Porn star Capri Anderson says she believed Charlie Sheen "could have killed me" when he flew into a drunken rage and wrapped his hands around her neck in his room at the Plaza Hotel Oct. 26. "It was like being in a horror film." Speaking out for the first time on today's "Good Morning America" and on tonight's "Nightline," Anderson, left, says she was hired to accompany Sheen to dinner and found him loud and obnoxious from the start. "He was, from the beginning of the night, very loud and he had no hesitations when it came to using derogatory language or cuss words," Anderson says on "Nightline." But, she says, "towards the latter half of the night, it got really bad. He started yelling racial slurs. But it wasn't until he put his hands around my neck that I really thought to myself, you have gotten yourself in a bad, bad situation." Anderson fled to the bathroom of Sheen's hotel room, where she locked herself in and called for help. Sheen, who was naked and intoxicated in the wrecked room when police arrived, was taken away for psychiatric evaluation but later released. He later called the incident "one bad night" that was blown out of proportion.
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Mel Gibson plans to be present today in L.A. County Superior Court as his attorneys ask the judge to strip Oksana Grigorieva of custody of their year-old daughter Lucia and award it to him, TMZ is reporting. Gibson will be present to demonstrate to the judge how serious he is about getting full custody, which he is seeking because he says Grigorieva is hurting Lucia by publicly criticizing him in the media. Grigorieva even appeared on the Larry King show after Judge Scott Gordon warned all parties to stay silent, which Gibson attorneys believe demonstrates her instability. Gibson is asking for supervised visitation only for Grigorieva and no overnight custody of Lucia for now. His lawyers will request that the order be in force for six months before it's reviewed.
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When "American Idol" returns for its 10th season in January, more than two of the judges will be new. The star-making show will now air on Wednesday and Thursday nights rather thanTuesday and Wednesday. The lowest age for singers has been lowered to 15 from 16, judges will select the top 12, rather than asking fans to choose the finalists from a field of 24, and finalists will be required to craft memorable visuals as part of a brand new music video competition.
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Before she was jailed for violating probation and entered rehab, Lindsay Lohan was announced as the star for "Inferno," the biographical film about porn star Linda Lovelace. But now Lohan has lost that role to Malin Ackerman, left, as Lohan continues in rehab at the Betty Ford Clinic and the filming date nears. Film producer Chris Hanley says, "Lindsay had scheduling issues due to legal obligations and is continuing to focus on getting better in rehabilitation in Palm Springs, and she really had to focus on that in our opinion -– and hers. For herself and her career in general it was really her decision to just focus on getting better psychologically." Hanley says Akerman, who starred in "Watchmen" and "Couples Retreat," "was passionate to take this challenge of the role to task and we feel she has the talent to meet that challenge." The filmmakers also had difficulty getting insurance for Lohan, whose rehab will continue at least through Jan. 3. She's now in a "sober living facility" affiliated with the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
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Daniel Day-Lewis will portray Abraham Lincoln in a biopic to be directed by Steven Spielberg. Day-Lewis, 53, won Academy Awards for "My Left Foot" in 1989 and "There Will Be Blood" in 2007. He has appeared in only five films since 1997, including "Gangs of New York" and "Nine." Spielberg said, "I am grateful and inspired that our paths will finally cross with Lincoln." Scheduled for release in 2012, the film will be based on the bestseller "Team of Rivals" by Dorothy Kearns Goodwin. Day-Lewis, who is known for immersing himself in his roles, is visiting Illinois to research Lincoln's early political years. He has already toured the Lincoln Home and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum.
-- Anne Neville
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