February 24th, 2010
11:01 AM ET

Official Madonna iPhone app totally cool, and totally free

Like a Twitter account, an iPhone app is a celebrity (or faux-celebrity) must-have.

Within the past year, there's been a slew of them: Diddy's app lets you know where he likes to eat; rapper Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em's app lets the user remix his songs; T-Pain's gives the gift of Auto-Tune and Britney Spears’s “It’s Britney!” app blurts out an expletive when you shake it.

Thrilling stuff, but the Material Girl's new official iPhone app just may top them all. FULL POST

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February 17th, 2010
12:33 PM ET

Roger Ebert keeps voice alive through written words

Roger EbertAfter undergoing a surgery to treat cancer four years ago, Roger Ebert was left unable to talk and missing parts of his jaw. But while he may not be able to speak, the celebrated film critic's voice has lived on through his words.

In the years since, the prolific author (and first film critic to win a Pulitzer, which he won in 1975) has come to rely on his famous thumbs and his gift with turns of phrase to communicate on the job and at home as well.

In a touching interview with Esquire magazine, Ebert expressed himself through phrases jotted on Post-It notes and a set of computer speakers wired to broadcast his thoughts as he types them into a text-to-speech program.


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February 10th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

John Mayer has some regrets

If you've been following the trail John Mayer's potty mouth has left all over the Web today, you've learned a few things.

You now know that Jessica Simpson was his addiction, and you also know that he regrets ending his relationship with Jennifer Aniston, but hey, he's 32.

What you may not know - if you have yet to surf over to a particular magazine's Web site - is that Mayer unleashed quite a few racially sensitive remarks, with one of them using the "n" word.


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February 10th, 2010
03:26 PM ET

Jessica Simpson has no comment on John Mayer's explicit interview

In yet another interview, John Mayer has once again tackled difficult topics such as love, relationships and masturbation. He also threw in a few comments about "Battle Studies," lest we forget that he's a musician and not just a man who apparently has no filter.

In a March interview with Playboy magazine, Mayer described at length the hold Jessica Simpson has over him (in his words, she's sexual napalm), and it's left the blonde singer speechless.

According to Jessica Simpson’s publicist, Cindi Berger,  Simpson is “not commenting” on Mayer’s revealing interview.


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February 2nd, 2010
08:21 AM ET

Academy Awards Live Blog

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8:50 a.m. Thanks for hanging out guys! Be sure to check out our list of nominees here.

Best picture [10 of 'em!]:

"The Blind Side"
"District 9"
"An Education"
"The Hurt Locker"
"Inglourious Basterds"
"A Serious Man"
"Up in the Air"

Best animated feature:

"Fantastic Mr. Fox"
"Princess and the Frog"
"Secret of Kells"

Best actor:

Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart"
George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"

Best actress:
Carey Mulligan, "An Education
Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious"
Meryl Streep, "Julie and Julia"
Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side"

Best director:

Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"
Lee Daniels, "Precious"
Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"
Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker"
James Cameron, "Avatar"

Best supporting actress
Penelope Cruz, Nine
Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"
Maggie Gyllenhal "Crazy Heart"
Anna Kendrick "Up in the Air"
Mo’Nique, "Precious"

Best supporting actor
Matt Damon, "Invictus"
Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"
Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"
Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds"

8:39a.m. Anne is looking quite dapper - love the white jacket.

8:38 a.m. Music! Drama! Tom Sherak!

8:37 a.m. One minute to air, guys. The Academy is nothing if not punctual.

8:31 a.m. Oh. Just a sound check. Excuse my excitement.

8:30 a.m. Someone takes the stage! We're live people!

8:27 a.m. Anne Hathaway will be our mistress of ceremonies this morning, joining Academy President Tom Sherak to roll through 10 of the 24 categories. Hathaway and Sherak are only designated four to seven minutes to break down who's up for the Oscar, so this will go fast. Still no sign of Hathaway yet.

8:20 a.m.: We've got less than 20 minutes to go until the nominees for the 82nd annual Academy Awards are announced live. Thus far, it's still pretty dark on the set with a bunch of scraggly, hopefully caffeinated members of the press milling about. Keep in mind, it's just past 5 a.m. on the West coast. Stay tuned for more updates!

For continuing coverage of the Academy Awards and other breaking entertainment news, follow @CNNShowbiz on Twitter.

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January 29th, 2010
10:52 AM ET

'We Are the World' gets a 2010 update for Haiti

Quincy Jones is pulling together another all-star team for a remake of perhaps the most well-known charity song, "We Are the World."

So far, Jones has Wyclef Jean, Rickey Minor, Justin Bieber, Jason Mraz and Lionel Richie on deck for the millennial remix, not to mention Sugarland, Anthony Hamilton and Julianne Hough. The recording session will take place on Monday, February 1, in the exact same A&M Records recording studio as the "We Are the World" recording did in 1985. All proceeds for the album will go towards Haiti's relief efforts.

Richie co-wrote the original record with Michael Jackson for African famine relief, and the single was a massive success. MJ and Richie were joined by Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Cyndi Lauper, Tina Turner, Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder, among a host of others. FULL POST

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