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Mar022011

Beyoncé Donated Gadhafi Money to Haiti Earthquake Relief

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Stop hating on Beyoncé for accepting money from Moammar Gadhafi's son -- turns out she donated it to charity long ago.

Beyoncé had been criticized after leaked U.S. State Department documents revealed that she'd accepted a big check from Mutassim Gadhafi to perform at a New Year's Eve party in St. Barts in 2009. 

But her spokeswoman says in a statement to ABC News, "All monies paid to Beyoncé for her performance at a private party at Nikki Beach St. Barts on New Year's Eve 2009, including the commissions paid to her booking agency, were donated to the earthquake relief efforts in Haiti, over a year ago." 

The spokeswoman added, "Once it became known that the third party promoter was linked to the [Gadhafi] family, the decision was made to put that payment to a good cause."

This information was made public a day after Nelly Furtado told fans via Twitter that she was donating the million bucks she earned for performing for the Gadhafi family in 2007 to charity. 

So far, other celebrities who the State Department documents also revealed as having accepted money for such performances, including Usher and Mariah Carey, haven't commented.

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Wednesday
Mar022011

'Dancing with the Stars' Pairings Announced

Photo Courtesy - ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Now that the new contestants of this season's Dancing with the Stars have been revealed, fans of the show were eager to know which celebrity would be dancing with which pro. On Wednesday, the pairings of celebrity and pro dancer were revealed:

- Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

- Radio personality "Psycho" Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer

- WWE star Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke

- Disney star Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas

- Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya

- Karate Kid Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff

- Supermodel Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin

- Rapper/actor Romeo and Chelsie Hightower

- Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward and Kym Johnson

- Playboy playmate and reality star Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel

- Talk show host Wendy Williams, and Tony Dovolani

The two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars will air Monday, March 21st at 8 p.m. ET.

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Wednesday
Mar022011

Christina Aguilera to Judge 'The Voice'

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Finally, some good news for Christina Aguilera -- she's got a new job.  NBC has now confirmed reports that she's officially signed on as a judge and coach for the upcoming NBC reality singing competition The Voice.  She joins Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green on the judging panel.  In a statement, Christina said, "I am so excited to be part of such a wonderful project that celebrates music and the talent behind it. To be given the opportunity to help shape new artists’ careers and mentor them to see their dreams come to fruition is a task I welcome with open arms."

The Voice premieres on Tuesday, April 26.  As previously reported, the show features the judges choosing to work with contestants based on their voices alone -- they're not allowed to see them first.  Once they choose their favorites, they mentor them to stardom, and America will decide which contestant wins a recording contract and a cash prize.

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Wednesday
Mar022011

Performers Announced for 46th Annual ACM Awards

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Heidi Gutman(LAS VEGAS) -- Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, and Toby Keith have been confirmed to perform on the 46th Annual ACM Awards coming up April 3 on CBS. Reba and Blake Shelton will serve as hosts. The night's top prize, Entertainer of the Year, will be decided by the fans again this year too.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, online voting starts March 11th at VoteACM.com.

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Wednesday
Mar022011

Sheen's Estranged Wife Gets Restraining Order; Kids Removed from Home

Photo Courtesy - Robyn Beck/AFP/ Getty Images(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Charlie Sheen's estranged wife, Brooke Mueller, apparently isn't happy to share their twin boys with his two live-in girlfriends.

TMZ.com reports Mueller visited the Beverly Hills Police Department on Tuesday, hoping they can help her gain physical custody of the children.  However, she was told the department couldn't help her because Sheen doesn't live in Beverly Hills.

Later on Tuesday, TMZ reported Mueller obtained a restraining order requiring Sheen to stay 100 yards away from her.  It also prevents him from speaking to her.

The custody issue wasn't referenced in the order, but both People magazine and RadarOnline report police have removed Sheen's twin boys from his home and returned them to Mueller.  The report says police acted on instructions from a Los Angeles judge to reunite two-year-old twins Bob and Max with their mom.  The website quotes a source as saying Mueller "will have custody of the boys."

Sheen reportedly told RadarOnline as police removed the boys from his home, "My fangs are dripping tiger blood."

To further complicate matters, The Los Angeles Times reports police were summoned to Sheen's home Tuesday night by a security guard who said the actor's former wife Denise Richards had arrived at the house to check on the two daughters she shares with Sheen.  A source tells the newspaper those children were not removed from the home.  It's unclear if they were there to begin with.

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Wednesday
Mar022011

Katie Holmes Sues 'Star' Magazine over Drug Addiction Allegations

Photo Courtesy - George Pimentel/ Getty Images for Creative Artists Agency(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Katie Holmes has filed a $50 million libel lawsuit in federal court in Los Angeles against American Media Inc., the publisher of Star magazine, according to TMZ.

The lawsuit was filed after a recent cover of the magazine suggested that she was a drug addict.  The magazine ran the headline "Addiction Nightmare -- Katie Drug Shocker! -- The Real Reason She Can't Leave Tom."

TMZ reports that Holmes felt the cover is deliberately defamatory and libelous.  The suit reads, "Katie has no intention of leaving her husband, and is not prevented from doing so by any drug addiction."

Meanwhile, Holmes' lawyer told TMZ, "Star magazine's malicious claims about Katie are untrue, unethical, and unlawful.  Not only do they cruelly defame Katie, they play a cheap trick on the public, making ridiculously false claims on the cover unsupported by anything inside."

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Wednesday
Mar022011

Charlie Sheen Talks About Goddesses, Sitcom in '20/20' Interview

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Charlie Sheen may be unhappy with his professional life at the moment, but he's more than happy with his love life.  He says he's comfortable living with his 24-year-old girlfriends, graphic designer Natalie Kenly and porn star Rachel Oberlin, a.k.a. Bree Olson.

In an interview with ABC's 20/20 that aired Tuesday night, Sheen told interviewer Andrea Canning, "You've read about the goddesses, come on.  They're an international sensation.  These are my girlfriends.  These are the women that I love that have completed the three parts of my heart."

Kenly chimed in, "It seems crazy to everybody else, but for us it works."

Sheen isn't interested in marrying either woman.  The actor, who's been married three times, said he doesn't want to go "Oh for 4."  He joked, "It's a polygamy story.  All my guy friends are gonna, like, throw tomatoes at me.  It's like an organic union of the hearts."

The women help take care of Sheen's nearly two-year-old twin boys, whose mother is his estranged wife Brooke Mueller.  The 45-year-old actor says he's not worried how the kids may one day perceive their daddy's unusual lifestyle.

He said, "I'm not gonna worry about it, or I can say, 'Hey, kids, your dad's a rock star.  Look at his experiences.  Look at what he survived.'  Bang.  There are some of your lessons, but the real lessons are gonna be in the future."

Of course, not everything is rosy in Sheen's life, what with the shutdown of his CBS sitcom, Two and a Half Men, and his feud with series creator Chuck Lorre.  He says they have never gotten along, calling their interactions a "fake friendship."  However, he wouldn't rule out working with Lorre again, should the show resume production.

He said, "I'm not gonna get violent on the guy.  I'm not stupid.  I go to jail, I lose all my power."

Sheen also voiced his displeasure with his father Martin Sheen's recent comments equating his son's addiction with cancer.  Charlie Sheen said, "He has no right to do that.  That's judgment.  And I have no interest in that.  I don't care if it's my dad or a guy on the street or someone who like fell out of the sky."

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Wednesday
Mar022011

McCartney's "Yesterday" Piano Up for Auction

Photo Courtesy - Dave Hogan/Getty Images(LONDON) -- A 1926 mini-piano that Paul McCartney used to compose the Beatles classic "Yesterday" is heading to the auction block.

The Sun is reporting that the piano belonged to British singer Alma Cogan and that McCartney came to her home and played the song, using the famous "placeholder" lyrics that he initially came up with: "Scrambled eggs/Oh, my baby how I love your legs."  He went to Cogan's home after dreaming about the song and played it for her, because he thought he might have stolen it from another artist.  Cogan told him as far as she knew, it was original.

The piano has also been played by Mick Jagger and John Lennon, and actors Sean Connery and Michael Caine.

Cogan's sister, Sandra Caron, is auctioning off the piano, which is expected to fetch just over $203,000. 

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Wednesday
Mar022011

'American Idol's' Top 12 Guys Perform

Photo Courtesy - Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After weeks of auditions, American Idol season 10 kicked off in earnest Tuesday night as the Top 12 guys performed for America's votes.

For the first time, viewers saw the judging panel on a live show without Simon Cowell.  Randy Jackson sat in his usual spot, Jennifer Lopez was in the middle and Steven Tyler was at the end.  Tyler gave his comments to the hopefuls first, then Lopez, and finally Jackson.

Here's how it all went down:

Clint Jun Gamboa got things rolling with Stevie Wonder's "Superstition."  He gave a good performance, moving all over the stage, but his vocals were more screamy at times than melodic.  Tyler called it "beautiful" and "brilliant," while Lopez said it was good, once he'd worked out the "bits of nervousness."  Jackson said he loved it and agreed it was "brilliant."

Jovany Barreto sang Edwin McCain's "I'll Be," and Tyler reacted with, "Holy Shipyard!," a reference to Carreto's former place of employment.  He said it was beautiful and he loved it, and Lopez said she was glad people really got a chance to see what Jovany could do.  Jackson, though, called it "very karaoke," and complained that Barreto didn't bring anything different to his interpretation of the song.

Jordan Dorsey made a serious misstep by performing Usher's "OMG," a song that has nothing to do with singing and everything to do with cool dance moves and Auto Tune.  Tyler said it wasn't his favorite performance, and Lopez told him, "That isn't really who you are as an artist, you're the soft R&B guy."  Jackson called it "pitchy" -- hey, the first "pitchy" of the live shows! -- and said it wasn't "a singer's song."

Tim Halperin performed "Streetcorner Symphony" by Rob Thomas and it was not good.  Tyler said, "I've heard you sing so much better," while Lopez said she'd "hate to lose him" because he chose to perform a song that "didn't show who you really are."  Jackson said Halperin had been much better before, and there was nothing exciting or new about the performance.

Brett Loewenstern sang a version of The Doors' "Light My Fire" that started off really mellow and then built in power.  He constantly shook his red curly mane back and forth, causing Lopez to say, "That was more hair-tossing than me and Beyonce put together in the past 10 years!"  Tyler told Loewenstern he was "on fire" and he "brought it home," and Jackson said despite a few pitch problems, his performance was "fun and bold."

In an American Idol first, James Durbin sang a Judas Priest song, the British metal band's classic "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," and he rocked the house, earning a standing ovation. Tyler declared it "Bleepin' crazy good!"  Lopez called his performance "organic and real," while Jackson yelled, "That's how you do it!  That was great!"

Robbie Rosen sang Sarah McLachlan's ballad "Angel" and Tyler loved it, telling him, "You can sing a ballad like nobody's business."  Lopez said that despite the notes not being all perfect, "when you sing, you feel every word." Jackson disagreed, saying that it wasn't a great performance and Rosen's attempts at falsetto weren't always successful.

Scotty McCreery sang John Michael Montgomery's "Letters from Home."  Tyler told him he "couldn't have picked a better song," while Lopez told McCreery he was born to sing country music.  Jackson said he was a big fan of McCreery's "throwback" country style.

Stefano Langone sang Bruno Mars' "Just the Way You Are" and the judges loved his performance.  Tyler said he liked how his voice "cut through the air in this room," while Lopez told him, "You're a beast up there!"  Jackson praised Langone for getting all three judges rocking and feeling that he could be on the radio right now.

Paul McDonald sang "Maggie May" by Rod Stewart in his very unique voice, and added some unique stage moves in there as well.  Lopez praised him for his smile that lit up the room.  Tyler said he loved the "character" in his voice, and Jackson said he was happy that the show could embrace someone so "quirky and different."

Jacob Lusk brought the house down with the Luther Vandross version of "A House Is Not a Home," earning a standing ovation and heaps of praise from the judges.  Lopez, who said the late Vandross was her favorite singer of all time, told Lusk, "He's gone, but now we have you!"  Tyler told Lusk he was "honored" to be in his presence and said his singing made him cry. Jackson said Vandross would be "so proud of you" and declared that the show was "lucky" to have Lusk as a contestant.

Casey Abrams closed the show in what's commonly referred to as the "pimp spot" -- the final position in the show, which is where the producers put contestants they particularly want to promote and want the audience to remember.  He performed a passionate, raw rendition of "I Put a Spell on You" by Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and really acted out the part, causing Lopez to say, "You're sexy, Casey!"  She praised his "hunger and fire," and said, "You ate it all up!"  Tyler told him, "You are 'in your mind good' and 'outta your mind unreal!'"  Jackson declared, "I love how you transform yourself into the spirit of the song," and asked for "More, more, more!"

Wednesday night, the Top 12 girls perform.  On Thursday, the top five vote-getting girls and the top five vote-getting guys will make up the Top 10, and then the judges will make their Wild Card picks.

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Wednesday
Mar022011

Lady Gaga to Make Runway Debut, Preview New Song at Fashion Show

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PARIS) -- In January, Lady Gaga served as musical director for a Thierry Mugler men's fashion show in Paris, and debuted a remix of one of her new songs.  On Wednesday, she'll go one step further -- she'll be doing all that again, for yet another Mugler show, but this time, she's also going to participate in the show as a model.

Gaga tweeted on Tuesday, "I have a monster fashion announcement, are your paws up?...I'm making my debut as a runway model, walking in the Mugler Paris Fashion Show 3/2.  I directed the show music [also]."  Though many had speculated that Gaga would be previewing her second single, Judas, during this show, instead she's chosen Government Hooker, yet another new track on her upcoming CD Born This Way.

In January, Gaga debuted the song Scheiße [SCHEISS-uh] at the Mugler men's show, and then unveiled a video for it that starred Rick Genest, aka "Zombie Boy," the guy who had his entire face and body tattooed to make himself look like a zombie skeleton. Genest also appears in Gaga's new video for Born This Way, with Gaga wearing makeup to match his tattoos.

Referencing her runway debut, Gaga said on Twitter, "I'm so excited I might give birth to a machine gun."  That's exactly what she does in the video for Born This Way, of course.

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