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Jan032011

Lindsay Lohan Scheduled to Leave Rehab

Photo Courtesy - Al Seib/AFP/Getty Images(RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif.) -- Lindsay Lohan is getting ready to leave the Betty Ford Center, where she's been addressing her addictions since September.

The troubled actress entered rehab back on Sept. 27 after she violated her probation by failing a mandatory drug test.  The scheduled Jan. 3 release date was deliberately chosen by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elden Fox to help the actress avoid any temptations on New Year's Eve.

A well-publicized dust-up with an eventually-fired Betty Ford staffer in December was apparently not counted against Lohan.  However, if she fails a drug test before her next court date on Feb. 25, Fox will reportedly order her to jail for 180 days.

Lohan seems ready to move on with her life.  On New Year's Day, she tweeted, "Today is the first day of the rest of my life 'The future depends on what we do in the present.' -Mahatma Gandhi... One step at a time...."

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Sunday
Jan022011

Valerie Bertinelli Gets 'Hot' in Malibu, Marries Financial Planner

Photo Courtesy - FilmMagic/Getty Images(MALIBU, Calif.) -- Actress Valerie Bertinelli married her longtime boyfriend and financial planner, Tom Vitale, Saturday night at the couple’s home in Malibu.

Bertinelli, who currently stars alongside Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, and Betty White in TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland, told People, “We’re so happy!”

The two exchanged vows before a guest list that included Bertinelli’s ex-husband, rocker Eddie Van Halen, and their 19-year-old son, Wolfie.

Bertinelli and Vitale met in 2004 and got engaged in March 2010.

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Sunday
Jan022011

Chuck Berry Collapses At Chicago Show

Photo Courtesy - DESIREE MARTIN/AFP/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- Rock legend Chuck Berry fell ill during a performance in Chicago on Saturday night.

Berry slumped over and was taken off stage to be checked out by a medical crew.

The 84-year-old singer returned briefly to thank the audience but, according to the Chicago Tribune, refused to go to the hospital.

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Sunday
Jan022011

Shania Twain Ties the Knot

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(RINCON, Puerto Rico) -- Shania Twain tied the knot with businessman Frederic Thiebaud in Puerto Rico on New Year's Day.

Her rep confirmed the news to People saying, "They were married at sunset in Rincon, Puerto Rico in front of 40 of their closest family and friends."

Twain and Thiebaud became romantically involved in 2009 after their spouses allegedly had an affair with each other, ending both marriages.

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Saturday
Jan012011

Lady Gaga Reveals Album Release Date

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga promised her fans a special gift on New Year's Eve and at midnight, she made good on her promise.

On Twitter, she posted a picture of herself, turned away from the camera, wearing a denim jacket that read "Born This Way." Below was emblazoned “THE SONG 2-13-11 THE RECORD 5-23-11,” indicating that the first single from her new disc will be out Feb. 13, and the album will follow on May 23.

A few hours before, she tweeted, "This has to be the happiest + most exciting night of my life. You've created this moment. You imagined me. You are, you wrote #BornThisWay."

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Friday
Dec312010

Year in Review: Top 10 Movies in US, World

Photo Courtesy - Disney/Pixar(NEW YORK) -- Here are the top 10 highest-grossing movies for 2010 in the United States:

1. Toy Story 3 -- $415 million
2. Alice in Wonderland -- $334 million
3. Iron Man 2 -- $312 million
4. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse -- $301 million
5. Inception -- $292 million
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I -- $258 million
7. Despicable Me -- $250 million
8. Shrek Forever After -- $238 million
9. How to Train Your Dragon -- $218 million
10. The Karate Kid -- $177 million

Here are the top 10 highest-grossing movies from 2010 around the world:

1. Toy Story 3 -- $1.063 billion
2. Alice in Wonderland -- $1.024 billion
3. Inception -- $825 million
4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I -- $778 million
5. Shrek Forever After -- $737 million
6. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse -- $693 million
7. Iron Man 2 -- $622 million
8. Despicable Me -- $537 million
9. (tie) Clash of the Titans -- $493.2 million
9. (tie) How to Train Your Dragon -- $493.2 million

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Friday
Dec312010

Year in Review: Top 10 Country Albums, Songs of 2010

Photo Courtesy - Capitol Records(NEW YORK) -- Here are the Billboard top 10 country albums of 2010:

1) Lady Antebellum -- Need You Now
2) Taylor Swift -- Fearless
3) Taylor Swift -- Speak Now
4) Carrie Underwood -- Play On
5) Zac Brown Band -- The Foundation
6) Lady Antebellum -- Lady Antebellum
7) Miranda Lambert -- Revolution
8) Jason Aldean -- Wide Open
9) Tim McGraw -- Southern Voice
10) Sugarland -- The Incredible Machine

Here are Billboard's top 10 hot country songs of 2010:

1) Lee Brice -- "Love Like Crazy"
2) Luke Bryan -- "Rain Is a Good Thing"
3) Josh Turner -- "Why Don't We Just Dance"
4) Josh Turner -- "All Over Me"
5) Chris Young -- "The Man I Want to Be"
6) Easton Corbin -- "Roll with It"
7) Joe Nichols -- "Gimmie That Girl"
8) Blake Shelton -- "All About Tonight"
9) Darius Rucker -- "Come Back Song"
10) Clay Walker -- "She Won't Be Lonely Long"

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Friday
Dec312010

Year in Review: Celebrity Deaths in 2010

Gary Coleman. Photo Courtesy - SGranitz/WireImage/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Here's a review of some of the more notable Hollywood passings of 2010:

Child star Gary Coleman, who was best known for his role as Arnold Jackson on the TV series Diff’rent Strokes, died on May 28 of a brain hemorrhage following a fall at his home in Utah.  Arnold's frequent question on the show -- "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?" -- became a national catchphrase.  Coleman was 42 at the time of his death.

Actress Barbara Billingsley, who played matriarch June Cleaver on the classic TV series Leave It to Beaver, passed away Oct. 16 at the age of 94.

Actor Tom Bosley, best known for his role as Mr. C. on TV's Happy Days, died Oct. 19 at the age of 83.

Pernell Roberts, who starred on the long-running TV western Bonanza and the 1980s TV series Trapper John, M.D., died of cancer Jan. 24 at the age of 81.

Little House on the Prairie actor Merlin Olsen died March 11 at the age of 69.  Before launching his acting career, Olsen was a pro football player who was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Fess Parker, who portrayed Davy Crockett on TV and in later years opened a California winery, died March 18.  He was 85.

On Oct. 28, James MacArthur, the actor who played Detective Danny "Danno" Williams on the original Hawaii Five-O, died at the age of 72.

Peter Graves, the star of TV's Mission: Impossible and the breakthrough comedy Airplane!, died March 14 at the age of 83.

Leslie Nielsen, one of Graves' co-stars in Airplane!, died Nov. 28 at a Florida hospital of complications of pneumonia at the age of 84.  Nielsen was a dramatic actor for years before finding fame as a comedic star in Airplane! and The Naked Gun series of films.

Hollywood veteran Tony Curtis died Sept. 29.  The Oscar-nominated star of such films as Some Like It Hot, The Defiant Ones, and Spartacus was also the father of Jamie Lee Curtis.  He was 85.

Actor Robert Culp died on March 24 at the age of 79.  Culp starred in 1960s' TV series I Spy and the 1980s' series The Greatest American Hero.  Culp was 79.

Kevin McCarthy, the actor who tried to save his fellow humans from aliens in the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers movie, died Sept. 11 at the age of 96.

Actor Harold Gould, best known for playing Kid Twist in The Sting and Valerie Harper's father on Rhoda, also died on Sept. 11.  He was 86.

Actor Dennis Hopper died May 29 at the age of 74 after a battle with prostate cancer.  Hopper directed, co-wrote and starred in 1969's Easy Rider, which also featured Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.  Hopper's career also included roles in Hoosiers, Blue Velvet, and Speed.

Corey Haim, the 1980s heartthrob and actor in the movie The Lost Boys, died from complications of pneumonia on March 10 at the age of 38.

John Forsythe, the veteran actor who provided the voice of Charlie in Charlie's Angels and played oil tycoon Blake Carrington in Dynasty, died April 1 after a battle with cancer.  Forsythe was 92.

Actress Gloria Stuart died on Sept. 26 at the age of 100.  Stuart is best known for her role as the elderly Rose in the movie Titanic.

Jill Clayburgh, the actress who earned Oscar nominations for the 1970s films An Unmarried Woman and Starting Over, died Nov. 5.  Clayburgh, who'd been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia, was 66.

Lynn Redgrave died May 2 at the age of 67.  She received Oscar nominations for Georgy Girl and Gods and Monsters and was a member of Redgrave acting dynasty.

Jean Simmons, the Oscar-nominated star of Hamlet and The Happy Ending, died Jan. 22 at the age of 80 after a battle with lung cancer.  Simmons career also included roles in Spartacus and Elmer Gantry.

Zelda Rubinstein, the diminutive actress who appeared in the Poltergeist movies, died Jan. 27 at the age of 76.

Actress Patricia Neal died Aug. 8 at the age of 84.  Neal starred in Breakfast at Tiffany's and won an Oscar for her role in Hud.

Dixie Carter, the actress who starred in TV's Designing Women, Family Law and Diff’rent Strokes, died April 10 from complications of endometrial cancer.  Carter was 70.

Rue McClanahan, the Emmy-winning Golden Girls actress, died of a brain hemorrhage June 3 at the age of 76.

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Friday
Dec312010

Year in Review: Music Industry Greats Who Died in 2010

Teddy Pendergrass. Photo Courtesy - David Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Here are some of the musical greats we lost in 2010:

Ronnie James Dio, 67, singer, Black Sabbath, Dio, Elf, Rainbow, Heaven and Hell, May 16, stomach cancer.

Lena Horne, 92, singer, actress, May 9, heart failure.

Marvin Isley, 56, bassist for the Isley Brothers, June 6, complications from diabetes.

Paul Gray, 38, bassist for Slipknot, May 24, morphine overdose.

Jimmy Dean, 81, country music singer and sausage entrepreneur, June 13, natural causes.

Guru, 48, rapper in the group Gang Starr, April 19, cancer.

Willie Mitchell, 81, produced records for artists including Al Green and Ann Peebles, Jan. 5, cardiac arrest.

Teddy Pendergrass, 59, singer, Jan. 13, respiratory failure.

Kate McGarrigle, 63, singer/songwriter, mother of Rufus Wainwright, Jan. 18, cancer.

Peter Steele, 48, lead singer, bassist of Type O Negative, April 14, heart failure.

T. Bone Wolk, 58, longtime bassist for Hall & Oates, Feb. 28, heart attack.

Michael Been, 60, lead singer of The Call, Aug. 19, heart attack.

Jay Reatard, 29, lead singer, guitarist of The Reatards, solo artist, Jan. 13, drug overdose.

Malcolm McLaren, 64, punk impresario, manager of the Sex Pistols, New York Dolls, April 8, mesothelioma.

Doug Fieger, 57, frontman of The Knack, Feb. 14, cancer.

Alex Chilton, 59, lead singer of Big Star, the Box Tops, March 17, heart attack.

Ari Up, 48, singer of punk band The Slits, stepdaughter of Johnny Rotten, Oct. 20, cancer.

Peter Quaife, 66, bassist of The Kinks, June 23, complications due to kidney disease.

Mick Green, 66, English guitarist of Johnny Kidd & The Pirates and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Jan. 11,  complications due to heart problems.

Ali "Ollie" Woodson, 58, former singer of The Temptations, May 30, cancer.

Bill Aucoin, 66, former manager of Kiss, June 28, complications from prostate cancer.

Ron Banks, 58, singer, founding member of the Dramatics, March 4, heart attack.

Solomon Burke, 70, blues and soul singer/songwriter, Oct. 10, natural causes.

Gregory Issacs, 59, reggae singer, Oct. 25, lung cancer.

Captain Beefheart, 69, avant-garde rock singer, painter, Dec. 17, multiple sclerosis.

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Friday
Dec312010

Ryan Seacrest Ready to 'Get Chills' While Ringing in 2011

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- For the sixth year in a row, Ryan Seacrest will be welcoming in the New Year live from New York City's Times Square, as the host of ABC's Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.  And Seacrest says his favorite part of the gig each year isn't the ball dropping, the confetti, or even all the big names who'll be performing on the show.  No, for Seacrest, it's that one special moment when he realizes that he's standing at the so-called "crossroads of the world."  He tells ABC News, "Every year, you're on the air...and then at midnight, you just stop talking, and you take in that atmosphere, and that environment, and you get chills, no matter how many times [you've done it]....[I get] chills every year."

Though Seacrest is in his sixth year as co-host of the show, and Dick Clark has been doing it for more than three decades, Seacrest says it never gets old.  He explains, "It's something both of us, I know, look forward to every year," saying that he likes "the notion of celebrating at the end of the year."  Seacrest explains, "I know it's been a tough year, the last few years have been difficult.  But to have a celebration, where everyone's in the same frame of mind, is special. And we enjoy hosting that."

This year's show features over a dozen music acts, including the ones who'll be performing in Times Square with Seacrest: Ke$ha, Taio Cruz, Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block.  Asked why artists always seem to jump at the chance to appear on New Year's Rockin' Eve, Seacrest says, "I think it's because Dick has created such an institution in this program,"  but adds, "It also has quite a draw.  You've got about 30 million people watching when that ball drops, and it's a fantastic platform, and a great place for them to celebrate."

One thing that Seacrest has had to learn over the past six years is how to stay warm on New Year's Eve -- since he's originally from Georgia and now lives in L.A., cold weather's not his thing. This year, the enormous snowstorm that recently paralyzed New York won't affect the show, and there's no precipitation in the forecast.  In fact, it'll be above freezing Friday night, according to weather reports.  Seacrest jokes that Dick Clark will be disappointed -- he claims that Clark "deep down inside hopes for some rain and some sleet and some snow to dump on me...so that I've paid my dues, if you will. He's got that type of sense of humor!"

Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest gets underway Friday night at 10 p.m. ET.

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