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February 17, 2006

Angelina Jolie and Jenny Shimizu Angelina Jolie Names Ex-Lover Jenny Shimizu Baby�s Godmother

A British tabloid has reported that Hollywood supercouple Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have settled on a godmother for their unborn bundle of joy – Jolie�s ex lover, Jenny Shimizu.

The couple, who have also announced they plan on having a Buddhist guardianship ceremony for Maddox, 4 and Zahara, 11 months, later this year, has been quiet about their relationship since getting together nearly a year ago.

Tabloids are reporting that while Pitt is not happy about Jolie�s choice in a godmother, he likes Shimizu better than his lady�s first choice – ex husband Jonny Lee Miller.

Last year Shimizu was quoted as saying that she and Jolie have an ongoing relationship and doubted that Pitt could tame her ex lover.

�Brad and Angie had been planning a naming ceremony but it got postponed when she fell pregnant,� a source told the paper. �The big day was then put off until June, meaning they�ve had longer to mull over the choice of guardians for the children.�

L Word Renewed for Fourth Season

On the heels of a year highlighted by industry recognition and critical acclaim for its award-winning original programming including Weeds, Huff and Sleeper Cell, Showtime has ordered a fourth season of its hit drama series The L Word. All 12 new episodes are set to begin production this summer and premiere on Showtime in 2007.

Since its debut in January 2004, The L Word has become one of the rare television series to transcend the medium to become part of American popular culture, spawning dedicated fan websites and blogs, along with ancillary products such as The L Word branded perfume, jewelry and books.

The L Word, which premiered its third season on January 8th, is one of Showtime's most popular series, generating a large and loyal audience, as well as critical praise for its provocative, sexy storylines, its principal cast, and for being a magnet for celebrated directors and guest stars.

Ilene Chaiken And Speaking of The L Word – Now You Can Write Your Own Fanisode!

For the first time ever, a major television network is inviting fans online to team with an accomplished writer from a hit show to collectively script an original episode, one scene at a time.

Showtime Networks Inc. and FanLib have announced that registration is now open for the first network-sanctioned, collaborative writing event featuring fans developing a script for an existing series. border="1" align="right"> Registration is now open for The L Word - A Fanisode at LwordFanisode. Each week through March 31, 2006, millions of fans of The L Word will be invited online to write, read, rate and discuss short scenes based on an instructive "scene mission" provided by a member of the writing team from the hit cable series. Fans submit their original scenes, the online community votes, and at the end of each week, the most popular fan-submitted scene will be added to the script in progress. The process will repeat each week with a new "scene mission" until the entire script is complete.

"It's exciting to get to share the fate of these characters with people so passionate about them. I'm really curious to see the diverging stories coming from so many different fans," said Ariel Schrag, a member of the The L Word writing team, and moderator of the online event. "For the first time ever, fans are invited to team-up with a writer from their favorite show to collectively write an episode. By creating this 'fanisode', viewers of The L Word have a golden opportunity to interact with the characters that they've grown to love in a new and exciting way," said Chris Williams, co-creator of FanLib and a former executive at Yahoo!, Inc.

All participants, including those who vote, and those who submit, will have the opportunity to win prizes that will be provided by Showtime and the event sponsors. The L Word - A Fanisode is sponsored by FOX Searchlight's Imagine Me & You, now in theaters, Saks.com, the online retail destination for retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, LendingTree, and Love and Pride jewelry.

Prizes include a private online mentoring session with

creator/writer/executive producer Ilene Chaiken, as well as original wardrobe from the show, an autographed script, and DVDs and other merchandise. Other prizes include shopping sprees at Saks.com, and merchandise from Love and Pride jewelry store.

Contributors of highly-rated scenes and other winners will be featured prominently online during the event, giving them a taste of online fame. FanLib's innovative system enables Showtime to establish an incomparable consumer-generated media community where fans can interact with each other and with their favorite show.

At the conclusion of the event, Showtime and FanLib will publish a free commemorative eZine (a downloadable digital magazine) featuring the completed script, plus a number of alternative scenes and editorial features including profiles of the winning contributors and other participants. The eZine will be distributed online to all of the participants and voters and other members of the show's online community as a pass-along memento of the event.

Though the script will not be produced as part of the show's upcoming third season, Showtime and the producers of The L Word have the option to produce the finished script in the future.

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