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Melissa Gilbert recovering from concussion

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- American actress Melissa Gilbert missed Tuesday's "Dancing with the Stars" results show after suffering a concussion during the previous night's episode.

Best known for her work on the 19th century-set family drama series "Little House on the Prairie," Gilbert, 47, was hospitalized after she hit her head Monday night while performing with her professional dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

"Melissa is not here. She did suffer a mild concussion," host Tom Bergeron said at the beginning of Tuesday night's show. "On her doctor's advice, she is taking a rest day and if they get through tonight she'll be able to compete going forward."

Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy survived another round of viewer voting Tuesday night and will compete again next week if the actress is up to it.

"I'm alright," Gilbert said via Twitter Monday after being taken to the hospital. "Mild concussion and whiplash. Very soon I will be safely home resting and being taken care of."


Gary Ross won't direct 'Hunger' sequel

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Gary Ross says he won't direct "Catching Fire," the sequel to "The Hunger Games," because shooting is scheduled to begin too soon.

Ross co-wrote and directed "The Hunger Games," which has been No. 1 at the U.S. box office the last three weekends, raking in nearly $500 million in receipts worldwide since its release late last month.

The Hollywood Reporter said shooting on "Catching Fire" is scheduled to begin in August for an anticipated November 2013 theatrical release.

"Despite recent speculation in the media, and after difficult but sincere consideration, I have decided not to direct 'Catching Fire,'" Ross said in a statement.

"As a writer and a director, I simply don't have the time I need to write and prep the movie I would have wanted to make because of the fixed and tight production schedule," the filmmaker said. "I loved making 'The Hunger Games' -- it was the happiest experience of my professional life.

Lionsgate was supportive of me in a manner that few directors ever experience in a franchise: they empowered me to make the film I wanted to make and backed the movie in a way that requires no explanation beyond the remarkable results. And contrary to what has been reported, negotiations with Lionsgate have not been problematic. They have also been very understanding of me through this difficult decision."

Lionsgate, the movie studio behind the big-screen adaptations of Suzanne Collins' best-selling young-adult novels, also issued a statement regarding the franchise's future.

"We're very sorry that Gary Ross has chosen not to direct 'Catching Fire.' We were really looking forward to making the movie with him. He did an incredible job on the first film and we are grateful for his work. This will not be the end of our relationship, as we consider Ross to be part of the Lionsgate family and look forward to working with him in the future," the studio's statement said.


Nemcova and Belman break up

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- Petra Nemcova's publicist has announced the Czech-born fashion model and British actor Jamie Belman have ended their yearlong engagement.

"Petra Nemcova and Jamie Belman confirm their separation," Nemcova's representative told UsMagazine.com Wednesday. "They remain close friends and thank their families for their continued support during this time. There will be no further comment on the matter."

The couple began dating in spring of 2010.

Nemcova was previously engaged to Simon Atlee, who died in the 2004 tsunami that hit South Asia where the pair were on holiday.


'Reloaded' tops U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, April 11 (UPI) -- Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.

Coming in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 is Adele's "21," followed by Rascal Flatts' "Changed" at No. 3, Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" at No. 4 and One Direction's "Up All Night" at No. 5.

Rounding out the top tier are Of Monsters and Men's "My Head is An Animal" at No. 6, "The Hunger Games" soundtrack at No. 7, Madonna's "MDNA" at No. 8, Marvin Sapp's "I Win" at No. 9 and Shinedown's "Amaryllis" at No. 10.

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