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Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:41

Super Bowl Week Concerts

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City is one Big Apple. But each of the city's five boroughs have their own feel, and flow - and attitude. And now, each will also have its very own Super Bowl concert in the run-up to the big game a week from Sunday. The five shows will be part of VH1's "Super Bowl Blitz" starting on Monday - and will see acts performing on consecutive nights. Janelle Monae will play the Bronx. Brooklyn will be home to a performance by Fall Out Boy. In Manhattan, TLC will perform while J. Cole will perform in Queens. And on Staten Island, it's the Goo Goo Dolls. And what about New Jersey - you know, where the Super Bowl will actually be played? It gets a show, too. Gavin DeGraw will play in the Garden State. All the shows will be on TV - and streamed online.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Beyonce performed at Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party at the White House and Paul McCartney was one of the guests who listened in. The Washington Post says John Legend sang two versions of "Happy Birthday." Jennifer Hudson also performed. Other guests included Stevie Wonder, Samuel L. Jackson, Janelle Monae, Smokey Robinson, James Taylor and Rachael Ray.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 10:40

Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers' first guests

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Will Smith and U2 will be Jimmy Fallon's first guests when he takes over the "Tonight" Show. Fallon says he doesn't plan to change his style of comedy to appeal to the older, middle American viewers who watch Jay Leno. Fallon starts his new job February 17 with shows that follow the Olympics. He'll move to his regular time slot a week later. That's when Seth Meyers will take over Fallon's job as host of "Late Night." Meyers' first guest will be Amy Poehler.

Thursday, 16 January 2014 15:18

NBC, Facebook enter content deal

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - NBC and Facebook will be sharing content on the upcoming Winter Olympics, both hoping to boost interest on what promises to be a big event for social media. NBC said that it will premiere one of its short Olympic profiles, on the relationship between American speed skater J.R. Celski and rapper Macklemore, on Facebook's site on Thursday. NBC will offer other content throughout the games through Facebook and its associated site Instagram. The Olympics begin Feb. 6. It's a mutually beneficial deal. NBC believes social media conversation helps increase viewership, and Facebook wants to establish itself as the place to have those conversations.

NEW YORK (AP) - Nielsen says "Duck Dynasty" drew 8.5 million viewers for its fifth-season premiere. That audience was slightly higher than for October's fourth-season finale of the A&E reality show. But last summer, 12 million viewers caught the fourth-season premiere. Set in Louisiana bayou country, "Duck Dynasty" follows a family that manufactures duck calls and loves to go bird hunting. Wednesday's airing gave viewers their first fresh look at the series since it got caught up in an uproar. Phil Robertson, the family patriarch, was briefly suspended by A&E after GQ magazine quoted him declaring that gays are sinners and African-Americans were happy under Jim Crow laws. Supporters of Robertson's right to voice his opinions flocked to his defense before the network reinstated him.

Thursday, 16 January 2014 15:16

Oscar Nominations-Reactions

UNDATED (AP - Sandra Bullock's son Louis doesn't know she's been nominated for an Oscar and she's not telling him. Entertainment Weekly says Bullock was trying to get Louis to brush his teeth when she found out about her nomination for "Gravity." Matthew McConaughey was drinking tea, watching his baby walking around, and the sunrise in Malibu when he got the word he'd been nominated for "Dallas Buyers Club." Leonardo DiCaprio says his TV was still on from the night before when the announcement came. He says "BAM! There it was and it was awesome." Jared Leto was on jury duty yesterday. Today, he's an Oscar nominee for "Dallas Buyers Club." "Only in America," he says. Terence Winter knows how he'll celebrate for being nominated for writing "The Wolf of Wall Street." He says he'll eat the ice cream sundae they give you on the airplane instead of passing it up. He says he'll really splurge and get extra whipped cream and maybe some chocolate syrup.

Thursday, 16 January 2014 15:15

Oscar Nominations-Snubs

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - When the nominees for best actor were announced, Tom Hanks, Robert Redford and Joaquin Phoenix were missing from the list. Hanks was considered a shoo-in for "Captain Phillips." Redford had a shot for "All is Lost." He's never won an Oscar for his acting. Phoenix got raves for starring in "Her." "The Butler" was completely shut out. No best picture, no Oprah, no Forest Whitaker. Emma Thompson was also snubbed for her role in "Saving Mr. Banks."

BEVERLY HILLS (AP) - "Gravity" and "American Hustle" are tied with ten Oscar nominations, but Hustle has the muscle when it comes to the marquee categories. "Gravity" is up for best picture, best actress for Sandra Bullock and best director, but the rest of its nominations are in the technical categories. American Hustle is up for best picture and best director, but also has nominees in all four acting categories. Best actor and actress Christian Bale and Amy Adams and best supporting actor and actress, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. "12 Years a Slave" has nine nominations, including best picture and best actor, Chewitel Ejiofor. There are nine nominees for best picture. The others are "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Her," "Nebraska," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Philomena." Winners will be announced March 2.

NEW YORK (AP) - There's a partial agreement in the legal battle over whether Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" is a rip-off of Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." Gaye's children have reached a settlement against EMI, which is owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The settlement is confidential. But the resolution sees the case filed by Nona Gaye and Frankie Gaye dismissed - with Sony assured of never being sued over the issue again. Meanwhile there is still a lawsuit between the Gaye Family and Thicke. "Blurred Lines"is nominated for record of the year and other awards at the Grammys, set for January 26.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 11:01

American Idol starts back up

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The first thing you notice in the previews of the new season of "American Idol" is that there's not a William Hung among them. Idol wants to be taken more seriously in Season 13, so instead of the novelty acts in the first few episodes, you'll see some of the more promising singers. Of course, a few clunkers will be thrown in for comedy relief. There are a lot of changes in the season that starts tonight. Before contestants audition, they spend time in "The Chamber." It's a room where contestants can calm down before they sing. A producer says "some people pray, some people sing, some people look under their arms to see if they're perspiring." Also, the songs will be more current and Randy Jackson will teach contestants how to pick songs, how to deal with emotional pressures and how to develop their image and style. The middle rounds are being condensed into one week called Rush Week when the top 15 male and female contestants will be revealed.

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