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Dec
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Pepsi's $50 Million Deal

 

Pepsi has agreed to spend an estimated $50 million on ads, a Super Bowl halftime show, and unnamed “collaborative projects” with pop star Beyonce because, as one of its execs put it, “Consumers are seeking a much greater authenticity in marketing from the brands they love.”

Paying off a celebrity is certainly authentic in a blunt, mercenary sort of way. It’s also marketing circa 1985. The saddest part isn’t that it won’t sell a single case of soda pop, but that Pepsi (and its advocates in the extra-dimensional world of branding) will claim its success nevertheless. There will be other explanations for why its sales and profits continue to slide, even as  Beyonce garners zillions of likes and clicks.

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Jenni Rivera: Dies in Plane Crash

 

Pedro Rivera, flanked by his two sons, told Mexican TV that all seven of those people on board the plane, including two pilots, had died.

Officials earlier said they had found wreckage believed to be that of the singer's Learjet in Nuevo Leon state.

Rivera, born in California in 1969 to Mexican parents, sold more than 15m records of norteno and banda music.

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09
Dec
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PSY: Anti American Sentiments Pressures White House Performance

 

Before he was elevated to international superstardom this year thanks to the magic of his invisible horse dance, Psy was a rapper and music producer in his native South Korea with a bad-boy reputation. In the late ’90s he dropped out of Boston University and the Berklee School of Music without earning degrees, was fined for his first album in 2001 for using “inappropriate lyrics,” and in 2007 he came under investigation for shirking mandatory military duty in South Korea. Now there’s another indiscretion to add to the “Gangnam Style” star’s rap sheet: Psy is coming under fire for a pair of shocking anti-American performances he gave a decade ago.

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Toni Braxton Hospitalized

 

The R&B performer says in a Tweet on Friday that she's been hospitalized because of "minor health issues" related to Lupus. A spokeswoman confirmed the hospitalization but had no other details. "But no worries!," Braxton wrote to fans. "I will be out any day now."

The 45-year-old singer of "Un-break My Heart" revealed two years ago she has Lupus, a potentially deadly autoimmune disease that killed Braxton's uncle. She also suffers from a narrowing of the blood vessels in her heart.

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Tax Man: Stephan Baldwin Latest Mark

 

Alec Baldwin says his younger brother Stephen Baldwin, arrested today on tax-evasion charges, is "no different than millions of other people," in that he spent money he had that should have been put aside to pay taxes.

"I don't think he's going to jail," the 30 Rock star said Thursday on Piers Morgan Tonight. "I know that he's in a negotiated settlement...Things that were online, which were...that's what media today does, they try to tilt it the way that they need it to be to sell copies and what have you, and sell online hits to their sites."

Speaking of which, before being asked about Stephen, Baldwin had offered this opinion on modern-day paparazzi culture:

Kelly Ripa, Alec Baldwin raise $100,000 for Superstorm Sandy victims

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06
Dec
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Rihanna's New Career?

After walking the ramp for Victoria's Secret Fashion Show early last month, the fashion bug seems to have bitten Rihanna.

The 24-year-old "Diamond" singer is set to produce and star in a fashion reality show called "Styled to Rock" for Style Network. The show will give 12 fashion designers, chosen by Rihanna, an opportunity to style A-list celebrities.

Each episode will have a celebrity guest who will decide which designer should move on to the next round of competition.

Talking about the show, which is slated for a 2013 premier, Rihanna said in a statement: "Fashion has always played an integral part in my life and career. I am so excited to partner with Style Network and share my creative insight with these 12 designers and give them this opportunity to showcase their work."

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05
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Eddie Murphy Most Overpaid Actor of 2012

Eddie Murphy desperately needs a comeback. Remember back in the day when he was so funny on Saturday Night Live and in movies like Trading Places and Beverly Hills Cop? His voice work has helped make movies like Shrek and Mulan tolerable for adults, and even his family-friendly movies, like Norbit and Dr. Dolittle, were good for some chuckles.

But lately, Murphy’s career has just collapsed. Imagine That, A Thousand Words and Meet Dave were colossal flops. Last year’s Tower Heist, which was supposed to be something of a return to form for the comedian, failed to wow at the box office, earning $153 million on an estimated budget of $75 million. (In order to even come close to turning a profit, a movie has to earn twice its production budget in ticket sales, plus the millions spent on marketing.) Murphy then backed out of hosting the Oscars, which didn’t help his reputation.

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Marvin Gaye III Not Happy With New Biopic

Kravitz, 48, has signed up to star as the soul singer in the Julien Temple project, which is said to be focusing on the Gaye’s later life including his struggle with drug addiction and depression as well as his violent death in 1984 at the hands of his father.

The forthcoming film is currently going under the working title of Sexual Healing.

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Dec
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Depp Rocks!

 

According to People Magazine, Johnny Depp rocks!

The Lone Ranger actor joined Alice Cooper on stage at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday.

"Johnny was in great spirits," a fellow concertgoer said. "He was really happy and at ease, especially on stage with the rest of the band."

During their performance, Depp and Cooper played several cover songs including The Doors' "Break On Through (To the Other Side)," The Beatles' "Revolution" and Jimi Hendrix's "Foxy Lady."

Depp – who stepped out solo – was enjoying a "guys night" and wasn't "with any ladies," the source adds.

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02
Dec
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Harry Styles and Taylor Swift: Taylor Made

 

This backstage snap of the pair emerged yesterday for the first time since their relationship became public.

Sporting a white T-shirt Harry was all smiles as he chatted to his girlfriend in a black and white-striped top.

The boy band singer, 18, and sultry Taylor, 22, were spotted at BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards in October.

They watched acts including Little Mix, Conor Maynard and Justin Bieber from the corridors of Wembley Arena.

The star pair also performed — proving they’re Taylor-made for each other.

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