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Thursday
Sep302010

Mel Gibson's Ex Reportedly Will Appear on Oprah

Photo Courtesy - ABC NewsMel Gibson's ex-girlfriend is prepared to reveal all about her relationship with the actor. Us Weekly reports Oksana Grigorieva, the target of the purported Mel Gibson meltdown caught on tape, will appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show at some point to discuss the failed relationship with Gibson. The report doesn't specify when Grigorieva will tape the interview. Oprah's production company wouldn't confirm the report.  In July, RadarOnline.com posted audio of a man, purportedly Gibson, threatening Grigorieva and admitting that he once hit her. Gibson has since been investigated for allegedly striking Grigorieva at his Malibu home last January. The ex-couple is also locked in a custody battle over their infant daughter, Lucia.

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Thursday
Sep302010

The Flintstones Celebrates 50th Anniversary 

Photo Courtesy - ABC NewsFifty years ago, viewers met The Flintstones, the modern Stone Age family. The first primetime animated series in TV history premiered Sept. 30, 1960 on ABC and featured Fred Flintstone, his wife Wilma, and their neighbors Barney and Betty. The show is often compared to another classic buddy comedy, The Honeymooners, with some saying that Fred and Barney were based on Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton, played by Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, respectively.  The Flintstones was also the first primetime animated series to last more than two seasons, running for six seasons in all.  Its record was surpassed in 1996 when The Simpsons marked its seventh season.

After The Flintstones was cancelled in 1966, a full-length movie, The Man Called Flintstone, arrived in theaters.  Years later, two more movies spun off from the series.  The first film, The Flintstones, released in 1994, starred John Goodman as Fred, Rick Moranis as Barney, Elizabeth Perkins as Wilma and Rosie O'Donnell as Betty.  The second, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, premiered in 2000 and was a prequel with a different cast.  There have also been several TV movies, the most recent in 2001, plus numerous TV specials and spin-offs like The Pebbles and Bamm Bamm Show.

The Flintstones continue to influence popular culture. There are two Flintstones-themed amusement parks in the U.S., one in South Dakota and one in Arizona.  The breakfast cereals Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles were inspired by the show, as well as a chewable children's vitamin.  The Flintstones were recently seen in an ad for Geico insurance, and Weird Al Yankovic immortalized the show in his song "Bedrock Anthem."  Meanwhile, "Yabba-Dabba-Doo" is one of TV's most recognized and repeated catchphrases, along with "Wilmaaaaaa!"

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Thursday
Sep302010

Bonnie and Clyde Director Arthur Penn Dead at 88 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Arthur Penn, the Oscar-nominated director of the classic 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, died Tuesday night. According to The New York Times, he passed away of congestive heart failure at his New York City home. Penn turned 88 on Monday.

Penn is best remembered for his work on Bonnie and Clyde, which starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway as the iconic bank robbers. The film was nominated for 10 Oscars, including a best director nod for Penn. Actress Estelle Parsons won an Oscar for her performance in the film.

Penn is also closely associated with The Miracle Worker, the story of the blind and deaf author Helen Keller. He directed it as a TV play in the 1950s before bringing it to Broadway, winning a Tony Award in the process. A few years later, he directed the film adaptation of The Miracle Worker, which earned Penn an Oscar nomination and both Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke an Oscar win.

Penn received a third Oscar nomination in 1970 for Alice's Restaurant. His other film credits include the Marlon Brando-Jack Nicholson flick The Missouri Breaks and the Gene Hackman thriller Night Moves.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Celebrity Roast Comedian Greg Giraldo Dies at 44

Photo Courtesy -- Getty Images (NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.) -- TMZ.com reported Wednesday that comedian Greg Giraldo, 44, died after being hospitalized for five days due to an overdose of prescription pills.  Giraldo, best known for celebrity roast appearances, passed away with his family by his side, a source told TMZ.com.  Sources say plans are being made for a public memorial service.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Michael Bolton Booted from 'Dancing,' Demands Apology

Photo Courtesy - Adam Larkey/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Michael Bolton, who was booted off "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday night, is not leaving without a fight. After the singer-songwriter's "Hound Dog" routine was torn apart by judge Bruno Tonioli, who called it "the worst jive in 11 seasons," Bolton has demanded an apology.

Monday night, Bruno lashed out at Bolton's jive with professional partner Chelsie Hightower, in which they used a dog house as a prop. He gave the couple the low score of three out of 10, putting him way behind his competitors. Bolton said he was "disappointed" by the judge's harsh critique.

Despite the low score, Bolton stood by the dance, calling it "hilarious," and praised Hightower for coaching him through the second week of competition.

Bolton will return to his worldwide concert tour, promoting his latest album, "One World One Love."

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Lady Gaga's Ex-Producer/Boyfriend Sued by Woman

Photo Courtesy - LadyGaga.com/ Streamline Records(NEWARK, NJ) -- Pop star Lady Gaga and her former boyfriend and producer Rob Fusari recently settled their dueling lawsuits.  Fusari sued Gaga for $30 million, claiming that he wasn't paid what he was owed for his early work with her, and she counter-sued.  But now, Fusari is being sued by a woman who claims she discovered Gaga and introduced her to him.

Forbes.com reports that Wendy Starland filed suit against Fusari last Friday in Federal Court in Newark, New Jersey.  She claims that back in 2005, Fusari told her that if she could help him find "a unique female singer under the age of 25 who could be the equivalent of the lead singer of the band The Strokes," they would work together to make that singer a star, and share in the profits. Starland claims that eight months later she discovered Lady Gaga at a club in New York City, introduced her to Fusari and collaborated on her development as an artist.  But then in 2006, when Fusari signed an actual contract with Gaga, Starland says she was cut out of the picture.

Starland further claims that when Gaga got a major-label record deal, she asked Fusari if he planned to share any of the money he got with her.  She says he agreed to, but never did.  Starland is now suing him and his company for breach of contract, unjust enrichment and breach of fiduciary duty, among other things.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Star Wars Films Will Be Going 3D

Photo Courtesy - StarWars.com/ Lucasfilm Ltd.(SAN FRANCISCO) -- Variety reports all six Star Wars films will be converted to 3D and re-released into theaters. The first 3D Star Wars film to hit the big screen will be Episode I: The Phantom Menace sometime in 2012. The Phantom Menace  was originally released in 1999. Creator George Lucas previously updated the special effects of the first three Star Wars films and re-released them theatrically.  The exact release dates for the 3D Star Wars movies have not been announced. At the moment, there are no plans to release the 3D versions on DVD.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Rihanna Unveils New Album Cover 

Photo Courtesy - RihannaNow.com/ Def Jam RecordingsSinger Rihanna had some fun with fans on Tuesday, revealing the cover of her new album, Loud, bit by bit online.  She started out by tweeting, "Here's a little taste of LOUD. Meet me at my Facebook page for more."  The Twitpic was a close-up of the upper right side of her face, but when fans clicked on her Facebook page, they saw the lower left side of her face.  Finally, Rihanna posted the full album cover image on her official website, revealing the full picture.  The cover is a close-up of her face, with eyes closed, lips in full pout, flaming red hair and just a hint of her new "Rebelle fleur" neck tattoo.  Loud will be in stores in November.  The first single, "Only Girl (In the World)," has already topped Billboard's digital sales chart.

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Joaquin Phoenix "Wanted Out" of Mockumentary

Photo Courtesy - Magnolia Pictures(GLENDALE, Calif.) -- Oscar nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix tells Extra there were times he "wanted out" of the mockumentary I'm Still Here. The star raised more than a few eyebrows with the project, in which he purported to have quit acting to pursue a rap career.  Phoenix tells Extra, "At some point, it became such a public spectacle...To be frank, we were kind of hostage to the process. There were times...where I wanted out. Even on a conventional film I'm done after four months. But this went on and on."  I'm Still Here is directed by Casey Affleck.

The phony career switch included disastrous performances and a now-infamous interview on The Late Show with David Letterman, in which a bearded Phoenix mumbled his way through an almost incoherent chat segment.  Phoenix appeared on Letterman's show last week to discuss his earlier appearance.  He tells Extra he wanted to reveal the documentary as a hoax on Late Show to prove "I wasn't on the show to make a fool of him." Says Phoenix, "In this film, I think the only person who comes off as a real jerk is me."

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Wednesday
Sep292010

Michael Buble Releases Track Listing for New Deluxe Album

Photo Courtesy - Reprise Records/ MichaelBuble.comSinger Michael Buble has released details of the re-release of his album Crazy Love, called Crazy Love: Hollywood Edition.  Arriving Oct. 25, the package will include the original Crazy Love album, plus another disc called Hollywood: The Deluxe EP.  Fans who already own Crazy Love can purchase that one separately as a stand-alone.  The eight-track EP features four new songs, including his single "Hollywood," plus live recordings.

Here's the track listing:

1. "Hollywood"
2. "At This Moment" (live)
3. "Some Kind of Wonderful"
4. "End of May"
5. "Me & Mrs. Jones" (live)
6. "Haven't Met You Yet" (live)
7. "Heartache Tonight" (live)
8. "Best of Me"

Buble is currently touring Europe, but he'll return to the U.S. on Nov. 23 for another string of dates, which will wrap up Dec. 13 in Los Angeles.

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