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Apr282011

Chris Rock Saying No to Tonys?

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Post reported Wednesday the producers of the usually ratings-challenged Tony Awards telecast were eager to shake things up for the 2011 show in June, and had comic Chris Rock at the top of their hosting wish list. 

Rock, who hosted the Academy Awards in 2005, has been winning raves on Broadway with his performance in the play Motherf**ker with a Hat, and is expected to nab a Tony nomination for it. However, as much as the producers of the show want him, Entertainment Weekly reports Rock won't host.

His rep tells the magazine he's willing to be involved with the show in some other way, however.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Report: Rob Lowe's Book Hurts Melissa Gilbert

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Did the romance between Rob Lowe and Melissa Gilbert mean more to her than it did to him?  Gilbert wrote extensively about her relationship with the actor in her 2010 autobiography Prairie Tale, but he barely mentions her in his new book, reports PopEater.com. The former Little House on the Prairie star reportedly mentioned Lowe 77 times in her book, but Lowe only discussed her four times in his book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends.

In her book, Gilbert wrote at length about her on-again, off-again relationship with Lowe in the 1980s and her pregnancy miscarriage when they were together.  A friend of Gilbert's said Lowe's decision to slight her in his book has hurt her. 

The source said, "She's devastated that someone who meant so much to her, someone who dominated her young life, doesn't think she was as important to him as her was to her."

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Thursday
Apr282011

Ellen DeGeneres Makes Mila Kunis & Justin Timberlake Squirm over 'Friends with Benefits'

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Timberlake can shake it like few recording artists can, and his skills are coming in handy dancing around relationship questions about he and pal Mila Kunis.

They have begun promoting their film Friends with Benefits -- in which, as the title suggests, they play a couple of recently-single buddies who decide to become more than friends. The fact that the pair are recently single in real life wasn't lost on Ellen DeGeneres.

During a segment of her talk show which aired Thursday, DeGeneres made the co-stars squirm when she asked if they've ever been friends with benefits. Timberlake, who's recently split from Jessica Biel, tried to deflect, but eventually allowed it's not an ideal arrangement.

"I think that everybody could probably agree with us when we say that if you're going to be intimate with someone at some point, somebody's going to feel something," Timberlake said.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Katie Couric: Matt Lauer and I Have 'Undeniable Chemistry'

Heidi Gutman/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Will Katie Couric and Matt Lauer reunite if and when she launches a talk show? Never say never. Couric, who confirmed this week she will leave CBS Evening News when her contract expires in June, tells People magazine she and Lauer have "undeniable chemistry in the most platonic sense of the word."

"We are like an old  married couple,” she says. “We finish each other's sentences. He is very committed to the Today show. But who knows?"

There have been rumors that Lauer could leave the Today show at the end of next year and collaborate with Couric on a new talk show.

For now, Lauer appears to be content with his current job. He told NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, "I have a long-term contract. I'm not going anywhere."

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Thursday
Apr282011

Regis May Not Be Done with TV Just Yet

Stephen Lovekin/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Just because he's leaving Live! with Regis and Kelly doesn't mean Regis Philbin is leaving television altogether.  Even though he's walking away from the show, Philbin tells New York magazine, "I'd like to stay on TV.  I've been there all my life."  As for reports he's looking into launching another talk show, Philbin said, "I'm not really interested in anything until I find something that comes my way that I really want to do."

When it comes to the future of Live!, Philbin has no plans to stick his nose into the process of selecting who will replace him as Kelly Ripa's co-host.  He said, "Kelly's going to have some say in the decision, and [Michael] Gelman, our producer, will have a say in it.  But I don't want to get involved.  Whoever they want!"

The 79-year-old Philbin announced earlier this year he plans to leave Live!, with reports stating he'll step aside in November.  He has hosted the show for 28 years.  Word is he made the decision to leave after show producers insisted he take a pay cut in order to renew his contract.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Blake Shelton and Reba Announce Oklahoma Tornado Relief Concert

Kevin Winter/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM(ATOKA COUNTY, Okla.) -- Reba and Blake Shelton were both affected by the recent tornado disaster in Atoka County, Oklahoma. Reba grew up about 30 miles from the site of the worst damage, and Blake still lives in Tishomingo, which is about 50 miles from Atoka. That's why they've teamed up for a tornado relief concert set for May 26 at the Choctaw Event Center in Durant, Oklahoma.

Blake says, "Reba and I have a lot of love for this state and we wanted to do what we can to help. This place is my home and those people are family to us." Reba adds, "We wanted to do something and let the people of Oklahoma know that we love them, and we're praying for them during this difficult tragedy."

Tickets for the relief concert go on sale May 6 at 10 a.m. CT. Fans can purchase by phone at 1-800-585-3737 or online at ChoctawCasinos.com.  All proceeds from the concert will go to the Tushka Disaster Relief Fund. Fans can also text OKGIVE to 27722 to make a one-time donation of $10.

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Thursday
Apr282011

'American Idol's' Top Six Sing the Songs of Carole King

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top six finalists took on the songs of Carole King Wednesday night, with each contestant performing both solo and as part of a duet.

As always, judges Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez were on hand to critique the Idol hopefuls.  Producer Jimmy Iovine invited Babyface to join him this week in mentoring the contestants.

Here's what happened:

Jacob Lusk was up first with a solo rendition of "Oh No, Not My Baby."  Tyler said he was glad he shook his tail feathers this week. Lopez thought he killed it, and Jackson liked that he gave an energetic performance.

Lauren Alaina got some good encouragement from Babyface this week as she worked up "Where You Lead." Lopez was very proud of her and thought she really pushed through a lot of boundaries this week. Jackson thought she had extra swagger this week. He didn't love the song choice, but Jackson said she came out with a vengeance. Tyler said she manifested light and encouraged her to keep shining.

Haley Reinhart and Casey Abrams teamed up for the night's first duet on "I Feel the Earth Move."  Tyler said it seemed as though Abrams was in love with Reinhart during the performance, and that they worked the stage very well.

Scotty McCreery stepped out of his country comfort zone a bit with one of Carole's best-known songs, "You've Got a Friend." Jackson applauded him for showing off the higher part of his vocal range, saying the performance was flawless. Tyler didn't think he had ever sounded better, and Lopez thought he proved he's a great storyteller with this performance.

James Durbin got some requests on AmericanIdol.com to sing "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," so he decided to go with it. Tyler revealed this was the song that played when he first made out with a girl, noting that it was at a bowling alley and "I didn't strike out." He loved his performance of it. Lopez called the performance "magical," and said he was the "star of the night" and this season's most consistent performer. Jackson thought this performance really proved he is a great singer and could win the whole competition.

Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery insisted they had a brother-and-sister energy between them instead of anything romantic before joining forces on "Up on the Roof."  Lopez thought it was beautiful and thought McCreery did a good job taking a back seat to Alaina's big vocals.

Casey Abrams returned to sing "Hi-De-Ho." Jackson loved how he always brings a different vibe every week and said it took him back to New Orleans. Tyler thought he worked the stage very well, and Lopez said he was in his element this week. She wants to see him loosen up and move around a bit more in the future.

Haley Reinhart chose "Beautiful" for her solo turn. Tyler said he heard God in her voice and told her she nailed it. Lopez said she had one of the best voices in the competition. Jackson didn't love the beginning, but he got into it towards the end of the performance.

Jacob Lusk and James Durbin returned for a duet on "I'm into Something Good." Midway through the performance, Lusk and Durbin went down to the judges' table to sing the song to Lopez. Tyler thought they had fun with it, but he wasn't sure where they were going with the performance.

Someone is going home on American Idol's results show Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET.  Bruno Mars and Idol alum Crystal Bowersox are also set to perform.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Is Trump's 'Birther' Crusade Hurting 'Celebrity Apprentice'?

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While Donald Trump's pursuit of President Obama's birth certificate has made him a superstar in some political circles -- and a supervillain in others -- a media research company claims Trump's politics are hurting his reality show.

According to data from National Media Inc., which places political ads on television, the audience for The Celebrity Apprentice ranks among the most liberal of any primetime show.

"I was surprised to find that The Celebrity Apprentice was so liberal, because the audience for Survivor is fairly Republican," said National Media Inc.'s senior vice president for research, Will Feltus.

The Atlantic, which exclusively obtained the data, alleges that left-leaning Celebrity Apprentice audience is down from last year and "falling fast," as Trump continues campaigning against the president, who on Wednesday released his birth certificate in an effort to finally put to rest rumors that he wasn't born in Hawaii.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Cirque du Soleil Creating Michael Jackson-Themed Productions

Carlo Allegri/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Cirque du Soleil has already created hit Las Vegas shows around the music and legacy of The Beatles and Elvis Presley.  Now, they're working their magic on the King of Pop.

On Wednesday, at the Mandalay Bay casino, the Jackson estate announced they've extended their partnership with Cirque du Soleil to make the casino and resort the posthumous home of Michael Jackson.

Things get underway this December, when the touring Cirque production Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour will begin an extended engagement of close to 30 shows at the Mandalay Bay arena.  To coincide with that, the resort will host the first-ever estate-sanctioned Jackson Fan Fest.

However, the real fun will begin in the spring of 2013, when Cirque du Soleil brings three new permanent Jackson attractions to the casino.  The first will be a new, still-untitled stage production based on Jackson’s music.

Cirque du Soleil is also creating a separate interactive exhibit dedicated to Jackson, to be called Michael Jackson All Access, as well as a Jackson-themed lounge.

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Thursday
Apr282011

VH1 Best Cruise Ever Ready to Set Sail

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock (file photo)(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The boat will most definitely be rocking as VH1's annual Best Cruise Ever gets underway on Thursday, with Train, The Script, Lifehouse, Mat Kearney and many other artists on board.

Colbie Caillat will join the cruise on Friday, after performing her hit "I Do" live in New York City's Times Square to celebrate Britain's royal wedding.

The cruise, on the Carnival Inspiration, leaves from Tampa, Florida and travels to Cozumel, Mexico while fans enjoy multiple concerts, VH1-themed activities, face time with the artists and all the other fun stuff a cruise offers, from drinking and gambling to sunbathing and spa-ing.

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