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17 Unlikely Celebrity Buddies

March 6th, 2014 2:00pm EST
17 Unlikely Celebrity Buddies
Celebrities will always be available to promote off their latest products, films, television shows and endorsements. Yet, they tend to keep their celebrity friendships on the down low. Some of these star buddies are surprising, some are well-known. With all the behind-the-scenes backstabbing that can go along with being in the business, it is a good thing these duos have each other to count on for some real camaraderie.

1. Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio

Leo and Jonah found friendship on the set of "Wolf of Wall Street" and have continued their relationship ever since. Said Jonah to E!,...
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Oscars Performers To Include P!nk, Bette Midler, Pharrell & More

February 22nd, 2014 4:00pm EST
Oscars Performers To Include P!nk, Bette Midler, Pharrell & More
The list of performers who will take the stage at the 86th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 2 has grown - P!nk was just invited to join the festivities.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement: "We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time. She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast."

P!nk, 34, shared the news on Twitter on Friday, writing: "Big news!!! I'd like to thank @The...
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Bette Midler Is Grossed Out By Today's Female Pop Stars

November 1st, 2013 8:00pm EDT
Miley Cyrus
Pop stars like Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga are known for their sexually charged performances, and veteran singer Bette Midler is grossed out by some of their actions.

Midler didn't accuse a particular pop star of crass behavior, but in a new interview she appeared to refer to Spears' recent "Work Bitch" music video in which she grinds in a bikini before cracking a whip at a woman crawling on the floor.

Midler told Katie Couric, "I think there's a difference between pushing the envelope sexually and pushing the envelope creatively. I think you can be as creative as you want t...
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Heidi Klum Is Unrecognizable In Old Woman Costume - See More Celebs In Their Halloween Garb!

November 1st, 2013 12:00pm EDT
Heidi Klum elderly costume
Every year, fans wait eagerly to see what Heidi Klum cooks up for Halloween. The model loves the holiday so much, she goes all out in extravagant, oftentimes over-the-top costumes.

This year, the "Project Runway" host transformed herself into an old woman. From the cane to pearl necklace, she executed the look flawlessy. What makes the look even more authentic are the details. Look at the varicose veins on her legs!

Check out more stars on Halloween and see if you can guess who they are (answers underneath their photos)...

"Heat" co-stars and pals Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock ...
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Top Witches From TV And Movies – Happy Halloween

October 31st, 2013 10:00am EDT
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy in Hocus Poc
What sort of spell do witches hold over us? We find them fascinating, scary, and often times sexy.

These ladies, and men as well, don't just haunt our dreams, they find shelter in movie theaters and in our living rooms, and we welcome them into our imagination.

So which witches have what it takes to make our list? Let's not waste another moment; it is time to get bewitched, bothered, and bewildered:

Hocus Pocus (1993)

The Sanderson Sisters: Winifred, Sarah and Mary
(Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy)

Originally planned as a TV movie, "Hocus Pocus" was brought to ...
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Bette Midler & Other Stars Pay Tribute To Dennis Farina

July 23rd, 2013 8:30am EDT
Dennis Farina
Dennis Farina died on Monday after suffering a blood clot in his lung, and his friends and co-stars have come forward to pay their respects to the actor.

Bette Midler and Farina played divorced parents in the 1997 romantic comedy "That Old Feeling," and Midler has spoken of her sadness at learning of her colleague's passing.

She posted on Twitter, "Dennis Farina, my co-star in 'That Old Feeling', dead at 69.  My deepest sympathy to he's (sic) family. He was one of a kind."

Patty Duke appeared with Farina in 1994 made-for-television film "One Woman's Courage." She wrote: "How grateful I a...
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Critics Love Bette Midler In Broadway's 'I'll Eat You Last'

April 25th, 2013 9:01am EDT
Bette Midler
Critics have hailed Bette Midler following Wednesday's opening night of "I'll Eat You Last: A Chat With Sue Mengers." The actress plays the real-life star, who died in 2011, in a new one-woman play from "Skyfall" screenwriter John Logan.

It's Midler's first appearance on Broadway in 30 years. One of Mengers' clients, Faye Dunaway, was in the audience along with singer Sting, music mogul David Geffen and actress Ellen Barkin.

According to the New York Times: "Ms. Midler... gives the most lusciously entertaining performance of the Broadway season... (She) cradles a spellbound audience in th...
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Bette Midler Raises $1.8 Million For New York Restoration Project

November 1st, 2012 11:29pm EDT
Bette Midler
Actress Bette Midler helped raised $1.8 million for the New York Restoration Project (NYRP) on Wednesday, just two days after the state was ravaged by superstorm Sandy.

Each year the veteran entertainer hosts her extravagant Hulaween bash to raise funds for the organization she founded in 1995 to improve Big Apple parks and outdoor spaces, and this time the event took on a deeper meaning as the city struggled to pick up the pieces from the post-tropical cyclone.

She tells Us Weekly, "There's never been a time where our organisation is needed more... Every public park is closed because it'...
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Terrorist Chris Brown, Cowgirl Sandra Bullock & More Celebrities Who Dressed Up For Halloween

November 1st, 2012 9:30am EDT
Sandra Bullock
With or without little kids by their sides, many celebrities celebrated Halloween on Wednesday. Sandra Bullock went with a "Toy Story" theme, dressing up as cowgirl Jessie in a red cowboy hat and cow-patterned pants. Her son Louis wore a Buzz Lightyear costume.

Singer Chris Brown, never one to shy away from controversy, dressed as a member of the Islamic fundamentalist terrorist group the Taliban to attend a party hosted by Rihanna at Greystone night club in Hollywood.

Avril Lavigne wore a sexy sailor costume to dinner with friends at BOA Steakhouse in Beverly Hills. Earlier this week sh...
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Celebrities Dazzled By Danny Boyle's Olympic Opening Ceremony

July 28th, 2012 4:05pm EDT
Paul McCartney
Ringo Starr, Bette Midler and Christina Applegate were among the stars who offered their congratulations to Danny Boyle as his spectacular show opened the Olympic Games in London on Friday night.

The festivities kicked off with a stunning opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford and the show, directed by moviemaker Boyle, was watched by an estimated 4 billion people across the world.

A number of celebrity sports fans were among those watching the extravaganza on TV and they took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Boyle's efforts.

Joe Jonas tweeted throughout the ceremony a...
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No Shows, Scrapped Performances,Tribute Songs & More At Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

April 15th, 2012 10:30am EDT
Beastie Boys
The Beastie Boys were forced to scrap a planned performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday night when rapper Adam 'MCA' Yauch pulled out of the event.

The trio was saluted by rap heavyweights Chuck D and LL Cool J but only Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz were on hand to accept the accolade.

Hours before the ceremony the group's publicist released a statement which read: "Beastie Boys regret that Adam 'MCA' Yauch will be unable to join Mike 'Mike D' Diamond and Adam 'Adrock' Horovitz at the band's induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame...
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Bette Midler Scores Songwriters Hall Of Fame Honor

March 8th, 2012 11:25am EST
Bette Midler
Bette Midler is to be honored for her career achievements with a special award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The veteran singer/actress will be handed the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at a ceremony in New York later this year to recognize her vocal talents and long-running career.

She follows in the footsteps of previous recipients including Neil Diamond and Tony Bennett.

Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman Jimmy Webb praised Midler for her "stylish presentation and unmistakable voice, making each song her own."

Midler will receive the honor on June 14th at a ceremony du...
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'Woman Of The Year' Eva Longoria Was Beautiful In Black At Nevada Gala

January 29th, 2012 10:00am EST
Eva Longoria
"Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria was named Woman of the Year at a glitzy gala held annually by the Nevada Ballet Theatre yesterday.

The actress was the guest of honor at the dance company's Black & White Ball in Las Vegas, where she was recognized by bosses for her philanthropy and "dedication to the world of arts and entertainment."

She took to Twitter on the morning of the event to tell fans about her latest trophy, writing, "Off to Vegas to attend the Nevada Ballet Black & White Ball. Thank you for honoring my work!"

Past recipients of the Nevada Ballet Theatre's prize include...
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Bette Midler 'Loved' The Twitter Feud With Lady Gaga

October 29th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Bette Midler
Bette Midler has laughed off her Twitter "feud" with Lady Gaga after the veteran entertainer accused the hitmaker of copying her mermaid in a wheelchair performance during a recent concert.

Gaga took the stage at a show in Australia in July wearing a mermaid tail while sitting in a wheelchair, but the move appeared to infuriate Midler, who logged onto her social networking blog to remind fans that she came up with the gimmick first - way back in 1980.

She tweeted, "I'm not sure Lady Gaga knows that I've performed my mermaid in a wheelchair for millions of people - and many of them are sti...
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Bette Midler To Host A 'Hulaween' Costume Party

October 28th, 2011 10:31am EDT
Bette Midler
Bette Midler is throwing a star-studded Halloween costume party on Friday to raise money for charity.

A whole host of famous faces - including Debra Messing, Alan Cumming and Thalia - will dress up in outfits inspired by Mexico's Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday for Midler's Hulaween extravaganza at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

Soul star Stevie Wonder will provide the entertainment for the evening, while fashion designer Michael Kors will judge the costume contest.

All cash raised at the gala will benefit Midler's New York Restoration Project, which helps th...
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Billy Crystal And Bette Midler Team Up On The Big Screen

September 7th, 2011 10:59pm EDT
Billy Crystal
Veteran entertainers Billy Crystal and Bette Midler are set to team up as husband and wife in the new film Us & Them.

Midler, who recently dropped out of a biopic about disgraced music mogul Phil Spector due to a back injury, has signed on to play Crystal's estranged spouse in the new comedy, which will be directed by You Again's Andy Fickman.

In the film, Midler and the When Harry Met Sally star find themselves living together again and trying to parent their three grandchildren - one of whom will be break-out child star Bailee Madison of Brothers and Just Go With It fame.

Production is...
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Helen Mirren Ignores Protesters' Pleas To Pull Out Of Phil Spector Movie

July 31st, 2011 10:34am EDT
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren has ignored calls to drop out of an upcoming biopic about disgraced music mogul Phil Spector.

The veteran British actress prompted outrage among friends of Spector's victim, murdered actress Lana Clarkson, after signing up to play the famed producer's attorney, Linda Kenny Braden. She stepped in to replace an injured Bette Midler in the role.

The Friends of Lana Clarkson campaigners sent a letter to warn Mirren she faces "serious consequences" if she doesn't quit the controversial film, which they fear will portray Spector in a sympathetic light.

The group's spokesperson, Ed...
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Lady Gaga Had 'No Idea' She Copied Bette Midler's Mermaid Stunt

July 19th, 2011 10:50am EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga is adamant she did not copy Bette Midler's mermaid in a wheelchair performance, as she had "no idea" the veteran entertainer pulled a similar stunt 30 years before her.

The Poker Face hit-maker performed at a show in Australia last week wearing a mermaid tail and sitting in a wheelchair - a move which infuriated Midler, who took to Twitter.com to remind fans she came up with the gimmick way back in 1980.

Gaga has now spoken out to deny she had any idea Midler had beaten her in the originality stakes, telling Access Hollywood's Billy Bush, "I had no idea that she did that and I...
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Bette Midler Slams Lady Gaga Over Mermaid In Wheelchair Stunt

July 18th, 2011 8:31am EDT
Bette Midler
Bette Midler has accused Lady Gaga of stealing her ideas, insisting the pop superstar's controversial wheelchair stunt in Australia was copied from her own stage show.

The Poker Face hit-maker sparked outrage among disability rights groups by taking to the stage at a show in Sydney last week dressed in a mermaid's tail and sitting in a wheelchair. Midler has now spoken out to insist she invented the routine in the 1980s and has used it at many of her own concerts.

In a series of posts on Twitter.com, she writes, "I'm not sure Lady Gaga knows that I've performed my mermaid in a wheelchai...
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Shania Twain Lands Two-Year Las Vegas Residency Deal

June 9th, 2011 8:30am EDT
Shania Twain
Shania Twain is set to stage her musical comeback in Las Vegas after landing a two-year deal to perform on the Caesars Palace stage built for Celine Dion.

The country star's Still The One show will open at the Colosseum on December 1st next year. Announcing the big news at a press conference on Wednesday, Twain said, "I will let my imagination run wild. I'm going to go nuts creatively."

The residency comes as the singer bounces back from heartbreak, divorce and voice-loss to record a new tune with Lionel Richie, which she will debut during the season finale episode of her reality TV sho...
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James Franco Slams Bruce Vilanch Over Oscars Criticism

March 22nd, 2011 1:56pm EDT
James Franco
James Franco has hit back at Bruce Vilanch after the long-time Oscars writer criticized his Academy Awards hosting turn last month.

The Spider-Man actor teamed up with Anne Hathaway to present the Hollywood ceremony, but the young stars' gig was poorly received by critics and audiences alike.

Vilanch recently suggested that Franco's busy schedule kept him from performing well, telling NY Magazine's Vulture Blog, "He has so many balls in the air, he didn't get to town till Thursday before the show on Sunday. And so we emailed a lot... But he didn't get there."

Now, Franco has hit back a...
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Neil Diamond Steals The Show At Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony

March 15th, 2011 8:45am EDT
Neil Diamond
Veteran crooner Neil Diamond stunned the audience at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Monday by delivering a rambling speech as he accepted his prestigious honor.

The singer became rock royalty as part of the Class of 2011, receiving the accolade at New York's Waldorf-Astoria hotel alongside other stars including Alice Cooper, Tom Waits and Dr. John. Speaking before the big bash, Diamond revealed he had made a dash from Australia to the U.S. to accept the honor in person - and it appeared the jetlag had caught up with him as he stepped onto the podium after being intro...
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Hugh Martin, 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas' Songwriter, Dies At 96

March 13th, 2011 11:54am EDT
Hugh Martin | Photo Credits: Jesse Grant/WireImage
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" songwriter Hugh Martin has died. He was 96.

Martin is best known for composing the score to the 1944 musical Meet Me In St. Louis, in which Judy Garland famously performs the song that became a seasonal classic. Martin and songwriting partner Ralph Blane received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for writing the film's "The Trolley Song."

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Barbra Streisand Returning to Big Screen in 'Gypsy' Remake

February 8th, 2011 11:04pm EST
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand has confirmed reports she's returning to the big screen to star in the film adaptation of musical Gypsy - about stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.

The singer/actress admits the news leaked "a little early" but she is on board.

She tells the Los Angeles Times, "I am not sure about directing it. It may just be too much. I know I will be playing the part."

Arthur Laurents, who wrote The Way We Were for Streisand, let slip about the new movie project, telling the New York Post last month Streisand was in "deep in negotiations to direct, produce and star in a movie version of Gypsy."

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'Tis the Season For Music

December 14th, 2010 11:00am EST
Glee X-mas
There's still time for Christmas shopping and spreading the holiday spirit, why not enjoy it by loading up that iPod with some great holiday tunes? Spike your coffee with a little Bailey's Irish Cream or enjoy a Hot Toddy (not the Usher and Jay Z version, although we love that song too) put on your Yule tide shoes and take that mall by the antlers.

You may still encounter long lines, screaming children running away from Santa Claus and a crap-load of unruly holiday sweaters, but with your holiday playlist grooving in your ears, at least you can smile while doing so. Here are a few of our f...
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Sagittarius Celebrities: Happy Birthday To A-List Archers

November 24th, 2010 6:00pm EST
Scarlett Johansson, born November 22nd.
Sagittarius Celebrities are numerous, and as November 22nd marks the beginning of the Sun in Sagittarius now is the perfect time to spotlight some of the most famous—and stereotypical—Sag A-Listers. Whether you are a Sagittarius looking for more information on your Sun Sign, or you merely want to know more about the driving force behind your favorite Celebrities, here is nearly a month’s worth of famous Sagittarius Celebrities. Interested in wooing a Sagittarius? Click here to read about first date ideas for Sag and other Signs.

Sagittarians, symbolized by the Archer and Centaur, are born ...
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P!nk's Tribute For Gay Pal

October 7th, 2010 10:15am EDT
P!nk
Pop star P!nk has depicted a same-sex wedding in her latest music video - after watching her lesbian best friend's "heartbreaking" blessing ceremony.

The singer features gay couples in the new promo for her single Raise Your Glass and admits the idea was inspired by her own pal, who recently 'wed' in a commitment ceremony. California law forbids homosexual couples from legally marrying.

Pink explains, "I threw my best friend's wedding in my backyard. She is gay and it was a beautiful ceremony. At the end of it, her mom said, 'Why can't that be legal?' and started crying. It was the most...
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Hot Legs: U.K. Superstar Pixie Lott Releases Debut U.S. Single

August 29th, 2010 3:22pm EDT
Pixie Lott
Already a massive star in her native U.K., with one million singles sold, two No. 1 hits, and three No. 1 Airplay records to her credit, soulful pop singer and actress Pixie Lott is ready to unleash her talent Stateside this summer. Her debut U.S. single, "Boys and Girls," is available at all digital service providers this week via Interscope Records.

The high-energy dance-pop jam "Boys and Girls" is 19-year-old Lott's second consecutive No. 1 single in the U.K., and it's just a taste of what's to come when Lott releases her debut album, Turn It Up, in the U.S. in early 2011. Already cert...
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Bette Midler's Trees Live In New York City

July 19th, 2010 9:56am EDT
Bette Midler
Bette Midler already left her mark on New York when she dominated Broadway. Now she’s thought of a more permanent fixture. She’s part of an incentive to plant trees throughout the city.

“A couple years ago I teamed up with the New York City department of parks and recreation to plant a million trees in New York City,” Midler said. “We’ve planted about 375,000 so far in the last two years.”

This is only the latest in Midler’s social work in New York. “I also am the founder and chairman of an organization called New York Restoration Project and we clean abandoned parks and public places. We...
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They'll Let Anybody Write A Book These Days

July 17th, 2010 10:55am EDT
Celebrity Books
2010 has been a big year so far for celebrity authors. Big-screen actors, reality TV stars, musicians and other celebs have been pimping their self-help tomes, novels, and children's books.

Most recently, "Real Housewives" star Bethenny Frankel released "Skinnygirl Dish: Easy Recipes For Your Naturally Thin Life," Hugh Hefner's ex Kendra Wilkinson publicized "Sliding Into Home" and "American Idol" runner-up David Archuleta pimped "Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance."

But there have been so many more just this year alone! Check 'em out!

Jennifer Love...
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