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Jun132011

E Street Band's Clarence Clemons Suffers a Stroke

Harry Scott/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- Saxophonist Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band has reportedly suffered a stroke.

RollingStone.com says it has confirmed an earlier report from 411.com that Clemons is "seriously ill after a stroke at his home in Florida."  RollingStone.com says it has no information about the severity of the stoke, but has independently confirmed Clemons did suffer one.

Clemons has suffered a number of medical ailments over the past several years, including spinal fusion surgery and two knee replacements.  The Big Man was scheduled to play the national anthem for game 2 of the NBA Finals last week, but had to cancel due to a hand injury.

Just last month, the sax player joined Lady Gaga on the American Idol stage to perform "Edge of Glory," one of two songs Clemons is featured in on Gaga's Born This Way album.  Clemons last performed with The Boss and the E Street Band in December 2010 at Asbury Park's Carousel House for a special web broadcast.

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Monday
Jun132011

'The Book of Mormon' Wins Nine Tonys, Including Best Musical

Mike Coppola/WireImage for Tony Awards Productions(NEW YORK) -- The Book of Mormon was on a mission at the Tony Awards on Sunday night.

The Broadway show from Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of South Park, won the Tony for best musical, one of nine awards it collected throughout the night.  It had entered the ceremony with a leading 14 nominations.

War Horse was named best play.  Ellen Barkin, Frances McDormand and John Larroquette were the most recognizable names to win acting Tonys.

Neil Patrick Harris hosted the 65th Annual Tony Awards from the Beacon Theatre in New York City.  A full list of winners is available at TonyAwards.com.

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Monday
Jun132011

Lady Gaga Tops 'Forbes' List of Best-Paid Celebs Under 30

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga has risen so far so fast that it's hard to believe she's only 25.  But it's her age that's allowed her to top Forbes magazine's annual list of the Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30.

Of the top 20 highest-earning young'uns, seven are musicians, but Gaga is number one, with annual earnings of $90 million.  That's thanks to her worldwide album sales, her top-grossing Monster Ball tour and all her endorsement deals.

Justin Bieber is the youngest celebrity on the Forbes list this year, and he came in at number two, with earnings of $53 million, thanks to album sales, his concert movie, and his tour.

Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Swift is in at number five with earnings of $45 million, followed by Katy Perry, who's 26.  She took in $44 million, thanks to sales of her singles, her endorsement deals and perfume line.  Beyonce, who's 29, is number eight, with earnings of $35 million, followed by 23-year-old Rihanna at number 11 with $29 million.

Eighteen-year-old Miley Cyrus is next at number 16, with earnings of $15 million, and Carrie Underwood, who's 28, is number 19, with $15 million in earnings.

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Monday
Jun132011

NFL Player Had Relationship with Kim Kardashian Without Ever Meeting?

David Livingston/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- The football player with whom Kim Kardashian allegedly had a five-month affair says he never had a physical relationship with her.

However, New England Patriots safety Bret Lockett still insists they had an emotional connection.  In an interview with CNN, he admitted that he never met Kardashian in person, though he claims he had sexy phone conversations and exchanged text messages with her.

He said, "She did tell me that she was touching herself in a physical way over the phone, towards me.  So when I say physical, that's what I mean."

Lockett says they never met up because they were both busy with their respective careers.

After In Touch Weekly reported Kardashian had an affair with Lockett while dating her now-fiancée, NBA player Kris Humphries, the reality TV star denied the allegations.  Her lawyer has sent a letter to In Touch Weekly, calling its story "damaging, defamatory and an invasion of her privacy."

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Monday
Jun132011

Britney Spears Confirmed to Cover Madonna on New Tour

Max Morse/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- On Friday, a full-length version of Britney Spears singing Madonna's "Burnin' Up" hit the Internet, seeming to confirm rumors that Spears would perform the song during her upcoming tour, which kicks off June 16.

Now E! Online confirms that Spears will indeed perform the song during her show, and will do so while straddling a giant electric guitar.  It's just one of over 20 numbers that the singer has planned, according to E! -- she's also doing a cover of Rihanna's "S&M," as well as "...Baby One More Time," "I'm a Slave 4 U," "Toxic," "Gimme More," "Hold it Against Me," "'Til the World Ends," and many more.

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Monday
Jun132011

Cone-ing? Ice Cream Prank Goes Viral on YouTube

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The Aussies are at it again. Trending this week is a video on YouTube that has collected over a million viewers in less than seven days. The video shows a young Australian man ordering an ice cream cone at a drive-thru and when served, grabbing the ice cream instead of the cone.

This odd bit of behavior has been labeled cone-ing, and it is blowing up all over the Internet. People from different countries are filming themselves doing it and posting it on YouTube. These "coners" are then inducted into the online Cone-ing community.

Where did this silly fad come from, viewers ask. And who started it?

He has been called a "legend" and a "genius" on the Internet. His name is Alki Stevens, and he has titled his new viral video, "CONE-ING IS THE NEW PLANKING!!!!"

Remember planking? Also a 2011 Aussie hit in which the participant lies face-down, expressionless, and points his fingers and toes. It may seem boring, but there have been plankers who have planked on camels, clotheslines and police cars. The hype of planking got out of hand, as young people around the globe tried to up the ante. It ended tragically with the death of a 20-year-old man who lay down on a seventh-story balcony in Brisbane, Australia, and fell to his death.

Cone-ing has only caught on in the last few days, and many have expressed relief that, goofy as it is, it's safer than planking. The only worry (or maybe the payoff) is that it can upset the salesperson at the drive-thru.

One Facebook follower, Alexander Scaron, wrote, "Happened twice tonight 3rd time my manager through [sic] the cone at the person…"

Was cone-ing created to start a trend or to make a few thousand bucks? Stevens has made it to the top ten of the Unhatched viral video competition. Grand prize? Ten grand!

Will you be cone-ing to cool down this summer? Or will it be the trend that cools down once the competition's over?

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Monday
Jun132011

Tracy Morgan's Co-Stars React to Outburst

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tracy Morgan, comedian and 30 Rock star issued an apology Friday for his tirade against gay people during a stand-up show in Nashville, Tenn., June 3.

"I want to apologize to my fans and the gay and lesbian community for my choice of words at my recent stand-up act in Nashville. I'm not a hateful person and don't condone any kind of violence against others," Morgan said in a statement. "While I am an equal opportunity jokester, and my friends know what is in my heart, even in a comedy club this clearly went too far and was not funny in any context."

However, Morgan's co-stars and Hollywood colleagues have continued to express disappointment in the actor. On Friday, Tina Fey, 30 Rock's creator and executive producer, said publicly that she was personally disturbed by the violent nature of Morgan's remarks against gay people.

"I hope for his sake that Tracy's apology will be accepted as sincere by his gay and lesbian co-workers at 30 Rock, without whom Tracy would not have lines to say, clothes to wear, sets to stand on, scene partners to act with or a printed-out paycheck from accounting to put in his pocket," Fey said.

But it looks as if those co-workers might need more time to accept Morgan's apology. On Saturday, 30 Rock co-star Cheyenne Jackson, who is gay, told Out.com that he is "disgusted and appalled" by Morgan's actions.

Even Chris Rock, who initially offered Morgan a tweet of support amid the outrage against him, is now taking back his words. The comedian tweeted on Friday, "I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in world where Tracy Morgan can't say foul inappropriate s**t." But a day later, Rock rescinded his support, tweeting, "Tracy Morgan is a tad off, we all know that so when Tracy says something I usually don't take it anymore serious than I would a statement from Gary Busey or Flavor Flav. When I first heard the statement I thought it was offensive but it also reminded me of my father saying I'll kill you if you ever bring home a white girl, but after reading everything Tracy said, wow I get it that s**t wasn't called for, and I don't support it at all. Now can I please go to the Tony awards without getting my a** kicked."

The criticism against Morgan came immediately he made the comments at his stand-up show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Audience member Kevin Rogers, who is gay, wrote on his Facebook page about Morgan's over-the-top comments at the show. The item, titled "Why I No Longer 'Like' Tracy Morgan, said, "I figured at some point the gay jokes would fly, and I'm well prepared for a good ribbing of straight gay humor. I have very thick skin when it comes to humor; I can dish and I can take.

"What I can't take is when Mr. Morgan took it upon himself to mention about how he feels all this gay s**t was crazy and that women are a gift from God and that 'Born this Way' is bulls**t, gay is a choice, and the reason he knows this is exactly because 'God don't make no mistakes.' Morgan's raunchy lewd statements also included how he'd stab his son to death if he said he was gay."

Morgan's representative issued a statement to gay rights website Unicorn Booty, saying, "There is no comment. Thank you."

Calls to Morgan's rep by ABC News were not immediately returned.

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Sunday
Jun122011

'Super 8' has Super Opening, Tops Box Office

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Super 8 proved to indeed be super over the weekend, as it captured the top spot at the box office.

The film, which was directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg, opened to an estimated gross of $37 million, knocking X-Men: First Class into second spot, with the latter raking in $25 million in its second week.

The Hangover Part II ($18.5 million), Kung Fu Panda 2 ($16.6 million) and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($10.8 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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Saturday
Jun112011

Faizon Love Arrested on Domestic Assault Charge

Medioimages/Photodisc/ThinkStock(LOS ANGELES) -- It was no laughing matter for funnyman Faizon Love Friday, as he was reportedly arrested following domestic violence, according to TMZ.

Love was reportedly taken into custody shortly after 9 a.m. and faces a fourth-degree domestic assault charge, TMZ reports.

Love was reportedly denied bail and remained in custody up to Saturday morning.

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Friday
Jun102011

Zach Galifianakis to Ke$ha: 'Your Music Is Really Bad!'

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- There are haters out there who think that KE$HA's music is terrible, but they don't have the guts to say it to her face.  Zach Galifianakis has no such problem.

The Hangover star tells Rolling Stone that Ke$ha -- who we all know loves guys with beards -- sent him an email asking if he'd like to get a drink sometime.  Then, says Zach, he ran into her in a bar.  He tells Rolling Stone, "She was sitting by herself and I walked up to her and said 'Listen, I got your email. Your music is really bad!  I don't know who listens to it, but I imagine it's like, six-year-olds -- and it's a bad message.'"  

Ke$ha isn't the only person on the receiving end of Zach's apparent inability to self-edit.  According to Rolling Stone, when little kids come up and tell him that they loved the R-rated Hangover, he tells them that they have terrible parents.  And, he says, "I mean it."

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