Thursday, 30 June 2011

Nahla and Violet Love Crocs

Nahla Aubry and Violet Affleck are ready for summer in their Crocs Shirley shoes. Nahla wore hers to eat pizza with her mom and friends at Vito's Pizza in West Hollywood. Violet wore hers while out running errands with her mom.

The Crocs Shirley shoes ($34.99) come in five fun color combinations. Both of these little girls have the pink lemonade/burst color combo. Every Shirley slip-on shoe features translucent, soft TPU material and Croslite for maximum comfort. Like most Crocs shoes there are holes for jibbitz shoe charms too.

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Ashley Tisdale: Planet Blue Bikini Shopper

Out for a mother/daughter shopping spree, Ashley Tisdale was alongside her mother, Lisa, for a retail session in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday (June 30).

The "Aliens In the Attic" actress was dressed in a pretty pink blouse with a stylish skirt as she combed the bikini racks at Planet Blue before settling on a few items.

Meanwhile, Tizzie's currently gearing up for quite the exciting weekend - as she'll be celebrating her birthday on Saturday, July 2nd.

Tweeting about the big day, Ashley wrote, "Can't wait for sat!! I'm gonna be 26!!! So excited to celebrate..... Party time! Woo woo"

Miss Tisdale also recently posted a video message (see above) thanking her many Facebook friends, as she graciously said, "Hey guys check out my thank you video to all my facebook fans.......we're at over 10 million!"


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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller': Story Behind The 'Glee' Cover

MJ classic is mashed up with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' 'Heads Will Roll' for post-Super Bowl episode.
By Aly Semigran

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Madonna, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and now, finally, Michael Jackson. The cast of "Glee" has covered plenty of icons during their first two seasons, but it's taken 33 episodes to get around to the King of Pop.

With a huge catalog of Jackson songs, the singing, dancing students of McKinley High paid homage to the late singer with one of his biggest staples (and, arguably, the greatest music video of all time) with their take on "Thriller."

The groundbreaking single from Jackson's best-selling album of the same name was mashed up with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll" for the post-Super Bowl episode (titled "The Sue Sylvester Bowl Shuffle"), featuring a zombie-fied "Glee" cast.

Bound to become a smash all over again (though with its nonstop rotation at Halloween parties and wedding receptions until the end of time, it's never truly gone away), here's a brief history of the dance/pop classic.

Released on January 23, 1984, "Thriller" was the seventh, and final, single to be released from Jackson's smash record. According to the RIAA, the album (released by Epic Records) has gone gold 29 times, narrowly edging out the Eagles' Greatest Hits 1971-1975 for the title of best-selling album of all time.

In 2009, MTV News estimated that the Thriller album was poised to go triple diamond, meaning 30 million records sold in the U.S. alone.

After Thriller's other singles (including "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and "Wanna Be Startin' Something") dominated the charts, it was time for the spooky, undeniably original track to take over. The song "Thriller" also appeared on many of Jackson's other albums, including the compilations HIStory and Number Ones.

Clocking in at a little under six minutes (though the radio edit was closer to four-and-a-half), the song features pop-music mainstays like synthesizers but shakes things up with its spooky sound effects, including creaking floors, howling and thunder.

The song was produced by Quincy Jones and written and composed by Rod Tempterton and spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #4.

But it's the music video for "Thriller" that truly made it the phenomenon it was in the '80s and continues to be today. Less a music video than a mini-motion picture, the video (over 13 minutes long and directed by John Landis) won three MTV Video Music Awards and has been named the best music video of all time by many outlets, including VH1 for the special "VH1: 100 Greatest Videos."

The chiller features Jackson in that iconic red leather jacket on a date with his girlfriend (played by Ola Ray) before things go terribly awry. After all, as Jackson (whose disclaimer at the start of the video reads, "This film in no way endorses a belief in the occult") sings in the opening line, "It's close to midnight and something evil's lurking in the dark." Cue werewolves, zombies, Vincent Price's soliloquy and one of the most memorable dance sequences ever.

The video was (no pun intended) a monster hit. As the Los Angeles Times notes, "At the height of the song's popularity, MTV would run the 14-minute 'Thriller' video twice an hour."

Choreographed by Jackson and Michael Peters (who, as the LA Times also reported, appears in the video as one of the zombies) and with makeup by Oscar-winner Rick Baker (also an undead "Thriller" extra) was made with a huge budget of an estimated $500,000.

Still, the efforts paid off. Landis (who told the "Today" show back in 2009 that no one wanted to give them the funds to make the risky vid) made the accompanying 45-minute documentary about the venture, called "The Making of Thriller." Featuring the behind-the-scenes wizardry, as well as the music video in full, it would go on to move more than 10 million copies.

Since then, the signature song and video have seen their share fair of tributes in movies (notably in the 2004 comedy"13 Going on 30") and TV ("South Park," "Family Guy," "30 Rock," among others), not to mention the countless flash mobs that have gone viral. (Remember the prisoners in the Philippines who became overnight phenomenons on YouTube?)

Even with the "Glee" number, this likely won't be the last incarnation of "Thriller." Billboard reported in October that a "Thriller" film is in the works. With a plot allegedly revolving around Price's narration, Kenny Ortega, who directed Jackson's last effort, "This Is It," will reportedly helm the project.

Since Jackson's untimely passing on June 25, 2009, the song and video's legacy continue to live on. In the week following Jackson's death, "Thriller" was the best-selling track in the U.S., with sales of 167,000 copies on the Billboard Hot Digital Singles chart.

Then, in December 2009, "Thriller" was the first music video to ever be inducted into the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. It seems "no mere mortal can resist ... the thriller" after all.

What did you think of the "Thriller" mash-up on "Glee"? Let us know in the comments!

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Lady Gaga, Weird Al Find 'Happy Ending' After Parody Beef

'She's totally cool and she really likes the parody,' Al tells MTV News of 'Perform This Way.'
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All is well between Lady Gaga and "Weird Al" Yankovic. After some initial drama over his parody of "Born This Way," Gaga eventually gave Al her stamp of approval.

When MTV News caught up with Weird Al on Monday night at the "Bad Teacher" premiere in New York City, he told us the pop star is actually of a fan of his track, "Perform This Way."

"Where we stand is my music video 'Perform This Way' world-premiered [Monday] and is doing quite well," he said. "My album comes out [today]," he said of Alpocalypse, which was released on Tuesday (June 21). "It all got resolved."

On the Gaga parody track, he sings, "Got my straight jacket today/ It's made of gold lamé/ No, not because I'm crazy/ I perform this way." Then he goes on to lampoon, among other topics, that famous MTV VMA meat dress: "I strap prime rib to my feet/ Cover myself with raw meat/ I'll bet you've never seen a skirt steak worn this way."

Initially, it seemed Gaga wasn't too pleased with the song's lyrics, but according to Al, she has come around. So, what exactly happened between Al and Mother Monster before things got straightened out?

"It was a big misunderstanding, miscommunication," he explained. "The bottom line is it's a happy ending. Lady Gaga approves it; she's totally cool and she really likes the parody."

In the brand-new video, Al portrays Gaga in some of her signature looks, from her Grammy egg to her bubble dress, but it wasn't easy to narrow down wardrobe for the clip.

"It's a challenge because she's got so many different looks," he said. "I mean, she's got such a bigger-than-life persona, so a big part of figuring out the video is figuring out how we're going to do two-dozen costumes in three minutes. On top of putting my head on a woman's body, that was difficult as well. So [making the video took] a lot of CG effects and wardrobe, basically."

Gaga isn't the only superstar lampooned on Alpocalypse. Al also has some fun with Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and T.I., to name a few. "It's very eclectic, it's very odd, which I guess you come to expect from a guy like me."

What do you think of Weird Al's "Perform This Way" video? Tell us in the comments!

Watch The "Perform This Way" Video Below!

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Beyonce Responds To 4 Album Leak

'While this is not how I wanted to present my new songs, I appreciate the positive response,' she tells MTV News in a statement.
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Beyoncé is taking a glass-half-full approach to the leak of her entire 4 album three weeks before its June 28 release date.

In a statement released to MTV News on Wednesday (June 8), Beyoncé lamented the early arrival but said she's making the most of the eagerness of her fans to get their hands on her first new batch of songs since 2008's double-disc I Am ... Sasha Fierce.

"My music was leaked and while this is not how I wanted to present my new songs, I appreciate the positive response from my fans," the singer wrote. "When I record music I always think about my fans singing every note and dancing to every beat. I make music to make people happy and I appreciate that everyone has been so anxious to hear my new songs."

Beyoncé fans were psyched Tuesday when her collabo with Andre 3000, "Party," leaked weeks before the new album was due. It was one of several leaks the album has faced over the past week. A short time after the Kanye West and Consequence-produced "Party" slipped out, another song, "Countdown," which samples the Boyz II Men tune "Uhh Ahh," also surfaced, followed by the entire album.

While B's team scrambles to take down the offending links that have popped up all over the Web, some online rogues have taken to Twitter to put up links, making it harder for the label to track down the music. Fans have already gotten a number of listens to tunes from the disc, including the uptempo dancehall first single "Run the World (Girls)," the lush ballad "1+1" and the second official single "Best Thing I Never Had." Another tune, "End of Time," which samples late Afrobeat superstar Fela Kuti, has also leaked online.

Have you heard any of the leaked album, or are you waiting for the official release? Let us know in the comments.

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Halle Berry and Nahla spent a fun day at Shane's Inspiration Park in Los Feliz, Calif. on Monday (June 27). The actress also had a couple of girlfriends and their children join them for the play date.

The adorable 3-year-old got to take a train ride, climb a jungle gym, go down a slide, and play in the sandbox.

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Usher Says New 'Rev Pop' Project Is A 'Movement'

Singer teases his new project by pointing to past hits like 'Yeah!' and 'OMG.'
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With the success of songs like "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love," "Hot Tottie" and "OMG," Usher had himself a fairly massive 2010. But rather than rest on his laurels, he's looking to build on his big year, not with an album, but with a "movement."

It's something he's calling "Rev Pop" — or, simply, "Rev" — and though he's already teased his idea in a video with David Guetta (Akon is also involved), he has yet to speak in full about it. So when MTV News caught up with Ush before the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles at the (Belvedere) RED launch party, we asked him about his next musical endeavor. And though he didn't reveal much, he did let it be known that "Rev" isn't exactly something new. In fact, he's been doing it for a while now.

"I'll give it to you this way: At a later date, I'll tell you more about Rev Pop, but if I were to give you a flash: I've done it before, I did it with 'Yeah!' " he said, "taking a cultural experience, and also worldwide recognition of a feeling, and putting the soul in the middle of it. Not allowing it to shift heavily to R&B genre, or pop. I did it again with 'OMG,' once again putting the soul in the middle of it, which was an electric-pop experience, with the soul.

"It's bringing those elements together to tell a story, that was born here," he said, gesturing toward his heart, "And that's what Rev Pop is. There's more, I mean, I could really elaborate, but that's just what I'm going to tell you right now. 'Rev' is what it's called ... the movement is called Rev."

Usher wouldn't say just when his fans would be getting their first taste of Rev, but whenever they do, it sounds like they're going to be impressed ... if not a little shocked.

"Stay alive," he smiled, "Because you're definitely going to be in for a surprise."

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Jennifer Lopez Being Replaced on American Idol?

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Jennifer Lopez reportedly still hasn't made her mind up about whether or not she's going to return to American Idol for the 11th season, but sources say that producers are already putting together a backup plan in case she bails.

According to, insiders believe that Lopez, 41, is balking on going back to Idol for a second season, simply to get a pay raise. Though Jen made a cool $12 million for her judging work, her predecessor Simon Cowell was making $35 million per season -- and Lopez may want a bigger chunk of that. 

Still, the jury is out on whether Lopez was an asset to Idol's 2011 success or vice versa.

"Idol has resurrected her much-stalled music career," one music exec said, as Lopez's dance hit "On the Floor," burns up the charts. "Likewise, Idol didn't fall apart when Simon left and Jennifer has to get some of the credit for that. But let's also remember the show didn't increase in ratings and that is also thanks to J.Lo."

And Idol bigwigs aren't convinced that it's Lopez who's their show's big draw.

"Right now the star of American Idol is Steven Tyler," a source told PopEater. "Everyone thought after Simon announced he was leaving that [Lopez] would fill the void. How wrong were they? It's all about Steven, who's already signed on for season 11."

Lopez recently told BBC that she was "on the fence" about returning to the singing show, but it looks like the multi-tasking mom may want to make a decision soon. The Idol sources say that producers have already spoken about Shania Twain (who has been a mentor and guest judge on the show) and Shakira possibly filling Lopez's spot.


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Things are looking up for Lindsay Lohan. The 24-year-old actress was released from her court-ordered house arrest on Wednesday after serving just 35 days of her four-month sentence, which she received for a probation violation stemming from her 2007 DUI arrest.

"She completed her home dentention today and she's now back under the supervision of the courts and probation," an L.A. County Sheriff's spokesman confirms to People. Although Lohan still has community service, psychological counseling and a Shoplifters Alternative program on her plate, she can now walk out of her Venice Beach, Calif., townhouse a free woman and is no longer subject to drug and alcohol tests. As the cherry on top of this good-news sundae, she'll also be celebrating her 25th birthday this weekend.

Knowing Lindsay, she's not going to let her house-arrest release or her birthday slip by without a party -- and MSNBC says that she's already got one booked. So what's on the agenda? Non-alcoholic beer? "Congrats on the End of House Arrest" balloons? Well -- not quite.

According to MSNBC, Lohan is on the guest list for an exclusive party in Southampton, New York, on July 2, which happens to be her birthday. The party's theme is "L.A. Takes Over the Hamptons," and the celebs expected to attend includes Chloe Sevnigny, Liv Tyler, and Lohan's ex-girlfriend Samantha Ronson.

In other words: Lindsay, who is trying to act more responsibly, is going to be around hard-partying New York socialites, free-flowing drinks and her most recent ex. Is this a good idea?

"We're choosing to let Lindsay celebrate her birthday with family and friends privately," says Lohan's rep, refusing to comment on the actress' weekend plans.

We wouldn't blame Lohan for wanting to get out and enjoy herself -- but we hope she's keeping in mind that just last week, she was nearly sent back to jail for violating her probation by drinking alcohol (turns out, she hadn't violated probation because she was no longer required to take drug/alcohol tests). So fingers crossed she keeps that in mind when celebrating her re-release into the world. At least Lohan's keeping her goals in mind; she tweeted this week that she would love to work with The Kids Are All Right director Lisa Cholodenko.

Lohan is due back in court on July 21, and still has community service to complete. So even if she is partying in the Hamptons this weekend, she'll soon be returning to Los Angeles... to mop floors at the county morgue. Nobody ever said making a comeback was easy!


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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Adriana Lima: Victoria?s Secret Photo Shoot

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'Transformers: Dark Of The Moon' Premiere Marks 'Graduation Day'

'I wish I could have worn one of those funny hats, dude,' Shia LaBeouf jokes to MTV News at NYC debut.
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Mark your calendars, boys and girls: June 28, 2011, is officially "Transformers" Day in New York City, as announced at Tuesday night's red-carpet premiere of "Dark of the Moon," the third (and potentially final) installment in Michael Bay's robot-smashing, record-obliterating blockbuster trilogy.

On one hand, it was an event packed with more excitement and enthusiasm than a downtown Chicago brawl between Optimus Prime and his Decepticon rivals. On the other, it was bittersweet.

"It feels like graduation day, you know?" Shia LaBeouf told MTV News about his feelings on the night of the premiere. "I never went to college. I spent all of my college years on the set. This is my graduation. I wish I could have worn one of those funny hats, dude."

But even LaBeouf was able to make light of the situation. Asked what he'd wear underneath his graduation gown, he laughed: "Nothing. A unitard. A leopard unitard and a graduation hat."

For Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the Victoria's Secret model making her acting debut and replacing former leading lady Megan Fox in the process, this was the crowning achievement of an already-breathtaking experience.

"It's blowing my mind to be here right now," she said of the premiere, which took place in a packed stretch of New York's famous Times Square. "I'll never, ever forget the last couple of weeks. It's been a dream come true. You see all of your hard work paying off. Look at all of these amazing people that [came out to] support this movie. It's really humbling."

Humbling (and probably overwhelming) isn't a surprising reaction, considering the presence of hundreds upon hundreds of "Transformers" fans holding signs like "I <3 Bumblebee" and "Shia, It's My Birthday!" in the crowd. For actor Ken Jeong, who's making a big leap from his "Hangover" comedy roots into the significantly more action-oriented "Transformers" universe, his experience wasn't just humbling, but mind-blowing.

"It's out-of-body," he said. "I can't really even process it right now. I make my living doing comedies — lately nude scenes in R-rated comedies — so for me to have a part in this movie in any capacity is truly one of the greatest moments of my career."

For months, those involved with "Dark of the Moon" have proudly declared their third "Transformers" film as the very best in the series. And on the night of the premiere, the stars maintained that sentiment.

"We worked really hard to deliver a full experience, and I think Michael pulled it off," producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura said. "The third act in this movie is the best third act of the series. It did two things: One, the scale is off the charts. But the human beings also have a purpose to them that we were never able to accomplish before. I think that emotional identity with the characters and the way we didn't have that before [is great]."

Tyrese Gibson, returning to the series for a third time as special-ops soldier Epps, had to tip his hat to Bay as well. "Michael Bay, if you're looking at this interview, you're not the emotional type at all, but I'm proud of you, sir," the "Fast Five" star said. "You really, really delivered on this, man. Believe it or not, Michael on this one was very in tune with the fans. He was on the Internet, reading all of the comments and everything that went down with 'Transformers 2.' Compliments to the chef, man. He really, really delivered."

For Bay — who, like Shia, says that this is his last go with the Autobots — the night was something of a send-off as well. But it was just the final night in a long leg of goodbyes, as the "Transformers" crew has traveled to Germany and Russia and now back to the good old US of A to bid adieu to the "Moon."

"We've been traveling the globe, but this is what we came for," Bay said. "This is really fun. Yes, you do get tired, all right, but this is awesome. This is a moment in life you can't [miss]. It's fun."

But even if this might be the last time Bay and LaBeouf get together for a grand "Transformers" event such as this, there's at least one person — the new kid on the block, as it were — who's ready to keep going.

"I'd love to do another film!" Huntington-Whiteley enthused. "Making this movie, we had such fun. It's the hardest I've ever worked and probably ever will work. It's hot, it's dirty, it's sweaty, it's exhilarating. I've been around the best comedians and the best actors in the business. The best director and the best crew. They all became my family, and I thank them very much for supporting me."

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Janet Jackson Thrills Fans With Greatest Hits, Michael Tribute At Radio City

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NEW YORK — Often imitated, never duplicated, Janet Jackson's outbursts of meticulous choreography, sassy exclamations and smoldering gazes into the audience kept them on their feet for the entire two-hour set of her greatest hits at Radio City Music Hall. Monday night marked the last of three sold-out shows at the historic venue on her monumental Number Ones: Up Close and Personal Tour.

Up-and-coming boy band Mindless Behavior opened the show with songs including "#1 Girl," "Future" and their debut single, "My Girl." With their Usher-esque dance moves and shouts like "Where the ladies at?" the boys brought the tween girls out of hiding, judging by the shrill screams escaping various corner of the music hall.

At 9:00 sharp, the lights went down and Janet's fans were on the edge of their seats, watching music videos for "The Best Things in Life Are Free" and "Rhythm Nation" projected on big screens across the venue. A small shadow drifted toward center stage, and when the colorful lights came up, Jackson, wrapped in a shoulder-padded catsuit, complete with slick short hair, blasted into "The Pleasure Principle," dancing as hard and intensely choreographed as she did when the song first came out in the 1980s.

With barely a spare second between songs, Janet dazzled her way through her biggest hits, including "Miss You Much," "All for You" and "Nasty," and more recent hits like 2008's "Feedback."

Videos displayed during Jackson's costume changes included vintage clips from "Diff'rent Strokes," a funny scene from "Poetic Justice" where Jackson slyly rejects the advances of Tupac Shakur's character, and a rather heavy scene, as Jackson's character in "Why Did I Get Married" destroys her husband's house with a golf club, screaming hysterically.

Considering the tough couple of years the Jackson family has faced, the dark moments in the video seemed fitting, and everyone was beside themselves with bittersweet joy when Michael Jackson's face popped up on the big screen and she performed their hit single "Scream."

Janet emerged for her encore in a tight white one-piece disco suit, and performed "Diamonds," "Make Me" and "Together Again," which appeared to be the biggest hit of the evening. As Jackson graciously bowed out, her straight face transitioned into a smirk, suggesting that despite the hard times she has experienced recently, we can expect to see this singing and dancing pop legend shine far into the future.

"Its amazing!" Janet fan Elena Mercantini gleamed afterward. "It's like she's still 20 years old!"

"She's hot, she's amazing and she's still got it after all these years" added Alison Klinger of Long Island. "Best concert I've ever been to!"

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By Aly Semigran

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During this week's episode of "Glee", the gang from New Directions took a big risk when they decided they would compete in Nationals by singing their own original songs. Well, the stakes just got a little higher.

MTV News has an exclusive first listen to one of the rival groups who will go up against the McKinley High glee club in New York City during next Tuesday's (May 24) big season two finale. In the upcoming episode, an all-female a cappella group sings Usher's 2004 club and radio smash "Yeah!," which may have the Nationals judges saying just that.

Singers replace synthesizers for the four-note melody that repeats throughout the song, and lead vocalists RaVaughn Brown and Missi Hale match the high energy that Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris brought to the track.

Granted, a few things have been tweaked in the version for the tween-friendly show, including the length (the original is over four minutes long, while the "Glee" version comes in at three and a half minutes) and the tune's instructions to "Take that and rewind it back ... got the rhythm make ya booty go."

Also, instead of Ludacris' verse, "We want a lady in the street/ And a freak in the bed," one girl sings, "You know you want a kiss on the lips, old red." The line, "Ludacris fill cups like double D's" has also been cut from the song.

But, it's not all PG. At one point in the girls' rendition of the track, they page homage to Lil Jon's crunk hit "Get Low," singing, "From the windows to the walls" and even Mystikal's booty-happy single "Shake Ya Ass," when they urge, "Show me whatcha' workin' with."

At the 2005 Grammy Awards, the power trio of Usher, Lil Jon and Ludacris won the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Yeah!" But, will the song bring the same sort of fortune to this girl group at Nationals? Or will the glory all belong to New Directions this time? Gleeks will still have to wait a few more days to find out.

The "Glee" season finale airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on Fox, while "Glee": The Music, Volume 6, including the three new original songs "Light Up the World," "Pretending" and "As Long as You're There," will be available on Monday.

What do you think of this a cappella group's version of "Yeah!"? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Jake Gyllenhaal Goes Wild

He?s used to movie sets and posh accommodations, but Jake Gyllenhaal had a departure from reality on ?Man Vs. Wild.?

The ?Day After Tomorrow? actor make a guest appearance on the July 11th Season Premiere episode with host Bear Brylls.

Jake and Bear embark on a two-day trek into the Icelandic wilderness which put Gyllenhaal?s intense fear of heights to the test.

Grylls told Jake, "It takes balls. I'm not joking,? to which he replied, "Well, they're right up in my throat right now."

Bear added, "The wild is always very revealing -- not only physically but mentally. You've got to smile when it's driving horizontal hail and be able to face your fears and just get on and do it -- and on both of those accounts, Jake came up strong."


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Kate Middleton: Related to Jane Austen!

She's living out a modern fairytale much like the ones the "Emma" author used to write about, and now it seems Kate Middleton and Jane Austen share more than a storyline - they share a bloodline, too!

According to, the Duchess of Cambridge and famed romance novelist Jane Austen are eleventh cousins, six times removed, through their common ancestor Henry Percy, the 2nd Earl of Northumberland.

"Finding this connection between the Duchess of Cambridge and Jane Austen is very exciting since, in many ways, Catherine is the modern Jane Austen heroine: a middle-class girl marrying the future King of England," said the website's lead historian Anastasia Harman.

Harman added, "Jane Austen may have written about happily-ever-after, but it seems Catherine has found a nonfiction hero to spend her life with ? far past the epilogue."


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Reese Witherspoon: Brentwood Bonding with Ava

Enjoying a leisurely afternoon, Reese Witherspoon was spotted out and about in Brentwood, California yesterday (June 28).

The ?Sweet Home Alabama? actress treated her girl Ava Phillippe to lunch at a local eatery for some mother-daughter bonding.

Additionally, Reese met up with a friend at the Brentwood Country Mart where she did some shopping for household items.

As for her Avon Breast Cancer ambassador responsibilities, Reese spent time in cities like Moscow and Warsaw earlier this month to celebrate the company?s 125th anniversary.


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Alexa Chung Attends A Summer Party In London

The always fashionably forward Brit Alexa Chung never disappoints with the fashion critics, but with her latest ensemble, I’m still scratching my head and asking, “why?” After attending the Serpentine Gallery Summer Party in London on June 28, the usually … Continue reading


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Gwyneth Paltrow: La Petit Maison Dinner Darling

Enjoying some delicious cuisine, Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted at La Petit Maison in London, England last night (June 28).

The ?Shakespeare in Love? hottie looked lovely in a tweed jacket and black trousers as she strolled out of the Mayfair restaurant with pal Sir Philip Green.

Gwyneth has been a busy girl as of late, having attended Beyonce Knowles? 4D with Belvedere shindig on Monday night (June 27).

And over the weekend, Paltrow cheered for her hunky hubby Chris Martin as his band Coldplay rocked the Glastonbury Festival.


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'Bad Teacher' Cheat Sheet: Everything You Need To Know

Before signing up for Cameron Diaz's class, study up with our fun facts.
By Eric Ditzian

Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake in "Bad Teacher"
Photo: Sony

It's been more than a month since "Bridesmaids" slayed us at the cinema. We're desperately in need of some hard-R laughs, a few gross-out moments that make us cringe, and the reminder that as crazy as we might be, we're not nearly as loco as the folks we're watching onscreen.

Thus, we say thanks to "Bad Teacher" as it floats, on a comedic cloud of profanity and penis jokes, into theaters. Cameron Diaz stars as Elizabeth Halsey, an educator less concerned with math lessons than she is in smoking pot and calculating her way into marriage with any filthy-rich doofus. She meets the perfect mark in Justin Timberlake's Scott Delacorte, a substitute teacher and a guy so freaking nice there's got be something wrong with him. And then we have Jason Segel's sly gym teacher; even though he's got the hots for Halsey, his paycheck doesn't have nearly enough digits to entice the leggy blonde.

But all this is just the setup. The punch comes in a series of outlandish events that, if we were to reveal them here, would just spoil the fun. What we can do is tell you everything you need to know about "Bad Teacher" before hitting the multiplex this weekend. That's where our cheat sheet comes into play.

Getting Ready for Class
News of the film, penned by "Office" scribes Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, broke in December of 2009. Diaz had signed on, but the rest of the cast had yet to be filled out. That changed a few months later, when Timberlake and Segel hopped aboard. Though Diaz had formerly dated JT, the actress had no qualms about stepping in front of the camera with him.

"He's the best person for the job. He's going to be hilarious," she said. "He's clearly a very talented comedian; look at his 'Saturday Night Live' [skits]. He's fantastic. He's going to be so great."

School's in Session
Filming kicked off in March. Nearly a year later, a truly filthy red-band trailer popped up online, giving us a very clear idea of how truly terrible a teacher Diaz would be: "Are you f---ing kidding me?" she writes on a student's test.

While the comedy's raunchiness was no surprise, Timberlake's weirdo of a sub certainly was. As Diaz later explained to us, "He gives us a character that you have not seen yet before — not just him, but pretty much anyone. It's just a very interesting character and a lot of fun to watch. By the end of it, you're like, 'What is up with that dude?' It's hilarious."

The Final Exam
As part of our Summer Movie Preview Week, we debuted an exclusive photo of Diaz getting ready for a fundraising car wash unlike any that you might recall from your school days and also sat down for a chat with the woman herself.

"She's miserable. She's not happy with her world, and she doesn't pretend that she is," Diaz said of her character. "Her pain is real. She's living a very painful existence, so there's no humor to her in this."

Sure, she's a woman in pain. But there's also something liberating about the way she just doesn't give a hoot about anything. "I think that's why people love Elizabeth," Diaz told us at the film's premiere in New York City. "It's because everyone wants to be her, even for an hour, maybe a day. If you get away with a week — oh my gosh! I got to play her for six weeks. So yeah, it was a lot of fun."

"The first 30 pages, I'm like, 'I am not playing this. There is no way I can play this character. There [are] no redeeming qualities to this character,' " she recalled of the script in an earlier chat. "And by the end of it, I'm like, 'Oh my God, this is genius! There's no redeeming qualities to this character!' We got to the end of the script, and we're not apologizing for anything she said. It's a very modest arc."

Check out everything we've got on "Bad Teacher."

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Nicole Eggert Celebrates Her Baby Shower!

Expectant mom Nicole Eggert hosted her own baby shower this weekend, inviting around 30 of her closest friends - including fellow former Baywatch star Gina Lee Nolin - to her Los Angeles, California home (June 25).

Showing off her bump in jean shorts and a summer top, the 39-year-old actress looked thrilled as she greeted her guests.

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Charlie Sheen Lands New Show, Gets Killed Off 'Two & a Half Men'?

Charlie Sheen Lands New Show, Gets Killed Off 'Two & a Half Men'?

Charlie Sheen has lost his goddesses -- but has he gained a job? RadarOnline is reporting that Sheen has inked a deal with Lionsgate to develop a brand-new sitcom, where he'll have "more creative freedom" (and a higher percentage of the profits) than ever before. But as one door (possibly) opens for the actor, another one looks like it's closing forever: TMZ is reporting that Sheen's Two and a Half Men alter-ego Charlie Harper will be killed off in tragic fashion on the show's season 9 premiere.

That's right, sources tell the website that Men creator Chuck Lorre, who's relationship with Sheen has been far from simpatico of late, wants to make sure Charlie "can NEVER come back on the show." While Lorre hasn't yet locked the script for the episode (set to begin filming Aug. 5), he has been kicking around ideas for how Uncle Charlie meets his maker -- and Charle driving his car off a cliff is in serious contention. (May we also suggest having him fall down an elevator shaft? Classic.)

As for how, Uncle Chaz's death will pave the way for the introduction of replacement Ashton Kutcher, TMZ's sources say that word is that Kutcher's character will buy Harper's beachside abode -- and, we're assuming, make the strange decision to keep Alan (Jon Cryer) and Jake (Angus T. Jones) on as roommates.

But don't be too sad for old Uncle Charlie and his portrayer; that purported new sitcom is supposedly poised to make the Sheenius a Sheenload of money. On it, the actor would play a character "very similar" to Two and a Half Men's Charlie Harper (a character based on Sheen himself). However, the show is described as "racier" than his family-friendly CBS hit. Radar's source claims that the highest bidder is currently the cable network TBS -- meaning "the show can be raunchier and more outrageous" than on network TV, which the insider says is "perfect for Charlie!"

Unfortunately for Sheen, TBS doesn't seem to have gotten the memo that they're bidding on his sitcom. A rep for the cable channel informed Entertainment Weekly that "TBS is not in discussions for a possible project with Charlie Sheen." Sheen's rep has refused to clear up the confusion, saying only that Charlie "has received several offers, but at this time we cannot comment."

Guess we'll have to wait and see if the Charlie Sheen sitcom is rumor or reality. But speaking of reality -- if the sitcom isn't happening, we bet Sheen could easily sell a reality show.


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January Jones' Police Escort Exit

Looking for some extra protection as she made her nail appointment exit, January Jones was spotted with a double dose of police escorts as she left Los Feliz salon earlier today (June 28).

The 33-year-old actress, opted for some comfy clothes for her midday pampering session, sporting a black top, blue leggings and black flip flops.

Over the weekend the momma-to-be headed to Malibu, where she celebrated her baby shower with her closest family and friends, including "Mad Men" co-star Christina Hendricks

An onlooker of the joyous event told People, ?[She] seemed happy to be spending time at the beach with her friends. Everyone was laughing and seemed to have a great time.?


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Justin Bieber Vintage Video: His First Meeting With Usher

Justin Timberlake also wanted to sign Bieber, 'Never Say Never' star said in 2009.
By Jocelyn Vena

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Just as the world was learning who Justin Bieber was, MTV News caught up with the shaggy-haired singer in September 2009. He was gearing up to release his debut album, My World, and plotting his pop-world domination. In the year and a half since that interview, Bieber has done the nearly impossible, launching himself into the pop mega-sphere.

In the chat, Bieber recalled how he and his manager, Scooter Braun, met and eventually got big names interested in signing the teen.

"My manager found me on YouTube. He flew me out to Atlanta for the first time — I'd never actually been on a plane before. He flew me to Atlanta where i was going to the studio to meet some people," he recalled.

"And Usher happened to roll up in his Range Rover. I ran up to him, and I was like, 'Usher, I love your songs. Want me to sing you one?' The politest possible way he could say no, he did. ... I took the hint. I didn't get to sing for him: He had to run into a studio session."

But later, Usher was beckoning the teen back to the ATL. "He actually watched my videos — after my manager got to talking to him — and was like, 'I should have let this kid sing,' and flew me back to Atlanta where I got to sing for him in a proper setting. A week later, I had a meeting with Justin Timberlake, who also wanted to sign me, so they both kind of wanted me."

As the story goes, Bieber went with Usher, and the two never looked back.

"As far as Usher being my mentor, he's definitely given me words of wisdom. I hear it from everybody, but definitely to hear it from Usher is great, just to stay humble and grounded is very important," he explained.

"There's a lot of people, especially young stars, that have gone down the wrong path, and I definitely plan to stay humble and stay grounded and keep my family first, because that stuff really is important in life."

On Friday, Justin Bieber's 3-D documentary, "Never Say Never," opens. The film takes a look at how the teen star worked to hit it big. MTV News has been chatting with him along the way, from the time he first burst on the scene in 2009 until now, as he embarks on a huge 2011 that will include a tour and more new music.

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Bachelorette Ashley Hebert to Bentley "F*** You!"

Bachelorette Ashley Hebert to Bentley "F*** You!"

If you watch ABC's The Bachelorette (Mondays, 8 p.m. ET) then you've probably heard more than you care to about Bentley Williams -- the pseudo-suitor (and frontrunner for Ashley Hebert's heart) who abruptly left the show on June 6th. Well, he was back on last night's episode and Ashley had some words for him -- "F*** you!"

For those out of the loop: Bentley told Ashley that he felt obligated to return to his young daughter, and then told the cameras that she wasn't his type, and that he "would rather be swimming in pee than trying to plan a wedding with her." From the beginning of the season, Williams was very open about wishing that Emily Maynard -- the winner of The Bachelor, season 15 -- would have been chosen as the Bachelorette.

Never ones to miss an opportunity for awkwardness, three weeks after Bentley's departure, the Bachelorette producers flew him to Hong Kong, where he surprised a pining Hebert with a visit that aired on last night's episode. The two then had a face-to-face meeting supposedly meant to give Hebert closure (but actually meant -- let's be honest -- to give the promo department something juicy to hype).

Before the meeting, a hopeful Hebert admitted, "I still feel the same way I did when he left: really excited if there was potential or if he felt the same way." But soon enough, it was clear: He felt the same way.

"I implore you to do all you can to see what you have here, I guess," he said.

"So this is our period," she replied, to which he said, "Maybe we should call it a period."

Hebert proceeded to angrily chew him out for leading her on, and challenged his motives for the final sit-down. "So you came all the way here, when you could have just talked to me on the phone?" But the overall effect was that of a conversation crafted for the cameras. Hebert knew that she had to give him a piece of her mind, and she dutifully did so. Later, after he'd gone, Hebert went further. "Bentley, if you're watching this, F*** you," she told the cameras. "I'm done with you."

Keep in mind: Ashley sent Bentley that message without even seeing what he had really been saying behind her back to the cameras. We have a feeling that if he actually shows up to the reunion show, Ashley dishing a couple of curse words will only be the tip of the iceberg. We'll be watching!


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