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Aug082011

Kim Kardashian's Wedding: A Ceremony Fit for Reality TV Royalty

David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Brits have the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. We have Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries.

The reality TV star's Aug. 20 wedding to the New York Nets forward is shaping up to be the most anticipated of the year, second only to the nuptials of those folks who got hitched across the pond in April.

Details about the massive love fiesta have trickled out in the weeks leading up to Kardashian's wedding. Below, a taste of what's to come as America's reality TV princess ties the knot.

A wedding cake just like Will and Kate's: A source close to Kardashian told Us Weekly that the bride-to-be wants a wedding cake fit for royalty. The reported 10-tier white cake with chocolate-chip icing and black-and-white decorations will resemble the traditional multi-tiered fruitcake that the Duke and Duchess cut into on April 29. According to Us, Kardashian's cake costs between $15,000 and $20,000 and is being designed by Hansen's Cakes in Los Angeles. Asked about the report, a representative for Hansen's told ABCNews.com, "We can't comment on that."

A dress by Vera Wang: Last week, Kardashian revealed on her blog that famed designer Vera Wang is crafting her gown for the big day. "Vera has been a close family friend for a long time and we had talked about this moment for years, so when it came to picking my wedding dress designer she was the first person I thought of," she wrote. No word yet on whether Kadashian will go the Pippa Middleton route and highlight her...assets.

A scent by herself: only eau de Kardashian is good enough for this celebrity's big day. She's releasing Love by Kim Kardashian, a limited-edition spin-off of her perfume, to celebrate her wedding. "I thought it would be fun to create a special fragrance that represents this special time in my life!," she wrote on her blog last week. Those who want a bouquet of her wedding bliss better act quick. "We've only produced 1000 bottles...one for me to wear on my wedding day, 200 for my bridal shower, and 799 for you guys!," she added.

A four-hour-long TV special: For a woman made famous by her fervent fan base, a wedding just wouldn't be complete without an audience. E!, the network home to all things Kardashian, will air a four-hour-long, two installment special on Oct. 9 and 10 chronicling the wedding preparations along with the marquee event. The title: Kim's Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event. If you can't score an international live broadcast in the middle of a Friday a la William and Kate, a 240-minute-long cable TV special will have to do.

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Monday
Aug082011

ABC Announces 'Desperate Housewives' Will End in 2012

ABC, Inc.(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- ABC announced Sunday that the upcoming eighth season of Desperate Housewives will be the show's last.

In remarks to reporters Sunday at the Television Critics Association Tour in Beverly Hills, ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee stated, “This is going to be the last season of Desperate Housewives.  It is an iconic show, we are so proud of it.”

Lee stated he wanted to announce the show’s final season before it got underway so it would receive a big sendoff and a well-deserved “victory lap.”

The network also released a statement declaring, in part, "All good things eventually come to an end, and in the eighth and final season, the stakes for everyone on Wisteria Lane are at an all-time high."  The network statement continued, "Season Eight of Desperate Housewives will roll out in a way that is accessible even to viewers who may have lapsed in their viewing, and be all the richer and more rewarding to the series' loyal fans."

Creator Marc Cherry told reporters on Sunday that the decision to end the series wasn’t forced on him and he agrees that “it's time to move on.”  Cherry said, “I think the only thing harder than creating a hit show is knowing when to end it.”

He added that although it'll be tough leaving the women of Wisteria Lane, there won't be any series spinoffs -- although he was tempted.  

The primetime drama, which currently stars Longoria, Felicity Huffman, Teri Hatcher and Marcia Cross, made its ABC debut in October 2004.  Actress Nicollette Sheridan left the series in 2009.

The last season of Desperate Housewives will kick off Sept. 25.

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Monday
Aug082011

Harry Potter, Selena Gomez, Vampires Win Big at Teen Choice Awards

Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Harry Potter, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse were the big winners at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards Sunday night in Los Angeles.

The ceremony aired live on Fox from Universal City’s Gibson Amphitheatre, hosted by The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Part 2 won seven surfboard trophies, including choice summer movie, choice sci-fi/fantasy, choice summer movie star: male for Daniel Radcliffe and choice movie: liplock for Radcliffe and Emma Watson.  Watson also won awards for choice summer movie actress and actress in a sci-fi/fantasy film.  Harry Potter actor Tom Felton was named choice movie villain.

Taylor Lautner won the award for choice movie actor: sci-fi/fantasy for his role in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, while his co-star, Robert Pattinson took home trophies for choice vampire.  Pattinson was also named choice movie actor in a drama for his role in the film Water for ElephantsTwilight co-stars Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene won the choice award for movie scene-stealers.

Taylor Swift was the big winner in the music categories, taking home six Teen Choice Awards: ultimate choice, choice female artist, choice country artist, choice country song for “Mean” and choice break-up song for “Back to December.”  Swift was also named red carpet fashion icon.

Selena Gomez was named choice TV actress for her role on Wizards of Waverly Place, and choice female hottie.  Gomez and her band, The Scene, won awards for choice music group, choice single for “Who Says” and choice love song for “Love You Like a Love Song." Bruno Mars and Katy Perry were named choice summer music star male and female, respectively.

The Vampire Diaries was named choice TV show: sci-fi/fantasy, while its stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder were named choice actress and actor in a TV show.  Their co-stars, Katerina Graham and Michael Trevino, were named choice TV scene-stealers.

The cast of Glee won a number of awards, including choice TV comedy, TV actor in a comedy for Cory Monteith and choice TV breakout star for Darren Criss.  The cast of Glee accepted their awards on stage and also introduced a sneak peek clip of Glee 3D: The Concert Movie, which opens nationwide Friday.

MTV’s Jersey Shore was named choice TV reality show, and one of its stars, Paul "Pauly D" Del Vecchio, was named choice male realty star.

Sean Kingston made his first awards show appearance since his jet ski accident and received a standing ovation.  Kingston presented the choice male artist award to Justin Bieber.  Bieber also won awards for male hottie and choice twit.

Will.i.am opened the show and was the Teen Choice Awards DJ for the evening.  Selena Gomez and the Scene performed their choice Love Song-winning hit “Love You Like a Love Song.”  Jason Derulo performed “Don’t Wanna Go Home” and OneRepublic performed “Waking Up.”

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Monday
Aug082011

Fans Get First Peek at Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- After last week's leaks of footage of The Dark Knight Rises that revealed actor Tom Hardy in action as villain Bane, Bat-fans were wondering when they'd get a peek of another key character from the upcoming Batman film: Catwoman.

The movie's official website has just posted a single picture of Anne Hathaway as Selena Kyle, the animal-loving cat burglar who becomes Catwoman.

The picture shows Hathaway astride Batman's batpod, wearing a skin-tight black leather suit, topped with a set of high tech specs to partially obscure her face -- no cowl with kitty cat ears, as she's usually portrayed.

The Dark Knight Rises, also starring Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, and Morgan Freeman, hits theaters next summer.

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Monday
Aug082011

'Dancing with the Stars' Lineup to Be Announced Later this Month

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- The lineup for season 13 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars will be revealed on August 29.

The network says the celebrity dancers and their partners will be revealed during an episode of Bachelor Pad, the spin-off of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette franchises.

The two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars is set for Monday, Sept. 19, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

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Monday
Aug082011

'Jersey Shore' Premiere Scores Record Ratings

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The season four premiere of Jersey Shore last Thursday drew 8.8 million total viewers, making it the highest-rated season debut in MTV history, according to the channel.

MTV says the previous record holder was the season three premiere, which attracted 8.45 million viewers in January 2011.

The season four premiere, which followed the GTL gang as they traveled to Florence, Italy, is now the third most-watched show in MTV history, behind two episodes from the show’s third season.

Season five of Jersey Shore, shot back at the gang's Seaside Heights, New Jersey beach house, has just wrapped.

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Sunday
Aug072011

Twilight’s 'Eclipse' Expected to Win Big at Teen Choice Awards

Summit Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- The latest installment in the Twilight series, Eclipse, is anticipated to sweep Sunday night’s Teen Choice awards, earning at least six trophies, based on Gold Derby predictions.

Gold Derby believes the vampire flick will receive awards for choice sci-fi/fantasy film; choice lip lock: Robert Pattinson, Kristin Stewart; choice male hottie: Robert Pattinson; choice scene stealer, female: Ashley Green; choice movie actor, sci-fi/fantasy: Robert Pattinson; and choice movie actress, sci-fi/fantasy: Kristen Stewart.

The supernatural thriller is nominated for 12 awards.

The Teen Choice Awards will air Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. ET.

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Sunday
Aug072011

'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Exceeds Box Office Expectations 

2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(LOS ANGELES) -- Rise of the Planet of the Apes largely exceeded industry expectations with its rocketing ticket sales that sent it to the top box office slot this weekend.

The Los Angeles Times reports the film—a remake of the ‘68 classic starring James Franco and digitalized apes—raked in an impressive $54 million domestically over the weekend.

The film also managed to collect $23.4 million in the international box office as it opened across 26 foreign markets.

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Sunday
Aug072011

Marilyn Monroe Sex Film? Collector Says It's Up for Auction

George S. Zimbel/Getty Images(BUENOS AIRES) -- A film purportedly showing a young Marilyn Monroe having sex while she was still a struggling young actress is due to go on the auction block Sunday, but experts in the screen legend say while the young woman may be a lookalike, it isn't Norma Jean Baker.

Spanish memorabilia collector Mikel Barsa plans to auction off the film in Buenos Aires at the Borges Cultural Center Sunday, and reportedly said he wants a whopping $500,000 for the short film.

Monroe experts and enthusiasts, however, have said the young blonde who is smiling throughout the film is not the Hollywood star.

More than a debate about whether the woman in the film is Marilyn Monroe, this could potentially turn into a legal battle.

Nancy Carlson, a spokeswoman for the brand development and licensing company Authentic Brands Group, told ABCNews.com in a statement that there is no proof the person in the video is Monroe.

"The seller would bear the responsibility of proving that it is Marilyn Monroe and if he cannot do that, he runs the risk of facing claims for perpetrating a fraud on the public," Carlson said.

She also indicated that they have notified Barsa of the claims and the connection his actions will have with the Monroe Estate.

The Monroe Estate owns all rights to Marilyn Monroe's name, likeness, image and personal throughout the world and Carlson said the Authentic Brands Group who would represent them in a potential law suit has attorneys in many countries that could assist.

"We are prepared to pursue further action against the Seller if they become necessary," Carlson said.

Michelle Morgan, author of "Marilyn Monroe: Private and Undisclosed" said she doubted the film really showed Monroe, because the young woman's figure appears far too big to be the famous actress.

"Marilyn at the time of this tape had a very slim figure, a widow's peak and perfect teeth," Morgan said.

She said she can't imagine why Barsa would think the woman in the film is Monroe, other than the fact that she may only vaguely resemble the star.

Scott Fortner, a blogger and Monroe expert who has collected several of her items like clothing, childhood possessions and an array of the star's memorabilia, shared a series of pictures with ABCNews.com where he pointed out the differences between Monroe and the woman in the film.

"For me the main aspect is the widow's peak," Fortner said. "The woman in the film has a straight hair line; Marilyn has always had her widow's peak."

He added that there is an inconsistency with Barsa's timeline with regards to when the film was made.

Monroe's modeling career started in 1945 when she was signed to Bluebook Modeling, Fortner told ABCNews.com. She signed her first film contract in 1946 with 20th Century Fox and that same year she landed two major magazine covers with Family Circle and Leader Magazine.

Lois Banner, professor of history and gender studies at the University of Southern California and author of "MM-Personal: From the Private Archive of Marilyn Monroe," said she believes Barsa insists on selling the film just because of the money involved.

"There have been numerous tapes alleging to have caught Marilyn at a particular moment in a particular sexual indiscretion, but I would not accept any such tape without a documented provenance," Banner said. "No one would buy a Miro or a Picasso without such documentation, my understanding is that the person selling the tape has brought none of this forward."

The auction is scheduled for Sunday at 7 p.m. GMT at the Borges Cultural Center in Buenos Aires.

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Saturday
Aug062011

Lucille Ball Remembered on 100th Birthday

CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lucille Ball, the beloved star of the comedy "I Love Lucy" would have celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday, if she were alive.

Ball became one of the biggest stars of the small screen in the 1950s with the popularity of "I Love Lucy." She co-starred on the series with her husband, Desi Arnaz, who played Ricky Ricardo.

Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960, but the show lived on in subsequent forms, including "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour," "The Lucy Show" and finally "Here's Lucy." The last episodes aired in 1974.

Ball died in 1989 of an aneurysm. She was 77, and was survived by her second husband, Gary Morton, and two children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr.

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