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Susan Noakes

Susan Noakes 
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Blake Shelton, Toby Keith boost benefits for Oklahoma

Categories: Celebrities

There are no dates yet and no lineup, but plans are in the works for benefit concerts supporting Oklahoma and the town of Moore, where tornadoes left a swath of destruction this week. Stepping up to spearhead the fundraisers are two Oklahoma boys: Blake Shelton and Toby Keith, who will likely lure country music's brightest into their efforts.

Ricky Gervais resurrects David Brent for YouTube Comedy Week

Categories: Social Media

Ricky Gervais brings back David Brent, Arnold Schwarzenegger is pumped and Sarah Silverman says 'This better be funny' as comedians line up to take part in YouTube Comedy Week. The online event, running May 19-25, features both stars and emerging talent and is just the start of YouTube's plan to grab eyeballs.

Michael Bublé gives surprise gig in NY subway

Categories: Music

Michael Bublé is turning up in some surprising places as he promotes his new album, To Be Loved. On Friday, he was singing in the New York subway with backup group Naturally 7 providing the harmonies.

Blistering rap from Jay-Z over Cuba, Brooklyn Nets

Categories: Music

In a new rap posted to his website, Jay-Z has some harsh words for Republican U.S. senators who said he ought to face jail for travelling to Cuba last week. The song titled Open Letter doesn't confine itself to the Cuban issue, but also strikes back at those who have criticized him over selling his stake in the Brooklyn Nets.

World War Z, Iron Man tweak scripts for Chinese market

Categories: Movies

As Hollywood blockbusters grab at a share of the huge Chinese box office, studios are waking up to the need to please Chinese censors. Skyfall and Cloud Atlas made cuts for the Chinese market, but upcoming zombie apocalypse tale World War Z is changing its script to remove any mention of China. Meanwhile, Iron Man 3 will have a special Chinese version featuring scenes in Beijing and local starlet Fan Bingbing.

Jay Leno's job on the line as late night TV wars resume

Categories: Television

Jay Leno's bitter monologues about NBC executives ("snakes") and the network's low ratings are just the surface indications of an incipient late night TV war. Leno has a contract until 2014, but the New York Times is reporting NBC is preparing the groundwork for cutting him loose, presumably for Jimmy Fallon. And NBC confirmed today it is building a New York studio for Fallon, moving his show from Burbank, California.

Anoushka Shankar and the One Billion Rising campaign

Categories: Social Media

Anoushka Shankar's online admission that she had been abused as a girl was a shocking revelation. The One Billion Rising movement argues it shouldn't be. Too many women, including the powerful celebrities and world leaders who spoke out for the movement, have been touched in some way by violence against women. And Valentine's Day is the day to act.

Drake gets wild in the street over Grammy win

Categories: Music

When Drake's name was called from the Grammy stage Sunday for best rap album, the Toronto-born musician was nowhere to be seen. But he was watching on the Grammy livestream and jumped out of his car for a victory dance. Later in the evening he released the first video from his next album, Nothing Was the Same.

Argo moves to the fore in Oscar best picture race

Categories: Movies

With wins at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Producers Guild Awards, Argo is scooping up loads of movie world glory as the Academy Awards approach. It's been an unexpected, but perhaps unsurprising, development. Ben Affleck's thriller delivers a warm and tidy package, without any dirty politics, that makes Hollywood feel good about itself.

Kroll Show parodies Degrassi with "Wheels, Ontario"

Categories: Social Media

In its new video "Wheels, Ontario - Roll With It," Comedy Central's Kroll Show delivers an over-the-top message generations of young Canadian TV viewers can really roll with. Have a laugh as the life lessons of Degrassi are taken too far.