June 11th, 2010
02:09 PM ET

Susan Boyle may sing for the Pope

She dreamed a dream, but did heavenly-voiced Susan Boyle ever dream she’d be singing for the Pope?

It could happen! The 49-year-old former church worker and "Britain’s Got Talent" sensation is currently in talks to perform for Pope Benedict XVI during his trip to the U.K. in the fall.

“We are negotiating with Susan Boyle and her agent at the moment for Susan to sing for the Pope when he visits the UK in September,” the Catholic Church in Scotland confirmed to CNN.

According to the Daily Mail, Scotland native Boyle would likely sing at the September 16 Papal Mass at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park. Hopefully, the Pope won’t be as harsh a critic as Boyle’s "Britain’s Got Talent" judge Simon Cowell.

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June 11th, 2010
01:14 PM ET

Casting Chronicles: Stanley Tucci joins 'Captain America'

Fresh off his lauded turns in "The Lovely Bones" and "Julie and Julia," Stanley Tucci has signed up to play "Captain America's" creator, Dr. Abraham Erskine. Tucci joins Chris Evans, who plays the "Captain," and "Gossip Girl's" Sebastian Stan. The first film in the franchise will open next July.

Paul Rudd’s comedy “My Idiot Brother” filled in some female leads this week: Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, Emily Mortimer and Elizabeth Banks have all signed on to the film.

Rudd's character is an idealist with an overbearing mom who intermittently stays at the homes of his three ambitious sisters, somehow simultaneously spreading joy and havoc in the lives of his siblings. Mortimer, Banks and Deschanel will star as his sisters, and Jones will play the girlfriend of Deschanel’s bisexual character.

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June 11th, 2010
12:41 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Strong words for Gaga

It is "bombshell Friday" on "Showbiz Tonight." As we like to say in the morning meeting, “There’s more news today than you can shake a stick at!"

Lady Gaga pulled off a very bombshell move when she flipped the bird at a Mets Game at Citi Field while wearing a black studded bikini, reportedly because the paparazzi were getting on her nerves! "Showbiz Tonight" Production Assistant Joan Yeam was not happy this morning and launched into her own little debate in the morning meeting saying,“Yes, her songs are great, and I admit they are catchy, but the way she dresses and her music videos disgust me!” Wow, Joanie - tell us how you really feel!

And no hard feelings from Jesse James' ex Janine Lindemulder: In a brand-new interview she publicly thanked Sandra Bullock for taking care of her daughter Sunny while she was in jail for tax evasion! Bullock was regularly spotted taking 7-year-old Sunny, who is James’ daughter with Janine, back and forth to school and Janine said she will forever be indebted to Bullock.

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June 11th, 2010
11:57 AM ET

Justin Timberlake sings backup for Sheryl Crow

First he brought sexy back and now he’s bringing sexy backgrounds.

Sheryl Crow has revealed that Justin Timberlake will provide backing vocals on her cover of Terrence Trent D’Arby’s hit “Sign Your Name,” from her upcoming album “100 Miles from Memphis.”

Their collaboration, however, was purely an accident. Crow says she had been recording in an L.A. studio when she bumped into Memphis native JT, 29, who was producing tracks for Jamie Foxx.

“[Timberlake] was in the hallway,” Crow, 48, told Billboard.com. “I've always liked him. I played [the song] for him, and when it got to the chorus he's like, 'Who's doing the backgrounds?' I said, 'We haven't done them yet,' and he said, 'I got it.' It was all very organic and, man, perfect. People have no idea how talented this guy is."

Crow's new album drops July 20.

June 11th, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Gaga causes a stir at yesterday's Mets game

Lady Gaga didn't make it down to the field during the New York Mets vs. San Diego Padres baseball game yesterday afternoon, but she certainly caused a foul play.

The international superstar didn't take kindly to the prime seats she was given at Citi Field right behind home plate, and was caught on camera flipping off any onlookers.

While it's unclear what caused her to making the obscene gesture, FoxSports reports that Mets fans were booing the singer, while others have speculated she was angered because she was right behind a slew of photographers who were snapping photos of her hanging out with friends and enjoying a beer.

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June 11th, 2010
10:35 AM ET

Rihanna gave Drake a taste of his own medicine

It seems hip-hop superstar Drake is definitely “Over” Rihanna.

The 23-year-old rapper, who dated the “Rock Star” singer shortly after her split from troubled ex Chris Brown, told the New York Times he now believes the Barbadian beauty was more attracted to his music than his machismo.

“I was a pawn,” Drake said of Rihanna, 22, who began romancing him shortly after she contacted him to write a song on her new album. When the song didn’t get released, the relationship hit a sour note and Rihanna let him go.

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