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Apr262011

NBC's Singing Competition 'The Voice' Premieres Tuesday

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Stand aside, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler -- Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green and Maroon 5's Adam Levine are about to give you a run for your money...they hope.

Aguilera, Levine and Green are three-quarters of the judging panel on the new NBC singing competition show The Voice, which premieres Tuesday.  The fourth judge is award-winning country star Blake Shelton.  Together, they'll serve as both judges and mentors for the new show, which is hosted by Carson Daly.

The gimmick on The Voice is that Aguilera, Levine, Green and Shelton will listen to the show's contestants with their backs turned to them.  Only if they like what they hear will they turn their chairs around and see the contestant.

If one judge turns their chair around, that contestant will be assigned to that judge's "team."  If more than one judge turns their chair around, the contestant will choose which judge's "team" they want to be on.

After each judge's team is complete, the judge will then mentor "their" contestants as they battle against each other by singing the same songs, and some are eliminated in the process.

In the final phase, the remaining contestants compete during live broadcasts, with the viewing audience having a say in who moves on.  The ultimate winner gets a record deal and $100,000.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

Lindsay Lohan Won't Handle Dead Bodies While Working at Morgue

AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- As part of Lindsay Lohan's sentence for violating her probation -- assuming her appeal of same is denied -- she'll have to perform community service at a county morgue.

Yet, that doesn't mean she'll be encountering any of the morgue's less active residents.

Speaking with People magazine, Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says the Mean Girls star will perform "basic janitorial work," like emptying the trash.  He says, "She won't be handling any dead bodies but she'll certainly see them."

Lohan was sentenced last Friday to jail and ordered to perform more than 400 hours of community service after a judge determined she violated her probation by taking the necklace she allegedly stole from a jewelry store.  She was released on bail later that day while her sentence is appealed.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

Nicolas Cage Arrest Sparked Child Abuse Investigation

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- A child abuse detective was called to investigate allegations against Nicolas Cage after his April 15 arrest in New Orleans, according to TMZ.com.

It had been widely reported the actor was busted on disturbing the peace and domestic violence charges after he allegedly grabbed his wife prior to his arrest.  However, TMZ reports witnesses told cops a drunken Cage pulled his five-year-old son to the ground at one point in the evening.

Cage's wife, Alice, said the incident was accidental, reportedly telling cops an intoxicated Cage fell while holding Kal-el, and their boy scraped his knee.  Based on the stories, the child abuse officer was dispatched to try to talk to Cage's son, but Alice refused to allow it.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

Lady Gaga to Debut New Video on 'Idol'; Perform on 'Ellen'

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga will unveil the already controversial video for her new single, "Judas," on American Idol next week.

The video was co-directed by Gaga and her creative director Laurieann Gibson, who says that Gaga portrays Mary Magdalene in the clip.

On Easter Sunday, Gaga wrote on Twitter, "Judas is about forgiveness + perseverance through struggle. Persevere today!"  She added, "I'm with the Easter Bunny, he says 'hi.'"

Gaga will perform "Judas" for the first time on TV on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this Wednesday.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

Kings of Leon Announces Summer Tour Dates

RCA Records(NEW YORK) -- Kings of Leon has announced the dates for their upcoming summer tour, which will kick off on July 25 in Orange Beach, Alabama and end on Sept. 12 in Seattle, Washington.

Tickets for some of the shows go on sale starting April 29.  Band of Horses will open.

Here's the upcoming tour itinerary for Kings of Leon:

7/25 -- Orange Beach, AL, The Wharf
7/27 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron's Lakewood Amphitheater
7/29 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
7/30 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
8/2 -- Tampa, FL, 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
8/3 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
8/5 -- Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
8/6 -- Virginia Beach, Farm Bureau Live
8/9 -- Washington, D.C., Jiffy Lube Live
8/10 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon @ Jones Beach
8/12 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/13 -- Hartford, CT, Comcast Theatre
8/16 -- Buffalo, NY, Darien Lake PAC
8/17 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/19 -- Boston, MA, Comcast Center
8/20 -- Saratoga, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/23 -- Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Center
8/24 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/26 -- Chicago, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
8/27 -- Indianapolis, IN, Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/29 -- Bonner Springs, KS, Sandstone Amphitheater
8/31 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/1 -- Denver, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/3 -- Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay
9/4 -- San Diego, CA, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
9/6 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
9/8 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
9/10 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
9/12 -- Seattle, WA, Key Arena

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Tuesday
Apr262011

U2 Drummer to Make Acting Debut in New Movie

Interscope Records(LOS ANGELES) -- Bono and The Edge are usually the members of U2 who grab all the headlines, but this time, it's their drummer, Larry Mullen, Jr. who's making some news.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, he's making his movie debut as an actor -- as well as a producer and composer -- of a new movie called Man on the Train, which will be unveiled at the Cannes Film Festival next month.  The movie, a remake of a 2002 French film, stars Donald Sutherland as a retired small-town schoolteacher who crosses paths with a guy, played by Larry, who's planning to rob a local bank.

Bono has done some acting himself: he appeared uncredited in a 2000 film called The Million Dollar Hotel and played Dr. Robert in the 2007 Beatles-inspired film Across the Universe.  He also played himself in a 2005 episode of Entourage.

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Monday
Apr252011

Dancing with the Stars: Chelsea Kane and Romeo Share the Lead

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- Disney star Chelsea Kane and actor/singer Romeo each grabbed a share of the lead on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday night, with both celebrities and their respective partners earning this season's first perfect scores of ten, from judge Carrie Ann Inaba, on “Guilty Pleasures” night.  The celebrities danced to "guilty pleasure" songs they like but are ashamed to admit they do.  Speaking of which, host Tom Bergeron embarrassed judge Bruno Tonioli by claiming that his favorite guilty pleasure was Elton John's I'm Still Standing video, in which a much younger, and scantily-clad, Tonioli appeared as a dancer.

Romeo and partner Chelsie Hightower earned a total score of 28 out of 30 for a waltz that Inaba described as magical.  Chelsea Kane and pro partner Mark Ballas also earned a total score of 28 out of 30 for a quickstep that judge Bruno Tonioli said was so bright and luminous, he was getting a sun tan.

WWE star Chris Jericho and partner Cheryl Burke are at the bottom of the pack with a total score of 22 out of 30 after a waltz that Bruno said was a bit clumsy.

The band Hanson kicked off Guilty Pleasures night with a performance of their 1997 hit MmmBop.  During and coming out of commercial breaks, Hanson performed several more so-called guilty pleasures, including Lionel Richie's Hello, Billy Ray Cyrus’ Achy Breaky Heart, Vanilla Ice's Ice Ice Baby and Quiet Riot's Cum on Feel the Noize.

Another couple will be voted off Tuesday night on the Dancing with the Stars results show, which begins at 9 p.m. Eastern.  The show will also feature musical performances by NKOTBSB and ousted American Idol singer Pia Toscano.  New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys will perform Don’t Turn Out the Lights and a two-song medley of their hits Step by Step and I Want It That Way.  Pia Toscano will sing I’ll Stand by You while her rumored “close friend,” Mark Ballas, dances with Karina Smirnoff.

Preceding the results show at 8 p.m. ET will be a one-hour live special entitled, Dancing with the Stars: The Road to the Finals.  Hanson will appear for a second consecutive night when they perform their new song Give a Little during the special.  Former American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis and his cast mates from the Broadway musical Rock of Ages will also perform on the special.

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Monday
Apr252011

Kara DioGuardi Sued over Accident in Which She Wasn't Involved

Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi has been hit with a lawsuit for a car crash that didn't even involve her, reports E! Online.  A man named Joel Postorino claims a woman identified as Christina Kline was driving the BMW that hit his Porsche last May in Los Angeles, causing him to suffer a slipped disc.  Postorino is suing DioGuardi for $250,000 because she's registered as co-owner of the BMW Kline was driving.

A spokesman for DioGuardi tells TMZ.com Kline used to work for DioGuardi and she co-signed to help her buy the vehicle.  The rep also says Kline failed to follow through on a promise to take DioGuardi off the registration.

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Monday
Apr252011

Maroon 5 and Train Announce Joint Tour Dates

Dan Gorder/FilmMagic)(LOS ANGELES) -- As promised, Maroon 5 and Train have now announced details of their joint summer tour, which kick off July 22 in Chula Vista, Calif.  Tickets go on sale Friday, April 29, and special fan packages will be available.  Gavin DeGraw will open the first leg of the tour, and the second leg, which starts Aug. 28, will feature Matt Nathanson as the opener.

The joint tour will feature a stop at the Hollywood Bowl, which is, surprisingly, the first time either of these two California-based bands have played a headlining show at that venue.

Here are the tour dates:

7/22 -- Chula Vista, CA, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
7/23 -- Paso Robles, CA, California Mid-State Fair
7/25 -- Hollywood, CA, Hollywood Bowl
7/27 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Casino
7/28 -- Morrison, CO, Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/31 -- Mount Pleasant, MI, Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
8/2 --  Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/3 --  Virginia Beach, VA, Farm Bureau Live @ Virginia Beach
8/5 --  Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/7 --  Mashantucket, CT, MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
8/9 --  Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
8/12 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/13 -- Mansfield, MA, Comcast Center
8/15 -- Hershey, PA, Hershey Park Pavilion/Stadium
8/17 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
8/18 -- Indianapolis, IN, Indiana State Fair
8/19 -- Des Moines, IA, Iowa State Fair Grandstands
8/21 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/22 -- Toronto, ON, Molson Canadian Amphitheater
8/25 -- Syracuse, NY, New York State Fair
8/26 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/28 -- Louisville, KY, Freedom Hall/ Kentucky State Fair
8/30 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheater
8/31 -- Tampa, FL, 1-800-Ask Gary Amphitheater
9/1 --  Alpharetta, GA, Verizon Wireess Amphitheatre
9/4 --  Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theater
9/5 --  Minneapolis, MN, Minnesota State Fair
9/7 --  Winnipeg, MB, MTS Centre
9/9 --  Saskatoon, SK, Credit Union Centre
9/10 -- Edmonton, AB, Rexall Place
9/12 -- Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford Ent & Sports Centre
9/13 -- Auburn, WA, White River Amphitheatre
9/15 -- Concord, CA, Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
9/16 -- Las Vegas, NV, The Pearl at The Palms
9/17 -- Phoenix, AZ, Ashley Furniture Home Store Pavilion
9/19 -- Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
9/22 -- Oklahoma City, OK, Zoo Amphitheater
9/23 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/24 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

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Monday
Apr252011

Report: Katie Couric to Announce Departure from CBS

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Katie Couric will announce this week that she is leaving CBS Evening News, according to The New York Times. CBS will announce her successor during the first week of May, according to the report. Couric has been anchoring the show since 2006.

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