Black Eyed Peas Announce Free Concert in NYC's Central Park

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The Black Eyed Peas have announced a free concert in New York City's Central Park on June 9.  The show will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation, which fights poverty in New York City, and the Peas' recently-launched music academies for at-risk youth in the city.  Despite the fact that the show is free, tickets will be required.

In a statement, Fergie said, "We are thrilled to follow in the footsteps of icons such as Simon & Garfunkel and Diana Ross by performing a free concert for our fans in Central Park. But more importantly, we are performing to benefit Robin Hood's efforts to help those living in poverty in New York City and to help disadvantaged youth in New York with the launch of our Peapod Academy."

The last major free pop/rock concert in Central Park was Bon Jovi in 2008.  Others who have performed include The Dave Matthews Band, Garth Brooks and Elton John.

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Jennifer Lopez Finally Sends Her 'Love?' to Fans

Island Records(NEW YORK) -- Jennifer Lopez has spent about two years working on her new album, but now it's finally here: the CD called Love? hits stores Tuesday.

Lopez has lined up a slew of appearances to promote the new disc -- her first since 2007 -- including a performance this Thursday on American Idol.  She'll also appear on The Tonight Show May 9, and will do a trifecta on May 10: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Conan and Lopez Tonight.

As for why Lopez included the question mark in the title of her album, she told ABC News Radio, "Love is that topic that complex, kinda confusing, exhilarating, and totally mind-boggling, and that's why the question mark."

She added that she's been trying to figure out love since she first experienced it at age 13, and it's still a mystery -- even though she's now happily married.  As she put it, "I've been on that journey kind of trying to figure out ever since, and at this point in my life, I still have questions."

So far, everything that fans have heard from Lopez's album have been dance tracks, like the current single "On the Floor."  In fact, Lady Gaga co-wrote two dance songs for the disc.  But Lopez said the album's more than that.

"I love the dance stuff, and I love all the energy of that, and the love and the emotion in those," she explained.  "But [once] you get past the dance, and past the party, and you start listening to some of the lyrics on the album, hopefully, it's going to provoke some good questions."

Lopez also said that being an American Idol judge has given her some musical inspiration.

She explained, "Working with the're mentoring them, but at the same time, you're learning so much about yourself, so yeah, it makes you inspired as well to get back and do it."

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Charlie Sheen Writes Nasty Letter to 'Two and a Half Men' Creator

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Remember that talk claiming Charlie Sheen was discussing a return to Two and a Half Men?  Well, don't expect to hear it again.

Sheen has written a scathing letter in which he criticizes the show's creator, Chuck Lorre.  In the letter, which Sheen sent to, the 45-year-old star calls Lorre an "a**hole *ussy loser" and a "low rent, nut-less sociopath."

Sheen also wrote, "...No one cares about your feeble show without me.  The ratings right now are not a fluke.  It's a big fat mess.  A 2.0 demo.  That sucks."

He added, "They are planning on voting you off the AA island.  Even those clowns have no room for you anymore."

The latter sentences are apparently a reference to claims Sheen has made in the past that Lorre is a recovering alcoholic.

Sheen also wrote, "MY fans may tune in for a minute, but at the end of the day, no one cares about your feeble show without me.  Shame on you.  Not even a phone call to the man that put you on the map.  The man that put $500 million in your pockets.  You were on your way out of Warner Bros. with a buy out and a cup of cold coffee in your shaky and clammy hands.  And then I walked into your office.  And you created a show BASED ON MY AWESOME LIFE.  I busted my ass for eight years to support your vision.  Your dream.  In turn, it is my nightmare.  You sad silly fool."

This is just the latest rant Sheen has directed towards Lorre.  He's also filed a $100 million lawsuit against Lorre and Warner Brothers, the studio behind Two and a Half Men.  Even after doing so, Sheen claimed he was in talks with Warner Brothers about returning to the sitcom, claims that Warner Brothers has repeatedly denied.

Late last week, The Hollywood Reporter reported Lorre planned to reboot the CBS sitcom by adding a new cast member to replace Sheen.

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Donald Trump to David Letterman: You're Fired, Too

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Donald Trump can cross another celebrity off his holiday card list.

Trump is firing back at David Letterman after the Late Show host said on the air that the Apprentice star's pursuit of President Obama's birth certificate has started to "smack of racism."

According to The New York Post, Trump canceled an upcoming appearance on Letterman's show with a letter that read, "I was disappointed to hear the statements...that I was a 'racist.'  In actuality, nothing could be further from the truth and there is nobody who is less of a racist than Donald Trump.  Based upon your statements, and despite the fact that we have always done so well together, especially in your ratings, I am canceling my May 18 appearance on your show."

The real estate mogul and potential presidential candidate continued, "Please inform your staff that I will likewise not do the 'Top Ten' list that they had been trying to set up."

Trump, whose recent questioning of Obama's birthplace and college grades has earned him criticism from celebrities like Robert De Niro and Jerry Seinfeld, said he'd only appear on The Late Show again if Dave is "ready to apologize."

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Lady Gaga to Sing on 'Oprah' Thursday; New Video Premieres Same Day

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga is slated to make an appearance on Thursday's edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Oprah Winfrey discusses the Gaga cameo in a YouTube clip in which she points to a lipstick mark on her cheek, saying it came from a Gaga smooch.

She says, "I love making people happy and Lady Gaga singing at the end, surprising the audience, made me very happy."

Also on Thursday, E! News will premiere Lady Gaga's seven-minute video for her new single, "Judas," at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Eastern time.  The premiere will be followed by a Gaga interview conducted by E!'s Giuliana Rancic.

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Pia Toscano Earning $100,000 to Perform at Private Birthday Party

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Don't shed a tear for Pia Toscano.  Despite her earlier-than-expected elimination from American Idol, she's still finding work as a singer.

Last week, she performed on Dancing with the Stars.  Now, reports, Toscano will earn $100,000 to sing at a private birthday party next Sunday in the Los Angeles area.

And she drives a hard bargain -- she initially rejected an offer of $50,000.

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Corbin Bleu, Nicole Scherzinger in Talks to Host 'The X Factor'

Interscope Records(NEW YORK) -- High School Musical star Corbin Bleu is in talks to become a co-host on Simon Cowell's upcoming show The X Factor, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Singer and past Dancing with the Stars champ Nicole Scherzinger is also reportedly close to signing on as a host.  L.A. Reid will serve as one of the judges, while Cheryl Cole and Paula Abdul are reportedly in the running to join him on the panel.

The roster of talent who will star on the show needs to be locked in soon -- The X Factor is slated to begin production on May 8.

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'Fast Five' Outruns Box Office Competition

Ryan McVay/Photodisc(LOS ANGELES) -- Fast Five proved too fast for the rest of the competition at the box office over the weekend. The fifth installment of the Fast and Furious movie series pulled in $83.6 million in its opening weekend to top box office sales.

Coming in a distant second was the animated film Rio, which garnered $14.4 million from movie patrons.

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family ($10.1 million), Water for Elephants ($9.1 million) and Prom ($5 million) round out the weekend's top five at the box office, in that order.

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Mariah Carey Gives Birth to Twins

PRNewsFoto/Piaget, Lester Cohen(LOS ANGELES) -- Celebrity couple Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are now the proud parents of twin babies.

Carey gave birth to the twins on Saturday, at a Los Angeles hospital. The couple also celebrated their third wedding anniversary the same day.

Following the birth of the twins, Cannon posted the following on Twitter: “My wife just gave me the most incredible anniversary gift ever in life! I won't ever be able to top this!”

A message also appeared on Carey’s Twitter account that read: “Congratulations to Mariah & Nick on the birth of #dembabies!! Born, April 30th at 12:07pm ET. Mommy, Daddy & #dembabies are all doing fine!”

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Stalker Going to Jail After Attacking Paris Hilton's Boyfriend

Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- James Rainford, the man who punched Paris Hilton's boyfriend Cy Waits outside a Van Nuys, California courthouse Wednesday, is going to jail.

TMZ reports a judge has ordered Rainford behind bars for 227 days because of the attack, which took place as Waits and Hilton were headed to testify against a different stalker. After he was subdued by security, Rainford claimed he had asked Hilton to marry her and she had agreed. Rainford was arrested last October trying to break into Hilton's home by sneaking onto her property on a bicycle.

The judge also sentenced Rainford to three years of informal probation, according to TMZ, and ordered him to stay away from Waits after he's released.

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