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Okay, so it's no Facebook. But Twitter is a fairly successful social media phenomenon in its own right. One that celebrates its fifth birthday this week!

In honor of this momentous occasions, we urge you to do two things:

  1. Follow THG on Twitter!
  2. Watch the awesome Funny or Die video below, which recounts the history of Twitter in Ken Burns-esque, faux-documentary fashion ...

The best line comes from Ray Wise as the professor / historian, who laments that “It’s next to impossible to piece together the early history of Twitter simply because there were not nearly enough tweets about it at the time.”

So true. There was NO way to record history pre-Twitter. Life as we know it basically began in 2006. Not coincidentally, so did THG. Think about it.

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Come on, Steve Hirsch. You have one job: to peddle celebrity sex tapes.

Despite this mission in life, the Vivid Entertainment Chairman has sent a letter to Usher that actually states he'll do everything he can to ensure the video this singer made with then-wife Tameka Foster never hits the open market.

Usher in The Netherlands

Writes the man who made amateur porn stars out of Kim Kardashian, Kendra Wilkinson and Montana Fishburne: "As a result of this being an intimate and very personal tape we can certainly understand why you would want to stop its distribution."

Wow. Looks like someone is CAUGHT UP in the notion that Usher and Tameka were married at the time the tape was made and is unwilling to say YEAH to the release of such a private video.

Guess when it comes to MAKING LOVE (INTO THE NIGHT), Usher can take comfort in knowing this act will never be viewed by strangers.

Okay. Sorry. We're done now. Go read Hirsch's full letter at TMZ.

[Photo: WENN.com]

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Among other entertainment industry heavyweights, Anne Hathaway, Martin Sheen, Jane Lynch and Ellen DeGeneres signed an open letter sponsored by Freedom to Marry, a New York-based group promoting same-sex marriage rights.

Just weeks after President Obama's administration announced it would no longer legally defend the Defense of Marriage act, his supporters want him to go further.

Anne at the Oscars

"Whether to end discrimination in marriage is a question America has faced before. It is a question that calls for clarity from the president," the letter reads. "We ask you to join us, and the majority of Americans, who support the freedom to marry."

The letter was also signed by moguls David Geffen and Bob Wright; former NAACP chairman Julian Bond; and Facebook co-founders Chris Hughes and Sean Parker.

Hughes, who is gay, worked for Obama's campaign in 2008, heading its enormously successful social media efforts. But in 2011, the climate is a bit different.

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Jacob Lusk closed out the American Idol performance show last night - and may have finally showed some weakness.

The soulful crooner covered a 1987 Heart single, "Alone," coming on a bit strong with the vibrato and coming dangerously close to screeching instead of singing. But the judges still showered the finalist with praise, gushing:

"Gospel had a baby, and they named it Jacob Lusk" (Tyler) and "It is so amazing, so good" (Lopez).

What did you think of this rendition?

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Scotty McCreery may sound like a natural born country singer, but we learned last night from where this 17-year old's deep voice actually comes:

He grew up impersonating Elvis.

"Kids thought I was weird," Scotty said in his introductory video, prior to performing his second Travis Tritt track of the competition, the 1993 hit "Can I Trust You With My Heart."

Hitting a high note to close the rendition, McCreery took the judges by surprise, as Jennifer Lopez exclaimed: "You pushed it up! That made me go, 'What?!'"

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During a break from filming Breaking Dawn in Canada this week, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart tried to sneak away for a date.

But they ran into a contingent of fans along the way.

Robert Pattinson on Cosmopolis Set

Robsten was spotted watching Red Riding Hood in a British Columbia theater by a fellow movie goer, who Tweeted: "They were alone. He was nice. She was just awkward. Didn't really wanna take photos." 

Another fan echoed that sentiment, writing that "[Stewart's] personality and body language is much like Bella," but managing to gather her pals around the couple for a photo, as seen above.

See Kristen's eyes sneaking out from behind her man? Come on out and smile, K. Stew. It's okay. The camera won't bite.

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Tasked with covering a song from the year of her birth, Thia Megia went all Disney on American Idol viewers last night.

The season 10 hopeful delivered a lovely version of Vanessa Williams' "Colors of the Wind" from the 1995 film Pocahontas. Wow. Yes, Thia Megia was born in 1995. It's a safe choice, one that shows off Megia's steady, strong tone and style.

Randy thought the selection was a bit too safe, while Jennifer Lopez questions the quality of her vibrato. Watch the performance for yourself and sound off now: What do you think of Thia?

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Tiger Woods made a rare television appearance last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon - the golfer's first such interview since the late 2009 "incident."

We don't have to get into Rachel Uchitel, the car crash and everything else. Fallon started off asking Woods what he's been up to the last year and a half.

"Oh, nothing, nothing... Playing bad golf," the champion said, smiling.

"From a comedian's stand-point and my monologue writers, thank you," Fallon said, speaking for all of us. "Your awful pain, we laughed at your pain."

Even Tiger had to chuckle when Fallon added: "Not even making jokes, it kind of wrote itself. Balls, shaft, holes, foursomes ... it really writes itself!"

Woods had a fairly good time after that, talking about his charitable foundation, his recent top-10 finish and his bachelor pad/backyard golf course.

Later, Woods, Fallon and Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler demonstrated Tiger's new golf video game (ostensibly his reason for being there).

Follow the jump for video of Tiger's interview on Late Night ...

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Lauren Alaina was among the American Idol finalists who performed with the flu last night.

But the resulting, smokey sound may have actually helped this 16-year old with her rendition of Melissa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One."

Thanks to a confident stage presence and a well-trained voice, Alaina earned a wild ovation from the crowd, along with the label of a "shining star" from Steven Tyler. Said Jennifer Lopez, simply and accurately:

"That's staying true to the melody and framework of the song but still giving it your own flavor. Very good job."

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Casey Abrams made American Idol history last night.

The bearded, talented finalist became the first contestant to ever cover a Nirvana single, putting his unique spin on "Smells Like Teen Spirit." It wasn't the greatest performance of the evening - that honor likely fell to Stefano Langone - but you have to give Casey props to taking such a risk.

The judges and the crowd certainly did. What did you make of this heavy metal rendition?

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