Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
November 14th, 2010
09:33 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

This week marks the beginning of the end for “Harry Potter” fans, as part one of the saga’s finale, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” will be released this Friday.

You can get your fill of “Potter” stars on late night TV Monday, with Emma Watson appearing on the “Late Show with David Letterman” and Daniel Radcliffe on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”

Here are ten other pop culture releases and don't-miss TV moments to watch out for:

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November 8th, 2010
04:42 PM ET

Jackson's kids to Oprah: He was the best dad ever

More than a year after his passing, Michael Jackson’s parents and children appeared on Monday’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” sharing personal memories of the late pop star.

During the pre-taped program, Katherine Jackson spoke on topics ranging from her son’s childhood to what she describes as the worst day of her life, his death on June 25, 2009.

In August, 2009, it was determined that Jackson died from an overdose of the powerful anesthetic Propofol. Mrs. Jackson told Winfrey that she spoke to her son only once about drugs, which he denied using.

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Taylor Swift's wax figure unveiled Wednesday
October 28th, 2010
05:38 PM ET

Taylor Swift's wax figure unveiled Wednesday

Taylor Swift has had one busy week.

Along with her new album, “Speak Now,” dropping on Monday, the country/pop singer has become officially immortalized with the likes of President Obama, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

Madame Tussauds in New York released a wax figure of Swift on Wednesday, which, according to their website, took four months to create.

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Madonna launches global chain of gyms
October 27th, 2010
01:30 PM ET

Madonna launches global chain of gyms

If you want a body like Madonna's, where better to get it than a gym created by the “Material Girl” herself?

The pop star has teamed with the likes of Mark Mastrov, the mastermind behind 24 Hour Fitness, to open fitness centers in 10 locations worldwide, according to a statement. These ultra-luxe gyms will be found in Argentina, Brazil, Russia and throughout Asia and Europe.

"Madonna's world tours have taken us to many of our favorite cities around the world. We are looking forward to opening Hard Candy Fitness with NEV in many of these same places," said Madonna's manager, Guy Oseary.

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Jay-Z to campaign for Obama 2012?
October 26th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Jay-Z to campaign for Obama 2012?

It looks like President  Obama may be enlisting the help of none other than Jay-Z to campaign for him during the 2012 election, according to the New York Post.

"I can't believe you've finally heard the chatter about him replacing [National Economic Council director] Larry Summers," Deputy White House Press Secretary William Burton joked with the Post.

Burton added, "In all seriousness, keep in mind he was pretty active during the 2008 election, so I don't think it'd surprise anyone that he would be involved again. But it's a little premature."

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Matt Damon and wife welcome another baby girl
October 25th, 2010
08:54 AM ET

Matt Damon and wife welcome another baby girl

Matt Damon and wife Luciana welcomed another baby girl into their family last Wednesday, CNN has confirmed.

According to a rep for the actor, Damon, 40, and Luciana, 35, named their new addition Stella Zavala Damon. The couple has two daughters together - Isabella, 4, and Gia, 2 – and Luciana also has a daughter from a previous marriage.

If you think that sounds like a full house, Damon does as well. The actor told Parade in an interview, "Our lives are full and wonderful and we're done having kids.”

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