Daily Buzz: 9.6.11

    Happy Birthday, Beyoncé!

    Beyoncé turned the big 3-0 with a wonderful weekend in Italy. People.com reports that Bey and hubby Jay-Z celebrated her birthday in Venice where they dined at "one of the city’s most celebrated restaurants."

    The couple was also spotted hosting a birthday party aboard the luxury yacht Odessa. Gwyneth Paltrow and Erykah Badu were among the well-wishers.

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    Eddie Murphy to host the Oscars!

    Eddie Murphy will keep things moving at the Oscars. Ceremony prodcuer Brett Ratner has just announced that Eddie will host the 84th Annual Academy Awards.

    “I am enormously honored to join the great list of past Academy Award hosts from Hope and Carson to Crystal, Martin and Goldberg, among others," Eddie said in a statement. "I’m looking forward to working with Brett and Don on creating a show that is enjoyable for both the fans at home and for the audience at the Kodak Theatre as we all come together to celebrate and recognize the great film contributions and collaborations from the past year.”

    This wouldn’t be the first time that Brett and Eddie have worked together. Brett directed the comedian’s upcoming film, Tower Heist.

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    Tiger Woods’ ex-wife ready to wed again

    A failed marriage to Tiger Woods hasn’t soured Elin Nordegren on the idea of holy matrimony. In fact, there are rumors that she’s ready to do it again!

    The National Enquirer reports that Elin plans to marry her new beau Jamie Dingman, and Tiger is not happy about it.

    “Tiger has always hoped, unrealistically, that he and Elin would get back together one day," a source close to Elin revealed, "but now she’s serving notice that he has lost her for good—and another man will be raising his kids.”

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    Chris Brown album on hold?

    Chris Brown may take a little longer to deliver his follow-up to F.A.M.E. than originally expected.

    Producer Kevin McCall revealed to Rap-Up.com that the new album, Fortune, will be out "sometime early next year." The album was originally slated for release later this year.

    "The Fortune album is really done. Chris Brown has four albums done if he wants to," said Kevin, who worked on nearly all of Fortune’s tracks with Chris.  "The album’s done. It’s great; I like it better than F.A.M.E. personally."
     

     

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    Jada thanks ‘HawthoRNe’ fans

    Jada Pinkett Smith looked on the bright side of things after TNT announced her drama series, “HawthoRNe,” would not be returning.

    Instead of condemning the network for giving her the axe, Jada focused on all the TV viewers who supported her show.

    “I want to say thank you to all the fans for being Hawthorne soldiers. All our facebook fans…twitter soldiers and viewers…you held us down,” she tweeted Friday.

    Jada, who has made a name for herself in both TV and film, assured her fans that the end of “HawthoRNe” isn’t the end of her career.

    “You know there is more to come…believe it!” she wrote.

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    ‘The Help’ remains on top

    For the third consecutive week, The Help has managed to remain in the No. 1 spot at the box office.

    The domestic total for the film has reached $123.4 million, according to “Access Hollywood,” earning $19 million over the Labor Day weekend.

    Some critics believe weak competition is one reason for the film’s success.

    The Help is literally in a league of its own at the end of a summer movie season where the competition was virtually non-existent,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a box-office analyst for Hollywood.com. “It’s a really good movie that happened to land in the perfect spot at the perfect time,” he told “Access Hollywood.”

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    Usher and Chelsea flirt

    Usher Raymond visited “Chelsea Lately” last night and offered up some banter that was definitely late-night appropriate.

     

    More than once, Usher made reference to his size, assuring Chelsea that he may have a baby face, but the rest of him is all man. He also invited Chelsea to join him in his hot tub.

    Usher also talked about raising his kids and his best quality as a dad. Watch the clip below.

     

    —Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

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