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Monday
Oct182010

Police Investigating Incident Involving Justin Bieber

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(TORONTO) -- Justin Bieber played a round of laser tag last Friday in Canada that got so out of hand, it’s now the subject of a police investigation.

According to the Vancouver Sun, Bieber has been accused of injuring a 12-year-old boy at a laser tag facility in Richmond, British Columbia.  The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says the boy suffered an injury that did not require medical care.

The Canadian celebrity website ZackTaylor.ca reports that Bieber, 16, was playing laser tag and attempting to avoid a shot when he accidentally bumped into the child.  Bieber’s rep denied the report to TMZ.com.

According to TMZ’s account of what happened, the child repeatedly shot at Bieber during the game, and when the singer told him to back off, the kid called him an anti-gay slur.  Canadian police say an “active investigation” is still ongoing.

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Monday
Oct182010

Alicia Keys Gives Birth to Baby Boy

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music Entertainment/J Records(NEW YORK) -- Multiple media sources are reporting that Alicia Keys, 29, gave birth late Thursday night to a baby boy with husband Swizz Beatz, 31.  The child, named Egypt Dean, was born at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital in New York.

Apparently in response to the birth, Beatz tweeted, "I'm so thankful for everything I been blessed with in my life wowwwwww!"

Alicia tweeted over the weekend, “There is no word to properly describe LOVE, to describe BLISS, to express a FEELING like this!!! Thank U 4 your love, support & prayers! ;-)”

Keys and Beatz were married last August.

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Monday
Oct182010

'Jackass 3D' Breaks Record in Debut Weekend

Photo Courtesy - Paramount Pictures/MTV Films(NEW YORK) -- The Jackass crew had a record-setting debut at the box office over the weekend.  Jackass 3D earned an estimated $50 million to set a record for an October debut, snapping the old mark of $48.1 million set by Scary Movie 3 in 2003.  Jackass 3D sold fewer tickets than Scary Movie 3 did when the horror spoof was released, but Johnny Knoxville's film benefited from the higher ticket prices that exist today, especially for 3D movies.

The all-star action flick Red premiered in second place, drawing $22.5 million.  The Social Network, which had been the top movie the previous two weekends, fell to third place, with $11 million.  The Clint Eastwood drama Hereafter fared well in limited release, raising $231,000 in just six theaters.  Hereafter expands into a wide release this Friday.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Monday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Jackass 3D, $50 million.
2. Red, $22.5 million.
3. The Social Network, $11 million.
4. Secretariat, $9.5 million.
5. Life as We Know It, $9.2 million.
6. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, $4.2 million.
7. The Town, $4 million.
8. My Soul to Take, $3.2 million.
9. Easy A, $2.7 million.
10. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, $2.4 million.

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Monday
Oct182010

'The Hobbit' to Get Underway in 2011

Photo Courtesy - HarperCollins Publishers(NEW YORK) -- After various production delays that cost the film its original director, Guillermo del Toro, The Hobbit is back on track.  Peter Jackson, who directed the Oscar-winning Lord of The Rings films, will now direct the prequel, beginning in February 2011.

The Hobbit tells the story of how Bilbo Baggins found the ring of power at the center of Lord of the Rings, and is based on author J.R.R. Tolkien's literary prequel.

Jackson had already signed on to co-write and produce the film version, but stepped in for co-producer del Toro to direct The Hobbit, which will be made into a pair of 3D films.

"Exploring Tolkien's Middle-earth goes way beyond a normal filmmaking experience," said Jackson in a statement. "It's an all-immersive journey into a very special place of imagination, beauty, and drama."

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Monday
Oct182010

Spike TV's Scream Awards Honor 'Back to the Future,' 'Lost'

Photo Courtesy - Universal Studios(LOS ANGELES) -- Spike TV turned back the clock for its 2010 Scream Awards, held in Los Angeles on Saturday night.  MTV.com reports that Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd appeared onstage together for a tribute to their classic film Back to the Future, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

The cast of Lost also reunited, five months after their ABC series concluded.  Jorge Garcia and Harold Perrineau were among the Lost actors who accepted the "Final Farewell" award in honor of their show.

Bill Murray made an appearance in his old Ghostbusters costume, though he was there to accept the award for best horror movie, for Zombieland.  He made a cameo in the film.

Other stars were on hand to plug their upcoming projects.  Neve Campbell, Emma Roberts and the newly-single David Arquette previewed clips of the fourth Scream film.  In addition, a new clip from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 was screened.

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson each won awards for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and Mickey Rourke was named best villain for Iron Man 2.

The 2010 Scream Awards air this Tuesday night on Spike TV.

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Monday
Oct182010

Rihanna-Lady Gaga Collabo a No-Go

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Def Jam Recordings(NEW YORK) -- Rumors were circulating that Lady Gaga and Rihanna would collaborate on a song titled “Broken Heels,” which would be included on Rihanna’s upcoming album Loud.  But, Rihanna's rep denies the rumor, telling MTV News that there is no such duet.

A rep for Rihanna also clarified to JustJared.com that a picture posted online of what is purportedly the back cover for Loud, listing Gaga as a guest on the album, is a hoax.

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Monday
Oct182010

Kanye Revives 'G.O.O.D. Fridays', Releases New Track 

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam(NEW YORK) --Kanye West is joined by Keri Hilson and two other guests on the latest song he’s released through his "G.O.O.D. Fridays" free music series.

West emphasizes his rebellious side in the beat-boxing track “Take One for the Team,” rapping, "You know what?/I figured out I'm not a nice guy/I shook hands, kissed babies, gave it a nice try."

The song also features Pusha T and West protégé Cyhi the Prynce.

West temporarily suspended the "G.O.O.D. Fridays" program last month after two of his songs leaked online.

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Sunday
Oct172010

Angelina Jolie's Controversial War Movie Gets Green Light

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(BELGRADE, Serbia) -- A Bosnian Romeo and Juliette -- war, romance, trouble -- Angelina Jolie's directorial debut movie, which had seemed to be in political trouble, is expected to get a new permit to film in Bosnia after officials revoked initial concerns about the script, a local producer told ABC News.

Jolie is expected to arrive in Bosnia in late November to begin filming the movie, said Edin Sarkic, director of Scout, the Bosnian production house working on the movie.

Although no celebrity has done more to try to soothe the wounds in the Balkans, Angelina Jolie found herself in the difficult position of reopening those wounds with her new project, which is set against the backdrop of Bosnian war.

After word began to circulate that the film would depict not only the rape of a Bosnian Muslim woman by a Serb but also a romance between the two, a backlash erupted.

Bakira Hasecic, a rape victim and president of the Women Victims of War Association in Sarajevo, lodged a protest with the minister of culture, objecting to the romantic plotline.

The ministry then realized that it had not gotten a copy of the movie script, as is required by Bosnian law, but only a synopsis of the plot, and it revoked the shooting permit.

Jolie has so far resisted giving specifics about the movie's plot, but said she was aware of the still-raw emotions.

The American film star is not expected to fill an on-screen role.

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Sunday
Oct172010

'Beaver' Mom Barbara Billingsley Dies

Photo Courtesy - CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Barbara Billingsley, best known for her role as June Cleaver in the sitcom Leave It To Beaver, died Saturday. She was 94.

As June Cleaver, Billingsley exemplified the perfect, pearl-wearing stay-at-home mom -- a post-war cultural standard -- and the Cleaver family became a generation’s ideal.

Off-screen, she was married three times and spent part of her career not as a stay-at-home mom, but as a single mother to two boys.

After Beaver went off the air, Billingsley saw few acting roles, but her career was revived in 1980, when she appeared in the comedic film, Airplane.

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Saturday
Oct162010

Rapper T.I. Sentenced to 11 Months in Jail

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Grammy-winning rapper T.I. was sentenced to 11 months in prison on Friday for violating the terms of his probation. The 30–year-old hip-hop star was arrested in September on suspicion of possession of the drug Ecstasy.

T.I., whose real name is Calvin Harris, sought leniency in the case as prosecutors pushed for a two-year sentence, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Harris faced a potential 30 years in prison for federal gun charges in 2007 when he was arrested following the Black Entertainment Television awards. He paid a $100,000 fine and was sentenced to one year in prison after completing 1000 hours of community service while under house arrest.

On September 1, Harris was stopped for a traffic violation in Los Angeles by police, who discovered drugs in his car. After his arrest Harris tested positive for opiates. He acknowledged on Friday that this was a violation of the terms of his probation.

Several character witnesses appeared in court this week on behalf of Harris, including a university professor who used his music to relate life lessons to her students, a member of Harris' Narcotics Anonymous group, and an Atlanta police officer, James Polite, who explained how Harris recently persuaded an Atlanta man not to commit suicide.

Once Harris is released from prison, he will still be on probation and face three more years if he is found in violation of the terms of his release.

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