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April 6, 2011 at 4:00 AM
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WENDY WILLIAMS: Wendy Williams and her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani were voted off of "Dancing with the Stars" in Los Angeles Tuesday night.

"This has been a wonderful opportunity for me," the talk-show host said upon learning her fate.

"I want to thank the judges and I want to thank you, also, Tony, for teaching me how to dance because, you know, I still can't ... because despite stereotypes, this is one black girl who can't even do 'the running man,'" she said. "With that said, I will do the rest of the talking tomorrow on 'The Wendy Williams Show.'"

Radio personality Mike Catherwood and professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer were the first couple eliminated this season.

The Season 12 cast of "Dancing" includes Ralph Macchio, Kirstie Alley, Kendra Wilkinson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Hines Ward, Petra Nemcova, Chelsea Kane, Romeo, Chris Jericho and their professionally trained partners.

CHARLIE SHEEN: Charlie Sheen's publicist says the Hollywood actor intends to trademark 22 of his popular catchphrases such as "Duh, winning" and "Vatican assassin."

Larry Solters, Sheen's representative, told Tuesday Sheen is also looking to secure the rights to "Tiger Blood," "Rock Star From Mars," "I'm Not Bi-Polar, I'm Bi-Winning" and more than a dozen other gems he has made famous during his recent media blitz.

Sheen has been making headlines in recent months for his battle with substance abuse and related erratic behavior.

Prior to and after being fired from TV's "Two and a Half Men," he gave numerous interviews, during which he slammed his employers and made outrageous claims about his own talent and importance.

He is now touring in a one-man stage show called "My Violent Torpedo of Truth: Defeat is Not an Option," which has received largely negative reviews.

MEREDITH VIEIRA: Meredith Vieira is strongly considering leaving "Today" when her contract with the talk show in New York expires in September, The Hollywood Reporter said.

Vieira, 57, quit her moderator post on "The View" and signed on as co-anchor of "Today" with Matt Lauer nearly five years ago.

She replaced Katie Couric, who left "Today" after 15 years to anchor the "CBS Evening News."

The entertainment industry trade newspaper quoted unnamed sources as saying Vieira wants to leave her current position to spend more time with her husband, Richard Cohen, who has long been afflicted with multiple sclerosis.

"There is going to be an opening; she's done," one insider told The Hollywood Reporter about Vieira's course for the future.

HELEN MIRREN: British actress Helen Mirren admits she occasionally buys lottery tickets when the jackpot gets large enough.

While promoting their new film "Arthur," a comedy about a drunken billionaire playboy and the nanny who looks out for him, Mirren and her co-star Russell Brand were asked at a Los Angeles press conference to divulge the most extravagant purchases they have ever made.

"My husband (director Taylor Hackford) and I did buy a castle in Puglia (in southern Italy,)" Mirren said.

"It's not finished," said the Oscar-winning star of "The Queen." "It will be beautiful, but it's not finished. It's not really a castle, it's a farmhouse, but it's got a little thing where you can pour boiling oil out of. Because Puglia was being invaded all the time, it had endless invasions so even the farmhouses are fortified."

Brand declined to name any of the luxuries he has bought, insisting he is a man with simple tastes.

Mirren said she believes the story at the heart of "Arthur" will appeal to audiences because it taps into a common dream -- to be wealthy.

"I think it's a fantasy we all have," she said. "What would you do if you had a billion dollars? That's why when the lottery gets really big, it's up to $40 million or $50 million, I go out and buy a lottery ticket. Because maybe I'll win."

"So, you could buy another castle?" Brand quipped.

"You fantasize about what it would be like to have millions and millions and millions of dollars. I think we all do that. And here we are. We can see what happens (in this film) … I think it's a fantasy that we all carry within us, anyone who has ever bought a lottery ticket," the actress said. "We're all dreamers."

"Arthur," a remake of the 1981 comedy starring Dudley Moore and the late John Gielgud, opens in U.S. theaters Friday.

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