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Elton John Talks New Super Bowl Ad, Offers Madonna Advice

CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- This year, music legend Elton John will grace television screens across the country on Feb. 4.  No, he's not planning a career in sports.  John will star in a Pepsi ad that will air during the Super Bowl, alongside X Factor winner Melanie Amaro.

In his exclusive interview with ABC News' Chris Connelly, John talks about his love of football and how he's a big fan of the New England Patriots, who face the New York Giants in this year's big game. "The Super Bowl is always an event, no matter where you are in the world," John said. "I've watched it with my road crew.  It's a great American occasion."

Elton John is good friends with Patriots owner Robert Kraft.  Kraft's wife, Myra, lost her battle with cancer this year.  This deep personal loss is making Elton John even more vocal during this year's game. "Well, you can't watch sport without being passionate -- oh yeah, I scream at the television and -- you live with your heart in your mouth," he said. "I'm hoping for a Patriots win this year because Robert Kraft is my dear friend and he lost his lovely wife Myra this year and I would love the Patriots to win for her."

A family man, John and partner David Furnish are already raising their 13-month-old son as a sports fan. "He's only a year old so he's a little young, but he does like soccer already," he said. "Because he plays with his feet, he loves kicking the ball.  He's too young to catch the ball yet, but he kicks the ball and he loves it and he likes watching soccer on the TV."

At just over a year old, Zachary's been to more places than most adults have visited. "He's been to Hawaii twice.  He's been to Australia, Italy, France, Singapore, Canada -- he comes where we go," John said.

One location Elton John or Zachary won't be visiting is the Super Bowl half time show.  In a Twitter post after the Golden Globes, Furnish wrote "Madonna. Best song???? F**k off!!!" which he later apologized for on Facebook.

When asked if he would ever perform at the Super Bowl, John replied, "I've never seen a decent one, never ever."

However, John does offer Madonna some advice for this year's show: "Make sure you lip-sync good," he said with a laugh.

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Ferris Bueller to Return in Super Bowl Ad?

Jason Kempin/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Spoiler alert for those of you looking forward to the Super Bowl commercials: Ferris Bueller will likely make a comeback in one of the new ads.

As seen in a 10-second teaser that's gone viral, Matthew Broderick, reprising his iconic role from the 1986 comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off, is wearing a white robe as he walks over to a window, opens the curtains and says, “How can I handle work on a day like today?”

The clip was posted Thursday on YouTube by a user named chuckachucka2012, a reference to the song "Oh Yeah," which is featured in the movie.

The teaser ends with a sample of "Oh Yeah" and a graphic that shows the date "2-5-12," which is when the Super Bowl will air on NBC.  The clip never mentions which company is behind it.

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A 60-second Super Bowl ad for Audi is also available online.  Clearly inspired by Twilight, it shows vampires partying in the woods, until a fellow vampire arrives and accidentally kills them all with the headlights on his car.

Last week, Volkswagen released a teaser for a Super Bowl ad in which dogs bark the "Imperial March" from Star Wars.

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Report: Cee Lo Green to Join Madonna on Stage at Super Bowl?

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- NBC's The Voice will begin its second season directly following the Super Bowl on Sunday night, Feb. 5 -- and now it appears that one of the Voice coaches will be part of the half time entertainment.  The Insider reports that Cee Lo Green will be joining Madonna onstage during her half time performance at the big game, and that he's been traveling to New York to rehearse with the superstar for the past two weeks.

Sources tell The Insider that Cee Lo will "bring a new sound to some of Madonna's classic hits."  However, Madonna's rep tells ABC News Radio that she cannot confirm The Insider's report.

It's also been widely reported that Madonna will be joined onstage by rappers M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj during half time for a performance of her new single Give Me All Your Luvin' but this has not yet been confirmed by the NFL.

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Madonna: Performing at Super Bowl is Scary

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) -- She's performing this year's Super Bowl half-time show, but Madonna confessed recently that she hasn't watched a football game from start to finish in decades.

"For sure, when I was in high school and I was a cheerleader, OK?" she told "Nightline" anchor Cynthia McFadden. "But not since then."

The pop icon said she watched a lot of soccer games during her dozen years spent living in the United Kingdom, where she enjoyed "seeing legs."

"When you play soccer, you see the legs. You see the bodies," she said. "Football, it's hard to see everybody.  They're very covered."

But uniform gripes aside, Madonna, 53, didn't downplay the importance of the game. "In the middle of this very important event in Americans lives, I have to put on the greatest show on earth," she said.

And that show, she noted, comes with serious time constraints and practical limitations. “I have eight minutes to set up my stage, 12 minutes to put on the greatest show on earth, and I have seven minutes to take it down.  So, that football field is clean for the second half of the game,” she said. “How do you do that?”

The Super Bowl will take place two days after the release of Madonna's other big project, her new film "W.E." Madonna makes her feature-length directorial debut with the movie, which explores the love story between American divorcée Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, who abdicated his throne to marry her.

Madonna said she believes the film "will find its audience."

For the Super Bowl, meanwhile, the Material Girl won't have to worry about finding an audience. There will likely be more than 100 million watching from home, not to mention the tens of thousands of football fans filling Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Asked what was scarier, the opening of her film or performing the live half-time show, Madonna picked the latter.

"The Super Bowl," she said, "for sure."

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Super Bowl Will Be Live-Streamed Online for First Time

Rob Tringali/SportsChrome/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Want to watch the Super Bowl on your phone? For the first time, there’s a live stream for that.

NBC’s broadcasts of four major football games -- the two Saturday wild-card games, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl -- will be streamed live on the NBC Sports and NFL websites and through Verizon’s NFL mobile app, for the first time, the NFL announced Tuesday.

Verizon customers will be able to use their laptops, smart phones and tablets to watch the “NBC Postseason Extra” stream, which will launch with the televised broadcast of the wild-card games on Jan. 7, followed by the Pro Bowl on Jan. 29 and Super Bowl XLVI on Feb. 5, hosted in Indianapolis.

The service will include additional camera angles, highlights, talent interaction, live stat updates as well as instant replay.

NFL spokeswoman Joanna Hunter said the application will allow you to replay key moments over and over again in case you missed that incredible toe-drag touchdown or you had to leave your Super Bowl party to pick up an extra bag of chips.

“We don’t see the online offering serving as anyone’s primary screen,” Hunter said. “We anticipate that our fans will still be gathering around the television screen on Super Bowl Sunday....We see the computer as a complimentary screen.”

Not to worry, those unforgettable Super Bowl ads will be included as part of the replay package too.

Hunter said that the streams will be through Verizon only because the mobile carrier has a pre-existing relationship with the league and NBC.

Last year’s Super Bowl, in which the Green Bay Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, was the most watched television program in U.S. history, racking in a whooping 111 million viewers.

The rights to the Super Bowl currently rotates every year between NBC, Fox and CBS. Madonna will perform at the Super Bowl XLVI halftime show.

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Madonna Confirmed as Halftime Act of 2012 Super Bowl

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The NFL confirmed Sunday night what had been rumored for two months: Madonna will headline the halftime show of the 2012 Super Bowl.

She will take the stage to perform at the halftime of Super Bowl 46 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.  Madonna will work with Cirque du Soleil on a concept for the gig.

The announcement was made during Sunday night's broadcast of the New Orleans Saints-Detroit Lions game on NBC.  NBC will air the 2012 Super Bowl.

This will be Madonna's first time performing at the Super Bowl.  She was scheduled to sing her cover of "American Pie" at the 2000 Super Bowl, but she cancelled the appearance due to a conflict in her recording schedule.

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Appeals Court Ruling Favors CBS in Janet Jackson Super Bowl Case

Donald Miralle/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a previous ruling it issued that dismissed a $550,000 fine imposed by the Federal Communications Commission against CBS for Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl.

The three-judge U.S. Court of Appeals panel in Philadelphia determined the FCC improperly penalized CBS because it had not announced a change to its policy regarding indecency until it fined the network, according to Bloomberg.

The appeals court previously tossed out the fine in 2008, but the Supreme Court told it to reconsider the case the following year in light of a separate but related case involving Fox.

As you'll recall, Justin Timberlake briefly exposed Janet Jackson's nipple during their performance in the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, in an incident which introduced the world to the term "wardrobe malfunction."

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Christina Aguilera: Super Bowl Flub Made Her a 'Trivial Pursuit Question'

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday, the same day her new show The Voice premiered, Christina Aguilera appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about her own personal "voice" nightmare -- forgetting the lyrics while performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl this past February.

Explaining her lyrics flub, Aguilera told DeGeneres, "I’ve been singing that song my entire life.  I was known as the youngest anthem singer in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.”  She continued, "Shoot me for appreciating the moment, but I was like, 'Here I am at the Super Bowl, singing for a team and in front of the world,' and remembering what it was like to be that young, and look where I’ve made it now.”

Aguilera went on to say that she’s not going to let the incident get her down.  For that matter, the same goes for any of her other recent public missteps, like tripping on stage at the Grammys, and being detained for public intoxication several weeks ago.

The singer made a joke out of the Super Bowl mishap, telling DeGeneres, “That night, I knew....I was like, 'I just made myself a Trivial Pursuit question -- "In 2011, what female singer flubbed the lyrics?"’s just insane.”

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Super Bowl Watched by Record 111 Million Viewers

Photo Courtesy - NFL(NEW YORK) -- The Super Bowl lived up to the hype in one respect -- it set a record for the largest audience ever for a U.S. TV program.

The Fox telecast of the Green Bay Packers' victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl 45 was seen by an estimated 111 million viewers, according to Variety.

This is the second year in a row that the Super Bowl has set a record for viewership.  Last year's game, won by the New Orleans Saints over the Indianapolis Colts, drew 106.5 million viewers.

The 1983 series finale of M*A*S*H now ranks as the third most-watched TV program of all time, at 105.97 million.

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Christina Aguilera Mangles 'Star-Spangled Banner' at Super Bowl

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Christina Aguilera got things off on the wrong foot Sunday night at Super Bowl XLV, when she mangled the lyrics of "The Star-Spangled Banner" to kick off the meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The singer botched the line, "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming," repeating an earlier line of the song, though she messed up that one, too.

She sang "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming" -- but in that line, it's supposed to be "hailed," not "watched."

Hours later, Aguilera released the following statement: "I got so lost in the moment of the song that I lost my place.  I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."

For football fans, though, Aguilera's flub probably looks small compared to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's woes.  "Big Ben" threw two interceptions in the first half, both of which led to Green Bay touchdowns as the Packers took a 21-10 halftime lead on the way to a 31-25 victory.

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