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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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Friday
Oct012010

Catherine Zeta-Jones Speaks on Michael Douglas' Cancer Treatment

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEWPORT, Wales) -- Catherine Zeta-Jones says husband Michael Douglas' treatment for throat cancer is nearly complete and that he's "doing very well."  According to People magazine, the actress said Wednesday, "He is about to finish his treatment and the doctors could not be happier."

Zeta-Jones was in her native Wales at an event for the Ryder Cup, where golfers from the U.S. compete against those from Europe.  According to the Western Mail newspaper, Prince Charles, who was in attendance, passed along good wishes to Zeta-Jones for her hubby, saying, "Give him my best.  Healing thoughts."

Zeta-Jones also said Douglas won't let his throat problems stop him from cheering at the Ryder Cup, adding, "Michael will be on Skype screaming for the Americans.  He wishes he could be here."

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Friday
Oct012010

Kanye West Suspends Free Download Program Due to Leaked Songs

Photo Courtesy - Island Def JamRapper Kanye West is so upset that hackers leaked songs from his forthcoming album that he's announced that this week, he's suspending his program of releasing one new song every Friday.  He wrote on Twitter, "Due to blogs leaking unfinished songs from my actual album, I've decided to pass on 'G.O.O.D. Fridays' this week.  It's messed up that one hacker can mess everything up for everyone."

West is upset that two songs, "Lost in the World" and "All of the Lights," leaked out earlier this week.  He wrote on Twitter, "It would have seemed like, since I give free music every week, even the lowest form of human being would respect that enough not to leak unfinished songs from my real album."  Later, he wrote that he was in the studio continuing to work on the new record with Kid Cudi and Soulja Boy, adding, "Two of my favorite genius artists. Even in my disappointment about the leaks, I feel blessed."

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Friday
Oct012010

Jennifer Lopez Feuding with Ryan Seacrest on American Idol Set? 

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesJennifer Lopez isn't making much of an impression on Ryan Seacrest at her new job, according to In Touch. The magazine claims she's fought with Seacrest behind the scenes of American Idol over dressing rooms and "which star gets top billing."  A source says, "Ryan was the one who first suggested Jennifer, but now he's starting to regret it, because she’s acting like she’s a much bigger star than he is."  The source also claims that Idol producers "are trying to get them to make peace, but their egos are both pretty big." Lopez and Steven Tyler were officially named the new American Idol judges last week.

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Friday
Oct012010

Justin Timberlake Lands Role of His Career in The Social Network

Photo Courtesy - ABC NewsJustin Timberlake is receiving the best reviews of his acting career for his role in The Social Network, in theaters on Friday.  In fact, there's even some Oscar buzz starting.

Timberlake mostly credits his good reviews to movie writer Aaron Sorkin's script and director David Fincher's skill.  Timberlake says he had no interest in being a diva on the set, and that he was willing to put in the work.  He remembers Fincher sitting down with him and saying that because of Timberlake's live performance background, "I'm not going to break your neck doing take after take after take."  But Timberlake says he told Fincher, "I'm not a running back or a wide receiver. I'm coming onto this as a linebacker, and I'll make that hit as many times as you want."

One challenge Timberlake faced on The Social Network was the fact that he was playing Sean Parker, the actual co-founder of Napster, who later went on to become an adviser to the founders of Facebook and, in 2004, its president.  But he says, "I don't feel a responsibility to mimic anyone who's living. I feel a responsibility to create a character that's interesting to the film."  Timberlake says the way he chose to approach playing Parker was to pinpoint what he felt was his defining characteristic.  He says, "You really want to peg what makes that character tick, and I think Sean really knows how to read people.  That's his biggest gift and I think he uses it...throughout the movie."

When asked about his music career in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, and if he's being pressured to get something out there, Timberlake responded, "Does a painter make a painting because he has to make it by December 21st?  No...it happens when it pours out of him. That's how music is for me."  He added, "I will never stop making music...except I just don't know [in] what capacity I want to be involved anymore."  Timberlake hasn't released an album since 2006.

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Friday
Oct012010

Pregnant Alicia Keys Presides Over Annual Black Ball Charity Concert 

Photo Courtesy - KeepAChildAlive.org(NEW YORK) -- Singer Alicia Keys, who's about eight months pregnant, walked the red carpet Thursday night to attend her annual charity event, the Black Ball.  The event raises money for Keys' charity, Keep a Child Alive, which provides medicine to children and families living with HIV/AIDS in Africa and the developing world.

The singer was most excited to talk about a new way in which people can donate to the organization, called "Buy Life."  The way Keys explains it, she and other celebrities have posed for a series of ads wearing t-shirts with barcodes on them and the slogan "Buy Life."  Scanning that barcode with your cell phone triggers a donation to Keep a Child Alive.  She explains, "You're literally saving a life.  [It's just like] you go to the store and you get your juice and your cereal and your chicken, and you scan it and you pay for it.  Now you can scan this t-shirt and you're part of changing the world."

Keys also talked about the example she hopes to set for her unborn child.  She told reporters, "The baby is going to see everything that I do, and that we do, and I think that being a giving individual, being a person that knows that we can all do something...reaching out to one person in the world....is changing that one person...and that's a big deal.  So I plan to show that in every way."

Performers at the event included Jay-Z, Sade and Janelle Monae, while guests spotted on the red carpet included Uma Thurman, Usher, Deepak Chopra and 30 Rock star Jane Krakowski. 

Singer Jay Sean, who just became an ambassador for Keep a Child Alive's work in India, spoke about how excited he was to be involved with the charity.  Sean, who nearly became a doctor, told reporters, "This is a wonderful way of me being able to still fulfill that side of me.  I wanted to become a doctor because I wanted to...spend my life trying to help others. And I think to be able to tie that in with my music is just the most incredible thing." 

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Friday
Oct012010

Lindsay Lohan Reportedly at Betty Ford Center 

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.) -- Lindsay Lohan has checked into the famous Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, according to TMZ.com.  Lohan reportedly arrived at the rehab facility on Monday and is expected to stay there until her probation violation hearing on Oct. 22.  The center has been home to a number of celebrities battling addiction, including Chevy Chase, Elizabeth Taylor, Gary Busey, Kelsey Grammar, David Hasselhoff, Liza Minnelli and Anna Nicole Smith.

Lohan's father, Michael Lohan, has voiced his sentiments on the rehab center.  He tells Us Weekly, "I went there myself, and I will tell you, Betty Ford is a country club. They administer prescription meds and even put their patients on prescription meds. Once more, they don't have family therapy at all." He claims "most, if not all" Betty Ford patients eventually relapse.

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Friday
Oct012010

Ellen DeGeneres "Devastated" by Rutgers Student's Suicide 

Photo Courtesy - WAD Productions, Inc./Youtube.com(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Ellen DeGeneres is speaking out about the suicide death of a Rutgers University student who took his own life after a roomate allegedly streamed footage of him having sex with another male student online.

"I am devastated over the death of 18-year-old Tyler Clementi," the gay talk show host says in a video commentary. "He was outed as being gay on the Internet and he killed himself.  One life lost in this senseless way is tragic. This needs to be a wake-up call to everyone that teenage bullying and teasing is an epidemic in this country and the death rate is climbing. We have an obligation to stop this."

Clementi leapt to his death from the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 22.  Prosecutors in the case have charged Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, and classmate Molly Wei with several crimes, including violating New Jersey's privacy laws. They could face hate crime charges if their actions are found to have been substantially based on Clementi's sexuality.

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Thursday
Sep302010

Oprah Winfrey: 'I Want Millions of People' to Watch OWN

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Discovery Communications, George BurnsHaving made an indelible mark on broadcast television, Oprah Winfrey's ready to take over cable. In a new interview with Fortune magazine, the media mogul reveals what led her to create OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, which is slated to debut in at least 80 million homes come January.

"I'm so tired of the chairs," she told the magazine about the seats on the set of The Oprah Winfrey Show. "For me, it's about getting out of the chairs and into the hearts of people's lives." She added, "I want to expand Americans' views of other people in the world."

Though she says she's leaving the daytime talk show circuit in 2011, she's not ready to lay low.

"Playing small doesn't serve me," she said. "The truth is, I want millions of people. I'm not one of those people who says, 'Oh, if I change just one person's life...Nope, not satisfied with just a few. I want millions of people!"

To reach the masses, she's assembling a star-studded slate. Besides Winfrey herself, a slew of celebrities and talk show staples have agreed to appear on the channel, including Julia Roberts and Rosie O'Donnell.

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Thursday
Sep302010

Actor Tony Curtis Dead at Age 85 

Photo Courtesy - Paramount Pictures/ Getty Images(HENDERSON, Nev.) -- Hollywood acting legend Tony Curtis died Thursday at the age of 85. His business manager and family spokesman, Preston Ahearn confirmed his passing to ABC News Radio.  Curtis passed away in bed at midnight Eastern time laying next to his wife in their Henderson, Nevada home.   His best-known roles included starring opposite Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe in the 1959 comedy Some Like It Hot, as well as his Oscar-nominated role in The Defiant Ones a year earlier, with Sidney Poitier.  Other films included Spartacus and The Great Race.  Curtis is the father of actress Jamie Lee Curtis.

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