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Oct012010

TV Producer Stephen J. Cannell Passes Away

Photo Courtesy - SGranitz/WireImage(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Veteran television producer and writer Stephen J. Cannell has died at the age of 69. Relatives say Cannell died Thursday at his home in Pasadena, California from complications of melanoma.

The Emmy Award-winning Cannell was a force behind scores of popular TV shows, including The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, The Greatest American Hero, The Rockford Files and The Commish.

He estimated that he wrote over 450 TV episodes and produced or executive produced over 1,500. He also wrote 16 novels, and was an occasional actor, appearing as a recurring character on the show Renegade, in an episode of his own show Silk Stalkings, and as a guest star on the current ABC series Castle.

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Friday
Oct012010

Colbie Caillat to Play at Nobel Peace Prize Concert 

Photo Courtesy - Universal Republic RecordsColbie Caillat will be one of the entertainers on the bill at this year's Nobel Peace Prize concert, according to USA Today.  Hosted by actor Denzel Washington, the Dec. 11 concert will take place in Oslo, Norway.  The concert will honor this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, who will be announced on Oct. 8.  Other performers slated to take part at the event include Elvis Costello, jazz legend Herbie Hancock and up and coming British group Florence + The Machine.

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Friday
Oct012010

Justin Bieber Matches 'N SYNC Chart Record

Photo Courtesy - Island Def JamThis week, Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 marks its 27th straight week in the top 10 on the album chart.  In fact, the album's only been on the chart for 27 weeks total, and it's never left the top 10 throughout that time.  That means that Bieber has now matched a record set by another group of teen idols.  Yahoo!'s Chart Beat column reports the last album to spend its first 27 weeks in the top 10 was 'N SYNC's No Strings Attached, back in 2000.

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Friday
Oct012010

Britney Spears Meets with Judge Regarding Conservatorship 

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, will continue to oversee her financial and personal affairs after a Los Angeles judge met with both parties individually on Thursday. According to E! Online, Judge Reva Goetz ruled the conservatorship will remain in effect for now. The judge said, "I had a nice conversation with Britney...about how things are going with the current state of the conservatorship." A court date in the matter is scheduled for Oct. 14.

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Friday
Oct012010

New Rihanna Song Samples Avril Lavigne

Photo Courtesy - Island Def JamA song on Rihanna's new album, Loud, will reportedly sample a track from singer Avril Lavigne.  The blog JustJared.com got an exclusive preview of the disc earlier this week, and reveals that one track features a sample of Lavigne.  The blog reports that the song, called "Cheers," samples Lavigne's 2002 hit song "I'm with You."   According to JustJared, the song "is so unbelievably catchy," and adds, "This song will be so huge in clubs, bars and everywhere that serves alcohol."

As far as the other songs on the record, the blog reports that one, called "S&M," is very "naughty," and features lyrics like, "Sticks and stones may break my bones/But chains and whips excite me."  The album is set to be released in November.

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Friday
Oct012010

Glee's Lea Michele Nearly Bares All in Photo Shoot

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesGlee's Lea Michele is striking quite a few poses in U.K.'s Marie Claire.  In the magazine, the brunette talks about how she used to be insecure about her looks.

"Growing up, I didn't feel I looked like the people around me or acted like the people around me," Michele says. "I always knew in the back of my mind that there was another world outside of that and that I would go there one day and people would accept me for who I was and who I am."

Michele adds, "So many people...would tell me there was no place for me on television.  I wasn't pretty enough...The great thing about Glee is that it gave me a chance and that you don't have to look like how everyone else looks."

In the spread, Michele is pictured wearing a nearly topless boots, undies and tutu combination.

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Friday
Oct012010

Catherine Zeta-Jones Speaks on Michael Douglas' Cancer Treatment

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEWPORT, Wales) -- Catherine Zeta-Jones says husband Michael Douglas' treatment for throat cancer is nearly complete and that he's "doing very well."  According to People magazine, the actress said Wednesday, "He is about to finish his treatment and the doctors could not be happier."

Zeta-Jones was in her native Wales at an event for the Ryder Cup, where golfers from the U.S. compete against those from Europe.  According to the Western Mail newspaper, Prince Charles, who was in attendance, passed along good wishes to Zeta-Jones for her hubby, saying, "Give him my best.  Healing thoughts."

Zeta-Jones also said Douglas won't let his throat problems stop him from cheering at the Ryder Cup, adding, "Michael will be on Skype screaming for the Americans.  He wishes he could be here."

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Friday
Oct012010

Kanye West Suspends Free Download Program Due to Leaked Songs

Photo Courtesy - Island Def JamRapper Kanye West is so upset that hackers leaked songs from his forthcoming album that he's announced that this week, he's suspending his program of releasing one new song every Friday.  He wrote on Twitter, "Due to blogs leaking unfinished songs from my actual album, I've decided to pass on 'G.O.O.D. Fridays' this week.  It's messed up that one hacker can mess everything up for everyone."

West is upset that two songs, "Lost in the World" and "All of the Lights," leaked out earlier this week.  He wrote on Twitter, "It would have seemed like, since I give free music every week, even the lowest form of human being would respect that enough not to leak unfinished songs from my real album."  Later, he wrote that he was in the studio continuing to work on the new record with Kid Cudi and Soulja Boy, adding, "Two of my favorite genius artists. Even in my disappointment about the leaks, I feel blessed."

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Friday
Oct012010

Jennifer Lopez Feuding with Ryan Seacrest on American Idol Set? 

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesJennifer Lopez isn't making much of an impression on Ryan Seacrest at her new job, according to In Touch. The magazine claims she's fought with Seacrest behind the scenes of American Idol over dressing rooms and "which star gets top billing."  A source says, "Ryan was the one who first suggested Jennifer, but now he's starting to regret it, because she’s acting like she’s a much bigger star than he is."  The source also claims that Idol producers "are trying to get them to make peace, but their egos are both pretty big." Lopez and Steven Tyler were officially named the new American Idol judges last week.

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Friday
Oct012010

Justin Timberlake Lands Role of His Career in The Social Network

Photo Courtesy - ABC NewsJustin Timberlake is receiving the best reviews of his acting career for his role in The Social Network, in theaters on Friday.  In fact, there's even some Oscar buzz starting.

Timberlake mostly credits his good reviews to movie writer Aaron Sorkin's script and director David Fincher's skill.  Timberlake says he had no interest in being a diva on the set, and that he was willing to put in the work.  He remembers Fincher sitting down with him and saying that because of Timberlake's live performance background, "I'm not going to break your neck doing take after take after take."  But Timberlake says he told Fincher, "I'm not a running back or a wide receiver. I'm coming onto this as a linebacker, and I'll make that hit as many times as you want."

One challenge Timberlake faced on The Social Network was the fact that he was playing Sean Parker, the actual co-founder of Napster, who later went on to become an adviser to the founders of Facebook and, in 2004, its president.  But he says, "I don't feel a responsibility to mimic anyone who's living. I feel a responsibility to create a character that's interesting to the film."  Timberlake says the way he chose to approach playing Parker was to pinpoint what he felt was his defining characteristic.  He says, "You really want to peg what makes that character tick, and I think Sean really knows how to read people.  That's his biggest gift and I think he uses it...throughout the movie."

When asked about his music career in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, and if he's being pressured to get something out there, Timberlake responded, "Does a painter make a painting because he has to make it by December 21st?  No...it happens when it pours out of him. That's how music is for me."  He added, "I will never stop making music...except I just don't know [in] what capacity I want to be involved anymore."  Timberlake hasn't released an album since 2006.

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