Hugh Jackman to sing show tunes in San Francisco
March 24th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Hugh Jackman to sing show tunes in San Francisco

Shooting for "The Wolverine" may be delayed now that Darren Aronofsky has dropped out as director, but Hugh Jackman is getting another chance to demonstrate his prowess. The actor is set to do a two-week concert gig in which he'll perform his favorite Broadway and Hollywood musical tunes, according to The Wrap.

"Hugh Jackman in Performance" will run at San Francisco's Curran Theatre from May 3-15. Tony-winner Jackman, who will be backed by a 17-piece orchestra, is expected to perform numbers from his hit 2003 Broadway show "The Boy from Oz," as well as other popular show tunes from both stage and screen.

Before heading to Hollywood, the Aussie actor made his name in Melbourne musicals throughout the '90s, playing Gaston in "Beauty & the Beast" and starring in "Sunset Boulevard." In 1998, he played Curly in a London production of the classic "Oklahoma!"

Jackman is now expected to return to Broadway in a musical about legendary magician Harry Houdini.

Do you prefer him as an action hero or song-and-dance man?

'Idol' greetings from Facebook
March 24th, 2011
04:42 PM ET

'Idol' greetings from Facebook

Get ready to offer a "Happy Birthday" with a little help from one of the "American Idol" contestants.

The New York Times reports that starting on Friday, fans will be able to send a video birthday greeting or a "poke" from one of the Top 10 "Idol" finalists for a fee of $1.

The offer comes courtesy "Idol's" deal with the Cameo Stars application. The company behind the application films celebs in front of a green screen and gives the appearance that the star is speaking directly from the user's Facebook page.

To further entice fans, the promotion involving the "Idol" Top 10 also features a contest in which the winner will receive a pair of tickets to the show's finale.

Service for Elizabeth Taylor to be held today
March 24th, 2011
04:20 PM ET

Service for Elizabeth Taylor to be held today

Update, 4:17 p.m.: According to Sgt. Thomas Lorenz, PIO for Glendale, California, a "small service" will take place today for family and friends of Elizabeth Taylor, who died Wednesday at the age of 79, at Forest Lawn Cemetery at 2 p.m. PT.

Lorenz told CNN that there will be no procession, no hearse and no motorcade. Attendees will drive into Forest Lawn in their own vehicles, and "just a few dozen" people are expected.

There were earlier reports that Taylor would be buried in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles next to her mother and father and near other stars like Marilyn Monroe, but a rep told CNN earlier that details of her funeral were to stay private.

Fans will still get their chance to pay respects to Taylor, however, as details of a memorial service will be announced at a later date. The family did ask that instead of flowers, contributions be made to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS foundation.


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Nathan Lane steals the show on 'Modern Family'
March 24th, 2011
03:59 PM ET

Nathan Lane steals the show on 'Modern Family'

I was pretty let down by Nathan Lane's appearance back in October as Mitchell and Cam's friend, Pepper. However, Wednesday's episode was a totally different matter.

Lane stole every scene he was in, especially while having drinks with his friends and surprise guest Jay, who was skipping out on going to a Vivaldi concert with Gloria and Manny. In the midst of this, Jay became more accepting of Mitchell (despite his boyhood dancing to Madonna's "Lucky Star").

Little did the hammered Jay realize that he agreed to a trip to Palm Springs, including shopping with Pepper (whose car was a character in itself). An angry Gloria refused to get him out of it.

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'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Do you buy Chris Brown's apology?
March 24th, 2011
02:49 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Do you buy Chris Brown's apology?

Chris Brown just apologized for his behind-the scenes outburst on “Good Morning America.”

In an interview on BET’s “106 & Park,” Chris said he was “thrown off” by all the questions Robin Roberts asked him about the aftermath of his beating of Rihanna. Brown now says he’s “disappointed” by his outburst and he was just trying to “release…the anger.”

I can’t deny that he’s sorry, but clearly Chris Brown still has to learn how to manage his anger – there are much deeper issues at play here. Someone clearly sat him down and told him he needed to apologize and sound as contrite as possible.

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Gwen Stefani donates $1 million to Japan
March 24th, 2011
02:13 PM ET

Gwen Stefani donates $1 million to Japan

With a clothing line named Harajuku Lovers and a song called "Harajuku Girls," there's no doubt that Gwen Stefani has a soft spot for Japan.

Now, the singer is showing her love by donating $1 million to the rescue and relief efforts in the earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged country.

"I've been inspired by Japan for many years and have a true love, appreciation, and respect for the Japanese people and their culture," says the singer, who first toured there in 1996 and became fascinated by the music, art and fashion in Tokyo's Harajuku district. "The disaster in Japan is beyond heartbreaking and I want to do anything I can to help. I would never be able to make a gesture like this without the love and support of all the fans over all these years."

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