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Apr072011

Wendy Williams Happy to Be Off 'Dancing with the Stars'

Bob D'Amico/ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Talk show host Wendy Williams is relieved she was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars. Williams tells People the six-week experience took a toll.

"I have neglected personally [my] 10-year-old son, I have a 12-year marriage and I've got a talk show that demands my attention." She explained, "I don't feel like I deserved any of the scores I got, but still, I am ironically pleased to [go] home."

Speaking Wednesday with New York City's local Fox affiliate WNYW, on which The Wendy Williams Show airs in the Big Apple, Williams also said she wasn't a fan of "getting ridiculed" in front of millions of DWTS fans each episode.

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Thursday
Apr072011

Paris Hilton Sued over Stolen Jewels

Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- "They're hot." That's the Paris Hilton-esque assessment from an insurance company now suing Hilton over more than $60,000 worth of once-stolen bling it says the socialite hasn't returned. The pricey items were lent to Hilton by jeweler Damiani back in 2007, but were swiped during a robbery at Hilton's home in 2008.

The police recovered the items after busting up a high-profile robbery ring in 2009. Cops gave the treasures back to Hilton, but Allianz Global insurers say Hilton never returned the items to Damiani. The lawsuit claims she's ignored the insurance company's requests to return the items.

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Thursday
Apr072011

Report: Oprah Won't Publicly Support Obama in 2012

Jemal Countess/WireImage(CHICAGO) -- Oprah Winfrey was one of then-Senator Barack Obama's biggest public supporters in the 2008 election, but she'll be very low-key in 2012. 

PopEater.com reports Winfrey, who recently launched her cable network, OWN, is reportedly acting in the best interests of the fledgling channel amid fears that throwing her support behind President Obama's re-election bid would turn off viewers.  A source says, "Unlike in 2008, when a drop in ratings didn't matter as much for the queen of TV, Oprah is now fighting every day to get people to tune into OWN."  The insider added, "Helping a friend keep the most important job in the world is great, but making sure her OWN network thrives is now her priority." 

There's no comment on the report from anyone in Oprah's camp.

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Thursday
Apr072011

Pregnant Tina Fey on Agony Over Second Child

Al Goldstein | NBC Universal(NEW YORK) -- For Tina Fey, getting pregnant again was more than half the battle.

The 30 Rock creator and star revealed on a just-taped episode of Oprah to air April 12 that she's expecting baby number two with her husband, Jeff Richmond. The news follows the Tuesday release of her book, Bossypants, in which she agonizes over whether to have a second child. (She and Richmond have a five-year-old daughter, Alice.)

In the book, Fey acknowledges she doesn't have a lot of time to have another child.

"I debate the second-baby issue when I can't sleep," she writes. "'Should I? No. I want to. I can't. I must. Of course not. I should try immediately.' I get up to go to the bathroom and study myself in the mirror. Do I look like someone who should be pregnant? I look good for 40, but I have the quaggy jawline and hollow cheeks of a mom, not a pregnant lady. It's now or never. This decision can't be delayed."

While Fey could devote herself to making movies and TV shows, she wonders how fulfilling that would be.

"And what's so great about work anyway?" she writes. "Work won't visit you when you're old. Work won't drive you to get a mammogram and take you out after for soup.…Hollywood be damned. I'll just be unemployable and labeled crazy in five years anyway."

Fey admits that when her daughter says, "I wish I had a baby sister," she's "stricken with guilt and panic." The pressure built up to a point that caused her to break down in her gynecologist's office.

"I went for my annual checkup and, tired of carrying this anxiety around, burst into tears the moment she said hello," Fey writes in Bossypants. "I laid it all out for her, and the main thing I took away from our conversation was the kind of simple observation that only an impartial third party can provide: 'Either way, everything will be fine.'"

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Thursday
Apr072011

'American Idol' Top Nine Sing Songs from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top nine contestants sang songs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Wednesday night, with judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez on hand to offer their opinions.

Here's what happened:

Jacob Lusk went with Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On" at first, but he didn't feel comfortable with it. He switched to Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" because he believed in the message of the song. Tyler said the performance was beautiful and well done. Lopez said it was perfect in every way and on every emotional level. Jackson applauded him for going with a song he believed in and called the performance hot.

Haley Reinhart took on the Janis Joplin classic "Piece of My Heart," playing into the judges' request to hear her get grittier with her vocals. Lopez said she showed everyone she was a contender with this performance, and Jackson said this is the Haley they loved when they first saw her. Tyler said he couldn't find anything wrong with the performance. He loved it.

Casey Abrams considered doing The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," but changed his choice to Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain." Jackson said he made Creedence proud with that one. Tyler said he was a true musician who brought something different every time he plays. Lopez said she would pay top dollar to be front row at his show.

Lauren Alaina sang "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin this week. Tyler said she'd turned into a natural born woman, and Lopez said she was amazing. Jackson said this was one of the most difficult songs to pull off, and he thought she did a good job with it.

James Durbi slowed it down with the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" in an effort to take a chance as an artist. Lopez enjoyed seeing the other side of his personality, and Jackson loved the emotion he showed during this performance. Tyler liked seeing him really connecting and crying during the song.

Scotty McCreery paid tribute to his childhood hero Elvis Presley with a performance of "That's All Right," keeping a promise to show off his rock side this week. Jackson said he was in it to win it and showed a new side of himself. Tyler said he brought Presley into the house, and Lopez thought he showed a little bit of hip-hop/R&B flavor this week.

Pia Toscano finally showed some flair with Tina Turner's "River Deep, Mountain High," working the stage in a black and white sleeveless pantsuit. Tyler said there were a million guys in a million bars having a million drinks about her following her performance. Lopez said this proved she could tackle an up-tempo song, but she wants her to start studying big performers like Tina Turner. Jackson echoed Lopez's thoughts and said she needed to work on her onstage movement. Jackson added that Toscano is in it to win it.

Stefano Langone sang Percy Sledge's "When a Man Loves a Woman" with a bit of falsetto at first. Lopez said she knew he had it in him and thought this performance had a whole other level of emotion for Langone. Jackson wasn't jumping up and down about the performance, but Tyler liked the old-school vibe at the beginning of the song. Tyler thought Langone nailed it.

Paul McDonald tried to get a little crazy with Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," playing acoustic guitar and rocking out more than ever before. He got a standing ovation from the audience, and Jackson had three words for him -- "I loved it." Tyler called him a "perfect, imperfect boy" and Lopez said it was a perfect way to end the show.

Someone is going home on American Idol's results show Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. 

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Thursday
Apr072011

Grammy Awards Drop 31 Categories

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(SANTA MONICA, Calif.) -- The Grammy Awards show is poised to get leaner.

The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that as part of a restructuring, the number of categories will drop from 109 to 78. 

This doesn't mean that entire musical genres, like country or R&B, will be dropped.  Instead, certain categories are being combined, while others are being eliminated entirely.  For example, instead of having separate Best Female and Male Pop Vocal Performance categories, the two are being combined into Best Pop Solo Performance, and male and female artists will compete against one another.

Along the same lines, there won't be any more Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group or Best Pop Collaboration categories -- they're being combined into a single category called Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.

There are other changes, as well.  For example, from now on, if there aren't a certain number of submissions for a certain category, it'll be dropped for that year.  If that continues for three years, the category will be scrapped for good.

Among the other categories being dropped: Best Hawaiian Music Album, Best Cajun Music Album, Best Rock or Rap Gospel Album, and Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

The so-called "Big Four" -- Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist -- remain untouched.

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Thursday
Apr072011

No More Monkey Business: 'Hangover II' Trailer Yanked

Warner Bros.(WASHINGTON) -- Just days after the full trailer for The Hangover: Part II hit theaters, Warner Bros. has been ordered to pull it.

The Motion Picture Association of America claims the studio didn't run the trailer by its ratings board, which ensures ads for R-rated movies like Hangover 2 only run before similarly-rated films.  At issue is a scene in which Zach Galifianakis goads a monkey into biting a bottle the actor hides under a old man's robe, making it seem as if the monkey is performing a sex act on the man.

The Hangover: Part II trailer had been attached to PG-13 fare like Source Code.  A new, MPAA-approved trailer will be attached to a more appropriate film, the R-rated Scream 4, starting April 15.

The Hangover: Part II opens May 26.

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Thursday
Apr072011

Alec Baldwin: '30 Rock' to End Next Year

PRNewsFoto/Turner Classic Movies(NEW YORK) -- NBC may have to fill a major hole in its lineup after next season, if Alec Baldwin is to be believed.

The Emmy-winning 30 Rock star told New York magazine Tuesday night, "Our show next year is our last year of the show."

Baldwin has said in the past he'd leave the series after his contract expires next year, but this is the first time there's been word the whole show itself would wrap up.  The 53-year-old Baldwin said Tina Fey's deal is up as well next year, and it'll be time for her to move on to bigger and better things, adding, "Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing."

However, Baldwin may be jumping the gun.

A source with NBC tells TVLine.com, "We have had no conversations about 30 Rock ending next season."

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Thursday
Apr072011

Britney Spears Becomes First Woman to Score Sixth Top Album Debut

Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- Britney Spears' new album, Femme Fatale, debuted in the number one position on the Billboard album chart this week, with first-week sales of 276,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.

It's Spears' sixth album to enter the chart at number one, and according to her record label, she's now the only female artist to score six top-selling album debuts.

In addition, the pop singer is now tied with Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey for the third-most number-one albums overall among female artists.  Only Barbra Streisand and Madonna have more, with nine and seven, respectively.

Femme Fatale also scored the year's second-biggest first-week sales, after Adele's album, 21.

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Thursday
Apr072011

Matt Lauer to Leave 'Today' Show at the End of 2012?

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- One day after NBC was confronted with reports that Meredith Vieira will leave the Today show later this year, the network was forced Wednesday to address another rumor that her co-host, Matt Lauer, is also planning his departure from the morning program.

Entertainment Tonight is reporting that Lauer has told his bosses that he will say goodbye to the show when his contract expires on December 31, 2012.

A statement from the Today show to Entertainment Tonight downplays the report: "There seems to be an awful lot of speculation around news anchors these days, and it's not our practice to comment on any of it.  Matt Lauer has a long term contract with NBC News and Today."

Lauer became host of the Today show in 1997, replacing Bryant Gumbel.

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