Saturday, March 19, 2011

Fergie 2.0 Shows Off New Makeover on ‘American Idol’?

Fergie_Black_Eyed_Peas_March18newsnea"Fergie’s face” has been a trending topic online this week after The Black Eyed Peas performed their new single, “Just Can’t Get Enough” on American Idol Thursday night. I can't put my finger on it. ('cause probably the wax is not dry yet) , but something looked different about Fergie!

Fergie wore a stunning Marilyn Monroe style short white dress, hot pink lipstick and green fingernails when the group took the stage last night. But it was her face shape that had people really Tweeting and Facebook writing about

The rumors were that Fergie, who turns 36 on March 27, appears to have had work done on her face. The singer, according to My Fox, has admitted to have Botox, but denied plastic surgery rumors.

What do you think? Does Fergie look any different? Lets go to the photo's...
The lower left shows the "Old" Fergie. The upper Left shows the current Fergie.

Bradley Cooper & Renee Zellweger SPLIT

Bradley Cooper Renee Zellweger Split Breakup
Bradley Cooper and Renee Zellweger have called it quits after less than two years together. Reps for both actors had no comment.

The couple has been famously tight-lipped about their relationship, but last year they both opened up to "Entertainment Tonight" about how much they loved working together on the 2010 horror-thriller "Case 39."

"Can't say enough about her," Cooper said. "I never met her before this movie, but I just love her. I love coming to work. I love acting with her. I can learn so much from her."

"I just got so excited, not believing that I was going to go to work with him," Zellweger said.
Last summer the couple shot down engagement rumors.

Cooper wed Jennifer Esposito in 2006 and they split after four months together. Zellweger was married to Kenny Chesney for four months in 2005

Ne-Yo Dancers say No to Traveling to Japan for Tour Date

R&B Singer Ne-Yo is scheduled to perform in Japan soon. But when his dancers refused to go because of the possible threat of radiation & the fact that there was a hmm.... let's see a 8.9 earthquake, followed by a tsunami, followed by a 6.6 earthquake, followed by a possible nuclear power plant meltdown, followed by many aftershocks, his management got so furious with the dancers that their Choreographer, Amy Allen, suggested that they take the dancers to their next stop Korea for free.

All because Ms. Allen wanted to "protect" management's interests and because they "lost money". I  mean doesn't Ne-Yo mind that his dancers didn't want to expose themselves radiation, and possibility of traveling into a disaster potential disaster area?

According to sources, their perspective talent agencies, Clear Talent & The Bloc Agency, suggested to one of the dancers that she take the "free" job because it would of been "not a good working relationship" if she turned the Korea leg down.

The dancers were even advised by their "talent agents" to get a lawyer to write Ne-Yo's management a letter because they said they might of even been sued by Ne-Yo's camp.

Justin Bieber's Hair goes for $40,000+

Justin Bieber has raised a staggering $40,668 after a lock of his hair was sold at auction.

The pop superstar handed his hair to TV personality Ellen DeGeneres during an appearance on her show last month (Feb11) - days after famously changing his look - and told her to sell it for a charity of her choice.

He stated, "I'm giving pieces of it (hair) to different people. We're doing something special. We want you to donate it to whatever charity you want."

DeGeneres decided to sell it to raise funds for California animal rescue centre The Gentle Barn, and placed the hair on, where it quickly became a hot item.

Bidding reached $12,000 on Tuesday (01Mar11) but shot up overnight. It is not known who placed the winning bid.

Rebecca Black's Friday "The Worst Song Ever"?

"Friday" is a song performed by Rebecca Black. singer from Anaheim Hills, California. It was released as a single on iTunes on March 14, 2011.

Starting on Friday, March 11, 2011, the viewcount for the music video jumped from around 3,000 views to over 21 million on in a week and became a hit. The sudden increase in the viewcount was attributed to a Tosh.0 blog post titled "Songwriting Isn't for Everyone", posted on March 11. Since the growth in popularity of the song and video, there have been numerous parody videos and remixes.stated that the notoriety of the song is another sign of the power of social media — specifically Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr, in this instance — in the ability to create "overnight sensations".

Kevin Rutherford, a columnist for Billboard magazine, wrote, "Black's video for 'Friday' is one of those rare occurrences where even the most seasoned critics of Internet culture don't know where to begin. From the singing straight out of Auto-Tuned hell to lyrics such as 'Tomorrow is Saturday / And Sunday comes afterwards / I don't want this weekend to end' and a hilariously bad rap about passing school buses, 'Friday' is something that simply must be seen and heard to be fully appreciated."Many other reviewers also singled out the lyrics in particular for criticism. The song has received almost entirely negative reviews, with some considering it to be the "worst song ever." Observers have called it "bizarre", "inept" and "hilariously dreadful.

Although Black has received death threats, and hate mail. The young singer sad and hurt at first, remains upbeat and has done many TV interviews since...

Britney's Backup Dancers are not to Give Her Drugs!

A non-disclosure agreement (NDA) that dancers were required to sign before working on Britney's latest music video has surfaced. It specifically states, "Contractor acknowledges that it is essential that [Britney] not be exposed to any alcohol, drugs, or controlled substances."

The NDA even goes on to say that the dancers can be subjected to drug testing at any time and can be fired for failing a test or even refusing to take one. It has also been reported, ANYONE that wants to go on set has to take a drug test even someone that isn't a dancer.. Two dancers were fired because they found alcohol in their system. Not just drugs.

With Britney comes much responsibility.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Taylor Swift joins Universal's 'The Lorax'

Taylor Swift has joined the cast of Universal’s 3-D animated film, The Lorax, based on the famous Dr. Seuss children’s book about preserving the environment.

Danny DeVito is voicing the fuzzy, tree-loving Lorax, Ed Helms is the greedy Once-ler, and Zac Efron plays Ted, the young boy who seeks out the Lorax. Swift will voice Audrey, the girl of Ted’s dreams.

Rob Riggle and Betty White will also voice characters for the film, which will be released on March 2, 2012.

Billy Ray Cyrus Dropped the Divorce

Billy Ray Cyrus: "I've dropped the divorce!"Billy Ray Cyrus has had enough of his family falling apart since he and his wife TIsh Cyrus split last year. Yesterday he announced that he has called the divorce off and is now determined to get things back to the way they were before he say, Hannah Montana ruined the family! 
In an interview on The View yesterday, he made it official, saying "I've dropped the divorce, to want to put my family back together again!" Billy also says he had made up with Miley and they are a loving daughter and dad again. Well we will see about that!

"I Wasn't Trying to Kill Myself!" Say's Kacey Jordan

Kacey Jordan -- the porn star from Charlie Sheen's January cocaine binge says, she WASN'T trying to kill herself this week ... she just made some seriously bad decisions while high on drugs.

Kacey -- real name Courtney Roskop states, "I was not trying to kill myself. I was held at Northwestern University's psych ward for 48 hours, and was evaluated by many mental health experts who all agreed that I was pretty with it. And not psychotic."

She adds, "But they did tell me they felt I made bad decisions under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Duh!"

As we previously reported, cops raided Kacey's Chicago hotel room Monday night ... after she published several suicidal Twitter messages -- and it was littered with prescription pill bottles and broken glass.

According to law enforcement, she was covered in self-inflicted cuts and scrapes when they arrived -- but thankfully, based on the picture she sent us, they weren't that bad.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Original Glee Songs Take Over iTunes!

original-glee-music-tops-the-itunes-chartsWe guess it doesn't matter if it's original music or covers - Glee is an un$toppable cash cow!

Tuesday's episode of the smash series premiered their first foray into all-original music, and two of these tracks, the Max Martin-written Loser Like Me and Adam Anders track Get It Right, have hit the top two slots on the iTunes chart, racking up nearly 200,00 downloads since release!

As happy as we are for their success, however, we hope that this won't become too much of a habit for them!

We like the show best when the know the songs to sing along to!

What do U think?? More original music for Glee or back to covers??

Enrique Iglesias in Talks to Host 'X Factor'

Just one day after it was reported that Island Def Jam chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid was close to joining the cast of Simon Cowell's new FOX singing competition 'The X Factor,' another big name is being thrown into the mix.

Reportedly, singer Enrique Iglesias has been approached with an offer to host the American version of 'The X Factor'.

'The X Factor' UK is the creation of former 'American Idol' judge Simon Cowell, who also performs double-duty as a judge on the hit show. The show, which just wrapped its seventh season, is responsible for launching the career of pop superstar Leona Lewis.

Iglesias would be sitting alongside Cowell, who has already confirmed that he will be serving jury duty on the newest installment of his talent franchise. The 35-year-old Spaniard is known for melting hearts with that smoldering gaze and sultry vocals -- he may just make contestants fall apart with nerves. At the very least, Iglesias would bring some heat to an otherwise stone-cold judges' table. It would be the singer's first hosting gig.

Cowell is the only confirmed judge thus far. How he'll fill out his table with three more judges has been a hot topic lately. Cowell recently told 'Access Hollywood Live' he was considering George Michael, Nicole Scherzinger, Mariah Carey and former 'American Idol' co-judge Paula Abdul. He also said that Elton John is absolutely not in the running -- "He's so grumpy nowadays. He'd just be moaning the whole time," Cowell said.

The 'The X Factor' America will premier on Fox in this Fall.

'American Reunion': Universal Plans New 'American Pie' Sequel

American Pie
Perhaps Jason Biggs will be teaching his son about the joys of baking.

Hungry for a hit and with a classic property ready in the works, Universal is bringing the original cast from the smash "American Pie" trilogy back for an awkward fourth coming of age experience. Jason Biggs, Seann William Scott and Eugene Levy have already signed on to do a fourth "Pie" movie, with deals in the works for Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Chris Klein, Mena Suvari and Jennifer Coolidge to come back aboard, as well.

"I know that Universal wants to do it. We want to be involved in it. Because of the affection we hold for the story and the characters. We want to get as many former cast members back as possible," he told the site. "In some ways, like any reunion, it would be about the nostalgia element. For the time that it came out. For how people felt when they first saw it. And now to experience it again with all the pathos and humor that implies."

Of course, that didn't give any plot points away, but another party involved did discuss potential story lines. William Scott spoke with about a prospective film in February; at the time, he said he'd been working on developing it, but may not appear in it, though that's now clearly not the case. He gave some insight into the idea behind the film, saying, "It would be everybody back. The idea would probably be the kind of high-school reunion. It would be centered around that. Just catching up with everybody.

"I love seeing these guys at that age, they are fatter, Stifler is chubby. It's that age where you're 29-30, and you go 'is this really where I thought I was going to be?' It's kind of a different point in your life. There might be something there."

Ke$ha Drinks Blood during Brisbane Music Festival Performance, Charlie Sheen Prepaired to Top That!

KeshaKe$ha's recent set at the Brisbane Future Music Festival featured the singer in a tattered American Flag performing recent hits before kicking off her upcoming '$leazy' tour.

But the show didn't escalate into performance-artist antics until halfway through 'Cannibal,' when Ke$ha pulsed blood from a dissected heart into her mouth and over her body.

No word on whether the heart was from the animal kingdom or a prop, but one thing is for sure - pop music just got a lot crazier. .

JT & JB Split NOT MUTUAL, Justin Timberlake Ended Relationship with Jessica Biel

Reports are coming in which state that Justin Timberlake wanted to end his relationship with Jessica Biel because he was "miserable" and wanted to "enjoy being single," but reps for the couple claimed last week that Timberlake and Biel had "mutually have decided to part ways."

But, a friend "snitch" of Timberlake is telling them in reality the singer, "had been aggressively trying to end things," and that, "He [Timberlake] hasn't been happy with Jessica for close to two years. You'd be surprised at how soon the love was lost on this one. Justin said he was miserable."

Supposedly Timberlake finally confessed to Biel about how he felt shortly after his birthday in January. A source is quoted saying, "He just said he didn't want to marry her and it didn't feel right." The news hurt Biel, but the source also said that Timberlake never confessed or admitted about his roving eye or his affairs, while he was with the actress. is reporting that Timberlake was known to use a guy friend as his wingman and cover guy. He used this friend to get the number of a girl he was interested in and have the friend leave with the girl. But it would be Timberlake who would eventually hook up with the girl.

Star Magazine is reporting (via Radar) that Timberlake had been actively pursuing women behind Biel's back and even tried to hook up with Mila Kunis, his co-star in the upcoming movie, 'Friends With Benefits.' He reportedly told Kunis that it was secretly over between him and Biel, but she did not believe his story and did not accept his advances.

Timberlake allegedly hooked up with actress Olivia Munn while the two were filming together, in October last year. A source is also quoted saying, "Justin thinks the breakup will be good because he can focus on his other ventures and just enjoy being single." So JT if this is all true then you are really a "piece of work," Jenifer is a beautiful woman and you should be lucky to have her, and if its not...then here is my phone number

Kamofie & Co Shop Book Deal for the Lindsay-Necklace Insodent

The jewelry store that was allegedly victimized by Lindsay Lohan has been shopping a book deal, and it's really becoming a problem for prosecutors

The publicist for Kamofie & Co. contacted Sharlene Martin, a literary agent, early last week. Martin told the agent the necklace incident "was a moment, not a book." Martin, who specializes in crime-related books, told the publicist, "You shouldn't waste any literary agent's time.  Call the Enquirer if you want."

Kamofie has already sold the surveillance video, and the latest effort makes the victim look so "needy" it could really jeopardize the prosecutor's case.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Christina Aguilera Promises 'The Voice' Judges Will Be Nice

Is the age of the mean judge over? With the new "American Idol" panel going pretty easy on this year's top 13 so far, it's starting to sound like there will be more of the same back-patting on the upcoming NBC singing competition "The Voice."

"There is no good and bad," said Christina Aguilera, one of the show's mentors, in her first public appearance since her arrest for public intoxication earlier this month. Aguilera sat in one of the oversize swivel chairs alongside fellow judge/coach Adam Levine on Tuesday to talk up the show, which premieres on April 26.

"This isn't about tearing people down. I want to bring these people up," she added, according to Entertainment Weekly. " 'The Voice' really does stand for what it says. Instinctually, you can judge people based on the way they look. I love the fact we get to sit here with our backs turned away from these people and completely use just one sense to hear these voices. I'm not looking for vocal acrobatics, who has biggest range [of] high and low. I'm looking forward to getting moved."

Unlike other singing competitions, the judging panel on "The Voice" — which also includes Cee Lo Green and country singer Blake Shelton — will listen to the prospective stars with their backs turned, in order to focus on their voices, not their looks.

"It's less about being judgmental and more about helping them out," said Maroon 5 singer Levine about the show's conceit, which involves the judges hitting a red button to signal they want to snag the unseen vocalist for their team. After getting advice from the professional singers during battle phases — where they can also call in professional choreographers, stylists and producers to help their charges — the wannabe stars will go on to live performance shows where the TV audience will vote on who advances and wins the $100,000 prize and recording contract.

"It's a new experience for all of us, so we will be learning as well," said reality TV newbie Levine. "We really don't know. We are hoping to gain something as human beings, which is definitely different for us. We've never been in this position before, which makes it really exciting."

It won't be the first TV work for Aguilera, whose on screen career began in 1993 when she joined the cast of "The Mickey Mouse Club" alongside Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Ryan Gosling. But, according to Billboard, the elusive singer will join Twitter "in honor of the show" as a means of promoting her prime-time gig.

"We're looking to get more involved with people starting out just like we did," Aguilera said. "We're not just making commentary and then going home. We're getting completely involved. I wish there was a show like this when I was starting. I'm ready to share it all."

Whitney Houston Orders Teenage Daughter to Rehab for Cocaine

Whitney Houston's 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown may be in trouble again.

It's no secret that Houston has had her own battles with drug addiction after much personal-turned-public turmoil and a stint in rehab in the early 2000s. But following photos that recently surfaced of Bobbi Kristina snorting cocaine, Houston is stepping up and stepping in.

According to the National Enquirer, in an attempt to save her Bobbi from repeating her own mistakes, Whitney 47, has reportedly canceled Bobbi Kristina's 18th birthday celebration at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas, is taking back the Lexus she gave her daughter and is sending her straight to rehab.

Bobbi Kristina attempted to "damage control" the cocaine photos on Twitter recently, and now she's back to shoot down rehab rumors, tweeting, "Excuse me, but I'd like to say that I am NOT going to rehab? I'm perfectly healthy and I am not addicted to anything but life."

Houston credits her own mother, Cissy Houston, with saving her from her addiction to crack cocaine. Houston told Oprah in 2009 that her mother forced her to rehab after getting a court injunction that allowed her to stage an intervention with armed police at Houston's door in 2004.

Bobbi Kristina's father -- R&B bad boy and Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown has a drug history of his own, and his daughter seems to be following in both her parents' hard-partying footsteps. This isn't the first news of the famous offspring's teen troubles. Rumors have also recently surfaced of a Bobbi Kristina sex tape.
In 2008, the Enquirer reported that a then-15 Bobbi Kristina "tried to stab her mom during an argument -- and then attempted to kill herself by slashing her wrists."

On the flip side, writes that four years ago, "Whitney prohibited her then 14-year-old daughter from MySpace after photos of her supposedly drinking alcohol and smoking weed surfaced on the Internet." The site then displays photos of Bobbi Kristina blowing smoke and holding a red beer-pong style Solo cup.

Eva Longoria Celebrates in 36th Birthday with New Love Eduardo Cruz

Eva Longoria celebrated turning 36 this week with parties, celebrity pals – and new love Eduardo Cruz.  The recently divorced Desperate Housewives star, whose birthday was Tuesday, has been spending more and more time with Cruz, 26, baby brother of Penélope Cruz.

Over the weekend, Longoria threw a 1920s-themed bash where pals, including Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem, Kim Kardashian, Heidi Klum and Kanye West, turned up in full flapper regalia.

Kardashian, for one, had a good time. She posted a photo of her and Klum in costume and Tweeted, "Me and my girl Heidi Klum getting [our] gangster on! I love this 20's era!" Longoria took to her Facebook page to reveal yet another birthday celebration. "Thank you everyone for the wonderful bday wishes! I'm celebrated with my family at the happiest place on earth! Disneyland!"

"But," she added, "the real celebration will be in Vegas this weekend at Eve and Beso at City Center Friday Night! See you there!"

Suge Knight Caught on Cell Cam Fighting in Vegas Casino

Suge Knight got into a full contact FIST FIGHT (If you wanna' call it that) with another man at a Las Vegas casino this weekend. On the casino floor at the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas early Saturday morning is where the "MAIN EVENT" took place . Suge can be seen throwing punches in bunches... but it doesn't look like he landed any. According to an eyewitness Suge got pissed when a guest approached him with a challenge saying, "I can take you."

Eventually, the whole thing was broken up -- and cops were seen at the hotel soon after. We're told Suge was not arrested over the incident.

A rep for Aria say, "Due to guest privacy policies, I am unable to confirm information about guest activities in our hotel." So maybe they will see this post and how "private" their hotel is.

UPDATE:  The guy Suge Knight chased down on a casino floor in Vegas last Saturday -- fists FLYING says, the Suge showdown wasn't a fair fight (because he was half Knights size?) and now he wants a rematch
Tobias Bell from South Central L.A. -- who friends call T.B. -- says, the fight started after he asked Suge whether he killed Tupac ... and Suge flipped out.

But according to T.B., he was completely caught off-guard by the sudden outburst -- and now he wants to settle the score ... for good. T.B. tells TMZ, he'll take Suge anytime anywhere -- "Staples Center, L.A. Live, wherever" -- and this time ... he'll be ready.

So far, no word from Suge's side.

Dion Returns to Vegas with New Show

Celine Dion
Celine Dion has returned to the Las Vegas stage in a parade of sparkly dresses with thigh-hit slits, a stage full of trumpeters, violinists and drummers, and a special appearance by Stevie Wonder. Wow she really knows how to make an entrance.

The French-Canadian crooner sang the romantic opuses that made her an international star, including "My Heart Will Go On" and "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," in her encore performance Tuesday at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. She also shared a duet with Wonder to his "Overjoyed."

The three-year production is a stripped-down tribute to old Hollywood.

Dion's five-year stint at Caesars from 2003 to 2007 saw Cirque du Soleil-style dancers and Dion harnessed to a cable and flown in the air."A New Day" grossed more than $400 million over five years.

Nate Dogg Dead at 41

Hip-hop star Nate Dogg died Tuesday after battling health issues for several years. Nate Dogg -- real name Nathaniel D. Hale, he had survived strokes in 2007 and 2008, and was famous for his smooth vocal collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Warren G. and Dr. Dre to name a few.

The Press Telegram in Nate's hometown of Long Beach, CA first reported his death late Tuesday night.

Nate was 41 years old.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

More Nude Photos Surface of Vanessa Hudgens

A second round of naked photos featuring Vanessa Hudgens have surfaced on various websites this morning, and these photos are WAY more graphic than the other ones. Sources say the photos were taken from the same batch that were released several years ago featuring the actress ... fully nude. 
Vanessa sued the owners of the website back in 2009 for posting the first round of nude pics. The lawsuit stated that the photos were obtained by "unknown methods" and posted without Hudgens' "knowledge or consent." Vanessa thinks whoever is doing this "has it out for her" because the release of these photos in dribs and drabs coincides with her movie releases.

Vanessa's new movie "Sucker Punch" is coming out later this month.

Sheen Goddess Kacey Jordan Tries to Commit Suicide AGAIN!

Kacey Jordan -- a porn star who partied with Charlie Sheen during his cocaine binge back in January -- tried to kill herself last night ... this according to police.

The Chicago Police Department rushed to the Peninsula Hotel around 6:51 PM last night after receiving calls from the hotel after Kacey twittered several suicidal messages,saying she had taken a bunch of pills and alcohol and was waiting to die. This is not the first time Kacey tried to take her life. There was a previous incident in Las Vegas soon after the AVN Awards in January. Where police again had to rush to her rescue after her sister read one of her tweets, and called police and hotel staff to her rescue. (READ MORE ABOUT KACEY SUICIDE ATTEMPT)

We're told when cops got to the hotel, Kacey was sitting on her bed -- with prescription pill bottles, broken glass and alcohol all over her room.

Law enforcement sources tell us Jordan had cuts and scrapes to her wrists and arms, but insisted the suicide messages were merely a publicity stunt.

While Kacey was talking to police, we're told the porn star grabbed a corkscrew bottle opener tried to run out of the room and attempted to cut herself.

Cops eventually subdued Kacey before she could further harm herself and took her to a nearby hospital for a mental evaluation.

We're told cops reported the incident as a non-criminal suicide attempt.

Third Explosion Rocks Japanese Nuclear Plant

International aid teams ready for JapanSOMA, Japan – Japan's nuclear crisis deepened dramatically Tuesday. As safety officials sought desperately to avert catastrophe, the government said radioactive material leaking from reactors was enough to "impact human health" and the risk of more leaks was "very high."

Japan says radiation levels rising around plant after explosionPrime Minister Naoto Kan said that radiation has spread from four reactors of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Fukushima province that was one of the hardest-hit in Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake and the ensuing tsunami.

He urged anyone within 19 miles (30 kilometers) of the plant to stay indoors or risk getting radiation sickness.

"The level seems very high, and there is still a very high risk of more radiation coming out," Kan said.

A cascade of three explosions at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex was set in motion when last Friday's quake and tsunami knocked out power, crippling the cooling systems needed to keep nuclear fuel from going into full meltdown.

The latest blast was early Tuesday in the plant's Unit 2 near a suppression pool, which removes heat under a reactor vessel, plant owner Tokyo Electric Power Co. said. Shigekazu Omukai, a spokesman for Japan's nuclear safety agency, said the nuclear core was not damaged but that the bottom of the surrounding container may have been.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said a fourth reactor at the complex was on fire and more radiation had been released.

"Now we are talking about levels that can damage human health. These are readings taken near the area where we believe the releases are happening. Far away, the levels should be lower," he said.
"Please do not go outside. Please stay indoors. Please close windows and make your homes airtight. Don't turn on ventilators. Please hang on your laundry indoors," he said.

"These are figures that potentially affect health, there is no mistake about that," he said.
Japanese officials had previously said radiation levels at the plant were within safe limits, and international scientists said that while there were serious dangers, there was little risk of a catastrophe like Chernobyl in Ukraine, where the reactor exploded and released a radiation cloud over much of Europe.

Unlike the plant in Japan, the Chernobyl reactor was not housed in a sealed container to prevent the release of radiation.

Japanese authorities have been injecting seawater as a coolant of last resort, and advising nearby residents to stay inside to avoid contamination.

"It's like a horror movie," said 49-year-old Kyoko Nambu as she stood on a hillside overlooking her ruined hometown of Soma, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the plant. "Our house is gone and now they are telling us to stay indoors.

"We can see the damage to our houses, but radiation? ... We have no idea what is happening. I am so scared."

Earlier blasts Monday and Saturday injured 15 workers and military personnel and exposed up to 190 people to elevated radiation. Officials said those explosions had been linked to the venting of buildups of steam at two of the troubled reactors and that they had not compromised their inner containers.

The nuclear woes compounded challenges already faced by the Tokyo government as it dealt with twin disasters that flattened entire communities and left as many as 10,000 or more dead.

It also raised global concerns about the safety of nuclear power at a time when it has seen a resurgence as an alternative to fossil fuels.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said the Japanese government has asked the agency to send experts to help.

Japan's meteorological agency reported one good sign. It said the prevailing wind in the area of the stricken plant was heading east into the Pacific, which would help carry away any radiation.

Yamaguchi reported from Tokyo. Associated Press writers Tim Sullivan in Bangkok contributed to this report.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Two Teen Fans Break Into Justin Bieber's Hotel Room

"The hotel was swamped by fans all desperate to catch a some kind of view of Justin, but two girls snuck in through a side entrance and stole housekeeping outfits," says the source. "After ditching their regular clothes and slipping into their new costumes they got the elevator to Justin's suite and knocked on the door, calling, 'Housekeeping.' Having been allowed in, the girls began half-heartedly polishing tables and dusting surfaces."
No one was the wiser, until the fans were left alone and began taking cell phone pics of Justin's belongings and trying to get into his bed. But the source reports that the girls giggling eventually gave them away.

"The girls, following a telling-off, were evicted from the premises," says a source.

Bieber, who was not at the hotel at the time, was reportedly "furious" and checked out. The Hotel told the paper they have no knowledge of the incident, and no police report was filed.

Gilbert Gottfried Fired by Aflac Over Japan Tweets

Gilbert Gottfried was fired by Aflac from his job as the voice of the duck mascot in the wake of his controversial tweets about the earthquake in Japan.

The company released a statement saying, "Gilbert’s recent comments about the crisis in Japan were lacking in humor and certainly do not represent the thoughts and feelings of anyone at Aflac ... Aflac will immediately set plans in motion to conduct a nationwide casting call to find a new voice of the iconic Aflac Duck."

Aflac does about 75% of its business in Japan. The company plans to donate about $100 million to disaster relief.

The comedian hasn't apologized for his controversial jokes!

UPDATE:  Gilbert Gottfried -- Sorry About the Tsunami Jokes  
Gilbert Gottfried is regretting he ever said anything about Japan -- in fact, the comic just took to Twitter to make a public apology after mocking the victims of the tsunami in Japan ... writing, "I meant no disrespect."

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Sheen Co-Star Holland Taylor Defends Him

While CBS is keeping quiet about Charlie Sheen, one of his co-stars has been speaking out and sharing kind words about the embattled actor.

"Two and a Half Men" star Holland Taylor defended the actor she has worked with since the show began in 2003.
"Charlie was cordial and polite with all of his cast mates and crew, sometimes even courtly -- and always witty," Taylor said Tuesday in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "We watched movies at his house occasionally -- warm evenings with interesting, spirited conversation. This is the guy I know.

"In this very sad and complicated time, I really have no comment," she continued, "beyond valuing my own history with Charlie, and my abiding affection for him."

Sheen was fired from the hit CBS show Monday. Holland is the first person connected to the show to publicly come out and show support since his dismissal.

Lady Gaga Creates Prayer Bracelet to Benefit Disaster Relief in Japan

Lady Gaga has started a movement on Twitter to raise relief funds Hours after the world witness Japan's 8.9 quake and 10-meter tsunami.

The singer has designed a white and red wristband for fans to purchase in her official online store, according to MTV News, and she says all sales proceeds will benefit victims of the disaster. And the $5 price tag can be voluntarily increased by any buyers wishing to boost their monetary donations.

On Friday, along with a purchase link and photo of the bracelet, Gaga announced on Twitter, "I Designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet....ALL proceeds will go to Tsunami Relief Efforts. Go Monsters."

'We Pray For Japan' is emblazoned on the accessory, which also features a red hand forming Gaga's famous "monster" claw motion.

Lady Gaga's connection to Japan is a strong one. She got two tattoos there in 2009, including one that reads 'Tokyo Love.' Of her meaningful collaboration with legendary Japanese photographer Araki, she explained at the time, "He did not photograph my image; he photographed my soul."

And she introduced a mysterious alter ego in 2010, male model Jo Calderone (although she hasn't confirmed it was her), posing for a cover of Vogue Hommes Japan in a guy's white shirt and Elvis-style pompadour.

As word of the devastation in Japan spread (including news on Saturday of a magnitude-6 earthquake in the northern city of Fukushima), many stars and celebrities have gathered support on Twitter to pitch in for Japan tsunami relief, with countless tweets posted pleading for donations to the Red Cross.

The Red Cross urges: "Text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific."