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Google goes ‘Gaga’

Google goes ‘Gaga’

Pop diva Lady Gaga has thrilled Google employees during a visit to the internet giant’s headquarters in which she answered questions from tech-savvy fans. She broke from her Monster Ball tour on Tuesday for an interview with Google’s Marissa Mayer, who asked the singer questions submitted using Twitter or through a Google Moderator service at her YouTube channel.
“The superstar wowed a crowd in a venue that was packed to the rafters with adoring Googlers (Google employees),” the

Cole hit with plagiarism battle

Pop star Cheryl Cole is at the centre of a plagiarism battle amid allegations her hit single ‘Fight For This Love’ was illegally copied from a demo track. Executives at seven companies with an interest in the chart-topping song, including music labels Universal, Sony and EMI, have joined forces to fight accusations from music publishers Wardlaw Banks and Peermusic that Cole’s 2009 chart smash borrowed chunks from an unreleased demo called ‘I Want You Back.’ ‘I Want You Back’ was

Gwen Stefani donates $1m for Japan relief

Gwen Stefani donated $1,000,000 on Wednesday to Save the Children’s, Japan Earthquake-Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund, to help in the relief and recovery effort. “I’ve been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation and respect for the Japanese people and their culture,” the singer said in a statement. “The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help.
I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the

The Rock in talks for ‘Snitch’

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is in negotiations to star in ‘Snitch,’ an action thriller that Ric Roman Waugh is writing and directing. The project has been long in development and at one point was set up at New Line with Carl Franklin directing. The script centers on a suburban father who is hit hard when his teenage son is sentenced to 30 years under mandatory minimum drug laws. In order to reduce his son’s sentence, the father goes undercover to help nab a senior drug dealer.
The

Elizabeth Taylor passes away

LOS ANGELES – Legendary Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor, who captured hearts in “National Velvet” to launch a film career that spanned five decades, has died aged 79.
Taylor had been in hospital in Los Angeles for six weeks with congestive heart failure, a condition with which she had struggled for some years, and had recently suffered complications, a family statement said. “Legendary actress, businesswoman, and fearless activist Elizabeth Taylor died peacefully today in

Femme Fatale

LOS ANGELES – Even when Britney Spears was in the midst of her Charlie Sheen-esque breakdown, she was putting out grooves to wear out the dance floor; 2007’s ‘Blackout’ is the best album she ever made, though the drama of that time overshadowed it. Since then, she’s continued to pump out taut jams that have kept her musically relevant, even if she’s turned into sort of a Howard Hughes in private. The larger-than-life persona that morphed from jailbait to sex kitten to wild child has

Russian Chernobyl drama echoes Japan fears

MOSCOW – A new drama film set in Chernobyl opens in Russian cinemas this week, recalling the trauma of the world’s worst nuclear accident just ahead of the 25th anniversary of the catastrophe. The Russian film’s release comes after the quake-damage to a nuclear power plant in Japan brought fears of a nuclear explosion on the scale of Chernobyl and suspicions of another Soviet-style cover-up by officials. The film, ‘Innocent Saturday,’ shows a junior party worker, Valera, learning of

Japanese quake puts ‘Avatar’ sequel on hold

TOKYO – Movie bosses behind Hugh Jackman’s upcoming ‘Wolverine’ sequel and James Cameron’s ‘Avatar 2’ have reportedly put the projects on hold in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.
The Australian actor is due to reprise his role as the clawed superhero for a sequel to 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which will see much of the action set in Japan. The project suffered a blow with the recent departure of director Darren Aronofsky, and now plans to film

South Park creators hit Broadway with Mormon musical

NEW YORK – It’s sprinkled with jokes about Mormons discriminating against black people and repressed gay longings, but the creators of a new musical about Mormons say it won’t attract the sort of religious controversy they are famous for. One of the most anticipated musicals this Broadway season, “The Book of Mormon,” satirizes the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, sexualizes the ritual of baptism and has plenty of politically incorrect jokes.
But

Lindsay Lohan’s dad arrested

Lindsay Lohan’s father Michael has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. The actress’ dad was apprehended in Los Angeles on Monday after an unidentified woman filed a police report claiming a heated argument with Lohan had turned violent. The unnamed female was said to have “visible marking” due to the alleged attack. Lohan is facing charges of domestic violence, false imprisonment, and preventing the reporting of victimisation.
A police officer reveals, “Mr. Lohan

Cowell rules Carey out of ‘X Factor’

Simon Cowell has been forced to rule Mariah Carey out of his ‘The X Factor’ judging panel because the pregnant singer will be too busy with her twins when the TV talent show begins. The music mogul has been desperate to recruit Carey for the upcoming American version of his hit TV talent show, which launched the career of Leona Lewis. But Cowell will have to find another star for the job because the ‘Hero’ hitmaker will need plenty of time off after she gives birth to her babies this

Fellowes to create Titanic TV show

‘Downton Abbey’ writer Julian Fellowes is creating a TV show about the Titanic to mark the centenary anniversary of the ship’s demise. The Oscar winner’s six-part period drama, due to begin filming in Hungary this spring, will follow both fictional and historical characters onboard the doomed liner, which builders boasted was unsinkable.
Bosses behind the show insist viewers will be taken on “a heart-wrenching journey through Titanic’s last hours”. The show will air in the U.K.,

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Brown goes wild after TV quiz

Security guards were called to the set of Good Morning America on Tuesday after Chris Brown allegedly suffered a meltdown and smashed a window in a furious rage. The pop star made an appearance on the TV show to promote his new music, and after performing he was interviewed by host Robin Roberts in New York’s Times Square. The ‘Kiss Kiss’ hitmaker became increasingly annoyed by questions about his past legal troubles, including his 2009 assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna.
He told

Writer sues Disney and Pixar for stolen ‘Cars’

LOS ANGELES – A British screenwriter is suing Disney and Pixar, claiming the animated hit ‘Cars’ and its forthcoming sequel are based in part on work he submitted in the early 1990s. Jake Mandeville-Anthony is seeking an injunction to stop the June 24 theatrical release of ‘Cars 2.’ He filed the claim this week in U.S. District Court. According to the complaint, Mandeville claimed he created a three-part screenplay titled ‘Cookie & Co.,’ about the true-life adventure of race-car

South Korea sweeps Asian Film Awards

HONG KONG – South Korea’s finest celebrated after they blitzed the annual Asian Film Awards on Monday, bolstering the country’s growing reputation as the pre-eminent force in the region. South Korean movie stars and filmmakers dominated the glitzy ceremony in Hong Kong, now in its fifth year, snapping up awards for best director, best screenplay, best actor, best supporting actress and best editing. Lee Chang-Dong clinched best director for the feature film ‘Poetry,’ which also won

Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa team up for movie

AUSTIN – Rap icon Snoop Dogg and upstart Wiz Khalifa are teaming up for a new film, ‘High School,’ which the former calls “a comedy stoner movie, a little something for the stoners.” Snoop told that the duo – who also joined forces for the song ‘This Weed is Mine’ for his forthcoming ‘Doggumentary’ album – will begin filming during the first week of May, and that the project grew out of a musical collaboration with the Pittsburgh MC. “Just being a fan of his music and likewise, he

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