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Jun142011

Barry Manilow's New Album Explores Ups and Downs of Fame

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Barry Manilow is no stranger to fame. The "Copacabana" singer has sold 80 million records worldwide and hit the peak of stardom in the '70s with five albums simultaneously topping the charts. But Manilow delves even deeper into the idea of fame in his new album, 15 Minutes, which comes out Tuesday.

The concept album explores the ins and outs of living in the spotlight, tackling the rise and fall of a hypothetical celebrity. But with track titles like "Work the Room" and "He's a Star," there's no doubt that Manilow is singing at least partly from his own experience.

Known for and occasionally ridiculed for his love ballads that have had female "fanilows" flocking to him for decades, Manilow amassed more than a dozen top 20 hits throughout the '70s and '80s, most notably classics like "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It." His status as a legendary musician landed him a permanent gig at Paris Las Vegas, at which he recently celebrated his 100th show.

But Manilow has also said he was inspired by contemporary instances of megastardom.

In recent years, Manilow has also transfixed the media with his seemingly ageless face. While he turns 68 this week, his youthful looks have brought about questions of plastic surgery. Manilow has denied the claims, crediting his physique to his diet and exercise regimen.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Clarence Clemons Reportedly 'Responsive' after Stroke

Harry Scott/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- A spokesperson for the E Street Band tells ABC News Radio that they currently don't have any information about the health of Clarence "Big Man" Clemons, who suffered a stroke on Sunday.  But reports indicate that the horn player may be improving.

A "close friend" of Clemons told the Springsteen fan site Backstreets that the saxophonist seems to be out of the woods.

The source told the website, "Yesterday, it did not look good at all.  Today...miracles are happening.  His vital signs are improving.  He's responsive.  His eyes are welling up when we're talking to him.  He was paralyzed on his left side, but now he's squeezing with his left hand....it's nothing short of miraculous."

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga has called on her fans to support Clemons -- who played on her current single "Edge of Glory" -- in his recovery.

She tweeted, "Little monsters, my very close friend...Clarence Clemons is very sick. Can we all make some get well videos?" 

Later on Monday, she tweeted that she was in bed with her mother "thinking about Clarence," and added, "I can't wait for you to see the beautiful video we made together. He's a really special person."

That would be the "Edge of Glory" video, which has yet to have an announced premiere date.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Tracy Morgan Aims to Make Amends with Gay Community

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tracy Morgan is trying to make amends days after being labeled insensitive by gay rights activists, his colleagues, the general public and his bosses at NBC for an anti-gay tirade during his standup performance June 3 at the Ryman Auditorium in Tennessee.

The 30 Rock star will be meeting this week with several young gay people and people who have lost family members to anti-gay violence.

Morgan told eonline.com, "I know how bad bullying can hurt.  I was bullied when I was a kid.  I'm sorry for what I said.  I didn't mean it.  I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone.  My family knew what it was like to feel different.  My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987."

He added, "My dad wasn't gay, but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that."

Morgan explained, "Parents should support and love their kids no matter what.  Gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone else.  Our laws should support that."

Morgan will visit Tennessee next week with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for a press conference protesting the state's recent passage of the "Don't Say Gay" bill, which prohibits the discussion of homosexuality before ninth grade in public schools.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Charlie Sheen Coming Back to TV?

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen may be coming back to the small screen soon, according to TMZ.

The gossip site reports that America's favorite warlock is in "deep negotiations" for a "big offer" to star in a new sitcom for a major network.  TMZ reports the series has an immediate green light -- which means that unlike other shows, the project, which is reportedly being crafted just for Sheen, won't risk becoming a pilot that doesn't air.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Paul McCartney Re-Releases 'McCartney' and 'McCartney II'

Kevin Mazur Archive 1/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Two of Paul McCartney's solo albums, McCartney and McCartney II, are being re-released on Tuesday in expanded editions.

For McCartney, the "deluxe" edition includes two CDs which feature the original album, unreleased bonus tracks and a DVD that includes rare and previously unseen footage.  There's also a 128-page book featuring unpublished images from McCartney and his late wife Linda McCartney, along with album artwork and an interview with Sir Paul.

McCartney II's deluxe edition features three CDs which include the original album, unreleased bonus tracks and a DVD featuring rare performances.  The 128-page book featuring artwork is included in this edition, as well.

The albums are also being released on vinyl and as digital downloads.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Is Jennifer Aniston a Homewrecker?

James Devaney/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Aniston once described Angelina Jolie as “uncool” for moving in on her then-husband, Brad Pitt, but now Aniston seems to be the one pulling an uncool move.

The New York Post reports Aniston’s ongoing romance with actor Justin Theroux has resulted in him ending a 14-year relationship with live-in girlfriend Heidi Bivens.  A source says Bivens moved out of the couple's home last weekend, and is “devastated” by Theroux’s decision.

A source tells the newspaper Bivens, a Hollywood costume designer, is “heartbroken,” adding, “She was completely blindsided.  She and Justin had been together for years, they had a home.  Then he met Jennifer and everything changed.”

A Theroux pal insists things were over between the actor and Bivens “before he got close to Jen.”

Aniston and Theroux have repeatedly been seen dining out and spending weekends together.  A source tells the Post, “things are moving fast.  They are practically living together.”

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Lawsuit Against Kardashians over Prepaid Debit Card Dismissed

Andy Kropa/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A $75 million lawsuit filed against Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian over a prepaid debit card they briefly endorsed has been dismissed by a California judge, according to E! Online.

Earlier this year, the Kardashian sisters were sued by Fresno, California-based Revenue Resource Group, which claimed they breached their contract when they terminated their agreement with the company last fall following complaints that the card carried costly hidden fees.  The judge ruled that the reality TV stars were not obligated to promote a card that might be considered unlawful.

The MasterCard debit card drew criticism last year from the Consumers Union and then-Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal over its fees, which included an annual fee of nearly $100.

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Monday
Jun132011

Is Mary-Kate Olsen Hooking Up with Kanye West?

Island Def Jam(NEW YORK) -- Rumors have been circulating that Ashley Olsen and Justin Timberlake are hooking up, and now twin sister Mary-Kate has her very own romance story. E! is reporting that onlookers at the Submercer Nightclub in New York City caught Mary-Kate and Kanye West locking lips. The unlikely pair were reportedly out celebrating the rapper’s 34th birthday on June 8.

The Olsen twins, who have both recently ended long-term relationships, will be celebrating their 25th birthdays next week. So maybe Ashley, J.T., Mary-Kate and Kanye will embark on a double date.

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Monday
Jun132011

McCartney Adds Stadium Shows in Detroit, Cincinnati and Chicago

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Following the announcement of a second show at Yankee Stadium next month, Paul McCartney has now added three additional stadium dates to his On the Run Tour.  

In addition to his July 15 and 16 shows at Yankee Stadium, McCartney will also perform at Comerica Park in Detroit on July 24, Wrigley Field in Chicago on July 31 and the Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on August 4.  Tickets for the Detroit and Cincinnati concerts go on sale June 17, while the Chicago show will go on sale June 20, all through Tickets.com.

Paul's Detroit and Chicago shows will be his first in those cities since 2005, while the Cincinnati show will be his first in 18 years.

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Monday
Jun132011

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Cop-Slapping Dress to be Auctioned Off

Ron Galella/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The dress that Zsa Zsa Gabor was wearing when she slapped a Beverly Hills police officer during a traffic stop back in 1989 is hitting the auction block. TMZ reports the floral-print dress, along with many other items belonging to the actress, will be auctioned off later this year in a Julian’s Auction event. Zsa Zsa served three days in jail and paid a fine after being convicted of misdemeanor charges related to the face-slapping incident.  It’s reported that the money raised from the auction will be used to help pay off Gabor’s medical bills. The 94-year-old actress has been in and out of the hospital numerous times over the past year.

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