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Feb082011

Lindsay Lohan to Be Charged with Felony Grand Theft Wednesday

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Bad news for Lindsay Lohan -- the Los Angeles District Attorney's office says that on Wednesday, the actress will be charged with one count of felony grand theft for allegedly stealing a necklace from a jewelry store in Venice, California.  It's a felony because of the value of the necklace, which is worth $2,500. She allegedly walked out of the store with the necklace on Jan. 22. Lohan will be arraigned Wednesday in a Los Angeles court at 1:30 p.m. PT.

Lohan is currently on probation in connection with her 2007 DUI case.  If she is convicted of felony grand theft, she could be sent to California state prison.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Confirmed for March 29 Release

Photo Courtesy - Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- Though initially reported as hitting stores March 15, Britney Spears' new album Femme Fatale has now been confirmed for a March 29 release by her record label.  Meanwhile, the hotly-anticipated video for "Hold It Against Me" will premiere simultaneously on VEVO.com and on MTV Thursday, Feb. 17, at 9:56 p.m. ET, right before Jersey Shore.

So far, Britney has released five teaser clips for the "Hold It Against Me" video, and she'll continue to release them until the video's premiere -- there will be 14 in all.  The most recent, which came out Tuesday, shows bright lights beaming down on Britney as she reaches toward the ceiling.  Some of the other clips show her surrounded by backup dancers; others show her older videos flashing on TV screens.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

First Round of CMA Music Festival Performers Announced

Keith Urban. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The first round of performers has been announced for this summer's CMA Music Festival in Nashville, including Keith Urban, Reba, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Trace Adkins and Darius Rucker. Sheryl Crow, Martina McBride and The Band Perry round out the list for the festival, set for June 9-12.

The event will again be filmed for an ABC special.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the CMA Music Festival, which began as Fan Fair in 1972.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Inductors Announced for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Ceremony

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rolling Stone reports that Elton John, Paul Simon and Neil Young are among the big names who'll be serving as inductors at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, scheduled to take place March 14 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.  Elton will induct his hero and collaborator, Leon Russell, into the sideman category.  Young will induct his longtime friend Tom Waits, while Paul Simon will do the honors for Neil Diamond.  Before finding fame as artists in their own right, both Simon and Diamond worked as professional songwriters at New York's famous Brill Building.

In addition, Grammy-winning R&B star John Legend will induct New Orleans piano legend Dr. John, while Rob Zombie will induct his hero and tour partner Alice Cooper.  Bette Midler will do the honors for Darlene Love, one of her idols.

In the non-performers category, Doors keyboard player John Densmore will induct Jac Holzman, founder of Elektra Records, the Doors' label, and R&B legend Lloyd Price will induct Art Rupe, who founded Specialty Records and discovered Price.  The ceremony will be telecast on Fuse.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Kelsey and Camille Grammer Reportedly Strike a Divorce Deal

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It was shaping up to be a battle of epic proportions. But, for the moment, it seems that Kelsey and Camille Grammer have laid down their swords.

The former Frasier star and the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member have agreed to expedite their divorce and allow Kelsey to tie the knot quickly with his new girlfriend, according to TMZ.com.

Lawyers for the couple reportedly told a Los Angeles judge Monday they've reached a deal to let their divorce be finalized now. They will resolve money and property issues at a later date. If the Grammers sign settlement papers this week, Kelsey Grammer could marry Kayte Walsh by the end of the month.

Even if they're on sunnier terms now, the couple's financial drama will likely play out for months to come. They never signed a prenup and, during their 13 years as husband and wife, they built up a fortune of more than $100 million in real estate, his earnings from Frasier and the proceeds from their company, Grammernet Productions, according to TMZ.com. If no prenup exists, Camille Grammer is entitled to half of the fortune.

Perhaps Kelsey Grammer will tread more carefully as he steps into his next marriage; his fourth. The 55-year-old actor announced his engagement to Walsh, 29, in December. He recently revealed on David Letterman's Late Show that he hopes they'll marry "sometime in February."

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Hudson to Honor Aretha on Grammys?

Photo Courtesy - RCA Records(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Christina Aguilera's first performance, post-national anthem debacle, be at the Grammy Awards?

The music industry blog Wayne's World reports that Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson will open the awards this Sunday night with a special tribute to Aretha Franklin.  According to the blog, three additional artists from different genres will also take part in the number, and the Queen of Soul herself is planning to appear on stage, showing everyone that she's alive and well following her surgery in December.

Meanwhile, Entertainment Tonight reports Barbra Streisand will also perform at this year's Grammys.  The music legend is being honored Friday night for her philanthropy and her storied career at the annual MusiCares Person of The Year gala in Los Angeles.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Oscar Nominees Attend Luncheon in Beverly Hills

Photo Courtesy - Andrew H. Walker/ Getty Images(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- More than 150 of this year's Oscar nominees came together for the annual Academy Awards luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday.

Nineteen of the 20 stars nominated in the acting categories were there, with the exception of The Fighter actor Christian Bale, who was in China filming a movie.

Jesse Eisenberg, who's nominated for his performance in The Social Network, said he felt out of place at the event.  He said, "I have this general sense of feeling like I don't belong, although I've talked to a lot of other people...who I think of as very much belonging, and they have the same feeling."

Colin Firth, who's considered a lock to win the best actor Oscar for his role as King George VI in The King's Speech, said his nomination has changed the way some people treat him.  He said, "I do get the odd bow, which I put down to either confusion or facetiousness.  I'm not quite sure which."

Nicole Kidman is already thinking of what she'll wear on Oscar night, though her two-year-old daughter, Sunday Rose, ultimately will have a say in the matter.  Kidman, a best actress nominee for Rabbit Hole, said, "She chooses what she calls 'pretty dresses.'  So she has a very strong voice in terms of what I will be wearing on the night of the Oscars.  Fingers crossed, guys.  I could be wearing a tutu."

James Franco, who's not only a nominee for 127 Hours but will also co-host the Feb. 27 Oscar ceremony with Anne Hathaway, joked about the initial reaction to the announcement that he would be the emcee.  He said, "A lot of the reaction was 'Oh, an obvious ploy by the Academy to bring in younger viewers.'  And uh, yeah, duh.  Like, is that a bad thing?  I mean...how is that a criticism?"

During the luncheon, the producers of the Oscars telecast said they would feature nominees' mothers in their 90-minute pre-show TV program.  The mothers, who are being called "mom-inees," will discuss the stars on the show.  They'll also post updates on Twitter.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Super Bowl Watched by Record 111 Million Viewers

Photo Courtesy - NFL(NEW YORK) -- The Super Bowl lived up to the hype in one respect -- it set a record for the largest audience ever for a U.S. TV program.

The Fox telecast of the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45 was seen by an estimated 111 million viewers, according to Variety.

This is the second year in a row that the Super Bowl has set a record for viewership.  Last year's game, won by the New Orleans Saints over the Indianapolis Colts, drew 106.5 million viewers.

The 1983 series finale of M*A*S*H now ranks as the third most-watched TV program of all time, at 105.97 million.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Simon Cowell's 'X-Factor' To Set Record with $5 Million Prize

Photo Courtesy - Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Simon Cowell's new high-profile reality competition, The X-Factor, will award the winner a $5 million record deal -- that's the most guaranteed prize money ever handed out in TV history.

And, in a major departure from American Idol, The X-Factor will pit singers of all ages against each other: the minimum age is 12, but there is no limit to how old a contestant can be.   In addition, groups -- not just individual singers -- will be able to compete.

Cowell said, "I like the idea that a 12-year-old on this show can compete with an older singer and a singing group.  I've never believed there should be a cut-off age for talent, and we are going to put our money where our mouths are with the $5 million recording contract.  I'm doing this show in America because I genuinely believe we can find a superstar."

Another difference in The X-Factor compared with American Idol is that each judge -- and there are four of them -- will personally mentor groups of contestants.  For example, one judge will work with the vocal groups, one will work with the younger girls, one will work with the younger guys, and one will work with the older singers.  The judges are very much responsible for what "their" contestants do on the show -- they'll even choose the songs, the clothing, the choreography and so on.  That way, if the contestant bombs out, the judge bears some responsibility, which never happened on Idol.

Auditions for The X-Factor kick off March 27 in Los Angeles, with future dates to be announced later.  The auditions will actually take place in front of thousands of people, and the judges will take their reactions to each potential contestant into account.

The show is expected to premiere this fall on Fox.

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Tuesday
Feb082011

Attorney: Charlie Sheen Returning to TV Show in 'Two Weeks'

Photo Courtesy - Jeff Vespa/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Charlie Sheen will be returning to the set of his CBS comedy Two and a Half Men before the end of the month, his attorney, Yale Galanter revealed to E! News.

Galanter said, "We are thinking Charlie will be going back to work two weeks from today."

"Charlie is fine healthwise and doing really well," Galanter added.  "Things are looking good.  Everybody's intentions are to get him back in the swing of things as soon as possible."

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