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Oct112010

Jay-Z's Greatest Hits Hitting Shelves Soon

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella RecordsFans may soon be able to get all of Jay-Z's hits in one place.  Billboard reports the rapper's The Hits Collection: Volume 1 will land in stores in November, likely Nov. 23.  According to Billboard, the album will be available as a standard CD, on vinyl, as a deluxe edition, and as a "Collector's Edition" box set.

Billboard also reports the deluxe edition comes with five never-before-released tracks and a 32-page mini-book.  The box set comes in a hardcover box with all the stuff included with the deluxe edition, plus a 100-page coffee table book with never-before-seen photos of Jay and his friends.

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Monday
Oct112010

Madonna Fan Cleared of Stalking, Indicted on Weapons Charges 

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros Records(NEW YORK) -- Robert Linhart, who was arrested twice in one week outside of Madonna's Central Park West apartment on suspicion of stalking her, has been released on bail.  A Manhattan judge ordered bail be set at $20,000 provided the 59-year-old former firefighter stays at least 10 blocks away from Madge's building.

Linhart was busted outside of the apartment last month with box cutters, a knife, an icepick and a club in his possession, as well as signs directed at Madonna.

While prosecutors said Linhart is fixated on the performer, they didn't pursue stalking charges or a restraining order against him, but indicted him instead for weapons possession and resisting arrest.  He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Sunday
Oct102010

'King of Rock and Soul' Solomon Burke Dead at 70

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(AMSTERDAM) -- Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Solomon Burke, known as the “King of Rock and Soul,” died Sunday in Amsterdam. He was 70.

Burke wrote the 1964 hit Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, which was recorded by the Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett. He tracked Cry to Me, a song used in the movie Dirty Dancing.

“This is a time of great sorrow,” his family said in a statement. “Although our hearts and lives will never be the same, his love, life and music will continue to live within us forever.”

Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Sunday
Oct102010

Movie Audiences 'Friend' The Social Network for Second Weekend

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The Social Network was number-one at the box office for the second straight weekend, bringing in an estimated $15.5 million. Dubbed 'the Facebook movie' for its depiction of the popular social networking website, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake.

The romantic comedy, Life As We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, raked in $14.6 million to notch a close second.

Secretariat was third, accounting for $12.6 million of the weekend’s box office sales.

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Sunday
Oct102010

ABC News Exclusive: 'Catfish' Woman on Twisted Cyber-Romance

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When the documentary-thriller "Catfish" opened in New York City to enthusiastic crowds, the movie's star was at home in Ishpeming, Mich., probably doing laundry.

Angela Wesselman, whose real identity is not revealed until the end of the movie, was a troubled housewife who spent the bulk of her days caring for two severely handicapped stepsons and building an elaborate web of online deception until it all spun out of control.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Wesselman admitted that she's a mastermind of deception.

"A manipulator is what my husband calls me," she said. "But yeah, I manipulate and it's not right. ... I never thought I'd become so entangled in it."

Spoiler alert! Details of the movie "Catfish" are revealed in this article.


Wesselman posed as an 8-year-old named Abby and a 19-year-old named Megan, and lured Nev Schulman, a trusting 24-year-old New York City photographer, into a romantic online relationship.

In the film, Schulman's world comes crashing down when he learns that Megan, the girl of his dreams with whom he's shared the most intimate fantasies, does not exist. Megan and Abby are both characters created by Wesselman's imagination and brought to virtual life on Facebook.

Megan became Schulman's obsession and the core of Wesselman's growing cast of characters. She created online profiles for at least 21 relatives and friends to round out Megan's social circle. To bring these personas to life, Angela assumed all of their identities. She posted messages on Facebook in the voice of Abby, Megan, their brother and friends, switching minute by minute.

"When I first started interacting with them on Facebook ... even though I knew it was all a lie ... and all these people were fake ... I was like, 'This would make a great film. ... I hope they're filming it,'" she told ABC News.

After the cameras stopped rolling and the truth came out, Wesselman said she continued to send Schulman e-mails attached to fake identities.

"I just couldn't let it go," she said, adding that she attempted suicide as a way out.

Now, her husband and friends monitor all of her e-mails and time online. She insists that she's not engaged in any fake online relationships. Wesselman said she's replaced her virtual relationships with the real ones that don't dissolve in the Ethernet.

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Sunday
Oct102010

Legendary Comics Appear in Never-Before-Seen Videos

Photo Courtesy - The Friars Club Roasts(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time, the Friars have made available online "The Classic Friars Club Roasts," a DVD box set featuring roasts of legendary comedians Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles and Johnny Carson.

Video of the roasts is accompanied by a DVD of previously unseen outtakes. Almost a half-century has elapsed since these shows aired originally, and the pop-cultural artifacts have never been made available to the public until now.

"Thanks to the Friars Club roasts, America's comics were acknowledging humanity's intrinsic comic baseness rather than ignoring it,” writer Greg Beato said. “Finally, they were using their comic skills to push against the bounds of propriety, instead of merely tickling the public with childish euphemisms and coy innuendo. Cursing with abandon, reveling in their unconstrained crudity, erstwhile Catskills tumblers elevated themselves, at least temporarily, from jokers to truth-tellers."

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Saturday
Oct092010

Beatles Fans Celebrate John Lennon's 70th Birthday

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- If John Lennon hadn't been gunned down in New York in 1980, the global icon of youthful rebellion could have celebrated his 70th birthday on Saturday. Fans around the world are marking the date with what his widow, Yoko Ono, has called an explosion of sentiment.

Nearly 30 years after Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman outside the Dakota, the New York City apartment building where the late Beatle lived, admirers of all ages gathered across the street in a part of Central Park called "Strawberry Fields," to honor his memory.

Ono, who married Lennon in March 1969, has said she is still getting over her husband's murder and that she's surprised by the attention paid to his birthday. She says it’s a testament to Lennon's enduring appeal.

"I have a seven-year-old who is a crazy, obsessive fan," said Alan Light, a rock critic for Rolling Stone. "All these kids know these songs. So many of the songs are now part of sing-a-longs in nursery schools and lullabies and the music that you grow up with when you live on this planet."

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Friday
Oct082010

Perez Hilton Comes out on Fitness

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Perez Hilton's new health and wellness website, FitPerez.com went live this week. It's hard to believe that the man who brought us Britney Spears' uncensored private parts and premature reports of Fidel Castro's' demise now preaches portion control and regular physical activity -- but that's exactly the intention of his new site.

"I want to inspire others and give them a destination to get information and entertainment that's different from what I've been doing and what others have been doing," Hilton (a.k.a. Mario Lavanderia) told us. "But it's still me, so it's still fun and critical."

After losing more than 60 pounds over the past three years, Hilton had an epiphany that he'd like to share his lighter side on the World Wide Web. Given that he hangs out with Hollywood types often known for their bizarre diets and extreme exercise routines, you might suspect that he only ate baby food, charcoal or cabbage soup to drop weight. In fact, he says he did it the "old fashioned, rational, boring way": By cutting back on calories and doing something active seven days a week.

Perez wants to send readers the message that the slow and steady weight loss is the way to go but he wants to be sassy about it. So, while he's trying hard to steer people away from fad diets and other silly health practices, the site isn't exactly WebMD. Most of the features are celebrity-oriented. First up are interviews with Glee star Lea Michele talking about her vegan diet and Jersey Shore's JWoww describing her new workout routine. There are tons of interviews with stars and their trainers -- and of course, lots of pictures of ripped abs and tight bottoms. 

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Friday
Oct082010

CNN Anchor Joins Group of Stars Sticking Up for Gay Teens

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Anderson Cooper's jumping into the fight to stop teen bullying, and he's found a foe in Vince Vaughn.

The CNN anchor visited The Ellen Degeneres Show this week to condemn teen bullying.  A particular point of contention:  Vaughn's upcoming movie The Dilemma, in which his character proclaims, "Ladies and gentleman, electric cars are gay."  A trailer for "The Dilemma" featuring that line is currently playing in theaters.

"There was a preview of a movie, and in it, the actor said, 'That's so gay,' and I was shocked that not only that they put it in the movie, but that they put that in the preview," Cooper said.  "They thought that it was OK to put that in a preview for the movie to get people to go and see it."

"I just find those words, those terms, we've got to do something to make those words unacceptable cause those words are hurting kids," Cooper continued.  "Someone else I talked to recently said that the words people use and the things people say about other kids online, it enters into their internal dialogue.   And when you're a kid, it can change the way you see yourself and the way you think about yourself, and the worth that you give to yourself.   I think we need to really focus on what language we're using and how we're treating these kids."

Universal, the studio putting out "The Dilemma," heard Cooper loud and clear.  Today, Universal confirmed to GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) that they will remove the "gay" scene from the movie's trailer.

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Friday
Oct082010

Rick Sanchez: Jon Stewart 'Classiest Guy,' 'I Screwed Up'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rick Sanchez blames fatigue for last week’s rant in which he called Comedy Central host Jon Stewart a “bigot” and implied that his CNN bosses were part of a Jewish clique that controls the media.

“I was tired. I had been working 14-hour days for like two-and-a-half months,” Sanchez told ABC News on Friday, a week after he was fired for his remarks. “I was doing three shows. I was exhausted.”

“I was feeling a little bit put out. And I was feeling a little sensitive. And I was looking at the landscape and I was looking and I was seeing [little diversity] and I externalized the problem and I put it on Jon Stewart’s shoulders and I was wrong to do that,” Sanchez said of his comments.

The former anchor says he called Stewart on Monday to apologize.

“I learned later that he is the classiest guy in the world when I called him, and I’m the one who needs to be in trouble,” Sanchez added.

“CNN didn’t screw up. Rick Sanchez screwed up,” he said.

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