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  • Celebrity News 06-16-11

    Hefner says Playmate called off wedding

    CHICAGO — Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner says his fiancee has called off their wedding.
    The 85-year-old Hefner says in a Tuesday message on Chicago-based Playboy’s official Twitter feed that 24-year-old Crystal Harris has “had a change of heart.”
    Hefner announced in December that he and the former Playmate were getting married, tweeting that he’d given Harris an engagement ring. He has said that the wedding was scheduled for this Saturday at the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.

    Springsteen: Clemons’ stroke ‘serious’

  • ‘Super 8’ lifts off with $37M

    LOS ANGELES  — Hollywood’s summer box-office streak has cooled a bit with a $37 million opening weekend for J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi tale “Super 8.”
    It was a healthy but unremarkable launch in a summer season whose newcomers often open with two or three times as much money. Released by Paramount Pictures, “Super 8” largely features a cast of young newcomers, the story centering on teen filmmakers and an alien entity that escapes from a wrecked train.
    “The movie was never conceived to be a blockbuster, tent-pole film opening to $60 or $70 million,” said Don Harris, head of distribution for Paramount.

  • Gibson’s ex-girlfriend files appeal against lawyer

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend has asked an appeals court to disqualify the Oscar winner’s attorneys handling a bitter custody dispute because she consulted with one of their partners in a paternity dispute with another actor.
    Attorneys for Oksana Grigorieva asked the California 2nd District Court of Appeal to intervene in the case on Monday. They sought to either disqualify Gibson’s attorneys or require a judge hearing the case to review records of the Russian musician’s dealings with the firm.
    Grigorieva met with a partner in the firm of Kolodny and Anteau in 2008 at Gibson’s suggestion, while she was dealing with custody issues involving her son with British actor Timothy Dalton, according to court filings.

  • Bon Jovi’s ‘listening tour’ stops in N.J.

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Jon Bon Jovi took a break from his worldwide concerts to engage in a different kind of tour — listening to the concerns of young people across the United States.
    The rocker visited a youth services center in New Jersey’s largest city on Monday as the final stop on a “listening tour with disengaged youth,” which previously made stops in New Orleans, Atlanta and Houston.
    The initiative is part of the New Jersey native’s role as a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, which is looking at successful youth programs that can be replicated.
    “I’m a big believer in the youth,” Bon Jovi said. “And this was an opportunity to be heard, while I was listening.”

  • Billboard Top 10 Singles 06-09-11

    1.  Rolling in the Deep, Adele

    2. Give Me Everything, Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo, AfroJack and Nayer

    3.  E.T., Katy Perry featuring Kanye West

    4. On The Floor, Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull

    5. Just Can’t Get Enough, Black Eyed Peas

    6.   The Lazy Song, Bruno Mars

    7.  Till the World Ends, Britney Spears

    8.  The Edge of Glory, Lady Gaga
    9.  Party Rock Anthem, LMFAO
    10.  I’m On One, DJ Khaled

  • NBC secures Olympic TV rights through 2020

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Bob Costas made the pitch and NBC met the price.
    The peacock network outbid Fox and ESPN by almost a billion dollars Tuesday to win U.S. television rights to four more Olympics and keep the games through 2020.
    The result: a $4.38 billion knockout for NBC.
    Despite a recent change in ownership, the sudden departure of longtime Olympic chief Dick Ebersol and an uncertain economy, NBC and its parent company, Comcast, defied speculation that its grip on the Olympics was coming to an end.
    “I can say the Olympics are really in their DNA,” International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge said. “We’ve been together with them for so many games with great success.”

  • Pattinson sinks teeth into MTV Movie Awards

    UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — The MTV Movie Awards was more like “The Team Edward Show.”
    “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson sucked up the spotlight — and some popcorn-shaped trophies — at Sunday’s shenanigan-packed ceremony. Among the goofy actor’s moments: winning three different awards, unexpectedly kissing co-star Taylor Lautner, and slipping the F-word past censors when presenting Reese Witherspoon with the special MTV Generation Award.
    “It’s not always a bad thing to have sexual chemistry with your mother,” joked Pattinson, who played the son of Witherspoon’s character in “Vanity Fair” and her love interest in “Water for Elephants.”

  • Honors pile up for Swift

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ludacris made a surprise appearance, as did Sheryl Crow’s underwear. Lady Antebellum laid down a funky beat with Charles Kelley doing a Don Henley impression. And a sassy Wynonna Judd put Kid Rock in his place.
    Actress Kristin Chenoweth’s first CMT Music Awards left quite an impression Wednesday night.
    “This show is entertaining,” Chenoweth said. “I think the Oscars could learn something from it.”

  • Celebrity News 06-09-11

    Adkins asks fans to give to Red Cross

  • New Fox movie doesn’t have ‘X’ factor

    LOS ANGELES — Young X-Men don’t have the same box-office superpowers as their older selves.
    “X-Men: First Class” had a solid No. 1 opening with a $56 million weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.
    But the 20th Century Fox prequel chronicling the formative years of the comic-book mutants found smaller audiences than the franchise’s first four big-screen adventures, which featured older versions of the X-Men.
    Debut weekends for the last three “X-Men” flicks ranged from $85.1 million to $102.8 million. The original “X-Men” opened 11 years ago with $54.5 million, but that would amount to about $80 million today adjusting for ticket-price inflation.