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John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John Plan Grease Christmas Video
(Extra) Nearly 35 years after John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John rode into the sunset as Danny and Sandy, they are paying homage to their hit movie musical Grease with a new Christmas video!

Travolta and Newton-John just sat down for a new interview with "Extra," Travolta telling Jerry Penacoli about the video, "We're driving in a '55 T-Bird and we're dressed kind of like we were then… at the end of the video we are going off in the car like we did in 'Grease.'"

The duo teamed up for a holiday album called "This Christmas," with all proceeds going to the Jett Travolta Foundation, in honor of Travolta late son, and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Center to celebrate Olivia's 20th cancer free year.

Jerry asked, "What did it mean to you emotionally to join together after all these years and after all those ups and downs?"

"We were friends for all this time, and I think that speaks for itself. There's nothing more magical than feeling bonded together," Travolta said. Olivia added, "And giving back, which is what is so important in life." John said, "Paying it forward." More here.

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Faith Evans Nominates Herself For a Grammy
(CBS Local) Faith Evans has faith in Grammy voters but not their sanity. The celebrated R&B singer/songwriter has been nominated for six Grammy awards in her career and says another nomination is in order, that is, if the Academy isn't "crazy."

Evans is no stranger to Grammy pressure and hoopla. In 1998 she, along with Diddy, took home the award for Best Rap Performance By Duo Or Group for "I'll Be Missing You". While she has been nominated several times since, she has yet to take home another Grammy.

When asked who she thinks deserves a nod this year in the R&B categories, Evans pointed to herself. "Normally I wouldn't say this, but I think I should be nominated," she told CBS Local, with a laugh. "It feels funny saying that about myself. But my first single 'Tears of Joy' from Faith Evans R&B Divas album is just one of those songs. If I'm not nominated, the song writer Claude Kelly should be. It's just a great timeless R&B record. It puts me in the mind of Gladys Knight meets Aretha Franklin." A lot more here including video.

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Justin Bieber Gets Festive With Boyz II Men
(CBS Local) Justin Bieber has a lot to be grateful for this holiday season. With a successful tour and the release of his album Believe earlier this year, 2012 has proved to be Bieber's year.

On the heels of his performance in Toronto with Drake, Carly Rae Jepsen and The Wanted the Biebs Tweeted out a video that marks the beginning of the holiday season.

"Fa La La" features Boyz II Men and Bieber a cappella trading verses. The stripped down, black and white video has Bieber harmonizing alongside Boyz II Men while singing, "Baby you're the reason to be jolly." Watch it here.

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Police Believe Gabriel Aubry Started Brawl But He Won't Be Prosecuted
(TMZ) The verdict is in as far as cops are concerned ... Gabriel Aubry was clearly the instigator of the Thanksgiving Day brawl at Halle Berry's house.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... detectives are now clear on what they believe happened -- Gabriel committed two batteries on Olivier Martinez before Olivier lifted a finger to defend himself.

As TMZ first reported, as Gabriel deposited Nahla at Halle's house Olivier walked out and said, "We have to talk."

Based on interviewing the principles and witnesses, detectives have concluded Gabriel then pushed Olivier (battery #1) and swung at his face, making contact with his shoulder (battery #2).

Cops say at that point, Olivier responded in self defense with 3 quick punches to the face.

What's more, law enforcement sources tell us they are "concerned" about what they believe are "Gabriel's ongoing anger issues."

As one law enforcement source put it, "It seems he's still having a hard time getting over his break up with Halle."

But here's the good news for Gabriel -- we've learned Halle and Olivier have both told detectives and prosecutors they do not want Gabriel charged with a crime because they do not believe it would be in Nahla's best interests.

Law enforcement sources tell us the case will be set for an informal hearing at the city attorney's office. The likely outcome is that Gabriel will agree to take anger management classes, although the hearing officer could decide to just drop the entire matter after hearing both sides. more on this story

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Colton Dixon's American Idol Dream Wasn't The Reality
(CBS Local) What's portrayed on live television isn't always 100% accurate. When American Idol's Colton Dixon stopped by CBS Local we had to ask him what fans of the show would be shocked to learn.

He stressed that there's a lot of work that goes into the show. "I know I didn't realize it before I was on the show. I had watched since Season 1. I figured, 'Oh man, it looks so glamorous. They're in a mansion!' Which, we sleep in a mansion, that's about it," he said. "Good luck to next year's contestants, that's all I'm going to say."

As with reality TV, sometimes the cameras don't portray the person in the best light. Colton said this wasn't the case for him. Find out what he had to say and more secrets here.

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Lindsay Lohan Investigating Assault Accuser
(TMZ) Lindsay Lohan is not just going to sit around and wait for Tiffany Mitchell to sue her ... so she's hired a priviate investigator to dig in to the life of the woman who accused LiLo of assault ... TMZ has learned.

As TMZ previously reported, Mitchell has hired a celebrity lawyer to represent her following an alleged altercation with Lindsay in a New York nightclub.

But sources close to Lindsay tell TMZ the "Liz & Dick" star feels Mitchell just made up the story about Lindsay punching her to score a quick payday.

We're told Lindsay feels Mitchell is just another in a long line of people who see Lindsay as an opportunity to make a buck off her ... and the fact that Mitchell hired Allred of all people just proves that.

According to our sources, Lindsay has hired a P.I. to look into Mitchell and see if she has any criminal past or if she's done anything like this before. We're told Lindsay wants to dig up as much info on Mitchell as she can so she's ready should Mitchell pursue the case in civil court.

As TMZ first reported, Lindsay is telling friends she did not hit Mitchell and only confronted her because she thought Mitchell and her friends swiped her purse. more on this story

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Ed Sheeran Joins One Direction On Stage
(popmusiclife) One Direction played a sold-out show Monday night at New York's Madison Square Garden.

The event was a preview of the band's 2013 world tour, which kicks off in February in London.

UK singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran joined One D for a performance of "Little Things" from the band's new album, "Take Me Home." Watch video of the performance here.

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Shania Twain Makes Triumphant Return To The Stage
(CBS Local) It's been eight years since Shania Twain's last performed in public, but the country-pop megastar showed she is most definitely "Still the One" during the debut of her Las Vegas residency this past weekend.

Titled "Shania: Still the One" (in reference, of course, to her double-Grammy-winning 1998 hit single "You're Still the One"), Shania's series of shows kicked off Saturday night (Dec. 1) at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The Canadian country star will go on to perform there on select nights over the next two years.

According to an extensive review of the debut performance by New York Times critic Jon Caramanica, Shania didn't waste any time with the spectacle. More including photos

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Tim McGraw and Carrie Underwood Leading Country to Country
(CBS Local) Country music is coming to the UK next year, in a big way. An event called C2C: Country to Country is scheduled to take place at London venue The O2 in 2013, spanning across two days, March 16 and 17.

Billed as the UK's only country music festival, the artists on the C2C roster so far include Darius Rucker, Vince Gill, Little Big Town, LeAnn Rimes, Kristian Bush, and Brantley Gilbert.

Tim McGraw headlines Friday's show, Carrie Underwood headlines on Saturday. See the full roster.

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Randy Houser Releasing New Album in January
Randy Houser has set a January 22, 2013 release date for his third album, How Country Feels.

How Country Feels is produced by Derek George – the first person Houser ever met when he first moved to Nashville.

"I've wanted to work with him since day one," says Houser. "We just clicked… he comes from my home state of Mississippi and we share a similar creative vision that I think really shines through on this new album… can't wait for ya'll to hear it!" more on this story

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Police Recover Dr. Phil's Stolen Car
(TMZ) Dr. Phil has been reunited with his stolen '57 Chevy ... TMZ has learned cops recovered the $100,000 ride after it was stolen from a repair shop earlier this year.

We broke the story ... someone smashed into an auto repair shop in Burbank back in August while Phil was having the transmission serviced and made off with the car.

Cops launched an investigation ... and Tuesday morning, law enforcement tracked down the car in Burbank at 7:25 AM ... INTACT ... with minimal damage.

We're told cops arrested several suspects -- who they believe have been pulling the same stunt at vehicle repair shops all over town ... jacking multiple classic rides in the process. more on this story

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Honey Boo Boo Star Wants Police To Return Gorilla Suit
(TMZ) "Honey Boo Boo" star "Crazy" Tony Lindsey wants the gorilla suit confiscated by police last month following a dangerous prank back, insisting cops are overreacting about the whole thing.

TMZ broke the story ... Lindsey was arrested last month for taking part in a prank that involved a man scaring traffic alongside a Georgia highway ... in a gorilla suit.

Lindsey wasn't wearing the suit, but cops arrested him anyway for taking part in the stunt -- along with the other adults involved. Meanwhile, the gorilla suit was booked into evidence while police investigate the incident.

But Lindsey -- who loves the suit and uses it often to scare his buddies -- is pissed, telling TMZ, "It's wrong of them to keep my gorilla suit ... they're treating me like I killed somebody!"

Lindsey adds, the arresting officer "could have just told us all to knock it off and go home."

TMZ spoke with the Wilkinson County DA, who says the suit is part of an ongoing investigation and it can't be released from evidence until the case is closed. more on this story

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Sarah Shahi Not Upset Fairly Legal Was Cancelled
(TMZ) Most people would be sad if their TV show got canned after 2 seasons ... but not Sarah Shahi who is actually rejoicing over "Fairly Legal's" small screen death.

Sarah -- also a former NFL cheerleader -- got some bad news in Nov. when the show she starred in was axed by USA brass.

But at the Grove in L.A. this week ... when a photog said he was sorry about the cancellation, Sarah replied, "It's okay man, I'm not. I'M NOT!!!"

Sarah already found a new job, joining the cast of "Chicago Fire". more on this story

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Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris Get Marriage License
(TMZ) Hugh Hefner really did get engaged to Crystal Harris ... again -- a year after she abruptly ended their previous engagement -- because TMZ has learned, the couple just went to a courthouse to obtain a marriage license.

Sources tell TMZ, Hef and Harris dropped by the Beverly Hills Courthouse Tuesday morning to obtain the necessary paperwork in order to make their New Year's wedding ceremony official.

TMZ broke the story ... the re-engaged couple are planning to tie the knot during an intimate ceremony on New Year's Eve at the Playboy Mansion.

Harris moved back into the Mansion earlier this year, and we're told she and Hef have been on fantastic terms ever since.

A big change from last June -- when Harris canceled the couple's previous engagement just 5 days before their big wedding. more on this story

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Pro Wrestler Ric Flair's Wife Files For Legal Seperation
(TMZ) Ric Flair's latest marriage has officially hit the mat -- his fourth wife has filed for legal separation ... claiming the legendary pro wrestler was as big of a cheater in their marriage as he is in the ring.

Jacqueline Fliehr filed the docs in Mecklenberg County, North Carolina earlier this month citing "acts of illicit sexual behavior."

In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Jackie explains, "Husband has had numerous intimate relationships with other women during the parties' marriage, to the embarrassment and humiliation of wife."

Jacqueline also notes that she was a "faithful and dutiful wife" ever since they tied the knot in 2009.

But there's more ... Jackie claims Ric has totally screwed her out of tens of thousands of dollars in spousal support he agreed to pay when they hammered out a separation agreement back in October.

According to the docs, Flair agreed to pay Jacqueline $4k per month in spousal support ... plus a one-time payment of $15k to cover legal costs. He also agreed to pay $14k in back payments from the time they split in July.

But Jacqueline claims Nature Boy totally blew off the agreement -- and hasn't paid her one single cent.

Now she wants a judge to force Ric to pay up ... which shouldn't be too hard, considering she claims he still makes more than $1 MILLION per year. Not bad for a 63-year-old pro wrestler.

We reached out to Flair's people -- so far, no response. more on this story

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Dash Cam Footage of Bobbi Kristina's Boyfriend's Arrest Goes Online
(TMZ) Bobbi Kristina's boyfriend Nick Gordon was listening to the Whitney Houston classic "I Will Always Love You" at FULL BLAST when police pulled him over for reckless driving -- and TMZ has obtained the dash cam footage of his arrest.

In the video, Gordon tells the police officer he keeps a 9mm gun in his glove box. The cop checks it out after putting Gordon in his cruiser, and based on the video, it appears the gun is legit.

We broke the story ... Nick was popped in Alpharetta, Georgia last week just after cops say he was going 82 mph in a 35 mph zone near a pedestrian-jammed shopping area.

You can see in the video, Gordon was driving a Chevy Camaro -- the same kind of car BK was driving when she crashed into an embankment hours before Nick was arrested.

Nick was cited for reckless driving and speeding. He's due back in court in February. See the video here.

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Jovan Belcher's Family Overwhelmed With Sadness and Confusion
(TMZ) Jovan Belcher's family tells TMZ ... they are desperately trying to understand why the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker snapped this weekend ... and are praying for the family of the woman he killed.

As we previously reported, Belcher shot himself at the Chiefs facility in KC early Saturday morning after murdering Kasandra Perkins -- the mother of his newborn baby daughter.

Now, Belcher's family has issued a statement to TMZ ... saying, "As a family, no words can express the sorrow we feel over the loss of Jovan and Kasandra."

"The impact that this inconceivable tragedy has had on our heart is immeasurable; we are overwhelmed with both sadness and confusion. " more on this story

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Jose James To Perform on Conan
(EMI) Jose James will make his national TV debut on December 18 when he appears on the TBS late-night show Conan.

James will be performing "Trouble" from his forthcoming Blue Note Records debut, No Beginning No End, which will be released on January 22

While in Los Angeles, James will also be taping a live session for KCRW's Berkeley Street Sessions, an intimate concert series at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studio that has featured such artists as Ryan Adams, Death Cab for Cutie, Little Dragon, Janelle Monae, The Shins, Patti Smith, Regina Spektor, and St. Vincent. The session will air later on KCRW's signature music show Morning Becomes Eclectic. more on this story

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