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Taylor Swift wins big at American Music Awards 2011

The American Music Awards is not as prestigious as the Grammy Awards, and it lacks the edginess of the MTV Video Music Awards, but it is a big awards show nonetheless.

This year’s ceremony was broadcast from Los Angeles on Sunday night. Performers included an out-of-breath Jennifer Lopez, a matured Justin Bieber and an over-the-top Nicki Minaj.

Taylor Swift was the night’s big winner. On the heels of her recent win for the coveted Country Music Award for Entertainer of the Year, Swift won for Country Female Artist; Country Album (Speak Easy), and Artist of the Year

Other winner included British artist Adele, who is recovering from vocal cord surgery. Nominated for four awards, the singer/songer went home with three: Adult Contemporary Artist, Pop/Rock Female Artist and  Pop/Rock album for “21.”  The Foo Fighters won for Alternative Rock Artist; Blake Shelton won Country Male Artist; Lady Antebellum won for Country Band, Duo or Group; and Jennifer Lopez received the award for Latin Music Artist.

Bruno Mars won for Pop/Rock male Artist. Maroon 5 took home the award for Pop/Rock Band, Duo or Group. And Nicki Minaj won both Rap/Hip-Hop artist and Rap/Hip-Hop album for “Pink Friday.”

Beyonce was named Soul/R&B Female Artist and Usher took the male category. Rihanna won the Soul/R&B Album for “Loud,” and Hot Chelle Rae was named New Artist of the Year.

Hollywood’s dream couple Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher are no more

After six years of marriage, Demi Moore, 49, announced Thursday that she is ending her marriage to 33-year old Ashton Kutcher.

The news is not a great surprise to many. The announcement comes after months of rumors that the couple has been having marital problems. Some speculated that Kutcher, the new star of “Six and a Half Men,” had been unfaithful.

In a statement, Moore said, “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton. As a woman, a mother and a wife there are certain values and vows that  I hold sacred, and it is in this spirit that I have chosen to move forward with my life. This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone gong through a similar situation.”

Ashton tweeted, “Marriage is one of the most difficult things in the world and unfortunately sometimes they fail. Love and Light, AK.”

Moore was previously married to Bruce Willis. They have three daughters together, Rumor, Scout and Tallulah Belle. The two divorced in 2000.

The New York Post estimates the coupe will battle it out in a bitter $290 million divorce.

Propofol expert is final witness in Murray trial

A propofol expert, Dr. Stephen Shafer, was the final witness for the prosecution in the trial of cardiologist Conrad Murray for involuntary manslaughter of pop icon Michael Jackson.
 
Shafer’s testimony on Thursday focused on the importance of precise administration of the sedative to a patient because a slight overdose can cause a person to wake up hours later.

 Shafer, who teaches anesthesiology at Columbia University, conducted research that established dosing benchmarks still used by the medical community when propofol was first introduced in the 1990s.

 He did not finish his testimony Thursday and will return to the Los Angeles court on Monday.

 Previous witnesses, who were also doctors, described Murray’s supervision over his celebrity patient as bordering on negligence. They blamed Murray for causing the death of Jackson at age 50 in June 2009.

 One witness, Dr. Nader Kamangar, said that even if Jackson self-administered the sedative as initially claimed by Murray, the cardiologist would still be culpable for his patient’s death.

 Murray has admitted he administered propofol to Jackson upon the entertainer’s insistence because of his difficulty in sleeping during preparation for a series of concerts in London

“Spartacus” Lead Star Andy Whitfield Dies of Cancer at 39

Andy Whitfield, lead role in the Starz period drama “Spartacus: Blood and Sand,” died Sunday of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia. He was 39.
 
In a statement issued by his wife Vashti Whitfield, she said “On a beautiful sunny sydney spring morning, surrounded by his family, in the arms of his loving wife, our beautiful young warrior Andy Whitfield lost his 18 month battle with lymphoma cancer. He passed peacefully surrounded by love. Thank you to all his fans whose love and support have help carry him to this point. He will be remembered as the inspiring, courageous and gentle man, father and husband he was.”

 Whitfield was the gladiator hero in the first season of the cable series, but had to step down before the second season because of his illness. Whitfield’s performance was so strong and iconic, showing a mixture of furious aggression and intense vulnerability, that production on season two was halted for about a year in an attempt to give Whitfield time to recover from the disease.

 Starz released a statement Sunday reacting to the tragic news.

 “We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andy Whitfield,” said Starz president and CEO Chris Albrecht. “We were fortunate to have worked with Andy in Spartacus and came to know that the man who played a champion on-screen was also a champion in his own life. Andy was an inspiration to all of us as he faced this very personal battle with courage, strength and grace. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time. He will live on in the hearts of his family, friends and fans.”

 Spartacus creator Steven DeKnight on his Twitter said, ““No words to express the depth of such a loss. You will be deeply missed, my brother.”

 

Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony divorcing

It’s over for Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. After seven years of marriage, the superstar couple are calling it quits.
 
“We have decided to end our marriage,” Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony told People a statement. “This was a very difficult decision. We have come to an amicable conclusion on all matters.”

 ”It is a painful time for all involved and we appreciate the respect of our privacy at this time,” the statement continued.

 Lopez and Anthony married in a secret ceremony on June 5th, 2004, less than a week after Anthony’s divorce from Dayanara Torres was finalized on June 1st of that year. It was his second marriage and Lopez’s third.

 Lopez, 41, and Anthony, 42, reportedly dated briefly in the 90′s before Anthony’s first marriage and re-united for their duet “No Me Ames” in 1999 and again for “Escapémonos” in 2004.

 They were also set to be working with “American Idol” producer Simon Fuller for a Latin music competition, tentatively titled “Que Viva.”

 The couple has two children, 3-year-old twins Max and Emme.

“Columbo” star Peter Falk dies at 83

Peter Falk, best known for playing iconic television detective Columbo in the series “Columbo,” passed away on Thursday night. He was 83.

Falk “died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011,” a rep for the actor told KTLA.

Though the family did not disclose the cause of death, Falk had been suffering for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia for years, said his adopted daughter Catherine Falk. His wife Shera was appointed conservator over the actor back in 2009.

Falk won five Emmy Awards, four of them for “Columbo,” and also received Oscar nominations for roles in “Murder, Inc.” and “Pocketful of Miracles.” He also appeared in hits like “Princess Bride” and “Brigadoon.”

He last played the character of Columbo in a 2003 television movie and last appeared on the big screen in the 2007 Nic Cage-starrer “Next.”

Falk is survived by his wife Shera and his two daughters, Catherine and Jackie, both adopted with first wife Alyce Mayo.

Selena Gomez to Host 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez

Singing, songwriting, acting, and now hosting-Selena Gomez seems to do it all. Recently announced as the host of the 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards, Selena will be busy on the night of the show as she is set to perform as well.

Selena says she is “thrilled and honored to host the MuchMusic Video Awards.” Shelia Sullivan, executive producer of the award show, is thrilled as well. “[Selena] brings her signature smile to the MMCAs stage where her fans are guaranteed to welcome her to the most exciting and loudest award show on earth,” says Sullivan.

Aside from preparing to host the MuchMusic Video Awards, Selena has been working on the fifth season of her hit show “The Wizards of Waverly Place” and the film Monte Carlo which opens July 1.

Along with Selena, Lady Gaga will be among the many performers taking the stage at the MuchMusic Video Awards. More perfumers will be announced within the next few weeks.

The MuchMusic Video Awards air Sunday, June 19 at 9 p.m. ET. On MuchMusic and Fuse.

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban welcome new baby

nicole kidman keith urban baby

nicole kidman keith urban baby

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban welcome new baby.  Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban were all smiles on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards – but it could have been for another reason. The two have announced Monday they are new parents of a baby girl, reports People magazine. “Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret,” the family said in a statement to People. “No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.” Faith Margaret Kidman Urban was born on December 28 at a hospital in Nashville. The bundle of joy is the second daughter to their family, born through a surrogate mother.  The Hollywood actress and country singer, who married in 2006, were tight lipped about the news at Sunday’s award show.  Kidman gave birth to daughter Sunday Rose in July 2008. The actress also has two adopted children, Isabella and Conner, with ex-husband Tom Cruise.

Whoopi Goldberg talks pet peeves during one-night show in Miami

Whoopi Goldberg talks pet peeves during one-night show in Miami.  Whoopi Goldberg has a lot of things bugging her these days, and she can’t wait to tell it to her fans when she hits the stage for a one-night performance in Miami.  
“The View” co-host is in South Florida Saturday to rant about her pet peeves: awkward elevator rides, nosy neighbors and smelly airplane passengers, reports The Miami Herald. When asked what her fans can expect from her show, the comedian and actress said, “I’ve never done stand-up, so I hope they aren’t expecting that. My shows are like snowflakes — no two are ever alike. I just talk about things that are bugging me or that I find odd, which is quite a lot these days.” Goldberg, whose real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, will also be signing her new book, “Is It Just Me? Or Is It Nuts Out There?,” at a local bookstore before hitting the stage later at the Adrienne Arsht Center.If television talk show host, author, actress and top-selling performer weren’t enough, the 55-year-old grandmother of three is adding Broadway producer to her repertoire, Goldberg has produced the London musical “Sister Act,” based on the 1992 film about a Las Vegas lounge singer who finds herself shaking up in a convent with nuns. She played the role of Mother Superior for several shows during its premiere last October.  The successful musical is coming to New York City in the Spring of this year, along with international productions in Australia, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, Italy, France and Spain soon after.  So how does Goldberg juggle it all? “Is there really a choice? You do what you need to do and keep it moving forward,” she told the newspaper. “Always forward.”

Suze Orman To Get Her OWN Show “Money Class” On Oprah’s Network.

Suze Orman To Get Her OWN Show "Money Class" On Oprah's Network.

Suze Orman To Get Her OWN Show "Money Class" On Oprah's Network.

Suze Orman To Get Her OWN Show “Money Class” On Oprah’s Network. Among the people who’ll receive their OWN show on Oprah Winfrey’s new network this year, Suze Orman is set to create and host her own primetime show debuting later this year.  Financial whiz Orman will star in the currently titled “Money Class,” which sees her visiting to homes of families and individuals around the country who are currently in or just getting out of some difficult financial situations. Orman will help them move out and move on from the circumstances and transform their lives with new goals and better decision-making, as only she can. “Suze Orman is the rock star of personal finance, and her straight-forward advice will help people that are in need of a financial wake-up call,” said Lisa Erspamer, the chief creative officer for OWN. “Nothing can teach you more about who you really are, than your money,” said Suze Orman in a statement. So what happens when she asks struggling families to show her the money in this economy? We won’t find out until the show premieres in Fall 2011. But in the meantime, Orman can be seen plenty on OWN on “Ask Oprah’s All Stars,” where she’s featured opposite Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil, and will also be featured in the upcoming Sarah Duchess of York reality-series “Finding Sarah.”

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