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Monday
Mar282011

Mariah Carey Hospitalized with Contractions; Not a New Mom Yet

PRNewsFoto/Piaget, Lester Cohen(NEW YORK) -- Mariah Carey's birthday was more eventful than she likely expected.

Carey, who turned 41 on Sunday, tweeted that she began having contractions Saturday night and went to the hospital.  She continued, "Finally they said I could come home after they got it under control but they almost came on 3/27- happy anniversary in deed [sic]!!! We have a few more weeks 2 go but- wow!!! :)"

Carey famously refers to her birthdays as "anniversaries."  She and husband Nick Cannon are expecting twins.

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Monday
Mar282011

Lady Gaga Turns 25 Years Old

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga has accomplished so much for someone her age, and often seems so wise beyond her years, that it's hard to remember just how young she truly is.

On Monday, the woman her fans call "Mother Monster" turns 25 years old.  Gaga will celebrate a quarter-century on this earth with a gig at the Staples Center in Los Angeles -- birthday or not, she's still in the middle of her Monster Ball tour and the show must go on.

Hitting this milestone birthday isn't something she seems that thrilled about, though.  Last week during her interview with Google, she joked, "Can I just keep telling people I'm 24?"

To say that Gaga has a lot to celebrate is an understatement.  In the three years since the release of her debut single, "Just Dance," she's become one of the biggest global pop stars of the past decade, winning five Grammys, selling an estimated 15 million albums worldwide and 20 million digital singles in the U.S. alone.  Her current single, "Born That Way," has been number one for six weeks, and her new CD of the same name is likely to break sales records when it arrives May 23.

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Sunday
Mar272011

Reese Witherspoon Ties the Knot

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Reese Witherspoon reportedly tied the knot on Saturday with sweetheart Jim Toth.

The Academy Award-winning actress and Toth, an entertainment agent, reportedly exchanged vows on Saturday evening in a private ceremony held at Witherspoon’s ranch located in Ojai, California, according to a report by People Magazine.

According to published reports, those in attendance at the ceremony included Witherspoon’s two children Ava, 11, and Deacon, 7, from her previous Marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe. Celebrity guests included Scarlett Johansson, Sean Penn, Renee Zellweger, Tobey Maguire and Robert Downey Jr.

Witherspoon and Toth dated for about a year, and were engaged for three months before getting married.

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Sunday
Mar272011

'Wimpy Kid' Dodges 'Sucker Punch' at Box Office

Twentieth Century Fox(LOS ANGELES) -- Fox’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules proved that it wasn’t such a wimp after all, as it held off all competition to take top honors at the box office over the weekend, raking in $24.4 million.

Like the original Wimpy Kid movie, Greg Hefley still desires popularity but still can't get out of his own awkward way and his older brother Rodrick is more than willing to facilitate Greg's embarrassing antics.

Coming in second at the box office was the Warner Bros. film, Sucker Punch, which garnered $19 million.

Completing the top five were Limitless at $15.2 million, The Lincoln Lawyer at $11.0 million and Rango at $9.8 million, in that order.

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Sunday
Mar272011

'Black Swan' Dancer Slams Natalie Portman's Dancing

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Natalie Portman's dancing double for Black Swan, Sarah Lane, is setting the record straight.

Lane told Entertainment Weekly in an interview on Friday that the public has been mislead about Portman's dancing in the film.
 
"Of the full body shots, I would say five percent are Natalie," Lane said. "I mean, from a professional dancer's standpoint, she doesn't look like a professional ballet dancer at all and she can't dance in pointe shoes. And she can't move her body; she's very stiff."

Portman, whose performance in the film earned her an Oscar for best actress -- her first Academy Award -- has said in interviews that she used a body double for certain scenes.

Her fiancé and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied recently responded to criticism regarding Portman's alleged lack of dancing in the film.
 
"There are articles now talking about her dance double [Sarah Lane] that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work," Millepied told the L.A. Times. "Honestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie."

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Sunday
Mar272011

Best in Comedy Honored at First Annual Awards Show

NBC Universal(NEW YORK) -- David Letterman received the highest honor, Eddie Murphy was recognized as an icon, and Modern Family won best TV show as winners were announced for the first annual comedy awards during a telecast in New York on Saturday.

"The Comedy Awards" is touted as the first-ever multi-network, multi-platform annual event recognizing the best in comedy.

Letterman was awarded "The Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence" in honor of a comedian who best embodies the comedic qualities of the legendary talk show host. Also receiving top honors was Eddie Murphy, who was given the "Comedy Icon Award", recognizing the comedian for his extraordinary contribution to the world of comedy.

Other winners included 30 Rock's Alec Baldwin as Best Comedy Actor in television and Kristen Wiig as Best Comedy Actress for her work in Saturday Night Live. Modern Family also won Best Comedy Directing-TV in addition to Best Comedy Series.

On the big screen, Tiny Fey for Date Night and Zach Galifianakis for Dinner for Schmucks won Best Comedy Actress and Actor in film, while The Other Guys was named Best Comedy Film.

The show will air April 10 at 9 p.m. EST on Comedy Central and several MTV networks, including Spike TV and VH1.

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Saturday
Mar262011

'Queen of Soul' Celebrates Birthday in Royal Fashion

Jeff Fusco/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin celebrated her birthday in royal fashion Friday night, in a star-studded birthday party in New York City.

Franklin celebrated her 69th birthday late into Friday night at a posh New York hotel, and was on both the giving and receiving ends of live performances at the bash.

Among some of the big names in attendance at the swanky gathering were, Clive Davis, Smokey Robinson and Tony Bennett, according to published reports.

Franklin appeared slimmed-down and upbeat, having survived a mystery ailment and surgery.

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Saturday
Mar262011

Spears Treats Vegas Crowd to Surprise Performances

Jive Records (LAS VEGAS) -- Hours after leaking her intentions on Twitter, Britney Spears treated the crowd at Rain Nightclub at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas to a pair of suprise performances Friday night.

The 29-year-old took to the stage as part of an MTV special being filmed on the pop star.

Spears' appearance came just days before the release of her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, on March 29. The Jive Records recording artist performed several songs from her new album, including singles, "Hold it Against Me," "Till the World Ends," and "Big Fat Bass."

It was the second time Spears has surprised the crowd at Rain Nightclub, having performed unannounced at the venue in 2003.

Before Spears took to the stage, DJ Pauly D of MTV's Jersey Shore kicked off the night with a DJ set at the nightclub.

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Saturday
Mar262011

Elizabeth Taylor's Special Relationship with Michael Jackson

ABC/Bob D'Amico(LOS ANGELES) -- To some, the friendship between legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor and the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson may have seemed odd, but for Taylor the connection was as clear as her diamond earrings.

"He has been hurt by so many people," she told ABC News' Barbara Walters in 2002. "I think I'm the only person in his life that has not betrayed him."

Taylor and Jackson began on an off note: she walked out of one of his concerts, and he called her almost in tears. She assured him that she left because of bad visibility, not a poor performance. What was meant to be an apologetic phone call turned into a three-hour conversation and ultimately, a more than three-decade long friendship.

Taylor linked their friendship to their accelerated upbringing. She became a star at age 12 with "National Velvet;" he at eight with The Jackson 5. In a 1997 interview with Walters, Taylor said, "One of the reasons I think Michael Jackson and I are so close (is) because neither one of us had a childhood, and we can relate to that and wonder at how we got by."

While Taylor and Jackson occasionally made appearances together in public, much of their relationship remained private. But she vocally supported him when he was accused of child molestation in 1993 and 2005. She flew to Singapore in '93 to help him cope with the first case; in 2003, after Jackson was arrested on child abuse charges, she defended him and blasted the press.

When Jackson turned to prescription drugs to deal with the ensuing criminal investigation and lawsuit, Taylor made him seek treatment. And in 2003, she stood by his side when he was arrested and charged with child molestation and intoxicating a minor.

While she spoke up for him, he shelled out for her. Jackson indulged in Taylor's love of jewels, giving her diamond bracelets, watches and necklaces. He allegedly promised her a $600,000 piece of jewelry for allowing footage of her to be used in the 2003 TV special Michael Jackson's Private Home Movies.

In 1997, Jackson also presented Taylor with the exclusively written-for-her song "Elizabeth, I Love You", performed at her 65th birthday party.

When Jackson died in 2009 Taylor took to Twitter to mourn. "My heart...my mind...are broken," she wrote the day after he died. "I loved Michael with all my soul and I can't imagine life without him. I don't think anyone knew how much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I've ever known. Oh god! I'm going to miss him."

Taylor died on Wednesday, and that devotion followed her to her grave. On Thursday, she was buried at Glendale, California's Forest Lawn Cemetery, the same cemetery where Jackson is entombed.

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Friday
Mar252011

'South Park' Creators Defend Their 'Mormon' Musical

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Although the Broadway musical, "The Book of Mormon," is edgy and controversial, its creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, insisted that Mormons should not be offended by its content.

"They're so happy-go-lucky, kind of optimistic people, and they kind of have that cheesy factor," Parker said. "It's like Mormons, Disney, Rogers and Hammerstein, it all kind of makes sense...Mormons are just happy people so you're going to get a happy musical out of it."

After over a decade of amusing and offending America with their smash-hit cartoon, "South Park," on Comedy Central, the duo took a leap of faith into their Broadway debut with "The Book of Mormon," which has already earned them critical acclaim.

The musical, which opened Thursday night at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in New York City, tells the story of two Mormon missionaries in Uganda.

Although it was written to poke fun at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Stone reiterated that the "Book of Mormon" was not meant to just mock Mormonism, but religion in general, calling his show, "an atheist's love letter to religion."

"Anybody's religion, to an outsider, it's just as goofy," he said. "I don't think either of us think Mormonism is any goofy-ier than Hinduism or Christianity, from an outsider's point of view."

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