June 30, 2011

Transformers Sequel Sets Single-Day 2011 Sales Record

The new Transformers film has set the North American box office on fire after landing the biggest single-day ticket sales of the year.

The blockbuster sequel, which stars Shia LaBeouf and British model/actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, hit cinemas at midnight on Tuesday (June 28) and went on to shift a staggering $37.3 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada alone in its first 24 hours.

The figure suggests Transformers: Dark of The Moon is on course to break $100 million over the Independence Day weekend.

Wrestler Randy Savage Siffered A Heart Attack Behind The Wheel

Wrestler Randy Savage's bad heart caused him to crash his car and die, according to a medicalexaminer's report.

The fighter, dubbed Macho Man, died after losing control of his car in Tampa, Florida in May (11) and smashing it into a tree.

Reports suggested he suffered a heart attack behind the wheel - and this has now been confirmed by the Pinellas County Medical Examiner.

Savage, real name Randall Mario Poffo, was 58 when he died. His wife Lynn, who was a passenger in the car, escaped with minor injuries.
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Steven Tyler Duets With Rival TV Judge Scherzinger

Rocker Steven Tyler has teamed up with his rival TV talent show judge Nicole Scherzinger for a new solo single.

The Aerosmith frontman took up a seat on the panel of American Idol for a new-look series of the hit show alongside Jennifer Lopez after the departure of Simon Cowell.

He's heading back into the studio with his band next month (Jul11) to work on a new album, but Tyler is having one last taste of solo work with his new single (It) Feels So Good.

Former Pussycat Dolls star Scherzinger providesvocals on the track - the beauty is also a talent show judge, on Cowell's American version of his hit series The X Factor.

Justin Timberlake Becomes a Boss at MySpace

Justin Timberlake has another social network in his sights after taking a stake in Facebook's biggest rival, MySpace.com.The pop superstar/actor played Napster co-founder Sean Parker in The Social Network, a film based on the beginnings of Facebook - and now life is imitating art as Timberlake becomes a shareholder in MySpace.

The site was the most popular social networking forum in 2006, until its users flocked to Facebook.com - but Timberlake is hoping to change that by focusing on music.

After taking a stake of the website, the star will take on a lead role as part of MySpace's $35 million acquisition by online advertising network Specific Media from News Corporation.

A statement from the pop star/actor reads, "There's a need for a place where fans can go to interact with their favorite entertainers, listen to music, watch videos, share and discover cool stuff and just connect.
"Myspace has the potential to be that place. Art is inspired by people and vice versa, so there's a natural social component to entertainment. I'm excited to help revitalize Myspace by using its socialmedia platform to bring artists and fans together in one community."

Specific CEO Tim Vanderhook adds, "We look forward to partnering with someone as talented as Justin Timberlake who will lead the business strategy with his creative ideas and vision for transforming MySpace."
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Matthew Morrison Debuted New Girlfriend at Sir Elton's Bash

Glee hunk Matthew Morrison introduced his new girlfriend to a star-studded crowd last week (ends24Jun11) by showing her off at Sir Elton John's annual White Tie and Tiara Ball.

The TV star has been linked to a series of beauties, including British model/actress Kelly Brook, but he only had eyes for one woman at the Rocket Man's lavish fundraising party last Thursday (23Jun11) when he took along his new love, model Renee Puente.

A source tells JustJared.com, "They looked really cute together. Matt held Renee's hand during the event and in the car as they were leaving."

And the party was an impressive one to take the lucky lady to - George Michael provided the entertainment for the likes of British model/actress Elizabeth Hurley and funnyman David Walliams.

June 28, 2011

American Idol Season 10 Highlights EPs for Top 4 American Idol Contestants Available Now at Walmart and Walmart.com

Four individual American Idol Season 10 highlight EPs are now available only at Walmart and Walmart.com. The EPs will feature favorite songs from American Idol’s top 4 finalists of the 10 season– winner Scotty McCreery, runner up Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart and James Durbin.  Each EP will contain an exclusive track from the season; never before available for purchase. Additionally, Scotty and Lauren’s EPs will feature their chart topping, never before available on cd debut singles “I Love You This Big” and “Like My Mother Does.” The four EPs are being released on the 19 Recordings/Interscope label. Each EP contains five tracks and will sell for $5.
The “Scott McCreery - American Idol Season 10 Highlights” EP will include the history making single, “I Love You This Big,” from the season 10 American Idol winner.   “I Love You This Big,” had the highest-charting debut for a new artist in more than two decades when it debuted at No. 32 on Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Hot Country Songs chart when it was serviced to radio after Scotty debuted the song on American Idol May 24, 2011. This is the highest debut for a new artist’s first single since the chart began using BDS data the week of Jan. 20, 1990, according to Billboard.  The song, which hit No. 1 on iTunes, also reached No. 3 on the Billboard Digital Songs chart. 
Additionally, the “Lauren Alaina – American Idol Season 10 Highlights” EP will include “Like My Mother Does” which also had an impressive debut when it hit  No. 11 on the Digital Songs chart and No. 49 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

American Idol: 10th Anniversary - The Hits Volume 1

June 27, 2011

The Simpsons' Star Yeardley Smith: "Michael Jackson Hand-Picked Impersonator"

The Simpsons regular Yeardly Smith has revealed Michael Jackson hand-picked the impersonator who would play him on the hit cartoon series 20 years ago.Jackson's cartoon likeness sang Happy Birthday to Yeardley's Lisa Simpson character on an episode in 1991, and she tells TMZ.com the late King of Pop was not allowed to perform on the show.

She says, "He literally hand-picked a guy to sing like him." In the episode, Jackson was supposed to provide the voice for a mentalpatient who thought he was Michael Jackson - but his record label bosses didn't like the plot and advised the star not to sing.

According to Smith, the singer selected a man named Kipp Lennon.

She insists the guest did an amazing job: "How unnerving would it be to sing like Michael Jackson in front of Michael Jackson?"
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Black Eyed Peas To Launch Video Game

The Black Eyed Peas are launching a computer game which will allow fans to dance and sing along to their hit tracks.

The band has teamed up with French companyUbisoft, whose experts created the popular Just Dance software, to create The Black Eyed Peas Experience on Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360.

Fans will be able to perform to tracks including I Gotta Feeling and Rock The Party.

Ubisoft head Yves Guillemot says, "The Black Eyed Peas are a worldwide phenomenon and Ubisoft is the worldwide leader in dance games - together we are going to make The Black Eyed Peas Experience a game that fans around the world will love".

Singer Fergie adds, "It's a perfect fit for us. The Black Eyed Peas are bringing the party to the people," while Apl.de.ap describes the game as "like being in our concert or hearing a video in your living room".
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Transformers: Dark of the Moon In Theaters June 29

Transformers: Dark of the Moon, starring Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Julie White, Kevin Dunn and Josh Duhamel, opens in theaters Wednesday, June 29. The sci-fi action film follows a battle between the Autobots and Decepticons over a spacecraft hidden on the moon. Sam Witwicky aids his robot friends in the battle.
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June 24, 2011

Audio Fidelity Sets Two 24 Karat Gold CD Releases for June 21

In its ongoing program of reissuing classic rock and pop albums, Audio Fidelity will release 24 Karat Gold CD versions of Carly Simon's 1972 NO SECRETS and Bad Company's 1975 STRAIGHT SHOOTER on June 21. The discs will be issued as numbered, limited editions that will be retired after their initial runs have sold out, and will be available from both online and brick-and-mortar retail outlets.

First issued in November of 1972, NO SECRETS was Simon's breakthrough LP and remains her best-selling recording to date, having held the No. 1 position on Billboard's album chart for five weeks and ultimately gone Platinum five times over. Her third long-player, NO SECRETS contains Simon's signature single, the chart-topping "You're So Vain," which features Mick Jagger on backing vocals, as well as its follow-up, "The Right Thing to Do." The album introduced eight new Simon originals, as well as a cover of James Taylor's "Night Owl," and enlisted an all-star cast of support players. Taylor joins Simon on vocals for "Waited So Long," which also boasts contributions from Little Feat's Lowell George (slide guitar) and Bill Payne (organ), while Paul McCartney, Bonnie Bramlett and Doris Troy (of "Just One Look" fame) lend vocal assists on "Night Owl." Richard Perry (Ray Charles, Rod Stewart, Ringo, Tiny Tim) produced NO SECRETS, and Paul Buckmaster, best known for his work with Elton John, provided string and woodwind arrangements on "When You Close Your Eyes" and the choral arrangement on "Embrace Me, You Child."

STRAIGHT SHOOTER was the sophomore album by British hard-rockers Bad Company. Released in April of 1975, it earned the quartet of Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell its third and fourth hit singles: "Good Lovin' Gone Bad" (penned by guitarist Ralphs) and "Feel Like Makin' Love" (a Ralphs co-write with vocalist/guitarist Rodgers). The latter track was a Top 10 hit and has enjoyed a storied pop-culture legacy, having been covered by, among others, Kid Rock, ska-punkers Goldfinger and country singer Philip Claypool, and used on episodes of The Simpsons and South Park. In addition to the singles, the album contained the FM-rock-radio staples "Deal with the Preacher" and "Shooting Star" (which Simon Kirke and Mick Ralphs have explained was inspired by the deaths of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison). STRAIGHT SHOOTER climbed to No. 3 on both the U.S. and U.K. charts and was subsequently certified for triple-Platinum status. Bad Company produced the album, which was engineered and mixed by Ron Nevison, whose credits include The Who's Quadrophenia and the Rolling Stones' It's Only Rock 'N Roll.
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June 23, 2011

Japanese Little Monsters Say Domo Ari-Gaga

Lady Gaga was in Japan attending a press conference for the the MTV Video Music Aid Japan charity event, where she addressed all her Japanese Little Monsters, promoting worldwide tourism for Japan to help the country recover from its recent devastating earthquake and tsunami. 
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J..K. Rowling's Harry Potter Site Pottermore Coming Soon

The mystery of Pottermore has been solved. In a YouTube announcement, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling described the website as an “online reading experience like no other.” In addition to new information on the world of Harry Potter, the site will feature a tool that allows fans to interact with each other and certain events in the books. New illustrations and all seven of the Harry Potter novels as e-books and will also be included.

“Pottermore will be be built by you, the reader…Pottermore will be the place where fans of any age can share, participate in and rediscover the stories,” Rowling, 45, said.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you,” Rowling added. “Because no author could have asked for a more wonderful, diverse and loyal readership.

One million fans will be chosen to “help shape” Pottermore before it launches in October. Fans can visit Pottermore now to sign up for e-mails about how to register for the opportunity to contribute to the building of the website.

"I wanted to pull it back to the reading, to the literary and story experience … I've had a lot to do with virtually every aspect of it," Rowling told London reporters of Pottermore.

"I have no plans to write another novel. I'm pretty sure I'm done on the novel front … But it was fun while it lasted,” she added.
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Cameron Diaz Urges Young Stars To Work Harder

Cameron Diaz has offered youngsters with their sights set on movie stardom some stern advice - "You have to work for it!" The actress admits she's tired of young stars who think Hollywood's doors should always be open to them and she fears that kids today expect life and fame to come easy.

But she insists she had to battle to become one of the movie business' top stars - and newcomers should too.

The Mask star tells WENN, "It drives me so crazy when people don't have a good work ethic. If you're gonna be here, work your a** off. I'm telling the youth of today.

"There's a handful that do have a work ethic and they stand out and they're the ones that are gonna go far because the majority of kids just think that everything should just be handed to them; that they're entitled to it." And she urges parents not to make it easy for their kids: "It's the generation of the credit card. My parents didn't have credit cards. You didn't get to have something you couldn't pay for when I was a kid. When I wanted something I had to have the money to buy it. I think the mentality that we don't have to have the money to have things, means you don't have to work to have them. I see that a lot with the youth.

"From 33 years old and below, kids have no concept of what it is to work hard and, in the business we're in, making movies, you get nowhere if you're not willing to work your a** off because we work major hours. You need to work really hard to make a movie."

Former Manager For Michael Jackson Admits to Tax evasion

Michael Jackson’s former manager and spokesman plead guilty in a federal to court to failing to pay taxes. She faced two charges of tax evasion.

Raymone Bain admitted that she failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes between 2006 and 2008 to the IRS and the District of Columbia. She pled guilty for failing to pay her 2008 taxes.

Bain worked for Jackson handling his daily financial, marketing and publicity operations.

Bain will appear in court for sentencing on August 31st. She faces up to 18 months in jail and a fine of $105,000. She has also agreed to pay back taxes to the IRS and the District of Columbia. Bain negotiated a plea bargain, so it is likely that she will receive a reduced sentence. Had she fought the charges and lost, she would have likely been given the maximum sentence, which is one year for the federal charge, and six months for the district charge.

The IRS and local districts aggressively pursue people who evade their taxes. A tax attorney can represent these individuals in court through plea negotiations or a court trial. Their knowledge of the tax laws makes them valuable assets in any tax case.

When a person has been charged with tax evasion, a tax lawyer can work to reduce their sentences and fines.

For some they simply can’t pay their tax bills when they are due, by hiring a tax attorney, they will be able to set up payments and possibly have their interest penalties lowered.
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Mourners Attend Ryan Dunn Memorial

Johnny Knoxville and Bam Margera were among hundreds of mourners who gathered Wednesday to pay respects to Jackass star Ryan Dunn. The private memorial service was held at a West Chester, Pennsylvania funeral home.

Dunn, 34, and his friend Zachary Hartwell died early Monday morning in a car accident on a Pennsylvania highway. Police say Dunn had a blood alcohol level of 0.196 and was speeding between 132 – 140 mph when his Porsche careened off the highway, crashed into trees and burst into flames. Autopsy reports say both Dunn and Hartwell suffered “blunt and thermal trauma.”

Dunn starred on all three seasons of “Jackass” with Knoxville, Margera and Steve O. He also appeared in the three “Jackass” films, the most recent being 2010’s “Jackass 3D.” After MTV canceled “Jackass” in 2002, Dunn and Margera appeared in the spin-off show “Viva La Bam.” Dunn later landed his own show, “Homewrecker.” It was canceled after just one season. Dunn most recently appeared alongside Steve O on “Minute to Win It.

Justin Bieber Challenges TV Host To Segway Race and Wins!

Pop star Justin Bieber challenged U.S. TV talk show host Elisabeth Hasselbeck to a Segway race on Thursday (23Jun11).

The Baby hitmaker appeared as a guest on The View to promote his new female fragrance, but the young singer didn't miss out on the chance to have a little fun after he was asked to show off his skills on a Segway - his chosen mode of transport backstage at concerts.

Co-host Hasselbeck confessed she was fast becoming an expert on the two-wheeled device and he challenged her to a race.

The duo then tackled a studio obstacle course.

Bieber whizzed around the set and crossed the finish line before helmet-wearing Hasselbeck - even after opting to finish the race driving backwards and slowing down to high-five fans.

Judges Orders Lindsay Lohan to Stop Having Parties on House Arrest

It turns out Lindsay Lohan was not guilty of violating her probation; she was just guilty of “extremely poor judgment,” according to Judge Stephanie Sautner. Although Lohan did test positive for alcohol, she was not in violation of her probation because Judge Elden Fox only ordered drug and alcohol tests in January and February.

"If you are guilty of some violation of your probation, I don't see it," Judge Sautner said during a hearing Thursday morning.

Lohan, who is on house arrest for misdemeanor theft charges, was scolded for throwing parties at her Venice condo. “What you are guilty of is extremely poor judgment,” Judge Sautner told Lohan. “House arrest is akin to jail."

Judge Sautner said Lohan is only allowed one guest at a time. "Don't give people a reason to hate you. Don't do stupid things," Sautner added.