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'Identity Thief' Strikes Again at Box Office

24 February 2013 3:55 PM, PST

She may not be nominated for an Oscar this year, but funnylady Melissa McCarthy has her own right to celebrate today, as her latest film Identity Thief is once again No.1 in America.

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After losing the top spot last weekend to A Good Day to Die Hard, the comedy (also starring Jason Bateman) siphoned $14.1 million from the box office, narrowly beating out Dwayne Johnson's Snitch, which debuted to the tune of $13 million.

The other big weekend premiere, Keri Russell's horror Dark Skies, opened in fifth place with $8.9 million, while Escape From Planet Earth ($11 million) and Safe Haven ($10.6 million) landed at third and fourth, respectively.

Last weekend's champion, Die Hard 5, took a drastic hit after its monstrous opening and was nowhere to be found among the weekend's top 10. »


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Who Won at The Independent Spirit Awards?

23 February 2013 3:56 PM, PST

The 2013 Film Independent Spirits Awards were handed out in Santa Monica, CA today and lots of Oscar frontrunners cemented their status by dominating in their categories once more.

Check out all the winners below:

Best Feature

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Bernie

Keep the Lights On

Moonrise Kingdom

Silver Linings Playbook

Best Female Lead

Linda Cardellini, Return

Emayatzy Corinealdi, Middle of Nowhere

Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook

Quvenzhane Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Smashed

Best Male Lead

Jack Black, Bernie

Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

John Hawkes, The Sessions

Thure Lindhardt, Keep the Lights On

Matthew McConaughey, Killer Joe

Wendell Pierce, Four

Best Supporting Female

Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister's Sister

Ann Dowd, Compliance

Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Brit Marling, Sound of My Voice

Lorraine Toussaint, Middle of Nowhere

Best Supporting Male

Matthew McConaughey, Magic Mike

David Oyelowo, Middle of Nowhere

Michael Pena, End of Watch

Sam Rockwell, Seven Psychopaths

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Buzzmakers: Prince Michael Joins Et & Mindy Dies

23 February 2013 9:30 AM, PST

What had ETOnline readers buzzing this week?

1. Prince Michael Jackson is New Et Correspondent

Having grown up in show business, Prince Michael proved to be a gifted interviewer as he conducted his first sit-down as an Et correspondent.

Michael Jackson's 16-year-old son impressed Oz the Great and Powerful stars James Franco and Zach Braff as well as director Sam Raimi with his confidence and competence on his first assignment.

"You're doing awesome," Braff gushed. "You're a natural."

Prince Michael returned the compliment, praising their work in the fantasy flick and getting Franco to shed some light on how he approached playing the lead role of Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics.

"I saw that his particular transformation would allow for comedy," Franco explained. "Because he's a conman -- that would get him into a lot of awkward situations that could be played for comedy."

The movie imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum's beloved »


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Nick Carter Engaged

22 February 2013 6:59 PM, PST

Nick Carter is a taken man!

The Backstreet Boys singer revealed to People magazine Friday that he recently popped the big question to his girlfriend Lauren Kitt during a trip to the Florida Keys.

In the company of close friends, Carter dropped down to one knee to the utter shock of his overjoyed lady love.

Related-- The Backstreet Boys Get Their Own Documentary

"I wasn't expecting it. It just felt very surreal," said Kitt. "We both are just so happy in love right now and on cloud nine."

Carter says the romantic spot, an island he used to visit as a child, has now been dubbed "Engagement Island."

Related-- Grammys Flashback '99: Internet Wows Backstreet

As for their wedding date, the couple told People they're still working out a date that doesn't conflict with recording Bsb's new album or their sold-out fan cruise in October. »


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5 Things You Don't Know About Kristen Stewart

22 February 2013 1:04 PM, PST

She rose to superstardom portraying Bella in the hugely successful Twilight franchise and played a butt-kicking Snow White in last year's big-budget action flick Snow White and the Huntsman. But what else do you know about Kristen Stewart -- who'll take the stage this Sunday as a presenter at the Academy Awards.

1. Born Kristen Jaymes Stewart on April 9, 1990 in Los Angeles. Her Australian mother worked in the entertainment business as a script supervisor and her father produced TV shows. She has an older biological brother as well as an adopted brother of the same age.

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2. Played Jodie Foster's daughter in the 2002 film Panic Room and two years later snagged a starring role in Catch that Kid alongside High School Musical alum Corbin Bleu.

3. Was recommended for the Twilight role of Bella by her Into the Wild co-star Emile Hirsch.

Related: Kristen Stewart & Other Stars Reveal Movie Crushes 

4. To prepare »


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New Pic: Vin Diesel Rules as 'Riddick'

22 February 2013 12:42 PM, PST

Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel is returning for a third time to his Riddick character this fall, and he's teasing fans with a brand-new image of his title character sitting on a throne with a troubled brow, very reminiscent of Arnold Schwarzenegger's pose at the end of Conan the Barbarian. Coincidence?

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Diesel posted the shot on his Facebook page with the accompanying caption: "It has been 9 years since The Chronicles of Riddick was released... all along I knew I would eventually have to return to that dark place, the mind of an Alpha Furyan..."

Following 2000's Pitch Black and 2004's The Chronicles of Riddick, the new sci-fi film, simply titled Riddick, is set to hit theaters and IMAX on September 6 and reunites Diesel with director David Twohy for a more pared-down film in which our anti-hero finds himself up against an alien race of predators. Activating an emergency »


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Mindy McCready Funeral Details

22 February 2013 9:30 AM, PST

Funeral plans have been announced for country singer Mindy McCready, who committed suicide last Sunday at her home in Heber Springs, Arkansas.

A private funeral will be held February 26 at Crossroads Church in McCready's hometown of Fort Myers, Florida, the Associated Press reports.

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A news release issued on Friday also announced that another memorial organized by friends and the music community is tentatively scheduled for March 6 at Cathedral of the Incarnation church in Nashville.

McCready, a 37-year-old mother of two, died from a single gunshot to the head about a month after her longtime boyfriend David Wilson was believed to have killed himself at the same location.

Video: Mindy McCready's Suicide Prevention Video »


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Justin and Jay-z Announce Their 'Legends' Tour

22 February 2013 9:09 AM, PST

The performance chemistry is obvious between Justin Timberlake and Jay-z as evidenced by Justin's well-received comeback single Suit & Tie, and now they're officially taking their act together on the road!

The two music superstars just announced their "Legends of the Summer" tour, where they're set to play 12 stadium performances. The tour begins on July 17th in Toronto, Ontario and will continue through August 16th in Miami, Florida. New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Hershey, Detroit, Baltimore, Boston, and Philadelphia will also be getting stops.

Related: Justin Timberlake Heading Back to 'SNL'

Beginning today, fans can visit the tour's Facebook page to RSVP for early access to presale tickets available on February 27th. For complete presale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Video: Watch Justin's Official 'Suit & Tie' Video

…Wonder if their famous wives, Beyonce and Jessica Biel, will also be making an appearance?! »


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Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose Welcome Baby Boy

21 February 2013 3:02 PM, PST

Wiz Khalifa and fiancee Amber Rose welcomed their first child today.

Pics: Celebs and Their Kids

The proud 25-year-old papa (real name Cameron Jibril Thomaz) made the announcement via Twitter, writing, "Happy Birthday Sebastian 'The Bash' Taylor Thomaz!!! Everyone welcome this perfect young man into the world."

This news comes after yesterday's false alarm, when Amber went in for a doctor's appointment that became blown out of proportion.

"My due date isn't until Feb 24 & this is my first baby so he may come early, he may come late but either way he'll be here soon," Amber, 29, clarified on Wednesday.

The couple, who announced their engagement last year, are planning to hold off on a formal wedding ceremony until after Amber has a chance to drop the baby weight.

"If we have a daughter one day, [Amber] might wanna give the dress to our daughter, but if she's pregnant then she can't do that," Wiz explained »


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Michael Jackson Lives with New Cirque Show One

21 February 2013 1:31 PM, PST

The Estate of Michael Jackson and Cirque du Soleil have announced Michael Jackson One, a production that will run this summer exclusively at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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The show is written and directed by Jaime King, who was a dancer on Jackson's Dangerous World Tour in 1992, and produced Madonna's Mdna Tour last year.

Michael Jackson One marks the second creative collaboration between Cirque du Soleil and the Estate of Michael Jackson, who last worked together on the top-grossing, acrobatic Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour, which is currently touring worldwide.

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The new show, says Cirque du Soleil, is aimed at "creating a theatrical evocation of Michael’s creative genius." Given the iconic performances the late-superstar is known for, Michael Jackson One should prove to be quite a spectacle.

The presale window for Cirque Club Members, MichaelJackson.com subscribers and members of MGM Resorts’ M life »


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Diane Lane and Josh Brolin Divorcing

21 February 2013 10:38 AM, PST

Diane Lane, 48, and Josh Brolin, 45, are divorcing after eight years of marriage.

"Diane Lane and Josh Brolin have decided to end their marriage," reps for the couple confirm to Et.

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According to Us Weekly, the divorce "was a mutual decision. It is very amicable. It's not ugly, it's just over."

The two reportedly already split a couple of months ago, and have no children together.

Video: Diane Lane After Husband Josh Brolin's Arrest

This will be the second divorce for both stars. »


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Justin Timberlake Heading Back to 'SNL'

21 February 2013 10:23 AM, PST

Justin Timberlake has already made his mark as one of the most entertaining host/performers of Saturday Night Live and fans can rejoice again as he's soon headed back to the show!

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The SexyBack singer -- whose new album The 20/20 Experience hits shelves on March 19 -- confirmed Thursday on his website that he'll return to SNL to be the host and musical guest on March 9. 

Video: Justin Drops Official Suit & Tie Video

Justin also announced that he'll do a full week of performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon from March 11-15. Those appearances will mark the first time any featured artist has appeared in every show during a single week. »


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Michelle Williams is Finally Growing Her Hair Out

21 February 2013 7:05 AM, PST

Though Michelle Williams has now long been associated with her beloved blonde pixie cut --which she once said was a tribute to the late Heath Ledger -- the Oz the Great and Powerful actress says she's now "ready" to sport long locks again.

"I think I'm ready," she tells E! News. "It's on its way, slowly but surely."

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In a memorable quote, Michelle admitted to British Elle in 2011 that Heath loved the polarizing cut. "I cut it for the one straight man who has ever liked short hair and I wear it in memorial of somebody who really loved it," she said.

But perhaps another reason she's kept her hair short for so long?

That dreaded in-between stage.

"The mid-stage is insufferable," she admits. "It's really hard on your self-esteem."

Related: Michelle Williams on Life Without Heath Ledger

But Michelle still has a sense of humor »


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Guess Which Spice Girl Is Coming to 'Agt'

20 February 2013 6:54 PM, PST

America's Got Talent has decided on a replacement for Sharon Osbourne.

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Following last year's statement saying that Osbourne would be leaving the program, NBC has confirmed to USA Today that Spice Girl Mel B (also known as Scary Spice) will be filling the void left by her fellow Brit.

Osbourne's decision to exit came after her son Jack was allegedly dismissed from the NBC reality show Stars Earn Stripes, which Osbourne suspected to be influenced by his multiple sclerosis diagnosis.

Mel B will share the panel with returning judges Howie Mandel and Howard Stern for the show's eighth season. »


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Cliffhanger Director: Stallone Had Fear of Heights

20 February 2013 4:42 PM, PST

Cliffhanger and Die Hard 2 director Renny Harlin's first-ever U.S. film, the supernaturally charged Prison, is out this week for the first time on a special-edition Blu-ray, and while talking about the project and his career he revealed to ETonline that before he shot a frame of film on Cliffhanger, Sylvester Stallone told him, "I have a fear of heights."

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"When he first arrived in the Italian Alps and came to look at the location for the first time, he looked up at this 11,000-foot peak that was in front of us," recalls Harlin. "I said, 'That's where our set is.' And he's like, 'So who's going to go up there?' I said, 'You are.' He looks at me and he says, 'You gotta be kidding. I have a fear of heights. The highest I will ever go is the heels of my cowboy boots.' And it »


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5 Questions w/ 'Arrow' Fan Favorite

20 February 2013 12:24 PM, PST

There was no doubt I adored Felicity Smoak from the minute Arrow introduced Queen Consolidated's go-to-techie. But it wasn't until ETonline revealed actress Emily Bett Rickards had been upped to series regular for season two, and my Twitter at replies exploded, that I realized just how many people shared my Felicity obsession.

Luckily for us all, Arrow will be serving up a Smoak smorgasbord from this point forward, beginning with tonight's episode, Dodger. To find out what lies ahead, I chatted with Rickards and discovered that there is a downside to aligning with Oliver!

ETonline: Congrats on becoming a series regular. Was this the plan from day one or did you just take a leap of faith knowing the role Felicity played in the comics?

Emily Bett Rickards: When I auditioned for the role, it was for one episode with the possibility of recurring. So I am utterly shocked and so grateful that she's become such a »


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Et Exclusive: Robin Roberts: I Felt I Was Dying

20 February 2013 12:08 PM, PST

Et's Rob Marciano sat down with Good Morning America co-anchor, Robin Roberts, on the first day of her return to the co-anchor chair after a 6-month absence after undergoing a bone marrow transplant for a rare blood-and-bone marrow disorder, where she candidly discussed her painful recovery -- specifically a day in her treatment when she felt as if she was dying.

"It’s crossed my mind. It’s hard not to," she said about how often she thinks about that particularly hard moment during her recovery from myelodysplastic syndrome [Mds]. "It wasn’t that long ago. We keep talking about the passage of time and my family loves to say, 'This too shall pass' and that moment did pass. It's not quite in the rear view mirror just yet, but it's getting there."

Related: Robin Roberts Returns to 'Good Morning America'

She also discussed her internal struggle on what to share, and what not »


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Lady Gaga Hospitalized

20 February 2013 10:30 AM, PST

Lady Gaga checked herself into the hospital on Wednesday to undergo hip surgery.

The 26-year-old pop superstar announced the news to her fans on Twitter. "Going in for surgery now. Thank you so much for sending me love and support," she tweeted. "I will be dreaming of you," she added.

Pics: Star Sightings

The so-called Mother Monster announced earlier this month that a hip injury sustained during a performance had forced her to cancel the remaining dates of her Born This Way Ball tour.

A press release explaining the injury clarified that Gaga had sustained "a labral tear of the right hip" that needed surgery to repair.

Related: Lady Gaga Needs Surgery, Cancels More Tour Dates »


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5 Things You Don't Know About Joaquin Phoenix

20 February 2013 9:58 AM, PST

This three-time Oscar nominee -- who this year is up for Best Actor for his powerful portrayal in The Master -- shockingly announced in 2008 that he was retiring from acting to pursue a career in hip-hop music. It was later revealed that the announcement -- along with consistently erratic behavior and appearances -- was faked as part of a mockumentary he was filming with Casey Affleck.

1. Born Joaquin Rafael Bottom on October 28, 1974 in Puerto Rico. He was the middle child in a brood of five and his parents were missionaries for the Children of God religious movement.

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2. As part of research for his role in the 2004 film Ladder 49, he actually graduated from the Baltimore Fire Academy and spent a month living and working with real firefighters and helping fight real fires.

3. A strict vegan and animal rights activist, he once refused to wear shoes during a photo shoot for designer »


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Eden Sher Says Sue Heck is 'All That'

20 February 2013 6:58 AM, PST

TV's sweetest sitcom, The Middle, seriously brought the swoons with last week's Valentine's Day episode when Darrin kissed Sue, turning her disastrous dance into one for the record books. And according to star Eden Sher, Sue will continue to be lucky in the love department over the coming weeks as things with Darrin get more and more serious.

ETonline caught up with the always hilarious Sher during a recent trip to NYC where we talked about Indiana loving, her love of physical comedy and what's ahead on The Middle. Plus, I asked Sher which singers she'd like to meet now that she's checked Taylor Swift and Christina Aguilera off her list!

ETonline: Ok, so that scene between Sue and Darrin was too cute for words.

Eden Sher: I know, right? I just love their dynamic. I like the idea of Sue having this romance that is very specifically Darrin and Sue. In a way, that »


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