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Anderson Cooper to interview Winehouse family on new show

The mother, father, stepmother and boyfriend of Amy Winehouse will appear Monday on the premiere of CNN anchor Anderson Cooper’s new daytime show, “Anderson.”

According to the television show host’s Twitter account, Winehouse’s family will speak out for the first time since the singer’s sudden death in July.

“On @anderson sept 12. Amy Winehouse’s family — her dad, mom, stepmom, boyfriend — speak for the 1st time since her death,” Mr. Cooper tweeted Tuesday.

Mr. Cooper went on to tweet that he eagerly awaits the upcoming conversation.

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“I’m really looking forward to speaking with Amy Winehouse’s family,” Mr. Cooper tweeted. “They’ve been through so much, and her talent was so great.”

Winehouse was found dead in her London apartment on July 23. The Grammy Award winner, who had highly publicized substance abuse problems and stints in rehab, reportedly had no illegal drugs in her system at the time of her death.

After Winehouse’s death, her mother, Janis, told the Sunday Mirror that it was “only a matter of time” before the musical sensation perished, given the 27-year-old’s lifestyle.

“She seemed out of it,” she told the Mirror. “But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me.”

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Hollywood offers slate of political films for 2012

Hollywood now has at least three politically themed movies lined up for the 2012 election season, but political analysts say there’s little or no evidence they’ll have any impact on election results.

“I haven’t seen any evidence that any movies ever had an impact on a campaign,” said Tony Fratto, a former spokesman for President George W. Bush and now a partner at the consulting firm Hamilton Place Strategies. Aside from political audiences “inside the Beltway, New York and Los Angeles, there’s just not a lot of attention” paid to political movies, he said.

The movies include a drama about the killing of Osama bin Laden at the direction of President Obama, a comedy about Southern politicians and a biopic about Republican consultant Karl Rove.

“College Republicans” begins shooting in Texas in November. The movie “is about when Karl Rove and Lee Atwater first met, which is when Karl Rove ran for president of the College Republicans, and that’s when they sort of discovered dirty tricks. It’s interesting to see them take that journey together,” producer Maya Browne told the Wrap, a Web publication that covers the movie industry. In 2008, Ms. Browne produced a pro-Obama video titled “My name is Barack Obama.”

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