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Apr122011

Performers Announced for 'Billboard' Music Awards

Jamie McCarthy/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The first performers have been announced for the Billboard Music Awards, which are back after several years on hiatus.

The lineup for the show, which will air live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 22 on ABC, includes Rihanna, The Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Taio Cruz and Lady Antebellum.

Nominations for the awards show will be announced Wednesday.

The event is open to the public and tickets are now on sale at Ticketmaster.com.

The Billboard Music Awards will be given out based on Billboard chart rankings, and will cover a variety of music genres including R&B, rap, pop, country, rock, alternative and Latin.

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Monday
Apr112011

Pia Toscano Says Mark Ballas Just a 'Really Good Friend'

ABC News (LOS ANGELES) -- Recently eliminated American Idol contestant Pia Toscano has confirmed that she's struck up a relationship with Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas. But is that relationship platonic, or something more?

Speaking to People magazine on Monday, Toscano said Ballas is "a really good friend, I guess," and that he's been "really sweet and extremely supportive." 

What about the date that she reportedly had with Ballas in Los Angeles on Friday, one day after her surprise elimination on Idol? Toscano tells People magazine they were accompanied by a group of friends.

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Monday
Apr112011

Demi Lovato Reveals Struggle with Eating Disorder

Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Two and a half months after leaving rehab, Demi Lovato has revealed the reason why she sought treatment. Serving as guest editor for Seventeen magazine, she reveals that she's been battling an eating disorder, according to Zap2it.com.

Lovato says, "It's very crucial that you get your feelings out -- but don't ever inflict harm on your own body because your body is so sacred. I wish I could tell every young girl with an eating disorder, or who has harmed herself in any way, that she's worthy of life and that her life has meaning. You can overcome and get through anything." Lovato says she's still attempting to overcome her own disorder, disclosing, "Yes, there have been times when I definitely have been tempted to get rid of my dinner. But I will deal with it for the rest of my life because it's a life-long disease."

The 18-year-old Disney star says she's adopted a new outlook on life since leaving rehab. She says, "I live my life every day, and if I feel like wearing combat boots one day and shoes the next, I will. I allow myself a lot of freedom and I'm very peaceful now."

This is the first time Lovato has publicly discussed her struggle. Previously, her rep only said that the actress/singer had sought treatment for "emotional and physical issues."

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Monday
Apr112011

Will Ferrell Arrives at 'The Office' This Week

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Image(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Ferrell’s four-episode stint on NBC’s The Office begins this Thursday, when the actor’s character arrives at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton office as a temporary replacement for boss Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell. As already reported, Carell's leaving the show this year. 

In two clips released by NBC, Ferrell’s character is revealed to be named DeAngelo Vickers, a man with a debilitating peanut allergy who proclaims that he's just as comfortable at a ball game as he is at the opera. 

The Office airs Thursday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

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Monday
Apr112011

Nicole Richie: Pregnancy Report Is 'Mean-Spirited and Cruel'

Jason Skerritt/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Nicole Richie isn't happy that an online report is claiming she's pregnant. In a statement released to E! News, the 29-year-old former Simple Life star denied the rumor and said, "This irresponsible reporting continues to feed an atmosphere of self-doubt and insecurity. To publicly point out a change in anyone's body is mean-spirited and cruel. People's bodies change and change again. This is not newsworthy and is a waste of valuable media space that should be used for more important issues." Richie has two children, ages three and one and a half, with husband Joel Madden.  In recent years, she's been the repeated target of tabloid scrutiny due to alleged eating disorders.

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Monday
Apr112011

Betty White Disses Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen are constantly finding themselves the target of critics, but a recent criticism comes from a very unlikely source: The Golden Girls' lone survivor Betty White. The octogenarian TV sweetheart called out both stars in broader comments about celebs during an interview with London's Daily Mail.

According to The Mail, White said, "They are terribly ungrateful. I cannot stand the people who get wonderful starts in show business and who abuse it...They party too much, don't learn their lines, are unprofessional and they grumble about everything...Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen, for example. But there are plenty of others, too. They are the most blessed people in the world and they don't appreciate it."

No word yet from America's most famous warlock, but LiLo was clearly hurt. "Wow," the actress told E!. "I've always been a fan of hers. It's just a bit strange when people feel they must speak publicly about others," Lohan said, adding, "especially a grown woman."

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Monday
Apr112011

Kimberly Stewart and Benicio del Toro Expecting Baby

Miguel Villagran/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Kimberly Stewart, 31, is expecting a baby with actor Benicio Del Toro, 44.

Stewart, who is singer Rod Stewart's daughter, has dated British actors Jude Law and Rhys Ifans in the past.

"Kimberly is pregnant. Benicio is the father and is very supportive. Although they are not a couple, they are looking forward to the arrival of the baby," Del Toro's spokesperson told Life & Style magazine.

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Monday
Apr112011

Pia Toscano: Why Losing 'American Idol' Might Be Best

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Winning isn't everything, and losing American Idol could turn out to be the best thing for Pia Toscano. Her surprising elimination Thursday has already resulted in tons of exposure and a platform for selling millions of records when she inks a deal.

"I was completely blown away," Toscano told ABC News Radio when asked about America's reaction. "I was kind of like in an American Idol bubble. When I was on stage and got eliminated I was thinking, 'It's over, I'm going and it's so soon.'"

"I did not expect to have the support that I have now. I'm just so blown away, thankful, and I hope to do my music and make everybody proud."

Contrary to reports that Toscano has already secured a record deal with Interscope, which is run by American Idol season 10 mentor Jimmy Iovine, the 22-year-old singer said nothing has been signed.

"There's been so many great opportunities. But I'm focusing right now on the tour. Possibly you'll hear something after the tour."

Toscano, who auditioned for Idol five times and only made it as far as the Hollywood round previously, said she's looking forward to performing on the tour without the pressures of being judged and being on live television, which she called "nerve wracking."

Her album will have to wait until the Idol winner releases his or her coronation single. But Toscano is already thinking she'd like to include a mix of "big ballads, because that's where my heart is" and "fun up-tempo" numbers."

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Monday
Apr112011

Rihanna, Britney Spears Release 'S&M' Remix 

Max Morse/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A few months back, Rihanna asked her Twitter followers who they would most like her to collaborate with.  The answer was Britney Spears, and now her fans' dreams are reality.

Monday morning, Rihanna released a remix of "S&M" featuring Britney, who contributes some new verses.

Rihanna tweets about the remix, "Too much sex in the air. Think u can handle it?  You're the only ones who can."  She also says that Britney is "gangsta."  To which Britney responded, "You ain't so bad yourself, honey."

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Monday
Apr112011

Charlie Sheen's 'Violent Torpedo of Truth' Earns Mixed NYC Reception

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- There were more ups and downs for Charlie Sheen's Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option tour this past weekend.

Much of his Friday night show at New York City's famed Radio City Music Hall was drowned out by boos and heckling, much like his Detroit debut two weeks ago.  However, his follow up in Connecticut Saturday night, by all accounts, went better.  Same goes for his return to New York City Sunday evening.

While Friday's New York show ended a half-hour early when the heckling hit a fever pitch, TMZ.com reports the Connecticut date ended with an impromptu, and well-received, musical performance.  The gossip site reports an audience member who was booted by security was invited to the stage by the former Two and a Half Men star, and accompanied Sheen on harmonica as he sang. 

Sunday night's return to Radio City began with Sheen taking the stage "to a standing ovation," according to TMZ, with a surprised Sheen himself admitting, "I don't even think I was here Friday night."  Sheen strolled through the enthused crowd, cracked some jokes with Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton, and brought former baseball great Darryl Strawberry to the stage.

So what was different the second time around?  Sheen told the audience, "Friday night got a little [expletive] hijacked because I let people get into my magic [expletive] brain."

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