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Nov162010

Bristol Palin, ‘The Situation’ on Safe Sex PSA

Photo Courtesy - ABC | Adam Larkey(NEW YORK) -- Bristol Palin has teamed up with fellow Dancing with the Stars contestant Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino in a new PSA on how to prevent teen pregnancy.

While Bristol, 20, or “B. Palin” as The Situation calls her, believes in abstinence before marriage, The Situation promotes safe sex through the use of condoms, which he offers to Palin in the PSA. She declines, noting “I avoid situations.”

The Situation tests Palin’s commitment to abstinence, which she has been promoting as a Candie’s Foundation Teen Ambassador for the past year and a half. “Come on B. Palin are you serious? Like you’re not gonna hook up before you’re married, like for real?” he asks.

Bristol explains, “I know how hard it is to be a teen parent.” Sarah Palin has spoken out about Bristol’s teen pregnancy in the past, telling ABC News’ Barbara Walters last November that when she learned her 17-year-old daughter was pregnant, “there was that feeling of, Bristol - why? Didn't you know there are things you could do to prevent this or not do it at all?"

While The Situation makes clear abstinence is not for him, he encourages viewers to use condoms.

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Tuesday
Nov162010

Revolution for Apple: Beatles Come to iTunes

Photo Courtesy - Bruce McBroom/Apple Corps Ltd.(CUPERTINO, Calif.) -- It's been a "Long and Winding Road" but The Beatles and Apple have finally "Come Together." 

Capitol Records announced Tuesday morning that the Beatles' catalog is now available on Apple's iTunes music store after years of legal wrangling.  Starting Tuesday, 13 Beatles studio albums, the classic Red and Blue hits compilations and the two-volume Past Masters compilation are all available for download.  A digital Beatles box set is also available -- in addition to all the albums, it also features an exclusive concert film called Live at Washington Coliseum 1964

"We're really excited to bring the Beatles' music to iTunes,” Paul McCartney said in a statement. “It's fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around."

Ringo Starr added, "I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes."

Each single album will cost $12.99.  Doubles are $19.99 and individual songs are $1.29.

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Tuesday
Nov162010

Slew of New Albums Being Released This Week

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Def Jam Recordings(NEW YORK) -- The holiday season is officially upon us, as a slew of major artists all release new albums on Tuesday.  Here's a rundown of the acts who are fighting for your entertainment dollar this week:

After the darkness of Rated R, Rihanna returns with Loud, which has already produced two smash hits: "Only Girl (In the World)" and "What's My Name?"  Eminem, Nicki Minaj and Drake all appear on the album.

Following the less-than-stellar sales of his 2008 disc Brass Knuckles, Nelly returns with 5.0, which has produced his biggest hit in five years, "Just a Dream."

Pink's first-ever best of, Greatest Hits...So Far!!!!, includes all her smashes, as well as several new tunes, including the new single, "Raise Your Glass."

Kid Rock's new album Born Free is the follow-up to his smash hit disc Rock N Roll Jesus.  It was produced by Rick Rubin and features guest appearances by rapper T.I., Sheryl Crow and country stars Martina McBride and Zac Brown Band.

American Idol champ Lee DeWyze releases his debut, Live It Up, for which he co-wrote 10 out of the 11 tracks.

Annie Lennox releases her first Christmas album, A Christmas Cornucopia, featuring her take on classic songs like "The First Noel."  It also includes one new song, "Universal Child."

Glee: The Music -- The Christmas Album features the songs from an upcoming holiday-themed episode of the hit Fox series.

Billy Joel's comprehensive best-of compilation, The Hits, includes songs from every phase of his career.

Bruce Springsteen's The Promise is a three CD/DVD collection that documents the making of his 1978 album, Darkness on the Edge of Town.

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Tuesday
Nov162010

Jennifer Grey Takes Lead in 'Dancing with the Stars' Semifinals

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey is the one to beat on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars after the actress and her partner, Derek Hough, delivered a double dance performance Monday that received perfect scores across the board from the judges.

Grey and Hough lead with a perfect score of 60, while Disney Channel star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer find themselves in second place with a score of 58 out of a possible 60.

Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy are in third with a score of 57, while Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas once again find themselves at the bottom of the leader board, with a score of 53 out of a possible 60.

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Tuesday
Nov162010

'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1' Premieres in NYC

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros.(NEW YORK) -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 opens this Friday, but the film had its U.S. premiere Monday night in New York City.

The stars of the film -- Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint -- have grown up in front of the cameras, playing Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley, respectively.  While they're excited to see the latest film, they're also exited about moving on to new projects.

Radcliffe, 21, says his first post-Potter project has him playing a more mature widower and father, but he admits "I also want to play my own age at some point."  For her part, Watson, now a student at Brown University, joked, "I'm supposed to be at school, but I wouldn't miss this for the world."

As for what fans can expect in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Grint says viewers will see his character, Ron, go through some changes.  "You see a much darker side to him," says Grint.  "And he's paranoid and just jealous all the time.  It was cool to do that."

The premiere, at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, drew celebrity fans as well, including Sarah Jessica Parker, Precious Oscar nominee Gabourey Sidibe, Madonna's daughter, Lourdes Ciccone Leon, and Matchbox 20's Rob Thomas and his wife, Marisol.

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Tuesday
Nov162010

Christina Aguilera Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo Courtesy - RCA(LOS ANGELES) -- All the hard work Christina Aguilera has put into her music career paid off again for her Monday, when she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

She told the fans in attendance to "dream big....'cause I worked very hard for this moment."  Thanking them for their years of support, Aguilera also told her fans, "I love you all from the bottom of my heart, and I promise, until the day I die, I will keep giving it my all, and working my butt off to make you guys happy!"

Aguilera received the 2,432nd star on the famed sidewalk, next to the star belonging to legendary actress Greta Garbo, and right in front of the Hollywood Hard Rock Cafe.

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Tuesday
Nov162010

Linkin Park Announce North American Tour Dates 

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records(NEW YORK) -- Linkin Park have finally announced tour dates throughout the U.S. and Canada in support of their new album, A Thousand Suns.  The tour will kick off on Jan. 20 in Sunrise, Florida and will end on Feb. 26 in Denver, Colorado.

This is the band's first North American tour in two years and will feature the bands Pendulum and Does It Offend You, Yeah? as opening acts.  Tickets go on sale Saturday, Nov. 20 but fans can head to LinkinPark.com to find out how to buy tickets now through a special offer.

Here are the dates for Linkin Park's 2011 tour:

1/20 -- Sunrise, FL, Bank Atlantic Center
1/22 -- Tampa, FL, St Pete Times Forum
1/23 -- Atlanta, GA, Phillips Arena
1/25 -- Detroit, MI, Joe Louis Arena
1/26 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
1/28 -- Minneapolis, MN, Xcel Energy Center
1/29 -- Kansas City, MO, Sprint Center
1/31 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
2/1 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
2/4 -- New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
2/7 -- Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Bell Centre
2/8 -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Air Canada Centre
2/10 -- Washington, D.C., Verizon Center
2/11 -- Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun
2/15 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
2/17 -- Dallas, TX, American Airlines Center
2/19 -- Las Vegas, NV, MGM Grand – Garden Arena
2/20 -- San Diego, CA, Viejas Arena
2/23 -- Los Angeles, CA, Staples Center
2/25 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Energy Solutions Arena
2/26 -- Denver, CO, Pepsi Center

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Monday
Nov152010

Kal Penn Returns to White House Job After Leaving to Film 'Harold & Kumar' Sequel

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- After a brief hiatus to film the third movie in the popular Harold & Kumar series, actor Kal Penn (whose given name is Kalpen Modi) is returning to a job in the White House.

"The White House is pleased to have Kalpen Modi join the Office of Public Engagement as an Associate Director," White House spokesman Shin Inouye said in a statement on Monday. "While OPE works collectively on conducting outreach to the American public and various organizations, he will be the point person for those in the Arts, Youth, and Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities." Monday was his first day of work.

Penn, who may be best known for his role as Kumar on the big screen, left a similar job in the Office of Public Engagement over the summer. He originally joined the Obama White House in July 2009 as a liaison to the Asian-American and arts communities.

The actor, who had a starring role in the film The Namesake and was also a regular on the television medical drama House, spent months campaigning for Obama in 2008, focusing his efforts on turning out the youth vote. His character was written off House in order for him to take the job in Washington in 2009.

Penn quit his White House job to fulfill a prior commitment to film a third Harold & Kumar movie -- A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas -- scheduled for release in 2011.

During his previous stint in the Obama administration, Penn took part in a variety of educational and cultural programs and wrote several posts on the White House's official blog. While he was filming this summer, Penn worked in his personal capacity to promote the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" and the passage of the DREAM Act. He also met with artists, arts businesses and youth entrepreneurs in the Detroit area where the Harold & Kumar movie was shot.

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Monday
Nov152010

Jessica Simpson Gets Engaged to Football Player

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto(LOS ANGELES) -- Jessica Simpson is engaged to football player Eric Johnson. The couple has been dating for five months.

Simpson showed off her engagement ring as she promoted her new clothing line over the weekend.  Simpson's father, Joe, announced his excitement for his daughter on Twitter on Sunday night, writing, "So very happy for Jess and Eric.  May they have a lifetime of joy and happiness."

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Monday
Nov152010

New Michael Jackson Album 'Disrespectful,' Black Eyed Peas Singer Says

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- Will.I.Am, of Black Eyed Peas fame, says the upcoming release of a new Michael Jackson album is "disrespectful" to the pop icon.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the singer -- who collaborated with Michael on the re-release of Thriller a few years ago -- says, "Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are...He just wasn't any ordinary artist. He was a hands-on person. To me it's disrespectful. There's no honoring."

The album, Michael, hits stores Dec. 14. The first single, "Hold My Hand," began streaming at MichaelJackson.com on Monday morning.

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