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She's not moonstruck by 'New Moon' directing job

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke says she walked away from the payday of a lifetime to direct the sequel New Moon because she didn't want to make the movie under the deadline and budget constraints that would have been placed on her.

That's one of the key revelations in an interview she did with Entertainment Weekly in which she also discusses the forthcoming Twilight: Director's Notebook, inspired by the on-set journal she kept while shooting the smash-hit vampire romance. It is due in stores March 17.

"I was devastated," she says now of turning down the job. "I really did feel a strong connection to the people around the world that liked the movie - and to [author] Stephenie [Meyer] and the actors. But I just didn't think I could make a good movie under those circumstances."

Chris Weitz is now set to direct New Moon, which is in preproduction. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will reprise their roles as tormented vampire Edward Cullen and smitten high-school student Bella Swan when the movie comes out Nov. 20.

Beyonce, Hudson awarded

Beyonce kicked off the 40th annual NAACP Image Awards with a wind-swept performance of her song "Halo" - and then glided to victory in the outstanding female artist category.

Her Dreamgirls co-star Jennifer Hudson, who was to perform later during the Shrine Auditorium ceremony, picked up the trophy for outstanding new artist.

"This is where we come from," Hudson said accepting the award. "So it's always an honor to come home and feel welcome and to feel the love. I really cherish this and appreciate it."

Grey's Anatomy co-star Chandra Wilson won for actress in a drama series, and singer-actor Jamie Foxx won for male artist. Chris Brown, who's accused in a domestic dispute that reportedly involves pop superstar Rihanna, was one of four men up against Foxx for the outstanding male artist trophy.

Controversial 'Idol' is out

An American Idol contestant who made the show's top 36 has been disqualified.

In its news release issued Wednesday night announcing the 36 contenders, Fox TV said that Joanna Pacitti, 23, was "ineligible to continue." No reason was given. However, tabloids had been reporting on a private relationship between Pacitti, who had a recording deal with Geffen Records and released an album in 2006, and executives of 19 Management, one of the companies overseeing Idol. According to, her former manager at Geffen is now an executive at 19 Management.

Felicia Barton, a 26-year-old married mom of Virginia Beach, Va., replaced Pacitti in the top 36.

U2's weeklong TV gig

Make room, Paul Shaffer. U2 will be on David Letterman's Late Show for a full week to promote its new album, No Line on the Horizon.

The band will be Letterman's musical guest each night from March 2 to 6. It's the first time a musical guest has been given a solid week on the CBS show.


Former test pilot Chuck Yeager, 86

Actress Kim Novak, 76

Actress Stockard Channing, 65

Talk-show host Jerry Springer, 65

Singer Peter Gabriel, 59

Actress Mena Suvari, 30

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