Batman ads pulled from TV
HOLLYWOOD, July 21 (UPI) -- Television networks have pulled ads for Batman because they felt it was inappropriate to run them alongside news reports of the Colorado theater shootings.
NBC network and the NBC station group pulled all advertising for "Batman: The Dark Knight Rises" Friday morning, shortly after the shooting in Aurora that killed 12 people and injured 58, The Hollywood Reporter reported Friday.
Not long after, the network received calls from the advertising agency representing Warner Bros., also asking for the ads to be removed, a source, whose name was not reported, told THR.
Batman ads were also pulled from the air by ABC, CBS and ESPN, the Los Angeles Times reported.
TMZ reported Warner Bros. gave orders to edit all Batman trailers to remove images and references to guns out of sensitivity to Friday's shooting.
Octomom off welfare
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 21 (UPI) -- "Octomom" Nadya Suleman, a mother of 14, has earned enough money from stripping to go off welfare, TMZ reported.
Suleman went on welfare in March, saying she needed the money to feed her octuplets and six previous children, a decision that resulted in death threats.
With the money she's earned from stripping at a West Palm Beach, Fla., strip club -- in the six figures -- she did not have to renew her welfare in June when her three-month cycle ended, a source, whose name was not reported, told TMZ.
At the time she first started accepting California food stamps, Suleman told NBC's "Today" show she felt ashamed.
"I feel ashamed, but who cares how I feel," she said. "It's 100 percent about my children."
"My priority is my children -- their health, their well-being, their safety," she added.
Lopez didn't quit 'Idol' over salary
LOS ANGELES, July 21 (UPI) -- Jennifer Lopez did not quit the U.S. singing contest "American Idol" over a salary dispute, People magazine reported.
A source close to Lopez -- whose name was not revealed -- told People reports that the star asked for a $2 million raise to continue judging the Fox show are untrue.
Fox approached Lopez with a "comparable offer to last year's salary" for her third season, but Lopez never gave a counter offer, the source said.
Lopez earned $15 million for her first season judging the show and was given a raise to $20 million for her second season after Fox saw the value she brought to the show, People said.
Ultimately Lopez, 42, said she decided to leave the show to focus on her family, film and music careers and her fashion business.
"I could do Idol for the rest of my life," Lopez said of her departure, "but that would be giving up a bunch of other things ... I have my movies and my music and my this and my that. It all kind of worked together for a while, but then it gets more complicated."
LA says Fred Willard could avoid trial
LOS ANGELES, July 21 (UPI) -- Los Angeles prosecutors said actor Fred Willard has the option of pretrial counseling to avoid trial after his arrest on suspicion of lewd conduct.
Willard, 72, was arrested by the LAPD vice squad at the Tiki Theater in Hollywood this week but could avoid prosecution if he goes through a "pre-filing diversion" program within a year, a spokesman for the city attorney's office said.
The Los Angeles Times said the program costs $380; however, Willard will also be out the money he was supposed to make on PBS' "Market Warriors" series. The veteran film and television character actor was let go following his arrest.
Willard's lawyer previously said the charges against his client were a big misunderstanding and vowed to straighten the whole thing out, the Times said.
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