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Apr122011

Charlie Sheen Has History of Pet Deaths

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen and pets go together about as well as Charlie Sheen and his ex.

The former Two and a Half Men star, who has made vicious comments about ex-wife Denise Richards for her failure to give him back one of their dogs, has had other pets die while in his care, reports PopEater.com.  A source says, "His Chinese water dragon died because he didn't take care of it and a while back, when he was married to Brooke [Mueller], his bearded dragon fell in the pool and died.  Again nobody was watching the poor thing."

Sheen returned two pugs to Richards a while back, but one died of malnutrition.  He reportedly asked for the other to be returned to him to accompany him on his current tour, but Richards refused.

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Tuesday
Apr122011

Report: Cheryl Cole Close to Becoming 'X Factor' Judge

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The X Factor could soon hire its third judge.

British pop star Cheryl Cole, who's currently a judge on the U.K. edition of Simon Cowell's singing competition, is close to a deal to fill the same role on the upcoming Fox version, according to Variety. The publication says the contract is being drawn up and that an announcement will be made once the deal is finalized.

Cole's involvement in The X Factor comes as no surprise -- judge L.A. Reid recently said Cole would serve on the panel, though he later backtracked.

There will be a total of four judges on the show, including Cowell.

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Tuesday
Apr122011

Found: Rare Superman Comic Stolen from Nicolas Cage

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Police have found a rare comic book featuring the debut of Superman that was stolen from Nicolas Cage more than a decade ago, according to the Ventura County Star.

Police in Los Angeles who discovered Action Comics No. 1 last week in a storage locker believe it's the same mint copy that was swiped from the Oscar winner back in 2000.  While the comic has been authenticated, it remains to be seen if Cage will get it back because he received money from insurance after the book was taken.

The issue in question is arguably the most valuable comic in existence; a mint copy sold for $1.5 million last year.  Action Comics #1 sold for 10 cents when it debuted in 1938.

It's unclear how the comic wound up in the storage locker.

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Tuesday
Apr122011

Tori Spelling Announces Pregnancy

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Tori Spelling and her husband, Dean McDermott, are expecting their third child.

"I know there's been a lot of speculation, so I wanted everyone to hear from me... Its official...Dean & I are PREGNANT!!!!" Tori announced Tuesday on Twitter.

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Tuesday
Apr122011

Britney Spears Confirms Nicki Minaj, Others as Tour Openers 

Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- After weeks of rumors, Britney Spears has finally confirmed that Nicki Minaj will be the opening act for her upcoming Femme Fatale tour.

In addition to Minaj, Spears is also bringing along two other female acts: Jessie and the Toy Boys and Nervo.

In a statement, Britney said, "This is the Femme Fatale tour and I'm thrilled to have Nicki Minaj, Jessie and the Toy Boys, and Nervo join me and get everyone on the dance floor.  Can't wait to take the Femme Fatales on the road."

The tour kicks off June 16 in Sacramento, California.  Tickets go on sale for select markets on April 30 via Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com

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Tuesday
Apr122011

'Dancing with the Stars': Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas Grab the Lead

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney star Chelsea Kane and pro partner Mark Ballas find themselves in first place during classical week on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars after scoring 26 out of a possible 30 Monday night for a Viennese waltz that Judge Bruno Tonioli said was magical, fabulous and “technically speaking, the best dance of the night.”

Playboy playmate and reality star Kendra Wilkinson and partner Louis Van Amstel are at the bottom of the pack, with a total judges’ score of 18 out of 30.  Also, it seems Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy can’t catch a break.  Last week, Chmerkovskiy fell during their dance and this week, Alley’s shoe came off during their waltz, which earned the couple a score of 22 out of 30.

This week, the contestants danced to traditional and modern classical music.  A 46-piece orchestra, along with mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins and violin virtuoso David Garrett, teamed up with the Dancing with the Stars house band for the occasion.

The couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes will be eliminated Tuesday night on the Dancing with the Stars results show at 9 p.m. ET.  The show will feature performances by Jennifer Hudson and a return by violinist David Garrett.  Hudson will sing “Don’t Look Down” and “Feeling Good,” while Garrett will perform his rendition of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way.”

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Tuesday
Apr122011

Rutgers Students Want Springsteen to Exorcise Memory of Snooki

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- Students at Rutgers University are trying hard to get Bruce Springsteen to play a concert on campus, in order to erase the memory of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's recent speaking engagement there.

The university was hit with negative press when it was revealed that the Jersey Shore star was paid $32,000 to speak at the university, while Pulitzer Prize winner Toni Morrison is only being paid $30,000 to speak at the commencement ceremony in May.

So, according to the Asbury Park Press, students have banded together and formed a Facebook page to try and get the Boss to play to help clean up Rutgers' image in the media. 

The Facebook page, which at last check had close to 5,000 friends, was started by freshman Daniel Oliveto and junior Paul Tranquilli.

Oliveto defended Rutgers, saying, "We’re a smart institu­tion.  We’ve produced Nobel Prize winners.  We have a great reputation," and declared he didn't want Snooki's appearance ruining that.

So far, Springsteen's people haven't responded to the solicitation, which promises"no spray-tanning and juicing -- just classic rock and honest work." 

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Tuesday
Apr122011

New Kids, Backstreet Boys Reveal Track Listing for Joint Album

Interscope/Legacy Recordings/Sony/Jive(NEW YORK) -- Back on March 14, New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys asked their fans to vote online to choose which of their classic hits should be included on their first-ever joint album.

The fans have now spoken, and the groups have revealed the track listing for NKOTBSB -- The Album, which is coming out May 24.

Fans from over 52 countries cast over 250,000 votes during the 10-day online voting campaign, and it's no surprise that massive hits like "I Want It That Way," "Hangin' Tough," "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" and "Step by Step" made the cut.  In addition to those classic hits and more, the joint disc also includes two new songs featuring both groups -- the first single, "Don't Turn Out the Lights," and another track called "All in My Head."

The album will also include an exclusive tour poster, photos and personalized messages from each band member.

Here's the track listing for NKOTBSB -- The Album:

1.  "Step by Step" -- New Kids on the Block
2.  "I Want It That Way" -- Backstreet Boys
3.  "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" -- New Kids on the Block
4.  "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" -- Backstreet Boys
5.  "Please Don't Go Girl" -- New Kids on the Block
6.  "As Long As You Love Me" -- Backstreet Boys
7.  "Hangin' Tough" -- New Kids on the Block
8.  "Larger Than Life" -- Backstreet Boys
9.  "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" -- New Kids on the Block
10.  "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)" -- Backstreet Boys
11.  "All in My Head" -- NKOTBSB
12.  "Don't Turn Out the Lights (D.T.O.T.L.)" -- NKOTBSB
13.  NKOTBSB Mash Up

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Tuesday
Apr122011

Performers Announced for 'Billboard' Music Awards

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The first performers have been announced for the Billboard Music Awards, which are back after several years on hiatus.

The lineup for the show, which will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 22 on ABC, includes Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Taio Cruz and Lady Antebellum.

Nominations for the awards show will be announced Wednesday.

The event is open to the public and tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

The Billboard Music Awards will be given out based on Billboard chart rankings, and will cover a variety of music genres including R&B, rap, pop, country, rock, alternative and Latin.

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Monday
Apr112011

Pia Toscano Says Mark Ballas Just a 'Really Good Friend'

ABC News (LOS ANGELES) -- Recently eliminated American Idol contestant Pia Toscano has confirmed that she's struck up a relationship with Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas. But is that relationship platonic, or something more?

Speaking to People magazine on Monday, Toscano said Ballas is "a really good friend, I guess," and that he's been "really sweet and extremely supportive." 

What about the date that she reportedly had with Ballas in Los Angeles on Friday, one day after her surprise elimination on Idol? Toscano tells People magazine they were accompanied by a group of friends.

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