Recognizing a kinder, gentler Simon Cowell

 

Simon Cowell's kinder side will be spotlighted when the former American Idol judge is honored at the 38th Annual International Emmy Awards.

Simon Cowell's kinder side will be spotlighted when the former American Idol judge is honored at the 38th Annual International Emmy Awards.

Cowell, who left Idol this year to launch an American version of his hit British singing competition The X Factor next year, will be presented the International Emmy Founders Award in recognition of both his television achievements and extensive charitable work at Monday night's awards ceremony at the Hilton New York Hotel.

``Here's a guy who has really changed television,'' said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. ``He has taken the form of the television talent show, reinvented and repositioned it, and made it must-view television.''

PASSED UP FOR PORN

Lindsay Lohan won't be playing 1970s porn star Linda Lovelace in Inferno.

Writer-director Matthew Wilder says his production team is in negotiations with another actress and will make an announcement soon.

Some media reports say the 24-year-old starlet quit to focus on her court-ordered rehab for drug addiction; others say Wilder wanted her replaced.

The Mean Girls star is expected to be in rehab in southern California until at least Jan. 3.

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