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Oct132010

Jay-Z Appears in "Vote Again" PSA

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella RecordsFootage of Jay-Z performing at the Bonnaroo Festival over the summer has now been turned into a public service announcement urging young people to vote in the midterm elections this November.

Created for HeadCount.org, the PSA shows Jay onstage, reminding the audience of 70,000 that "our generation changed the world," and telling them, "fight for what you believe in."

The 30-second spot also includes the words "More Americans under 30 voted in 2008 than any election in history" and closes with the slogan, "Vote Again 2010."

Jay-Z and his management approved the use of the footage for the ad, according to HeadCount.org.

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Rick Springfield Reveals Suicide Attempt 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Grammy-winning artist Rick Springfield, who made it big with the 1981 hit "Jessie's Girl," and went on to become the musical icon of a generation, has opened up about his life-long battle with depression and insecurity.

Springfield said it took him years to realize his depression was more than just a case of artistic sensitivity.

"Until 'Jessie's Girl' and all the success...I thought I was just a moody artist," he told ABC News. "Once I achieved a lot of what I thought I wanted to achieve...it hit me. Depression came roaring back. I realized what I thought would heal me, which is success and my dreams come true, doesn't heal you. That's was when I truly labeled that I was more than just a moody guy."

Springfield, now 61, was 17 when he fought the first skirmish in his battle with depression. The outwardly sunny soul reveals in his new memoir, Late, Late at Night, which hits stores Tuesday, about his dark attempt to take his own life.

"I made a noose and went out to the garden shed and put it -- tied it around a rafter and stood on this [chair]...and kicked it away," he said.

When the rope snapped and he fell to the ground unharmed, he awoke with an appreciation for life and passion for music.

"It changed my life," he said.

After his failed suicide attempt, Springfield, who's Australian by birth, headed to the U.S. By 1980 he was nearly broke when he landed a record deal and was cast as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital -- a role that put him in the spotlight, but paid only $500 a week.

Springfield went on to sell more than 20 million albums. "Jessie's Girl" is just one of his 17 top 40 hits.

Despite his success, his depression followed him and led to a lot of promiscuity. Springfield shied away from labeling himself a "sex addict" but admits he was a bit of a womanizer.

"[Sex] calmed a lot of things in me," he said. "It's something that I did because it made me feel better about myself. If this person is willing to have sex with me, than she must think I'm OK....It became, like any drug, a habit."

Springfield also writes that he was unfaithful to his wife, Barbara, but that the two managed to stay the course.

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Courteney Cox & David Arquette Announce "Trial Separation"

Photo Courtesy - Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesCourteney Cox and David Arquette are re-evaluating their 11-year marriage by agreeing to what they call a "trial separation."  In a statement released Monday to several media outlets, the couple says, "The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage."

They added, "We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply. As we go through this process we are determined to use kindness and understanding to get through this together."

Cox and Arquette, the parents of a six-year-old daughter named Coco, say their separation "dates back for some time."

TMZ.com reports Arquette began a romance with a woman named Jasmine Waltz following the separation.  Waltz made news over the summer when she allegedly punched Lindsay Lohan while working as a waitress in a nightclub during the Mean Girls star's birthday party.  The altercation reportedly stemmed from a dispute over Waltz's ex-boyfriend.

The 46-year-old Cox and 39-year-old Arquette married in 1999, three years after they co-starred in the horror spoof Scream.  They also appeared in the two Scream sequels and will be featured in the fourth movie in the series, due out next year.  Cox, whose biggest credit is the TV series Friends, currently stars in the ABC comedy Cougar Town.

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Jennifer Grey Tangos to Pair of Perfect Tens on "Dancing with the Stars"

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- Dirty Dancing actress Jennifer Grey and pro partner Derek Hough grabbed the lead on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Monday night with an Argentine tango performance that judge Bruno Tonioli called a “primetime delight.”  The couple scored the first two perfect tens of the season from Bruno and Judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and led the competition with a total judges’ score of 56 out of a possible 60.

Jersey Shore star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and partner Karina Smirnoff received the lowest marks of the night after they delivered an Argentine tango that Bruno called “a terrible mess.”  The duo scored 28 out of a possible 60.

It was “acoustic week” on the show, with the stars and their partners dancing either the Argentine tango or rumba to a band, unplugged, while the studio ballroom was transformed into a dance floor in-the-round.  The contestants were also judged this week on both technique and performance, and received scores in both categories.

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Tuesday
Oct122010

New "Bourne" Film Won't Star Matt Damon, Says Director 

Photo Courtesy - Universal StudiosThe next Bourne movie will not feature Jason Bourne, which means the film may not have Matt Damon, either.  Damon has portrayed the character, an assassin who's lost his memory, in The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and the most recent film in the series, 2007's The Bourne Ultimatum.  But the director of the next Bourne film says it will be an original story that will not include Jason Bourne.

Director Tony Gilroy tells Hollywood-Elsewhere.com that The Bourne Legacy is not a reboot, but rather an "expansion" that advances some of the story lines from the previous films.

He says, "I'm building a legend and an environment and a wide conspiracy...the world we're making enhances and advances and invites Jason Bourne's return [down the road]."  He says the project will have a "whole new hero" and emphasizes that "no one's replacing Matt Damon."

Gilroy wrote the first three Bourne films and will pen the screenplay for the new sequel.  He previously directed Michael Clayton and Duplicity.

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Justin Bieber's Story Hits Bookshelves

Photo Courtesy - HarperCollins PublishersJustin Bieber's new tell-all book hits stores Tuesday. Titled Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever: My Story, the 240-page book details the teen idol's rise to super-stardom via the magic of YouTube.  It also features plenty of unseen photos of Justin on and offstage.

In a video on Amazon.com, Bieber says of the book, "It's my story and I wrote it for you.  It's got a lot of exclusive photos and a lot of cool stuff about me...go buy it."

An excerpt published in Britain's News of the World reveals the book features Bieber writing about growing up a child of divorce, in a family where his mom "worked her butt off" to afford "a roof over our heads."  He reveals he was grounded twice as a kid; once for skipping school and once for going bike-riding at 2:00 a.m. and being brought home by the police.  He also details how he was able to defend himself against bullies because his dad "was an ex-professional fighter who used to take me to his training sessions."

Bieber's book also tells the story of his first attempt at playing music in the street for money.  He writes, "After a couple of hours, I had almost $200...and at the end of the day, there was a note in my guitar case.  It was something like, 'You're cute!  Call me!  Love, Tiffany.'  And a phone number.  I was 12."

Writing about his stardom, Bieber reveals, "If I was at home and I wasn't doing this, I'd wish that I was in this position.  Now that I'm here, I sometimes with I could just go back home and chill."

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Simon Cowell, Ryan Seacrest Are Top-Earning Men in Primetime TV

Photo Courtesy - Frederick M. Brown/ Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It pays to be on American Idol.  Just ask Simon Cowell and Ryan Seacrest, who earned more money than any other celebrity in primetime television over a one-year span.

Cowell ranks first on Forbes magazine's list of "Primetime TV's Top-Earning Men," having collected $80 million from June 1, 2009 to June 1 of this year.  Cowell's fortune comes not only from his work on American Idol, which he left earlier this year, but also from his involvement in other series, such as America's Got Talent and Britain's The X Factor.

Similarly, Seacrest was a busy man when he wasn't hosting American Idol.  The emcee, who places second on Forbes' list with $51 million, also hosts a Los Angeles-based radio show and is a producer of such TV programs as E!'s reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

Forbes notes that the 10 top-earning men in primetime TV collectively received $308 million over the one-year time period, while the 10 top-earning women only received $162 million.

Here are the top-earning men in primetime TV, according to Forbes, along with their earnings for the year ending June 1, 2010:

1. Simon Cowell, American Idol, $80 million
2. Ryan Seacrest, American Idol, $51 million
3. Donald Trump, The Apprentice, $50 million
4. Steve Carell, The Office, $34 million
5. Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men, $30 million
6. Kiefer Sutherland, 24, $20 million
7. Laurence Fishburne, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, $12 million
8. Patrick Dempsey, Grey's Anatomy, $11 million
9. Hugh Laurie, House, $10 million
10. Chris Meloni, Law & Order: SVU, $9.5 million

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Lady Gaga's New Fragrance Name Reportedly Revealed

Photo Courtesy - Streamline RecordsThe name of Lady Gaga's upcoming signature fragrance may have been derived from one of her inspirations.  TMZ.com reports the perfume will be called "Monster," in honor of Gaga's fans, whom she calls her "little monsters."

TMZ says Gaga has filed trademark paperwork to use the name "Monster" for "perfumery."

The scent is due to arrive sometime in 2012.

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Katy Perry Announces Tour Dates, Teases New Music Video

Photo Courtesy - Capitol RecordsKaty Perry has announced the dates for her European tour leg.  The singer's California Dreams tour will start overseas on Feb. 20 in Lisbon, Portugal, and is scheduled to wrap up on April 5 in Glasgow, Scotland.

But fans elsewhere won't be excluded, as Perry wrote on Twitter Monday, "P.S. My dates in the USA, [Australia] & more are being put in soon, of COURSE! Don't you worry."

Perry also used Twitter to deliver a teaser video for her upcoming video for her new single, "Firework."  The video is a montage of still photos of Katy at a party, with fellow partygoers seen jumping into a fountain in their underwear.  There's also a same-sex couple kissing and someone who appears to be a cancer patient admiring a fireworks display.  The song's lyrics are superimposed on the montage.  No word when we can expect the actual clip.

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Tuesday
Oct122010

Bon Jovi to Fire Up Fans for New Album with Movie

Photo Courtesy - Island RecordsBon Jovi plans to get their fans in the mood for their new Greatest Hits album by taking over movie theaters nationwide the day before the disc hits stores.

Bon Jovi - The Circle Tour will air in over 550 movie theaters across the country on Nov. 8, starting at 7:30 p.m. local time.  It was filmed during the band's sold-out four-night stand at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey earlier this year.

The film includes live performances of all of Bon Jovi's hits, as well as music from The Circle, and a preview of the band's new music video, "What You Got."

You can purchase tickets now at FathomEvents.com.

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