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Dec. 24, 2010 at 4:00 AM

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MICHELLE WILLIAMS: U.S. actress Michelle Williams says she found comfort in Joan Didion's book "The Year of Magical Thinking" after the death of her former beau, Heath Ledger.

Ledger, star of "Brokeback Mountain" and "The Dark Knight," died of an accidental drug overdose in 2007.

He and Williams were no longer dating at the time of his death; however, they have a young daughter and continued raising her together despite the split. Since his death, Williams has said little in public about losing him.

"In a strange way, I miss that year, because all those possibilities that existed then are gone," UsMagazine.com quoted Williams as saying about the year after Ledger's death in an interview for TV's "Nightline."

"It didn't seem unlikely to me that he could walk through a door or could appear behind a bush," Williams explained. "It was a year of very magical thinking, and in some ways I'm sad to be moving further and further away from it. ... I've found meanings around the circumstance, but the actual event itself still doesn't... I can't find a meaning for it. I can find meanings in things and people and relationships that have sprung up, and friendships that have strengthened. I can find a lot of meaning in that, but not in why. I know I got kind of obsessed with that for awhile, the before and after. A lot of things died... There's a line from a book that gave me so much comfort and it said, 'When you've truly lost everything, then at least you can become rich in loss.'"


RYAN REYNOLDS: Film star Ryan Reynolds filed for divorce from actress Scarlett Johansson Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, People.com reported.

The couple married in 2008 and announced their separation this month.

People.com quoted a source it did not name as saying the relationship buckled under the strain of Reynolds' and Johansson's individual successful careers.

Reynolds, 34, has starred in the blockbusters "The Proposal" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Currently People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive title holder, he will soon be seen playing the superhero the Green Lantern on the big screen.

Johansson is best known for her work in the films "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "Lost in Translation." She won a Tony Award this year for her work in the Broadway revival of "A View from the Bridge."


STEVEN SPIELBERG: Steven Spielberg's spokesman says the Hollywood director will not be advising U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a planned political campaign.

The Hollywood Reporter said publicist Marvin Levy's remarks contradict a story in Wednesday's Washington Post, claiming Spielberg is teaming up with Pelosi for a political project.

"Today's story regarding Nancy Pelosi made a reference to Steven Spielberg that requires a response. I can say as a long-time spokesman for Steven that he has made it his career to direct actors, not political figures," Levy said in a statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter.


STEPHEN BALDWIN: Stephen Baldwin has filed a lawsuit in Louisiana accusing his fellow actor Kevin Costner of taking advantage of him in a business deal, court records show.

Baldwin, who appeared in "The Usual Suspects," is suing Costner, star and director of "Dances with Wolves," for unspecified damages, TMZ said Thursday.

Baldwin said he was a 10 percent partner in a Costner-backed company that makes machines that separate oil from water. In court papers, he said Costner and his partners "schemed" to get him to sell his shares back to the company so they could gain a larger part of the profits in the wake of the BP oil disaster, the entertainment news Web site said.

Costner's representatives did not respond to a request for comment, TMZ said.

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