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INDUSTRY NEWS
Sources Report Celebrities Are Being Paid to Attend Coachella


Being famous has its perks, sure. But when does the line between cult of celebrity and human advertisement begin to blur?

It appears that some stars have already begun to cross this line.

Recently, The Daily News reported that a number of celebrities were being paid to attend Coachella, the California music festival. Among them, the anonymous source reported, were Lea Michele and Aaron Paul. The two would be compensated by Lacoste, the clothing company, which offered Michele $20,000 to sport their products to the festival. Paul was reportedly offered $15,000.

SILVER SCREEN
Amy Poehler, Tina Fey Reuniting for New Movie

Amy Poehler is in final negotiations to star alongside Tina Fey in the comedy The Nest. The movie is set to be released by Universal who also behind their 2008 movie Baby Mama.

Poehler and Fey will be playing sisters who decide that before selling their parent’s house that they need to throw one last big party in it.

The movie will be directed by Jason Moore who also directed Pitch Perfect, and was written by Saturday Night Live writer Paula Pell.

Seeing as how funny these two ladies have been while hosting the Golden Globes the past two years, this movie is sure to be just as entertaining.

CELEB SPOTTINGS
Artist Appreciation Lounge at the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards!

As if the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards weren't exciting enough, The Dick Clark Productions hosted an artist appreciation gathering at a lounge at the MGM in Las Vegas! And we have all the details!

Presented by Dickies and Hello Products, the production was a start studded affair. A few of the notable people in attendence included Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Jamie Lynn Spears, Danielle Bradbury, Kellie Pickler, Kacey Musgraves, Tom Green, Cassadee Pope, Chuck Wicks, Kip Moore, Dustin Lynch, the Swon Brothers, Craig Campbell, Easton Corbin, Austin Webb, Tyler Farr, Justin Moore, Randy Houser, and Brantly Gilbert.

Many of the artists did a series of radio interviews, and of course Dickies was on sight to style the stars as Hello Products kept their breath fresh all weekend!

INDUSTRY NEWS
Mickey Rooney Dies at Age 93

Hollywood icon Mickey Rooney died on April 6 at the age of 93 with his cause of death still yet to be released. The actor’s career spanned over nine decades and throughout it he received two Academy Awards, the Academy Juvenile Award in 1939 and an Honorary Academy Award in 1983, two Golden Globes and one Emmy Award.

Rooney, whose real name is Joseph Yule Jr. was born on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn and started performing in his family’s vaudeville act at a young age. After his parents divorced he moved to Hollywood with his mother where he starred in a series of seventy-eight short films as “Mickey McGuire.” He signed with MGM at the age of 14 and starred in multiple films with Judy Garland. He also starred in the popular Andy Hardy film series which brought him much success.

CELEB SPOTTINGS
Julianne Moore Spotted on a Double Date in Manhattan

New York City is full of wonderful restaurants. Whether you're in the mood for something simple, authentic, all-natural, or entirely bizarre, there is a menu and setting for you.

Last night, actress Julianne Moore found what she was looking for at Manon, a modern American restaurant, bar and lounge located in the Meatpacking District. With husband Bar Freudlich in tow, the two enjoyed a couple’s night with New York Knick, Tyson Chandler, and his wife Kimberly.

The stars were seated in the private alcove and enjoyed an intimate dinner consisting of Japanese eggplant, Amish chicken, striped bass, and more!

SILVER SCREEN
Best Of: Party Movies

Since it's World Party Day, Joonbug.com is trying to make sure you get the most out of your partying experience! The rules of the holiday demand that you celebrate in whatever way makes you happy, meaning you don't have to go out. Should you chose to party on the couch, here are the ten best movies to help get you in the spirirt:

10) 16 CANDLES

A classic Molly Ringwald movie about growing up! High schooler Sam struggles with love and loneliness while everyone around her enjoys dances, weddings, and afterparties, celebrating everything...except Sam's 16th birthday.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Adrien Brody Transforms in New MANHATTAN Magazine

For their upcoming April issue, MANHATTAN magazine chatted with actor Adrien Brody, who is most known for his Oscar-winning performance in Roman Polanski’s 2003 drama, The Pianist. This is not to be outshined, however, by a few very sexy Gillette commercials he's starred in. He is currently on location in Australia filming a thriller called Backtrack (directed by Michael Petroni) but can be found on the big screen in the uproariously funny The Grand Budapest Hotel.

BLIND FATE
Justin Bieber to Possibly Reach Plea Deal in DUI Case

Justin Bieber may be catching a break in his Miami DUI case by getting a plea deal. After being arrested in January, the singer was charged with a DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a license.

TMZ is reporting that Bieber’s lawyers are working out a plea deal that would have him pleading no contest to reckless driving and having all three other charges dropped.

Although prosecutors are no longer seeking to have the singer submit to random drug testing Bieber may still get one year of probation.

The plea deal could be “finalized in days” according to TMZ.

INDUSTRY NEWS
Frankie Knuckles, Godfather of House, Dies at 59

The Godfather of House music, Frankie Knuckles, passed away yesterday afternoon, March 31st, at the age of 59. It is believed he died due to complications with type II diabetes.

Frankie Knuckles was a successful NYC disco DJ in the 70’s, and as disco began to struggle, Knuckles opened his own club in Chicago, The Warehouse, where he could play his own style of music. His first forays involved remixing his favorite tracks simply to extend their length, giving world and soul music the traditional disco treatment. This latter-day disco fused with soul and became its own genre, so strongly associated with the Warehouse that it was dubbed House music. As his music grew in popularity and reputation, the black, gay audience of the Warehouse became increasingly white and straight, and Knuckles left in 1982.

TV TALK
Chelsea Handler to Leave E! Show

Chelsea Handler will end her E! show Chelsea Lately when her contract expires at the end of the year. While being interviewed by Howard Stern on March 5th, Handler said that E! is, “a sad, sad place to live,” and that, “They don’t know what they’re doing. They have no ideas. It’s a failure.”

Handler’s manager, Irving Azoff, told The Hollywood Reporter, “Chelsea intends to leave when her contract expires. She hired me to figure out her life after E!. We have at least seven suitors and many ideas.” Those "many ideas" include a possible radio show or another show on a different network.

TV TALK
@ColbertReport Incites Rage and Calls to #CancelColbert

@ColbertReport, an official Comedy Central twitter account not controlled by Stephen Colbert or The Colbert Report, released a tweet on Thursday that has spurred the Internet to rage. The tweet in question reads: “I am willing to show #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever.” The line was an exact quote from the show, but was tweeted without the context it had on the program, where it had been framed explicitly as a reaction to the creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.