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Friday
Nov192010

Paul McCartney to Rock 'Saturday Night Live' Next Month

Photo Courtesy - Dave Hogan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- He's used to rocking stadiums around the world, but on Dec. 11, Paul McCartney will be performing for a very small, intimate crowd -- the audience at Saturday Night Live.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sir Paul is the musical guest that night for the show, which will be hosted by another Paul: actor Paul Rudd.  McCartney doesn't have a new album to promote, but he does have that Band on the Run deluxe reissue that's in stores now, and, of course, his Beatles songs are all now available on iTunes.

Despite his lengthy career, McCartney has only been on Saturday Night Live twice before.  But back in 1976, SNL head honcho Lorne Michaels famously offered The Beatles $3,000 -- union scale -- to reform and play on the show.

Waving a check, Michaels said, "This is made out to The Beatles -- you divide it up any way you want.  If you want to give less to Ringo, that's up to you." 

McCartney, who was in New York at the time visiting John Lennon, says he and John were watching the SNL broadcast and seriously considered accepting the offer, then became distracted and let it slide.

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Friday
Nov192010

'Glee' Cast Passes James Brown on Chart, Closing on Elvis

Photo Courtesy - 20th Century Fox(NEW YORK) -- A few weeks back, the cast of Glee surpassed The Beatles as the group with the most chart entries on the Billboard Hot 100.  But now the cast is poised to do the unthinkable: set the record for the most chart entries ever -- by any artist, solo or group.

This week, Glee's cast surpassed the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, for the second-highest number of charting singles in history: they now have 93, while Brown had 91.  The only act left to pass is Elvis Presley, who scored a record 108 hits.

Among this week's charted Glee singles is the cover of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream," which debuted at number eight.  It's only the cast's second song to reach the top 10, following "Don't Stop Believin'," which debuted at number four in June of 2009.  Glee: The Music, Volume 4, yet another soundtrack from the show, will hit stores Nov. 30.

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Friday
Nov192010

Susan Boyle Makes History with New Album

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Records(LONDON) -- Susan Boyle's new album The Gift hasn't just debuted at number one on the U.S. album chart -- it's also number one on the chart in her native U.K.  And that means she's made a bit of history.

The BBC reports that the Scottish singer is only the third musical act ever to have scored simultaneous UK and U.S. number one albums in a 12-month period.  The Monkees did it first, in 1967, and The Beatles did it again in 1969.

The BBC reports that former American Idol judge Simon Cowell, Boyle's biggest booster, was "thrilled" by the news and called her his "superwoman." Boyle first came to global attention when she sang on Cowell's show Britain's Got Talent.

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Thursday
Nov182010

Report: Hollywood Publicist Ronni Chasen May Have Been Victim of Planned Attack

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images | John Heller | NFL(LOS ANGELES) -- Police investigating the shooting attack that killed Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen believe it "was planned in advance and not the result of road rage or a carjacking gone awry," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Hollywood Reporter's website also said there was "relevant footage" from at least one security camera near the site of the shooting. It said the video came from the home of Sherry Hackett, widow of the late comedian and actor Buddy Hackett, who lived down the block.

Chasen, 64, was murdered after the leaving the premiere party for the Cher movie Burlesque early Tuesday morning.

She was shot five times in the chest before she crashed her Mercedes Benz E530 into a light pole.

Publicly, Beverly Hills police say they have few leads. "No motive, no suspects, no persons of interest," Beverly Hills Police Sgt. Lincoln Hoshino told ABC News.

Chasen was shot on what Beverly Hills police told ABC News is "a safe street" in a residential area, just south of Sunset Boulevard. "It's a highly unusual case, especially for the city of Beverly Hills," Sgt. Lincoln said.

Police are also analyzing data from computers seized from the Beverly Hills public relations firm Chasen owned.

While police investigated Chasen's death, friends, family and stars mourned her.

Actor Morgan Freeman said in a statement, "I met Ronni when I was filming Driving Miss Daisy. We remained friends ever since. She is someone I greatly admired, and she will be remembered."

A funeral will be held for Chasen on Sunday.

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Thursday
Nov182010

Latest 'Harry Potter' Film Sells Out Theaters in Advance of Midnight Premiere

Photo Courtesy -- Warner Brothers(LOS ANGELES) – As fans get set for Friday’s midnight premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, the sequel has become the third-best advance ticket-seller in Fandango’s history, according to the company.

The company, which sells advanced tickets online, said the movie is already the top advanced ticket-seller in the Harry Potter series and accounted for 97 percent of Fandango’s Thursday ticket sales.

More than 3,000 theaters around the country have already sold out screenings for the seventh Harry Potter film.

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Thursday
Nov182010

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony Team with Kohl's

Photo Courtesy -- Kohl's(MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.) – Kohl’s Department Stores has announced they will launch a lifestyle clothing brand featuring Jennifer Lopez and husband Marc Anthony.

In a joint announcement with Music Entertainment Sports Holdings (MESH), Kohl’s said Thursday the move will be the first time a celebrity couple has designed collections for the same retailer at the same time.

"We are pleased to announce lifestyle brands with one of the most successful and talented couples in the entertainment business and have every confidence Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony will resonate with our customers," said Kevin Mansell, Kohl's chairman, president and chief executive officer.
 
The lines of women’s and men’s apparel and accessories will be available in Kohl's stores nationwide and Kohls.com beginning in the fall of 2011.

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Thursday
Nov182010

Cher: You Haven't Seen the Last of Me

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/AEG Live, Denise Truscello(NEW YORK) -- The glittering costumes, the bright lights, the stage, the hair -- and glittering talent -- have all contributed to the award-winning megastar Cher's incredible presence over the past five decades.

For the first time in a decade, she's starring in a feature film, Burlesque.

In it, 64-year-old Cher plays Tess, the golden-hearted proprietor of a down-on-its-luck club -- a character to whom Cher said she can relate.

"Tess is the kind of...she's the mother...of all of it, you know?" Cher said. "She's the one that is the caretaker. But she's no nonsense, too.

"She's tough all the way through," she added. "But...no one's tough all the time."

No one could remain on top for as long as Cher has without being tough, both mentally and physically. The new film, she said, took a good deal of determination.

"It was the hardest work I ever did on a film. Sixteen-hour days," she said.

Working opposite women less than half her age, including 29-year-old singing sensation Christina Aguilera, Cher said the other actresses couldn't believe she was 64.

"The girls were mesmerized with the fact that I was my age," she said. "Could not believe it. Could not compute it."

It is a bit hard to believe. Twenty years ago Cher famously wore a lacey, see-through leotard in her music video, "If I Could Turn Back Time." She wore it again at this year's VMA Awards, where she proudly announced on stage, "I'm the oldest chick with the biggest hair and the littlest costume." 

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Thursday
Nov182010

'Justice for Monica': Family of Murdered Hollywood Wife Grateful for Charges Against Produce Bruce Beresford-Redman

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The family of Hollywood wife Monica Beresford-Redman says it is breathing a sigh of relief now that Mexican authorities have filed murder charges against her husband. The family also says it is bracing itself for what looks to be a long, nasty extradition fight.

"I feel it's a great beginning," Monica Beresford-Redman's sister, Jeane Burgos, told  ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday. "It's a moment we waited for a long time. It's finally paying off for all the hard work we have done."

Former Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is jailed in California on a warrant based on Mexican charges of aggravated homicide in the death of his wife.

Monica Beresford-Redman's naked body was found seven months ago in a hotel sewer at a posh Cancun resort. Hotel guests later reported hearing screams and loud bangs coming from the couple's hotel room.

Her husband's attorney said his client is innocent and indicated that they plan to fight extradition to Mexico.

"There were two other homicides in that same hotel, so we think police should have looked for other suspects before they arrested our client," Richard Hirsh said.

But court filings in the Mexican murder charge contain evidence that Alison Triessl, a lawyer for Monica Beresford-Redman's family, calls "damning" and "gruesome."

In addition to the screams for help that guests say came from the couple's room, hotel records show that an electronic key was used nine times between midnight and 7 a.m. when Monica Beresford-Redman was reported missing.

Investigators also said that the room the couple stayed in had a view of the sewage tank where her body was found. According to the complaint, a forensic expert found traces of blood on sheets left in the room, as well as on a pillar and the balcony railing.

Prosecutors also said the family's nanny said she'd overheard the couple fighting the night before they left for the Mexican vacation, and that she overheard the husband say they needed to buy a life insurance policy for his wife and himself.

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Thursday
Nov182010

George Harrison Song Leads Beatles' Tracks on iTunes Charts

Photo Courtesy - Apple Corps Ltd./ Apple Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Now that the Beatles are on iTunes, the songwriting genius of John Lennon and Paul McCartney can finally be digitally downloaded.  But they're going to have to get in line behind the songwriting genius of George Harrison.

According to Billboard, after one full day of iTunes availability, the Beatles have placed 52 songs in the Top 200 downloads, but the highest-ranked one is "Here Comes the Sun" -- a George Harrison composition -- at number 16.  That's followed by a Lennon/McCartney number, "Let It Be," at number 20.  The next highest-ranked Beatles downloads are "In My Life" at number 22, "Blackbird" at number 32, "Come Together" at number 35 and "Hey Jude" at number 44.

On the album side, Billboard reports that the band's Abbey Road is the best-seller of their catalog, ranking at number seven on iTunes top albums chart, followed by The Beatles -- which everyone calls "The White album" -- at number eight.  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is number nine, and the Beatles Box Set, which includes all 13 of their studio albums, is ranked number 11.  The least popular Beatles album so far is Yellow Submarine, in at number 49.

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Thursday
Nov182010

Boyle Bumps Swift Out of Top Spot; 'Glee' Single Scores Big

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Last year, Taylor Swift and Susan Boyle battled each other for chart domination, with Swift's Fearless eventually pulling out a win as biggest-selling album of 2009 over Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream.  Now, it's deja vu, as Boyle's new album The Gift replaces Swift's Speak Now at number one on the Billboard album chart.

The Gift sold 318,000 copies its first week in stores, according to Nielsen Soundscan -- less than half of what Boyle's first album sold, but still good enough for a number one debut.  Speak Now drops to number two.

Elsewhere on the chart, rapper Kid Cudi's Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager enters at number three, and the latest Now compilation, Now 36, is in at number four.  Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits album debuts at number, while Cee Lo Green's The Lady Killer starts at number nine.

In other chart news, Glee's version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" has just scored the TV show's biggest single sales week ever -- the song moved 214,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  Previously, the best Glee sales week was back in June of 2009, when "Don't Stop Believin'" sold 177,000 copies.

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