Daily Buzz 12.15.11

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    ‘The Help’ snags Golden Globe noms

    The Help has swept up some more nods for award season!

    It’s been announced that the film, which we gave an A-, has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards.

    The Help is up for Best Motion Picture (Drama), but that’s just the start. Viola Davis has been nominated for Best Actress in a Motion picture (Drama), while both Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain have a shot at Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.

    The Help also got a nod for Best Original Song with "The Living Proof" by Mary J. Blige.

    This news comes just one day after The Help was nominated for four SAG Awards.

    Find out how many awards The Help walks away with when the 69th Golden Globes airs January 15.

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    Mary J. Blige weighs in on Lil Kim vs. Nicki Minaj

    Lil Kim and Nicki Minaj have been going at it for a while, but how does Mary J. Blige feel about it?

    During a recent visit to WGCI in Chicago, the "25/8" singer said that she feels the beef is being fueled more by the people surrounding the femcees. Mary has worked with both, and she’d like to see them be cool enough with each other to do a three-way collaboration with her.

    "Kim is my friend, and I love and respect Nicki," Mary said. "Maybe one day it will happen. I’m hoping. We’ve just gotta all think positive."
     

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    Jennifer Hudson introduces book

    Jennifer Hudson’s got something to say about her upcoming book, I Got This. The "No One Gonna Love You" diva is explaining a little bit about her book, which talks about the journey she’s had in reshaping her body.

    "I’ve been the big girl and now I’m the new me—whatever that is," Jennifer said of her drastic transformation.  "I get to tell what it’s like on both sides and talk about my struggles."

    She admits that life on the other side of the scale has been an eye-opening adjustment.

    "I guess I was very surprised in seeing how important image is in the work that I do," Jen admits. "It was almost like a culture shock. It wasn’t what was important to me."
     

     

    I Got This hits retailers on January 10, but you can pre-order it from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

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    Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry auctioned off

    Elizabeth Taylor is still raking in the big bucks!  E! News reports that an auction of the actress’s legendary jewelry collection brought in $115 million.

    Kim Kardashian, a huge fan of Elizabeth’s, is rumored to be among the many undisclosed buyers. While the Elizabeth Taylor Trust declined to reveal whether the reality star paid $65,000 for three of Elizabeth’s jade and diamond bracelets, a source close to Kim confirmed the purchase.

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    Paris Jackson talks childhood

    Paris Jackson opened up about her very guarded childhood and her career aspirations on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

    Michael Jackson’s daughter told Ellen that she wasn’t crazy about having to grow up wearing masks, but she understood why her father made her and her brothers do it.

    "I kind of realized, the older I got, that he was only trying to protect us, and he explained that to us," Paris said.

    That protection allowed Paris to enter the school system in a fair amount of anonymity because no one knew she was famous.

     

    But the King of Pop also tried to protect his kids by sharing a few words of wisdom with them as they grew up, and that always stuck with Paris.

    "He said, ‘If I die tomorrow, always remember what I told you.’ And I took his advice and I remembered everything he told me." 

    One of the things Michael passed on to Paris is a love of acting. She’ll be showing off her acting chops in Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys. Find out how he helped hone her dramatic skills in the video below.
     

     

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    Ashanti drops new single

    Singer Ashanti is back with a new single, featuring Busta Rhymes.

    In the first track from Ashanti in years, “The Woman You Love,” the artist sings about trying to please her man.

    “Trying to see, trying to find, trying to be the woman you love. Tried everything, but it just don’t seem like it’s enough,” she sings.

    The entire track is due to hit iTunes tomorrow, but hear the snippet here.

     

    "The Woman You Love" will serve as the flagship single for Ashanti’s upcoming album, which will be released through her independent label as part of a new deal with eOne Music.
     

    “I’m so excited to have my own record label, Written Entertainment. With eOne as my distributor, I feel that their innovative and ambitious approach to the music industry, really gives my label a worldwide presence. They have the top radio people in the business and are hungry to win!" Ashanti said in a statement. "Ownership is so important. As a businesswoman, this was a great move for me!”

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    Bob Whitfield explains himself

    Bob Whitfield, ex-husband of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star, Sheree Whitfield, said that the wrinkled shirt he wore to court in a recent episode of the show was the best he could do.

    “That wrinkled shirt was a $300 wrinkled shirt,” he said in response to Phaedra Parks’s comment that he looked a “hot mess.”

    “I was not trying to look like a hobo,” he said. “It was one of those type of days where it definitely was hot outside. So wearing a suit wasn’t an option,” he said before explaining how his iron wasn’t working.

    If Bob doesn’t have enough money to buy himself a new iron or shirt, Sheree’s lawsuit against him may be a waste of time.

    Listen to Bob’s expletive-laden response below.

     

    —Sonya Eskridge and Tracy L. Scott

     

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