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Hopkins as Hitchcock? ...

Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins says he hopes to play legendary filmmaker Alred Hitchcock on screen and has been attached to such a project for four years.

The 73-year-old actor says Hitchcock was "a very interesting man, very strange guy, very dark man." Hopkins says that 50 years ago he saw a film about the making of "Psycho" that stuck with him as "the most frightening film I have ever seen."

He says British director Sacha Gervasi is set to direct the Hitchcock film.

Hopkins says he's hopeful that the project comes to fruition, adding that, in Hollywood today, "you just turn it over and go with whatever happens if you are lucky."

Hopkins' latest film is "The Rite," which opens Friday. He won the best-actor Oscar for 1991's "Silence of the Lambs."


Sheen enters rehab

Charlie Sheen has voluntarily entered a rehabilitation center, a decision that is putting his top-rated CBS sitcom on production hiatus.

Publicist Stan Rosenfield said Friday that the star of CBS' "Two and a Half Men" was entering an undisclosed facility and is grateful to all who have expressed their concern for him.

No additional information, including the name or location of the rehab center, was provided.

CBS, production company Warner Bros. Television and executive producer Chuck Lorre said in a statement that Sheen's decision to seek rehab has prompted a halt on production of "Two and a Half Men."

The actions came about after Sheen was treated at a hospital Thursday for severe stomach pains. His publicist said the 45-year-old Sheen has a history of hernia problems.


Stars stay connected ...

NEW YORK (AP) -- Luke Perry says having his former "90210" co-star Jason Priestley direct his new TV film wasn't exactly a reunion because they stayed close friends even after moving on from the teen drama.

Perry says he and Priestley "always talk on the phone," and his other male co-stars, including Ian Ziering and Brian Austin Green, were a "really good strong core group" while the show aired from 1990 to 2000. He says they maintain close ties to this day.

Perry stars in and Priestley directs the Hallmark Movie Channel's "Goodnight for Justice," which premieres Saturday at 7 p.m. Eastern. Perry plays a judge in Wyoming in the late 1800s.

Perry says the friendship and trust he shared with Priestley created a sort of "shorthand" when it came to filming.


Celebrity birthdays ...

Sunday: Gene Hackman is 81. Vanessa Redgrave is 74. Christian Bale is 37.

Monday: Carol Channing is 90. Jessica Walter is 70. Singer Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols is 55.

Tuesday: Singer Don Everly of The Everly Brothers is 74. Singer Lisa Marie Presley is 43. Rapper Big Boi of Outkast is 36.

Wednesday: Comedian Tom Smothers is 74. Howard Bellamy of the Bellamy Brothers is 65. Singer Shakira is 34.

Thursday: Blythe Danner is 68. Guitarist Dave Davies of The Kinks is 64. Rapper Sean Kingston is 29.

Friday: Drummer John Steel of The Animals is 70. Alice Cooper is 63. Country singer Clint Black is 49. Rapper Cam'ron is 35.

Next Saturday: Singer Cory Wells of Three Dog Night is 69. Singer Al Kooper is 67. Actress Charlotte Rampling is 65. Singer Bobby Brown is 42.

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