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    According to USA Today, child actor and reality show star Corey Haim was found dead in his Los Angeles home of what police believe to be an accidental overdose. An investigation is currently underway over the death, which occurred around 3:30 AM Wednesday morning. Haim’s mother was with him at home at the time of the incident. Haim is best known for roles in ‘80s films like Lucas and The Lost Boys.

     

    · Haim’s mother told www.RadarOnline.com, “I am a cancer victim and Corey was helping me at home. He was a good boy. I’m devastated by his death.”

     

    COREY FELDMAN’S REACTION TO HAIM’S DEATH

     

    Corey Feldman was a longtime friend and co-star of the late Corey Haim. In a statement Feldman put on his blog, www.CoreyFeldman.WordPress.com, he said, “This is a tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul, who will always be my brother, family and best friend. We must all take this as a lesson in how we treat the people we share this world with while they are still here to make a difference.”

     

    · THE FULL STATEMENT! “I was awakened at 8:30 this morning by my brother and sister knocking on my bedroom door. They informed me of the loss of my brother Corey Haim. My eyes weren’t even open all the way when the tears started streaming down my face. I am so sorry for Corey, his mother Judy, his family, my family, all of our fans, and of course my son who I will have to find a way to explain this to when he gets home from school. This is a tragic loss of a wonderful, beautiful, tormented soul, who will always be my brother, family, and best friend. We must all take this as a lesson in how we treat the people we share this world with while they are still here to make a difference. Please respect our families as we struggle and grieve through this difficult time. I hope the art Corey has left behind will be remembered as the passion of that for which he truly lived. ~ Corey”

    24 CANCELED? According to Variety, the FOX TV show 24 may be ending after this season. While studio executives have not yet commented, insiders are saying the show will be canceled after this season. The official decision will be made in the next day or two.

     

    CHARLIE SHEEN RELEASED FROM REHAB! Charlie Sheen was released from rehab yesterday and is expected to be back on the set of his ABC show next week. The actor’s rep confirmed to USA Today that Sheen will head to Aspen, Colorado first, where he faces a court date on Monday to answer to domestic abuse charges. He is expected back on the set of Two and a Half Men in Los Angeles on Tuesday after the show took a three week hiatus in his absence.

     

    NEW ECLIPSE TRAILER! The first trailer for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse has hit the Internet. The clip features Taylor Lautner as “Jacob,” Kristen Stewart as “Bella” and Robert Pattinson as “Edward” doing their vampire and werewolf things. Eclipse, the third installment of the Twilight franchise, is set to premiere in theatres June 30th. Hit up www.People.com to see the new clip.

     

    ACADEMY RESPONDS TO FARRAH SNUB! The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has issued a statement about leaving Farrah Fawcett, War of the Worlds’ Gene Barry, Bea Arthur and countless others out of the award show’s montage of stars who passed away in 2009. Academy employee Bruce Davis has picked who is honored since 1993 and he told the media, “There’s nothing you can say to people, particularly to family members, within a day or two of the show that helps at all. They tend to be surprised and hurt, and we understand that and we’re sorry for it.” Head over to www.People.com.

     

    LINDSAY LOHAN TALKS E-TRADE AD! Lindsay Lohan called her mother the night she saw the E-Trade Super Bowl commercial that she’s now suing over, and told her that the commercial was wrong. Dina Lohan explained to the New York Post that Linsday was crying and asked her for help. In the ad, one baby calls another baby named “Lindsay” a “milkaholic.” As we reported yesterday, Lohan is suing E-Trade for 100-million dollars over the use of the name “Lindsay.”

     

    WALL STREET 2 DELAYED! Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has been delayed. According to www.Variety.com, the Wall Street sequel will now open on September 24th instead of April 23rd. 20th Century Fox is holding the film in the hopes of getting it submitted to the Cannes Film Festival in May.

     

    COPS COLLECT FOOTAGE! Police in Georgia have collected the footage from the nightclub where Pittsburgh Steeler Ben Roethlisberger and the woman accusing him of sexual assault were hanging out. The NFL Quarterback has already hired an attorney in Georgia, while his 20-year-old accuser has dropped out of college. Head to www.TMZ.com for more.

     

    VIRAL VIDEO! Check out this new clip from Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where Jimmy falls while holding a vodka martini. The talk show host was racing comedian Chelsea Handler when he slipped and cut his hand on glass after dropping the drink. Head over to www.PerezHilton.com to see Fallon fall around the two minute mark in the video. Handler runs away from him after he takes the slip, not offering to help until later.

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    OWL CITY TO HIT THE ROAD THIS SPRING

     

    Owl City are about to embark on a spring headlining tour in support of their album, Ocean Eyes. The “Fireflies” group will hit the road on March 30th in Boise, Idaho, and will remain out until they wrap on May 4th in Des Moines, Iowa.

     

    LIFEHOUSE WANT YOU TO PICK THEIR NEXT SINGLE

     

    Lifehouse are still going strong with their first single, “Halfway Gone,” off their latest record Smoke & Mirrors, but the band is getting ready for the next one. The “First Time” rockers took to their Twitter to ask their fans what they think the next single off the album should be. Let them know by writing them at www.Twitter.com/LifehouseMusic.

     

    KATY PERRY WANTS EQUALITY

     

    Yesterday was the first day that same-sex couples could get married in Washington, D-C, making Maryland the sixth state in the U-S where gay people can legally tie the knot. Many celebs were excited about this, including Katy Perry. The “I Kissed a Girl” singer excitedly wrote on her Twitter page, “44 more states to go on EQUALITY!” Learn more at www.ThinkProgress.org.

     

    KINGS OF LEON GEAR UP FOR NEW ALBUM

     

    It appears a new Kings of Leon album is on its way. Drummer Nathan Followill’s been Tweeting lately, saying he’s been working out in preparation for recording the follow-up to Only By The Night, and also mentioned the band was rehearsing recently. We’ll keep you posted on any and all details of their fifth studio album.

     

    SARA BAREILLES IS IN THE STUDIO

     

    Sara Bareilles is in the studio recording the follow-up to her hit album Little Voice, and Billboard.com came in for a visit. In the interview, the singer-songwriter talks about the first time she heard her single “Love Song” on the radio, how it’s been tough writing for the new record, and much more. Watch the video now at www.SaraBMusic.com.

     

    COULD AMY AND BLAKE REMARRY “WITHIN WEEKS?”

     

    There has been much talk about Amy Winehouse and ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil getting remarried, but could it be happening “within weeks?” According to British paper The Sun, multiple sources have said that the troubled couple will tie the knot in Las Vegas sooner rather than later. A source said that Winehouse “can't stop talking to people about their future together.” Blake has been recently quoted as saying that he won’t get back with Amy until she checks herself into rehab for alcohol addiction.

     

    SPIDER-MAN LOSES ITS STAR

     

    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the Broadway musical that features the music of U2’s Bono and the Edge, has lost its “Mary Jane”. According to Variety, actress Evan Rachel Wood has dropped out of the show due to scheduling conflicts. When the New York production was first announced, it was set to premiere February 25th, but due to a number of issues, it’s been delayed until late summer with an opening around Halloween. Hit up www.RollingStone.com for more.

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    Anheuser-Busch filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a company called Baby Beer Bottles Inc. the company had been selling a line of BABY BOTTLES made to resemble bottles of Budweiser and Miller Lite beer.  They were billed as quote, "gag beer bottles for your little drinker."  But a warning on the product website made it clear that the bottles were, quote, "not meant to encourage underage drinking."


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    TIGER AND WIFE KISS! According to www.RadarOnline.com, Tiger Woods and his wife Elin were spotted kissing for the first time since Tiger’s now infamous Thanksgiving car accident. According to the outlet, the golfer and his wife were seen hugging and kissing outside their home this week.

     

    LOHAN SUING! According to www.NYPost.com, Lindsay Lohan is suing E-Trade over the talking baby ad they ran during the Super Bowl. Lohan wants over 100-million dollars from the company, claiming she was insulted when one baby in the commercial calls the other baby, named Lindsay a “milkaholic.” Lohan’s lawyer is stating that the actress has just as high of a profile as one named celebrities like Oprah, Madonna and Prince, and that the commercial insults Lohan.

     

    WEDDING NEWS! Conan O’Brien decided to follow one random person on Twitter. That person ended up being 19-year-old Sarah Killen, who is getting married in September. Killen told www.PopEater.com that O’Brien’s follow has changed her life and helped fund her wedding. With the attention she’s been getting from Conan following her, she’s receiving donations from companies to help make her dream day because a reality. Sarah says she and her fiancé want O’Brien to come to their wedding.

     

    GABOUREY SIDIBE’S AUDITION TAPE! Check out actress Gabourey Sidibe’s audition tape for Precious, the film that lead her to be nominated for an Academy Award. The video is over at www.TheYBF.com, and features Gabby in a pink hoodie, reading lines and crying.

     

    HEIDI MONTAG IS FUNNY! Heidi Montag spoofs her own plastic surgery jobs in a new Funny or Die clip urging people to contact congress about financial reform. The clip was directed by the legendary director Ron Howard and features Montag in a tight red mini dress and in bath tub. Check out the under 2-minute clip over at www.FunnyorDie.com.

     

    PAPARAZZI SUE! Two photographers, who were arrested trying to snap photos of Bachelor couple Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney’s wedding back in February, are now suing ABC. The photogs are claiming they were roughed up by security guards as they were escorted off the wedding property. ABC owns The Bachelor and aired Jason and Molly’s wedding special on Monday night. Learn more about the lawsuit over at www.EOnline.com.

     

    DeNIRO TO PLAY LOMBARDI! According to NBC Sports, Robert De Niro will play legendary football coach Vince Lombardi in a new movie in development by ESPN Films. The plot will focus on Lombardi’s rivalry with former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Laundry and will culminate with a show down at the Ice Bowl.

    NFL ACCUSER DROPS OUT OF SCHOOL! According to www.TMZ.com, the woman who is accusing NFL quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexual assault has dropped out of college, and has moved back in with her family in Atlanta.

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    NEW ALBUM, TOUR FROM GOO GOO DOLLS

     

    The Goo Goo Dolls are poised to have a very busy 2010. The “Iris” band just announced via press release that they will be releasing a new album sometime this year and that it will be titled Something For The Rest of Us. This is the follow-up to their 2006 record Let Love In, and will be their ninth studio album. The group is also heading out on a spring tour in support of the forthcoming release. It kicks off April 6th in Augusta, Georgia, and will wrap up May 16th in Peoria, Illinois. More information about the album will be released shortly, but in the meantime, head to www.GooGooDolls.com to see all the tour dates.

     

    GAGA WANTS TO DO A 3-D CONCERT

     

    Lady Gaga is one of the most innovative artists around when it comes to her live show, and it seems that she’s ready to bump it up yet another level. According to MTV News, a rep from her record label said that the “Bad Romance” singer is in “talks about a 3-D concert and DVD in the near future,” after her current Monster Ball tour wraps up. The rep didn’t give any details on what exactly a 3-D concert would entail, or when we might see it. Learn more at www.MTVNews.com.

     

    LADY GAGA COMING TO ROCK BAND

     

    MTV Games announced that a four pack of songs from Lady Gaga will be added next week to the Rock Band Music Store. The “Lady Gaga Pack” will include “Bad Romance,” “Just Dance,” “Monster” and “Poker Face,” and will be available for purchase as “Lady Gaga Pack 01,” as well as individual tracks on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and as individual tracks only on Wii. Additionally, a special version of Gaga’s “Poker Face,” made famous by South Park’s “Eric Cartman,” will also be available in the Rock Band Music Store next week. The track first appeared in the “Whale Whores” episode which will re-air on Comedy Central on Tuesday at 9:30 PM.

     

    THE SCRIPT WANT YOU AT FALLON

     

    The Script are going to be performing on Tuesday on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and they want you to be at there. Head to www.TheScriptMusic.com now to enter for the chance to surround the stage while the band performs their smash hit “Breakeven.”

     

    TRAIN’S “HEY, SOUL SISTER” USED IN COMMERCIAL

     

    If you watched the Oscars on Sunday night, then you probably heard Train’s song “Hey, Soul Sister” multiple times. That’s because it’s being used in a commercial for Samsung, and the San Francisco band has posted it on their official Web site. Head to www.TrainLine.com to see it now.

     

    TRAIN APPLICATION FOR iPHONE

     

    Can’t get enough of Train’s current single “Hey, Soul Sister?” What about their classic hit “Drops of Jupiter?” Well now you can play both songs on the popular application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, Tap Tap Revenge 3. And not only that, but if you’re one of the high scorers, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a signed ukulele from the band! Learn more at www.TrainLine.com

     

    ROB THOMAS SPEAKS ON TIGER WOODS

     

    Rob Thomas has spoken out about what’s going on with Tiger Woods, and apparently, he couldn’t care less. The matchbox twenty frontman wrote on his Twitter that he doesn’t know why the golfer would “owe America an apology” and he doesn’t care who Tiger goes to bed with – but he didn’t say it quite in those words. Read the unedited version of what Rob had to say at www.Twitter.com/ThisIsRobThomas.

     

    TAYLOR SWIFT TAKES OVER iPHONE

     

    Big Machine Records released a free Taylor Swift iPhone application this week. The program includes exclusive news, music, videos, photos, and more. Fans are also updated as soon as Taylor sends a new tweet. Get it now at iTunes.

     

    THE FRAY WANT TO TAKE YOU LONDON

     

    The Fray and MySpace Karaoke want you to post a video of yourself singing the Denver band’s hit song “Syndicate.” If they like it, you and a friend could win the chance to fly to London, meet the group, and see them perform live. Learn more at www.TheFray.net or www.MySpace.com/Karaoke.

     

    PUSSYCAT DOLL FOUNDER SPEAKS

     

    Pussycat Dolls founder Robin Antin has finally spoken out about the future of the group. She told PerezHilton.com that the group will still exist with Nicole Scherzinger remaining as the lead singer, but that she is replacing the other girls because they are “ready to begin artistic journeys of their own.” Read the whole statement at www.PerezHilton.com.

     

    LINKIN PARK OPEN THEIR ARCHIVES

     

    On March 17th, Linkin Park will open their archives, offering fans over 100 professional live concert recordings from 2007-2009. The LP Archives will be available at www.Downloads.LinkinPark.com and each concert will cost $9.99, with bundle deals also available.

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    BROOKE BURKE ON DANCING! Former Dancing with the Stars winner Brooke Burke has signed on to be the new co-host of the show. It was announced on Good Morning America Monday that Burke will join existing host Tom Bergeron to help conduct backstage interviews with celebrities and keep the show moving along. The 10th season of the show kicks off March 22nd and features Kate Gosselin, Pam Anderson, Reno 911 star Niecy Nash and more.

     

    FAWCETT NOT HONORED AT THE OSCARS! Farrah Fawcett was not featured at this weekend’s Oscars during the In Memoriam tribute to stars that have died. According to the Associated Press, a spokesperson for the awards said that they have to choose who is in the slideshow and “it’s an unfortunate reality that we can’t include everybody.” Patrick Swayze, Brittany Murphy, Michael Jackson, Natasha Richardson and more were honored during the tribute.

     

    BETTY WHITE TO APPEAR ON SNL! Betty White has confirmed to People that she will appear on Saturday Night Live in the near future. Details about what part she’ll play on the show are yet to be announced. Recently, a Facebook page was created to get Betty White to host Saturday Night Live and more than a half a million people have joined.

     

    HUNKY VIRAL VIDEO! Jimmy Kimmel showed a clip called the Handsome Men’s Club on his show Sunday night. The video featured Patrick Dempsey, Matthew McConaughey, Tony Romo, Josh Harnett, Taye Diggs, Lenny Kravitz, Sting, Ben Affleck, Keith Urban, Matt Damon, John Krasinski and more! You can find this video right here at Kate's Dish.

     

    NFL STAR HIRES LAWYER! According to www.ProFootballTalk.com, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has hired the same lawyer who helped NFLer Ray Lewis get acquitted of murder in 2000. The lawyer’s name is Ed Garland and he is based out of Atlanta. Roethlisberger is currently under investigation in Georgia after being accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman in a nightclub bathroom this past weekend.

     

    ALICE ON ABC FAMILY! ABC Family has purchased the rights to show Alice in Wonderland on their TV channel. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Walt Disney Pictures film will air on ABC Family in 2012, though the channel hasn’t yet decided whether they’ll air Alice in 3D or 2D. Alice in Wonderland opened this weekend, making 116.3-million dollars in the U-S.

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    ROB THOMAS AT THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

     

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony just got a little bit better. Rob Thomas took to his Twitter account to say that he will be performing at the event, which takes place on Monday in New York City. The matchbox twenty frontman wrote that it will be “much fun!” Follow Rob at www.Twitter.com/ThisIsRobThomas.

     

    MADONNA GETS MAD

     

    Reports are coming out of Hollywood that Madonna had a little meltdown at Elton John’s pre-Oscar party over the weekend. According to British paper The Mirror, the party was sponsored by Grey Goose, and Madge got angry when she wasn’t able to get a drink made with her personal vodka preference, Belvedere. A source says that Madonna was “dropping F-bombs like they were going out of fashion” and manager Guy Oseary had to calm her down. The source also says that actress Jane Fonda said hello to Madonna, but she was in such a bad mood that she didn’t even turn around to acknowledge her. Learn more at www.Mirror.co.uk.

     

    TRAIN IS IN WINE COUNTRY

     

    Train is going to be playing a series of shows in the Napa Valley of California, better known as Wine Country. The shows are private, but the San Francisco rockers are giving you a chance to win tickets to see them perform! Head to www.TrainLine.com to learn more now.

     

    GREEN RIVER ORDINANCE HITS THE ROAD

     

    Green River Ordinance are hitting the road this spring. It was just announced via press release that the “Come On” rockers will kick off their tour on March 26th in Oklahoma City and wrap it up on May 6th in Los Angeles. Learn more about the trek and see if the guys are coming to a town near you, at www.GreenRiverOrdinance.com.

     

    LEONA LEWIS IS HAPPY THE COVE WON AN OSCAR

     

    The film The Cove won Best Documentary at the Oscars on Sunday night, and Leona Lewis is absolutely thrilled that it did. The movie shows people who are trying to stop dolphins from getting brutally murdered, and since Leona is such an animal lover, she took to her Twitter account to offer a big congratulations. The “Bleeding Love” singer called The Cove “inspiring and moving,” and wrote that you can help protect the animals by texting “Dolphin” to 44144. Learn more at www.Twitter.com/LeonaLewisMusic.

     

    SEE THE RUNAWAYS, HELP A GOOD CAUSE

     

    Sara Bareilles is helping to put on a special screening of The Runaways, the new movie about the lives of Joan Jett and Cherie Currie that hits theaters on April 9th. The “Love Song” singer is screening the film tonight in Los Angeles, and if you buy tickets, proceeds go to benefit Rock n’ Roll Camp For Girls Los Angeles, which is a new non-profit that aims to empower girls through music education. Learn more and be a part of the special event, by heading to www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

     

    BILLY IDOL ANNOUNCES TOUR

     

    Billy Idol announced a world tour yesterday. The “White Wedding” singer kicks off the trek on June 5th in Moscow and will crisscross throughout Europe until July 11th, when he winds down in Holland. During his time on the road, Billy will perform in countries like Germany, Switzerland, Serbia, Macedonia, the Czech Republic and his native U-K, where he'll play at the Download Festival. Once his overseas trek finishes up, Idol plans to tour in North America. Get all the European dates and stay up to date at www.BillyIdol.com.

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    CONAN O’BRIEN SHOW! Ticketmaster is selling tickets to a stage show in Phoenix, Arizona featuring Conan O’Brien. There is no word on what type of set or show O’Brien will perform, but tickets go on sale today to see the funnyman on April 30th in Phoenix. Head to Ticketmaster.com to take a gamble and see what with former Late Show host will do.

     

    NO PLEA FOR CHARLIE! According to Radar Online, the district attorney involved in the Charlie Sheen domestic assault case will not accept any plea deal from Sheen’s camp. That means that Sheen may have to go to trail and face his one felony and two misdemeanor charges after an incident involving a knife at Christmastime.

     

    BABY NEWS! Despite previous reports that Rebecca Gayheart had already given birth, actor Eric Dane and Rebecca officially became parents this past week. The couple had a baby girl and according to their publicist, the whole family is doing great. Head over to www.News.Yahoo.com for more.

     

    THE OFFICE BABY! On Thursday night, people who watched The Office got to see “Pam” and “Jim’s” baby girl arrive. The TV couple named their baby “Cecelia.” Jenna Fischer, the actress who plays “Pam,” told www.People.com that she chose the name after her niece, who happened to have been born the same day she was filming the birth scene for the show.

     

    PRIVATE FUNERAL. There will be a private funeral held today in Utah for Michael Bryan, the son of Marie Osmond. Bryan died in late February of a reported suicide. Learn more at www.EOnline.com.

     

    GET READY FOR STEAMY ECLIPSE! Chris Weitz, the director of New Moon, got his hands on the new Twilight script Eclipse. The director said he thinks the new film will get pretty steamy! Weitz is not directing the third vampire film, rather David Slade is. Eclipse is set to hit theatres June 30th.

     

    DANCING PHOTOS! Head over to ETOnline.com to see the celebrities of Dancing With the Stars all dressed up and posing with their partners. Kate Gosselin is featured in a long, tight, white dress, Shannen Doherty is seen in a ‘40s style short, silver dress, and Pam Anderson is shown in a short silver and black dress. Check out www.ETOnline.com/Gallery to see all the stars dressed to impress.

     

    AVATAR STOLEN? A Chinese author is claiming that James Cameron stole 80 percent of the plot for his epic movie Avatar from his book Tale of The Blue Crows. The author wants 145-million dollars from Cameron for the alleged theft. Learn more at www.DigitalSpy.com.

     

    SOMEONE LEAVING DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES! Drea de Matteo is leaving Desperate Housewives in May. According to www.EW.com, the actress is parting ways with the show so she can spend more time with her child and head back to New York. Drea played “Angie Bolen” on the show for just this season.

     

    SKATING WITH THE STARS! ABC is thinking about doing a version of their Dancing With the Stars show on ice. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the proposed series would be an on-ice version of their Dancing show. FOX previously tried this with their 2006 show Skating With Celebrities, which lasted only one season.

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    KATY PERRY, THE SMURF?

     

    Katy Perry is going to be a Smurf? Well according to Variety, the “I Kissed a Girl” singer has been tapped to voice one in the forthcoming big screen adaption of the hit TV show. Perry will be voicing “Smurfette,” the only female Smurf. Variety also reports that Neil Patrick Harris, George Lopez and Alan Cumming have already signed on to the project, which is set to begin shooting next month.

     

    LADY GAGA LOVES FISH AND CHIPS

     

    What do you do when you’re in the U-K? Well you eat fish and chips of course, and if you’re Lady Gaga and her crew, you get a lot of it. According to British paper The Daily Star, the pop star ordered more than 200-dollars worth of fish and chips while in Cardiff, Wales last week, and, according to a source, has become obsessed with the local cuisine, and is even trying to find the right recipe to have her chefs in America make it when she comes home from touring.

     

    GAGA TALKS DRUGS AND FAME

     

    In an interview with the New York Times, Lady Gaga talked about her past drug use and fame. The singer said that her fans helped her move past drugs. Gaga stated, “It's no secret that I have had problems with drugs in the past. And some places represent to me things in terms of my mental and physical health, so you learn to move on, to preserve what your mission in life is, and my greater mission is my fans." Gaga goes on to say while she uses the concept of fame as a motif in her art and music, she does not like the idea of “celebrity” and how some stars “devour fame.” Lady Gaga just wrapped a tour of the U-K and will head to New Zealand and Australia starting on Saturday.

     

    GIVE TRAIN A CALL

     

    Train has a new phone number and they want you to give it a call. They may not pick up every time, but they do want you to leave a message with ideas for the band, or just say hello. Also, the group will be leaving news updates for you to hear when you call as well. Start dialing the San Francisco rockers now at (415) 658-9236. Head to www.TrainLine.com for more info.

     

    LEONA LEWIS LOVES ANIMALS

     

    Leona Lewis is a huge supporter of animal rights, and the singer-songwriter was just in a public service announcement for the World Society For The Protection of Animals. Check out the video of Leona standing up for her furry friends on YouTube now.

     

    DIRECT LINK:

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0ZojgErGJs

     

    RIHANNA KISSES A ROBOT?

     

    During the ECHO Awards in Berlin, Germany, Rihanna did something on stage that we’ve never seen her do before. While performing her number one hit song, “Rude Boy,” Ri Ri decided to show some love to a robot on stage. Check it out on YouTube now!

     

    DIRECT LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxxQk4QOHMk

     

    MCR PART WAYS WITH DRUMMER

     

    According to a post on My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero’s blog, drummer Bob Bryar has left the band. The post revealed that Bryar and the group parted ways four weeks ago and that the decision was “painful” and “not taken lightly.” MCR go on to wish Bryar the best of luck in his future endeavors. The band’s follow-up the their. Black Parade album is due out later this year.

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    MORE JACKSON STUN GUN NEWS! L-A County social workers were at Katherine Jackson’s home again yesterday to continue their investigation into the stun gun incident. Earlier this week, Jermaine Jackson’s 13-year-old son Jaafar was accused of trying to stun gun Michael Jackson’s 7-year-old child Blanket. Hit up TMZ for all the updates.

     

    MORE OSCAR PRESENTERS. Current Oscar nominees Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Anna Kendrick, Carey Mulligan and Quentin Tarantino have been added as presenters for the 82nd Academy Awards. They join previously announced presenters Gerard Butler, Bradley Cooper, Tom Ford, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine, Keanu Reeves, Ryan Reynolds, Kathy Bates, Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron, Sean Penn Kate Winslett, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Queen Latifah and John Travolta. Sacha Baron Cohen, Jason Bateman, Steve Carell, Tina Fey and Ben Stiller have joined Tyler Perry, Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron, Taylor Lautner and Kirsten Stewart. The 82nd Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live on ABC at 7 PM.

     

    STALKER ARRESTED! A man who allegedly threatened Dr. Drew Pinsky and his family has been arrested on charges of felony stalking. The man sent Dr. Drew threatening e-mails and said he would kill and eat his wife and kids…yes, eat. As of press time, the man was being held on 150-thousand dollars bail. Learn more at www.TMZ.com.

     

    NEW JOHN HUGHES FILM? According to Canadian site Jam! Showbiz, Paramount Pictures has purchased the rights to a never-before-filmed John Hughes script about a Chicago family that loses all their money. John Hughes left show business in 1994, and died on April 6th of last year. Learn more at www.Jam.Canoe.ca for more.

     

    SARAH PALIN REALITY SERIES? According to Entertainment Weekly, Sarah Palin and super producer Mark Burnett are shopping a reality series to TV networks. E-W is reporting that the show would feature Palin and her family and also show a lot of Alaska.

     

    NEW DeNIRO FILM! Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper are set to star in a new movie called The Dark Fields. According to Variety, the film is set to begin shooting in May in Philadelphia. Cooper is said to play a writer, while DeNiro will portray a financial mogul.

     

    PAM TOO TOP HEAVY? Previous Dancing With the Stars winner and Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno is saying that Pam Anderson might be too top heavy to win this year’s Dancing contest. Ohno is betting that ice skater and Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek will be crowned champ. Learn more at www.People.com.

     

    BABY NEWS! Chef Jamie Oliver and his wife are expecting their fourth child. The baby is expected in September and will join its sisters Poppy Honey, Daisy Boo and Petal Blossom Rainbow. Olive and his wife married back in June 2000. Learn more at www.People.com.

     

    WALKEN IN NEW BROADWAY SHOW! Most people know Martin McDonagh as the Oscar-nominated screenwriter who penned In Bruges, however, McDonagh is first and foremost a playwright and his latest show, A Behanding in Spokane, just opened on Broadway. The comedy stars Christopher Walken as man who has spent the last 47 years looking for his left hand. We Are Marshall star Anthony Mackie and up-and-coming actress Zoe Kazan play lovers who try to con him, with hilarious results. Sam Rockwell also appears in the play, which you can get tickets to or learn more about at www.BehandingInSpokane.com.