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Nov082010

John Travolta, Wife Kelly Preston Reveal Baby Name

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- John Travolta and pregnant wife Kelly Preston have revealed their baby's name: Benjamin.

"It's impossible to keep a secret...especially one as wonderful as this," they said in a statement. "We want to be the first to share this great news with everyone that we are expecting a new addition to our family." The baby is due later this month.

The couple also has a daughter, Ella Bleu, 10. Their son, Jett, died last year due to complications from a seizure.

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Monday
Nov082010

Michael Jackson's Kids Tell Oprah Winfrey: 'He Was Just a Normal Dad'

Photo Courtesy - Paul Warner/WireImage/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- As an album of Michael Jackson's previously-unheard music nears its release, his family is ready for a release of its own.

In a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey for The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday, Jackson's children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, opened up about their pop icon father for the first time since his death.

Surrounded by their cousins at the Jackson family's California compound, Prince, 13, and Paris, 12, talked about growing up with Michael.

"I kind of felt like no one understood what a good father he was. He was the best cook ever," Paris told Winfrey. "He was just a normal dad."

"He made the best French toast in the world," she added. "He just made the best breakfasts in the world."

Prince and Paris described Michael as "strict" but said he often treated them to sweets like Snickers candy bars and Coca-Cola.

"He tried to raise us without us knowing who he was, but that didn't really go so well," Paris said, smiling.

Jackson's mother and father, Katherine and Joe Jackson, also talked to Winfrey about their son's life and death.

Katherine admitted that she tried to keep Michael away from drugs like Propofol, just as she tried to get him to stop undergoing plastic surgery.

"I thought it was too small," she said of Jackson's post-surgery nose, adding that it looked "like a toothpick at one time." "I had told him, 'That's enough, why do you keep going?'"

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Monday
Nov082010

What Really Went Down During the Conan vs. Leno Brawl

Photo Courtesy - Jim Smeal/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- We all saw it play out during the dawn of 2010: Conan O'Brien vs. Jay Leno, the no-holds-barred, on-air battle royale that turned the realm of late-night TV into something more like a WWE wrestling ring.

But you don't know the half of it.

Bill Carter's new book, The War for Late Night, reveals what happened behind the scenes, the expletives that were hurled during closed-door discussions and the roller coaster that O'Brien, Leno, and their cohorts rode during that tumultuous time. Carter, the television reporter for The New York Times, also drops little-known tidbits about late-night TV's stars, such as Leno wears Payless shoes and David Letterman's staff thinks he needs mental help. He also uncovers who these men are when they're not slinging the jokes that put Americans to bed at night.

Of course, the war's only just begun. Monday's release of Carter's book coincides with the debut of O'Brien's new late-night show on TBS, a potential battering ram to the other network's post-11:00 p.m. offerings.

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Monday
Nov082010

'Megamind' Tops Box Office with $47.7 Million

Photo Courtesy - DreamWorks Animation(NEW YORK) -- Moviegoers are paying mind to Megamind, the new box office champion.  The animated 3D film opened in first place over the weekend, earning an estimated $47.7 million.  Megamind features an A-list voice cast that includes Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt and Tina Fey.

The two other wide releases also had strong debuts.  The Robert Downey, Jr./Zach Galifianakis comedy Due Date raised $33.5 million to end the weekend in second place, while Tyler Perry's drama For Colored Girls opened in the third spot, with $20.1 million.

The previous box office champion, Saw 3D, dropped to fifth place after collecting $8.2 million.  In limited release, the new James Franco drama 127 Hours drew nearly $266,000 thousand in just four theaters.

Variety reports the U.S. box office earned $157 million overall from Friday through Sunday, a record for the first weekend of November.

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

1. Megamind, $47.7 million.
2. Due Date, $33.5 million.
3. For Colored Girls, $20.1 million.
4. Red, $8.9 million.
5. Saw 3D, $8.2 million.
6. Paranormal Activity 2, $7.3 million.
7. Jackass 3D, $5.1 million.
8. Hereafter, $4.02 million.
9. Secretariat, $4 million.
10. The Social Network, $3.6 million.

Monday
Nov082010

Conan O'Brien's TBS Talk Show Premieres Monday Night 

Photo Courtesy - TeamCoco [dot] com(NEW YORK) -- Conan O'Brien's 10-month hiatus from late-night TV comes to an end Monday night.  Following a successful comedy tour -- not to mention countless TV commercials and Internet videos promoting his new talk show -- O'Brien launches his TBS program, Conan, at 11:00 p.m. Eastern time.  The celebrity guests will be Seth Rogen, Glee actress Lea Michele and The White Stripes frontman Jack White.

None of those stars will be the first guest to appear on the show, however.  That honor, according to TMZ.com, belongs to Arlene Wagner, the curator of a nutcracker museum in Washington State.  She's the winner of an online poll that asked fans to choose the first guest.  Wagner beat out the likes of Jack Nicholson, Lady Gaga and the pope.

After less than eight months as host of The Tonight Show, O'Brien and NBC went their separate ways in January, allowing Jay Leno to return to late-night TV on the network after an ill-fated run in primetime.

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Monday
Nov082010

Lady Gaga Leads Award Winners at MTV's EMAs

Photo Courtesy - MTV Networks Europe(MADRID) -- Lady Gaga was the winner of three awards Sunday night at the MTV European Music Awards in Madrid, Spain.

Gaga, who along with Katy Perry entered the ceremony with a leading five nominations, received the prize for best song, for "Bad Romance," as well as best female and best pop honors.  She accepted her awards via a live message from Hungary, where she was performing in concert.

Perry received the award for best video, for "California Gurls." 

Linkin Park was named best live act over such nominees such as Kings of Leon, Muse and Bon Jovi.  Bon Jovi didn't go away empty-handed, though -- they received the MTV Global Icon prize.  Paramore received the best alternative award, while 30 Seconds to Mars earned best rock honors.

Other winners included Eminem, Ke$ha, and Justin Bieber, the latter of whom was awarded the best male and best "push act" prizes.

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Monday
Nov082010

Reba's Album 'All the Women I Am' Out Tuesday 

Photo Courtesy - The Valory Music Co.(NEW YORK) -- Reba's new album, All the Women I Am, comes out Tuesday, featuring her latest top-10 hit, "Turn On the Radio," and her cover of Beyonce's hit "If I Were a Boy."

Reba first performed "If I Were a Boy" on CMT's 330 Sessions.  It got such a huge response, she rushed into the studio to record it and found "Turn On the Radio" to sing in the same session.  Since those songs turned out so well, Reba decided to go ahead and record an entirely new album.

Each song on All the Women I Am tells a story about different women at different points in their lives.  Reba tells ABC News Radio the song "All the Women I Am" provided a great title to the album, too.

"Unfortunately, or fortunately, I've been all these women," says Reba.  "So, this song, this album is about all the women I am."

Reba will perform on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday, followed by a performance on the CMA Awards Wednesday night on ABC.  She'll also be on Late Show with David Letterman on CBS Friday night.

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Monday
Nov082010

Lady Gaga, U2, Taylor Swift Win 'Billboard' Touring Awards

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and U2 all added hardware to their trophy cases last Thursday night.  All three acts were winners at the annual Billboard Touring Awards, which honor the most successful tours of the past year.

U2's 360 tour was named Top Tour and the Top Draw, which means it not only grossed the most money but also sold the most actual tickets.

Lady Gaga scored the Breakthrough Award as well as the Concert Marketing & Promotion award for her Monster Ball tour partnership with Virgin Mobile.  And Taylor got the Top Package Award for her tour with her pal Kellie Pickler and the group Gloriana.

Other winners included AC/DC, Metallica and comedian Dane Cook.

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Monday
Nov082010

Leaked MJ Track Not 'New'; 'Breaking News' Now Streaming Online 

Photo Courtesy - Epic Records(NEW YORK) -- Michael Jackson fans were buzzing when JacksonSecretVault.com -- a site started by a business partner of  Jackson's mother, Katherine -- revealed it had leaked a new song from the deceased King of Pop.  However, sharp-eared fans realized quickly "Opis None" was a remix of an older M.J. track called "Destiny," not a new song allegedly leaked by Katherine Jackson herself.

Howard Mann, Katherine Jackson's business partner, quickly backpedaled, posting an apology "to the Jackson family [and] his fans...for my both ignorance and random stupidity."  Mann says the song was posted "simply to satiate fans appetite for unreleased MJ music and to provide a vocal that the world could believe strongly was an authentic MJ vocal, when in reality the song turned out to be solely a remake."

In the meantime, MichaelJackson.com began streaming the promised new Jackson track, "Breaking News," just after midnight Sunday night.  It's the first single from Michael, a new compilation CD of unreleased recordings that's coming out Dec. 14.

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Monday
Nov082010

Rihanna Will Open American Music Awards

Photo Courtesy - ABC/The Walt Disney Company(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna has been added to the bill of the American Music Awards, airing live on ABC on Nov. 21.  But she's not just performing -- she has the honor of opening the telecast.

Rihanna's album, Loud, is coming out Nov. 16.

The other acts who'll be performing on the show include Pink, Usher, Bon Jovi, Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Diddy-Dirty Money and Christina Aguilera.

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