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Fishy Tale Gets Piven Off the Hook

(Newser) - Jeremy Piven was on the level when he blamed mercury poisoning for his decision to bail on a Broadway production of Speed-the-Plow last December, an arbitrator has ruled. "While we respect the decision, we strongly disagree with it," the producers of the David Mamet play said in a... More »

Susan Boyle Back on Stage

Plus, Rihanna subpoenaed, and more

(Newser) - Today is the day Susan Boyle returns to singing, the Mirror reports. The troubled star is set to join rehearsals for the Britain’s Got Talent tour. “There is no pressure on her but everyone hopes it means she will perform on Friday,” says a source. “It’... More »

Plow Producers File Grievance Against Piven

(Newser) - Producers of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow have filed a grievance with Actors' Equity against Jeremy Piven, who left the production with what his doctors called mercury poisoning, BroadwayWorld.com reports. No date for the arbitration proceedings has been set. Piven has gone to another set of doctors for a second opinion,... More »

Mercury Illness Was Real: Piven

Star defends decision to leave Broadway production

(Newser) - Jeremy Piven has taken a lot of flak since leaving the Broadway production of Speed-the-Plow due to unhealthy amounts of mercury in his body—including anonymous sources who said medical reasons were a cover for the fact that he was fired—but the condition was real, the actor tells People.... More »

'Mercury Count' Speeds Piven's Broadway Exit

Writer David Mamet is a little skeptical of star's ailment

(Newser) - Jeremy Piven is bailing on Broadway because of a high mercury count, and it doesn’t sound like David Mamet is buying the excuse, Variety reports. “My understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer,” said Mamet, who wrote Speed-the-Plow. The... More »

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