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Jun142011

Carole King Writing Memoir

Gail Oskin/Getty Images for ticketsforcharity.com(NEW YORK) -- Add Carole King to the list of musicians currently working on autobiographies.  The New York Times reports the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer plans to publish her book, entitled A Natural Woman, in April of 2012.  The book will document King's New York City upbringing and her rise from behind-the-scenes songwriter to best-selling star.  In a statement, an executive at the company that's publishing the book told the Times, “It will be a thrill to bring her life’s journey to her devoted following who have waited so long to read her story in prose.”

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Madonna's New Movie Gets Distribution Deal

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- W.E., the new movie directed by Madonna, has secured a U.S. distribution deal.  The Weinstein Company, which brought you such Oscar-winning hits as The King's Speech and Inglorious Basterds, will release the movie in America. 

The romantic drama stars Abbie Cornish and James D'arcy, and juxtaposes a modern love story with the story of England's King Edward VIII and his wife, American divorcée Wallis Simpson.  In the Oscar-winning movie The King's Speech, Edward VIII is the one who abdicates the throne, clearing the way for his stuttering brother, Albert, who became George VI.

In a statement, Madonna said, "W.E. is about the nature of true love, and the sacrifices and compromises that are often made.  I’ve wanted to tell this story for a very long time, and bringing it to life has been a great adventure for me."

W.E. is the second movie Madonna's directed. The first, Filth & Wisdom, which she also co-wrote, came out in 2008 and received mostly negative reviews.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Springsteen Statement on Clarence Clemons: 'Initial Signs Are Encouraging'

Harry Scott/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- Bruce Springsteen has issued a statement regarding the health of E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons, who suffered a stroke this past Sunday.  In the statement, Springsteen confirms the stroke and adds, "While all initial signs are encouraging, Clarence will need much care and support to achieve his potential once again.  He has his wonderfully supportive wife, Victoria, excellent doctors and health care professionals, and is surrounded by friends and family."

Springsteen adds, "I thank you all for your prayers and positive energy and concern.  This is a time for us all to share in a hopeful spirit that can ultimately inspire Clarence to greater heights."

Fans who want to send a get-well message to Clarence Clemons can use the email address notestoclarence@clarenceclemons.com.

Meanwhile, a source close to the Big Man tells Backstreets.com, "It's sort of status quo right now, but the status quo is good. We're amazed -- the doctors are amazed at the advances he's made. Bear in mind, he's still machine-assisted. But his vital signs continue to improve, and the goal is to wean him off each machine as he gets stronger."

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Holy Comeback! Batgirl Returns After 23 Years

Michael Tullberg/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Batgirl is back! Twenty-three years after she was shot in the back by The Joker, rendering her a paraplegic, DC Comics has decided to bring her back.

Batgirl, portrayed by actress Yvonne Craig in the 1960s television series, will miraculously regain the ability to walk in an issue to be released in September 2011, according to the Guardian newspaper.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Mother of Schwarzenegger's Love Child Speaks Out for First Time

Lee Celano/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Mildred Baena, the housekeeper with whom Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child, spoke out for the first time Tuesday to Hello! magazine, saying she cried together with the former governor's wife after revealing the news.

She was joined for the interview by her son Joseph, who she said began to increasingly resemble his governor/actor father as he grew older.

What's perhaps most surprising about Baena's tell-all interview is the high regard in which she holds Schwarzenegger's wife and former first lady of California, Maria Shriver.

She told Hello! that Shriver had an inkling of her husband's secret as she heard talk of Joseph's physical similarity to his father around the house. When Shriver asked Baena about her son's paternity, she admitted that the governor was indeed the father. Shriver then hugged Baena and cried with her, telling her to "get off [her] knees."

While Shriver has separated from Schwarzenegger and moved out of their Brentwood home, Baena also expressed hope for their reconciliation. She acknowledged that the former governor "is suffering." She added, "He loves Maria. I hope in time they work things out."

When his grandmother sat him down one year ago to explain that Arnold Schwarzenegger was his father, he exclaimed: "Cool!", Hello! reported. His mother said the young boy is looking forward to building a relationship with his father.

Schwarzenegger fathered a son with Baena about 14 years ago. Birth records show Schwarzenegger's son Christopher and his newly revealed child were born less than a week apart. Known as Patty, Baena reportedly worked in the famliy home as a housekeeper and assistant for more than 20 years, until January.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Report: Playboy's Hugh Hefner, Crystal Harris Split

Denise Truscello/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, 85, and playmate Crystal Harris, 24, have reportedly called it quits.

According to TMZ, the couple had an argument over the weekend, prompting Harris to move out of the Playboy Mansion where the couple was to be married this weekend.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Barry Manilow's New Album Explores Ups and Downs of Fame

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Barry Manilow is no stranger to fame. The "Copacabana" singer has sold 80 million records worldwide and hit the peak of stardom in the '70s with five albums simultaneously topping the charts. But Manilow delves even deeper into the idea of fame in his new album, 15 Minutes, which comes out Tuesday.

The concept album explores the ins and outs of living in the spotlight, tackling the rise and fall of a hypothetical celebrity. But with track titles like "Work the Room" and "He's a Star," there's no doubt that Manilow is singing at least partly from his own experience.

Known for and occasionally ridiculed for his love ballads that have had female "fanilows" flocking to him for decades, Manilow amassed more than a dozen top 20 hits throughout the '70s and '80s, most notably classics like "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It." His status as a legendary musician landed him a permanent gig at Paris Las Vegas, at which he recently celebrated his 100th show.

But Manilow has also said he was inspired by contemporary instances of megastardom.

In recent years, Manilow has also transfixed the media with his seemingly ageless face. While he turns 68 this week, his youthful looks have brought about questions of plastic surgery. Manilow has denied the claims, crediting his physique to his diet and exercise regimen.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Clarence Clemons Reportedly 'Responsive' after Stroke

Harry Scott/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- A spokesperson for the E Street Band tells ABC News Radio that they currently don't have any information about the health of Clarence "Big Man" Clemons, who suffered a stroke on Sunday.  But reports indicate that the horn player may be improving.

A "close friend" of Clemons told the Springsteen fan site Backstreets that the saxophonist seems to be out of the woods.

The source told the website, "Yesterday, it did not look good at all.  Today...miracles are happening.  His vital signs are improving.  He's responsive.  His eyes are welling up when we're talking to him.  He was paralyzed on his left side, but now he's squeezing with his left hand....it's nothing short of miraculous."

Meanwhile, Lady Gaga has called on her fans to support Clemons -- who played on her current single "Edge of Glory" -- in his recovery.

She tweeted, "Little monsters, my very close friend...Clarence Clemons is very sick. Can we all make some get well videos?" 

Later on Monday, she tweeted that she was in bed with her mother "thinking about Clarence," and added, "I can't wait for you to see the beautiful video we made together. He's a really special person."

That would be the "Edge of Glory" video, which has yet to have an announced premiere date.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Tracy Morgan Aims to Make Amends with Gay Community

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tracy Morgan is trying to make amends days after being labeled insensitive by gay rights activists, his colleagues, the general public and his bosses at NBC for an anti-gay tirade during his standup performance June 3 at the Ryman Auditorium in Tennessee.

The 30 Rock star will be meeting this week with several young gay people and people who have lost family members to anti-gay violence.

Morgan told eonline.com, "I know how bad bullying can hurt.  I was bullied when I was a kid.  I'm sorry for what I said.  I didn't mean it.  I never want to use my comedy to hurt anyone.  My family knew what it was like to feel different.  My brother was disabled and I lost my father to AIDS in 1987."

He added, "My dad wasn't gay, but I also learned about homophobia then because of how people treated people who were sick with that."

Morgan explained, "Parents should support and love their kids no matter what.  Gay people deserve the same right to be happy in this country as everyone else.  Our laws should support that."

Morgan will visit Tennessee next week with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for a press conference protesting the state's recent passage of the "Don't Say Gay" bill, which prohibits the discussion of homosexuality before ninth grade in public schools.

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Tuesday
Jun142011

Charlie Sheen Coming Back to TV?

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Former Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen may be coming back to the small screen soon, according to TMZ.

The gossip site reports that America's favorite warlock is in "deep negotiations" for a "big offer" to star in a new sitcom for a major network.  TMZ reports the series has an immediate green light -- which means that unlike other shows, the project, which is reportedly being crafted just for Sheen, won't risk becoming a pilot that doesn't air.

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