Monday, January 31, 2011

Britney Spears' Choreographer Calls 'Hold It Against Me' Director 'Genius'

Brian Friedman describes working with Jonas Åkerlund on video.
By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Matt Elias

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Jonas Åkerlund certainly has the resume to pull off an epic clip for Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me." Having already directed spectacles like Lady Gaga's "Telephone," Madonna's "Ray of Light" and Pink's "Sober," Åkerlund is known for creating sexy, controversial and sleek pop videos. So, working with Spears was a natural fit, said her choreographer, Brian Friedman.

"[When] Jonas and I got on the phone for the first time, I was actually jumping on a plane somewhere, so the conversation was very brief, but I am a huge Jonas Åkerlund fan," Friedman dished to MTV News. "Anything that he does is magical. His eye for art is insane, so I was excited to work with someone who loves art so much and it's not just a job, it's not technical; it really is a string aesthetic to what he does."

When Friedman and Åkerlund finally did get the chance to hash it out, the conversation was about how to ensure the video would be focused on what Spears is known for: her tight and sexy dance moves.

"So with that said, I had a meeting with him at his house. We went through the video from top to bottom, and I gave him as much input from the dance side, 'cause it's a dance video, as I could to try to help bring his story to life," he recalled. "And the collaboration was incredible."

Friedman said Åkerlund completely understood his and Spears' ideas on the project, and the results, he said, are no less than stellar.

"I really feel like bringing two artists together in a way like that — where the director really loves the dance and understands the art of the dance and doesn't try to cover it up and water it down — is the best way to go," he said. "He was genius for me with dance."

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NEWS: Egypt Protests Hit Fever Pitch, Obama Administration Evacuates First Group Of Americans

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In case you have been under a rock, ish is getting real in Egypt.  We've got the latest update as The Obama Administration began evacuating Americans out of Egypt today as civil unrest in the country shows no signs of coming to an end.  And we're telling you why you should care.  Get the deets inside...
With residents of Egypt effectively cut-off from communication with the outside world, the Obama Administration has charted two planes to evacuate American citizens out of Egypt and into nearby Cyprus. With what experts predict will be a length evacuation effort, nearly 220 Americans have already left Egypt with the US State Department reporting that there are 2,400 other Americans in the country who have asked to be evacuated.  
This large scale evacuation effort comes as widespread demonstrations against the Egyptian government have led to clashes between protesters and police, looting, and other causes for alarm. 
The demonstrations stem from civil unrest from the citizens wanting 82-year-old President Hosni Mubarak to step down. He has spent more than 30 years in power, and his reign has been tainted by charges of police brutality, large scale poverty, government corruption and fights among Christians and Muslims, has handed over power to his son.  The people of Egypt want a drastic change in the well-being of their country, but likely won't get that if Mubrak hands power to his son as rumored to happen, and power stays in the same family's hands.  The more true it becomes his son, Gamal, may take over, the more the unrest rages.
They also are pushing for a fully democratic nation.
When rumors that the ailing president was grooming his son to take over began to surface, public opposition reached all time highs with citizens calling from democratization and respect for their human and civil rights.
Outside of the sometimes violent protests seen around the world, residents of Egypt have virtually no alternative means of communication as their parliamentary elections in November were widely decried as fraudulent, and now Egypt has ordered nearly all of the country's internet service providers shut down.  The government first shut down Twitter and Facebook so the citizens had no way to relay what was really happening in their country--and to stifle the real stories from getting out.  Could you imagine this happening in America--a fully democratic nation ourselves? Is it possible?
Leaving only the Noor Group in operation (which covers about 8% of the market), most residents of Egypt have been cut off from communication with the outside world.  This was mainly done as protests organizers are accused of using social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to rally supporters. 
Although the U.S. government has not learned of any Americans being targeted or hurt in the protests, the State Department recommends U.S. citizens limit their movements and avoid protests if they don't plan on leaving the country.

As for America's position on Mubarak's reign, neither Barack Obama nor US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have declared a definite position publically.  



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Chris Lambton and Peyton Wright: Dating!

The Bachelorette runner-up Chris Lambton and Peyton Wright, a former contestant on The Bachelor herself, have found love on the reality shows after all.

Chris' followers on Twitter likely put together that he and Peyton, who vied for the love of Andy Baldwin a few seasons ago, were an item. Now it's official.

"Yes, I have," he told People at a Bachelor reunion party in New York, when asked if he found love. "We met at another Bachelor function," Wright adds.

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Together since August, the couple hit it off right away.

"It's one of those things where I've had a ton of serious relationships and I met this kid and he was genuine, outgoing and hilarious. We just click," she said.

At the cast reunion event, which reports say doubled as a Bachelor Pad 2 casting session, Chris Lambton had no regrets about turning down The Bachelor.

"It's just not me," he said. "Sitting at home and watching the season with my family weirded me out. I wanted to find love on my own, not in that situation."

Good answer, especially now that's found Peyton. She's a pretty great catch, we admit ... although Chantal O'Brien and Emily Maynard are too. Just saying.


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DO WE LOVE IT?!: Eva Marcille's Shopping Sass

Eva Marcille was spotted spending up her boyfriend Flo Rida's money at Barneys in Beverly Hills yesterday.  (ok we kid.) Check out her sassy shopping outfit and decide if we love it when you read on......

Eva rocked a spring white blazer over her denim short and strapless jumper while shopping it up yesterday.  She threw on some sky high white woven wedges with white interesting framed shades.  And we can't forget her patent arm bag and blow pop.  Is it stylish or cheesy?




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'Superman' Star Henry Cavill Had Long Road To Landing The Role

Actor has been linked to Superman reboots since 2002.
By Eric Ditzian

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It took Henry Cavill far longer than expected to complete his journey from Krypton to Earth. Years after the British actor first circled the role of Superman, he finally landed the part of the Man of Steel in Zack Snyder's reboot of the storied comic franchise.

It was, indeed, a circuitous path for Cavill, involving brushes with other heroes and the planet's most swoon-worthy vampire. He's been this close to becoming a breakout Hollywood star a staggering number of times, but until now he was unable to seal the deal. Now his life is about to change in a big way. As we applaud Cavill for winning the part, let's take a look back at the ups and downs he endured before signing on to play the world's most iconic man in tights.

Though he was mostly known as a stage actor, Cavill's name cropped up in "Superman" conversations following director Brett Ratner's stated desire to cast an unknown in the title role of his in-the-works reboot. Ratner also had a strong interest in future "White Collar" star Matthew Bomer, but the studio pushed him in the direction of established talent like Jude Law and Josh Hartnett. It didn't matter, though: Ratner left the project early the next year.

McG came aboard to replace Ratner and began to search, like Ratner, for an unknown actor to play Superman. Cavill actually ended up landing the role.

"I was attached to the McG 'Superman' movie," he explained to MTV News in 2009. But McG's version of the film never came to pass and Cavill once again missed out on the opportunity to play the Man of Steel.

That same year, following rumors that Cavill was being considered for the role of Batman in Christopher Nolan's reboot, Christian Bale won the role of the Caped Crusader.

After McG's departure from "Superman," Bryan Singer hopped into the director's chair and targeted an unknown actor. But the actor wasn't Cavill. Instead, Brandon Routh won the lead role.

"[The McG and Singer versions] were two different movies," Cavill explained in '09. "So it wasn't so much of a sting because it was like, 'Oh, I got [the role],' and then the movie just didn't happen."

Cavill wouldn't have been faulted for avoiding any contact with iconic film characters, but he kept pushing. In '05, he screen-tested for the role of James Bond in "Casino Royale." But the part went instead to Daniel Craig, and Cavill, perhaps, was left with his confidence shaken, not stirred.

By this point, Cavill had mostly appeared in low-profile films like the direct-to-video "Hellraiser: Hellworld" and in supporting roles in higher-profile fare like "Tristan & Isolde." But the guy got a break when he was cast in the Showtime series "The Tudors," opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers. The series enjoyed a successful run, lasting four seasons and earning a Golden Globe nomination in 2007 for best drama.

Cavill had also reportedly been "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer's top pick to play Edward Cullen, but at the end of '07, the role went to Robert Pattinson. A few years later, we asked Cavill how close he had actually come to playing the vampire. "I've heard this, but I haven't heard from Stephenie," Cavill told us. "I haven't spoken to her personally, and I haven't spoken to the producers."

Rumor has it that Cavill was competing for the role of Hal Jordan in the long-gestating big-screen adaptation of "Green Lantern." And — surprise, surprise — after losing out on Batman and Superman, Cavill failed to land the role. Instead, Ryan Reynolds signed on to play Jordan.

At long, long last, the guy who missed out on playing some of pop culture's best known characters officially signs on to play Superman.

"In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time, and I am honored to be a part of his return to the big screen," Snyder said in a statement. "I also join Warner Bros., Legendary and the producers in saying how excited we are about the casting of Henry. He is the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield."

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Alex Pettyfer: London Screening of ?I Am Number Four?

Stepping out for some promotional duties, Alex Pettyfer was spotted at a screening of his new flick ?I Am Number Four? in London, England today (January 31).

The hunky ?Beastly? actor was joined by Teresa Palmer as he posed for the paparazzi at The Apollo Cinema.

In a recent interview, Alex discussed what drew him to ?I Am Number Four?- his desire to be a superhero.

"There's an element of kid in everyone where we play out in the back garden, and pretend to be Batman, Superman and Spiderman, so why not do it for three months and pretend for real. I think everyone wants to feel superhuman in one way or another, so why not do it."


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Diddy Plays Prank On His Son (Video) + Nicki Minaj's SNL Promo


Diddy's son Quincy fell asleep while his Dad was in a playful mood.  Watch the Combs men prank Quincy inside, plus see the promo Nicki Minaj shot earlier this week for SNL with Jesse Eisenberg. 

Diddy's son Quincy made the mistake of falling asleep in the same room with his Dad and a dispenser of whipped cream.  So what happened?  Watch the clip below:


Dang...Quincy must have really been tired to sleep through all of that.  And who knew Diddy was such a prankster?



Nicki Minaj will appear on SNL tonight and she recently shot this promo with The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg and SNL star Kenan Thompson.

Asked about her appearance, Nicki said: 

“Being a part of ‘Saturday Night Live’ feels absolutely incredible. I still don’t even believe it’s true. I’m not even going to believe it’s really happening until—well, I’m going to DVR it, because I can’t watch it, because I’ll be on it.  But until I see it back on DVR, I’m not even going to believe I was really on the show. This is epic, this is monumental, this is historic stuff.”

Nicki's episode airs tonight on NBC.



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Ryan Seacrest, Josh Duhamel In Talks For 'New Year's Eve' Movie

Ice Cube has also been named as possible addition to all-star cast for Garry Marshall flick.
By Jocelyn Vena

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Who would have thought that Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Sienna Miller, Hilary Swank and Sofia Vergara wouldn't be enough Hollywood star power for one movie? Well, it seems that the brains behind the forthcoming movie "New Year's Eve" are looking to add even more high-profile talent to the lineup.

"American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest, Ice Cube and Josh Duhamel all are in talks to appear in the star-studded flick, which follows New Yorkers over the course of, you guessed it, New Year's Eve, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Seacrest would play himself in the movie, Duhamel would play a man looking to get to New York to reconnect with a mystery woman he met the year before, and Cube would play an NYPD cop who works with Swank, who will play the director of the Times Square New Year's Eve party. The flick is set to begin filming next month.

Earlier this week, "SNL" funnyman Seth Meyers and rocker Jon Bon Jovi signed on for roles in the Garry Marshall film, the sequel to 2010's "Valentine's Day." And at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month, Efron confirmed his role in the movie to MTV News.

"I'm starting a movie in a couple of weeks called 'New Year's Eve,' with Garry Marshall. It's got a great cast," he shared. "My scenes are with Michelle Pfeiffer. Yeah, not a bad co-star."

Last year, Marshall spoke to MTV News about the film, which was then in its early stages, and had one other megastar in mind for the film. "Already they're mentioning Justin Bieber," he said. "Perhaps I'd better see who he is, so when he arrives on set, possibly [we can talk]. So we'll see."

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'The Office' Stars 'Excited' For Will Ferrell's Guest Spot

'I think I gotta take some improv classes or something,' Rainn Wilson tells MTV News of funnyman's four-episode arc.
By Mawuse Ziegbe, with reporting by Kara Warner

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Steve Carell will be ditching his role as clueless branch manager Michael Scott on "The Office" soon, but not without a laugh-fest assisted by funnyman Will Ferrell. And the actors who play Scott's Dunder Mifflin underlings are amped for the "Anchorman" star's appearance.

Last week, producers announced that Ferrell would appear in four episodes of the NBC comedy as a fellow branch manager who is just as nutty as Scott. When MTV News caught up with Angela Kinsey, who plays tightly wound accountant Angela Martin, and Rainn Wilson, who portrays paper salesman/ beet farmer Dwight Schrute, on the SAG Awards red carpet Sunday night (January 30), the duo said they were looking forward to some Ferrell/Carell comedic mayhem.

"I am so excited about Will Ferrell," Kinsey exclaimed. "What if I was like, 'Nah, boo.' No, I'm totally excited. Him and Steve are friends in real life, and I think we're just about to have a lot of fun. I can't wait."

Wilson said he needed to sharpen his comedic skills if he is going to spar onscreen with the "Megamind" star.

"I think I gotta take some improv classes or something like that. I gotta hone up. He's a master, so I can't wait. I can't wait," Wilson said.

As far as how Ferrell and Wilson's characters would interact in Scranton, Wilson said the eccentric Dwight probably wouldn't extend his hero worship of Michael Scott to his newly arrived counterpart.

"I think Dwight will probably butt heads and not like him at all, which will make it a lot of fun," he said.

Executive producer Paul Lieberstein, who also appears on the show as Scott's HR-rep rival Toby Flenderson, quipped that the show would provide a boost to Ferrell's already high profile.

"We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star," he said. "We are proud to continue 'The Office's' tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they'll see what we see: Tremendous raw sexuality."

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Kacey Jordan Details Night of Quick Sex and Big Checks

Charlie Sheen has officially checked into a rehab facility, despite claiming he's fine and referring to all of us as a "bunch of turds."

But information about the actor's 36-hour rager is still leaking out, as porn star K-Fed's former babysitter sat down with E! News over the weekend and went into detail about the evening she spent with the troubled moron.

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Among the revelations shared by Kacey Jordan in the interview:

  • She witnessed Sheen smoking cocaine for hours.
  • The two had "quick sex."
  • He cut her a $30,000 check and said she was the "missing puzzle piece" for his "porn family."
  • Sheen is "a very nice and polite guy" and he told her he has "porcelain teeth" due to drug abuse.
  • Around 3 a.m.,  Sheen started "punching walls" and "yelling in outrage" because one of the guests side-swiped his car on her way out.
  • When she left, Jordan wondered if she'd ever see Sheen alive again.


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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Borgnine Laughs His Way to the SAG Awards

Jan 28 - Veteran actor Ernest Borgnine recalls the moment Screen Actors Guild president, Ken Howard, told him that he would receive the group's lifetime achievement award.


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Gabrielle Union Goes Doggystyle At The Club + Shaquille O'Neal Milkshakes For The Boys And Girls Club

Gabrielle Union was spotted out partying in Hollywood with man's best friend.  Check out Gabby with a beautiful pooch and also see Shaquille O'Neal raising money for charity at Millions of Milkshakes when you go inside...


Gabrielle Union was spotted outside Eden nightclub in Hollywood with a gorgeous date.  


But she had to ditch him to enter the club.....such a heartbreaker!

And she was looking fab as usual.




Also in Hollywood, Shaquille O'Neal drove Port of LA Police Chief Ron Boyd to West Hollywood's Millions of Milkshakes.


And Shaq was signing autographs before he could even get out of the car.

On his way to the event, he was joined by Lil' B, who is the godsister of Ray J and Brandy, and has appeared on their reality shows.

Shaq helped raise $2,500 for the Boys and Girls Club.

Then he went and got his "shake" on.

And of course...he helped the kiddies make some memorable milkshakes for a good cause.


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Jeremy Piven on Miley Cyrus: "We Have Great Chemistry"

Jeremy Piven on Miley Cyrus: "We Have Great Chemistry"

There may be a huge age difference between Jeremy Piven and Miley Cyrus, but the So Undercover costars seem to have formed a bond on the set of their new film.

"I think I must be an 18-year-old girl because we got along really well," Piven told "It was just so much fun. I had so much fun with her and we had great chemistry. It was really really weird -- we're like polar opposites."

And, while Cyrus continues to be under public scrutiny for some of her personal choices, Piven says the Hannah Montana star doesn't deserve to be treated so harshly.

"You know, you can judge her, but what were you doing when you were 18?" the Entourage star, 45, said. "She's kind of amazing. There's something so incredibly refreshing about someone who is exactly who they are. There's nothing pretentious about her. She's this force. She loves to laugh."

In addition to enjoying his newfound friendship with Cyrus, Piven says that his stock has gone up with his young nieces, who now think he's cool for knowing the Disney powerhouse.

"Right now they think I work for the bus company because they saw me on an ad for Entourage on a bus, so they asked me if I work for the bus company," he said. "I said, 'No, Uncle Jeremy doesn't work for the bus company.' I was going to explain it to them, but I was like, 'Ah, forget it.' So finally I'll get a little respect...That's basically what my career has come down to is to earn the respect of my nieces."

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Adam Lambert's H. Wood Birthday Celebration

Ringing in another year, Adam Lambert turned up at H.Wood nightclub in Hollywood, California on Saturday night (January 29).

The "For Your Entertainment" singer happened to be celebrating his 29th birthday alongside a new boyfriend whom he met during European tour efforts.

The pair both looked dapper as they ventured into the local hotspot for a night of drinks, conversation and dancing with friends.

Getting plenty of shout-outs on his special day, Lambert also received Twitter congratulations from stars such as Oprah and gossip blogger Perez Hilton.


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Michelle Williams, Trent Reznor, More Celebrate Oscar Nominations

Javier Bardem, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Annette Bening and more nominees also thank Academy for the recognition.
By Aly Semigran

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While the nominees of the 83rd annual Academy Awards won't all get a chance to make an acceptance speech this year, many did get the chance to talk about what their nods mean to them after they were announced Tuesday (January 25).

Michelle Williams, a former Best Supporting Actress nominee for "Brokeback Mountain," earned her first Best Actress nod for her performance in the devastating indie "Blue Valentine." Carrying the only nomination for the film (her onscreen husband Ryan Gosling got no Academy recognition this year), Williams made sure to thank the others involved with the labor-of-love project. "I am honored to receive this nomination. Making 'Blue Valentine' was unlike any experience I've ever had before, or may ever have again. I share this recognition with Ryan [Gosling] and [director] Derek [Cianfrance], who always brought out the best in me. Thank you to the Academy and to The Weinstein Company for their support of this film."

Once again, Javier Bardem finds himself vying for Oscar gold, this time in the Best Actor category for his performance in the heavy foreign language film "Biutiful." Regardless of whether he wins, Bardem already made Oscar history by becoming the first Best Actor nominee to appear in an entirely Spanish-language movie.

"I am truly honored for this nomination," Bardem said in a statement. "And deeply thankful to the Academy members for their trust and support. Also to all of those who showed their support to my work in "Biutiful" I express my heartfelt gratitude. I am very happy for Alejandro [González-Iñárritu] and everyone who has made possible the special movie we made together. It's really a huge honor to have been nominated in a non-English speaking performance and in the name of all my colleagues in Spain and mine I want to show my gratitude to the Academy for support and a recognition in this nomination for the movie 'Biutiful.' "

Bardem and Williams weren't the only ones to pull off something of an upset Tuesday morning, as Jacki Weaver earned the fifth spot in the Best Supporting Actress race. The "Animal Kingdom" actress was doubly excited about her first-ever nomination, as today also marks Australia Day. "I'm elated to the point of euphoria," Weaver said in a statement. "I feel like I'm in a walking dream. I'm so relieved that all those millions of Australians that wanted me to get this nomination aren't disappointed. Happy Australia Day."

Jeremy Renner will be heading back to the Oscars for a second year in a row, this time as a Best Supporting Actor nominee for his work in "The Town." Renner released this statement about the honor: "I am truly overwhelmed with gratitude by this recognition by the Academy this morning. I'm smiling from ear to ear knowing that lightning can strike twice and it feels electrifying. I'm thrilled to be amongst these tremendously talented artists. A big congratulations to all the nominees!"

Renner, who lost in last year's Best Actor race to Jeff Bridges (who will also return this year as a nominee), checked in on the "Today" show to discuss the recognition for his role as an off-balance bank robber in the Ben Affleck crime drama. "It's pretty fantastic. I'm pretty overwhelmed," Renner said.

Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, who recently nabbed the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical, kept her reaction short and sweet. "The Kids Are All Right" star, who plays a lesbian wife and mother whose children have found their sperm donor father, simply stated: "4 nominations and 4 kids. I am damn proud!"

Mark Ruffalo, who plays the "Kids" sperm donor, talked to Entertainment Weekly about his Best Supporting Actor nomination. "I had no idea they were announcing today. I swear!," Ruffalo confessed to EW. "I was totally taken by surprise. I just dropped the kids off at carpool. I was about five minutes from the school with a carful of kids. With so many kids, I didn't even realize it was today. I'm glad I forgot about it. It's made it all the more — I don't know, just sweet and poignant and unexpected, you know?"

In a statement, "Kids" co-producer Celine Rattray noted, "It took 7 years, 13 financiers, and a 23-day shoot to make our film a reality. By recognizing 'Kids,' the Academy has not only honored us but has given hope and inspiration to the independent film community." Fellow "Kids" co-producer Jeffrey Levy-Hinte added: "We're grateful to be acknowledged by the AMPAS voters as being among the year's Best Pictures in what was a strong year for our industry — and are ecstatic that Annette Bening, Mark Ruffalo, and Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg are all nominated as well."

Co-writer Blumberg couldn't contain his joy about the nominations, as he confessed in his statement, "Try as I could to act cool and not care, as soon as I heard our names called, I started crying like a little kid. Pardon the cliché, but this truly is a dream come true. I want to thank the Academy for this most phenomenal honor."

On the other ends of the Oscars arena, Sylvain Chomet earned his second career nomination in the Best Animated Film category, this time for "The Illusionist." In a statement, Chomet expressed his gratitude to the Academy and paid homage to Jacques Tati, the famed French actor and director whose long dormant script (penned 54 years ago) is what the film is based on. "The Academy Award nominations this year for the Best Animated Film category are all the more prestigious due to the fact there were only going to be three of them. I am obviously thrilled and proud that 'The Illusionist' is among those nominated and can be considered alongside the best of the big budget studio films. It's a testament to the skill and the dedication devoted to this film by a very talented team of artists. And of course I sincerely hope that Jacques Tati would be proud of what we have achieved with his marvelous story."

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor (along with co-composer Atticus Ross) helped David Fincher tell "The Social Network" story through his hypnotic score, earning him his first-ever Oscar nomination. The rocker said in a statement, "When David approached us to write the score for 'The Social Network' we were intrigued and excited to see what we could bring to the project — but truly couldn't imagine it would lead to an Oscar nomination. We are extremely grateful to the Academy and very proud to have contributed to David's vision."

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EVENT FAB: Kelly Rowland & Angela Simmons Do MTV's Staying Alive Foundation Dinner In London


YBF chicks Kelly Rowland and Angela Simmons were raising money in London last night at the MTV Staying Alive Foundation dinner.  We have pics for you inside...


The MTV Staying Alive Foundation held a fundraiser last night at the Westbury Hotel in London, England and two YBF ladies were there to help.  

The organization awards grants to young people who are fighting to conquer HIV and AIDS in their local communities in creative and innovative ways.

Angela Simmons was spotted posing outside the event in her sexy satin black and sparkle embellished dress.


She looks very girly but with a bit of womanish charm.

Once inside the event, she struck a few poses for the photogs. 


She was joined by Kelly Rowland who looked smashing in her one-shouldered jumpsuit from the Nicole Miller Pre-Fall 2011 collection and leopard shoes.

Kelly lent her voice to event.

And Angela and Kelly posed with Esmee Denters and Bill Roedy, CEO of MTV Networks International.

Nice to see the ladies give back to the international community.

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Jay-Z Teams Up With Studio For 'Annie' Remake Starring Willow Smith

'We're developing a true superstar in Willow,' Jay says in a statement announcing the project.
By Aly Semigran

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When Jay-Z sampled "It's a Hard Knock Life" from the classic Broadway show-turned-movie musical "Annie," who would have guessed it was simply a sneak preview of bigger things to come? It's been announced that Jay has teamed up with Overbrook Entertainment, a film production company whose partners include Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz.

One of the first projects on the Jay-Z/Overbook agenda will, in fact, be remaking "Annie." After rumors hit the Net about the possibility of the update, Variety confirmed Wednesday (January 26) that Sony will bring the reimagining of the musical about a spirited orphan to the big screen.

Will and Jada plan to make a family affair out of this latest endeavor as their daughter, 10-year-old Willow Smith (who scored a massive hit last year with the infectious "Whip My Hair"), will play the coveted lead role.

In a statement, Jay-Z said of the group's latest venture, "The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision," adding, "We're developing a true superstar in Willow."

Willow's rising star (the pint-size singer recently tweeted, "Are you excited for my album?! It's coming soon........VERY soon!!") prompted Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad to state, "The time is right to bring back 'Annie' to the big screen. We're true believers in Willow's talent and believe she will be perfect in this role."

Of course, this isn't the first time Jay, Lassiter and the Smiths have teamed up, as the power foursome worked as co-producers on the Tony-nominated Broadway show "Fela!" Nor is it the first time Overbrook (which has pulled in a staggering $2.5 billion in revenue) will make a film featuring one of the Smiths' children. In addition to releasing Will Smith's blockbuster movies including "Hitch" and "Hancock," their son Jaden Smith starred in Overbrook's "The Pursuit of Happyness" and, most recently, a remake of "The Karate Kid."

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OutAbout0128.jpg ? Carmen Electra stopped by the Talent Resources Suites and picked up a pair of FlipOut Sandals during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

? Jermaine Dupri smoked a Camacho cigar at Tao during the Sundance Film Festival.

? 50 Cent celebrated with Saint Crystal Sparkling Vodka at the House of Hype LIVEstyle lounge during the Sundance Film Festival, after announcing his big film project with Cheetah Vision Films.

? Camilla Belle and Nicholas D?Agosto are expected to be at the Pacific Theatres located at The Grove in Los Angeles to introduce their new movie, From Prada to Nada, before the 7 p.m. showing on January 29.

? Kanye West and Kid Cudi danced to the music of DJ Brendan Fallis at Aziz Ansari's after-show party in New York.

? Michelle Trachtenberg dined at Bill?s Bar & Burger in New York's Meatpacking District with a male friend.


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Nicole Kidman, Jon Hamm And More Added As SAG Awards Presenters

Jason Bateman, Jeremy Renner, Sofia Vergara and Robin Wright were also added for Sunday's awards show.
By Kara Warner

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In addition to the star power of the nominees, the Screen Actors Guild Awards have enlisted an equally high-caliber roster of presenters for Sunday night's show — many of whom are also SAG nominees.

On Thursday (January 27), Jason Bateman, Jon Hamm, Nicole Kidman, Jeremy Renner, Sofia Vergara and Robin Wright were announced as presenters, joining the previously announced Scott Bakula, Alec Baldwin, Jeff Bridges, Tim Conway, Rosario Dawson, Josh Duhamel, Angie Harmon, Eva Longoria, Cory Monteith, Amy Poehler, Hilary Swank, Betty White and SAG President Ken Howard.

For those still reeling from the Golden Globe ceremony and Oscar nominations, prepare yourselves for another star-studded awards show. The 17th annual SAG Awards will air live on TNT and TBS on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET from the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The SAG Awards are the only televised awards shows to exclusively honor performers, presenting 13 awards for acting in film and television.

This year, the big nominees in film are also Oscar nominees, including "The King's Speech" and "The Fighter." In television, "Modern Family," "Glee" and "30 Rock" lead the comedy categories, while "Mad Men" and "Boardwalk Empire" lead in drama.

Ernest Borgnine will receive this year's lifetime-achievement award, which was given to Betty White at last year's ceremony following a comical speech by her "Proposal" co-star and eventual SAG Best Actress winner Sandra Bullock. "Seventy-one years ago when I signed on to an experimental thing called television," White said of her career, "I never would have expected it to culminate in an evening like this."

Stick with MTV News for SAG Awards coverage throughout the weekend and from the red carpet on Sunday night!

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