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February 6, 2012 | Associated Press
For all the pomp and excess of Madonna's Super Bowl halftime extravaganza, a single extended middle finger by guest singer M.I.A. is likely to be the most remembered piece of the show. The gesture, accompanied by a barely disguised expletive, came during a performance of Madonna's new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin'. " At the end of her lines, M.I.A. appeared to sing "I don't give a [expletive]," although it was hard to hear clearly. The incident was reminiscent of Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" on CBS eight years ago. The brief exposure of Jackson's nipple during the 2004 halftime show raised a storm of controversy.
NEWS
February 5, 2012 | DAILY NEWS STAFF
Eight years after Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction, some unexpected controversy returned to the Super Bowl halftime show. M.I.A., appearing on stage with Madonna and Nicki Minaj to perform "Give Me All Your Luvin'," flipped the middle finger to a camera before a cutaway. The song contains an inappropriate word, which she did not say, using the middle finger in place of the word. NBC went to a wide view of the stage, but it was too late as M.I.A.'s middle finger gesture could be seen.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a stunning turn of events sure to send shock waves through the entertainment industry for generations to come, Simon "Darth Vader" Cowell has fired Paula Abdul - yes, Paula! - from her position as judge on Fox's The X Factor . But Paula isn't the only victim to be cruelly ejected from Si's Death Star: Host Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger also are out. It's shocking, considering that Si personally wooed and wheedled and begged Paula to join the show after American Idol gave her the heave-ho.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2011 | By Howard Gensler
Six weeks after revealing she has breast cancer, "Fashion Police" panelist Giuliana Rancic says she will have a double mastectomy. The 37-year-old E! News host made the announcement yesterday on NBC's "Today" show. (E! is part of the NBC/Universal/Comcast family.) "It was not an easy decision, but it was the best decision for me," she said. She plans to have the surgery next week and said she hopes to be recovered by New Year's Eve, when she and husband Bill Rancic ("The Apprentice")
SPORTS
March 18, 2011 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES - At halftime of Wednesday night's 104-94 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, the 76ers stood itching to get back onto the Staples Center floor, but were forced to wait for the halftime show to end. Without their head coach Doug Collins - ejected just before halftime - and energized by some questionable calls against them, the Sixers wanted back onto the court with 10 minutes still left on the halftime clock. "Yeah, I mean, we came into [the locker room] energetic and enthused and, I mean, 10 minutes left and they were still doing the halftime show and we were outside ready to warm up," said Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday.
NEWS
January 25, 2011 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oprah Winfrey says she has discovered a long-lost half-sister. The Queen of All Media had made a big to-do about how she'd reveal a family secret on Monday's show. And this is it. In 1963, when Oprah was 9, her mother, Vermita Lee , put a child up for adoption and never told Oprah. That child had a father who was not Oprah's dad. On Monday's show, 48 years later, Oprah and Patricia (last name withheld) were reunited with Lee. DNA tests confirmed the sisterhood.
SPORTS
January 18, 2011
WE WOULD LOVE TO KNOW the story behind the story. How could the Boston Blazers - a team in the National Lacrosse League - allow its mascot to receive lap dances during a halftime show? And didn't someone - anyone - think it might not be a good idea to present such entertainment in front of a crowd that contained young children? Apparently not. On Saturday, at halftime of a game against the visiting Edmonton Rush at TD Garden, Scorch the mascot took a seat in the middle of the field and . . . We'll let Blazers fan Catherine Smith take it from here.
NEWS
November 27, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
That sublime cross-genre warbler Fergie and her gang, the Black Eyed Peas , will soothe the savage NFL soul as the official act for Fox's Super Bowl XLV halftime show Feb. 6 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Fox says the show, which last year drew 153 mil viewers in America, is the most-watched musical event of the year. Previous acts include the Who , Bruce Springsteen , Tom Petty , Prince , and Sir Paul McCartney . Having their turkey . . . . . . and eating it, too. Celebs eat turkey - and even give thanks - just like you and me. Michael Douglas went all-American, taking wife Catherine Zeta-Jones , 41, and kids, Carys , 7½, and Dylan , 10, to Epcot Center in Florida on Wednesday, People reports.
SPORTS
June 18, 2010
THE EAGLES will be bringing a version of the halftime show you can watch at home to Lincoln Financial Field. As part of an NFL initiative, the league is making its highly popular NFL RedZone Channel available in every stadium this season. Each team can decide whether and how often it wants to use the live video. The Eagles have built a studio inside the Linc and will air a live halftime show on the video boards and television monitors inside the stadium, according to Tim McDermott, an Eagles senior vice president and the team's chief marketing officer.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2009 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Super Bowl high note: Who but The Who? Proto-punk geniuses The Who will help sell useless consumer goods to millions of citizens in more than 230 countries around the world by performing at the Super Bowl XLIV halftime show Feb. 7. The halftime show is sponsored by rubber 'n' tire king Bridgestone Corp. and will provide relief from the Oakland Raiders vs. Dallas Cowboys - or whatever - game. The Who is hawking its Greatest Hits CD, due Dec. 22. Pigskin beats blood It seems America's true passion is football - and not that latest trend, drinking blood.
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