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    Rihanna hopes some good came out of her assault at the hands of Chris Brown.

    The Barbados-born singer - who was attacked by ex-boyfriend Chris at a pre-Grammy's party in February - said the assault was the "wake-up call" she needed, and believes it marked a "turning point" in her life.

    The 21-year-old star said: "I've been through a lot in the last two years that forced me to do some growing up. "The assault came at the end of an incredible year for me, career-wise. Now I kind of look back on it as the beginning of a new era, almost like it was a wake-up call for me.

    It was a massive turning point for me in my life." The 'Umbrella' singer admitted 2009 has been the toughest year of her life but said at least Chris now knew what he had done was wrong and had been able to seek help. She said: "As bad and as terrible it was, so much that's great came out of the situation.

    Even for Chris he knows now that he's never going to do that again. "Before, young girls thought my life was perfect. Now they realise it's not. Nobody's perfect. I'm living the same human life that they are, just with a more public career."
    (Agencies)

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    A proposed Michael Jackson tribute concert in London next year has been thrown into doubt after the company organising the show went bust.

    Austrian firm World Awards Media said that the decision to scrap the gig had been made last month.

    No further details have been released but liquidator Martin Schneider revealed that the company had lost the financial support of its main sponsor.

    It is not yet known if Jackson's brother Jermaine will still go ahead and stage the gig himself.

    The concert, due to take place next June, was initially intended to be held outside Vienna's Schoenbrunn Palace in September this year. However, it was moved to London's Wembley Stadium after encountering scheduling conflicts.

    Former chief promoter Georg Kindel told the Austrian PA that he and Superfund founder Christian Baha - the majority owner of the now defunct company - parted ways in October.
    (Agencies)

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    Faye Wong(l) and Li Yapeng arrive at
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    December 18, 2009 in Beijing, China.

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    Faye Wong(l) and Li Yapeng arrive at
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    December 18, 2009 in Beijing, China.

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    Faye Wong(l) and Li Yapeng arrive at
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    December 18, 2009 in Beijing, China.

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    Dai Jun arrive at the red carpet of
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    Beijing, China.

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    Dee Hsu(L) and Mike Hsu arrive at the
    red carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December
    18, 2009 in Beijing, China.

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    Wei Chen(L) and Li Feier(R) arrive at
    the red carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on
    December 18, 2009 in Beijing, China.

    Star-stundded at red carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation

    Charles Chen arrives at the red carpet
    of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December 18, 2009 in
    Beijing, China.

    Star-stundded at red carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation

    Jiang Yingrong arrives at the red
    carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December 18,
    2009 in Beijing, China.

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    Joseph Cheng arrives at the red carpet
    of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December 18, 2009 in
    Beijing, China.

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    TV host Shen Xing arrives at the red
    carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December 18,
    2009 in Beijing, China.

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    Actor Tong Dawei arrives at the red
    carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December 18,
    2009 in Beijing, China.

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    Singer Karen Mok arrives at the red
    carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December 18,
    2009 in Beijing, China.

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    Singer Man Wenjun arrives at the red
    carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December 18,
    2009 in Beijing, China.

    Star-stundded at red carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation

    Daniel Chan arrives at the red carpet
    of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December 18, 2009 in
    Beijing, China.

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    Jessey Meng arrives at the red carpet
    of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December 18, 2009 in
    Beijing, China.

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    Christy Chung(L) and Yan Zhenxiang
    arrive at the red carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt
    Beijing on December 18, 2009 in Beijing, China.

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    Actor Mao Ning arrives at the red
    carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December 18,
    2009 in Beijing, China.

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    Hongkong actress Carina Lau arrives at
    the red carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on
    December 18, 2009 in Beijing, China

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    Actress Yuan Quan arrives at the red
    carpet of the Yanran Angel Foundation at the Park Hyatt Beijing on December 18,
    2009 in Beijing, China.

    [Tungstar]

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    Hollywood actor Johnny Depp smiles for fans at Japan premiere of his latest film 'Public Enemies' in Tokyo, Japan, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009.

    NASSAU, Bahamas – Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Depp suspects he'll never get used to receiving awards for his acting work.

    Depp, best known for his Oscar-nominated role as Captain Jack Sparrow in Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" blockbusters, made the comments Sunday night before receiving a career achievement award at the Bahamas International Film Festival.

    "Whenever anybody say they are going to give me some kind of award, I'm always a little stupefied by the notion. The first thing I say is 'why?'," Depp told a small scrum of reporters. "I just go to work like anyone else, except my job happens to be a little stranger."

    Lit by cameras during a red carpet event, Depp said he planned on spending Christmas on his private island ringed with white sand off Exuma.

    "The place is as close to paradise as anywhere you can get," said Depp, wearing a black pinstriped suit and tinted glasses with heavy black frames.

    Fellow acting superstar Sean Connery, who also owns a home in the Bahamas, presented Depp with the award at the Balmoral Club in Nassau.

    The festival's founder, Leslie Vanderpool, described Depp as an "icon" who is one of the finest actors of his generation.

    "What makes this tribute to Johnny even more special is that he has a home in the Bahamas and possesses a true love and appreciation for the region and culture," Vanderpool said in a statement.

    Depp's diverse screen credits through the years include starring roles in "Donnie Brasco," "Edward Scissorhands," and "What's Eating Gilbert Grape."

    In September, Disney announced that a new "Pirates of the Caribbean" film is on the horizon. Depp will reprise his celebrated role as Sparrow in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides," slated for summer of 2011.

    Depp said he's enjoyed playing all of his screen characters.

    "I'm still amazed I get jobs after all this time," he quipped.

    [Agencies]

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    British actor Jude Law arrives for the world premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" in Leicester Square in London, December 14, 2009.

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    U.S. musician Gwen Stefani arrives for the world premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" in Leicester Square in London, December 14, 2009.

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    British director Guy Ritchie arrives for the world premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" in Leicester Square in London December 14, 2009.

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    Canadian actress Rachel McAdams arrives for the world premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" in Leicester Square in London December 14, 2009.

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    U.S. singer Gwen Stefani and her husband Gavin Rossdale arrive for the World Premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" in Leicester Square, central London, December 14, 2009.

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    British actor Jude Law arrives for the world premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" in Leicester Square in London, December 14, 2009.

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    British director Guy Ritchie arrives for the world premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" in Leicester Square in London December 14, 2009.

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    British actor Jude Law arrives for the world premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" in Leicester Square in London, December 14, 2009.

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    British actor Jude Law arrives for the world premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" in Leicester Square in London, December 14, 2009.

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    U.S. actress Heather Graham arrives for the world premiere of "Sherlock Holmes" in Leicester Square in London, December 14, 2009.

    [Agencies]

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    U.S singer Kimberly Wyatt of the band the Pussycat Dolls arrives for the World Premiere of Avatar in Leicester Square in London, December 10, 2009.

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    Canadian director James Cameron and his wife U.S. actress Suzy Amis arrive for the world premier of the movie Avatar in London December 10, 2009.

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    British singer Sophie Ellis Bexter arrives for the World Premiere of Avatar in Leicester Square in London, December 10, 2009.

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    Australian actor Sam Worthington arrives for the world premiere of Avatar, in Leicester Square in London, December 10, 2009.

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    U.S. actress Zoe Saldana arrives for the world premiere of the movie Avatar, in Leicester Square in London, December 10, 2009.

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    US actress Zoe Saldana arrives for the world premiere of the movie Avatar, in Leicester Square in London, December 10, 2009.

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    US Actress Sigourney Weaver arrives for the World Premiere of Avatar at Leicester Square in London, December 10, 2009.

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    Actress Michelle Rodriguez arrives for the world premiere of the movie Avatar, in Leicester Square in London, December 10, 2009.

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    Canadian director James Cameron arrives for the world premiere of the movie Avatar, in Leicester Square in London, December 10, 2009.

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    Canadian director James Cameron and his wife U.S. actress Suzy Amis arrive for the world premier of the movie Avatar in London December 10, 2009.

    [Agencies]

     

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    Singer Taylor Swift performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer Adam Lambert introduces an act during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer Kris Allen performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer Taylor Swift performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer Taylor Swift performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer Taylor Swift performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Actress Leighton Meester introduces an act during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Actress Leighton Meester introduces an act during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer Taylor Swift performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer Taylor Swift performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer John Mayer performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer John Mayer performs with Taylor Swift during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer Jordin Sparks performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer Usher (L) performs with Justin Bieber during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

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    Singer Pitbull performs during the Z100 Jingle Ball in New York December 11, 2009.

    [Agencies]

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    Leona Lewis was reportedly paid $150,000 for a private concert.

    The 'Happy' singer was flown by private jet to Monte Carlo for the birthday party of Romania's richest man on Saturday (05.12.09).

    Leona sang a short set for 25 guests in the exclusive show at a private banqueting suite in the state's Hotel De Paris.

    The singer then flew to Germany where she wowed millions of TV viewers with a performance on hugely popular show 'Wetten Dass', for which she wore a short white dress.

    Although she agreed to perform at the private party, Leona has previously turned down other lucrative earning opportunities. Last month, it emerged Leona had been offered over $1.5 million to appear naked in men's magazine Playboy.

    Although she was "flattered" to have been asked to appear in the pages of the publication, Leona is simply too shy to strip off for a shoot.

    She has previously said: "I'm not that confident! I just don't think I could pose nude, because I'm not that brave."

    Leona is not the only pop star to cash in with a private performance.

    Rihanna is reportedly set to earn $500,000 to perform at a New Year's Eve party (31.12.09).

    The 'Umbrella' singer has been asked to sing at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi to help revellers see in 2010 in what will be her first performance in the Middle East.
    (Agencies)

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    Singer Rihanna blows a kiss at an outdoor concert in New York's Times Square during an appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, November 24, 2009.

    One might think Rihanna would welcome a drama-free relationship after her romance with Chris Brown came to such an abrupt and violent end. But one would be wrong.

    When Glamour U.K. asked the singer what she looks for in a man, she made one thing clear — no nice guys.

    “Definitely the high-risk (type),” the Grammy winner said. “I don't like cream puff, corny guys. Usually they are the nice guys, the ones that won't hurt you. They'll pull out the chair for you and the whole nine yards. Everything is perfect and boring … I like the risk. I like the edge. That's the thrill for me.”

    Agencies

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    Actor Robrt Pattinson, star of the new film "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" poses at the film's Los Angeles premiere November 16, 2009.

    LOS ANGELES - Vampire romance "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" will open in Imax specialty venues at the same time as the Summit Entertainment threequel unspools in thousands of other theaters June 30.

    A first sequel in the fanged franchise, "New Moon," has rung up more than $256 million so far domestically since bowing November 20.

    "'Twilight' moviegoers will have a whole new way to experience this next installment of the series, with the enhanced image and sound quality of the Imax experience," Summit distribution chief Richie Fay said.

    Imax Filmed Entertainment president Greg Foster said the specialty circuit is "poised to take advantage of the rapidly growing fan base devoted to this dynamic, cutting-edge series."
    [Agencies]