(via Sound Off: Amy Winehouse, Trent Reznor & Karen O, Foster the People)

Although the days are certifiably shorter, they seem much, much longer and the silver lining to that is having more time to listen to new music.

This weeks biggest releases include Amy Winehouse‘s posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures,  Trent Reznor & Karen O’s cover of “Immigrant Song” for David Fincher‘s new film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and the music video for Foster The People’s “Call It What You Want.

The Week’s Best Album: Amy Winehouse – “Our Day Will Come”

Ever since the untimely death of Amy Winehouse this past July, there’s been a lot of buzz around the album she was working on.

That album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures was released this week to both critical and commercial success. The album is projected to top the charts upon it’s release.

Winehouse, a notoriously tortured soul, seemingly poured everything she had left into this album. Eerily, it’s as if she knew her time was fleeting.

The Week’s Best Single: Karen O with Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross

In the way that Amy took the sounds from a different time and updated them, Trent Reznor and Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs took a song from a different time, Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song” and updated it for David Fincher’s up and coming film The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The song is a much harder, electronic look at one of the most notable rocks songs ever recorded. Only the Nine Inch Nails’ Reznor (who won an Oscar for his work on Fincher’s The Social Network) could have executed the task with this much respect, his work giving the track a smashing individuality.  Tahe integrity of the song is preserved but the places to which Reznor takes his version are sexy and industrial, readying us for the pace, tempo and feel of the movie.

This little taste leaves me desperate and excited to hear what Reznor has in store for the entire soundtrack.

The Week’s Best Music Video: Foster The People – “Call It What You Want”

Call It What You Want” solidifies Foster The People‘s claim on the kingdom of catchy hooks. But it’s their precocious music videos that make them stand out as artists.  “Call It What You Want” was directed by Ace Norton but the surreal adventure could have easily come from the mind of famed music vid director Michel Gondry.

The whole video is abstract and absurd, and there are some visually stunning scenes that make you have to go back for a re-watch. Could anyone ever  tire of a group of gorgeous girls in white t-shirts (that spell out Foster) whose shootings splatter blue blood?

This isn’t the band’s first time working with Norton, he was also behind the camera for their “Helena Beats” music video which is equally awesome and trippy.

–Sabrina Cognata


Lady Gaga: I Don’t Want to Die Like Princess Diana

Will Lady Gaga die as a “martyr for fame” one day like Princess Diana did in 1997? She seems to fear so.

“Gaga has been absolutely fixated on Diana and sees herself as a 21st-century incarnation of her,” a source told The Sun. “She knows she is almost as recognizable as Diana and is hounded by photographers and fans on the same level. Gaga has had dreams about dying the same way as her and has genuine fears that her fame could literally kill her, either in a chase or at the hands of crazies.”

Lady Gaga is currently working on a song about Princess Diana, and already has one single — “Paparazzi” — that discusses the downside of fame. Her bloody performance of the latter song at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards featured a staged death in which the pop star hung from the ceiling.

Do you think Lady Gaga is paranoid or prescient?


Indiana Jones Whip on the Auction Block

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If you’ve ever had an urge to own the Indiana Jones whip used by Harrison Ford in “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” you’ll want to be in London on December 15, when it goes on the auction block at Bonhams.

The original bullwhip from the 1981 movie is expected to go for between $48,000 and $56,000, and comes with a letter of authenticity from Kit West, who was in charge of the film’s special effects.

The Indiana Jones whip is the latest of several high-profile auctions of celebrity memorabilia. In October, we saw Marilyn Monroe‘s wedding ring and John Lennon‘s tooth go on the auction block. And in November, Amy Winehouse‘s “Back to Black” dress and a Steven Tyler Cabbage Patch doll were up for sale.


The Seven Tweets of the Day (Anderson Cooper, Seinfeld, Mitt Romney…)

Celebs tweet the darndest things. Every weekday, filters out the fluff to bring you’s Seven Celebrity Tweets of the Day. From the funny to the controversial and the plain old weird, check back each day to get a handle on our top tweets!


Jennifer Aniston Named Most-Preferred Holiday Dinner Guest

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Most Americans would prefer Jennifer Aniston to sit beside them at their holiday table over any other celebrity, according to a HomeGoods survey. The actress won 30 percent of the vote; Kate Middleton came in second with 21 percent of votes, while Aniston’s ex-husband Brad Pitt got 16 percent of the vote.

And the chef they’d most like to prepare their holiday meal? Paula Deen, Gordon Ramsay and Martha Stewart, in that order. When it’s time to party, though, most Americans would like to do so with Rachael Ray (31 percent) and Jay Leno (17 percent).

The HomeGoods online survey polled 1,008 U.S. residents. Do you agree with its findings?


LA’s Nightclub King Sells His Architectural House for $1.46m (Photo Gallery)

Brent Bolthouse is a major Hollywood player, his empire controlling the nightclubs where the prettiest young things get their groove on. The owner of an esteemed John Lautner-designed property known as the Polin House, Bolthouse has now sold the collectible 3BR/2BA property for $1.46 million, just shy of its $1.495 listing price.

As a club promoter turned DJ, Bolthouse has spun at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show after party, Sundance Film Festival, the Ray Ban Awards, but it is his Bolthouse Productions company for which he’s most well known, and with whom he’s owned and opened LA nightclubs such as Babylon, Opium Den and Avalon, as well as Body English at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Together with Sam Nazarian, Bolthouse has also played part in opening restaurants such as Katsuya, lounge bars like Hyde and the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills.

He has played himself on “Entourage,” “LA Ink” and “The Hills.”


Trim the Tree With This Prince William and Kate Middleton Christmas Ornament

Royal Crown Derby has produced a luxurious limited-edition Prince William and Kate Middleton Christmas ornament. The oval bauble was designed by June Branscombe; it features the royals’ initials underneath a crown and is hand-finished in 22-karat gold.

The ornaments were created “to celebrate the newlyweds’ first Christmas,” according to Royal Crown Derby. Only 1,500 were made — at a cost of £85 apiece — so if you want one, you’ll have to act quickly.

If you’re not keen on trimming your tree with the British royals, perhaps ornaments featuring “Jersey Shore” royalty would suit you.


Daniel Radcliffe Named Entertainment Weekly’s 2011 Entertainer of the Year

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Daniel Radcliffe was named Entertainment Weekly’s 2011 Entertainer of the Year, narrowly beating out Adele for the annual honor.

“Ultimately, there was one person who made the most sense,” said EW editor Jess Cagle on “Good Morning America.” “[He is] the nicest guy with one of the brightest futures in Hollywood. There’s nothing he can’t do.”

The Entertainment Weekly editor also noted that despite Radcliffe’s skyrocketing fame, he didn’t suffer a breakdown or “derail” like so many other entertainment figures have in the past: “He was never busted. Never went outside without his panties on.”

What do you think of Entertainment Weekly’s pick for the 2011 Entertainer of the Year?


Alec Baldwin Kicked Off American Airlines Flight

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Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight yesterday after the actor wouldn’t stop playing Words With Friends. After shutting the cabin door, flight attendants reportedly asked Baldwin to turn off his phone.

Baldwin then went to the bathroom, and that’s where the accounts of passengers and those close to Baldwin differ. Eyewitnesses say he slammed the bathroom door shut, while Baldwin’s camp maintains that he merely stood up to find out the name of the flight attendant. Either way, the captain got involved at that point and had him removed from the plane.

Zynga, the company who makes Words With Friends, responded quickly after news broke of Alec Baldwin getting kicked off the American Airlines flight. Dani Dudeck of Zynga tweeted the image on the left in support. The graphic proclaims in Scrabble-like fashion, “Let Alec Play. Zynga.”


JWoww Heats Up the Maxim January 2012 Issue (Photo Gallery)


Curvaceous “Jersey Shore” star Jenni Farley, better known as JWoww, landed the cover of the Maxim January 2012 issue, and she couldn’t be happier about it.

“I cried when I found out,” she told the mag. “I was jumping up and down and totally bugging out. This is probably my highest accomplishment. This is the most fun I’ve ever had on a shoot, because it was Jersey Shore meets sexy Maxim. That’s what I loved about it.”

Ture Lilegraven photographed the cover and editorial for Maxim, and judging by the comments on JWoww’s Facebook page, fan reception is mixed. One commenter wrote, “You looked so pretty before, please stop the procedures!” Another offered her support, writing, “You are beautiful!” See them for yourself below.