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Tuesday
Oct262010

Keith Urban to Perform Thanksgiving Day Halftime Show

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Keith Urban will headline the halftime show during the Dallas Cowboys' game on Thanksgiving Day.

In conjunction with the game, The Salvation Army is holding a contest to raise money using a "virtual kettle" for a chance to win a trip to the game and stand on the field for Urban's performance.

Details are available on The Salvation Army's website.

The Cowboys host the New Orleans Saints Thanksgiving Day on Fox.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Michael Jackson Tops 'Forbes' List of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Sixteen months after his death, Michael Jackson is still profiting from his music career.  Forbes magazine has named the pop icon the top-earning dead celebrity, having raised $275 million during a one-year period beginning Oct. 1, 2009.

Sales of Michael Jackson's music following his death in June of 2009, plus the success of the concert film Michael Jackson's This Is It, are major reasons why his estate pulled in so much money -- more than the collective earnings of the other celebrities in Forbes' top 10.

Elvis Presley ranks second on the list, with $60 million. The Lord of the Rings author J.R.R. Tolkien, Peanuts creator Charles Schulz and former Beatle John Lennon round out the top five.

Here are the 10 top-earning dead celebrities, according to Forbes magazine:

1. Michael Jackson, singer, $275 million.
2. Elvis Presley, singer/actor, $60 million.
3. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings author, $50 million.
4. Charles Schulz, Peanuts creator, $33 million.
5. John Lennon, former Beatles musician, $17 million.
6. Stieg Larsson, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo author, $15 million.
7. Dr. Seuss (real name Theodor Geisel), children's book author, $11 million.
8. Albert Einstein, scientist, $10 million.
9. George Steinbrenner, New York Yankees owner, $8 million.
10. Richard Rodgers, one-half of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical duo, $7 million.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Brandy Rocks the Ballroom on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- Singer Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy rocked their way to the top on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars’ Rock Week with a tango that won praise from all three judges and earned the highest score of the night.  Brandy and her partner added to their lead by also winning a rock and roll marathon that featured couples being eliminated one-by-one by the judges.

Brandy and Maksim have a combined judges’ score of 36, while former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya find themselves at the bottom of the leaderboard with a total judges’ score of 22 points.  Kurt and Anna were dead last in the individual dance routine, and were first to be kicked off the dance floor in the marathon.

Monday’s show also revealed viewer choices for the top 10 dances performed during the show’s previous ten seasons.  There have been nearly one thousand dances performed, and the number-one fan favorite is a freestyle routine performed by season two celebrity Drew Lachey and partner Cheryl Burke.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Bee Gees Documentary Coming to DVD, TV 

Photo Courtesy - Eagle Records/ Amazon(NEW YORK) -- In Our Own Time, a revealing documentary about the Bees' 50-year career, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on Nov. 16.  The film includes new interviews with Barry and Robin Gibb, as well an interview with the late Maurice Gibb, conducted shortly before he passed away in 2003.

Interspersed are TV and film clips, concert footage and rare videos which help tell the story of the group's rise to fame and their involvement in decade after decade of hits, both for themselves and other artists.

Addressed for the first time in-depth in the film is the life and death of the Bee Gees' little brother, Andy Gibb, who died of heart inflammation in 1988 at the age of 30.  The film reveals that Andy desperately wanted to join the Bee Gees, and the brothers wanted him to join, but then fate intervened.

In Our Own Time will air on A&E Nov. 20.  The brothers are also releasing a four-disc box set called Mythology on the 16th.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Report: Mariah Carey Expecting a Boy in March

Photo Courtesy - Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rumors continue to surface that Mariah Carey is pregnant, but the singer hasn't officially confirmed it.  According to Hollybaby.com, however, the day the big news is revealed is coming soon.

A source close to Carey tells the website she and husband Nick Cannon are expecting a baby boy in March, and she plans to spill the beans "soon" because she's going to be making appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The View, where she'll probably be asked the question.

The source says, "The reason that Mariah didn’t want to say anything is because she is 40, and she’s superstitious."  The source also tells the website that Mariah took fertility drugs to get pregnant and that's what caused her weight gain earlier this year.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

'The Hobbit' Closer to Shooting in New Zealand 

Photo Courtesy - HarperCollins Publishers(NEW ZEALAND) -- A local actors union in New Zealand says it has called off its boycott of production on The Hobbit and will not strike during filming of the long-anticipated two-movie project.

Studio executives at Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema had hinted that production on the $500 million project might shift from New Zealand, where The Lord of the Rings was shot, to another country because of a pay dispute with the actors union.  New Zealand government officials are meeting with studio executives this week to see what else can be done, short of additional tax breaks to keep the film in the country, which the government says it won't provide.

Studio executives and producer/director Peter Jackson reportedly remain skeptical that the actors' union won't cause trouble once production is underway.

Part one of The Hobbit will hit theaters in December of 2012, with part two debuting the following December.  The Hobbit is J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Madonna to Open Own Line of Gyms Around the World 

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros Records(NEW YORK) -- Fans who have speculated for 25 years how Madonna stays in such great shape can now work out just like her.  The star plans to launch a line of "Hard Candy Fitness" gyms around the world.  The first one will open on Nov. 29 in Mexico City, and Madonna herself will be there for the official launch.

Madonna and her partners in the venture are also planning to open 10 more locations, in Russia, Brazil and Argentina, as well as in Europe and Asia.  The gyms will feature a juice bar and cafe, lavish locker rooms, private and group training, as well as classes in body sculpting, Zumba, yoga, Latin moves and cardio kickboxing, and exclusive classes and programs designed especially for the clubs.

One of Madonna's business partners said in a statement, "Our goal is to create an environment inspired by Madonna's vision and high standards of what the ideal gym would be.  Hard Candy Fitness will be a reflection of Madonna's point of view and will reflect her input on every detail including music space, light and other design cues.  Madonna's touch will be everywhere."

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Tuesday
Oct262010

John Lennon's 'Imagine' Latest Download Announced for Rock Band 3

Photo Courtesy - Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.(CAMBRIDGE, Mass.) -- John Lennon's classic 1971 album Imagine is coming to Rock Band 3.  The game's developer announced Monday the album will be made available for download, though it didn't mention a release date.

It previously announced that music from Bon Jovi and Billy Joel will be offered as downloadable content in the future, as well.

Rock Band 3 goes on sale for all major video game consoles Oct. 26.

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Tuesday
Oct262010

Green Day, Wings, Chemical Brothers Honored at Q Awards 

Photo Courtesy - QTheMusic [dot] com(LONDON) -- Green Day and Wings were among the honorees Monday in London at the Q Awards, presented by the British music magazine Q.

Green Day received the best live act prize, while Paul McCartney accepted the final award of the night, Q classic album, for Wings' 1973 release Band on the Run.

The Chemical Brothers, Bryan Ferry and Madness also earned awards from Q magazine.

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Monday
Oct252010

Paranormal Activity 2 Debuts on Top

Photo Courtesy - Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- There was a lot of activity at the box office over the weekend.  The horror flick Paranormal Activity 2 earned an estimated $41.5 million from Friday through Sunday to debut in first place.

According to Variety, the sequel raised $6.3 million from Thursday night midnight screenings, a record for an R-rated movie.  It's all the more impressive considering it was made for just $3 million -- 200 times the $15,000 it cost to make Paranormal Activity, which went on to earn $108 million domestically.

The previous box office champion, Jackass 3D, slipped to second place, collecting $21.6 million.  In its first weekend in wide release, the Clint Eastwood-directed drama Hereafter finished in the fourth spot, with $12 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Paranormal Activity 2, $41.5 million.
2. Jackass 3D, $21.6 million.
3. Red, $15 million.
4. Hereafter, $12 million.
5. The Social Network, $7.3 million.
6. Secretariat, $6.9 million.
7. Life As We Know It, $6.2 million.
8. Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole, $3.2 million.
9. The Town, $2.7 million.
10. Easy A, $1.8 million.

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