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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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Monday
Dec272010

Demi Lovato Settles with Backup Dancer Over Alleged Assault

Photo Courtesy - Jason Merritt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After threatening to file a lawsuit against Demi Lovato for allegedly assaulting her, backup dancer Alex Welch has reached an undisclosed settlement with the rehabbing Disney star. Speaking to E! News, Welch's attorney said, "Any and all issues or dispute with Demi Lovato have been resolved amicably and completely."

An attorney for Welch told RadarOnline.com earlier this month that Welch would sue Lovato over the incident, which allegedly left the dancer with a black eye and caused her mental stress. Welch herself says she's happy to have resolved the matter with Lovato. She tells People magazine, "We came to an agreement and I'm ready to to move on." She says a portion of her settlement will be donated to charity.

Lovato has been in rehab for about two months for unspecified emotional issues.

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Monday
Dec272010

Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54

Photo Courtesy - Getty/Wire Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Grammy-nominated R&B singer Teena Marie, who scored a hit in 1984 with Lovergirl reportedly died Saturday night at her Pasadena, California home at the age of 54. A cause of death is not yet known.

Her publicist tells CNN that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure a month ago. Teena Marie, whose birth name was Mary Christine Brockert, signed with Motown Records in 1976 and released her debut album, "Wild and Peaceful", three years later.

That disc included the songs I’m a Sucker For Your Love and Déjà Vu (I’ve Been Here Before). The Rick James Protégée enjoyed success with the single Lovergirl, which peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her 13th and most recent studio album, Congo Square, was released last year. Teena Marie had a handful of tour dates lined up for early 2011, including a stop in Atlanta on New Year's Day.

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Monday
Dec272010

Report: Lindsay Lohan’s Troubles to Be Basis for Movie

Photo Courtesy - TMZ.com(NEW YORK) -- A movie based on the troubled life of actress Lindsay Lohan is being developed. The New York Post reports 26-year-old model and heiress Lydia Hearst Shaw has been cast in the lead role as a comic character based on the troubled Mean Girls star. Screenwriter Charles Casillo tells the newspaper, “Lydia will play a bratty movie goddess in and out of rehab, in trouble with the law, and hounded by greedy agents, predatory paparazzi, off-the-wall stalkers and crazed media.”

Casillo says the movie, entitled, Dogs in Pocketbooks, “is in no way mean-spirited towards Lindsay.” Casilo adds, “It’s the kind of thing [Lindsay] has spoofed about herself in the past. It’s more of a satire about the crazy people around her and the situations they generate.”

Dynasty actress Joan Collins has been cast in the film as a high-powered agent. Filming begins in New York and L.A. in February.

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Monday
Dec272010

'Little Fockers' Wins Christmas Box Office

Photo Courtesy - Universal Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Moviegoers had their eye on Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro over the holiday weekend.

Stiller and De Niro's sequel Little Fockers earned an estimated $34 million from Friday through Sunday to debut at number one. The third film in the Meet the Parents series has raised $48.3 million since opening last Wednesday.

The Coen brothers western True Grit premiered in the second spot, collecting $25.6 million over the weekend. The remake has made $36.8 million in five days of release. The previous box office champ, TRON: Legacy, dropped to third place, with $20.1 million.

The Jack Black comedy Gulliver's Travels was a flop in seventh place, earning $7.2 million since its debut on Christmas Day.

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Sunday
Dec262010

'Spider-Man' Stunt Man On His Feet Again After Fall

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) – The injured stunt double of the title character in the “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” musical is reportedly walking again.

Christopher Tierney broke his ribs in a performance Monday when he fell 30 feet, putting the show’s performances on a short hiatus. The show, which has been giving preview performances this month, is still scheduled to open in February.

The musical, directed by Julie Taymor, of “The Lion King” musical fame, is one of the most expensive Broadway productions in history.

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Sunday
Dec262010

Game Show Contestants Lose $800K on Correct Answer?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) – A couple that lost $800,000 on the Fox game show Million Dollar Money Drop for answering a question incorrectly have been invited back by the network. Turns out they answered correctly!

Gabe Okoye and Brittany Mayti were asked which of three items -- Macintosh computers, the Sony Walkman, or Post-It notes -- were sold in stores first. The couple answered Post-It note, and were disappointed to hear that the Walkman was sold earlier. Later in the week, Fox confessed to having the wrong information, since Post-It notes were actually market tested a few years prior to the release of the Sony Walkman.

Okoye and Mayti have been invited back to the show.

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Sunday
Dec262010

Hugh Hefner Engaged to 24-Year-Old Girlfriend

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) – Playboy tycoon Hugh Hefner announced via Twitter Friday that he is engaged to Crystal Harris, 24.

"After the movie tonight Crystal & I exchanged gifts. I gave Crystal a ring. A truly memorable Christmas," 84-year-old Hefner tweeted.

Hefner divorced his second wife Kimberley Conrad earlier this year. Harris was Playboy Playmate of the Month in December 2009.

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Saturday
Dec252010

Mariah Carey: Queen of Christmas 2010?

Photo Courtesy - Island | Def Jam Records(NEW YORK) --  If there's any celebrity who deserves the title of Queen of Christmas 2010, it's got to be Mariah Carey. In the last few months, she released a new Christmas album and scored a bona fide, chart-topping Christmas hit with "Oh Santa."

The festive diva also starred in her own ABC Christmas special and sang on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center special. On top of that, she performed for President Obama and his family on the annual TNT special Christmas in Washington.

Her song, "All I Want for Christmas Is You," continues to be one of the most popular holiday tunes ever, topping Billboard's chart of the 100 Most Popular Seasonal Songs.

In past years, Carey has celebrated Christmas by taking hubby Nick Cannon and a bunch of friends to Aspen, Colo., where they enjoy sleigh rides, jumping into hot tubs and literally rolling in the snow. That won't be happening this year, though, since Carey is pregnant with twins.

"One of the things we really like to do is go to church on Christmas and have, like, a candlelight moment," Carey told ABC News Radio. “That’s been a really kind of intimate, real Christmas tradition that we have, as well as all the other silly stuff that I do."

There's one tradition she will definitely miss this year due to her pregnancy, though -- drinking hot chocolate with butterscotch schnapps.

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Saturday
Dec252010

Annie Lennox on Her First Christmas Album, Holidays Growing Up

Photo Courtesy - Island Records(NEW YORK) --  She was born on Christmas Day, so it's amazing that Annie Lennox hasn't made a Christmas album before. But this holiday season saw the arrival of her very first: A Christmas Cornucopia.

It's a collection of traditional holiday carols that Lennox sang as a child growing up in Scotland. In addition to well-known songs such as "Silent Night," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "The First Noel," the album features songs that are not well known in America but popular in Europe, such as "Angels from the Realms of Glory" and "The Cherry Tree Carol."

"I just had the best time recording this album," Lennox told ABC News Radio. "It's just beautiful. The songs I've sang since I was a little kid have lasted with me all my life. And I just knew, one time, [I needed to] put them down for posterity."

Lennox says she's not religious, but what appeals to her about these Christmas songs is the fact that, she says, "they've been going through the decades, and whole centuries, really, and still, to this day, they are fresh and beautiful and powerful."

As a child, Lennox says that she was always fortunate enough to receive both a Christmas present and a birthday present on December 25. However, she says gifts back then were very different than they are now: "I used to hang a stocking up. This is where you get really sad, folks. I would just get a tangerine and some nuts and some of those gold pennies with chocolate inside. And that was great!"

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