Plans halted for Madonna's Malawi school
March 25th, 2011
05:31 PM ET

Plans halted for Madonna's Malawi school

It looks like Madonna’s plan to build a $15 million school for approximately 400 girls in Malawi won’t come to fruition, according to the New York Times.

The superstar co-founded the Raising Malawi charity through which the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls was to be built, but the organization has said that plans for the project have been discontinued and the organization’s board of directors replaced by a “caretaker board” that includes Madonna and her manager.

Update, 3/28 1:27 p.m.: A statement from Madonna's rep provides clarification that "The Raising Malawi Academy for Girls is a Malawi based organization which is independent from Raising Malawi Inc.. ," and that "the former is the organization which has made the changes.  RM Inc. has been a donor to the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls but has discontinued funding because of concerns related to how funds were spent."

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Happy (almost) International Tom Hanks Day!
March 25th, 2011
05:23 PM ET

Happy (almost) International Tom Hanks Day!

Get ready to whip out your favorite “Forrest Gump” quotes – in case you haven’t heard, tomorrow is International Tom Hanks Day.

The informal event, founded eight years ago by Chicagoan Kevin Turk, is going down at the Fizz Bar & Grill in the Windy City on March 26th.

Hanks approved and autographed memorabilia is raffled off along with food and drink tickets and official Tom Hanks Day T-shirts,  all while screenings of the Oscar winner’s movies and TV stints play in the background. Money collected at the event is donated to Lifeline Energy, a London-based non-profit that provides access to energy and education to orphans and women.

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In Touch Weekly
March 25th, 2011
03:46 PM ET

Weeklies cheat sheet: Brangelina's babies take the cake

We're not sure if it's our steady diet of stories about reality stars, but color us surprised to see all of the Jolie-Pitts on the cover of People.

But aside from that issue, the rest of your celebrity weeklies round-up is simply more of the same: A "Teen Mom" might be married, Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian continue to exist, and Suri Cruise has an, um, interesting taste in sweets.

Until next week...


Filed under: Celebrities
Whoopi Goldberg: I was high when I won my Oscar
March 25th, 2011
03:44 PM ET

Whoopi Goldberg: I was high when I won my Oscar

Winning an Academy Award was definitely a high for Whoopi Goldberg, who has admitted that she was on a little something when she accepted her 1991 Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

In a clip from a 1992 recording session obtained by TMZ, Goldberg revealed that she had some pot prior to the Oscars ceremony because she needed to calm her nerves.

"Smoking cigarettes and pot every now and then are my habits. And so I thought, I've got to relax. So I smoked this wonderful joint that was the last of my home grown," she says in the video.

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'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Should Chris Brown be banned from 'DWTS'?
March 25th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Should Chris Brown be banned from 'DWTS'?

Chris Brown is still being welcomed with open arms at ABC, even after his “GMA” rampage – but is that fair?

Do you remember when Adam Lambert kissed a guy on live TV during a performance on ABC? Within hours, Adam got the boot – his “GMA” performance got canceled for that kiss! I think this is a weird double standard. What do you think? Vote here.

In the "Showbiz" Royals Watch… We’re revealing Kate’s royal ride!

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Simon Cowell: 'Glee' has changed the rules
March 25th, 2011
02:50 PM ET

Simon Cowell: 'Glee' has changed the rules

Once you start cheering for the American version of  "The X Factor," you can thank "Glee."

According to Digital Spy, "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell says the hit Fox show about a high school show choir helped inspire him to bring his British show stateside.

"If somebody said to me five years ago that one of the biggest pop stars or groups in the world was going to be a glee club, I never would've believed it," Cowell said. "What they've done with 'Glee,' I believe, is that they've broken away all boundaries; all shapes, all sizes all mixed together, but it just works."

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