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Jan. 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM   |   Comments

'Snakes on a Plane' director David R. Ellis dead at 60

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. film director David R. Ellis has died in Johannesburg, South Africa, while working on his new movie, "Kite," Deadline.com reported. He was 60.

EW.com said the cause and circumstances of his death Monday were not immediately disclosed.

Ellis' directing credits include "Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco," "Final Destination 2," "Snakes on a Plane," "Cellular" and "The Final Destination."

He started his film career as an actor and stuntman, then began directing the second units on "Waterworld," "The Perfect Storm," "The Matrix Reloaded," and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World," EW.com said.


Second inquest confirms Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning

LONDON, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- A second inquest into Amy Winehouse's death has confirmed the British singer died of alcohol poisoning, London officials said.

Winehouse, 27, died at her home in 2011 after years of drug and alcohol abuse.

A deputy coroner initially recorded the cause of her death as misadventure by alcohol toxicity, but a second inquest was ordered after it was discovered the official didn't have the right qualifications to make the determination. She has since stepped down from the position.

The second inquest backed up the initial findings, however, the BBC said Monday.

Winehouse had five times the legal driving limit of alcohol in her system when she died.


Report: Taylor Swift and Harry Styles break up

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- U.S. country music star Taylor Swift and British boy band member Harry Styles have ended their brief courtship, the New York Post reported.

Swift, 23, and Styles, 18, started dating in November and spent the holidays together, but broke up after vacationing in the British Virgin Islands last week, the newspaper said.

No reason was given for the split.

People.com said representatives for the singers -- who are both scheduled to begin concert tours soon -- have not commented on the alleged end of their romance.

Styles is a member of the band One Direction.


Sandra Bullock set for People's Choice humanitarian honor

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock is to be presented with the Favorite Humanitarian award at Wednesday's People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

The fan-voted prizes for the best in film, music and television in 2012 will be handed out during a ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

The show is to air on CBS.

"The People's Choice Awards will honor Sandra Bullock with the first-ever award for Favorite Humanitarian for her generous philanthropic efforts throughout her career, specifically her ongoing commitment to Warren Easton High School in New Orleans following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina," organizers said in a news release. "Sandra Bullock adopted Warren Easton Charter High School less than six months after Hurricane Katrina closed the heavily damaged building. She has contributed funds for college scholarships for graduating seniors, band uniforms, athletic equipment and has helped fund the renovation to the auditorium and the construction of a school-based health clinic."

Confirmed to attend the People's Choice Awards are Chris Colfer, Josh Duhamel, Liam Hemsworth, Julianne Hough, Adam Levine, Lea Michele, Shemar Moore, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jim Parsons, Katy Perry, Ellen Pompeo, Ian Somerhalder, Taylor Swift, Emma Watson and Naomi Watts.

Other anticipated guests will be Jensen Ackles, Stephen Amell, Jennifer Aniston, Ellen DeGeneres, Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Galecki, Josh Hutcherson, Regina King, Jennifer Lawrence, Chloe Grace Moretz, Olivia Munn, Chris O'Donnell, Jason O'Mara, Jared Padalecki, Eddie Redmayne, Casey Wilson and The Wanted.

Kaley Cuoco is to serve as host of the show, which will feature musical performances by Christina Aguilera, Jason Aldean and Alicia Keys.

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