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Jan052011

Report: Meg Ryan Dating John Mellencamp

Photo Courtesy - Rounder Records(NEW YORK) -- It's not quite "Jack and Diane" or When Harry Met Sally, but a new romance is brewing between Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp.

The couple is dating, reports People magazine.  The actress and singer recently spent time in Martha's Vineyard and New York City.  A source said the 49-year-old Ryan and 59-year-old Mellencamp first started dating just shy of two months ago.

Mellencamp recently separated from Elaine Mellencamp, his wife of 18 years.

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Wednesday
Jan052011

Razzie Awards Worst Picture Nominees Revealed?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nominations for the annual Golden Raspberry Awards, honoring the worst from Hollywood, will be announced on Jan. 24, but the Los Angeles Times has just revealed what it says are the 12 finalists for worst picture of 2010.

According to the newspaper’s Tracker blog, the Razzie worst picture finalists are Little Fockers, Sex and the City 2, The Expendables, Grown Ups, Clash of the Titans, Killers, The Bounty Hunter, Yogi Bear, Jonah Hex, The Last Airbender, Vampires Suck and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.

The winners, if you can call them that, are traditionally announced the day before the Oscars are presented.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Manslaughter Hearing for Michael Jackson's Doctor Brings Out Cast of Characters

A Michael Jackson fan stands outside the preliminary hearing for Dr. Conrad Murray on Jan. 4, 2011. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Almost a year and a half after Michael Jackson's death, a manslaughter hearing for the singer's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, might shed light on what exactly killed the pop icon.

Murray's hearing began Tuesday in Los Angeles in a courtroom filled with Jackson's family members and fans. Murray is accused of killing Jackson by giving him a lethal dose of the powerful sedative propofol on June 25, 2009.

After the prosecution's opening statement (the defense chose not to present a statement), multiple witnesses were called to testify. Prosecutors laid out a scenario of Murray pumping Jackson full of a cocktail of drugs the night before his death.

They claimed it took a long time for Murray to notice Jackson was dead, and that when he did notice, he called Jackson's personal assistant to help hide evidence of the drugs he had given Jackson before they dialed 911.

Prosecutors said Jackson was long dead by the time paramedics arrived: His eyes were fixed and dilated, and he was cold. They decided there was nothing more they could do, but Murray took over and demanded the star be rushed to UCLA Medical Center.

Kenny Ortega, the director of Jackson's This Is It tour, which was eventually made into a movie, also testified Tuesday. On June 20, 2009, Ortega said he was called to Jackson's home for a meeting, where Murray and executives funding the show told Ortega to essentially stay out of Jackson's health problems and to focus only on directing the show. He was told Jackson's health was fine.

Following Ortega, Jackson's personal assistant, Michael Amir Williams, stepped up to the witness stand. He described the great rehearsal they had the night before Jackson died and recounted the frantic call he received from Murray to get over to the house. Murray told him Jackson had a bad reaction to the drugs he'd been given.

Later in the day, Faheem Muhammad, Jackson's head of security, took the stand to detail what he saw the day Jackson died. He said he first saw Jackson's feet, then observed Murray "on his knees in a panicked state trying to administer CPR."

According to Muhammad, Jackson's children witnessed this scene.

At the end of the hearing, which could last days, a judge will determine whether there is enough evidence for Murray to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter. The Houston cardiologist previously pleaded not guilty. His attorneys maintain he did not give Jackson anything that should have killed him.

If convicted of involuntary manslaughter, Murray, 57, could get four years in prison and lose his medical license. Murray, who is being held on $75,000 bail, also faces a civil trial over a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Jackson family.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

'Baker Street' Singer Gerry Rafferty Dead at 63

Photo Courtesy - Jorgen Angel/Redferns/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Gerry Rafferty, best known for his '70s hits "Baker Street" and "Right Down the Line," has died at the age of 63, according to the U.K. paper The Guardian.  The paper says that according to Rafferty's family, the singer died at home Tuesday morning with his daughter Martha.

This past November, Rafferty was reported to be in poor health and on life support after collapsing with liver failure.  In 2008, Rafferty reportedly "disappeared" from a London hospital where he was being treated for the same condition.  After friends said they hadn't heard from him in six months, his lawyers issued a statement in Feb. 2009 saying Rafferty was living in Italy and writing new music.  His last album of original material, Another World, came out in 2000.

Prior to scoring solo hits with "Baker Street" and "Right Down the Line," Rafferty was the lead singer of Stealers Wheel, with whom he released the hit single "Stuck in the Middle." That song was famously used during the gory "ear-cutting-off" scene of the Quentin Tarantino film Reservoir Dogs.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Justin Bieber Says He's 'Nuts' and 'Crazy,' But Will Avoid Bad Decisions

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam(NEW YORK) -- Some might use the words "nuts" and "crazy" to describe Justin Bieber's rabid fans, but those are actually words that Justin uses to describe himself.  In his Vanity Fair magazine cover story, Justin says, "I'm crazy, I'm nuts.  Just the way my brain works...I'm just...nuts. But I think the best [artists] probably are."

So who are "the best," according to Justin?  The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Tupac, according to the teen star.  Speaking about the late King of Pop, Justin tells Vanity Fair, "Michael was able to reach audiences from young to old; he never limited himself. He was so broad, everybody loved him, and that’s what my goal is - to basically make people happy, to inspire them, and to have everyone root for me.”

Getting "everyone" to root for him right now is proving to be difficult -- Justin tells Vanity Fair that he's aware that his current fan base is mostly female.  He says, "For younger guys, it's like they're not 'cool' if they come to my concert.  [But] that'll [change], I think; it'll happen, maybe when I'm 18."

Justin also tells the magazine that as he gets older, he isn't going to make "a life-changing bad decision, as some people have."

"I've seen it happen too many times,” he said. “I could be my own worst enemy, but I don't want to mess this up."

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Kellie Pickler Married On New Year's Day

Photo Courtesy - FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Shania Twain wasn't the only country star who got married on New Year's Day.

Singer Kellie Pickler tied the knot with songwriter Kyle Jacobs in a Jan. 1 ceremony on a private island in the Caribbean. No other details are available.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Hearing for Michael Jackson's Former Doctor Begins Tuesday

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Jackson's former in-house physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, faces a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Tuesday into charges he killed the King of Pop.

Murray and his defense team are expected to argue that Jackson actually killed himself by increasing his dosage of the powerful anesthetic propofol when Murray was out of the room.

Jackson died June 25, 2009 in his Holmby Hills, California home of an overdose of propofol and the sedative lorazepam.  Murray has been charged with manslaughter in the entertainer's death.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Paula Abdul's 'Live to Dance,' 'V,' 'The Biggest Loser' Premiere Tuesday

Photo Courtesy - Jeffrey Ufberg/ WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seventeen months after she left American Idol, Paula Abdul is making her full-time return to primetime TV.  She's a producer, judge and mentor on Live to Dance, one of three season premieres airing Tuesday night.

Here's a closer look at her show and the two others premiering with it:

* Live to Dance, CBS, 8:00 p.m. EST -- Abdul's U.S. adaptation of a hit British series will showcase solo dancers and dancing groups who can perform a wide range of routines.  They'll compete against one another for a $500,000 grand prize.

* V, ABC, 9:00 p.m. EST -- ABC's update of the 1983 sci-fi miniseries begins its second season.  The aliens known as the Visitors have piqued the curiosity of the human race, though not everyone trusts them.

* The Biggest Loser: Couples, NBC, 8:00 p.m. EST -- The 11th season of the weight-loss reality show will include 11 teams consisting of two family members each.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Are Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock an Item?

Photo Courtesy - John Shearer/ WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Could Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds be the hot new couple of 2011?  The two, who worked together in The Proposal, have been spending lots of time together, reports PopEater.com.

Bullock divorced Jesse James last year, while Reynolds split with soon-to-be ex-wife Scarlett Johansson just a few weeks ago.

A friend of Reynolds says, "Sandra loves Ryan.  They became very good friends when they filmed The Proposal, but they are not a couple, at least not yet."  Another source said, "They are both newly single and leaning on each other for support.  Who knows what will happen in the future, but any rumors of them being together and splitting up Ryan's marriage to Scarlett are false.  Sandra would never get involved with a married man after what her ex did to her."

Reynolds and Bullock are such good friends, in fact, that they rang in 2011 together at Bullock's home in Texas with some other pals.  Still, a source tells E! Online there may be some sparks between the two, noting, "They sat next to each other and were holding hands at one point.  They were very cute together."

Bullock's rep insists there's nothing romantic going on between her and Reynolds.  The rep tells People magazine that Bullock and Reynolds joined a few others to celebrate New Year's Eve at her restaurant in Austin, Texas.  The rep adds, "They all had a great time ringing in the New Year as they have in the past...as nothing more than friends."

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Zsa Zsa Gabor Awaiting Decision Regarding Possible Leg Amputation

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images/ WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Doctors are taking a wait-and-see approach with Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday and could have part of her right leg amputated.

According to RadarOnline.com, Gabor's husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, said Monday that doctors may wait two or three days before deciding whether to amputate part of her leg due to gangrene.  He said doctors first want to see how the 93-year-old actress responds to the antibiotics she's taken since checking into the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Gabor has suffered a series of health problems since breaking her hip last July.  Her publicist said over the weekend that Gabor was facing the possibility of amputation after doctors examined a lesion on her leg.

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