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By United Press International   |   Aug. 24, 2012 at 4:00 AM

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JUSTIN BIEBER: Justin Bieber is to have a cameo appearance on the Fox animated TV series "The Simpsons," the Canadian singer-songwriter-actor said on Twitter.

"Just did a voice over for the SIMPSONS!!! #swaggy," the 18-year-old's message said before he deleted it.

Simpsons Executive Producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly the "Boyfriend" singer superstar would play himself alongside Homer and the gang in an episode titled "The Fabulous Faker Boy" that involves music.

"He tries to get into a talent show that Bart is playing piano in -- and they won't admit him," Jean said before quipping, "Draw your own conclusions."


LIBERTY ROSS: English model-actress Liberty Ross appeared at the Hollywood premiere of director John Hillcoat's Prohibition-era gangster film "Lawless" without her husband.

Ross, 34, was also not wearing a wedding band at the Wednesday night red-carpet ArcLight Cinemas screening, tabloid TV entertainment news Web site HollyScoop reported.

Ross' director-husband Rupert Sanders, 41, was shown in photos published by gossip magazine Us Weekly last month cheating on Ross with 22-year-old actress Kristen Stewart, prompting Stewart to issue a public apology.

Stewart and Ross were both in Sanders' fantasy film "Snow White and the Huntsman," which was released in the United States June 1.

In the film, Stewart played Snow White. Ross played Queen Eleanor, Snow White's mother.


BRAD PITT and DENZEL WASHINGTON: Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington are in talks to star in a crime thriller written by the Oscar-winning writer of U.S. drama "Traffic," a trade newspaper said.

The Golden Globe Award-winning Pitt and Academy Award-winning Washington would work on "Candy Store" with writer-director Stephen Gaghan, who wrote 2000's "Traffic," directed by Steven Soderbergh and based on a 1989 British TV series about the illegal drug trade, The Hollywood reporter said.

Gaghan would also direct the upcoming Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. independent film, the newspaper said.

Nothing is final, the newspaper said. Its sources described the talks as being in the early stage.

Jamie Foxx is also said to be interested in a role as well, the Reporter said.

But if everything works out, the film would be Gaghan's highest-profile directing project since 2005's geopolitical thriller "Syriana," the newspaper said.


LL COOL J: LL Cool J was not expected to face criminal charges for breaking the nose and jaw of a man who allegedly broke into his home, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Law enforcement sources told the newspaper detectives believed the actor acted in self-defense.

The suspect -- identified as Jonathan Kirby, 56, a transient with a lengthy arrest record for thefts, fights and drugs -- was hospitalized after what police sources told the Times was a "knock-down, drag-out" fight.

Kirby was arrested on suspicion of burglary and may face a battery charge, the Times said Thursday.

Gossip Web site TMZ said Kirby was charged with first-degree burglary with a person present, and could face 38 years to life in prison because he was charged as a third-strike offender under California's 1994 "three strikes" law.

That law mandates that state courts impose sentences as much as to life in prison on people convicted of three or more serious criminal offenses.

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