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Scarlett Johansson, Pet Shop Boys and Patti LaBelle
Entertainment news: Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
by Andrew Davis, Windy CIty Times..
2011-11-23

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New York couple Kevin and Roseanna Monk are suing singing legend Patti LaBelle, claiming that she threw water on their toddler, according to the Washington Post. After the kid walked away from Roseanna, LaBelle reportedly asked, "What are you doing letting your kid run around like that?" After telling the "New Attitude" singer to mind her own business, LaBelle allegedly threw water on the two and swore at them. Roseanna also claims that LaBelle attempted to hit her.

Michael Jackson's fans will be able to view and touch memorabilia associated with him Dec. 3-14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, USA Today reported. Among the warehouses of items that will be on display are his rocket from his "Leave Me Alone" video; his spangled '80s Fantasy Glove collection; and the spaceship set from the "Scream" video, which people will be able to walk through. A ticket for a four-hour visit will cost $35. (Conrad Murray, who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death in 2009, will be sentenced Nov. 29.)

People Magazine has named actor Bradley Cooper its "Sexiest Man Alive." People.com noted that the 36-year-old Georgetown University graduate "can whip up dinner, take you for a spin on his motorcycle and whisper sweet nothings in French (he's fluent!)." When he found out about the honor, his first thought was, "My mother is going to be so happy." Among Cooper's movies and TV series are Limitless, Valentine's Day, The A-Team, Alias, He's Just Not That Into You and The Hangover movies.

Singer Adele's throat surgery was successful, People.com reported. "Thank you for all your positive thoughts and get well wishes," the Grammy winner, 23, writes on her website. "I'm doing really well, on the mend, super happy, relaxed and very positive with it all." She had to cancel several concerts in the United States and the United Kingdom because of a hemorrhaged vocal chord.

Former Ottawa, Canada, doctor Giovanni (John) Palumbo, who pleaded guilty to criminal harassment of singer Shania Twain in September, has been released from jail and was sentenced to three years' probation, according to E! Online. Palumbo sent Twain numerous love letters and showed up uninvited to her grandmother's funeral. A psychiatrist testified that Palumbo suffers from bipolar and narcissistic personality disorders.

Stephen Sondheim, Angela Lansbury, Joel Grey and Maury Yeston are among those who will be inaugurating "Legends of Broadway," Masterworks Broadway's weekly series of newly produced video podcasts that premiered Nov. 16. New videos will debut each Wednesday as free streaming content to anyone who signs up for the MasterworksBroadway.com e-newsletter. The new videos, produced by the Masterworks Broadway team with director Glen Hoffman and Slam Media Group, began filming in fall 2010.

Olivier Award-winning playwright Katori Hall is featured in a new video from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as part of its Americans for Marriage Equality campaign, according to a press release. In the web ad, Hall says, "Over time, equality wins—that's the beauty of America." The video can be viewed online at http://www.hrc.org/MarriageEquality.

FilmDistrict will issue the domestic release of Angelina Jolie's feature directorial debut, In The Land Of Blood And Honey, in the native BHS (Bosanski/Hrvatski/Srpski) language of Bosnia Dec. 23 in New York and Los Angeles. The drama is set in the backdrop of the Bosnian War that tore the Balkan region apart in the 1990s. It will be issued in wide release in January.

Rapper Lil B has released a single entitled "I Got AIDS," which asks people to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, MTV.com reported. "I have a lot of songs that have sexual lyrics, and I want to tell people the truth about sexuality and to make sure that they get tested if they're sexually active," Lil B said. "I wanted to paint a picture that's very realistic, nothing sugar-coated that the streets to Wall Street could feel—I wanted people to understand what these young guys are thinking."

In the December issue of Health, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara said it took her a while to feel comfortable with her 34 DD cup size—and even her publicist advised her to get a breast reduction, according to US Magazine. "When I moved to America, I was more voluptuous, and I felt a little different," she said. "My publicist [at the time] told me, 'I think you should just reduce your boobs because nobody's going to take you seriously here.'" Vergara, 39, added that her mother "almost had a heart attack" over the possible reduction.

Two months after Abercrombie & Fitch asked Jersey Shore's Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino to stop wearing its clothes, the reality-show star has filed a $4 million lawsuit for using his trademarked slogans without permission, US Magazine reported. Sorrentino claims the company sold T-shirts with slogans such as "GTL ... You Know the Deal" and "The Fitchuation"—apparent violations of his trademarked catch phrases.

The British duo Pet Shop Boys plans to release a B-sides collection entitled Format, according to Digital Spy. Format will be a double album, with 38 B-sides from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe's singles during the years 1996-2009. Among the songs on Format are "Disco Potential," "Sexy Northerner," "Blue on Blue" and, fittingly, "We're the Pet Shop Boys."

Former Saturday Night Live star Victoria Jackson has launched an anti-gay, anti-Muslim online show, according to the Huffington Post. Jackson—who has criticized everything from the Occupy Wall Street movement to the gay characters on Glee—will join pro-life activist Jannique Stewart, The Patriot Update's Ann-Marie Murrell and editor/activist Jennie Jones to launch the ultraconservative "PolitiChicks." On the show, Jackson has said, "Islam says [to] kill gay people; that's why I don't get why liberals are pro-Muslim and pro-gay. We're lucky that most Muslims are lukewarm or we'd all be dead."

Tyler Perry has defended his decision to cast impending divorcee Kim Kardashian in his upcoming movie, The Marriage Counselor, Deadline.com reported. As part of a blog post, Perry wrote, "I could not have imagined I'd be getting all these emails about Kim Kardashian. I HAVE SEEN THEM!! YOU HAVE BEEN HEARD!! …LOL. ... By the time I explained to [a woman who approached me] that [Kardashian] was not in the lead role and why I thought she should be in The Marriage Counselor, she said, 'Oh, I see your point and I can't wait to see the movie.'"

Joy Behar will leave the HLN network by the end of the year, according to Deadline.com . Behar, who has hosted her own talk show on the station since 2009, is in the last year of her contract there. An insider said, "It just felt it was time for everyone." She will continue her role as a panelist on the daytime show The View.

Lindsay Lohan will be on the cover of Playboy's January/February issue, which will hit newsstands in late December, according to USA Today. Her rep, Steve Honig, said, "The pictorial is absolutely fantastic and very tasteful, and will be accompanied by an interview that will let readers see another side of Lindsay." Hugh Hefner told The Insider that the spread has a retro theme "inspired by the original Tom Kelly nude pictorial of Marilyn Monroe, a portion of which was the original playmate in the very first issue of Playboy."

L.A. detectives are reopening the case involving the death of legendary actress Natalie Wood three decades after it occurred, Fox News reported. Wood drowned Nov. 29, 1981, after spending several hours drinking on Catalina Island and a yacht with husband Robert Wagner, fellow actor Christopher Walken and the ship's captain, Dennis Davern. Wood's death caused some to speculate that foul play was involved; however, Wagner and Wood's sister, Lana, have said it was an accident.

Madonna is reportedly "very upset" that a demo of her new song, "Give Me All Your Love," was leaked online, MSNBC.com reported. The song is expected to be the debut track from her upcoming album, her first studio CD since leaving Warner Bros. to join Live Nation. Manager Guy Oseary tweeted, "Madonna told me this morning 'my true fans wouldn't do this'... whoever is responsible for this leak, we ask that you please stop! I'm very happy with the positive reaction to the demo, but we are very upset with whoever leaked the song!!!!!!!!"

GLAAD has published a guest blog post written by Kelly Osbourne in which she voices her support for the transgender community, according to a press release. The post was published on GLAAD's blog and The Transadvocate, whose editor originally contacted Osbourne via Twitter following Osbourne's use of transphobic words during a recent interview with Glamour UK. In her post, Kelly apologizes for the slurs and writes, "As a lifelong LGBT ally and friend, I feel it is my duty to not only apologize for my wrong but to also correct it. The word 'tr*nny' is a derogatory and hurtful word. I was completely ignorant to this and soon came to realize most of my peers and LGBT friends are too. This is a word I will no longer use or allow."

Actress Scarlett Johansson will now direct her first film, and it involves the late gay novelist Truman Capote, according to EW.com . Johansson will helm an adaptation of Summer Crossing, a Capote novella about a teenage debutante who rebels against her upper-class parents. Capote began writing it in 1943—when he himself was still a teen—but it wasn't published until after his death, 62 years later.

Bill Cunningham New York and We Were Here are among the 15 films the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will advance in the voting process for the 84th Academy Awards in the Documentary Feature category, according to Deadline.com . (One hundred twenty-four pictures had originally qualified.) "Cunningham" looks at New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham, who chronicles fashion trends and high-society charity soirees for the publication's style section. We Were Here documents AIDS in San Francisco in the 1980s, focusing on five people who lived in the city prior to the epidemic.

Warren Beatty and Annette Bening's transgender son has lashed out at Chaz Bono, calling the Dancing With The Stars contestant a misogynist after he said he felt like he had a "birth defect" as a guy trapped in a girl's body, according to Wonderwall. In a New York Times interview, Bono said, "For transgender people, they're mismatched. That's all it is. It's not complicated, it's not a neurosis. It's a mix-up. It's a birth defect, like a cleft palate." However, Beatty and Bening's 19-year-old son Stephen Ira—who was born as daughter Kathlyn—wrote on his blog, Super Mattachine, "I do not have a birth defect. If you feel like you have a birth defect, fine. ... Do not define me that way, and do not define other trans people that way unless they claim that label."

Actress Jane Lynch is mourning the loss of Greta—her tabby cat, according to People.com . The Glee star tweeted, "My sweet kitty Greta took her leave from us. We loved her so. Kiss your own kitties and pups right now." She also posted a photo of her wife, Lara Embry, holding Greta. The couple have three other pets, including a Lhasa Apso, a Wheaten terrier and another tabby.

The Native American documentary Two Spirits (now on DVD) broke records on PBS when it aired earlier this year, Advocate.com reported. The film, which aired on PBS' Independent Lens, was screened 1,495 times across 140 stations for 19 days in June, and it received the audience award as the highest-rated film of the 2010-11 season. The term "two spirit" describes indigenous North Americans who fulfill mixed-gender roles traditionally found among Native Americans.

Bravo's Watch What Happens: Live will air live Sundays through Thursdays starting Jan. 8, according to Deadline.com . It will be the only nightly late-night TV show to actually air live. Also, Bravo is shifting gay executive Andy Cohen's role. He is currently executive vice president (EVP) of original programming and development; however, he will be EVP of development and talent, focusing on creating new original content. Cohen will also continue being executive producer on Top Chef and the Real Housewives franchise.


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