Rihanna reacts to the passing of 11-year-old Broadway star
November 3rd, 2010
07:00 PM ET

Rihanna reacts to the passing of 11-year-old Broadway star

Rising Broadway performer Shannon Tavarez, 11, passed away on Monday after a battle with leukemia that had Rihanna, Alicia Keys and 50 Cent fighting with her.

"Just got off of a plane ride and got horrible news that our little star Shannon Tavarez has lost her battle against leukemia," Rihanna tweeted on Tuesday. "Way too soon ... keep her family in your prayers."

The young talent from Queens, New York, landed the role of Young Nala in the Broadway production of “The Lion King" after her first open audition at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, and performed in four out of eight shows a week until she was diagnosed with cancer in April, BroadwayWorld.com reports.

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'Real World' star Sean Duffy wins House seat in Wisconsin
November 3rd, 2010
05:39 PM ET

'Real World' star Sean Duffy wins House seat in Wisconsin

Sean Duffy - who you may remember as one of the housemates on "The Real World: Boston" - has gone from reality TV to the realities of Congressional politics.  The 38-year-old Republican has been called the winner in the race to represent Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District with 99 percent of the precincts reporting, according to WisconsinVote.org.

Duffy was up to replace Rep. Dave Obey, who announced he was retiring in May, and was competing against state Sen. Julie Lassa.

During his campaign, Duffy appeared in an ad dressed as a lumberjack – he was a two-time champion lumberjack athlete - telling voters that he planned to “bring the ax to Washington” and to “topple the big spending.” Duffy had also been endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who called him a “ brave soul” and a “northern Wisconsin patriot.”

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'Two and a Half Men' ratings go up
November 3rd, 2010
05:37 PM ET

'Two and a Half Men' ratings go up

This is the type of news that reinforces the adage, "all publicity is good publicity."

Since actor Charlie Sheen had a headline-making stay at the Plaza in New York and confirming that he's heading back to divorce court, ratings for Sheen's CBS hit "Two and a Half Men" have gone up.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show saw a 7 percent increase for Monday's episode, with 13.6 million tuning in.

Sheen was back on the "Two and a Half Men" set Tuesday.


Filed under: television
Mariah Carey's new Christmas album, ABC special
November 3rd, 2010
05:36 PM ET

Mariah Carey's new Christmas album, ABC special

Being pregnant is not slowing Mariah Carey down.

The singer released her latest album on Tuesday just in time for the holidays, and ABC announced she will star in her own holiday special.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Carey has dropped a follow-up to her very successful 1994 “Merry Christmas” album. “Merry Christmas II You” contains re-recordings of some of the earlier tunes plus some new tracks.

According to an ABC press release, the network will air a music special, “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You,” on December 13.  Carey will sing seasonal favorites and, “In the spirit of giving, the program will also feature Carey surprising some very special fans and helping to make their wishes come true.”

Bravo's 'Matchmaker’ takes heat for bashing curls
November 3rd, 2010
04:52 PM ET

Bravo's 'Matchmaker’ takes heat for bashing curls

“Men appreciate hair they can run their fingers through…” Patti Stanger of Bravo’s “Millionaire Matchmaker” wrote in her book, "Become Your Own Matchmaker."

While that may be true, NatuallyCurly.com is sick of Stanger telling women they need to flat iron their locks to land the man of their dreams.

In a letter to Stanger, folks at the website wrote: “NaturallyCurly.com has had it with your curl-bashing ways. Season after season, we’ve listened to you fuel insecurities and spread a notion that you can only be attractive with smooth, straight hair.”

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Taylor Swift's new album sells more than a million
November 3rd, 2010
04:02 PM ET

Taylor Swift's new album sells more than a million

Taylor Swift is clearly being heard by her fans.

Her new album, “Speak Now," will debut at No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 chart with over 1 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

According to Billboard, there have only been 16 instances where an album sold at least a million copies in a week since SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991. The last time was when Lil Wayne's “Tha Carter III" debuted in 2008.

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