Monday, February 28, 2011

MUSIC FAB: Willow Smith Debuts The "21st Century Girl" (Audio)

Willow Smith debuted her latest single "21st Century Girl" this morning on Ryan Seacrest's radio show.  Listen to the song after the jump...


Willow Smith is back with a new single sure to inspire YBF chicks all over the globe.  Listen to the "21st Century Girl" single here:


The single is available on iTunes on March 1st and she will perform the song on Oprah tomorrow. 


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'Dancing With The Stars' 2011 Cast Revealed

Kirstie Alley, Romeo, Kendra Wilkinson, Sugar Ray Leonard and more eclectic celebs will compete on season 12.
By Kara Warner

Kirstie Alley
Photo: Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic

It seems like just yesterday that we were awaiting the big "Dancing With the Stars" casting announcement for the popular celebrity dance competition's 11th season, where bold-faced names like Bristol Palin, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and eventual champ Jennifer Grey became even bolder during their time on the show.

Now, just six months later, the famous dance floor has been wiped clean to make way for a whole new crop of aspiring dance champs. Here's a look at the 12 eclectic new contestants signed on for season 12 of "Dancing With the Stars":

Chris Jericho
Jericho, born Christopher Irvine, is very well known to the world of professional wrestling fans. The 40-year-old was the first undisputed champion of the WWE in December 2001 (he beat Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock) but put his career on hold recently to focus more on his other passion project, performing as lead singer of heavy-metal band Fozzy.

Although originally signed up to strut his stuff on season two, Romeo was replaced at the last minute by his equally famous poppa, Master P (whose turn on "DWTS" has been touted by many critics and followers as one of the worst in the show's history; his Paso Doble holds the record for the lowest score ever). With the bar set slightly lower than average, the 21-year-old rapper, who once played college basketball for USC, likely hopes to make it farther than his father.

Kendra Wilkinson
The decidedly un-shy, already established reality-TV star Wilkinson is no stranger to performing or baring all in front of audiences. Wilkinson, who got her start as a Playboy model, ventured into television as a part of E!'s "The Girls Next Door" before slightly tempering her party-girl ways to settle down with NFL player Hank Baskett, their domestic bliss being the subject of her current show, "Kendra: Bunny Next Door."

Kirstie Alley
Before she was the subject of her own reality show, "Kirstie Alley's Big Life," first on A&E and now Lifetime, and a Jenny Craig spokeswoman, Alley was known to several generations of TV watchers and filmgoers for her memorable turns on TV shows "Cheers" and "Veronica's Closet" and movies like "Look Who's Talking." The outspoken celeb is a longtime "DWTS" fan, whose entertaining and varied tweets have been featured frequently in our Twitterwood column on MTV Movies Blog.

Wendy Williams
The self-proclaimed "Queen of All Media" made a name for herself as a radio DJ then became a best-selling author and currently hosts her own syndicated daytime talk show called "The Wendy Williams Show." Williams has a knack for asking uncomfortable questions during celebrity interviews and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with on the dance floor. Her talk show is reportedly scheduled to go on hiatus while she competes on the show.

Chelsea Kane
As has been the custom over the course of the past few seasons, the "DWTS" team has welcomed another Disney star into their midst, Chelsea Kane (formerly known as Chelsea Staub, Kane legally changed her professional name back in December). The 22-year-old was a regular on Disney's "JONAS," starring the Jonas Brothers, and currently lends her voice to the character Bea on the animated series "Fish Hooks."

Sugar Ray Leonard
Leonard, a former professional boxer, follows in the footsteps of a slew of former professional athletes who have danced before him. While athletes have been formidable competitors in "DWTS" seasons past, the boxers haven't fared quite as well. The 54-year-old's illustrious career includes winning world titles in five weight divisions, including the welterweight champion of the world, as well as being the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in total purse winnings. Here's hoping Leonard's footwork is more like that of Laila Ali than Evander Holyfield and Floyd Mayweather.

Ralph Macchio
Although he's had a few memorable parts on TV shows like "Entourage" and "Ugly Betty," for a lot of people, Macchio will always and forever be the original "Karate Kid." Sure, Jaden Smith karate-chopped his way to box-office success with his turn in 2010's remake, but Macchio kicked his way into the hearts of teenage girls everywhere with 1984's "The Karate Kid" and subsequent sequels.

Hines Ward
They're certainly not skimping on the athletes this season! Ward joins the cast as one of three professional athletes competing for the famed discoball trophy. The onetime Super Bowl MVP currently plays wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was born in Seoul, South Korea. In September of last year, President Barack Obama appointed him a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Petra Nemcova
This Czechoslovakian beauty is a supermodel with a big heart. The 31-year-old was one of hundreds of thousands of people caught in the devastating South Asian tsunami in 2004, which killed 250,000 people in 14 countries, including Nemcova's boyfriend at the time, Simon Atlee. When Nemcova visited the site of the tsunami several months later, she was unsatisfied with the structure of how charitable donations benefit those living in states of emergency, so she created the Happy Hearts Fund to help children in post-disaster areas in eight countries: Haiti, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Hurricane Katrina-affected areas of the United States.

Mike Catherwood
While most TV watchers are familiar with Dr. Drew from his various VH1 shows, his "Loveline" radio partner, Mike Catherwood, might not be as well-known. Catherwood, also known as Psycho Mike, has co-hosted the syndicated radio show for a year now, following Adam Carolla's exit back in 2005. The muscly radio host -- who also works on Los Angeles' "Kevin & Bean Show" -- recently made a memorable appearance filling in for Regis Philbin on "Live With Regis & Kelly." We'll see if his smooth-talking skills and time in the gym translate to a successful "DWTS" run.

Who's your early favorite for season 12 of "Dancing With the Stars"? Let us know in the comments!

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez Pucker up: Caught on Camera!

Consider it the peck heard 'round the world.

Following last night's Vanity Fair Oscars party, which featured the red carpet debut of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez as a couple, this pair exited the event and waited for their car to arrive.

As they did so, Justin leaned in and delivered to Selena something about which millions of girls around the planet have dreamed: a peck on the lips. It was as quick as it was cute. Watch, swoon now and and send in your best wishes to this adorable, official twosome:

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The night before the big event, sources confirm that Jelena stayed in a penthouse suite at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point, CA.

During their time at the five-star resort, the pair were "affectionate, cuddling and holding hands" while walling along the beach, a witness said.


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Beyonce Jokes She's Been Pregnant With Concert Special

'I was pregnant with this DVD,' she laughs to MTV News as 'I Am ... World Tour' is set to air Thanksgiving Day on ABC.
By Jocelyn Vena

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Beyoncé never really seems to slow down, so when the time came to choose a director for her concert special DVD "I Am ... World Tour," the singer decided to take on those duties too. It's an accomplishment the singer jokes may have sparked those pregnancy rumors.

"I was pregnant with this DVD, yes!" she joked to MTV News.

The DVD hits stores on November 30, but fans can catch the 90-minute "I Am ... World Tour" TV special when it airs on ABC Thanksgiving night at 9:30 p.m. ET. Beyoncé opened up about what it was like to sit in the director's chair.

"Well, I've done some co-directing for music videos [but] this was definitely a big step for me, and I'm so thrilled," she said at the New York City screening for the flick.

Beyoncé said she was completely hands-on, deciding which moments made the final cut and which ones wound up on the cutting-room floor. "It was hard work," she said. "I learned so much. I have a new respect for directors and I think I would like to do more of it."

Her parents, Mathew and Tina Knowles, who also attended the screening over the weekend, said the film gives B the recognition she deserves after years of collaborating on many of her own videos.

"I'm really excited about this because Beyoncé has been making little short films and really helping to direct her videos," Tina told us. "So it's nice that she'll get credit for doing something that she really loves doing and that she's very talented at."

Dad Mathew recalled all of the effort his superstar daughter put into the special. "I'm so proud," he said. "I had an opportunity [to see the film], I've been to Houston with a screening; I've been to Bentonville, [Arkansas], with a screening, and to see the excitement from the audience, what an incredible job Beyoncé did as a director in the editing, I'm just so proud. Hopefully, all the fans go out and get the DVD and soundtrack and look at that ABC special coming on Thanksgiving."

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Oscars 2011 Winners List

'King's Speech' rules the night, with 'The Fighter' and 'The Social Network' also winning big.
By Eric Ditzian

Colin Firth in "The King's Speech"
Photo: Weinstein Company

Here's the full list of winners and nominees for the 83rd Academy Awards.

Best Picture
Winner: "The King's Speech"
"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"The Kids Are All Right"
"127 Hours"
"The Social Network"
"Toy Story 3"
"True Grit"
"Winter's Bone"

Check out backstage photos of the big Oscar winners.

Actor in a Leading Role
Winner: Colin Firth in "The King's Speech"
Javier Bardem in "Biutiful"
Jeff Bridges in "True Grit"
Jesse Eisenberg in "The Social Network"
James Franco in "127 Hours"

Actor in a Supporting Role
Winner: Christian Bale in "The Fighter"
John Hawkes in "Winter's Bone"
Jeremy Renner in "The Town"
Mark Ruffalo in "The Kids Are All Right"
Geoffrey Rush in "The King's Speech"

Actress in a Leading Role
Winner: Natalie Portman in "Black Swan"
Annette Bening in "The Kids Are All Right"
Nicole Kidman in "Rabbit Hole"
Jennifer Lawrence in "Winter's Bone"
Michelle Williams in "Blue Valentine"

Actress in a Supporting Role
Winner: Melissa Leo in "The Fighter"
Amy Adams in "The Fighter"
Helena Bonham Carter in "The King's Speech"
Hailee Steinfeld in "True Grit"
Jacki Weaver in "Animal Kingdom"

Winner: "The King's Speech," Tom Hooper
"Black Swan," Darren Aronofsky
"The Fighter," David O. Russell
"The Social Network," David Fincher
"True Grit," Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

Animated Feature Film
Winner: "Toy Story 3," Lee Unkrich
"How to Train Your Dragon," Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois
"The Illusionist," Sylvain Chomet

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Winner: "The Social Network," screenplay by Aaron Sorkin
"127 Hours," screenplay by Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy
"Toy Story 3," screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich
"True Grit," written for the screen by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen
"Winter's Bone," adapted for the screen by Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini

Writing (Original Screenplay)
Winner: "The King's Speech," screenplay by David Seidler
"Another Year," written by Mike Leigh
"The Fighter," screenplay by Scott Silver and Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson; story by Keith Dorrington, Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson
"Inception," written by Christopher Nolan
"The Kids Are All Right," written by Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg

Art Direction
Winner: "Alice in Wonderland"
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1"
"The King's Speech"
"True Grit"

Winner: "Inception," Wally Pfister
"Black Swan," Matthew Libatique
"The King's Speech," Danny Cohen
"The Social Network," Jeff Cronenweth
"True Grit," Roger Deakins

Costume Design
Winner: "Alice in Wonderland," Colleen Atwood
"I Am Love," Antonella Cannarozzi
"The King's Speech," Jenny Beavan
"The Tempest," Sandy Powell
"True Grit" Mary Zophres

Documentary (Feature)
Winner: "Inside Job," Charles Ferguson and Audrey Marrs
"Exit through the Gift Shop," Banksy and Jaimie D'Cruz
"Gasland," Josh Fox and Trish Adlesic
"Restrepo," Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger
"Waste Land," Lucy Walker and Angus Aynsley

Documentary (Short Subject)
Winner: "Strangers No More"
"Killing in the Name"
"Poster Girl"
"Sun Come Up"
"The Warriors of Qiugang"

Film Editing
Winner: "The Social Network"
"Black Swan"
"The Fighter"
"The King's Speech"
"127 Hours"

Foreign Language Film
Winner: "In a Better World," Denmark
"Biutiful," Mexico
"Dogtooth," Greece
"Incendies," Canada
"Outside the Law (Hors-la-loi)," Algeria

Winner: "The Wolfman," Rick Baker and Dave Elsey
"Barney's Version," Adrien Morot
"The Way Back," Edouard F. Henriques, Gregory Funk and Yolanda Toussieng

Music (Original Score)
Winner: "The Social Network," Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
"How to Train Your Dragon," John Powell
"Inception," Hans Zimmer
"The King's Speech," Alexandre Desplat
"127 Hours," A.R. Rahman

Music (Original Song)
Winner: "We Belong Together" from "Toy Story 3," Music and Lyric by Randy Newman
"Coming Home" from "Country Strong," Music and Lyric by Tom Douglas, Troy Verges and Hillary Lindsey
"I See the Light" from "Tangled," Music by Alan Menken Lyric by Glenn Slater
"If I Rise" from "127 Hours," Music by A.R. Rahman Lyric by Dido and Rollo Armstrong

Short Film (Animated)
Winner: "The Lost Thing," Shaun Tan and Andrew Ruhemann
"Day & Night," Teddy Newton
"The Gruffalo," Jakob Schuh and Max Lang
"Let's Pollute," Geefwee Boedoe
"Madagascar, carnet de voyage (Madagascar, a Journey Diary)" Bastien Dubois

Short Film (Live Action)
Winner: "God of Love," Luke Matheny
"The Confession," Tanel Toom
"The Crush," Michael Creagh
"Na Wewe," Ivan Goldschmidt
"Wish 143," Ian Barnes and Samantha Waite

Sound Editing
Winner: "Inception," Richard King
"Toy Story 3," Tom Myers and Michael Silvers
"Tron: Legacy," Gwendolyn Yates Whittle and Addison Teague
"True Grit," Skip Lievsay and Craig Berkey
"Unstoppable," Mark P. Stoeckinger

Sound Mixing
Winner: "Inception," Lora Hirschberg, Gary A. Rizzo and Ed Novick
"The King's Speech," Paul Hamblin, Martin Jensen and John Midgley
"Salt," Jeffrey J. Haboush, Greg P. Russell, Scott Millan and William Sarokin
"The Social Network," Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick and Mark Weingarten
"True Grit," Skip Lievsay, Craig Berkey, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland

Visual Effects
Winner: "Inception," Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Andrew Lockley and Peter Bebb
"Alice in Wonderland," Ken Ralston, David Schaub, Carey Villegas and Sean Phillips
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1," Tim Burke, John Richardson, Christian Manz and Nicolas Aithadi
"Hereafter," Michael Owens, Bryan Grill, Stephan Trojanski and Joe Farrell
"Iron Man 2," Janek Sirrs, Ben Snow, Ged Wright and Daniel Sudick

Stick with MTV News on Oscar night and beyond for red-carpet fashion coverage, analysis of the winners, plus interviews, photos and more from your favorite Hollywood stars!


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James Franco Tweeted, TwitPic'd During Oscars Hosting Gig

'127 Hours' star uploaded series of backstage videos, candid photos throughout broadcast.
By Gil Kaufman

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The Oscars were going for young and hip, and they definitely got it in co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway. In fact, Franco dragged the often staid 83rd annual Academy Awards right up to the present by tweeting about his hosting gig during the broadcast and uploading a series of backstage videos and candid photos to his followers.

He started off his day by posting a video of himself groggily waking up before getting ready for his big gig, then posting a series of photos of the hours leading up to the show and a video preview of his social media plans. "Hey there, it's James Franco. I am talking to you from my suite pretty close to the Kodak Theatre," he said, panning across his room. "You should look out for a few tweets during the show."

As the magic hour approached, the multi-hyphenate actor/artist/Ph.D. student uploaded photos showing him escorting his grandmother into the theater, getting his makeup on, frowning in a high school senior superlative Best Smile pic to remind himself to show his pearly whites during the broadcast and encouraging fans to follow him at the hashtag #OscarsRealTime.

What followed were clips of him entering the elevator on his way up to the stage, a video of his backstage walk to the holding area and, under the heading "these were my famous last words," a clip of him saying nervously, "It might be bad," as an offscreen voice asked him for any parting words to his fans before walking out to open the show.

Franco also posted a clip of him and Hathaway laughing while watching a video together during a commercial break early in their duties, a photo of him flipping off the camera while getting his Marilyn Monroe dress and makeup applied and a video of him waiting to take the stage in drag. Other postings included a video of him interviewing the Oscars head writer backstage during the show and a photo of him and Hathaway with Oprah Winfrey.

He was seemingly as busy behind the scenes as he was in front of them, as he found time to snap photos with Billy Crystal, take a pic of himself onstage, shoot video from the wings of Randy Newman's performance and film a clip of a commercial break bit of time filler during which Hathaway joked with the audience about taping PowerBars under the nominees' seats so they could keep their energy up during the show.

Given the volume of material Franco posted, it's a wonder he could even concentrate on his hosting duties. He also gave a video glimpse of Florence Welch getting ready to perform, another of him self-deprecatingly listening to the intro to the segment on his work in "127 Hours" and a clip of him getting a late-show hand massage from Hathaway. One photo showed him having a post-Oscars celebratory drink with the words "Goodbye LA" scrawled on the pic. This was followed by a shot outside his plane window with the caption, "It was fun! Have to get back to class!"

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Source: Mel Gibson Likely Faces Domestic Violence Charge; Oksana Grigorieva Off the Hook

Mel Gibson will likely face domestic violence charges stemming from an alleged attack on Oksana Grigorieva, while she will not be charged with extortion.

That's according to a TMZ report that is careful to note that this decision has not officially been reached. However, it looks like the D.A. is leaning this way.

Officials feel there's enough evidence to prosecute the actor, but not to prove beyond a doubt that Oksana tried to extort him using the Mel Gibson tapes.

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The turning point for the D.A., sources say, is that prior to being accused of violence, Mel admitted slapping Oksana in the couple's family law/custody case.

He says he did this without brute force, but to make her come to her senses, as she was shaking baby Lucia wildly and he feared Shaken Baby Syndrome.

The likely charge against Mel is misdemeanor domestic violence, not a felony. That carries a max of six months in jail which he almost surely wouldn't get.

The extortion investigation is less clear-cut. Sheriff's investigators believe there is evidence to prosecute Oksana Grigorieva, but the D.A. doesn't agree.

A decision is expected in the next two weeks, possibly this week.


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Kirk Douglas Steals The Show Presenting Best Supporting Actress Oscar

'She's gorgeous! Wow! Where were you when I was making pictures?' movie icon says to Oscars host Anne Hathaway.
By Jocelyn Vena

Kirk Douglas onstage at the 2011 Oscars
Photo: Michael Caulfield/ Getty Images

Hollywood veteran and icon Kirk Douglas stole the show early on in the 2011 Academy Awards broadcast. Aided by a walking cane, Douglas took the stage at the Kodak Theatre to present the award for Best Supporting Actress.

By the time he handed the Oscar to Melissa Leo, Douglas had flirted with Oscars host Anne Hathaway and managed to have the room in stitches by poking fun at Hugh Jackman and Colin Firth.

"Thank you very much," he told the applauding audience. "And I want to thank James [Franco]. Thank you. You look much better out of the cave. And I want to thank Miss Hathaway. I thank you. She's gorgeous! Wow! Where were you when I was making pictures? Jeez!"

His comments about the Hollywood star caused the audience to break out into laughter and Hathaway to send air kisses to Douglas in gratitude. He continued, " I have something to confess. I love women and I really love beautiful women, and now I'm gonna give you five of them — the nominees for Best Supporting Actress."

After the names of the nominees were announced — Leo for "The Fighter," her co-star Amy Adams, Helena Bonham Carter for "The Kings' Speech," "True Grit" star Hailee Steinfeld and "Animal Kingdom" actress Jacki Weaver — the camera cut back to Douglas onstage, ready to announce the winner, or so the audience thought.

"Hello ... now is the moment, the moment that we are all waiting for," he teased. "Hugh Jackman is laughing. I don't know why everybody in Australia thinks I'm funny. Colin Firth is not laughing. He's British. Now we come to the most important part. This is the moment, if I can get it. You know you're still laughing. Colin Firth is laughing. You know I will never forget this moment ... now we have a winner."

Douglas finally got around to announcing the winner. When Leo arrived onstage to collect her award, she bowed down on one knee before the movie icon.

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Christian Bale Tears Up After Best Supporting Actor Oscar Win

'I didn't think I was like this,' the 'Fighter' actor says, thanking his family, co-stars and real-life Dicky Eklund.
By Shawn Adler

Christian Bale wins the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor
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As the Dark Knight, Christian Bale has faced the Scarecrow's fear gas, the Joker's anarchy and Two-Face's betrayal. Who would have thought it would be a foot-tall opponent named Oscar who finally made him cry?

A triumphant Bale fought back tears after winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Dicky Eklund in "The Fighter" at the Oscars on Sunday night (February 27). It was the 37-year-old's first nomination and first Academy Award.

"I didn't think I was like this," Bale said, a lump in his throat. "[Thanks to] my wonderful wife and our little girl, who's taught me so much more than I'll ever be able to teach her."

For Bale, it was an uncommonly sentimental ending to a speech that began with good humor and a few laughs.

"What a room full of talented and inspirational people," Bale said when he first took the stage. "What am I doing here?"

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The Hollywood veteran and star of the upcoming "The Dark Knight Rises" even managed to good-naturedly refer to his infamous rant on the set of "Terminator: Salvation," where he was caught on tape yelling profanity-laden tirades at a member of the crew.

"I'm not gonna drop the F-bomb like [co-star and Best Supporting Actress winner] Melissa Leo did," Bale joked. "I've done that plenty!"

While thanking director David O. Russell and co-stars Leo, Amy Adams and Mark Wahlberg, it was for Eklund that Bale saved his most fervent praise and gratitude, even managing to insert a plug for the Pride of Lowell's website.

"Where's my quacker?" Bale asked, scanning the crowd for Dicky, who stood to feverous applause from the crowd. "Hey, mate, you're the best! He's had a wonderful story, and I can't wait to see the next chapter. If you want to be a champ, go train with him! Check him out, he deserves it!"

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Mandy Moore & Zachary Levi: Oscar Night Duet

They had unmistakable chemistry in their animated film ?Tangled? and tonight (February 27) Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi brought their mojo to the Oscar stage.

The ?All Good Things? songstress and the ?Chuck? stud both looked to be having a marvelous time as they sang their song ?I See The Light.?

And of course, both Mandy and Zachary got all gussied up for the gig and looked absolutely fabulous together.

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards was an amazing event, hosted by the dynamic duo of Anne Hathaway and James Franco.


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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Kendra Wilkinson's Beautiful Boy

What a cutie pie! Former Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson and husband Hank Baskett took their adorable 1-year-old son Hank Jr. to the park in Los Angeles, Calif. last Sunday (February 20). The family-of-three spent the sunny day playing fetch with their two dogs and enjoying the fun playground.

The 25-year-old reality TV starlet opened up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about having another baby: "I'm all about having another one soon, and Hank is too. Of course little Hank wasn't planned, but this time we're going to kind of plan it."

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David Cross Pessimistic About 'Arrested Development' Movie Prospects

'I'll believe it when I see it,' Cross says at the Independent Spirit Awards.
By Brian Warmoth, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

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An "Arrested Development" movie may be a priority in the eyes of former exec producer Ron Howard and creator Mitch Hurwitz, but David Cross doesn't sound confident that that's enough to make it happen.

Cross thinks the film's premise sounds "awesome" and knows that many of his former castmates want to get the cameras rolling, but as of Saturday night at the Independent Spirit Awards, he didn't expect to be playing Tobias Fünke again anytime soon.

"I'll believe it when I see it," Cross told MTV News.

Howard and company have been discussing the possibility of putting the Fox comedy on the big screen for years, but every time a wave of optimism starts gaining steam, someone comes out to express doubt. This time around, that person is Cross, and it will likely take more than a phone call from Hurwitz or Michael Cera's positive attitude to convince him that the "Arrested Development" movie will ever exist.

"Not even when I'm standing there shooting it," Cross said. "Not even when it's wrapped. Not even when I get to go do [automated dialogue replacement]. Not even when I'm at the theater and it's playing. The next day — that's when I'll believe it."

So, how long will it be before producers are putting Cross on that long road toward making him a believer?

"I have no idea," he said.

Cera, Will Arnett and Jason Bateman have all come out in favor of pushing ahead with the movie, but even if Hurwitz believes production can begin in 2011, Cross needs proof.

"OK, great! Show me," he said. "There's, like, nine people involved."

Basically, if fans of the show want reassurance that the logistics required to bring everyone back are feasible, they won't find it in an interview with Cross. The "Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Megamind" actor just doesn't have faith right now, even if he would love to see "Arrested Development" return.

"I'm realistically optimistic," he confessed, "which is to say, not that optimistic."

Will it be a regal evening for "The King's Speech"? Can "The Social Network" dial up Oscar gold? Don't miss MTV News' "2011 Oscars Live" at 6 p.m. Sunday, February 27, when we'll be chatting with your favorite Hollywood stars live from the red carpet on, and stick with us all Oscar night for winners, interviews, photos and more!

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American Idol Judge Jennifer Lopez Explains On-Screen Meltdown

American Idol fan favorite Chris Medina, who stole the country's heart during his audition in Milwaukee, did not make season 10's Top 24. When it came time to deliver the bad news, it was judge Jennifer Lopez who broke down in tears on national television.

"It was just honestly a pleasure to meet someone like you," Jennifer, 41, told Chris, 26. "It was a blessing and a moment in my life I'll always remember.?

Speaking with Ryan Seacrest this morning on his nationally syndicated radio show, Jennifer explained why she was unable to control her emotions.

"I just couldn't believe I had to deliver this news to this person who had been through a lot?and is going through a lot?. I felt like I didn't it do it well enough to send him into where he needed to go in his life and be Okay,? she said. ?And I didn't want to be a part of that moment in his life? He handled it with such dignity and such class?that made it worse for me. [Laughs.] It was like, 'Oh, he's so awesome. I respect this person so much, and it was just tough.'"

Lopez acknowledged that the move to unscripted television is a ?vulnerable? place to be.

?Even though I'm an emotional and passionate person, I'm very in control of my emotions. I've had to be, over the years, being in the public eye,? she said. ?You have to learn how to suck it up, but that was actually a moment that I didn't expect to be on-camera, in the show. It was really how I felt in that moment. It was really hard."

Fans are already bringing up the possibility of Medina's return via a wild card round, which the judges will reveal on Idol's March 3 episode.


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The 'American Idol' Top 24, Twitterized

We break down the season 10 hopefuls, in 140 characters or less.
By James Montgomery

Contestants perform on "American Idol" on Wednesday
Photo: FOX

On Thursday night, "American Idol" revealed the remainder of the season 10 Top 24, a collection of singer/songwriters, balladeers, scatters, divas, perky teens and belters that will compete to become the heir to Lee DeWyze's throne (perhaps he's not the best example, but let's move on).

Unlike previous seasons, this year's crop of contenders is long on talent, short on sob stories — Chris Medina's exit made sure of that. And while it's probably too early to say this, we could be looking at the most-gifted field of singers in "Idol" history (or at least since the epochal third season). So it would probably benefit you to get to know the field before the cruel cut-downs begin.

And since we know you're busy, we've decided to condense each contestant into a quick, 140-character bio, each ready to be cut-and-pasted into your very own Twitter feed. For your perusing pleasure, here's our take on the "American Idol" top 24 — Twitterized. Because how else can you tell your Brett Loewensterns from your Clint Jun Gamboas?

Ashthon Jones: Big hair, bigger voice. Bears uncanny resemblance to young Beyoncé. Likes roller skating. Creative spelling of first name.

Brett Loewenstern: Bigger hair, even bigger collection of accessories. Is vaguely New Age-y. Also vaguely reminds us of a camp counselor.

Casey Abrams: This year's token oddball. Makes goofy faces. Is actually pretty talented. Resembles Fozzie Bear, a ginger Screech, Mike D.

Clint Jun Gamboa: Twitchy karaoke champ with impressive arsenal of eyewear. Refuses to apologize for Jacee Badeaux dis. Rivers Cuomo-esque.

Haley Reinhart: Returning contestant who seems to have existed in some form on every "Idol" season ever. Raspy voiced. Preternaturally happy.

Jacob Lusk: Prodigiously piped gospel singer. Makes amazing faces while singing. Sort of resembles Mushmouth. Always wears ties. Is awesome.

James Durbin: Rocker who recalls Adam Lambert. Made bold choice to tackle Sam Cooke classic. In desperate need of a bandana intervention.

Jordan Dorsey: Catty, cutthroat alpha male who adheres to the "I'm just here to win" mantra, probably to his detriment. Not a good teammate.

Jovany Barreto: Bulgy, libidinous crooner with smoove voice. Wears much linen. Is here for the ladies. Has an amazing Twitter account.

Julie Zorilla: Poised, put-together pre-packaged entertainer. Wears many dresses. Early favorite of J.Lo. Recalls every Disney princess.

Karen Rodriguez: Primping diva-in-training. Vowed to be first Latina "Idol" champ. Possesses the talent to do so, yet is not a guy, so ...

Kendra Chantelle: Raspy-voiced powerhouse from Nashville. Despite talent, may be outshined by other female singers. Has two first names.

Lauren Alaina: Young, bubbly judges' favorite. Is strangely drawn to Steven Tyler. Dresses like she's attending a Quinceañera at Dollywood.

Lauren Turner: Likable everywoman/singing maid. Much like Kendra Chantelle, may have trouble grabbing the spotlight. Impressive hair.

Naima Adedapo: Bewitching nu-soul singer with tricky last name. Has large back tattoo, dreadlocks à la Crystal Bowersox. Is a real wild card.

Paul McDonald: Aptly named singer/songwriter who possesses very little flash, and yet, is a favorite. Might regret that rhinestone suit.

Pia Toscano: Talented singer whose name sounds like an Olive Garden entrée. Polished, performing-arts background, which explains a lot.

Rachel Zevita: Over-the-top stage baby with an attitude to match. Is an odd mix of Tatiana Del Toro and Siobhan Magnus, only so much more.

Robbie Rosen: Slightly gawky singer who somehow stole Billy Joel's hair, circa Glass Houses. Transforms into confident loverman when singing.

Scotty McCreery: Throwback country crooner who is eternally twanging "Baby Lock Them Doors." Would be super-famous in Nashville, 1985.

Stefano Langone: Booming singer who survived a near-fatal accident, and has the scars to prove it. Handsome, yet is sort of the Anti-Jovany.

TaTynisa Wilson: Big singer with creatively spelled first name. Eternally poised on the verge of greatness, has yet to reach those heights.

Thia Megia: Ultra-young singer with voice, presence beyond her years. Last female to make the cut, yet could be considered a dark horse fave.

Tim Halperin: Everydude with appropriately bland name. Despite that fact, is handsome, which could make him shoo-in to win the whole thing.

Get your "Idol" fix on MTV News' "American Idol" page, where you'll find all the latest news, interviews and opinions.

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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cameron and A-Rod Hit the Gym

CameronDiaz0218.jpg Getting in some active quality time, Cameron Diaz and baseball player beau Alex Rodriguez were spotted working out together at a gym in Venice Beach on Thursday.

While the couple has been providing PDA-filled entertainment everywhere from the Super Bowl in Dallas to a recent trip to Miami, it seems no matter where they are, the pair makes time for exercise.

According to Cameron's trainer, Teddy Bass, Cameron is always willing to put in the extra hours to maintain her athletic build.

"Cameron loves having a lean, strong body rather than a curvy figure," Teddy says. "She has good genes, but she makes working out a priority, so we train as often as we can."

What tip does Teddy offer others who seek Cameron's physique?

"If you do cardio work four or five times a week, you'll see changes in a very short time."


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Feb 25 - CBS, Warner pull plug on season of Sheen's sitcom; President Obama and First Lady host Motown event at White House for Black History Month; Cowell's `X Factor' sets US auditions.


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Viggo Mortensen Pegged As Possible Zod For 'Superman'

Actor named 'person of interest' to play villain in Zack Snyder's reboot.
By Shawn Adler

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He once demanded that any and all enemies of Gondor stand before him on the field of battle, but the once and possibly future Aragorn might be asking his next adversary to "Kneel!" as news comes that Viggo Mortensen has been singled out as a "person of interest" to play General Zod in Zack Snyder's "Superman" reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Despite Snyder's previous statements to the contrary, the announcement of interest amounts to the first public confirmation that Zod, the megalomaniacal Kryptonian scientist portrayed by Terence Stamp in Richard Donner's "Superman II," will appear alongside Henry Cavill in the Christopher Nolan-produced reboot.

Zod's female co-conspirator, Ursa, was previously rumored to be in the film as well, with actresses Diane Kruger, Rosamund Pike and Alice Eve all reportedly up for the part.

Such as with Kevin Costner for the role of the Man of Steel's adoptive father, Jonathan "Pa" Kent, Mortensen remains simply a "person of interest," and no official talks have begun. But for Nolan and Snyder to get their man, they might have to move fast, as Mortensen is in negotiations for "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Mortensen most recently filmed the literary adaptation "On the Road" and "A Dangerous Method," where he played Sigmund Freud for director David Cronenberg. Aside from possible appearances in "Superman" and "Snow White," the Oscar-nominated actor has also repeatedly left the door open for a return appearance as Aragorn in "The Hobbit."

Is Zod the right choice of villain for the "Superman" reboot? Is Mortensen the right man to play him? Sound off below!

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Oscar Preview: Can 'King's Speech' Be Dethroned?

The period drama seems poised to take the Best Picture crown once promised to 'The Social Network.'
By Eric Ditzian

Colin Firth in "The King's Speech"
Photo: Weinstein Company

If the 83rd Academy Awards had been held a month ago, shortly after the critics groups had doled out their prizes and the final glasses of champagne had been drained at the Golden Globes, "The Social Network" would almost certainly have nabbed Oscar's Best Picture statue. After all, David Fincher's film about the salacious founding of Facebook hardly encountered a critics group it didn't woo and win over, before going on to earn four Globes, including Best Motion Picture - Drama. What could possibly stand between "Social Network" and the Academy's top honor?

As it turns out, another month. And another biopic, this one telling a story that begins some 80 years ago and resembling a far more traditional Oscar film than Fincher's exploration of youth and digital beauty. "The King's Speech" bounced back from its Globe defeats (it nabbed just one of seven nominations, with Colin Firth taking top dramatic actor) and secured important wins from the Producers Guild of America, the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild.

So much for creating a big tent with the inclusion of 10 Best Picture nominees. Like last year, we find ourselves watching a two-horse race that, at this point, might not be all that close. Kudos to "Toy Story 3," "Winter's Bone" and "Inception," but their nominations are kind of the equivalent of pity invites to a kid's birthday party: Sure, the birthday boy was forced to request the pleasure of your company, but he's not going to pretend you're anything more than a seat-filler. Our man Oscar holds the most exclusive birthday party in Hollywood, and its voters like it that way.

What's interesting this year is the nature of the two-horse race. In 2010, it came down to a decision between a populist fave in "Avatar" that made a gazillion dollars at the box office and a critics' darling in "The Hurt Locker" that maybe six people saw in the theater. Both "Social Network" and "King's Speech," meanwhile, have almost identical box-office grosses and high-90s ratings at the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator. The difference between the two is that "King's Speech" is the kind of film that could have been an Oscar nominee a decade ago — or a half-century ago — whereas "Social Network," in everything from story line to subtext to soundtrack, is directly plugged into 2011.

That's not to suggest "King's Speech" is some musty relic of yesteryear, nor that contemporary relevancy is a requirement for Oscar glory. The key, rather, is that the best film should win. And if you ask us, the finest film of the year is "Social Network." But as in so many years past — from how "Gladiator" bested "Traffic" to the way "Shakespeare in Love" beat out, well, geez, take your pick! — the best film of the year doesn't always receive that Oscar honor.

We can talk about momentum, we can indentify vital precursor wins, we can cite all manner of historical facts and we can lament fuddy-duddy voters. None of it seems to matter. On Sunday night, it appears, a very good film but hardly the year's best will win Best Picture. Let's offer our early congratulations to "The King's Speech."

Which Oscar contender should take Best Picture? Share your pick in the comments!

Will it be a regal evening for "The King's Speech"? Can "The Social Network" dial up Oscar gold? Don't miss MTV News' "2011 Oscars Live" at 6 p.m. Sunday, February 27, when we'll be chatting with your favorite Hollywood stars live from the red carpet on, and stick with us all Oscar night for winners, interviews, photos and more!

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'Hall Pass' Stars Recall Best And Worst Pickup Lines

Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Jenna Fischer quip about some memorable dating experiences with MTV News.
By Kara Warner

Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson in "Hall Pass"
Photo: New Line Cinema

Those who have seen the trailer for Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis' new comedy, "Hall Pass," know that in the Farrelly brothers-directed film, the duo embark upon a series of zany misadventures after obtaining "hall passes" — basically a one-week vacation/break from their marriages — from their wives. During this marital hiatus, the boys do everything they can to pick up women, oftentimes using the most outlandish and ridiculous of pickup lines.

When MTV News caught up with Wilson, Sudeikis and fellow co-star Jenna Fischer recently during the film's press day, we asked them to share their go-to lines, as well as a few they've used with success.

"Hi, I'm Jason Sudeikis," Wilson quipped, which prompted a witty exchange between him and the "Saturday Night Live" star.

"Aw, that's very nice of you," Sudeikis said. "Does that work for you?"

"Yeah!" Wilson exclaimed, laughing.

And then Sudeikis focused a bit, seeming to put some thought into the question, only to make room for more for Wilson laughter and more back-and-forth banter between the two.

"My most successful one is, 'How much do you cost?' " Sudeikis joked. "And you have to use that specifically."

"Hold that for Valentine's Day," Wilson advised, even though Sudeikis clearly wasn't paying attention and went on with reciting bad pickup techniques.

" 'Are those real?' " Sudeikis said. " 'Your eyes. I'm talking about your dreams.' "

" 'Are they realistic?' " Wilson added.

Fine, fine. If they won't take the question seriously then we won't. Next up, a few of the best and worst pickup lines the fellow castmembers have heard over the years.

"Usually women will insult me," Sudeikis explained. " 'I don't see why you're so great.' And then, for some reason, I find that completely alluring."

"Ok, I'm going to win you over!" Wilson added. "Ok, sit right here. Settle in for the next hour or three — here we go," he joked.

Following with the theme of insults as pickup lines, Jenna Fischer recalled a particular unsettling experience.

"I had this guy come up to me at a bar when I was much younger and he had said, 'I bet I can guess your weight and if I do, can I get a kiss?' And I thought to myself, 'What?! No! What woman wants to talk about her weight? What if you're wrong? What if you're right? I don't care, anyway,' " she said. "The idea that you just approached me with the most objectified vision of me, you whittled me down to a number, was so offensive."

Needless to say, Fischer was not particularly receptive to that line.

"He did not get a kiss," she added.

Check out everything we've got on "Hall Pass."

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Beyonce May Work With Diplo, Sleigh Bells On New Album

Producer says he was 'in NYC tryin' to make tracks' for B and Bells' songwriter/guitarist.
By James Montgomery

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Over the years, Diplo has worked with everyone from Thom Yorke to Spank Rock (and, of course, M.I.A.) so perhaps it should come as no surprise that, for his next collaboration, he's chosen to work with none other than Beyoncé. Oh, and electro-slammers Sleigh Bells, too. It all makes sense, in some bizarre way.

This is according to Dip himself, who posted a message — and a remix of the Sleigh Bells track "Tell 'Em" — on his blog, in which he let it be known that he, his production partner Switch and Sleigh Bells' songwriter/guitarist Derek Miller just wrapped sessions for Beyoncé's follow-up to I Am ... Sasha Fierce. He wasn't quite sure what would come of the tracks they created.

"Me and Switch was in [the] studio in NYC tryin' to make tracks with Derek and Beyoncé last week after we played her team [Sleigh Bells'] album," Diplo wrote. "Dunno if we gonna manage to finish, but [it] was good times."

At the very least, you know Bey's husband, indie-rock fan Jay-Z, is pumped by the news. Diplo is just the latest in an ever-growing list of top-flight producers who have worked with Beyoncé in recent months. There's still no release date or tentative title for her upcoming album, but she's logged studio time with the likes of S1 (he of "Power" fame), Ne-Yo, Sean Garrett and Jim Jonsin.

A spokesperson for Beyoncé did not respond to MTV News' request for comment on the Diplo tracks by press time.

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Adele's 21 Set To Debut At #1

Projected big sales come after a slew of the singer's tour dates had to be moved to larger venues.
By Alex Chapman

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Fame has never been Adele's top priority, but these days, there's no stopping the singer's rapid rise in popularity.

Adele's star is only growing brighter on both sides of the pond. According to the singer's website, a slew of her U.S. tour dates had to be moved to bigger venues to meet popular demand (she even added extra gigs in New York). In addition, according to Reuters, her latest album, 21, is projected to move as many as 300,000 copies by Sunday, guaranteeing a #1 debut in America.

The 22-year-old has mentioned in the past that she has no desire to share the celebrity of her contemporaries. "I was just thinking, imagine being someone like Cheryl Cole or Katy Perry or Gaga, where you've got to be conniving to have a normal day," Adele told Britain's The Sun earlier this month. "That scares the life out of me. I don't think I'd be able to carry on doing music if it got to that point. I don't think it ever will -- I don't think I'm the kind of artist where that will happen."

The singer/songwriter has also mentioned that she prefers a smaller scene to an outsize stadium. "I can't do arenas because I'm not [Lady Gaga]," Adele was recently quoted as saying.

But don't let the singer's seemingly reserved mentality fool you: Adele wants her music to cross over to the States, even if she doesn't desire the forceful spotlight that follows. "It's a big deal in England," Adele told MTV News of success in America. "I didn't think I'd ever release a record here."

Have you checked out Adele's latest album? Share your reviews in the comments!

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Pregnant Jessica Alba's Week-Ending Workout

Looking to stay in shape during her second pregnancy, Jessica Alba was spotted heading to the gym in Los Angeles, CA earlier today (February 25).

The ?Good Luck Chuck? babe looked cute in white pants and a light green top as she carried an oversized bag, which happened to cover up her baby bump.

Just yesterday, it was announced that Ms Alba will be making an appearance on the annual post-Oscars broadcast, ?Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Academy Awards.?

Other celebs rumored to be joining Jessica are Tom Hanks, Cee Lo Green, Eva Longoria, Kelly Ripa, Minka Kelly and Sofia Vergara.


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50 Cent's 'Things Fall Apart' Premieres In Miami Next Week

Fif reportedly lost 50 pounds for Mario Van Peebles-directed film.
By Alvin Blanco

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It may have taken 50 Cent losing pounds to be recognized as a weighty actor. The film "Things Fall Apart," which stars 50 Cent as a college football player stricken with cancer, will make its world premiere March 5 at the Miami International Film Festival.

Last year, 50 Cent drew headlines over his commitment to playing the role of Deon Barnes, a University of Michigan football player whose hopes of an NFL career are derailed by a cancer diagnosis. For the role, 50 Cent reportedly lost more than 50 pounds. Stills from the film, directed by Mario Van Peebles, revealed that the rapper looked shockingly emaciated and nearly unrecognizable.

"50 Cent's physical transformation combined with Mario's vision for the film kept the story fresh, gritty and powerful," Miami International Film Festival Executive Director Jaie Laplante told "Fans in Miami will have a unique opportunity to see the film well before the rest of the world does."

The film also lightened the Queens rapper's pockets, since besides writing the script, he produced and financed the picture himself too, via his Cheetah Vision Films production company. Director Van Peebles also acts in the film along with Ray Liotta, who plays Barnes' doctor, and Lynn Whitfield.

50 is taking the actor/rapper/mogul tag seriously. He recently signed on to star in a crime drama called "Freelancers," which is going to be directed by Jessy Terrero. On the music side, the rapper is getting the buzz going on his forthcoming album, Black Magic, releasing a couple of new songs ("When I Come Back," "Run Up on Me" freestyle) online to whet fans' appetites. 50 also recently followed in the footsteps of Dr. Dre and launched his own high-end headphone line called Sleek by 50 Cent.

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Star Snapshots

Are Chord Overstreet & Taylor Swift on a hockey date? Plus, see more of your favorite celebs on the scene!


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Chris Medina Music Video: "What Are Words"

Amidst a sea of J. Lo's tears, Chris Medina was eliminated from American Idol this week.

But that isn't stopping the aspiring singer from pursuing his dreams. The former contestant, whose fiancee suffered a brain injury in a 2009 car accident, will appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this evening and perform the single "What Are Words."

“It’s a song about making promises and fulfilling them, about telling someone you love that you’ll be there and having them be able to count on you because you said it," Chris says. "Because the words that you say really mean something. It’s a powerful song.”

Medina has already released a video for it. Watch and react to it now:

Chris Medina - What Are Words


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