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Jan142011

Source: Ryan Seacrest Planning to Propose

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A new season of American Idol may not be the only big event Ryan Seacrest is gearing up for this year.

A source tells RadarOnline.com the American Idol host is planning to propose to girlfriend Julianne Hough.  The insider said, "Ryan already has the ring -- and it's a rock, four to five carats.  Money was no object for Ryan...expect the Rolls Royce of engagement rings."

The source added, "He's had it for a while and is in the process of planning the engagement.  It's going to happen within the next few months or so."

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Friday
Jan142011

Tom Hanks' 20-Year-Old Son Goes Viral with Rap Song

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Tom Hanks' 20-year-old son isn't quite following in his dad's footsteps.

Chet Hanks, a student at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., has released a rap song that has become a minor hit on the Internet. The song, "Purple and White," is inspired by Whiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" and is a nod to the school's official colors.

In discussing the song with his school newspaper, Hanks, who raps under the alias Chet Haze, says, "Any kids really living the college life can relate to it."

He tells the New York Daily News that his parents, including mom Rita Wilson, support his rap career "100 percent."

Hanks has also released another song online, titled "West Side LA." Despite his music aspirations, he has dabbled in his father's profession: the theater major had a small role in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

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Friday
Jan142011

Colin Firth Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo Courtesy - Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The King's Speech star Colin Firth was treated like royalty Thursday, when he received the 2,429th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 50-year-old British actor, whose star is located in front of a British pub, said he never thought as a child he'd achieve the success that he has.  He joked, "I have a feeling I'm going to be here when I'm about 93 under a pile of blankets asking for spare change and trying to convince anyone who will listen that I'm the guy whose name is on the sidewalk."

Firth is nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in The King's Speech.  He received an Oscar nod last year for A Single Man.  His other credits include Mamma Mia!, The English Patient, Love Actually and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

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Friday
Jan142011

'Hannah Montana' Comes to an End; Final Episode Airs Sunday

Photo Courtesy - Walt Disney Records(NEW YORK) -- The final episode of Miley Cyrus' TV show Hannah Montana airs on Sunday.

The Disney Channel series first debuted March 24, 2006, when Cyrus was the fresh-faced daughter of country star Billy Ray Cyrus.  Now, five years later, Miley's an international superstar who's sold millions of albums and concert tickets and millions of dollars' worth of merchandise.

In the final Hannah Montana episode, titled "Wherever I Go," Miley/Hannah is called upon to make the biggest decision of her life -- whether to go to college, or to accept a role in a movie.  Cyrus wouldn't go into details about the episode, but said, "I think everyone realizes that they can't live on Hannah Montana's coattails forever.  You gotta move on at some point."

Leaving behind the show on which she grew up will be a strange experience for Cyrus, who always felt it was her comfort zone.  She said, "It's going to be hard, after a tour or a movie, not [being able to say], 'OK, yeah, I can go back to the show and people that I'm used to and people that I like and have known me before any of this stardom thing ever happened.'"

Cyrus will next appear in the upcoming film L.O.L., opposite Demi Moore, and is also shooting another film called So Undercover.  She'll likely continue to tour and record as well.  Cyrus said, "I know, like, 100 percent what I wanna do, and that's continue to entertain people."

The final episode of Hannah Montana airs at 7 p.m. E.T. Sunday on the Disney Channel.

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Friday
Jan142011

New Michael Jackson Fragrances on the Way?

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto(NICE, France) -- The latest products to capitalize on the late Michael Jackson are his-and-her fragrances inspired by floral aroma from plants that grow at Neverland Ranch, according to AFP.

The report says Jackson’s Tribute for men and Jackson’s Legend for women will go on sale March 7 in the U.S.  The fragrances reportedly are the result of a 50/50 partnership between the late singer’s father, Joe Jackson, and Julian Rouas Paris, a French fragrance manufacturer.  The company’s master perfumer says Jackson’s Legend for women has a fruity, floral aroma while Jackson’s Tribute for men features a more musky scent.

A spokesman for Michael Jackson’s estate tells AFP the fragrance venture is “a Joe Jackson deal” and the estate is not involved.

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Friday
Jan142011

Opening Date for 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' Postponed Again

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The producers of the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark have postponed the show's opening date by about a month.

The opening date has been pushed back from Feb. 7 to March 15, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The musical's producers say they need time to "fine-tune aspects of the show."  In addition, preview performances that had been scheduled for the next two Tuesdays have been canceled.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which has been plagued by numerous setbacks, including injuries to cast members, has postponed its opening date at least three times so far.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart Team for Joint Tour; Stevie Album May 3

Photo Courtesy - BarWal Productions | Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Now that's what we call a double bill.  On Thursday's installment of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks announced that they're teaming up for a joint tour called The Heart & Soul Tour.  The jaunt will kick off March 20 in Fort Lauderdale and will see both Rod and Stevie performing all their hits.  Tickets go on sale Jan. 21.

In a statement, Rod seemed to indicate that his Great American Songbook tunes would not be part of this tour. 

"We haven’t yet begun rehearsals but I can already tell you this, with Stevie on board our audiences are in store for an evening of pure rock & roll music."  He added, "I’m already thinking about which of my old favorites to bring back and vocally, I think we’ve both begun thinking about which songs might be great fun and well-suited for a duet or two,” he said.

And there's more exciting news: Stevie will be releasing a brand new album, In: Your Dreams, on May 3.  It's her first collection of new material in ten years.  The first single, Secret Love, will be out Feb. 3.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Backstreet Boy AJ McLean Enters Rehab

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A spokesperson for the Backstreet Boys has confirmed a TMZ.com report that AJ McLean has gone into rehab.   In a statement provided to ABC News Radio, AJ said, "For personal reasons, I've checked myself into a rehab clinic.  With 2011 being a busy year for Backstreet, I want to be healthy and perfom and sing for people at my very best and happiest."

Noting that Backstreet and New Kids on the Block are launching a joint tour later this year, AJ continued, "None of this will affect our current tour plans and I look forward to seeing everyone really soon!"

AJ has struggled with addiction before -- in fact, he entered rehab in 2001 to battle cocaine addiction, alcoholism and depression after the rest of the group staged an intervention.   He referred to his current troubles on Twitter this past weekend, when he wrote on January 9th, "I love you all and wish me luck! I start my sober journey tomorrow!" On Jan. 10, he wrote, "See u on the other side!"

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Thursday
Jan132011

Christina Aguilera to Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl 

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto | RCA Records(NEW YORK) -- The NFL hasn't announced it yet, but sources tell ABC News Radio that Christina Aguilera will perform the national anthem at this year's Super Bowl, which will be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Feb. 6.  It's already been announced that the Black Eyed Peas are playing the halftime show.

Christina last performed at the Super Bowl back in 2000, as part of a Disney-themed halftime show that also featured Enrique Iglesias, Phil Collins and Toni Braxton. Last year's Super Bowl anthem singer was Carrie Underwood.

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Thursday
Jan132011

Howard K. Stern: Anna Nicole Smith 'Vindicated'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Howard K. Stern, the boyfriend of former Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith, said he immediately thought of Smith when a judge exonerated him of drug conspiracy charges last week.

"It was incredible just because I knew that I was vindicated, Anna was vindicated, who she was as a person was vindicated," Stern said in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America. "I was looking up at the sky and in my mind I was talking to her... it's been a long, tough road."

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry declared that Stern never had the intent to defraud when he used his name and others to obtain prescriptions for Smith while keeping her privacy intact.

The judge's dismissal of a previous verdict that found Smith guilty of those charges brings an end to a four-year legal battle that began in the wake of Smith's accidental drug overdose in 2007.

In life, Smith, the blonde, vivacious model and reality star, always stole the spotlight and Howard K. Stern loved to live in her shadow, by her side in good times and in bad.

"She was my best friend, my lover, the mother of my daughter, everything to me, I mean literally everything, my whole world," Stern said.

They first met in 1995 when Stern joined the then 26-year-old bombshell's legal team. Smith was fighting for $800 million from her 93-year-old deceased husband's estate.

"I'm not a gold digger….I went out and made something of myself and people don't appreciate that," Smith told ABC News in an interview 10 years ago.

Stern would take Smith's case all the way to the Supreme Court where they won a moral victory, but no money.

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