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May042011

'Vanity Fair' Rejects Sheen's $1 Million Offer

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Charlie Sheen has made some shrewd business moves since being fired from Two and a Half Men. However, after scoring millions with his Torpedo of Truth tour, merchandise arrangements and the like, Vanity Fair has rejected Sheen's demands for a million-dollar payday. The actor offered the magazine a tell-all article in exchange for a million bucks "and story approval," according to the New York Post, but Vanity Fair turned Sheen down, choosing instead to do its own research into the actor's recent history.

Vanity Fair contributing editor Mark Seal discovered it was Sheen himself who scored a $100 million contract for his work on Two and a Half Men. CBS had offered Sheen $72 million. However, according to the actor's manager, Mark Burg, the warlock ignored his advice and told the network "It's a hundred million or I'm not doing it." CBS blinked, and Sheen landed himself the biggest payday in TV history.

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Wednesday
May042011

Did Baby Fever Come Between January Jones and Jason Sudeikis?

Jordan Strauss/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- We may not know who the father of January Jones' baby is, but it's likely a safe bet it's not Jason Sudeikis.  A source close to the Mad Men actress said Jones' desire to have a baby caused a rift with the Saturday Night Live star while they dated, reports Us Weekly

The source said, "If Jason were the dad, he'd step it up."  The insider also said Sudeikis was never really into starting a family, explaining, "She told him she wanted kids and it turned him off.  Jason was bummed out she was on the mommy track."

Jones, who revealed last week she's pregnant, hasn't disclosed the father's identity.  It's also unclear if her pregnancy will be written into any Mad Men story line.

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Wednesday
May042011

Katy Perry: 'My Career Is Like an Artichoke'

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- If you were to describe the trajectory of Katy Perry's career, you might compare it to a rocket, but to Katy, her career is more like a vegetable.

In the new issue of Vanity Fair magazine, Perry explains, "My career is like an artichoke.  People may think that the leaves are tasty and buttered-up and delicious, and they don't even know that there's something magical hidden at the base of it."  In other words, Perry says, "There's a whole other side [of me] that people didn't know existed."

Despite the focus on her marriage to Russell Brand and her sex-bomb image, Perry says her music is really what she's all about.  She explains, "I don't care what people say about my relationship…People are buying my songs…I'm getting incredible feedback from my music."  She adds, "If the core, the honesty, my story isn't working, then all those bells and whistles aren't going to work either.  Sometimes I can be distracted by the glamour and the fabulousness. But my husband always reminds me to keep my core intact."

Asked about that photo that Brand tweeted a few months ago of her in bed with no makeup, Perry says, "We were just messing around. I didn’t really care. I mean, when I go to rehearsals I look like that. I’m every woman. It takes a village to make me who I am."

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Wednesday
May042011

Jodie Foster on Mel Gibson: 'If He Does Something Wrong...Jail Him'

Michael Kovac/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- She might be biased, but The Beaver director and co-star Jodie Foster calls Mel Gibson’s performance in the film “extraordinary.”

“I could never have asked for anything more,” Foster told ABC News Radio, adding, “it’s a dream come true.”

While Foster should be basking in the afterglow of releasing her labor of love, she is instead in the middle of a publicity tour riddled with queries about her troubled and controversial star.

“It’s hard to have to have to answer every question about him, somebody that I really care about who I know and love and who has been an incredible friend and a loyal person and somebody that I really admire, " says Foster, who has known Gibson since they co-starred in the 1994 Western comedy Maverick.  "So that’s been hard....and, you know, I’m as nutty as a fruitcake so at some point I will internalize that.  Not yet, but at some point I will curl up into a ball I’m sure."

It’s hard to believe anyone will ever find Foster -- a cordial, warm and funny interview subject -- curled up in a corner.  Still, the two-time Oscar winner is quite blunt about the ramifications of Gibson’s actions.

“I can’t excuse his behavior, of course, and if he does something wrong he needs to go to jail, and if he breaks the law he needs to go to jail.  If he’s filled with rage he needs to come to terms with that rage and that’s his personal process in life.”

If Gibson’s dirty laundry had never been aired, The Beaver has the pedigree to be one of those movies we would’ve seen released during Oscar season.  Still, the combined star power of Foster and fellow Academy Award-winner Gibson may yet prove a potent box office combination.  Ask Foster, though, and she says it ultimately doesn't matter -- to her, or to Gibson.

“As somebody who actually knows him as opposed to somebody who doesn’t know him...There are lifelong struggles for him, ahead of him and he has really bigger problems than whether he’s going to get nominated for an Oscar or whether the film is going to make any money. “

The Beaver opens in limited release on Friday.

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Wednesday
May042011

Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon Reveal Babies' Names

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have revealed the names of their newly-born twins.

The boy's name is Moroccan Scott -- Scott is Nick's middle name, as well as his grandmother's maiden name. As for "Moroccan," Nick proposed to Mariah in the top tier of her New York City apartment, which is called "The Moroccan Room" because of its Moroccan-style decor. 

The girl's name is Monroe Cannon -- there's no middle name, Mariah's rep says, because Mariah doesn't have one.  The "Monroe" is after Marilyn Monroe, one of Mariah's heroes.  She famously purchased Marilyn Monroe's white piano a few years back.

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Wednesday
May042011

'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' Leads MTV Movie Award Nominations

John Rogers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The King's Speech may have won the Oscar for best picture, but it didn't even make the best movie field for this year's MTV Movie Awards.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is instead the movie to beat, having scooped up a leading eight nominations.  Inception was next with seven nods, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1 conjured up six.

Saturday Night Live's Jason Sudeikis will host the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, live June 5 at 9 p.m. ET.  Fans can vote for their choices in every category until June 4 at MTV.com/ontv/movieawards/2011/.

Here's a look at all of the nominees:

Best Movie
Black Swan
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Inception
The Social Network
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Best Comedic Performance
Adam Sandler -- Just Go with It
Ashton Kutcher -- No Strings Attached
Emma Stone -- Easy A
Russell Brand -- Get Him to the Greek
Zach Galifianakis -- Due Date

Best Jaw-Dropping Moment
James Franco -- 127 Hours, Cuts Off His Arm
Justin Bieber -- Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Performance Spectacular
Leonardo DiCaprio and Ellen Page -- Inception, Paris Café Scene
Natalie Portman -- Black Swan, Mutilation: Pulls rhe Skin Off Her Finger
Steve-O -- Jackass 3D, Port-a-Potty Bungee Stunt

Best Female Performance
Emma Stone, Easy A
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Jennifer Aniston, Just Go with It
Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Natalie Portman, Black Swan

Best Male Performance
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Zac Efron, Charlie St. Cloud

Best Breakout Star
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Chloë Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass
Hailee Steinfeld, True Grit
Jay Chou, The Green Hornet
Olivia Wilde, TRON: Legacy
Xavier Samuel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Best Line from a Movie (New Category)
Alexys Nycole Sanchez, Grown Ups: "I want to get chocolate wasted."
Amanda Bynes and Emma Stone, Easy A: Amanda Bynes: "There is a higher power that will judge you for your indecency." Emma Stone: "Tom Cruise?"
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network: "If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook."
Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield, The Social Network: Justin Timberlake: "... A million dollars isn't cool.  You know what's cool?" Andrew Garfield: "A billion dollars.  And that shut everybody up."
Tom Hardy, Inception: "You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger darling."

Best Villain
Christoph Waltz, The Green Hornet
Leighton Meester, The Roommate
Mickey Rourke, Iron Man 2
Ned Beatty, Toy Story 3
Tom Felton, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Best Fight
Amy Adams vs. The Sisters, The Fighter
Chloë Grace Moretz vs. Mark Strong, Kick-Ass
Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint vs. Death Eaters, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Joseph Gordon-Levitt vs. Hallway Attacker, Inception
Robert Pattinson vs. Bryce Dallas Howard and Xavier Samuel, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Best Kiss
Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Inception
Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, Black Swan

Best Scared-As-Sh-- Performance
Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism
Ellen Page, Inception
Jessica Szohr, Piranha 3D
Minka Kelly, The Roommate
Ryan Reynolds, Buried

Biggest Badass Star
Alex Pettyfer, I Am Number Four
Chloë Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass
Jaden Smith, The Karate Kid
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Inception
Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 2

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Wednesday
May042011

Shania Twain Tells Oprah About Quest to Regain Her Voice

Bryan Bedder/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Shania Twain wants her voice back.

That was the theme of her appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday, during which she discussed her new memoir From This Moment On, and showed clips from her new docu-series Why Not? with Shania Twain, which premieres this weekend on the OWN network.

Twain told Winfrey that the reason she hasn't sung in public in five years is that she simply can't: she's suffering from dysphonia, which is an impairment of someone's ability to produce words.  Twain explained that this is not caused by anything physical -- her vocal cords are fine.  Rather, she says, it's a psychosomatic condition caused by all the emotional trauma she's suffered in her life.

The singer explained, "It's not just my singing voice, it's my 'any' voice...and that's all stemming from just plain old fear: stage fright, domestic violence in the home as a child, my parents dying, not knowing what's next.  It's just all these different stages of fear in my life.  I've just trapped my own voice, and now I've got to unwind all that."

As detailed in her memoir, Twain was witness as a small child to her stepfather abusing her mother.  She also suffered through the trauma of her stepfather and mother both dying in a car crash, and having to suddenly be the one to support her family.  Most recently, she became severely depressed when her husband and producer, Mutt Lange, left her for one of her closest friends.

Twain told Winfrey, "My fears and anxieties throughout my whole life had been slowly squeezing my voice.  I was losing it slowly and progressively.  What happened is when my marriage fell apart, that particular crisis was almost the straw that broke the camel's back of something that had already been building."

Twain is now on a quest to regain her voice, which she hopes to do by speaking openly about her past and confronting her fears, which she does in her docu-series.

She told Winfrey, "I want to [sing in public again] and that's the whole point of doing this.  I really can't imagine not singing again."

The singer's media tour continues Wednesday with an appearance on NBC's Today show.  She'll also appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on May 12 and on The Talk on May 18.

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Wednesday
May042011

Andy Dick Arrested for Public Intoxication

Riverside County Sheriff's Department(TEMECULA, Calif.) -- Looks like Andy Dick's lengthy struggle with sobriety has hit a speed bump.

The comic and actor was arrested Monday night for disorderly conduct at a Temecula, California restaurant, reports E! Online.

A police spokesman said, "Mr. Dick was intoxicated" and had been "causing a disturbance."  Specifics of the incident are not clear, although the spokesman did say, "He was unable to care for his own safety and we arrested him for public intoxication.  He was transported to our local facility here."

Dick wasn't charged, nor will he face any legal action or pay any fines, since there was no physical confrontation.  He was released from jail when he sobered up.

Dick, who has done a stint on Celebrity Rehab, has a well-known history of substance abuse, as well as brushes with the law.  In January of last year, police in West Virginia arrested him for groping a man's crotch and repeatedly kissing him.  In 2008, he was arrested in Murrieta, California for pulling down a teenage girl's shirt.

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Wednesday
May042011

'Glee: The Music Volume 6' to Hit Stores May 23

Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- The final Glee soundtrack of the show's second season, Glee: The Music, Volume 6, will arrive May 23.

Like its predecessor, this album will feature some original tracks written just for the show.  One, "As Long As You're There," features vocals by Charice, who plays Sunshine Corazon.  There are two other original songs: "Pretending," and "Light Up the World," co-written by hitmaker extraordinaire Max Martin.

The album also includes some songs from last week's episode, "Born This Way," as well as Tuesday night's episode, "Rumours."  As for songs we haven't heard yet, they range from Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" to Abba's "Dancing Queen" to Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely."

Here's the full track listing:

1. "Turning Tables"
2. "I Feel Pretty/Unpretty"
3. "As If We Never Said Goodbye"
4. "Born This Way"
5. "Dreams"
6. "Songbird"
7. "Go Your Own Way"
8. "Don’t Stop"
9. "Rolling in the Deep"
10. "Isn’t She Lovely"
11. "Dancing Queen"
12. "Try a Little Tenderness"
13. "My Man"
14. "Pure Imagination"
15. "Bella Notte"
16. "As Long As You’re There"
17. "Pretending"
18. "Light Up the World"

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Wednesday
May042011

'Dancing with the Stars': Kendra Wilkinson Voted Off

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson and partner Louis Van Amstel were voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night after receiving the lowest overall combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes.

The couple found themselves in jeopardy of going home after a tango Monday night that judge Carrie Ann Inaba described as a “beautiful expression of sophistication,” but Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman felt had Wilkinson hanging onto her partner a bit too much.

After getting the bad news Tuesday, Wilkinson told co-host Brooke Burke she lasted seven weeks longer than she thought she would.  She thanked Van Amstel for his help, her family for their support, and said she was now going “back to being a mom.”

The former Playboy mansion resident and The Girls Next Door star is married to NFL player Hank Baskett, with whom she has an 18-month-old boy.

The results show also featured musical performances by Nicki Minaj and James Blunt.  Minaj performed her song "Moment 4 Life," and Blunt performed his new single, "I'll Be Your Man."  The evening also featured a dance and musical tribute to the late James Brown by Wayne Brady and the Macy’s Stars of Dance troupe.

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.  Next Tuesday’s results show will feature musical performances from Adele and Michael Bolton.

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