June 22nd, 2010
06:57 PM ET

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz bless unborn baby

A visibly pregnant Alicia Keys took the stage in South Africa last week to kick off the World Cup with a concert, but the superstar also made time for a Zulu blessing ceremony for her unborn baby, according to UK newspaper The Daily Mail.

Accompanied by her fiancé and father of her child, music producer Swizz Beatz, the five months pregnant Grammy-winner donned traditional jewelry and a blue robe for the blessing, which was held along South Africa's eastern coast in Durban.

Keys stood underneath a fig tree – also known as a healing tree to locals – and Alicia and the baby were both given new Zulu names in the ritual, which was performed by elder women in the community.

The singer, who had previously visited Africa in 2006, was chosen for the ceremony because of her contribution to the local children's charity, Bobbi Bear.


Filed under: Celebrities • Music
June 22nd, 2010
06:46 PM ET

Does Disney have plans for Dr. Strange?

It looks like Dr. Strange will finally make his way to a movie theater. According to Deadline.com, the Marvel hero may be among the first crop of films to emerge under the Disney banner.

Apparently, Marvel has hired “Conan” writers Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to pen the script about Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s New York surgeon who loses his sense of touch after an accident and learns to use his mind to defeat evil instead of physical force.

Obviously, this news still leaves room for a number of questions, namely how much money would Marvel throw behind this, and who would play Dr. Strange? But it will likely be a while before any of those are answered.

In the meantime, Marvel is still committed to distribute four other movies through Paramount, including "Iron Man 3," “Thor,” “The First Avenger: Captain America” and most likely “Avengers.”


Filed under: movies
June 22nd, 2010
06:44 PM ET

Po-boy persuasion on 'Treme'

You can give a gal a po-boy, but it doesn't mean she'll stay in New Orleans.

On the season finale of "Treme," Davis McAlary tried to persuade Janette DeSautel to stay in the Crescent City with a day filled with the magical moments that he insisted would never happen to her in Manhattan, and which she countered were just plain moments.

The morning began with a John Boutte serenade, complete with Café du Monde beignets. The couple drove among the live oak trees, napped on the Mississippi, danced at Le Bon Temps Roule and lunched at Domilise's, where they debated the merits of a New Orleans classic.

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Filed under: television • Treme
June 22nd, 2010
05:03 PM ET

Helen Mirren: Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga? Love them!

While Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus are often criticized because of their flamboyant spins on minimalist fashion, Helen Mirren counts them as women who are embracing their sexuality.

The soon-to-be 65-year-old actress told New York magazine that she’s “thrilled young girls are claiming their sexuality for themselves.”

The women she loves, Mirren said in the interview, are bold, like "Madonna and Scarlett Johansson—sexy and gorgeous, but not only that. And Miley Cyrus - fantastic!"

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
June 22nd, 2010
04:56 PM ET

'True Blood' gets fourth season

Vampire lovers, it’s time to rejoice. HBO has renewed “True Blood” for a fourth season.

This isn't a total shocker, since critics are already salivating over the start of the third season. Entertainment Weekly called it “faster, sleeker, more vicious, more fun than it already was,” as well as “summer’s best TV,” and USA Today said what we all know - "True Blood" is “fabulously wild.”

“We’re looking forward to more chills from Alan Ball and his gifted team next year,” HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement.

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June 22nd, 2010
04:36 PM ET

Ali F. isn't hoping to get back with Jake

Jake Pavelka is back to his old “Bachelor” status, but “Bachelorette” Ali Fedotowsky told E! News that she’s not trying to rekindling their old flame.

In fact, Fedotowsky, 25, hasn’t even talked to the guy since the “Women Tell All” taping.

"I've made a decision to move forward in my life," she told E!. "That just wouldn't be fair to the guys here, and it took some time, but I'm healed and moved on from Jake."

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