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Too Trans to Tango? U.S. Debates Chaz Bono on Reality TV

When Chaz Bono takes to the floor on American television's "Dancing with the Stars" later this month, he won't be lacking for fans -- or detractors.

The 42-year-old LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) activist formerly known as Chastity Bono is the first transgender contestant on the U.S. version of the globally popular reality television series.

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Ex-Spice Girl Brown Gives Birth to Daughter

It's a girl for singer Melanie Brown and her husband, Stephen Belafonte.

An e-mail from a representative for the former Spice Girl says the couple "welcomed their new baby girl in Los Angeles" on Thursday night.

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Bellucci Says Nude Scene an Act of Generosity

Actress Monica Bellucci says her decision to appear nude in her latest film "That Summer" was an act of generosity.

Bellucci said the request came at a "fragile moment as a woman," just a month and a half after giving birth. Bellucci said that when she accepts a role, she also trusts the director. She said she felt protected by director Philippe Garrel during the filming of the scene.

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Jet Li Subdues Demons in Fantasy Action Film

Veteran action star Jet Li and action director Tony Ching are expanding their repertoire into the children's fairy tale, but with an adult audience also in mind.

Their latest movie "The Sorcerer and the White Snake" made its world premier out of competition at the Venice Film Festival on Friday.

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Reality TV Show 'Russian Dolls' Stirs Controversy

A mother is lecturing her 23-year-old daughter about her love life, flailing a kitchen knife above her head for emphasis.

Mom's point: She'd like her immigrant daughter, from the former Soviet republic of Moldova, to marry a man with similar roots, keeping the family's East European Jewish tradition.

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Jad Shwery to Perform New Album Live

Lebanese singer Jad Shwery will be live at Riviera Hotel on 14 September to perform his new album release "3esh ha keda" (live it this way) along with all his previous hits and some covers, in a rock-solid and modern choreographed show.

His new album 3eshha keda (live it this way) will be released on the 1st of September.

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Marc Anthony to ABC: Split Not 'Sensationalistic'

Marc Anthony is setting the record straight on his breakup from Jennifer Lopez in an upcoming exclusive interview with ABC.

Anthony tells ABC's "Nightline" that the crumbling of their marriage "wasn't something sensationalistic."

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Maroon 5 Making Moves Thanks to 'Jagger,' 'Voice'

Before joining NBC's "The Voice," Adam Levine says some folks assumed he was some "singing bimbo that likes girls." So he's grateful to the show for providing a bit of clarification on his image.

"It was a nice opportunity to show my personality — that I have a brain," said the lead singer of Maroon 5. "It's also true: I am a bimbo and I like to sing and I like girls, but there's more to my personality; it's a little more dynamic than that, and I like to show that on the show. It's cool."

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Madonna Says She Identifies with Wallis Simpson

Madonna says the success of the Oscar-winning "The King's Speech" gives audiences a point of reference for her new film, "W.E."

Madonna's sophmore directorial effort tells the story of Wallis Simpson, the two-time American divorcee for whom Britain's King Edward XVI abdicated his throne in 1936. It makes its world premiere out of competition Thursday at the Venice Film Festival.

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25 Days of Music in Bucharest to Fight "Crisis Blues"

The 20th Enescu music festival opens Thursday in Bucharest for 25 days of concerts and operas with a prestigious line-up including conductors Daniel Barenboim and Zubin Mehta.

"In this time of financial crisis in Europe, I am very glad that the festival reminds people that spiritual enrichment is as important as material enrichment", Ioan Holender, the festival's director, told Agence France Presse.

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