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Apr142011

ABC Interested in Katie Couric?

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- ABC could become a serious bidder for Katie Couric's services once her contract with CBS expires in early June.

Variety reports there's a "strong chance" ABC will offer the current CBS Evening News anchor a slot on its daytime schedule.  The publication speculates that ABC would cut back on its daytime soap opera block of All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital to make room for Couric on its schedule.  Of course, ABC already has a popular daytime talk show in The View.

Couric will be in high demand if she decides to leave CBS Evening NewsVariety reports NBC and Warner Bros., in addition to CBS and ABC, will pursue Couric, who is also rumored to be considering launching a syndicated daytime talk show in 2012.

Couric didn't provide much insight into her plans during an appearance on her former TV home, NBC's Today show, on Wednesday.  When asked by her one-time co-host, Matt Lauer, what the future has in store for her, Couric joked, "I'll call you."  They also didn't address the rumors that Lauer could leave the Today show at the end of next year to work on a new talk show with Couric.

Wednesday's appearance on the Today show was Couric's second since she left the NBC morning news program in 2006.  She was promoting her new book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives.

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Thursday
Apr142011

Lady Gaga to Perform Live at 'MTV Video Music Aid Japan'

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga will perform live Saturday, June 25 at an event called MTV Video Music Aid Japan, which will take place at a venue just outside Tokyo.

Gaga is the first performer to be announced for the show, which is being staged as a live international TV event.  It'll benefit the Japanese Red Cross, raising money for its relief efforts after the earthquake and tsunami that hit last month.

The show will air live in more than 30 million homes on MTV Japan, Korea, China and Southeast Asia.  A one-hour version of the show will air later on all MTV channels, as part of MTV's World Stage weekly music series.

Additional celebrity performers and attendees will be announced at a later date.

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Thursday
Apr142011

Jamie Foxx Hopes to Produce, Direct Jesse Eisenberg in New Movie

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Jamie Foxx and Jesse Eisenberg lend their voices to the animated film Rio, opening Friday, but Foxx is hoping it won't be the last time the two work together.

Foxx is hoping to collaborate with The Social Network star again on a movie from his new production company, No Brainer.

Foxx said, "I got my fingers crossed that he will accept and we'll do something fantastic together and I'll be on the other side of the camera producing and possibly directing him in this really, really clever movie that I have."

Foxx's production company also recently shot what he calls a "teaser pilot" for NBC titled Tommy's Little Girl, starring Selma Blair, Tony Sirico and Paul Sorvino.  Foxx calls the project his "video business card" that will allow him to establish himself as a producer. 

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Wednesday
Apr132011

John Travolta 'Excited' to Play John Gotti in New Movie

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- John Travolta's next big-screen role will be playing one of America's most notorious gangsters.  The actor recently signed a deal to play the late John Gotti in a big-screen film about the mobster who headed the Gambino crime family.  The flick will be based on the life of Gotti and his son, John Gotti Jr.

At a New York press conference Tuesday, Travolta gushed about the movie, saying, "I got especially excited about the project after I met John Gotti, Jr. because his story is fascinating and I found him to be compelling, compassionate and caring." 

Joe Pesci, who will co-star in the movie, added, "It's going to be a great experience and a rare opportunity to look inside the life of Gotti."

Some of the talk at the press conference centered around Lindsay Lohan, who sat in the first row with her mother, Dina, and who is rumored for the role of Gotti's daughter, Victoria Gotti. Travolta joked that Lohan is a longtime fan of his, adding, "I've always thought she was gorgeous and talented and filled with a lot of depth so I think whatever she'd like to do would be great with me."

Producer Marc Fiore confirmed that he's talking with Lohan about joining the cast, but says there's no deal yet.

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Ashley Tisdale & Others Go Naked in 'Allure'

Kevin Mazur/WireImage for Good Housekeeping(NEW YORK) -- Ashley Tisdale is showing everyone she's no longer the young girl we saw in High School Musical.  The actress poses in the buff in the May issue of Allure magazine. 

Tisdale, who currently stars in the CW's Hellcats, explained her decision by saying, "I'm 25, almost 26, but people think of me as much younger because I look young.  Being in this shoot was me saying, 'I'm not just the young girl everybody thinks I am.  I'm actually a woman.'"

Tisdale is just one of four stars to shed her clothes in Allure.  She's joined by Bridget Moynahan, Kaley Cuoco and Keri Hilson.

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Scarlett Johansson's Rep: It's a Shirt, Not a Baby

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- When the paparazzi recently snapped a pic of Scarlett Johansson out for a jog with Owen Wilson, the shutterbugs apparently captured what appeared to be a baby bump, People reports.

However, the bump was merely a wardrobe malfunction of a different kind -- not a souvenir from her reported relationship with Sean Penn -- says Johansson's spokesman, Marcel Pariseau.

"It's simply the placement of her shirt that is misleading," the rep explains to the magazine. "She was followed and photographed for over 20 minutes, and I'm sure there are other photos in the series that show and prove that she is not pregnant." In fact, the rep says, "She has been training for The Avengers for over four months and is in the best shape of her life."

Johannson will reprise her Iron Man 2 role of assassin Black Widow in the superhero-stocked The Avengers, which hits theaters May 4, 2012.

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Jennifer Aniston: I'll Marry George Clooney

Jasper Juinen/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Having been married to Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston knows a thing or two about high-profile romances, so why not try again?  The actress jokes with Britain's Red magazine that she should exchange vows with George Clooney so the media would stop pestering both of them about when they will settle down. 

Aniston said, "That would definitely shut up the world.  I could call up George, say, 'Hon, let's just get hitched and have kids...'  I should take George to lunch and we can figure out how to put an end to all this."

The 42-year-old Aniston, who has had her every move scrutinized when it comes to her love life, says playing the field isn't exactly her cup of tea. 

She said, "I'm not a big fan of dating.  You have to normalize it.  You would die otherwise.  But no, I'm not a big fan of dating."  She added things often get blown out of proportion, noting, "You have dinner with male friends and it's instantly, 'That's the new man.' The phone is ringing off the hook from your publicist saying, 'Did you have dinner with so and so?' and it's, 'Yes, I did and no, I'm not.'"

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Rihanna Scores a Leading 18 Nominations for Billboard Music Awards

Island Def Jam(LAS VEGAS) -- Rihanna leads the way with 18 nominations for the 2011 Billboard music Awards, including top artist. Her collaboration with Eminem on "Love the Way You Lie," picked up six nominations alone.  Eminem earned 16 nominations, while Lady Gaga notched a dozen.  Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars scored 11 nods apiece.

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards will air May 22nd at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Here's a look at some of the nominees in the major categories:

Top Artist:
Justin Bieber
Eminem
Lady Gaga
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top New Artist:
Justin Bieber
Taio Cruz
Ke$ha
Bruno Mars
Nicki Minaj

Top Male Artist:
Justin Bieber
Drake
Eminem
Bruno Mars
Usher

Top Female Artist:
Ke$ha
Lady Gaga
Katy Perry
Rihanna
Taylor Swift

Top Duo/Group:
The Black Eyed Peas
Bon Jovi
Lady Antebellum
Linkin Park
U2 

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Catherine Zeta-Jones Treated for Bipolar Disorder

Donna Ward/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A spokesman for Catherine Zeta-Jones says the Oscar-winning actress is being treated for bipolar disorder after recently standing by husband Michael Douglas during his highly-publicized bout with throat cancer.  The rep released a statement Wednesday saying, "After dealing with the stress of the past year, Catherine made the decision to check in to a mental health facility for a brief stay to treat her Bipolar II Disorder.  She’s feeling great and looking forward to starting work this week this week on her two upcoming films."

Earlier this year, Douglas revealed the cancerous tumor in his throat was gone.

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Wednesday
Apr132011

Too Fat for 'American Idol' Audience?

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- A woman who attended a taping of Fox's American Idol claims she was removed from the first row of the audience for being too heavy. 

Ashley Kauffman, 19, attended last week's results show taping, but claims that when she and her friends arrived early to grab seats up front, studio staff told her she was too heavy to sit in front. She says she and two other friends were moved a few rows back.

"I was kind of taken back because the look on her face was just as if I was disgusting," Kauffman said of the woman who originally asked her to move. "Honestly I didn't think I was disgusting looking," she said on Good Morning America Wednesday.

She claimed that when an usher took her ticket after they had moved, he said, "It makes sense why you're not with the skinny girls."

Kauffman said she tried not to let the incident bring her down or ruin her night. "I believe God made me exactly how he wants to make me and He doesn't make mistakes."

"They shouldn't judge anybody, and they shouldn't treat anybody different just because of the way they look," Kauffman's father, Randy Kauffman, said.

While the show is a talent competition, looks have played a role.

Season five contestant Mandisa was on the receiving end of some tough remarks about her weight from then-judge Simon Cowell.

"Do we have a bigger stage this year?" Cowell said, referring to her.

"It was just hurtful and mean and the one thing I didn't want to have happen," Mandisa said. Cowell later apologized, and Mandisa forgave him.

But the show has also had its share of overweight contestants who have gone on to great success, including Frenchie, Reuben Studdard and, most notably, Jennifer Hudson.

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