New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys are bringing their '90s boy-band magic to Dick Clark's annual New Year's Eve TV special.
Producers say the two groups are mashing up to close out 2011 on the ABC special.
The two bands, who have melded their monikers to become NKOTBSB, performed together live for the first time on the Dick Clark-produced American Music Awards last month. The supergroup plans to tour North America together next summer.
"The NKOTBSB just keeps…Continue
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Wartburg Castle has fallen on hard times in Tim Albery's dark vision of Richard Wagner's opera "Tannhaeuser." The people are at war, and their fortress lies in ruins.
His new staging, which opened Saturday at the Royal Opera House in London, is an engrossing production with a fine cast, highlighted by baritone Christian Gerhaher in a sensational debut.
The story focuses on the struggle between passion and morality within the title character, whom Wagner based on a real 13th…Continue
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A Hollywood Reporter poll shows that Sandra Bullock's 2010 Oscar win fares much better in viewers' memories than "The Hurt Locker."
Only four in 10 of those questioned could recall the best picture winner -- (Iraq war film "The Hurt Locker") -- according to a poll of 700 award show viewers conducted for the Hollywood Reporter by the global research company Penn Schoen Berland.
Nearly seven in 10 viewers remembered that Bullock took home the best actress award for her role in…Continue
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Time will soon indeed stand still for the drama "Time Stands Still" on Broadway.
Producers say the show will end its run when stars Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James, Eric Bogosian and Christina Ricci leave as scheduled on Jan. 30. It will have played 16 preview performances and 126 regular performances.
The play, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies and directed by Tony Award-winner Daniel Sullivan, has enjoyed runs at two Broadway theaters. It is produced by the Manhattan…Continue
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Oprah Winfrey's giddy audience of 300 arrived in Australia from the U.S. on Tuesday to begin enjoying the talk show queen's ultimate giveaway — an eight-day journey across the land Down Under.
Winfrey kicked off her 25th and final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in September by surprising her shrieking, jumping and sobbing fans with what she's billed as the trip of a lifetime. The hand-picked audience was made up of some of who the program called its most loyal viewers over the…Continue
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LimeWire -- one of the world's biggest outlets for people to share music, movies and TV shows free of charge over the Internet -- said it would be shutting down by the end of the year and closing its sole office in New York.
In October, a U.S. federal judge granted the music industry's request to shut down the popular LimeWire file-sharing service, which had been found liable for copyright infringement.
"As a result of our current legal situation, we have no choice but to wind…Continue
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Christine O'Donnell has lost an election, but gained a book deal.
The Delaware Republican and Tea Party favorite, defeated in last month's voting for the U.S. Senate, will offer her take on the campaign and her "frustrations" with the political process, St. Martin's Press announced Thursday.
Publication is scheduled for August 2011.
Backed by Sarah Palin, O'Donnell was a surprise winner in the GOP primary, but was widely ridiculed for her lack of experience and for past…Continue
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Actor John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston on Tuesday announced the birth of their third child, a baby boy born nearly two years after the death of their 16-year-old son Jett.
The baby, named Benjamin, was born at a hospital in Florida on Tuesday evening weighing more than 8 lbs (3.6 kg), according to a statement from Travolta's publicist.
"John, Kelly and their daughter Ella Bleu are ecstatic and very happy about the newest member of the family. Both mother and baby are…Continue
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Freedom Communications is entertaining offers from would-be buyers for some of its properties, which include newspapers and TV stations.
The Irvine, Calif.-based company said it is working with financial experts to evaluate several options.
"Freedom has been approached by a number of strategic buyers who will need to be further considered and evaluated as part of this larger process," Freedom spokesman Robert Emmers said in an emailed statement. "There are no recommendations or…Continue
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It's the latest mystery to grip Hollywood. A prominent publicist and woman-about-town is killed, her body slumped in her Mercedes near Sunset Boulevard.
Was it an attempted carjacking? Or something more sinister. Maybe a hit?
As the tabloid press, mainstream newspapers and websites blared with headlines Wednesday about the shooting of Ronni Chasen, tight-lipped detectives roamed this bastion of the ultra-rich, hunting for witnesses — and the killer.
Her friends and…Continue
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The college romance that seemed to falter under the pressure of adulthood and the glare of the paparazzi has blossomed at last. Prince William is finally engaged to his longtime girlfriend and will give Britain its biggest royal wedding since Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer almost 30 years ago.
Royal officials announced Tuesday that William will marry Kate Middleton next spring or summer in London, ending years of rumored splits, reconciliations and will-they, wont-they…Continue
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What do you get for the girl who has everything? An iPad.
Country singer Miranda Lambert celebrated her 27th birthday at the CMA Awards in Nashville Wednesday night, taking home three awards. Before the show started, her fiance and fellow country singer, Blake Shelton, revealed to The Associated Press what he got her for her birthday.
"She's been after me wanting an iPad lately, or asking me if I've seen one," he said. "She's freaking rich, man. She can get whatever she wants.…Continue
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Website Daily Beast (www.thedailybeast.com) and magazine Newsweek have agreed a deal to combine, Daily Beast co-founder and editor Tina Brown said, just weeks after abandoning merger talks.
The agreement will combine the two groups in a 50-50 joint venture called the Newsweek Daily Beast Company. Management will report to an independent board.
Brown, Daily Beast's co-founder and a former editor of The New Yorker and Talk magazines,…Continue
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