Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Willy Wonka's Real-Life Golden Ticket Contest

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is coming to life (sort of) as Nestle is launching a new line of Wonka chocolate, Wonka Exceptionals, which will feature a golden ticket contest. However, instead of winning a twisted tour of Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, the winner will instead win a trip around the world worth $12,500!

Just like the story, there will be five tickets available. Each winner will be allowed three guests and will receive $12,500 to buy chocolate from all over the world, with a maximum of four consecutive destinations. Other prizes will also be available, including movie certificates, airline vouchers, Ticketmaster gift cards, and free chocolate.

Veruca Salts of the world, better get moving!

"Dancing With the Stars" Cast Announced

The cast for the new season of "Dancing With the Stars" has been announced! The show will air on March 22, featuring this star-studded lineup:

Kate Gosselin (mother of 8)
Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Doll)
Aiden Turner ("All My Children" soap star)
Chad Ochocinco (Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver)
Buzz Aldrin (the second person to walk on the moon)
Erin Andrew (ESPN sportscaster)
Neicy Nash ("Reno 911" comedian)
Evan Lysacek (figure skating gold medalist)
Jake Pavelka (the latest "Bachelor")
Pamela Anderson ("Baywatch" babe and home-movie star)
Shannen Doherty ("Beverly Hills 90210" star and world-famous bad girl)

Monday, March 1, 2010

Backstreet Boys Cruise 2010

The Backstreet Boys have announced via their Twitter that they will be embarking on a fan appreciation cruise! It will begin on December 9 and last four days, leaving South Florida and stopping at several exotic ports along the way. The boy band will perform an intimate show and host a Q&A, Photo Session, Deck Party, and Beach Party. The pre-sale for tickets starts March 15, with fan club members getting first dibs.

Simon Cowell Pops the Question

Rumors have been swirling for some time that "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell is engaged to his girlfriend of about a year, Mezhgan Hussainy. Cowell himself has denied said rumors, but Hussainy recently spilled the beans that Cowell did, in fact, propose and that the two are now officially engaged.

The pair met several years ago while they were both working on "Idol" - she as the head make-up artist, and he as a judge. They became a couple after Cowell's previous relationship ended. The two are already living together, and Hussainy has hinted that the wedding will take place soon - probably within the year.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Body of Missing Actor Found!

This afternoon Vancouver police reveal that a body has been discovered and they believed it may be the body of missing "Growing Pains" actor Andrew Koenig. CNN.com is now confirming that the body is indeed that of Koenig. Koenig has been missing since Valentine's Day and sources reveal the body was discovered in Vancouver's Stanley Park, which so happens to be an area that Vancouver police were heavily searching in the days since Koenig's disappearance.
Koenig's family and friends decided to do their own search of the area and that is when the body was found. Koenig's father "Star Trek" actor Walter Koenig revealed in a press conference that his son "took his own life".

Koenig's disappearance was first reported after the actor missed a return flight to Los Angeles, after visiting with friends in Canada. He was said to have been in a depressed state leading up to his disappearance and stopped taking anti-depressant medications a little over a year ago.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Mary-Kate Olsen Splits with Boyfriend

Actress Mary-Kate Olsen is no longer dating her boyfriend Nate Lowman. The pair began dating in 2008 after meeting through mutual friends. A rep for Olsen confirmed that the couple has broken up. They reportedly split right before Valentines Day even though they were seen walking together in New York City on Feb. 4.

However Olsen does not seem to be too devastated by the break-up because she was spotted kissing actor Josh Hartnett last week at Weinstein Co. and Universal Pictures post BAFTA party in London.

"They were making out in a dark corridor of the party," a source told People. "Everyone danced all night." Olsen's rep denied that the two were kissing.

Whether or not she kissed Hartnett, she is not sitting around crying about the split because she was seen with sister Ashley attending shows at London Fashion Week.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Cast of 'Glee' to Perform at White House

The year 2010 has only just begun, but it is shaping up to be the best year ever for Fox's hit show 'Glee.' The show has already won a SAG award and Emmy this season, so what could be an even higher honor you may ask? How about singing at the White House for the President and First family.

It turns out that along with the rest of America, Malia and Sasha Obama are huge fans of the musical comedy. Not only do the girls love the show, but so does the First Lady. Michelle Obama requested the cast to come sing at the White House Easter Egg Roll, and the cast couldn't be happier to accept.

Bristol Palin Acting Debut

Bristol Palin, daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is set to be joining the cast of ABC's 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager'. Bristol will make her debut on an upcoming episode when the show returns for its third season this summer. She will be playing herself on the show and befriend new teen mom Amy.

Executive producer Brenda Hampton thinks that casting "the most famous teenage mom in America" will draw special attention to the show's topics. “I think she will bring additional attention to the issues facing teen parents that we’ve been exploring for a couple of seasons now.”

The young mom is excited to be part of the show, too. “I am thrilled to be on this show and to be a part of a program that educates teens and young adults about he consequences of teen pregnancy,” Palin said in a statement.

Sliding Kitty!

Here is your dose of cute for the day. Check out this adorable video of a curious cat sliding into a box!

Charlie Sheen Goes to Rehab

Actor Charlie Sheen has entered rehab for undisclosed reasons.

"As a preventative measure, Charlie Sheen has entered a rehabilitation facility," his rep said in a statement. "He will take some time off his series Two and a Half Men."

His wife Brooke Mueller also entered rehab earlier this month for a crack and alcohol problem. She recently switched rehab centers for privacy reasons.

Sheen is also dealing with domestic violence charges due to the fight with his wife on Christmas day. He was allegedly drunk at the time of the assault.

The actor has reportedly been in rehab twice before for drug and alcohol abuse. This time his trip to rehab could be a result of dealing with his domestic violence case which has increases his stress level and made him more vulnerable to drugs and alcohol.

"Charlie is stressed. He's tired. The kids are on his mind. Brooke's on his mind," a source told People. "A lot of things are on his mind. He didn't want to get a place where he had the urge to get high. He's not using and he doesn't want to. He felt like he needed to get away from negative influences around him and clear his head, rest and take a short break."

Monday, February 22, 2010

New Vampire Weekend Video Features a Star-Studded Cast

Indie-rock darlings Vampire Weekend topped the charts with second album Contra, and now they've got some famous friends to show off. The quirky tennis-themed video for "Giving Up the Gun" features the band's redheaded friend Jenny Murray competing against Jake Gyllenhaal and Joe Jonas, while Wu-Tang Clan member RZA serves as referee and Lil Jon gives her some backhand tips. Maybe you just have to watch this one: