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Apr212011

Charlie Sheen's Behavior Cost Him Custody of Twin Sons

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen's behavior may have played a role in a Los Angeles judge's decision not to grant him sole custody of Bob and Max, the twin boys he has with ex-wife Brooke Mueller.  According to TMZ.com, Judge Hank Goldberg knew Mueller had reportedly been using drugs again, but he was more concerned with Sheen's history of abuse, not to mention the fact he likes to boast about it.

Judge Goldberg rejected Sheen's custody request during a hearing Tuesday.  He reportedly believed Mueller and the former Two and a Half Men star had issues, but that a change in custody wasn't warranted because nannies and family were all available to lend a hand.

RadarOnline.com also reports Judge Goldberg didn't want to award custody to Sheen because he hadn't seen the boys since he launched his Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option tour.

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Apr212011

Billy Ray Cyrus Wants Miley to Be Happy

VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Miley Cyrus' family is recovering from a difficult 2010, which saw mom Tish and dad Billy Ray split amid reports of infidelity, and Miley get caught smoking the hallucinogenic herb salvia on a video that went viral.  However, it appears the family's working hard to put things back together.

In a new interview in Parade Magazine, Billy Ray opens up about his daughter, with whom he recently reconciled after a rough patch.  He says, "My wish for her is to be happy. To love what she's doing. We've always had a slogan in our family: 'If you ain't happy, it ain't working.' You need to love what you're doing. As long as she's happy and loving making music -- and I know she loves acting -- that's all that matters."

Billy Ray continues, "I pray the same for Miley as I pray for my other kids -- that they live their life with purpose knowing that it's about giving back and finding out what you can do in this world to hopefully make it a better place."

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Thursday
Apr212011

'Weird Al' Yankovic Parodies Lady Gaga, She Approves

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- "Weird Al" Yankovic has recorded his own version of Lady Gaga’s smash hit "Born This Way” and originally claimed that Gaga's disapproval of the song kept him from officially releasing it as a single from his new album, but that's not the case any longer. According to a tweet by New York Times writer David Itzkoff Wednesday night, Weird Al's manager said that Gaga has now given permission for the song to appear on his album.  Yankovic later confirmed it on his blog.

The lyrics to the song include such lines as, "I'm sure my critics will say/It's a grotesque display/Well they can bite me, baby/I perform this way/I might be wearin' Swiss cheese/Or maybe covered with bees/It doesn't mean I'm crazy/I perform this way/Ooh, my little monsters pay/Lots, 'cause I perform this way/Baby, I perform this way."

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Thursday
Apr212011

Former 'Bachelor' Winner Pregnant 

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- First came love, then came marriage, and now comes the baby carriage for Shayne Lamas.  The former Bachelor winner is pregnant with her first child, reports RadarOnline.com.  She's reportedly due Nov. 11.  The 25-year-old Lamas announced via Twitter earlier this week that she got married last Sunday to Nik Richie, who owns the website TheDirty.com.  It will be the first child for the couple.

Lamas' father, Lorenzo Lamas, was thrilled to hear he's going to be a grandfather.  He said, "I'm speechless.  I'm happy for them...I want to be called Papa Lolo by the baby. It's easy for a kid to wrap their tongue around."

Shayne Lamas was engaged for a short time to Matt Grant after he picked her on The Bachelor in 2008.

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Apr212011

Rebecca Black, ‘Friday’ Singer, Receiving Death Threats

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- It's the YouTube sensation people love to hate: Rebecca Black's song that went viral, "Friday.” Some hate the song so much that the 13-year-old singer has received death threats.

Authorities say the threats, one by email and one by phone, came shortly after the release of her video in February, demanding that she pull the song from YouTube "or else."

"We consider these threats to be death threats, and we certainly take these things very seriously," said Sgt. Rick Martinez of the Anaheim, Calif., Police Department.

Although the Anaheim police acknowledge the death threats may just be mean-spirited snipes, authorities said they are taking it seriously.

"Specifically they mention that they were going to take her life," Martinez said, "and that's where you have to draw the line."

Black said in an interview with ABC News last month that she was shocked at the mean things people were saying.

"The meanest thing I read was I hope you cut yourself and I hope you get a eating disorder so you'll look pretty," Black said.

Her song and the accompanying video have inspired strong feelings, both positive and negative, and dozens of parodies. Comedian Steven Colbert performed his own version on the NBC series, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

The video has received more than 112 million views since it was posted to YouTube on Feb. 10. Of them, some 300,000 "liked" it, but more than two million "disliked" it.

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Thursday
Apr212011

'American Idol's' Top Seven Sing Songs of the 21st Century

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top seven contestants performed songs from the 21st century this week.

As always, judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were on hand to offer their comments.  This season's eliminated contestants -- Pia Toscano, Naima Adedapo, Paul McDonald, Karen Rodriguez, Thia Megia and Ashton Jones -- opened the show with a performance of Pink's "So What." 

Scotty McCreery chose to sing LeAnn Rimes' cover of the John Anderson country hit "Swingin'." Tyler loved the performance, but he wanted him to do some more boot-scooting around the stage. Lopez liked the way he tells stories when he sings, but she thinks he needs to push past his comfort zone at this point in the competition. She also didn't like his song choice, nor did Jackson, who felt it was safe and kind of boring.

James Durbin sang "Uprising" by Muse in a bid to showcase his contemporary side. Lopez said that would go down as the most theatrical performance of the night. She called it amazing, and Jackson predicted it would also be the best performance of the night.  Tyler playfully admonished Durbin to stay out of his closet, since they both wear rocker gear. He said Durbin was crazy good.

Haley Reinhart chose Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" for this week, performing on a stool right behind the judges' table. Jackson thought this song indicated a great potential direction for her to go after the show's over. Tyler thought the performance was a little slow at the start but picked up towards the end. Lopez thought she showed a lot of courage singing a current hit and said she really shone on certain parts of the song.

Jacob Lusk delivered Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father." Tyler called him "Luther Lusk" and said he reminded him of why he loves music. Lopez said emotionally it was a beautiful performance. Jackson thought it was a good vocal, but he wanted to see him really show off next week if he's still around.

Casey Abrams played guitar on Maroon 5's "Harder to Breathe." He ended by singing straight to Lopez and even gave her a kiss on the cheek after the final note. A somewhat flustered Lopez joked that he isn't playing fair, and noted that he has soft lips. She added that she loved the performance. Jackson loved that he always surprises the audience, and Tyler said he is already a cult hero.

Stefano Langone went with Ne-Yo's "Can't Stop." Jackson said he did a great job and took his time singing the verses. Tyler said no one could say he wasn't all up in it. Lopez spoke for all the girls in the audience, applauding his swagger on this performance.

Lauren Alaina sang "Born to Fly" by Sara Evans. Tyler loved her swagger, but he wanted her to sing some Alison Krauss, Faith Hill or Shania Twain next week. Lopez said she had an interesting color to her voice and encouraged her to bring big vocals next week. Jackson said she doesn't know how good she is, and he encouraged her to challenge herself.

Someone is going home on Thursday night's American Idol results show. The action starts at 8:00 ET on Fox, with performances from David Cook and Katy Perry also on tap.

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Thursday
Apr212011

Rihanna Scores 10th Number One Single; Sets Chart Records

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Rihanna has only been releasing music since 2005, but she's just scored her 10th number one hit, as "S&M" tops the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

Rihanna has now set the record for the shortest span between a solo artist's first and tenth number-one hits -- she racked them all up in just four years, 11 months and two weeks.  The only artists to score 10 number ones quicker are both groups: The Beatles and The Supremes.

In addition, Rihanna now sets the record for being the youngest artist to score 10 number one hits -- she's 23.  The previous record holder was Mariah Carey, who was 25 when she scored her 10th number one.

On Twitter Wednesday, a thrilled Rihanna wrote to her fans, "10th!!! Now look at what you did, Rihanna Navy.  You rocked the [expletive] out!  Thank you so much, this is the best news!"

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Thursday
Apr212011

Italian Mayor Lays Down the Law with 'Jersey Shore'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The cast of Jersey Shore will need to be on its best behavior when it shoots its upcoming season in Florence, Italy.

The city's mayor, Matteo Renzi, has handed down a list of rules Snooki and her pals will have to follow, reports the New York Post.  Renzi says the cast can't be taped drinking in bars and clubs, nor can the stars be filmed drinking in public.  The show must also refrain from making it appear as if Florence is a haven for drinking, while also promoting Italy's culture and outstanding cuisine.

In addition, the cast can't shoot any scenes in historical buildings.

Jersey Shore initially intended to shoot its entire season in Italy.  However, the cold shoulder it's received from Italian media and politicians due to the show's content convinced producers to limit the number of Italian episodes to just a few. 

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Thursday
Apr212011

'Super Size Me' Director Tackling Ads, Product Placement in New Movie

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, best known for Super Size Me -- in which he filmed the decline of his health after eating McDonald's for a month straight -- is back.

Spurlock's latest film, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, analyzes how deeply embedded advertising is in movies and TV -- and our life. 

Spurlock, who wanted to fund the movie entirely with product placement dollars, says anyone seeing his film "will never watch a Hollywood movie the same way again."

His overall message: "Do we want to live in a world where ultimately everything is brought to us by some sponsor?"

The Greatest Movie Ever Sold opens in limited release Friday.

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Thursday
Apr212011

Bradley Cooper Not Dating Jennifer Aniston

Evan Agostini/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Although he denied it then, Bradley Cooper was romantically linked to Jennifer Aniston two years ago.  However, he appears to have no interest in dating her now.

Cooper reportedly contacted Aniston recently, but an Us Weekly source says the He's Just Not That Into You co-stars simply discussed "projects to work on together."

A friend of Cooper says the actor won't try to start a romance with Aniston because, quote, "Bradley knows that by dating Jen, he'd be known as Mr. Jennifer Aniston."

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