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When Nick Jonas covered a Michael Jackson classic a couple days ago, it was a welcome tribute to a late, iconic figure.

But when the young singer gave a shout-out to Taylor Swift and then performed a version of her smash "You Belong With Me" at a Philadelphia concert on Saturday, it was an unusual gesture aimed at his brother's ex-girlfriend.

Indeed, Joe Jonas famously (and immaturely) dumped Taylor in a 27-second phone call over a year ago and also slammed her in a Jonas Brothers' single.

Is Nick trying to bury the siblings' hatchet with Swift? It would serve them well to get on the good side of this successful star, that's for certain.

Watch Jonas cover Taylor below and let us know your thoughts on this rendition:

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Note to Hollywood: there are two ways to tell if it's time to end a successful franchise.

  1. When it's latest edition is universally panned by critics.
  2. When there's so much drama behind the scenes of a planned follow-up that the entire script is scrapped, the director replaced and the stars given the axe.

Such is the case with Spider-Man 4, as Sony Pictures has announced a reboot to the franchise. The fourth installment in this series - very tentatively scheduled for a summer 2012 release - will bid farewell to Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst and feature Peter Parker as a high school student.

Spider-Man 4 Pic

Wrote the movie studio in a supposedly optimistic statement:

"A decade ago we set out on this journey with [director[ Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire, and together we made three Spider-Man films that set a new bar for the genre. When we began, no one ever imagined that we would make history at the box office, and now we have a rare opportunity to make history once again with this franchise.

"Peter Parker as an ordinary young adult grappling with extraordinary powers has always been the foundation that has made this character so timeless and compelling for generations of fans. We're very excited about the creative possibilities that come from returning to Peter's roots."

Are you excited over this new Spider-Man 4 concept?

Or tired of Hollywood sticking to the same sequels and franchises every summer?

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A huge billboard for Weatherproof Sportswear will be removed from New York City’s Times Square. The reason? The guy wearing their jacket never consented.

That would be President Barack Obama.

Britney Spears, Plaid Shirt

When it went up last week, the company was blasted for appropriating Obama’s likeness; now they say the ad will be taken down “in an expeditious manner.”

White House spokesperson Ben LaBolt, who declined to comment specifically about Weatherproof’s decision to take the billboard down, told People of the ad:

“The White House has a longstanding policy disapproving of the use of the President of the United States name and likeness for advertising purposes.”

A LEADER IN STYLE: So much so that people shoplift it!

While the Obamas were recently voted Americans' most desired celebrity neighbors and are popular style icons, some say this violates Barack's right to privacy.

So, what was the company thinking when it put up the ad? Weatherproof President Freddie Stollmack, who called the campaign “serendipitous,” explained:

“We saw a picture of President Obama visiting the Great Wall of China and we said, ‘Boy that looks like our coat.’” It was a simple idea, but hard to defend.

Intellectual property lawyer Barbara Solomon said it's "not an issue of expression but pure commercial appropriation. This is an advertisement, nothing but.”

The Obamas are apparently frequent targets of such image-stealing. Last week PETA caused a stir with an anti-fur ad that featured Michelle Obama pictures.

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Breaking, almost definitely made-up news: Tila Tequila is pregnant!

In her latest stream of Tweets - which follow last night's God-based barrage - Tila claims she is taking the high road; that haters are pissing off the Almighty; and hints strongly that she has a bun in her warped oven.

Like Tina Fey impersonating Sarah Palin, the most damning, hilarious evidence of Tequila's publicity-inspired madness is simply to list her Twitter messages word-for-word. Shake your head over them (listed from latest to oldest, all within an hour) below...

  • Thank u everyone for your kind words. I am off to bedrest again now. I have let go of all anger inside of me. It feels so good! TTYL! xoxo
  • My Wife has passed away and all I have left is the baby. I wish mean people can just respect the dead and respect a new life growing inside!
  • The doctor i visited says that all this stress and negative people around me getting me upset, can affect the baby in a bad way. Pls stop.
  • Yes I promised myself and my wifey that we WILL NOT discuss anymore thing about this. SO with that said. I have AMAZING NEWS 2 SHARE W/U!!!
Tila Tweets
  • I just want to go back to the way things were. Let me mourn my wife in private. I want to talk about the FUN things that I wanted 2 tell u!
  • As for me, I am so tired. I have no energy to defend my wife anymore. I faint, Im tired & this is not good for my baby. Leave us alone pleas
  • & for the haters. Please stop. Enough with this vile vindictive behavior. Respect my Wife please. She is dead. Let her rest in peace please!
  • My only wish is 4 all the negative people to leave me alone please. I dnt want to talk to media, I dnt want 2 deal w/haters. Leave me alone.
  • I love my wife and will always forever. I'm not doing a press tour like those other people "AHEM" we know who they are. Gross! Whatever.
  • Those disgusting people who talk shit about my wife are upsetting God right now, and that is who she's with. I'm taking the high road now.

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Jon Gosselin has reportedly met the mother of his new girlfriend, Morgan Christie. Amazingly, he and Morgan are still dating after the encounter took place!

The undisputed titleholder of King of All Douchebags was spotted having dinner Sunday with new gal Morgan and members of her family in Park City, Utah.

"Based on body language, it seemed like they had met before," an onlooker said. "It was really quiet at their table; the mom was doing most of the talking."

One thing she probably said: My daughter is dating Jon Gosselin?!

Also at the table for six? The sister of Morgan Christie. No word on whether Jon tried to slip her a phone number or suggested any girl-on-girl action later.

King of All Douchebags

Dressed casually in a T-shirt and blazer, the loser remained low-key, doing little talking with his new girlfriend or her family the nearly three-hour meal.

"I was sensing some nervousness," said an observer. "Jon and Morgan came in first and sat in the bar for about 15 minutes until her family got there."

"When they were walked over to their table, Jon Gosselin was carrying a drink in each hand. Then at dinner they all drank a few bottles of wine."

Sounds about right, source. Not one to go turn down any form of publicity, Gosselin took photos with several fans after he finished his meal.

Yes, apparently Jon has "fans."

Morgan Christie, a native of Greenwich, Conn., who met Jon skiing in Utah last year, graduated from Connecticut's Loomis Chaffee School in 2003.

Their alumni association must be so proud.

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Earlier today, Randy Jackson said he hopes the American Idol focus soon shifts from the judging table to the singing stage.

That may be difficult after today's announcement: Simon Cowell has confirmed that he's leaving the series after this season.

At a gathering of the country's TV critics in California, Cowell said he's bringing his popular UK show The X Factor to the United States in 2011.

“We did talk about me staying on both shows, but when we looked at the practicalities of that, it was impossible,” Cowell said. “In my opinion, it’s like having a good player and a good football team. The two have to be okay together. I believe it’s not my show, but it’s still very close to me... I’m confident [American Idol] will continue to be the No. 1 show. Everyone is committed to keeping it that way.”

Simon Photograph

The X Factor is almost identical to Idol, except that groups are allowed to enter the singing competition and there's no age limit on contestants. Leona Lewis was crowned its champion one season, launching her successful career.

Is there really room for it and Idol to air simultaneously? And, more pressingly, will you even watch American Idol without Simon Cowell as a judge?

 

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When you're nominated for multiple Golden Globe Awards, and your show's soundtrack is among the most downloaded albums on iTunes, there's a good chance you'll remain on the air.

Still, Glee fans have an extra reason to be excited today, as the Fox sensation has been officially picked up for a second season.

"We've loved Glee ever since it was a pilot script, so it's been an incredible thrill to watch the show take root and see audiences embrace these characters in such a huge way this season," said FOX entertainment president Kevin Reilly today. "The show is a true and rare gem in television. We can't wait to see what they come up with for Season Two."

Neither can we, especially when the Glee cast is full of such cuties as Corey Monteih, Lea Michele and Dianna Agron.

The trio celebrates its good fortune at a party in honor of the Golden Globes below:

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In news only slightly less obvious than if Jon Gosselin held a press conference to proclaim himself king of all douchebags, Mark McGwire admitted steroid use.

“I used steroids during my playing career and I apologize,” McGwire said in a statement released by his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals, to U.S. media outlets.

“I remember trying steroids very briefly in the 1989-1990 off season and then after I was injured in 1993, I used steroids again," he confessed. "I used them on occasion throughout the '90s, including during the 1998 season."

"I wish I had never touched steroids. It was foolish and it was a mistake. I truly apologize. Looking back, I wish that I had never played during the steroid era.”

Mark McGwire: Powered by human growth hormone milk.

McGwire said that in addition to his family, he called commissioner Bud Selig and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa earlier in the day to personally apologize.

In 1998, McGwire broke the single-season home run record held by Roger Maris.

"Big Mac" hit 70 that season, a record that stood until another player juiced out of his freaking mind, Barry Bonds, broke it in 2002 with 73 round-trippers.

The reason McGwire acknowledge the use in a statement today, he said, was because of his imminent return to professional baseball as the Cardinals hitting coach.

Called before Congress in 2005, McGwire famously said "I'm not here to talk about the past" about 79 times when asked if he used performance-enhancing drugs.

He officially claims a place among the great, tainted players of the past 10 years, including that dick Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens and Alex Rodriguez.

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Gossip Girl star Blake Lively covers the February issue of Esquire.

Suffice it to say, she looks good - although a bit different than we usually see her. Blake is sporting more coverage up top than we're accustomed to, but no pants!

Nice job mixing things up, Esquire! You've gotta keep it fresh. Here's the 22-year-old Gossip Girl actress on the magazine's "People Who Matter" issue cover ...

In addition to the CW hit series, Blake has been filming a flick with Ben Affleck, The Town, and was just cast as the lead in another upcoming movie, Green Lantern.

Blake Lively was also recently seen in The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, an indie drama. The youngster is establishing quite the career for herself at a young age.

We can see why. Click to enlarge some more Blake Lively pictures ...

  • A Nasty Thrill Indeed
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  • Hottest Blake Lively Photo

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Sarah Palin has signed a deal to become a contributor to Fox News. What she will be contributing is unclear, but the former Alaska Governor will be a fixture.

The network confirmed Palin would appear on the network on a regular basis as part of a multi-year contract, the financial terms of which are not disclosed.

She will not have her own regular show, a person with knowledge of the deal said. Instead she will host a series that will run on Fox News on occasion.

Palin supporters will surely applaud the move, as they would anything she does, while her critics won't be watching. Some suggested titles for her series.

  • You Betcha!
  • North to the Future ... of TV!
  • Paling Around with Palin
  • Going Rogue ... Yes, Again
  • The Week in Levi Johnston Gossip
  • Full of (Pit)Bull: The Sarah Palin Hour

Goodbye, Governor's mansion. Hello, conservative television!

Many suspected that when Palin resigned as Alaska Governor last summer, she was doing so to pursue some sort of lucrative career in television or media.

The Fox News arrangement, however, would not seem to be all-encompassing, and appears to give the mother of five room for her other pursuits, as well.

The deal could be formally announced as early as this afternoon, and may provide additional details as to what we can expect from Sarah's Fox News foray.

We just hope she wears that blue McCain visor.

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