September 13, 2010

Blow out the candelabra: Liberace Museum closing

Posted: 04:18 PM ET

(CNN) – Asking Liberace Museum director Tanya Combs to describe some of its popular exhibits is an invitation to sensory overload.

There's the outfit the late entertainer wore to Radio City Music Hall in New York. Decked in pink turkey feathers for that show, Liberace emerged from a giant Faberge-style egg to adulation.

Then there are the matching piano and Rolls Royce, each covered in mirrored tiles.

And the piano and car covered with crystal rhinestones?

"Spectacular," Combs said Sunday. "He liked things in sets."

Since 1979, fans of the larger-than-life pianist, who famously said, "I don't give concerts, I put on a show," have wandered a couple miles off the Las Vegas Strip in Nevada to see vestiges of the wonder that was Liberace.

But not enough came in recent years. The show ends October 17.

Dwindling attendance and a shaky economy led to Friday's announcement that the museum will close, officials said.

Sixteen full-time workers, including Combs, and seven part-timers will be out of a job, said Combs, who has worked at the museum since 2000.

Most of the items will go into storage until a day when, perhaps, another museum opens. The Liberace Foundation, which operates the museum, will put on a traveling exhibition of many of the items, probably late next year, said Combs.


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June 29, 2010

Jennifer Hudson: Family Murders 'All a Blur'

Posted: 04:54 PM ET


She's kept quiet about the brutal 2008 murders of her mother Darnell, brother Jason and nephew Julian. Now, Jennifer Hudson is finally speaking out.

"It's all a blur, it was surreal," she says on VH1's Behind the Music: Jennifer Hudson on Monday night. "It was like I was outside of myself."

As her very public nightmare unfolded, the Oscar-winning actress says she went into seclusion.

"For almost two weeks straight . . . [I was] inside one room with just family and friends coming in and out," she says. "I prayed when I'd get up in the morning and prayed before I laid down at night."


Filed under: Celebrity News • Jennifer Hudson

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May 31, 2010

Céline Dion Is Pregnant – with Twins!

Posted: 09:49 AM ET

by Marisa Laudadio

Céline Dion's dream to expand her family has come true.

The singer, 42, is pregnant with twins after undergoing her sixth in-vitro fertilization attempt and turning to acupuncture to improve her chances of a pregnancy, her rep Kim Jakwerth confirms.

Dion, mom to 9-year-old son René-Charles, is 14 weeks along. She will find out the gender of the twins next month.

"We're ecstatic," her husband/manager René Angelil tells PEOPLE. "Celine is just hoping for a healthy pregnancy. She was hoping for one baby and the news that we are having two is a double blessing."

Filed under: Celebrity News • Celine Dion • Music

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May 28, 2010

'Diff'rent Strokes' actor Gary Coleman dies at 42

Posted: 03:07 PM ET

(CNN) - Former child star Gary Coleman, who rose to fame as the wisecracking youngster Arnold Jackson on the TV sitcom "Diff'rent Strokes" but grew up to grapple with a troubled adulthood, has died. He was 42.

Coleman died of a brain hemorrhage at a Provo, Utah hospital, Friday afternoon, according to a hospital spokeswoman. The actor fell ill at his Santaquin, Utah, home Wednesday evening and was rushed by ambulance to a hospital, Coleman's spokesman had said in a statement earlier Friday.

He was then taken to another hospital - Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo - later Wednesday night.

In the late '70s and early '80s, Coleman was one of television's brightest stars, the personality around which NBC's "Strokes" - the story of two inner-city children who are taken in by a wealthy businessman, his daughter and their housekeeper - was built.


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May 24, 2010

Brittany Murphy's husband found dead

Posted: 09:43 AM ET

by Stephen M. Silverman

Five months after the death of actress Brittany Murphy, her husband, British screenwriter Simon Monjack, was found dead Sunday night in the couple's Hollywood home, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office.

Monjack, 39, was pronounced dead after the Los Angeles Fire Department was called to the residence for a medical emergency, say authorities. Police spokesman Sgt. Louie Lozano said the preliminary cause of death was natural causes, but investigators remained at the scene.

Law enforcement sources told the Hollywood Reporter that Brittany's mother, Sharon, discovered Monjack around 9:30, unresponsive, and called 911.

In January, Monjack's mother, Linda Monjack, told PEOPLE that her son was "unwell, and the doctors are carrying out tests. On whether he has a heart problem it is not really for me to say, you must ask him, but yes, there have been health problems in the past. I believe it's common knowledge, and it’s been in the press that he had a slight heart attack a week from Brittany's death coming back from Puerto Rico."


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May 10, 2010

Jackson, Franklin among Apollo's Walk of Fame in NY

Posted: 02:43 PM ET

Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater is starting a walk of fame on 125th Street.Plaques for Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald are being installed in the inaugural ceremony.

Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin will be honored in June.

The walk will honor legendary performers with close ties to the institution.

Each year at the non-profit Theater's Spring Gala Benefit, legendary musicians, artists, and entertainers whose path to fame included the Apollo are inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame.


Filed under: Celebrity News • Michael Jackson • Music

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May 3, 2010

Prom Night in Washington: East Meets West

Posted: 04:01 PM ET

The White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington has become must see TV.  The nation savors the chance to watch the President offer some self-deprecating humor (although not so much this year), and top-notch comedians try to get laughs from a pretty tough crowd.  But in Washington, the dinner is an excuse for some great pre and post event parties.  LKL's Eleanor McManus and Geoff Doner went to one of the notorious pre-parties Saturday.  Here's what, and more importantly, who they saw:

First thing we noticed: the LA based celebrities truly stood out in the DC scene. You had the glitz and glamor of LA - wearing the hottest fashion trends - mingling with the Washington elite who wore Georgetown ultra-preppy attire.

Kim Kardashian was there - and she was really stunning. She looked more beautiful in real-life than on television and the tabloids - and mind you she's not unattractive there.  Then we met the Jonas Brothers.  They're old friends since Larry interviewed them last year at Texas Stadium.  The thought crossed our mind: how often do you see The Jonas Brothers and Wolf Blitzer at the same party?

Basically everywhere we looked there were celebrities.  Adrian Grenier from "Entourage" was great.  In between bites of food he graciously took some time to talk with us. "House's" Omar Epps was there.  We had no idea how good looking he was in person.

But the best part of the party was when we spotted the one person we really wanted to meet: Matthew Morrison, who plays Will Shuster in "Glee."  We're both fans of the show, and aren't exactly proud of the fact we might have run over some people on our way to meet him.  I couldn't tell if he was impressed that we listened to the soundtrack on our way to the party, but he was very charming, cute and genuine.

We also saw Wendy Malick, Tim Daly, Gayle King, and Chevy Chase - who did not look like he was enjoying himself.

At the end of the day, we made some new friends from the west coast, and had a really good time.  Now you see why the parties are so much more fun than the actual event.

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April 2, 2010

Charlie Sheen Wants Out

Posted: 09:54 AM ET


Charlie Sheen wants out.

After seven seasons, CBS’s hit sitcom Two and a Half Men will be down one man after the April 9 taping, sources tell PEOPLE. The reason? “Charlie’s just done,” says a set source. “And he’s quietly telling his friends he’s not coming back.”

Although sources say the network hoped the star would sign a new contract for an eighth season, Sheen recently turned down the offer. “He wants to move on,” says a friend of the actor, whose contract is fulfilled after he tapes this season’s 22nd episode. “Leaving is 100 percent his idea.”

Sheen rep Stan Rosenfield would only say: “Charlie’s deal is only through this current season.”


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March 16, 2010

Charlie Sheen returning to sitcom

Posted: 01:04 PM ET


It's back to work for Charlie Sheen.

The Two and a Half Men star will return to the set this week – but still spend nights in rehab – following his not-guilty plea Monday on domestic violence charges.

"Charlie is looking forward to going back to work for the final four episodes of Two and Half Men," says the show's executive producer, Mark Burg. "He's also looking forward to clearing his name, putting all of this behind him and spending time with his kids during his hiatus."

The actor, 44, wore a black suit and tie for his court hearing in Aspen, Colo., where his attorney entered the pleas for felony menacing and two misdemeanors for assault and criminal mischief. Sheen waved to photographers when he arrived at the courthouse, appeared reserved in court and did not speak.


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March 10, 2010

Osmond's Emotional Return to the Stage

Posted: 01:35 PM ET



With tears in her eyes and her voice shaking at times, Marie Osmond donned her bravest face Tuesday night as she took to the stage for the first time since the death of her son for a show that she dedicated to him.

"The way Osmonds survive is we keep singing," she told the audience at the Flamingo Las Vegas, performing one day after the funeral. "That's what we want to do tonight. I know my son would want that and this show is for him."

The crowd in the sold-out showroom applauded her throughout the 90-minute show, giving her a standing ovation when brother Donny said, "I think we need to give a big round of applause for my sister for even coming on stage."

Though saying the show would be a little different than others, Osmond fought through her emotions and remained largely on schedule. Taking a moment to introduce an opera song, she spoke of her Mormon faith helping her through the past week before dedicating the song to her son Michael Bryan, 18, whom she called "my angel." Michael took his own life on Feb. 26.


Filed under: Celebrity News • Entertainment • Marie Osmond

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