Sep 29, 2011, 6:03 p.m.
Witnesses describe chaotic scene at Jackson home
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A former bodyguard for Michael Jackson testified on Thursday that the pop star's doctor asked him to grab vials of medicine and an IV bag before an ambulance was called for Jackson the day he died. Witnesses on the third day of the involuntary manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray over Jackson's 2009 death described a chaotic scene at the singer's mansion that day, and attorneys for the physician challenged their recollections.
Elton John brings "million dollar piano" to Vegas
LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Singer Elton John opened his new Las Vegas act at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, tickling the ivories on his new "million dollar piano" nicknamed Blossom that lit up to reflect the mood of each song. "The Million Dollar Piano" show marks the beginning John's three-year residency at Caesar's theater, The Colosseum, and Wednesday's performance was the first of 16 shows scheduled through October. A second series begins in February.
Holly Madison insures breasts for $1 million
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Reality TV star and model Holly Madison has insured her breasts for $1 million with Lloyd's of London, she told People magazine on Thursday. Madison, 31, said she took out the policy to protect herself and others in her Las Vegas production, "Peepshow."
T-Pain puts his own effect into new "T-Pain Mic"
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rapper T-Pain is known for using the Auto-Tune pitch corrector, which disguises off-key singing and allows for perfectly tuned vocals, and for all those who want to sound like him, he has a microphone for you. T-Pain told Reuters that when others started referring to his signature style as "The T-Pain Effect," he quickly trademarked the term and went to work to create a brand.
Rapper T.I. completes sentence at Atlanta halfway house
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Grammy Award-winning rapper T.I. was released early on Thursday from the federal halfway house in Atlanta where he finished up an 11-month sentence on weapons possession and drug charges, a prison official said. The 31-year-old Atlanta entertainer, whose real name is Clifford Harris, was assigned to the halfway house for the last month of his sentence after being released August 31 from a federal prison in Arkansas.
Warner Bros puts your face in Facebook Web series
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warner Bros. on Thursday will unveil a Web show from "Charlie's Angels" director McG that seeks to create a new genre the studio calls a "social series" by taking pictures, music and information from a viewer's Facebook page and putting it in the video. The series, "Aim High," marks one more way in which Hollywood's studios are trying to engage younger audiences on social media websites that have become competition for films, TV shows and other forms of entertainment.
Russian director of "Seventeen Moments of Spring" dies
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian film and TV director Tatyana Lioznova, best known for her series "Seventeen Moments of Spring," died on Thursday in Moscow, state TV reported. She was 87. The Muscovite was a darling of the Soviet film industry, directing much-loved classics such as "Three Poplars at Plyushchikha Street" and "The Carnival," which centered around life in the Russian capital.