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Paul McCartney is experiencing a career-first this weekend with his performance at the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games. He’s been an international superstar for nearly 50 years, but says taking part in the sporting event is definitely a career highlight. He also calls it “a completely different beast” than a typical concert, in part because he’s not performing for his own audience. The 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony will be staged in London Friday night. Details on the festivities have not been revealed, but McCartney has said he’s “closing the opening.” A tape-delayed broadcast of the four-and-a-half-hour event will air on NBC on Friday at 6:30 p.m. STL time.
Michael Jackson‘s oldest son says he’s “really angry and hurt.” Prince Jackson took to Twitter early Thursday to weigh in on the headlines involving his famous family, saying the time was right for him to reveal his side of the story. The 15-year-old wrote, “As long as I can remember my dad had repeatedly warned me of certain people and their ways. Although I am happy my grandma was returned, after speaking with her I realized how misguided and how badly she was lied to.” Prince and his sister Paris believe family members purposely barred them from talking to their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, who had been out of touch with the children for several days. Prince also wrote, “For this whole time, they denied us contact to our grandmother. If you continue with your lies I will continue with the truth.”
Bon Jovi fans can now get a taste of frontman Jon Bon Jovi’s past. JBJ’s father, John Bongiovi, Sr., has launched a new line of pasta sauces. He says on the Bongiovi Brand website that the recipes for his sauces were created in Sicily by Great Grandma Bongiovi, who always made enough food to feed the entire neighborhood. He explains that throughout the generations the ingredients and cooking process were a “close-kept secret of the Bongiovi family,” and the sauces captivated everyone who tried them. The elder Bongiovi says people have continually urged him to “bottle this sauce,” but “the idea of a jarred sauce was unheard of” in his home. But he’s now reconsidered, and is now sharing the flavors of the Bongiovi home. There are three sauce varieties — Marinara, Garden Style, and a spicy Arrabbiata. Details are at www.BongioviBrand.com.
NBC has apologized to Justin Bieber after it failed to broadcast a clip of his new music video during Wednesday’s “America’s Got Talent.” The network is blaming “technical problems” as the reason a preview of “As Long As You Love Me” didn’t air. NBC issued an apology Thursday morning after Bieber tweeted he was “very frustrated.” Earlier this week, Bieber promised fans “AGT” would air a one-minute sneak peek at his video that features “Kill Bill” actor, Michael Madsen. There is no official release date for the “As Long As You Love Me” video, which is being described as a “short film.”
Hollywood couple, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard say living next to Justin Bieber has “ruined their lives.” While promoting their movie on “Hit & Run” on Thursday’s episode of “The View,” the couple jokingly complain about the loud music and parties near Bieber’s rented property. The paparazzi that follow Bieber has also irritated the couple.
Taylor Swift is reportedly dealing with a fractured family. “Star” magazine says the country-pop superstar’s parents have split up. An unnamed source tells the publication that Andrea and Scott Swift stopped being a couple “sometime within the last two years” but had been “trying to keep their marital problems private.” The source also says the two are no longer wearing their wedding rings, but don’t plan to formally divorce because “they don’t want it to damage Taylor’s career.” The insider adds that Taylor’s career could actually be the reason behind the split. Andrea accompanies her daughter on all her tours, and the source says all that time away from home “has really been hard on her relationship with Scott.”