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Jan042011

Paula Abdul's 'Live to Dance,' 'V,' 'The Biggest Loser' Premiere Tuesday

Photo Courtesy - Jeffrey Ufberg/ WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Seventeen months after she left American Idol, Paula Abdul is making her full-time return to primetime TV.  She's a producer, judge and mentor on Live to Dance, one of three season premieres airing Tuesday night.

Here's a closer look at her show and the two others premiering with it:

* Live to Dance, CBS, 8:00 p.m. EST -- Abdul's U.S. adaptation of a hit British series will showcase solo dancers and dancing groups who can perform a wide range of routines.  They'll compete against one another for a $500,000 grand prize.

* V, ABC, 9:00 p.m. EST -- ABC's update of the 1983 sci-fi miniseries begins its second season.  The aliens known as the Visitors have piqued the curiosity of the human race, though not everyone trusts them.

* The Biggest Loser: Couples, NBC, 8:00 p.m. EST -- The 11th season of the weight-loss reality show will include 11 teams consisting of two family members each.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Are Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock an Item?

Photo Courtesy - John Shearer/ WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Could Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds be the hot new couple of 2011?  The two, who worked together in The Proposal, have been spending lots of time together, reports PopEater.com.

Bullock divorced Jesse James last year, while Reynolds split with soon-to-be ex-wife Scarlett Johansson just a few weeks ago.

A friend of Reynolds says, "Sandra loves Ryan.  They became very good friends when they filmed The Proposal, but they are not a couple, at least not yet."  Another source said, "They are both newly single and leaning on each other for support.  Who knows what will happen in the future, but any rumors of them being together and splitting up Ryan's marriage to Scarlett are false.  Sandra would never get involved with a married man after what her ex did to her."

Reynolds and Bullock are such good friends, in fact, that they rang in 2011 together at Bullock's home in Texas with some other pals.  Still, a source tells E! Online there may be some sparks between the two, noting, "They sat next to each other and were holding hands at one point.  They were very cute together."

Bullock's rep insists there's nothing romantic going on between her and Reynolds.  The rep tells People magazine that Bullock and Reynolds joined a few others to celebrate New Year's Eve at her restaurant in Austin, Texas.  The rep adds, "They all had a great time ringing in the New Year as they have in the past...as nothing more than friends."

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Zsa Zsa Gabor Awaiting Decision Regarding Possible Leg Amputation

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images/ WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Doctors are taking a wait-and-see approach with Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday and could have part of her right leg amputated.

According to RadarOnline.com, Gabor's husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, said Monday that doctors may wait two or three days before deciding whether to amputate part of her leg due to gangrene.  He said doctors first want to see how the 93-year-old actress responds to the antibiotics she's taken since checking into the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Gabor has suffered a series of health problems since breaking her hip last July.  Her publicist said over the weekend that Gabor was facing the possibility of amputation after doctors examined a lesion on her leg.

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Tuesday
Jan042011

Rod Stewart to Release 'Best of Great American Songbook'

Photo Courtesy - J Records/RCA Music Group(NEW YORK) -- Last year, Rod Stewart released his album Fly Me to the Moon...The Great American Songbook Volume 5, and promptly scored a Grammy nomination for it.  Now, for an encore, he's putting out a best-of that collects all of the highlights from the five albums' worth of standards that he's released in the past eight years.

The album, due out Feb. 1, is called The Best of...The Great American Songbook, and features 14 tracks, one of which, "You'll Never Know," is newly-recorded and has never been released.  Two others, "Someone to Watch over Me" and "Fly Me to the Moon," appear as new mixes.  Stewart plans to follow up the release with a U.S. tour in the spring.

Here's the track listing for The Best of...The Great American Songbook:

1. "Long Ago and Far Away"
2. "Someone to Watch over Me"
3. "They Can't Take Away from Me"
4. "Beyond the Sea"
5. "You'll Never Know"
6. "Time After Time"
7. "I Can't Get Started"
8. "The Way You Look Tonight"
9. "Bye Bye Blackbird"
10. "These Foolish Things"
11. "But Not for Me"
12. "What a Wonderful World" featuring Stevie Wonder
13. "My Foolish Heart"
14. "I'll Be Seeing You"

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Monday
Jan032011

Lindsay Lohan Leaves Rehab

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Despite earlier reports that Lindsay Lohan was planning to extend her stay in rehab, it appears as though she's decided to depart on schedule.  E! reports that the actress has left the Betty Ford Center after 90 days, and her mother, Dina, has confirmed her release, telling E!, "It's a great day."  Lohan is still scheduled to appear in court Feb. 25.

During Lohan's time in the Betty Ford Center, an employee accused the actress of battery, but later decided not to press charges.  At the time, a spokesperson for the local police department said they would continue to investigate the incident, which allegedly took place after a heated argument Dec. 12 between Lohan and the employee, Dawn Holland.

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Monday
Jan032011

David Arquette Enters Rehab for Alcohol and Depression

Photo Courtesy - FilmMagic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actor David Arquette has entered a rehab program for alcohol issues and depression, according to People magazine. A source told the magazine that Arquette is having trouble dealing with his separation from actress Courteney Cox.

The two, who have a 6-year-old daughter, Coco, have remained friendly since their split in October. "I really admire David and his choice to take charge and better his life," Cox told People of Arquette's decision to enter rehab adding, "I love and support him."

The announcement follows weeks of public confessions about his separation from Cox. Arquette, 39, made several bombshell revelations on Howard Stern's radio show in the weeks before entering rehab.

"I definitely am having a nervous breakdown," Arquette said, according to Stern's website. He later said it was more mid-life crisis than nervous breakdown.

But according to Us Weekly, Arquette, the star of Scream, revealed during the one-hour chat that he was seeing a psychiatrist weekly and that "everybody is worried and concerned about me."

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Monday
Jan032011

'Little Fockers' Repeats as Box Office Champ

Photo Courtesy - Universal Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Little Fockers is the first movie to earn the top spot at the box office in 2011.  The Ben Stiller-Robert De Niro comedy was number one for the second weekend in a row, collecting an estimated $26.3 million.  Little Fockers has made $103.2 million since its release during Christmas week.

True Grit ended the weekend in second place, with $24.5 million.  The Western is now the highest-grossing Coen brothers film, having earned a total of $86.8 million to date.

The Michelle Williams-Ryan Gosling drama Blue Valentine performed strongly in limited release, raising $180,000 in just four theaters.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Little Fockers, $26.3 million.
2. True Grit, $24.5 million.
3. Tron: Legacy, $18.3 million.
4. Yogi Bear, $13 million.
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, $10.5 million.
6. Tangled, $10.01 million.
7. The Fighter, $10 million.
8. Gulliver's Travels, $9.1 million.
9. Black Swan, $8.5 million.
10. The King's Speech, $7.6 million.

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Monday
Jan032011

Zsa Zsa Gabor Hospitalized Again, Set to Have Part of Leg Amputated

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images/ WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Zsa Zsa Gabor has suffered yet another serious setback to her health.

Her husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt, tells TMZ.com that the 93-year-old actress was hospitalized in Los Angeles on Sunday and was set to have part of her leg amputated.

In his conversation with TMZ, von Anhalt said Gabor had put off the surgery in recent weeks because she wanted to spend the holidays at home.  Gabor was in and out of the hospital in 2010 after breaking her hip in July.

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Monday
Jan032011

New Britney Spears Single Coming Out This Week

Photo Courtesy - Jive Records(NEW YORK) -- Britney Spears' new album is due out in March, but we'll get to hear new music from her at the end of this week.

The program director of a top radio station tells Entertainment Weekly that the single, titled "Hold It Against Me," will be out Jan. 7.  According to the program director, the track was produced by hitmakers Dr. Luke and Max Martin, and features "an infectious bass beat" as well as an "amazing" hook.

As for the song's subject, the title is reminiscent of a 1979 hit called "If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body Would You Hold It Against Me."

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Monday
Jan032011

'Forbidden Planet' Actress Anne Francis Dead at 80

Photo Courtesy - SGranitz/WireImage/Getty Images(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) -- Anne Francis, the actress who appeared in the 1956 sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet and later starred as a sexy detective in the TV series Honey West, died Sunday from complications of pancreatic cancer, according to The Los Angeles Times.  She was 80.

A family spokeswomen told The Los Angeles Times that Francis, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2007, died at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California.

Francis’ career also included roles in films such as Blackboard Jungle, Bad Day at Black Rock, Funny Girl and Battle Cry.  According to IMDB.com, the actress’s last acting role was a 2004 appearance in the CBS series Without a Trace.

But it was Forbidden Planet and her role as the daughter of a scientist on a planet inhabited by an alien monster that brought Francis fame in Hollywood.  The movie co-starred Walter Pidegon, as well as Leslie Nielsen, who died on Nov. 28, 2010.

Francis also broke ground with the TV series Honey West.  Though it only ran one season, from 1965-1966, it was one of the first TV series to star a woman in an action role.

According to IMDB.com, Francis was married and divorced twice.  She leaves behind two daughters.

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