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ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Every man, woman, child, household pet, and domesticated farmyard animal on the planet (with the exception of yours truly) watched Sunday's Super Bowl game, which saw the New York Giants fell the mighty New England Patriots, 21-17. It was the most-watched program in U.S. TV history, drawing an average of 111.3 mil domestic viewers, according to Nielsen SoundScan ( Madonna 's halftime show drew 114 mil). Global numbers aren't in, but we imagine they are spectacular.   Twitter-twitter-twitter the NFL Sunday's game also broke the Twitter record, indicating that many, many people tweeted about the contest, an indication, says Inc.com, that it was a most important cultural phenom.
SPORTS
February 6, 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 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 appear to say, although it was difficult to hear her clearly. NBC went to a blurred wide view of the stage in an effort to cut out the shot, but it was too late as M.I.A.'s middle-finger gesture could be seen.
SPORTS
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.
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