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Q&A: Rob Gonzalez & Kevin Richardson Come 'Home' For Cancer Benefit

December 8th, 2011 11:00am EST
PR Photos
The holiday season is one for giving, and Rob Gonzalez and Kevin Richardson are definitely in the holiday spirit. The two have combined their talents for a seasonal concert to benefit the fight against cancer.

Gonzalez, the performer in residence at the Montage Beverly Hills luxury hotel, and former Backstreet Boy Richardson are the headliners of Home For The Holidays, hosted by the Montage on December 18. The concert supports The Angeles Clinic Foundation of Los Angeles. The pair have made it a love letter to music and the season, crafting an entertaining evening that is influenced ...
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Scarlett Johansson Duets With Dean Martin For Christmas Album

September 12th, 2011 2:32pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson has landed her dream duet with legendary singer Dean Martin - she's set to lend her voice to an upcoming Christmas album featuring the late crooner's classic tunes.

The Lost in Translation star will 'team up' with the Rat Pack icon for a remake of the festive classic I'll Be Home for Christmas.

She tells gossip blogger PerezHilton.com, "Growing up in New York City, Christmas was never Christmas without Dino. Recording in the studio with Mr. Martin in my headphones felt as though he were standing right next to me, crooning with that mischievous gleam in his eye. When I...
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Don Cheadle And Brendan Gleeson Honored By Friars Club

July 26th, 2011 12:54pm EDT
Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson were the toast of New York's comedy circuit on Monday after they were inducted into the legendary Friars Club.

The pair was presented with the Best New Buddy Comedy Duo Award for their performances in new black comedy The Guard.

They were also given a lifetime membership to the private club, which boasts Barry Manilow, Frank Sinatra, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg in its ranks.

Veteran funnyman Jerry Lewis, abbot of the Friars Club, congratulated the pair on their achievements in a message read aloud at the bash.

Referring to his own partnership wi...
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EMI's Family Of Artists And Songwriters Raise $940,000 To Support Japanese Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts

April 26th, 2011 2:43pm EDT
30 Seconds To Mars
An auction of exclusive personal items and memorabilia donated by EMI’s family of artists and songwriters has raised $940,000 in funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The charity auction, which launched on eBay’s worldwide sites on April 5, attracted bids totaling $470,000 from music fans around the world. All the money from winning bidders will be doubled through a donation by EMI.

EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon commented: “What a wonderful result!! It was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of so many members of the EMI...
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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...
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Nicolas Cage Reduces Price Of Mansion For Sale By $17.5 Million

July 28th, 2009 2:09pm EDT
Nicolas Cage
Nicolas Cage has slashed the value of his Hollywood mansion - relisting the property at half of his original $35 million asking price.

The Knowing star first put his Bel Air home on the market in 2007, but the house failed to attract potential buyers with its hefty price tag.

Two years on, Cage is still struggling to off-load the estate formerly owned by Dean Martin and singer Tom Jones - so he's revalued it at $17.5 million, according to RadarOnline.com.

Nicolas Cage Gallery

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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List Of The 51st Grammy Awards Winners

February 9th, 2009 9:07am EST
Robert Plant
Former Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant and his new performance partner Alison Krauss were the toast of the 51st Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night after claiming a fistful of honors.

The duo picked up awards for Album of The Year, Record of The Year, Best Pop Collaboration, Best Country Collaboration and Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album.

Lil Wayne, who was the most nominated artist at this year's Grammys, took home three prizes and a share of the Best Rap Performance for a Duo or Group for Swagga Like Us with Jay-Z, T.I. and Kanye West. Coldplay were also triple w...
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Capitol Records Bosses Lose Condominium Battle

July 18th, 2008 7:00am EDT
Les Paul
Bosses at the fabled Capitol Records building in Los Angeles have lost their battle to prevent a developer from going ahead with a condominium project just across the street.

Capitol bigwigs feared the building work next to their famous headquarters would wreck "echo chambers" created in the basement by guitar great Les Paul.

Artists like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin used the fabled recording space and raved about the acoustics.

But city of Los Angeles officials have dismissed the opposition, insisting the development can go ahead but those behind the planned condominium bui...
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Billy Bob Thornton And The Boxmasters To Release Debut 2-CD Set June 10

April 20th, 2008 9:30am EDT
Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters
Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters, composed of W.R. 'Bud' Thornton (drums, vocals/background vocals), J.D. Andrew (electric/acoustic guitars, bass, background vocals) and Mike Butler (electric guitar, lap steel, dobro), join forces with Vanguard Records to release their debut 2-CD set, June 10 on Sawmill/Vanguard Records. The 23 tracks on The Boxmasters feature original songs penned and co-penned by Billy Bob Thornton and J.D. Andrew. They also include some classic cover tunes with a distinctive flair. The Boxmasters was produced by W.R. 'Bud' Thornton and GRAMMY®-winning engineer J.D....
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Karaoke & Cheesy Performances Prevailed On 'American Idol' This Week

February 21st, 2008 10:50am EST
American Idol
"Too cheesy," "not relevant," "extremely cabaret" and "terrible vocals" were common criticisms heard from the south end of the judging table this past week on "American Idol." Aside from Paula Abdul's over-the-top compliments and Randy Jackson's on-the-fence opinions, Simon Cowell's take on week one completely highlighted the show.

This year, it seems that Simon is determined to find the right singer to advance into the music industry. And why shouldn't he? A professional needs to be able to handle the rigmarole of the music industry. But often times, Simon loses his focus. Just h...
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Merv Griffin's Has One Last Joke

January 10th, 2008 3:30pm EST
Merv Griffin
Late comedy legend Merv Griffin has cracked his last joke - a funny one-liner on his cemetery tombstone. The talk show host died last August at the age of 82 after a long battle with prostate cancer and was laid to rest at Los Angeles' Westwood Village Memorial Park, alongside Marilyn Monroe, Dean Martin and Jack Lemmon.

And Griffin requested his gravestone include the quip, "I will not be right back after this message."

A spokesperson for his company says, "Merv would have wanted it exactly that way."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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'Now That's What I Call Christmas!' Series Makes Digital Release Debuts

December 2nd, 2007 11:00am EST
Vols 1
The world's best-selling multi-artist album series, NOW That's What I Call Music!, rings in the holiday season with the digital release debut of two of its multi-platinum holiday collections, NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 1 and NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 2, and the digital return of last year's NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 3. Now all three of NOW's festive 36-track holiday collections are now available for purchase from most major digital service providers.

NOW's Christmas volumes present the most comprehensive collections of holiday favorites from the su...
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Starpulse's Christmas Music Guide

November 23rd, 2007 11:00am EST
Mannheim Steamroller
Okay, as of today the holiday season is officially upon us. Traditionally known as 'Black Friday' to shoppers across the U.S., the day after Thanksgiving marks the biggest shopping day of the year in the country. There will be sales galore and alarm clocks will be ringing in the wee hours of the night to get the masses ready to hit their local Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Target, etc., to hunt for those earlybird specials-- rewards for those who line up early to catch those 5-9am one-time-only superdeals while the rest of us are having breakfast.

As the hustle and bustle of the seaso...
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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...
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Trumpeter Chris Botti To Release 'Italia' Sept. 25

September 13th, 2007 2:28pm EDT
Chris Botti
Trumpeter Chris Botti is a gifted instrumentalist, a talented composer, and a charismatic performer who--since the release of his first solo album in 1995--has created a series of recordings which have made him a virtual genre-of-one in the realm of contemporary jazz while at the same time capturing the attention of the pop music world. Through his singular combination of lush atmospheres and thoughtful improvisations, Botti has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation for a succession of best-selling albums including When I Fall In Love (2004, #1 Top Jazz Album, #37 Billboa...
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Dean Martin Is Forever Cool With New All-Star Collaborative Album; Win A Copy!

August 28th, 2007 6:30pm EDT
Dean Martin
Hollywood, California – June 26, 2007 – Around the world, entertainment superstar Dean Martin has the market cornered on charisma, easygoing charm, playful wit, and gracious humility, all of which combine to make him infinitely cool. To honor Martin's broad appeal and countless contributions to modern entertainment via his legendary music, stage, film and television career, many of the world's top artists have recorded new collaborative tracks with him for a new album titled Dean Martin: Forever Cool. To be released worldwide in CD and deluxe CD/DVD packages and digitally on August 14 by Ca...
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Fears For Robbie Williams' Health After A Bizarre Webcast

July 5th, 2007 9:07am EDT
Robbie Williams
Fears are growing for the psychological health of British pop star Robbie Williams after a bizarre webcast. The Angels singer, who has previously spent time in rehab for substance abuse and depression, has posted a film of himself on the internet in which he appears disheveled and confused in a darkened room.

Apparently explaining the inspiration behind his song Bodies, the 33-year-old sings tunelessly, "God came in the sunshine, he showed me a lifeline. What a day, Jesus really died for me. Yeah, Jesus really tried for me."

He continues, "I feel like it's f**king me, love lead ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 7

June 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Anna Kournikova
Happy Birthday to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" actor Jordan Fry (1993), Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova (1981), Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson (1975), New Zealand actor Karl Urban (1972), musician Dave Navarro (1967), comedian Jim Gaffigan (1966), WWE star Mick Foley (1965), the purple one, Prince (1958), South African musician Johnny Clegg (1953), "Batman Begins" actor Liam Neeson (1952), late New York Yankees captain Thurman Munson (1947; d. 1979), Welsh singer Tom Jones (1940), film director James Ivory (1928), rat-packer Dean Martin (1917; d. 1995), and "Driving Miss Daisy" ...
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Robbie Williams Would Like To Pay Respect To Dean Martin

May 7th, 2007 10:42am EDT
Robbie Williams
British pop singer Robbie Williams is shunning his A-list pals in Hollywood to spend time graveside with stars of the past. In his first video blog posting since entering rehab in February, Williams reveals he's desperate to pay homage to idol Dean Martin. He asks an online pal, "Should we play Fifa 07 on the Xbox - or go to Dean Martin's grave?

"My dad read two Dean Martin obituaries and umpteen Dean Martin books. He is a massive fan and I've always thought for sometime I should go down and pay my respects to him.

"But at the same time I thought, am I disturbing him?"

It's n...
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Michael Buble's "Call Me Irresponsible" Set For May 1st Release

April 19th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
Michael Buble
The one and only Michael Buble's eagerly awaited new CD "Call Me Irresponsible' will be released on May 1st, it was confirmed by his record label, Reprise Records. The first single from the new album, the Buble penned "Everything", has just been released and will be performed by the artist on The Today Show on the day of the release.

The Vancouver native, whose collective worldwide record sales are over 11 million units, is also scheduled to begin a global concert tour in Reno, Nevada on July 13th with stops including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Seattle.
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John Waters Issues A Video Message To His Fans

February 3rd, 2007 9:00am EST
John Waters
Cult figure John Waters may primarily be known for his legendary films, including Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Pecker, and A Dirty Shame to name a few. But in recent years Waters has taken on a new role as soundtrack curator for the holidays.

A Date With John Waters is a 14-track collection of fabulously rare punk, R&B, and even one country tune culled from Waters’ personal collection as a soundtrack for Valentines Day. The album will be released February 6 on New Line Records and follows the release of A John Waters Christmas in 2004. But lest one get the wrong idea about this Valentin...
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Fascinating Facts

January 29th, 2007 12:25pm EST
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez recorded versions of Dean Martin's classic tune Sway in both Spanish and English for dance movie Shall We Dance? but her cuts of the song were replaced by the Pussycat Dolls on the soundtrack.

Que Hiciste, the first release from Jennifer Lopez's new Spanish language album Como Ana Una Mujer, was originally written for her husband Marc Anthony over two years ago.

British pop star Lily Allen has signed up to play at England's Glastonbury Festival in June. She will join The Who, Bjork and Arctic Monkeys on a star-studded bill.

(This news article provided by World...
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Jingle Bell Rock: The Top Christmas Tunes

December 24th, 2006 8:00pm EST
James Taylor
We all have a favorite Christmas tune, but have you ever wondered which classic pop ditty is the most successful at this special time of year?

Over the past five years, the American Society Of Composers, Authors And Publishers (ASCAP) has tapped into Santa's iPod in an effort to find out just what songs really make Christmas special.

ASCAP experts monitor the popularity of holiday songs using performance data tracked by radio airplay monitoring service Mediaguide and they know when a Christmas classic is re-recorded.

Just released, here's the 2006 top 25 list of bona-fide ...
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George Clooney Says "Ocean's Thirteen" Will Be The Last

December 17th, 2006 9:30am EST
George Clooney
Ocean's Thirteen will be the last installment in the movie series, because George Clooney wants the franchise to end on a high note.

Despite an all-star cast - including Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon - Ocean's Twelve failed to attract the same critical acclaim as the first film, a remake of the 1960 film Ocean's Eleven starring Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin.

But Clooney insists the story needs to be finished. He says, "We didn't want to go out getting socked in the chin. There was a reason to do it, which is revenge. After that there's no reason to come back and do another o...
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EMI Strikes Deal Over Dean Martin Image Rights

October 31st, 2006 10:15am EST
Dean Martin
Late crooner Dean Martin's profile is set to sky-rocket after record company EMI Music, which owns the rights to his back catalog, struck a deal to license his name, image and likeness. The star, who died in 1995 aged 78, left his image rights to the Dean Martin Trust, but EMI bosses have reached an agreement to take control of merchandising and publishing of the late singer.

Ronn Werre, president of EMI Music Marketing, says, "Dean Martin is a world-class entertainer whose relevance and cultural impact are as strong in 2006 as when he was recording at Capitol Studios."

(This new...
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Survey Says Dean Martin Bio Is Best Rock & Roll Book

October 17th, 2006 10:07am EDT
Dean Martin
Biographer Nick Tosches' study of Dean Martin has been named the Greatest Rock & Roll Book of all time in a new Blender poll. "Dino: Living High In The Dirty Business Of Dreams" beat out Peter Guralnick's "Last Train To Memphis" and the Ego Trip's "Book Of Rap Lists" to top the men's magazine poll.

The top 10 also featured classic tomes like Jon Savage's punk chronicle "England's Dreaming" and infamous groupie Pamela Des Barres' autobiography "I'm With The Band."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Aimee Mann To Release Christmas Album

August 13th, 2006 11:02am EDT
Aimee Mann
Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann has joined the summer Christmas festivities after recording an album of holiday tunes for a new album. Mann joins Bootsy Collins, country star Wynonna Judd and Sarah McLachlan among the stars currently recording Christmas compilations.

Mann's album, "One More Drifter In The Snow," features "I'll Be Home for Christmas," "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Your'e A Mean One Mr. Grinch," which the singer recorded as a duet with former Grant Lee Buffalo star Grant Lee Phillips.

And the singer tells fans the album will sound like a classic Christm...
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Paris Hilton To Bury Goat Beside Marilyn Monroe

August 11th, 2006 9:36am EDT
Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton has bought the plot next to Marilyn Monroe's grave to bury her pet goat. The 25-year-old has reportedly booked a plot in Hollywood's Pierce Bros Westwood Village Memorial Park next to her screen idol. It is also alleged that she has booked a gospel choir to perform at a private funeral at Los Angeles' International Church of Christ.

A source told Daily Star newspaper: "It's absolutely disgusting. Paris booked the plot for a 'Billy Hilton'.

"Everybody was very understanding because they presumed it was one of her relatives. But it has transpired that it's just an old g...
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Jerry Lewis To Have Heart Surgery, Remains in High Spirits

June 17th, 2006 11:30am EDT
Jerry Lewis
LATEST: Beloved funnyman Jerry Lewis is to undergo heart surgery in an effort to re-open the same arteries involved in his double bypass two decades ago. The 80-year-old comedian suffered a heart attack last weekend and is recovering in a San Diego, California hospital.

But, despite the surgery he faces, Lewis is said to be in terrific spirits, and he's already conducting business from his hospital bed. Lewis' manager reveals the funnyman's pet Chihuahuas Rocky and Paulie are with him in hospital and the comic has been boosted by get well wishes from fans and friends like Larry King ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 7

June 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Anna Kournikova
Happy Birthday to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" actor Jordan Fry (1993), Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova (1981), Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson (1975), New Zealand actor Karl Urban (1972), musician Dave Navarro (1967), comedian Jim Gaffigan (1966), WWE star Mick Foley (1965), the purple one, Prince (1958), South African musician Johnny Clegg (1953), "Batman Begins" actor Liam Neeson (1952), late New York Yankees captain Thurman Munson (1947; d. 1979), Welsh singer Tom Jones (1940), film director James Ivory (1928), rat-packer Dean Martin (1917; d. 1995), and "Driving Miss Daisy" ...
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