It’s official, Katie Couric is coming back to daytime television, but this time for ABC. The former CBS “Evening News” anchor and “Today” co-host is anchoring her own talk show. Move over Anderson Cooper, looks like you have competition for the “Queen of Daytime Talk” crown. The network announced a multi-year and multi-platform agreement that will feature Couric contributing to ABC News starting in the summer before her show debuts in September 2012. Here’s what the perky reporter said about her new gig:

“I’m very happy to be returning to the network where I began my career as a desk assistant in 1979,” Couric said in a statement. “It is tremendously exciting to have the creative freedom to develop my own show with Anne Sweeney, the Disney/ABC TV Group and Jeff, and to contribute to such a vibrant, innovative news division. I can’t wait to be part of this incredibly talented, visionary team.”

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Rihanna Gives Female Fan A Lap Dance

In: Celeb Gossip & News, Donovan, Music

I wonder how much of a tip Rihanna got from the lucky female fan. The 23-year-old singer performed an overtly sexual lap dance on stage while singing her song, “Skin“, during her concert in Baltimore. Two shirtless men brought the chosen fan to the edge of a round platform. RiRi then pushed the woman to her back and straddled her. She followed that up by pinning her down and gyrating her hips over her, before lying down beside her. I’m sure plenty enjoyed the girl on girl action.

One group that probably won’t be amused is the Parent’s Television Council (PTC). The group recently targeted the Bajan beauty for her violent new music video, “Man Down“. Being a target of domestic physical abuse, the council had hoped Rihanna promoted a message of seeking help instead of planning a premeditated murder. I get what the PTC is trying to say, but they have to realize that Rihanna probably doesn’t want to be the poster child for the cause for her lifetime. It’s only a music video and form of entertainment.

watch the video after the jump

Not that I take pleasure in other people’s misery, but watching Paris Hilton get a dose of “reality” is an exception to that rule. The Hilton heiress hasn’t had a great few months. From her drug possession arrest in Vegas to her being kicked out of Japan, the former “Simple Life” reality star has been forced to eat a healthy portion of humble pie. It hasn’t been easy for her to watch former BFF, Kim Kardashian, take her crown as the most popular former amateur sex tape star turned useless reality star.

Hilton created and perfected the art form that is “famous for being famous“. I’ve never really gotten the fascination with her, and glad people are starting to tire of her. Hopefully, Kardashian’s fans soon follow suit. One can only hope. Last week, Hilton was on talk show circuit, heavily promoting her new reality show on Oxygen, “The World According To Paris“. One of the stops included a public beat down from a few ladies on “The View”. I’ll get to that later.

watch Paris getting grilled by Whoopi and Barbara on The View after the jump

Lady Gaga’s Newest Album Banned In Lebanon

In: Donovan, Music

While Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” is enjoying robust album sales in North America, the same can’t be same for across the world. It’s not because people aren’t enjoying it, but rather due to government sanctions, people aren’t able to buy it. Lebanon’s General Secretary Department has banned the pop star’s latest CD for being “offensive to Christianity” and for being in “bad taste“.

In a country where religion is a hot topic, due to the split between Christians and Muslims, button-pushing art has often been unwelcomed. Though, no one track was isolated for being more offensive than another, I’m thinking “Judas” is probably the main culprit. The interpretation of Jesus Christ’s turncoat has already drawn the ire of Catholic and Latino groups. I’m sure the album’s very pro-gay stance also didn’t help it’s case with the Lebanese government.

find out where else “Born This Way” was banned after the jump

Two of today’s hottest franchises, “Harry Potter” and “Twilight“, are coming to a close soon. The sorcerer film will release its final installment on July 15, while the vampire flick will be split into two parts, hitting theaters on November 18, 2011 and November 16, 2012. Both highly-anticipated films debuted brand new movie trailers at last night’s 2011 MTV Awards.

Breaking Dawn’s clip is pretty steamy for a PG-13 movie. It begins with various characters receiving wedding invitations to Bella and Edward’s upcoming nuptials. Obviously, not everyone is excited about it, ahem Jacob Black. Naturally, the way to deal with it is to rip off your shirt and run into the woods. Not that I’m complaining, since we get to see Taylor Lautner’s ripped body dripping with rain. Sexy. The trailer ends with Bella realizing she’s preggers with a half-vampire & half-human baby. It’s so “Days of our Lives“.

Deathly Hallow’s movie trailer was too short for my liking. It begins and ends with the final showdown taking place in the foreboding Forbidden Forest between Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort. Looks epic. Emma Watson was in attendance at last night’s awards to introduce the clip. Here’s what she said.

“On behalf of the enormous cast of ‘Harry Potter,’ thank you to all of our amazing fans for all of the support over the years,” Watson said. “You guys have made this the most crazy incredible ride, so tonight, I’m very proud to bring you an exclusive sneak peek of the final movie. Ladies and gentlemen, ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”

watch both trailers after the jump

OH SNAP!!! Reese Witherspoon came out to play at last night’s MTV Movie Awards. The 35-year-old was on hand to accept MTV’s Generation Award. It’s the network’s version of a lifetime achievement award. Let’s face it, 35 is practically ancient in their terms. Given that Witherspoon was being honored for her body of work, it was only fitting she share some of her wisdom. And boy did she share.

After playfully correcting her “Water for Elephants” co-star Robert Pattinson with a punchline “You’re the best motherf—er in Hollywood.“, Witherspoon gave advice to Hollywood’s young starlets. Ever the Southern lady, she let it be known that she succeeded in Tinseltown based on her talent and nothing else. “It’s also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show,” she exclaimed. Obviously that was a dig at the Kim Kardashians of the world. Way to go, Reese. About time someone said something. Reese wasn’t done yet.

check out Reese’s dig towards Blake Lively after the jump

The Chicago Cubs are following in the footsteps of the San Francisco Giants and making an “It Gets Better” video. They’ll be the second professional sports team to participate in Dan Savage’s campaign which takes a stand against anti-gay bullying. Since Savage and his partner Terry Miller launched the project, over 10,000 videos have been made to inspire teens who may be struggling during their high school years, that life gets better. Props to the Cub organization for getting on board. Hopefully this will motivate other professional sports to participate as well.

“The Cubs applaud the Giants for their stand against anti-LGBT bullying. Bullying of anyone for any reason is unacceptable,” said Laura Ricketts, Cubs owner and board member. “We are proud to join the Giants in taking a stand against bullying and encourage other professional sports organizations to do the same.”

read about the Cubs other ties with the LGBT community after the jump

2011 MTV Movie Award Fashion Roundup

In: Donovan, Fashion

Did you catch last night’s 2011 MTV Awards show? I managed to catch glimpses in the background while doing housework. Was it me, or did everyone seem kinda loopy- especially Robert Pattinson. He seemed all over the place. I guess it’s par for the course, since the awards show is a bit unorthodox when compared to other shows. It’s more of a platform to promote summer movies than actually honoring great film work from the past year. Oh well, whatever the reason, it gave a great opportunity for Hollywood’s females to bust out some serious fashion. Check out the following match-ups I created and don’t forget to vote.

First up to battle are the leading ladies from two of today’s biggest movie franchises. Twilight’s Kristen Stewart shows off her great legs in a Balmain dress outfitted with numerous safety pins. Harry Potter’s Emma Watson also showed off some bling in a short ivory jewel encrusted Marchesa. Personally, I love Stewart’s dress more. It’s edgy and fun, a perfect choice for this awards show. She also picked up Best Female Performance and Best Kiss at the ceremony. And she got to go home with Pattinson too, if it that’s your thing (not for me).

2011 MTV Movie Awards Fashion Battle: Team Twilight or Team Harry Potter?

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