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July 20, 2009|By From Sun news services

Report: Paula Abdul's return to 'American Idol' doubtful

Paula Abdul's new manager says she may not be returning to American Idol. According to a Los Angeles Times report, David Sonenberg says he doesn't have a proposal for a new contract for Abdul. He says it doesn't appear she'll be back. Sonenberg began representing Abdul a few weeks ago. Auditions for the ninth season of the highly rated Fox talent competition begin next month. Abdul said recently that she'd been invited to remain as an American Idol judge and was optimistic about negotiating a new contract. Earlier this year, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly called Abdul "an integral part of the show." The other American Idol judges are Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson and newcomer Kara DioGuardi.

Madonna to visit victims of French stage accident

Madonna is expected to visit some of the eight workers who were injured in an accident in which two workers were killed while assembling a music stage for the singer in the French port of Marseilles. The mayor's office in Marseilles says Madonna was expected to visit two hospitals Sunday night. Madonna's concert that was scheduled for Sunday night in Marseilles was canceled after the accident Thursday at the Velodrome stadium, when the roof of the stage collapsed while it was being built and crashed down on the workers. The next stop on her tour is in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday.

Former Bond actor Lazenby wants spousal support

George Lazenby - who once played James Bond - is challenging his prenuptial agreement on grounds estranged wife and Baltimore native Pamela Shriver is so rich he's become a joke to his kids, the entertainment news service TMZ reports. Lazenby - who played Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service - is asking a judge to void his prenup, then award him $16,133 in monthly spousal support, according to divorce docs filed in L.A. County Superior Court. The 69-year-old actor claims the 47-year-old former tennis pro Shriver is "30 times a millionaire" and he doesn't want to explain to their three kids why her house is so much bigger than his.

50 Cent slashes price on Conn. mansion to $10.9M

The price of the Connecticut mansion owned by rapper 50 Cent has dropped again - to $10.9 million. The 50,000-square-foot mansion is in the Hartford suburb of Farmington. It was owned by boxer Mike Tyson. It has 19 bedrooms and 37 bathrooms. It boasts a gym, billiard rooms, racquetball courts and a disco with stripper poles. The New York City rapper bought it for $4.1 million. He said it had "a Miami Vice feel" and spent $6 million on renovations and repairs. The home was for sale for nearly two years before being pulled off the market in May. The initial $18.5 million price dropped to $14.5 million late last year. 50 Cent says he's tired of the two-hour commute to New York City and wants to downsize.

'Potter' sequel conjures up $159.7 million in 5 days

Harry Potter continues to work box-office alchemy, turning his latest movie adventure into an overnight blockbuster. The sixth installment, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, took in $79.5 million domestically over opening weekend and $159.7 million since debuting last Wednesday, according to estimates from distributor Warner Bros. on Sunday. The rest of the top 10, in order are: Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, $17.7 million; Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $13.8 million; Bruno, $8.4 million; The Hangover, $8.32 million; The Proposal, $8.3 million; Public Enemies, $7.6 million; Up, $3.1 million; My Sister's Keeper, $2.8 million; I Love You, Beth Cooper, $2.7 million.

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