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Phoenix quitting movies for music

Joaquin Phoenix says he's quitting movies to focus on music.

Phoenix's publicist, Susan Patricola, on Friday confirmed his earlier comments to TV's “Extra”: The upcoming “Two Lovers” will be his last performance on film.

Said Patricola: “He has said that ‘Two Lovers' is his last. But this is not strange. Joaquin has been directing music videos and been involved in music for the last number of years.”

Phoenix first talked about his decision to “Extra” this week while attending a fundraiser in San Francisco, abruptly ending the interview after the reporter wondered whether he was joking.

The 34-year-old star received Oscar nominations for his roles in “Gladiator” and “Walk the Line,” for which he learned to play guitar to channel country legend Johnny Cash.

Phoenix co-stars with Gwyneth Paltrow in the romantic drama “Two Lovers,” slated for release Feb. 13. Associated Press

Rehab for Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips has pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine and will go into drug treatment.

The former “One Day at a Time” star entered the plea Friday in Los Angeles to a felony drug possession count. The district attorney's office said two counts of possessing heroin and a needle were dismissed, and she was ordered to complete an 18-month program.

Phillips, 48, was arrested Aug. 27 at Los Angeles International Airport after airport police found small amounts of narcotics during a security screening. Associated Press

McCready released early from jail

Mindy McCready was released from jail Friday after serving about 30 days for violating probation on a 2004 drug charge.

The 32-year-old country singer only had to serve about half of her 60-day sentence because of credits she received for good behavior and doing janitorial work in the jail.

McCready was accused in June of falsifying her community service records and charged with violating her probation. She received a suspended three-year sentence in 2004 for fraudulently obtaining prescription painkillers. Associated Press

Free Halloween song from The Boss

Bruce Springsteen posted a Halloween treat for his fans. The rocker put a free download of a new song, “A Night With the Jersey Devil,” on his Web site Friday. Writes Springsteen: “If you grew up in central or south Jersey you grew up with the ‘Jersey Devil.' Here's a little musical Halloween treat. Have fun!” Associated Press

Birthdays

Newspaper columnist James Kilpatrick, 88. Golfer Gary Player, 73. Magazine publisher Larry Flynt, 66. Country singer Kinky Friedman, 64. Country singer Lyle Lovett, 51. Actress Rachel Ticotin, 50. Rock singer Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers), 46. Singer Sophie B. Hawkins, 41. Actress Toni Collette, 36. Actress Jenny McCarthy, 36. Actor David Berman (TV: “CSI”), 35. Singer Bo Bice (“American Idol”), 33.

This day in history Nov. 1

1512: Michelangelo finished painting the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel.

1968: The Motion Picture Association of America introduced its new voluntary film rating system: G for general audiences, M for mature audiences (later changed to GP, then PG), R for restricted audiences, and X (later changed to NC-17) for adults only.

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