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We still don’t know who will play in next month’s Super Bowl – our money is on the Patriots vs. the 49ers – but we do now know the two main musical acts that will be featured in New Orleans.
Beyonce will perform at halftime – and it’s been confirmed that Alicia Keys will sing the national anthem.
The occasion will mark this Grammy winner’s first time performing at the big game, although she has actually twice before taken the stage during the pre-show.
Music fans, meanwhile, can also look forward to a Destiny’s Child reunion along Beyonce, presumably to belt out the group’s newMore >
Gabrielle Giffords paid an emotional visit this afternoon to Newtown, Connecticut, as the former Congressman tragically has something in common with this scarred area.
Giffords, of course, was shot in the head two years ago outside Tucson in an incident that claimed five people.
The brave politician was accompanied by husband Mark Kelly and reportedly met first selectman Pat Llodra, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman.
“Our horrible event of Dec. 14 has some of those same tragic elements as experienced in the Tucson event that so harmed Ms. Giffords and took theMore >
A Connecticut attorney blames the state for the brutal massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and is looking to sue for $100 million on behalf of one of the survivors.
According to the Hartford Courant, Irving Pinsky filed legal documents with the Claims Commissioner, asking permission to sue the state on behalf of a 6-year-old student.
The Newtown, Conn., resident (only ID’d as “Jill Doe”) was in another classroom at the time Adam Lanza open fire and suffered emotional and psychological trauma.
Pinsky believes that the December 14 shooting was foreseeable, claiming a “fellowMore >
A new set of Rihanna nude photos were taken in Barbardos this week – and without Rihanna taking them herself and blasting them out on Instagram for once.
We’re talking Kate Middleton topless scandal here.
It’s unclear if she was totally unaware she was being photographed (why change in front of an open balcony door), but these pics aren’t Rihanna approved.
In them, she’s pictured bending over to flash her rear end at the camera, then seen completely nude from the side, as she changed from one bikini to the next.
The NSFW Rihanna photos appear after the jump …
Really, they’reMore >
The disappearance of 12-year-old Autumn Pasquale was enabled in part by Facebook, according to a new report regarding the New Jersey girl’s tragic death.
Pasquale initiated the conversation when she saw a photo that Justin Robinson, 15, had posted of his BMX motocross bike, the Newark Star-Ledger reports.
The Facebook conversation about the bike is particularly chilling, as prosecutors believe the brothers lured her to their home intending to steal her own bicycle for parts.
“Is that ur bike?” she wrote.
“Yeupp,” he responded.
“Thts sexy!” Pasquale wrote.
“lol thxx,”More >
She’s small, she’s bubbly, she may be the hardest working woman in show business.
And she’s now 42 years old!
Kelly Ripa celebrates a birthday today and, although she got her wish when Michael Strahan was named new Live! cohost, we encourage readers to send in their best wishes to the TV personality. She’s just so cute!
Other big names celebrating birthdays today include: Rima Fakh (26), Camille Belle (26), Sting (61), Mahatma Gandhi (Posthumous).
Originally posted here: Happy Birthday, Kelly Ripa and Mahatma Gandhi!
The movie theater inside which James Holmes took the lives of 12 people last Friday is offering to pay for the funerals of those lost in the massacre.
As first reported by TMZ, several services were held this week, including one for a 32-year old mother of two named Rebecca Wingo.
And insiders say the owners of Cinemark called the chapel where her funeral was being held and made it clear it would cover the expenses for Wingo and also all other victims of the tragedy.
Rebecca’s mother actually turned down the offer, sources confirm, but only because the Victims Advocate Fund has alreadyMore >
Richard Dawson, the legendary host of Family Feud and a veteran film and TV actor, has died from complications due to esophageal cancer, according to his son.
He was 79. Gary Dawson wrote on Facebook late Saturday:
“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer.”
“He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered.”
Dawson hosted Family Feud from 1976-1985 and 1994-1995. He was also famous for being aMore >
Recalling the night Whitney Houston died in her hotel room, Bobby Brown tells Ellen DeGeneres that he performed because she would’ve wanted him to.
Despite many critics feeling it was poor taste for her ex-husband to perform at his scheduled show February 11, Brown has zero regrets … big surprise.
“I was in Mississippi performing and I got the call. Of course, I tried to get a flight. Tried to rent a jet. Whatever I had to do,” he told Ellen Wednesday.
“But it was impossible. So I knew the best thing that she would’ve wanted me to do was perform. You know, we areMore >
Ryan O’Neal has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
“Recently I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer,” said the actor, who has successfully battled leukemia, in a statement released by his rep.
“Although I was shocked and stunned by the news, I feel deeply fortunate that it was detected early and according to my extraordinary team of doctors the prognosis is positive for a full recovery,” the statement adds.
“I am deeply grateful for the support of my friends and family during this time, and I urge everyone to get regular check-ups, as early detection is the best defense againstMore >
The National Enquirer is not the only tabloid that won’t let Whitney Houston rest in peace.
According to The London Sun, the late singer carried on an affair with Jermaine Jackson – while the latter was married – in the early 1980s. The newspaper, which does not cite a single source, even claims Whitney’s hit single “Saving All My Love for You” was based on her secret romance with MJ’s brother.
A few stolen moments is all that we share/You’ve got your family and they need you there. Though I’ve tried to resist being last on your list/But no other man’s gonna do/So I’m saving all my loveMore >
Tragically, Jermaine Jackson can relate to Bobbi Kristina Brown. Both have lost loved ones under the intense glare of the public spotlight.
So, with Whitney Houston’s 18-year old daughter reportedly nearing a breakdown and with her family hoping she enters rehab, what advice would Jermaine offer the teenager?
“She’s got to stay strong and be with her family,” the former Jackson 5 member told Us Weekly last night. “There are so many bad influences… [you have to] go back to the basics. Surround yourself with love from your family. That’s the most important thing.”
Jackson was close to theMore >
Justin Bieber owes his fame and fortune to Usher, who discovered the Canadian singer based on a series of homemade YouTube videos.
Now, the teenage icon is returning the favor, hoping to become a mentor to a young woman named Carly Rae Jespen.
The Biebs helped sign Jepsen – last year’s runner-up on Canadian Idol – to Schoolboy Records, the label run by Justin’s manager, Scooter Braun, after hearing the track “Call Me Maybe” on the radio.
“She’s gonna blow up,” Bieber said last week on his native country’s MuchMusic.
And he’s doing all he can to help with said blowing up, teaming withMore >
Due to leg spasms and muscle pain, Aretha Franklin was unable to attend Whitney Houston’s funeral on Saturday, canceling not only her appearance but a planned performance in honor of her goddaughter, as well.
But the late legend was very much in Franklin’s thoughts the evening before, as she played a concert for fans at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and honored Houston with a pair of covers.
“Remember the hits and forget the misses,” Aretha told the crowd. “I’ll always look back and remember her singing…”
And, with that, Franklin broke into a rendition of “I Will Always Love.”More >
A heartfelt congratulations is in order for Scott Porter and his girlfriend of four years, Kelsey Mayfield: they’re engaged!!!
An insider confirms to Us Weekly that the Hart of Dixie actor proposed in late January and the couple is now living together in Los Angeles.
Mayfield, a casting director, met Porter on the set of Friday Night Lights, but didn’t know at the time that he portrayed Jason Street, one of the drama’s main character.
“They hit it off regardless, and one week when Kelsey was going on a trip, Scott gave her some DVDs of the show,” a source says. “Of course she was laughingMore >