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Monday
Dec062010

Hollywood Publicist's Murder a Mystery Again

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After doing interviews and ballistics tests, Beverly Hills investigators now say that Harold Martin Smith, who took his own life, probably has no connection to the November murder of Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen.

It was a tip called into the TV show America's Most Wanted that alerted police that Harold Smith was bragging that he killed Ronni Chasen. When approached by the police for questioning in the lobby of a hotel last week, Smith shot himself.

The Hollywood Reporter says investigators are now reviewing surveillance camera video that shows the moment Chasen crashed her Mercedes. Investigators are also reviewing video of a black Lincoln Town Car that drove by Chasen's car minutes after her crash and chose not to stop.

With Smith no longer a "person of interest," investigators are searching for other potential suspects.

Chasen was shot several times in the chest before crashing her car into a light pole.

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Monday
Dec062010

'Tangled' Tops 'Harry Potter' to Win Box Office Crown

Photo Courtesy - Walt Disney Animation Studios(NEW YORK) -- Disney's animated film Tangled rose to the top spot at the box office, earning an estimated $21.5 million this weekend.  It opened over Thanksgiving weekend in second place, behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1Harry Potter was the runner-up this past weekend, with $16.7 million.

The only movie to open nationwide, The Warrior's Way, collected just $3.1 million.  On the other hand, the Oscar-buzzworthy Natalie Portman thriller Black Swan raised $1.4 million in its limited release debut in 18 theaters, while the Jim Carrey-Ewan McGregor comedy I Love You Phillip Morris debuted with $113,000 in six theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Tangled, $21.5 million.
2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1, $16.7 million.
3T. Burlesque, $6.1 million.
3T. Unstoppable, $6.1 million.
5. Love & Other Drugs, $5.7 million.
6. Megamind, $5 million.
7. Due Date, $4.2 million.
8. Faster, $3.8 million.
9. The Warrior's Way, $3.1 million.
10. The Next Three Days, $2.7 million.

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Monday
Dec062010

First American Country Awards Airs on Fox

Photo Courtesy - The American Country Awards/20th Century Fox(LAS VEGAS) -- Trace Adkins hosts the first-ever American Country Awards Monday night on Fox, and he's proud the fans get to choose which artists they like best for these trophies.

"It's about time that we had an awards show that the winners are not chosen by industry insiders that may have a political agenda or their own personal motivation -- you know, voting for whoever makes 'em the most money," Adkins says.

Easton Corbin, who's set to perform on the show, and Lady Antebellum are the lead nominees with seven nods apiece going into the American Country Awards.  Steel Magnolia follows with four nods, and they're set to perform their nominated hit "Keep on Lovin' You" on the show.

Reba, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Josh Turner, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and The Band Perry are also performing on the American Country Awards, which airs at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Jaron and the Long Road to Love, Jerrod Niemann, Laura Bell Bundy and Lee Ann Womack are also set to present trophies on the show.

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Monday
Dec062010

Oprah, Paul McCartney Receive Kennedy Center Honors

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/ Discovery Communications, George Burns(WASHINGTON) -- The achievements of Oprah Winfrey and Paul McCartney in the entertainment field were celebrated Sunday night in Washington, D.C.  The talk show host and the former Beatle received the Kennedy Center Honors, which recognize recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

The other recipients for 2010 were iconic country singer and songwriter Merle Haggard, Broadway composer and lyricist Jerry Herman, and dancer/choreographer/director Bill T. Jones.

As President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama looked on from the balcony, Julia Roberts, John Travolta, Chris Rock and Barbara Walters all took the stage to salute Winfrey.  Walters called Winfrey the "best interviewer ever.  No one comes close...not even me."

Alec Baldwin began the tribute to McCartney by cracking jokes about the latter's days as a Beatle.  He said McCartney wasn't handed stardom like an America's Got Talent contestant, but rather had to work hard for it.

Following Baldwin's remarks, No Doubt performed ska-influenced covers of "Hello, Goodbye," "All My Loving" and "Penny Lane"; Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and Norah Jones duetted on "Maybe I'm Amazed"; Aerosmith's Steven Tyler belted out "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window," "Carry That Weight," and "The End"; and James Taylor and gospel singer Mavis Staples, backed by a choir, sang a soft acoustic version of "Let It Be."  All of the musicians concluded the gala by singing the "na na na" refrain from "Hey Jude."

The Kennedy Center Honors gala will air as a two-hour special Dec. 28 on CBS.

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Monday
Dec062010

Michael Jackson's White Glove Sells for $330,000 at Auction

Photo Courtesy - Julien's Auctions [dot] com(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Michael Jackson’s white glove, which he wore on the Bad tour in the late 1980s, sold for $330,000 at the Icons & Idols auction conducted by Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California Saturday night.

Jackson's stage-worn fedora sold for $72,000 and his signed jacket, that he wore in his “Beat It” video, sold for $96,000, and another sold for $80,000.  Meanwhile, the gold-braided military band jacket John Lennon wore in a 1966 Life magazine photo shoot sold for $240,000, and an MTV Award for “We Are the World” went for $72,000.

In total, the two-day auction brought in more than three million dollars.

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Monday
Dec062010

Aerosmith's Whitford to Perform Hendrix Classic on 'Tonight Show'

Photo Courtesy - RSVP/Track/Barclay/Polydor/Reprise/Capitol/MCA(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Fans of both Jimi Hendrix and Aerosmith will want to tune in to The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Monday evening.

Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford will perform the classic song “Fire,” from Hendrix’s album Are You Experienced, joined by drummer Chris Layton of Double Trouble and guitarist Jonny Lang.  The musicians recently took part in the Experience Hendrix tour, which pays tribute to the late guitarist.

Whitford recently remembered seeing the Jimi Hendrix Experience perform at the Boston Gardens in his youth.  He tells The Macomb Daily, “It just really changed the way I thought about music…and even what kind of guitar I was gonna play.  It was like a door opened when he came along and created this new avenue that I just somehow had to be part of.”

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Sunday
Dec052010

Justin Timberlake Injures Himself Filming New Movie

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Timberlake injured his calf muscle this week filming a sci-fi thriller, People reports. The accident was sufficient enough to give Timberlake a few days off, though he was still able to promote his new film Yogi Bear on Saturday.

Timberlake has recently found acclaim in the film world for his work in The Social Network. In his upcoming sci-fi extravaganza, called Now, he shares the screen with Amanda Seyfried and Cillian Murphy. The film, which concerns the immorality of immortality in the not-too-distant-future, is set to be released in theaters next year.

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Saturday
Dec042010

Ryan Gosling Reveals Why He Was Fired from 'The Lovely Bones'

Photo Courtesy - WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Ryan Gosling has revealed why audiences didn't see him in last year's adaptation of the blockbuster novel The Lovely Bones: he was too fat.

The typically slender Canadian actor, who is currently promoting his buzzed about new film Blue Valentine, told The Hollywood Reporter during an actor's roundtable that he guzzled ice cream to bloat up for the role in Peter Jackson's take on Alice Sebold's bestseller.

"I was 150 pounds when [Jackson] hired me, and I showed up on set 210 pounds," Gosling said. "We had a different idea of how the character should look. I really believed he should be 210 pounds. I was melting Haagen Dazs and drinking it when I was thirsty."

The actor blames lack of communication with the Jackson for the mix up that led to his risky character work going to waste.

Gosling exited the film before production began, with Paramount, the studio behind the film, citing "creative differences" with the actor. Mark Wahlberg eventually stepped into the role of grieving father Jack Salmon.

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Saturday
Dec042010

David Hasselhoff's A&E Reality Series Premieres Sunday

Photo Courtesy - A&E/Facebook(NEW YORK) -- David Hasselhoff shares the spotlight with his two daughters in a new reality series premiering Sunday on A&E.

The Hasselhoffs stars the former Knight Rider actor and recent Dancing with the Stars contestant, his 20-year-old daughter Taylor-Ann, and his 18-year-old daughter Hayley.

The 10-episode series documents their family life and their respective careers in the entertainment field -- Taylor-Ann and Hayley are members of a pop group called Bella Vida, and Hayley also starred in the now-canceled ABC Family series Huge.

The Hasselhoffs debuts Sunday on A&E.

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Friday
Dec032010

Ben Affleck Busted After Paparazzi Chase?

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Ben Affleck was given a speeding ticket in Los Angeles Wednesday while driving with wife Jennifer Garner, but a source tells UsMagazine.com he had a decent excuse.

"Ben and Jen were being followed by a pack of 12 paparazzi," the eyewitness explains. "He was being aggressively chased."

Either cops didn't fall for it, or maybe the star and director of The Town figured he could afford the ticket.

He drove off after being cited.

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