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Tuesday
Feb152011

Bruno Mars to Enter Guilty Plea Wednesday

Photo Courtesy - Elektra Records(LAS VEGAS) -- Just three days after winning a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Bruno Mars is expected in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday to enter a guilty plea in his drug possession case.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Mars was supposed to appear in court Monday for his arraignment on a felony cocaine possession charge, but he had his presence waived.  He's now required to appear on Wednesday, when he will formally change his plea to guilty.

The plea is part of a deal that will keep Mars out of jail -- and if he stays out of trouble for a year, the arrest will be stricken from the record.  The singer will also be on probation for a year, pay a $2,000 fine, undergo drug counseling and perform 200 hours of community service.

Mars was arrested on Sept. 19 after he was found with 2.6 grams of cocaine in the bathroom of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.  He told the arresting officer that he had made a mistake and had never before used drugs.

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Monday
Feb142011

Radiohead Set to Release New Album

Photo Courtesy - Radiohead/Facebook(NEW YORK) –- Radiohead has announced the release of its eighth studio album, The King of Limbs.

Fans can digitally download the album beginning Saturday and can pre-order it now at Radiohead.com.

For the next few weeks, The King of Limbs can be purchased in two formats. One will be a digital download and the other will be a deluxe edition that is comprised of a pair of 10-inch vinyl records, a CD, a digital download and special art that comes in a unique "newspaper" style.

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Monday
Feb142011

Charlie Sheen Blasts 'Two and Half Men' Execs

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It seems Charlie Sheen doesn't have a lot of love for his bosses.

The actor, who's currently undergoing substance-abuse rehab at his home, said he's ready to return to work on his hit CBS sitcom, Two and a Half Men, but the suits won't let him. On Monday, he described banging on the door of the show's studio and getting no answer.

"[The execs] said 'You get ready and we'll get ready,'" he said on Dan Patrick's radio show, "and I got ready and went back and nobody was there...I don't know what to tell you."

A raspy-sounding Sheen, who quipped that he sounded "like Demi Moore in the '80s," added, "I'm here and I'm ready. They're not. Bring it."

When Patrick asked when Sheen's scheduled to return to work, the actor joked, "August of 2014." He then offered, "I don't know, it's supposed to be like the 28th."

Asked about his Valentine's Day plans, Sheen again made a crack: "I'm celebrating it right now, with you. Sorry that got awkward and creepy really fast."

Representatives for CBS and Warner Bros. Television declined requests for comment.

Sheen's interview comes in the wake of reports that he was paying the Two and a Half Men crew a portion of their salaries while the show is on what's now a nearly three-week-long unplanned hiatus.

Sheen voluntarily checked into a rehab facility at the end of January following a brief hospitalization and partying spree. His decision to go to rehab prompted CBS Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television to put Two and a Half Men on an indefinite hiatus. Sheen later decided to undergo rehab at home.

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Monday
Feb142011

2011 Grammy Awards: The Winners List

Photo Courtesy - Gabriel Bouys/AFP/ Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Here are the winners in the major categories for the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles:

Record of the Year
-- "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

Song of the Year (award to songwriter)
-- "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum (written by Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott)

Album of the Year
-- The Suburbs, Arcade Fire

Best New Artist
-- Esperanza Spalding
 

POP FIELD
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
-- "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga

Best Male Pop Vocal Performance
-- "Just the Way You Are," Bruno Mars

Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
-- "Hey, Soul Sister (Live)," Train

Best Pop Vocal Album
-- The Fame Monster, Lady Gaga

Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals
-- "Imagine," Herbie Hancock, Pink, India.Arie, Seal, Konono No. 1, Jeff Beck & Oumou Sangare

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
-- Crazy Love, Michael Bublé

Best Electronic/Dance Album
-- La Roux, La Roux

Best Dance Recording
-- "Only Girl (In the World)," Rihanna


ROCK FIELD
Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance
-- "Helter Skelter," Paul McCartney

Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
-- "Tighten Up," The Black Keys

Best Rock Song (award to songwriter)
-- "Angry World," Neil Young, songwriter (Neil Young)
 
Best Rock Album
-- The Resistance, Muse

Best Hard Rock Performance
-- "New Fang," Them Crooked Vultures

Best Metal Performance
-- "El Dorado," Iron Maiden

Best Alternative Music Album
-- Brothers, The Black Keys

Best Rock Instrumental Performance
-- "Hammerhead," Jeff Beck


R&B FIELD
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance
-- "There Goes My Baby," Usher

Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
-- "Bittersweet," Fantasia

Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals
-- "Soldier of Love," Sade

Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
-- "Hang on in There," John Legend & The Roots

Best R&B Song (Award to Songwriter)
-- "Shine John Stephens," songwriter (John Legend & The Roots)

Best R&B Album
-- Wake Up!, John Legend & The Roots

Best Contemporary R&B Album
-- Raymond V Raymond, Usher


RAP FIELD
Best Rap Solo Performance
-- "Not Afraid," Eminem

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
-- "Empire State of Mind," Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

Best Rap Song (award to songwriter)
-- "Empire State of Mind," Shawn Carter, Angela Hunte, Burt Keyes, Alicia Keys, Jane't "Jnay" Sewell-Ulepic & Alexander Shuckburgh, songwriters (Sylvia Robinson, songwriter) Jay-Z & Alicia Keys

Best Rap Album
-- Recovery, Eminem

Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group
-- "On to the Next One," Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz


COUNTRY FIELD
Best Country Album
-- Need You Now, Lady Antebellum

Best Female Country Vocal Performance
-- "The House That Built Me," Miranda Lambert

Best Male Country Vocal Performance
-- "'Til Summer Comes Around," Keith Urban

Country Duo or Group with Vocals
-- "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum

Best Country Collaboration with Vocals 
-- "As She's Walking Away," Zac Brown Band & Alan Jackson

Best Country Song (award to songwriter)
-- "Need You Now," Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley & Hillary Scott, songwriters (Lady Antebellum)


Producer of the Year, Non-Classical
-- Danger Mouse

Best Musical Show Album
-- American Idiot

Best Short Form Music Video
-- "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga

Best Long Form Music Video
-- When You're Strange, The Doors

Best Spoken Word Album
-- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents Earth

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Monday
Feb142011

Lady Gaga: 'I Drink a Lot of Whiskey...Smoke Weed'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an interview with 60 Minutes, Lady Gaga told Anderson Cooper that she doesn't say no when it comes to drugs.

"I smoke a lot of pot when I write music...I drink a lot of whiskey and I smoke weed," Gaga said.

Noting that Cooper had previously asked her about studying the careers of other musicians to identify where they went wrong, Gaga went on to say, "I don't want to encourage kids to do drugs, but when you asked me about...what artists do wrong...what artists do wrong is they lie.  And I don't lie. I'm not a liar."

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Monday
Feb142011

Man vs. Computer Debuts on 'Jeopardy!'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The game show Jeopardy! will pit man against machine.  In episodes airing Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, two of the game show's most successful contestants, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter, will test their knowledge against the IBM computing system “Watson,” named after IBM founder Thomas J. Watson.

The winner will receive $1 million, the runner-up will earn $300,000, and the third-place finisher will be awarded $200,000.  Jennings and Rutter will donate half of their winnings to charity. “Watson” won't get any money -- IBM is donating all of the computer's winnings to charity.

Jennings gained national attention by winning 74 consecutive Jeopardy! games and more than $2.5 million in 2004 and 2005. Jennings says the computer won during a recent test run, but was not infallible.

Rutter holds the record for the most money ever won on Jeopardy!, having earned nearly $3.26 million over the course of numerous appearances on the show in 2002 and 2005.

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Monday
Feb142011

Report: Sheen's Clean, Say Drug Tests

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Charlie Sheen has passed a pair of drug tests since starting his at-home rehab program two weeks ago. TMZ quotes a source as saying Sheen "feels great," and is "itching to get back to work as soon as possible."

The actor returned to rehab after a headline-grabbing, alleged porn star-filled 36-hour bender in Las Vegas. The gossip site reports a team of addiction specialists is now treating Sheen, including a specialist agreed upon by the producers of his show Two and a Half Men, which will resume production when they judge Sheen is healthy enough.

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Monday
Feb142011

'The King's Speech' Wins Big at the BAFTAs

Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company(LONDON) -- The King's Speech ruled the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, or the BAFTAs, in London on Sunday.

The film received seven awards at England's equivalent of the Oscars, including best picture, best actor for Colin Firth, best supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush and best supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter.

Natalie Portman was named best actress, for Black Swan.

The Social Network earned three awards, including best director for David Fincher and best adapted screenplay for Aaron Sorkin.

Inception also received three prizes.  In addition, Inception actor Tom Hardy won the Rising Star Award, as determined by a public vote.

Here are the winners in the major BAFTA categories:

Best Film
-- The King's Speech

Best British Film
-- The King's Speech

Leading Actor
-- Colin Firth, The King's Speech

Leading Actress
-- Natalie Portman,  Black Swan

Supporting Actor
-- Geoffrey Rush, The King's Speech

Supporting Actress
-- Helena Bonham Carter, The King's Speech

Director
-- The Social Network, David Fincher

Animated Film
-- Toy Story 3, Lee Unkrich

Original Screenplay
-- The King's Speech, David Seidler

Adapted Screenplay
-- The Social Network, Aaron Sorkin

Rising Star
-- Tom Hardy

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Monday
Feb142011

Safety Violations Issued Against 'Spider-Man' Musical

Photo Courtesy - Bruce Glikas/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The problems for the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark continue to mount.

The New York State Department of Labor has issued two safety violations against the musical in connection with three accidents last year in which performers were injured, according to The New York Times.

In one of the accidents, performer Christopher Tierney, one of the actors who portrays Spider-Man, fell from a platform and suffered a skull fracture and cracked vertebrae.  The second violation stems from injuries suffered by two performers while rehearing a stunt. 

The violations do not include another incident involving actress Natalie Mendoza, who suffered a concussion backstage when she was struck in the head by a rope.  Mendoza has since left the production.

In light of the violations, the musical must continue to follow the safety measures that were implemented following Tierney's accident.  In addition, state safety officials will continue to perform unannounced inspections of the musical for the foreseeable future.

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, featuring music from U2's Bono and The Edge, now holds the record of most expensive Broadway production ever.  The much-delayed show is currently scheduled to officially open on March 15.

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Monday
Feb142011

Christina Aguilera, Husband Reportedly Reach Divorce Settlement

Photo Courtesy - Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Christina Aguilera will soon be a free woman.

TMZ reports that she and her soon-to-be-ex husband, Jordan Bratman, have reached a divorce settlement.  According to the website, the couple will share joint custody of their son Max, who's three.  The divorce will become final in April.

Aguilera and Bratman split last year after five years of marriage.  Since last November, Aguilera's been dating Matt Rutler, whom she met on the set of her movie Burlesque.

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