David Letterman Still Trying to Repair Marriage

David Letterman and his wife are still trying to patch up their marriage seven months after he admitted to sleeping with some of his female staffers.

Letterman told “Live With Regis and Kelly” that he and his wife are “putting the thing

back together to see what it’s gonna looks like.” He says “maybe it won’t be the same, but maybe it’ll be different” or “maybe it can even be better.”

Letterman admitted that he was “scared” and “depressed” after the scandal broke. He says he let it knock him down before he decided to knock IT down.

Letterman’s comments came just a few days before Robert Halderman will be sentenced for trying to blackmail Letterman over the scandal.

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‘When We Leave’ Wins Tribeca Film Fest Top Honor

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The Turkish-German drama “When We Leave” and the Down syndrome romance documentary “Monica & David” won top honors at the ninth annual Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.

“When We Leave” stars Sibel Kekilli as a young mother who flees her abusive husband by moving with her 5-year-old son from Istanbul to Berlin. It won best narrative feature. Kekilli also won best actress.

“Monica & David” won best documentary. It chronicles the love between two people with Down syndrome. It was directed by Monica’s cousin Alexandra Codina.

The awards were handed out Thursday evening at a ceremony in New York.

Tribeca finishes Sunday. It will screen “Freakonomics” on Friday evening as its closing film.

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Spicy Research: Peppers May Help Burn Calories

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Conan O’Brien to Appear on 60 Minutes

Conan O’Brien will be on TV this weekend with his first post-“Tonight Show” interview.

O’Brien talks with Steve Kroft on “60 Minutes,” CBS said Tuesday. O’Brien’s exit deal with NBC barred him from television appearances until May 1; the “60 Minutes” piece will air the day after.

The interview was conducted last week in Los Angeles, according to a person with knowledge of it. The person, who lacked authority to discuss the matter publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.

O’Brien, who left “Tonight” in January over a time-slot dispute with NBC, has agreed to host a late-night show on TBS later this year.

He’s currently on a national comedy tour.

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Group Raises $12.5 Million Goal for Hollywood Sign Land

Developers won’t be building anything behind the landmark Hollywood sign.

The Trust for Public Land says Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s $900,000 donation completes the conservation group’s $12.5 million fundraising drive to protect the 138 acres behind the Hollywood sign.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Monday that Hefner was the final donor, calling it “the Hollywood ending we hoped for.”

Hefner’s gift caps a yearlong effort by conservationists to keep developers out of the area behind the sign. Aileen Getty, a billionaire daughter of oil baron J. Paul Getty, and The Tiffany and Co. Foundation earlier contributed $1 million.

In a statement, Hefner says the sign is “Hollywood’s Eiffel Tower.” 

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Singer Bret Michaels Remains in Intensive Care

Bret Michaels is still in intensive care in critical condition after suffering a brain hemorrhage last week.

As of yesterday, doctors were still searching for the cause of the bleeding at the base of his brain stem.

The 47-year-old rocker’s website says a report from doctors is expected this week. It didn’t say where Michaels is hospitalized.

The post adds: “Please remember Bret is, and always has been, a fighter and survivor and is under the best medical care possible.”

Michaels had an emergency appendectomy April 12, and he’s a lifelong diabetic.

He was rushed to intensive care Thursday after complaining of a severe headache. Michaels is a competitor on “Celebrity Apprentice,” but that was taped several months ago. At the end of last night’s show, there was a brief announcement wishing Michaels a speedy recovery.

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NCAA to Expand March Madness From 65 to 68 Teams

The NCAA is on the verge of expanding the men’s basketball tournament from 65 to 68 teams beginning next year and has a new, $10.8 billion TV deal that will allow it to show every game live.

The NCAA said Thursday that the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee unanimously passed the proposal and it will now be reviewed by the Board of Directors on April 29.

The NCAA also said it reached a new, 14-year agreement with CBS Sports and Turner Broadcasting System Inc. that is worth more than $10.8 billion. The deal, which runs from 2011 through 2024, will show every game live across four national networks for the first time.

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