White House to host concert in honor of Motown, Black History Month
February 16th, 2011
05:25 PM ET

White House to host concert in honor of Motown, Black History Month

Washington, D.C. is about to be infused with a little Motown flavor.

The President and First Lady are inviting both contemporary and classic artists to the White House for a concert on Thursday, February, 24. The evening will honor both the 50-year legacy of Motown as well as Black History Month, according to a statement.

Smokey Robinson; Natasha Bedingfield; Sheryl Crow; Jamie Foxx; Nick Jonas; country group Gloriana; John Legend; R&B singer Ledisi; “Glee” stars Amber Riley and Mark Salling; Seal; and Jordin Sparks have all signed up to perform at the event.

If you happen to have an in at the White House, “The Motown Sound: In Performance at the White House” will be held in the East Room at 6:30 p.m. But for the rest of us, the concert will be broadcast on PBS stations nationwide on March 1 at 8 p.m. E.T.


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Dianna Agron on taking a bathroom break with Beyoncé
February 16th, 2011
05:17 PM ET

Dianna Agron on taking a bathroom break with Beyoncé

Considering all those big names who do guest spots on "Glee," you'd think Dianna Agron would feel at ease around A-listers.

But the actress says she was so starstruck at the Grammys that she relied on "Glee" guest star Gwyneth Paltrow to introduce her to Beyoncé.

"I had kind of an in because Gwyneth was there," Agron told talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel. "[Co-star] Kevin McHale and I were like, 'We can go say hi to her' — and she was right next to Beyoncé. So we kind of weaseled our way into meeting Beyoncé."

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Meet Natalie Portman's man, Benjamin Millepied
February 16th, 2011
05:15 PM ET

Meet Natalie Portman's man, Benjamin Millepied

For dance aficionados, 33-year-old Benjamin Millepied is better known as a principal dancer for the New York City ballet, but to nearly everyone else, he's the guy who is now engaged to Natalie Portman...and is also the father of the baby she's expecting.

The French-born Millepied - who choreographed Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan," which starred Portman - posed in a series of photos for ELLE magazine's March issue with his dancing partner of 10 years, Jenifer Ringer. You can see more photos here.

Portman, 29, hasn't been too shy about discussing their relationship; she thanked Millepied during her acceptance speech for the best dramatic actress in a motion picture Golden Globe for "helping me continue [to create] more life."

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Ashton Kutcher is looking for a no. 2
February 16th, 2011
05:15 PM ET

Ashton Kutcher is looking for a no. 2

Want to work for Ashton Kutcher?

Through March 2, applicants can take a shot at becoming the vice president of pop culture for the snack company popchips.

The vice president will serve alongside Kutcher, who is the president of pop culture, for a one-year term and earn a a salary of $50,000 a year. According to the company, the candidate will have the chance to work with popchips and Kutcher in official pop culture business.

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Lil' Kim tweets success of 'Black Friday' mixtape
February 16th, 2011
05:13 PM ET

Lil' Kim tweets success of 'Black Friday' mixtape

According to Lil' Kim, she's set a record with her new album. The rapper says that her new album, "Black Friday: The Mixtape," is the top-selling item in the history of PayPal.

"Thanks to you guys!! #lilkimblackfridaymixtape sold 113,000 copies in 28 hours which made me the #1 seller on paypal ever =) !!! THANK U!" she tweeted today of the $9.99 album, which was released on Valentine's Day, with the first 100,000 purchasers getting autographed copies.

PayPal representative Charlotte Hill, however, can't confirm or deny those claims.

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'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Billy Ray's regrets - too little, too late?
February 16th, 2011
03:31 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Billy Ray's regrets - too little, too late?

Miley Cyrus’s dad now says he regrets letting Miley do “Hannah Montana," but is this admission a case of too little, too late?

I say, it’s definitely not too late! Yes, Miley’s 18 and can make her own decisions, but Billy Ray will never stop being a father no matter how old Miley gets. Billy Ray seems to be trying to regain some of the control he feels he has lost over Miley, who’s been doing some pretty wild things recently.

What do you think? Too little, too late for Billy Ray? Post your thoughts below.

Other big stories on the show today…

Liam Neeson opens up about Natasha Richardson’s death, and Christina Applegate talks about having a baby after breast cancer. Plus, Janet Jackson’s weight confessions on HLN!

See you on "Showbiz Tonight" live at 5 p.m. ET and again at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN today!

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