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Jan192011

Anne Hathaway to Co-Star in New Batman Movie

Photo Courtesy - Jim Spellman/WireImage(BURBANK, Calif.) -- Anne Hathaway, best known for her roles in Rachel Getting Married and The Princess Diaries, has been cast as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises, Warner Bros. Pictures announced Wednesday. Hathwaway will star alongside Christian Bale, who will reprise his role as Batman.

Selina Kyle, also known as Catwoman, has a long history of romantic interest with Batman. Bale was most recently seen in David O. Russell's The Fighter.

The Dark Knight Rises will be directed by Christopher Nolan, who also helmed Batman Begins and The Dark Knight.

The movie's expected release date is July 20, 2012, but Hathaway can be seen on the small screen even sooner. She will be hosting the Academy Awards on February 27th with James Franco.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Will Steven Tyler's Loose Lips Be Good For 'American Idol?'

Photo Courtesy - Christopher Peterson/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- If Steven Tyler's recent remarks about snorting Lunesta and partaking in a backstage three-way are any indication of the kind of judge he'll be on American Idol, then the country's most-watched show is in for a wild ride.

As Tyler touted his new role on American Idol, which returns for a 10th season Wednesday night, during interviews with David Letterman and Howard Stern, it was clear the Aerosmith frontman had not signed a morals clause with the family-favorite show or even been coached on what not to say.

Tyler and Jennifer Lopez will be filling the seats vacated last season by Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi. They will join Randy Jackson, who will take Cowell's old seat as top dog.

On Monday, Tyler admitted to Letterman that his 2009 fall from the stage, that resulted in a broken shoulder and required 19 stitches in his head, was caused by drug abuse.

"A couple years ago, I was [snorting] Lunesta because of some problems with my feet," he said. "That shows you what kind of a drug addict I was, only the finest for me...I was looking for any excuse to get high."

Lunesta is a prescription sleep aid. Tyler checked into rehab four months later, and while he was there, he sent his manager a text telling him to find him a new gig, the rocker told Howard Stern on Tuesday. Two days after checking out of rehab, he was writing a song with DioGuardi when she suggested he might make a good judge. Apparently, she passed the word on to the show's producers, who contacted Tyler.

Tyler also took pains to say that his role on American Idol does not mean the death of Aerosmith.

"Idol is going to take this band up 10 notches," Tyler said, adding that the band is already booked for November and December.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

'American Idol' Returns for 10th Season

Photo Courtesy - PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol season 10 gets underway Wednesday night, and America's most popular show has initiated sweeping changes for its milestone 10th season, with producers hoping viewers tune in to see what all the fuss is about.

Even the Wednesday night debut is a change -- American Idol has been shifted to Wednesday/Thursday from its traditional Tuesday/Wednesday berth.  Wednesday night also marks America's first chance to get a complete look at perhaps the biggest change: the new judging panel -- Jennifer Lopez and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler are joining holdover Randy Jackson behind the big desk.

Another big change is that the minimum age requirement for contestants was lowered to 15, something host Ryan Seacrest says was a good move.  He told ABC News Radio, "The sweep across the country brought out...quite a few talented, very, very confident 15 and 16-year-olds," adding, "A couple in my head right now have...a good shot at being a finalist."

Testing the contestants to see how they perform under pressure is also a new twist.  Right after Hollywood Week, for example, about 60 of the the kids were taken to Las Vegas and told they had 24 hours to learn a Beatles song and perform it on the stage of the Cirque du Soleil's Beatles show LOVE.

After that post-Hollywood Las Vegas round, only 40 semi-finalists were selected to move on.  From that, the field will be narrowed down to 20, and then America will vote in a "sudden death round" to select the finalists.

The Hollywood round begins Feb. 16th and the Vegas round starts on Feb. 23rd.  The 20 semifinalists will be chosen Feb. 24th, and the 10 finalists, as well as the judges' wild-card picks, will be announced March 3rd.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

'The King's Speech' Tops BAFTAs with 14 Nominations

Photo Courtesy - The Weinstein Company(LONDON) -- The King's Speech is the talk of England.  The film leads the way with 14 nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, or BAFTAs, which are considered Britain's answer to the Oscars.

The movie picked up nods for best picture, as well as best actor for Colin Firth, best supporting actor for Geoffrey Rush, best supporting actress for Helena Bonham Carter, and best director for Tom Hooper.  Black Swan garnered 12 nominations, while Inception and True Grit grabbed eight.

This year's BAFTAs also awarded a nomination to the late actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died earlier this month.  He was nominated for best supporting actor for The Town.  The BAFTAs last handed out a posthumous award in 2009 to Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight, also in the best supporting actor field.

The best actress field looks like an "All Right" race, with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore each scoring a nomination for The Kids Are All Right.

The BAFTAs will take place Feb. 13, two weeks before the Academy Awards. 

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Report: Prosecutors Ready to Charge Mel Gibson

Photo Courtesy - Michael Kovac/ FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It is "inevitable" that Mel Gibson will be charged with domestic violence for hitting ex Oksana Grigorieva, according to RadarOnline.com.

The gossip website says the Oscar-winner's lawyer, Blair Berk, mounted a "last-ditch meeting" Tuesday to try to spare Gibson from being charged with "domestic violence/corporal injury involving a former cohabitant."  That charge would be related to a Jan. 6th, 2010 blow up with Grigorieva in which she claims Gibson punched her in the head and broke two of her dental veneers.

In court last year, Gibson admitted slapping the mother of their child Lucia, but not hitting her.

RadarOnline.com says Gibson could face up to four years in state prison if convicted of a felony, or a year in county jail if convicted of a misdemeanor.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Melissa Etheridge Joining Cast of 'American Idiot' on Broadway

Photo Courtesy - Island Records(NEW YORK) -- Last year, Melissa Etheridge joined the cast of the Broadway show Million Dollar Quartet for one night only.  Now, she's heading back to the Great White Way to join the cast of another show, for an entire week.

According to her official website, Etheridge will take over the role of St. Jimmy in the Tony Award-winning musical American Idiot, based on the Green Day album of the same name.  The part has been played in recent weeks by Green Day's own Billie Joe Armstrong.  The character of St. Jimmy is a drug dealer who leads the main character, Johnny, astray.

Her stint in the show will run from Feb. 1st-Feb. 6th.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Cher Sets Chart Record with Latest Single

Photo Courtesy - Warner Bros. Records(NEW YORK) -- A dance remix of the Cher's latest single, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," has topped Billboard magazine's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, making the singer the only act to have scored a number one single on a Billboard chart in each of the last six decades.

When told of her achievement, Cher joked to Billboard, "How can it be six decades when I'm only four decades [old]?"

Cher's first number one hit came back in 1965 with "I Got You Babe," along with her ex-husband Sonny Bono.  In the '70s, she scored with number one hits like "Half-Breed" and "Dark Lady."  In the '80s, Cher topped the adult contemporary charts with "If I Could Turn Back Time" and "After All."  In the '90s, "Believe" was a smash hit on the Hot 100, and in 2000's, she scored number one dance hits with "A Different Kind of Love Song" and "When the Money's Gone."

Cher's current hit, "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," from her movie Burlesque, just won a Golden Globe this past Sunday for the song's writer, Diane Warren.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Jennifer Lopez Debuts New Single

Photo Courtesy - Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- "On the Floor," the latest track from newly-minted American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez, hit the web Tuesday, debuting just one day before the TV show is set to premiere.

The track, produced by Lady Gaga producer RedOne, is a dance track that features a rap from Pitbull and a sample of the 1989 song "Lambada" by Kaoma.  It will appear on Lopez's forthcoming album Love?, which is due out this summer.  The album was originally supposed to come out last year, but when Lopez and her record company parted ways, it languished until she signed a new deal with Island Def Jam last March.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

Promoter Don Kirshner Dies at 76

Photo Courtesy - GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images(BOCA RATON, Fla.) -- Don Kirshner, a creative force behind some of the hottest music acts in the 1970s, has died.

Kirshner was also known for hosting Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, a late-night TV show and a precursor to MTV.

Known as "the man with the golden ear," Kirshner managed the songwriters behind the Monkees and the Archies. He helped launch careers as diverse as Bobby Darin and Kansas.

He died in Florida of heart failure at age 76 in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Tuesday
Jan182011

CNN's 'Piers Morgan Tonight' Premieres with Guest Oprah Winfrey

Photo Courtesy - CNN/Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.(NEW YORK) -- Piers Morgan's new CNN primetime talk show, Piers Morgan Tonight, premiered Monday night. As already publicized, his first guest was Oprah Winfrey, with whom he discussed her recent trip to Australia with fans who attended the season premiere of her talk show. Though John Travolta, a goodwill ambassador for Qantas Airways and a commercial-rated pilot, appeared on the season premiere, Oprah clarified that he did not fly the Qantas plane that took the audience members to Australia.

Morgan also asked Winfrey how many people she trusts in her life. She said there are five, but declined to name them.  Morgan correctly guessed that two of those people are her best friend, Gayle King, and her longtime partner, Stedman Graham.

Morgan's guests for the rest of the week include George Clooney and Ricky Gervais. Piers Morgan Tonight is CNN's replacement for Larry King Live, which ended last month.

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