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July 06, 2013

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Usher's Macy's Fireworks Playlist Draws Criticism


July 06, 2013 06:27:29 GMT


Grammy Award-winning performer Usher got everybody excited when it was announced back in May that he would be the first ever artist to curate Macy's 4th of July fireworks display in New York City. But after the fireworks show was finally mounted, the excitement immediately turned to criticism after the 34-year-old entertainer decided to include four of his own song in the playlist.

Twitter account users did not even wait until the show was over to voice out their sentiments on the social networking site, calling Usher's move to feature more than one of his songs in the annual spectacle a "selfish and self-centered" act, wrote one fan. One guy even tweeted, "How much $ did usher pay to get every song he ever recorded played in the NYCity firework mix tape."
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Laura Bell Bundy Premieres 'Two Step' Music Video Featuring Colt Ford

July 06, 2013 06:09:08 GMT


Laura Bell Bundy has released an energetic and fun music video for her new single, "Two Step". In the three-minute video, Bundy and her girlfriends play workers in a factory. After finishing their work, the ladies change their uniforms into trendy costumes. They then invite their friends, including Colt Ford and a few familiar Broadway faces, for a line dance session.

This is a big week for Bundy. Days before releasing her music video, the former Broadway star signed with Big Machine Records. "Laura Bell is a fireball of energy and attitude with all the right moves," said Scott Borchetta, President and CEO of the Big Machine Label Group.
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Diane Kruger Talks About 'Punishing Boys' Before Romance With Joshua Jackson

July 06, 2013 06:06:54 GMT


Actress Diane Kruger may now be enjoying a blissful, six-year romance with fellow actor Joshua Jackson, but in a new interview, the 36-year-old former fashion model revealed that she first had to endure a lot of problematic relationships before she finally found her one true love. She attributes the long and painful process to her lack of a father figure.

"I punished many boys for my lack of a father figure. And I'm sure I dated many men who were much older than the men I should have been dating," said Kruger. She admitted to having gone through therapy to address those issues and sort out her life, on her way to finding someone she could have a family with eventually.
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Ashley Benson Denies Dating Tyler Blackburn

July 06, 2013 05:55:28 GMT


Ashley Benson denies a report that she is dating "Pretty Little Liars" co-star Tyler Blackburn. The 23-year-old actress shut down the rumor via Twitter on July 5. "Haha @usweekly what are you gonna come up with next??? Hilarious. Although I do love you @tylerjblackburn," she said.

Ashley's comment about the actor apparently was taken as a hint for their romance. "He makes me laugh. I have such a crush!" she told Us Weekly. Ashley and Tyler played teen sweethearts Hanna Marin and Caleb Rivers on the TV series.
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Sophia Loren to Return to Acting With Son's New Film

July 06, 2013 05:46:37 GMT


Veteran Italian actress Sophia Loren finally ends her big-screen hiatus. Italian newspapers report that the Oscar winner lands her first starring role in nearly a decade in "The Human Voice", a movie version of French writer Jean Cocteau's one-person play. Her son Edoardo Ponti will be the helmer for the project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 40-year-old Ponti will direct his mother, who has won five special Golden Globes and a BAFTA Award, in the Italian language. The production will take place in Rome, Naples and Ostia, with shooting expected to begin this month and take around three weeks.
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Jay-Z's Track Co-Produced by a 16-Year-Old Girl

July 06, 2013 05:45:20 GMT


Ebony Oshunrinde, a 16-year-old Canadian-Nigerian girl, has been listed in the credits for Jay-Z's new album, "Magna Carta... Holy Grail". Oshunrinde, who has just finished grade 11 in Brampton, southern Ontario, was credited for a track called "Crown".

Oshunrinde a.k.a WondaGurl began learning how to produce music when she was 9. After watching a video of Jay-Z and Timbaland working in a studio, she downloaded music software and taught herself how to use it from watching YouTube videos. "I wanted to do the exact same thing that [Jay-Z] did," Oshunrinde said in a recent interview.
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'Magic City' 2.04 Preview: Crossroads

July 06, 2013 05:36:50 GMT


A sneak peek into the upcoming outing of Starz's drama "Magic City" is offered for fans' viewing pleasure. Someone getting a strict warning not to mess up and another desperately needing a huge amount of money are some of the complications to unfold in the next episode.

Titled "Crossroads", it will pick up where the previous episode left. It will see Ike Evans making a risky offer to mob boss Sy Berman - Havana for the Miramar Playa; Danny committing to Jack Klein and learning the truth about Ben Diamond; and tragedy striking when Ben ruins an arms deal with the Cubans.
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Paula Deen Becomes Victim of Extortion Attempt

July 06, 2013 05:26:53 GMT


After practically losing everything from her many endorsements to her once beloved TV persona and in the process, giving countless televised apologies over her use of racial slurs to salvage what was left of her career and her business empire, celebrity chef Paula Deen can't seem to get herself out of the spotlight. She's staying in the headlines no thanks to the man who tried to extort money from her in exchange for keeping some allegedly "true and damning" evidence against the former TV show host.

Thomas George Paculis, a 62-year-old New Yorker, was arrested by federal authorities today for allegedly trying to extort $250,000 from Deen. Paculis threatened to expose information that would supposedly "bring hardship and financial ruin" to the former Food Network talent if these were released to the public.
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Bradley Cooper Pictured Getting Kissed by Suki Waterhouse at Wimbledon

July 06, 2013 05:07:55 GMT


Action speaks louder than words. Although never addressing his romance rumor with Suki Waterhouse, Bradley Cooper seems to confirm that he has indeed moved from on/off girlfriend Zoe Saldana to the blonde beauty.

The actor was pictured getting cozy with the model when attending the Wimbledon Mens' Semi-Finals in England Friday, July 5. His rumored girlfriend draped her arm over his shoulder and at one point kissed his cheek as he smiled in return.
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Selena Gomez Releases 'Stars Dance' Teaser

July 06, 2013 04:49:00 GMT


Fresh from her well-received performance at the Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular, pop star Selena Gomez has unveiled a short teaser for her forthcoming new album "Stars Dance", set to the tune of its title track and reminding fans of its July 23 release date. The 20-year-old singer's debut solo album includes her current No. 1 hit "Come & Get It" and latest single "Slow Down".

The 27-second clip opens up right away by revealing the track's producer Rock Mafia, who posted the link on their official Twitter account. It is then followed by the album's cover image of a black-and-white photo of Gomez garbed in an elaborately beaded outfit and headpiece, with her left hand stroking the side of her face, before closing out with the album's due date.
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Denise Richards' Father Engaged

July 06, 2013 04:42:58 GMT


Denise Richards' father, Irv Richards, found a new lover six years after her mother's passing. Stopping by an E! show "Chelsea Lately" on July 1, the "Twisted" actress said that Irv found his future bride online.

"He did one of those dating sites. He's getting married. I think he could have maybe waited a little longer, but whatever," Denise said. She added that her father's engagement "happened very quickly, but that's okay." The retired engineer, however, has not revealed identity of his fiancee.
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Beyonce Knowles' Father Mathew Gets Married in Texas

July 06, 2013 04:41:11 GMT


Beyonce Knowles has a stepmother. His father Mathew Knowles is confirmed to have tied the knot for a second time last Sunday, June 30. His representative confirms to the Associated Press that he married former model Gena Charmaine Avery in Houston, Texas.

Mathew got divorced from Beyonce's mother Tina Knowles in 2009 after 29 years of marriage. Aside from his two children with his former wife, he also has a son from a relationship with actress Alexsandra Wright. His secret son was revealed after Tina filed for divorce.
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Kaya Scodelario 'Tempted' to Play Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' Reboot

July 06, 2013 04:26:59 GMT


After rumored to have been cast as Lara Croft in MGM and GK Films' "Tomb Raider" reboot, Kaya Scodelario has recently spoken out to dismiss the false reports. In an interview with Total Film, the Effy Stonem depicter on "Skins" admitted that she was completely stunned by the news.

"I know - I don't know where the f**k that's come from! Imagine having to take over from Angelina Jolie - you just couldn't, could you?," 21-year-old Scodelario told the site. "My auntie rang me up and was like, 'Kaya, I've just seen on Google that ...' I'd literally not heard a whisper about that, at all."
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'So You Think You Can Dance' Changes Season 10 Results Format After Criticisms

July 06, 2013 03:52:05 GMT


"So You Think You Can Dance" which harshly announced elimination at the beginning of the last episode has decided to change the results format, taking into consideration viewers' complaints that came flooding their way after as soon as the contestants got cut.

"We're taking your advice by revealing America's vote in the beginning and judging at the end. I hope it will inspire the bottom 4? Thank you," producer/judge Nigel Lythgoe tweeted. "Now, wait until you find out who's judging #SYTYCD next week! I think there will be a lot of happy viewers."
News > Celebrity Gossip

Justin Bieber Poses With Selena Gomez, Labels the Pic 'Heartbreaker'

July 06, 2013 03:38:18 GMT


Justin Bieber shared a picture of him cozying up to Selena Gomez on his Instagram account on July 5. In the picture, the 19-year-old popstar wears all-black outfits with sunglasses and a backward hat.

Gomez also dons similar style. Wearing a black hoodie and sunglasses, the "Come & Get It" songtress completes her sexy look with a bright red lipstick. Her wavy long hair is styled loose and covers half of her face. "#Heartbreaker," Bieber captioned the picture, referring to his upcoming single with the same title.
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Report: James Franco Signed on for 'Veronica Mars' Movie

July 06, 2013 03:33:14 GMT


"Veronica Mars" reportedly adds another familiar face to its cast ensemble. After "He's Just Not That Into You" star Justin Long confirmed to make a cameo appearance in the film, James Franco is now said to be another high-profile actor that will team up with director/writer Rob Thomas.

According to Zap2It's coverage, Oscar-nominated Franco will make an appearance in the Kickstarter-funded pic as himself. A source provides the site with more details about his role, saying that "he'll be one of several celebrities in the movie who have been victims of a hidden camera scam." Even so, the casting news is still not confirmed yet by Thomas.
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John Mayer Denies Dissing Taylor Swift in 'Paper Doll'


July 06, 2013 03:23:57 GMT


John Mayer visited "Today" show at New York's Rockefeller Plaza on Friday, July 5, to promote his newest album, "Paradise Valley". In the interview, the 35-year-old singer addressed rumor that his newest single, "Paper Doll", was about ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift.

"There's been some speculation from the press that it might be about someone. True or false?" host Willie Geist asked. Mayer then answered, "Yeah, songwriters write songs because of people, about people. Anything someone else wrote is their reception of a song. I don't get involved with [it]. It's none of my business."
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Jonas Brothers to Release New Album This Fall

July 06, 2013 03:11:41 GMT


It's already been months since the Jonas Brothers, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas, and Nick Jonas wrapped up work on their forthcoming new album back in February and their fans have been dying to grab a hold of it. Finally, the waiting will soon be over as the group has announced that they are going to release their long overdue fifth studio album this fall.

The siblings revealed that their much-anticipated follow-up to their 2009 album "Lines, Vines and Trying Times" will "represent who we are and where we're at now," that of being inspired by today's top acts as "Adorn" singer Miguel, Grammy Award-winning artist Frank Ocean and Scottish producer and DJ Calvin Harris.
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San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Selected TV Panels for Friday

July 06, 2013 03:01:55 GMT


Schedule for Friday's TV-related panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 has been unearthed. "Falling Skies" will be at Room 6BCF to offer fans some never-before-seen footage, while "The Walking Dead" will occupy Hall H to give away sneak peek into upcoming season 4.

Hours before the "Falling Skies" panels, there will be "The 100" pilot screening and question & answer session Room 6BCF. "Sleepy Hollow" and "Almost Human" will have similar panels when they are taking over Room 6A and Ballroom 20 starting 3:30 P.M. and 4 P.M. respectively.
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Michael Jackson Almost Starred in 'Doctor Who' Movie for Paramount

July 06, 2013 02:47:59 GMT


Michael Jackson was apparently almost attached to Paramount Pictures' then-project in the 1980s. In his new book entitled "Now On The Big Screen: Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Doctor Who at the Cinema", Charles Norton has claimed that MJ was first in line to headline a never-made feature version of BBC's fan-favorite series "Doctor Who".

The book has additionally alleged that Paramount had already prepared another name in mind if the "Man in the Mirror" hitmaker decided to pass on the offer. Comedy actor Bill Cosby, who at that time was at the height of his fame for "The Cosby Show", was reportedly the studio's second choice for the lead role.
News > Celebrity Gossip

Seth Meyers and Girlfriend Alexi Ashe Are Engaged

July 06, 2013 02:03:07 GMT


Seth Meyers is engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Alexi Ashe. A representative for the couple confirmed to Us Weekly that the "Saturday Night Live" star and head writer recently popped the question to his lawyer girlfriend.

Meyers and Ashe have been together since a few years ago. They met for the first time at a wedding. A source told the magazine in 2011 that the couple's marriage was "on the horizon." The source added that the two "are incredibly solid."
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Justin Timberlake's Racy 'Tunnel Vision' Video Back on YouTube After Brief Ban

July 06, 2013 01:53:53 GMT


Justin Timberlake debuted his racy music video for "Tunnel Vision" earlier this week. The video, which features a number of topless women, was later banned by YouTube for violating its policy on nudity and sexual content. However, the video has now returned to the sharing site, but viewers must sign in to confirm their age.

A Google spokesperson has commented on why the video remains on YouTube. "While our guidelines generally prohibit nudity, we make exceptions when it is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age-restrictions," the spokesperson said on Friday, July 5.
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Jenny McCarthy 'In Serious Talk' to Join 'The View'

July 06, 2013 01:47:03 GMT


Jenny McCarthy may join the ladies on "The View". Us Weekly reports that the former Playboy model, 40, "is in serious talks right now" to be a full-time co-host replacing original member of the daytime show Joy Behar, who will soon resign her post on the panel.

"Her show isn't quite working out, so she's definitely open to it," a source says, referring McCarthy's low-rated chatfest on VH1. "The cast and crew get a kick out of Jenny," adds another. "She's a good fit. She may not be able to carry a show, but she works well with a group ensemble."
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San Diego Comic-Con 2013: Selected Movie Panels for Friday

July 06, 2013 01:38:37 GMT


San Diego Comic-Con has unleashed the official schedule for movie panels on Friday, July 19. Set to kick off the Hall H panel is Focus Features' "The World's End", a starring vehicle for "Shaun of the Dead" actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost which will start its panel at 10:00 A.M.

Kickstarter-funded "Veronica Mars" movie will be the next panel that also potentially draws big crowd at the annual convention. Director/writer/producer Rob Thomas is set to show up alongside cast members including Kristen Bell, Jason Dohring, Chris Lowell, Tina Majorino and Krysten Ritter for the Q&A session.
 
 
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