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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 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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Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Review

31 December 2011 2:30 AM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

The sound of those rapid-fire, squeaky voices are enough to send some grown-ups running for the hills. Others will take a deep breath and prepare for the super-cute onslaught at the cinema – there has been a two-year respite after all. But once you’ve tuned into the inane Chipmunk banter, film three in the series, Chipwrecked, still manages to charm while thrilling the kids, what with its intrepid little adventurers and energetic musical numbers.

This time, Alvin (Justin Long on helium) and his band, The Chipmunks, including smart Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and gullible Theodore (Jesse McCartney), are on their way to some music awards with the Chipettes – Eleanor (Amy Poehler), Jeanette (Anna Faris) and Brittany (Christina Applegate). They travel overseas via cruise ship with their weary guardian Dave (Jason Lee), and although have been warned numerous times to behave, end up accidentally going overboard and getting marooned in a tropical paradise. »

- Lisa Giles-Keddie

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Mariah Carey and Alicia Silverstone's sons top poll of worst celeb baby names - News

30 December 2011 12:57 AM, PST | | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Dec 30: Mariah Carey's choice of name Moroccan for her son is tied with Alicia Silverstone's Bear Blu as worst celebrity baby names.

While these were the worst boy names, former Top Chef Just Desserts contestant Tania Peterson and her husband Phil had the distinction of choosing the worst girl's name with her choice of Zuzu Audrey for their daughter.

More than 10,000 people voted on the poll carried out by website

The best celebrity girl's name was Willow Sage Hart, the daughter of singer Pink and motocross star Carey Hart.

The best celebrity boy's name was Mason Evan Smith, son. »

- Lohit Reddy

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Pink and Carey Celebrate Baby Willow's First Christmas in Malibu

27 December 2011 7:20 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Pink and Carey Hart brought their daughter Willow out to breakfast in Malibu yesterday. The family just celebrated six-month-old Willow's first Christmas together in California, though the little one probably didn't come along when Pink and Carey joined their friend Butch Walker for a lively caroling party on Christmas Eve. Pink's holiday spirit extended beyond her family and friends this season when she made headlines for rescuing a puppy that had been left for dead in the La river. Pink apparently paid $5000 for emergency surgery to save the dog, who has since been adopted into a new home. View Slideshow › »

- Mackenzie Wagoner

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Morning Meme: Lance Bass Cries Foul, Sneak Peek At "Magic Mike" and George Takei's Greatest (and Weirdest) Moments

26 December 2011 5:25 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Just a reminder that we're on a reduced posting schedule this week. I'll be here every morning, and snicks in the evening, and there may be something in between, but we need to feed the reindeer at this point. We still love you.

I'm just going to go out on a limb here and say I don't like Lance Bass' attitude about the whole "tranny" incident. He wrote a piece on Huffington Post complaining the gay sites immediately called him out on the slur, while HuffPost invited him to write about the incident. And besides, how was he supposed to know? I have two problems here. First, I don't have Lance's cell number, or I could have given him a guest column. Of course, my email is on the masthead here if he felt he needed a forum - I would have hooked him up! But the bigger issue »

- lostinmiami

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Pink slams journalist over injured puppy tweet

24 December 2011 3:11 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pink has blasted a journalist who questioned her $$5,000 (£3,200) donation to save an abandoned puppy. The 'Perfect' singer was reported by TMZ to have paid for a life-saving operation on the animal, who suffered three broken legs after being thrown from an La overpass into a river. Responding to the story, the website's founder Harvey Levin noted on Twitter: "I think @Pink did great by saving dog. But there's a debate. Spend 5k on 1 dog that's really sick or use $$$$$$ to rescue 10 dogs w/ food, etc." An enraged Pink hit back: "I do both actually. At least I don't spend my money employing criminals to go+harass people. Maybe you should (more) »

- By Daniel Sperling

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Pink Fully Embraces Christmas Spirit, Spends $5,000 to Save Puppy's Life

24 December 2011 9:08 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Pink has forked out $5,000 to save a puppy's life. The 'Raise Your Glass' singer - who has a six-month-old daughter Willow with her husband Carey Hart - splashed out on emergency life-saving surgery for the mystery pooch which had been left for dead after being thrown in a Los Angeles river. According to gossip website, sources revealed the puppy had suffered three broken legs as a result of the incident, but Pink got in contact with the Ace of Hearts animal rescue organization and offered to pay for the canine's medical expenses after reading about it on the internet. The dog's operation was successful and it has now been adopted by a loving family. Meanwhile, Pink has fully embraced the Christmas spirit and admits she has been much more successful buying presents for her friends and family this year compared to 2010. She wrote on twitter: "I hope every »

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Glee Hot Shots: Grease Is the Word!

22 December 2011 10:30 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Glee is adding a bit of greased lightning to its repertoire.

When the Fox musical dramedy returns Jan. 17, New Directions will be getting their Grease on, and we’ve got your first look at the greasers and the Pink Ladies.

Glee‘s Missing Christmas Tune Is Found

Is Sam the Danny Zuko to Mercedes’ Sandy? He’s sure trying to be, even taking a move out of Danny’s playbook and signing up for synchronized swimming, where his coach is played by The Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s NeNe Leakes.

Check out the gallery below and then hit the comments with your thoughts. »

- Vlada Gelman

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The 25 Best Movies of 2011

22 December 2011 8:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

It was the year Harry Potter ended, the Muppets returned, Ryan Gosling drove, Apes rose, Matt Damon bought a zoo, and a bunch of raunchy Bridesmaids made us pee our pants (or wedding dresses) laughing.

Yeah, we're pretty happy with you, 2011 movies.

As for counting down the best of the best, we're happy/relieved to report that coming to an in-house consensus was pretty easy, and entirely non-violent. And our number one pick? Even easier to decide.

Tell us your favorite movies in the comments section, and for a taste of sour, check out our picks for the 5 Worst Movies of 2011.

25. 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

So many movies this year promised edge-of-your-seat action and nonstop popcorn scarfing, but few delivered like the fourth installment in this would-be aging franchise. Tom Cruise is at his best, reminding us that his charisma and ability to sell a crazy fight »

- NextMovie Staff

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Heidi Klum Dresses Up as a Sexy Mrs. Claus

21 December 2011 1:11 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Did Heidi Klum forget to put on her Mrs. Claus pants? - Amy Grindhouse Blair Witch actress quit acting to grow pot - People Rihanna's health is still a serious concern - Huffington Post Miley Cyrus had an interesting run-in with some fans - D-Listed Jake Gyllenhaal to serve on jury at this year's Berlin Film Festival - JustJared Are Johnny and Vanessa planning to spend the holidays in La? - Lainey Gossip Real Housewife NeNe Leakes joins the cast of Glee - Pink Is the New Blog Lindsay Lohan is ready to return to the big screen - The Superficial Taylor Momsen still dressing inappropriately on stage - Hollywood Tuna Will Kobe's breakup reveal ugly side of NBA marriages? - The Daily Beast Check out Casper Smart's yearbook photo - TooFab Find out what brings Gwyneth Paltrow and Seth MacFarlane together - Hollywood Reporter »

- Katie Henry

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Oscar Eligible Song List Includes Performers Brad Paisley, Sinead O'Connor, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Pink and Muppets

19 December 2011 4:39 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Oscar song category loves popular music stars, animated films and musicals. So of the 39 songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures in contention for Oscar nominations in the Original Song category, expect the five likely to be announced on nominations morning (it could be fewer) to feature either Elton John or Lady Gaga or both (animated "Gnomeo & Juliet"), Luciano Pavarotti ("In the Land of Blood and Honey"), Pink ("Happy Feet Two"), Chris Cornell ("Machine Gun Preacher'), Brad Paisley ("Cars 2") or Sinead O'Connor ("Albert Nobbs"). "The Muppets," with songs by songwriter Bret McKenzie of "The »

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Academy Announces 39 Songs Eligible For Oscar

19 December 2011 1:52 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Thirty-nine songs  are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today. The list includes 3 songs from both "The Muppets" and "Rio," as well as from "DAM999," a little known Indian film about 1975 Banqiao Dam disaster in China (with songs entitled "Dakkanaga Dugu Dugo," "DAM999 Theme Song" and "Mujhe Chod Ke"). "Happy Feet Two," "Gnomeo & Juliet" and "Winnie The Pooh," meanwhile, each head two songs on the list.  One of "Pooh"'s songs was written by Zooey Deschanel, while Elton John is in the mix for "Gnomeo & Juliet." Mary J. Blige ("The Help"), Chris Cornell ("Machine Gun Preacher"), The National ("Win Win"), Pink ("Happy Feet Two") and a song co-written by Sinead O'Connor and Glenn Close »

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84th Annual Academy Awards Best Original Song Contenders Down to 39

19 December 2011 8:55 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Thirty-nine songs from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 84th Annual Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The original songs, along with the motion picture in which each song is featured, are listed below in alphabetical order by film and song title:

"The World I Knew" from African Cats

"Lay Your Head Down" from Albert Nobbs

"Star Spangled Man" from Captain America: The First Avenger

"Collision of Worlds" from Cars 2

"Dakkanaga Dugu Dugu" from Dam999

"Dam999 Theme Song" from Dam999

"Mujhe Chod Ke" from Dam999

"Rainbird" from Dirty Girl

"Keep On Walking" from The First Grader

"Where the River Goes" from Footloose

"Hello Hello" from Gnomeo and Juliet

"Love Builds a Garden" from Gnomeo and Juliet

"Bridge of Light" from Happy Feet Two

"The Mighty Sven" from Happy Feet Two

"Never Be Daunted »

- MovieWeb

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Interview: Adam Bouska on the NoH8 Campaign's Origins and Future

19 December 2011 5:10 AM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Partners in love and human rights: Jeff Parshley

and Adam Bouska in their own NoH8 photo.

With the third anniversary of the NoH8 Campaign having been celebrated last week, it’s clear that photographer Adam Bouska has created something that transcends a mere trend and instead has brought the world something that speaks volumes by a series of simple, yet iconic images. But how did the NoH8 Campaign get its start and where does it go from here? grabbed some time recently with the busy Bouska to talk about how his life has changed, his new passion project, the sexy Six Packs/Nine Lives2012 Calendar and why Jane Lynch is one of his favorite subjects to work with.

Ae: The NOH8 Campaign has been such a big part of everybody’s lives for the last few years. Silly question, but did you ever foresee it to grow to what it has? »

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Weekend Meme: Rep. Polis Takes "Avenue Q" To Congress, Recreating "Recess" and Tom Hanks' Exciting New HBO Project

17 December 2011 10:05 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

During the House debate on Sopa, out Rep. Jared Polis (who is an Internet mogul) attempted to amend the act to exempt the government from protecting copyrights of pornography in an attempt to derail the bill. Ultimately, he was unsuccessful in doing anything more than delaying the proceedings, but one of his tactics makes you smile: He read the lyrics of "The Internet Is For Porn" from Avenue Q into the Congressional Record.

Queerty is reporting that Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of The Fabulous Beekman Boys got engaged in front of the cameras Friday night. Since their show was canceled, the event will likely be shown on The Real Housewives of New York, whose Sonja Morgan hosted the party. Congratulations!

Mitt Romney's tales of his impoverished time on mission for the Mormon church in France may have been greatly exaggerated.

Kate Middleton has been named the "Best Mannered »

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Spotted: Pink’s Striped Sweetie – Willow

15 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | People - CelebrityBabies | See recent People - CelebrityBabies news »


Hands full!

Pink takes her coffee — and an inquisitive Willow Sage — to go while out and about in Los Angeles, Calif. on Wednesday.

This must be a favorite hat for the 6-month-old — we spotted her wearing it last month as well!

Willow is the singer’s only child with her husband, motocross racer Carey Hart.

Related: Spotted: Pink and Willow Get Into the Swing of Things


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What Is the Best "Everywhere" Song of 2011?

11 December 2011 3:05 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

You can run, you can hide, but you couldn't escape from these songs that were literally everywhere in 2011. From the airwaves to the dance floor to Glee, these were the jams that we fell in love with - until they became played out. Whether the tune came from a powerhouse like Britney or Gaga, or a new group like Foster the People, tell us which "everywhere" song is the best of 2011! What Is the Best "Everywhere" Song of 2011? Foster the People, "Pumped Up Kicks" Adele, "Rolling in the Deep" Maroon 5, "Moves Like Jagger" Lady Gaga, "Born This Way" Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass" Britney Spears, "Till the World Ends" Katy Perry, "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" Lmfao, "Party Rock Anthem" Pink, "Raise Your Glass" Bruno Mars, "The Lazy Song" »

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Spotted: Pink and Willow – Eye Love You

9 December 2011 12:00 PM, PST | People - CelebrityBabies | See recent People - CelebrityBabies news »


Who’s that girl?

Pink gazes lovingly at her serious sweetie, 6-month-old daughter Willow Sage, on Thursday in Malibu, Calif.

The singer, 32, who voices the character of penguin Gloria in Happy Feet Two, tells People her best motherhood secret.

“As long as my boobs are at home at a certain hour, I can do whatever I want,” she jokes.

Willow is Pink’s only child with her husband, motocross racer Carey Hart.

Related: Spotted: Pink and Willow Get Into the Swing of Things


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Midseason winter TV schedule 2012

9 December 2011 11:20 AM, PST | EW - Inside TV | See recent - Inside TV news »

Behold the broadcast primetime midseason schedule for December and January. Includes regular time-period premiere dates for Fox’s Alcatraz, NBC’s The Firm and 30 Rock, ABC’s The Bachelor and more:










How I Met Your Mother

2 Broke Girls

Two and a Half Men

Mike & Molly

Hawaii Five-o


Who’s Still Standing (premieres 12/19)

Fear Factor (premieres 12/12, 8-10pm)

Rock Center with Brian Williams



Alcatraz (premieres 1/16, 8-10pm)


The Bachelor (premieres 1/2)



Gossip Girl

Hart of Dixie











NCIS: Los Angeles »

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Kate Middleton and Prince William's Holiday Family Plans!

5 December 2011 12:59 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Will and Kate to spend post-Christmas with the Middletons - UsWeekly Why Kim Richards apparently entered rehab - People Wonder what Karl Lagerfeld thought of Jessica Biel during their joint talk show appearance? - Lainey Gossip Details on Sofia Coppola's new film project - Huffington Post LeAnn Rimes makes a colorful statement on the red carpet - D-Listed Hot model Izabel Goulart knows how to work a green sequin bikini - Sports Illustrated What are Olivia Munn and Emma Roberts doing together? - JustJared A look at all of Glee's awesome guest stars - Hollywood Reporter Stacy Keibler does a red carpet without George Clooney - Hollywood Tuna See the huge crowd at Britney Spears's free concert in Mexico - Pink Is the New Blog Christina Aguilera picks out a Christmas tree with Max - The Superficial Is there someone else to blame in Michael Jackson's death? »

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