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Gisele Bundchen Curses Tom Brady’s Super Bowl Loss

Rob Carr/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, hot off a Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants, may feel down – but his supermodel wife still has his back.

After the big game, Gisele Bundchen was confronted by hecklers at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium. A video from the scene shows Bundchen walking toward an elevator as a man screams, “Eli [Manning, the Giants QB] owns your husband.”

Bundchen smiles before turning her back to the camera and saying to her group of friends and handlers: “My husband cannot f*****g throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time,” referring to the errors made on the part of the Patriots.

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Source: M.I.A.'s Bird Flip at the Super Bowl Caused by 'Adrenaline'

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Both the NBC and the NFL have apologized for the fact that British rapper M.I.A. flipped the bird during Madonna's performance during half time on Super Bowl Sunday.  M.I.A.'s spokesperson was unreachable for comment, but a source close to the artist tells ABC News Radio that the artist simply got caught up in the moment.

According to the source, M.I.A.'s middle finger stunt was simply the result of  “adrenaline and nerves”: she got “caught up in the moment,” said the source, and her actions “weren’t an attempt to make any kind of statement.”

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Meanwhile, the Parents Television Council has issued a statement condemning M.I.A.'s actions, saying "It is unfortunate that a spectacular sporting event was overshadowed once again by broadcasting the selfish acts of a desperate performer... The mechanism NBC had in place to catch this type of material completely failed, and the network cannot say it was caught off guard. It has been eight years since the Janet Jackson striptease, and both NBC and the NFL knew full well what might happen. They chose a lineup full of performers who have based their careers on shock, profanity and titillation."

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NFL, NBC Apologize for M.I.A.'s Middle Finger at Halftime Show

Rob Carr/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- There were no wardrobe malfunctions during Madonna's halftime show at Super Bowl 46 Sunday, but the NFL and a television network did apologize for a middle finger.

Madonna was joined by singer M.I.A. for a performance of Madge's new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'," when M.I.A. flipped her middle finger during her rap, which was just caught on camera as NBC tried to blur it.

According to Entertainment Weekly, an apology was issued immediately from NBC Sports, saying, "We apologize for the inappropriate gesture that aired during halftime, it was a spontaneous gesture that our delay system caught late." NBC also noted that the league and not the peacock network, was in charge of the halftime show.

The NFL issued a statement throwing some blame at NBC: "There was a failure in NBC's delay system.  The obscene gesture in the performance was completely inappropriate, very disappointing and we apologize to our fans."

Madonna's halftime show began with the 53-year-old queen of pop being pulled into Lucas Oil Stadium by dozens of muscled soldiers as the unmistakable opening beats of “Vogue” kicked in.  Madonna was perched on a throne, dressed in a gold robe which she soon threw off to reveal an outfit befitting a Roman or Greek goddess, featuring a black skin tight top and gold skirt, complete with thigh-high black boots and head piece.

As "Vogue" ended, the tune “Music” eased in.  This part of the set featured acrobatic breakdancers and Madonna proved her athleticism, turning cartwheels and performing headstands next to a performer perched on a wire.  She was joined by LMFAO as their hits "Party Rock Anthem" and “Sexy and I Know It” were mashed-up with "Music."

That was followed by her new single, “Give Me All Your Luvin,’” complete with football cheerleaders and guests M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj, who swept in to deliver their respective parts on the song. Billboard reports M.I.A. flipped the bird while saying the lyrics, "I'mma say this once, yeah, I don't give a s**t."

A marching band led by Cee Lo Green dressed as the band leader then appeared as snippets of “Express Yourself” and “Open Your Heart” were thrown into the mix, with Cee Lo sharing the vocals.

For the final song, the stage grew dark as strains of “Like a Prayer” began. With a quick-change, Madonna and Cee Lo appeared in black sequin floor-length robes, supported by a choir of backup singers and twinkling flashlights in the stands.  As the performance reached a climax, Madonna suddenly dropped down a hatch surrounded by white smoke as the words “World Peace” were projected onto the field.

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The Super Bowl: Top 5 Memorable Halftime Shows

Donald Miralle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Madonna, Madonna, Madonna. She’s inescapable these days, in part because she’s headlining the halftime show of the 2012 Super Bowl (XLVI, officially). She’s promised not to pull a Janet and expose herself. She’s pledged to entertain and delight. But how will she compare to the memorable (for reasons both good and bad) performances of these guys and gals?

1. Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, Super Bowl XXXVIII

Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction in which JTims inadvertently exposed her nipple was arguably the most infamous Super Bowl halftime moment ever. The 2004 scandal resulted in a record $550,000 fine by the FCC against CBS and severe embarassment on the part of Jackson.

2. Michael Jackson, Super Bowl XXVII

Her late older brother fared better. From being catapulted onto stage and striking one of his “Dangerous” poses to singing Heal the World with 3,500 children, the King of Pop’s 1993 Super Bowl show was a must-see -- more people tuned in for him than for the first half of the game.

3. Phil Collins, Christina Aguilera, Enrique Iglesias, Toni Braxton and Edward James Olmos, Super Bowl XXXIV

We get it -- you want a lot of stars for any Super Bowl halftime show. Madonna’s likely to be joined by Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee Lo and LMFAO on Sunday. But the lineup for the 2000 game was a bit ridiculous. Pairing the guy from Blade Runner with the guy who sang “I can be your hero, baby?” What?

4. Bruce Springsteen and Prince, Super Bowl XLIII

The Boss and the guy who sometimes goes by a symbol both offered up solid sets in 2009. But the most memorable moment: Springsteen sliding into the camera and giving the entire world a close up of his crotch.

5. Chubby Checker and The Rockettes, Super Bowl XXII

At the time there were no HD flat screens or Dolby surround sound. Instead, you had … instruments! Eighty-eight grand pianos to be exact, which were wheeled out on to the field in 1988. That was so long ago, we couldn’t even find YouTube video of it.

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'The Voice' Returns Sunday After the Super Bowl

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC's singing competition The Voice begins its second season on Sunday night, in the plum post-Super Bowl time slot.

In one respect, the expectations for The Voice are raised -- it was a summer show last year, but this time around it will regularly air Monday nights opposite other networks' first-run programming.

All four mentors from season one -- Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton -- are back, as is host Carson Daly.  They're joined by a new social media correspondent, Christina Milian.

Not surprisingly, The Voice is again being compared to shows like American Idol and The X Factor, but the mentors say there are a few aspects to their program that sets it apart from the competition.

Levine recently told reporters, "All four of us are singers. That's probably the thing that differentiates us the most, is that we all sing. It's our craft. All four of us. So that alone is a unique element on its own."

Aguilera says the mentors last season tried to offer advice to struggling contestants, rather than ridicule them.

"We really wanted to give genuine opinion without tearing people down.  So this year we actually are diving more into critiquing it," she says.

Critics have pointed out that albums released by season-one winner Javier Colon and his Voice peers, including runner-up Dia Frampton, have not sold especially well.

Daly's response: "Season one of a television show on a major network put out more quality music than arguably a lot of labels and a lot of artists that are in front of them on the charts.  So as far as, you know, success, it's in the eyes of the beholder. "

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Madonna: Super Bowl Halftime Show Is 'Midwesterner Girl's Dream'

Christopher Polk/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) -- Madonna is such a citizen of the world that it's hard to remember that she's actually just a girl from Bay City, Michigan -- and she played up those roots during a pre-Super Bowl press conference in Indianapolis Thursday.  "I am so excited to be here [and] incredibly nervous," she told reporters.  "This is a Midwesterner girl's dream, to be performing the Super Bowl halftime, so if I speak fast, or run out of breath, you'll know why."

Continuing to refer to her roots, Madonna, who was wearing a black sleeveless vest and black slacks, with her hair long and loose, said that she wanted to dedicate her performance to her father.  "I'm sure of all the things I've ever done in my life, this will be the thing he's most excited about," she laughed.  Explaining her decision to dedicate the show to Papa Ciccone, Madonna added, "I was raised in the Midwest, and he is the personification of Midwestern values.  He gave me the work ethic that I have, so if I'm a hard-working girl that never stops, it's because of him."

Of course, everyone wanted to know if Madonna, being the sexual provocateur that she is, had any Janet Jackson-style outrageousness planned for Sunday night's performance.  The answer, she said, is no.  "Great attention to detail has been paid to my wardrobe. There will be no wardrobe malfunctions. Promise," she told reporters.  

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Pressed to reveal details about the performance itself, including the setlist, Madonna would only admit that she's performing "three old songs and one new one" -- her new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin."  She also wouldn't confirm reports of any guest stars, saying, "I really don't want to blow the surprises.  I want people to be knocked out of their seats from beginning to end and so I just want to keep that surprise and keep anticipation going.  Sorry."

Madonna did reveal, however, that mounting this Super Bowl performance has been one of the most difficult projects she's ever tackled.  "I have never worked so hard or been so scrupulous or detail-oriented or freaked out as much as I have, maintaining my sanity and trying to make the most amazing show," she admitted.

Asked by a little girl reporting for Scholastic about the craziest thing she'd seen in Indianapolis, Madonna got big laughs when she replied, "Me!"

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Report: Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Set List Revealed

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Madonna certainly knows what songs she’ll be performing at the halftime show during this Sunday’s Super Bowl, and now, according to a report citing a blurb in the new NFL Magazine, we all have a hint.

It appears her set list will include “Gimmie All Your Luvin,” “Ray of Light” and "Vogue.”

The report quotes NFL Magazine as stating, “Though Madonna’s set list was not officially announced at press time, fans might expect her to give all her luvvin’, provide a ray of light and be in vogue with her music.  The Super Bowl is almost a national holiday, after all.”

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Report: Madonna’s Halftime Show May Include 'Vogue,' Nicki Minaj

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- What songs will Madonna be performing this Sunday during the halftime show at the Super Bowl? has a hunch one tune will be “Vogue.”

The website has obtained several behind-the-scenes photos of Madonna’s stage at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and the word “Vogue” is clearly seen lit up on floor panels.

TMZ reports Nicki Minaj is rumored to be part of the show as well.

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Super Bowl Commercial with Ferris Bueller Debuts Online

Jason Kempin/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Last week, a 10-second teaser of a Super Bowl ad starring Matthew Broderick as a present-day Ferris Bueller was posted onto YouTube, leaving many to wonder what the clip was meant to promote.  The mystery was solved on Monday, when the full-length commercial was released.

In the ad for the 2012 Honda CR-V, Broderick behaves much like his character in the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off.  The ad is similar to the film in many ways -- most notably, Broderick pretends to be ill so he can play hooky from work.

At one point, a character says Broderick's name repeatedly in a monotone voice, not unlike how Ben Stein's character, a high school teacher, called out for Bueller in the movie.  The spot also includes the signature Ferris Bueller's Day Off song "Oh Yeah."

An executive for the ad firm that developed the spot tells Entertainment Weekly that Broderick initially turned down the idea, but, the exec says, "[A] week later he called and asked if it was still on the table.  I think he just wanted to be convinced that we would do the movie justice.”

The Hangover director Todd Phillips helmed the commercial.

The Super Bowl airs on NBC this Sunday.

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David Beckham Strips Down in Sexy Super Bowl Ad for H&M

on Kopaloff/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- A whopping 58 percent of women admit to watching the Super Bowl for the commercials, according to a new survey by Yahoo! Sports. And who can blame them when ads like this one --  featuring a nearly bare David Beckham in his briefs -- are in the rundown.

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The Los Angeles Galaxy soccer star flaunts his perfectly-toned physique, and underwear from his new David Beckham Bodywear collection, in the revealing ad.

“My design team and I spent 18 months developing the collection, it’s been a fantastic collaborative experience, and I’m very happy with the end result,” Beckham said in a press release. “Like every fan, I’m looking forward to Super Bowl Sunday.”

The underwear modeled by Beckham retails for $12.95 and $14.95 at H&M, and will hit stores in the U.S. on Feb. 2.

H&M gave fans a sneak peek at the 30-second ad on YouTube Monday ahead of its big debut during the second quarter of the Super Bowl this Sunday.

Other ads slated to run during Super Bowl XLVI feature other famous faces -- and bods -- wearing far more clothing, including a much-buzzed-about Honda spot with actor Matthew Broderick reprising the role of Ferris Bueller and a Pepsi ad with Elton John and X Factor winner Melanie Amaro.

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