August 31, 2010

ABC Announces the Celebrity and Professional Pairings for Season 11 of ‘Dancing with the Stars‘

The Season 11 star-studded cast and their professional partners get ready to break in their dancing shoes on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” for the long awaited two-hour season premiere, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

In alphabetical order, and with their professional partners, the 12 stars making their dancing debut are:

·       MICHAEL BOLTON, Grammy ® Award-winning singer, teams up with CHELSIE HIGHTOWER, who returns for her fourth season.

·       BRANDY, actress and singer, joins MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who is back for his ninth season.

·       MARGARET CHO, comedienne and actress, partners with LOUIS VAN AMSTEL, who returns for his seventh season.

·       RICK FOX, former NBA champion, teams up with two-time champ CHERYL BURKE, who is back for her tenth season.

·       JENNIFER GREY, beloved film and television actress, joins two-time mirror ball champion DEREK HOUGH for his seventh season.

·       DAVID HASSELHOFF, international superstar, teams up with Season 9 champion KYM JOHNSON, who returns to “Dancing with the Stars” for her eighth season.

·       FLORENCE HENDERSON, America’s favorite mom, joins CORKY BALLAS for his second season on the show.

·       KYLE MASSEY, television teen star, partners up with LACEY SCHWIMMER, who is back for her third season.

·       BRISTOL PALIN, teen advocate and Alaska’s first daughter, teams up with two-time champ MARK BALLAS, who returns for his seventh season.

·       AUDRINA PATRIDGE, MTV reality star, joins TONY DOVOLANI, who is back for his tenth season.

·       MICHAEL “THE SITUATION” SORRENTINO, Jersey Shore ab-man, teams up with KARINA SMIRNOFF, who returns for her eighth season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

·       KURT WARNER, former pro-NFL quarterback, joins ANNA TREBUNSKAYA, who returns for her sixth season.

All 12 teams will showcase their fancy footwork for the first time on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). The first elimination will take place in week one with a two-hour show, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.” Music legend Santana and rock band Daughtry are set to perform.

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“Dancing with the Stars” Season 7 champion), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also text message their votes by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Viewers may also vote online at starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast.

“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade is co-executive producer. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.

August 30, 2010

George Clooney in Bed With Modern Family

We knew that George Clooney was planning to show at the Emmys to receive his humanitarian award, but it came as a total surprise when he popped up with the gang from Modern Family! In a cute video with the cast, Clooney romances Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, and both Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet.

I Love You Phillip Morris" gets December 3 Release

Jim Carrey's much awaited "I Love You Phillip Morris" has finally got a new U.S. distributor and the movie has been set for a December 3 release date. Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have acquired U.S. and Canadian rights to "I Love You Phillip Morris".

The movies original distributor, Consolidated Pictures Group, missed the original February 12 release date, and two other slots--March 26 and April 30--were also scratched. After that it was planned to be released on July 30, but Besson and producers Andrew Lazar and Far Shariat had seen enough and searched for a new distributor.

The new release can be good, just in time for Oscars.


A Traveling, High-Tech Theater Showcasing a Totally New Way of Experiencing New York Laucnhes September 16 From New York Marriot in Times Square

Following the unveiling of the first of its fleet of custom-built $1.3 million vehicles in Times Square today, tickets are now on sale for THE RIDE, a spectacular new immersive and interactive entertainment experience that moves guests through midtown Manhattan, as an ever-changing show featuring actors, performers, and everyday citizens unfolds on the streets before them.

THE RIDE features vehicles so extensively equipped with advanced technology and other amenities that they had to be super-sized: they’re the largest allowed by law on the streets of New York and guaranteed to turn heads. Performers aboard THE RIDE – and posted along its 4.2-mile route – hail from the world of stand-up and improvisational comedy, ensuring a uniquely hilarious experience every trip, as they comment on New  York’s history, iconic sites, and street life. Some of the fun for riders is figuring out what’s part of the show and what’s everyday life in New York City, as THE RIDE provides a wry, satirical and loving look at the city in all its glory.

Created by Brooklyn-based director and entertainment entrepreneur Michael Counts, THE RIDE features a script by award-winning comedy-writer and producer John Bobey, who also serves as director, and veteran comedy-writers Kim Gamble and Jack Helmuth.  Each of THE RIDE’s vehicles is specially designed with more than 3,000 LED lights, 40 video screens, an IMAX Theater’s worth of audio equipment, cutting-edge wireless and directional speakers to connect with sidewalk performers and “floor-shaker” sound system technology that emulates everything from passing subway to a thumping nightclub.  Three rows of stadium-style seating – facing the vehicle’s floor-to-ceiling side windows – orient riders to view the streets of Manhattan as if they were the biggest, most elaborate sets in the world.

Paris Hilton To Face Felony Drug Charge - Report

Paris Hilton will be charged with felony possession of a controlled subst ance following her Friday night (27Aug10) arrest on suspicious of cocaine possession, according to legal documents obtained by
The socialite and her boyfriend Cy Waits were driving along the Las Veg as strip when their car was pulled over by cops.
Waits was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and Hilt on was booked for alleged felony drug possession after a police officer f ound a suspicious-looking white powder in her purse.
Hilton was checked into the Clark County Detention Center, but was free d in less than three hours.
According to a police report released on Monday (30Aug10) by, .
8 grams of cocaine were allegedly found in Hilton's bag.
The website claims the hotel heiress will be officially charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office on Monday.
According to Nevada law, Hilton could face up a $5,000  fine and up to four years in prison if convicted.

Ozzy Osbourne Tells Of Flight Tragedy

Rock wildman Ozzy Osbourne once had a nasty shock on a trip to the U.S. - a passenger sitting next to him on the plane died after suffering a seve re allergic reaction to his in-flight peanuts.
The former Black Sabbath frontman was travelling to the States when a fellow flier began struggling for breath as he munched on his snack.
The rocker was stunned when he realised the man had died - and he was faced with explaining the tragedy to shocked flight attendants.
In his column for Britain's Sunday Times Magazine, Osbourne writes, "I was on a plane once to America and the bloke next to me began making funny noises while eating his nuts. Next thing, I was sitting next to a corpse.
"The worst thing was having to press the buzzer to call for a flight at tendant, then explain why a bloke who'd been alive a few minutes earlier was suddenly face-down on his tray table. In the end they put a blanket over him and moved me to a seat in first class with champagne."
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August 29, 2010

Glee' Cast Kicks Off Emmys With Rocking Opening Number

The cast of hit show Glee kicked off the 2010 Primetime Emmy wards with a rocking opening number on Sunday night (29Aug10) - teaming up with TV s tars TINA FEY, BETTY WHITE and host JIMMY FALLON for a star-studded song and dance routine.
The Glee cast started the night poised to be the toast of the 62nd Annu al Primetime Emmy Awards, after landing a massive 19 nominations, includi ng bids for Best Comedy Series and nominations for cast members Matthew M orrison, Lea Michele, Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer.
And the show's leading stars joined Fallon to kick off the evening with a musical sketch, based on the idea of raising money for the cast to aff ord tickets to the show.
Along the way, Betty White surfaced as a dance instructor, while 30 Rock's Fey joined the performance as the group took to the stage for a rendition of Bruce Springsteen's Born To Run, which featured Fallon on guitar and American Idol judge Randy Jackson on bass.
Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Betty White handed out the night's first awar d, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, to Eric Stonestreet for Modern Family.
And the actor used his time on stage to pay tribute to his co-stars and encourage young hopefuls to follow their dreams.
Stonestreet said, "All I wanted to be was a clown in the circus when I was a kid growing up, from the age that I can remember. And to be in this industry and working with such incredible people. A lot of people say do n't pursue this as a career because it's difficult, and it is. But I'm mo st proud of all the people I've met in this business, our crews, and the people I get to go to work with and act with every day. I get to work wit h Ed O'Neill everyday. I get to work with Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferg uson and Julie Bowen, it's incredible."

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Official Dancers List To Make Its Way On Aug 30 ‘Bachelor Pad’

For the last few weeks many speculations were made on who will be the ones that will finally dance this season and show-off their skills on the stage at the ‘Dancing with the Stars’. Finally all rumours, assumptions will be put to rest on August 30 at the reality show ‘Bachelor Pad’. On Monday night the official list of the stars who will grace this season’s dancing reality show will be announced.

Any reality show wants to increase its viewership and Dancing with the Stars is no different. So almost all major names of one time celebs or starlets have been mentioned in this season’s list, it ranged from Paris Hilton to Mel Gibson’s ex-wife Robyn Gibson.

Even Kirstie Alley was mentioned but she tweeted that she is “too chicken” to put on her dancing shoes and be on the display. ‘People’ has said that they have the list of this year’s contestants. The names included were David Hasselholf, Audrina Patridge, Bristol Palin, Brandy, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Michael Bolton. Recently it went on to add the names like Jennifer Grey of ‘Dirty Dancing’ fame, Kurt Wagner and Troy Aikman and even Lindsay Lohan.

Troy made a slip-up last week in front of the paparazzi by saying he wishes to joint the team of ‘DWTS’ this season. Some wish lists were also played around with.

But it will be tonight all the wish list and the alleged rumoured names will be addressed for this season. So stay tuned at 8 pm on ABC to know the official list of the dancers of ‘DWTS’. It will go on air from September 20 at 8 pm on ABC

August 28, 2010

John Lennon's Lavatory Sells For $14,000 In Auction

A toilet which once belonged to late Beatles legend John Lennon has sold for over $14,000 ( at an auction on Saturday (28Aug10).
The blue and white porcelain bowl was once installed at Tittenhurst Par k, Lennon's luxury mansion in Berkshire, England, where he lived until mo ving to New York with Yoko Ono in 1971.
Organisers at the auction in Liverpool, England were stunned by the hig h price of $14,740 paid by the unnamed lucky winner - becau se the item was only expected to fetch up to $1,500.
Anne-Marie Trace, who works at the Beatles Shop which organised the sal e, tells Reuters, "I think it's the most unusual item we've ever had in o ur auction." Other lots that went under the hammer included a mono copy of Lennon an d Ono's Two Virgins album and a black-and-white photo of Sir Paul McCartn ey outside his home in Liverpool when he was aged 21.

Series Premiere Photos of Hellcats

The CW is giving fans a new cheerleading based drama with Hellcats, which makes its debut on September 8 at 9pm. Set within the Southern campus of Lancer University amid a powerful college football program, Hellcats will take viewers deep into the world of cheerleading to show how life can be for the girls and guys connected to The Hellcats squad.

Ahead of the series premiere of Hellcats, The CW released new photos of the debut episode, "A World Full of Strangers".

Hellcats is a coming-of-age story about Marti Perkins, a young, pre-law student at Lancer University in Memphis, Tennessee. Marti is cool, hip and alt, but her world flips upside down, literally and figuratively, when she loses her scholarship, and realizes the only way she can stay in school is by reigniting her dormant teen gymnastic skills to win a place on Lancer’s legendary cheerleading team, The Hellcats. Against her every instinct, Marti goes for it and makes the squad, and is thrust into a world of camaraderie, backstabbing and the intersection of sports, backroom academia and big money. Marti’s new roommate, Savannah Monroe, a petite, peppy Texan, is among the diverse cast of athletes, undergrads, family and friends, all set on the sprawling campus of a powerhousecollege football program in the deep South.

The series stars Aly Michalka as Marti Perkins, Ashley Tisdale as Savannah Monroe, Heather Hemmens as Alice Verdura, Robbie Jones as Lewis Flynn, Matt Barr as Dan Patch, with Sharon Leal as Vanessa Lodge and Gail O’Grady as Wanda Perkins. HELLCATS is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Tom Welling Productions, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios with executive producers Kevin Murphy (“Desperate Housewives”), Tom Welling (“Smallville”) and Allan Arkush (“Heroes,” “Crossing Jordan”). The pilot was directed by Allan Arkush.

Photos: Jack Rowand / The CW © 2010 The CW Network

No Better Than This-- John Mellencamp Official Music Video

John Mellencamp's new album, No Better Than This, is the rocker's 10th top 10 album - it debuts at #10 on next weeks Billboard album chart! On top of its lofty arrival on the album chart, the album is #1 for the third week on the Americana Radio chart!
The video for the title track from John's No Better Than This album has been released! The video was filmed and directed by Ian and Kurt Markus and culled from their Summer 2009 footage. The video serves as a preview of the documentary It's About You which was filmed during the making of the album and John's tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.
No Better Than This

Disney's Pixar's Toy Story 3 Will Cross $1 Billion

Two weeks after becoming the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3 will cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office today,  joining Alice in Wonderland as the second $1 billion film this year from The Walt Disney Studios – the first studio in history to accomplish this feat.  Disney first crossed the $1 billion threshold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest in 2006.  Toy Story 3 becomes the only animated film to reach this milestone and the seventh title in industry history. 
“It’s been an incredible year as we saw the Pixar team bring Buzz and Woody back to the big screen and watched Tim Burton’s vision for Alice in Wonderland take the world by storm,” said Rich Ross, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios.  “These box office triumphs prove that creative storytelling brought to life by imaginative, inspired and talented professionals is something audiences respond to the world over.” 
As of Thursday (8/26/10), Toy Story 3 tallied more than $592.9 million internationally, Disney’s largest international animated release. Latin American audiences have contributed $138 million making Toy Story 3 the highest grossing Disney film ever released in the region.  Toy Story 3 is the most successful UK release in Disney history and currently stands as the fourth biggest title in territory history with $102.4 million in box office receipts so far.  In Japan, the film has taken in $111.2 million and spent five consecutive weeks as the #1 movie.  Toy Story 3 currently ranks as the #7 film in global box office history and domestically ranks #9 with $404.6 million in receipts to date.
Alice in Wonderland began setting records during its opening weekend (March 5-7), becoming the biggest March opening in industry history, the highest 3D opening ever and The Walt Disney Studios’ biggest opening for a non-sequel film.  Internationally, the film went on to tally more than $690 million, becoming Disney’s biggest overseas release of all time and the fourth biggest title ever released overseas.  Worldwide, the film took in $1.0243 billion, ranking it as the #5 film in global box office history. 

Mclean's Pink Eye Won't Stop Backstreet Tour

A representative for the Backstreet Boys has confirmed singer A.J. McClean plans to continue with the boyband's ongoing U.S. tour despite falling sick with an eye infection.
The four-piece is currently on the road with its This Is Us shows, but fans feared MCLean would have to sit out some of the dates after doctors diagnosed him with viral conjunctivitis, also known as pink eye.
A rep for the band tells none of the other bandmembers have contracted the condition, while MCLean is "doing fine" and is expected to continue with the tour.

August 27, 2010

Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge on Blu-ray October 19, 2010

Two of famed director Baz Luhrmann’s unconventional, poetic and mesmerizing films get the star treatment October 19, when Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment debuts William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge! on Blu-ray Disc.

Flaunting a new high-definition transfer and spectacular picture-in-picture experience, both Blu-ray discs of the award-winning films boast new uncut footage, BD-LIVE: Live Lookup Powered by IMDb®, as well as a host of other never-before-seen material produced by Luhrmann and his creative team at Bazmark. And for first time ever, Moulin Rouge! includes an alternate opening sequence featuring the Cat Stevens hit “Father & Son”.

William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet and Moulin Rouge! Blu-ray Discs will each be available for the suggested retail price of $34.99 U.S. / $37.99 CAN. Pre-book is September 8.

Widely credited with reinventing the modern movie musical, Moulin Rouge! exploded onto screens when it debuted in 2001. Celebrating some of the best-loved popular music of the twentieth century, the film found audiences ready to enjoy the same break-into-song storytelling currently enjoying its latest reincarnation in the popular television series Glee.

Along with a multi-platinum selling soundtrack led by the single “Lady Marmalade,” the film went on to broadly influence fashion, music, design and popular culture, and was nominated for eight Academy Awards® including Best Picture, winning two for Catherine Martin’s production design and costume design.

Nicole Kidman (The Hours, Australia) sizzles in her Oscar®-nominated role as Satine, the seductive courtesan and star of a popular French nightclub that caters to society’s decadent elite. When she unwittingly draws Christian, a struggling writer played by Ewan McGregor (Amelia), into her spell, true love turns to tragedy. Moulin Rouge! offers a kaleidoscopic ride through a world of song, dance, romance and drama that celebrates truth, beauty, freedom and above all things, love.

Inventive, unconventional, controversial, Luhrmann’s Oscar-nominated adaption of William Shakespeare’s Romeo+Juliet finds the star-crossed lovers in the modern world of Verona Beach where Romeo drives a car and Juliet packs a gun. Set to a thumping soundtrack, amidst the threat of gunfire through and the delicate embrace of forbidden love, the audience is invited to drink from an intoxicating cinematic cocktail that takes them on a ride from Romeo and Juliet’s budding love, their first kiss, through to their separation and ultimate demise.
Considered a modern classic, this iconoclastic film adaptation that redefined the timeless tale for a new generation stars a pre-Titanic Leonardo DiCaprio (Shutter Island, Inception) and Claire Danes (The Family Stone, Shopgirl), as the youthful star-crossed lovers. The film went on to achieve box office success and widespread acclaim, a multi-platinum soundtrack album, and won four BAFTA Awards including the David Lean award for best direction and two Berlin Film Festival awards including the Silver Bear for Leonardo DiCaprio’s performance as Romeo.

Luhrmann says: 
“As a fan, I’ve seen examples where the technology is so powerful, a much-loved film goes in for a Blu-ray treatment and, somewhat like a friend who has had too much surgery, you no longer recognize them.

“Mindful of the relationship evolved with many fans of these two films, the esteemed digital intermediate colorist Jan Yarbrough, who recently completed color restorations of North by Northwest and The Godfather films, and I sat together day in and day out seeking to maintain the color philosophy forged in the cauldron of shooting, while giving full reign to the power of high-definition technology to deliver a Moulin Rouge and an R+J that audiences will recognize but are nevertheless realized at the highest possible visual quality.
“As a filmmaker you never know whether you will ever have a chance to revisit movies again, and so we have gone about this with the attitude that this could be for the last time.”
Moulin Rouge (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

Paris Hilton Arrested For Cocaine Possession

Paris Hilton has been arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine.
The socialite was detained by police in Las Vegas on Friday night (27Au g10) after they pulled over a car in which she was a passenger.
Cops are said to have found a suspicious-looking white powder in Hilton 's purse, which was tested and allegedly proved to be cocaine.
The hotel heiress was arrested and booked into the Clark County Detenti on Centre, where she was charged with possession of a controlled substanc e.
Hilton has been released on her own recognisance, according to
In July (10), the star was questioned by cops in South Africa after her pal was suspected of smoking marijuana during the soccer World Cup festi vities. Hilton also served time in jail in 2007 on a DUI charge.

Columbia Records To Release Bruce Springsteen's The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town

Columbia Records will release Bruce Springsteen's 'The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story' on Nov 16. The Deluxe Package comprises over six hours of film and more than two hours of audio across 3 CDs and 3 DVDs. The media contents are packaged within an 80-page notebook containing facsimiles from Springsteen's original notebooks from the recording sessions, which include alternate lyrics, song ideas, recording details, and personal notes in addition to a new essay by Springsteen and never-before-seen photographs. Containing a wealth of previously unreleased material, 'The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story' offers an unprecedented look into Springsteen's creative process during a defining moment in his career. 'The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story' will additionally be released as a 3CD/3 Blu Ray disc set.

The set will be available as 'The Promise,' an edition which consists of only the unheard complete songs on two CDs or four LPs, along with lyrics and the new essay by Springsteen.

The previously unheard song "Save My Love" and an excerpt from the documentary is streaming below.

The Deluxe Package includes 'Darkness on the Edge of Town,' digitally remastered for the first time.

Bruce Springsteen - "The Promise: The Making of 'Darkness on the Edge of Town'" Sneak Peek from Columbia Records on Vimeo.

August 26, 2010

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood Return to Host 'The 44th Annual CMA Awards' Live From Nashville on ABC Television Network November 10

Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood reunite in 2010 to host “Country Music’s Biggest Night™” for a third time. “The 44th Annual CMA Awards” airs live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 10 (8:00-11:00 p.m. ET) on the ABC Television Network.

“Carrie and Brad have done a tremendous job hosting, and we are very happy to have them back again this year,” said Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “They have developed a natural rhythm and have a great rapport with the audience – both in the house and with our fans watching at home. They each have a great sense of humor and timing, which are two essential ingredients for hosting a live awards broadcast.”

“The CMAs are different from any other awards night,” said Brad Paisley. “You’re looking at a roomful of people who love each other. And any new viewer will be pleasantly surprised at what they relate to on the Awards and what they like that they had no idea they would like. For that reason alone, this is the most important night of the year for country music.”

“It’s all about Country Music,” said Carrie Underwood. “We all live here. This is our community. The CMA Awards are in Nashville, the home of country music. It’s great to come here and celebrate that every year.”

Paisley has won 13 CMA Awards since receiving the Horizon Award (now the New Artist Award) in 2000, including Male Vocalist (2007, 2008, 2009) and Album (2006 for “Time Well Wasted”). He also won Musical Event three times, first in 2004 with Alison Krauss for “Whiskey Lullaby,” second in 2006 for “When I Get Where I’m Going” with Dolly Parton, and a third in 2009 for “Start a Band” with Keith Urban; Vocal Event in 2001 for “Too Country” with Bill Anderson, George Jones and Buck Owens; and Music Video of the Year three times, first in 2002 for “I’m Gonna Miss Her (The Fishin’ Song);” second in 2004 for “Whiskey Lullaby” (again with Krauss), and third in 2007 for “Online.” He is No. 5 on the list of top CMA Award winners of all time.
 Paisley is a consummate artist, a singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer. He has garnered three Grammy Awards and has released eight critically acclaimed studio albums, with sales of more than 11 million units. His most recent album, “American Saturday Night,” was ranked as Time magazine’s 2009 No. 1 album of the year in any genre of music. His most recent No. 1 single, “Water,” was his 17th chart topper – the last 13 consecutive. Paisley’s innovative and entertaining “H2O World Tour” consistently sells out and will continue through November. His next album, “Hits Alive, will include original studio tracks as well as live tracks from his concerts and will be released Nov. 2.

Underwood has received five CMA Awards in her career, including three consecutive wins as Female Vocalist (2006-2008), as well as Single of the Year (2007 for “Before He Cheats”) and the Horizon Award (2006). Underwood, who has also won five Grammy Awards, adds hosting the CMA Awards to a whirlwind year which includes headlining over 100 concerts throughout the U.S. and Canada on her critically-acclaimed “Play On Tour.”

Underwood has amassed more than 12 million in U.S. album sales since her debut CD in 2005. She’s consistently broken new ground by becoming the first “American Idol” winner to ever achieve 13 No. 1 hits and the first country music artist ever to achieve 10 No. 1 singles just on the strength of their first two albums. Her latest single, “Undo It,” is the third consecutive chart-topping smash from her platinum-certified “Play On” album. The song is one of seven tracks co-written by Underwood for “Play On,” and it becomes the sixth No. 1 of her career that she has co-written.
Photos: Courtesy ABC TV

OMG! Usher To Perform at the MTV 2010 Video Music Awards

The list of VMA performers continues to grow as MTV confirmsUsher for the “2010 MTV Video Music Awards.” Riding the wave of success surrounding his hit album,Raymond v. Raymond and the release of his follow up album this week, Versus, Grammy Award®winning artist Usher is sure to move the crowd and bare his soul on the stage at this year’s show. Adding to the already impressive lineup, Paramore, nominated this year for “Best Rock Video,” are also set to wow the VMA audience with a special performance. Additionally, Travie McCoy, Jason Derulo, andRobyn will perform never before heard mixes of their current hit singles with this year’s VMA house artist, deadmau5.  These artists join the previously announced list of VMA performers includes Eminem,Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Drake, B.o.B, and Florence + The Machine 

In addition, The Social Network’s Justin Timberlake, Jesse Eisenberg and Andrew Garfield join already confirmed presenters Ke$haNicki MinajEmma StonePenn BadgleyTrey Songz, Ashley Greene, Selena Gomez and Ne-Yo. As previously announced, comedienne Chelsea Handler will host the show. The “2010 MTV Video Music Awards” will air live from Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles on SundaySeptember 122010 at 9PM (Live ET/Tape delayed PT.) MTV will announce additional performers and presenters on a later date.

“It is an honor to once again be a part of the MTV Video Music Awards. I can't wait to perform for my fans all around the world who have helped to make this album a success and my being here possible,” said Usher. “You never know what's gonna happen on an MTV VMA stage...I look forward to making it a night to remember.”

Viewers can vote for general VMA categories, including “Best New Artist,” by visiting vma.mtv.combeginning Tuesday, August 3. In addition, text voting for "Best New Artist" is open to all wireless carrier subscribers by texting BNA to 97979. Voting continues through the show, live on September 12.  Also, Verizon Wireless subscribers can vote in all categories by texting VMA to 97979 (standard message rates apply.)

Tour Guide Shares Thousands of Stories on Hollywood Legends

After collecting literally hundreds of vintage tales of Hollywood legends over the years, Stephen Schochet not only wrote a book that everyone could enjoy on the glamorous, and not so glamorous, stories of Hollywood icons, but also created audiobooks. As explained in an interview with Reuters, this entrepreneur told two kinds of stories on his tour bus; origin stories – telling how things we take for granted came to be, and funny anecdotes. He not only read a lot of books to find his material, but also tried to meet people who were connected to the famous – like housekeepers – that he could garner some tidbits from! His book is a special blend of biography, history and legends and covers scandalous yarns on some of Hollywood’s greatest characters – from Shirley Temple and Lucille Ball to Charlie Chaplin, Walt Disney and Michael Jackson.

Hollywood Stories: Short, Entertaining Anecdotes About the Stars and Legends of the Movies! (Hollywood Publishing) is packed with wild and wonderful short tales on many famous stars, movies and directors – anyone who has been a part of the world’s most fascinating and unpredictable industry!

Schochet is also the author and narrator of two audiobooks. The first is Tales of Hollywood which started as a way to highlight the origins of how famous things in Hollywood began, combined withhumorous tales about the stars - for which he masterfully provided background music and sound effects to add realism. The second project, Fascinating Walt Disney, was a huge hit – telling stories of how Walt created Mickey Mouse, Disneyland, Snow White and all his endearing characters, causing the host of one radio show to dub Schochet ‘The best storyteller about Hollywood we have ever heard.’

The author covers the gamut when it comes to situational stories; from the one about a bus full of tourists at Universal Studies who were viewing the famous motel from the movie Psycho and who screamed in terror as a tall man, dressed in drag, carrying a large knife and looking remarkably like Norman Bates, charged the tram with a convincing maniacal expression– only to find out it was actor Jim
Carrey having some fun - to the story of how Walt Disney overprotected his two daughters from the limelight in fear of their being kidnapped, to the point that when one daughter found out from a classmate that her father was THE Walt Disney, she went home and asked for his autograph!

Hollywood Stories truly has something for everyone. It is a thoroughly entertaining book that features a remarkable cast of Hollywood’s legendary characters and icons and is jam-packed with surprising and funny tales with often unpredictable endings. No matter which page the book is opened on, there will be some fascinating part of Hollywood history to be savored!

Sister Smile - The Tragic Tale Of The Singing Nun- New DVD

Back in late 1963, a Belgian nun known only as Soeur Sourire, or Sister Smile, topped America's pop music charts with the relentlessly cheerful tune "Dominique," from an album that sold 1.5 million copies. From the little that is known of the ill-fated nun's life, Roger Deutsch has made the boldly speculative yet persuasive Italian-language film "Suor Sorriso" in which the nun (Ginevra Colonna) emerges as a tormented, unstable woman who abruptly left the convent after her recording triumph before taking her final vows. 

Running a shelter for wayward girls, she and another ex-nun (Simona Caparrini) enter a passionate, tumultuous and destructive affair. Colonna's volcanic Deckers craves spiritual redemption as well as the other woman's love but is so beset by demons that she embarks on a flamboyant, drug-fueled downward spiral that ultimately engulfs her lover as well as herself. 

"Deutsch's film portrait of a woman's journey into hell, and her tragic death, is harrowing, fascinating, and illuminating. This riveting film, which made the festival rounds when it was first released, deserves wider distribution and a chance to be seen by a broader audience." 

Film Threat ****

"Beautifully photographed and full of disturbing surrealism and even more disturbing spirituality (and just a hint of stigmata), Sister Smile features a harrowing lead performance by Ginevra Colonna..."