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Justin Bieber pulls a Beyoncé, hints online at surprise album

Justin Bieber pulls a Beyoncé, hints online at surprise album

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber sent his fans into a frenzy Wednesday night, posting 15-second clips of 11 new songs on his Instagram account and sparking speculation of a new album.The 20-year-old didn't offer any information on the clips — except for one captioned Cold Waters — or confirm whether a album is in the works.But he did offer his fans a tweet:Social media stunts are becoming more common among artists looking for fresh ways to grab attention and sell albums.Singer Beyoncé Knowles surprised fans last December when she released a full-length, self-titled album on iTunes with no warning.Beyoncé stuns fans with surprise album release Justin Bieber also has a reputation for using social media to generate buzz.In 2013, he teased his album Journals with a 10-week digital download campaign, releasing a new song every Monday night for three months.Justin Bieber gets 2 years probation for pelting neighbour's home with eggs This is the first time in a while, however, that the pop star is making headlines for his music instead of his antics.Bieber is currently serving two years probation for pelting his Los Angeles neighbour's home with eggs.He was also ordered to pay $80,900 U.S. in restitution, serve five days community service and complete an anger management program in what the district attorney called a negotiated settlement.
Christina Applegate Jokes That She’s Become a Dance Mom

Christina Applegate Jokes That She’s Become a Dance Mom

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Christina Applegate is many things — including an Emmy-winning actress, a cancer survivor and a philanthropist.

But there’s another side of the Anchorman star that nobody knew about … until now!

According to the actress, she’s a total dance mom to her 3½-year-old ballet dancer, daughter Sadie Grace.

“Sometimes I’ll find myself watching her in class, and I’m like, ‘Oh my God, you’re so being a dance mom,’ ” Applegate, 42, told PEOPLE at the Fourth Annual Celebration of Dance Gala presented by The Dizzy Feet Foundation on Sunday.

“I’m sitting [there] in my head going, ‘Why isn’t she pointing her foot that way?! Someone needs to go in there and fix her foot!’”

Applegate, who can no longer dance herself because of injuries — but still occasionally guest-judges on So You Think You Can Dance, grew up with an extreme passion for the sport.

“It was my secret thing I did that nobody knew I did,” Applegate shares. “I could go to classes and not have anyone bother me. And I did it for years up until I got pregnant with my daughter.”

As soon as Sadie was born, the new mom knew she wanted to pass her love of dance on to her little girl.

“I now have to live vicariously through my daughter,” says Applegate. “I watch her and help her speak through her body — channel her emotions and her joy through her body. [I help her] get grounded, get all that stuff out.”

However, there is a fine line and even Applegate realizes she has been known to occasionally cross it.

“I was stretching her point today. I was like, ‘Let me stretch your point a little bit, Sades. Not for any particular reason — just giving you a little massage.’ I tricked her!” she admits.

– Matthew Cole Weiss

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Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit coming to Toronto

Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibit coming to Toronto

Jean-Michel Basquiat had a short life, but the artist's exploration of New York street culture has become legendary.Basquiat, who died in 1988 at age 27 of a drug overdose, gained international recognition by creating powerful works that confronted issues of racism, politics and social hypocrisy, paving the way for black American artists. An exhibition featuring his work is making its only Canadian stop at the Art Gallery of Ontario this winter.Opening Feb. 7, "Basquiat" will feature more than 140 large-scale paintings and drawings from private collections and public museums across Europe and North America. It is the first thematic examination of his work.Though Basquiat was not a street artist, his work was linked to the urban environment, beginning in conceptual graffiti, referencing street art in his paintings and using salvaged materials such as abandoned doors and packing crates as canvases, the AGO said Thursday in a release.In 1976, Basquiat and his friend Al Diaz began spraypainting the walls of lower Manhattan. He started a noise rock band, appeared in Edo Bertoglio's indie film "Downtown 81" and struck up a friendship with Andy Warhol.In 1982, when he was 21, his first solo show sold out. The sudden popularity gave him the opportunity to share ideas with David Bowie, briefly date Madonna and appear in music videos and on the cover of Time Magazine.Contemporary rap artists, including Jay-Z, Macklemore and Kanye West have referred to him in their lyrics.Austrian art historian and critic Dieter Buchhart is curating the show, which will run until May 10 and then travel to Rio de Janeiro next July.
Kelsey Grammer Welcomes Son Kelsey Gabriel Elias

Kelsey Grammer Welcomes Son Kelsey Gabriel Elias

It’s a boy!

Kelsey Grammer is a father for the sixth time after welcoming his second child with wife Kayte on Tuesday, July 22, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

Son Kelsey Gabriel Elias Grammer was born at 8:28 a.m. in Los Angeles, weighing 8 lbs., 2 oz.

“We are blessed and excited to have this lovely young man join our family — he is magnificent,” the proud parents say in a statement.

“Our son will be called Gabriel as there is a tradition in our family of going by our middle names,” Grammer, 59, adds.

Courtesy Grammer Family


The couple’s new baby boy joins the actor’s big brood, including their 2-year-old daughter Faith Evangeline Elisa and Grammer’s four children – Spencer, 30, Greer, 22, Mason, 12, and Jude, 9 — from previous relationships.

Grammer’s new show, Partners, premieres Aug. 4 at 9 p.m. on FX.

Entertainment Tonight was the first to report the news.

– Anya Leon with reporting by Elizabeth Leonard

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Weird Al’s wonderful week: 8 videos in 8 days equal Billboard glory and viral success

Weird Al’s wonderful week: 8 videos in 8 days equal Billboard glory and viral success

'Weird Al' Yankovic's viral parodies propel him to top of the charts Mandatory Fun sells 104,000 copies in first week, videos garner more than 46 million viewsCBC News Posted: Jul 24, 2014 9:49 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 24, 2014 9:49 AM ET'Weird Al' Yankovic posed for this portrait last week in Los Angeles. His new album Mandatory Fun debuted at No. 1 on the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart with just under 104,000 units sold. (Casey Curry/Invision/AP)Related StoriesWeird Al Yankovic's newest video directed by Picnicface star External LinksWeird Al Offical Website (Note: CBC does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of external links.)'Weird Al' Yankovic is laughing all the way to the top of the charts after his new album Mandatory Fun​ sells 104,000 copies in its first week, making him No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard charts and No. 3 in Canada.That's a personal best for the Grammy-winning parodist, who's been making comedy albums for more than 30 years.Watch all of Weird Al's new videos here Weird Al Yankovic's newest video has Canadian connection His renewed relevance was no doubt boosted by his clever "8 videos in 8 days"​ campaign which released daily Vevo and YouTube videos parodying top hits like Happy and Royals. The collection garnered huge media attention and racked up more than 46 million views online.Viewers have clicked on Yankovic's Word Crimes video – a grammatically correct send-up of Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines – more than 10 million times alone.'Weird Al' Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million albums sold. Report TypoSend Feedback
Neil Young, Feist, Margaret Atwood enlisted for David Suzuki tour

Neil Young, Feist, Margaret Atwood enlisted for David Suzuki tour

Award-winning scientist, environmentalist and CBC broadcaster David Suzuki is enlisting the talents of Canadians like musicians Neil Young, Feist, and Barenaked Ladies and author Margaret Atwood in a campaign and speaking tour to change Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.In what is being billed as possibly Suzuki's last national speaking tour, The Blue Dot Tour will bring a changing lineup of homegrown performers, artists and leaders to 20 Canadian communities starting this September.The goal of the concert/speaking series —​ as expressed in this promotional video — is citizen engagement and the ultimate aim of having "the right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food" added to the Charter.Among those joining Suzuki on the tour are Blue Rodeo singer and guitarist Jim Cuddy, celebrated humanitarian Stephen Lewis and children's entertainer Raffi.The complete roster is here:Neil Young has been an outspoken critic of the federal government’s role in the development of Northern Alberta oil sands. (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)Margaret Atwood is known for addressing social, political and environmental matters in her fiction.Margaret Atwood Robert Batemen Barenaked Ladies Bruce Cockburn Jim Cuddy Cris Derksen Feist Jeremy Fisher Grimes Emily Haines from Metric Jenn Grant Greg Keelor Chantal Kreviazuk Shane Koyczan Stephen Lewis Joe MacInnis Raine Maida Joel Plaskett Jimmy Shaw from Metric Kinnie Star Raffi Royal Wood Neil Young Tickets range in price depending on the venue, but prices for the Nov. 9 show in Vancouver — featuring Neil Young, Feist, Shane Koyczan, Raine Maida and Raffi — start at $51.25 and go as high as $175.75, according to Ticketmaster.A complete list of tour dates can be found on The Blue Dot website.
Is the National Gallery’s flagship summer exhibit a bust?

Is the National Gallery’s flagship summer exhibit a bust?

What was meant to be the National Gallery of Canada's summer blockbuster exhibition, featuring the works of 19th century artist Gustave Doré, is struggling to attract visitors.Over the past five years, summer exhibitions have attracted between 60,668 and 230,146 visitors.The Doré exhibition is more than a third of the way through its June 12 to Sept. 14 run but has only drawn 16,777 visitors.The director of communications for Ottawa Tourism says she doesn't think tourist numbers are to blame for the lower turnout."June and July have really been good from a hotel occupancy point of view, as well as from festivals and outdoor outfitters. We've been hearing good things," said Jantine Van Kregten."There's different issues that have an impact on museum attendance. It depends on their exhibits, definitely — whether it's from of-the-moment or a recognizable name, people like Renoir or Van Gogh, that's a brand that people know."Gustave Doré ... I think he's less well-known, but in terms of critics, art critics writing about the exhibit, they rave about it. It really is unique."Josée-Britanie Mallet, a spokeswoman for the National Gallery, said construction nearby on Sussex Drive has detracted visitors.She hopes more visitors will come to the gallery to learn about Doré — whose artwork includes large-scale canvases, huge Baroque sculptures, ink drawings and intricate engravings — even if he isn't a household name."Until they see the artwork, they don't know who Gustave Doré is," said Mallet.Number of visitors to exhibits | Create Infographics
Kim Kardashian Reveals North West Took First Steps, Posts Sweet Instagram Photo

Kim Kardashian Reveals North West Took First Steps, Posts Sweet Instagram Photo

She just celebrated her first birthday on June 15, and now little North West has hit another big milestone.

Gushing mom Kim Kardashian revealed Wednesday that her growing bundle of joy has taken her first steps.

The reality star, 33, shared the happy news on Instagram, posting a photo of her planting a sweet kiss on North’s cheek as the wee one stayed all bundled up in a yellow towel.

“Our baby girl finished one week of swimming lessons today then took her 1st steps right when she got out of the pool!!!! Mommy & Daddy are so proud of you!!!!” she wrote.

Of course, Kardashian made sure to give a shout-out to proud pop Kanye West, 37, who played shutterbug for their daughter’s big day.

“Photo cred: Daddy,” she added to the caption.

The elated parents, who tied the knot in an extravagant wedding celebration in May that hopped from France to Italy, celebrated North’s first birthday last month with a pull-out-all-the-stops bash.

Dubbed “Kidchella,” the party was held at Kourtney Kardashian‘s new home in Calabasas, California, and featured an on-site Ferris wheel, teepees and carts offering lemonade and churros.

“Kim and Kanye made sure it was very special,” a source told PEOPLE. “All the kids had the best time.”

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Alan Ruck and Mireille Enos Welcome Son Larkin Zouey

Alan Ruck and Mireille Enos Welcome Son Larkin Zouey

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Mireille Enos is a mom again!

The Killing star and her husband, actor Alan Ruck, welcomed their second child together, son Larkin Zouey, on Wednesday, July 23, in Los Angeles, their rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Arriving at  7:07 a.m., Larkin weighed in at 7 lbs., 3 oz.

“We are awestruck by the arrival of our little boy,” the couple say in a statement. “The whole thing is a miracle.”

The pair are already parents to 3½-year-old daughter Vesper Vivienne, who told PEOPLE in February that she was looking forward to being an older sister. “I’m excited to meet MY baby,” she said at the time.

Ruck, 58, who is best known for his roles in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Spin City, is also dad to daughter Emma and son Sam, from his previous marriage.

Enos, 38, can next be seen on the fourth season of The Killing, streaming on Netflix starting Aug. 1, and the YA tearjerker If I Stay, which hits theaters Aug. 22.

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Hemlock Grove’s Famke Janssen on loving villainous moms

Hemlock Grove’s Famke Janssen on loving villainous moms

Famke Janssen has been a Bond girl, and Wolverine's love interest, Dr. Jean Grey in X-Men.But in the Netflix original series Hemlock Grove, the actress has really found something to sink her teeth into.Hemlock Grove's Famke Janssen on loving villainous moms The series, shot in and around Toronto, is based on the popular vampire/werewolf novel of the same name by Brian McGreevy. It's executive produced by gore master Eli Roth (Hostel).In the fictional town of Hemlock Grove, everyone has secrets, but no one more than Janssen's character Olivia Godfrey.The matriarch of a wealthy family, Godfrey is an ageless beauty for a reason: she's a upir, a particularly powerful vampire of Eastern European origin.While the character is essentially a villain, her devotion to her son Roman is unquestionable – a theme explored in other TV characters, like Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones (played by Lena Headey), or Vera Farmiga's Norma Bates in The Bates Motel.In an interview with CBC Arts reporter Deana Sumanac, Janssen says the maternal instinct gives the audience a reason to care for these characters – even if they dislike them at the same time."I think at the core of most women who are mothers is this urge to, no matter what it takes, you protect your child. I mean, that's sort of a given and it's what everybody can relate to."Janssen says roles like these show why television – not film – offers some of the juiciest roles for actresses these days."My favourite time in film was the 1920s, 1930s," says Janssen of the roles available to women in movies."Since then, it just started to go down and down and down, to the nineties and two-thousands, until it just really stopped. So I think it's fantastic that there are more and more great female parts that we can turn to on places like Netflix."Watch Deana Sumanac's interview with Famke Janssen in the above video.Hemlock Grove Season 2 is now available on Netflix.
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