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Bradley Cooper's Troublesome Hangover 2 2539946 25th May 2011

Bradley Cooper found 'The Hangover 2' a "logistical" problem.

The actor - who portrays Phil Wenneck for the second time in the comedy movie directed by Todd Phillips - thinks it was one of his toughest films to shoot as it takes place in Thailand which is considerably further away from home than the first movie, which is set in Las Vegas.

He said: "Logistically this one was difficult. You're halfway round the world. There's something about the energy of the set. There are tons of people all on set all at the same time, a ton of people working, a tense environment.

"It's humid, people are getting sick the tuk-tuk doesn't have the right wheel and you have to wait two hours for that, you're losing the sun. It got crazy, it really did, and there was no refuge."

Despite the hard work, the 36-year-old hunk does not think he needs to take a break to get away from it all.

He added to The Scotsman newspaper: "You know, I just don't ever think like that, 'Oh, I need to take a vacation.' I don't feel like I need a break. It's all together. It's just sort of all one thing which is my life.

"I love doing what I do. I love spending time with friends. I've made, and stayed in touch with, a lot of friends I've worked with."

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Justin Bieber Snubbed By Rihanna 2539984 24th May 2011

Justin Bieber was blocked by security when trying to talk to Rihanna at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (22.05.11).

The 17-year-old singer - who was accompanied to the bash by girlfriend Selena Gomez - was reportedly left red-faced after he was prevented from talking to the 'S&M' star after he approached her five times at the prestigious event, which took place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The insider said: "Justin thinks Rihanna is the most beautiful woman and supremely talented.

"He is in awe of her. Justin is just a red-blooded teenager, he can't help acting like a love-sick puppy dog when he's around her. "The pair were chatting as Justin's girlfriend Selena looked on, scowling. Then Rihanna got dragged away by a couple of her friends.

"The pair resumed their chat later but when Justin went to talk to her at the show's climax her security blocked his path, telling him to 'leave it'."

The 'Baby' hitmaker was said to be "mortified" at the rebuff because he thought he and Rihanna were friends after talking to her at the BRIT awards earlier this year.

The source added to the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Justin looked mortified - he thought they were buddies."

However, the teenage singing sensation appears to be over his disappointment as he has jetted off on holiday to Hawaii with Selena.

The pair were spotted arriving in Maui hand-in-hand yesterday (23.05.11) after taking a flight from Los Angeles LAX airport and headed straight to the beach.

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Eminem Leads Billboard Award Winners 2540027 23rd May 2011

Eminem and Justin Bieber were the big winners at last night's (22.05.11) Billboard Music Awards.

The rapper received six honours at the ceremony, taking home the accolades for Top Artist, Top Rap Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album and Top Rap Album for 'Recovery', as well as Top Rap Song for 'Love The Way You Lie', his duet with Rihanna.

Also picking up six awards, Justin was honoured with Top New Artist, Top Pop Album for 'My World 2.0', Top Social Artist, Top Digital Media Artist, Top Streaming Artist and Top Streaming Song (Video) for 'Baby'.

Meanwhile, Rihanna - who took home the coveted Top Female Artist award - Lady Gaga, Usher, Taio Cruz, Taylor Swift and indie rockers Mumford and Sons each won three accolades at the ceremony, which took place at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Elsewhere, Beyonce Knowles scooped the prestigious Millennium Award for her contribution to music over the course of her career, and received a video message from a whole host of stars, including Lady Gaga - with whom she collaborated on 'Telephone' - Barbra Streisand and U2's Bono.

Gaga said: "You are so much more than just a pop star or an icon; you represent the dream."

Bono added: "She makes songs that will live forever."

Neil Diamond was honoured for his achievements with the Icon Award, while Irish rockers U2 won the Touring trophy.

Audiences were treated to performances from the Black Eyed Peas, Nicki Minaj and a saucy collaboration from Rihanna and Britney Spears, who performed 'S&M' wearing bondage-style outfits and finished off the routine by sharing a kiss.

2011 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS FULL LIST OF WINNERS:

ARTIST AWARDS:

Top Artist:

Eminem

Top New Artist:

Justin Bieber

Top Male Artist:

Eminem

Top Female Artist:

Rihanna

Top Duo/Group:

The Black Eyed Peas

Top Billboard 200 Artist:

Taylor Swift

Top Hot 100 Artist:

Katy Perry

Top Digital Songs Artist:

Katy Perry

Top Radio Songs Artist:

Rihanna

Top Touring Artist:

U2

Top Social Artist:

Justin Bieber

Top Streaming Artist:

Justin Bieber

Top Digital Media Artist:

Justin Bieber

Top Pop Artist:

Lady Gaga

Top R&B Artist:

Usher

Top Rap Artist:

Eminem

Top Country Artist:

Taylor Swift

Top Rock Artist:

Train

Top Alternative Artist:

Mumford & Sons

Top Latin Artist:

Shakira

Top Dance/Electronic Artist:

Lady Gaga

Top Christian Artist:

Chris Tomlin

SPECIAL AWARDS:

Millennium Award:

Beyonce

Touring Award:

U2

Icon Award:

Neil Diamond

ALBUMS AWARDS:

Top Billboard 200 Album:

Eminem - 'Recovery'

Top Pop Album:

Justin Bieber - 'My World 2.0'

Katy Perry - 'Teenage Dream'

Top R&B Album:

Usher - 'Raymond v. Raymond'

Top Rap Album:

Eminem - 'Recovery'

Top Country Album:

Taylor Swift - 'Speak Now'

Top Rock Album:

Mumford & Sons - 'Sigh No More'

Top Alternative Album:

Mumford & Sons - 'Sigh No More'

Top Latin Album:

Enrique Iglesias - 'Euphoria'

Top Dance/Electronic Album:

Lady Gaga - 'The Fame'

Top Christian Album:

Skillet - 'Awake'

SONG AWARDS:

Top Hot 100 Song:

Taio Cruz - 'Dynamite'

Top Digital Song:

Taio Cruz - 'Dynamite'

Top Radio Song:

Bruno Mars - 'Just The Way You Are'

Top Streaming Song (Audio):

Nelly - 'Just A Dream'

Top Streaming Song (Video):

Justin Bieber Feat. Ludacris - 'Baby'

Top Pop Song:

Taio Cruz - 'Dynamite'

Top R&B Song:

Usher Feat. will.i.am - 'OMG'

Top Rap Song:

Eminem Feat. Rihanna - 'Love The Way You Lie'

Top Country Song:

Lady Antebellum - 'Need You Now'

Top Rock Song:

Train - 'Hey, Soul Sister'

Top Alternative Song:

Neon Trees - 'Animal'

Top Latin Song:

Shakira Feat. Freshleyground - 'Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)'

Top Dance Song:

Edward Maya & Vika Jigulina - 'Stereo Love'

Top Christian Song:

Chris Tomlin - 'Our God'

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Kelly Osbourne Treats Sharon To Minnelli Song 2540220 17th May 2011

Kelly Osbourne got a Liza Minnelli impersonator to serenade her mum Sharon on Mother's Day.

The 'Fashion Police' host flew out to Las Vegas, where Sharon was filming 'America's Got Talent', to surprise her on the special day - which takes place annually on the second Sunday of every May in the US - and organised the musical tribute to take place during a break in shooting.

Speaking in her Closer magazine column, Kelly said: "I flew with my mum to Las Vegas last week, as she was working on 'America's Got Talent', and I spent the Saturday organising her Mother's Day surprises. I put up 300 balloons in her hotel room and got a Liza Minnelli impersonator to sing her a song during the break!"

But the 26-year-old star didn't only spoil her mother while she was in Las Vegas - she also made sure she enjoyed herself too.

Kelly joined David Arquette and Jeff Beacher - who she works with at Beacher's Madhouse, a variety theatre in Los Angeles - for a night out at the Yellowtail club, where they staged their own impromptu dance competition.

She revealed: "On the Saturday night, when my mum was working, I went out to the Yellowtail club with my Madhouse comedy show partners David and Jeff, which was fun. None of us really drink, especially David, who has never looked better or happier. So the three of us had a little dance competition to see who could do the most absurd dance moves and I'm pretty sure David won - but only by a little."

David spent four weeks at the Betty Ford Center to be treated for alcoholism following his separation from his wife Courteney Cox - with whom he has a six-year-old daughter Coco - and has been sober since he checked out at the end of January.

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Rod Stewart Signs Up For Vegas Residency 2540423 11th May 2011

Rod Stewart has signed up for a two year residency in Las Vegas.

The 'Maggie May' rocker will perform at the US gambling capital's Caesars Palace venue from August this year, and his 'Rod Stewart: The Hits' show will see him concentrate on the biggest songs of his 40 year career.

He told website Billboard.biz: "We'll try to give the people what they want, which are the songs that made me famous, plus a few surprises. It'll be 90 percent songs that people know. There won't be any magicians or midgets, just a good rock show."

Rod will be backed by a full 13-piece band and promised as well as hits such as ' The First Cut Is the Deepest' and 'You're in My Heart', he may throw in a few older classics.

He added: "I've got the line up to make changes - all the mandolins and guitars. We'll throw in something from, say, [1970 album] 'Gasoline Alley'."

Rod, 66, previewed the shows with eight performances at the same venue last year, which featured covers including soul classic 'Love Train', crooner standard 'I get A Kick Outta You' and John Fogerty's 'Proud Mary' alongside his rock hits.

The Scottish rocker will start his Las Vegas residency on August 24.

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Bradley Cooper Thinks Sequels Need Formulas 2540583 8th May 2011

Bradley Cooper is pleased 'The Hangover Part II' follows the same formula as the first movie.

The actor is set to reprise his role as Phil Wenneck in the forthcoming sequel - which sees a group of friends head to Thailand for a bachelor party which gets out of hand - and he thinks it is more likely to be a hit because the plot is similar to that in the 2009 film, which saw the men trying to piece together the events of an evening celebrating the final single days of a pal in Las Vegas.

He said: "The sequel can't be, 'Let's make a movie that has a completely different story but it won't matter because people love seeing those guys together.'

"I don't believe that - when you look at sequels that don't work in comedy, it's when they abandon the formula. I was very happy that there was a structure - a ticking clock, a missing night."

Bradley enjoyed working on the movie sequel, and admits he hope sit lives up to expectations because he is such a fan of the first film.

He told GQ magazine: "I feel like, 'God, I hope it's good' just because I'm a fan of the first one and I want it to be worth it.

"It was kind of wonderful to be filming in Bangkok with the guys. There's a unique relationship between me, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis - we work so well together."

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Vince Vaughn Joins Gambling Comedy 2540610 6th May 2011

Vince Vaughn has joined the cast of 'Lay The Favorite'.

The 'Break-Up' star will star alongside Bruce Willis, Justin Timberlake and Catherine Zeta -Jones in the Stephen Frears directed gambling comedy drama.

It is based on the memoir of Beth Raymer, and tells the tale of gamblers in Las Vegas, New York and Curacao in the last decade.

Rebecca Hall stars as Raymer, while it has been speculated Vince will play Bernard 'Rosie' Rose, who had made $2.5 million by sports gambling by the age of 18.

Bruce will play professional gambler Dink Heimowitz, while Catherine - who was recently diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder - will play his wife.

Shooting on the project is set to begin this summer ahead of a 2012 release.

Vince - who is well known for his romantic comedy roles - has seen his career slow in recent years, having only starred in three films in the last three years, including widely panned 'The Dilemma' alongside Winona Ryder.

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Marie Osmond Remarries First Husband 2540689 4th May 2011

Marie Osmond remarried her first husband today (04.05.11).

The singing star wed former basketball player Stephen Craig in Las Vegas almost 30 years after they first tied the knot – wearing the same wedding dress as at their 1982 ceremony.

Marie said: "I am so happy and look forward to sharing my life with Stephen, who is an amazing man as well as a great father to my children."

The couple have one son together - also called Stephen - who is now 28.

Marie, 51, also had a son and a daughter and adopted five children with her second husband, music producer Brian Blosil, whom she was divorced from in 2007.

Sadly, Marie's second son, Michael, committed suicide last year, and Marie chose today for the wedding as it would have been both his birthday and that of her late mother, Olive.

She told website People.com: "It was important that both Michael and my mom were with us on this special day."

The couple – who originally split in 1985 - were married in a private ceremony at the Latter Day Saints Mormon Temple, followed by a reception at their nearby Nevada home.

Stephen, 54, now travels the US as a motivational speaker, while Marie continues to perform in Las Vegas with her brother, Donny.

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Bradley Cooper: 'The Hangover Sequel Always Planned' 2540698 4th May 2011

Bradley Cooper says a sequel to 'The Hangover' was already planned before the first film came out.

'The Hangover' - which tells the story of a stag do in Las Vegas - was a huge success when it was released in 2009 but producers of the outrageous comedy were so sure it would be a hit, they had already commissioned a follow-up.

Bradley - who is reprising his role as Phil - said: "We're looking forward to what you're watching right now, us back together again. Warner Brothers wanted to make a sequel before the first film came out. So it was planted in our mind before the first film was even released.

"It's been with us a long time, and we were hoping it would do well so they would follow through with that. But their interest started when they saw what was happening.

"Of course we couldn't anticipate it becoming what it was, but one thing I will say that we'd sit there in Caesar's Palace eating dinner after shooting and say "hey, this is pretty good, and this is kind of different."

'The Hangover Part II' - which also stars Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis - is set in Thailand and Ed is hoping it will live up to expectations.

He told Collider.com: "Rather than just raise the expectation bar and say we're raising all the antes, I think there's just some fun creative surprises and twists on people's expectations."

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Michael Jackson Getting Vegas Attraction 2540826 28th April 2011

Cirque du Soleil are to recreate Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch in Las Vegas.

The Canadian entertainment company plan to turn the Mandalay Bay resort into a tribute attraction to the late 'King of Pop' which will include a lounge inspired by the singer, a museum of memorabilia and a theatre which will be a replicate of the pop legend's famous home.

In an announcement made at the hotel and casino on Wednesday (28.04.11) - which was attended by Michael's brother Jackie - Cirque du Soleil President Daniel Lamarre said: "This place, Mandalay Bay, is going to become the home of Michael Jackson in many, many ways."

John Branca, co-executor of the Jackson estate, has also revealed the attraction will contain items from the star's home.

He said: "Very few fans would ever get to visit Michael's Neverland Ranch because of its remote location. Now they can."

The Las Vegas tribute to the 'Billie Jean' hitmaker is set to open in 2013, and is the latest collaboration between the circus troupe and the Jackson estate.

Cirque du Soleil's new show, 'Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour' - which cost $57 million to create - is set to open in Montreal, Canada, in October and will then tour 30 cities across North America, including New York, Miami, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

When the show hits the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in December it will coincide with a fan convention which will launch the permanent tribute to Michael.

'Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour' contains many of Michael's greatest hits, clips of his iconic music videos and several as-yet-unreleased songs.

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Sir Elton Is Taking Million Dollar Piano To Las Vegas 1662103 19th April 2011 Sir Elton John is set to make a return to the Las Vegas stage - to give another new parent, Celine Dion, a break.
The Rocket Man, who previously brought his The Red Piano spectacular to Caesars Palace, will return to the venue in September (11) with his Million Dollar Piano show.
The extravaganza will replace Dion's new show at the venue for at least 16 dates while she takes a four-month break, marking the beginning of an on/off three-year residency for Elton.
The singer says, "Caesars Palace is just a perfect, idyllic place to play, and the show will be a gargantuan feast of music and imagery. I’m going to have a fabulous piano that Yamaha has been working on for four years, and that’s the reason why the show is called The Million Dollar Piano."
Dion will wrap up her shows at the venue in August (11), before resuming them in December (11).
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Nicolas Cage Owes Gift Taxes To Irs 2541156 15th April 2011

Nicolas Cage reportedly owes over $620,000 in unpaid gift taxes.

The 'Drive Angry' star is alleged to have given a total of $1.8 million to various people between 2004 and 2009, but did not pay the required taxes, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Gossip website TMZ obtained a federal tax lien filed against Cage in Los Angeles County on March 17 which states the Hollywood actor owes $624,934.64 for his donations.

Under federal tax laws a 35 per cent tax must be paid by the giver on any large cash gifts.

In 2009, it was revealed Cage owed $14 million in unpaid taxes and fees for the years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007.

In December 2010, the 47-year-old Hollywood actor made a $360,545 tax payment to the US government to cover owed back taxes from 2002 to 2004.

Cage has claimed he was led "down a path of financial ruin" by his former business manager Samuel Levin, who he sued for $20 million.

He filed the lawsuit against Levin in October 2009, claiming his ex-employee had caused him "catastrophic losses" by making bad investments but dropped the case in September 2010 after allegedly agreeing to settle out of court.

The actor has been beset by financial problems in recent months and in October 2010 he was ordered to pay over $2 million to the Nevada State Bank.

He owed $2,511,605.74 because of a loan he defaulted on, as well as unpaid taxes, legal costs and lawyer's fees after his Las Vegas home was repossessed last year.

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Dr. Conrad Murray 'Distracted By Women' 2541188 15th April 2011

Prosecution lawyers claim Dr. Conrad Murray was preoccupied with calling women on the morning Michael Jackson died.

Phone records show the doctor - who is to be tried on charges of involuntary manslaughter - sent a text to a stripper, spoke to a cocktail waitress, and received repeated calls from a third woman on the morning of June 25, 2009, the day his patient died from acute Propofol intoxication.

Papers filed by prosecution lawyers state details of Dr. Murray's relationships with the three women should be heard by the jury as they are "relevant to show Dr. Murray's level of inattentiveness and distraction while he was responsible for the care of Mr. Jackson."

On the morning of the singer's passing, Dr. Murray had administered a number of painkillers to the 'Thriller' hitmaker, including lorazepam and the sedative midazolam before giving him a dose of Propofol. He said to have texted Michelle Bella, a dancer at the Spearmint Rhino gentleman's club in Las Vegas, at around 8:30 am, then spoke to cocktail waitress Sade Anding at 11:51 for around 11 minutes, a call which he is believed to have terminated when he realised the singer wasn't breathing.

Dr. Murrray - who was living with exotic dancer Nicole Alvarez at the time - also received two missed calls from a third woman, Bridgette Morgan, he met at a Las Vegas strip club in 2003, according to the prosecutors.

Brigette was trying to reach him to discuss a plane ticket he promised to buy her during a lunch date earlier that month, court documents stated.

The prosecution claim: "He was receiving personal phone calls during the hours when he was supposed to be completely focused on the care of Mr. Jackson," and that the calls - 11 in total - should be admissible as evidence as they feel it shows a pattern of "inattentiveness and distraction."

Dr. Murray neglected to mention the phonecalls during his first interview with police after Jackson's death.

His defence team have previously made moves to bar evidence involving "sexually scandalous information", including Murray's visits to strip clubs.

They argued: "This evidence has no rational bearing on any issue in this matter and is presented merely to harass and discredit Dr. Murray."

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Idol Producer Denies Vote Rigging 2516254 14th April 2011 American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe has rebuffed rumors that the show rigs results in order to spark controversy and thereby boost the ratings. The rumors were rekindled last week after the elimination of Pia Toscano, who had been regarded by Las Vegas oddsmakers as the favorite in this season's competition. Lythgoe said last week that he had been watching the weekly voting results and knew all along that Toscano was no frontrunner. And today's (Thursday) New York Post quotes him as saying, "There are always conspiracy theories, but you know we are so careful." All the voting, he said, is tabulated by AT&T. "We get the results. It's done so openly." If that is the case, then why doesn't the show disclose the actual numbers? "Let's take [Season 4,] the Carrie Underwood season," Lythgoe told the newspaper. "Carrie Underwood won every single week. ... You show the vote, and the show is over. There's no jeopardy if you're watching somebody win every single week."

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Cameron Bringing 3d To Tv 2516270 12th April 2011 Director James Cameron and 3D systems developer Vince Pace on Monday announced the creation of the Cameron Pace Group, which intends to help studios convert to 3D. "Our goal is to banish all the perceived and actual barriers to entry that are currently holding back producers, studios and networks from embracing their 3D future," Cameron said. The announcement was made at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Las Vegas. At a panel discussion on 3D-TV technology, Cameron forecast that 3D TV will really take hold once it can be offered without glasses. "At that point, I think the people who are first and foremost as leaders of 3-D content creation are going to be the winners in the overall marketplace, the overall broadcast market," Cameron said.

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Cheryl Cole Planning Las Vegas Holiday With Derek 2541308 12th April 2011

Cheryl Cole is planning a trip to Las Vegas with Derek Hough.

The 27-year-old singer and her rumoured boyfriend are set to visit his mother Marianne Nelson in Nevada before they take in some tourist attractions in the US resort in August, which is known for its casinos and spectacular stage shows.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Cheryl's only been to Vegas once before and didn't get to spend much time there so she's really looking forward to it.

"She has already made a list of things she wants to do and said she wants to just be a 'tourist' and do all the tacky things people do there.

"She wants to see some shows and have a flutter on the roulette."

Last month, it was reported that Derek went to Las Vegas - known as Sin City - with Cheryl's younger brother Garry Tweedy.

The lads became firm friends as they partied the night away at the Moon nightclub at Palms hotel.

A pal said time: "They drove to Vegas through the desert and had a right laugh along the way.

"Derek's really become a brother-like figure to Garry. Cheryl's really happy they are getting on so well."

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Douglas Trumbull To Produce First Showscan Feature 2516271 11th April 2011 Relegated to the novelty of "ride films" synchronized with motion simulator seats, Showscan, Douglas Trumbull's crystal-clear 60-frame-per-second process that studios long ago rejected as too expensive, may finally be employed for a feature film production. Trumbull, who created the special effects for such features as 2001 A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Blade Runner , told the Digital Cinema Summit at the NAB conference in Las Vegas on Sunday that he is currently completing the screenplay for a new Showscan movie that will be produced by his production company, Magnetar Productions. Although the original ShowScan process employed 70mm film, Trumbull has adapted it for digital cinema. With the process, a feature, he observed, could use any number of frame rates, depending on the action in front of the camera. "We are now at a time when we can have any film texture we want. But it's not an either-or situation," he said. Trumbull noted that only last week James Cameron said that he plans to shoot his upcoming Avatar sequels at 60 frames per second. And, he revealed, "Peter Jackson wants to do The Hobbit in 60."

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Hugh Hefner Has No Ageing Concerns 2541340 11th April 2011

Hugh Hefner doesn't worry about his age because he lives by the motto "you're as young as the girl you feel".

The Playboy founder - who celebrated his 85th birthday on April 9 with a joint party in Las Vegas with his son Marston, who turned 21 on the same day - wasn't worried about reaching the milestone age because he is looking forward to his forthcoming wedding to 24-year-old Crystal Harris on June 18.

He said: "You're as young as the girl you feel, I'm a very lucky cat and I know it, age is just a number if you're healthy.

"All I'm looking for is a lot of love and friendship. I think that is what life is all about: emotions and caring. My life is as good as it appears and better because it has included so much love."

Tweeting about his birthday, he wrote: "This Birthday Weekend was really one for the memory book. Too sweet. I had a really wonderful birthday in Vegas with Crystal, Anna, Marston, Claire Sinclair, Cooper, Samantha Crawley, Keith & his new girl (sic)."

Meanwhile, Hugh's fiancee Crystal has revealed she has tried to reach out to his ex-girlfriend Holly Madison after the 'Holly's World' star questioned whether she is the right man for the Playboy mogul.

Crystal said: "I think a lot of that was taken out of context and blown out of proportion. I have nothing against her. I've tried to be her friend. I asked her if she wanted to go to Disneyland and never heard back. No response."

Hugh added: "They have more in common than either one of them know. Such as me! Ha ha!"

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Movie Academy Makes Surprsing Choice Cor Ceo 2516281 8th April 2011 Dawn Hudson has been selected to replace Bruce Davis as the new CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In naming Hudson, the Academy unexpectedly went outside is own organization; Hudson is currently head of Film Independent and is credited with making the annual Independent Spirit Awards a respected annual honors event. Current executive director Ric Robertson, who many had expected would succeed Davis, was named COO of the Academy, reporting to Hudson. In a statement, Academy President Tom Sherak said, "With the leadership team of Dawn as our CEO and Ric as our COO, we have the ideal combination of new vision and institutional continuity to move us forward."

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Pia Toscano Surprise Elimination On American Idol 2516282 8th April 2011 Pia Toscano, who had been regarded by Las Vegas oddsmakers as the frontrunner in this year's American Idol competition, was eliminated Thursday following the announcement of the audience vote. The announcement touched off boos from the studio audience and surprised comments from the judges. Idol judge Jennifer Lopez seemed particularly upset by the result. "I'm shocked and angry," she said. "I'm never upset on this show and I never get mad," said judge Randy Jackson. "But this makes me mad." As Toscano departed, the audience came to its feet in a standing ovation.

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Paris Hilton Keen To Marry Cy 2541468 6th April 2011

Paris Hilton can see herself marrying boyfriend Cy Waits.

The hotel heiress has been dating the Las Vegas nightclub mogul for almost a year and believes he's the right man for her because he loves her for who she is.

She told America's In Touch magazine: "I can see myself marrying him. We are so happy!

"He's different. He doesn't care about the spotlight. He loves me for me."

As well as Paris being smitten with him, it seems her family are also impressed with Cy.

Mother Kathy said: "There have been a few guys Paris has dated that I have openly told her were wrong for her. But Cy is amazing."

Paris - who was spotted looking at engagement rings with Cy last month - recently revealed she feels "broody" and would love to start a family with Cy.

She said: "I feel broody sometimes. I'd love kids in the future. Cy's the best boyfriend I've ever had. I'm so happy with him."

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Taylor Swift Wins At Academy Of Country Music Awards 2541558 4th April 2011

Taylor Swift was named Entertainer of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards 2011 in Las Vegas last night (03.04.11).

Taylor won the biggest honour and also performed at the event, while singer Miranda Lambert was the night's biggest winner, taking home four trophies including Top Female Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year and Single Record of the Year for her track 'The House That Built Me'.

Accepting her award, Taylor said: "This is the first time that I've ever won this and I'm just losing my mind. The fact that this is from the fans makes it so special."

The night also featured guest performances by Rihanna, who sang her new track 'California King Bed' with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, and Steven Tyler, who performed with Carrie Underwood on a duet which saw them take on the latter's 'Undo It' before breaking into Aerosmith's 'Walk This Way'.

Lady Antebellum took home two awards, Album of the Year for 'Need You Now', Top Vocal Group of the Year while singer and guitarist Brad Paisley was named top male vocalist for the fifth consecutive year.

Academy of Country Music Awards 2011 full list of winners:

Entertainer of the Year - Taylor Swift

Top Male Vocalist of the Year - Brad Paisley

Top Female Vocalist of the Year - Miranda Lambert

Album of the Year - Lady Antebellum 'Need You Now'

Single Record of the Year - Miranda Lambert 'The House That Built Me'

New Artist of the Year - The Band Perry

Top Vocal Group of the Year - Lady Antebellum

Top Vocal Duo of the Year - Sugarland

Song of The Year - Miranda Lambert 'The House That Built Me'

Video of the Year - Miranda Lambert 'The House That Built Me'

Vocal Event of the Year - Zac Brown Band ft. Alan Jackson 'As She's Walking Away'

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Miranda Lambert Steals The Show At Acm Awards 2541566 4th April 2011

Miranda Lambert was a big winner at the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) last night (03.04.11).

The 27-year-old singer received awards for best female vocalist and record of the year, as well as video of the year and song of the year for her hit 'The House That Built Me'.

Meanwhile, trio Lady Antebellum scored honours for album of the year and top vocal group, as blonde beauty Taylor Swift took home the gong for entertainer of the year.

After her win Taylor said: "I'm just losing my mind. The fact that this is from the fans makes it so beautiful."

The event, which took place in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, drew in a number of A-list celebrity guests including Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Chace Crawford and Celine Dion and was hosted by Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton, who is engaged to Miranda.

Reba joked about Taylor's tendency to write songs about her ex-boyfriends, quipping: "If you make her mad, she'll write a song about you."

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Celine Dion Can Have Work And Parenthood 2541591 3rd April 2011

Celine Dion thinks she can "have it all".

The 43-year-old singer - who has 10-year-old son Rene-Charles and five-month-old twins Eddy and Nelson with husband Rene Angelil - wanted to give up performing after the birth of her first child but since returning to work recently, she enjoys being on stage more than ever.

She said: "With Rene-Charles I wanted to quit singing, honestly. Now I know what it is to be a mother and I see that I can have it all.

"Performing as a mum is what I enjoy most."

The 'My Heart Will Go On' hitmaker - who recently began a three-year residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas - also revealed she thinks she is performing better than ever before at the moment.

She said: "As a performer I think I am at my best right now. And as a mum I can't wish for anything better. I don't need to do it but I love to do it.

"I feel like a wine that has gotten better with age. I know I'm not going to be able to sing like this forever. But as long as I can, I will."

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Cameron To Adapt Showscan Process For Avatar Sequels 2516326 31st March 2011 James Cameron appeared to be forecasting Wednesday that Douglas Trumbull's widescreen Showscan Process will at last be accepted by Hollywood -- in digital form. While he made no mention of Trumbull in an appearance before the National Association of Theater Owners convention in Las Vegas, Cameron indicated that he plans to film his upcoming Avatar sequels using a technique similar to Showscan. Trumbull, the special effects genius behind such films as 2001 A Space Odyssey, Close Encounters of the Third Kind , and Blade Runner , introduced Showscan in 1984 -- a process using 70mm film shot at 60 frames per second (instead of the usual 24 frames) that critic Roger Ebert described at the time as "incomparably more realistic than anything I had ever seen before on a movie screen ... the future of cinema." Cameron on Wednesday suggested that that future has finally arrived. "If the 3D puts you into the picture, the higher frame rate takes the glass out of the window," he told the exhibitors.

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Katzenberg Computers About To Transform Animation 2516327 31st March 2011 DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg said Wednesday that new advances in computer technology will vastly speed up the intricate and tedious process of animation, making it possible for "our artists to see their work in real time." Appearing at a convention of the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) in Las Vegas, Katzenberg said that the process, called "scalable multicore processing," will "fundamentally change the quality of what we do. ... The artist will see their work as they're creating it. ... I cannot tell you how transformative that will be in our storytelling." Katzenberg urged the theater owners to become more innovative as well. "Bring together seeing a movie and getting a meal," Katzenberg said. "I think it's the next blockbuster."

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Taylor Swift Cant' Believe Her Album Sales 2541668 31st March 2011

Taylor Swift said selling 20 million albums is "beyond comprehension".

The 'Back to December' singer was awarded a plaque at the conclusion of the European leg of her world tour in London for selling the phenomenal amount of her three albums, 'Taylor Swift', 'Fearless' and 'Speak Now'.

She said: "It's just sort of beyond my comprehension to get a plaque like that, and the fact the fans have done that much for me in such a short period of time is unreal, and I'm so excited and so thankful."

Taylor, 21, said she had no idea a few years ago that she would ever be playing shows on the scale that she now is, or even visiting some of the countries her world tour has taken her to.

She added: "I couldn't think of a more perfect way to end this European run. I've gotten to experience just parts of the world I never thought I'd get to see, nonetheless play shows in and have the crowds singing the words back to me."

The country pop singer will start playing dates in the US at the end of May. Before that she will perform at the Academy of Country Music awards in Las Vegas on Sunday (03.04.11).

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Kevin Federline To Become Dad For Fifth Time 2541734 29th March 2011

Kevin Federline is set to become a father for the fifth time.

The 33-year-old star - who has two sons Sean Preston, five, and Jayden James, four, with ex-wife Britney Spears - is reportedly expecting his fifth child with girlfriend Victoria Prince.

While this will be Victoria's first child, Kevin - who has been dating the 28-year-old former professional volleyball player for more than two years - is also dad to Kori, eight, and six-year-old Kaleb, his children with ex-girlfriend Shar Jackson.

A source close to the couple told E! Online: "They are totally happy."

Kevin - who divorced Britney in 2007 after three years of marriage - still officially has the sole custody of the former couple's sons Sean and Jayden, although the youngsters currently split their time between both parents.

With Victoria reportedly being five months pregnant, she can be confident of her partner's parenting skills, as in 2008 he was named Father of the Year by Las Vegas nightclub Prive.

Meanwhile, in November 2007, Details magazine named Kevin as one of their Fathers of the Year, alongside the late Anna Nicole Smith's ex-partner, Larry Birkhead.

At the time, the magazine explained: "The New Dad, as represented by Kevin and Birkhead, is involved. He trucks the kids to the supermarket, decorates their bedrooms, and even lets them dictate the direction of his career."

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Britney Spears To Hit The Road With Enrique Iglesias 2541739 29th March 2011

Britney Spears is going on tour with Spanish star Enrique Iglesias.

The 'Hold it Against Me' singer made the announcement backstage during her appearance on 'Good Morning America', which was aired on ABC this morning (29.03.11).

During the taped segment she said: "Thank you guys for all your love and support. I love music. It's my world. It's my everything, so I'm so happy to be able to share it with everyone.

"We are going on tour with Enrique Iglesias in June!"

It's not the first surprise the pop princess has sprung on fans during her promotional tour for her new album 'Femme Fatale' which comes out today (29.03.11).

Last week she performed a last-minute show at Rain Nightclub in the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, to delighted fans who had no idea of her appearance until hours earlier.

The 29-year-old star will also be performing on late night show 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!" tonight to promote the record which she thinks is her best yet.

She said last week: "The b*tch is back and better than ever! I think it's the best album I have ever made. There's nothing to say. I'll let the music speak for me."

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Britney Spears Says Her New Album Is Best Yet 2541819 27th March 2011

Britney Spears says her latest album is the "best she's ever made".

The 29-year-old pop star - who hasn't released a record for two years but is returning with latest album 'Femme Fatale' - says she is "better than ever" and is ready to take the charts by storm again with new tracks which will get fans dancing.

She said: "The b*tch is back and better than ever! I think it's the best album I have ever made. There's nothing to say. I'll let the music speak for me.

"I wanted to make a fierce dance record where each song makes you want to get up and move your body in a different way. That's what I want from the music I listen to."

The 'Hold it against Me' hitmaker has been busy promoting her new album - due to be released on Tuesday (29.03.11) - by doing a number of shows including a surprise performance at Las Vegas's Rain Nightclub in the Palms Casino Resort on Friday (25.03.11).

Britney said she's enjoying being back in the limelight and has especially loved working on 'Femme Fatale' with Black Eyed Peas star will.i.am.

The blonde beauty gushed to V magazine: "Oh my God, he's amazing! He's so much fun and he's funny and he's a charm.

"I love him, he's great. I love the Black Eyed Peas, so when they told me I'd be working with him, I was just like 'Oh my God, I can't wait!' "

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