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Pitt pitches zombie epic in Las Vegas

Actor-producer Brad Pitt made an unannounced appearance at the annual CinemaCon convention in Las Vegas to show off material from his upcoming apocalyptic epic, “World War Z.”

“Listen, five years ago, I knew absolutely nothing about a zombie; today, I consider myself an expert,” Pitt said, smiling for a packed house of surprised theater owners at Caesars Palace on Monday night. “This whole thing started because I just wanted to do a film that my boys could see before they turned 18 – one that they would like, anyways. And they love a zombie.” The 49-year-old Pitt and partner Angelina Jolie have six children, including three sons.

“So, we settled on this book, Max Brooks’ book, called ‘World War Z,” ’ Pitt continued. “We were faced with two Herculean challenges: How do we keep the global, spectacular, dynamic scope of the book, and how do we originate a genre that’s been done quite often and really, really well? What you’re about to see is our answer to those two questions.”

“World War Z” hits theaters June 21.

Osbourne denies divorce rumors

Ozzy Osbourne has denied split rumors, but he appears to have taken a ride on the crazy train once again – at least for a little while.

The rocker took to Facebook on Monday night with his side of the story.

“For the last year and a half I have been drinking and taking drugs. I was in a very dark place,” the rocker admitted. “However, I am happy to say that I am now 44 days sober.”

Ozzy, 64, infamously used drugs heavily for decades but got sober in his early 50s.

“Just to set the record straight, Sharon and I are not divorcing. I’m just trying to be a better person,” he continued.

Tucker will host BET Awards show

Chris Tucker will host this year’s BET Awards.

The network announced Tuesday that the comedian-actor will host the show June 30 from the Nokia Theater L.A. Live.

Tucker is riding high off of his supporting role in the Oscar-nominated film “Silver Linings Playbook,” which starred Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The 41-year-old is best known for starring in the “Rush Hour” film franchise opposite Jackie Chan.

The BET Awards is part of three-day event the network is putting on that weekend dubbed “BET Experience at L.A. Live.” It kicks off June 28 with a Beyonce concert.

The birthday bunch

Singer Liz Phair is 46. Rapper-actor Redman is 43. Actress Jennifer Garner is 41. Country musician Craig Anderson (Heartland) is 40. Singer Victoria Adams Beckham is 39. Actress Rooney Mara is 28.



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