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Jun222011

Does Ashlee Simpson Have a New Man?

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ashlee Simpson has been spotted with a new man since her falling out with Fall Out Boy frontman Pete Wentz.

Rumors first circulated that Ashlee was getting cozy with musician Craig Owens, but People reports that Simpson and Vincent Piazza from the HBO series Boardwalk Empire were spotted canoodling in New York last Wednesday.

Ashlee filed for divorce last February from Wentz, but was spotted out and about, hand-in-hand with him a few months ago.

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Tuesday
Jun212011

50 Cent Writing Novel About Bullying

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- 50 Cent will address the issue of bullying in a new book he's writing. The young adult novel Playground will focus on a 13-year-old bully who "finds redemption as he faces what he's done," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Fiddy said in a statement, "I drew on events from my own childhood and adolescence, but was excited to see the story take on its own life. This book would have been very helpful for me growing up and now that I have a teenage son, it is my goal that this will have a positive influence on all teenagers."

Playground will be published by Razorbill and is due out next January. 50 Cent previously co-wrote the autobiography From Pieces to Weight and the self-help book The 50th Law.

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Pia Toscano Signs Record Deal

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Though America decided Pia Toscano wasn't worthy of making it into the top eight on American Idol, Interscope Records apparently thinks the singer is still worthy of a record deal.  

Antonina Armato of the production team Rock Mafia -- who worked with all of the finalists this past season on Idol -- tells ABC News Radio, "[Pia] just got signed to Interscope. We just finished a song with her called 'Counterfeit,' which is phenomenal...and we did another song for her as well."

The other song is called "Dreamgirl," but Armato and partner Tim James aren't sure if that tune will appear on Toscano's album.  As for "Counterfeit," Armato says Pia sang it "amazingly."  

The deal with Interscope came about quickly, according to Armato.

"They just made the decision a few days ago to actually pull the trigger to sign the deal," she explained. "They have to decide...I guess there's a certain amount of days after American Idol, where you decide, if you're not the winner, if they're actually going to get a record deal."

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Tracy Morgan Returns to Nashville, Apologizes for Anti-Gay Remarks

Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Comedian Tracy Morgan returned to Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday to apologize for anti-gay remarks he made during a show there earlier this month.

Morgan's anti-gay rant made headlines after audience member Kevin Rogers wrote a Facebook posting about it. Rogers was onstage Tuesday in Nashville to accept Morgan's apology.

“I want to apologize to my friends and my family and my fans and everyone in every community who I offended with this,” Morgan said. “I didn't know. I didn't mean it.”

Since making the controversial remarks, Tracy Morgan has met with gay youth in New York City as well as officials with the gay advocacy group GLAAD and leaders in the Nashville gay community.

“I don't really see gay or straight,” Morgan said. “I just see human beings now.”

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Adele Rescheduling Tour, Says She's 'Bored Stiff' at Home

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Adele says she's recovering from the laryngitis that forced her to scrap her North America tour not long ago, and is in the process of rescheduling the appearances that she missed.

"It was a devastating decision to make, but I really had no choice," she wrote on her official blog. "I had to give my voice two weeks' rest or risk permanent damage."

She also denies reports that she's been ordered not to sing or talk for a month, and says it's not true that she's been taking singing lessons.

"I will do everything I can to make sure nothing like this happens again!" she says.

As Adele rests at home in London, she says she's "bored stiff," and is spending her time "watching box sets, and sorting things into neat piles."  She's also cooking, becoming "obsessed" with with 30 Rock and Beyonce's I am Sasha Fierce tour DVD, and "uploading over 1000 CDs" to her iTunes.

She adds, "I can't wait to be able to sing again."

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Tuesday
Jun212011

'Lost' Actor, 51, Weds 16-Year-Old

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- May-December romances aren't unusual. But when the bride can't yet vote and the groom is eligible to join AARP? That's extreme, even for Hollywood.

Green Mile and Lost actor Doug Hutchison, 51, revealed on Monday that he wed aspiring country singer Courtney Alexis Stodden, 16, in May.

"We're aware that our vast age difference is extremely controversial," the couple told E! News in a statement released by their spokesperson. "But we're very much in love and want to get the message out there that true love can be ageless."

Stodden's mother gave parental consent so the two could wed in Las Vegas.

"We are totally supportive of this marriage," Krista Stodden told RadarOnline.com. "Doug is a wonderful man and we love him." She added, "Courtney was a virgin when she married Doug. She is a good Christian girl."

So, how did the two get involved? The fact that Stodden is signed to Hutchison's production company, Dark Water, might have something to do with it. A former beauty pageant queen (she competed for the title of Miss Teen Washington USA last year), Hutchinson is trying to make it as a country music crooner.

Celebuzz compiled a variety of her YouTube videos, including one where she talks for nearly seven minutes about overcoming bullying and explains that she wrote the song "Don't Put It On Me" (the video for which features a pink-haired dog) to support victims of bullying.

Character actor Hutchison is probably best known for playing problematic prison guard Percy Wetmore in The Green Mile. He also played DHARMA Initiative leader Horace Goodspeed in the TV drama Lost and has appeared in Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Guiding Light, The X-Files, and 24.

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Weird Al Yankovic Spoofs Lady Gaga

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Weird Al Yankovic is out with his insanely fun take on Lady Gaga, turning her hit song "Born this Way" into "Perform This Way."

The singer-comedian dons a wig and dresses in a series of Gaga-esque, outlandish outfits for the music video parody and sings: "I might be wearing Swiss cheese/May be covered in bees/It doesn't mean I'm crazy/I perform this way."

"I'll be a troll or evil queen," he continues. "I'll be a human jelly bean/'Cause every day is Halloween/For me."

The spoof's for a good cause: all proceeds from the song will go to the Human Rights Campaign, supporting the LGBT community.

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Tattoo Artist Settles 'Hangover Part II' Lawsuit

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Warner Bros. has reached a settlement in the lawsuit brought by a tattoo artist who claims the tattoo seen on Ed Helms' face in The Hangover Part II represents copyright infringement.

S. Victor Whitmill argued that he did not grant permission to producers to recreate the tattoo, which he inked exclusively on Mike Tyson's face.

According to E! Online, both sides announced Monday it has resolved the dispute, without going into details. However, the agreement means that the tattoo will not have to be digitally removed from Helms' face for the DVD release of The Hangover Part II.

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Tuesday
Jun212011

New Cast for 'Glee'?

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Graduation day can be a big challenge or a big opportunity for creators of high school-themed television. And according to Glee creator Ryan Murphy, next season may be the last for some number of graduating seniors.

In an interview Friday with On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Murphy confirmed that the cast will turn over at the end of next season. "The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn't want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years," Murphy said. "We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline."

Murphy continued, "We've got Matt Morrison and Jane Lynch who will stay and be the male and female lynchpins of the series, but I think the fun thing about the show is it's a celebration of youth and talent and I think that just like with the original cast, I think finding those young unknown people and giving them an opportunity to break into the business and become stars is a really fun and exciting thing and is the spirit of the series."

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Tuesday
Jun212011

'Mad Men' Top Winner at Critics' Choice Television Awards

AMC/Michael Yarish(BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.) -- Mad Men was the top winner at the first-ever Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills on Monday afternoon.

The AMC program received the awards for best drama series, best actor in a drama series for Jon Hamm, and best supporting actress in a drama series for Christina Hendricks.

ABC's Modern Family was named best comedy series.

The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, 30 Rock's Tina Fey and The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons were among the other actors who were honored at the event, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association.  In addition, Danny DeVito was given the Critics' Choice Television Icon Award.

The Critics' Choice Television Awards will premiere on ReelzChannel on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. ET.  Here are Monday's winners:

Best Drama Series
Mad Men

Best Actor in a Drama Series
Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Best Actress in a Drama Series
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
John Noble, Fringe

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, and Margo Martindale, Justified (tie)

Best Reality Series
Hoarders and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (tie)

Best Reality Series – Competition
American Idol

Best Reality Show Host
Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs

Best Talk Show

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Best Comedy Series
Modern Family

Best Actor in a Comedy Series

Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Best Actress in a Comedy Series
Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Busy Philipps, Cougar Town

Most Exciting New Series
Alcatraz
Apartment 23
Awake
Falling Skies
New Girl
Ringer
Smash
Terra Nova

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