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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...


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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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Katy Perry and Russell Brand to Divorce

30 December 2011 3:56 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Getty Katy Perry and Russell Brand

Katy Perry and Russell Brand are getting a divorce, the AP reported. “Sadly, Katy and I are ending our marriage,” Brand said in a statement given to the AP. “I’ll always adore her and I know we’ll remain friends.” The pair married in October 2010 after meeting at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, which Brand hosted and at which Perry performed.

Brand cited “irreconcilable differences” in the divorce papers as a reason for the split. »

- Julie Steinberg

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'Glee' Michael Jackson tribute: Listen to Dianna Agron's 'Never Can Say Goodbye'

29 December 2011 5:17 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

"Glee" songs have a way of leaking online before they officially air on the show, so it's no surprise some of the covers from the Fox hit's upcoming Michael Jackson tribute episode have started trickling out.

Up first? Dianna Agron's ultra-pleasant take on the Jackson 5's "Never Can Say Goodbye."

Agron always sounds best on the retro tunes -- remember her lovely "I Say a Little Prayer" during Season 1? We dig the sweet tone of her voice, so this Jackson 5 track was a fantastic pick for her.

Listen to the song below, and tell us which "Glee" Mj cover you're most anticipating. You can find the full track list here. Personally, we can't wait to hear what mind-blowing things Kevin McHale does with "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough."


- editorial@zap2it.com

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Janet Jackson Named Grinch of the Year by PETA

29 December 2011 10:35 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Janet Jackson has been dubbed the first ever ‘PETA Grinch of the Year’ for designing a collection for fur fashion line Blackglama. The animal rights group (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has singled out Michael Jackson's sister and referring to the ‘Rhythm Nation’ singer’s infamous ‘nipple slip’ at the Super Bowl half-time show in 2004, PETA said: “When Janet Jackson had her infamous wardrobe malfunction during Super Bowl Xxxviii, at least what popped into view of 170 million onlookers belonged to her, unlike the animal skins she drapes herself in, which are as dead as her fashion taste and her career.” The animal activists have targeted Janet for nine years over her refusal to stop wearing fur clothes.   »

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Weird News Stories of 2011 - Michael Jackson Hair Roulette Ball Made for Casino

29 December 2011 7:00 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

For the end of 2011, we will put together some of the oddities and "Weird News Stories of 2011," including the first entry, a Michael Jackson hair roulette ball placed up for bid. A story earlier this month revealed that strands of Michael Jackson's hair are set to be turned into a roulette ball. OnlineGamblingPal.com bought the locks of the late singer's hair – which were retrieved when he stayed at the Carlyle Hotel in New York before his 2009 death from a Propofol overdose – for $10,871 and plan to use them to create the unusual tribute to Michael. The company said in a statement on their website: "OnlineGamblingPal.com is delighted to announce that is has acquired some of pop legend Michael Jackson’s hair for $10,871, which will now be transformed into a one-off roulette ball. "As big Michael Jackson fans, we were left deeply saddened when he passed away in 2009. And »

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Link Time - Listen to a Mashup of 2011's Biggest Hits

27 December 2011 1:00 PM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Here's what the year sounded like in hit singles - Vulture Find out how you can watch Showtime's newest series before the premiere - BuddyTV See which DVDs are new to release this week - Rotten Tomatoes Are these the Michael Jackson songs that will be featured on Glee? - Zap2it See which series has been renewed for another season - The Hollywood Reporter Dianna Agron will star in indie thriller The Hunters - HuffPost TV Do handsome actors get snubbed by the Oscars? - Moviefone The five worst movies of 2011 - NextMovie »

- BuzzSugar

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Heavy D Cause of Death is Pulmonary Embolism, Coroner

27 December 2011 11:32 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Veteran rap icon Heavy D died as a result of a blocked artery in his lungs, a coroner has ruled. The heavyweight hip-hop star, real name Dwight Arrington Myers, passed away on 8 November (2011) after collapsing outside his home in Beverly Hills, California. He was 44. An autopsy performed by the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has now identified the cause of death as a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis, a blood clot condition which can occur during long haul flights. The rapper had returned from Europe, where he had performed at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales, just days before his passing. The coroner also noted that Heavy D had been suffering from heart disease. Initially, it was reported that the rapper and actor suffered from pneumonia, and that the illness may have been the cause of his death. A toxicology report found the presence of medication »

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'Glee' Michael Jackson tribute song list leaks

27 December 2011 11:31 AM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

We know we're not supposed to believe everything we read on random spoiler sites, but we can't help but take a second look at this leaked set list believed to be from the upcoming "Glee" Michael Jackson tribute episode.

Judging from other bits and pieces of intel coming from the set, this tracklisting seems pretty legit. While we're okay with waiting until the big January episode to hear how these tunes turn out (or, you know, whenever they want to release 'em), we'll happily speculate over whether this list is the real deal or not.

As reported on Perez Hilton, here's what the "Glee" gang will sing come Jan. 24:

"Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" -- Blaine

"Bad" -- New Directions & Warblers

"I Just Can't Stop Loving You" -- Finn & Rachel

"Smooth Criminal" -- Santana & Sebastian

"Never Can Say Goodbye" -- Quinn

"In The Closet" -- Brittany & Santana

"We Are The World »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Heavy D Autopsy: Flight Back From U.K. Jackson Memorial Led to His Death

27 December 2011 11:26 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Rapper Heavy D died of blood clot in his lung, according to the results of an autopsy report that were released Tuesday morning. The results also revealed that the rapper -- whose real name was Dwight Arrington Myers -- had deep leg-vein thrombosis and arterial sclerotic cardiovascular disease. Also read: Rapper Heavy D Dies at 44 Myers had just returned from Wales, where he had performed at a Michael Jackson memorial concert. "It is believed that [the trip] may have contributed to the thrombosis and blood clot," Los Angeles County Department of Coroner's Chief »

- Kurt Orzeck

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Interview: Dead Apple Tours

27 December 2011 10:01 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

It’s a cold, rainy day and I find myself inside of a hearse, with the sound of macabre organ music playing as I’m being driven away. Thankfully, this is all part of Dead Apple Tours, where Drew Raphael takes passengers on a 2-hour ride, showing them famous death spots around New York City.

As a resident of New York City, I’ve passed many of these landmarks on a regular basis, but I wasn’t aware of the dark stories and history of each location. We visited approximately 25 spots, which included The Chelsea Hotel, Heath Ledger’s apartment, the final resting place of Bill the Butcher, Washington Square Park, the home of the Butcher of Tompkins Square Park, and the Flat Iron Building.

Even though the topic of conversation was grim to say the least, I got the sense that Drew cared deeply for both the city and his tour. »

- Tamika Jones

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What You'll Be Playing At the Ps Vita Launch

27 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | MTV Multiplayer | See recent MTV Multiplayer news »

Sony announces their lineup of titles accompanying the U.S. release of their new handheld.

Just before the holiday weekend, Sony provided a rundown of the titles available launch day and during the weeks following the February release of the Ps Vita hardware. According to the Playstation blog, 25 titles will be available on launch day with prices ranging from $9.99 to $49.99. All titles will be available for download, but not retail, so start familiarizing yourself with Sony's online store.

Here's the list of first-party titles arriving at launch:

Escape Plan (Psn Only)

Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational

Hustle Kings (Psn Only)

Little Deviants

ModNation Racers: Road Trip

Super StarDust Delta (Psn only)

Uncharted: Golden Abyss

wipEout 2048

No huge surprises there, although I'd like to state for the record how nice it is to have another Wipeout title on the way. Sony seems to be going to conservative route with their first-party »

- Charles Webb

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Heavy D -- Cause of Death Revealed

27 December 2011 9:00 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Heavy D died from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis ... and a long flight back to L.A. from a Michael Jackson memorial concert may have been a contributing factor.A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of one or more arteries in the lungs -- most often caused by blood clots which travel in from other parts of he body. In Heavy's case, the clot was formed in his legs. Days before Heavy died, »

- TMZ Staff

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'Glee': Songs for Michael Jackson Tribute Episode Revealed

26 December 2011 5:16 PM, PST | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Earlier this month, it was confirmed that Glee season 3's one and only tribute episode would be devoted to the music of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. This comes on the heels of other tribute episodes over the past two years including Madonna, Britney Spears and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album. The producers had been hinting at this announcement for quite a while, saying they were trying to secure the rights to the songs. »

- editor@buddytv.com

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Charisma Carpenter Talks The Lying Game

26 December 2011 3:04 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The ABC Family series The Lying Game returns for the second half of Season 1 with Episode 1.11: O Twin, Where Art Tho? on Monday, January 2 at 8 Pm Et. Actress Charisma Carpenter, who plays Ann Rebecca Sewell on the series, recently held a conference call where she discussed the second half of The Lying Game's first season. Here's what she had to say.

Can you give us some insight into why Annie has been gone so long and her relationship with Phyllis?

Charisma Carpenter: Her relationship with Phyllis is sister. She's been gone so long because I think when she was there, she was in high school, and things did not go well for her. She was treated poorly, not well received. I think some very bad things happened to her and what they are exactly has not at this point been revealed to me. It's just touched on »

- MovieWeb

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The Biggest News Headlines of 2011

26 December 2011 12:54 PM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

From the trial and conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's confession to having a love child, here are some stand-out news headlines from 2011.

The Top News Headlines of 2011Conrad Murray Trial

Michael Jackson's physician Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2011/11/michael_jackson_death_trial_conrad_murray_found_guilty.php] of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in county jail.The verdict came as no surprise to many trial watchers, as the evidence was stacked up against »

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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 »

- Beck / Smith

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Do We Spy a Chuck Spinoff? Does Deb's Love Kill the Dexter Cliffhanger? And More TV Questions!

23 December 2011 10:40 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, here are some queries we are going to throw at you, from shows such as Chuck, Homeland, American Horror Story, The X Factor and more!

1 | How did Chuck‘s Ellie and Awesome escape the moving limo last week when it had been purposely established that the driver locked the doors? That nitpick aside, who else would totally tune in for a spinoff called The Awesomes?

2 | Why did Saturday Night Live host Jimmy Fallon conspicuously fail to pretend-play the keyboard at all, as is tradition, »

- Team TVLine

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The Very Worst Christmas Number Ones

23 December 2011 3:14 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

To compliment the Best list that we’ve also just posted, and offer a little balance so the world doesn’t think we’re too full of joyous Christmas spirit (I am, but I’m pretty sure there are some miseries on the staff here who don’t enjoy Christmas as much as me) we’ve decided to also run down the very worst offerings that have somehow made it to the hallowed Christmas Number One position.

Amazingly, none of the songs below were created under any of the reality TV banners of X Factor and its ilk, though there is of course some presence by the Dark Lord of Pop, Simon Cowell, who signed Irish group Westlife, and who allows his little buddy Louis Walsh to manage them. For some reason.

Anyway, here they are in all of their glory. Ten horrible songs to celebrate Christmas with. if you ever bought a copy, »

- Simon Gallagher

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‘X Factor’ Finale Live Blog: Who Will Win?

22 December 2011 4:30 PM, PST | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

Ray Mickshaw / Fox “X-Factor” finalists, from left to right, Josh Krajcik, Melanie Amaro and Chris Rene.

Who will win the first season of “The X-Factor”? Singers Josh Krajcik, Melanie Amaro and Chris Rene are all in the running. Speakeasy is live blogging the finale. Follow along and leave your thoughts in the comments.

12:31 am

Goodnight. Time for the Zzz Factor...

9:59 pm

Melanie sings "Listen" from "Dreamgirls." It's become a signature song for her. It's a ragged rendition, as »

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Elijah Wood: 'I was thrilled to play Frodo Baggins in The Hobbit'

22 December 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Since Lord of the Rings, the actor has avoided big-budget epics. But now he's reprising his hobbit role and starring in a lavish Treasure Island adaptation

Is that the Ring? Around the ring finger of Elijah Wood's right hand is a band of silver with strange lettering on it – probably Elvish. As a reward for his lead hobbiting services in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, director Peter Jackson reportedly gave Wood the original Ring. And he still wears it. Doesn't he?

"No. This is Hebrew, " he says, twirling the ring around his finger. "I know, it has a kind of a similar look to it."


"I do have the Ring, but it's not inscribed, and it's gold. But I don't think it's real gold – gold-plated. But, no, I don't wear it. I keep it in a little box." Not on a chain around his neck? "I carried it for a long time, »

- Steve Rose

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