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Oct112010

Pink's New Video to Feature Gay Wedding

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music EntertainmentPink says her new song "Raise Your Glass" is meant to celebrate those who feel left out, and she'll illustrate that point in the song's video, which she just finished shooting.

The singer told InDemand.fm she'll be "celebrating a gay wedding [in the video]," and explained the scene was inspired by her personal experience.  She revealed, "I threw my best friend's wedding in my backyard -- [she] is gay...and it was absolutely beautiful.  And the end of it, her mom said, 'Why can't this be legal?' and started crying.  It was just the most heartbreaking thing I've ever seen."

"Raise Your Glass" is from Pink's forthcoming best-of, Greatest Hits...So Far!!!  She says of the song, "I don't know if it's going to be huge, but it is new...I wanted to write a song about underdogs."

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Monday
Oct112010

Taylor Swift Being Sued for Millions by Former Manager

Photo Courtesy - Big Machine Records(NEW YORK) -- A music manager who claims he's responsible for Taylor Swift's success is suing her for millions in alleged unpaid commissions. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dan Dymtrow claims he signed Swift to a management contract in April of 2004, developed her as an artist and then introduced her to Scott Borchetta, head of Big Machine Records, who signed her.  Dymtrow says he had a deal with Swift and her parents to be paid between five and 10 percent commission from her career, but he's claiming he was fired so they could avoid paying him when she signed her record deal.

For their part, the Swift family claims Dymtrow never got a court approval of the management contract he signed with Taylor, which he would've needed because she was a minor at the time.  Therefore, says the family, she legally dis-affirmed the contract in 2005, months before she signed with Big Machine and a year before she released her debut single.

Taylor's lawyer tells the Hollywood Reporter, "For him to claim that her success and her major contracts were procured by him is ludicrous."

Last week, Dymtrow's lawyer submitted a letter to the court, arguing that the manager was the victim of conspiracy between Taylor's dad and Scott Borchetta.  The lawyer submitted as proof a 2006 e-mail from Swift to Borchetta, in which Swift stated, "Enough with the Dymtrow. You asked me to break both his legs, wrap him in chains and throw him in the lake. I did."  Dymtrow says the e-mail proves that Swift and Borchetta conspired to fire him, and that it suggests that they were trying to avoid paying him what he is owed.

In addition to a cut of Taylor's record sales, Dymtrow also wants commissions from her concerts, because he claims he introduced her to the agents who ended up booking all her tours.  As far as that claim goes, Taylor's lawyer said, "To say that is worth millions is just the height of overreaching."

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Monday
Oct112010

Rock Out to Bon Jovi's Greatest Hits on Rock Band 3 

Photo Courtesy - Island RecordsSo far, there haven't been many Bon Jovi songs included on the Rock Band video game, but that's all about to change.  MCVUK.com reports the band has signed a deal which will make every song on the band's upcoming Greatest Hits available as downloadable content for Rock Band 3. The game will hit shelves on Oct. 29, while the Greatest Hits arrives in stores Nov. 9.

In addition, the band will help promote the game.  Richie Sambora told MCVUK.com, "The great thing about Rock Band is that it gets the music to a whole new generation of people, which is totally amazing to me."

Harmonix, the company that makes Rock Band, confirmed the deal in a post on its online forum, but said the content would be limited to just 12 tracks.  The company said, "The Surgeon General has determined that anything more than 12 tracks of Bon Jovi in a single pack could contain potentially dangerous levels of 'swoon' when downloaded by women, and result in deadly amounts of 'good hair envy' in men."

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Monday
Oct112010

"Sex and the City" Coming Back for a Third Film?

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros Entertainment Inc./Home Box Office, Inc.Sex and the City may return for thirds.  Despite rumors the franchise has run its course, star Sarah Jessica Parker says there still might be some life left in it.

She told New York magazine last week, "I don't know the future; I would say that you never know what will happen with that particular franchise.  It's less about the reviewers than it is about the audience, and they've been pretty true, so we tend to listen to them more than anybody else."

Parker made sure to put the responsibility on director, writer and producer Michael Patrick King, saying, "If Michael Patrick didn't put those words into those characters' mouths, I don't think people would respond for so many years.  So we’ll see.  Who knows?"

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Monday
Oct112010

Jay-Z's Greatest Hits Hitting Shelves Soon

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella RecordsFans may soon be able to get all of Jay-Z's hits in one place.  Billboard reports the rapper's The Hits Collection: Volume 1 will land in stores in November, likely Nov. 23.  According to Billboard, the album will be available as a standard CD, on vinyl, as a deluxe edition, and as a "Collector's Edition" box set.

Billboard also reports the deluxe edition comes with five never-before-released tracks and a 32-page mini-book.  The box set comes in a hardcover box with all the stuff included with the deluxe edition, plus a 100-page coffee table book with never-before-seen photos of Jay and his friends.

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Monday
Oct112010

Madonna Fan Cleared of Stalking, Indicted on Weapons Charges 

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros Records(NEW YORK) -- Robert Linhart, who was arrested twice in one week outside of Madonna's Central Park West apartment on suspicion of stalking her, has been released on bail.  A Manhattan judge ordered bail be set at $20,000 provided the 59-year-old former firefighter stays at least 10 blocks away from Madge's building.

Linhart was busted outside of the apartment last month with box cutters, a knife, an icepick and a club in his possession, as well as signs directed at Madonna.

While prosecutors said Linhart is fixated on the performer, they didn't pursue stalking charges or a restraining order against him, but indicted him instead for weapons possession and resisting arrest.  He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Sunday
Oct102010

'King of Rock and Soul' Solomon Burke Dead at 70

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(AMSTERDAM) -- Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter Solomon Burke, known as the “King of Rock and Soul,” died Sunday in Amsterdam. He was 70.

Burke wrote the 1964 hit Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, which was recorded by the Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett. He tracked Cry to Me, a song used in the movie Dirty Dancing.

“This is a time of great sorrow,” his family said in a statement. “Although our hearts and lives will never be the same, his love, life and music will continue to live within us forever.”

Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Sunday
Oct102010

Movie Audiences 'Friend' The Social Network for Second Weekend

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The Social Network was number-one at the box office for the second straight weekend, bringing in an estimated $15.5 million. Dubbed 'the Facebook movie' for its depiction of the popular social networking website, the film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake.

The romantic comedy, Life As We Know It, starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, raked in $14.6 million to notch a close second.

Secretariat was third, accounting for $12.6 million of the weekend’s box office sales.

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Sunday
Oct102010

ABC News Exclusive: 'Catfish' Woman on Twisted Cyber-Romance

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- When the documentary-thriller "Catfish" opened in New York City to enthusiastic crowds, the movie's star was at home in Ishpeming, Mich., probably doing laundry.

Angela Wesselman, whose real identity is not revealed until the end of the movie, was a troubled housewife who spent the bulk of her days caring for two severely handicapped stepsons and building an elaborate web of online deception until it all spun out of control.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Wesselman admitted that she's a mastermind of deception.

"A manipulator is what my husband calls me," she said. "But yeah, I manipulate and it's not right. ... I never thought I'd become so entangled in it."

Spoiler alert! Details of the movie "Catfish" are revealed in this article.


Wesselman posed as an 8-year-old named Abby and a 19-year-old named Megan, and lured Nev Schulman, a trusting 24-year-old New York City photographer, into a romantic online relationship.

In the film, Schulman's world comes crashing down when he learns that Megan, the girl of his dreams with whom he's shared the most intimate fantasies, does not exist. Megan and Abby are both characters created by Wesselman's imagination and brought to virtual life on Facebook.

Megan became Schulman's obsession and the core of Wesselman's growing cast of characters. She created online profiles for at least 21 relatives and friends to round out Megan's social circle. To bring these personas to life, Angela assumed all of their identities. She posted messages on Facebook in the voice of Abby, Megan, their brother and friends, switching minute by minute.

"When I first started interacting with them on Facebook ... even though I knew it was all a lie ... and all these people were fake ... I was like, 'This would make a great film. ... I hope they're filming it,'" she told ABC News.

After the cameras stopped rolling and the truth came out, Wesselman said she continued to send Schulman e-mails attached to fake identities.

"I just couldn't let it go," she said, adding that she attempted suicide as a way out.

Now, her husband and friends monitor all of her e-mails and time online. She insists that she's not engaged in any fake online relationships. Wesselman said she's replaced her virtual relationships with the real ones that don't dissolve in the Ethernet.

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Sunday
Oct102010

Legendary Comics Appear in Never-Before-Seen Videos

Photo Courtesy - The Friars Club Roasts(WASHINGTON) -- For the first time, the Friars have made available online "The Classic Friars Club Roasts," a DVD box set featuring roasts of legendary comedians Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles and Johnny Carson.

Video of the roasts is accompanied by a DVD of previously unseen outtakes. Almost a half-century has elapsed since these shows aired originally, and the pop-cultural artifacts have never been made available to the public until now.

"Thanks to the Friars Club roasts, America's comics were acknowledging humanity's intrinsic comic baseness rather than ignoring it,” writer Greg Beato said. “Finally, they were using their comic skills to push against the bounds of propriety, instead of merely tickling the public with childish euphemisms and coy innuendo. Cursing with abandon, reveling in their unconstrained crudity, erstwhile Catskills tumblers elevated themselves, at least temporarily, from jokers to truth-tellers."

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