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Tarantino Swings back with Django Unchained

 

Welcome back to History 101 with Professor Quentin Tarantino. Please take a seat.

Fri
14
Dec
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Keith Urban and Taylor Swift Nominated For Golden Globes Awards

Keith Urban's "For You" will compete with Taylor Swiftand the Civil Wars' "Safe & Sound" for a Golden Globe award next year. The songs were nominated Thursday (Dec. 13) in the category of original song. 

"For You" was featured in Act of Valor while "Safe and Sound" appeared in The Hunger Games

In addition, Urban's wife, Nicole Kidman, received two nominations -- for her television role in Hemingway & Gellhorn and her film role in The Paperboy

"The most rewarding gift for me as a songwriter is knowing that the song has somehow made a connection," said Urban in a statement. "I've been fortunate and moved to hear firsthand how it has impacted others' lives. For that, and for this nomination, I'm so very grateful and honored. To wake up to this news, as well as to Nic's two nominations, is absolutely beautiful. What a way to start the day!"
 

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Lindsey Lohan Facing Jail Time

The Thinkering

 

The actress has been in and out of rehab and jail since 2007 after she was arrested for drunk-driving and cocaine possession.

Another hearing over the driving charges is due next month.

The Liz & Dick actress is accused of reckless driving and lying to police after claiming she was not behind the wheel of a car that smashed into a truck in Santa Monica, California, in June.

At the court hearing on Wednesday (12 December), Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Jane Godfrey said she would also set a date for another hearing questioning whether or not Lohan violated her probation and should be sent back to jail.

Lohan's attorney Shawn Holley did not enter a plea on the actress's behalf, but argued she had not violated the terms of her probation.

The Hollywood actress was also arrested in New York on an assault charge last month.

Wed
12
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Ravi Shankar: Celebrating an Amazing Life of Music

His family said he had been admitted to the Scripps Memorial Hospital in San Diego last week, but had failed to recover fully from surgery.

Shankar gained widespread international recognition through his association with The Beatles.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described him as a "national treasure and global ambassador of India's cultural heritage".

In a statement quoted by Reuters, Shankar's wife Sukanya and daughter Anoushka said he had recently undergone surgery which would have "potentially given him a new lease of life".

"Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the surgeons and doctors taking care of him, his body was not able to withstand the strain of the surgery," they said.

"We were at his side when he passed away.

Tue
11
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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.

Mon
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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.

Sun
09
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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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