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Wednesday
Nov102010

'Dancing with the Stars': Kurt Warner Gets Booted

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Adam Larkey(LOS ANGELES) -- Former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner was sacked on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.  Warner and pro partner Anna Trebunskaya were voted off after a waltz performance on Monday that, despite receiving praise from the judges, left the couple nine points behind the leaders.

After getting the bad news, Warner thanked everyone and said the experience had given him an opportunity to impact people and build relationships.  The former football star also thanked his wife and his seven kids, and praised Trebunskaya for allowing him to do something that no one expected him to do.

Before the final vote was announced, Judge Bruno Tonioli praised Warner for his hard work and effort, saying, “You really are an American Idol.”  Host Tom Bergeron responded to Bruno’s comment by saying, “Nice plug for the other network.”

The four remaining couples will compete in the semi-finals, beginning next Monday at 8:00 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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Wednesday
Nov102010

Katy Perry, Lady Gaga Lead People's Choice Awards Music Nominees

Photo Courtesy - Sycamore Productions Inc.(NEW YORK) -- The nominees for the People's Choice Awards 2011 have been announced, and in the music categories, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are among the top nominees, with four nods each.

Others who received nominations include Michael Buble, Daughtry, Maroon 5, Nickelback, Pink, Enrique Iglesias, Taylor Swift and Alicia Keys.

The show, hosted by Queen Latifah, will air Wednesday, Jan. 5 on CBS.  Fans can start voting now at PeoplesChoice.com through Dec. 7.

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Wednesday
Nov102010

Madonna Addresses Bullying, Teen Suicide on 'Ellen'

Photo Courtesy - The Ellen DeGeneres Show/Warner Bros. Productions(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Madonna addressed the issue of bullying and teen suicide that has grabbed headlines in recent weeks when she appeared via satellite on Tuesday's episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The pop star said, "I'm incredibly disturbed and saddened by the overwhelming number of teen suicides that have been reported lately because of bullying."

Several deaths have been linked to the fact that victims were teased for being gay.  Madonna has nothing but sympathy, explaining, "The gay community has been incredibly supportive of me.  I wouldn't have a career if it weren't for the gay community."

She also said she knows what it's like to be an outsider.  She noted she "can totally relate to the idea of feeling isolated and alienated.  I was incredibly lonely as a child, as a teenager.  I have to say I never felt like I fit in in school.  I wasn't a jock.  I wasn't an intellectual.  There was no group that I felt a part of.  I just felt like a weirdo."

Madonna got worked up about the subject, saying, "The concept that we are torturing teenagers because they are gay...It's unfathomable.  It's like lynching black people or Hitler exterminating Jews.  Sorry if I'm going on a rampage right now but this is America.  The land of the free and the home of the brave."

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Wednesday
Nov102010

Justin Bieber Notches a Billion Views on YouTube

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam Music Group(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga beat him to the milestone a couple of weeks ago, but now Justin Bieber has finally reached the magic YouTube number: one billion views.

Bieber wrote on Twitter Tuesday, "So, I wake up today to almost 15 million [friends] on Facebook, over a BILLION VIEWS on YouTube and 6 MILLION OF THE GREATEST FANS ON EARTH ON TWITTER!!!!  THANK U.  This is crazy!  My hometown only has 30 thousand people total!  NUTS."

After delivering those stats, Bieber took the opportunity to pen an inspirational series of tweets.  He wrote, "This is for all the kids out there with a dream.  For every person who gets told you can't be somebody or achieve something.  For everyone who dreams of something more.  I'm from a small town many have never heard of.  My parents had me as teenagers.  Me and my mom lived in a small apartment.  No one in my family had really left my town...and I never thought leaving was possible, but then you all found me.  And you all changed my life and shows me opportunity I didn't think existed."

Bieber added, "You taught me to dream big and never say never, so thank you.  I'm just like you, and I hope our story together can help you all in one way or another, the way you have all helped me.  We are just getting started."

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Tuesday
Nov092010

Tina Fey Honored with Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Photo Courtesy - All Goldstein | NBC(WASHINGTON) -- As she prepared to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Tina Fey joined comedians and colleagues from Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock on the red carpet at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., bowing humbly to the legends who came before her in receiving this award.
 
“I’m very, very grateful and very kind of humbled because all the other people who hold this prize are very meaningful to me,” Tina Fey told ABC News. “From Steve Martin to Lorne Michaels, Dr. Cosby, Lily Tomlin.  These are people that I just have admired for so long, so I’m very honored to be among them.”
 
But Fey has made waves of her own in the comedy world. At the age of 40, Fey is the youngest person to ever receive the prize and is the third woman, joining Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin in the elite group of honorees.
 
The Mark Twain Prize is bestowed upon individuals who demonstrate the characteristics of Mark Twain, who was considered to be one of the world’s premier social commentators and satirist.

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Tuesday
Nov092010

Actress Betty White Made Honorary US Forest Ranger

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- With seven Emmy Awards, including one she won earlier this year for her hosting duties on Saturday Night Live, and a new two-book publishing deal, legendary actress and animal lover Betty White can now add another title to her list of credits: Forest Ranger.

The 88-year-old acting icon received the honorary designation Tuesday at a special ceremony held by the U.S. Forest Service at Washington's Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Surrounded by uniformed forest rangers and a seven-foot-tall Smokey the Bear mascot, White accepted the honor and the new title with a large-brimmed Forest Ranger hat on her head and a smaller, plush Smokey the Bear doll in her arms. In an emotional acceptance speech, White said of her parents, "they would be more proud of this than of any other award I have won."

As a child, White vacationed with her family in the High Sierras, where she said they often went for days "without seeing another two-legged soul."

In an interview with ABC News, White said those early treks into the wilderness cemented her desire to work with animals and one day become a forest ranger. "But back then, girls were not allowed to become forest rangers," she said.

When the U.S. Forest Service was established in 1905, and for many years after, there were no female rangers. Today, women comprise more than a third of the agency's workforce; a fact that did not escape its most recent honoree.

"I was so pleased to look out and see all those women in their ranger uniforms," White told ABC News.

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Tuesday
Nov092010

Conan O'Brien Returns to TV with 'Conan' Debut on TBS

Photo Courtesy - TeamCoco [dot] com(BURBANK, Calif.) -- After months of speculation and weeks of hype, Monday night saw the debut of Conan, Conan O'Brien's new TBS late-night show.  And if last night's premiere was any indication, Team Coco is definitely on a mission to turn up the fun.

The show began with a recorded sketch that chronicled what O'Brien's been up to since he left NBC and The Tonight Show early this year.  The sketch started with O'Brien refusing NBC's offer to move The Tonight Show to midnight, after which he survived a Sonny Corleone Godfather-like assassination attempt.

He then moved on to interview for a job at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce with Mad Men's Jon Hamm, followed by short-lived stints at Burger King and as a clown at a kid's birthday party.  After considering suicide, an angelic Larry King told him to go to basic cable.  At TBS, O'Brien was handed an offer that read "Much Less," but took it nonetheless.

Following the opening sketch, O'Brien emerged to a two-minute standing ovation, ending with him cracking, "That lasted longer than my last job."

During his monlogue, he addressed his jump to TBS by saying, "It's not easy doing a late-night show, on a channel without a lot of money, that viewers have trouble finding.  So that's why I left NBC."

O'Brien's very first guest was a walk-on by Arlene Wagner from the Leavenworth, Washington Nutcracker Museum, who won an online fan poll to score the honor.  Other guests included Seth Rogan, Glee's Lea Michele, and Jack White, who teamed with the host for a cover of Eddie Cochran's "20 Flight Rock."  Andy Richter again acted as O'Brien's announcer and sidekick.

Perhaps most important to Conan followers, his premiere edged out Jay Leno in the ratings with 4.2 million viewers, compared to Leno's 3.5 million.

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Tuesday
Nov092010

'Dancing with the Stars': Jennifer Grey, Brandy Share Lead Again

Photo Courtesy - Disney/ABC Television Group(LOS ANGELES) -- For the second straight week, Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey and pro partner Derek Hough share the lead with singer Brandy and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, after both couples scored a 57 out of a possible 60 from the ballroom judges Monday.

Also for the second week in a row, Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas find themselves at the bottom of the leader board with a combined judges’ score of 47 out of 60.

Each couple performed two routines Monday: their regular weekly ballroom performance and an “Instant Dance” challenge that required them to choreograph a performance after learning the name of the song just minutes before hitting the dance floor.  They'd been told the dance style ahead of time.

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Tuesday
Nov092010

Bon Jovi Release 'Greatest Hits,' Rock Band Songs Tuesday

Photo Courtesy - Island Records(NEW YORK) -- Bon Jovi is releasing their Greatest Hits collection on Tuesday but it's a project that Jon Bon Jovi says he only agreed to do as a kind of payback.  He tells ABC News Radio when the band decided to go to Nashville to make their "country" album, Lost Highway, the head of the record company thought it would be a flop.

Jon says the guy told him, "'While you're losing millions of my dollars, would you consider doing a Greatest Hits?'  And I felt bad for him so I said, reluctantly, 'Absolutely!'"

Jon says the way he sees it, the album is a way to introduce a new generation of their fans to their back catalog -- and for those fans who already have the catalog, he and Richie Sambora wrote some new songs for the project, including the current hit, "What Do You Got."  The album's available in two formats: one single-disc 16-song collection with all the big hits, and a two-disc, 28-track Ultimate Collection which features all the chart hits, plus fan favorites.

Jon says, "It was difficult to pick 'Song X' and leave out 'Song Y,' because you can have an emotional attachment to all of them...but the obvious [ones] were the obvious -- the 'Livin' on a Prayers,' the 'Wanted: Dead or Alives.'"

Greatest Hits is actually the second best-of that Bon Jovi has released.  Back in 1994, they put one out called Cross Road.  Since then, of course, the band has scored quite a few additional hits.

Jon says, "It feels rewarding that we're able to have had two volumes of greatest hits in the last 27 years."

The band is also making 12 of their biggest hits available as downloadable content for the new Rock Band 3 video game.  Jon says he's happy that kids can discover their music through the game, but wishes it actually taught them how to play an instrument.  Jon says he's played Rock Band, but isn't too good at it.

He admits, "I'm a professional singer and I have failed my own songs on Rock Band.  More than once!"

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Tuesday
Nov092010

Stars Salute Julie Andrews, John Mayer at VH1 Save the Music Gala

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- The hills were alive with the sound of stars paying tribute to Dame Julie Andrews Monday night in New York City.  She was one of the honorees at this year's gala for VH1's Save the Music Foundation, which supports music education in public schools.

During the evening, Kristin Chenoweth paid tribute to Andrews by performing a special musical salute to her legendary film The Sound of Music, celebrating its 45th anniversary this year.

On the red carpet, Andrews revealed that her favorite song from the film is "Edelweiss," explaining, "It's very classic, very simple...it has a wonderful lyric that talks about everyone's homeland, wherever they are."

Andrews also spoke about the importance of music education in her own life, calling it "the foundation upon which everything else happened for me."  She added, "I had a fabulous teacher, and I was very lucky to find her, and she was my rock and she taught me well."

Other honorees included John Mayer, who didn't speak to reporters, and John Legend, who said of music education, "Sometimes we forget that the future really is all about the kids, and we have to invest in them.  They don't vote, and a lot of times, they're the first to go when priorities are being made.  But we have to say, 'They're a high priority for us, and music education is an important part of their education,' and we have to support that."

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