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Review Of The Year

31 December 2011 5:56 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

It's been an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups. Here, WENN takes a look back at the first six months of 2011...

January

The new year began with wedding bells for many couples including singer Shania Twain, who married her fiance Frederic Thiebaud in Puerto Rico on New Year's Day, while country star Kellie Pickler and actress Valerie Bertinelli also walked down the aisle on 1 January.

The new year brought baby news for a number of celebrity couples - Orlando Bloom and his wife Miranda Kerr became first-time parents with the birth of their son Flynn. Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem also welcomed a son, and Owen Wilson became a father just days after he announced his girlfriend's pregnancy. Nicole Kidman also hit headlines when she and her husband Keith Urban revealed they welcomed a daughter called Faith via a surrogate mother over the holidays.

There was also pregnancy news for actress Kate Hudson, who announced she was expecting a baby with Muse rocker Matt Bellamy, as well as Marion Cotillard, Jewel, Selma Blair and Victoria Beckham, who confirmed she was pregnant with her fourth child.

However, the first few weeks of 2011 also brought a slew of celebrity splits - Keira Knightley ended her longtime romance with actor Rupert Friend, Shakira parted ways with Antonio de la Rua, her boyfriend of more than 10 years, and Mila Kunis and Macaulay Culkin separated after eight years together.

Many stars saw in the new year by addressing their personal problems, and a number of famous faces went in and out of rehab in the first few weeks of 2011. Lindsay Lohan and Demi Lovato both ended long treatment stints in January, while David Arquette, Backstreet Boys star A.J. McLean and his bandmate Nick Carter's younger brother Aaron all enrolled in programs. Troubled actor Charlie Sheen also admitted himself to a clinic just weeks after he was hospitalised to treat a hernia, and he later admitted he turned to booze to blot out the pain of the medical condition. Sheen’s rehab stint forced TV bosses to shut down production on his show Two and a Half Men.

Another colourful character to hit the headlines in January was British funnyman Ricky Gervais, who managed to cause controversy during his stint as Golden Globes host. The comedian was condemned by organisers for poking fun at celebrity guests including Robert Downey, Jr., Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks during the glitzy prizegiving.

The month held good news for veteran actor Michael Douglas as he was given the all-clear after a gruelling battle with throat cancer. His wife Catherine Zeta-Jones subsequently admitted she cried tears of joy when doctors told the couple the actor had beaten the disease. Poison rocker Bret Michaels also overcame a health crisis after undergoing successful surgery to close a hole in his heart.

January also saw the loss of a number of great stars including Oscar-winning James Bond theme composer John Barry, and Scottish musician Gerry Rafferty, who passed away after suffering liver failure. The world of Hollywood was again plunged into mourning following the death of British actor Pete Postlethwaite, who died at the age of 64.

February

As awards season got into full swing, The King's Speech was the toast of Hollywood after scooping four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Actor for the movie's star, Colin Firth, and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Natalie Portman fought back tears as she walked away with the Best Actress honour for her role as a tormented ballet dancer in Black Swan. It was a different story at the Independent Spirit Awards, where Black Swan trounced its rivals, picking up four honours including Best Director for Darren Aronofsky.

In the world of music, Lady Gaga's incredible rise continued as she picked up three Grammy Awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album, but her achievements were overshadowed by country trio Lady Antebellum, who scored five accolades, and the shock win for Canadian rockers Arcade Fire in the prestigious Album of the Year category for their disc The Suburbs. Across the pond at the Brit Awards in London, Arcade Fire were again bathed in glory when they were handed the International Group and International Album honours, while newcomer Tinie Tempah crowned a triumphant 12 months by taking home the British Breakthrough Act and British Single titles. Rihanna was named Best International Female solo star, and Justin Bieber was named the International Breakthrough Act of the year.

Away from the red carpet, it was a bleak month for My Name Is Earl actress Jaime Pressly, who was charged with driving under the influence after failing a field sobriety test, Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey, who was underwent an operation to remove a growth from her foot, Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who was hospitalised with a flesh-eating bug, and Dame Judi Dench, who broke two of her toes on the set of her new movie J. Edgar.

There were also woes for Rihanna, whose raunchy promo film for single S&M provoked outrage around the world and was banned in 11 countries, actress Eliza Dushku, who broke a finger on holiday, and fashion king John Galliano, who was suspended and later sacked by Christian Dior after he was filmed launching an anti-Semitic rant at stunned drinkers in a bar in Paris, France.

Rock duo the White Stripes stunned the music world when they announced they were splitting up after 14 years, and Lady Gaga's much-hyped new single Born This Way was unveiled to a barrage of accusations she had ripped off Madonna's classic Express Yourself. But there was good news for older music fans, as '60s icons The Monkees announced they were reuniting for a U.K. tour.

Loved up celebrity couples Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, and Anna Friel and Rhys Ifans, both confirmed their engagements, and there were wedding bells for Kelsey Grammer - who married for the fourth time - and Mark Ronson and Katherine Jenkins, who both announced their respective engagements.

Among the stars hearing the pitter-patter of tiny feet this month were Christina Applegate, who gave birth to a daughter, magician David Blaine, who became a first-time father to a baby girl, reggae star Zac Marley, rocker Rod Stewart, Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon, and No Doubt star Tom Dumont.

Jude Law continued his unlucky-in-love streak when he split - yet again - from Sienna Miller, Iron Man star Terrence Howard was hit with divorce papers, Olivia Wilde split from her husband after eight years, and celebrity couple Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz announced their marriage was over.

The world of showbiz bid farewell to guitar legend Gary Moore, who died aged 58, blues legend Eddie Kirkland died in a car crash at the age of 88, Seinfeld star Len Lesser succumbed to pneumonia aged 88, and The Dukes of Hazzard actress Peggy Rea, who passed away at the age of 89.

March

Tinseltown lost one of its brightest lights in March after movie icon Dame Elizabeth Taylor died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. Tributes from the world of showbiz poured in for the Cleopatra legend, with Sir Elton John, Jane Fonda, Barbra Streisand and Liza Minnelli leading the heartfelt remembrances. The acting great was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, where her dear friend Michael Jackson was also laid to rest in 2009.

March was also marked by controversy as a host of famous faces found themselves in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Pop star Christina Aguilera was arrested for drunkenness in West Hollywood, while Boardwalk Empire beauty Pas de la Huerta was also apprehended after a bar fight in New York City. Jackass daredevil Steve-o was taken into custody in Canada on an outstanding warrant, and rapper Rick Ross got caught smoking marijuana in a Louisiana hotel room.

But it was Charlie Sheen who really gave fans something to talk about after he was fired from Two and a Half Men following months of public feuding with writer/creator Chuck Lorre. Days later, cops raided Sheen's Los Angeles home to investigate a tip that the troubled star was in violation of a court order by keeping a gun in the house.

March also brought one of the year's most devastating tragedies as Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, which then created an enormous tidal wave. More than 15,000 people perished in the disaster and Slash, Lady Gaga, the Black Eyed Peas and the Foo Fighters were among the big-name acts who staged gigs to raise money for victims, while actresses Sandra Bullock and Demi Lovato also donated $1 million (£625,000) each to boost relief efforts.

Back in Hollywood, there was plenty of heartache as Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel ended their romance, Renee Zellweger called it quits with Bradley Cooper and Twilight beauty Ashley Greene split from Joe Jonas.

But love was most definitely in the air for Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon, who married showbiz agent Jim Toth in a romantic ceremony at her California home. Canadian crooner Michael Buble also wed stunning supermodel Luisana Lopilato in a civil ceremony in her native Argentina.

Celebrations were in order for former Spice Girl Melanie Brown, who announced she and husband Stephen Belafonte were expecting their first child together. Actors Robert De Niro and Mel Gibson became proud grandfathers in March, while Elizabeth Banks also became a first-time mother to a baby boy, born via surrogate.

Emily Deschanel confirmed she was expecting her first child with actor husband David Hornsby, while Cruel Intentions star Ryan Phillippe also had baby news after the tabloids reported that his ex-girlfriend, actress Alexis Knapp, was pregnant.

There was a health scare on the cards for tennis ace Serena Williams after she was hospitalised with a blood clot in her lungs, while fears for Zsa Zsa Gabor's wellbeing mounted when she began coughing up blood and suffered circulation problems in her left leg.

There was a close call for actor David Arquette after he was in a head-on car crash in Los Angeles, and Glee star Lea Michele was also involved in a smash when her car was struck by a drunk driver.

Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean had a lucky escape after he was shot in the hand during a visit to his native Haiti, while James Taylor suffered a broken leg in a skiing accident in Utah.

Courtroom battles loomed for Britney Spears, who was hit with a $10 million (£6.25 million) lawsuit over a perfume deal, and Jay-z was accused of trademark infringement over the logo for Roc Nation.

Even clean-cut teen pop sensation Justin Bieber found himself named in court papers after a songwriting duo sued over claims they hadn't received royalties for his hit song One Less Lonely Girl.

April

There were births, marriages and bust-ups galore as Spring sprung in April, but only one subject was on everyone's lips - the royal wedding. Celebs and commoners alike got carried away in the buzz of the big day on 29 April, when brunette beauty Kate Middleton walked down the aisle with her very own Prince Charming, William. Who would design the dress? Who would be invited? Would best man Harry fall for bridesmaid Pippa? But all questions fell by the wayside on the morning of the magical day, as Britain and two billion viewers across the world came to a standstill to watch the future Queen of England step out of her Rolls-Royce wearing a stunning Alexander McQueen lace gown to huge cheers from the crowd. The pair wed in front of 1,900 quests, including Queen Elizabeth II, the entire royal family, and even showbiz royalty Victoria and David Beckham, and left London's Westminster Abbey to great fanfare as the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But Kate didn't hog all the limelight - who can forget the backing support of her sister Pippa, hailed Her Royal Hotness thanks to that figure-hugging dress and her much-discussed derriere?

The wedding was of fairytale proportions, one even our favourite celebs couldn't compete with - but that didn’t stop them from trying! Canadian crooner Michael Buble was one of the biggest stars to walk down the aisle in April - his second set of nuptials to stunning fiancee Luisana Lopilato following their original wedding day in March. Controversial couple LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian also wed in a private ceremony in Malibu, which was a surprise for guests - they thought they were there for the pair's engagement party! Funnyman Rob Schneider also joined the marriage club, exchanging vows with fiancee Patricia Azarcoya Arce over the Easter Weekend. The marriage mood of the month gave many stars ideas; the likes of Kate Hudson and Matt Bellamy, and Tom Fletcher and his longtime girlfriend became engaged.

Despite love being in the air, some unions were destined to end - Elizabeth Hurley started divorce proceedings against her millionaire husband Arun Nayar, while Christina Aguilera's five-year marriage to Jordan Bratman was declared officially over. After marriage must come babies, and April was awash with stars welcoming newborns. Superstar Mariah Carey welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe, and in true diva style, gave birth to them on her fourth wedding anniversary to Nick Cannon. The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers and Black Eyed Peas rapper Taboo both welcomed their third sons, while Jane Krakowski, Kevin James, Toni Collette and Drea De Matteo all also became parents to baby boys. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal was an exception to the rule - he became the proud father of a baby girl.

But with ups, there must be downs - and nobody does scandal like the stars. Teen sensation Demi Lovato stunned her legions of loyal fans by opening up about the emotional issues which landed her in rehab earlier in the year, revealing she was battling an eating disorder and cut herself at her lowest moments. Charlie Sheen continued his madcap ways by embarking on a comedy tour following his sacking from Two and a Half Men - only to get booed offstage on his first night, with critics calling his stand-up debut an "epic failure". Bond fans mourned April as the month Sir Sean Connery announced he was retiring from public appearances after he failed to show up to a charity event in New York. Lindsay Lohan was back in trouble - and in court - when a judge decided she'd had enough of the actress' antics and sentenced her to 120 days behind bars for violating her probation. Nicolas Cage hit the headlines when he was arrested on domestic violence charges following a street bust-up with his wife in New Orleans, and Vince Neil was also in hot water for domestic violence - his ex-girlfriend accused him of jabbing a finger at her during an argument. However, the biggest shock came when Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones checked into a mental health facility to overcome her bipolar disorder. The stint in the clinic came after a tough year for the Oscar-winner following husband Michael Douglas' cancer battle.

April was a sad month for actor Tim Robbins, who tragically lost his father, Gil, and his mother, Mary, within days of each other. The punk world was left in mourning when X-Ray Spex legend Poly Styrene lost her battle with cancer at the age of 53, while British actress Elisabeth Sladen, Dr Who's longest running sidekick, also passed away after a fight with the disease.

May

May was a shocking month as Hollywood tough guy Arnold Schwarzenegger split from his wife of 25 years Maria Shriver, only to reveal later on in the month he had fathered a lovechild with their housekeeper 13 years earlier. Although the scandal rocked Hollywood, he wasn't the only one heading for splitsville - Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller became officially divorced, as did actress Neve Campbell and James Bond star George Lazenby. Lady Gaga also split from boyfriend Luc Carl, while Hayden Panettiere ended her romance with her boxer boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko. Girls Aloud beauty Nadine Coyle also became single after calling off her engagement to American footballer Jason Bell.

But it wasn't all doom and gloom - Beatles legend Sir Paul Mccartney announced he was engaged to marry for the third time, to American Nancy Shevell, while director Sophia Coppolla and reality star Kim Kardashian also announced plans to walk down the aisle.

As for marriages, Marie Osmond remarried her first husband Stephen Craig, 29 years after they first exchanged vows and in the same wedding dress. Wedding bells also rang for Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill and Victoria's Secret supermodel Lily Aldridge, while country king and queen Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert also became man and wife in Texas.

New romances between Sienna Miller and Tom Sturridge, as well as Nick Jonas and Australian pop star Delta Goodrem also came to light.

It was a baby boom month, with many stars becoming parents for the first time. Rockers Bryan Adams and Matthew Followill, actors David Schwimmer and Mike Myers, and actresses Alicia Silverstone, Marion Cotillard and Lost's Evangeline Lilly all became first-time parents. Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton welcomed her second son. French first lady Carla Bruni and actress Bryce Dallas Howard were also celebrating pregnancies. But it was a sad month for British actress Kelly Brook, who suffered a miscarriage.

Other sad news in May came when Grease actor Jeff Conaway passed away at the age of 60, sending Hollywood into mourning. Boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper died two days before his 77th birthday and Superman star Jackie Cooper also died, aged 88. The month started with the shock news that al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden had been shot dead in Pakistan. Other stars facing struggles included Sean Kingston, who was involved in a horrific jet-ski crash, while veteran actress Zsa Zsa Gabor was also hospitalised with pneumonia-type symptoms and fell into a coma.

It was also a controversial month for Lindsay Lohan, who started a 120-day jail term in the comfort of her own home for parole violation. British rocker Pete Doherty was also jailed for six months for cocaine possession. Other stars facing woes included Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston, Friends star Matthew Perry and boxer/singer Oscar De La Hoya, who were all submitted in to rehab programs. It was an embarrassing month for British singer Cheryl Cole, who was hired, then fired to sit on the judging panel of America's The X Factor. In music news for the month, Silverchair announced they were to split, Rod Stewart announced a Las Vegas residency, while it was a big movie month as the Cannes Film Festival in France also kicked off. While Brad Pitt was hailed at the glitzy event, with his film Tree Of Life winning the coveted Palme d'Or prize for Best Film, it was a bad experience for director Lars Von Trier, who was banned from the festival for controversial statements he made about Nazi leader Adolf Hitler during the festivities.

June

As summer blossomed, June marked a baby boom in Hollywood. Pop star Pink became a first-time mum at the beginning of the month when she welcomed little Willow, while drummer Adrian Young added to the No Doubt family with daughter Magnolia. Natalie Portman became a yummy mummy to son Aleph, actress Tia Mowry also welcomed a little boy, and model/actress Devon Aoki was another addition to the first-time mum club with the arrival of Hunter. Denise Richards made headlines when she announced she'd adopted a baby, Eloise, into her brood, while Meat Loaf became a grandfather when his daughter Pearl Aday gave birth to a baby boy. Lindsay Price and Nia Long also announced their pregnancies in June, as did Lily Allen - whose baby news went public on the same day she married partner Sam Cooper.

Lily's wedding wasn't the only one at the start of summer - Rachel Weisz married actor Daniel Craig following a whirlwind romance and Noel Gallagher put his wild ways behind him after exchanging vows with longterm partner Sara MacDonald.

However, the month was marred by a string of high-profile splits - David Duchovny and Tea Leoni separated just two years after reconciling following the actor's sex addiction admission, Jack White parted ways with model/singer wife Karen Elson after six years of marriage, and Hugh Hefner was dumped by fiancee Crystal Harris - just days before their planned wedding. Elizabeth Hurley's divorce from Arun Nayar was granted, and George Clooney split from Elisabetta Canalis.

There were health dramas aplenty - pop princesses Selena Gomez and Jennifer Hudson were hospitalised within days of each other. Both stars were forced to pull performances, and getwellselena even became a top trending topic on Twitter.com as fans rallied to support the Disney idol. Gomez later revealed she was malnourished and feeling exhausted, while Hudson was diagnosed with a severe bout of food poisoning.

The music world was left reeling when legendary saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who had worked with Bruce Springsteen and Lady Gaga, died from complications stemming from a major stroke. The rocker led the tributes to his pal, declaring, "His loss is immeasurable and we are honoured and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years." TV fans were also left in mourning following the passing of Columbo star Peter Falk at the age of 83, while legendary TV cowboy James Arness also died.

In other June news, the vampires from Twilight overpowered the magical Harry Potter kids at the MTV Movie Awards, taking home five golden popcorn prizes to their film franchise rival cast's one. The Cmt Awards took place in Nashville, Tennessee just days later and newlyweds Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert dominated the ceremony - picking up three of the nine top honours between them. But it was a bad month for their country music rival Trace Adkins when his Tennessee home was destroyed by fire.

The month was special for U2 when they headlined Britain's iconic Glastonbury festival after a year-long wait - they were forced to pull out of the event in 2010 after frontman Bono underwent surgery on his back. In a spooky echo of U2's concert drama, pop star Jessie J was forced to axe several summer shows after undergoing emergency surgery on her broken foot – but still fulfilled her duties at Glastonbury, performing while perched on a red and gold throne. »

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The Us television hits of 2011, from Community to Revenge | Sarah Hughes

28 December 2011 12:52 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The new season was weak – but there was plenty of good stuff worth watching in 2011. Here's a pick of the 10 best

It's been a mixed year for Us television, with established hits stumbling (oh Glee, where did it all go wrong?) and one of the weakest new seasons in recent years (farewell, The Playboy Club, Charlie's Angels and Prime Suspect: you won't be missed).

But there were some nice surprises – Revenge provided a welcome return for the primetime soap, while Once Upon A Time demonstrated that Disney and ABC still understand a thing or two about family-centric Sunday night viewing, although I'm less convinced about ABC boss Paul Lee's belief that we're dying to watch men behaving sadly. (If you thought Man Up was bad, wait until Work It airs).

On the cable side, Boardwalk Empire ended the season on a high, Game of Thrones proved that people »

- Sarah Hughes

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Some Nice Christmas Gifts to Hollywood’s Famous Folk

25 December 2011 10:44 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Beck/Smith

HollywoodNews.com: We get word from the North Pole that Santa has been considering switches and lumps of coal for certain Hollywood celebrities who’ve been very naughty this year, but he’s concerned that such gifts are a little behind the times. And as for those stars who’ve been nice, well, it’s tough for even the jolly fat man himself to top the hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of fashions, high tech gadgets, trips and other luxury items they can select for themselves at awards shows gifting suites. So, you see, Mr. Claus is frustrated. That’s why we thought we’d help him out with some hand-picked virtual gifts for the stars.

Billy Crystal: A triumphant return as Oscar show host.

Kardashian-jenner Clan: An Occupy visit from The 99 Percent who find them annoying.

Kris Humphries: A copy of Lil’ Chris »

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Jenna Maroney Terrorizes A Child

23 December 2011 7:08 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski), the self-centered and hilarious fictional star of "Tgs With Tracy Jordan" on "30 Rock" would be the perfect reality competition judge. So fittingly, "30 Rock" is putting her on a fake reality show, "America's Kidz Got Singing."

Jenna, along with "Queen of Jordan" star D'fwan and John McEnroe, will judge the kids singing competition on the "30 Rock " Season 6 premiere (Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Est on NBC).

"You're weird looking, Liddy," Jenna tells the young contestant. "Even if you could sing, with that face, it would be like eating a steak that just came out of a dumpster."

Oh, Jenna. She's kind of like Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul rolled into one.

Also on tap for "30 Rock" Season 6: a new boyfriend -- played by James Marsden -- for Liz Lemon, plus Kelsey Grammer, Denise Richards and Kristen Schaal.

"She's trying to loosen up a little bit by dating somebody »

- Chris Harnick

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A Liz Lemon Christmas

22 December 2011 8:41 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

"30 Rock" is no stranger to Christmas-themed episodes ... except for Season 6. The show returns to NBC just a few weeks after the holidays (Thurs., Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. Est), but EW has a sneak peek at the premiere. The audience may not see Liz Lemon's (Tina Fey) drunken holiday exploits this season, but they will certainly hear about them.

"I know exactly how your holidays were," Jack (Alec Baldwin) tells Liz in the clip. "You took the train to your parents house. On Christmas Eve you forgot that eggnog has alcohol in it and got into a shoving match with your aunt about who puts the star on top of the tree."

In Liz's defense, it was her turn.

When "30 Rock" kicks off, Liz will have a new man in her life. "Liz is completely re-energized," Fey said in a new NBC promo. The reason? She has a hot new boyfriend played by James Marsden. »

- Chris Harnick

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'Biggest Loser' John Rhode: 'Cast Away' Tom Hanks Is Celebrity Doppleganger

21 December 2011 2:02 PM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

Since the finale of "The Biggest Loser," Access Hollywood has been busy trying to figure out who John Rhode's celebrity doppleganger is - but the reality star himself has his mind firmly made up about who he now looks like since dropping an amazing 220 pounds.

Billy Bush and Kit Hoover had fun this past week picking out lookalikes on Access Hollywood Live, throwing around "Survivor" winner Richard Hatch, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Macho Man Savage, Stacy Keach, Bluto from "Popeye" and actor/comedian David Cross as matches - but John thinks he resembles an Oscar winner.

"If I had ...

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- nobody@accesshollywood.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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News Shorts: December 20th 2011

20 December 2011 9:43 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

New stills from The Avengers, and set photos from Spielberg's Lincoln including a first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character.

Posters for Rise of the Guardians, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Cosmopolis, Mirror Mirror, Wrath of the Titans, 21 Jump Street, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Gone, Beneath the Darkness, W.E. & an Effie-themed The Hunger Games character poster.

An interesting video interview with Director Steven Spielberg and Producer Peter Jackson for "The Adventures of Tintin".

"Gerard Butler was hospitalized on Sunday in North California after filming a scene for his role as a surfer in "Of Men and Mavericks". Butler was dragged underwater and over rocks by a set of huge waves. The 42-year-old actor was in a bit of a shock but otherwise Ok…" (full details)

"Gilberto Sanchez, who uploaded a pirated workprint copy of Fox's superhero movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" two months before the film's release, was sentenced »

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News Shorts: December 20th 2011

20 December 2011 9:43 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

New stills from The Avengers, and set photos from Spielberg's Lincoln including a first look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character.

Posters for Rise of the Guardians, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Cosmopolis, Mirror Mirror, Wrath of the Titans, 21 Jump Street, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Gone, Beneath the Darkness, W.E. & an Effie-themed The Hunger Games character poster.

An interesting video interview with Director Steven Spielberg and Producer Peter Jackson for "The Adventures of Tintin".

"Gerard Butler was hospitalized on Sunday in North California after filming a scene for his role as a surfer in "Of Men and Mavericks". Butler was dragged underwater and over rocks by a set of huge waves. The 42-year-old actor was in a bit of a shock but otherwise Ok…" (full details)

"Gilberto Sanchez, who uploaded a pirated workprint copy of Fox's superhero movie "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" two months before the film's release, was sentenced »

- Garth Franklin

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Kelsey Grammer to host Directors Guild of America Awards

19 December 2011 2:24 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Kelsey Grammer has been named as the host for next year's Directors Guild of America Awards. DGA President Taylor Hackford announced that the Frasier actor will host the 64th annual ceremony on Saturday, January 28, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. "We're thrilled to welcome Kelsey Grammer as the host of the DGA Awards," Hackford said. "With his acerbic wit, his mellifluous voice and his long experience in the entertainment industry, the evening promises to be just as irreverent, intimate and entertaining as (more) »

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Grammer to Host DGA Awards

19 December 2011 12:48 PM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

In light of recent news confirming Ricky Gervais as host of the Golden Globes, annual DGA (Directors Guild of America) awards have gone for a rather less controversial but not less entertaining Kelsey Grammer. He hosts for the first time in the ceremony which is being held January 28th next year. “We’re thrilled to welcome Kelsey Grammer as the host of the DGA Awards,” DGA president Taylor Hackford said.  “With his acerbic wit, his mellifluous voice and his long experience in the entertainment industry, the evening promises to be just as irreverent, intimate and entertaining as always.” Grammer became a DGA member in 1996 The DGA will announce its feature film nominees on Jan. 9, followed by TV and commercial nominees on Jan. 19 and documentary nominees on Jan. 12. Via  The Hollywood Reporter

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Kelsey Grammer to Host 64th Annual DGA Awards

19 December 2011 12:15 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kelsey Grammer will serve as host of the 64th annual DGA Awards, which will be held Jan. 28 at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland. It will be the first time hosting the DGA Awards for Grammer, who became a DGA member in 1996 and was nominated for a DGA Award for comedy series direction for an episode of Frazier he helmed called “Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz.” He is currently starring the the Starz TV series Boss. “We’re thrilled to welcome Kelsey Grammer as the host of the DGA Awards,” DGA president Taylor Hackford said.  “With

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DGA Awards Name Grammer as Host, Film Nominees Announced January 9; Who Will Make the Cut?

19 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

For the first time, actor-director Kelsey Grammer will host the 64th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 28, 2012 at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. While the DGA and Oscar nominees do not always match up exactly, the DGA film winner is almost always the Oscar winner. The two have not synced up only six times since 1948.   Thus Hollywood is eagerly awaiting news of the five Feature Film nominees, which the DGA will announce on Monday, January 9, 2012. The Television and Commercials nominees follow on January 10, and the Documentary nominees on January 12. I can call four DGA slots right now: Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist"), Alexander Payne ("The »

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Kelsey Grammer, Not Carl Reiner, to Host DGA Awards

19 December 2011 11:35 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The 64th annual DGA Awards will not  be hosted by Carl Reiner. That was the big news coming out of the Directors Guild of America on Monday, when the guild announced that next year's awards show will be hosted by actor/producer/director Kelsey Grammer. Reiner has been an institution at the non-televised DGA Awards, hosting the show 23 times over the years. “We’re thrilled to welcome Kelsey Grammer as the host of the DGA Awards,” guild president Hackford said in a statement.  “With his acerbic wit, his mellifluous voice and his long experience in »

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Kelsey Grammer to Host 64th Annual DGA Awards

19 December 2011 11:04 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Directors Guild of America President Taylor Hackford today announced that director/actor/producer Kelsey Grammer will host the 64th Annual DGA Awards on Saturday, January 28, 2012 in the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Kelsey Grammer as the host of the DGA Awards,” Hackford said. “With his acerbic wit, his mellifluous voice and his long experience in the entertainment industry, the evening promises to be just as irreverent, intimate and entertaining as always. We’re looking forward to it.”

Grammer, who currently stars on the critically acclaimed Boss, became a DGA member in 1996 and was himself nominated for a DGA Award for outstanding directing in a Comedy Series for the “Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz” episode of Frasier. In addition to directing nearly 40 episodes of Frasier, Grammer’s other directing credits include Everybody Hates Chris; Out of Practice; My Ex Life; Alligator Point; and Hank. »

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Best of 2011: Who's the biggest badass of the year?

18 December 2011 11:00 AM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

You may be feeling warm and fuzzy with the holiday season, but we’ll knock that right out of you with our polls crowning the biggest movie and TV badasses of the year. Let’s take a look at the movie nominees first: 

Fast Five’s Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson): If it was a battle of the biceps, sorry Vin Diesel, The Rock won.

Rise of the Planet of the ApesCaesar (Andy Serkis): Honestly, he’s smarter than most main characters in action movies.

Drive’s Driver (Ryan Gosling): To quote Lisa Schwarzbaum, “He enjoys the »

- Mandi Bierly

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John Ostrander: Hits and Misses

18 December 2011 5:00 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Like everyone else, I watch too much TV and see the occasional movie or read a book or two and I have my own reactions to them. Here’s some of what I’ve seen, good bad and indifferent.

Boss, on Starz starring Kelsey Grammar as a tough mayor of Chicago. I’m an old time Chicago boy and a series set in Chicago, dealing with its mayor, and using actual Chicago locations, will always attract my eye. I was so looking forward to this. However, by the third episode, I was taping it and I haven’t gotten around to watching those episodes and then I just stopped. I didn’t care. Too much melodramatic bullshit.

The main character, Tom Kane (obviously named for Tom Keane, a formerly very strong alderman in Chicago, later imprisoned), is diagnosed in the opening moments with some sort of brain disease that can’t be cured, »

- John Ostrander

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The Artist leads the nominations for the 69th Golden Globes

17 December 2011 2:23 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The contenders for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced earlier today by the Hollywood Foreign Press, with Michel Hazanavicius' silent drama The Artist leading the nominations with nods in six categories including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Dirtector, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin). In terms of the Globes' top honours, The Artist was joined in the Best Musical or Comedy category by 50/50, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris and My Week with Marilyn, while the Best Drama field saw nominations for The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball and War Horse.

The Golden Globes typically have a strong bearing on the nominees for the Academy Awards and George Clooney will certainly be hoping that's the case with nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay (The Ides of March) in addition to Best Actor - Drama (The Descendants). Clooney will contest »

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Exclusive First Look: '30 Rock' Season Premiere

16 December 2011 6:10 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

What kind of mischief will Liz Lemon find herself in during "30 Rock" Season 6? There's a new man, the return of Devon Banks, Kelsey Grammer as himself, Jack living his life as a single dad and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

"Liz is completely re-energized," series star and creator Tina Fey said in an exclusive new NBC promo. Liz has a hunky new boyfriend played by James Marsden, but he's not her usual type.

"She's trying to loosen up a little bit by dating somebody who is a little more laid-back," Marsden said. "That could either be good for her or ultimately bad for her."

New guest stars include Denise Richards playing a version herself -- the spokeswoman of the idiots of the world -- and "Flight of the Conchords" star Kristen Schaal.

"It wouldn't be '30 Rock' if we didn't have people doing things that they shouldn't be doing, »

- Chris Harnick

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Golden Globe Nominations

15 December 2011 11:03 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Of course you don't care. I understand. This is just for the record. And if, on January 15, for whatever reason, you decide to sneak a peek at Ricky Gervais skewering his hosts, who knows, this might come in handy.

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical:

The Artist — leads the race with six nominations.

Bridesmaids

Midnight in Paris

My Week with Marilyn

50/50

Best Picture, Drama:

The Help — five nominations.

The Descendants — also five nominations.

Hugo

The Ides of March

Moneyball

War Horse

Best Actress, Comedy:

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Kate Winslet, Carnage

Jodie Foster, Carnage

Best Actor, Comedy

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50

Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love

Best Actress, Drama:

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, The Help

Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Tilda Swinton, »

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Evan Rachel Wood Is Blissful Over Her Second Golden Globe Nom

15 December 2011 10:20 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Evan Rachel Wood is celebrating her second Golden Globe nomination which she receives through her role as Veda Pierce in HBO's miniseries "Mildred Pierce". She's quick to express her excitement by tweeting, "The only time it's ok to wake me up at 5 30 In the morning is when you are telling me I have been nominated for my second golden globe!"

The 24-year-old movie beauty receives the nod at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actress in Series, Miniseries or Television Film. To win the title, she has to compete against Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story"), Kelly Macdonald ("Boardwalk Empire"), Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey"), and Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family").

Wood was first nominated for a Golden Globe award in 2004. Back then, she vied for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, thanks to her portrayal as Tracy Louise Freeland in movie "Thirteen". She fought against Uma Thurman, »

- celebrity-mania.com

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