Bette Midler Pays Tribute To Girl Groups On New Album

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The legends are certainly representing this year. Barbra Streisand released her Partners LP to much success. Tony Bennett teamed up with Lady Gaga for a new album which also hit the top of the charts. Aretha Franklin is also getting in the game with Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, due out October 21.

Bette Midler is taking a similar approach to Franklin, but instead of paying homage to divas, the Divine Miss M is putting girl groups in the spotlight. It’s The Girls hits stores on November 4 and it’s her first album in eight years.

The 68-year-old icon covers classics made famous by The Shirelles, The Supremes and Martha and the Vandellas to name a few. For the most part, the acts she’s chosen are pretty old school with exception to TLC which is by far the most contemporary. Too bad, she didn’t include Destiny’s Child or Spice Girls in the mix.

The first track off the LP has been released. Bette covers The Ronettes‘ ’60s classic “Be My Baby.” Overall, it’s a pretty faithful rendition. Give it a listen below.

give it a listen after the jump

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It’s no secret that Kesha and longtime producer Dr. Luke have a strained relationship. By the looks of it, it’s not going to get better anytime in the near future. Earlier today, the “Tik Tok” singer filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke. Hours later, he filed a countersuit against his former protégé.

Kesha alleges Dr. Luke was abusive from the get-go after signing her when she was 18. She claims he made repeated sexual advances toward her, and forced her to use drugs and alcohol. She points to one specific occasion where she woke up naked in Dr. Luke’s bed, sore, sick after taking ‘sober pills’ he gave her. Kesha also cites physical abuse in her lawsuit.

She is asking a judge to let her out of her contract with Luke. Her lawyer Mark Geragos spoke to TMZ.

read Kesha’s lawyer’s statement and Dr. Luke’s countersuit after the jump

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Is it me or do meteorologists seem to be the butt of jokes in the news broadcasting world? This little segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live! surely isn’t going to help their cause.

The late night talk show host noticed over the years that there is an unusually close connection between local news and human genitalia, and he’s got the evidence to prove it. In some circumstances, it makes you wonder if the penis-shaped weather graphics are almost intentional.

Check out the amusing clip below. Be sure to dress appropriately. There’s about a 50 percent chance a cock storm is brewing ;)

check out the montage after the jump

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Have you read any of the gay fan fiction out there fantasizing about a Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson hookup? Well, Benedict Cumberbatch has. And he has a very detailed account on how most of them go.

On Sherlock & Watson Gay Fan Fiction

“Because, you know, they either want to make John [Watson] into a sort of cute little toy, or me into a cute toy, or we’re fucking in space on a bed, chained together. It’s always , like, one of them is tired, one comes back from work, the other is horny, a lump appears in his trousers, and then they’re at it. It’s usually me getting it – I’m biting Watson’s dog tags.”

The 38-year-old actor also talks about sexual politics in Hollywood, bullying and religious tolerance to name a few topics with the publication. Dude certainly has his opinion. Check out a few quotes below, along with more photos snapped by photographer Samuel Bradley. Cumberbatch can currently be seen playing Hamlet at the Barbican Theater in London.

more pics and quotes after the jump

NBC Reveals The Coaches For The Voice Season 8

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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The battle rounds for The Voice Season 7 have just started airing, but NBC has already assembled the coaching panel for Season 8. Typically, Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green would’ve reclaimed their red swivel chairs for Season 7 but due to Aguilera’s pregnancy and Green’s legal troubles, producers brought in newbies Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams to take over Shakira and Usher.

With so many coaches to pick from, would producers create a new combination or bring in new judges? More importantly, will permanent fixtures Adam Levine and Blake Shelton remain on the panel? Find out thew new lineup after the jump.

find out after the jump

FOX Developing TV Series Based On Monster In Law

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows
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Hollywood sure does love to recycle. Reboots, remakes and adaptations are all the rage these days. Several films are currently being developing into possible television series. Some examples include projects based on Rush Hour, Mortal Instruments, Guardians Of The Galaxy and Resident Evil.

Cameron Crowe’s Say Anything was also on the docket but was nixed after both Crowe and star John Cusack blasted it via Twitter. Now comes word that the romantic comedy Monster In Law starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda is the latest feature film possibly headed to the small screen in the near future.

learn details after the jump

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It pays to have Ellen DeGeneres on your side. Especially if you want a part in Magic Mike XXL.

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who’s frequently the guest DJ on her daytime talk show, already has a gig in the highly-anticipated sequel. DeGeneres even waxed his extremely buff torso on camera in preparation for his role. Her sexy gardener Nick, aka Bill Reilich, has now booked a role in the film.

A couple of weeks ago, DeGeneres blindsided one of the film’s producer into taking an impromptu meeting with Reilich. It appears it was all worth it. Channing Tatum called Ellen while filming to tell Bill the great news.

“Nick! What’s up man?” Channing said. “After careful inspection of your ab region, we have deducted that we need you in Magic Mike XXL.”

I wonder if his ab region was the only part of Bill’s anatomy Channing and the powers-that-be checked out. Recently, alleged nude pics of Bill have surfaced. Let’s just he doesn’t disappoint in any department.

Check out Bill learning about his big break below, along with more shirtless photos. I’ve embedded the video of Ellen waxing tWitch as well for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy.

watch Bill receive the call after the jump

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You know the script must be horrendous if Hugh Grant is leaving a project because of it. Like him but let’s face it… he’s not exactly super busy these days.

The 54-year-old actor has been keen on reprising his role of Daniel Cleaver ever since a third Bridget Jones film was announced back in 2011. Since then it’s been in pre-production hell with numerous script rewrites. He revealed why he left the film in a recent interview. Read it below.

read his response after the jump

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