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Friday, February 25, 2011

Janet Jackson's book True You sits atop the New York Times Bestsellers list this week. Get the deets inside...



Janet Jackson's True You book, which talks about her struggles with weight and self-esteem, has struck a high note with readers who sent the book straight to the top of the NY Times bestsellers list in its first week.

Congrats to Miss Jackson who is currently on tour in the States. She will headline the Canadian Music festival in Toronto on March 12 and 13.

In an emotional preview of his episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music,” premiering March 7 at 10 p.m., Nelly opens up about his sister Jackie’s death from leukemia. The “Just a Dream” rapper painfully recalls how family members tried to hide the severity of her illness and his final conversation with her before she passed in 2005.


“Nobody wanted to tell me how severe and how close things had gotten,” Nelly says. “She wasn’t telling me the truth, and everybody around her that knew wasn’t telling me that, ‘Yo, she’s not gonna make it.’”

His last words with Jackie took place 25 minutes before her body failed. “She gets off the phone and she lays down and she’s gone. They said the only thing that kept her alive was that she wanted to talk to me before she left, and I was enraged,” continues Nelly, who was so distraught that he destroyed a door and a TV. “I just broke down. In one of the rare moments, I did cry.”

When Jackie was diagnosed with leukemia in 2003, Nelly established the non-profit 4Sho4Kids organization and the “Jes Us 4 Jackie” campaign to help raise awareness about the need for bone marrow donations in the African-American community.

The divas duked it out on Friday night as Ciara and Rihanna got into a feisty Twitter exchange that had the Internet buzzing.


CiCi appeared as a guest judge on E!’s “Fashion Police” earlier in the evening. When a photo of Rihanna at the BRIT Awards was shown on screen, she commented, “I ran into her recently at a party and she wasn’t the nicest and it’s crazy because I’ve always loved and respected what she’s done with fashion. I’ve ran into her before, but this time it wasn’t the most pleasant run-in.”

Host Joan Rivers chimed in by saying, “A bitch!” before Ciara told her with a laugh, “You crazy.”

Rihanna was tuned in to the television because she responded on Twitter shortly after the episode aired. “My bad ci, did I 4get to tip u? #howrudeofme,” she wrote before Ciara shot back, “Trust me Rhianna u dont want to see me on or off the stage.”

“U gangsta huh? Haaa,” laughed the “S&M” singer. “Good luck with bookin that stage u speak of.”

But the ladies settled their differences soon after. “Ciara baby, I love u girl! U hurt my feelings real bad on TV! I’m heartbroken! That’s y I retaliated this way! So sorry! #letsmakeup,” said RiRi.

Ciara agreed to put it behind them, telling her peer, “Rhi u know its always been love since day 1! Doing shows/everything. you threw me off in that party! Apology accepted. Let’s chat in person.”


Elton John
's parter David Furnish let slip in a recent interview that the couple are lining up Lady Gaga to play an important role in the life of their two-month-old son Zachary 

When asked about rumors they would choose Gaga as the child's godmother by Canadian website macleans.ca, he replied: "We haven’t publicly confirmed that yet but your sources are very good!

“I prefer not to comment on it because we are going to make a statement about Godparents later on."

Elton and Gaga struck up a friendship after performing together at the Grammy Awards in 2010, and David further praised the singer -- who composed her latest track "Born This Way" about social inclusion and has called it a “gay anthem” -- for her broad-mindedness and personal connection to her fans.

He said: “She’s all about inclusiveness and tolerance. She believes that you can be whoever you want to be and that we don’t have to live in a world of conformity and that we can all benefit from individuality.

“That’s the best message in the world. The freedom to be who you are, do what you want and love who you want to love.”

David, 48, also explained how this message is what he feels makes Gaga an ideal role model for Zachary.

He added: “Elton and I don’t talk about what we hope Zachary grows up to be -- musician, doctor or whatever. We just hope he grows up to be happy and that he’s able to do what he wants to do in life and has the freedom to take whatever path.”

David is a Godparent himself, to Elizabeth Hurley’s eight-year-old son Damian, while Elton is Godfather to Victoria and David Beckham’s eldest two sons, Brooklyn, 11 and eight-year-old Romeo.

Kelsey Grammer has a new bride! He and Kayte Walsh got married at the Longacre Theater in New York City this evening, making the 29-year-old blonde his fourth wife.
They tied the knot at the venue where Grammer performs in the play La Cage aux Folles  and props from the production were used for decoration as well as bouquets of pink flowers and gold urns.
Kelsey Grammer (Pacific Coast News)
They said their vows on the theatre’s stage, which was covered in white flowers, and they chose to have their nuptials there because it is where they fell in love.
The former Frasier star was dressed in a smart grey suit, a white shirt and gold tie, while Kayte looked beautiful in a silk white dress and gold heels.
In a statement, Kelsey’s representative said: "Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh were married today at a private ceremony for family and friends.”
After the couple said their vows, they joined their 150 guests – who included actress Anjelica Houston and David Hyde Pierce, who played Dr. Niles Crane alongside Kelsey in ‘Frasier’ - at the Plaza Hotel for the reception at the Grand Ballroom.
A four-course evening meal – which catered for the vegetarian bride - was being served to the guests, which included wild mushroom risotto and slow-roasted turkey breast with chorizo stuffing, with a selection of fine wines.
The reception was organised by celebrity event planner Ed Libby and the initial layout – which features hundreds of candles and a regal table for the wedding party – is set to make way for a club-themed design with gold lounge furniture and a dancefloor, while a premium bar will be serving wine, beer, spirits and cocktails.
Kelsey started dating Kayte just a few months after splitting from his now ex-wife Camille Grammer last July after 13 years of marriage.

Jennifer Hudson, the singer who brought Oprah to tears, is choking back her own in vid for her ballad, “Where You At”. Shot in the dead of winter in the Oscar winner’s hometown of Chicago, the I Remember Me singer somehow looks even more stunning in the video then she did on the song’s single sleeve. The only thing sadder than watching JHud walking along Lake Michigan alone, is the pitiful state of her home in the music vid. The walls are missing plaster, her antique couch is rotted through — can we get this girl a better man AND a home renovation team?

A white-hot Ciara stepped into the role of fashion cop to tape an episode of E!’s “Fashion Police.” CiCi will critique red carpet fashions alongside comedienne Joan Rivers and style guru George Kotsiopoulos. Past celebrity guests include Nicki Minaj and Keri Hilson.

The soft-spoken singer had reservations about critiquing her peers’ style. “OMG! I cant believe i will be a guest on Fashion Police because i always have a hard time with judging!..whoo lordi! deep breath!” she tweeted, adding, “This should be fun!” The episode airs tonight at 10:30 p.m. EST.

Anne Hathaway (Getty Images)It's only a few days until James Franco and Anne Hathaway take on hosting duties at the Academy Awards, and we now have our first look at the time-traveling montage they recently promised. In a video linked on Franco's Twitter account the two appear to be recreating "You're the One That I Want" fromGrease.

The video is posted in a faux old-timey effect with film grain and desaturated colors to make it look like a super 8 film, but those are definitely Grease costumes. Franco's hair is greased and his jeans are tight, but not as tight as Hathaway's skin-tight black outfit. The video is likely part of a time-traveling Oscar tribute montage that will run at the start of the show. Way to take things viral, kids!

Franco and Hathaway are set to host the 83rd Academy Awards at 8 PM EST/ 5 PM PT on Sunday, February 27th. Franco is nominated for Best Actor for his work in 127 Hours.


Jimmy Fallon sent his audience back in time last night by having none other than R&B trio Bell Biv DeVoe perform their 1990 jam “Poison.” The onetime New Edition members proved they’ve still got the moves (if only slightly slower these days). Head below to watch new jack swing kings Ricky Bell, Michael Bivens (who discovered Boyz II Men) and Ronnie DeVoe jam with the Roots on Late Night.


Thursday, February 24, 2011

The show won't go on – at least for now.

CBS halted production of Two and a Half Men on Thursday after Charlie Sheen lambasted the show's creator in bizarre interviews.

"Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen's statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of Two and a Half Men for the remainder of the season," says producer Warner Bros. Television and the network that broadcasts the program, CBS.

The statement was released after Sheen, 45, went on profane, rambling rampages against Alcoholic's Anonymous, party girls, his ex-wife, founding father Thomas Jefferson and Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre.

In an open letter posted on TMZ.com Thursday evening, Sheen responded to the news that CBS halted production of his show, calling out Lorre, whom he again refers to as Haim Levine, specifically.

"I fire back once and this contaminated little maggot can't handle my power and can't handle the truth," the letter reads. "I wish him nothing but pain in his silly travels especially if they wind up in my octagon. Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my words – imagine what I would have done with my fire breathing fists."

Sheen concludes his letter with an open plea for his fans to support him.

"I urge all my beautiful and loyal fans who embraced this show for almost a decade," he writes, "to walk with me side-by-side as we march up the steps of justice to right this unconscionable wrong."

Chelsea Handler (Getty Images)Chelsea Handler jokes about her disdain of puppies, little babies and the domestic life -- but it doesn't stop her from having a hot new tryst. The comedian and Uma Thurman's ex, Andre Balazs, were spotted getting hot-and-heavy at a Hollywood party on Wednesday night. 

An onlooker says the duo, who were seen smooching a month ago, were "inseparable" at the pre-Oscars bash. 

Handler was "giggling" (must be a funny one if he can make this dry humor chick laugh) and she "rarely left his side," the witness added. 

Hopefully 50 Cent isn't sulking in too much sorrow -- she dumped him over the holidays after the twosome had a casual fling for a few months. 

But maybe she'll keep Balazs along just a bit longer: "He's exactly her type," a friend told Us.

Kelly Rowland was spotted at the video shoot for Nelly’s latest single “Gone” wearing an Alice + Olivia Sage Stripe Knit blazer ($368). This nautical style one button blazer features navy and white stripes, a notched collar, and padded shoulders. What do you think of her look?


We assumed that Michael Jackson’s children appearing on TV to talk about their father and how they’ve been coping since his death in June 2009 was a one-off thing with Oprah, at least for a few more years — but it appears that interviews with the media are becoming a semi-regular thing. Paris, Prince and Blanket, along with Michael’s mother Katherine, appeared on Good Morning America to discuss their lives without their father. Watch a preview below.


When Robin Roberts asked the Jackson children what they’d like to do, Paris echoed what she told Oprah — that she’d like to become an actress. “I’m thinking about auditioning for a play next week,” she says.

Prince’s goal was a bit more vague, but heartfelt: “Continue what our dad was doing.”

Being that it isn’t even yet the two-year anniversary of Jackson’s death, we’re a little iffy on why we’re being invited into their lives now. Besides, you know, ratings, since Jackson is just as popular — and profitable — as ever.

The full interview airs on Good Morning America tomorrow.

Lamar Odom (Getty Images)Khloe Kardashian had no problem finding love and getting hitched, but having a baby has posed a bigger challenge. Khloe and her hubby Lamar Odom have been trying to conceive for quite a while but have had no luck.

"If it happens, it happens," the 26-year-old told Us. "It takes time, I guess."

Khloe has had to debunk on-and-off rumors that she might be expecting a little one, explaining that she had just gained some "love weight" in January. She can't quite figure out, though, why she's having so much trouble conceiving. 

"I don't know what the problem is," she said. 

We'll keep rooting for this happy couple! 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Amber Rose arrived to the BodyAmr show during London Fashion week wearing a gunmetal dress from their Spring/Summer 2011 Collection. BodyAmr, which is based out of London was established in 2005 by designer Amr Ali. His designs center around the women who embraces both her masculine and feminine side and appreciates the timeless look rather than the current trends. What do you think of Amber’s look?

Last night, Lady Gaga gave a jaw-dropping a cappella rendition of “Born This Way”. Dressed in the similar latex garb last seen during her Grammy debut of the Billboard hit, the upcoming HBO star was also joined by several back-up singers in similar laxtex choir gowns. The pitch-perfect performance was an addition to Gaga’s Monster Ball tour set, played for a packed crowd at Madison Square Garden (with a celeb-filled audience which included The Edge, Beyonce, Madonna and Sir Paul McCartney). Dare we say we like it better than the original?

We respect anyone who chooses not to forgive and forget Chris Brown assaulting Rihanna back in 2009 — but it appears as if most of the music industry has clearly moved on from the incident. (Even Rihanna has, in so many ways.) Brown’s track listing for his fourth studio album, F.A.M.E., boasts such big-name guests as Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Timbaland, and — because he literally cannot be stopped from appearing in every corner of the universe — Justin Bieber. But will his fans be more supportive than they were for Graffiti? We’ll find out on March 22 when the LP drops. For now, track list below.



Chris Brown – F.A.M.E.


1. Deuces featuring Tyga & Kevin McCall
2. Up 2 You
3. No Bullshit
4. Look At Me Now featuring Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes
5. She Ain’t You
6. Say It With Me
7. Yeah 3x
8. Next 2 You featuring Justin Bieber
9. All Back
10. Wet The Bed featuring Ludacris
11. Oh My Love
12. Should’ve Kissed You
13. Beautiful People featuring Benny Benassi

Deluxe Edition:

14. Bomb feat. Wiz Khalifa
15. Love Them Girls featuring Game
16. Paper, Scissors, Rock featuring Big Sean & Timbaland
17. Beg For It

Tyga shares a moment with Justin Bieber on the remix to “Stuck in the Moment,” a leftover from the teen idol’s recent release Never Say Never – The Remixes. The mid-tempo jam, revamped with an electro-inspired beat, features the Young Money rapper spitting a few emotional bars about being forced apart from his girl.

“This is kind of how my heart sound/ Every beat like an image in the background/ I’m sitting here, thinking where is you now?/ I wanna tell you but it’s too many people ’round,” he emotes. Get lost in the unreleased tune below.

Halle BerryHalle Berry put Elie Saab on the map when she accepted her 2002 Oscar in one of his designs. Fast forward to 2011 and she's back again in one of his couture creations, looking stunning as always. 

At the Costume Designers Guild Awards, Halle wore a red lace gown from the spring collection. The elegantly draped dress featured cap sleeves, a cinched-in waist and a daring sheer skirt. Other celebrities would have opted for a modified, less revealing version of the frock, but Halle stuck with the runway version for an edgy and uber glam look. For the rest of her outfit, Halle kept it simple—she spiked her signature pixie and accessorized with minimalist diamond jewelry. With a dress this beautiful, it's best to let it do the talking. 

Fashion moves fast, but we've got you covered with all the latest industry news:

DVF revives the wrap dressDiane Von Furstenberg is a fashion icon, but her most noted contribution to history has to be the wrap dress, introduced in 1974. In honor of this timeless wardrobe staple, Diane is re-releasing the frock in three lengths in a series of vintage prints from the archives. You can currently scoop them up in stores or DVF.com. Hey, every gal needs a DVF wrap dress—or three!


Mr. Porter is finally open!Net-a-Porter has long been the go-to place to shop for luxury online, but men were sadly left out of the equation. But never fear boys, there's now something for you! From the creators of Net-a-Porter comes Mr. Porter, chock-full of the luxury essentials every sartorial gent needs. Style hunters can shop Burberry, Lanvin and more online! Well, what are you waiting for? Start shopping at MrPorter.com.


Christopher Kane teams up with J BrandJ Brand has done several collaborations to raise their high fashion profile, most recently working with Proenza Schouler. For Spring 2012, the denim mavens are teaming up with rising Brit fashion star Christopher Kane. Given Christopher's penchant for neons and edgy styling, expect this to be a capsule collection to covet! We can't wait!

Jennifer Aniston (Getty Images)That famous "Rachel" cut is no longer...at least for now. Jennifer Aniston has chopped off her trademark locks and looked like she was delighted with the change in Madrid on Tuesday.

The actress showed off her new chin-length bob as she smiled with costars Adam Sandler and Brooklyn Decker at a photo call for their new movie, Just Go With It, but still wore her regular fashion staples (long necklaces, gold watch, slim tank top.)

Although her Friends character's hair was her ongoing claim to fame -- with many people asking stylists for "The Rachel" cut -- the actress never got that excited over the 'do.

"How do I say this? I think it was the ugliest haircut I've ever seen," Aniston told Allure. "What I really want to know is, how did that thing have legs?"

Gucci Mane flaunts his “Mouth Full of Golds” in the video for the Birdman-assisted single off his street album The Return of Mr. Zone 6. In the Mr. Boomtown-directed clip, Gooch shows off his grill and his ice cream face tattoo, posting up next to Baby as the two dodge fireballs and chill with some hotties. Stunt with the Southern spitters in the flashy new clip.

Elton John has spoken of his unbridled joy at becoming a first-time father at 63. But this picture really tells the story.

In this new photo, the legendary British musician is seen grinning from ear to ear as he holds his son Zachary, who will be two months old on Friday.

John and his partner, David Furnish, welcomed Zachary, via a surrogate, on Christmas Day and having been dividing up the parenting duties ever since. "I knew it would be incredible," John said recently, "but honestly I'd be lying if I said I hadn't been so shocked. I'm like a gibbering wreck in front of him."

Marsha Ambrosius reclaims her track “Butterflies” for her solo debut Late Nights & Early Mornings (March 1). The original version, which she penned for Michael Jackson in 2001 and was later rerecorded for her group Floetry’s 2002 album Floetic, gets a grown ‘n’ sexy remake where horns blurt alongside popping instrumentation and Marsha delivers a vocally-layered performance.

“Getting the opportunity to work with the best who ever did it, on planet Earth, period, is just a blessing,” Marsha told Rap-Up.com of the late King of Pop, who jokingly called her a “singing heifer.” “I knew him as a father, as a friend. It was me paying my respects back to him and just thanking him for doing something for me so early in my career I never expected.”

Catch butterflies again by checking the newly-configured tune.

Justin Bieber (Pacific Coast News)If you want to hang out with Justin Bieber, head over to London. The 16-year-old singing sensation will be honored with his own waxwork at London’s Madame Tussauds next month. 

Liz Edwards, Madame Tussauds’ PR manager, said: “Justin Bieber is truly a worldwide sensation. We have been absolutely inundated with requests from young fans from around the world to see him at Madame Tussauds. We’re sure his fans will be just as delighted as we are that Justin will be joining the A-list here in March.”

Justin gave sculptors a sitting late last year, where hundreds of precise measurements were taken. The figure then took four months to complete at a cost of almost $250,000.

Another Justin figure will also be unveiled at Madame Tussauds Amsterdam on the same day and at Madame Tussauds New York very soon after.

However, the model may now be slightly out-of-date as Justin recently had his hair cut into a more mature style.

He recently Tweeted: “yeah so it's true...i got a lil haircut...i like it...and we are giving all the hair cut to CHARITY to auction. Details coming soon.”

Drew Barrymore and Will Kopelman (Ability Films via Us magazine)Drew Barrymore has a new man! The actress was spotted at lunch with her beau in LA over the weekend, and apparently they've been seeing each other for a few weeks now.

The lucky guy's name is Will Kopelman, and he's an art consultant and the son of former Chanel CEO Arie Kopelman. He's reportedly the "socialite type and a playboy" a source said.

He and Drew apparently locked lips at a Dewar's party on February 10, and then were spotted again this weekend looking cozy. Guess this means things are definitely done between her and on-again, off-again beau Justin Long...

Alyssa Milano (Getty Images)Alyssa Milano is going to be a mommy! The 38-year-old actress and her husband Dave Bugliari are expecting their first child together, reports People.com.

"They're just over the moon," says a friend. "They are so excited." 

Alyssa tweeted today: "Yes, it's true. And we couldn't be happier. Thank you for your warm wishes and love!"

The Charmed actress is due in early fall. She and Bugliari, who's an agent at a Creative Arts Agency, got married in August 2009 after three years of dating. 

Lindsay Lohan (Getty Images)Lindsay Lohan faced harsh words today in court, as the troubled star faced charges she stole a $2,000 necklace from a Los Angeles jewelry store.

Judge Keith Schwartz announced that if Lohan accepts a pleas bargain -- which her attorney has stated she would like to do -- the deal will have to include time behind bars. "If you plead in front of me, if this case is resolved in front of me, you are going to go to jail. Period," said the judge.

He also had harsh words for Lohan, who appeared in court in a cleavage-baring top and high-waisted white pants, telling her directly: "There are things you need to understand. I've never met you, you've never met me outside of this court to my knowledge. I don't care that you're Lindsay Lohan."

Lohan is due back in court on March 10, where she will either accept the plea bargain, or choose to stand trial.