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July 12, 2011 at 4:09 AM

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ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER: Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose marriage recently ended over an extramarital affair, has signed on for a role in a western, EW.com said.

The 63-year-old former Republican California governor is to play a small-town border sheriff battling a Mexican drug cartel in "The Last Stand," which is to begin shooting in September, the entertainment news Web site said.

The film, which is set for a 2012 release, will mark the English-language debut of Korean director Jee-woon Kim, EW.com reported.

The Austria-born Schwarzenegger is a former body builder best known for his work in the string of "Terminator" movies, as well as in "Total Recall," "True Lies" and "Twins."

His wife Maria Shriver recently filed for divorce from him after she discovered he fathered a child during their marriage more than a decade ago with a domestic servant. He and Shriver have four children together.


COREY 'BIGHOSS' HARRISON: Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison, a cast member of the Las Vegas-set reality show "Pawn Stars," says he has lost about 115 pounds during the past year.

The History (formerly known as The History Channel) series follows three generations of a family that owns a pawn shop and deals in rare and fascinating items.

"I was watching this lawyer's commercial and it was talking about the side effects of this drug and I was on that medication because of my weight," Harrison told People.com. "I went and got a Lap-Band put in and the weight just started falling off. It was like someone took a backpack full of rocks off of you."

Thanks to the Lap-Band, a protein-heavy diet and workouts with a trainer five days a week, Harrison told People.com he is now off of the medication and weighs in at about 250 pounds.


KATE HUDSON: Kate Hudson's publicist has confirmed the film actress gave birth in Los Angeles to her second son.

The child, who was born Saturday, is the first for Hudson and her fiance, Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy. The couple announced their engagement in April after about a year of dating.

Hudson's representative told People.com the "Almost Famous," "Le Divorce" and "Nine" star gave birth to a "healthy baby boy" during the weekend.

No other details regarding the child's name or measurements were immediately available.

People.com said Hudson and Bellamy wanted the baby's gender to be a surprise until he was born.

The actress, who is the daughter of actress Goldie Hawn and the stepdaughter of actor Kurt Russell, has said in the past she suspected her second child would be a girl.

Hudson also has a 7 1/2-year-old son, Ryder Russell, with her ex-husband, Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson.


DEMI LOVATO: Teen pop star Demi Lovato is to premiere the video for her song "Skyscraper" this week on E! News, her label Hollywood Records said Monday.

The clip is to be shown for the first time Wednesday on E! News and E! Online. Accompanying it will be an exclusive interview Lovato gave to E! host Ryan Seacrest.

The video will get its VEVO premiere Thursday.

"Produced by Toby Gad, the emotionally resonant 'Skyscraper' illustrates Lovato's personal journey of overcoming challenges by staying strong and believing in herself," Hollywood Records said in press materials announcing the premiere. "The long-awaited release follows an important year for Demi Lovato. After confronting personal issues head on, Lovato made the proactive decision to seek treatment and regain focus on her music career. Additionally, Lovato is currently partnering with the JED Foundation and Seventeen magazine on the 'Love is Louder Than the Pressure to Be Perfect' campaign, addressing the various pressures many young people face."

Lovato, 18, announced last year she was taking some time off from her busy acting and music careers to seek treatment for unspecified emotional and physical issues. She later confirmed she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was battling eating disorders.

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