Bruno Mars Leads American Music Awards Nominations

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Bruno Mars has earned the most nominations for the American Music Awards with eight in total, including Artist of the Year and Video of the Year.

The nominees of six categories were announced live by singer Ciara on Good Morning America Thursday morning.

For the complete list of nominees, visit Billboard.com.

The AMAs airs live from the Microsoft Theater in L.A. on November 19 at 8pm on ABC.

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Céline Dion Pays Tribute to Las Vegas Shooting Victims

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Céline Dion dedicated her Las Vegas show to the victims and families of Sunday night’s mass shooting during the Route 91 Harvest Festival.

She made her return to her residency in an emotional tribute at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Tuesday night, and announced that the proceeds from her performance would be donated.

“I hope that you’re doing okay. Before we start the show, I need to talk to you for a moment,” said Dion. “I never start the show like this but tonight is very different. On Sunday we lost too many beautiful, innocent souls, and so many are still suffering,. But tonight we’re going to let these families know that we are supporting them and that we will help them through their tragic loss.”

Read more on the story at E!Online.

 

Kate Winslet set to reunite with James Cameron in ‘Avatar’ sequels

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It’s been two decades since the release of Titanic, but Kate Winslet is set to collaborate with James Cameron again in the upcoming sequels to his blockbuster film Avatar.

“Kate and I have been looking for something to do together for 20 years, since our collaboration on ‘Titanic,’ which was one of the most rewarding of my career,” said Cameron. “I can’t wait to see her bring the character of Ronal to life.”

The first of four sequels to Avatar is expected to open in theaters on December 18, 2020.

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Twentieth Century Fox 

The 2009 fantasy film made $2.8 billion dollars worldwide during its run, making it the highest grossing movie of all time, surpassing Cameron’s previous Oscar-winning epic, Titanic, starring Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Titanic is celebrates its 20th anniversary this December.

Winslet will next be seen in The Mountain Between Us, opposite Idris Elba, which opens in theaters this Friday.

Is there anyway Leo can get on board (no pun intended) with these sequels? That would make this reunion complete!

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A girl can dream *sigh*

Tom Petty passes away at age 66

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After conflicting reports during the day on Monday, it has been officially confirmed by his manager, that rock legend Tom Petty passed away. He was 66 years old.

Petty was found unconscious in his Malibu home after going into cardiac arrest and was rushed to the hospital, where he has put on life support.

Early reports from the LAPD — whom CBS News obtained their information from — stated that Petty had passed away, which was not the case, as told by his daughter, AnnaKim Violette, in an angry message to the media.

Sadly, Petty did not make it through the night, and passed away surrounded by his family, band mates and friends at 8:40 pm local time.

He rose to fame with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers — whom made their debut in 1976 — following the release of their third album in 1980 which went platinum, and featured the hit singles “Don’t Do Me Like That” and “Refugee.”

Other great songs from the band, include “Breakdown,” “Free Fallin’,” “American Girl” and “I Won’t Back Down.”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Along with making songs with his band and other artists, such as Stevie Nicks, Dave Stewart and George Harrison, Petty also tried his hand with acting. He starred alongside Kevin Costner in 1997’s The Postman, and had a recurring voice role in the animated TV series King of the Hill, as Elroy “Lucky” Kleinschmid.

Petty is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Thank you for the music Tom Petty. We will miss you.

RIP

Las Vegas

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I was devastated earlier this morning when I heard about the shooting in Las Vegas.

I was also appalled at the media and 45 for calling this man everything except for what he really was, a terrorist.

I am also disgusted at Congress that they have still not taken action against gun laws/gun control in this country. How many more people have to die because our government is failing to do their job?

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner passes away at 91

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Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine in the 1950s which became an empire and a part of pop culture history, passed away at his Playboy Mansion on Wednesday. He was 91.

In a statement to E! News, Playboy confirmed, “Hugh M. Hefner, the American icon who in 1953 introduced the world to Playboy magazine and built the company into one of the most recognizable American global brands in history, peacefully passed away today from natural causes at his home, The Playboy Mansion, surrounded by loved ones.”

RIP Mr. Hefner

‘Family Matters’ cast reunites

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They did thaaaaaat!

The cast of Family Matters: Reginald VelJohnson (Carl Winslow), Jo Marie Payton (Harriette Winslow), Darius McCrary (Eddie Winslow), Kellie Shanygne Williams (Laura Winslow), Jaleel White (Steve Urkel), Thelma Hopkins (Rachel Crawford), Bryton McClure (Richie Crawford) and Shawn Harrison (Waldo Geraldo Faldo), came together for Entertainment Weekly’s Reunion exclusive.

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In a tribute to Rosetta LeNoire, who played Estelle Winslow (Carl’s mother, AKA “Mother Winslow”), the cast posed with a photo of her. LeNoire passed away in March 2002.

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Absent from the reunion was Jaimee Foxxworth who played youngest sister Judy Winslow during the first four seasons of the television series.

Family Matters aired on ABC from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 and moved to CBS during its last season from September 19, 1997 to July 17, 1998.

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