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April 20, 2012

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Must Watch Summer Movies 2012 (2/2): Fun-Loving and Life-Inspiring

April 20, 2012 09:32:19 GMT


AceShowbiz continues its summer movie guide with more big screen offerings from various genre. After compiling a number of potential blockbuster action flicks in the first article, this second and final part of Must Watch Summer Movies of 2012 is dedicated to those who enjoy films with fun-loving and life-inspiring contents.

The "Fun-Loving" group compiles a number of much-awaited summer movies that would invite laughter, such as "The Dictator", "Dark Shadows", "Men in Black 3" and "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted". The "Life-Inspiring" category, in the meantime, focuses on selected films with the quality of an inspirational drama, including "Sparkle", "Rock of Ages" and "Brave".
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Tyra Banks Confirms the Exit of 'America's Next Top Model' Three Longtime Co-Stars


April 20, 2012 09:06:27 GMT


"America's Next Top Model" is undergoing a big shakeup as it is gearing up to launch its new season next fall. On Thursday, April 19, executive producer/host Tyra Banks confirmed that longtime co-stars Nigel Barker, J. Alexander and Jay Manuel are leaving the show.

"Fierce & love 2 my @NigelBarker, @MrJayManuel & Miss J. #ANTM turned us in2 a family. Excited for what the future holds for us," so the model wrote to address the departures. Showing that he has no hard feelings, Barker replied, "@tyrabanks best of luck with cycle 19, It has been a pleasure working with you the past 8 years. Much love Nigel."
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Marina and the Diamonds Answers Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' in Cover Song

April 20, 2012 09:00:19 GMT


Marina and the Diamonds covers Justin Bieber's hit single "Boyfriend" when stopping by BBC Radio 1 Lounge, but she gives her cover version a twist. In addition to stripping it down to acoustic, she changes the lyrics and uses the altered verses to answer what the Canadian singer sings in the original song.

While Bieber coos, "If I was your boyfriend, I'd never let you go," Marina croons, "When I was your girlfriend, you always let me go." She continues, "Kept me on your arm boy, so you weren't left alone/ You could have been a better man, anytime you want/ But when I was your girlfriend, I always felt alone."
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Trailer for Antonio Banderas-Starring Quirky Romcom 'Ruby Sparks'

April 20, 2012 08:35:36 GMT


Antonio Banderas's new movie "Ruby Sparks" has got its first trailer. It teases the story of a young geeky writer, Calvin, who creates an imaginative woman to inspire him. He thought everything went well since he no longer had to worry about having a writer's block, but his life turns up side down when the woman he creates in his mind comes to life.

This romantic comedy comes from the director duo, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who are best known for their work in Oscar-winning movie "Little Miss Sunshine". Paul Dano tackles the lead role, while Zoe Kazan portrays the imaginative girl who mysteriously appears in flesh.
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Dennis Rodman Finally Agrees to Sign Divorce Papers

April 20, 2012 08:22:56 GMT


Eight years after his third wife, Michelle, first filed for divorce, Dennis Rodman finally agrees to put an end to their marriage for good. TMZ has just come out with a claim that it has obtained new court documents which show that the NBA Hall of Famer has added his signature to Michelle's divorce papers.

With his agreement, both Dennis and Michelle are now officially single. Though so, the five-time NBA champion still has some financial issues to work out with his ex. Back in March, the former Chicago Bulls forward was told by an Orange County court commissioner to come up with $860,376 in child and spousal support he owes his ex by May 29 or face a possible 20 days in jail.
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Justin Bieber, Carrie Underwood and The Wanted to Sing at 2012 Billboard Music Awards

April 20, 2012 07:42:55 GMT


The first performers for 2012 Billboard Music Awards have been revealed. Justin Bieber, who receives five nods, is tapped as a musical guest along with "American Idol" star Carrie Underwood and British boyband The Wanted.

Another confirmed act who are set to rock the upcoming show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20 is LMFAO. This year, Redfoo and SkyBlu score a total of 17 nominations, trailing closely behind Adele who gets 18.
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'Weeds' Season 8 Teaser Celebrates Cannabis Counterculture

April 20, 2012 07:27:25 GMT


It's still months away from the return date of "Weeds", but Showtime has debuted a teaser for the upcoming eighth season. Not sharing any new footage, the video is made to wish a "happy 4/20", a term closely related to cannabis subculture as well as the show's plot.

In it, the likes of Doug, Silas and Shane are looking ecstatic while being surrounded by floating money and leaves. Nancy, meanwhile, does not appear until the end of the video in which she gives a mysterious gaze.
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Rihanna Tweets About Her First Date in Almost Two Years


April 20, 2012 07:19:24 GMT


Nearly a month after being linked romantically to Ashton Kutcher, Rihanna claims she is officially out on a date again. The "Only Girl (In the World)" hitmaker took to her Twitter on late Thursday, April 19 night to reveal, "I'm on my first date in almost 2 yearz." Her date, however, doesn't have a Y chromosome.

In a couple of tweets that came following, the Bajan beauty uncovered that she actually went out with her friend Melissa Forde. "#datenight my lover for the night @mforde11," so she wrote. "So Melissa's only f**kin wit me til 4/20 #phuck." Seemingly having some fun, she later tweeted, "2night is gon' be a good one, I could feel it! #1LOVE #420 #MARLEY."
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Video: Kris Allen and LMFAO Performing on 'American Idol'

April 20, 2012 07:00:42 GMT


"American Idol" continued its tradition to parade its alums. After welcoming back two of its graduates Jennifer Hudson and James Durbin last week, the singing competition saw Kris Allen returning to the "Idol" stage along with electro/pop duo LMFAO.

Allen was introduced by Taylor Hicks from season 5 and host Ryan Seacrest. The 2009 "Idol" winner played a piano on a rotating platform and delivered his new single "The Vision of Love" from second album "Thank You Camellia", while audience lighted up the set with glowsticks.
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Three New Clips From Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' Come Out

April 20, 2012 06:23:59 GMT


More sneak peeks at Wes Anderson's new film "Moonrise Kingdom" have been made available. As the drama movie about two twelve-year-olds who fall in love and run away together comes closer to its premiere date at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, three brand new clips are brought forth for viewing pleasure.

One clip comes out via The AV Club. Around 40 seconds long, the snippet puts its focus on three Hollywood stars, Tilda Swinton, Bruce Willis and Edward Norton. In it, Swinton's Social Services administrator berates Willis' local sheriff and Norton's Scout leader because one of the kids they are supposed to be looking after gets struck by lightning.
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Video: 'American Idol' Pays Homage to Dick Clark With Clip Montage

April 20, 2012 06:16:09 GMT


After Ryan Seacrest paid a brief homage to Dick Clark on "American Idol" Wednesday, April 18, the show dedicated a segment to the late television personality in the Thursday episode. The former "Pyramid" host was remembered through a video package that was played before the elimination was announced.

Acknowledging Clark as his mentor, Seacrest narrated the clip montage which mostly compiled footage from his groundbreaking variety show "American Bandstand". One of the scenes featured Janet Jackson thanking him for his contribution to the music industry.
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Johnny Depp Makes 'Biggest Error' in Paul McCartney's Video

April 20, 2012 05:02:57 GMT


Both Johnny Depp and Natalie Portman are accused of making a wrong sign language in Paul McCartney's "My Valentine" music video, but it's the "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor who's claimed to have made "the biggest error." According to expert Jami Fisher, he makes the wrong gesture near the end of the clip.

"For me, the biggest error was when Johnny Depp signed 'valentine' at the end [of the music video]," the ASL Program Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania shares her thoughts on the matter in an interview with TODAY.com. "His middle finger should have been reversed, so it looks like he's giving the middle finger."
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Jason Segel Inseparable From Michelle Williams at Movie Premiere Afterparty

April 20, 2012 05:01:02 GMT


Jason Segel and Michelle Williams have not confirmed the status of their relationship, but the two have got more open about their romance. The rumored new couple flaunted their affection at one another on Wednesday, April 18 night as they attended the afterparty of "The Five-Year Engagement" premiere.

According to PEOPLE, Segel and Williams were inseparable at the bash held at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The "How I Met Your Mother" star allegedly held the Oscar winner's hand for most of the night. He was also seen whispering in her ear and escorting her around the tables. In return, the "My Week with Marilyn" actress kissed him on the cheek and rubbed his back.
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'Glee': Lindsay Lohan Joined by Perez Hilton and Rex Lee as Nationals Judges

April 20, 2012 04:39:42 GMT


The full line-up of judges at the upcoming Nationals singing competition on "Glee" has been revealed. Following the casting of Lindsay Lohan, it's now reported that blogger Perez Hilton and former "Entourage" actor Rex Lee will sit beside her in the scene that will be featured in the show's season 3 finale.

According to E! Online, the threesome are scheduled to film the scene later this week. Gushing about the "Georgia Rule" star's role, sources told the site that the 25-year-old actress "has some funny moments as she plays a 'heightened' version of herself, including being disappointed she doesn't get a red chair that whips around like on 'The Voice'."
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Selena Gomez Premieres New Version of 'Hit the Lights' Video

April 20, 2012 04:16:49 GMT


A new version of music video to support Selena Gomez's single "Hit the Lights" is unleashed. Ditching the scene in the previous clip which shows her prancing around a sun-drenched field, this new video focuses more on the flashlight party she has with her friends at night.

"The song 'Hit The Lights' is that missed opportunity. The dreams that you wish you would go for and basically the song is just encouraging people to loose and have fun and be young and crazy," she once said. "This video is more organic than anything I've done before. It's about being with people you love and enjoying the moment, and embracing the moment you're in your life."
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Report: Justin Bieber Seen Ring Shopping With Selena Gomez

April 20, 2012 04:07:44 GMT


Are Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez planning for their engagement? The latest rumors hitting the teen couple indeed suggested there could be such possibility. The Chicago Sun-Times has just come out with the claim that the twosome have been spotted doing some ring shopping.

Accordingly, the "Boyfriend" singer and his songstress girlfriend checked out diamond rings in a couple of major jewelry stores. Several sources close to the duo additionally told the Times that "they're convinced an engagement is in the very near future."
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First Look at Skinny Anne Hathaway as Fantine on 'Les Miserables' Set

April 20, 2012 03:41:17 GMT


After debuting her super short pixie cut for her role as Fantine in "Les Miserables", Anne Hathaway has finally been spotted slipping into the factory worker's garb on the movie's set. The Selina Kyle of "The Dark Knight Rises" donned a pale lilac short-sleeved dress during the production in London, U.K. on Wednesday, April 18.

Joining the 29-year-old beauty during the filming was Hugh Jackman who sported unruly grey hair as he portrays Jean Valjean. Standing side by side on a balcony, the two actors appeared to be singing in the scenes. In between takes, the "Alice in Wonderland" star kept herself warm under a black jacket.
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Adele, Rihanna, Lady GaGa and Lil Wayne Lead Nominations of 2012 Billboard Music Awards

April 20, 2012 03:35:24 GMT


Full nomination list for this year's Billboard Music Awards has just been revealed. Adele, Rihanna, Lady GaGa and Lil Wayne are among the leaders by scoring at least 10 nods each. Also getting multiple noms are duo Redfoo and SkyBlu.

Adele receives the most nods with a total of 18 nominations, LMFAO follow with 17, Riri trails behind them with 13, and both the Mother Monster and Weezy get 10 each. All of them, except for the electro/pop duo, are vying for the coveted Top Artist along with Katy Perry.
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Johnny Depp Reacts to Death of Jonathan Frid: The World Has Lost a True Original

April 20, 2012 03:21:28 GMT


Jonathan Frid has passed away. The actor who was best known for his portrayal of Barnabas Collins on soap opera "Dark Shadows" died peacefully in his sleep at a hospital in his native Hamilton, Ontario last Friday, April 13. As news of his passing spread, his predecessor Johnny Depp shared his memory of the 87-year-old actor.

"Jonathan Frid was the reason I used to run home from school to watch 'Dark Shadows'," recalled Depp, who takes the role of Collins in upcoming "Dark Shadows" film, in a statement released Thursday, April 19. He continued, "His elegance and grace was an inspiration then and will continue to remain one forever more."
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'Vampire Diaries' 3.20 Preview: Stefan and Damon in Trap and Rebekah's Big Plans

April 20, 2012 02:44:33 GMT


In the next episode of "The Vampire Diaries", Elena asks Stefan to be her date at the school's 1920s Decade Dance at Caroline's suggestion, as Rebekah has her own plans for the night. Bonnie asks Jamie to go with her, and Caroline is pleasantly surprised when Tyler shows up at the dance determined to sweep her off her feet, but Klaus does his best to come between them.

The dance festivity takes a deadly turn when Damon and Stefan realize they need the help of Matt, Jeremy and especially Bonnie to undo a spell that could prove devastating for everyone. Their mission will get harder as the Salvatore brothers are stuck in the dancing venue because of a trap planted around the building.
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Dr. Dre Hopes Tupac Shakur's Hologram Inspires Jimi Hendrix's Virtual Incarnation

April 20, 2012 02:43:15 GMT


Dr. Dre is thrilled by the overwhelmingly-positive response for his effort in bringing back Tupac Shakur via hologram image at the Coachella recently. The rapper/producer hopes it inspires the resurrections of other legends.

When met by TMZ outside Boa steakhouse in Hollywood recently, the Doc said, "Hopefully, you know, different artists are able to bring out their favorite artists." He added, "Hopefully, we can see Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye."
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Francis Lawrence Officially Offered Director Gig for 'Hunger Games' Sequel

April 20, 2012 02:30:39 GMT


Francis Lawrence is close to land the coveted role of directing "Catching Fire". The helmer of "I Am Legend" and "Water for Elephants" has been officially given the offer to replace "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross in the sequel on Thursday, April 19, a spokeswoman for Lionsgate confirmed to Variety.

Lawrence has been included in the list of potential directors after Ross bowed out of the franchise because of a "fixed and tight production schedule". He was being considered along with "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" helmer Alfonso Cuaron, "A Dangerous Method" helmer David Cronenberg and "Babel" helmer Alejandro Gonzales Inarrity among others.
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Hilary Duff Keeps Son's Belly Button in Her Makeup Drawer

April 20, 2012 01:55:57 GMT


Hilary Duff apparently finds everything about his baby boy interesting. The 24-year-old actress, who played Olivia Burke on several episodes of "Gossip Girl", recently opened up to PEOPLE about Luca's biggest milestone to date, and went on to reveal where she's keeping her son's belly button.

"You know what was a big milestone? The belly button falling off," she gushed. "That was a huge one. And then I wanted to keep it but my husband was like, 'No, that's gross, you can't keep it!' I'm like, 'I'm totally keeping it,' and I secretly kept it. But now it's not a secret anymore. It's in a Ziploc bag in the back of my makeup drawer. Luca's going to think I'm a freak!"
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'American Idol' Results: Colton Dixon Apologizes After Learning the Bad News

April 20, 2012 01:55:45 GMT


It was another shocking result on "American Idol" Thursday, April 19 with Colton Dixon getting the boot. Never landing on the bottom three before since entering the final rounds, the 20-year-old singer got the lowest vote following his moderate performances on Wednesday.

"You know, I need to apologize," Colton said after Ryan Seacrest revealed that Hollie Cavanagh and Elise Testone, who also landed on the bottom three, would stay on the singing competition for the Top 6 performances show. "I wasn't myself last night, and I get it."
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Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman and Kristen Stewart to Premiere Their Movies at Cannes Film Festival

April 20, 2012 01:40:55 GMT


Official lineup for this year's Cannes Film Festival has been announced. Among the big-screen projects which will get premiered at the upcoming 65th annual festivity are crime movie "Killing Them Softly" which stars Brad Pitt, drama film "The Paperboy" which is led by Nicole Kidman, and adventure/drama flick "On the Road" which has Kristen Stewart on the cast ensemble.

In addition to the "Paperboy", Kidman is also expected to make appearance at the event to screen her other upcoming movie "Hemingway & Gellhorn". Her "Paperboy" co-star Matthew McConaughey will have not just one, but two of his movies, screened at the festival as well. His other new flick is "Mud", which additionally has Reese Witherspoon in the cast ensemble.
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Video: Ellen DeGeneres Gives Advice to Tom Cruise in 'Mission: Impossible 4' Spoof

April 20, 2012 01:24:43 GMT


"Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol" has become the latest movie spoofed by Ellen DeGeneres. On Thursday, April 19, the comedienne played for her audience her scene which, she claimed, did not make the cut in the final version of the action movie.

It turns out the host of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" plays a window washer, who crosses paths with Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt when he scales the outside of the Burj Khalifa tower. After telling him not to leave any fingerprints on the glasses, she shares some advice as saying, "Don't look down."
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Levon Helm Loses Long Battle Against Throat Cancer, Stars Tweet Tribute

April 20, 2012 01:18:26 GMT


Having been fighting throat cancer since 1998, Levon Helm finally succumbed to the disease on Thursday, April 19 afternoon. The singer and drummer for The Band passed away at the age of 71 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. The news came just two days after it was announced that he was "in the final stage" of his fight with cancer.

Following the passing of the three-time Grammy Award winner, his family released a statement in his Facebook page. "Levon Helm passed peacefully this afternoon," it read. "He was surrounded by family, friends and band mates and will be remembered by all he touched as a brilliant musician and a beautiful soul."
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Jessie J Denies Lesbian Claim Made by Unauthorized Book

April 19, 2012 19:01:56 GMT


The talks about Jessie J's sexuality ended with a denial from the singer that she is exclusively a lesbian like a book said. The "Price Tag" singer took it to Twitter to deny the claim made by an unauthorized biography that she is a closeted gay who doesn't want to offend her fans by revealing her preference.

"It's funny how many people I've dated/slept with that I've never even met, according to the tabloids," she wrote. "BUT what's that?! *whispers, because its a secret* I'm really a lesbian?! Ha! Thanks for writing yet another boring untrue story."
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Lindsay Lohan Attacked With Drink at Nightclub

April 19, 2012 18:47:01 GMT


Lindsay Lohan got into her second scuffle this month at the same spot. On Wednesday, April 18 night, the actress returned to the nightclub where she allegedly pushed a woman two weeks ago but this time she was the one who got attacked.

According to TMZ, Lindsay was driven in her car by a friend to The Standard Hotel on the Sunset Strip. The driver hit another car while trying to pull into the parking garage. Lindsay, who was in the passenger seat, then called her father Michael to help out.
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Watch 'Glee' Cover of Whitney Houston's 'How Will I Know'

April 19, 2012 18:29:18 GMT


One of the musical numbers of Whitney Houston tribute on "Glee" has been shared in a clip. Amber Riley takes center stage in the cover of the late singer's "How Will I Know", backed up by Naya Rivera, Lea Michele and Chris Colfer.

Titled, "Dance with Somebody", the episode will feature eight songs from Whitney's decades-spanning career. Beside the previewed song, New Directions reportedly would also cover "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "Saving All My Love For You," "So Emotional," "It's Not Right But It's Okay," "I Have Nothing" and "My Love Is Your Love."
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Report: Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds to Move In Together

April 19, 2012 17:32:42 GMT


It looks like things are getting serious between Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds. The couple who has only dated for six months allegedly is looking forward to move in together because they have been seen house hunting recently.

An insider told Us Weekly that Lively and Reynolds "have been looking around different areas of Connecticut" for a house. Last week, they strolled through New Canaan which is an hour away from NYC. "They checked out a lot of home decor stores" including china boutique Whitney Shop and jewelry store Pennyweights, said an onlooker.
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Jake Gyllenhaal Is a Drifter in His First U.S. Off-Broadway Play

April 19, 2012 17:11:20 GMT


Jake Gyllenhaal has signed up to star in an off-Broadway play titled "If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet". It is a comedy drama from Roundabout Theatre Company which is scheduled to open September 20 at the Laura Pels Theatre in New York.

The play was written by British playwright Nick Payne, centering on a 15-year-old girl with a weight problem. Anna gets bullied at her school for her weight so her mother transfers her to the school where she teaches, only to make things worse. Gyllenhaal is set to play the girl's estranged uncle, a heartbroken drifter who arrives at her home unannounced and