Vanessa Minnillo to co-host 'Wipeout'
June 17th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Vanessa Minnillo to co-host 'Wipeout'

That upcoming wedding to Nick Lachey isn't the only big project that Vanessa Minnillo has in the pipeline. The former MTV star and "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent has just been hired to co-host ABC's bump-and-bruise-filled game show "Wipeout."

Minnillo will take over for former co-host Jill Wagner beginning in season 5, giving the play-by-play for both the winter and summer editions of "Wipeout."

The popular series, hosted by John Henson and John Anderson, features 24 contestants competing on an extreme obstacle course, bouncing off the iconic Big Balls and getting banged up in the Wipeout Zone.

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Christopher Reeve 'Superman' statue to debut at film festival
June 7th, 2011
06:00 AM ET

Christopher Reeve 'Superman' statue to debut at film festival

Christopher Reeve will always be remembered for his iconic role in the 1978 film "Superman." Now, the late actor—who was paralyzed from the neck down following a 1995 horseback riding accident and died in 2004—is being immortalized as a lifelike, life-size statue at the L.A. Times' upcoming Hero Complex Film Festival.

“This figure was sculpted in clay from various stills of Mr. Reeve,” British sculptor Mike Hill tells the newspaper. “The sculpture was then reproduced in silicone rubber and fiberglass. The skin is painted in layers to reflect human skin tones. The acrylic eyes are custom made to match Reeve's own. Each hair is punched [into place] one at a time. The costume is an exact replica of the original.”

Fans can photograph themselves with the Man of Steel on June 11, when the statue is displayed at the festival, where both "Superman" and "Superman II: The Donner Cut" will be screened.

“I made this piece to remind me of my youth,” says Hill. “As adults we forget the magic moments that forged our childhood dreams. For me ‘Superman’ still ignites that little boy who couldn’t afford popcorn watching an uplifting and incredibly exciting superhero save the planet. I believed a man could fly … and I still do.”

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New Manilow album inspired by Britney Spears
June 6th, 2011
03:39 PM ET

New Manilow album inspired by Britney Spears

Barry Manilow sings about the pleasures and pitfalls of fame on "15 Minutes," his upcoming CD that was inspired by a certain blonde pop princess.

"The thing we started to think about was when Britney Spears was being hounded by the paparazzi," Manilow tells the L.A. Times of his concept for the album. "They were driving her crazy. She couldn't have a life without them pulling up next to her car and following her and driving her crazy to the point where, that was around the time she shaved off her hair. I think they actually helped to drive her crazy. We all looked at it in horror… and I said, 'Is this what happens these days?' So it seemed like a thing to be writing an album about."

Manilow, whose new disc drops June 14, also drew inspiration from the young talent he worked with as a mentor on "American Idol."

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'Housewife' Ramona Singer: I'm not an alcoholic
June 6th, 2011
02:53 PM ET

'Housewife' Ramona Singer: I'm not an alcoholic

It's no secret that "Real Housewives of New York City" cast member Ramona Singer loves her Pinot Grigio, but the Bravo star insists she doesn't have a drinking problem.

"Do I overdrink? No. I drink with responsibility," she tells In the Mixx. "I drink with a beautiful dinner. I would rather have my one or two glasses of Pinot Grigio than dessert, which is 700 calories."

Singer, who has her own Pinot Grigio line, points out that many of the other "Housewives" drink just as much as she does but clever editing makes it appear she is overindulging.

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'Jersey Shore' to premiere season 4 in August
June 6th, 2011
01:54 PM ET

'Jersey Shore' to premiere season 4 in August

Pump those fists! All-new episodes of "Jersey Shore" will arrive this summer.

MTV has announced that the fourth season of the hit reality series, currently filming in Florence, Italy, will premiere August 4, according to the Hollywood Reporter. As usual, expect plenty of drama from the tanned crew.

As Marquee reported last week, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi had her driver's license revoked following a fender bender with an Italian traffic patrol car. And according to TMZ, Ronnie Magro and Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino got into a major fistfight with each other after an argument with Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola.

The high jinks are expected to continue stateside later this month when the "Jersey Shore" gang returns to Seaside Heights to begin shooting season 5.

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Nicole Scherzinger officially replaces Cheryl Cole on 'X Factor'
June 6th, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Nicole Scherzinger officially replaces Cheryl Cole on 'X Factor'

Nicole Scherzinger, who was once thought to be a host for producer Simon Cowell's U.S. version of "The X Factor," has now come on board as a judge, Fox confirms.

Scherzinger is - you guessed it - officially replacing former Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole. British celeb Steve Jones will now fly solo as host of the show.

A month ago it was announced that Cole would be taking a seat at the judges' table along with  Cowell, Antonio "L.A." Reid and later Paula Abdul, but by the end of May, word spread that Cole had been dropped from the role.

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