Today would have been Amy Winehouse's 28th birthday. While we're still in shock over her passing, there's no denying what an amazing talent she was. If you need reminding, just watch her final recording, a duet with Tony Bennett that was released today. They sing "Body and Soul," and Winehouse's voice is as beautiful, smooth, and soulful as it ever was, and their interaction is sweet,and even a bit comforting. Watch the music video now.
The Beverly Wilshire Hotel in LA hosted a special UNICEF Ball last night to honor producer Jerry Weintraub. The man of the evening posed for photos on the blue carpet with George Clooney. Matt Damon posed alone, and his new movie, Invictus, is out today — read Buzz's review here. George's vacation buddies, Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber, stuck close together, though Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie skipped the flashbulbs and headed inside along with Elisabetta Canalis. Yesterday also marked Human Rights Day, which prompted Angelina to pen an article for Newsweek. She wrote about the ongoing crisis in Sudan, questioning the Obama administration's policies toward the country and its leaders on the same day the President picked up his Nobel Peace Prize.
Despite the day's heavy subject matter, Angelina seemed to keep it light inside the bash. She planted kisses on Jerry before he accepted an award from George, who lauded the producer by saying, "When it comes to charities, nobody guilts better." Angelina then moved on to show some affection to Muhammad Ali while an amused Brad laughed. Matt Damon linked up with his wife Luciana once inside, and George kept Elisabetta close during the dinner.
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John Mayer suited up and grabbed his guitar to perform at Susan and Tony Bennett's Exploring the Arts Gala, a fundraiser for school music programs, in NYC last night. Whoopi Goldberg played hostess for the evening and immediately pegged John as her new crush after his performance. John's Summer tour may be over, but he was happy to participate in the charity event, saying,"There's 12-year-old John Coltranes and Miles Davises walking around. They just don't know it yet." Sounds like John is ready to embrace some competition from the talented up-and-comers.
This couldn't have been a more surreal pairing last night — within the span of 20 minutes we saw James Taylor sing "You've Got a Friend," Tony Bennett sing, "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," and sing a duet together, which was awesome and warranted the held-up cell phone for my mom and then! We headed over to the Rock the Vote concert featuring Fall Out Boy for a whole different scene.
From fancy appetizers and mingling at the James Taylor show (it was an event in honor of Speaker Nancy Pelosi) where Rep. Charlie Rangel was working crowd control with his pretty impressive whistle (Seriously. It stopped people's cocktail chatter dead) to the crazy DJ/laser show/MTV crowd at Rock the Vote, I bet even Buzz's musical sensibilities would have had whiplash.
At Rock the Vote they had you text in why you think it's important to vote, which I did, saying that I wanted John McCain to be my next president (and apparently I got what they thought I deserved as I'm now signed up for some sort of update/alert service. Sigh.) It was awesome and like a crazy dream, and we're still both totally sleep deprived — but hey, if Nancy Pelosi can party like a rock star, well, I'll see if I can keep up.
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It may have been a looong Grammy Awards, but it was only more reason to keep the party going after the show ended. The stars got to mix and mingle with their fellow musicians at the Sony BMG Party, making for some predictable (and a few unlikely) pairings. Nicole and Joel were looking a little worn out, while Beyonce was practically glowing in yellow next to John Mayer, making her fourth outfit change of the night. Which B outfit was your favorite? Also, is it just us, or did John look a little too pretty-boy last night? Carrie Underwood naturally gravitated toward country star Brad Paisley, while Jay-Z looked absolutely thrilled to be posing with Chris Daughtry. We just wish we could eavesdrop on a few of their conversations, although something tell us that Amy Winehouse's performance was a hot topic across the board.
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Ryan Seacrest put his best hosting face forward at last night's Emmy Awards, but it was the round stage that really stole the show. The concept was cool, but it definitely made for some awkward moments, right? The Rainn Wilson/Kanye West version of Don't Forget The Lyrics was a highlight, along with Steve Carell "stealing" Ricky Gervais' Emmy. Dempsey = McDreamier than ever, yes? Christina/Tony also did a great job at a show that was obviously paying homage to Bennett in a lot of ways (icymi, check out the performance here). Hopefully the Jersey Boys tribute to The Sopranos made Tony Soprano Proud. Check out Buzz's take on the big show, but what did you think about it? Highlights? Lowlights? Did Seacrest make you laugh?
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The Emmys isn't usually the most thrilling award show, but this year a few surprises made us really take notice. While nobody was shocked to see The Sopranos take home the big prize, we didn't expect the show's cast to get shut out in every other category. 30 Rock definitely caught our attention by snagging the best comedy category, and we were so excited to see America take home an Emmy. The biggest upset of the night had to have been James Spader beating out some of our favorite actors like Masi Oka and James Gandolfini. What was up with that? Check out all of Buzz's polls to cast your opinion about who deserved to win and who was robbed last night and for a complete list of winners click here.
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Christina Aguilera and Tony Bennett performed "Steppin' Out With My Baby" side by side at the Emmys tonight and just exuded old school lounge singer glamor. While it was certainly beautiful and these two have amazing voices, the performance wasn't totally exciting. Maybe pregnant Christina is taking it easy with the dancing these days. Check it out below and do tell - did you love Christina & Tony's duet?
- "Friday Night Lights," "The Office," "Ugly Betty," and "Scrubs" are among the Peabody Award winners, Zap2it reports.
- The AP reports that Keith Richards was joking about snorting his dad, but here's the original NME interview if you're curious.
- Tony Bennett is too sick to perform on "American Idol" tonight, according to Access Hollywood.
- Speaking of "Idol," the "American Idol" songwriting contest is for real, writes USA Today — and the deadline is less than two weeks away.
- Tim McGraw lands his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard charts.
- The AP reports that Martin Scorsese is going to teach a moviemaking class at Cannes.
- The Futon Critic says Bravo is developing a photography competition show called "The Money Shot, which sounds like the paparazzi Olympics.
- Milo Ventimiglia of "Heroes" will put his furrowed brow to further use in horror-thriller Pathology, says Hollywood Reporter.
- The New York Daily News reports from the set of "Lipstick Jungle."
Seacrest called Tuesday's "American Idol" the night of legends: Tony Bennett and Sanjaya Malakar. Personally, I feel dirty even having to say those two names in the same sentence.
"American classics" night was a lot like the songs themselves: sweet, but a little dull. It's going to be an interesting elimination tonight, though. While the classics aren't easy to sing well, they're also hard to completely screw up, and for the most part everyone tried songs that suited their personality and vocal range. Except for the people who consistently flounder, of course, but that hasn't cost them so far. Be sure to vote on who you think is going home. To hear what I thought of the performances and who I think is gone, read more