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NEW YORK (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie's favorite rock star had something to say about the bridge scandal that's cost a couple Christie loyalists their jobs. Appearing on NBC's "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," Bruce Springsteen joined the comedian in "Born to Run" parody called "Gov. Chris Christie's Fort Lee, New Jersey Traffic Jam." Fallon sang, "They shut down the tollbooths of glory 'cause we didn't endorse Chris Christie." He was joined by an identically dressed Springsteen and the duo sang, "You're killing the working man/who's stuck in Governor Christie's Fort Lee, New Jersey traffic jam." Christie considers himself among The Boss' biggest fans and said he wept after he got a hug from Springsteen at a benefit concert for Superstorm Sandy victims in 2012.    

LONDON (AP) - Crystal vases, brooches, books: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II received dozens of traditional gifts last year, but she also got some unusual items, from a chocolate Windsor Castle to some enameled beetles. Buckingham Palace released a list of official gifts received in 2013 by the monarch and other members of Britain's royal family Wednesday, including a family photograph in a gold frame set on a jeweled ostrich egg and a five-strand pearl necklace, given to the queen by the president of the United Arab Emirates when he visited in April. The High Commissioner for Bangladesh gave the queen four enameled Scarab beetles, while the maker of Mars Bars gave her a chocolate version of Windsor Castle and a chocolate carriage after she visited the company's U.K. headquarters.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:22

American Idol changes

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - "American Idol" is getting what amounts to a tweak-over. The producers say they will work in ways for contestants to do a wider variety of songs, especially newer tunes. Executive producer Per Blankens says the show's song list will include more current tunes that younger contestants can relate to. In past seasons, contestants had been asked to do things like choose songs from the 80s - or from the year they were born - and often the results weren't pleasing because the singers couldn't relate to them. Former judge Randy Jackson will have a new role on the show. He'll lead a workshop that helps contestants deal with voice issues and other problems. Idol's 13th season starts tomorrow night.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 11:21

Prince to do guest shot on "New Girl"

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - He's played the Super Bowl halftime show. Now, Prince will be part of the post-game programming on the network carrying next month's game. Fox says Price will do a guest shot on "New Girl." In the episode, the musician hosts a mansion party - and Zooey Deschanel's character is invited to it and her friends try to crash the bash. With the Super Bowl grabbing the biggest TV audience of the year, the networks that broadcast it try to put shows on that will siphon off some of those viewers - even though the time slot is often used for cleaning up after - or traveling home from - Super Bowl gatherings.

NEW YORK (AP) - The Grammys weekend is shaping up to be a Beatles weekend. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will perform at the January 26 awards show in Los Angeles. The Beatles will be honored at the Academy's Special Merits Awards the day before, and a day after the big show, the iconic group will be the center of a performance special featuring Eurythmics and other acts playing Beatles hits. McCartney's nominations include best rock song and music film. Other Grammy performers include Taylor Swift, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kendrick Lamar, Robin Thicke and Katy Perry. Sara Bareilles will sing with Carole King, while Stevie Wonder, Daft Punk, Nile Rodgers and Pharrell will perform together. The Grammys will air live on CBS from the Staples Center.

Monday, 13 January 2014 09:26

David Cassidy busted on DUI charge

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Maybe David Cassidy can get his "Partridge Family" mom or Ruben Kincaid to start driving him around. For the second time in two years, Cassidy has been busted for DUI. He most recently was popped Friday near Los Angeles International Airport - after an officer spotted him making an illegal right turn against a red light. When the officer poked his head into the rental car, he says he smelled booze. Cassidy was released Saturday on $15,000 bail and is due in court February 5. Last year, Cassidy was pulled over in New York on suspicion of driving drunk. He also has a 2011 DUI conviction in Florida. Cassidy appeared in TV's "The Partridge Family" from 1970 to '74 - and was a recording star and teen idol.

Monday, 13 January 2014 09:26

Golden Globes Winners

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) - "American Hustle" could be a little closer to hustling up an Oscar. American Hustle won several Golden Globe Awards last night, including best picture for a comedy or musical. Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence win Golden Globes for their roles in the film. The award for best movie drama went to "12 Years a Slave." Matthew McConaughey won the Golden Globe for best actor in a drama for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Cate Blanchett wins actress in a drama for "Blue Jasmine."

The Golden Globes saved the best for last for "Breaking Bad." The show won best TV drama for its last season on AMC. Creator Vince Gilligan says it's "one more chance to thank the fans of the show." Bryan Cranston won the TV acting honors for his role of meth-making high school teacher Walter White. Cranston says it's "a lovely way to say goodbye." "Behind the Candelabra" wins the best TV movie Globe. Michael Douglas wins best actor for his performance as Liberace (lih-buh-RAH'-chee) in the HBO movie. Matt Damon was also nominated. Douglas says the only reason he won is that he "had more sequins." Andy Samberg wins best actor in a comedy TV series, "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and Amy Poehler got the TV comedy actress honors for "Parks and Recreation." Poehler and Tina Fey hosted the Globes for the second-straight time. They're signed for next year, too. Fey says it's Hollywood, "If something kind of works, they'll just keep doing it until everyone hates it."

WASHINGTON (AP) - Looks like Chris Brown's assault case in the nation's capital is headed toward trial. Lawyers for the R&B star say the singer has rejected a plea deal in the case. Prosecutors had agreed to let Brown plead guilty to the misdemeanor assault charge he faces - but during a hearing in Washington D.C. yesterday, Brown turned the offer down. One of Brown's lawyers says the singer rejected the deal because he isn't guilty. Prosecutors see things differently. They say they would be turning over what they call substantial video surveillance soon. But they didn't say what the video shows. Another hearing is set for February 20 - and it's expected a trial date will be set then. Brown is on probation for the 2009 beating of Rihanna. He's already has had his probation revoked because of the D.C. case - but the judge in Los Angeles handling that case has allowed him to remain free to attend rehab and do community labor.

NEW YORK (AP) - You could always tell which sound booth Scarlett Johansson was using to record her lines for the movie "Her." Johansson's booth was the one with fogged up windows. Johansson is the voice of Joaquin Phoenix's computer operating system. He ends up falling in love with her voice and one thing leads to another. Johansson tells W magazine that "the vocal work was extremely intimate." She says when she read the lines of her sex scenes "the windows fogged up."

Thursday, 09 January 2014 10:33

People's Choice Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Sandra Bullock is going have to clear some more space on her mantel. She's the big winner at the People's Choice Awards, taking home four trophies. Her honors include favorite movie actress, comedic actress and dramatic actress. Ellen DeGeneres got her 14th People's Choice Award, the most ever for a woman. She joked, "12, yes. 13, maybe. But 14?" 'Iron Man 3" scored three awards including one for star Robert Downey Junior. On-again, off-again couple Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev won for best on-screen chemistry for "The Vampire Diaries." Kaley Cuoco wins for favorite comedic TV actress. She and the rest of the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" also were honored for favorite network TV comedy.

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