February 16th, 2010
09:16 PM ET

Carly Simon's "vanity" project

Carly Simon released her classic pop/rock song "You're So Vain (Clouds in My Coffee)" back in 1972, well before the days of music videos. Well, she's decided it's finally time to put pictures to the music, and she wants your help.

Through a press release, she invited "fans and filmmakers" to create a music video for the song. She'll judge the entries herself. The winning video will be screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in April, the press release promises. It will also play on AOL Music's spinner.com.

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February 16th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Jessica Simpson: I'm not weighing in for anybody

Jessica Simpson

Even when she's tweeting about her boobs, Jessica Simpson never tries to be anyone other than herself.

"I'm vulnerable in any moment," the singer and actress told Allure magazine, after announcing that she'd just burped.  "I don't care if the cameras are on or not, you're going to get the real me. There's no reason to mask that, because that's what's given me the chance to be in a powerful position."

She may have started her career as a pop singer but Simpson has moved on to owning her own clothing, shoe and bag lines, as well as starring in a VH1 reality show that explores beauty standards the world over.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Music
February 16th, 2010
03:29 PM ET

Europe searches for stars of tomorrow

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Lana Turner, the story goes, was discovered at a Hollywood drug store. Natalie Portman, it is said, was first noticed at a pizza parlor.

But it's not always that easy to find new stars.

In Europe, the search is on for the next Daniel "James Bond" Craig, Rachel "Lovely Bones" Weisz and Franka "Bourne Identity" Potente through the Shooting Stars initiative. CNN's Grace Wong has the details.

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
February 16th, 2010
11:43 AM ET

Christina Hendricks: Can we talk about something other than my body?

Christina Hendricks

When it comes to "Mad Men" actress Christina Hendricks, the conversation inevitably turns to the 34-year-old's curves, and she recently told New York Magazine that it, well, embarrasses her a bit.

“It kind of hurt my feelings at first,” she said in New York's Spring Fashion 2010 issue.

“Anytime someone talks about your figure constantly, you get nervous, you get really self-conscious," Hendricks explained. "I was working my butt off on the show, and then all anyone was talking about was my body!”

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Filed under: Celebrities • television
February 16th, 2010
11:40 AM ET

Lady Gaga will pay tribute to Alexander McQueen at the Brit awards

If you had to pick the one thing that Lady Gaga and Alexander McQueen had in common, it was the ability to pull off an eccentric, jaw-dropping show.

But now that McQueen has passed, Gaga is paying tribute to the designer by scaling back on her normally outrageous performance style.

According to U.K. paper The Sun, Gaga will take the stage at tonight's Brit awards in a plain black leotard to play acoustic versions of her lesser-known songs, "Telephone" and "Dance in the Dark."

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Filed under: Lady Gaga • Music
February 16th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Barbara Walters ending Oscar night special

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For fans of Barbara Walters' Oscar night special, an era is about to come to an end.

The 80-year-old interviewer announced on her daytime talk show “The View” that after almost 30 years, this year’s celeb gabfest will be her last.

"ABC has asked me to keep doing these specials as they have been so successful," Walters told the audience. "But to be honest, I feel like I've 'been there, done that.' "

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Filed under: Celebrities • Oscars 2010 • television
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