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Hugh Hefner: 'Women Are Sex Objects'

August 3rd, 2010 9:10am EDT
Hugh Hefner
"Playboy" patriarch Hugh Hefner recently told the Daily News, "The notion that 'Playboy' turns women into sex objects is ridiculous. Women are sex objects. If women weren't sex objects, there wouldn't be another generation."

He says females' physical attractiveness is integral to the survival of the human species. "That's why women wear lipstick and short skirts," Hef said.

The interview with the Daily News was about the 84-year-old's new documentary, "Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel," which highlights the magazine mogul's social contributions, progressive politics and philant...

Michael Jackson: 'Press Abuse Was Racism'

September 28th, 2009 12:56pm EDT
Michael Jackson:
Michael Jackson believed he was bullied by the media because of the color of his skin.

The singer enjoyed a mixed relationship with the press before his death in June and he felt he was unfairly treated when he was first accused of child molestation in 1993, and again when he was tried and acquitted in 2005.

During taped interviews with his friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach between 1999 and 2001, Jackson claimed he was picked on because he was the first black star to win over a white audience.

Jackson said, "You had (Harry) Belafonte, you had Sammy (Davis Jr.), you had Nat King Cole....

David Hasselhoff To Perform At Berlin Wall Anniversary

September 8th, 2009 12:06pm EDT
David Hasselhoff To Perform At Berlin Wall
Actor/singer David Hasselhoff is set to celebrate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall with another performance - 20 years after singing at the historic event.

The Baywatch star has enjoyed a devoted fan base in Germany since belting out Looking for Freedom at a star-studded concert after the Berlin Wall was brought down in 1989. Bryan Adams, Sinead O'Connor, Joni Mitchell and Van Morrison were among the performers joining Hasselhoff at the Potsdamer Platz concert - and now the 57-year-old star is set to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the historic moment with an encore perf...

Eartha Kitt's Publicist Lashes Out Over Oscar Snub

February 25th, 2009 12:07pm EST
Eartha Kitt
Late actress/singer Eartha Kitt's former publicist has lashed out at Oscar producers for omitting her from a segment paying tribute to stars who had passed away over the past year.

Kitt died on Christmas Day after losing her battle with colon cancer, aged 81. Best-known for her role as Catwoman in the original 1960s Batman TV show, the Santa Baby singer also co-starred in movies with Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr. and Sidney Poitier. And the Emmy winner's former publicist, Andrew Freedman, is outraged her glittering career was overlooked during Sunday's telecast.

He tells the Ne...

Nikka Costa Returns With 'Pebble To A Pearl'

October 15th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Nikka Costa
Nikka Costa has always seemed to thrive on a certain sense of freedom. It's no wonder, that when Nikka set out to create a record on her own terms and as an independent artist finally free of major label confines, she has made her boldest and most passionate record yet. Over 14 days at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles, Nikka created Pebble to a Pearl- a quintessential collection of soul, blues, funk & pop infused tracks which marks Nikka's triumphant return onto the scene this Fall. On September 23, 2008 the legendary Stax Records will release the album in conjunction with Nikka's ow...

Full Album Listening Party For Natalie Cole's 'Still Unforgettable'

September 20th, 2008 7:00pm EDT
Natalie Cole
The follow-up to her seminal album Unforgettable...With Love, Still Unforgettable features Natalie Cole re-joining her father, Nat King Cole, in a duet on "Walkin' My Baby Back Home," as well as Natalie's loving renditions of 13 other classics from the Great American Songbook.

When Natalie Cole's seminal Unforgettable...With Love came out in 1991, the jazz collection set a new standard for reinventing the Great American Songbook. The CD, which captured six Grammys , including Album and Record Of The Year, spent five weeks at No. 1 and sold more than eight million copies in the U.S. al...

The Emmy's 60th Anniversary: Fans Get To Vote For Best Comedy And Drama Moments

August 28th, 2008 11:27am EDT
All In The Family
As a means of celebrating its 60th Anniversary (really, are we just going to have a garish celebration for any year ending in 0 or 5 now?) Emmy has decided to name the most memorable moments from both Drama and Comedy on TV.

The best thing about this countdown is that the fans get to decide. On the Emmy website are a list of 20 funny moments and 20 serious scenes just begging for your vote. You only get to choose one in each category, so you're going to need some help. You'll find it below as each category is narrowed down to the five best. Also listed are some moments that shouldn...

Sammy Davis Jr. Died $15 Million In Debt

August 5th, 2008 10:06am EDT
Sammy Davis Jr.
Former Rat Pack member Sammy Davis Jr. died with millions of dollars worth of debt, leaving his estate in a shambles, a new tell-all book has revealed.

According to Deconstructing Sammy, a forthcoming biography by Matt Birkbeck, the star was so broke in his final years that when he was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1989, he opted out of surgery which offered him an 80 per cent chance of survival.

Instead, he chose to undergo radiation treatment, which only offered a 30 per cent survival rate, reasoning that if he couldn't sing, he couldn't make money.

Davis Jr. died in 1990...

Mike Patton Talks 'I am Legend', 'Mondo Cane'

January 17th, 2008 12:48pm EST
Mike Patton
The many people who say Will Smith's I Am Legend may have noticed something unique about the monsters, namely that they sounded like no other creature to grace the film. That's because every snarl and growl was provided by former Faith No More and Mr. Bungle front man Mike Patton. Mike's always working on something, whether it be managing Ipecac Records, putting out albums under the many monikers he goes by, or providing voice-overs for video games like Valve's Portal or Capcom's remake of The Bionic Commando. Starpulse was thrilled to speak with Mike about I am Legend, and even more thrill...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 8

December 8th, 2007 3:00am EST
Kim Basinger
Happy Birthday to "Lost" co-stars Ian Somerhalder (1978) and Dominic Monaghan (1976), NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick (1975), New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina (1968), Irish singer Sinead O'Connor (1966), "Desperate Housewife" Teri Hatcher (1964), political pundit Ann Coulter (1961), Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen (1957), "8 Mile" actress Kim Basinger (1953), keyboardist Gregg Allman (1947), The Doors singer/poet Jim Morrison (1943; d. 1971), "Kill Bill" actor David Carradine (1936), comedian Flip Wilson (1933; d. 1998), Austrian actor Maximilian Schell (1930), Rat Packer Sammy Davis Jr....

Usher To Return To Broadway

December 7th, 2007 3:06pm EST
R&B star Usher has been lined up to star in a Broadway revival of classical play Golden Boy. The singer proved he can cut it on the New York stage playing Billy Flynn in 2006, and he is now in talks to take on the role made famous by Sammy Davis Jr. in the 1960s - about a pianist who quits music to become a boxer.

Composer Charles Strouse tells the New York Post, "I can't tell you the contract have been signed yet, but Usher's interest in the show is real. He's a rare talent. He moves so well, and he's a terrific singer. I would be the most flattered guy in the world if he does the sh...

Notable Quotables

November 22nd, 2007 9:01am EST
Helena Bonham Carter
"I've got my own side of our house, which is very feminine - Beatrix Potter and eminently tasteful. Tim decorated his side, which is very Tim. We have strange things like Oompa-Loompas and a life-size Sammy Davis Jr. waxwork." Helena Bonham Carter on living with eccentric moviemaker Tim Burton.

"Keep up the good work, Matt." Jude Law congratulates Matt Damon on his new "Sexiest Man Alive" title. Law is a previous holder of magazine People's accolade.

"I think I'd be a lot richer." Jennifer Jason Leigh on how her life would have been different had she agreed to play Sarah Connor ...

Justin Timberlake To Host Golf Tournament

November 13th, 2007 8:35am EST
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake will become only the 14th celebrity to host an official tournament for the Professional Golf Association. The avid golfer will play in a celebrity pro-am event in Las Vegas, which will benefit a children's hospital charity, next year.

He joins the likes of Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., who have hosted PGA tournaments in the past. Timberlake's challenge will be named the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals For Children Open.

As part of his involvement, the pop star will play in the celebrity pro-am segment of the event, and host a concert during ...

Movie Remakes: 'Heartbreak Kid' Fails While Others Have Succeeded

October 10th, 2007 11:54am EDT
The Heartbreak Kid
The Heartbreak Kid, the latest collaboration between Ben Stiller and the Farrelly brothers, debuted in second place this past weekend with a modest $14 million haul at the box office. The last Stiller-Farrelly project, 1998's There's Something About Mary, pulled in $176.5 million that year.

The film has been widely panned by critics as less enjoyable than the 1972 original, which starred Cybill Shepherd as the dream girl. Fortunately, not all movie remakes end in disaster and box office disappointment. A few that worked:

Scarface (1983)

Al Pacino turned in an inspired perform...

Andre 3000 To Play Sammy Davis Jr.

June 8th, 2007 1:42pm EDT
Andre 3000
Outkast star Andre 3000 is set to play Sammy Davis Jr. in a new biopic documenting the entertainer's controversial romance with Kim Novak. The film, entitled Sammy and Kim, will focus on the interracial relationship between Davis and the Caucasian actress, which caused controversy in the 1950s at a time when the African-American Civil Rights Movement was in beginning to take place.

Their affair threatened to put an end to both Davis and Novak's careers, and the couple were reportedly forced to split after the actress' bosses at Columbia Studios called the singer and pressured him int...

Four Sammy Davis Jr. Movies Are On The Way

June 4th, 2007 9:40am EDT
Sammy Davis Jr.
Late actor/singer Sammy Davis Jr. is the subject of no less than four upcoming movies. The life of Rat Pack legend Davis Jr., who died from throat cancer in 1990 at the age of 64, will form the basis of two biopics, one movie about his romance with actress Kim Novak, and one feature-length documentary.

One biopic is being brought to the big screen by his widow Altovise Davis and is based on his 1965 memoirs "Yes, I Can." A rival biopic has also finally been given the go ahead, following negotiations with the Davis estate, and is based on his second set of memoirs, 1989's "Why Me?" Tha...

Bobby Darin Receives Star On Las Vegas Strip

May 15th, 2007 2:24pm EDT
Bobby Darin
Late crooner Bobby Darin was honored with a dedication on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars yesterday, to celebrate what would have been his 71st birthday. Darin, famed for hits like Dream Lover and Mack the Knife, died in December 1973 from complications after heart surgery. He was just 37-years-old.

At the unveiling ceremony on Monday, veteran singer Wayne Newton said, "Bobby never left us. Bobby will never be gone."

Darin joins a host of other celebrities on the Walk of Stars, including Siegfried & Roy, Sammy Davis Jr., Liberace and Newton, who was awarded the very first star.


Mary J. Blige And Jamie Foxx Triumph At Soul Train Awards

March 12th, 2007 9:33am EDT
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige and Jamie Foxx clinched the big prizes at the Soul Train Music Awards, both taking home Best Album awards. Foxx was lauded for Unpredictable, while The Breakthrough earned Blige Best Female Album. It was an emotional night at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, California, for former TV talent show contestant Jennifer Hudson too - she was overwhelmed to receive the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year.

The Dreamgirls star, who also performed at the ceremony, said, "I just can't believe I got the Sammy Davis Jr. award. I'm standing on the same stage where I made t...

Celebrity Birthdays, December 8

December 8th, 2006 3:00am EST
Dominic Monaghan
Happy Birthday to "Lost" co-stars Ian Somerhalder (1978) and Dominic Monaghan (1976), NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick (1975), New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina (1968), Irish singer Sinead O'Connor (1966), "Desperate Housewife" Teri Hatcher (1964), political pundit Ann Coulter (1961), Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen (1957), "8 Mile" actress Kim Basinger (1953), keyboardist Gregg Allman (1947), The Doors singer/poet Jim Morrison (1943; d. 1971), "Kill Bill" actor David Carradine (1936), comedian Flip Wilson (1933; d. 1998), Austrian actor Maximilian Schell (1930), Rat Packer Sammy Davis Jr....

"My Name Is Earl" Soundtrack Features Exclusive New Recordings From Uncle Kracker, Matthew Sweet, and John Hiatt; Plus Earl's Own Picks

September 18th, 2006 12:29pm EDT
My Name Is Earl
"My Name Is Earl - The Album" features brand new, never before released tracks from Matthew Sweet, Uncle Kracker, John Hiatt and rock newcomers Van Nuys, recorded exclusively for the soundtrack. In addition, the album includes some of Earl's favorite songs used in episodes which aired during the premiere '05-'06 season. Shout! Factory worked with Earl (Jason Lee) and the show's creator Greg Garcia to put together the soundtrack, which also includes key sound bytes from the show, and an unheard vocal version of the "My Name Is Earl" theme song. "My Name Is Earl - The Album" arrives in sto...

Sammy Davis Jr. Musical To Debut

February 13th, 2006 12:04pm EST
Sammy Davis Jr.
A new musical based on the life of legendary performer Sammy Davis Jr. is set to debut on February 22 in Connecticut. Mr. Bojangles: The Ultimate Entertainer will showcase Davis' many talents and has been endorsed by the late star's estate.

Davis' widow Altovise, who was married to the singer for 20 years, has been working with producers for three years to develop the show.

The show was inspired by Davis' trademark rendition of ballad Mr. Bojangles, and will also include an accompanying memorabilia exhibition.

Performers Ted L. Levy and Darrell Grand Moultrie will take turns ...

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