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Apr272011

Kirstie Alley Considering New TV Shows

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Her run on Dancing with the Stars may not mark the last time you see Kirstie Alley on a TV series.

The actress told AOL TV following Monday night's performance episode of the show that she's being courted to do a sitcom.

The 60-year-old former Cheers star said, "They're doing it for TV Land and I like those guys.  They are really bringing comedy back."

If that project, which she calls "sort of Virginia Woolf," should fall through, Alley may have something else waiting in the wings.

She said, "I have some people writing [a potential series] for me for HBO.  But I really want to do movies."

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Wednesday
Apr272011

Lee DeWyze Announces First Headlining Tour

RCA Music Group/19 Entertainment(NEW YORK) -- It's been just shy of a year since Lee DeWyze was named the American Idol champ, and now he's finally launching his first headlining tour.

The official kickoff is June 19 in Columbus, Ohio, and the singer will be on the road through July 21.  DeWyze is supporting his debut album Live It Up -- he performed his current single, "Beautiful Like You," on Idol a few weeks back.

Here are his tour dates:

6/19 -- Columbus, OH, The Basement
6/20 -- St. Louis, MO, Old Rock House
6/22 -- Minneapolis, MN, Varsity
6/23 -- Madison, WI, Union Terrace at UW
6/24 -- Milwaukee, WI, Turner Hall Ballroom
6/25 -- Rockford, IL, Davis Park
6/27 -- Akron, OH, Musica
6/28 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Altar Bar
6/29 -- New York, NY, Gramercy Theatre
6/30 -- Stamford, CT, Alive at Five
7/1 --  Boston, MA, Brighton Music Hall
7/21 -- Des Moines, IA, Simons Estes Amphitheatre

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Wednesday
Apr272011

Christina Aguilera: Super Bowl Flub Made Her a 'Trivial Pursuit Question'

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday, the same day her new show The Voice premiered, Christina Aguilera appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about her own personal "voice" nightmare -- forgetting the lyrics while performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl this past February.

Explaining her lyrics flub, Aguilera told DeGeneres, "I’ve been singing that song my entire life.  I was known as the youngest anthem singer in my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.”  She continued, "Shoot me for appreciating the moment, but I was like, 'Here I am at the Super Bowl, singing for a team and in front of the world,' and remembering what it was like to be that young, and look where I’ve made it now.”

Aguilera went on to say that she’s not going to let the incident get her down.  For that matter, the same goes for any of her other recent public missteps, like tripping on stage at the Grammys, and being detained for public intoxication several weeks ago.

The singer made a joke out of the Super Bowl mishap, telling DeGeneres, “That night, I knew....I was like, 'I just made myself a Trivial Pursuit question -- "In 2011, what female singer flubbed the lyrics?"...it’s just insane.”

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Wednesday
Apr272011

Lindsay Lohan to Jay Leno: Jail Time 'Was Definitely a Wake-Up Call'

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Lindsay Lohan said she acknowledges the mistakes she's made and that her recent stint in jail were a "wake-up call," in an interview with Jay Leno that aired Tuesday night.

"I've made a lot of poor decisions in the past and I'm dealing with the consequences with those decisions," Lohan said as she sat down with the The Tonight Show host.  "But I'm a fighter and I know that I have to work to gain the respect back.  I'm willing to do the work I have to do to follow through with being an actress."

The troubled actress was greeted with a standing ovation as she walked onto the stage while taping the interview Monday.  It was the first interview she has given since she was sentenced to four months in jail last week.

During the interview, Leno asked Lohan about the sentence.  The actress said she could not discuss the case since it was still pending but said she was shocked.

"I didn't really expect the outcome to be what it was.  But I'm a big girl and I'm going to do what I'm told to do and that's what I'm going to do to continue on with working in my life.  I'm taking responsibility," she said.

On Friday, a Los Angeles judge sentenced Lohan to 120 days in prison for violating her probation by allegedly stealing a $2,500 necklace.  It was a charge the judge reduced from felony grand theft to a misdemeanor crime.

Lohan's attorneys appealed the jail sentence -- her fourth since 2007 -- and she was freed on bond after a few hours behind bars.  When asked whether she thought she was treated fairly she said she thought she was treated the way she should be.

The 24-year-old actress said her time in jail was "an interesting experience and it was definitely a wake-up call."

Lohan was also sentenced to 480 hours of community service, 120 of which she will complete by picking up trash, cleaning bathrooms, and mopping floors at the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner's facility.

But there might be more punishment in store for Lohan.  She faces a June 3 trial for misdemeanor theft, which could get her a maximum penalty of another year in jail.

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Wednesday
Apr272011

CMT Music Awards Nominations to Be Announced Wednesday

Digital Vision/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- The nominees for the 2011 CMT Music Awards will be announced live on NBC's Today show Wednesday morning.

CMT's Evan Farmer and The Band Perry will join hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb to read the list, and voting will begin immediately after the announcement at CMT.com.  The Band Perry is also set to perform their latest single, "You Lie," on the show.

The 2011 CMT Music Awards will broadcast live from Nashville on Wednesday, June 8.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

'Dancing with the Stars': Chris Jericho Voted Off

Bob D'Amico/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- WWE star Chris Jericho and partner Cheryl Burke were voted off ABC’s Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night after receiving the lowest overall combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes.  The couple was at the bottom of the pack going into the results show after a tango Monday night that Judge Bruno Tonioli described as clumsy.

After getting the bad news, Jericho admitted to co-host Brooke Burke that Monday’s tango wasn’t his best effort, but he said he was proud of all the dances they did and also proud to show that “a WWE guy and rock and roll singer can go this far and do this.” Noting that Dancing with the Stars requires a tremendous amount of effort and time, Jericho said he’s looking forward to getting back with his kids because he hasn’t seen them in four weeks.

The results show also featured musical performances by NKOTBSB and ousted American Idol singer Pia Toscano.  The New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys performed their single Don’t Turn Out the Lights and a two-song medley of their hits Step by Step and I Want It That Way.

Pia Toscano sang I’ll Stand by You while her rumored “close friend,” Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas, danced with Karina Smirnoff.  After her performance, host Tom Bergeron asked Toscano how she could be voted off American Idol.  She was diplomatic in her reply, saying everything happens for a reason and she is “in a good place now.”  Bergeron didn’t press Toscano on rumors she was dating Ballas -- he simply asked the singer if Ballas was a good kisser.  Toscano replied that the dancer was “a wonderful person.”

The show’s Macy’s Stars of Dance troupe paid tribute to Britain’s upcoming royal wedding with a performance of a couple’s fairytale love story through the ages.

Ralph Macchio and partner Karina Smirnoff survived to dance another day, despite Smirnoff tripping over the actor’s cape during their performance Monday night.  Pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy is now calling the area of the floor where Karina fell the "Dancing With the Stars' triangle” -- as in Bermuda Triangle.  Maks told TVGuide.com the four square feet of ballroom floor is the same spot where he fell with partner Kirstie Alley, and where former contestant Misty May-Treanor, the Olympic volleyball player, ruptured her Achilles tendon during season seven.  Maks said his fellow dancing pro, Derek Hough, also fell in the same spot and suffered a concussion.

Preceding the results show, ABC broadcast a one-hour live special entitled Dancing with the Stars: The Road to the Finals.  The special featured the judges and past contestants critiquing this season’s stars and their ballroom performances.  Hanson appeared for a second consecutive night and performed their new song Give a Little, and former American Idol finalist Constantine Maroulis and his cast mates from the Broadway musical Rock of Ages also performed a special medley of 80’s songs on the special.

Dancing with the Stars returns next Monday night at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

Phoebe Snow Dead at 60

Andrew Lepley/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- Phoebe Snow, the singer best known for her 1975 hit "Poetry Man," has died of complications from a brain hemorrhage she suffered last year.  She was 60. 

Though her talent was widely praised, the singer, songwriter and Grammy nominee essentially put her solo career on hold to care for her daughter, Valerie, who was born with brain damage in 1975 and who passed away in 2007.

In a statement, Snow's manager Sue Cameron said, "The loss of this unique and untouchable voice is incalculable. Phoebe was one of the brightest, funniest and most talented singer-songwriters of all time and, more importantly, a magnificent mother to her late daughter...Valerie, for 31 years. Phoebe felt that was her greatest accomplishment.”

In addition to "Poetry Man," Snow's other big hit was "Gone at Last," which she recorded with Paul Simon.  In addition to Simon, over the years, she worked with artists ranging from Billy Joel, Queen, Cyndi Lauper and Bonnie Raitt to Linda Ronstadt, Michael Bolton, Jackson Browne and Steely Dan's Donald Fagen, with whom she toured.   Snow's voice could also be heard on the theme for the NBC series A Different World, and on the "Celebrate the moments of your life" jingle for General Foods International Coffees.

At the time of her stroke in January of 2010, Snow was preparing to do a one-night-per-week stand at a New York venue, and had completed recording a number of songs.  Cameron said in a statement, "She was really excited about everything...2010 was going to be the year she had everything creatively that she ever wanted."

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Tuesday
Apr262011

Katie Couric Confirms Departure from 'CBS Evening News'

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) -- Katie Couric, the first female anchor of a network evening news broadcast, will step down in June after five years behind the anchor desk at CBS News without improving on the show's cellar-dwelling ratings, she confirmed Tuesday to People.com.

Couric reportedly will announce her departure on air following this week's coverage from London of the royal wedding. She is slated to stay at the helm of the Evening News through May.

"I have decided to step down from the CBS Evening News," Couric told People.

"I'm really proud of the talented team on the CBS Evening News and the award-winning work we've been able to do in the past five years in addition to the reporting I've done for 60 Minutes and CBS Sunday Morning. In making the decision to move on, I know the Evening News will be in great hands, but I am excited about the future," she said.

60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley is rumored to replace Couric as anchor of the CBS Evening News when her contract expires June 4. The network reportedly wanted to give both journalists and the show's staff the month of May to transition.

Couric, 54, joined the last-placed broadcast in 2006 after a 15-year run as co-host of morning news powerhouse, NBC's Today.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

Lollapalooza: Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse to Headline

Michael Caulfield/WireImage(CHICAGO) -- The lineup for Lollapalooza 2011 was posted online Monday night at Lollapalooza.com. 

Heading the bill for the 20th anniversary of the landmark festival are Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle and Cee Lo Green.

Also on the bill are two recently re-formed 1980s rock mainstays, The Cars and Big Audio Dynamite.

Other notables on the bill include Bright Eyes, Cage the Elephant, OK Go, Deftones, Arctic Monkeys, Ween and Bright Eyes.

The 20th anniversary Lollapalooza festival takes place in Chicago's Grant Park August 5-7.

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Tuesday
Apr262011

Michael Douglas: Zeta-Jones Was 'Outed' in Bipolar Struggle

Donna Ward/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones was "outed" as she sought treatment for bipolar II disorder, her husband, actor Michael Douglas, said on the The Oprah Winfrey Show in an interview scheduled to air Tuesday.

"I must say, Catherine's being quite open about it because she was outed, you know," Douglas, 66, said. "She went to go get some help and some other patient probably in there said, 'Hey, you won't believe who's in here now.' And, so, once that happens, I think she felt [it] best to kind of get out the story."

The couple, who married in 2000, and their family have had a difficult year.

"My oldest son...is in federal prison. My ex-wife is suing me and I got cancer," said Douglas, who was diagnosed last year with throat cancer.

Douglas' eldest son, Cameron, 32, was sent to prison last year after being convicted of dealing the drug crystal meth. Douglas' ex-wife, Diandra, is suing him for a bigger portion of the profits Douglas made from the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Through it all, Zeta -Jones, 41, has been stoic, Douglas told Winfrey. He said his wife is already back to work shooting a movie.

The actor also told Winfrey that his monthly checkups reveal that he remains cancer-free.

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