SEARCH

Tuesday
Feb012011

Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Confirm Sex of Their Unborn Twins

Photo Courtesy - GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have confirmed to Life & Style magazine that they're expecting a boy and a girl.

Mariah tells the magazine, "Even before we announced it was twins, I was trying to keep everything gender neutral because I didn't want to impose an identity on them too soon."

The babies are due in April, according the magazine.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb012011

Zsa Zsa Gabor Has Health Setback, In L.A. Hospital

Photo Courtesy - WireImage/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Zsa Zsa Gabor has suffered a serious health setback. Her husband Prince Frederic von Anhalt confirms to ABC News Radio that the star is currently being worked on in the emergency room of a Los Angeles hospital, where she was taken after she started spitting up blood.

According to von Anhalt, Gabor's leg is infected, she has fluid and an infection in her lungs, and a high fever.  Von Anhalt says doctors are currently trying to stabilize her and "she's fighting hard."

Von Anhalt also told ABC News Radio that Gabor has not recognized anyone since her last operation, which leads doctors to suspect that she suffered a stroke.

Last month, Gabor had most of her right leg amputated due to an infection. The star's 94th birthday is this Sunday.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb012011

Nicolas Cage Arrested for Domestic Abuse

ABC News(NEW ORLEANS) -- Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage has been arrested on domestic abuse charges.

Cage, 47, was arrested in New Orleans on one count of domestic abuse and one count of disturbing the peace, according to police records. Bond is currently set at $10,000 for the domestic abuse charge and $1000 for the charge of disturbing the peace.

It is still unknown when the actor will appear in court.

As of Saturday afternoon the actor was still in custody.

Cage has been married to former waitress Alice Kim since July 30, 2004. The two have a son, Kal-El, in 2005.

The actor has been nominated for an Academy Award twice throughout his lengthy Hollywood career, and he won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of an alcoholic spiraling out of control in 1995's Leaving Las Vegas.

Born Nicolas Kim Coppola, Cage changed his name to avoid the appearance of nepotism, as he is the nephew of legendary film director Francis Ford Coppola.

Cage has previously been married to Patricia Arquette and Lisa Marie Presley.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb012011

Jack Nicholson Talks Love and Death

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LONDON) -- Jack Nicholson has a well-earned reputation as being the eternally cool ladies man, but an extensive interview with Britain's Daily Mail reveals a 73-year-old actor who is still nervous he won't be good enough before he starts any role, and one who longs for love.

The loss of his good friend and Easy Rider co-star Dennis Hopper last year hit Nicholson hard. He tells the newspaper, "One of the toughest parts of aging is losing your friends. At first it starts quietly, then pretty soon it's every month, and you can't help but think,'When is that bell going to go off for me?'" Nicholson admits, "...you feel this constant loss. At this time of life, you feel just a sword's point from death. It's frightening -- who wants to face God and the clear white light? I know I definitely don't. Yet."

And while he's rumored to have been with thousands of women -- "Hell, I don't count!" when the interviewer suggests the tally -- at this point in his life, he longs for the one thing he doesn't think he'll have: love: "I've had everything a man could ask for," he says, "but I don't know if anyone could say I'm successful with affairs of the heart. I don't know why. I would love that one last real romance. But I'm not very realistic about it happening. What I can't deny is my yearning...There were points in my life where I felt oddly irresistible to women. I'm not in that state now and that makes me sad. But I also believe that a lot of the improvements in my character have come through aging and the diminishing of powers. It's all a balancing act; you just have to get used to the ride."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb012011

Elton John Announces Official Oscar Party

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Ida Mae Astute(LOS ANGELES) -- New dad Elton John has announced the details of his annual Oscar viewing party, now in its 19th year. 

The bash will take place Oscar night, Feb. 27, at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.  Entertainment will be provided by Grammy-nominated British act Florence + The Machine, whose song "Dog Days Are Over" was performed last year on Glee.

In a statement, Elton said, "I am tremendously excited to announce that [they] have accepted by personal invitation to perform."

The event will feature an auction and food prepared by master chef Ludo Lefebvre. This year's event chairs include Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Sharon & Ozzy Osbourne, Nicole Kidman, Ellen Degeneres, Mary J. Blige and Jane Lynch.

Over the years, the event has raised millions for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb012011

Hip-Hop Pioneer Kool Herc in Pain, No Insurance

Photo Courtesy - Johnny Nunez | WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The Internet lit up over the weekend with rumors that DJ Kool Herc, the man universally acknowledged as the founding father of hip-hop music and culture, was "very sick" and "broke."

It was revealed Monday that Herc, originally known as Clive Campbell, was not near death but suffering with the (still very real) pain of kidney stones. He lacks the medical insurance needed to cover more than $10,000 in hospital bills he has already amassed.

A spokesman for St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx, where Herc had a stent inserted in October as treatment for his stones, declined to discuss the matter, citing patient privacy rules. But a spokeswoman for Herc said that when he returned to the hospital for a follow-up procedure he was asked for a prohibitively expensive deposit.

That Herc's relatively banal health issue should have evolved into a full-blown financial crisis for the hip-hop trailblazer has infuriated fans who have followed his four-decade career.

"He's a cultural icon on the level of somebody like Louis Armstrong," author and activist Jeff Chang told ABC News. "To me he's one of the most important Americans of the 20th and 21st centuries, culturally. One of the reasons you saw Kool Herc become a trending topic on Twitter over the weekend was because of that impact. Hip-hop has become the youth culture of the world."

And it all started in a downtrodden South Bronx, at parties Herc would throw with his sister Cindy, starting in 1973. Herc, a formidable figure whose nickname is short for Hercules, grew up in Jamaica. His family moved to New York in 1967, where, before long, he would have the biggest speakers in the borough. At his parties, he would pioneer the technique of juggling breakbeats -- looping short drum breaks from funk, rock and jazz songs into extended rhythmic workouts -- which in turn became the backbone of hip-hop.

Herc, 55, was resting and declined to be interviewed. But those he influenced have come out in full force this week.

"The hip-hop community does owe him," conceded Ahmir Thompson, better known as Questlove, the drummer for the rap group the Roots. "Everybody and their mother is telling me, 'You know rich rappers; make them pay for Herc!'

"The idea is nice, but there's a bigger matter at hand," he said. "The irony is not lost on me that this is happening when [House Republicans] are demanding a repeal of health care reform. Giving him money is putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. Herc won't be the only one with this problem. This is going to be an ongoing story."

For his part Chang is working with others, like DJ Premier, who discussed Herc on his Sirius radio show, to set up a website where the latest information on Herc's condition can be centralized and people can make a quick donation.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio 

Tuesday
Feb012011

Vince Neil Getting Ready for Jail Time

Photo Courtesy - Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department(LAS VEGAS) -- Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil seems ready to serve his jail sentence.

Speaking to People.com, Neil said that even though he's not in the pen yet, "I've already learned my lesson."  He added, "I made a mistake, and I have to finally learn my lesson and go do a little bit of time."

Neil is headed to jail after pleading guilty to a drunk driving charge from last summer.  He'll head to the Las Vegas Detention Center on Feb. 15 and will remain behind bars for 15 days.

After serving time, he'll spend 15 days under house arrest, which was part of a plea bargain deal.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb012011

Miranda Lambert Leads 2011 ACM Nominations

Photo Courtesy - Sony Music Nashville/Facebook(NASHVILLE) – Miranda Lambert is the leading nominee for this year's Academy of Country Music Awards, with seven nominations, including Entertainer of the Year.  Kenny Chesney and the Zac Brown Band each have five, while Zac Brown picked up four nods.  The awards will be handed out April 3rd in Las Vegas, and Reba and Blake Shelton will co-host.

Here are the nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Jason Aldean
Toby Keith
Brad Paisley
Taylor Swift
Keith Urban
Miranda Lambert

Top Male Vocalist
Jason Aldean
Brad Paisley
Blake Shelton
George Strait
Keith Urban

Top Female Vocalist
Reba
Taylor Swift
Carrie Underwood
Lee Ann Womack
Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year
Kenny Chesney, Hemingway's Whiskey
Lady Antebellum, Need You Now
Jamey Johnson, The Guitar Song
Taylor Swift, Speak Now
Dierks Bentley, Up on the Ridge
Zac Brown Band, You Get What You Give

Top Vocal Duo
Joey and Rory
Montgomery Gentry
Steel Magnolia
Sugarland
JaneDear Girls

Top Vocal Group
Lady Antebellum
Little Big Town
Randy Rogers Band
The Band Perry
Zac Brown Band

Single of the Year
Easton Corbin, "A Little More Country Than That”
Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, "As She's Walking Away"
The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"
Lee Brice, "Love Like Crazy"
Kenny Chesney, "The Boys of Fall"
Miranda Lambert, "The House that Built Me"

Song of the Year
Easton Corbin, "A Little More Country Than That”
Zac Brown Band with Alan Jackson, "As She's Walking Away"
The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"
Lee Brice, "Love Like Crazy"
Miranda Lambert, "The House that Built Me"

Video of the Year
"Hillbilly Bone," Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton
"Only Prettier," Miranda Lambert
"Stuck Like Glue," Sugarland
"Boys of Fall," Kenny Chesney
"The House that Built Me," Miranda Lambert

Vocal Event of the Year
Zac Brown Band and Alan Jackson, "As She's Walking Away"
Emily West feat. Keith Urban, "Blue Sky"
Loretta Lynn, Sheryl Crow and Miranda Lambert, "Coal Miner's Daughter"
Colt Ford feat. Jamey Johnson, "Cold Beer"
Uncle Kracker feat. Kid Rock, "Good to be Me"

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb012011

Charlie Sheen's Rep Releases New Statement; Rehabbing at Home

Photo Courtesy - Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It doesn't sound as if Charlie Sheen's camp will have too much to say about his rehab progress going forward.

In a statement released Monday, Sheen's rep said no further information regarding the actor's health or "rehab experience" will be released without his written permission.  The statement continued, "I can say that all of us who know Charlie care about him very much.  We will support him in any [way] we can in this journey, beginning by respecting his privacy."

It appears that Sheen is receiving treatment in the privacy of his own home.  TMZ.com reports an addiction expert, as well as other professionals, will visit Sheen at his gated community in Los Angeles in order to maintain his privacy.

TMZ also reports that Sheen will not be investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department for alleged drug use, despite reports that he used cocaine.  According to TMZ, the local fire department did not find drugs in the home after it responded to the 911 call.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb012011

Rod Stewart Releases 'The Best of...The Great American Songbook'

Photo Courtesy - J-Records(NEW YORK) -- Rod Stewart's The Best Of...The Great American Songbook hits store shelves Tuesday.  The disc is a compilation album that gathers together the best tracks from the five Great American Songbook albums that Stewart has put out over the last eight years.

The most recent one, Fly Me to The Moon, just came out in October, and it's earned Stewart a Grammy nomination in the category for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.  It was one of the Songbook albums -- the third volume, Stardust -- which to date has earned Stewart his first and only Grammy.

The Best of...The Great American Songbook features one newly-recorded, never-before-released track: "You'll Never Know."  There are also new remixes of "Bye Bye Blackbird" and "Someone to Watch Over Me."

Rod will appear on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight on Wednesday to promote the new CD.

Here's the track listing:

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"

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio







ABC News Radio