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Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Aren't That Catchy

April 2nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Born That Way: Lady Gaga And 13 Other Celebs Whose Real Names Ar
Said Henry Rollins, "I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone." So did the following famous celebrities, who took the names they were given and reinvented them into something more suitable to their personality, or the personality they wanted to cultivate. Want to know why they changed their already perfectly suitable names? We have your answers right here!

1. Lady Gaga

Born That Way: Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta

Music producer Rob Fusari claims to have invented the name...
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15 Singers Who Succeeded As Actors

March 23rd, 2014 2:00pm EDT
Marky Mark
For decades, there have always been singers who have crossed over into the acting field. From Elvis Presley to Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and even as currently as David Bowie; it's not uncommon. But making it as a successful actor when you are used to millions of fans hanging on to your every word while on stage can be a daunting task. Here are some singers who have successfully made the transition and continue to thrill us with their talents.

1. Jon Bon Jovi

Who says you can't be an actor and a singer? Not Jon Bon Jovi, who took some time from selling over 130 Million albums with his ban...
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Hollywood's Hottest Shirtless Men

March 15th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
Hollywood's Hottest Shirtless Men
Usually it's the women who are objectified in Hollywood, but the men are fair game too! These guys are hard working actors, singers, and athletes who either take time to work out for their six-pack abs or just let nature take its course.

Professional dancers Val and Maskim Chmerkovskiy (pictured above) make sure they're in good shape for "Dancing With The Stars." The two brothers, who were born in the Ukraine, obviously work hard for their physiques.

Some male stars spend a lot of time bulking up at the gym, while others are slim and trim. Check out our gallery of seriously shirtless cele...
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Prince William Sings With Taylor Swift & Jon Bon Jovi At Charity Event - Watch It!

November 27th, 2013 8:29am EST
Taylor Swift, Bon Jovi & Prince William
Prince William showed off his vocal skills by singing with Jon Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift during a charity event earlier this week.

The British royal surprised guests when he joined the country pop star and rocker on stage for a rendition of Bon Jovi's "Livin' On A Prayer."

William wore a tuxedo and clasped his hands in front of his body as he crooned into the microphone. Swift wore a sequined, cream-colored dress and high-fived the prince at the end of their performance. Bon Jovi played his guitar in a black suit and tie.

Swift posted an image of the trio on Instagram with the caption: "...
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Jon Bon Jovi's Rep Denies Reports He Is Buying The Buffalo Bills

November 25th, 2013 2:38pm EST
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi has downplayed rumors he is in the running to become the owner of the Buffalo Bills.

On Sunday, numerous reports surfaced suggesting the Bon Jovi frontman was interested in purchasing the football team and has been meeting with officials in New York.

Nevertheless, Bon Jovi's representative, Ken Sunshine, has cleared up the reports saying, "The Bills are not for sale, and he has so much respect for (owner Ralph) Wilson to engage in any discussions of buying the team.
 "(He has) a day job that's doing very well. It's preposterous to say he's had any discussions with the Bill...
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Jon Bon Jovi's Son To Play Cornerback For The Fighting Irish

August 30th, 2013 11:13am EDT
Jon Bon Jovi and his son Jesse
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi's son Jesse has made the roster at college football's perennial powerhouse Notre Dame for the upcoming season.

Jesse Bongiovi will suit up as a cornerback when the Fighting Irish take on the owls of Temple University this weekend.

Head coach Brian Kelly says, "Jesse has earned his spot on the 105. He's a tough kid. The kids really like him. They respect him. They don't look at him as a rock star's son. They look at him as a kid that loves Notre Dame and wants to play football and help this team."

And Kelly admits he's a big fan of the teenager's rock star dad: "He'...
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Did Bon Jovi Fire Richie Sambora?

August 23rd, 2013 8:19am EDT
Richie Sambora
It looks like Bon Jovi may have fired its lead guitarist Richie Sambora. The rocker failed to appear for a show in April and hasn't played with the band since. He has reportedly been dropped from their payroll.

Sambora was earning $2 million a month and 20 percent of the concert profits during the "Because We Can" tour. His replacement, Phil X, is making $10,000 a month, according to RumorFix.com.

An insider says: "Richie wants to go back on stage - that's his first love. He's really upset over the news."

The reason for Sambora's absence has been attributed to "personal issues." Singer J...
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Jon Bon Jovi Breaks His Silence About Richie Sambora's Departure From Tour

April 11th, 2013 4:42pm EDT
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi has denied a fall out over money led to Richie Sambora departing their band's Because We Can tour, insisting he was surprised when the guitarist decided to take time out.

Sambora declared he was dropping out of Bon Jovi's North American Tour last week due to "personal reasons," but reports suggested he quit following an argument with the lead singer, with editors at TMZ.com reporting they fell out over financial issues.

Nevertheless, Bon Jovi has advised fans not to believe Internet gossip, revealing Sambora shocked his band mates by quitting just hours before they were due...
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Did Richie Sambora Quit Bon Jovi Tour Due To Tensions With Jon?

April 4th, 2013 9:16am EDT
Richie Sambora
After pulling out of Bon Jovi's current tour, guitarist Richie Sambora has thanked fans for their well wishes and promised to return to the stage "very soon."

The rocker has been a member of the band since 1983 but didn't play with the group in Calgary, Canada, on Wednesday night. Bon Jovi confirmed Sambora was leaving the North American leg of the "Because We Can" tour.

The band issued the statement: "Due to personal issues, Richie Sambora will not be performing on this upcoming leg. All shows will go on as scheduled."

According to TMZ.com, the split doesn't have anything to due with dr...
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Justin Bieber And 10 Other Celebrities Who Hosted And Musically Performed On 'Saturday Night Live'

January 9th, 2013 1:07pm EST
Justin Bieber
On February 9, Justin Bieber will become the latest star to simultaneously host Saturday Night Live and perform as the episode's musical act. However, he's far from the first.

The Rolling Stones are the only entire band to provide comedy and music on the show. Everyone but Bill Hyman was involved in the sketch comedy way back in 1978. Last season, Mick Jagger returned to both host and sing, giving him the honor of being the star with the longest gap in time between appearances.

Janet Jackson headed both sides of SNL in 2004, only two months after her infamous wardrobe malfunction du...
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Jon Bon Jovi 'Shocked' By Daughter's Drug Problem

December 3rd, 2012 12:32pm EST
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi has spoken candidly about his daughter's headline-grabbing personal problems; insisting he was "shocked" to find out the teenager was dabbling in drugs because he had "no idea" before her dramatic arrest and hospitalization.

Stephanie Rose Bongiovi, 19, was found unresponsive in her dorm room at Hamilton College in New York and hospitalized, before being arrested on drug charges after a "small quantity" of heroin and marijuana was found during a search.

The charges were later dropped and Bon Jovi insists the teenager is now "doing great," but reveals he was initially stunne...
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Jon Bon Jovi Thanks Fans For Support After Daughter's Emergency

November 21st, 2012 11:14am EST
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi has broken his silence following his teenage daughter's reported overdose last week, calling the incident a "tragedy".

Stephanie Rose Bongiovi was taken to the hospital after an ambulance crew found her unresponsive in her dormitory at Hamilton College in New York.

The 19 year old was placed under arrest after cops discovered a "small quantity" of heroin, marijuana and drug paraphernalia during a search of her dorm room, but charges were dropped the following day.

Her rocker dad has remained quiet about the emergency, but on Tuesday he thanked fans for their support in th...
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Rumor Patrol: PETA Attacks Twilight, Jon Bon Jovi's Daughter's Heroin Charges, More

November 17th, 2012 1:07pm EST
Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

really take on the ever-popular Twilight series? Reports say the group is furious over a Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiere party stunt that included caged wolves.

Verdict: True. "Didn’t it dawn on the Twilight event organizers that real wolves do not belong at a party with blaring music and flashing lights?" PETA's statement reads.

"The wolves were provided by Hollywood Animals, a notorious exhibitor that...
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Jon Bon Jovi Slams The 'Jersey Shore'

November 6th, 2012 11:27am EST
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi has taken aim at the producers of reality TV show Jersey Shore, accusing them of promoting instant fame and misrepresenting his home state.

The Bon Jovi frontman hails from Perth Amboy, New Jersey but he is no fan of the hit fly-on-the-wall program set in the state, which shows scenes of locals boozing in the streets and causing fights.

He is adamant the housemates featured in the show are not typical New Jersey residents, and he has criticized the program's bosses for contributing to the modern 'culture of fame'.

Bon Jovi tells British magazine OK!, "It's not my Jersey s...
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Celebrity Telethon Helps Raise $23 Million For Hurricane Sandy Victims

November 4th, 2012 10:54am EST
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen and Sting were among those who performed at a concert on Friday to raise money for those suffering after Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast.

Aguilera kicked off the telethon saying, "I was born in Staten Island. Four days ago Hurricane Sandy came through and devastated it, as it did most of the eastern seaboard. We've come together tonight to tell every single person who's suffering that we are here for you. We will do whatever we can to help. We will not leave anyone behind because every single one of you matters."

Billy Joel, Mary J. Bli...
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Jon Bon Jovi: 'The Entire Jersey Shore That I Knew Is Gone'

November 2nd, 2012 6:18pm EDT
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi has been left heartbroken by the havoc and devastation Hurricane Sandy has wreaked on New Jersey after returning home on Thursday to survey the damage for himself.

The Bon Jovi frontman cut short a promotional visit to the U.K. to be with his wife and kids after they were caught up in the super storm as it battered the East Coast on Monday, and he was taken aback to see just how badly his neighbors were suffering.

During an appearance on the Today show on Friday, he said, "It's hard to see your hometown devastated like this... My grammar school turned into a shelter; people...
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Jon Bon Jovi To Create A Fragrance For Avon

July 3rd, 2012 8:09am EDT
Bon Jovi
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi is set to become the latest celebrity to inhale the sweet smell of success after signing up to front a new Avon fragrance campaign.

According to CBS News, Avon Products announced yesterday that Bon Jovi's line would be called Unplugged, and the man himself will be appearing in ads for both Unplugged for Her and Unplugged for Him.

"The company said the inspiration for both scents is the unique feeling one has listening to a favorite song," said CBS News. "The goal is 'an emotional connection.'"

The women's fragrance is a floral oriental perfume, while the men's has a ...
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Check Out 'New Year's Eve' On Blu-ray, DVD & Download May 1

April 30th, 2012 11:53pm EDT
New Year's Eve
Director Garry Marshall follows up "Valentine's Day" with "New Year's Eve," an all-star ensemble film featuring a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Hilary Swank, and Ashton Kutcher.

Jessica Biel plays an expectant mom who, with Seth Meyers, tries to win some cash by being the first to give birth in the new year.

Lea Michele gets stuck in an elevator with Ashton Kutcher, who has a change of heart after spending several hours alone with the back-up singer neighbor. Bike messenger Zac Efron helps a lonely middle-aged woman (Pfeiffer) with her New Year's resloutions.

Jon...
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Jon Bon Jovi Launches Homeless Initiative 'Project REACH'

March 26th, 2012 2:27pm EDT
Jon Bon Jovi
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has launched a new development competition in an effort to end homelessness in the U.S.

The It's My Life hit-maker, who recently opened donations-only restaurant Soul Kitchen in his native New Jersey, has called on entrepreneurs to build a web application, which can provide the homeless with real-time information about health clinics, shelters and food kitchens.

The contest, called Project REACH (Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless), was developed in partnership with officials at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), Housing and Urban D...
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Happy 50th Birthday, Jon Bon Jovi!

March 2nd, 2012 8:55am EST
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi has hit his 50s - the rock superstar is celebrating his half century on Friday.

Born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr. in New Jersey in 1962, the singer/songwriter has become a rock icon thanks to his hitmaking supergroup Bon Jovi, an actor in films like "The Leading Man," "Pay It Forward" and "New Year's Eve," and a top humanitarian.

To ring in his 50s, WENN trawled through the archives to find 10 fascinating facts about the one-and-only Jon Bon Jovi.

Happy birthday, Jon!

- Jon Bon Jovi was a majority owner of the Philadelphia Soul, an Arena Football League team.

- He was awarde...
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Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2012

January 4th, 2012 8:00am EST
Celebrities That Turn 50 In 2012
The year was 1962, John F. Kennedy was President of the United States and the cold war with Russia was in full swing as the world witnessed the Cuban Missile Crisis. Also in 1962, Marilyn Monroe died of a drug overdose at the age of 36 and Johnny Carson took over the duties of "The Tonight Show." Landmark movies that hit the big screen in '62 included "Lawrence of Arabia" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." The Academy Award winner for best picture that year was none other than "West Side Story."

We think you'll be surprised at how young many of today's popular celebrities look who were born in ...
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'Irritated' Musician Started Jon Bon Jovi Death Rumor

December 28th, 2011 8:46am EST
Jon Bon Jovi
A bitter Pennsylvania rocker has become the target of angry Bon Jovi fans after confessing he sparked a hoax suggesting Jon Bon Jovi had died just before Christmas.

Jeffrey Goho has owned up to penning a fake press release stating the "You Give Love a Bad Name" singer had died after falling into a coma in a New Jersey hotel on December 19 - and posting it online.

Bon Jovi's representatives were quick to dismiss the hoax but not before the news reached worried fans.

Now Goho confesses to the Asbury Park Press, "I'm in a band as well, and I was going into the recording studio, and we had t...
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Jon Bon Jovi Jokes About Internet Death Rumors

December 20th, 2011 8:53am EST
Jon Bon Jovi
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi has laughed off internet rumors of his death by sharing a comedy picture of himself alive and well.

Fans of the Bon Jovi frontman were left frantic on Monday when gossip emerged suggesting the star had suffered a cardiac arrest and passed away.

His spokesperson swiftly dismissed the reports, and now Bon Jovi has reassured his followers he is in good health.

The singer posed for a picture holding a sign which reads 'Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey Dec 19th 2011' and a caption uploaded alongside the snap on Facebook.com declares, "Rest assured that Jon is fine! Th...
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Elton John Raises Millions For AIDS Charity

October 29th, 2011 7:30am EDT
Elton John
Elton John raised more than $2 million for his AIDS charity by throwing a star-studded gala in New York on Wednesday night.

The singer hosted his 10th annual Enduring Vision event at Cipriani Wall Street in Manhattan to raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and stars including Alec Baldwin, Jon Bon Jovi, Kelly Rutherford and Sarah Ferguson turned out in support.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo was also in attendance and Elton took the opportunity to thank him for the state's recent recognition of gay marriage, praising the politician for "taking a stand in New York and making t...
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Jon Bon Jovi Opens Pay-What-You-Can Restaurant To Fight Hunger

October 20th, 2011 8:55am EDT
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi has opened a new charity restaurant to help fight hunger in New Jersey.

Soul Kitchen welcomed customers in the borough of Red Bank for the first time on Wednesday.

The diner features a pay-what-you-can system, which allows patrons to offer up the amount of cash they feel is appropriate to cover their meal. Customers who don't have money to contribute can instead lend a hand with cleaning duties.

Bon Jovi's Soul Foundation will subsidise the location to keep the property afloat.

The musician will be heavily involved in the project, but behind the scenes - because he simply "...
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Paul McCartney's 'Ocean's Kingdom' Ballet Premieres In NYC

September 23rd, 2011 1:04pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney premiered his ballet with a performance in New York on Thursday night in front of a star-studded audience.

The Beatles legend wrote the score for the New York City Ballet's Ocean's Kingdom, marking his first foray into the world of classical dance scores, and his fashion designer daughter Stella looked after the costumes.

McCartney was in attendance with his fiancee Nancy Shevell as the curtain went up on the production at Manhattan's Lincoln Center and the audience was packed with famous faces including Sarah Jessica Parker, Liv Tyler, Anjelica Huston, Alec Baldwin, Jon ...
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Bon Jovi Perform America The Beautiful At New York Fire Station

September 11th, 2011 10:30am EDT
Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi have taped a stirring performance of "America The Beautiful" at a New York City fire station for an upcoming TV tribute to the victims of 9/11.

The footage is part of the NFL "Kickoff 2011: Back to Football" special, which aired Saturday night.

Kid Rock, Maroon 5 and Lady Antebellum will also appear as part of the hour-long show, aimed at marking both the new football season and the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

But while Rock, Maroon 5 and country trio Lady Antebellum taped live performances outside Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin before Thursday's Green...
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Jon Bon Jovi: 'I Want The Country Of September 12th Again'

September 8th, 2011 1:34pm EDT
Jon Bon Jovi
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by performing a special gig for firefighters in New York on Wednesday.

The musician turned up at a firehouse in Manhattan to sing for police officers and firemen as part of a taping for a special NFL Kickoff 2011: Back to Football show to be aired on Saturday.

The show is in honor of the hundreds of emergency service crews who risked their lives on 9/11 to help victims of the World Trade Center atrocity in the Big Apple.

Bon Jovi performed America The Beautiful, the same track he sang on September 23rd, 2001...
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Def Leppard's Phil Collen Impressed With Tom Cruise's Rock Star Image

August 11th, 2011 9:45pm EDT
Phil Collen
Look out Joe Elliott! Def Leppard have their eyes on another frontman - Tom Cruise.

The band's guitarist Phil Collen recently visited the set of movie musical Rock Of Ages and tells VH1 the movie star is a bona-fide rock god in the film.

Cruise plays rocker Stacee Jaxx in the movie adaptation of the hit Broadway show - which features renditions of Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me" and Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive," among other rock classics - and Collen admits he was more than impressed with the actor's performing skills.

He says, "I was so impressed because he hadn't sung before...
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Jon Bon Jovi Gets Beaten By Himself On Rock Band

July 2nd, 2011 9:15am EDT
Jon Bon Jovi
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi was left crushed when he failed to measure up to his avatar on karaoke videogame Rock Band.

The singer was persuaded to belt out one of his classics by his kids at home - and he couldn't believe it when his performance was considered a failure.

He says, "I took the microphone and sang sitting down and I failed. (I was like), 'Oh really?' I stood up and I looked in the TV and said, 'Let's go again!' I failed again.

"I said, 'Everyone goes to bed. Turn this silliness off.'"
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