Thursday, March 31, 2011

Michael Jackson Doctor Pleads Not Guilty To Involuntary Manslaughter

Conrad Murray's trial slated to start March 28.
By Gil Kaufman


Dr. Conrad Murray appears in court on Tuesday in Los Angeles, California
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Michael Jackson's former personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray entered a plea of not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter in the June 2009 death of the pop star at his arraignment on Tuesday morning (January 25).

According to the Los Angeles Times, when asked by judge Michael Pastor how he pleaded to the charge, Murray said, "Your honor, I am an innocent man." When Pastor interrupted and asked Murray what his plea was, the cardiologist said, "Therefore, I plead not guilty."

The brief hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court ended with Pastor setting a March 28 date for the start of a trial in the case. Murray faces a maximum of four years in prison if convicted, and the Times noted that he surprised the judge by invoking his right to a speedy trial, which meant the case would have to begin by late March. Pastor noted the rarity of a defendant asking to have a speedy trial, then set jury selection for the week of March 28 and said he was inclined to allow television coverage of the trial that the defense expects will last two months.

Lawyers for Murray have maintained his innocence all along, saying he did not do anything that "should have" caused the 50-year-old pop icon's death. The Los Angeles County Coroner's office determined that Jackson died of an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol mixed with a cocktail of other sedatives.

Murray has admitted to administering propofol to Jackson in the hours before the singer's death, but the defense appears to be gearing up to claim that it was Jackson who administered the final, fatal dose of the drug after he woke in a panic from a fitful night of sleep.

During a preliminary hearing earlier this month to determine if there was enough evidence to hold Murray over for trial, the physician's attorneys said that there was evidence Jackson injected or drank a fatal amount of the drug when the doctor was not looking.

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Britney Spears' Femme Fatale Is 'All Club Bangers,' Pauly D Says

'Jersey Shore' star served as Brit's DJ for her Vegas nightclub set.
By Jocelyn Vena


Pauly D
Photo: MTV News & Docs

When Britney Spears took the stage at Rain nightclub at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last Friday, she was joined by the casino's resident DJ, none other than "Jersey Shore" star Pauly D, who spun tunes for Spears' rollicking three-song set.

MTV News caught up with the DJ, who said that it was quite a trip having his name up on the Palms marquee along with Spears'. "It's amazing. I like to see my name on marquees anyway, but now having it associated with Britney Spears [is awesome]," he admitted. "I've been a fan of her my whole life. I used to always play her music, so it's unreal."

Pauly further explained that when it comes to all the right ingredients coming together, having Brit and him on a bill together in Vegas is about as good as it gets. "Me, Britney and Vegas is the perfect combination. I love Las Vegas. I love music. Britney Spears loves music. Her new album's out, and who better to be onstage with her than DJ Pauly D?" he joked.

So, how does one prepare for a gig alongside the Femme Fatale star herself? "As a DJ, my style's like fresh to death," Pauly explained. He admitted that he makes sure his hair is just right, and of course, he throws in some GTL beforehand. But most importantly, "my music's got to be on point. The fresher I feel, the better I'm gonna perform."

Since all of the songs on Brit's album are club-ready, Pauly says he can foresee spinning any one of them. "Femme Fatale is amazing," he gushed about the critically acclaimed album. "Her music is amazing. It's all club bangers. 'Till the World Ends' is her new track and 'Hold It Against Me' goes off in the club."

To catch the Vegas performance, don't miss the "Britney Spears: I Am the Femme Fatale" special, airing Sunday, April 3, at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

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Beyonce To Star In Clint Eastwood's 'A Star Is Born' Remake

Movie will be directed and produced by the Oscar winner.
By Kara Warner


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Beyoncé Knowles is headed back to the big screen and into the familiar territory of playing an aspiring singer-turned-superstar. According to Deadline, Knowles will star in a remake of "A Star Is Born," to be directed and produced by Oscar winner Clint Eastwood for Warner Bros.

The remake will be the fourth telling of the "A Star Is Born" tale, the most memorable in recent years being the 1976 version with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson as star-crossed lovers of sorts. It is also worth mentioning that the producers of that film, Billy Gerber and Jon Peters, are also attached to this new project. It is said to be a full-on musical with production set to begin sometime in the fall.

Naturally, the plot details are under wraps, but the original story revolves around an aspiring singer who meets and falls in love with a troubled, failing former star who helps get the young ingénue her big break in the business.

No announcements have been made with regard to the male lead, but the report mentioned that major names like Will Smith, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Hamm have been floated around.

It's definitely an interesting step for Knowles but not necessarily a surprise, given the fact that the majority of her film roles have been as singers ("Cadillac Records," "Dreamgirls," "The Fighting Temptations"). While many thought "Dreamgirls" would bring awards recognition for Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson's supporting role ended up garnering the most attention. With Oscar fave Eastwood at the helm of this new project, Knowles could be in line for some hardware yet.

For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit MTVMoviesBlog.com.

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Judge Judy Has Been Hospitalized In Los Angeles

TV’s “Judge Judy” is hospitalized in Los Angeles for an undisclosed condition. A spokesman for 68-year-old Judy Sheindlin says the judge is “feeling much better” after being taken from her show taping by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday. Publicist Gary Rosen says Sheindlin will be released from the hospital on Thursday. Los Angeles [...]

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Jenelle Evans Arrested Again ? Mug-Shot Fashion Fail!

With Jenelle Evans arrested again, MTV?s ?Teen Mom? is beginning to look more and more like ?Teen Convict.? For that, Jenelle, your mug-shot has earned you a spot in our Fashion Fail smack down.




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'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' DVD Coming May 13

Bieber announces release date Wednesday on Twitter.
By Jocelyn Vena


"Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" DVD
Photo: Paramount

On Wednesday (March 30), Justin Bieber shared with his fans the DVD release date for his flick, "Never Say Never." So, when will fans be able to experience Bieber in 3-D in the comfort of their own homes?

"So here is the big news they were waiting for me to announce to u once off stage ... Thanks to everyone for seeing #NSN3D around the world! so we are ... OFFICIALLY getting #NEVERSAYNEVER3D to Blu-ray & DVD May13th," he tweeted. "Preorder NOW."

He also had another special announcement for a few lucky fans who purchase a special version of the flick, adding, "And I'm signing some for my fans! #MUCHLOVE."

Aside from what fans already saw in theaters, the Blu-ray/DVD combo features a dance-off between Bieber and his crew, the full-length performance of "Favorite Girl," Bieber's team surprising fans with free tickets and a sendoff for JB's old swoop hairstyle.

Fans already came out to see the flick when it hit theaters in February, helping to solidify its status as one of the highest-grossing documentaries of all time. This will mark the third release for the film, which hit theaters twice already.

Regarding the film's message, Bieber explained to MTV News, "People didn't really know, they didn't understand that I've been playing music ever since I was born, and it's always been in me. And this movie is really going to show that I'm not just some packaged thing that some A&R put together. It was actually just me living my dream and just making music.

"Fans will be really excited to see that I'm just a regular 16-year-old having fun, just living my dream," he said. "And it's possible for anyone to live theirs."

The film shows Bieber skillfully playing piano, drums and guitar. It is part concert film, part documentary, complete with interviews from some of the people closest to the teen phenom. It features cameos by Miley Cyrus, Usher and Ludacris, among others, in interviews and concert performances filmed at Madison Square Garden last year.

Check out everything we've got on "Never Say Never."

For young Hollywood news, fashion and Justin Bieber updates around the clock, visit HollywoodCrush.MTV.com.

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Paris Hilton Launches ?Paris Hilton: The Shoe Collection?

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Rihanna's UNICEF Tap Project

Doing what she can to help the less fortunate, Rihanna recently participated in the latest Unicef Tap Project.

The endeavor began in New York City, with a goal of bringing clean and accessible tap water to kids around the world.

At the beginning of this year, Hollywood stars began donating their own tap water in order to raise awareness of the world water crisis.

Other celebs to join Rihanna in the generous effort include Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift, Robin Williams, and Adrian Grenier.


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Usher, Ke$ha And More Help Dance Music Go Pop In 2010

But is it here to stay? Our music-industry experts weigh in.
By Akshay Bhansali


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In 2010, pop princesses, R&B icons and chart-dominating newcomers all danced to the same beat. Not only did dance music go pop, but pop music caught the club-music bug.

Between Katy Perry's "Firework," Ke$ha's "We R Who We R," Rihanna's "Only Girl (In the World)," Enrique Iglesias' "I Like It," Usher's "DJ Got Us Fallin' in Love" and "OMG" and countless other singles, established artists definitely looked to dance beats for surefire hits. And two of this year's biggest success stories in music were Jason Derülo and Taio Cruz; could there be a soul left in this country who hasn't heard "Dynamite" or "In My Head"?

The love went both ways, with dance music's biggest stars finding mainstream success this year. Dance-music maestro deadmau5 took up house-artist duties at this year's VMAs, and Swedish House Mafia and Usher teamed up for a medley of their gems at the American Music Awards.

So how did this happen? We caught up with some music-industry experts to get their takes.

"You definitely saw tempos go up this year," Jon Caramanica of The New York Times told MTV News. "And I think what you had are a lot of producers who are really familiar with nightclub stuff. They are familiar with Europe. Things are happening on a more global scale now."

"I think everything from Europe, and sometimes even Asia, it comes to America, and we just adopt things a little bit slower," said Jared Eng of JustJared.com. "I think it was just a change. People like different types of music at different times. And dance was of this moment."

Noah Callahan of Complex magazine added: "I think 2010 saw the merging of the pop and dance genres. Pop artists realized that there were best practices that could be borrowed from dance music. And, ultimately, [all] pop music that has been made in the past 20 years had ended up being remixed for the club by dance artists. I think they basically just cut out the middleman and went straight there."

Dance music being introduced into the hip-hop and R&B realms was particularly notable this year.

"I think David Guetta kind of at the end of last year and the beginning of this year spearheaded it," said freelance writer Julianne Escobedo Shepherd. "He produced a lot of tracks. I think as trends go, people revile 'unst-unst.' But it's just coming back around. Big-room techno was a way for people to get decadent in a year that no one could get decadent."

"You have someone like will.i.am, who's like, 'Well, I spent all this time in Ibiza, and this is what they are doing,' and he wants to find a way to bring that into his music," Caramanica said of the Black Eyed Peas mastermind. "R&B especially became dance music. And especially with your Jason Derülos, Taio Cruzes. Guys like that would have literally been blocked at the border two years ago. That would not have made it through customs. And now all of a sudden they have #1 songs. I think will.i.am had a lot to do with that last year."

Elliott Wilson of RapRadar.com added: "It's actually even affected hip-hop. I was talking to Q-Tip, and his next record, I feel like that's gonna kind of go in that vein. I know that was also Jay-Z's thought process with Blueprint 3 at first, that he wanted to make a little bit more of a world music [vibe], a little more dancey. I think the kids today want to go to the clubs. They wanna have a good time. They wanna dance. So I think the artists of today are trying to kind of feed that audience."

"I think it's caught on this year because the people who've done it have been successful," offered Clover Hope of Vibe magazine. "Like 'OMG,' with usher, he didn't have success until he made a dance record. He had 'There Goes My Baby' and these really, like, adult-contemporary records that didn't really catch on. And then once you see that everybody is doing it and that people are liking it, they are like, 'OK, let me just try this out.' It's like Auto-Tune. Like, 'Let me see what I sound like on a record by David Guetta.' They end up liking it and doing more of it."

So does the club-music trend have staying power. According to our tastemakers, not so much.

"I do think it's a blip," Caramanica said. "I don't think that's gonna be something that lasts in America. I think this is gonna be a moment we'll all look back on and go, 'Wasn't that weird when Jason Derülo and Taio Cruz had #1 records?"

"At some point, these R&B artists will get kind of sick of it and be like, 'Let me go back to my soul background,' " Hope said. "When you actually have to say something, dance doesn't really lend itself to substance. And I think that R&B artists, they really want to talk about love and in a deep way, and to do that, you need to do, like, a soul or a traditional R&B record. I want to say that it's kind of a fad."

"I think music is very cyclical," Eng offered. "So I think dance music might be here for a little bit, but I'm sure it will phase out at some point."

Wilson called dance music "the sound of today. I think that people want more aggressive, faster beats, and I think that that probably has legs until at least next summer."

What do you think? Is dance music here to stay? Let us know in the comments!

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'American Idol' Recap: Hold Me Closer, Katherine Helmond

'American Idol' Recap: Hold Me Closer, Katherine Helmond

I didn't watch last week but I heard it was pretty messed up. Either Casey acted nasty and gross, or was weird and 19. One of those categories, we already knew he was. The other I don't really believe. There's an insanely long thing about what happened last week, in slow motion, and it looks pretty shitty. I don't think that would have been a very good birthday gift, Ryan. I don't think so at all.

On the up, though, two of these dorks are going home tomorrow and there's no more of that dumb Judge Save crap to look forward to. So in the final analysis, even if it turns America on my man Casey like a pack of mean dogs, I don't really mind. This last week has been a whole dolce far niente, but now it's time to care. Not a challenge to which I am up.

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Kim Cattrall: The Morning After

Stepping out for a morning interview on the "Today" show, Kim Cattrall paid a visit to NBC studios in New York City on Thursday (March 31).

The ?Sex and the City? babe looked a bit beleaguered after her morning show sitdown as she promotes her upcoming film titled ?Meet Monica Velour?.

Perhaps Cattrall was feeling a bit under the weather after having one too many cocktails before attending Wednesday night?s NYC premiere of her new flick.

During the red carpet media session, the tipsy 54-year-old actress was chatting with a news reporter when she became perturbed at the topics on hand.

Snapping at the female, Cattrall said, "Why don't you work at--what's that news agency?Roybers (It's Reuters.) "Yeah, sorry, I've been drinking," she said when corrected.

"What about writing for a blog? Then you can write about what you want (or) care about," she added angrily.

Of being asked about the bikini wax, Kim barked, "That's a stupid question. You're a smart girl. How could you want to write that?"

The actress got even more livid when she learned that the reporter hadn't seen her movie. "You didn't see my film," she huffed. "Why are you even here?"

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Katy Perry Debuts "E.T." Music Video!

Treating fans to her artistic new creation, Katy Perry unleashed the music video for "E.T." on Thursday (March 31).

The song features hip-hop hitmaker Kanye West, with Katy wearing a bright white gown and headpiece while singing about a supernatural extraterrestrial.

Talking with MTV about the tedious hair and makeup required for the out of this world shoot, Perry dished, "It was, like, five and six hours, each makeup look. It was hard for me!"

She continued, "It was really a patience thing for me on this video. But, you know, it's like when you're doing a film. Sometimes you have to do prosthetics, and you have to get really old or turn into an animal or a monster ? and that's kind of what this process was."

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Justin Bieber Passes Michael Jackson's Box-Office Record

'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' has outgrossed MJ's 'This Is It' in U.S.
By Gil Kaufman


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Photo: Paramount Pictures

Michael Jackson may have dubbed himself the King of Pop, but the late icon didn't hold the box-office crown for long. Less than a year after the posthumous MJ documentary "This Is It" became the most successful concert-themed film in U.S. history, Justin Bieber is poised to snatch the mantle.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" has earned $72.2 million in domestic box office so far, passing Jackson's $72.1 million haul. And while Bieber has racked up those impressive numbers in just six weeks, he's got a long way to go before he laps the global receipts for the MJ doc.

"This Is It" has grossed $189.1 million overseas for a global total of $261.2 million. Music films don't typically play well overseas, and THR noted that "Never Say Never" has grossed a more modest $10.8 million overseas so far, with Paramount executives predicting that it could top out around $20 million internationally.

The impressive U.S. numbers were likely goosed by the re-release of the film recently with 40 additional minutes of bonus footage from director Jon M. Chu. Bieber still has a little way to go to climb the list of the top-grossing documentaries of all time. "Never Say Never" is currently stalled out at the #3 position, around $5 million behind "March of the Penguins," according to Box Office Mojo, and well short of the all-time record held by Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11," which has taken in $119.1 million to date.

Bieber set off a classic MJ-style fan frenzy a few weeks ago when he visited Liverpool, England, for his world tour. And just a week later, he posed with his new wax figure at London's Madame Tussauds, checking off another item on the list of milestones to an MJ-like career.

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Britney Spears' Femme Fatale Is 'All Club Bangers,' Pauly D Says

'Jersey Shore' star served as Brit's DJ for her Vegas nightclub set.
By Jocelyn Vena


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Photo: MTV News & Docs

When Britney Spears took the stage at Rain nightclub at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas last Friday, she was joined by the casino's resident DJ, none other than "Jersey Shore" star Pauly D, who spun tunes for Spears' rollicking three-song set.

MTV News caught up with the DJ, who said that it was quite a trip having his name up on the Palms marquee along with Spears'. "It's amazing. I like to see my name on marquees anyway, but now having it associated with Britney Spears [is awesome]," he admitted. "I've been a fan of her my whole life. I used to always play her music, so it's unreal."

Pauly further explained that when it comes to all the right ingredients coming together, having Brit and him on a bill together in Vegas is about as good as it gets. "Me, Britney and Vegas is the perfect combination. I love Las Vegas. I love music. Britney Spears loves music. Her new album's out, and who better to be onstage with her than DJ Pauly D?" he joked.

So, how does one prepare for a gig alongside the Femme Fatale star herself? "As a DJ, my style's like fresh to death," Pauly explained. He admitted that he makes sure his hair is just right, and of course, he throws in some GTL beforehand. But most importantly, "my music's got to be on point. The fresher I feel, the better I'm gonna perform."

Since all of the songs on Brit's album are club-ready, Pauly says he can foresee spinning any one of them. "Femme Fatale is amazing," he gushed about the critically acclaimed album. "Her music is amazing. It's all club bangers. 'Till the World Ends' is her new track and 'Hold It Against Me' goes off in the club."

To catch the Vegas performance, don't miss the "Britney Spears: I Am the Femme Fatale" special, airing Sunday, April 3, at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

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Lily Allen will ride to her wedding in a tractor

The ‘Smile’ singer is planning a rural-themed day and has even sent guests invitations featuring a mock-up of her and her fiance Sam Cooper aboard one of the farming vehicles, according to The Sun newspaper. Celebrity pals including Kate Moss, Dizzee Rascal, Mark Ronson and Professor Green are among those who are receiving one of [...]

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New Treatment Center Encourages Clients to Rock Out on Premesis

Roll over Betty Ford and tell Promises the news. A new rehab center in South Central, Pennsylvania called Clarity Way is providing its clients the use of an in-house recording studio and a music therapist. So now drug-addled artists can try to get clean and be productive at the same time.
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Britney Spears' Ex Kevin Federline And Girlfriend Expecting A Baby

Sources say the pair is 'totally happy.'
By Jocelyn Vena


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On the same day that Britney Spears shares with the world her latest album, Femme Fatale, Spears' ex, Kevin Federline, has a special announcement of his own: He and girlfriend Victoria Prince are expecting a child.

Rumblings of a possible pregnancy began to bubble up when a photo of Prince sporting what looked like a baby bump hit gossip blogs on Monday. On Tuesday (March 29), sources confirmed the news to E!.

The couple is reportedly "totally happy" about the pregnancy and Prince is five months along. Federline and Prince began dating in late 2008, two years after Spears and Federline split.

Sources told E! that Spears is "focused on her work right now" when asked how she's taking the news. Spears is currently dating talent agent Jason Trawick.

A rep for Federline couldn't confirm or deny the reports as of press time.

This will be Federline's fifth child. He has two children his ex Shar Jackson — daughter Kori Madison Federline and son Kaleb Michael Jackson — and two sons with Spears, Jayden and Sean.

In the summer of 2009, Federline and Prince were rumored to be shooting a reality show together. The show was reportedly intended to follow Federline's life as a dad to his four kids but never came to fruition.

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Ronnie James Dio Dead at 67

Today, the heavy metal world lost a true legend. Ronnie James Dio, who most recently fronted the Black Sabbath-without-Ozzy band Heaven & Hell, lost his battle with stomach cancer at 7:45 a.m. PST. He was 67.
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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

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Lady Gaga, Linkin Park Urge Fans To Help Japan Earthquake Victims

Park's Mike Shinoda has designed T-shirts to benefit the relief effort.
By Gil Kaufman


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As the situation in Japan continues to deteriorate in the wake of Friday's massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake, the need for assistance has spurred a number of stars to reach out to fans to enlist their help.

Just days after announcing the initial dates of his first tour, the My Violent Torpedo/ Defeat Is Not an Option Show, troubled actor Charlie Sheen announced that he will be donating $1 from each ticket sold to the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund.

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda has also gotten into the game quickly, designing T-shirts to benefit his band's Music for Relief charity. One shirt features the image of a paper crane-like white butterfly above the LP logo, and the other one reads "Not Alone" in a red, white and blue font. Donations of $10 can be made by texting "MFR" to 85944.

After tweeting on Sunday morning, "Remember as you go about your day please #prayforjapan & if you are able, text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to Japan's emergency relief," Katy Perry followed up later in the day with the message, "Imagine ... if we ALL texted REDCROSS to 90999 we'd have raised over 60 million dollars for #JAPAN RELIEF! BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE! BE!"

A growing collection of stars is urging fans to donate to Japanese earthquake relief. On Friday, Lady Gaga sprung into action and offered her fans a special wristband whose proceeds will go to help the victims.

"I Designed a Japan Prayer Bracelet. Buy It/ Donate here and ALL proceeds will go to Tsunami Relief Efforts. Go Monsters," Gaga wrote. She also urged fans to visit the Citizen Effect website, where contributions will be matched by Google CEO Eric Schmidt and his wife, Wendy. They've offered to match the first $100,000 donated to a special fund set up to help the Red Cross deliver emergency services to people in Japan.

Other celebrities urging action include Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Adam Lambert, Diddy and many more who've sent their prayers to those affected via Twitter. Britney Spears encouraged fans to donate to relief organizations, tweeting, "So tragic. My heart is breaking for Japan."

Also making pleas were Conan O'Brien, Chris Brown and George Takei, each asking their followers to donate to the Red Cross.

As the official death toll in the worst quake to hit the island nation mounted on Monday (March 14) to 1,833 — with thousands more believed to have perished — Japan was facing a growing threat from a number of hobbled nuclear power plants. A second explosion in two days occurred at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant on Monday morning, just hours before the plant's #2 reactor lost its cooling abilities.

While no significant release of radioactive materials is believed to have occurred yet, the race to cool down and secure the nation's nuclear plants is as urgent as the search for survivors from the devastating natural disaster. New images and video continue to emerge that paint a partial picture of the destruction in towns such as the 20,000-resident Minami Sanriku, which CNN reported had been turned into a virtual pile of rubble by the quake and the ensuing tsunami.

As gas and food stocks run low, Japanese citizens have been asked to ration their supplies while the United States and 69 other nations have pledged to help with search and rescue efforts.

For more information on what you can do to help with earthquake and tsunami relief efforts in Japan, head to MTV Act, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

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In January, photographer Terry Richardson released a batch of photos of 30 Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto. In February, he released a new batch of Leto photos. For March, Richardson‘s batch of Jared Leto photos include his 30StM bandmates Shannon Leto and Tomislav Tomo Mili?evi?. Check out some of the photos below. I have [...]

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Lady Gaga Wraps Up Born This Way, Plans Tour

Now that the 'spectacular' album is done, tour plans are next, creative director Laurieann Gibson tells MTV News.
By Jocelyn Vena


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Over the weekend, Lady Gaga tweeted that her May release, Born This Way, was nearly complete. "In Nebraska, finishing up record today," she wrote. "I'm so proud of the album: I keep dancing+drinking: metal/techno rock journey of a woman on the run."

Now, with eight weeks left until it officially drops, Gaga's creative director, Laurieann Gibson, revealed that this album will have the Little Monsters going, well, gaga.

"This new album is spectacular," Gibson told MTV News. "And I got to tell you, you got to really stand by and take notice, 'cause the album is excellent. It's of such excellence that I think that everyone's going to be really impressed and affected."

The first single from the album, the title track, has sat at the top of the charts for weeks, and as Gaga readies the release of a second single, the RedOne-produced "Judas," Gibson said it's just the beginning.

"The records are so visual and large and the concept of birthing has so many levels to it and the dance is never limited, that you're just gonna keep seeing an extension of this story," she explained. "And hopefully [we] get humanity to a place where we can effect change."

With the album basically done, plans for the tour are under way. "We did a theater in an arena and it worked [for the Monster Ball Tour]. ... How do we take it to the next level?" Gibson teased of Gaga's next outing.

What are you expecting from Gaga's album and tour? Let us know in the comments!

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Bruce Boxleitner Lights Up About 'Tron 3'

by Chris Arrant
This Tuesday (April 5) sees the long-awaited release of ?Tron: Legacy? on DVD and Blu-Ray, and with that comes the question on everyone?s mind: will there be a third ?Tron? film? If you ask veteran actor Bruce Boxleitner who plays the titular character, it?s an enthusiastic yes.
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Deadmau5 Brings Dance Music To The 'Masses,' Wolfgang Gartner Says

'He has a major role in the younger generation to this music,' producer/DJ tells MTV News of his collaborator.
By Adam Stewart


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It's no secret that 2010 was a pivotal year for electronic dance music here in the States. With deadmau5 and Swedish House Mafia becoming household names, the genre's momentum shows no signs of slowing down. Using a conduit of collaboration, artists such as deadmau5 (a.k.a. Joel Zimmerman) have paired up with various underground acts to further the rapid expansion of the genre.

Perhaps one of the most notable movers and shakers of the year is now-Grammy-Award-nominated producer and DJ Wolfgang Gartner, who recently sat down to chat with MTV News about deadmau5 and dance music's rise to the top.

"He has a major role in the younger generation to this music," Gartner says, "but there have been certain artists that have been instrumental in helping it cross over and reach the mainstream — which I think is a good thing. I think rap artists using dance beats is a great thing. I think it just brings more people towards this music that we all love."

Thanks to several key moments, such as deadmau5 taking the helm as house DJ (well, technically "House Artist") for the 2010 VMAs, dance music has been thrown into the forefront of America's youth, a key demographic for any genre.

"Everybody knows who he is now and he's kind of exposing the masses to dance music. These little five-, six- and seven-year-old kids latch on to this 'mau5head' logo — they get into the music and he's bringing this tiny young generation into this music that probably wouldn't be exposed to it."

Gartner certainly doesn't mind the exposure either. Unless you were living under a rock for the past six months, you probably heard one of this past summer's hottest anthems, "Animal Rights," a collaborative effort brought forth by deadmau5 and Gartner.

"It was interesting because I kind of had a preconceived notion about how he would be to work [with]," said Gartner. "I think our sounds are really similar, so I figured he would work in a similar way to me, but the way that he writes music is actually completely different to me. But he achieves kind of the same sound through a completely different process."

Recorded in deadmau5's favorite Los Angeles studio — that would be rocker Tommy Lee's House — "Animal Rights" is a thumping progressive house anthem that melds Wolfgang's unmistakable harmonics and funk riffs with the driving bass line and wobbly synths that make deadmau5 one of the unique forces in the dance music world.

"[Deadmau5] writes these rich complex chord progressions and he does it by drawing these little bars on a grid, which is just amazing that you can do that and get that result," Gartner goes on to say. "It just proves you don't have to be able to play keyboards to write amazing music."

The two sound pioneers never cease to stop pushing the limits on what they are able to produce. Using drastically difference production approaches, deadmau5 and Gartner had the ability to play off each other's strengths while recording the track.

"I'd say the biggest thing is that I play everything in on a keyboard, like even my drums," says Gartner. "I play everything in live and he draws it in with notes on a mouse, which blew me away because his music is very musical."

What do you think 2011 will hold for deadmau5 and Gartner? Let us know in the comments below!

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'Glee' Gets Super-Sized for "Born This Way" Episode

'Glee' Gets Super-Sized for "Born This Way" Episode

Glee lovers are anxiously awaiting the return of their favorite show from its spring hiatus. Luckily, they will have plenty to look forward to!

On the April 26 episode (one week after the show comes dancing back), the kids from McKinley High will be performing Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" in a super-sized episode with the same name.

The show already paid homage to the Mother Monster by performing "Bad Romance," "Poker Face" and "Telephone" in last season's Gaga-themed episode. Whether the pop sensation will ever actually appear on the show is yet to be determined -- but, of course, we have our fingers crossed!

Even though we may not be getting Gaga herself, we will be getting an extra-long episode. Sources confirm to TVline.com, that Glee's second Gaga episode will most likely be extended to 90 minutes. Though most of the episode (which deals with the kids' body image issues) has already been shot, producers are prepping to add two more musical numbers into the show to fill the extra time.

So much Glee goodness that they have to add 30 whole minutes to the show? Sounds like music to our ears!

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Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Slash Light Up Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show

Foursome is joined by special guests and tons of lights for smash-hit medley.
By Mawuse Ziegbe


Black Eyed Peas perform during the Super Bowl XLV halftime show
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The Black Eyed Peas promised a party at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday (February 6), and the pop supernovas definitely delivered, with a performance teeming with lights, dancers and surprise appearances from celebrity pals.

Following a Chatter.com commercial that showed animated versions of the Peas showing off their social-media skills, the group kicked things off with their 2009 smash "I Gotta Feeling," descending from the ceiling on illuminated platforms onto a stage surrounded by a cluster of dancers clad in white bodysuits. The foursome led the team of fist-pumping troops in "Tron"-like getups, with Taboo sporting an outfit covered in flashing lights, will.i.am rocking a shiny hairpiece, Apl.de.ap wearing huge bright studs and Fergie vamping it up in bling-laden shoulder pads.

When the speaker-busting bass of "Boom Boom Pow" dropped, the dancers dispersed across the field to create arrow-shaped formations as the glow-in-the-dark lights on their suits illuminated the stadium. Then rumored surprise guest Slash of Guns N' Roses rose from below the stage for a "Sweet Child O' Mine" duet with Fergie. The GNR great rocked a finger-searing solo in a studded version of his signature black top hat as more angular platforms and dancers moved across the gridiron. The platforms were bearing scores of marching-band musicians who blasted their horns and pounded away on their drums as the Peas went into "Pump It" and blue lights splashed across the production.

Quick streams of fog heralded the arrival of the Peas' second surprise guest, Usher, who swooped in on a long chain to bust out his will.i.am-assisted joint "OMG." Rocking a sparkly collar on an otherwise all-white ensemble, the R&B hitmaker cranked out several counts of energetic choreography, enlivening moves from his "OMG" video and at one point jumping over Will and landing in a split.

A spray of pyro ushered in the collective's breakout 2003 hit "Where Is the Love?" as the oddly shaped platforms spelled out the word "Love" in bright-red letters. The team of dancers, which appeared to have multiplied to over 100, formed hearts across the field as will updated the lyrics of the smash with lines like, "Obama, let's get these educated."

Then the group jumped ahead to their most recent single, 2010's "The Time (Dirty Bit)," as several back up hoofers rocking cubed helmets joined the Peas onstage and dancers lined up along the gridiron to simultaneously bust out the Running Man, a move which drew cheers from the crowd.

The platinum-selling Peas wrapped up the performance with a reprise of "I Gotta Feeling," as the quartet triumphantly signed off amid of blitz of fog, firepower and flashing lights.

Ripping the halftime show was clearly a touching moment for will, who tweeted beforehand, "Me and apl started the peas when we were 16 yesterday we were dreamin now were livin it. Wow. I'm not crying out of sadness or nervousness its joy and pride and memories and the journey."

And once the crew left the stage, the frontman was not only proud, but pumped. "That was so freakin sick," he wrote. "Wow...!!!"

What did you think of the Black Eyed Peas' Super Bowl performance? Let us know in the comments!

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Chris Brown Performs On Dancing With The Stars (Video)

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Adam Lambert's Bardot Date Night

Making the most of the wee hours of the evening, Adam Lambert was spotted at Bardot Nightclub in Hollywood last night (March 29).

Sporting a black jacket, zig-zag t-shirt, and grey trousers, the ?For Your Entertainment? singer looked to be having a great time as he made his exit while holding hands with new beau Sauli Kosinen.

Adam has been a busy rockstar as of late, as he was seen attending Lady Gaga?s birthday concert at the Staples Center earlier this week.

He also hung out with Kate Hudson and Stacy ?Fergie? Ferguson at the Chrome Jewelry party for Scissor Sisters rocker Jake Shears.

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'Dancing With The Stars' Results: Mike Catherwood Is The First To Go

The 'Love Line' co-host says he made a 'lifelong friend' in partner Lacey Schwimmer.
By Kelley L. Carter


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For about a week now, much of the talk about "Dancing With the Stars" has been about whether Chris Brown would (or should) perform on Tuesday night's elimination episode.

Fortunately for fans of dance, Brown's pre-taped performance of "Yeah 3x" and a medley of "Forever" and "Beautiful" was relatively uneventful, so the R&B singer didn't eclipse the show's true focus: who would be the first person booted from the 12th season of the popular ABC show.

It seemed to be not too much of a surprise when "Love Line" co-host Mike Catherwood's name was called. The low-scoring dancer — who was partnered with Lacey Schwimmer — had improved from last week by four points, but it clearly wasn't enough to spare him for another week.

Top-scoring celebrities Ralph Macchio, Kirstie Alley, Chris Jericho, Hines Ward and Romeo were among the judges' favorite dancers and easily were saved for next week.

Last-place dancer Catherwood was in the bottom three with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and talk-show hostess Wendy Williams. When the radio personality was told by host Tom Bergeron that he would be leaving, he talked up how valuable his short-lived time on the show had been.

"It's been nothing but a pleasurable experience," he said, thanking fans of his radio show and his "Dancing With the Stars" peers. "It sucks to be sent home first, but I've made a lot of good friends. America obviously knows that Lacey Schwimmer is a beautiful person on the outside, but everybody needs to know she's equally, if not more, beautiful on the inside. I've made a lifelong friend."

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