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Monday
Oct042010

Bruno Mars Formally Charged with Drug Possession 

Photo Courtesy - Elektra Records(LAS VEGAS) -- Singer Bruno Mars has been formally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a spokesperson for the Las Vegas district attorney's office tells Entertainment Weekly.  This comes after the singer's Sept. 19 arrest in Las Vegas.  Police allegedly discovered him at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino with 2.6 grams of cocaine.  He's due back in court Nov. 18.

Entertainment Weekly reports that if Mars is convicted, he could serve one to four years in prison, and/or pay a fine of up to five thousand dollars.  However, Nevada law states that if a person has no prior convictions, they're to be placed on probation instead.

Bruno's debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, is due out on Tuesday.

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Monday
Oct042010

Jordin Sparks to Launch First Fragrance This Week 

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music EntertainmentJordin Sparks is the latest female singer to introduce her very own signature fragrance.  Women's Wear Daily reports that the perfume is called "Because of You," which coincidentally also happens to be the title of a song by fellow American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson.

Through the month of October, Because of You will be exclusively available at Dots and Dots.com, a women's specialty and apparel store with 400 locations in 26 states.  Come November, it'll be distributed at 10,000 other locations, including Target.

Sparks tells Women's Wear Daily that the most important quality she wanted the fragrance to have, other than a good scent, was good value.  She explains, "I really wanted it to be affordable. I looked at some other celebrity fragrances and they were, like, 80 dollars....even now, I can't bring myself to spend that much."  Because of You will be sold at an introductory price of $9.50.  The price will then rise to $14.95 in November.

Sparks' fragrance is described as having "top notes of clementine, white imperial currant and orange blossom," a heart of "nectarine, baby orchid and peony" and a drydown of "musks, vanilla bean, amber and blond woods."  She explains, "I wanted it to transfer easily from day to night...it starts out as a day fragrance and becomes a night fragrance."

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Sunday
Oct032010

"The Social Network" Tops Box Office

Photo Courtesy - Columbia Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- The Social Network took the top spot at the box office in its debut weekend, grossing $23 million.

The Aaron Sorkin film centers on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's rise to fame and creation of a social media phenomenon. The movie stars Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield.

Coming in a distant second was Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole at $11 million, with Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps coming in third at $10.5 million.  

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Sunday
Oct032010

"Dog the Bounty Hunter" Hospitalized in Los Angeles

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Duane “Dog” Chapman has been hospitalized after suffering an injury on a bounty hunt. He was admitted to the UCLA Medical Center to undergo testing for a possible blood clot.

“Duane is in very capable hands,” his wife Beth Chapman said in a statement posted on his website Saturday. “We thank everyone for their prayers.”

Chapman, who hosts A&E’s “Dog the Bounty Hunter,” was scheduled to appear at a speaking engagement Sunday in San Jose, Calif.

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Friday
Oct012010

TV Producer Stephen J. Cannell Passes Away

Photo Courtesy - SGranitz/WireImage(PASADENA, Calif.) -- Veteran television producer and writer Stephen J. Cannell has died at the age of 69. Relatives say Cannell died Thursday at his home in Pasadena, California from complications of melanoma.

The Emmy Award-winning Cannell was a force behind scores of popular TV shows, including The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, The Greatest American Hero, The Rockford Files and The Commish.

He estimated that he wrote over 450 TV episodes and produced or executive produced over 1,500. He also wrote 16 novels, and was an occasional actor, appearing as a recurring character on the show Renegade, in an episode of his own show Silk Stalkings, and as a guest star on the current ABC series Castle.

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Friday
Oct012010

Colbie Caillat to Play at Nobel Peace Prize Concert 

Photo Courtesy - Universal Republic RecordsColbie Caillat will be one of the entertainers on the bill at this year's Nobel Peace Prize concert, according to USA Today.  Hosted by actor Denzel Washington, the Dec. 11 concert will take place in Oslo, Norway.  The concert will honor this year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, who will be announced on Oct. 8.  Other performers slated to take part at the event include Elvis Costello, jazz legend Herbie Hancock and up and coming British group Florence + The Machine.

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Friday
Oct012010

Justin Bieber Matches 'N SYNC Chart Record

Photo Courtesy - Island Def JamThis week, Justin Bieber's My World 2.0 marks its 27th straight week in the top 10 on the album chart.  In fact, the album's only been on the chart for 27 weeks total, and it's never left the top 10 throughout that time.  That means that Bieber has now matched a record set by another group of teen idols.  Yahoo!'s Chart Beat column reports the last album to spend its first 27 weeks in the top 10 was 'N SYNC's No Strings Attached, back in 2000.

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Friday
Oct012010

Britney Spears Meets with Judge Regarding Conservatorship 

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, will continue to oversee her financial and personal affairs after a Los Angeles judge met with both parties individually on Thursday. According to E! Online, Judge Reva Goetz ruled the conservatorship will remain in effect for now. The judge said, "I had a nice conversation with Britney...about how things are going with the current state of the conservatorship." A court date in the matter is scheduled for Oct. 14.

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Friday
Oct012010

New Rihanna Song Samples Avril Lavigne

Photo Courtesy - Island Def JamA song on Rihanna's new album, Loud, will reportedly sample a track from singer Avril Lavigne.  The blog JustJared.com got an exclusive preview of the disc earlier this week, and reveals that one track features a sample of Lavigne.  The blog reports that the song, called "Cheers," samples Lavigne's 2002 hit song "I'm with You."   According to JustJared, the song "is so unbelievably catchy," and adds, "This song will be so huge in clubs, bars and everywhere that serves alcohol."

As far as the other songs on the record, the blog reports that one, called "S&M," is very "naughty," and features lyrics like, "Sticks and stones may break my bones/But chains and whips excite me."  The album is set to be released in November.

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Friday
Oct012010

Glee's Lea Michele Nearly Bares All in Photo Shoot

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesGlee's Lea Michele is striking quite a few poses in U.K.'s Marie Claire.  In the magazine, the brunette talks about how she used to be insecure about her looks.

"Growing up, I didn't feel I looked like the people around me or acted like the people around me," Michele says. "I always knew in the back of my mind that there was another world outside of that and that I would go there one day and people would accept me for who I was and who I am."

Michele adds, "So many people...would tell me there was no place for me on television.  I wasn't pretty enough...The great thing about Glee is that it gave me a chance and that you don't have to look like how everyone else looks."

In the spread, Michele is pictured wearing a nearly topless boots, undies and tutu combination.

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