Box Office: Adam Sandler Gets Over Bieber Fever

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It turns out laughter is the way to get over a fever -- Bieber fever, that is.

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston's comedy, Just Go With It, barely beat out Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, earning $31 million according to early estimates, to take the top spot at this weekend's box office.

Never Say Never
, a 3D documentary about Bieber's rise to fame, took in just under $30.3 million.

The debut of Elton John's family-oriented take on Romeo and Juliet, Gnomeo & Juliet, grossed a respectable $25.5 million for third, followed by The Eagle, and The Roommate.

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Julie Andrews, The Ramones Win Lifetime Grammy Awards

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images (LOS ANGELES) -- An award bestowed upon some of the music industry's finest was given out Saturday night, and recipients included famed actress Julie Andrews and punk group The Ramones, among many others.

The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, given to "performers who, during their lifetimes, have made creative contributions of outstanding artistic significance to the field of recording," was also given to Roy Haynes, the Juilliard String Quartet, the Kingston Trio, Dolly Parton, and George Beverly Shea.

Andrews rose to prominence through films such as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, after emigrating from England. In more recent years, he has appeared in The Princess Diaries and lent her voice to the animated series Shrek.

The Ramones, a Queens, N.Y.-based rock group, is credited for beginning the emergence of the punk rock genre. Some of their singles such as "Blitzkrieg Bop" and "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" are known worldwide. Current groups such as the Foo Fighters and The Strokes credit The Ramones as an inspiration.

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Former Broadway Star Betty Garrett Dead at 91

Photo Courtesy - FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Betty Garrett, the former on-stage love interest of Frank Sinatra in two Broadway musicals, died on Saturday at the age of 91.

Her son, Garrett Parks, said she had been in good health in recent weeks and had taught her weekly musical theater class on Wednesday. It appears her death was caused by an aortic aneurysm, an abnormal expansion of the body's major artery. Parks said she began to feel ill on Friday when she checked into the Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Garrett's career was jump started by appearances in the musicals On The Town and Take Me Out to the Ballgame. In both works, she has a romantic crush on Sinatra. On The Town features Garrett as a female cab driver, who tries to woo the bashful Sinatra.

In the later years of her career, Garrett had roles in the 1970s television shows All in the Family and Laverne & Shirley.

She dabbled in motion pictures, but her career on the silver screen was cut short by a hunt for communists across the country. Her spouse, actor Larry Parks, was forced by Congress to testify about his history with the communist party, which subsequently hurt her film career.

Garrett is survived by Garrett Parks, and one other son, Andrew.

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Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way': New Pop Anthem or Madonna Rip-Off?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It seems that "Born This Way" means being born like Madonna.

Pop sensation Lady Gaga released the first single off her much-anticipated upcoming album, "Born This Way," on Friday. The eponymous track boasts a thumping beat, powerful vocals and melodies ripped straight from Madonna's 1989 hit, "Express Yourself."

It's not the first time Gaga has borrowed from pop staples of the past: "Alejandro," the third and final single off her most-recent album, The Fame Monster, harkened back to Ace of Base's 1994 rendition of "Don't Turn Around."

The song's release comes almost two weeks after Gaga published the lyrics to "Born This Way" on Twitter.

Though Gaga's new album won't be released until May 23, putting out the first single now makes sense. She's slated to perform the song at the Grammys Feb. 13, where she's up for six awards, including Album of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

As for the critics who question her frequent pillaging of pop stars of the past, with both her music and her style, she couldn't care less.

"I could go on and on about all of the people I have been compared to," she said in an interview for the latest issue of Vogue magazine, "from Madonna to Grace Jones to Debbie Harry to Elton John to Marilyn Manson to Yoko Ono -- but at a certain point you have to realize that what they are saying is that I am cut from the cloth of performer, that I am like all of those people in spirit."

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Exhibit Honors Cultural Odyssey of Hip-Hop

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- What do Grandmaster Flash, Mike Tyson, Cee-lo, Nicki Minaj, Prince, President Barack Obama, and Eminem have in common? They each represent some aspect of hip-hop culture, whether it is through politics, sports, entertainment, or music.

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles is celebrating the culture and lifestyle inspired by hip-hop music in a groundbreaking exhibit named after and based on the release of the first ever hip-hop anthology, Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey.

The project is one of the first major museum exhibitions to explore four decades of Hip-Hop music in America -- and its impact on the world. Items on display in the exhibit, which opened this week and runs through May 4, include original, handwritten song lyrics from Tupac Shakur, Grandmaster Flash's turntables, a hip-hop sneaker gallery from the private collection of recording artist Everlast, and the leather jacket and pants worn by Run-DMC during the group's "Walk This Way" Grammy performance with Aerosmith.

Born in the predominantly black South Bronx area of New York City in the 1970s, the hip-hop sound grew and developed until it quickly became the dominant cultural movement throughout urban communities in the 1980s.

Since then, hip-hop has grown beyond urban communities to become a multi-million dollar industry. Though it has often been surrounded by controversy, hip-hop is ultimately a cultural network that has brought people together from all walks of life, broken down racial barriers, and influenced fashion, language, art movies and even politics.

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Jack Black Set to Host Kids Choice Awards, Nominees Announced

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The younger generation will let its voice be heard at the Kids' Choice Awards.  Jack Black will host the event for a third time.  The festivities will air live April 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern time on Nickelodeon.  Here's a look at the nominees in the TV and film categories:

Favorite TV Show
Big Time Rush
The Suite Life on Deck
Wizards of Waverly Place

Favorite Reality Show
American Idol
America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Got Talent

Favorite TV Actor
Joe Jonas
Nick Jonas
Cole Sprouse
Dylan Sprouse

Favorite TV Actress
Miranda Cosgrove
Miley Cyrus
Selena Gomez
Victoria Justice

Funniest TV Sidekick
David Henrie
Jennette McCurdy
Noah Munck
Brenda Song

Favorite Cartoon
The Penguins of Madagascar
Phineas & Ferb
Scooby Doo! Mystery Incorporated
SpongeBob SquarePants

Favorite Movie
Alice in Wonderland
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
The Karate Kid

Favorite Movie Actor
Jack Black, Gulliver's Travels
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Dwayne Johnson, Tooth Fairy
Jaden Smith, The Karate Kid

Favorite Movie Actress
Miley Cyrus, The Last Song
Ashley Judd, Tooth Fairy
Kristen Stewart, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Emma Watson, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Favorite Animated Movie
Despicable Me
How to Train Your Dragon
Shrek Forever After
Toy Story 3

Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie
Tim Allen, Toy Story 3
Cameron Diaz, Shrek Forever After
Tom Hanks, Toy Story 3
Eddie Murphy, Shrek Forever After

Favorite Butt-Kicker
Steve Carell, Despicable Me
Jackie Chan, The Karate Kid
Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 2
Will Ferrell, Megamind

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Elizabeth Taylor Hospitalized for Congestive Heart Failure

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Elizabeth Taylor, 78, is being treated at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering symptoms from congestive heart failure earlier this week, according to Taylor's publicist, Sally Morrison.

"Her family and close friends are appreciative of the warm support and interest of her loyal fans but have asked that people respect her privacy and allow her medical team the time and space to focus on restoring her back to health," Morrison said in a written statement.

Late Thursday evening, Morrison denied a tabloid report that the screen legend was rushed to the hospital with intense abdominal pain.

"Ms. Taylor was hoping to attend the 25th Anniversary event of AmFAR last night [Wednesday] where she was honored by the organization," read an e-mail to ABC News Thursday on behalf of Morrison. "Unfortunately, the combination of the unstable weather conditions and the fact that she was feeling under the weather forced her to make the decision not to travel. A message from Elizabeth was released at the AmFAR event last night.

"It seems that the combination of her non attendance last night, combined with the fact she was photographed last week leaving her dentist's office in a wheelchair, has caused a lot of negative speculation," the statement added. "Thanks for your concern."

Taylor, 78, a two-time Academy Award-winning actress who in later life became notorious for her multiple marriages and sometimes eccentric behavior, has reported health problems in recent years and appeared frail in public appearances.

However, she was well enough to have a conversation with reality star Kim Kardashian that has been published in Harper's Bazaar. In fact, on Wednesday, Taylor touted the newly published article on her Twitter feed.

"Our interview in Bazaar came out!" she wrote. "You look like a princess in Egyptian robes, love!"

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Set to Return to Acting

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back.

"Exciting news,” the former California governor wrote on his Twitter page.  “My friends at [Hollywood agency] CAA have been asking me for 7 years when they can take offers seriously.  Gave them the green light today."

It's unclear what project will mark Schwarzenegger's official return, although reported last month there was talk he may appear in a World War II action flick called With Wings as Eagles, playing a German soldier who decides to save POWs.

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Ozzy Osbourne Plays Animated Deer in 'Gnomeo & Juliet'

Photo Courtesy - Epic Records/Facebook(LOS ANGELES) -- If you head to theaters this weekend, an option you might want to check out is Gnomeo & Juliet.  Not only does the soundtrack feature new and classic songs from Elton John, but the animated film also features the voice of Ozzy Osbourne as the character Fawn.

"He's a little deer, I think,” Osbourne said. “Ozzy Osbourne plays a little deer called Fawn."

Gnomeo & Juliet, a loose adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, was also produced by Elton John and his partner, David Furnish.

"If Elton's doing it, it's gonna be the best,” Osbourne said. “David's very good at this film thing.  You gotta have a lot of patience as well when you're doing these cartoons."

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Lady Gaga's Single 'Born This Way' Debuts

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga's highly-anticipated new single, "Born This Way," was released to radio stations Friday morning.

The song appears on Gaga's album of the same name, which comes out May 23.

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