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Wednesday
Mar092011

Report: Gwyneth Paltrow Lands Record Deal

GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Gwyneth Paltrow has reportedly signed a $900,000 recording deal with Atlantic Records, according to PopEater.com.

The New York Post had previously quoted a source as saying the music on Paltrow’s album will be "country pop."

The actress recently starred as a country singer in the film Country Strong, and made another guest appearance as a substitute teacher on Tuesday’s episode of Glee, performing Prince's "Kiss" in a duet with star Matthew Morrison.  Paltrow is also scheduled to appear in a March 15 episode of the Fox series.

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Wednesday
Mar092011

Lady Gaga Pulls Out of Target Deal over LGBT Issues

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lady Gaga's plans to offer a special edition of her upcoming album exclusively through Target have apparently been canceled.

As previously reported, Gaga had some issues with the company's stance toward gays, and sources tell The Advocate that it was ultimately enough to sour the deal.

Last year, gay activists were angered when it came to light that Target had donated corporate funds to a political action committee that supported an anti-gay candidate, Tom Emmer, in a failed bid for the governorship of Minnesota.

The source tells The Advocate, "[Gaga] and Target didn't see eye-to-eye on Target's policy of political donations and how they affect the LGBT community."

Gaga told Billboard last month that part of her agreement with Target was that they "have to start affiliating themselves with LGBT charity groups and begin to reform and make amends for the mistakes they've made in the past."  However, E! is reporting that Target refused to promise that it would never again support an anti-gay politician or group.

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Wednesday
Mar092011

Report: Charlie Sheen Gets Offer to Direct Porn Flick

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Charlie Sheen may no longer have a job on Two and a Half Men, but he has reportedly been offered a gig behind the camera, directing a porn movie entitled Two and a Half Women.

TMZ reports Vivid Entertainment has offered Sheen a job directing his porn star pals, Melanie Rios, Cassandra Cruz, and Elizabeth Ann in the skin flick.  Vivid Entertainment head Steven Hirsch has reportedly sent an offer letter to Sheen stating the actor would have full creative control of the movie, including "scenarios, positions, etc."

Hirsch tells Sheen, "The fact that you are the ultimate connoisseur of adult films would definitely work to your advantage."

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Wednesday
Mar092011

Journey to Release New CD, Tour with Foreigner

Legacy Records(NEW YORK) -- Journey will release a new album on May 24, exclusively through Walmart.

The disc, called Eclipse, will feature the band's current lineup: guitarist Neil Schon, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, bass player Ross Valory, drummer Deen Castronovo and singer Arnel Pineda, a Steve Perry sound-alike who joined the group in 2007.

Schon says of the new album, "I'm in love with this record, which I haven't said about one of our albums for a long time."

Journey has also lined up a tour in support of Eclipse that will kick off July 21, and joining them for the ride will be Foreigner and special guest Night Ranger, of "Sister Christian" fame.  This will mark Journey's first time touring with Foreigner in a decade.

On the tour, Journey will play all their greatest hits, including "Don't Stop Believin'," as well as material from the new disc.  Tickets go on sale March 11.

Here are the tour dates announced so far:

7/21 -- Salt Lake City, UT, Rio Tinto Stadium
7/23 -- Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/24 -- Phoenix, AZ, Desert Sky Pavilion
7/27 -- Maryland Heights, MO, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
7/30 -- Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/31 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/2 -- Cuyahoga Falls, OH, Blossom Music Center
8/3 -- Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center
8/5 -- Columbus, OH, Crew Stadium, Ohio State Fair
8/6 -- Noblesville, IN, Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/10 -- Darien Center, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
8/13 -- Camden, NJ, Susquehanna Bank Center
8/16 -- Hartford, CT, Comcast Theatre
8/17 -- Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
8/19 -- Virginia Beach, VA, Virginia Beach Amphitheater
8/20 -- Raleigh, NC, Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek
8/21 -- Charlotte, NC, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
8/24 -- Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
8/27 -- Burgettstown, PA, First Niagara Pavilion
8/30 -- Syracuse, NY, New York State Fair
8/31 -- Allentown, PA, The Great Allentown Fair
9/2 -- Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center*
9/10 -- New Orleans, LA, New Orleans Arena
9/16 -- Atlanta, GA, Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
9/17 -- Tampa, FL, 1-800 Ask-Gary Amphitheatre
9/18 -- West Palm Beach, FL, Cruzan Amphitheatre
9/24 -- Dallas, TX, Gexa Energy Pavilion
9/25 -- The Woodlands, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
9/28 -- Kansas City, MO, Starlight Theatre
10/1 -- Englewood, CO, Comfort Dental Amphitheatre
10/7 -- Chula Vista, CA, Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
10/14 -- Wheatland, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
10/15 -- Mountain View, CA, Shoreline Amphitheatre
10/19 -- Portland, OR, Rose Garden Arena
10/21 -- Seattle, WA, KeyArena

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Wednesday
Mar092011

Avril LaVigne Covers Ke$ha's 'Tik Tok' for British Radio

D Dipasupil/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Before super-producer Dr. Luke created hits for Katy Perry and Ke$ha, he worked with Avril Lavigne.  So it's not so surprising that Avril would feel comfortable covering one of Dr. Luke's biggest hits of the past year for BBC's Radio 1 Live Lounge, a show that features artists doing acoustic covers of other performer's songs.  Avril did an acoustic version of Ke$ha's smash hit Tik Tok for the show, and perfectly mimicked Ke$ha's half-rapping, half-singing delivery.

Avril's new CD, Goodbye Lullaby, is in stores now.  She'll appear on The View on Wednesday, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Monday, March 14.  On Tuesday, she'll be on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Chelsea Lately will welcome her on March 21.

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Wednesday
Mar092011

Child Custody Battle for Pete and Ashlee?

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Is a child custody battle brewing between Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz?  TMZ reports that Pete has filed papers with the L.A. County Superior Court, asking for joint physical and legal custody of his and Ashlee's two year-old son, Bronx. According to TMZ, Pete's filing came in reaction to Ashlee's divorce filing, in which she stated that she wanted primary physical custody of the child.

However, People says there's no real feud between the divorcing couple, who previously stated that they "remain friends and deeply committed and loving parents." A source told People, "There's no fire. It's a very straightforward response asking for joint custody and fair distribution of attorney's fees. He's not gearing up for a custody war."

TMZ has also reported that Pete and Ashlee are disputing who should pay the legal fees. Pete wants each party to cover their own costs while Ashlee has asked the court to rule that Pete pay for everything.

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Tuesday
Mar082011

Charlie Sheen Slams Former 'Men' Co-Star Jon Cryer

John Shearer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Move over Chuck Lorre. Charlie Sheen is now slamming his former Two and a Half Men co-star, Jon Cryer, for not reaching out to him.

"You're with me, or you're with the trolls," Sheen told E! News.

Sheen said that Cryer was a "turncoat, a traitor, a troll. Clearly he's a troll," adding that if he gets a call now from Cryer, it will be too late.

"When I'm starring in multimillion-dollar films and he's begging me for a supporting role I'll say, 'You left me out in the cold with all of your guilt and stupidity,'" Sheen said.

A source close to Cryer told E! that Cryer and Sheen have communicated, but Cryer has chosen not to comment publicly.

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Tuesday
Mar082011

Jennifer Aniston Sex Tape, a Viral Video Wanna-Be

Jasper Juinen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Aniston may not be a major box office draw, but she's figured out a way to attract people to her latest plug for Smart Water: shoot a video entitled "Jennifer Aniston Sex Tape."

The nearly three-minute-long ad features Aniston and a trio of Internet “advisors” trying to figure out how they can make a video go viral.  Aniston employs adorable puppies, a bird, Dirty Dancing babies and a couple of viral video stars -- lip-syncher Keenan Cahill and the Double Rainbow Guy -- before finally settling on slow motion shots of her flipping her hair while she drinks Smart Water.  At the end, Aniston asks her advisors what they want to title the video.  They reply, "Jennifer Aniston Sex Tape."

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Tuesday
Mar082011

James Bond in Drag for International Women’s Day

Sean Gallup/Getty Imag(LONDON) -- James Bond is certainly fond of women, and current 007 star Daniel Craig demonstrates that in a new video to mark Tuesday’s 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day.  In the video, Craig stares straight ahead and expressionless in a suit as Judi Dench, the actress who has portrayed 007’s boss, “M,” for over 10 years, narrates a rundown of statistics to illustrate the injustices faced by women.

Halfway through the video, "M" asks 007, “For someone with a fondness for women, I wonder if you’ve ever considered what it means to be one?”  Craig then walks out of the camera frame and returns dressed in drag, complete with earrings, women’s shoes, makeup, a blond wig and a dress.  The actor removes the wig as the litany of statistics continues.

The video was commissioned by Equals, a coalition of British organizations that work to promote International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on March 8.

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Tuesday
Mar082011

Jewelry Store Defends Release of Surveillance Video in Lindsay Lohan Theft Case

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The jewelry store where Lindsay Lohan allegedly stole a necklace is defending the release of surveillance video of the actress in the store at the time of the alleged theft. A spokesman for Kamofie & Co. in Venice, Calif. said in a statement obtained by People magazine, "We were upset with the various mischaracterizations we were seeing and hearing about the video and its contents, and we felt the video should be allowed to speak for itself." The store says it does not believe the release of the video will influence the outcome of Lindsay's criminal case.

The website NecklaceVideo.com says it has obtained "an exclusive license" for the footage, though Entertainment Tonight posted a clip on its own site on Monday. ET also aired footage on its show Monday night.

Kamofie & Co. says it did not grant permission to Lindsay to take the necklace, despite her reported claims that she had borrowed it. Lindsay has pleaded not guilty in the case.

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