Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nina Arianda heads back to Broadway in an old role

Nina Arianda is taking a big step forward by taking one back.

The Tony Award nominated star of the just closed revival of "Born Yesterday" will return to Broadway in the fall by reprising her old role in "Venus in Fur."

Performances begin Oct. 13 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on 47th Street.

"Venus in Fur," a play by David Ives, made its world premiere off-Broadway in January 2010, and Arianda's performance won rapturous applause. In the play, the 26-year-old actress portrays a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in a new play.

Arianda earned more raves this spring in the tricky role of nightclub singer Billie Dawn in the revival of Garson Kanin's 1946 classic comedy "Born Yesterday" opposite Robert Sean Leonard and Jim Belushi.

Attorneys say Mel Gibson's divorce nearly done

An attorney for Mel Gibson's estranged wife says the former couple has nearly finalized their divorce.

Attorney Laura Wasser told a judge Tuesday that the pair have resolved all their issues and are doing some "final polishes" on the paperwork.

Wasser says the couple should have a judgment ready by Aug. 30.

Gibson's attorney agreed with Wasser's assessment

Robyn Gibson filed for divorce in April 2009, just months before the Oscar winner's then-girlfriend gave birth to an infant daughter. He indicated in court filings that the couple separated in 2006.

No details of how the couple's assets will be divided was discussed Tuesday, and Wasser indicated those details would remain private. The former couple have seven children together, but only one who is under the age of 18.

Lady Gaga sued over fundraising effort for Japan

A lawsuit filed in Detroit claims music star Lady Gaga is misleading her fans with an online pitch for donations for victims of the Japan earthquake.

Lady Gaga's website is selling $5 wristbands that say, "We Pray For Japan." The website also allows people to make additional donations and says "all proceeds go directly to Japan relief efforts."

But the lawsuit notes that sales tax and a $3.99 shipping charge are added. Detroit-area attorney Alyson Oliver believes not all money is going to help the Japanese. She wants an accounting.

An email seeking comment was left Monday with a spokesman for Lady Gaga. The lawsuit was filed Friday in federal court in Detroit. It seeks class-action status and possible refunds for people who bought wristbands.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Callie Thorne: in 'Rescue Me' and a new show, too

This summer, fans of Callie Thorne are in for a treat. She will soon be returning with Denis Leary in his firehouse drama "Rescue Me" on FX for its seventh and final season. She also stars in her own new USA series, "Necessary Roughness," premiering Wednesday at 10 p.m. EDT.

The only hitch: When "Rescue Me" returns to the air July 13, it will go head-to-head with "Necessary Roughness" in the very same time slot.

That could pose a slight dilemma, even for Thorne, who anticipates "trying to decide what I'm going to watch at 10 o'clock on Wednesday night and which one I'm going to TiVo. Verrry interesting." And she triggers her plummy guffaw.

On "Necessary Roughness," Thorne plays Dr. Dani Santino, a happily wed mother of two teens and a successful psychotherapist on Long Island in New York. Then she discovers that her husband has been cheating. The marriage is kaput.

As a suddenly single mom, Dani has to tackle life as the family's sole breadwinner. She gets her chance after meeting cute with the trainer for the New York Hawks pro football team. Matt (Marc Blucas) arranges for her to counsel badboy wide receiver Terrance "TK" King (Mehcad Brooks), who, on top of his off-the-field shenanigans, has developed a bad habit of dropping the football.

Can she help TK with his mental game? And can she kick her misgivings about Nico, the Hawks mystery man (Scott Cohen) whose murky job seems that of a round-the-clock fixer?

Even though Thorne's two shows will coexist on the airwaves this summer, she wrapped production on "Rescue Me" a year ago and not without some sorrow and angst.

"Briefly, I was thinking, 'I'll never work again! I'll never laugh again!' I got a little melodramatic," she chuckles. "Denis and the boys in the cast had become as close to family as they possibly could."

Even so, Thorne needn't have worried about working again.

At 5 feet, 3 inches, she is sexy and vivacious an actress who can play vulnerable or tough or, when called for, colorfully unhinged.

The 41-year-old Boston native has logged an impressive list of credits, starting with NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," the acclaimed 1990s police drama in which she played Detective Laura Ballard. Returning to Baltimore a few years later, she had a recurring role on HBO's celebrated drama "The Wire" as the wife of Detective Jimmy McNulty (series star Dominic West).

She scored story arcs on "ER" and "Prison Break," and guest roles on series including "Burn Notice" and "Californication."

Since 2004, she's been a key part of "Rescue Me." She plays Sheila Keefe, who on 9/11 lost her husband, Jimmy, who was the cousin, best friend and a fellow firefighter of Tommy Gavin (Leary). Tommy then began a tempestuous affair with Jimmy's widow, further inflaming her manic depressive tendencies, and further heating up the show's tragicomic tone.

With such a resume, no wonder Thorne landed "Necessary Roughness." Its pilot was shot last fall. Then filming for the series began in May.

The show is based in Atlanta, where summer is famously sweltering, "while we're all dressed in fall clothing," Thorne shudders. "The idea of the show is, it's eternal fall � perfect football weather. I've got these gorgeous suede jackets. Hopefully, I don't look like I'm sweating."

The character Thorne plays is inspired by real life Dr. Donna Dannenfelser, who is a former mental health clinician for the New York Jets and serves as the series' supervising producer.

"I'm less interested in mimicking her than representing her honestly her spirit and her energy," Thorne says.

Techniques used by "Dr. Donna" include hypnotherapy, but Thorne says her research hasn't included getting hypnotized by Dannenfelser. Not yet, anyway.

"In the past, I tried it to quit smoking, and it worked," Thorne reports. "But even though Dr. Donna hasn't hypnotized me, she has helped me incredibly in terms of talking through my anxieties about being the lead of this show, instead of just being one in an ensemble.

"I have always thrived in an ensemble cast coming in a couple of days a week, working really hard, then checking out until the next script arrives. Before now, I don't know if I could have been the person who is there from morning until night, in every single scene on every day. It's really scary being No. 1 on the call sheet, and she has helped me tremendously, just through conversation."

One reassuring insight: Thorne views herself as still part of a team.

"Though my character is the connection to all the other characters, this show feels like an ensemble show to me. It's not called 'Dr. Dani'! Thank goodness!"

Lady Gaga sued over Japan earthquake charity bracelets

Pop superstar Lady Gaga has been sued over sales of her wristbands for Japan's earthquake relief efforts in a class action that claims that not all the proceeds went to victims as she had promised.

Michigan legal network 1800LAWFIRM also alleges that Gaga and other companies involved in the sale and marketing of the $5 white and red "We Pray for Japan" wristbands overcharged buyers on shipping costs and "artificially inflated reports of total donations".

"While we commend Lady Gaga for her philanthropic efforts, we want to ensure that claims that 'all proceeds will be donated to Japan's earthquake' are in fact true," said Alyson Oliver, an attorney for 1800LAWFIRM.

"Our intention via this lawsuit is to uncover any improprieties committed by Lady Gaga and appropriate the full donations assumed to the victims in Japan."

Lady Gaga, 25, and her representatives did not return calls for comment on Monday. The federal class action lawsuit was filed in Michigan on Friday while the "Born This Way" singer was in Japan for a benefit concert for victims of the March earthquake and tsunami.

Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, is reported to have donated about $3 million to Japan disaster relief through sales of the wristbands and other ventures.

The official website for the singer's store however has several comments from frustrated fans complaining about long delivery times and shipping and handling costs of more than $5 for the small rubber wristbands.

The lawsuit claims that a slew of federal racketeering and consumer protection laws were broken by what it calls deceptive advertising and profits from the sale of the bracelets.

Lady Gaga was last month named the most powerful celebrity in the world by Forbes magazine, based on her earnings, media visibility and social media popularity.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Steven Spielberg Personally Ordered Megan Fox To Be Fired!

It has been confirmed by Michael Bay that Steven Spielberg personally ordered for Megan Fox to be fired from the Transformers ''Dark of the Moon''.

Megan was replaced by Rosie Huntington Whiteley which has never acted before and is a Victoria Secret Model.

The director has now alleged that Fox�s comments of him behaving �like Hitler� was the final straw for Spielberg, who is the executive producer of the Transformers franchise.

�You know the Hitler thing. Steven Spielberg said, fire her right now,� he revealed On Sunday.

Megan�s former Transformers co-star Shia LaBeouf also agreed with the decision in the wake of her axing, arguing: �She started s**t talking our captain. Which you can�t do.�

The 25-year-old actress was also said to have angered the Transformers crew members, who described her as �dumb as a rock� and �as ungracious a person as you can fathom�.

You can watch the Transformer: Dark of the Moon below.

'Dabangg' dominates Bollywood awards with 9 prizes

"Dabangg," a tale about a corrupt police officer, dominated the 12th International Indian Film Academy awards, snagging nine prizes including best picture at the star-studded event in Toronto held on North American soil for the first time.

"My Name is Khan" also scooped up several top honors at the five-hour award bash that started Saturday night and rolled over into early Sunday. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan took the prize for leading male role for the film, about the treatment of Muslims in a world of heightened suspicions following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Khan played the family's Muslim patriarch who suffers from Asperger's syndrome. The film took home five awards, including the prize for best director and best story. Khan was handed his award by Bollywood superstar Anil Kapoor and two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank, who congratulated Bollywood for helping to unite the world through film.

"Hollywood and Indian cinema must bring the world closer together," said Swank, draped in a glittering sleeveless deep red gown. "I believe in IIFA's vision � one people, one world."

Another Academy Award winner, Cuba Gooding Jr. presented the best director award to Karan Johar for "My Name is Khan," declaring that he was impressed by the power of Indian films around the world.

"I think it's absolutely wonderful how India has traveled the world of entertainment and I would love to play and be a part of a Bollywood movie myself," said Gooding, who broke out into a few dance moves.

"Dabangg" led the awards tally sweeping trophies in the music category in Toronto's packed Rogers Centre, filled with more than 22,000 Bollywood fans and stars. The hit took the prize for best playback singer female, playback singer male, music direction, choreography and sound re-recording. A playback singer pre-records songs so Bollywood actors can lip sync to them in their films. "Dabangg" star Sonu Sood won for best performance in a negative role.

The film also garnered the awards for best screenplay and for best female debut which went to Sonakshi Sinha for her role in the film as Sood's love interest. It also snagged the best action award.

Some of the awards in technical categories were announced during a concert-fashion show on Friday night.

Anushka Sharma won the best female lead for her role as an assistant to a wedding planner in "Band Baaja Baaraat," a film about the world of wedding planning which won five awards. Arjun Rampal took home the best male supporting prize for the political thriller "Raajneeti," and best supporting female role award went to Prachi Desai for "Once Upon a Time in Mumbai."

Kangana Ranaut, the model turned actress, gave the night's first performance with her fellow "Double Dhamaal" actors Arshad Warsi, Javeed Jaffrey and Ashish Chaudry. The film was one of several that premiered during the IIFA weekend.

A lifetime achievement award was given to Dharmendra Deol, patriarch of the Deol dynasty, who received the special award for his 55-year-long career. Dharmendra's sons, Sunny and Bobby Deol, Bollywood stars in their own right, performed with their father for the first time on stage to a song from their film "Yamla, Pagla, Deewane."

Outstanding achievement in Indian cinema went to Sharmila Tagore, who has starred in such films as "Mera Sapnon Ki Rani," "Namkeen," and "Chingari," and has spent 52 years in the industry. Tagore's children, son Saif Ali Khan and daughter Soha Ali Khan are both also popular Bollywood actors. Tagore said her children wanted to attend the weekend festivities, but couldn't because they are both finishing films.

The energy-packed ceremony filled with glitzy Bollywood dance numbers and tributes, closed with an appearance by Khan, who was unable to perform his planned dance numbers due to a fractured knee.

However the star known as "King Khan" did not disappoint his fans. He had the crowd in stitches by attempting to teach them a few Bollywood moves, while poking fun at the industry's often over-the-top routines. Pretending to shake lice out of his hair and sweep the floor, Khan drew laughter and cheers from the crowd.

The night ended more than two hours behind schedule with Bollywood celebs joining Khan on stage for a closing dance routine.

The hugely popular awards ceremonies capped three days of festivities.

Roughly 16,000 of the 22,000 tickets to the awards ceremony available to the public sold out in minutes. Those lucky enough to get seats were charged between $49 and $126, while resellers offered last-minute tickets online for more than $1,500 each.

Launched in 2000 at the Millennium Dome in London, the annual IIFA awards have traveled around the world in the hopes of exposing the genre to various audiences and opening trade markets.

Holding the event in Toronto was a strategic move as India's cinematic royalty makes a bid for a piece of the North American box office. Held previously in Amsterdam, Sri Lanka, Macau, London, Malaysia, Dubai, Singapore, Bangkok and Johannesburg, IIFA is capitalizing on the already huge Bollywood following in Toronto, which has an estimated population of nearly 700,000 South Asians.

"For the first time in its 12-year history, IIFA makes its North American debut, and its biggest stars are you," Kapoor said in a mix of English, Hindi and Punjabi while pointing to the audience. "Thank you Ontario. Thank you so much for making us feel the warmth in Canada."

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty lured the IIFA to the city by pledging $12.25 million.

Organizers say more than 200 filmmakers and actors came from overseas in the bid to gain inroads into the North American market and build production partnerships.

The awards gala is considered India's biggest media event and one of world's most-watched televised spectacles, with hundreds of millions of viewers tuning in.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Chris Brown, Lil Wayne lead Bet Awards nominees

Chris Brown will have another chance at redemption when the Bet Awards are presented Sunday night. The 21-year-old singer, whose image is still recovering from his attack on Rihanna more than two years ago, is up for a leading six awards, including best male R&B artist and video of the year.

Brown scored several hits with his latest album, F.A.M.E., but suffered a reputation setback in March when he smashed up his dressing room after an appearance on "Good Morning America."

He is set to perform on the annual awards show, where he launched his comeback last year with an emotional tribute to Michael Jackson.

Lil Wayne follows Brown with five nods. He will also perform at the ceremony, which will be broadcast live on BET from 8-11 p.m. EDT from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Kanye West, Drake and Rihanna are up for four awards each. Nicki Minaj, Bruno Mars, Trey Songz, Cee Lo Green and B.o.B also received multiple nominations. Patti LaBelle will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and Steve Harvey will receive the Humanitarian Award at the show hosted by comedian Kevin Hart.

The Shrine will be filled with stars as Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott and Mary J. Blige are set to perform, and Minaj, Mars, Gladys Knight and Justin Bieber will appear on stage.

Pop artist Ruscha channels Kerouac in latest work

Ed Ruscha has spent the last 50 years creating some of the most acclaimed works of the conceptual art movement, and he now reveals he's had a roadmap for much of that time Jack Kerouac's seminal novel "On the Road."

The breakthrough book, written nearly nonstop over a matter of days on a 120-foot scroll, not only gave birth to a new style of prose, but sent thousands of artists, writers and others on a journey of self-discovery across the highways of America.

"I first read it in 1958, I guess, and I felt like this is almost my story," Ruscha recalled recently. "These restless people moving from one place to another and experiencing the highway and everything in between."

The artist was discussing "Ed Ruscha: On the Road," an exhibition of his photographs, paintings and drawings that pay homage to the book that launched the beat generation. The collection is currently on display at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Shortly before "On the Road's" publication in 1957, Ruscha himself hit the highway, climbing into a car and heading west to Los Angeles to study art.

Left in his rear view mirror was Oklahoma City, where as a precocious fourth-grader, he'd painted a mural for his elementary school that commemorated the land rush of the 1890s.

He would spend much of the next 10 years criss crossing the country, just as his heroes of "On the Road" did. Like them, sometimes he'd drive, other times hitchhike.

Along the way he would gain inspiration for such celebrated works as the paintings "Burning Gas Station," "Hollywood Sign" and "Sex at Noon," as well as such photo books as "Every Building on the Sunset Strip" and "Twenty-six Gasoline Stations," the latter a paean to the final days of America's Mother Road, Route 66.

He says now those peripatetic travels were inspired in part by Kerouac.

"The attitude that he spread with this idea of young and restless has affected a lot of people, generations of people, and I guess I was one of them," Ruscha said by phone from his Southern California studio as he took a respite from a day of painting.

That influence led him to produce a limited edition, illustrated version of "On the Road" in 2009 that included photos taken by himself and others. Then he decided why stop there.

He went on to create eight large paintings (oil on canvas and acrylic on canvas), as well as nearly a dozen drawings and several more black-and-white photographs embossed on paper.

The works, along with several framed plates of the 2009 book's illustrated pages, went on display at the Hammer earlier this month.

The paintings of skylines, snowcapped mountains and the like are done in the detailed style Ruscha honed when he studied as a graphic artist at the Chouinard Art Institute (now part of California Institute of the Arts).

They also incorporate the signature style found in his "word paintings," as he includes phrases from "On the Road," setting them off in precise letters that make them appear to hover over the landscapes he's painted.

Among the words he chose are descriptions from the book that reflect the fascination of its fictional narrator, Sal Paradise, with the idiosyncrasies he found on the road, including his encountering the word manana � Spanish for tomorrow.

"Sure baby, manana. It was always manana. For the next week that was all I heard, manana, a lovely word and one that probably means heaven."

The Hammer exhibition, which runs through Oct. 2, is the first such display of Ruscha's work for the Westwood museum, and its chief curator, Douglas Fogle, says he jumped at the chance to put it together.

"Ed's a senior statesman of the Los Angeles arts community," said Fogle. "For a very established artist he's still making amazing work. And while it's reiterating interest he's had over the years, it's still branching out and pushing into new territory."

Variously described as either a pop artist or conceptual artist, Ruscha dismisses such labeling, although he adds it doesn't offend him.

"If you call me a pop artist I'm proud," he says jovially. "It stems from the word popular. The media and imagery and iconography from everyday life is what is the basis of my work, so I guess I'm a pop artist. But I don't refer to myself as that. And then people have said, `Well, you're really a conceptual artist.' I'll say, `OK, I'm that too.'"

He was one of a circle of artists, including Andy Warhol, who came to prominence as leaders of the pop movement through exhibitions at Los Angeles' Ferus Gallery in the 1960s. Unlike Warhol, however, he spurned New York, choosing to stay in Los Angeles. He acknowledges that likely limited his stature in the art world during his early years.

"The art world at the time was all pretty much centered in New York and it was like LA was the Australia of the art world. I mean it was just so far away that it was not worth recognizing," he says of the attitude critics had. "I knew that that was a falsehood but it wasn't up to me to champion Los Angeles in any way, shape or form. It's not my thing to do that. "

Instead he just kept working, turning out an amazingly prolific and eclectic body of work.

"Today I'm painting on the side of a book and I'm painting the letters PDQ. Like pretty damn quick," he says.

When finished, it will likely be included in an exhibition planned for the Kunsthaus museum in Bregenz, Austria, next year that is to fill four of the museum's floors with his art.

Meanwhile, he continues to work in a variety of media, creating whatever comes to mind.

"I never really know," he says, chuckling. "There's no real plan for anything."

Jermaine Jackson honors his late brother

Jermaine Jackson performed a nostalgic tribute concert Friday to his late brother Michael Jackson to mark the second anniversary of the pop star's death as part of the 12th International Indian Film Academy festivities in Toronto.

Dressed in a Michael Jackson inspired outfit, complete with a red military-style jacket, V-neck white shirt, fitted black slacks and a black cummerbund with an emblazoned number "5," the former Jackson 5 performer sang a medley of his brother's hits including "Scream," "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" and "Can You Feel It."

"This is a special moment in the show because it's a tribute to my brother," said Jackson moments before joining Indian singer Sonu Nigam to perform "This is It," a song written by Nigam after the megastar's death, which the singers dedicated to the pop icon.

The pair performed at IIFA Rocks, a Bollywood-inspired concert and fashion show bonanza which is part of the academy's three days of film, song and dance that culminates in Saturday night's awards ceremony, often referred to as the Indian Oscars.

IIFA Rocks also kickstarted the awards portion of the weekend by presenting some technical film awards in between bouts of fashion runway shows and high-energy musical performances.

Romantic comedy "Band Baaja Baarat" and the action movie "Dabangg" led the pack, each scooping up three awards.

Toronto's Ricoh Coliseum was packed with excited Bollywood fans who could hardly contain their excitement when South Asian superstars including "Slumdog Millionaire" actor Anil Kapoor, Bollywood king Shah Rukh Khan and veteran stage and film star Anupam Kher took the stage to announce the winners.

The cheering was so raucous when the venue's camera monitors flashed on Bollywood superstars sitting in their seats that it sometimes drowned out the hosts.

"When we're speaking, please don't put close-ups of big movie stars on the screen," joked co-host Karan Johar, drawing laughter from the crowd.

Johar and co-host Anushka Sharma alternated between English and Hindi throughout the evening.

Sharma was treated to a hug by Shah Rukh Khan, often referred to as "King Khan," whose close-ups on the monitor screens drew the loudest cheers.

"I'm tired of girls giving me a hug. I want a deep passionate kiss," said Khan.

"You're forgetting what would happen at home if that happened," smirked Johar.

Khan retorted, "We're thousands and thousands of miles away. What happens in Toronto, stays in Toronto." But in the end, he played it safe with a big bear hug for the bombshell Bollywood actress.

Much of the evening's music was provided by Shankar Ehsaan Loy, a musical super group consisting of Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa, who also won an award for best background score for their work on "My Name is Khan," starring Shah Rukh Khan.

But the real musical superstars were British-Canadian bhangra trio RDB, whose energetic performances with singer Veronica and two players of the drum-like dhol, got the audience shaking their shoulders in their seats and cheering excitedly.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Some celebrity quotes on NY's new gay marriage law

Some quotes from celebrities reacting to state lawmakers passing and Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing legislation making gay marriage legal in New York:

"I can't stop crying. We did it kids." Lady Gaga, on Twitter.

"happy gays r here again !!!!!" � Rosie O'Donnell, on Twitter.

"I have never been prouder to be a lifelong New Yorker than I am today with the passage of marriage equality." � Cyndi Lauper, in a statement.

"Time to celebrate!!! Marriage Equality for NYers! Its about... love!" � Ricky Martin, on Twitter.

"It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!" � Neil Patrick Harris, on Twitter.

"I'm thrilled about the news from NY. Marriage equality! Every day we get a little closer. What an amazing feeling." � Ellen DeGeneres, on Twitter.

"tonight we're all New Yorkers! Straight & gay alike, let's all celebrate marriage (hash)equality. The right side of history!" � Kathy Griffin, on Twitter.

"Happy that New York passed marriage equality tonight. A victory for human rights. Progress." � John Legend, on Twitter.

"congratulations!!!!!!!!! About time!" Pink, on Twitter.

"Alec! Now we can get married!" � Steve Martin to Alec Baldwin, on Twitter.

"Ok. But if you play that ... banjo after eleven o'clock..." � Baldwin's response.

"I sing it every night, but now it has better meaning: `New York- concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do.' :) As if I didn't already have enough to celebrate and enjoy today. A big hug for New York from my lone hotel room in London." � Darren Criss, on Twitter.

"Way to go, New York. One people. One planet. One love." Alyssa Milano, on Twitter.

"Proud to be FROM NY! � Lindsay Lohan, on Twitter.

"Yay for Gay Marriage! NY, it's about time...jersey we're next! How you doin?" � Wendy Williams, on Twitter.

Colbert plays rock star, with Jack White as guide

With Jack White as his guide, Stephen Colbert is living out his rock star dreams. Colbert debuted his new single, "Charlene II I'm Over You" on "The Colbert Report" on Thursday night. Then, he took the song to the streets Friday, performing it again and signing copies for Colbert Nation groupies.

The song culminated Colbert's week-long "rock odyssey" series dubbed "Dr. Pepper Presents StePhest ColbChella `011 � Rock You Like a Thirst-Icane."

After premiering the tune on his show, Colbert and White sold copies Friday in Manhattan from the "rolling record store" of White's Nashville-based Third Man Records a truck that travels the country selling the label's music.

The former White Stripe frontman produced the track, with The Black Belles, a goth girl rock band on Third Man, performing backup.

The reference of the song is one only die-hard viewers of "The Report" likely grasp. It's a follow-up to his mock `80s new wave song, "Charlene I'm Right Behind You," a cheesy ballad sung from the perspective of a stalker.

Since 2006, Colbert has occasionally alluded to the song and suggested that before his conservative pundit character became a TV show host, he was the lead singer in a group called Stephen and the Colberts.

But the sequel, "Charlene II (I'm Over You)," has entered the real world. The song is being sold on iTunes and from Third Man Records, including on vinyl copies. There's even a limited edition red-white-and-blue edition, with the vinyl dyed in the colors of the flag.

This is White's second collaboration with a late-night talk show host. Last year, he released a live rockabilly album with Conan O'Brien. White has been present in various segments all week on "The Report," playing a remarkably good straight man to Colbert.

Colbert, in turn, has taken every chance to remind his rock mentor that he's a Grammy winner. Colbert's "A Colbert Christmas" won best comedy album in 2010.

But this is far from the comedian's first foray into musical performance. Among his greatest hits are a performance of "Empire State of Mind" with Alicia Keys, a "shred-off" with the Decemberists and a rendition of Rebecca Black's "Friday."

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pippa Middleton

 Philippa Charlotte "Pippa" Middleton (born 6 September 1983) is an English party plannersocialite and sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. On 29 April 2011, she was the maid of honour at her sister's wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, second in the line of succession to Queen Elizabeth .

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Lily Allen

Lily Rose Beatrice Allen (born 2 May 1985) is an English recording artist and fashion designer. She is the daughter of actor and musician Keith Allen and film producer Alison Owen. In her teenage years, her musical tastes evolved from glam rock to alternative. Allen abandoned school and concentrated on improving her performing and compositional skills. Afterwards, she created several demo songs, and near the end of 2005, she created a profile on MySpace, where she made some of her recordings public.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Liv Rundgren Tyler

Liv Rundgren Tyler(born July 1, 1977) is an American actress and model. She is the daughter of Aerosmith's lead singer, Steven Tyler, and Bebe Buell, model and singer. Tyler began a career in modeling at the age of 14, but after less than a year she decided to focus on acting. She made her film debut in the 1994 film Silent Fall. She then appeared in supporting roles in Empire Records (1995), Heavy (1996) and That Thing You Do! (1996). Tyler later achieved critical recognition in the leading role Stealing Beauty (1996). She followed this by starring in supporting roles including Inventing the Abbotts (1997) and Cookie's Fortune (1999).

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Ludivine Sagnier

Ludivine Sagnier (born 3 July 1979) is a French actress and model, who has worked in 33 movies since 1989. She was nominated for two C�sar Awards for Best Supporting Actress in Swimming Pool (2003) and Un secret (2007).

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Selma Blair

Selma Blair (born June 23, 1972) is an American actress. With more than fifteen years of work under her belt, she has performed in feature films including Cruel Intentions, Legally Blonde, The Sweetest Thing, Hellboy, The Fog, Purple Violets and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. She also played the titular role of Kim in the US version of the TV series Kath & Kim

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