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Dec282010

'Airplane!', 'Empire Strikes Back' to Join Library of Congress

Image Courtesy - Paramount Pictures(WASHINGTON) -- It's official. When, in hundreds of years, the future of humanity scours the U.S. Library of Congress for clues as to how primitively we lived back in the early 21st century, the jive-talking granny in Airplane! could very well be integral to the study.

That movie, a slapstick comedy from 1980, along with 24 other films will be added to the National Film Registry this year because they have been deemed "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant," according to the National Film Registry Board.

Check out the full list below:

1. Airplane! (1980)
2. All the President's Men (1976)
3. The Bargain (1914)
4. Cry of Jazz (1959)
5. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
7. The Exorcist (1973)
8. The Front Page (1931)
9. Grey Gardens (1976)
10. I Am Joaquin (1969)
11. It's a Gift (1934)
12. Let There Be Light (1946)
13. Lonesome (1928)
14. Make Way for Tomorrow (1937)
15. Malcolm X (1992)
16. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
17. Newark Athlete (1891)
18. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
19. The Pink Panther (1964)
20. Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
21. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
22. Study of a River (1996)
23. Tarantella (1940)
24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
25. A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

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Tuesday
Dec282010

'Kennedy Center Honors' Special Airing on CBS

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ Discovery Communications, George Burns(WASHINGTON) -- The Kennedy Center Honors gala that saluted Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney earlier this month will air as a two-hour special Tuesday night on CBS.

The Washington, D.C. event -- which recognized the recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts -- was attended by President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama and featured appearances by Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Chris Rock, Barbara Walters, Alec Baldwin and several musicians.

Aside from Winfrey and McCartney, this year's honorees were iconic country singer and songwriter Merle Haggard, Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, and dancer/choreographer/director Bill T. Jones.

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors special airs on CBS at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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Tuesday
Dec282010

Avril Lavigne Offers Free Download of New Single on New Year's Day

Photo Courtesy - RCA Records(NEW YORK) -- Avril Lavigne will debut her new single, "What the Hell," on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest this Friday night.  And her New Year's resolution?  Giving her fans the song for free on New Year's Day.

The track will be available as a free download via Lavigne's Facebook page for 48 hours starting Jan. 1.  Fans just have to "like" her on Facebook to get access to the track.

"What the Hell" is the first single from Lavigne's new disc, Goodbye, Lullaby, which is coming out March 8.

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Tuesday
Dec282010

Elton John and Partner Welcome New Baby

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- Elton John and his longtime partner, David Furnish, received an amazing present this Christmas -- a new baby son.

A surrogate gave birth to Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John in California on Dec. 25, according to UsMagazine.com.  The baby boy weighed in at seven pounds, 15 ounces, and is the first child for the couple, who married in 2005 after being together for 12 years.

In a statement to Us, John and Furnish said, "We are overwhelmed with happiness and joy at this very special moment.  Zachary is healthy and doing really well, and we are very proud and happy parents."

A rep says the couple intends to protect and respect the privacy of the surrogate, and they will not be discussing any details related to the surrogacy.

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Tuesday
Dec282010

Gorillaz Release New Album, 'The Fall,' for Free

Photo Courtesy - Parlophone Records(NEW YORK) -- Gorillaz gave fans a big Christmas gift when they released their new album, The Fall, on their official website Dec. 25.  It can be streamed at their site for free or can be downloaded for free if you're a member of their fan club, Sub Division.

The album, which frontman Damon Albarn mostly made on an iPad, includes a mix of instrumental tracks and songs with vocals.  But the iPad wasn't the only instrument used to make the album; a guitar, piano, Moog synthesizer, ukelele and other instruments are also included on the recording.

The Fall was recorded over 32 days during the North American leg of the Welcome To Plastic Beach tour.

A video for the opening track, "Phoner To Arizona," was released on Dec. 24 and can also be seen at their official website.

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Tuesday
Dec282010

Bono Went Caroling on Christmas Eve in Dublin

Photo Courtesy - U2 [dot] com/ Interscope Records(DUBLIN, Ireland) -- On Christmas Eve, Bono treated some unsuspecting passersby on Dublin, Ireland's Grafton Street to some caroling.  Bono's singing companions were singer/songwriter Damien Rice and Oscar-winner Glen Hansard, who wrote and recorded the song "Falling Slowly" for the movie Once.

The U2 frontman led the group in a sing-a-long of "White Christmas" followed by John Lennon's "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)," according to ATU2.com.

This isn't the first time Bono has gone caroling during Christmas.  He also sang on Grafton Street last year to raise money for the Dublin Simon Community, a group that helps the homeless.

A video of the caroling can be seen at ATU2.com.

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Monday
Dec272010

LeAnn Rimes & Eddie Cibrian Engaged

Photo Courtesy - Jacob Andrzejczak | Getty Images for MGM Resorts International(LOS ANGELES) -- Eddie Cibrian is making an honest woman out of LeAnn Rimes. LeAnn's rep tells People magazine the couple got engaged over the holidays and are very happy.

She tweeted Monday saying, "Thank you for all your well wishes! We are extremely excited and look forward to a beautiful future. It's been an incredible last few days. I was shocked!!! We are blessed, our families are so happy and our lives are filled with love."

A source tells People the engagement ring is platinum with a five-carat oval diamond. LeAnn and Eddie apparently designed the ring together with Eddie's childhood friend Brent Polacheck of Polacheck Jewelers. LeAnn and Eddie were spotted on the beach in Malibu Monday, and she was wearing the ring.

Eddie and LeAnn's relationship started on the set of their movie Northern Lights when they were both married to other people. They have both divorced, and LeAnn will become a stepmother to Eddie's children, Mason, age seven, and Jake, age three, when the couple ties the knot.

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Monday
Dec272010

Natalie Portman Pregnant and Engaged

Photo Courtesy - Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- These are busy times for Natalie Portman. ABC News has confirmed that the actress is pregnant and engaged to choreographer Benjamin Millepied, whom she met while working on Black Swan. It will be the first child for the 29-year-old actress.

Portman has scored a Golden Globe nomination for her role in Black Swan, with many pundits predicting she will follow that up with an Academy Award nomination.

It’s not clear when Portman is due, other than in 2011.

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Monday
Dec272010

Alanis Morissette & Hubby Welcome Baby Boy

Photo Courtesy - Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Alanis Morissette is a mommy. The "You Oughta Know " singer gave birth to a baby boy on Christmas Day, reports People. The 36-year-old singer and her 30-year-old husband, Mario Treadway, named the baby---their first -- Ever Imre Morissette-Treadway. A publicist for Morissette said "All are healthy and happy."

Morissette and Treadway married this past May. She announced her pregnancy, which she admitted was a happy surprise, in August.

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Monday
Dec272010

MTV Airing Teen Abortion Special, 'No Easy Decision'

Photo Courtesy - MTV World Stage logo. (PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International)(NEW YORK) -- On the heels of its successful reality shows 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom, MTV will present another side of teen pregnancy in a special on abortion.

No Easy Decision, a 30-minute program airing Dec. 28 at 11:30 p.m., will follow former 16 and Pregnant star Markai Durham as she wrestles with whether to have an abortion after becoming pregnant a second time.

Dr. Drew Pinsky will also talk with two other teens who have dealt with abortion.

As 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom became hits and the young women featured on them became stars, some have criticized MTV for not including stories like those of the 27 percent of pregnant teens who choose to end their pregnancies.

"It just struck me as odd that MTV was taking such care to present this issue responsibly, that it seemed like a glaring gap not talking about abortion," said feminist blogger Jessica Valenti, author of The Purity Myth, in an interview with ABCNews.com. "Nearly a third of teen pregnancies end in abortion. They should be represented."

It seems MTV agrees. "It's important we cover every aspect of this issue," the cable network said in a press release, "including focusing on prevention by encouraging widespread use of contraception and making sure young people are aware of the consequences of unprotected sex."

Though MTV has taken an unglamorous approach to teen pregnancy, the young women on its shows have shown up regularly on magazine covers. But the reality is that most teen moms drop out of school and struggle financially.

"I'm looking forward to seeing young, smart women talking about their abortions and how their lives are better because of it -- like they were able to go to college," Valenti said. The special, like the subject, is sure to be controversial, but Valenti said that's no reason to avoid it. "I think too often abortion is so stigmatized," she said. "The fact is this is a legal procedure." "It's something we should be constantly talking about, because it's constantly happening," she said.

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