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Wednesday
Dec222010

'Little Fockers,' 'True Grit' Open Nationwide

Photo Courtesy - Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Christmas comes early at your local theater on Wednesday, when two movies open nationwide.  Here’s a closer look:

* Little Fockers -- Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro return for the third film in the Meet the Parents franchise.  Stiller’s Greg Focker and Teri Polo’s Pam are now the parents of twins, who are preparing for their birthday party.  As usual, De Niro’s Jack Byrnes makes life very difficult for Greg.  Owen Wilson, Blythe Danner, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand and Jessica Alba also star in the PG-13 rated film.

* True Grit -- A 14-year-old girl turns to a tough marshal for help in tracking down the person who killed her father.  Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld star in the Coen brothers’ remake of the classic 1969 John Wayne Western.  The film is rated PG-13.

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Wednesday
Dec222010

Did New Fox Game Show Make an $800,000 Mistake?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Fox’s new game show, Million Dollar Drop, just premiered this past Monday, but it already finds itself in a bit of a controversy after a couple appeared to answer a question correctly, only to see themselves lose $800,000.

The couple was asked the following question: “Which of these items was sold first in stores?”  The choices were: Macintosh Computer, Sony Walkman or Post-It Notes.

Million Dollar Drop gives contestants $1 million at the start of the game.  The rules require contestants to place that $1 million on trap doors which correspond to the different possible answers.  If an answer is wrong, the trap door opens and any money placed on that space drops and is lost.

The couple argued about which answer was correct before wagering a majority of their money -- $800,000 -- that Post-It Notes was sold first.  The couple lost the cash when host Kevin Pollack announced the Mac was sold in 1984, Post-It Notes in 1980 and the Sony Walkman in 1979.

But not so fast, Fox.  The official Post-It Notes Facebook page states the little stickers were first introduced in 1977, two years before the Walkman, making Post-Its the correct answer.  Art Fry, the inventor of Post-It Notes, told the Dec. 3 issue of Financial Times that the product was test-marketed in four cities in 1977 as “Press and Peel.”  A 1984 article in People magazine also says Post-Its was first introduced in 1977.

The confusion appears to be due to the fact that Post-Its were not sold nationally until 1980.  But the question didn't ask which item was sold first nationally, only which was sold first in stores.

The couple had hedged their bet by placing $80,000 on the Walkman, but they lost most of that cash later in the show.  Fox has not yet commented on the incident.

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Wednesday
Dec222010

Katy Perry, Maroon 5 and More Perform on CBS Special

Photo Courtesy - CBS Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- Maroon 5, Katy Perry, Ricky Martin and Melissa Etheridge are among the performers on this year's CBS special A Home for the Holidays, airing Wednesday night at 8:00 ET.

Now in its 12th year, the special raises awareness of foster care and adoption, and also finds homes for kids who need placement.

Etheridge, who's making her third appearance on the special, tells the New York Daily News, "You can't just beat it for the feeling of the season, or what this season is about.  This is about understanding, giving, gratitude and hope...it's not about selling anything.  It's about bringing hope and light and love into other people's lives."

She adds, "This show puts children into families and homes."

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Wednesday
Dec222010

MTV Reveals Jersey Shore Season Three Trailer

Photo Courtesy - Josh Kessler/MTV(NEW YORK) -- MTV has peeled back the curtain on season three of Jersey Shore.

The new trailer teases all the bleeped-out cursing, sweaty dancing and drunken fisticuffs that made the series a massive hit -- and in some cases led to assault charges.

The third season of the show gets underway Thursday, Jan. 6 at 10:00 p.m. with a new cast member, Deena Nicole.

The Jersey Shore gang will also be helping MTV ring in the New Year during its festivities on New Year's Eve, which reportedly includes lowering Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi in a giant ball.

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Wednesday
Dec222010

Leonardo DiCaprio's the Biggest Box Office Draw of 2010

Photo Courtesy - Alberto E. Rodriguez /Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thanks to his hit Inception, as well as Shutter Island, Leonardo DiCaprio was the year's highest-grossing actor at the box office, reports Forbes.com.  DiCaprio's films made $1.1 billion in theaters around the world.

There was a tie for the second spot on the list between Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, with $1.03 billion each.  Wasikowska played Alice in Alice in Wonderland, opposite Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.  The 21-year-old actress also appeared in The Kids Are All Right, while Depp co-stars in The Tourist.  Expect Depp to soon snag second place all by himself, since The Tourist is still in theaters.

Here's a look at the top 10 highest-grossing actors for 2010:

1 Leonardo DiCaprio -- $1.1 billion for Inception and Shutter Island
2. (tie) Mia Wasikowska -- $1.03 billion for Alice in Wonderland and The Kids Are All Right
2. (tie) Johnny Depp -- $1.03 billion for Alice in Wonderland and The Tourist
4. Robert Downey Jr. -- $807 million for Iron Man 2 and Due Date
5. Daniel Radcliffe -- $780 million for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1
6. Robert Pattinson -- $749 million for Eclipse and Remember Me
7. Kristen Stewart -- $698 million for Eclipse and The Runaways
8. Sam Worthington -- $494 million for Clash of the Titans. He also starred in Avatar, which came out at the end of 2009
9. (tie) Jaden Smith -- $359 million for The Karate Kid
9. (tie) Jackie Chan -- $359 million for The Karate Kid

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Wednesday
Dec222010

Kings of Leon's Tour Bus Catches Fire; London Show Postponed

Photo Courtesy - RCA Records(LONDON) -- A Kings of Leon show that was set to take place at London's O2 Arena was postponed after one of the band's tour buses caught on fire.

The BBC reports the blaze was extinguished by firefighters and the venue's sprinkler system before it was able to spread.  No one was injured in the fire.

A spokesperson for the O2 said the fire didn't affect the seating area but the show had to be postponed and rescheduled due to "insufficient time to rig the arena" for the performance.

Tickets for the show sold out months ago.  A new date is expected to be announced soon.

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Wednesday
Dec222010

George Lopez: Mayor of Los Angeles?

Photo Courtesy - Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Comic and late-night chat show host George Lopez said he wants to follow in The Terminator's footsteps -- into politics.

On a segment of Good Day L.A. Tuesday, the comic said he has an eight-year plan to run for mayor of Los Angeles, declaring, "If Arnold Schwarzenegger can be governor, why can't George Lopez be the mayor of Los Angeles?"

Lopez said his run would begin when his contract with TBS is up -- and joked it's also when the Latino population of L.A. would be nearly 100 percent.  He also added, "I don't believe I'll pass the background check now."

Despite Lopez' deadpan delivery, his agent says he was joking.

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Tuesday
Dec212010

Americans' Favorite Holiday Films 

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(POUGHKEEPSIE, NY) -- During the holidays, many Americans will settle in to watch their favorite Christmas movie. But which movies do Americans prefer?

According to a new Marist Poll, 24 percent of Americans prefer It’s a Wonderful Life but A Christmas Story came in a close second with 23 percent.

Also making the list of holiday favorites were Miracle on 34th Street, A Christmas Carol, and White Christmas.

Age, however, plays a role in what Christmas classic Americans enjoy the most. Those 18 to 29 years of age and those 30 to 44 prefer A Christmas Story, while the older age group, 60 and older, divided their votes between It's a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, and White Christmas.

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Tuesday
Dec212010

Cameron Diaz Relationship With A-Rod Heats Up After Vacation

Photo Courtesy - George Pimentel/Getty Images for Creative Artists Agency(NEW YORK) -- Ever since Joe DiMaggio married Marilyn Monroe, the New York Yankees have flirted with Hollywood. The latest flirtation, between slugger Alex Rodriguez and actress Cameron Diaz, appears to be heating up. This past weekend, Diaz spent time with A-Rod and his daughters, 6-year-old Natasha and 2-year-old Ella, in Cabo, Mexico.

Diaz cozied up poolside with Rodriguez's daughters while wearing a skin-tight white dress and one of her infamous skimpy bikinis. The Yankees star reportedly sat back, watching the girls having fun.

Though they have never officially announced they were dating, the couple has been linked since the spring. They reportedly split in October, but reunited a month later.  Earlier this month, they attended the wedding of Rodriguez's teammate Nick Swisher to sitcom star Joanna Garcia.

Any suggestion that a Diaz-Rodriguez wedding will follow, in light of the actress spending time with the slugger's daughters, is certainly premature.

At 38, Diaz, who dated Justin Timberlake for four years, has shown she's in no hurry to get married. And Rodriguez, 35, whose six-year marriage to Cynthia Scurtis -- the mother of his children -- ended in scandal in 2008 after he was linked to Madonna, seems to be enjoying the dating life. In 2009, he dated actress Kate Hudson.

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Tuesday
Dec212010

Lindsay Lohan Investigated for Battery

Photo Courtesy - AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.) -- It sounds like Lindsay Lohan may be squeezing a few more drops of drama out what has already been a drama-filled 2010.

Authorities are investigating the Mean Girls star for alleged misdemeanor battery against a female employee at the Betty Ford Clinic, reports TMZ.com.  Lohan has been staying at Betty Ford since September.

An official with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department in California says officers responded to a call on Dec. 12.  Lohan claims the staffer was "unfairly" chastising her when she arrived at the facility 10 minutes after her curfew.  When the staffer demanded Lohan take a drug test, the two got into a testy war of words, at which point the worker "put her hands on Lindsay."

Lohan says she ordered the woman to "take your hands off of me" before she shoved the employee.  The staffer now wants to press charges against Lohan for criminal battery.  Lohan claims the worker has had it in for her for some time.

Lohan is scheduled to remain in Betty Ford until January 3.


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