associated Press

Artist sues Kevin Costner to force sculpture sale


DEADWOOD, S.D. — An artist who created a bronze sculpture for Kevin Costner is suing the actor to force him to sell the work of art.
Peggy Detmers says she spent more than six years creating the sculpture of 14 bison and three American Indian hunters for a resort Costner had planned to open in South Dakota’s Black Hills.
The Rapid City Journal says Detmers values the sculpture at $2.2 million.
Costner says he still wants to build the resort he planned 20 years ago. Meanwhile, he spent $6 million to build a visitors’ center and create a display site for the sculpture. Detmers says she wasn’t properly consulted in that project.
Costner filmed much of his Academy Award-winning movie “Dances with Wolves” in South Dakota and later bought a casino there.

Judge in LA eases
restraining order 

 LOS ANGELES— Chris Brown doesn’t have to stay away from Rihanna anymore after a judge on Tuesday downgraded a restraining order in the singer’s felony assault case.
Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg’s ruling came after an attorney for Rihanna said she didn’t object to removing the stay-away provisions of an order issued after Brown pleaded guilty to beating her in February 2009. The old order required Brown to stay 50 yards away from Rihanna, but the restriction was reduced to 10 yards if they were at a music-industry event.
The judge said she never would have considered relaxing the order without Rihanna’s consent and until Brown completed domestic violence counseling. Prosecutors did not object to the change.
The new order remains in effect until August 2014 when Brown’s probation is scheduled to end.
He and Rihanna, 23, can now see and speak to each other. But if Brown harasses, threatens, assaults, or tracks his ex-girlfriend’s movements, he could be found to be in violation of his probation.

Alyssa Milano expecting her first child

LOS ANGELES — Alyssa Milano is becoming a mom.
A spokeswoman for Milano says the 38-year-old actress is expecting her first child with husband David Bugliari.
Milano confirmed the news on Twitter Tuesday, writing that she “couldn’t be happier.”
She and Bugliari, who is an agent with Creative Artists Agency, were married in August 2009.

‘Fan cut’ to be released

NEW YORK — A “fan cut” of the documentary “Justin Bieber: Never Say Never” will be released Friday.
Paramount announced Monday that director Jon M. Chu has re-edited the Bieber concert film based on fan suggestions. The studio says the new 115-minute cut includes 40 minutes of new footage.
Chu followed Bieber for 10 days on a recent concert tour. He said he had an “embarrassment of riches” in leftover footage and sought out suggestions from Bieber fans on Twitter and Facebook.
“Never Say Never” has earned $51.4 million at the domestic box office since being release Feb. 11. The new edit allows Paramount to further capitalize on the fanatical fan base of the 16-year-old pop star.

The Associated Press