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May102011

Report: Lindsay Lohan Expected to Get Probation in Theft Case

AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan will reportedly avoid jail time and is expected to receive probation when she pleads no contest to a misdemeanor theft charge on Wednesday.

Lohan is accused of stealing a necklace from a Venice, California jewelry store in January.

RadarOnline.com quotes sources as saying an attorney for the Mean Girls star met with a prosecutor and Judge Stephanie Sautner on Monday to discuss the case, and all parties agreed to keep Lohan out of jail.

The website quotes a source as saying, “Lindsay knows she dodged a major bullet.  She doesn’t like the fact she’ll be on probation for another year, but it beats being in state prison.”

Lohan is currently performing some 400 hours of community service for violating her probation for a pair of 2007 DUI convictions.  She was also sentenced to 120 days in jail for the violation, but is appealing that penalty.

RadarOnline reports that Judge Sautner is expected to allow Lohan to serve the 120 days at home if she wears an ankle bracelet to monitor her whereabouts, and will also allow her to work on movies during the day.

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Tuesday
May102011

'Dancing with the Stars': Chelsea Kane Takes the Lead

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas grabbed the lead on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday night after a two-dance performance gave the couple a total combined judges’ score of 55 out of a possible 60.

Kane and Ballas received perfect scores of 10 from two of the judges for a waltz that Judge Bruno Tonioli described as being of “the highest quality.”

Actor Ralph Macchio hit the dance floor with partner Karina Smirnoff despite suffering a minor leg injury.  An MRI revealed nothing serious, but the injury affected the actor's scores and he finds himself at the bottom of the pack with a total combined score of 46 out of 60.

The evening featured a planned individual performance and an “instant dance” challenge that required the couples to dance to a song they only learned of 20 minutes before hitting the dance floor.

Another couple will be voted off Tuesday night on the Dancing with the Stars results show, which begins at 9 p.m. Eastern.  The show will also feature musical performances by Adele, former Dancing with the Stars contestant Michael Bolton, and Australian singer Delta Goodrem.

Preceding the results show at 8 p.m. ET will be a one-hour live special recapping the best results show dance and musical performances over the last five years.

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Tuesday
May102011

Tickets for Taylor Swift's Tornado Benefit Concert on Sale Thursday

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Tickets for Taylor Swift's Speak Now...Help Now benefit concert in Nashville, Tennessee on May 21 go on sale Thursday at 11:00 a.m. ET at TaylorSwift.com and Ticketmaster.com.

Tickets are $50 each, and 100 percent of the proceeds goes to tornado relief in the southeast through the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

The concert is actually the final dress rehearsal for the North American leg of Swift's Speak Now tour, launching May 27 in Omaha, Nebraska.  Everyone who goes to the show will also receive a complimentary T-shirt commemorating the event.

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Tuesday
May102011

Lady Gaga Premieres New Song 'The Edge of Glory'

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- As promised, Lady Gaga premiered a brand new song, "The Edge of Glory," on Monday afternoon.

The anthemic song features a sax solo by Clarence Clemons of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.  Gaga has said that the track was inspired by the death of her grandfather, and that it's about "your last moment on Earth, the moment of truth, the moment before you leave Earth."

Some have speculated that Gaga rushed the song out because "Judas" has underperformed on the chart, but "The Edge of Glory" isn't meant to be an official single, just a teaser for the new album, Born This Way.

Another new single, "Hair," will be released at 1 p.m. PT on Monday, May 16.

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Tuesday
May102011

Matthew Morrison to Perform New Song on 'Glee' Season Finale

Craig Barritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Blurring the lines between the real world and TV, Matthew Morrison will perform a song from his new self-titled debut album on the Glee season finale May 24.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Morrison will sing "Still Got Tonight," which was co-written by American Idol season nine champ Kris Allen, while sitting alone on a stage in an empty Broadway theater.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter that the scene works because the song is "about aspiration."

He explained, "We wanted to do a scene where Matt goes into a Broadway hall and sings something alone....we worked really hard to make it feel organic to the show."

Morrison said he's so happy with the way the scene ended up that he may turn it into the song's official video.  His self-titled debut album is in stores Tuesday.

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Monday
May092011

'Everybody Loves Raymond'...in Russia

Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Wireimage(MOSCOW) -- Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, has made millions of Americans laugh. The challenge he faces in his new documentary, Exporting Raymond, is whether he can get the Russians to do the same.

In this culture clash of comedic proportions, Rosenthal attempts to launch a Russian version of his hit sitcom, and tries to prevent his jokes from being lost in translation.

Rosenthal says that after he decided to make the documentary and hired two camera crews to capture his exploits, his focus was only on the job in front of him.

"I had a real job to do, which was try and help the Russians turn Everybody Loves Raymond into Everybody Loves Kostya," said Rosenthal. "So that was my job, and then I worried about forming the film in editing."

The project began when Sony asked Rosenthal if he wanted to go to Russia and observe the unique way they work with the Russians. The idea was to have Rosenthal use the experience to write a fictional feature film about a creator of a show who goes to Russia to have his show translated.

"I thought, well, that's nice, but if the situation really exists and the people that you're telling me about really exist, why not bring a camera crew over and film what would really happen?" Rosenthal said in an interview with ABC News.

Sony loved the idea, and soon enough, Rosenthal found himself in Russia working in an "asbestos-laden death trap" of a studio with a motley crew of Russians who did not see eye-to-eye with his vision.

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Monday
May092011

Whitney Houston Checks Into Rehab

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston is in rehab, a rep for the star confirmed to ABC News Radio on Monday.

A spokesperson for Houston says she is in an outpatient program for drug and alcohol treatment, and that she entered the program voluntarily, as part of what the rep called Houston's "long-standing" recovery process.

Houston has admitted to substance abuse in the past.  Last year, after she received some poor reviews for a number of live performances there were rumors that she was once again battling addiction, but those reports were never confirmed.

Thursday night, Houston and Chaka Khan were special guests at Prince's concert at the L.A. Forum -- they sang Chaka's hit with Rufus, "Tell Me Something Good."

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Monday
May092011

Report: AC/DC Already Planning Next World Tour

WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- It looks as though AC/DC wants to get back out on the road, and soon.

In an interview with London's The Sun, guitarist Angus Young says the band is already planning its next 'round-the-world outing.

"Now we're thinking, 'How can we ever better the Black Ice world tour?'  But we will," Young said.

The success of the Black Ice tour and the album, he says, came from "such diehard fans, old and new," and that the band has "survived many changing fashions of music -- we've outlived the lot of them." 

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Monday
May092011

Meredith Vieira Leaving NBC's 'Today' Show

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Meredith Vieira confirmed Monday what had been rumored for the last few weeks: she's leaving NBC's Today show to spend more time with her family.

"After months of personal reflection and private conversations between my family and my friends, I've decided to leave Today, in June," Vieira said on Monday’s show.

"I'm really sad because...for the past 10 years this has been my second home."

Vieira replaced Katie Couric as anchor five years ago when Couric left NBC to anchor the CBS Evening News.

NBC wasted no time in naming Ann Curry the program's new co-host. Natalie Morales will replace Curry as the show's news reader.

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Monday
May092011

Paula Abdul Joins 'The X Factor' As a Judge

Jeffrey Ufberg/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Simon Cowell has reunited with Paula Abdul, and not a moment too soon.

Fox confirmed Sunday that Abdul, who was a judge on American Idol alongside Cowell for eight seasons, has been named the fourth and final panelist on his new show, The X Factor.  Abdul, who's been rumored to be under consideration for the gig, had to report to work right away, since the first auditions involving the judges were taped Sunday in Los Angeles.

In a statement, Cowell said, "This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can't believe I am saying this -- I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she's on the show."

Abdul joked, "I'm...delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again...but you might want to check back with me in a week or two!"

Cowell and Abdul are joined at the judges' table by British pop star Cheryl Cole and producer Antonio "L.A." Reid.

Earlier in the weekend, Fox announced that pop star Nicole Scherzinger and British TV personality Steve Jones will host The X Factor, which premieres this fall.

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