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May272011

Ryan Reynolds Talks Marriage, Divorce

John Shearer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Ryan Reynolds recently sat down with Details and opened up about his split from Scarlett Johansson. Reynolds told the magazine, “Anyone who gets divorced goes through a lot of pain, but you come out of it.” He added, “I'm not out of it yet. At all. But I sense that as I do come through it, there's optimism.”

As far as what came between the two, the Green Lantern star remains silent, offering only, "I'll say this: The media wasn't invited to my marriage, and they're definitely not invited into the divorce."

The actor also explained that all the rumors regarding his relationship with Johansson were exactly that -- rumors. "What was happening privately was the exact opposite of what was being reported," says Reynolds. "There was no story and no scandal, so the narrative was just created for me.”

Johansson has lately been seen in the company of actor Sean Penn.

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Friday
May272011

Charlie Sheen Puts Beverly Hills Home on Market

Mike Austin/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Could it be that the Warlock isn't winning anymore?  Charlie Sheen, who two weeks ago was officially replaced on the hit sitcom Two and a Half Men by Ashton Kutcher, has put his Mulholland Estates mansion in Beverly Hills, Calif. on the market. The almost 8,000 square foot, five-bedroom, seven-bath house, which Sheen dubbed the Sober Valley Lodge, is described in the MLS listing as "an entertainer's dream," with lavish landscaping, outdoor kitchen, pool and spa. The inside boasts "top-of-the-line appliances and finishes," with "spacious public rooms," including a screening room. The price tag is set at a hefty $7.2 million.

TMZ reports that Sheen paid his ex-wife Brooke Mueller $1 million dollars during their divorce in order to obtain sole ownership of the house. Sheen was fired from Two and a Half Men in March.

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Friday
May272011

Amy Winehouse Back in Rehab

Samir Hussein/Getty Images(LONDON) -- They tried to make her go to rehab -- and they succeeded.

Amy Winehouse's rep tells People magazine that the singer has checked into the Priory Clinic in the UK as part of her ongoing struggle with alcohol addiction.  The rep said, "She wants to be ready for performances in Europe this summer and decided to seek an assessment. She will remain at the Priory on doctors' advice."

A source tells People that Amy's dad Mitch Winehouse initiated the move, telling her that he felt she was drinking too much again.  Says the source, "She agreed to go an assessment to stop it becoming a bigger problem."

Winehouse's concerts in Europe are scheduled to begin June 18.

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Friday
May272011

Lady Gaga Rocks Biggest 'Good Morning America' Crowd Ever 

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Thousands of Little Monsters -- 7,000 of them, to be exact -- crowded into Rumsey Playfield at New York City's Central Park early Friday morning to watch Mother Monster herself -- Lady Gaga -- kick off Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series.  It was the biggest crowd ever for a GMA concert in Central Park.  Gaga made quite the entrance, zip-lining down to the stage wearing a red bodysuit with black polka dots and a white cape, and performing "Bad Romance" on a silver stage accompanied by scantily-clad male and female dancers in black and gold.  That was just one of five songs that Gaga performed, each with a different costume.

Among Gaga's looks were a gold lamé bolo jacket and a headpiece with huge gold horns, and a shiny black vinyl coat with massive pointy shoulders and a black veil. She performed "Judas," "The Edge of Glory" and "Born This Way" as the fans went wild, jumping up and down and making the signature "paws up" gesture -- arm upraised, hand bent into a claw.  For her final number, "Hair," Gaga played a "piano-corn" -- a life-size black unicorn with a purple horn that had a piano built into its side.

Noting that she grew up five blocks from Central Park, Gaga said playing there was "an absolute dream come true."  She added, "I'm so excited and so blessed to be here, and to be honest, to see so many people here to listen to my music makes me so proud."

Some of Gaga's devoted fans camped out for two days to see the concert, and many traveled from all over the country -- and even all over the world.  Many came dressed in Gaga regalia, sporting variations on her many looks.  Some women wore soda cans rolled in their hair; others sported leather jackets, sunglasses and fishnets.  At least one guy was dressed like a silver unicorn, and another one wore a black mesh face mask, jeweled eye mask and black cape.  One male fan was in full Gaga drag, including bra and blonde wig.

So why does Gaga inspire such devotion?  One fan said, "She just makes you have fun and be whatever you are."  Another explained, "She's able to take something old from older generations and present it to a new audience...and make it fresh and make it new. "  Still another fan said, "She just has a really great message, and she loves her fans and she's very accepting of everybody. She wants you to be yourself and love who you are and I just love that message."

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Friday
May272011

Kim Kardashian's 20.5 Carat Ring: Cute or Crazy?

Andy Kropa/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Like well-heeled raccoons, celebrities covet the shiny, the sparkly, the blinged-out. Double-digit carats? Yes, please! Putting precious stones in places they were never meant to be? Let's do it!

Such is the logic of those stars who seem to buy jewelry based on shock value, not beauty. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries dropped jaws this week when they revealed that he proposed to her with a $2 million, 20.5 carat diamond dazzler. He shared his motivation for the purchase with People magazine: "I just knew I wanted it to be big!"

Designed by Kardashian's friend, celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, Kardashian's newest accessory includes a 16.5 carat emerald cut center stone flanked by a pair of 2-carat trapezoids.

"It's the most beautiful thing I have ever seen," Kardashian told People. "It's perfect."

Indeed, with the stars, when it comes to jewels, the size of the statement matters.

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Friday
May272011

Oprah Emails Fans One Day After Talk Show Ends

ABC News(CHICAGO) -- How is Oprah Winfrey occupying her time, now that she's ended her talk show?

She's drinking tea and reading at home.

Winfrey sent an email to her fans on Thursday, the day after the final episode of her talk show aired, saying she was sitting "in cold, rainy, Chicago drinking Chai Tea (and yes splurged on a croissant) reading all your wonderful emails.  I am deeply moved."

She wrote, "I hear so many of you saying you're sad to see the show leave.  Instead of sadness, I hope you will channel the energy of hopefulness you received from the show in whatever form it gave to you."

Winfrey said the emotional reaction is ironic, since she has been reading author Mark Nepo's The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have.  It's a collection of essays for each day of the year, and Winfrey notes that the "words for May 26th just happened to be 'BEING SAD.'"

Winfrey, who also worked in a plug for her friend Gayle King's talk show on the OWN network, said she will soon be going on vacation.

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Friday
May272011

Jeff Conaway’s Family Decides to Disconnect Life Support

Michael Bezjian/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems Jeff Conaway’s many years of substance abuse have gotten the best of him.

After remaining in a coma at a hospital in California since being found unconscious on May 11, members of the actor's family have decided to discontinue life support.  A source close to the situation tells RadarOnline that the decision was made after "Doctors advised the family that Jeff has had no brain function since he was brought into the hospital."

The 60-year-old former Taxi star, who also played Kenickie in the 1978 hit film version of Grease, was initially admitted for what was said to be a drug overdose.  However, Dr. Dew Pinsky tweeted earlier this week that Conaway was placed in a medically-induced coma in order to recover from pneumonia and sepsis, which is a bacterial infection of the blood.

Conaway reportedly has already had his feeding tube removed, and was expected to have his respirator disconnected Thursday evening.

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Friday
May272011

Mariah Carey Won't Be Investigated for Drinking While Breast Feeding

PRNewsFoto/Piaget, Lester Cohen(LOS ANGELES) -- After an anonymous phone call to the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services was made after Mariah Carey was seen drinking a Guinness beer while breast feeding, TMZ reports that social workers have found no reason to launch further investigation into the singer and her care for her twins.

On Thursday, social workers conducted an interview with Carey in regards to the claim, during which Carey admitted that she consumed the drink because she was told by hospital staff that dark beer would assist her in lactating.

After wrapping up the interview, sources close to the DCFS told TMZ that officials agreed that there was no merit to the claim, and investigators are closing the case.

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Friday
May272011

Paul McCartney to Perform at Wrigley Field?

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The last time Paul McCartney performed at a baseball stadium in Chicago was back in 1965, when The Beatles played Comiskey Park.  But now there's talk that he may return to Chicago this summer to rock Wrigley Field.

A source tells The Chicago Sun Times that the Cubs are trying to do a deal for McCartney to play at the famous stadium on July 31 and Aug. 1, when the team is out of town.  So far, nothing is definite -- McCartney's only announced U.S. date so far is June 10 in Las Vegas.  He's currently performing in South America.

If McCartney does play Wrigley Field, he'll be the latest in a long line of big names who've taken the stage, from The Police, Elton John, Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffett, to country stars Rascal Flatts and The Dave Matthews Band.

The last time McCartney played in Chicago was 2005.

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Friday
May272011

Barry Gibb Posts Video of Michael Jackson Collabo from 2002

Carlo Allegri/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It's unclear exactly why he's chosen this moment to do it, but Barry Gibb of Bee Gees fame has posted a video of himself working on a song with Michael Jackson back in December of 2002.

The song, which remains unreleased, is called "All in Your Name."

In note on his website, Gibb writes, "Michael Jackson and I were the dearest of friends, that's simply what it was.  We gravitated towards the same kind of music and we loved collaborating and he was the easiest person to write with.  The more we got to know each other, the more those ideas entwined, and it all came to this song, ' All in Your Name.'"

He added, "'All in Your Name' is in fact the message that Michael wanted to send out to all of his fans all over the world -- that he did it all for them and for the pure love of music."

The video is only about 34 seconds of the song, but Gibb wrote, "I hope and pray that we all get to hear it in its entirety.  This experience I will treasure forever."

Gibb said there is over two hours total of footage of the two working together.

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