Monday, March 28, 2011

Reese Witherspoon weds agent beau in California

LOS ANGELES ? Reese Witherspoon has walked down the aisle. A spokeswoman for the actress says the "Walk the Line" star wed her fiance, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, in Ojai, Calif., about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. Publicist Nicole Perna did not reveal details about the Saturday ceremony. first reported the nuptials.

The Oscar-winning actress and Toth announced their engagement in December.

Toth is an agent for Creative Artists Agency, which represents Witherspoon through another agent.

The 35-year-old actress won an Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter in 2005's "Walk the Line." Witherspoon's other film credits include "Legally Blonde," "Four Christmases" and the forthcoming "Water for Elephants."

She was previously married to actor Ryan Phillippe, with whom she has two children: 11-year-old daughter Ava and 7-year-old son Deacon.

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Centuries of sacred music, sung by Cantus

[unable to retrieve full-text content]REVIEW: Across time and geography, the choral group makes beautiful music together.

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'Vida': A book review

Patricia Engel
Black Cat/Grove Atlantic, 194 pp., $14 paperback original

Reviewed by Betsy Willeford
By the time you?ve read a few of these stories, you?ll think you know the narrator. Sabina?s voice ? frightened, angry, amused, dry, detached, compassionate, warm and always frank ? is the thread that ties this earthy, poignant collection together. Born in New Jersey to upscale Colombian immigrants, Sabina has all the social and tribal strikes against her. Her family lives in a suburb where everyone else with tan skin is somebody?s maid.

She endures the requisite creepy old aunt who hobbles in from Manhattan to die slowly in the living room, the obligatory trips back to Colombia to visit family, the warped GPS that hurtles her toward every guy who is attractive for all the wrong reasons.

The guys and the losses are numerous in this debut collection, and multiply as Sabina leaves home for Manhattan and Miami. She?s doomed to emotional and geographic exile, and she knows it.

She learns that her friend Vida was brought to the United States to work as a prostitute and escapes with the help of the security guard who keeps her in indentured servitude. She listens to her Colombian relatives squabble over niceties, while outside the window, Sabina sees evidence of poverty for which her life in America hasn?t prepared her.

I think I went to high school with Sabina ? or I wish I had.
Betsy Willeford is a freelance writer from Miami.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bret Michaels Sues CBS, Tony Awards Over 2009 Stage Accident

LOS ANGELES -- Bret Michaels sued CBS Broadcasting and the organizers of the Tony Awards on Friday over a 2009 mishap that resulted in him being hit in the head by a set piece, claiming the accident contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him.

The Poison frontman's lawsuit claims he continues to deal with effects from the injury and brain bleeding that left him hospitalized last year.

"Through his sheer will to live, to see his children grow up, Michaels was able to survive this trauma," his lawsuit states.

Michaels and Poison performed at the Tony Awards in June 2009 and the singer suffered a busted lip and broken nose when he was whacked by a piece of scenery.

He claims show organizers never explained that the set would be changing after the band performed, "Nothin' But a Good Time." He also claims the show could have prevented the incident from airing, but chose not to.

Footage of the accident quickly became a viral hit on the Internet, and Michaels' lawsuit claims clips have been viewed more than 27 million times on YouTube.

Michaels was hospitalized in April 2010 and doctors found he had a brain hemorrhage and he later suffered a warning stroke, which the musician says nearly killed him.

"Michaels was never told that the scenery piece would be descending or given any warning of the existence of the dangers it presented," the lawsuit states.

CBS declined comment and has a policy not to respond to lawsuits outside of court.

Phone and e-mail messages left for spokespeople for the Tony Awards were not immediately returned Friday evening.

Within days of the accident, Michaels expressed dismay that Tony organizers hadn't shown more concern about the incident.

"The Tony Awards dropped a piece of the stage on Bret's head, and then instead of doing the right thing, joked about it and played it off for ratings," Michaels' attorney Alex Weingarten wrote in a statement.

He said Michaels tried to resolve the court without filing a case but was unsuccessful. "They must be held accountable for almost killing Bret, and that is what we are going to do," Weingarten wrote.

His lawsuit does not state how much he is seeking to recover, although it states the injury hurt his ability to perform at later shows.

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Fairy tale brings a new sleep cycle to NJPAC

This time, Sleeping Beauty awakes from her slumber before the prince kisses.

That the smooch of a man riding to the rescue isn?t the thing that wakes her from her deep sleep is only one of the ways this strong-willed, independent Beauty is different from her fairy-tale sisters.

You can find this spunky princess in David Gonzalez?s staged version of ?Sleeping Beauty? ? a modern twist to the classical tale, co-commissioned by the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Gonzalez is a storyteller who uses visual arts, music, movement and spoken words to engage an audience. His ?Sleeping Beauty? comes to Newark Sunday.

???Sleeping Beauty? was always kind of an incomplete story for me,? said Gonzalez, of New York City. ?She just falls asleep and waits.?

In his version, Gonzalez gives the princess a feminist makeover, highlighting her artistry, courage, determination, ferocity, gratitude, humor and intelligence.

During the princess?s long rest, Gonzalez describes her dreams ? giving her more to do, at least internally, than just ?laying there waiting for her prince.? In this version, she?s more than ?the object of desire,? Gonzalez says.

?David doesn?t play to stereotypes and puts in a different spin on a classical fairy tale,? said Sanaz Hojreh, assistant vice president of arts education at NJPAC. ?Sleeping Beauty has her own thoughts and emotions and can take care of herself. She?s very present in the story and not passive. The princess shows kids there?s more than one side to the story.?

There?s more than one way to tell it, too, as kids who only know the tale from the Disney film will find out at this show. In telling his story, Gonzalez describes certain things but allows children to create the rest in their imaginations, making the story ?a bit more personal,? he says. He uses a screen onstage so the audience can visualize where the characters travel.

?The storyteller conjures half a world of feeling, of the imagination,? Gonzalez said.

?But what makes it so special is that the story is completed in the individual imagination of the child. So each child completes it and feels like it?s their own. They generously give back with their imagination to complete it, and that?s what makes it such an intimate form of storytelling.?

Gonzalez himself wears a jester-like costume while telling the tale ? completely in rhyme ? for the 40-minute show. Also onstage is pianist Daniel Kelly, playing music inspired by Bach.

Gonzalez has traveled to 22 countries telling stories in his unique way. Most recently, he performed ?Delgadina,? a Chilean fairy tale, at Hillside Elementary School in Livingston through the Young Audiences of New Jersey .

?I try to reach the highest intelligence of the children,? Gonzalez said. ?I really believe in their ability to enter the highest realms of human intelligence and depth of feeling, as long as you do it the right way.?

David Gonzalez?s Sleeping Beauty
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: New Jersey Performing Arts Center in the Victoria Theater. 1 Center St, Newark
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Rapper, NFL Star Busted Separately in Louisiana

Big night for the coppers down in Shreveport, LA -- rapper Rick Ross and Philadelphia Eagles star Jason Peters were both arrested last night in separate incidents.

First, let's talk about Ross -- according to police, he was busted last night for possession of marijuana. Cops say they detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from his hotel room and when police investigated, they spotted approximately a gram of it in plain view.

He was popped and released on a misdemeanor summons.

Now for Peters ... he was busted for a loud music violation and resisting an officer after cops asked him to turn down the music in his car and he refused. Police tell us they asked Peters for his ID several times, but he refused that too. Poor choice.

According to reports, Ross was in town to perform at a nightclub and Peters was one of the celebrity guests. Good times.

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Last episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' is May 25

CHICAGO ? The final original episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will air May 25. Winfrey's Chicago-based Harpo Productions confirmed the date Friday. Winfrey announced live on the show in November 2009 that she would end its run after 25 years. She since has launched cable's Oprah Winfrey Network.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" has been in reruns for the last few weeks. But Winfrey tweeted Thursday that she was "hard at work planning the final shows" and new episodes would begin April 7.

The final episode brings an end to what has been television's top-rated talk show for more than two decades. It airs in 145 countries worldwide.



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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Royal Wedding Watch: Prince William & Kate Middleton Choose Wedding Cake Designer (omg!)

Story photo: Royal Wedding Watch: Prince William & Kate Middleton Choose Wedding Cake DesignerPrince William and Miss Catherine Middleton in their engagement photo, released by Clarence House Press Office on December 11, 2010Getty ImagesAccess Hollywood

LONDON, England -- Prince William and Kate Middleton have chosen British designer Fiona Cairns to create their wedding cake, Access Hollywood has learned.

The Leicestershire-based cake designer will create a multi-tiered traditional fruit cake with cream and white icing for the royal couple, according to a statement issued to Access from the Royal Press Office on Saturday.

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The matrimonial dessert will also feature a strong British floral theme, using the intricate piping elements of the Joseph Lambeth method.

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Additionally, the couple has also asked McVitie's Cake Company to create a chocolate biscuit cake for the reception at Buckingham Palace. The chocolate biscuit cake will be made from a Royal Family recipe and was specially requested by Prince William.

Prince William and Kate Middleton will tie the knot on April 29 at Westminster Abbey.

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Blond ambition: 14 to dye for?

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Hair restyling didn't bring Chris Brown much luck; see others who've gone there -- is new look fab or faux?

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Snoop Dogg, Warren G attend service for Nate Dogg (AP)

LONG BEACH, Calif. ? Rappers Snoop Dogg, Warren G and The Game joined family, friends and about 1,000 fans of Nate Dogg to remember the hip-hop singer, who died this month of complications from multiple strokes.

The family of Nate Dogg ? whose real name was Nathaniel Dwayne Hale ? decided that the ceremony at the Queen Mary Dome would not be open to the public as they previously wanted, but they made 1,000 tickets and shuttles available to fans.

The dome in Hale's hometown of Long Beach is adjacent to the historic ship the Queen Mary and was the former home of Howard Hughes' airplane folly, the Spruce Goose.

Organizers had sought a more central location for the funeral, but none proved large enough for the numbers of expected mourners. A private dinner was planned after the service.

Hale started out singing in church choirs, then formed a group with Snoop Dogg and Warren G while the trio was in high school in Long Beach.

His almost monotone vocal stylings anchored some of rap's most seminal songs and helped define the sound of West Coast hip-hop on tracks usually produced by Dr. Dre and performed by rappers like Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound and Warren G. He remained sought after as a singer more than a decade after his original success, supplying vocals to more recent tracks by 50 Cent and Ludacris.

Hale dropped out of high school, was dishonorably discharged from the Marines and dabbled in the drug trade before finding success as Nate Dogg on Dr. Dre's classic 1992 album "The Chronic."

Late in life, he was plagued by legal and health problems, including at least two strokes in 2008.

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What's the Big Frigin' Difference?!

We've slipped some subtle differences into these crafty photographs -- can you spot 'em?

**HINT -- There are THREE differences in the above photograph!**

Tags: Taylor Swift,�What's The Big Frigin' Difference,�Photo Galleries

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Brooklyn Decker Debuts a Shaggy New Hairdo

Did Brooklyn Decker have a case of hair envy?

Just weeks after her Just Go With It costar Jennifer Aniston lopped off her golden mane, Brooklyn did the deed, too. The actress and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model gave a sneak peek of her new 'do Hilary Duff-style: via Twitter. "Cut ten inches off," she tweeted. "Thumbs up!"

Her choppy, shoulder-length blond bob came courtesy of stylists to the stars Ted Gibson and Jason Hueman.

No word on whether her tennis star hubby, Andy Roddick, approves of the chop, but we're digging this casual, summery cut. What about you?

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Friday, March 25, 2011

George Lopez Wants Kirstie Alley to Come on His Show, But She Wants His Kidney Instead

George Lopez extended an olive branch to Kirstie Alley Friday when he invited her to be� a guest on his show after she rejected his apology via Twitter for comparing her to a pig Wednesday.

In an interview with ?Access Hollywood,? Lopez said his joke was ?poor judgment. As they say in my world of golf, ?bad form on my part.??

?I?ve apologized. I think she?s accepted my apology, I wish that she had and that she would be a guest on ?Lopez Tonight,?? the comedian said. ? I would love to have her on.?

?Listen, she has a lot of fans and when you make a joke of that type, um, it never goes over well.?

But contrary to what he thought, Alley did not accept his apology, and instead demanded one of his kidneys.

?I don?t need or want ur apology?I want your kidney dude .. on behalf of ur X and all the women uv insulted?give it back,? she said referring to Lopez?s ex-wife Ana giving him one of her kidneys in 2005.

She added, ? I don?t consider ?I misjudged the joke? an apology. sorta like a husband saying ?I misjudged putting my d**k in a whore?sorry hon..hehe.?

Lopez?s original apology, which he Tweeted, read, ??I misjudged the joke.� No malice was intended and I apologize to Kirstie.?

Many were not amused by Lopez?s callous ?joke,? considering that 60-year-old Alley has struggled very publicly with weight issues over the years, at one point tipping the scales at 230 pounds and sparking speculation she suffers with a compulsive eating disorder.�

Rather than apologizing on air during his show, Lopez opted for Twitter, using 60 characters of the 140 characters allotted. During his monologue last night, Lopez didn?t even mention Alley, but took a few minutes to make fun of Shaquille O?Neill?s weight (joking that he couldn?t be pulled away from the Wendy?s drive-through) and Kim Kardashian?s as well (joking that W magazine ran out of ink when trying to cover her assets on her nude cover).

TBS declined to comment on Lopez?s remarks.

Experts slammed Lopez?s comments to FOX411's Pop Tarts column on Thursday. "Lopez's comments were not only demeaning to Alley, who has been incredibly brave and open with her journey toward health, but they were very detrimental to women and girls everywhere," said Yana Walton, Vice President of Communications for watchdog group the Women?s Media Center. "In a country where eating disorders are an epidemic, where advertising continually implies women are deeply deficient, where media places the majority of women's worth on their appearances, this is unacceptable."

?Lopez should use his creativity to make jokes that aren?t this harmful," Walton said. "And Alley should be judged on her dancing. After all, this is a show about dance - it's not 'The Biggest Loser.??

Terri Dougherty, editor of Women Magazine, feels some in Hollywood need to shape up and actually produce some original, funny material.�

?Lopez made a cheap shot that simply was not very funny. Dancing is excellent exercise and�I'm happy to see Kirstie out there. Making fun of a person's looks may be a standard part of comedians' acts, but this certainly was not a fresh or humorous take,? she said.�

Author of ?Love Your Body, Love Your Life? Sarah Maria said Lopez?s snide jab at Alley is offensive to all women.

?Lopez?s attempt at comedy is cruel, demeaning, and insulting.� In an apparent attempt to make people laugh, Lopez chooses insults over intelligence,? she said. ?Did Lopez even graduate from pre-school?� Even without considering Alley?s personal ongoing weight struggle, such a cruel comment is an insult to women and men everywhere.�One hopes that after pre-school, maybe at the very latest grade school, children outgrow such hurtful and inane comments.?�

But it isn?t only male comedians making disparaging weight-related remarks. Just a few months ago, comedian Kathy Griffin launched a ?fat? attack against last season?s ?Dancing With the Stars? contestant Bristol Palin, likening her to the 350-pound fictional character ?Precious.?�'s Hollie McKay contributed to this report.

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Lindsay Lohan: Take Me to Trial Town!

Lindsay Lohan may be courting new minidress designers right this minute.

The actress's lawyer informed the Los Angeles' District Attorney's Office today that Lohan will not be in court on Friday to accept a plea deal in her theft case that would have mandated she serve up to six months in county jail.

So, what's next?

MORE: Another Lohan arrest, just as Lindsay heads back to L.A.

As the world turns, Lohan is now due back in court on April 22 for a preliminary hearing, during which a judge will decide whether prosecutors have a trial-worthy case and whether Lohan violated her DUI probation by getting herself into this mess.

"Ms. Lohan has maintained her innocence from the moment this case was filed and she has never wavered," her attorney, Shawn Holley, said in a statement to E! News. "Though many advised her to follow the safe route by taking 'the deal', the truth is, Ms. Lohan is innocent; she has a strong defense; and we are confident that a jury will listen to the evidence fairly and acquit her."

L.A. Superior Court Kenneth Schwartz, who told Lohan that pleading no contest would involve at least some jail time, will be passing the reins to another judge for the pretrial proceedings.

The 23-year-old is charged with one count of felony theft for allegedly lifting a $2,500 from a Venice, Calif., jewelry shop. She is currently free on $40,000 bail, $20,000 for the theft and another $20,000 for the possible violation.

(Originally published March 23, 2011, at 3:45 p.m. PT)

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'King's Speech' Director Tom Hooper Will Direct 'Les Miserables'

Tom Hooper Les Mis'/>From Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of the Oscar-winning 'The King's Speech,' is now in talks with Universal to direct a big-screen adaptation of the musical 'Les Miserables.'

The project is being put together by Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner along with Cameron Mackintosh, who produced the perennial stage hit that opened in London in 1985. The film may begin production before year's end in Europe. William Nicholson ('Elizabeth: The Golden Age,' 'Gladiator') wrote the script.

According to Deadline, Hooper was being courted for a number of projects, including The Weinstein Co.'s 'Tulip Fever' as well as an adaptation of 'Macbeth,' but he's very close to choosing 'Mis' -- which should attract some top talent -- as his next outing.

Based on the 1862 Victor Hugo novel, the story follows ex-con Jean Valjean as he tries to outrun his relentless pursuer Javert.

There have been some dozen or so big-screen versions of 'Les Miserables'; the last was a disappointing 1998 opus with Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush and Uma Thurman.

Written by Harvey W. Lond at Moviefone

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SXSW 2011: Yin, yang and yuck on Friday

[unable to retrieve full-text content]TV on the Radio's set at the Spin party was a highlight, while the RSVP gimmick may be at an all-time low.

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Chris Brown reportedly rages after Robin Roberts asks about Rihanna on 'Good Morning America' interview

Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 10:40 AM ��� Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 3:58 PM

Chris Brown really doesn't want to talk about Rihanna anymore. If Brown seemed a bit tense during his interview early this morning with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America" -- when she tried to talk about the aftermath of his infamous attack on the singer in 2009, he doggedly tried to steer the conversation back to his new album, F.A.M.E., which debuted today -- it was nothing compared to his behavior afterwards.

An enraged Brown reportedly stormed into his dressing room, started screaming, and threw a chair into a window, sending shards onto the street below, according to

By the time security showed up, Brown had ripped off his shirt -- ? -- and left the building, taking a moment to get into a staring contest with a segment producer who confronted him. He had already performed once for GMA, but he blew off another scheduled performance for

UPDATE: ABC actually played catch-up on its own story, later posting an item on the incident and releasing a statement: "As always, we ask questions that are relevant and newsworthy, and that's what we did in this interview with Mr. Brown."

In the interview, he told Roberts that he wanted to focus on his album, not events from two years ago. Afterwards, he tweeted, "I'm so over people bringing this past [bleep] up!!! Yet we praise Charlie sheen and other celebs for there bull[bleep]." He then deleted the tweet and adopted a more upbeat tone: "All my fans!!! This album is for you and only you!!! I'm so tired of everyone else!! Honestly!! I love team breezy!!"

(He's got a point about celebrating Sheen, but then again, Sheen -- if and when he ever returns to Earth -- will never again do a sit-down interview in which the word warlock is not mentioned.)

Brown is still on probation for assaulting Rihanna. He pleaded guilty and received five years probation, 1,400 hours community service, and was required to undergo a year-long class on domestic violence. Though he and Rihanna reunited briefly after the incident, they had broken up by the time Brown pleaded guilty. A restraining order against Brown has since been relaxed.

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'Jersey Shore' star Ronnie Magro applies for pre-trial intervention; will be able to tape in Italy

Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 12:29 PM ��� Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 12:46 PM

"Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Magro , arrested on aggravated assault charges last year for punching out another man in an on-camera confrontation, will apply for a pre-trial intervention program that would let him avoid a criminal record if he stays out of trouble, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Um, have prosecutors seen "Jersey Shore"? Just this season, one could argue, there are grounds for criminal mischief and simple assault ("A person commits a simple assault if he attempts, by physical menace, to put another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury," according to New Jersey state law).

Anyhoo: The application to the program will allow Magro to travel to Italy to film the show's fourth season, says Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Hillary Bryce.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Dancing's Mike Catherwood: I Don't Think I Was the Worst (omg!)

"Psycho Mike" Catherwood may have gotten the lowest score ? a 13 ? on Dancing with the Stars this week, but he's not letting it bring him down. "I'm using it to kick up my focus a notch," he tells "I know I'm not going to be the world's best dancer, but I'll just use it for fuel this week in rehearsal and try to be a lot better and blow their socks off on Monday. I'm probably not capable of doing that, but it's a good way of keeping me motivated." Still, the Loveline radio host doesn't think he was the worst dancer of the night.

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How did you feel when you got your score?
Mike Catherwood:
I was obviously disappointed. I'm well aware that [dancing's] the thing I'm worst at and to get out there and do it in probably the most public forum is a personal victory. Even though I know I'm not a very good dancer, I still want to do well. Every time you do anything in life, you at least try for success. Getting the lowest score ... hurts your pride a little bit.

How did you feel performing it?
I felt fine. Once you get past the overwhelming nature of the show, you just have fun with it. You have a full band and everything just seems so grandiose that it can take you away from what you're there to do, which is to have fun and dance and be crappy for entertainment's sake! But I can come away from it, saying this honestly to myself, that I don't think I was the worst dancer of the night. Just because you have the lowest score, that doesn't mean you were the worst dancer. Lacey [Schwimmer] has been doing this a long time and said: "Look, it's not about how great you dance because everybody knows you're not a great dancer. Most people watching at home are not professional dancers. They want to root for someone they like, so you have that going for you." That's what she thinks.

Will Dancing's Chris Jericho do a Solid Gold routine?

Did she give you any more pep talks for next week, or are you just trying to move forward and forget about it?
Yeah, we're just trying to move on. Lacey doesn't think about it at all. I'm totally thinking about it. It almost angers me that they gave me that low a score, so I'll just use it as motivation. The rehearsals can get grueling. But also, our new dance, the jive, is a lot more suited to me as a person. It's fast-paced and energetic and I can mask my lack of posture and grace. It's going to be a jive-y jive like you've never seen before. Also ? not that it's a bad song, but I'm not really into [our foxtrot song] Mike Posner's "Cooler Than Me," but I'm in love with the song I'm dancing to next week. I was pumped when I found out. It's a little more rockin' and I'm happy.

Has posture been the hardest?
Yeah, learning the steps and to stay on rhythm is not that hard; it's being able to look like a dancer ? holding the posture and presenting yourself in a graceful manner. I don't want to say it's impossible, but it's so foreign. It seems to me that no matter how hard I work at it, I'm not that guy. I was watching Mark [Ballas] and Chelsea [Kane] do their foxtrot and I'm looking at him like, "There will never be a point in my life where I can move that gracefully." I feel like if I quit my job today and devoted my life to becoming a violin player, I can become a classically trained violinist. But I feel like if I devoted the rest of my life to being a dancer, I still won't be a good dancer. I'm trying my best, but I don't really have any hopes of taking home the Mirrorball.

You don't often hear that.
[Laughs] I'm a realist. I don't think it's impossible, but I also don't think it's probable. I have a greater chance of winning that than the Super Bowl, but it doesn't mean that I will. And for instance, Kirstie [Alley], she really wants this. She really wants to win this. And you can't fake that. You can't create that. I don't want to beat anyone. I don't have that competitive fuel to beat anyone when it comes to Dancing with the Stars. I want to do as best as I can for Lacey and for the people who were nice enough to ask me to join, but I'm doing this to have a good time and hopefully to make people at home laugh. Everybody brings something different to the broadcast. Hopefully I can provide something entertaining.

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Are you worried at all about being the least known person of the cast?
No. I don't want to go out of my way to act for the camera to gain popularity. I'm just going to be myself and hopefully that serves me well. If people like me, that's a big bonus.

Well, you've got some awesome headbands. How many other colors do you have?
[Laughs] Most of them are gifts from my nieces and nephews. I only have three that I rotate through. They honestly buy those for me seeing how far they can go with stuff they can get Uncle Mike to wear. "There's no possibility he'll wear this." And sure enough, I'm at the red carpet for something with it on my head or on my wrist. We'll see if I can pop up with a few new kick-a-- headbands.

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[unable to retrieve full-text content]To boost ratings, the Twin Cities affiliate takes a page from cable's Fox News Channel.

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Your comments: Boston Symphony Orcestra at NJPAC

Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 1:11 PM ��� Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 1:24 PM

The Boston Symphony Orchestra came to Newark to perform at the NJPAC, but without music director James Levine who is stepping down in September. In his place was conductor Roberto Abbado, who guided the orchestra through the performance.

The reviewer of the show felt Abbado was a little flat, but user Darrell enjoyed the show:

Perhaps it was because we were seated in the third tier, but my wife and I enjoyed the musicality of the performances. From our seats, the dynamic contrasts were very effective. For me, it's very hard to mess-up a Haydn symphony. This was no exception. This performance had just the right buoncy and humor. The written bassoon blat in the second movement always brings a smile to my face. I also enjoyed the slight hesitation leading into phrases in the third movement. Something, nonmusical, annoying and apparent throughout the concert was the hacking coughs heard, especially in the quiet movements. This was especially noticeable during the Bartok's ethereal second movement. Another annoyance was the sight of Governor Christie, in a first tier box, using his blackberry during the concert. He should have one of his people monitor it for him during such occasions and fetch him in an emergency.

I would have preferred to have seen/heard the original program, which I purchased tickets for, with Levine conducting. However, this was not a bad concert.

Were you at the show? If so, did you enjoy it? Check out the original entry and add your comments.

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Chris Brown Loses It: Who Had the Worst Celebrity Interview Meltdown?

Needless to say, Chris Brown did not enjoy his appearance on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday.

Brown, 21, was apparently so agitated after Robin Roberts grilled him about his infamous attack on ex-girlfriend Rihanna that he stormed into his dressing room screaming and smashed a window -- sending glass falling onto the streets below -- and then dashed out of the building shirtless.

SLIDESHOW: See the biggest celebrity meltdowns.

However, ABC will not press any charges against the singer, who is still on probation for the 2009 assault, reported.

In fact, Roberts would "love to have another chat with him," and "Good Morning America" has already invited him back to the show.

"I wish him the absolute best," Roberts said on "GMA" Wednesday morning. "We extended the invitation to him [to come back], and sure hope he takes us up on it."

That said, Roberts says she was "shocked" by Brown's wild behavior.

"Any time we have a guest, we let them know ahead of time the subject matter and the topics. And even right before the interview I let him know," Roberts said. "I was shocked like everyone else, because we've had a wonderful relationship."

Brown appeared on the show to promote his new album, "F.A.M.E.," so he was visibly annoyed when Roberts asked him if he'd seen Rihanna since her restraining order against him was relaxed.

"Not really. It's not a big deal to me as far as that situation...This ALBUM is what I want to focus on and not something that happened two years ago," Brown responded, emphasizing the ALBUM.

Later, Brown tweeted, "I'm so over people bring this past s*** up! Yet we praise Charlie Sheen and other celebs for [their] bulls***."

Brown's temper tantrum was pretty bad, but was it worse than Tom Cruise's freak-out on the "Today" show? Or speaking of Charlie Sheen, Sheen on NBC? Let us know: Who had the worst celebrity interview meltdown?

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Bobcat Goldthwait Reads PopEater 'More Than a Middle-Aged Man Probably Should'

bobcat goldthwait interviewOn a recent episode of WTF, a popular podcast hosted by stand-up comic Marc Maron, filmmaker and comedian Bobcat Goldthwait was discussing his sex life when he, long story short, outed his love for PopEater. We wanted to know more.

If the only thing you remember about Goldthwait is his trademark screech in films like the 'Police Academy' franchise, there's a lot to catch up on. In recent years, Goldthwait has gone behind the camera to write and direct for 'Jimmy Kimmel Live,' 'Chappelle's Show' and his own films, 'World's Greatest Dad,' 'Shakes the Clown' and 'Sleeping Dogs Lie.'

Far removed from his zany 1980s persona, Goldthwait's films explore the most uncomfortable and taboo sides of human behavior, but always remain darkly hilarious. While prepping for 'God Bless America,' his upcoming film about a man who drives 400 miles to murder a reality TV teen before engaging in a series of cross-country murders with a high school girl, Goldthwait called from his LA home to talk trashy entertainment, making people uncomfortable and why he'll never do reality television.

Would you consider yourself a pop culture junkie?
It's funny, at this point in history, you pick your own news. It's like, "I'm conservative, so I'm only going to watch FOX," or "I'm liberal, so I'm only going to listen to NPR." You pick your own reality. I'd love to tell you that I go to the BBC News page daily, but the reality is I end up on PopEater more than a middle-aged man probably should.

What are your guilty pleasures?
I dive right in. I watch I.D., the 24-hour true crime channel from Discovery, constantly. It's like the "murder network," so I watch that all the time now. But I'll DVR Lifetime movies like 'Amanda Knox: Murder on Trial in Italy.' And this house is certainly not above 'Real Housewives' of any region.

That's for your wife or both of you?
Oh no, man. I'm right there, too.

It's hard to imagine you with popcorn watching a 'Real Housewives' marathon on your couch.
Oh sure. And with the popcorn. You couldn't have nailed it harder.

Is it hard to divorce yourself from who you were in the 1980s?
I'll put it like this: The other day, I saw this guy at Staples [and] said to myself, "Why would some fat guy dress as Andrew 'Dice' Clay in 2011?" And I look over and go, "Oh, it is 'Dice' Clay." So I took out my cell phone and wanted to take a picture of him because I thought it was funny that he was in the whole regalia. It was weird that he was actually doing the voice.

Did you feel like you were on the other end of the paparazzi?
I'm not above taking out my camera and snapping a picture. I was once on Hollywood Boulevard and this limo rolls up and the window goes down and it's Simon Cowell. So I take my camera out and I flash a picture right in his face.

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Why did you decide to move from in front of the camera to behind it?
About seven years ago, I just said, "I'm not going to do anything else that I wouldn't watch." I just changed. That was a great thing. I'm really happy behind the scenes. This is really the happiest I've been in show business. I know that I'm not interested in making the same kind of movies I used to be in.

Was there an epiphany or was it a gradual transformation?
I kind of got off the wheel and said, "I'm not interested in getting on a sitcom or anything like that." I stopped playing that lottery thing that people in show business play. I always joke that I retired from acting the same time they stopped hiring me. So that worked out really well [laughs]. When I look back on my life, I realize I never really found [acting] too fulfilling. I do believe it's hard work, but I don't necessarily think that's what I'm good at. I just hope to develop as a guy who makes movies.

So let's say you're home watching TV and come across one of your movies from the '80s. Do you stop and watch it?
No. No. No. I turn it off immediately. My wife hasn't seen most of the movies I was in. She's not allowed to watch it.

It's a special TiVo filter.
[Laughs] You know the V-chip? We have a S***-Chip in our house. The worst is falling asleep with the television on and all of a sudden something comes on and you wake up and see yourself from the '80s.

Wikipedia will enshrine your filmography forever.
I know. It doesn't really matter what I do. My obituary photo is going to be me in a police uniform. "He later went on to cure AIDS, but he also played Cadet Zed in 'Police Academy 2,' '3' and '4.'"

You love to deal with the awkward and uncomfortable in your movies. What's the line between what's funny and when it's time to pull back?
That's the thing: I don't know. Every time I make these films, it's not like I hope I can make people squirm. It's just the way I explore how I feel about these things. I don't feel like the comedy that I make has no sacred cows. I think my goal is not to make people laugh first; it is to make people awkward.

Has that evolved over the years?
That's where it's always been. My early stand-up was just me cleaning fish on stage or being this guy who'd be crying and reading a Dear John letter and saying after, "You want to hear jokes?" My heroes were people like Andy Kaufman. That always interested me more. I wasn't concerned with people liking me so much. I'm more interested in making people feel uncomfortable. It's not a very lucrative path of entertainment to pursue, but it's the one I'm happiest with.

As someone who gets by on actual talent, is it strange to see people who are famous for being famous or have you learned to just go with it?
That kind of helped my decision with getting out and not being in front of the camera. I was offered a lot of reality things. As soon as Howie Mandel was a success doing 'Deal or No Deal,' I was one of the next names on the Rolodex.

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So the phone calls for 'Comic Relief'-era stand-ups began?
Yeah, they must have gone, "Who's another annoying '80s comedian? Oh yeah. Bobcat." I got calls to host those kinds of shows all the time. And it's not like I'm above it, but I just said I didn't want to do that kind of work anymore. Even if I did make a lot of money, I would be miserable. I've been asked to do 'Celebrity Fear Factor,' 'Celebracadabra,' 'Circus of the Stars,' you name it.

What goes through your head when those producers pitch you?
I think they think I'm Gary Busey or something, that I'll show up and give them good TV. They'd be very disappointed in the fact that I'm just this schlubby 48-year-old guy who mumbles a lot and says sarcastic things under his breath. They look at me and think that if you follow me around, I'd be a train wreck.

If you could design your own reality TV show that you had full control over, what would it be?
I think it would definitely be a show based on people who think chimps are a good pet.

And each episode doesn't end well.
Not even each episode. It's just once a season and you're just waiting, going, "Is this it? Is this the episode where someone gets mauled?"

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Kate Moss Asks Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Kanye West to Play Her Wedding

Kate Moss is known to date rockers, and will soon be wed to Kills guitarist Jamie Hince. Now she's looking to have some of the biggest names in rock to play her wedding.

According to Elle UK [via the Daily Swarm], Moss has approached the Rolling Stones, Kanye West, Gossip singer Beth Ditto, and the remaining members of Led Zeppelin and the Clash about performing at her wedding. Rumor has it Kate wants the nuptials to be a mini-Glastonbury, and if the Moss / Hince wedding even lands a fraction of these artists, we're talking about a wedding that would be bigger than just about any music festival in 2011.

Either way, the upcoming wedding will end months of speculation revolving around the marriage. According to a Daily Mirror report in 2010, the couple actually married back on Aug. 7 of last year in Sicily, even quoting a eyewitness calling the ceremony "bohemian," with the 36-year-old Moss wearing a see-through gown for the "quiet, but still very romantic" ceremony.

The source went on to add that Moss' daughter, Lila Grace, 8, whose dad is 'Dazed and Confused' editor Jefferson Hack, was the ring bearer on the "beautiful day."

"They planned the day for weeks and were so excited. Kate didn't want a stuffy, formal do, but something spiritual," the eyewitness revealed. "Minutes after tying the knot, the giggling newlyweds were outside the church, dancing under trees."

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince were introduced to each other by mutual friend Sadie Frost, Jude Law's ex-wife, and were engaged on Moss' 36th birthday.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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Aflac seeks new voice for its duck

NEW YORK ? Aflac is opening the field to people who want to take a quack at doing the new voice of the insurer's ever-abrasive duck mascot.

Aflac Inc. will begin accepting submissions on Wednesday in the search for someone to replace Gilbert Gottfried, who was ousted last week after voicing the duck for more than 10 years because he made insensitive remarks on Twitter about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Rather than hire another celebrity voice right away, Aflac decided solicit submissions from the general public, said Chief Marketing Officer Michael Zuna.

"There's a lot of undiscovered talent in the U.S.," Zuna said, citing shows like "American Idol." "We're calling it America's best job."

Anyone interested will be able to submit a 30-second audio or video file belting their best version of the Aflac duck's signature "Aflac" squawk at The company wants to hear interpretations of the character that may be different from Gottfried's, Zuna said.

A 2006 ad featuring the Aflac duck in a silent movie ? without Gottfried's voice or any dialogue at all ? was re-edited to promote the talent search and will begin airing Wednesday. It points users to contest details on the Aflac Duck's Facebook page.

Aflac is also posting a job description on that includes the following job responsibility:

"Translates complex messages into a single word that tells people, 'Aflac is the insurance company that they can count on in their time of need.'"

The submission deadline is midnight on April Fool's Day. Aflac plans live auditions in six markets including New York and Los Angeles. It expects to air the first ad with the new voice, to be created by its longtime agency, The Kaplan Thaler Group, on April 22.

Although Aflac is throwing the field open, Zuna said the company isn't ruling out using a celebrity.

"We're considering anyone and everyone," he said. "We're looking for the best voice."

Gottfried voiced the Aflac duck for 11 years. About 75 percent of Aflac's revenue comes from Japan, where the supplemental insurer's ads feature a less abrasive voice performed by a different actor.

Aflac said last week that Gottfried's jokes did not represent the feelings of the company. It previously donated 100 million yen ($1.2 million) to the International Red Cross for disaster assistance.

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Howard Stern sues SiriusXM over stock

Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 2:31 PM ��� Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 2:46 PM

TMZ reports that Howard Stern's manager and production company are suing SiriusXM, the satellite radio company he works for.

Reason? The suit, filed in New York and seeking unspecified damages, alleges that the shock jock was cheated out of stock awards promised to him by the company.

It claims that Sirius wooed Stern to sign with them by offering him a share "in any success that the company achieved." The suit further claims that once the radio company bested (and ultimately merged with) primary rival XM, the company brass decided that Stern had been compensated enough.

Subscriber estimates on which Stern's stock bonuses were to be based ranged from 3.7 million in 2006 to 12.1 million in 2010. Now just about 20 million subscribers strong, the suit maintains that "Sirius needed Stern more than Stern needed Sirius."

Calls by TMZ to Sirius were not returned. Should be interesting to see if Stern addresses the situation on his show.

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Community Spoilers: Pulp Fiction, Shirley's Baby and More! (omg!)

Before Greendale's favorite study group engages in paintball warfare for the two-part May 12 finale, they'll have a few more adventures, ranging from a birthday to a birth. The cast and crew of Community dished to what else to expect for the remainder of the season.

Community spoilers: "Sexy" Josh Holloway, paintball and spaghetti westerns

Your episode-by-episode guide of what's to come:

"Critical Film Studies" (March 24): To surprise Abed (Danny Pudi) for his birthday, the gang honors his love of pop culture by dressing up as characters from Pulp Fiction.

Gillian Jacobs (as Uma Thurman's Mia Wallace): "Much respect to anyone who wears a wig on a regular basis because after about 10 hours I wanted to rip that thing off my head. But I was definitely scratching my head with pencils and bobby pins. We definitely enjoyed the guns and all the rest. Yvette had to wear facial hair. As a woman, that's your worst nightmare, right? She pulled it off so well. And it's so amazing that I know it was well worth it."
Yvette Nicole Brown (as Samuel L. Jackson's Jules Winnfield): "It's a woman's worst nightmare to have real facial hair. The fake stuff didn't really bother me because I knew I could pull it off at night. But I think Chevy had the worst outfit because he was the gimp. It was horrible, the whole face mask and everything."
Ken Jeong (as Bruce Willis' Butch): "I remember that the makeup artist told me that they didn't want to make a replica of the look because that would defeat the comedy of it. It's gotta be homemade and it has to be obviously homemade. Chang does not look like Bruce Willis. First of all, he's not has handsome as Bruce Willis. He's not in good shape. My theory was that Chang ran out of money because of the Dungeons & Dragons episode. He was completely in black head to toe, white wig and I felt like Chang had gone over budget and was broke and he had to scramble for basic stuff."
>Joel McHale (as John Travolta's Vincent Vega): "Re-enactments behind the scenes? Yes, we re-enacted the gimp scene the most -- the blowtorch and the pliers. Yes, those all came out."

VIDEO: Community's Chang tests baby daddyhood; Britta has a crush

"Competitive Wine Tasting" (March 31): Abed shows who's boss when he attends a class on the intricacies of that '80s sitcom classic Who's the Boss? Meanwhile, Wu Mei (guest star Michelle Krusiec) catches the attention of someone from the study group.

Creator Dan Harmon: "There's an episode in which Pierce has a little love story happening and a little rivalry with Jeff over somebody."
Chevy Chase: "The romance doesn't last long. I think it's something where he's known her for a day and then asks her to marry him or something. But then it turns into something else that I can't tell you. Well, there's always a rivalry between Jeff and me. There's sort of an undercurrent of that, but it comes out of Pierce's sense of rejection, that he's not part of the group, that he's not young."

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"Paradigms of Human Memory" (April 7): It's a clip show ... or is it? Instead of rehashed bits of episodes we've already seen, Community shot all-new footage to give viewers an alternate, wackier view of the past.

Harmon: "There's a special episode where the characters find a pile of stuff and have a lot of memories about the times they've had together. It's a fake clip show, 75 scenes in 22 minutes. A clip show is part of the mythology of the sitcom where you learn certain things about the characters. The only downside is that it's recycled material, but that was just too easy for us. We like to try and kill ourselves, so we shot a bunch of s--- you've never seen from episodes that don't exist."
Jeong: "That was the only table read I've ever been in when after the read was over, the cast members stood up and applauded."
Brown: "When you guys watch the clip show, pay attention to stuff that's on the walls, pay attention to people that walk in the background. It's rich with things that'll make you laugh."
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The One Where Shirley Gives Birth (Episode date and title unknown, but the cast and producers reveal that we will see Shirley pop one out before the season ends): In the Halloween episode, the zombie apocalypse drove Shirley into Senor Chang's loving arms. So now it's possible that Chang -- or Andre (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) ? is her baby daddy.

Harmon: "Shirley will drop a papoose. You knew that was going happen when she got pregnant. It will happen during an episode. She will give birth."
Brown: "Yes, Shirley will give birth before the season is over. We're not sure if every week working here is a true week or a month or what, so don't get too wrapped up in trying to figure out the timing of it."
McHale: "Ken Jeong did some improvising while the birth was happening that was so funny and so sublime that I hope they leave it all in. I don't know if they can, but it was one of those where I had to take a knee and try to calm myself down. As for how Jeff reacts to the birth, he reacts like most things that are like that for him: He taunts Britta about it."

Community airs Thursdays at 8/7 c on NBC.

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Katy Perry Is This Week's Most Valuable Partyer!

Katy Perry is awesome.

The pop powerhouse is currently hard at work on her California Dreams tour, and last night across the pond in London, Katy was out late for a good cause.

First, she performed at the Hammersmith Apollo to rave reviews while donating some of her proceeds to Red Cross relief in Japan.

Most singers might call it a night after that, but not Katy. She then headed to the Radio 1 studios at 1 a.m. to be on the air for yet another charitable cause...

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The "Firework" babe was a guest on Chris Moyle's record-breaking 51 hour BBC show, which raised $2.4 million for Comic Relief. Being the good sport she is, she even donned their signature red nose for photogs when she exited the studios.

It was definitely a late night for Katy, but good deeds are worth staying out past your bedtime and miss some beauty rest.

Speaking of sleep-deprived, this week's Party Foul goes to Katie Holmes and no, it's not for letting Suri pick up penis gummies.

Katie's getting called out for bringing 4-year-old Suri to Serendipity so late. The mommy-daughter duo was out after midnight enjoying desserts in NYC on Tuesday night.

We're all for ice cream dates, but can't Katie take her young kiddo out at a more reasonable hour? Or find an adult friend to join her on her night-owl outings instead of her poor kid?

Let's leave the late nights on the town for Suri until she hits the teenage years at least, OK?

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Rapper Ja Rule admits to $3M in tax evasion

Rapper and 2002 Grammy nominee Ja Rule pleaded guilty to more than $3 million in tax evasion.


Rapper and 2002 Grammy nominee Ja Rule pleaded guilty to more than $3 million in tax evasion.

Queens-born rapper Ja Rule pleaded guilty Tuesday to�failing to pay taxes on more than $3 million in income.

Born Jeffrey Atkins in Hollis, the platinum-selling singer told a New Jersey judge he didn't pay taxes on the big coin he earned�between 2004 and 2006.

He�faces up to one year in prison and $100,000 in fines when he is sentenced in June.

Around the same time, Atkins, 35, will be starting a two-year prison sentence on a weapons conviction in New York.

Ja Rule was nominated for a 2002 Grammy Award for the album, "Pain is Love."

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

James Franco takes on Oscar telecast writer Bruce Vilanch

Published: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 10:48 AM ��� Updated: Tuesday, March 22, 2011, 4:46 PM

Disastrous Oscar host James Franco fired back at Bruce Vilanch, the longtime joke writer for the telecast who told New York magazine yesterday that Franco didn't appear to understand what the job required.

Like, say, being awake.

"I don't think he realized how big a deal it is to do it until he was actually confronted with it," Vilanch says. "I think he thought he would kind of ... I don't know what he thought. I thought maybe it was a performance-art prank, and then I realized he sincerely wanted to do it. But it's outside of those guys' comfort zones. The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, 'Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. A funny thing happened ... '"

That prompted Franco to tweet a photo of Franco posing with Vilanch the night of the ceremony, with a dialogue balloon apparently scripted by Franco coming out of Vilanch's mouth: "James [bleeped] up the Oscars. Trust me, I know comedy. I mean, come on, I write for Bette Midler!," according to the Huffington Post. Franco also tweeted: "Bruce, he let me down," but both the photo and the message have apparently been deleted from Franco's account.

UPDATE: They've made up. Vilanch sent a message to Franco says he was defending him, and was doing it in a light-hearted way, though that wasn't conveyed, and Franco accepted his apology.

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Titleholders selected to represent Nation?s Capitol at 2011 International Pageant

PRLog (Press Release) ? Mar 22, 2011 ? LAUREL, MD ? Saturday, March 19, at THE ARC in Southeast Washington, the new Miss and Teen District of Columbia International 2011 were crowned. �The new queens competed in four categories including: Personal Interview, Fitness, Evening Gown and On Stage Question to win their respective titles. �They will go on to compete in the Miss and Teen International pageant this July in Chicago, Illinois.

Dr. Allison Hill, Miss District of Columbia International 2011 & Photogenic Winner ? Platform: Epidemic Rx: Vaccinate Yourself against Prescription Drug Abuse. �Dr. Hill, who currently works at a community pharmacy in the city, received her Doctorate in Pharmacy from Howard University, where she won the 2009 Patient Counseling Competition. She also obtained her Bachelor?s degree from the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. �A member of the Junior League of Washington and Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, she believes prescription drug abuse is a pressing issue that does receive the same attention as other abused substances. � Throughout her reign, Allison will be advocating for parents to talk with their children about prescription drug abuse just like the conversations about alcohol and tobacco use and educating the public on ways to prevent prescription misuse.

Lystra Edwards, Miss Teen District of Columbia International 2011 & Teen Congeniality Winner ? Platform: Challenges and Triumph: �Overcoming Abuse. �Miss Edwards is currently a sophomore at Bladensburg High School in Prince George?s County, Maryland where she participates in Track, Swimming & Cheerleading. � An honor roll student, she has also received the ?Most Improved? and ?Good Citizen? awards. �As Miss Teen DC, Lystra hopes to work with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) , Women Against Verbal Violence (WAVV), and the Healing Wounds Organizations to highlight the sever problems in the city surrounding mental and verbal abuse. �She also hopes to advocate and educate teenagers on how to take life?s negatives and turn them into positives.

During the pageant, awards were also presented for Miss Teen Photogenic - DeSha Bennett; Excellence in Education - Brianna Ursery (Miss) & Silver Briscoe (Teen); People?s Choice ? Candace Johnson (Miss) and Taylar Barnes (Teen); Miss Congeniality - Katori Brown. �Katori Brown and Chance Jackson rounded out the Miss division as 1st and 2nd runner up respective. �DeSha Bennett finished as 1st runner-up and Silver Briscoe, 2nd runner-up in the Teen division.

To schedule Miss of Miss Teen District of Columbia International for an appearance, contact Rita Sinha at The District of Columbia International Pageants are the official preliminaries to the Teen and Miss � �International pageants. �The International Pageant system is the only system to require each competitor to have a community service platform. �Eligible ladies must live, work, or attend school in the state and be between the ages of 19 ? 29 for the Miss category and 13-19 for the Teen category. �Visit the website, for additional information.

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Lawrence Taylor Sentenced -- NO JAIL TIME

Lawrence Taylor just dodged a MAJOR bullet -- because he was sentenced to six years probation -- with NO JAIL TIME -- for sexual misconduct with an underage prostitute.


LT -- who pled guilty in January to one count of patronizing a prostitute and one count of sexual misconduct -- was also ordered by a judge in New York to register as a sex offender.

An order of protection was also issued -- barring LT from contacting the victim until March 22, 2016.

Among the terms of his sentence, the judge ruled LT is allowed to pick up his kids at school ... must be at his home between the hours of 1AM and 5AM ... and he can't visit any porn shops or strip bars.

LT was also warned that he may not purchase a firearm or pick up a hitch hiker while on probation.

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Fox, CNN feud over human shields accusation

NEW YORK ? CNN is angrily denying that correspondent Nic Robertson and other journalists were used by the Libyan government as human shields against an attack on Moammar Gadhafi's compound.

Fox News correspondent Jennifer Griffin reported Monday that the British military had to call off an attack on the Libyan ruler's compound because journalists had been taken there on a trip to view earlier bomb damage. She says Fox correspondent Steve Harrigan avoided the government-sponsored trip because of concern about being used as a shield.

An angry Robertson took to the air on CNN and called the allegation "outrageous and absolutely hypocritical." He says Fox sent a security guard with a camera on the same trip.

Griffin apologized for not noting the Fox presence, but stood by the human shields charge.

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Top 10 Super Cheesy College Sports Movies!

March Madness is here, the annual apex of college sports excitement, time for underdogs, buzzer beaters and lost causes who go from zero to hero with the bounce of a ball.

In Hollywoodspeak, it's Big Game time! So along with our office pool, we filled out a list of classic (if cheesy) Big Game movies we think are great, or are at least so-bad-they're-good.

Now, Big Game movies don't vary much: there's a loner-hero, a love interest and a rival, and a Big Game on the horizon. Cut to?training montage!

When the Big Game arrives, so does the Other School, which only recruits great looking, super mean kids. Usually, it's Harvard. There's an early setback, but with teamwork and a lot of heart...well, its March Madness, so you know the rest.

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Fox 9 news anchors are putting up a good fight

[unable to retrieve full-text content]To boost ratings, the Twin Cities affiliate takes a page from cable's Fox News Channel.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

How Much Weight Has Jordon Sparks Lost? You Be the Judge (omg!)

It looks like Jordin Sparks may have to give up her plus-size modeling contract.

The American Idol winner, 21, showed off a noticeably slimmer figure in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Check out photos of Jordin Sparks

Sparks has not yet publicly commented on her weight loss, but thanked her fans on Twitter for the compliments about her new look following the event.

Sparks, who won Idol's seventh season, has reportedly cut her dress size in half with her new diet. She has been a model for the plus-size clothing company, Torrid, since 2007. In an interview with People shortly after her win, a then-17-year-old Sparks revealed she was a size 12 and had learned to embrace her curves.

"I'm really comfortable in my own skin," Sparks said. "I learned that I'm not ever going to be a size 2. I would look so weird as a size 2. Somebody would blow and I would fall right over. It just wouldn't be healthy."

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Top 10 Super Cheesy College Sports Movies!

March Madness is here, the annual apex of college sports excitement, time for underdogs, buzzer beaters and lost causes who go from zero to hero with the bounce of a ball.

In Hollywoodspeak, it's Big Game time! So along with our office pool, we filled out a list of classic (if cheesy) Big Game movies we think are great, or are at least so-bad-they're-good.

Now, Big Game movies don't vary much: there's a loner-hero, a love interest and a rival, and a Big Game on the horizon. Cut to?training montage!

When the Big Game arrives, so does the Other School, which only recruits great looking, super mean kids. Usually, it's Harvard. There's an early setback, but with teamwork and a lot of heart...well, its March Madness, so you know the rest.

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Wyclef says bullet grazed hand in Haiti's capital

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ? Musician Wyclef Jean said Sunday that a bullet grazed his hand as he stepped out of a car to make a telephone call, but said he was only slightly injured.

Jean, who has been in Haiti helping the presidential campaign of his friend and fellow musician Michel "Sweet Micky" Martelly, said the bullet grazed him late Saturday night as he stepped out of his car in the Delmas section of the capital, Port-au-Prince, to make a call on his cellphone.

"The way I can explain it is that the bullet grazed me in my right hand," Jean told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "I heard blow, blow, blow, and I just looked at my hand."

Jean, who was with a driver and the Haitian hip-hop singer FanFan at the time, said he didn't know who fired the shots, or whether they were directed at him.

He said he got out of the car to have a private conversation that FanFan would not overhear. He heard the shots and looked down to see blood on his shirt and sneakers.

The Haitian-American performer said he was treated at a local hospital and released. Jean said he took antibiotics and recovered at an "undisclosed location" before going out to vote in Sunday's presidential election.

Jean did not say what hospital treated him. Later, Garry Andre, who handles security for the musician, said it was City Med, a private clinic, in Petionville. A pharmacist at the facility's entrance said she saw Jean pass through overnight and later leave.

Haitian police chief Mario Andresol told reporters that he wasn't sure what happened during the shooting and that Jean didn't talk to police.

"We can't tell you if he was injured by a bullet or something else," Andresol said. "He will have to answer to police no matter what."

Later, Jean was asked by reporters to comment on rumors that he had been injured by broken glass, not a bullet. "This is Haiti; it's a city of rumors," he said as he went to vote in the Delmas section of Port-au-Prince. "There's another one with me and Busta Rhymes in the car."

A new elastic bandage covered a portion of Jean's right hand, which he used to cast his ballot. Sitting in the back of a silver Toyota Prado SUV, he showed the AP his ink-stained thumb on his bandaged hand as evidence that he voted.

Jean, a native of Haiti who rocketed to fame as a member of the hip-hop trio The Fugees, came to Haiti to support Martelly, who faces university administrator and former first lady Mirlande Manigat.

Jean had initially sought to be a candidate in the race but Haiti's electoral council disqualified him from the ballot because he didn't meet residency requirements. He has actively campaigned for Martelly, most recently joining him in a concert Thursday in downtown Port-au-Prince that drew thousands of spectators.

"We are happy that Wyclef is OK but we continue to pray for him and for a peaceful and fair election today in Haiti," the Rev. Al Sharpton, who has worked with Jean on educational issues and bringing aid to Haiti after the devastating January 2010 earthquake, said in a statement.

The statement also quoted Jimmy Rosemond, a music manager said to be accompanying Jean on his current trip to Haiti.

"It is clear that enemies of progressive change in Haiti are behind the shooting of Wyclef ? those that don't want to accept that a monumental change is inevitable for the betterment of the Haitian people," Rosemond said. "This incident will not deter those of us that see the election as crucial to the country's future."

(This version CORRECTS spelling of clinic name to City Med rather than CitiMed.)

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