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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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Bob Dylan Makes His DJ Debut

May 4th, 2006 9:42am EDT
Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan made his debut as a radio DJ yesterday. The legendary musician hosted an hour-long program on US satellite radio station XM Deep Tracks and treated listeners to a selection of his favorite hits about the weather. He opened his show with the line: "Into each life some rain must fall. Trouble may be waiting along the way."

Among the tracks Dylan - who is known for his reluctance to give interviews and for being a recluse - played were Blow Wind Blow by Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix classic The Wind Cries Mary and Stevie Wonder song A Place In The Sun. Hits from Frank Sinatra, Dean...
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