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Monday
May092011

Jerry Seinfeld Doesn't Watch 'Seinfeld'

Heidi Gutman/Bravo(NEW YORK) -- Jerry Seinfeld doesn't watch Seinfeld -- not that there's anything wrong with that.

The comic tells PopEater.com he doesn't catch episodes of the legendary sitcom, saying "I don't really, in fact, I don't at all.  I think because as much as I enjoy the humor of it, it kind of reminds me of how hard it was to do."  He added, "I can't seem to get that part out of my head and just enjoy the show, but I'm working on it because I would like to watch them more.  When I watch them, I see my face and I see how I was struggling."

Seinfeld is keeping busy these days with the launch of JerrySeinfeld.com, a new website where he says he'll post three clips of his standup over the years each day.  Seinfeld has no ads on the site because he wants people to appreciate the art of standup comedy, calling it "a valentine to this profession."

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Monday
May092011

Head of Oprah Winfrey's New Network Fired Due to Poor Ratings

PRNewsFoto/Discovery Communications, George Burns(NEW YORK) -- The head of Oprah Winfrey's new network, OWN, is out.

The New York Times reports channel bosses cited lower than expected ratings in its decision to let go of CEO Christina Norman.  Peter Ligouri, the chief operating officer for Discovery Communications, will replace Norman on an interim basis.

In a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Winfrey said, "I want to thank Christina for her important accomplishments, incredible passion and many sacrifices in helping to launch the network.  With the final taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show only a few weeks away I will soon be able to devote my full energies to OWN.  This is a natural point of transition and I am confident that Peter, as an integral part of the launch of OWN, will be a terrific partner for me going forward."

Discovery and Winfrey, who share ownership of OWN, said the change represents a "transition from a launch phase to a more long-term focus on business and creative strategy, development and execution following the network's debut on January 1st, 2011."

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Monday
May092011

Lady Gaga Sets Record with 'Monster Ball' Tour

Peter Kramer/NBC(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga wrapped up her Monster Ball tour on May 6 in Mexico City, and made history in the process.

According to Billboard, it was the biggest tour ever by an artist making their debut as a headlining act.  Since it kicked off in November of 2009, the tour has grossed $227 million and played to 2.5 million people over about 200 shows.  In fact, when all the numbers are tallied, it's got a shot at ranking as one of the top 10 highest-grossing tours ever by any artist, new or established.

Gaga's manager told Billboard, "We're humbled by the tremendous success of the Monster Ball tour.  The reasonably-priced tickets, coupled with a great live experience, led it to being a must-see event."

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Monday
May092011

No 'Rock Band 4' Coming Out This Year

Harmonix/Rock Band(MINNEAPOLIS) -- If you were hoping for a copy of Rock Band 4 this holiday season, Santa isn't going to be able to help you out.

In an interview with Game Informer magazine, Chris Rigopulos, vice president of strategy and business for Harmonix, says that instead of releasing Rock Band 4 this year, the company will focus its energy on releasing new downloadable content for Rock Band 3.  New tracks from Ozzy Osbourne, Peter Frampton and Lady Gaga are expected to come out this month.

Rigopulos says Rock Band 3 "is a big game with lots of available music content and lots of new goals and challenges."  He adds that Harmonix is continuing to work on new ideas "to advance the Rock Band franchise" and those ideas will be released "when the time is right."

Gamers should be glad that Rock Band is at least still around.  In February, Activision announced it was discontinuing its once smoking hot Guitar Hero game in the wake of declining sales.

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Monday
May092011

Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood Make Chart History

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift is making some chart history with her latest single, "Mean."

That song is at number nine on Billboard's Country Songs chart, and it's also her 13th single and 13th top-10 hit -- appropriate, since 13 is Swift's lucky number.  That means the singer is now tied with Carrie Underwood as the women with the most consecutive top 10 hits in the chart's history.

Underwood's 13th top 10, "Mama's Song," peaked at number two in January.

Underwood's and Swift's run of top 10 hits also is the best among all artists on the country chart since Tracy Lawrence put his first 19 consecutive singles in the top 10 from 1991-1997. 

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Sunday
May082011

'Thor' Tops Box Office in Opening Weekend

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- The film Thor pulled in $66 million in its opening weekend, making it king of weekend box office.

Fast Five, in its second week on the silver screen, came in second in the box office race, with ticket sales totaling $32.5 million.

Jumping the Broom ($13.7 million), Something Borrowed ($13.2 million) and Rio ($8.2 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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Saturday
May072011

Kate Middleton Spotted Doing Grocery Shopping

David Cheskin - WPA Pool/Getty Images(LONDON) -- From Westminster Abbey to the grocery store, Kate Middleton turned heads during the week while making a trip to her local market in Anglesey, North Wales – a rare trip for the normally private British royals.

Wearing skinny jeans and ballet flats, Kate, 29, pushed a grocery cart to the store with her protection officer near.

"She loaded all the shopping into her car on her own, then skipped as she ran the trolley back to the park," one observer told the Daily Mail.

"She looked very happy and was smiling at people. Most people didn't even spot who it was, despite her being probably the most famous person in the world at the moment."

Prince William and Kate -- now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- famously said they wanted to live as much of an ordinary life as possible, and they are living up to their word by residing in a modest cottage in Wales and shunning away the help of butlers and servants.

The newlyweds represent a new breed of monarchs that some are calling the modern royals -- strip away the titles and for the most part they are "just like us," going to college, having careers, and marrying for love. But even while living modestly, William and Kate will not escape the scrutiny to which the royal family is subjected.

The marriages of three of Queen Elizabeth's four children and that of her sister all ended in divorce. The scandalous headlines and tales of adultery that accompanied many of these splits tarnished the royal family's image. Having inherited such a legacy of divorce, Prince William and Middleton have an opportunity to modernize the monarchy.

"And, for them, living in the public eye so much, when every flicker of an eyelid is recorded by the cameras and television … and now by mobile phones, the pressures are even greater. " William Shawcross, the queen mother's official biographer, said.

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Friday
May062011

Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell Engaged

Dave Hogan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Paul McCartney is apparently hoping that the third marriage is a charm, as the singer is reportedly now engaged to girlfriend Nancy Shevell.

According to a report by People magazine, the Beatles rocker McCartney, 68, has been dating businesswoman Shevell, 51, since 2007, and the two appear to be ready to tie the knot.

There were no details available about when exactly the couple planned to exchange vows.

McCartney has been married twice before, while Shevell has one prior marriage.

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Friday
May062011

Julia Roberts Lands Role as Global Ambassador

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Julia Roberts is making room for another entry on her resume, as the actress takes up the role of Global Ambassador with the Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of State, Roberts, an Academy Award-winning actress, will serve as a Global Ambassador with the alliance, and work alongside U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to help raise awareness about the issue of toxic smoke from unsafe and inefficient cookstoves killing millions of people globally every year.

“Nearly 2 million people around the world – mostly women and children – die each year from an activity that many of us take for granted: cooking for our families,” Roberts said. “I am proud to stand with Secretary Clinton to work to reduce the senseless and preventable deaths from unsafe cooking conditions in the developing world and I look forward to contributing to the important work of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.”

The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves is a public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation, and involves more than 60 national governments. The alliance seeks to create a global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

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Friday
May062011

Katie Couric May Go to ABC; Network Canceling Another Soap?

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- She's worked for NBC and is on the verge of leaving CBS, so it might be time for Katie Couric to give ABC a try. 

Couric and the mouse network are close to signing a $20 million deal, reports TMZ.com.  Couric would contribute specials for ABC News and 20/20 and perform other fill-in jobs, including anchoring news programs.

Couric also stands to get her own daily syndicated show beginning in September of next year that could spell the end of General Hospital.  Sources claim ABC would be willing to cancel the longest-running soap in history to bring Couric aboard and make room for her on its schedule.

ABC recently announced it was pulling the plug on its other two soaps, One Life to Live and All My Children.

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