Music & Entertainment headlines of the week


“Twilight:Breaking Dawn 2 – Part 2″

The vamps and vampires of “Twilight: Breaking Dawn 2 — Part 2” have sunk their fangs into the domestic and global box office, and won’t let go. The franchise finale took in $17.4 million to claim its third consecutive weekend victory in North America, but it has been even more impressive overseas. Skyfall” finished a close second in its fourth week with $17 million, to raise the domestic haul for the 23rd James Bond movie to $246 million. It was followed by “Lincoln,” “Rise of the Guardians” and “Life of Pi.” The Brad Pitt crime drama “Killing Them Softly” tanked in its debut, bringing in a disappointing $7 million.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

Movie producer Jeffrey Katzenberg was presented with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ coveted Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in Los Angeles on Saturday night, December 1.

The DreamWorks executive, best known for producing animated franchises like “Shrek” and Disney hits “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” picked up the prize at the annual Governors Awards dinner in Los Angeles.

Gary Busey

The Good News: Broke ass actor Gary Busey officially closed his bankruptcy case this month!!!!

The Bad News: Despite wiping over $50k in debt from his name — he’s still in the hole OVER $450,000.

Busey got to keep all his assets (all $26k worth of them) and was able to free himself of $57,303.63 worth of debt to various creditors … like banks, utility companies and doctors.  But the good news stops there … because according to docs Gary still owes $451,297.33 in state and federal taxes, which FYI — are NOT eligible to be cleared.

Translation: Gary’s case is closed — but he’s still got MAJOR money problems.

Jake Owen

Jake Owen says he didn’t think his world could get any better. He tweets that having a child and a number-one country song in the same week is something he’ll never forget. His wife Lacey gave birth to their first child, Olive Pearl, on Thanksgiving.

New Year’s Eve without Dick Clark

ABC is turning its first New Year’s Eve without Dick Clark in 4 decades partly into a celebration of the showbiz impresario’s life. Clark, who originated the annual “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special in 1971, died at age 82 in April. Fergie and Jenny McCarthy will host a 2-hour tribute to Clark that will air at 8 p.m. ET on New Year’s Eve.

Trace Adkins

Trace Adkins says he’s a proud American who is against any kind of oppression. But he is catching some flak for wearing an earpiece decorated like the Confederate flag the other night when he performed at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting in New York. Adkins says he meant no offense saying the flag motif represents his Southern heritage.

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood will play Maria in a remake of  “The Sound of Music.” Underwood will star in a live performance based on the musical. NBC will air it in December of next year.

Lady Antebellum

It’s a Lady Antebellum Christmas — at least on the tube. Lady-A will headline the “Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade” TV special and will perform a song from their new holiday album. Brad Paisley is also scheduled to appear. The show starts at 10:00 a.m. on Christmas day.


Cher is planning her first album in 12 years. Billboard magazine reports the album will come out in late March. Cher released a dance single called “Woman’s World” in November.

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