Saturday, March 5, 2011

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Natalie Portman Gushes About Her "Little Dancer" Baby

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As she made her way into the press room, it was her pregnancy that had Oscar winner Natalie Portman glowing.

?I don't really remember anything that happened just now,? Natalie said backstage to reporters. ?But the baby was definitely kicking a lot during the song portion of the show. Little dancer."

As for what the Black Swan star expects from motherhood, she admits she is entering into the ?complete unknown.?

?It's a complete mystery and miracle. It's really just accepting that I have no idea, which is what all of us live every day," she said.

Despite the prestige of Sunday?s Oscar win, the next dream Natalie has is not quite as material.

?The next dream I have in terms of very short-term future is staying in bed, not having to do my makeup or hair and keeping my sweats on, relaxing,? she said. ?For my child, to be happy and healthy is what every parent could only wish for."

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Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Suit Vs. AEG Can Proceed, Judge Rules

Katherine Jackson and family are pursuing a claim against concert promoter.
By Gil Kaufman


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When he was alive, Michael Jackson was forever embroiled in a series of complex and expensive-sounding lawsuits. But even in death, the late King of Pop is the subject of major legal action. None could potentially be bigger than the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the pop icon's mother, Katherine Jackson, against concert promotion giant AEG Live.

Reuters reported that a Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday that the civil lawsuit can go forward. It will proceed in parallel with the criminal case against Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with Jackson's June 2009 death from an overdose of the powerful surgical anesthetic propofol. Murray is the only person charged in Jackson's death and he is currently awaiting trial in that matter.

Katherine Jackson's lawsuit — filed in September on behalf of her and Jackson's three young children — accuses AEG of being responsible for the medical decisions made by Murray, whose salary was paid by the touring company behind Jackson's attempted "This Is It" comeback shows in London. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Yvette Palazuelos denied a motion on Wednesday by AEG to dismiss Katherine Jackson's suit, but warned Jackson's attorneys that they would need to show evidence of "fraud, negligent infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy" in order to win the case.

The judge has already said she doubts they can prove the latter charge, because the suit does not detail any agreement between Murray and AEG to break the law in providing medical care to Jackson.

"If the object was to get him to rehearsals, I don't see that as a wrongful or illegal act," the judge said. A lawyer for AEG told the judge that the company could not have predicted beforehand that Murray's medical decisions would result in Jackson's death. Court papers also show that AEG "did not choose to hire Murray" and had only participated in negotiations to bring him on as an independent contractor. Michael, who had previously been treated by Murray in Las Vegas, was reportedly the one who suggested the cardiologist serve as his personal, on-call physician during the "This Is It" rehearsals and shows.

Katherine Jackson's attorney recently dropped choreographer Kenny Ortega from the lawsuit based on new information they received about his actions. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for March 22, just six days before Murray is due back in court for his trial. Jackson's father, Joseph, has twice attempted to file a wrongful death suit in the matter, though his is focused on Murray and the Las Vegas pharmacy that supplied the propofol, not AEG Live.

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Beyonce Working With Kanye West Producer S1

'Power' producer tweets he's 'finishing up some monsters' after week in the studio with B.
By James Montgomery

Beyoncé's already taken inspiration from the likes of Michael Jackson and Lauryn Hill, hit the studio with a list of producers that includes Ne-Yo, Sean Garrett and Jim Jonsin, and now, she's hoping to capture the surge of Kanye West's "Power."

B — who's already hard at work on the follow-up to her massive I Am ... Sasha Fierce album — just wrapped a week in the studio with producer S1, the man who co-produced "Power" and has logged time with the likes of Ghostface Killah and Erykah Badu.

S1 broke the news via his Twitter account and also posted a photo of himself and B over on his official site. And from the sound of things, the sessions, which took place in New York City, were definitely eventful.

"A couple of meetings then back in the lab with Beyonce today," he wrote in one tweet. "Excited to see what we're gonna create today after last night's session.

"Not going to bed anytime soon. Beyonce got us in here working and I'm loving every bit of it," he wrote in another post. "Finishing up some monsters ... everything is sounding really great and big!"

There's still not much information about Beyoncé's new album, though in an interview with "Entertainment Tonight" last year, she said that, this time out, she's aiming to "make [her] own genre of music." In a follow-up interview with MTV News, she clarified that statement, explaining that she's "mixing every type of genre that I love" on the new album, and added, "I'm not in a box. It's not R&B. It's not typically pop. It's not rock. It's just everything I love all mixed together in my own little gumbo of music."

What do you think S1's work with Beyoncé will sound like? Tell us in the comments!

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Miranda Kerr & Orlando Bloom: Au Revoir, Paris!

Finished up with their time in the City of Lights, Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr prepped for an outbound flight from Paris, France with baby Flynn on Saturday (March 5).

The Victoria's Secret model mommy toted her bundle of joy in her arms as she and her "Pirates of the Caribbean" actor hubby trekked through the Charles de Gaulle Airport to board an awaiting aircraft.

Having been in town for Paris Fashion Week, the flight comes just after it was announced that Miss Kerr has been named as a global ambassador for Earth Hour 2011.

In a statement on the honor, Miranda told, ?Each of us has a responsibility for the sustainability of our planet and each of us can make a difference if we choose to do so. I am pleased to be a global Ambassador for Earth Hour this year and I personally will be participating in Earth Hour on 26 March 2011, and will continue to adopt sustainability practices thereafter in my everyday life. Together we can make a difference.?

The 27-year-old beauty added, ?This year I will be going beyond the hour by continuing to recycle and by buying organic produce from local farmers markets thereby cutting down on the pesticides and insecticides used on our planet and reducing food miles."

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Kesha's "Sleazy" leaks

Lord, you sure are girl. Actually, who couldn?t get behind this song? Stealing drinks, making fun of the bourgeoisie, getting laid to phat beats?
The Nicki Minaj appropriation on this song is bald-faced; Kesha?s entire turn is all syncopated faux-weird, accents, birdsong dynamics. The whole nine. And spitting the lamest rhymes probs ever (the part of [...]

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The best of the 2011 Shanghai International Literary Festival

2011 Shanghai literary festival

This year, 85 authors will gather at M on the Bund for the annual Shanghai Internaitonal Literary Festival. How to pick and choose among them?

To help you draw up your itinerary, we asked some bookish Shanghailanders for their picks.

1. Kathleen Lau, "accidental" restaurateur and author

Shanghai International Literary Festival pick: David Wang and Lynn Pan's talk on Eileen Chang?s experiences in Shanghai
When: Saturday, March 19, 11 a.m

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