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'True Jackson, VP' Star Keke Palmer Is One To Watch

September 15th, 2010 12:32pm EDT
Keke Palmer
The little black dress was made for girls like "True Jackson, VP" star Keke Palmer, who looked stunning at the "Easy A" premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

It's hard to believe Keke is only 17. She has appeared in films such as "Barbershop 2," "Akeelah and the Bee," "Madea Goes to JailGoes " and "Jump In!"

She is so talented, Keke has already been nominated for a NAACP Image Award and Screen Actors Guild Award. She is also a singer/songwriter and has a recording contract with Atlantic Records.

Better put this young lady on your radar, because we have a feeling she'll be going places.

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First Ever 'Hello Kitty' Album Released

October 9th, 2008 4:55pm EDT
Hello Kitty
SANRIO, Inc. is thrilled to announce the release of Hello World, the first-ever Hello Kitty album available on Lakeshore Records. The album will offer 11 tracks of original pop tunes, performed by a number of up & coming young artists. The result is an upbeat and perky compilation that reflects the life-embracing mood of the Hello Kitty brand.

The album launches October 7th exclusively at Walmart and the first single "Come On, Come On," with early airplay reported from Radio Disney, will be available on iTunes starting September 30th. The online community is already abuzz over the albu...
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From Aly & AJ To Zac Efron: Top Tween Musical Acts

April 3rd, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Jonas Brothers
Forget about MTV. Disney and Nickelodeon are the main go-to channels to find some of today's hottest tween music acts. Disney alums like Hilary Duff paved the way for these top tweens.

Jonas Brothers

Disney favorites The Jonas Brothers are currently the most successful boy band on the scene right now. The New Jersey brothers have two recorded albums under their belts: It's About Time and the self-titled The Jonas Brothers. They are now on a sold out U.S. national tour.

Miley Cyrus

Though "she's just being Miley" these days, this Disney celeb had us seeing d...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 26

August 26th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Thalia
Happy Birthday to "Akeelah and the Bee" actress Keke Palmer (1993), "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin (1980), Mexican singer/actress Thalia (1971), "Gilmore Girls" actress Melissa McCarthy (1969), Garbage singer Shirley Manson (1966), saxophonist Branford Marsalis (1960), actor Brett Cullen (1956), "Waterworld" actor Michael Jeter (1952; d. 2003), and Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker (1944).
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Catholic Group Names 'Painted Veil,' 'Happyness' Among Top Films of 2006

January 8th, 2007 11:42am EST
The Pursuit of Happyness
The Painted Veil and The Pursuit of Happyness are among the top 10 movies of 2006 according to the U.S. Bishops' Office for Film and Broadcasting. Happy Feet and The Nativity Story are among the top family films of the year.

The annual lists were compiled by Harry Forbes and David DiCerto, who review movies for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office for Film and Broadcasting. Forbes, director of the office, emphasized the "rich palette of films -- both domestic and foreign" available in 2006.

"There was a surfeit of superior films in 2006, with solid moral underpi...
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Oprah Winfrey, Angela Bassett & Others To Present Honors At Black Movie Awards

October 10th, 2006 1:42pm EDT
Angela Bassett
Oprah Winfrey, Kimberly Elise, Angela Bassett and Ruby Dee will be presenters at Film Life's "2006 Black Movie Awards A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present and Future," airing Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), on TNT.

The gala awards show, hosted by Tyler Perry, recognizes creative achievement by persons of African descent in feature-length motion pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, and honors outstanding films portraying the Black experience.

Winfrey will present the Distinguished Career Achievement Award to acclaimed actress Cicely Tyson, recognizing...
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Aaron Zigman's Score For "Flicka" Is A Wild Ride

October 6th, 2006 3:22pm EDT
Flicka
Film composer Aaron Zigman scores 20th Century Fox's remake of the 1943 family western "My Friend Flicka." The modern version, with its title shortened to "Flicka," stars Alison Lohman and country music superstar Tim McGraw as daughter and father. When the father (McGraw) decides that Katie (Lohman) should attend college in place of running the family ranch, she decides to tame a wild mustang in order to sway his opinion. Zigman's score is rousing and propulsive, reminiscent of the dynamic scores of golden-era westerns such as "The Magnificent Seven." Directed by Michael Mayer ("A Home at t...
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Tyler Perry To Host TNT's 'Black Film Awards'

August 31st, 2006 3:03pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry - who has wowed audiences with such blockbuster movies as Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Family Reunion, as well as the popular syndicated series "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" - has signed on to host Film Life's 2006 “Black Movie Awards - A Celebration of Black Cinema: Past, Present & Future,” presented by TNT.

The gala awards show, which launched on TNT last year, recognizes creative achievement by persons of African descent in feature-length motion pictures, both in front of and behind the camera, and honors outstanding films portraying the Black experience.

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New Movies on DVD, August 29

August 29th, 2006 8:00am EDT
The Sentinel
A man who has devoted himself to serving the leader of the free world is accused of plotting against him in The Sentinel, starring Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland, and Eva Longoria. Also on DVD: Take the Lead with Antonio Banderas, Friends With Money starring Jennifer Aniston and Akeelah & the Bee with Laurence Fishburne.
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 26

August 26th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Thalia
Happy Birthday to "Akeelah and the Bee" actress Keke Palmer (1993), "Home Alone" star Macaulay Culkin (1980), Mexican singer/actress Thalia (1971), "Gilmore Girls" actress Melissa McCarthy (1969), Garbage singer Shirley Manson (1966), saxophonist Branford Marsalis (1960), actor Brett Cullen (1956), "Waterworld" actor Michael Jeter (1952; d. 2003), and Velvet Underground drummer Maureen Tucker (1944).
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