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25
Nov
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MJ Biography Shares...

 

In the exhaustive and at times exhausting new biography “Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson,” journalist Randall Sullivan presents a radical new theory concerning one of the most heavily scrutinized public figures of the last half a century. Namely, that the man revered worldwide as the “King of Pop” could not possibly have been a child molester. The book posits that Jackson resisted sex for all his days and died in 2009 a 50-year-old virgin.

To support that tough-to-swallow and even more difficult-to-prove claim, Sullivan takes a two-pronged approach. He attempts to paint Jackson’s $15-million out-of-court settlement with Jordan Chandler (the 12-year-old who accused the performer of having sexually molested him in 1993) as a textbook extortion case. The payout, Sullivan writes, was the “worst decision” Jackson ever made.

Sat
24
Nov
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Jackman Reviews In Les Miserable

 

Cheers and a standing ovation this afternoon at the first screening of the film version of “Les Miserables.” Tom Hooper, Oscar winner for The King’s Speech, has made a thrilling, sensational epic of the legendary Broadway show. This now becomes the “Titanic” of this year’s awards season, the epic film to beat. Hugh Jackman is a triumph as Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway sings the heck out of the film’s big numbers, and Samantha Barks just about steals the film. Russell Crowe makes for a solid Javert. And the many supporting players, especially Aaron Tveit, Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried, are top notch.

Thu
22
Nov
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Jimi Hendrix Unheard Tracks To Be Released in 2013

 

The upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic starring OutKast's André 3000 may not feature any Hendrix tunes, but fans can count on a new release from the late guitar legend early next year, Rolling Stone reports. People, Hell and Angels, a collection of 12 previously unreleased songs consisting of experimental material recorded in 1968 and 1969, drops March 5, 2013.

Hendrix originally considered these new sounds — which find the guitar hero playing around with horns, keyboards, percussion, and a second guitar — for First Rays of the New Rising Sun, the intended follow-up to 1968's double-album Electric Ladyland. The Seattle-born musician died from drug-related asphyxia in 1970, while working on First Rays. That album eventually saw the light in 1997.

Wed
21
Nov
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Kevin Clash Resigns From Sesame Street

 

While Hasbro undoubtedly isn't tickled by the controversy surrounding Kevin Clash—the puppeteer behind the squeaky-voiced furry guy who abruptly resigned from Sesame Workshop after being accused of an inappropriate relationship with a minor—the company subsequently issued a statement saying it had no plans to discontinue its line of Elmo toys.

Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash resigns from Sesame Street following second sex accusation.

"Sesame Street and its wonderful characters have been entertaining and educating children and families for more than 40 years," a Hasbro spokeswoman told E! News. "We are confident that Elmo will remain an integral part of Sesame Street and that Sesame Street toys will continue to delight children for years to come."

That means Elmo fans can rest easy. The beloved Muppet monster with the big orange nose will remain on store shelves in a variety of fun-filled forms for preschoolers this holiday shopping season.

Tue
20
Nov
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Legends Honored Lear and Alda Received International Emmys

 

The International Emmy Awards recognized the works of Norman Lear and Alan Alda at its 40th annual ceremony. The gala, which took place Monday, November 19 at the Hilton New York Hotel, honored the television legends with Special Founders Awards.

Toward the end of the show, Ryan Murphy took the stage to present the awards to "All in the Family" creator Lear and "M*A*S*H" actor Alda. He called them "two of my idols, guys who really did change the face of television and thus the world."

Murphy himself was handed with International Founders Award earlier that night. He received the award from Jessica Lange, who stars on his hit TV series "American Horror Story".

The event also honored the excellence in television production outside the U.S., with the winners spanning six countries this year. The United Kingdom bagged two, for best TV movie or miniseries "Black Mirror" and best documentary "Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die."

Mon
19
Nov
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American Music Awards 2012: Bieber Night

 

The American Music Awards know their place in the landscape of music-related award shows.

The ceremony doesn't have the prestige of the Grammys or the cheeky irreverence of MTV's Video Music Awards — and certainly not the ratings of either.

But where the show, which aired Sunday evening on ABC, excels is its ability to provide pop spectacle.

Splashy commercials leading into the program featured a simple tagline: "Your playlist goes live." And this is one award show where radio hits — not the trophies — seem to matter most.

"This is for all the haters who thought I'd be here for only one or two years," Justin Bieber declared as he clutched his win for favorite pop/rock male artist. "But I think I'm gonna be for a long time."

Before Bieber became one of the biggest stars on the planet, it was thought his success would wane when puberty hit.

Fri
16
Nov
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Latin Grammy Awards, Hot, Hot, Hot

 

The 13th annual Latin Grammy Awards on Thursday night anointed a new favorite for the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences: Jesse & Joy, a duo of Mexican siblings whose heartbroken ballad “¡Corre!” (“Run!”) was named song of the year (an award for the songwriters) and record of the year (for the recorded single), stealing the spotlight from regular Latin Grammy winners.

In the awards show, broadcast from Las Vegas on Univision, Jesse & Joy’s third album of pop-rock, “¿Con Quién Se Queda El Perro?” was named best contemporary pop album, while another single by the duo, “Me Voy,” received the best music video award. Jesse & Joy, whose last name is Huerta, won the Latin Grammy for best new artist in 2007; this year, they started running out of people to thank.

Thu
15
Nov
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Jon Bon Jovi's Daughter Overdosed, Arrested

Jon Bon Jovi’s 19-year-old daughter was hospitalized on Wednesday after being found unresponsive in her upstate New York dorm room after overdosing on heroin. Police said Stephanie Bongiovi, of Red Bank, N.J., is also facing drug charges after investigators found heroin, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia in her Hamilton College dorm room. Ian Grant, 21, also of Red Bank and Hamilton College, was also arrested. Bon Jovi is scheduled to perform at a concert to benefit Hamilton in New York on Dec. 5.

Wed
14
Nov
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Matt Lauer is Damaged Goods

 

According to the Daily News, Matt Lauer is so yesterday.

TV industry insiders say no amount of NBC executive reshuffling can save the embattled “Today” show — until its longtime co-host throws in the towel.

Lauer has been blamed for the show’s ratings woes, which intensified in June when co-host Ann Curry was suddenly ditched and replaced by Savannah Guthrie.

“This problem is not going to go away until Matt Lauer does,” a prominent former NBC News exec told the Daily News on Tuesday. “He’s great, but fairly or unfairly, his brand is damaged.”

The sentiment comes just as a new production team is poised to take over “Today,” which has fallen into second place this year behind archrival “Good Morning America” in the cutthroat ratings race.

Tue
13
Nov
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Whats Behind McConaughey's Weight Loss?

 

The 43 year-old actor was pictured by US Magazine at Los Angeles International Airport, to catch a flight to New Orleans. The Magic Mike star looks unhealthily gaunt – almost unrecognisable, in jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and sporting a handlebar moustache and his weight loss is fast becoming a hot topic online.

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