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Mar042011

Billy Joel's Memoir Gets Release Date

Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The Book of Joel, Billy Joel's memoir, co-written with author Fred Schruers, will be in stores June 14, and according to publisher HarperCollins, it will cover the entire arc of the Piano Man's career, from his early struggles to his eventual superstardom.

He will discuss his troubled love life, including his marriage to Christie Brinkley, and his feelings about fatherhood, as well as the real-life events that inspired many of his hits.

Widely speculated is what he may say about Elton John, who recently made headlines for saying that Joel needed to go to a "serious" rehab program.

Readers are promised "an emotional ride."

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Friday
Mar042011

Lady Gaga in Tears after Duet with 10-Year-Old YouTube Sensation

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- In the past few weeks, Maria Aragon has gone from fifth-grader to worldwide sensation, thanks to her YouTube cover of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" -- and her young career peaked Thursday night when she joined her hero onstage in Toronto for a duet.

According to Canada's QMI agency, 10-year-old Maria came onstage halfway through Gaga's show at the Air Canada Centre to perform a scaled down duet version of "Born This Way."  Gaga put her on her lap in front of the piano and told the crowd, "Maria's here tonight because Maria represents what the song is all about."

After the duet, a tearful Gaga told the crowd, "Just knowing I touched one person is enough. Look at me. She made me all [emotional]. She's such a superstar."

Maria returned later in the show for a more plugged-in version of "Born This Way," and took a bow with Gaga at the end of the show.

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Friday
Mar042011

'The Adjustment Bureau,' 'Rango' Among New Movies Opening Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- The Adjustment Bureau: Matt Damon is a politician who falls in love with a ballet dancer, played by Emily Blunt.  However, a shadowy organization known as the Adjustment Bureau tries to keep them apart because, they say, she's not supposed to be part of his destiny.  Rated PG-13.

-- Rango: Johnny Depp voices the titular chameleon, who ends up in an Old West-style town and is appointed sheriff.  Isla Fisher and Abigail Breslin also lend their voices to the animated film.  Rated PG.

-- Take Me Home Tonight: Set in the 1980s, this comedy stars Topher Grace as an aimless 23-year-old man who's invited to a big party by his high school crush.  Anna Faris also stars.  Rated R.

-- Beastly: The modern-day Beauty and the Beast tale stars Alex Pettyfer as a high school student who's been transformed into an unattractive man by a witch.  In order to reverse the spell, he has to find true love within the next year.  Fortunately for him, he bonds with a female classmate, played by Vanessa Hudgens, who recognizes his inner beauty.  Mary-Kate Olsen and Neil Patrick Harris also star.  Rated PG-13.

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Friday
Mar042011

'American Idol' Announces Top 13 in Surprise Twist

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol announced its lucky top 13 Thursday night -- lucky for a few of the Idol hopefuls because judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler chose one more wild-card entrant than expected.

Here are the 10 contestants who advanced via fan voting, in the order they were announced:

* Scotty McCreery
* Lauren Alaina
* Pia Toscano
* Karen Rodriguez
* Jacob Lusk
* Casey Abrams
* Thia Megia
* Paul McDonald
* Haley Reinhart
* James Durbin

And these are the three contestants who earned wild-card spots from the judges:

* Ashthon Jones
* Stefano Langone
* Naima Adedapo

Throughout the first hour and 15 minutes of the results show, Seacrest introduced the Idol top 24 in groups of two or three and revealed the results of the fan voting. 

The judges granted opportunities to six contestants to sing for a wild-card spot: Jones performed the Dreamgirls tune "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," Langone selected the Smokie Norful ballad "I Need You Now," Chantelle belted out "Georgia On My Mind," Barreto chose Jon Secada's "Angel," Adedapo sang Donny Hathaway's "For All We Know," and Rosen performed Elton John's "Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word."  In the end, the judges went with Jones, Langone, and Adedapo as their wild cards.

Thursday's results show also featured the hotly-anticipated premiere of Jennifer Lopez's music video for her hit song "On The Floor."

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Friday
Mar042011

Sheen Custody Deal Falls Through; Lands Twitter Endorsement Deal

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Just two days after Charlie Sheen's estranged wife had their twin boys removed from his home, it appeared that the former couple had reached some sort of custody agreement Thursday. But the deal has fallen through.

Sheen tweeted Thursday that he'd "verbally reached a deal" with Brooke Mueller, without elaborating.  Sheen also tweeted that "the opposition felt it necessary to still harass me with old gibberish....odd? perhaps. transparent? you betcha'!"

According to TMZ.com, the deal is off for now because Sheen violated a stipulation that he not discuss the agreement publicly -- he spoke to a Philadelphia radio station in addition to tweeting the news.  TMZ further reports the agreement would've required that a monitor be present when Sheen is with the twins.  The custody issue is now headed for court on Monday.

On another note, Sheen has quickly become a popular celebrity on Twitter this week, attracting one million followers in just 25 hours and 17 minutes, setting a Guinness World Record in the process.

And it will certainly pay for Sheen to be on Twitter.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, he has reached an agreement with Ad.ly, the company that taught him how to use the social networking website, under which he'll make up to one million dollars per year to tweet endorsements.

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Friday
Mar042011

Paula Abdul Makes 911 Call to Escape Boyfriend's Car

Jeffrey Ufberg/ WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Apparently, Paula Abdul did not have a happy Valentine’s Day.

The former American Idol judge made a frantic 911 call after a verbal dispute with her boyfriend in his car on the afternoon of Feb. 14, reports TMZ. In the audio recording of the call obtained by TMZ, Abdul is heard repeatedly screaming "drop me off!" and crying hysterically.

She asks, "Are you going to drop me off? 'Cause I have emergency on the phone." Then she says, "He's dropping me off."

Abdul's publicist told TMZ, "Arguments with loved ones are often times heated.  After the call was made everything was worked out."

According to TMZ, Abdul did not file a police report, and the cause of the argument was not revealed.

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Friday
Mar042011

Elvis Presley to Be Named Honorary Citizen of Budapest

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The King of Rock is about to become a citizen of Budapest, Hungary nearly 34 years after his death.

Elvis Presley is set to be honored with citizenship and a landmark that will bear his name, according to The Guardian.  Budapest mayor Istvan Tarlos says the reason for Presley being honored is "not sentimental but political."

The King championed the Hungarian revolution in 1956, when the people rose up against their Soviet-run government, even though the revolt was crushed only a few weeks later.  Presley appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1957 and performed "Peace In The Valley" in honor of the Hungarian people.

The city has opened an online poll for citizens to vote on which of the 12 local landmarks should be renamed after Presley.  The voting ends March 15.

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Thursday
Mar032011

Stars Lining Up to Roast Donald Trump

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A host of stars are coming out to roast Donald Trump. The reality show star and business mogul will get the business from celebs including Larry King, Snoop Dogg, Marlee Matlin and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, as well as comics including Jeffrey Ross, Whitney Cummings, and Lisa Lampanelli, when the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump tapes at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom on Wednesday, March 9.

The show, which will be hosted by Family Guy creator Seth Macfarlane, will air Tuesday, March 15 at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time on Comedy Central.

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Thursday
Mar032011

Angelina Jolie Meets with Former Refugees in Afghanistan

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- Angelina Jolie was in Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday to meet with former refugees who've returned to the country and are trying to rebuild their lives.

The actress, who's an ambassador for the United Nations' refugee agency, said, "It is clear traveling through the country that what needs to be done is a very focused approach on these places of return...and that means not just putting a shelter up but making sure there's water, making sure there's job opportunities, making sure there's a school for the children, and medical."

Jolie also visited with children in a village who will attend a school that she helped build. Jolie is calling upon other countries to assist not only the former refugees who've returned to Afghanistan, but also the refugees who've been displaced by the political conflict in Libya.

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Thursday
Mar032011

Mariah Carey Joins Beyonce, Nelly Furtado in Donating Gadhafi Money

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Piaget, Lester Cohen(NEW YORK) -- Singer Mariah Carey is joining the ranks of celebrities including Beyonce and Nelly Furtado who are making amends, financial and otherwise, for past performances for the family of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Carey announced in a statement Thursday she did not know she was performing for Gadhafi's son Mutassim at a New Year's Eve party in 2008 on the Caribbean island of St. Barts -- a performance that netted her a reported $1 million paycheck -- and said she would give the proceeds from an upcoming song to human rights charities.

"I was naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for," Carey said in a statement posted on her website Thursday. "I feel horrible and embarrassed to have participated in this mess. Going forward, this is a lesson for all artists to learn from. We need to be more aware and take more responsibility regardless of who books our shows. Ultimately we as artists are to be held accountable."

Nelly Furtado was the first major celebrity to announce on Tuesday that she was donating money she earned from a 2007 performance for Gadhafi's "clan." Beyonce, who performed for Mutassim Gadhafi on New Year's Eve 2009, followed suit and said she already donated the money to a Hatian relief fund after fans began demanding she too give the money away. Until the statement today, representatives for Carey stayed silent despite repeated requests for comment.

In addition to Carey's statement, a post by ShowBiz411.com on Carey's website said all proceeds from a song called "Save the Day" from an upcoming album will be donated for human rights issues.

The presence of the celebrities at the parties for the Gadhafi family was unveiled not by gossip magazines, but by leaked U.S. State Department documents posted on the website WikiLeaks.

Video of the New Year's 2009 party, shot by a partygoer and obtained by ABC News, shows an intimate affair with Beyonce singing several songs just feet away from attendees.

Representatives for Usher, who performed at the same 2009 bash as Beyonce, have not responded to requests for comment.

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