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Mar012011

Another Britney Spears Song Snippet is Out, Thanks to Will.I.Am

Photo Courtesy - Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- After announcing via Twitter that he and Britney Spears were collaborating in the studio, Will.I.Am just couldn't resist giving fans a taste of what they've been working on.

He posted via Twitter a link to a snippet of the song they did together called "The Big Fat Bass," and added, "Thank you, Britney, for collaborating.  It was a pleasure working with you.  Thank you for trusting my instincts.  You're a doll."

"The Big Fat Bass," which features Spears chanting, "I can be the treble, baby/You can be the bass/You can be the bass," is the fourth song to be teased from the star's forthcoming CD Femme Fatale, out March 29.  The previous songs were "How I Roll," "I Wanna Go," and "Inside Out."

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Monday
Feb282011

'Dancing with the Stars' Announces Season 12 Cast Members

Photo Courtesy - ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- The new cast of ABC's Dancing with the Stars includes a boxer, a football player, a wrestler and a "karate kid." Kirstie Alley, talk show host Wendy Williams and reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson will be joined by boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, pro wrestler Chris Jericho, Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio and four other celebrities on the dance floor this spring.

The cast was announced Monday night during a special press conference that aired during The Bachelor. The stars' respective pro partners were not revealed.

The twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars will begin March 21. Here is the full roster of contestants:

* Sugar Ray Leonard, boxer
* Chelsea Kane, Disney star
* Romeo, entertainer and son of rapper/former DWTS contestant Master P
* Ralph Macchio, star of the original Karate Kid
* Petra Nemcova, model
* Kendra Wilkinson, reality TV star
* Hines Ward, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver
* Mike Catherwood, co-host of radio program Loveline
* Wendy Williams, talk show host
* Chris Jericho, pro wrestler/rock star
* Kirstie Alley, actress

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Monday
Feb282011

New Lady Gaga Video: The Birth of Good & Evil, Zombies and More

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga's much-anticipated video for her song "Born This Way" has finally premiered -- you can watch it now on Vevo.com.  As with all her videos, it's completely over the top and features a lengthy spoken introduction by Gaga, who intones that "this is the manifesto of Mother Monster." 

She tells a story about a race born in the multiverse that "bears no prejudice, no judgment, but boundless freedom."  At the same time, the birth of evil takes place, and there's a struggle between them.   During this voiceover, there are numerous surrealistic images of Gaga giving birth while suspended in space.

Once the actual song starts, Gaga, clad in the briefest of bras and panties, sings and dances in a huge dark room surrounded by dancers.  Then there are cuts to Gaga dressed in a tuxedo with zombie makeup on her face, dancing and caressing a male zombie, also clad in a tuxedo.  As the song progresses, we see more birth imagery, scenes of Gaga as one of several heads lined up on a plexiglass shelf and Gaga and her dancers writhing in what you might call primordial ooze. 

It's all totally trippy, and totally Gaga.

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Monday
Feb282011

Why Didn't 'The Social Network' Win More Oscars?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- It grabbed four major Golden Globes. Before, after and along the way, it won a wealth of praise. So why didn't The Social Network win more Oscars?

Nominated for eight Academy Awards, The Social Network scored three -- best adapted screenplay, best original score and best editing. In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, David Fincher seemed all but certain to walk away with the trophy for directing. Best picture, while something of a long shot, also seemed within reach.

The King's Speech bested the Facebook drama in both categories. Colin Firth also beat out Jesse Eisenberg to win the best actor prize, but that was expected.

Why did the Hollywood excitement for The Social Network, a saga about the creation of Facebook, all but evaporate? There is the fact that the film's stars, subject matter and core audience are so young. Not so with The King's Speech, which deals with a relatively ancient topic, includes actors in the prime of their careers, and is more likely to resonate with the majority of age 50-plus Academy voters.

But the people behind The Social Network stand by their movie and the way it was promoted.

"We released the movie at the time we felt it was most appropriate, and it performed beyond our expectations," Social Network producer Mike De Luca told Deadline.com at Sunday night's Vanity Fair post-Oscars party. "Maybe it wasn't as pleasing as The King's Speech to Oscar voters. And historically, there is a disconnect between the critics and those voters. But the emotional complexity is what I love about The Social Network. I did take comfort in Steven Spielberg's reminder of the great films that didn't win best picture." 

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Monday
Feb282011

Britney Spears to Perform on Good Morning America

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Britney Spears will launch her new album Femme Fatale in a big way, with a special performance on ABC's Good Morning America on March 29, the day the album arrives in stores.

In a video promo, Britney says, "Good morning, America! I'm excited to tell you on Tuesday morning, March 29, I'll be performing for the first time ever in a special concert in San Francisco's historic Castro district...and I promise you, it'll be a morning to remember."

Britney also launched her 2008 album, Circus, with a day-of-release performance on Good Morning America.  That performance took place inside a three-ring circus.

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Monday
Feb282011

Charlie Sheen's Publicist Resigns 

Photo Courtesy - WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- When a client goes rogue, what's a Hollywood publicist to do?  Resign, of course.  That's just what Charlie Sheen's spokesman did Monday.  After a morning that saw Sheen appear on ABC, NBC and TMZ, making various outrageous claims and comments, Rosenfield issued a statement saying, "I have worked with Charlie Sheen for a long time and I care about him very much. However, at this time, I'm unable to work effectively as his publicist and have respectfully resigned."

Also on Monday, not long before announcing his resignation, Rosenfield had issued another statement denying reports that the embattled Two and a Half Men star had retired from acting and that he was in rehab.  That statement read: "Somebody I've never heard of by the name of Ian Fortey has sent out an email under my company's name that Charlie Sheen has retired. THAT IS A HOAX. It was reported by X17 that Charlie Sheen is in rehab. This is NOT true."

Rosenfeld represents some of the biggest names in the Hollywood, including George Clooney and Robert De Niro.


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Monday
Feb282011

'The King's Speech' Emerges as Big Winner at Oscars

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The big winner at Sunday's Academy Awards turned out to be The King's Speech, as the movie took home four awards on the night, including the award for best picture.

Natalie Portman won her first Oscar Sunday night, taking best actress honors for her role in Black Swan, while Colin Firth contributed to the tally for The King's Speech by winning the award for best actor.

In a self-deprecating and emotional speech, Firth joked, "I have a feeling my career has just peaked." With his typical British reserve, he said he was "experiencing stirrings" that were "threatening to turn into dance moves."

Firth thanked his wife, Livia, for the award and "everything good in my life," while the pregnant Portman thanked "my love," her fiancee and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millipied for giving "me my most important role of my life."

Tom Hooper, the director of The King's Speech, pulled off a surprising win over The Social Network director David Fincher. Speech, which led the number of nominations with 12, also won the award for best original screenplay, while The Social Network grabbed the gold statue for best adapted screenplay.

The Fighter co-stars Melissa Leo and Christian Bale were among the early winners, receiving Oscars for best supporting actress and best supporting actor.

Leo got the night off to a raucous beginning, when she dropped the F-bomb during her speech. When Bale accepted his award, he told the audience, "I'm not going to drop the F-bomb, like she did. I've done that plenty before." Both were expected to win after taking home the same awards at the Golden Globes. But some doubt had been cast on Leo, after the ads she took out in the Hollywood trades promoting herself backfired. Still, Leo pulled off the win in the end.

"This has been an extraordinary journey," Leo said about the award season. "It's about selling motion pictures and respecting the work."

Among those thanked by Bale in his acceptance speech was Dicky Ecklund, the washed-up fighter he played in The Fighter.

President Barack Obama made a surprise appearance at the Oscars. During an introduction for best song, he cited "As Time Goes By" from Casablanca as his favorite movie theme song.

Later in the telecast, Randy Newman, who has been nominated 20 times and won once previously, received the Oscar for "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3. Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland took home the first Oscar for art direction. Cinematographer Wally Pfister won his first Oscar for Inception, and gave credit to Christopher Nolan, who was snubbed for a best director nomination. Inception took home several technical awards, for sound mixing, sound editing and visual effects. Pfister beat out perpetual nominee Roger Deakins, the cinematographer on True Grit. Deakins has yet to win an Oscar.

Toy Story 3, which was also nominated for best picture, won best animated feature.

The following is a list of Sunday night's winners:

Best Picture: The King's Speech.
Best Actor: Colin Firth, The King's Speech 
Best Actress: Natalie Portman, Black Swan 
Best Supporting Actor: Christian Bale, The Fighter 
Best Supporting Actress: Melissa Leo, The Fighter 
Best Achievement in Directing: Tom Hooper, The King's Speech 
Foreign Language Film: In a Better World (Denmark)
Adapted Screenplay: Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network
Original Screenplay: David Seidler, The King's Speech
Animated Feature Film: Toy Story 3
Art Direction: Alice in Wonderland
Cinematography: Inception
Sound Mixing: Inception
Sound Editing: Inception
Original Score: The Social Network - Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
Original Song: "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 - Randy Newman
Costume Design: Alice in Wonderland
Documentary Feature: Inside Job
Documentary (short subject): Strangers No More
Film Editing: The Social Network
Makeup: The Wolfman
Animated Short Film: The Lost Thing
Live Action Short Film: God of Love
Visual Effects: Inception

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Monday
Feb282011

The Oscars: 10 Best Backstage Moments

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty Images(HOLLYWOOD, Calif.) -- So we know who won the Oscars.  But what about the rest of the night?

The juiciest comments of the night were made not on blogs or Facebook or Twitter but in the press room behind the big show.

Backstage, Melissa Leo talked about her F-bomb drop, Colin Firth explained the matter that rushed him away from the mic, and Natalie Portman declared the name she almost certainly will not give her baby.

Here are the 10 best quotes from backstage:

Melissa Leo (winner: best supporting actress, The Fighter) on accidentally cursing during her acceptance speech: "I had no idea.  Those words, I apologize to anyone that they offend.  There's a great deal of the English language that's in my vernacular.  I really don't mean to offend and it was probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word in particular."

Natalie Portman (winner: best actress, Black Swan) on whether or not she'll name her first child "Oscar:" "I think that's probably definitely out of the question."

Portman on how motherhood might change her career: "I really can't say what's going to happen.  I have no idea what to expect.  It's just accepting that I have no idea."

Colin Firth (winner: best actor, The King's Speech) on what he'll do now that awards season is over: "I think I'm going to cook a lot.  I'm not particularly good at it...but it's a good way to decompress.  I'll probably be the only one eating it."

Firth on the "impulse" that rushed him offstage after he accepted his Oscar: "I don't think that this is the appropriate forum to display that sort of thing and anyone who's seen Mamma Mia will know what I'm talking about."

Firth on shouting expletives in The King's Speech: "I don't take this stuff lightly, but in the context of this film, it could not be more edifying, more appropriate.  It's not vicious, it's not to do with insult...It's a bad man trying to free himself through the use of forbidden words."

Christian Bale (winner: best supporting actor, The Fighter) on almost missing the Oscars because he went drinking before the show and arrived late: "They wouldn't let me in.  I was literally banging on the door with Dickey [Ecklund, on whom The Fighter is based] saying, 'Let us in!'...Now I know in case I ever make it back here."

David Seidler (winner: best original screenplay, The King's Speech) on what the award means to him as a former stutterer: "A fairly high ranking person called me the other day and wanted to talk ex-stutterer to ex-stutterer ... I've been flooded with the most wonderful emails and text messages from my fellow sutterers.  Because, I'm still a stutterer...To have these people tell me their personal stories really moves me to tears."

Aaron Sorkin (winner: best adapted screenplay, The Social Network) on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: "Mark, I think he's been an awfully good sport about all this.  I don't think anyone here would want a movie made about the things that they did when they were 19-years-old."

Tom Hooper (winner: best director, The King's Speech) on how he plans celebrate: "Well I don't think I'm going to sleep tonight, I have to be on Oprah at 10 a.m...I don't want to be the first person to go on Oprah drunk so I'll try to control myself."

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Monday
Feb282011

Charlie Sheen to Tell His Side of the Story on ABC's '20/20'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- In the wake of CBS' decision to shut down production of his hit sitcom Two and a Half Men for the rest of the season, Charlie Sheen will make an appearance on ABC's 20/20 Tuesday night at 10:00 p.m. Eastern time.

Included in the interview are Sheen's comments regarding the inflammatory statements he made last week about Two and a Half Men's creator, Chuck Lorre.

In the interview, which will be previewed on Good Morning America on Monday and Tuesday, Sheen also insists to ABC's Andrea Canning that he is sober, saying, "I am on a drug, it's called Charlie Sheen."  He further proclaims, "I have one speed, one gear: go!"

Sheen also tells Canning he will return to the Two and a Half Men set in the near future, even though CBS has suspended production on the show.  TV Guide's Stephen Battaglio says Sheen will be all alone on the set if he does go back to work this week.

As for Sheen's recent behavior, Battaglio says, "This will go down as one of the greatest meltdowns in all of primetime television."

In addition to his appearance on 20/20 on Tuesday, Sheen is also scheduled to appear on NBC's Today show on Monday.  According to a Today show tweet that was sent Sunday, Sheen will "demand a personal apology from [the] Two and a Half Men producer and CBS."

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Monday
Feb282011

'Dancing with the Stars' Season 12 Cast to Be Announced Monday

Photo Courtesy - ABC, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The cast of Dancing with the Stars season 12 will be revealed Monday night during ABC's The Bachelor.

So far, ABC hasn't confirmed any of the cast members, but as usual, rumors are running rampant.  Among the people who are rumored to be appearing on the show are talk show host Wendy Williams, Oscar winner Faye Dunaway, actor Lorenzo Lamas, politician Christine O'Donnell, Charlie Sheen's estranged wife Brooke Mueller, actress Jodi Sweetin, and reality star Kendra Wilkinson-Basset.

The Bachelor airs on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.

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