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Katherine Jackson Finally Speaks Out On Family Drama In An ABC News Exclusive

My Children Would Never Hold Me Against My Will!

I was beginning to think we’d never hear from the woman herself, but Katherine Jackson, the matriarch of The Jackson family has finally broken her silence about the recent, troubling goings-on in her family. Yesterday we saw video surveillance footage of a dispute between Janet Jackson and her niece Paris, and we also learned that Katherine Jackson‘s guardianship over her grandchildren (Paris, Prince and Blanket) was revoked. The children are now in the care of their cousin, TJ Jackson. Katherine Jackson says her piece about all this, inside.
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Confirmed: Kristen Stewart Issues A Statement Apologizing For Cheating On Robert Pattinson [UPDATE]

"I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused ..."

Earlier today the world was ROCKED by a report that Twilight star Kristen Stewart cheated on her boyfriend Robert Pattinson with an older married man. Just moments ago, K. Stew CONFIRMED that she cheated on Rob with the very married 41 year old director Rupert Sanders (who she worked with on Snow White and the Huntsman). As you may recall, photos of Kristen canoodling with Sanders came to light in the pages of US Weekly magazine and now we know the truth from Kristen herself. Dang. Click below to read the full text of K. Stew‘s mea culpa statement. UPDATE: Rupert Sanders has also issued an official statement/apology which you can also read in full below. More »

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Mariah Carey Confirmed To Judge ‘American Idol’

Done Deal

First, it started as a rumor … then the rumor began to gain traction … today we learn officially that popstar Mariah Carey has signed on as a judge for the forthcoming season of American Idol. Fox revealed the news just moments ago at an event in Beverly Hills. According to sources, Mimi is set to make somewhere between $12 and $17 million to judge American Idol next season … putting her on par with the salary that Britney Spears is making to judge The X Factor. Click below to learn more about the deets of MC‘s new job on AI. More »

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Guns, Moms, And ‘The Dark Knight Rises’: Playing The Blame Game In The Face Of Tragedy

What I Learned After Aurora

PITNB’s NEW popCULTURE CLUB: theoretically putting the “culture” back in “pop culture,” one post at a time…

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This past weekend we all pointed fingers in one direction or another. Most of us pointed at a 24-year old gunman who took lives which were not his to take. Some of us pointed at guns and gun legislation. Others pointed at mothers– mothers who took their children to a midnight movie showing at a theatre in Aurora, Colorado and a mother who may have seen something important in her child that she did not address soon enough. Even a movie, The Dark Knight Rises, saw its fair share of blame. Inadvertently or otherwise, many of us referred to the Colorado massacre as ‘The Dark Knight Rises shooting,’ and headlines made note of the killer’s references to himself as The Joker. When we cannot comprehend an act (either of beauty or malice), it’s natural and important for us to figure out the individual person or thing responsible. Children want to know where babies come from, adults want to know where humans come from, and we all want to know how a tragedy occurs. But in seeking that knowledge, I find that we inevitably participate in the blame game which is– perhaps– how our society arrives at certain tragedies in the first place.
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At Least 12 Dead, 59 Wounded In Mass Shooting At Colorado Screening Of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ [UPDATE]

Masked Gunman Opens Fire in a Packed Movie Theater

Really terrible and very scary breaking news to share … a gunman opened fire inside a movie theater in Aurora, CO early this morning at one of the first showings of The Dark Knight Rises. According to reports, a heavily armed 24 year old male — wearing a gas mask and bullet proof vest — stormed a packed movie theater and first released gas canisters (possibly tear gas) and or an explosive device before he indiscriminately fired upon people in the audience with 4 weapons. As it stands now, 14 people are reported killed with 50 more people injured UPDATE: the number of dead has been lowered to 12, number of injured has been raised to 59. CNN is reporting that 10 of the dead were killed on the scene, in the theater and the 2 others died later at the hospital. Click below to read more and watch disturbing and frantic cell phone video that was filmed by a movie goer on the scene just after the shooting took place. More »

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Will Sam Claflin Play Finnick Odair In ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’?

Rumor Has It ...

Back in May we learned that auditions for the forthcoming sequel film The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had begun and at the time 3 high profile actors were said to be in the running for the highly coveted role of Finnick Odair. It is now mid-July and, according to reports, none of those actors have secured the role … but we are hearing that a different actor has been offered the role. Sam Claflin, the British actor who played the minor role of William in Snow White and the Huntsman, has reportedly been offered the role of Finnick Odair … all he has to do, the report claims, is say yes. More »

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Disney/Pixar Announces A ‘Finding Nemo’ Sequel Is On The Way

Andrew Stanton will Direct!

Later this year Disney/Pixar will re-release a 3D version of the animated film Finding Nemo. Today we learn that plans have been announced for a proper sequel to Finding Nemo … a new film that will be directed by Andrew Stanton — the man who directed the original film. True, Stanton is also the director responsible for the embarrassing $200 million dollar flop John Carter but clearly Disney has faith that he will be able to rebound with a new Finding Nemo film. More »

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Watch: Showtime Releases The First 2 Minutes Of ‘Dexter’ Season 7

"Dexter, what the f*ck? How did he end up wrapped in plastic on the altar?"

OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! The moment that Dexter fans have been DYING for since the final seconds of the season six finale episode aired last year has finally come. Showtime has released the first 2 minutes from the premiere episode of the seventh season of Dexter. The time for pussyfooting about the season six reveal is over — Dexter‘s sister Deb caught him red handed with one of his murder victims at the very end of season 6. The 2 minute clip below shows us what happens next. Folks, you’re gonna wanna watch this video. More »

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PITNB’s Top 40 Songs Of Summer 2012… So Far

Yes, There Is One Bieber Song.

At the end of June we got to relive and re-lurve some of our fave jams from the past with a list of the 10 hottest summer hits of the past decade. And of course, there was a separate page for Britney Spears songs alone, thanks to some gentle prodding from readers. Wink. But since there’s no time like the present, PITNB is ready to rep for the music of 2012. Here are our picks for the very best summer jams out right now. Most tracks (or videos) were released between May and July of this year, and all tracks are guaranteed to leave you feeling all warm and gooey inside. So you might wanna turn on the AC; our top 40 do not play around.
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Happy Birthday, Trent Vanegas!!!

A Birthday Lurve Supreme!

PITNBrs, what do we give to our favorite celebrity blogger who has everything? Well, I can think of, like, 3 things he might find useful, and ya’ll can help me with the rest. Birthday Lurve for Trent goin’ down inside!!!
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