December 17th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

Demi Moore fights back on Twitter

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Demi Moore has no problem with getting older. She accepted fan remarks on her advancing age with grace on Twitter this week.

The 47-year-old received some nasty comments when she posted an outtake from her photo shoot with Harper’s Bazaar magazine on her Twitter feed on Wednesday.

Twitter followers chimed in with critiques: "sorrydemi that your self esteem is so low you can't admit to a little Photoshopping."

Another follower wrote, "sorry but you look old. specially your neck & cheecks at the second shot.." FULL POST

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December 17th, 2009
02:46 PM ET

'Avatar' already selling out weekend box offices

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Avatar’s enormous budget may well be worth it. The James Cameron 3D adventure flick, opening tonight at midnight, has already sold out hundreds of showtimes across the country, according to online ticket-seller Fandango.

The fantasy film, which has received mixed early reviews is besting this summer’s science fiction favorite “Star Trek” in advance sales.

According to a survey of ticket buyers conducted by the website, 70% of folks claim they don’t care about the film’s reported $300 million budget. FULL POST

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December 17th, 2009
02:26 PM ET

A 'Merry Swiftmas'

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Taylor Lautner might want to watch out because someone wants his girl for Christmas.

Evan Taubenfeld, a singer-songwriter and former member of Avril Lavigne's band, has penned a cute little ditty wishing for a gift of Taylor Swift this holiday season.

The song, "Merry Swiftmas (Even Though I Celebrate Chanukah)," has become a hit in the Twitterverse and online.

"I want a good girl for hugging and kissing and not a head case who only dates jerks," Taubenfeld sings. "I don't need more toys and shiny things. I just want a blonde who likes to sing."

The whimsical performer proceeds to list other celeb hotties he'd pass up including Megan Fox, Amy Smart, Lindsay Lohan, Penelope Cruz and Angelina Jolie if only "Santa, for my gift, please send me Taylor Swift."

And of course, no Taylor Swift mention would be complete without also referencing rapper Kanye West. Taubenfeld croons "No one will mess with her when she's mine. And Kanye will watch his mouth next time!"

Swift was reportedly charmed by the song. The music video ends with her appearing on Taubenfeld's door step on Christmas morning.

Taubenfeld told MTV the object of his affection was as sweet and as charming as he had imagined.

"I'd say even more so," Taubenfeld said. "She's a genuine person. I'm not sure that Lautner was too stoked about it."


Filed under: Celebrities • Music • Taylor Swift
December 17th, 2009
12:33 PM ET

'Harry Potter' star is top-grossing actress of 2000s

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Elder stateswomen of the silver screen take note: the box office darling of the past decade isn't Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon or Cameron Diaz. It is 19-year old Emma Watson.

Watson's run as Hermione Granger in the blockbuster "Harry Potter" saga has made her the highest grossing actress of the past ten years, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Watson beat out 24-year old Keira Knightley for the top spot. Knightly has starred in 15 movies including three of the “Pirates Of The Caribbean” films, which have brought in box office receipts of $3.42 billion over the past ten years. FULL POST

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Filed under: Celebrities • Harry Potter • movies
December 17th, 2009
12:10 PM ET

Johnny Depp on stepping in for Heath Ledger

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Filling in for the late actor Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus,” was an unbelievably sad privilege says Johnny Depp, who was called in to supplement Ledger’s role in the half finishing film alongside actors Colin Farrell and Jude Law.

Ledger’s tragic death in 2008 left the film without a leading man. The Hollywood heavy-hitters stepped in to each play an incarnation of Ledger’s character, a mysterious loner who helps Dr. Parnassus, played by Christopher Plummer save his daughter’s soul from the devil.

"Though the circumstances of my involvement are extremely heartrending and unbelievably sad, I feel privileged to have been asked aboard to stand in on behalf of dear Heath,” Depp said in a statement to Moviefone. FULL POST

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
December 17th, 2009
10:05 AM ET

'SYTYCD:' America's favorite dancer is...

Russell Ferguson wins So You Think You Can  Dance
Russell Ferguson wins So You Think You Can Dance

Well, never again doubt for a minute that these results shows are (mostly) live. Things were going very smoothly on Wednesday night's season finale of "So You Think You Can Dance," until it became time to start announcing the final results.

First, host Cat Deeley's microphone went out. The top six took a while getting onstage and it was soon revealed that Russell Ferguson, the krumper from Boston, Massachusetts, had been injured backstage, and unfortunately, that forced the rest of the routines involving him to be shown on tape. As great as it always is to re-live some of these great performances that took something away from it.

As for the results themselves, they went pretty much as I predicted right up until the final three. Once Ryan, Ashleigh and Ellenore were eliminated, in that order. I thought it would be Kathryn and Russell standing at the end going for the title of America's favorite dancer, but then Cat announced that Kathryn was out of the running. So it was down to Russell and Jakob.

At that moment, I wondered if we might see a first: the most straight-up talented dancer might win over the one with the most personality or would the two contemporary dancers cancel each other out in the votes?

At the end of the day, Russell's fanbase, which had been strong from the beginning, came through and for the first time, a krumper won it all.

One can't deny that Russell's ecstatic reaction, crumbling to the ground, then ignoring his injury by standing up and tearing off his shirt, was one of the most memorable moments we've seen on the show. I especially liked that he called his top 20 best friend, Kevin, up on stage with him. There's no doubt that he was truly surprised and over the moon to win this prize.

As for the encore performances picked by the judges (with special guests Lil' C, Tyce Diorio and Debbie Allen), I have no qualms with the ones they picked, though there was an over-reliance on routines from the first noncompetitive performance show.

I would have loved to see Kathryn and Legacy, Ellenore and Ryan, or Ashleigh and Jakob dance again. The two original routines, choreographed by Kelly Abbey (bring her back, please!) and Ashleigh and Ryan were extraordinary. Good for judge Mary Murphy to request that the married couple dance together in their own style.

There were five special performances as well, including a subdued Adam Lambert, a Mary J. Blige performance that absolutely killed, Leona Lewis singing the sleep-inducing "Avatar" theme, and the phenomenal dance crew the Groovaloos.

And then there was J. Lo. Yes, Jennifer Lopez began her performance on a giant shoe, apparently lip-synching a spoken phone conversation, leading into a song that was an ode to Louboutins. The one thing that saved it was the fact that she employed some very familiar faces such as Kayla and Courtney as backup dancers.

Overall, looking back on this season, I'll remember Travis Wall's "War of the Roses" routine with Ellenore and Legacy, Kathryn and Jakob's contemporary routine, and the absolute brilliance of Sonya Tayeh, especially her routine with Ellenore and Jakob.

Which routines will you remember best from season six, and what did you think of the season as a whole? Did Russell deserve to win? Post your response on video, or in the comments below. In the meantime, happy holidays and see you next season.

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