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March 18, 2011 at 7:04 AM

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MICHAEL GOUGH: Malaysian-born actor Michael Gough, best known for his portrayal of butler Alfred in four Batman movies, has died, his family said. He was 94.

E! News confirmed Gough's death Thursday, but did not report the cause of it or where it occurred.

In addition to "Batman," "Batman Returns," "Batman Forever" and "Batman and Robin," Gough's film credits include "Blanche Fury," "Dracula," "The Phantom of the Opera," "The Boys From Brazil," "Out of Africa," "The Fourth Protocol," "The Serpent and the Rainbow," "The Age of Innocence," "Sleepy Hollow" and "Corpse Bride."

Details regarding funeral plans for the actor have not yet been announced, E! News said.


'AMERICAN IDOL': Karen Rodriguez, a 21-year-old New Yorker, was eliminated from Season 10 of the singing competition series "American Idol" Thursday night.

Her elimination followed a lackluster performance of Taylor Dane's "Love Will Lead You Back" on Wednesday night's episode and a better received rendition of Mariah Carey's "Hero" Thursday.

"It just felt great to have at least that one chance," The Hollywood Reporter quoted her as saying as she tearfully urged judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez to use their once-a-season save to keep her on the show. "I can do so much better, and I know you guys believe in me."

The judges ultimately opted not to use the save for her.

Eleven contestants -- six male and five female -- remain in the competition.


BILLY RAY CYRUS: U.S. singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus says he has called off plans to divorce Tish, his wife of 17 years.

The couple announced last fall they were splitting up.

People.com said the father of pop star Miley Cyrus discussed the new development in his marriage in an interview to air on Friday's edition of the talk show, "The View."

"I've dropped the divorce," Billy Ray Cyrus said. "I want to put my family back together … Things are the best they've ever been. ... I feel like I got my Miley back in a way. ... I feel like we are the daddy and daughter that we were before 'Hannah Montana' happened."

Cyrus said he blamed fame -- not the popular TV show on which he and Miley starred -- for the breakdown of his family.

"I don't think 'Hannah Montana' ruined my family," he said. "Now fame, fame is a different animal. You've got to be careful with that thing."

He said in February "Hannah Montana" destroyed his family, telling GQ he wished he and Miley had never gotten involved with the show.

Miley, 18, has been criticized for some time for her sexy image and hard-partying ways.

"I hate to say it, but yes, I do (regret it.) I'd take it back in a second," the New York Post quoted Billy Ray as saying to GQ about "Hannah Montana."


TAYLOR SWIFT: U.S. country music star Taylor Swift has joined the voice cast of the upcoming animated film, "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax," Universal Pictures said Thursday.

Co-starring Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Zac Efron, Rob Riggle and Betty White, the big-screen adaptation of the classic children's book is slated for release next March 2.

The 3D CGI adventure follows the journey of a boy as he searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. Standing between him and his prize is the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world, the filmmakers said in a synopsis.

"In 1970, during his trip to the Serengeti, (author) Ted Geisel scribbled notes on the back of a napkin. These ideas became the foundation for his favorite book, 'The Lorax,'" Illumination Entertainment founder Chris Meledandri said in a statement. "Beyond the story's indelible themes is an ensemble of unforgettable Seussian characters, and the title creature is both acerbic and adorable. Bringing his sharp humor, enormous heart and deep conscience to the project, Danny DeVito epitomizes the Lorax, and we have an absolutely stellar supporting cast led by Ed, Taylor, Zac, Rob and Betty."

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