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Ben Kingsley Will Do Anything for Money

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He’s Got to Eat, We Guess: Sir Ben Kingsley has joined Mike Myers, Jessica Alba, and Justin Timberlake in the cast of the Paramount comedy The Love Guru as “Guru Tugginmypudha, the ashram leader who teaches the title character (Myers) how to love himself and wear a chastity belt.” [HR]

Daltrey Speaks Out: The Who’s Roger Daltrey has penned a letter to troubled rock stars Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse, warning them of the dangers of substance abuse, which include depression, death, and the staging of rock operas. [The Sun]

Wachowski Brothers Now the Wachowski Siblings: The artist formerly known as Larry Wachowski, one half of the writing-directing duo best known for the Matrix trilogy, has completed female-hormone therapy. He will henceforth be known as Lana Wachowski. The Wachowskis’ next film will be a romantic comedy/action film about a rogue comic-book superhero who must fight aliens in cyberspace while proposing to Drew Barrymore. [Rated M]

TV Now Even Sexier: According to the results of a study published today, “Americans are being subjected to more sex, violence and profane language during the traditional, early-evening ‘family hour’ of broadcast television viewing.” So if you’ve been looking for another reason to buy an HDTV, there you go. [Reuters]

Pavarotti Ailing: Legendary 71-year-old tenor Luciano Pavarotti is “unconscious and suffering from kidney failure” in his home in Rome, according to an Italian TV station. [Reuters]

Ben Kingsley Will Do Anything for Money