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Apr292011

Kristen Stewart: 'Twilight' Wedding Was 'Perfect'

Summit Entertainment(LOS ANGELES) -- Twilight star Kristen Stewart has earned a reputation for acting seemingly underwhelmed about most things, so to hear her so enthusiastic about her Twilight character's wedding scene might come as a surprise.

"It was one of the coolest things I've ever done," she tells Entertainment Weekly of Bella's nuptials. "There was a certain point when I walked on set, and I saw everyone from the entire cast sitting there in the pews...it was just so perfect for me in that moment. I literally felt like thanking them for coming."

The final installment of the Twilight films will be in two parts. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 will hit theaters Nov. 18, and the Part 2 will be released in November of 2012.

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Friday
Apr292011

Report: Brad and Angelina Spend More than $9 Million a Year on Their Six Kids

Ernesto Ruscio/FilmMagic(LONDON) -- Raising six children is an expensive proposition, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie obviously have no problem shelling out big bucks for their big brood.  Britain’s Sun newspaper reports Brad and Angelina spend more than $9 million annually on nine-year-old Maddox, seven-year-old Pax, six-year-old Zahara, four-year-old Shiloh and two-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne.

The report says the couple spends $900,000 dollars a year on nannies for the six kids, and close to one million dollars annually for tutors.  Other alleged annual costs include $366,000 for food, $966,000 on clothes, $1.5 million on “activities” and some $632,000 on birthday parties.

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Friday
Apr292011

Lindsay Lohan, Drama Teacher?

Toby Canham/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan’s acting jobs have certainly diminished in the wake of her legal problems, but that hasn’t stopped a homeless shelter from seeking the services of the Mean Girls star to help teach drama.

Lindsay is due to perform community service at a county morgue as part of her penalty for violating the terms of her probation -- if her appeal of the same is denied -- but the Los Angeles Downtown Women’s Center would like the actress to spend part of her court-ordered service teaching theater workshops.

A center spokeswoman was quoted as saying they were “extremely interested in having Lindsay contribute her talents.”  Britain’s Sun newspaper quotes sources as saying Lindsay was interested in the idea, saying it would be “a perfect fit for her community service.”  Stay tuned.

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Friday
Apr292011

Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress: Fashion Expert Tim Gunn Weighs In

ABC/ HAZEL THOMPSON(LONDON) -- "This was a fashion orchestration," said Project Runway style guru Tim Gunn on the wardrobe selections Friday at Prince William and Catherine’s nuptials.

Gunn had nothing but praise for the newly named duchess of Cambridge, and her wedding dress. In describing her look, Gunn kept repeating the word "ravishing." When asked to expand on this, he said, "Simply, she took my breath away."

While Kate's wedding dress has been compared to the one worn by Princess Grace, who married Rainier III, the Prince of Monaco in 1956, Gunn said Kate's "couldn't have been more modern." Whereas Grace's dress had modest lace up to her chin, Kate's look was all opened up, revealing a demure bit of cleavage. It was "stunningly paired with the exuberance of the skirt," said Gunn.

Even though Kate's fashion eye is drawn to minimalism, she knew she had to sustain attention for a four-minute walk down the red-carpeted aisle of Westminster Abbey, which explained her full skirt and elaborate lace bodice.

Her sister, Phillippa "Pippa" Middleton, wore a simple column silhouette that reflected "what people thought Kate would look like," said Gunn. "Had that been on Kate, we would have been disappointed."

Gunn said some fashion experts would no doubt question Kate's dress design. "There will always be detractors at events on this scale."

But the clothing on view at Friday's royal wedding is sure to influence trends across the world, an exciting prospect for anyone interested in cultivating a current wardrobe. "I maintain," Gunn said, wrapping up the day, "it doesn't get any better than this."

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Friday
Apr292011

Carlos Santana Ending His Las Vegas Residency Sunday

Frank Micelotta/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Carlos Santana's two-year residency in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will see the curtain fall for the final time this Sunday.

The legendary guitarist tells ABC News Radio what he most appreciated about Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits was seeing the many fans that would come to the concerts.

"I was moved and taken by how people come from all over the world," says Santana.  "It made me really stop and be more present with gratitude."

Santana also says that since fans were coming out to show him their support, he would return the favor by stopping to pose for pictures and signing autographs.  He said it was his way of telling fans, "thank you for taking the time."

Playing the same songs over and over every night for two years could get boring for other artists.  Santana, however, took it as an opportunity to re-invent the songs every time they were performed.  The guitarist claims, however, that instead of the songs changing, "we shifted ourselves, we changed ourselves daily."  That way, when the band would play classics like "Black Magic Woman" or "Oye Como Va," it sounded like it was being played for the first time.

Santana says his next move is to begin writing new music for both himself and his new wife, drummer Cindy Blackman.  However, he did say that if the opportunity to do another residency came up, he would do it.

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Friday
Apr292011

Bon Jovi to Continue Tour Without Richie Sambora

PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International, Kevin Westenberg(NEW YORK) -- Following a RadarOnline.com report that Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has gone back to rehab, the band appeared to confirm the news by posting a note on its official website assuring fans that the current tour will continue.

"Our support for Richie is absolute," reads the statement.  "He is, and will remain, a member of Bon Jovi.  And though he will be absent from upcoming shows for the time being, we very much look forward to his healthy return.  In the meantime, we will keep our commitment to our fans and continue our tour."

The band has dates scheduled through the end of July.

A source told RadarOnline.com that Sambora re-entered rehab because he had recently started drinking too much and "wanted to get his life together."  When asked for confirmation, Bon Jovi's publicist said that out of respect for Sambora, the band will not comment further.

In 2007, Sambora spent a month in rehab following the breakup of his marriage to Heather Locklear, a subsequent breakup with his girlfriend and the death of his father.

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Friday
Apr292011

'Fast Five,' 'Prom,' 'Hoodwinked' Sequel Among New Films Opening Friday

Comstock Images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Here's a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

-- Fast Five: The fifth film in the Fast and the Furious franchise and the first since 2009 has Paul Walker's ex-cop, Brian, again teaming with Vin Diesel's ex-con, Dom.  They plan a new heist in South America while being pursued by a federal agent, played by Dwayne Johnson.  Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris also star.  Rated PG-13.

-- Prom: In this Disney comedy, various high school students prepare for the big dance.  Friday Night Lights actress Aimee Teegarden stars.  Rated PG.

-- Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil: With the help of some fairy-tale friends, Red Riding Hood investigates the disappearance of Hansel and Gretel.  Hayden Panettiere, Glenn Close and Patrick Warburton lend their voices to the animated sequel, which is screening in 3D.  Rated PG.

-- Dylan Dog: Dead of Night: Brandon Routh plays the titular private investigator, whose clients are zombies, vampires and werewolves.  The horror/comedy flick is based on a popular comic.  Rated PG-13.

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Friday
Apr292011

Casey Abrams Gets the Boot Once and for All on 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Five weeks after he was initially voted off but saved by the judges, Casey Abrams was eliminated from American Idol Thursday night.

He sang "I Put a Spell on You" for his farewell song and hugged all the judges and several audience members during the performance.   As you know, the judges only get one save per season, but that early vote of confidence wasn't enough to keep one of their clearly favorite contestants in the running.

The top six contestants opened the show with a medley of songs written by and/or performed by Carole King, echoing Wednesday night's theme, including "It Might as Well Rain Until September," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "One Fine Day," "Go Away Little Girl" and "It's Too Late."

Season nine finalist Crystal Bowersox returned to the show to sing her song "Ridin' with the Radio," and Bruno Mars made his first appearance on American Idol to deliver his latest single, "The Lazy Song."

American Idol's top five will perform next Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Friday
Apr292011

'Two and a Half Men' Creator to Reboot Show Without Charlie Sheen?

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The chances of Charlie Sheen convincing his old bosses at Two and a Half Men to rehire him appear slim at this point.

Series creator Chuck Lorre has a plan to reboot the hit comedy with a new cast member taking the place of Sheen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lorre, whom Sheen has harshly criticized numerous times over the past two months, has reportedly met with Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer to discuss the show's proposed new direction.  He hasn't yet hired a star to replace Sheen, but a spokesperson for Warner Bros., which produces Two and a Half Men, denies rumors that Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven and Bob Saget are being considered for the role.

Sheen, who's filed a $100 million lawsuit against Lorre and Warner Bros., has said that he'd like to rejoin the cast of Two and a Half Men.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sheen earlier this week tried to arrange meetings with his former co-stars in an attempt to get back into their good graces.  However, Lorre reportedly has no interest in clearing the air with his former star.

Despite the reports, it's not certain that Two and a Half Men will even return for a ninth season.  Though The Hollywood Reporter says the show likely will be back in midseason, rather than the fall, TMZ.com claims it's a 50/50 proposition that it'll return at all.

CBS will likely address Two and a Half Men's future when it announces its 2011-2012 schedule next month at its annual upfront presentation in Hollywood.

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Friday
Apr292011

Tears, Laughs as Steve Carell Leaves 'The Office'

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Thursday night marked Steve Carell's final episode of The Office.

During the 60-minute send-off to his character, the lovably clueless Michael Scott, Michael hid a secret from his co-workers.  Unbeknownst to them, he planned to leave a day early to start his new life with Holly in Colorado.

While the party planning committee worked on plans for his farewell party, Michael imparted a final gift, whether an actual present or words of wisdom, to each of his co-workers.  Michael gave Dwight the recommendation letter he'd been craving -- despite Dwight feeding Michael bull's testicles out of spite in the belief he'd been overlooked for Michael's job -- before meeting him for a final paintball duel.  However, Michael can't find Pam, who was supposed to be pricing out paper shredders but in reality went to see The King's Speech.

Jim figured out that Michael is leaving early but kept his secret, except to Pam.   After confronting Michael about his deception, the two say their emotional non-goodbye goodbyes, with each pretending Michael will be back the following day.

Michael arrived at the airport, finally shedding his microphone the documentary crew had been using for years to record his voice.  He asked the crew to let him know "if this ever airs," just before Pam finally caught up with him.  The pair shared a long embrace, and Pam then watched as Michael's plane took off.

Back at the office, Michael's co-workers stood around the conference room, which was decorated for Michael's farewell party, not knowing Michael was already gone.  His temporary replacement, formerly obese manager DeAngelo Vickers -- played by Will Ferrell -- attacked the cake with his bare hands, shoveling fistfuls into his mouth.

NBC also aired a tease of upcoming episodes of The Office, hinting at possible replacements for Carell.  The tease included footage of Ray Romano, British actress and comic Catherine Tate, Will Arnett, James Spader, Jim Carrey and the creator and star of the original British version of The Office, Ricky Gervais.

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