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Feb152011

Liam Neeson Breaks Silence on Natasha Richardson

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto | Savannah College of Art and Design | Adam Kuehl(NEW YORK) -- For the first time since Natasha Richardson's fatal 2009 skiing accident, the husband she left behind, actor Liam Neeson, is speaking out about her death.

"I walked into the emergency -- it's like 70, 80 people, broken arms, black eyes, all that -- and for the first time in years, nobody recognizes me," he said in an interview published in the March issue of Esquire. "Not the nurses. The patients. No one. And I've come all this way, and they won't let me see her."

Richardson suffered a severe head injury on March 16, 2009, while taking a skiing lesson at the Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec, Canada. The 45-year-old actress initially seemed fine and refused medical attention, but hours later, she complained of a headache and was taken to a local hospital.

From there, she was transported to a hospital in Montreal, where her condition was upgraded to critical. Neeson arrived after rushing off the Toronto set of his movie Chloe.

"And I'm looking past them, starting to push -- I'm like, 'F***, I know my wife's back there someplace,'" he said. "I pull out a cell phone -- and a security guard comes up, starts saying, 'Sorry, sir, you can't use that in here,' and I'm about to ask him if he knew me, when he disappears to answer a phone call or something. So I went outside. It's freezing cold, and I thought, What am I gonna do? How am I going to get past the security?"

"And I see two nurses, ladies, having a cigarette," he continued. "I walk up, and luckily one of them recognizes me. And I'll tell you, I was so f****** grateful -- for the first time in I don't know how long -- to be recognized. And this one, she says, 'Go in that back door there.' She points me to it. 'Make a left. She's in a room there.' So I get there, just in time. And all these young doctors, who look all of 18 years of age, they tell me the worst....the worst."

From Montreal, Neeson flew with Richardson to New York City's Lenox Hill Hospital, where she died March 18.

Neeson told reporter Tom Chiarella that he coped by "running away some. Running away to work." He went back to filming Chloe almost immediately after his wife's funeral.

"I just think I was still in a bit of shock," he said. "But it's kind of a no-brainer to go back to that work. It's a wee bit of a blur, but I know the tragedy hadn't just really smacked me yet."

Since then, Neeson has also appeared in The A-Team and worked on a handful of other projects, including the upcoming film Unknown. Neeson, 58, said training for physically grueling roles kept him sane.

"Listen, I know how old I am and that I'm just a shoulder injury from losing roles like the one in Taken [his 2008 thriller]. So I stay with the training, I stay with the work. It's easy enough to plan jobs, to plan a lot of work," he said. "That's effective. But that's the weird thing about grief. You can't prepare for it. You think you're gonna cry and get it over with. You make those plans, but they never work."

Still, with their two sons and farmhouse in upstate New York, he's haunted by Richardson's death.

"It hits you in the middle of the night -- well, it hits me in the middle of the night," he said. "I'm out walking. I'm feeling quite content. And it's like suddenly, boom. It's like you've just done that in your chest."

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Tuesday
Feb152011

Lady Gaga Reveals 'Born This Way' Support from Madonna

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Never mind all the talk that Lady Gaga's new hit "Born This Way" sounds so close to Madonna's "Express Yourself" that Madonna might sue.  During an appearance Monday night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Lady Gaga herself revealed that Madonna reached out to her and expressed her complete support for “Born This Way.”

Gaga, who walked out to meet Leno while carrying the three Grammy trophies she won Sunday night, said she received an e-mail from Madonna and her people, expressing “their love and complete support on behalf of the single.”  Gaga seemed to assert that Madonna’s expression of support was the end of the song controversy, proclaiming to Leno, “If the queen says it shall be, then it shall be.”  She also said there is no more "adoring and loving" Madonna fan than she, adding that she's "the hugest fan, personally and professionally.”

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Tuesday
Feb152011

Arcade Fire, The Strokes, Black Keys Headlining Bonnaroo Festival

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MANCHESTER, Tenn.) -- If you make your way down to Manchester, Tenn., for the Bonnaroo festival this year, your headliners will be Arcade Fire, The Strokes, The Black Keys, Eminem, Lil' Wayne, Robert Plant, Gregg Allman and Widespread Panic.

The festival, which runs from June 9-12, will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year.

Other artists performing include The Decemberists, Mumford & Sons, Ray Lamontagne, Primus, Florence & The Machine and a reunited Buffalo Springfield.  Original members Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay will make Bonnaroo their only festival appearance on their reunion tour.

Tickets for the event go on sale this Saturday, Feb. 19 at Bonnaroo's website and at Bonnaroo.com.

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Tuesday
Feb152011

Foo Fighters Reveal New Album Title, Tracklisting

Photo Courtesy - RCA/Facebook(LOS ANGELES) -- Foo Fighters have finally come up with a name for their new album: Wasting Light.

The album will be in stores April 12, and the first single, "Rope," will be released on March 1.

The band recently released a video for one of the new songs from Wasting Light called "White Limo."  The video also features Lemmy from metal rock band Motorhead as a crazed, drunken limo driver.

Here's the tracklisting for Wasting Light:

"Bridge Burning"
"Rope"
"Dear Rosemary"
"White Limo"
"Arlandria"
"These Days"
"Back & Forth"
"A Matter Of Time"
"Miss The Misery"
"I Should Have Known"
"Walk"

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Tuesday
Feb152011

Get to Know Sports Illustrated Cover Girl Irina Shayk

Photo Courtesy - Bjorn Iooss/Sports Illustrated(NEW YORK) -- Sports Illustrated unveiled the cover of its 2011 swimsuit issue Tuesday.

Russian model Irina Shayk glows on it, kneeling in the sand, basking in the sun, soaking up her moment in the spotlight.

Shayk, 25, hails from Yemanzhelinsk, Russia. After winning a Russian beauty pageant in 2004, she began pursuing a career in modeling. In 2007, she made her SI swimsuit issue debut inside the pages of the magazine and has appeared in every swimsuit edition since then. She's also modeled for Lacoste, Guess, Armani Exchange and the lingerie brands Intimissimi and LaPerla.

Shayk is reportedly dating soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo; the two are rumored to have met through their gigs modeling for Armani Exchange. 

The cover of SI's annual swimsuit extravaganza has launched many careers, including those of supermodels Christie Brinkley, Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum.

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Tuesday
Feb152011

Angry Bieber Fans Vandalize Esperanza Spalding's Wikipedia Page

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam/Facebook(LOS ANGELES) -- Jazz artist Esperanza Spalding's surprise win over teen pop music singer Justin Bieber at Sunday night's Grammy Awards prompted some upset Bieber fans to unleash their anger online.

Bieber fans expected to hear the teen sensation's name called for best new artist; they instead heard the name Esperanza Spalding.

On Wikipedia, Bieber fans vandalized Spalding's page noting she won the Grammy "by stealing it from Justin Bieber." Another revised entry read in all caps: "GO DIE IN A HOLE&WHO THE HECK ARE YOU ANYWAY?"

On Twitter, fans questioned the prize bestowed to Spalding.

"Congrats... on your 5069 followers," one Bieber fan tweeted bitterly. "Were any of YOUR albums on top of the Billboard 200?" demanded another.

Bieber, however, has handled the loss with charm. Backstage at the Grammys, he congratulated his rival.

"I'm happy for you," Bieber told Spalding. 

A former child prodigy who taught herself to play violin at age four, Spalding has performed at the White House more than once, including during President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

A 26-year-old jazz singer and bassist from Portland, Ore., Spalding has performed with Prince and served as the youngest faculty member ever at the Berklee College of Music.

Her 2008 album stayed on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart for more than 70 weeks.

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Tuesday
Feb152011

Computer, Human Tied After Day One of 'Jeopardy!' Challenge

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- So far, man is equal to machine on Jeopardy!

The IBM computing system Watson is tied with human player Brad Rutter following the first edition of the game show pitting Watson against the two most successful contestants in Jeopardy! history.  Watson and Rutter ended Monday's Jeopardy! tied at $5,000, with Ken Jennings trailing both, with $2,000.

The challenge of having a computer compete on Jeopardy! was evident when host Alex Trebek asked a question regarding the decade when the first modern crossword puzzle was published and Oreo cookies made their debut.  Jennings incorrectly answered the 1920s, after which Watson guessed, "What is 1920s?"  Trebek responded that Jennings had already made that guess.

Watson's battle with Rutter and Jennings will continue Tuesday and Wednesday.  They're all playing for charity, with the winner receiving $1 million.

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Tuesday
Feb152011

Alec Baldwin Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Turner Classic Movies(LOS ANGELES) -- Alec Baldwin received the 2,433rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday. He was joined at the ceremony by his brother, Billy Baldwin, and his friend, Megan Mullally.

Baldwin had a recurring role in Mullally's sitcom Will & Grace, and she later returned the favor by guest starring on 30 Rock.  She joked at the ceremony that Baldwin's brothers -- Billy, Stephen and Daniel -- "respect him so much that they all followed in his footsteps and became handsome."

Of all his accomplishments, Baldwin said 30 Rock ranks at the top of the list.

He said, "It really has been a lot of fun.  And I'm grateful to be given this recognition to kind of cap that off, because it's really been a great five years.  I've really enjoyed it."

Noting that he began his acting career in the NBC soap The Doctors at the network's New York headquarters, Baldwin hinted that his time on 30 Rock, and perhaps in acting, may be coming to a close, saying "I started my career at 30 Rock, maybe I'm going to end my career on 30 Rock.  I don't know."

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Tuesday
Feb152011

"Endless Love" Tops 'Billboard's' List of Biggest Duets of All Time

Photo Courtesy - Island Def Jam(NEW YORK) -- In honor of Valentine's week, Billboard has compiled a list of the biggest duets of all time, and coming in at number one is "Endless Love," by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross.

The magazine came up with the list by ranking each song on a point system based on its performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  The more weeks a song spent at number one, the more points it would get.  In addition, each song had to be a true duet, with equal vocal time given to both singers.

"Endless Love" won because it spent nine weeks at number one and stayed on the over chart for 27 weeks which, back in 1981, was a very lengthy run.

The song that came in at number two on Billboard's list isn't exactly a love duet -- it's "Say, Say, Say" by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson.  McCartney's other famous duet, with Stevie Wonder, "Ebony & Ivory," is in at number four, just behind Brandy and Monica's "The Boy Is Mine."

Also making the top 10: Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton's classic "Islands in the Stream," which is number nine, and "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" by Elton John and Kiki Dee, which is number 10.

Other famous duets which made the list farther down include "Up Where We Belong," "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," "You're the One That I Want," "Baby Come to Me," "Easy Lover" and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."

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Tuesday
Feb152011

Whoopi Goldberg Angered by Alleged 'New York Times' Oscar Snub

Photo Courtesy - Henry S. Dziekan III/ Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A New York Times article criticizing a perceived lack of racial diversity in Oscar winners is causing more headlines, for the wrong reason.

Whoopi Goldberg was left off the list of African-American winners and she took time on The View to vent Monday.

"It hurt me terribly," said Goldberg, who brought her Oscar to the set and placed it on the table before her.  "When you win an Academy Award, that's part of what you've done, your legacy.  I will always be Academy Award-winner Whoopi Goldberg, and [I] have been dismissed and erased by the New York Times film critics, who should know better."

Goldberg won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1991 for Ghost.

The New York Times is standing by its story, saying those who criticize it are misreading it.

In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, the newspaper's editors say, "The point of the piece was not to name every black actor or actress who has been awarded an Oscar, it was to draw a comparison between the number who won prior to 2002 (the year Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won) and those who have won since.  And the story states very clearly that in 73 years, prior to 2002, only seven black actors/actresses won Oscars."

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