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Wednesday
Dec292010

Lady Gaga Had World's Best-Selling Album of 2010

Photo Courtesy - Streamline/Konlive/Cherrytree/Interscope(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga's album The Fame Monster wasn't 2010's best-selling album in the United States, but when you look at the entire world, it's a different story.

MTV reports that according to the website Media Traffic, which compiles worldwide album sales into one huge global chart, The Fame Monster was indeed the world's best-selling album of 2010, selling 5.8 million copies overall in the past year.

Gaga responded to the good news on Twitter by writing, "The Fame Monster was named the best-selling album of 2010!  I'm so excited for the future.  Believe + work hard, you will achieve your dreams."

Other top-selling albums globally in 2010 included discs by Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, Michael Buble, Sade, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry and Susan Boyle.

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Wednesday
Dec292010

'Blue Valentine' Debuts in Limited Release Wednesday

Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) -- The critically-acclaimed, racy film Blue Valentine, starring Michelle Williams and Ryan Gosling, opens in select theaters on Wednesday.

Williams and Gosling play a couple who attempt to salvage their failing marriage.

The movie attracted attention in October when it received an NC-17 rating for its graphic sexual content.  Following an appeal, the movie was given an R rating earlier this month.

In other related news, there are no movies opening in wide release this week.  Little Fockers enters the holiday weekend as the reigning box office champ, having earned $30.8 million last weekend.

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Wednesday
Dec292010

LeAnn Rimes Denies Pregnancy Rumors Online

Photo Courtesy - Jacob Andrzejczak/ Getty Images for MGM Resorts International(NEW YORK) -- LeAnn Rimes has denied Internet rumors that she's expecting a baby with new fiancé Eddie Cibrian.  In a tweet on Tuesday, Rimes addressed the stories, writing "This is such BS!!!  Lol, you people all report BS."

Instead of preparing for a baby, Rimes and Cibrian are planning to party.  They're headed for a vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  Rimes tweeted, "Sun, bikinis, friends, food, tequila…celebration!!! Gonna be the best trip."

Rimes' rep confirmed her engagement to Cibrian on Monday.

Of note, Cibrian's ex-wife Brandi Glanville isn't happy with the way word of his engagement to Rimes got out.  She wrote to him on Twitter saying, "Thank you for announcing this to the press before telling our kids."  She also called him out for leaving the kids with her while he goes on vacation to Cabo San Lucas with Rimes.

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Wednesday
Dec292010

Alicia Keys Releases New Song About Her Baby Son

Photo Courtesy - J Records(NEW YORK) -- Back in October, after she gave birth to her first child, Egypt, Alicia Keys wrote in her blog, "I feel a song coming on."  Well, now that song is a reality.

Keys has released a brand-new track called "Speechless" online through her husband Swizz Beatz's ongoing free music initiative, Monster Mondays, and it's obviously all about her new baby.

In the first part of the song, before she begins singing, Keys says, "Y'know, I'm at a brand-new time in my life, with a brand-new feeling.  It's like, this little guy, man, he takes my breath away."

She goes on to sing, "I'm just speechless, baby/Don't know what to say/I'm just speechless, baby/The poet in me has gone away."

Via Twitter, Keys explained that "Speechless" is just "a little freestyle treat for the holidays.  It's not a new album, not a single.  It's something special for you!"

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Tuesday
Dec282010

Five-Dollar Yard Sale Tuxedo Shirt Worn By Frank Sinatra to be Auctioned Jan. 1

Photo Courtesy - DonPresleyAuction dot com(ORANGE, Calif.) -- A custom tuxedo shirt made for Frank Sinatra that was purchased at a Newport Beach yard sale last year for $5 will be sold to the highest bidder at a California auction Jan. 1.

The shirt, created by Beverly Hills men's clothier Nat Wise, was purchased by laid-off construction worker Rick Gorski, whose antique-collecting brother determined that the shirt's value would be greatly increased if proven to be authentic.  After substantial research, Gorski discovered archived records through a company owned by Jack Sepetjian (which merged with Nat Wise in 1987) for the Sinatra shirt matching the garment's measurements.

Auctioneer Don Presley said he has "no clue" how much the shirt will sell for.

"Nowadays, when something as intangible as a Marilyn Monroe X-ray can sell for $45,000, it's anybody's guess," Presley said.

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Tuesday
Dec282010

Seizure May Have Caused Teena Marie’s Death

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images(PASADENA, Calif.) – Pre-autopsy reports suggest R&B icon Teena Marie may have died after suffering a grand mal seizure, reports MedPage Today.

Those types of seizures often result from problems with breathing or heart rhythm and are tied to sudden unexplained death in epilepsy, or SUDEP, according to Dr. Jacqueline French of NYU Medical Center and the American Academy of Neurology.

"When seizures aren't controlled, there's a small risk of sudden unexplained death," French told MedPage Today. "But 99 percent of the time when people have a seizure, that doesn't occur."

Speculation has arisen that the singer may have been treated for epilepsy. Entertainment website TMZ reported that the Los Angeles County coroner's office found diazepam (Valium) in her home. Friends say the singer had stopped taking the medication due to unwanted side effects. The website also reported that she had suffered several seizures, including another grand mal only a month ago.
 
Marie was found dead in her Pasadena home the day after Christmas.

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Tuesday
Dec282010

Reese Witherspoon to Marry Agent

Photo Courtesy - FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Reese Witherspoon's spokesperson has confirmed to US Weekly magazine that the Oscar-winning actress and Jim Toth, a Hollywood agent, are engaged.  The two began dating in January of 2010, after she broke up with her previous boyfriend, Jake Gyllenhaal.  Their relationship became public knowledge in March.

Reese, who can currently be seen in the romantic comedy How Do You Know, divorced Ryan Phillippe in 2008 after seven years and two children together.

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Tuesday
Dec282010

MTV 'Teen Mom' Charged With Domestic Battery

Photo Courtesy - MTV Networks International(ANDERSON, Ind.) -- A fight captured on tape from MTV's Teen Mom is what got Amber Portwood charged with two felony counts of domestic battery, one felony charge of neglect of a dependent and one misdemeanor count of domestic battery, according to TMZ.com and RadarOnline.com. 

Police in Indiana pursued domestic violence charges against Portwood, 20, who appeared on the reality show that chronicles the challenges of being a young mother.

In footage taped by the show, Portwood is seen repeatedly punching and slapping her on-and-off boyfriend Gary Shirley in the presence of their daughter, Leah.

"On Aug. 14, 2009...Portwood shoved Shirley against a wall, slapped him on the face and choked him," Anderson Police Detective Mitch Carroll told ABC News Indianapolis affiliate WRTV in November. "The incident was witnessed by the couple's one-year-old child, who sat in a child seat on a nearby bed."

If convicted, Portwood would face up to three years in jail and fines of up to $10,000.

Portwood has denied hitting Shirley in front of their daughter.

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Tuesday
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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