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Catherine Zeta-Jones checks into mental health facility

Plus: Linney, Mad Men and Coppola to be honoured; Jason Aldean files for divorce; Lawrence of Arabia gets TV treatment; HBO gets Down Lo with Legend.

Catherine Zeta-Jones has sought treatment for her mental health problems. Larry Busacca / Getty Images for Michael Kors / AFP
Catherine Zeta-Jones has sought treatment for her mental health problems. Larry Busacca / Getty Images for Michael Kors / AFP

A spokeswoman for Catherine Zeta-Jones says the actress has "proactively" checked into a mental health facility for treatment of her bipolar condition. Her publicist said in an email on Monday that Zeta-Jones "is committed to periodic care to manage her health in an optimum manner". Two years ago, the 43-year-old Oscar-winner checked into a similar facility for treatment. Zeta-Jones has been one of the busiest talents in show business of late, appearing in such films as Rock of Ages, Playing for Keeps, Broken City and Side Effects. *AP

Linney, Mad Men and Coppola to receive Women in Film awards

Laura Linney, the female cast members of Mad Men and the director Sofia Coppola were named on Monday as winners of Hollywood's annual Crystal and Lucy Awards, which honour women's achievement in film. Linney, 49, will receive the award for Excellence in Film. Mad Men's Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Paré and Kiernan Shipka will be honoured with the Excellence in Television award. Coppola, 41, will receive the Directors Award. The teenage actress Hailee Steinfeld will be honoured with the Face of the Future Award. *Reuters

Jason Aldean files for divorce

The country music star Jason Aldean filed for divorce from his wife Jessica on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences. They have been married since August 2001 and have two daughters. "This is a really tough time for my family," Aldean said in a statement on Monday. The filing comes six months after Aldean was photographed appearing to kiss the former American Idol contestant Brittany Kerr. Aldean later apologised to fans on Twitter for acting inappropriately. Aldean is the top-selling male act in the US. *AP

Lawrence of Arabia mini-series planned

The German film director Roland Emmerich is developing a six-hour Lawrence of Arabia mini-series about the British Army officer TE Lawrence. It will be written by Clive Bradley, who worked on the British shows City of Vice and Waking the Dead. "The Middle East and Arab Spring are linked to Lawrence's actions," said David Ellender, the chief of the production studio FremantleMedia International. *The National staff

HBO gets Down Lo with Legend

Down Lo, a drama by the singer-songwriter John Legend and the producer-director Tony Krantz, has been picked up by HBO for development. Set in Miami's South Beach, the series will delve into the city's music, sports and fashion scenes, dealing with fame and secrets and told from multiple points of view, reported Deadline. Keeping with the Miami Vice-style glamour, Down Lo will feature top models and athletes, along with their fondness for fast cars and money.