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Apr152011

Female Stars to Face Off at Fragrance Awards

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- They've competed for the music industry's biggest honors, but now Beyonce, Britney Spears, Fergie, Avril Lavigne, Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera are all competing for the fragrance industry's highest honors.

Each singer's signature fragrances have been nominated for the Fifi Awards, which are given out each year by the Fragrance Foundation to honor the creativity of the perfume industry.

Scents by Beyonce and Spears are both nominated for Fragrance of the Year in the Luxe category, which is for perfumes that are sold in department and specialty stores.  Beyonce's Heat and Spears' Radiance both got nods, and were also nominated for Best Packaging of the Year.

Two of Aguilera's fragrances, her eponymous scent and her By Night perfume, have been nominated in the Fragrance of the Year -- Broad Appeal category, which is for those fragrances sold through drugstores and chain stores.  Lavigne's fragrance Forbidden Rose is also nominated in that category, as is Shakira's perfume, S.  Aguilera, Lavigne and Shakira's scents are also all up for Best Packaging of the Year.

Fergie's debut fragrance for Avon, Outspoken, is nominated in the Fragrance of the Year -- Direct to Consumer category, which honors those perfumes sold online, through catalogs or door to door.  Mary J. Blige's perfume My Life is also nominated in this category.

Carey's perfume Lollipop Bling fragrance collection is up for Best Packaging of the Year.

The Fifi awards will be handed out May 25 at New York City's Lincoln Center.

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Thursday
Apr142011

Are Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Aniston More than Friends?

James Devaney/WireImag(LOS ANGELES) -- Limitless star Bradley Cooper has been reaching out to Jennifer Aniston, just one month after he called it quits with Renee Zellweger, according to People.com. 

A source said, "In the past few weeks, they have stayed in contact."  The source added, "Jen always had a soft spot for Bradley, and she thinks he is very attractive and charming.  Jen appreciates that Bradley is low-key, loves dogs and is focused on his movie career." 

Cooper recently returned to Los Angeles from Europe, where he was promoting Limitless.  The source said that Bradley plans to spend some time with Jen while he’s in town.

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Thursday
Apr142011

Reese Witherspoon 'Disappointed' in Her Love Scenes with Robert Pattinson?

Rick Diamond/ACMA2011/Getty Images for ACM(LOS ANGELES) -- Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon have some steamy scenes in their new film, Water for Elephants, but the newly-married Witherspoon told In Touch magazine that shooting the intimate moments wasn't sexy at all.

She admitted, "I'm going to say it's a little bit of a downer. I was a little disappointed." 

It has nothing to do with Pattinson himself, though -- Witherspoon noted that there's truly nothing less fun than trying to film a love scene with a congested co-star. 

She explained, "Rob possibly had the most hideous horrible cold of any co-star I've ever had to do a love scene with ever in my entire life." She added, "He was literally snorting and snotting through every second of it, and it was not appealing.  I'm talking green, infectious, disgusting. I'm not kidding!"

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Thursday
Apr142011

Diane Lane Given Limited Time to Examine Superman Script 

Michael Caulfield/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- You'll have to be stronger than the Man of Steel to get your hands on the script for the upcoming Superman reboot.  Diane Lane, who stars in the movie, said to be titled The Man of Steel, tells E! Online the project is veiled in secrecy. 

She said, "I read the script under lock and key.  I was locked in a room with the script and was only allowed three hours with it.  I nailed it into my memory.  I'm really excited.  I'm really not allowed to talk much about it, I think, but it does cover the entire range of years, from infancy on." 

Henry Cavill stars as the title character in The Man of Steel, which will also feature Amy Adams, Kevin Costner and Michael Shannon.

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Thursday
Apr142011

'All My Children', 'One Life to Live' Going Off the Air 

(NEW YORK) -- Two of ABC's legendary soap operas will both have unhappy endings.  The network announced Thursday that iconic daytime dramas All My Children and One Life to Live are both going off the air.  All My Children will broadcast its last episode this September, while One Life to Live will say farewell this January. General Hospital will remain on the air.

In a statement, ABC executive Bryan Frons said, "All My Children and One Life to Live are iconic pieces of television that have made an indelible mark on our culture's history. Each of the shows has touched millions and millions of viewers and informed the social consciousness."  He added, "We thank the cast, crew, producers and most especially the fans for their commitment to the shows through their history."  ABC promises both shows will end "in a manner that honors viewers and shows' creative legacies."

In the place of the two departing soaps will come two new shows: The Chew, which focuses on food, and The Revolution, a health and lifestyle show.  Hosts for The Chew include Top Chef favorite Carla Hall and celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon.  Hosts of The Revolution include Tim Gunn, American Idol alum Kimberly Locke and celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.

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Thursday
Apr142011

Courteney Cox on David Arquette: 'He Will Always Be My Guy'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- After a rocky couple of months, Courteney Cox said she and estranged husband David Arquette are in a good place and will be a family no matter what happens.

"We're in a really good place," Cox revealed on Good Morning America. We're "probably the best we've ever been because we're being really honest with each other. We have such huge amounts of affection for each other."

Cox, 46, said it's all about their six-year-old daughter Coco.

"We have 15 years of memories. There's no point in spoiling that," she said. "I don't know what's going to happen, but I think this is an important time and he will always be my guy."

Cox and Arquette met each other on the set of the first Scream movie. For Scream 4, Cox reprised her role as tabloid reporter Gale Weathers, who's married to Arquette's David Dewey, but by the time filming rolled around, their on-screen characters were having problems and their 11-year marriage was falling apart.

We "fell in love on the first, hated each other on the second, got married right before the third and...what are you talking about, what's wrong? Is there some news about us?" she joked with Robin Roberts on GMA.

Cox and Arquette separated in October 2010. Arquette, 39, is celebrating 90 days of sobriety after a tumultuous 2011. The actor was in a head-on car collision in Los Angeles in March, entered a rehab program for alcohol abuse and depression in January. That came after weeks of public confessions, including his admitting on Howard Stern's radio show that "I am definitely having a nervous breakdown."

Arquette has also been loose-lipped on The Howard Stern Show about his relationship with Cox, spilling intimate details about their sex life or lack thereof. Cox said on GMA she's not angry with Arquette for oversharing.

"David's so funny. He's a showman. He knows what he's doing and he's having fun. He loves doing the show and I'm a big Howard fan," Cox said. "David's got such a big heart so even if he says things like, 'Wow, really?' I don't know why, I just don't really have any problem with it."

Both Cox and Arquette hit the red carpet of Scream 4's premiere Monday night. While Cox arrived hand-in-hand with co-star Neve Campbell, Arquette arrived solo.

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Thursday
Apr142011

'Teen Mom 2' Star Leah Messer and Husband Corey Simms Divorcing

Jeffrey Hamilton/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Teen Mom 2 star Leah Messer and husband, Corey Simms, are divorcing just six months after getting married, according to published reports. 

Friends of the couple told tabloids that arguments between the two over money and infidelity had taken their toll.

Tabloids reported that the West Virginia-based couple has picked up paperwork to begin divorce proceedings, but those papers have not yet been officially filed.

Messer, 18, and Simms are the parents of two twin girls -- both just over a year old and one with disabilities. Their off-again, on-again relationship was chronicled on the show. They broke up after the twins' birth but reconciled and quickly moved in together and became engaged. They married on the show's finale.

Messer had said she did not want to get divorced after getting married. "Marriage to me is a big commitment. If I took that vow it is going to be forever," she said during a Teen Mom reunion special.

The show has been a hit for MTV and a lightening rod for controversy. Critics have said the show glorifies teen pregnancy. The girls often grace the covers of tabloids right next to movie stars.

Another Teen Mom, Jenelle Evans, was recently arrested after she was captured on tape assaulting a woman at the end of March. Evans, 19, was charged with simple assault and simple affray.

Amber Portwood, 20, another Teen Mom star, is facing domestic abuse charges. She was caught on camera punching and kicking her daughter's father, Gary Shirley, in front of her child.

"These girls are often very impulsive, they don't have good judgment," said expert family therapist Terry Real. "I think it is really critical that grownups around teen moms support them."

MTV had no comment on reports of the divorce but plans to continue the Teen Mom franchise. A spokesman for the network said the program shows the harsh reality of raising a child as young mother.

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Thursday
Apr142011

'American Idol's' Top Eight Perform Songs from the Movies

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol's top eight contestants took on songs from the movies Wednesday night.

Judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler were on hand to offer their opinions, and host Ryan Seacrest singled out Lopez at the top of the show for being named the World's Most Beautiful Woman in People magazine's Most Beautiful issue.

Here's what happened Wednesday night:

Paul McDonald went first with his take on Bob Seger's "Old Time Rock n' Roll," which was featured in Risky Business.  Tyler said he loved his wild abandon.  Lopez liked that he was going a little bit further with each performance, and Jackson simply loved the performance, saying America just witnessed the opening number at one of McDonald's concerts.

Lauren Alaina went with Miley Cyrus' "The Climb" from Hannah Montana: The Movie.  Lopez thought she did a beautiful job.  Jackson thought the song sounded like it was written for her, and Tyler said it moved him beyond tears.

Stefano Langone sang Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" from the Eddie Murphy flick Boomerang.  Jackson said it was his best vocal yet, and he's sure his pal from Boyz II Men would think he nailed the song.  Tyler said the performance proved he knows how to milk a song.  Lopez said he was now singing to win the competition instead of just singing to stay in it.

Scotty McCreery was originally going to sing a Harry Nilsson song, but he changed course and decided on the George Strait classic "I Cross My Heart," from Pure Country.  Tyler thinks all of America has fallen in love with his voice.  Lopez said it wasn't her favorite song choice for him, but she thought he performed it beautifully.  Jackson loved him getting back to his roots with this number and said he was a star in the making.

Casey Abrams chose "Nature Boy" by Nat King Cole from Moulin Rouge.  Lopez was nervous at first but in the end thought his jazzy performance was inspiring, and said she hopes America "got" it.  Jackson called it brilliant and said it made him proud to judge a true artist.  Tyler said he did what he felt in his heart, and had a sophistication on par with Sting.

Haley Reinhart sang "Call Me" by Blondie from American Gigolo.  Jackson didn't love the beginning, saying it sounded kind of "karaoke."  Tyler loved her gritty performance on the chorus, and Lopez agreed with Jackson that this wasn't Reinhart's best performance.  Lopez also declared that she was hesitant to say anything critical about her performance because she didn't want any more girls to be voted off.

Jacob Lusk sang Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" from The Pursuit of Happyness.  Tyler was astounded at how much he put into his performances, and Lopez called him a gifted vocalist, saying his performance gave her the chills.  Jackson said he believed every word he sang.

James Durbin chose Sammy Hagar's "Heavy Metal" from the '80s animated movie Heavy Metal.  Lopez said it felt "really real," while Jackson said it was unbelievable and that he was glad Durbin stuck to his guns in choosing the song.  Tyler called it "outstanding."

Kelly Clarkson returns to the American Idol stage on Thursday's results show to sing her country hit "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Jason Aldean.  It all starts at 8:00 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Thursday
Apr142011

Charlie Sheen in Discussions to Return to 'Two and a Half Men'?

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(BOSTON) -- What's old could be new again for Charlie Sheen.  The actor told a Boston radio show Tuesday night he's in talks to return to Two and a Half Men.

The troubled star said, "There've been discussions, but I was asked not to divulge anything."  Sheen also confessed his bizarre antics over the last few months may have been a little much, noting, "Had they told me at the end of season eight that that behavior wasn't going to be cool, I would have adjusted it."

Sheen, who says he's not getting any royalties from Two and a Half Men's syndication run, likely won't be able to just return to the set and get back to work.  He filed a $100 million lawsuit against Warner Brothers and show creator Chuck Lorre for booting him from the show in the first place.

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Thursday
Apr142011

ABC Interested in Katie Couric?

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- ABC could become a serious bidder for Katie Couric's services once her contract with CBS expires in early June.

Variety reports there's a "strong chance" ABC will offer the current CBS Evening News anchor a slot on its daytime schedule.  The publication speculates that ABC would cut back on its daytime soap opera block of All My Children, One Life to Live and General Hospital to make room for Couric on its schedule.  Of course, ABC already has a popular daytime talk show in The View.

Couric will be in high demand if she decides to leave CBS Evening NewsVariety reports NBC and Warner Bros., in addition to CBS and ABC, will pursue Couric, who is also rumored to be considering launching a syndicated daytime talk show in 2012.

Couric didn't provide much insight into her plans during an appearance on her former TV home, NBC's Today show, on Wednesday.  When asked by her one-time co-host, Matt Lauer, what the future has in store for her, Couric joked, "I'll call you."  They also didn't address the rumors that Lauer could leave the Today show at the end of next year to work on a new talk show with Couric.

Wednesday's appearance on the Today show was Couric's second since she left the NBC morning news program in 2006.  She was promoting her new book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives.

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