News on Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson, Jon Heder and Kwame Brown

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Heder stars in "Woke Up Dead" starting this fall. (AP)
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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Winehouse Off the Hook

Amy Winehouse has been found not guilty on charges that she assaulted a dancer during a charity ball last year, Reuters reports. The Grammy-award-winning British singer, 25, allegedly punched Sherene Flash in the face while the two were backstage at the Prince's Trust Ball in London last September.

"Having heard the evidence from all the witnesses, I cannot be sure that this was not an accident," District Judge Timothy Workman was quoted as telling the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

During the two-day trial, the singer said she had been intimidated by Flash, who had approached her seeking a photograph. "Five-foot-7 in burlesque heels places you at quite an advantage over 5-foot-2 in ballet pumps," Winehouse's lawyer Patrick Gibbs told the court, explaining why the diminutive singer had felt threatened.

Diamonds From MJ's Hair

Many Michael Jackson mourners are happy enough to just purchase another copy of "Thriller" and leave it at that, but for those who desire a more distinctive collectible, look no further. A Chicago-based company called LifeGem has acquired some of Jackson's hair that was singed while he was filming a 1984 Pepsi commercial and, with it, plans to manufacture diamonds. "Absolutely this is for real," said Dean VandenBiesen, the company's founder. LifeGem will use a patented process to extract carbon from Jackson's hair, turn it into crystals and then into high-quality laboratory diamonds. No sale price has been set, but a hair-diamond market exists: VandenBiesen said LifeGem created three diamonds from Beethoven's locks in 2007, and sold one of them for around $200,000.

Jon Heder as a Zombie

Jon Heder, the geeky dreamboat who starred in "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Blades of Glory," has announced that his next project will go after an audience of nerd-friendly webheads, Reuters reports. "Woke Up Dead," whose Internet-only webisodes premiere in October, finds Heder playing a 20-something college student who turns into a zombie. "It plays with the conventions of the zombie-horror genre," Heder said. "Drex doesn't believe he's a zombie, but his friends start to realize he may be as he has no heart rate, all his vital signs are gone, and he has this hunger for brains."

Eight Wasn't Enough

"Octomom" Nadya Suleman has signed agreements for each of her 14 children to earn $250 a day to star in a reality television show.

The contracts filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court guarantee the children will collectively earn about $250,000 over three years, the Associated Press reports. The contracts require a judge's approval.

European production company Eyeworks has inked the deal with Suleman. Eyeworks lists "Breaking Bonaduce" and "The Biggest Loser" among its television credits.

The show is slated to begin filming Sept. 1, according to the documents.

-- Aaron Leitko, from staff and wire reports

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