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Mar172011

Jermaine Jackson Writing Memoir About Michael

MAX NASH/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- This fall, Jermaine Jackson will publish a memoir about his late brother, Michael.  The book, called You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother's Eyes, is billed by the publisher as "the most authoritative account from inside the Jackson music dynasty, illuminating the private man, the son, the father and the brother."

You Are Not Alone reportedly will detail the late King of Pop's childhood in Gary, Indiana, his rise to stardom with the Jackson 5, his solo career, his relationships with his parents, and the "private anguish" he suffered during his 2005 child molestation trial.  It also includes a look at the final weeks of Michael's life, as well as the upcoming trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who's accused of administering a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol to the superstar.

In a statement, Jermaine said of the book, "It's about what really happened and who [Michael] really was, representing the things he never got the chance to say, based on what we know, based no what he shared."  As for why he wrote the book, Jermaine stated, "We don't want Michael's life to be an eternal mystery."

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Thursday
Mar172011

Rihanna Talks Chris Brown, Love & Her Body in April Issue of 'Vogue'

Island Def Jam(NEW YORK) -- In the April issue of Vogue magazine, cover girl Rihanna opens up about her life after her assault by Chris Brown. 

According to published reports, she tells the magazine that the 2009 incident gave her "a lot of liberation," explaining, "I was able to tap into the personal part of my music...I started to tell stories through my music that were actually my stories.  My album before that...there was still an innocence to me. And what that time in my life did was kind of wake people up: [my life] is not all a bed of roses."

Rihanna also says that now that she's split with L.A. Dodger Matt Kemp, she's taking a break from romance.  According to published reports, she tells Vogue, "I just kind of shut down from that. I just let it go. I don't ever want to have to depend on a relationship. I think it's a really special thing to find love. It's beautiful. Nothing can match it. But I want to make sure that I find other things in life that I love besides....love."

In addition, Rihanna discusses what she feels is a betrayal by her father, Ronald Fenty, with whom she's angry for talking to the tabloids after the 2009 assault.  She tells Vogue, "He never called to find out how I was doing, if I was alive, nothing...he went straight to the press and got a check."

After the "edgy, aggressive" look and feel of her last album, Rated R, Rihanna is showing off a much sexier image these days with her new album, Loud.  And she says she's finally learned to love her body.  She tells Vogue, "Over the holidays...I realized that I actually like my body, even if it's not perfect according to the book. I just feel sexy.  For the first time, I don't want to get rid of the curves. I just want to tone it up." 

Rihanna shows off her curves in an exclusive behind-the-scenes cover shoot video posted on Vogue's website.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

New Black Eyed Peas Video Dedicated to the People of Japan

WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Black Eyed Peas are turning their new video into a tribute to the people of Japan, currently suffering through the aftermath of last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami.  The clip, for the song "Just Can't Get Enough," was shot over three days in that country just days before the earthquake hit.  According to the Peas' record label, the video opens with the message, "This video was filmed in Japan one week before the earthquake. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the people of Japan. We love you."

Fergie says of the clip, "It was the easiest video I ever shot, because it was us living our lives...it's showing a true perspective of how it can sometimes be lonely on the road away from our loved ones."  She adds, "It also demonstrates the love and connection we have with Japan. Our heart goes out to all of the Japanese people who have been affected by this natural disaster." 

Group member Taboo adds, "It was an amazing moment in time because Japan has always been my favorite place on the planet and it was great to do our video there!  God bless the Japanese...our love goes out to them."

The clip closes with a request for fans to donate to the Red Cross.  It's set to premiere Thursday, the same day that the Peas perform the song on the American Idol results show.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Alec Baldwin Excited to Work with Tom Cruise on 'Rock of Ages'

PRNewsFoto/Turner Classic Movies(LOS ANGELES) -- Alec Baldwin, who's joined the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages as former rocker Dennis Dupree, is excited about working opposite the musical's star and director. 

Baldwin tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I'm excited to be able to work with Tom Cruise and Adam Shankman.  I love Adam. He directed the Oscars when I hosted, but to do a movie with Tom will be fun." 

Baldwin added that he hired a voice coach because his character gets to sing, but he admitted it will be "something very modest; I might sing 'Yeah, yeah, yeah,' or something like that."  While his character singing is OK with him, Baldwin said you won't see him dancing. He explained, “It's not that kind of thing. It's not Glee, it's rock and roll." 

Rock of Ages also stars former Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough and singer Mary J. Blige.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

First-Ever Nirvana Song to Be Performed Wed. Night on 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Spoiler alert -- American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe just told Ryan Seacrest that Wednesday night's show will feature the first-ever performance of a Nirvana song on Idol.  Lythgoe said that Casey Abrams, who missed last week's results show due to illness, will perform the band's signature hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit."  The theme for the show Wednesday night is "Songs from the Year You Were Born," and Casey was born in 1991, the year Nirvana became superstars.

Other spoilers for Wednesday's show: Lythgoe revealed that Thia Megia will sing Colors of the Wind from the 1995 movie Pocahontas.  

And on Tuesday, Melissa Etheridge tweeted that one of her songs would also be performed, but she didn't say who would be singing what.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

'Bachelor' Brad Womack on Emily Maynard: 'It Hasn't Been a Fairy Tale'

ABC-TV(LOS ANGELES) -- The current king and queen of reality TV don't have a fairy tale story after all.

One day after Brad Womack proposed to Emily Maynard on the season finale of ABC's The Bachelor, the couple revealed that they've got a long journey ahead before they say "I do."

"Though we are madly in love, it has been a bumpy couple of months for us and our priority right now is to focus on our relationship," Womack and Maynard said in a Tuesday statement to People magazine.

In an interview with featured in the magazine's latest issue, they said their relationship is plagued with problems. Womack, 38, and Maynard, 25, have broken up multiple times.

"It hasn't been a fairy tale," Womack said. "We were facing a lot of adversity."

"There have been numerous times where either she or I have said, 'To hell with it. It's just too difficult,' " he added. "We've thrown in the towel, broken up. But at end of every day I'd call and say, 'I know you might not like me today, but I love you.'"

"We'd break up at night and then in the morning we'd forget about it," Maynard added.

Watching The Bachelor and seeing Womack woo other women made Maynard jealous.

"He had a tendency to say the same thing to a couple girls," she said. "So I felt less and less special. I get that it's a show. But it's still hard. You're not sure what's real and what's reality TV."

Online rumors purporting that Womack spent Thanksgiving with "Bachelor" runner-up Chantal O'Brien didn't help matters. Womack said the stories were pure fabrication.

"She called me in tears and said, 'Please tell me [our relationship] isn't some hoax,'" Womack said. "I said, 'Babe, you can't believe everything you read.'"

In an effort to soothe Maynard's nerves and win her heart while the season played out on TV, Womack mailed her thousands of dollars worth of gifts. (He told People he "went broke sending flowers and shoes.") On The Bachelor, he fought hard to win her heart in ways viewers didn't see.

"No one knows, but I flew her father to South Africa, to the proposal site, from West Virginia," Womack said. "I made it very clear I would not ask her to marry me without his consent. It was off-camera. I looked him in the eye and told him, 'I'm very much in love with your daughter. This isn't for show.'" 

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Wednesday
Mar162011

G-Funk Singer Nate Dogg Dead at 41 

Mark Sullivan/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Nate Dogg, who rose to fame as part of the West Coast's G-Funk rap scene, has died at the age of 41, reports MTV.  The cause of death was not announced, but Dogg, whose birth name was Nathaniel Hale, had been suffering from health issues following two major strokes, one of which left him partially paralyzed.  According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, his family announced his death on Tuesday.

Nate Dogg was a founding member of the rap group 213, which included a then-unknown Warren G and Snoop Dogg.  He was eventually featured on Warren G's smash "Regulate," and Dr. Dre's landmark 1992 album The Chronic. A four-time Grammy nominee, Dogg was also heard singing the hooks on Ludacris' "Area Codes," Eminem's "Shake That" and Dre and Snoop's "The Next Episode." His solo albums included 1998's G-Funk Classics Vol. 1 & 2, which featured Tupac Shakur, Snoop, Warren G and Daz Dillinger.


Following Nate's death, Snoop Dogg tweeted, "We lost a true legend in hip-hop and R&B.  One of my best friends and a brother to me since 1986 when I was sophomore at Poly High where we met. I love you Buddy Luv. You will always be with me forever and a day, you put the "G" in G-Funk, you put the 1 in 213 and you put your stamp on everybody you ever did it with."  He added, "I miss you, cuz, I am so sad, but so happy I got to grow up with you and I will see you again in heaven, 'cause you know the slogan...All doggs go to heaven."

Ludacris and Daz Dillinger also tweeted their condolences at Nate's passing, as did Game, Xzibit, Dave Chappelle and Erykah Badu.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Report: Lindsay Lohan Offered 60 to 90 Days in Jail

AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The judge presiding over Lindsay Lohan's grand theft case has reportedly told the actress he would sentence her to 60 to 90 days in jail if she accepted a plea deal. Lohan's latest legal trouble stems from accusations she stole a necklace valued at $2,500 from a Venice, California jewelry store Jan. 22.

RadarOnline reports a source close to the situation says Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz has told the Mean Girls star she would serve the sentence in county jail.

Judge Schwartz told Lohan at a hearing last week that she has until March 23 to take a plea deal.  If she does, she would plead guilty or no contest to a grand theft charge at a March 25 hearing.

Lohan has previously indicated she will not accept a plea deal.  If she doesn't change her mind, a hearing will be held April 22, during which another judge will determine if there's enough evidence for the star to stand trial for allegedly stealing the pricey piece of jewelry.

The judge would also determine whether the alleged theft violated the terms of Lohan's probation in her 2007 DUI cases.  She could face up to three years in state prison if convicted.

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Cops Stop Charlie Sheen's Porn Star Pal in Suicide Attempt

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(CHICAGO) -- Chicago Police apparently stopped the suicide of Kacey Jordan, one of the porn stars partying with Charlie Sheen during the epic Los Angeles bender that preceded his self-induced rehab.

Cops were called to the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago after Jordan reportedly tweeted suicidal messages, TMZ reports.

Jordan's Twitter feed shows a downward spiral from Monday afternoon into the evening.

"I've over done it... the more i do...i keep passing out... i just pray i wake up each time," read one post.

"I took a bunch of pills...drank a hotel size bottle of jack..." read another, while another declares, "those 16 hours i was i was with charlie sheen... messed me up... i can't get that image out of my head... i think i keep trying to feel his pain."

Cops showed up to her room, which was littered with broken glass, to find her with cuts on her hands and wrists.  Jordan reportedly tried to dismiss the tweets as a stunt, but she needed to be subdued when, according to TMZ, she swiped a corkscrew and tried to cut herself with it.  She's been hospitalized for a mental evaluation.

Tuesday, she tweeted "I'm Soooo bored in this hospital bed! I wanna have someone save me."

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Wednesday
Mar162011

Gilbert Gottfried Apologizes for Japan Jokes; Stars Chime in

Shawn Ehlers/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Comic Gilbert Gottfried is now apologizing for the jokes he posted last weekend on his Twitter page about the killer Japanese quake and tsunami, which got him fired from his decade-long gig as the voice of the Aflac duck.

In a statement, the comic said Tuesday, "I sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by my attempt at humor regarding the tragedy...I meant no disrespect, and my thoughts are with the victims and their families."

Some stars are saying the insurance company should have known what they were getting into with Gottfried, whose stand-up material is known for often crossing the line.

On his radio show Tuesday, Gottfried's pal Howard Stern said, "You couldn't ask for a more inappropriate human being than Gilbert Gottfried.  When the Aflac people hired him...they know this is an offensive guy, this is a guy whose humor is offensive.  He's made fun of every natural disaster I know...There's no reason for him to be fired.  They should have never hired him to begin with!"

Joy Behar expressed a similar sentiment on The View Tuesday.

Joan Rivers also sounded off about Gottfried Tuesday, saying "That's what comedians do!  We react to tragedy by making jokes to help people in tough times feel better through laughter."

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