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Tuesday
Apr052011

Hines Ward, Petra Nemcova Share Lead on 'Dancing with the Stars'

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- A Super Bowl MVP and a supermodel are tied for the lead on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars after emotional ballroom performances Monday that told life stories through dance.

Pittsburgh Steelers star Hines Ward and partner Kym Johnson are tied with supermodel Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin.  Each couple received combined scores of 25 out of a possible 30 from the judges.

Ward danced a samba as a thank-you to his mom for her sacrifices in helping him achieve success.  Judge Bruno Tonioli called the performance an uplifting expression of happiness.

For her part, Nemcova danced a waltz that told the story of her return to Thailand after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to launch a charity foundation for children.  Nemcova was seriously injured and her fiancé died in the natural disaster.  Tonioli said she danced like an angel.

Actress Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy tumbled to the floor briefly during their rumba when Chmerkovskiy’s thigh gave out.  The couple recovered, completed their routine and received a total score of 21 out of 30.

Radio talk show host Wendy Williams is now at the bottom of the pack with a total judges’ score of 15 out of 30 after a foxtrot that Judge Len Goodman said was more suited for the radio.

The couple with the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and viewer votes will be eliminated Tuesday night on the Dancing with the Stars results show at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.  The show will feature performances by Selena Gomez & The Scene performing their newest single, “Who Says.”   The band OneRepublic will also perform their hit “All the Right Moves” as well as their newest release, “Good Life.”

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Tuesday
Apr052011

Charlie Sheen Says He's Working the Kinks Out of His Live Show

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Charlie Sheen admits his live performance is still a work in progress, following a much-criticized concert in Detroit on Saturday and another show the following night in Chicago that earned more favorable reviews.

Speaking to E! News, Sheen said, "There's a couple things here I've got to [expletive] work out."  He continued, "I don't know if I start the show alone and it turns into this [a Q&A format] or I just stay with this 'cause it's [expletive] working and we'll [expletive] return to it if I don't."

Sheen incorporated a question-and-answer session, handled by an interviewer, into his Chicago concert after sticking to his usual rants the previous night in Detroit and drawing boos from a restless audience in the process, half of whom walked out before the show ended.

Sheen said of the format change, "Yeah, we talked about it on the bus coming back, tons of input, then when I got back to the hotel and I wrote, we started writing, just to get some thoughts out, some feelings out, just some stuff that would be interesting, just stories, you know, themes, whatever, just bullet points."

Sheen's tour, dubbed My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option, will continue in Cleveland on Tuesday.

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Tuesday
Apr052011

Katie Couric Confirms She's Considering Launching Daytime TV Show

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As speculation increases that Katie Couric will leave CBS Evening News in the near future, the anchorwoman has confirmed that she may launch her own syndicated talk show next year.

In response to a recent report that Couric may work on a syndicated program with her former Today show boss Jeff Zucker, Couric told The New York Times, "We talk a lot and, yes, we've been discussing the possibilities.  That's true."

When asked what she would want her proposed show to be known for, she answered, "Hopefully for smart conversation."

Though Couric didn't tell the Times that she'll definitely step down as CBS Evening News anchor when her contract expires in June, there are widespread reports that she will in fact do so.  She's been the network newscast's anchor for five years.

Couric will release a new book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, next week.

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Tuesday
Apr052011

Adele Smashes Chart Records with '21'

Columbia Records(NEW YORK) -- Adele continues to rewrite British chart history thanks to her album 21.

Billboard reports that the disc has now spent 10 weeks at number one on the UK album chart, making it the only album by a female solo artist ever to stay on top for that long.  In addition, 21 has now topped the U.K. chart longer than any other album since Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms, back in 1986.

21 is also the first album in U.K. chart history to sell over 100,000 copies a week for each of the 10 weeks it's been in stores.  In the UK alone, the disc has now sold 1.754 million copies.

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Tuesday
Apr052011

L.A. Reid Says Cheryl Cole Is Third 'X Factor' Judge

Polydor Records(NEW YORK) -- Producer L.A. Reid will be seen this fall as one of the celebrity judges in Simon Cowell's upcoming talent competition The X Factor.

Fox has been keeping a tight lid on its judge roster, but Reid let slip to Entertainment Weekly who will be joining him and Cowell: Cheryl Cole.

"We're gonna compete against American Idol just fine," Reid tells the magazine.  "But along with Simon Cowell and Cheryl, I don't know who the other judge is."

Cole scored 20 consecutive top 10 singles in the U.K., and also acted as a judge on the hit British version of The X Factor.

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Monday
Apr042011

Patrick Dempsey Hoping for 'Strange' Role

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Patrick Dempsey wants to go from playing a doctor on Grey's Anatomy to playing Marvel hero Doctor Strange. The Los Angeles Times reports Dempsey is pushing hard to play the surgeon-turned-sorcerer, who was brought to life by Marvel's dynamic duo Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in 1963.

Dempsey is hoping a big-screen turn in Transformers: Dark of the Moon will make studio heads see him as a movie hero: "Hopefully, doing something like Transformers is about to show myself in an action situation where I'm not mister-weepy-doctor guy, you know, not McDreamy. You have to change people's view," he told the Times. "I'd love to play Doctor Strange."

There have been several attempts over the years to bring the hero to theaters, and there was even a 1978 TV movie, but now -- with movies starring Marvel heroes Captain America and the rest of the Avengers on the way -- the doctor could finally be in.

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Monday
Apr042011

Miley Considers Lawsuit over Sex Doll

PRNewsFoto/MTV Networks International(LONDON) -- Miley Cyrus is reportedly considering filing a lawsuit over an inflatable sex doll named “Finally Miley.”  Britain’s Sun newspaper reports the doll is manufactured by Pipedream Products and is flying off the shelf.  Company spokesman Kevin Johnson tells the newspaper, “We are completely sold out already.  It’s been on the market less than 48 hours.” 

Johnson says he’s seen rumors online that the singer may sue, but he hasn’t received any cease-and-desist letters from her attorneys yet.

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Monday
Apr042011

Did Dr. Phil Try to Pull the Rug Out from Under Oprah?

Theo Wargo/WireImage for Turner(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems like Dr. Phil McGraw has an odd way of showing his gratitude towards Oprah Winfrey for making him a star.  Dr. Phil allegedly tried to steal an interview from Oprah, reports TMZ.com. 

Legal documents filed as part of a lawsuit accusing Dr. Phil of defaming two men in the case of Natalee Holloway, who went missing in Aruba in 2005, include a series of emails between Dr. Phil and his staff that seem to indicate they were trying to scoop the talk show queen.  When one of McGraw's producers learned Oprah had gotten an interview with Holloway's mother, Beth, he wrote to McGraw, "But we can out scoop Oprah & do the show w/ her first no matter what we find tomorrow we still have an interesting show -- plus only YOU can really help."  Dr. Phil seemed okay with sabotaging Oprah because he wrote back, "WE DEFINITELY NEED TO SCOOP THE DEAL SO IF WE NEED TO SHOOT THIS WEEK THEN LETS DO IT.  IF SHE [Beth] TELLS THE OPRAH PEOPLE ABOUT US THEY WILL LIKELY ATTEMPT TO DERAIL IT BY MOVING UP THEIR SCHEDULE."

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Monday
Apr042011

Could Manson Movie Be Lindsay's Comeback?

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lindsay Lohan has reportedly been offered the role of Sharon Tate, the pregnant girlfriend of director Roman Polanski who was murdered in 1969 by Charles Manson's "family" of followers at the murderer's direction.

TMZ reports Brad Wyman, who produced the Oscar-winning film Monster, about serial killer Aileen Wournos, will be backing the film. Tyler Shields, a celebrity photographer, will reportedly direct, and also play Manson.

No word yet from Lohan's camp on the rumored offer.

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Monday
Apr042011

Report: Elizabeth Hurley Files for Divorce

Danny Martindale/WireImage(LONDON) -- Elizabeth Hurley claims her estranged husband had not been on his best behavior during their marriage, so she's seeking a divorce.

According to Britain's Daily Mail, the supermodel and Austin Powers actress filed for divorce Friday in London from Arun Nayar, citing his "unreasonable behaviour."

In December, amid rumors that she was romantically involved with an Australian cricket player named Shane Warne, Hurley announced that she had split from Nayar. They had been married for four years.

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