Farm Aid Returns, Gladiator Sequel May Dump Russell Crowe, Hollywood's Chocoholics

Farm Aid Back for 20th Year
Move over, Bob Geldof. Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp are back in business for the 20th edition of Farm Aid. The singers announced plans for the longest-running benefit concert in America, which helps save family farms through promoting organic food and alternative energy sources. "We know we're making some sort of impact, that's why we're still here," Nelson said. This year's event will be held September 18 in Trinley Park near Chicago. The Farm Aid events have raised $27 million over the years.

Gladiator May Return without Crowe
Gladiator may return, sans Russell Crowe. Crowe's character was killed at the end of the first film, but costar Djimon Hounsou said that there could be a sequel. Hounsou said he definitely has "the desire to do a sequel." He said that it would be hard to resurrect Crowe's Maximus character, but that producers were still working on the script and casting decisions. There are always flashbacks or the J.R. Ewing shower scene strategies to revive Crowe. Hounsou, who played an African slave who fought with Maximus, would probably be one of the lead characters. Somewhere, Russell Crowe is throwing a phone against the wall.

Hollywood Gets Chocoholic
Hollywood was especially sweet on Sunday night for the world premiere of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. There was scented chocolate, chocolate-colored carpet and chocolate fountains. This is one premiere we would have really liked to have been invited to -- not just for the snacks, but also because Johnny Depp was there, fresh with his tan from shooting Pirates of the Caribbean 2. Pregnant Britney and K-Fed were there as well, along with other celebs including Melanie Griffith, Daryl Hannah, John Stamos and Frankie Muniz.

Blabber Bits
Tiffani Thiessen, who has suddenly dropped her "Amber," has gained a husband. The Saved by the Bell and Beverly Hills, 90210 star married fellow actor Brady Smith over the weekend. Kevin Smith, Jason "Jay" Mewes and singer Alanis Morissette will guest star on three episodes of cheesy Canadian cult hit Degrassi: The Next Generation. The episodes air August 12, 19 and 26 our TiVo is set already. Smith just signed on to direct a Degrassi movie.


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