January 21st, 2010
12:32 PM ET

Heidi Montag's lackluster album sales

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It seems no amount of publicity can generate record sales for reality television star Heidi Montag.

Despite a media blitz this week that landed her on the cover of People magazine admitting she had ten plastic surgery procedures in one day, Montag’s  album “Superficial” has sold less than 1,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen Soundscan.

Individual songs from the album are doing better and have been downloaded more than 6,000 times. FULL POST

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Filed under: Music • television
January 21st, 2010
12:27 PM ET

Excerpts: David Letterman's January 20 monologue

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Below are some of the Conan/Leno jokes from Wednesday's "Late Show with David Letterman," straight from the transcript:

"In southern California, it's pouring rain. It's one of those times of year in southern California when it's raining like crazy out there in Los Angeles, and there's flooding all over L.A., flooding everywhere. So I'm thinking to myself, 'Whoa, it's a good thing Conan O'Brien is getting sandbagged.' "

"Okay, here's what's going on: they've got the floods, they've got the mudslides, and, as usual, the only thing left standing is Jay Leno."

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Filed under: David Letterman • Late Night comedy • television
January 21st, 2010
12:12 PM ET

YouTube to offer Sundance selections

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YouTube is taking its first steps into the movie rental business by offering selections from the Sundance Film Festival on its website starting this weekend.

The Google-owned video-sharing site will offer five films for rent starting this Friday through the end of the Park City, Utah-based festival on Jan. 31. Prices for the rentals are expected to be announced on Friday, but customers are expected to pay through the Google Checkout system.

The Sundance offerings include 2009's "The Cove" and 2010's "Bass Ackwards" and "One Too Many Mornings." FULL POST

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Filed under: movies • Sundance Film Festival
January 21st, 2010
12:10 PM ET

'Idol,' stop trying to make me cry

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I am seriously running out of heartstrings for “American Idol” to pull.

Wednesday night’s auditions in Orlando had plenty of people with sad stories. There was Seth Rollins, a 28-year-old insurance adjuster whose 5-year-old son, Samuel, has autism. Rollins had me when he sang “Someone to Watch Over Me,” but having his son utter “Daddy’s going to Hollywood” after the successful audition was a nice touch.

Rollins was soon followed by 18-year-old waitress Shelby Dressel, who grew up unable to move the right side of her face. But the one who really got to me was Matthew Lawrence, 25, who went to jail as a teen for robbing a bank with a BB gun. His story and his soulful version of “Trouble” were the perfect way to close out the show.  FULL POST

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