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Mar222011

'Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time' Airs Tuesday Night

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- What's the greatest movie of all-time?  The most memorable movie line in film history?  Which Hollywood stars make the most romantic on-screen couple?

Those questions and more are the subject of a new ABC special airing Tuesday night, entitled Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time.

A panel of experts that included actor Gene Hackman, producer Garry Marshall, actress Susan Sarandon and filmmaker Michael Moore were asked to select 10 nominees in a wide range of categories, including best film, greatest line, best comedy and best chick flick.  The public was then asked to vote online for their favorites.

Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time is a collaboration between ABC News and People magazine, hosted by Tom Bergeron and Cynthia McFadden.  In addition to the online voting results, the special also features fresh interviews with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars and directors, including Anthony Hopkins and Harrison Ford.  Bergeron said the stars also reveal interesting tidbits about their most famous roles, including Hopkins describing how he came up with the voice of Hannibal Lecter for Silence of the Lambs.

Best in Film: The Greatest Movies of Our Time airs at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Tuesday
Mar222011

Charlie Sheen Tour Headed for Haiti? Actor Appears on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen is planning on bringing his upcoming tour to Haiti, which is still recovering from last year's earthquake, according to TMZ.com.

The former Two and a Half Men star, who would donate the proceeds to charity, is reportedly planning on making Haiti the last stop on his Sheen LIVE: My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option tour.  Sheen has also reportedly gotten help from Sean Penn in bringing the show to Haiti.  Penn has been very active in the country's recovery efforts.

In other news, Sheen made an unpublicized walk-on on Monday night's Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC.

Kimmel was interviewing guest Mark Cuban about talks he's reportedly had with Sheen about creating a show for Cuban's HDNet when Sheen himself strode onstage, his arms laden with bags full of Charlie Sheen-branded merchandise.

Sheen said little during the cameo, but he did give Kimmel a kiss on the lips, throw t-shirts to the enthusiastic crowd, and dropped a hint about a possible future with the Fox network by presenting Kimmel with a coffee mug with a fox on it, telling the host, "You figure it out."

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Tuesday
Mar222011

Bryan Adams Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Decca Records(LOS ANGELES) -- It was pouring rain in Los Angeles Monday, but that didn't stop about 50 hard-core fans from showing up to watch Bryan Adams receive the 2,435th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Adams' star is located outside the Musicians Institute on Hollywood Boulevard, prompting the singer to note, "I really thought this was gonna be outside Ripley's Believe It or Not!."

He added, "I remember being in Hollywood here at the age of about 16, and marveling at the stars on the pavement.  But the idea of being part of it never entered my mind.  It was too far-fetched."

Adams went on to thank a long list of people who've supported him, from his family, to his musical collaborators, to the folks he's worked with in the movie industry, to those with whom he works in his side career as a photographer.

He finished by saying, "I'd even like to thank all the bands that I've supported over the years: The Kinks, Journey, Foreigner and The Rolling Stones.  Thanks for the break.  And finally, of course, most importantly, to the fans."

Before Adams made his remarks, he was saluted by hockey legend and fellow Canadian Wayne Gretzky, who's been his friend since 1980.

Gretzky told the crowd, "He's a very humble Canadian.  We're very proud to say that he is Canadian, for not only what he has done as a performer, but how he's handled himself, and the things he's done for charitable foundations...worldwide." 

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Tuesday
Mar222011

Rod Stewart, Stevie Nicks Cancel Opening Night of Joint Tour

J Records/RCA Music Group(SUNRISE, Fla.) -- The opening night of the Rod Stewart/Stevie Nicks joint Heart & Soul tour was canceled this past Sunday night due to illness.

It seems Stewart came down with the flu, so the show, which was scheduled to take place in Sunrise, Florida at the BankAtlantic Center, had to be scrapped.  According to the venue's website, refunds are available at the point of purchase.

Pollstar.com reports that the tour will now begin on March 23 in Tampa, Florida.

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Tuesday
Mar222011

Ke$ha Postpones Japanese Tour, but Show Goes On for Ne-Yo

Carlos R. Alvarez/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Following the disaster in Japan, Ke$ha has canceled her upcoming tour of that country.  Billboard reports that in a statement, the singer said, "I genuinely don't think right now would be appropriate timing for me to perform in Japan, given the content and spirit of my show, which is all about feeling exuberant, rowdy and wild."  She added that she'll return to the country "when we are all ready to dance and Get $leazy together again."  Ke$ha, who also pledged to "do everything I can to help relief efforts," will start a U.S. tour leg April 1 in Clarion, Pennsylvania.

However, Ne-Yo decided not to let the recent events in Japan stop him from performing there.  Over the weekend, he gave a concert in the city of Nagoya, and tweeted that he was setting up donation boxes in the venue to help those in need.  He also sold special wristbands, the proceeds from which will go to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami.  The singer will do the same at his show Tuesday in Yokohama and Thursday in Tokyo.  He's calling his campaign "Spread Love Through Music."

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Tuesday
Mar222011

Miley Cyrus Planning International Tour; Returns to Twitter

PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(LOS ANGELES) -- Miley Cyrus has announced the first two dates of what will be a full-scale international tour, according to E! Online.  She'll perform April 29 in Ecuador, and May 1 in Lima, Peru, with more dates to follow.  According to E!, there are no immediate plans for Miley to perform in the United States.  A source told E!, "Miley has a huge fanbase worldwide.  She's pumped that her schedule has opened up and allowed her to perform for fans abroad."

Meanwhile, Miley, who famously quit Twitter back in 2009, is back on the social networking service -- kind of.  When she first left, she explained with a final tweet that her boyfriend at the time, Liam Hemsworth, "doesn't have a twitter and he wants ME to delete mine with good reason."  Now, she's using the Twitter account of the production team Rock Mafia, with whom she's been working lately.  Miley wrote on their account, "This is my new way to connect.  When I need to speak out, I will tweet from @Rock_Mafia."  But after sending a series of tweets, she added, "Wanted to make it clear I'M NOT rejoining Twitter. I'm only using it when with [Rock Maifa] writing! Fans are the best way to get inspired."

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Tuesday
Mar222011

Nicki Minaj In, Mariah Carey Out as 'X Factor' Judge?

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Though Simon Cowell has stated publicly that he wants Mariah Carey to be one of the judges on his new show X Factor, it appears as though he's not going to get what he wants.  Essence.com reports it has confirmed that Mariah has turned down the offer because she's too busy preparing for the arrival of her twins with hubby Nick Cannon, and working on music for a new album.

However, one of Mariah's former duet partners may be ready to step into the role.  The New York Post reports that Nicki Minaj is in talks to join the panel on X Factor.  A source told the paper, "Simon thinks Nicki is fantastic.  She's sassy, she looks great and she has bags of personality," adding that the show "is aiming for a younger audience."  Nicki joined Mariah for the 2010 remix of her song Up Out My Face.

Simon Cowell told MTV News that his X Factor judging panel "will be the best so far, I promise you," adding, "If I get the people I want, I'm really happy."  Stay tuned.

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Tuesday
Mar222011

Jennifer Hudson Talks New Album, Movie; Remembers Mom's Wisdom

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Everyone knows about Jennifer Hudson's new, svelte look, but now she wants you to know about her new album.  The singer appeared on ABC's Good Morning America on Monday to promote her sophomore CD, I Remember Me, which is out Tuesday.  Jennifer said the title reflects the fact that she feels she's lived "at least four different lives," adding, "There is absolutely nothing the same today as it was ten years ago."

She's not kidding.  In the past 10 years, Jennifer became an American Idol finalist, an Oscar and Grammy winner, and a mother.  Sadly, she also lost her mother, nephew and brother, all of whom were murdered in 2008.  Hudson explained that she has "very few things left to remember myself by," and said that the album title, I Remember Me, is "my way of holding on to me, because I like who I was, and I like who I am now."

I Remember Me's title track, co-written by Ryan Tedder, is based on a poem that Jennifer wrote and is her only writing credit on the disc.  Others who contributed songs to the project include Alicia Keys, R. Kelly and Diane Warren.  Jennifer also recorded Believe, a song originally recorded by country duo Brookes & Dunn.  Unlike her first album, Jennifer says this one gave her "more of an opportunity to be myself, and everything is kinda led by my vision and my ideas.  She adds, "I feel like it's 'me' musically, and as a person, and pretty much everything."

Jennifer says as she enters this new phase of her life, her late mother is never far from her thoughts.  She said on Good Morning America, "There's not a day goes by that I don't hear my mother in my head...everything I do, I try to reflect...and be sure that she's proud of me.  I say, 'Okay, will my mother be pleased with this?  What will she say about that?'  And that's what keeps me going."

In addition to her music career, Jennifer is also working hard on her acting career.  The Oscar winner will next be seen in Winnie, a biopic of Winnie Mandela, wife of former South African President Nelson Mandela.  Shooting the film in South Africa, Jennifer spent months away from her son David, which is partly why she called the movie "the hardest thing I've ever done."  But Jennifer says she "can't wait for the world to see it."  She says she wasn't aware of the details of Winnie's life, and so wants everyone to know about her "powerful and amazing" story.  Winnie will be out some time later this year.

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Monday
Mar212011

'DWTS' Season 12 Premiere: Ralph Macchio Leads the Pack

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- What do a star football player, a champion boxer, actresses and an actor, a TV talk show host, a radio host, a supermodel, a rapper-slash-entertainer and a WWE wrestler all have in common? Monday night, they were all competitors on the season 12 premiere of Dancing With the Stars.

But not all of the stars shone.

Radio host "Psycho" Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer earned the night's lowest score of the 11 couples, getting 13 points out of a possible 30 from the judges for their foxtrot. TV talk show host and author Wendy Williams earned a 14 out of a possible 30 points for her cha-cha with partner Tony Dovolani.

"I know you've got personality. Show it to me!" Judge Bruno Tonioli told Williams after her performance.

The top score -- 24 out of 30 points -- went to Ralph Macchio, the 1980s heartthrob who starred in the hit movie Karate Kid, and his professional partner, Karina Smirnoff. Judge Bruno Toniolo said Macchio had "great showmanship," while judge Carrie Ann Inaba called the performance "an amazing surprise."

Actress Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned a 23, the second-highest score of the night, for their cha-cha.

The stars will dance again on March 28. One couple will be voted off during the results show on March 29.

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Monday
Mar212011

Ellen DeGeneres Is America's Most-Loved Talk Show Host

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ellen DeGeneres is not only a successful comedian and talk show host, she's also adored by social media users.  DeGeneres is America's most-loved TV talk show host, according to Amplicate, a firm that measures the opinions of social media users.

The firm says more than 1,280 positive opinions were posted about Ellen on Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites over the past three months, giving her a positive rating of 97 percent.  Jimmy Fallon was runner-up for the title of most-loved TV talk show host, with a positive rating of 93.7 percent.

Here’s Amplicate's rankings of top ten most-loved TV talk show hosts:

1. Ellen DeGeneres
2. Jimmy Fallon
3. Jon Stewart
4. Conan O'Brien
5. Tyra Banks
6. Craig Ferguson
7. Andy Cohen
8. Stephen Colbert
9. Martha Stewart
10. Diane Sawyer

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