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Monday
Nov222010

Oprah Gifts New Car to 'Favorite Things' Audience

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Discovery Communications(CHICAGO) -- From diamond earrings, an iPad, and a brand new car, Oprah Winfrey succeeded for the last time at sending unexpecting audience members into hysterics during part two of her legendary "Ultimate Favorite Things" episode.

On the heels of last week's first installment of the popular Oprah Winfrey Show segment, Winfrey shocked yet another group of guests with another round of gift giving in which hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goodies were doled out.

The first gift bestowed -- an Apple iPad -- came down from the ceiling flanked by angel wings as Winfrey explained that it is her "Number One favorite thing ever."

But the screams of the audience only escalated, peaking when Winfrey unveiled the never-before-seen 2012 Volkswagen Beetle, the keys to which were given to each guest in the studio.

Winfrey also gave the audience several items of clothing, including a cashmere sweater and matching leggings from Magaschoni, as well as Ugg boots covered in sequins and a patent-leather Coach bag that cost nearly $400.

She presented each guest with two $500 gift certificates to Nordstrom's lingerie department.

A custom set of Le Creuset cast iron pots and pans, plus its new line of stainless steel cookware, was also distributed to the audience -- carrying a price tag of nearly $600 per set.

A ballerina presented Oprah's audience with the Sophie Jewelry Box from Pottery Barn, which when opened displayed a pair of diamond Jessica Leigh earrings by Dana Rebecca Designs. Each pair has more than 100 diamonds.

Performances by some of Winfrey's favorite singers, Johnny Mathis and Josh Groban, helped finish the show, and audience members went home with each performer's new CD.

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Monday
Nov222010

Mel Gibson Makes Crucial Court Appearance

Photo Courtesy - FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Mel Gibson has seven kids with his ex-wife Robyn Gibson. But right now it seems his reputation as a father hangs in the balance thanks to the custody battle over child number eight: Lucia, the daughter that he had with his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.

On Monday, Gibson makes an appearance in the family law area of Los Angeles County Superior Court to address custodial rights involving Lucia, now a little more than a year old.

TMZ.com reported that Gibson will try "to wrestle custody from Oksana on grounds she is not acting in the best interests of Lucia. He's also asking the judge to deny Oksana overnight visits, and to grant her supervised visitation."

Grigorieva has alleged, according to RadarOnline.com, that last January, at his mansion in Malibu, Gibson "punched out two of her front teeth, leaving her bloodied, bruised and with a concussion." Gibson's team denies the allegations.

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Monday
Nov222010

Exclusive: Woman to File Criminal Complaint Against Charlie Sheen

Photo Courtesy - Jeff Vespa/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The adult film actress who was found in Charlie Sheen's hotel bedroom the morning of his arrest last month said Monday she would be filing a criminal complaint against the actor with the New York Police Department.

In her first interview since the incident on October 26, Capri Anderson told ABC News that she was hired that night for $3,500 to escort Sheen to dinner in New York City. Anderson claims after some consensual romantic activity later at The Plaza Hotel, the night turned violent and Sheen threatened to kill her and called her a "whore."

The day after the incident, which ended with police storming the room and taking Sheen to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, she was contacted by the actor via text message, Anderson told ABC, and offered $20,000 for her silence.

When police officers arrived at the famed luxury hotel, they found Anderson locked in the bathroom of Sheen's suite. Police said the room had had been trashed.

Anderson said she was never paid the $3,500 she was promised for attending the dinner with Sheen. In response, Sheen's manager tells the gossip site TMZ.com: "This is a woman who, for the right amount of money, sleeps with strangers." Capri -- born Christina Walsh -- denies she was hired for sex.



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Monday
Nov222010

Heidi Montag: 'I Wish I Could Go Back to the Original Heidi'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- She was once reality TV royalty as a beloved star of MTV's "The Hills," but now Heidi Montag is probably more well-known as the queen of plastic surgery.

"I want to be happy," the 24-year-old said. "I've always heard you can't change the world until you change yourself and who you are."

Montag's shocking transformation after going under the knife for a marathon of at least 10 plastic surgery procedures in a single day last year has turned her from Hollywood starlet to tabloid target.

In a recent interview with ABC News' Cynthia McFadden, Montag said she feels like she's a prisoner in her own made-over body -- a complete backtrack from the "no regrets" position she had in an interview with ABC News' Juju Chang earlier this year.

In 2005, Montag was a fresh-faced 19-year-old from the mountains of Colorado before she was cast on "The Hills." Even before she became obsessed with her looks and posed to remodel her face, Montag was already the center of tabloid white noise and gossip. That kind of attention was new to her.

"It really got to me what people would say about me, and saying I had a horse face, and a Jay Leno chin," she said, "just awful, really mean things about me...I kind of started believing it."

Her sudden fame and the pressure of trying to compete with the other girls on "The Hills" helped push Montag to believe that radical re-invention was the only way to go.

"I got really insecure once I got immersed into Hollywood. A lot of girls my age get almost as much surgery, I would say, as me...All these celebrities have different faces. Nobody calls them out because they don't talk about it," Montag said, adding that talking publicly about her surgeries was a mistake.

"I shouldn't have talked about it because it just opens it up for everyone," she said.

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Monday
Nov222010

John Lennon Documentary 'LennoNYC' Premieres Monday on PBS 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The John Lennon documentary LennoNYC, which focuses on Lennon's life in New York City after The Beatles, premieres Monday night at 9:00 ET on PBS.

The film features never before seen footage of Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono, as well as Lennon's time in recording studios working on music, and the couple strolling through New York.  It also features footage of Lennon taking care of his son, Sean.

Ono said at a press conference that Lennon "loved New York so much he said 'I wish I was born here.'"  She also said that Lennon would have approved the release of LennoNYC because he "would have wanted the world to see" his life outside of being a musician.  Ono said that John's time in the city was "the part of his life that he really loved," and the documentary will provide fans a glimpse "of things that people didn't know" about him.

After LennoNYC premieres, it will repeat throughout December on PBS.

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Monday
Nov222010

Justin Bieber Sweeps American Music Awards

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Tim Ogier(LOS ANGELES) -- Justin Bieber swept the American Music Awards Sunday night, winning in all four of the categories in which he was nominated including the big one: Artist of the Year.  The teen idol from Stratford, Ontario is now the youngest artist ever to win that prestigious trophy.

He was also named Favorite Pop/Rock Artist and T-Mobile Breakthrough Artist, while his album My World 2.0 was named Favorite Pop/Rock album.  Bieber also debuted his new song, a socially-conscious anthem called "Pray," during the show.

During one of his several trips to the podium, Bieber said, "I can't stop smiling.  I'm from the smallest town in the world of like, 30 thousand people.  I never thought this was possible."  At another point, he thanked Michael Jackson, saying, "Without Michael Jackson, none of us would be here."  And when he took the top prize, he invited his mentor Usher onstage with him, calling him "my best friend and my big brother."

Usher himself didn't have too bad a night -- he performed "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love," and took home two trophies.  Acknowledging that his recent success came after some time out of the spotlight, he told the crowd, "Can't call it a comeback -- I been doing it 18 years, y'all!"

Other winners included The Black Eyed Peas, Rihanna, the British rock band Muse, country star Brad Paisley, and Michael Buble, who was named Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist and announced at the podium, "God, I LOVE winning things!"

Also, the two leading nominees going into the awards -- Lady Antebellum and Eminem -- didn't go home empty-handed.  Eminem, who didn't attend, won two awards off-camera, while Lady A won one award. 

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Monday
Nov222010

Kanye West, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Ne-Yo Lead Monday Album Releases

Photo Courtesy - Def Jam Records(NEW YORK) -- Albums usually come out on Tuesdays, but to get a jump on the holiday shopping season, many big names are releasing their highly-anticipated albums on Monday.  Here's a rundown of what's coming out:

-- Ke$ha releases Cannibal, the "companion EP" to her hit debut, Animal.  It features eight new tracks, including the number one hit "We R Who We R," plus a remix of the song "Animal."  Fans can buy it as a stand-alone, or they can buy it as two-CD deluxe edition with the original album, called Animal + Cannibal.

-- Jay-Z's The Hits Collection, Vol. 1 features all of the rapper's smash hits, including "Izzo," "99 Problems," "Empire State of Mind," "Big Pimpin'," "Encore" and "Hard Knock Life."

-- Ne-Yo's Libra Scale works as a collection of stand-alone songs, but it's also a quasi-sci-fi concept album about three guys who are offered special powers and everything they've ever wanted, with one caveat: they can never fall in love.  Of course, one of them does, and that's when things get difficult.

-- The Burlesque soundtrack features a slew of new cuts from Christina Aguilera, as well as a couple of tracks from her big-screen co-star, Cher, including a new ballad titled "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me."

-- Pink Friday, the much-anticipated debut album from Nicki Minaj, features the hits "Your Love," "Check It Out" and "Right Thru Me," and includes guest appearances from Rihanna, Eminem, Kanye West, Drake and Natasha Bedingfield.

-- Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is one of the most eagerly-awaited albums of the year, even though most of the music is already out there in one form or another.  The album features five different pictures, and guest appearances by Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Rza, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon, and alt-rocker Bon Iver.  One cut, "All of the Lights," features, among others, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Fergie, Elton John, and La Roux singer Elly Jackson.

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Monday
Nov222010

Jennifer Grey to Dance to 'Dirty Dancing' Theme Song in 'DWTS'?

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Adam Larkey(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday night is the final performance night of Dancing with the Stars, so that means it's also the last night that Jennifer Grey can do what a lot of fans have probably been hoping she'll do all season -- dance to her Dirty Dancing signature song, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life."  Is it going to happen?  The man who wrote the song says it's possible, and likely probable.

Franke Previte, who co-wrote "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" -- and won an Oscar for it, too -- says that he's received a request from Dancing with the Stars for permission to use the song, as well as an inquiry about how much it would cost. 

Previte tells ABC News Radio, "Usually when they ask you for [those things], it means something's going on. I can't tell you for sure, but there's a good chance."

As for whether or not Grey will beat Bristol Palin and Kyle Massey and become the DWTS champ, Previte says he'd be "shocked" if Grey didn't win, adding, "She just has this thing about her.  There's this magic about her when she dances.  Even when she's in pain, she pulls it out."

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Monday
Nov222010

Black Eyed Peas Reportedly Booked for Super Bowl Halftime Show

Photo Courtesy - Interscope Records(DALLAS) -- Rumors have been swirling since September that the Black Eyed Peas will be rocking out on stage for the 2011 Super Bowl halftime show.  But now, the Dallas Morning News says that a "source close to the NFL" has confirmed that the Peas have landed the gig.

An official spokesman for the NFL had no comment and when Billboard asked Will.I.Am, he wouldn't confirm it, either.  However, he did tell Billboard that the Peas would be honored to get the gig, and added, "We're Americans.  Some of those cats [who played the Super Bowl] weren't even Americans. I love The Rolling Stones.  I love U2.  I love The Who....but this would be Americans...this generation.  When those cats played the Super Bowl, their songs weren't on the Top 40 at that time.  So it's like, 'Wow, our songs are on the radio, and we're in that company.'  That's a sign that tells us where we can go with our career."

Should the Peas play the Super Bowl, which takes place Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium, it would mark a shift away from the veteran acts who've dominated the slot ever since Janet Jackson's notorious "wardrobe malfunction" in 2004.  Since then, Paul McCartney, the Stones, the Who, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Prince have all performed.

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Sunday
Nov212010

'Harry Potter' Earns $125M in Opening Weekend

Photo Courtesy - Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros(LOS ANGELES) -- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, earned an estimated $125.1 million domestically on its first weekend, putting the new film at the top of the heap in the franchise for opening weekend revenue, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

Playing on a whopping 4,125 screens across the country, Deathly Hollows topped the previous franchise leader, 2005's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, which took in $102.7 million in its first weekend, to become the sixth-biggest opening weekend of all time.

The film does fall slightly short of the record for highest opening weekend for 2010, a crown which goes to this summer's Iron Man 2. The blockbuster sequel took in a staggering $128.1 million its first weekend back in May.

DreamWorks' animated Megamind finished second this weekend with $109 million. In third was the action thriller Unstoppable, followed by Due Date, and the debut of The Next Three Days.

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