Ricky Martin Comes Out

Ricky Martin has faced a lot of questions over the years about his sexual orientation. He has recently posted a lengthy note on his official Web site, which indicates he is not straight.

“I am proud to say that I am a fortunate homosexual man,” writes Martin. “I am very blessed to be who I am.”

Martin, who has twin sons through a surrogate mother, writes that hiding his sexuality any longer would “indirectly diminish the glow that my kids here born with.”

He further addresses the reasoning behind the late news, “these years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn’t even know existed.”

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Universal CityWalk Kicks off Spring Break Live! Free Rock N’Roll Music Festivals and Battle of the Band Series

Universal CityWalk kicks off Spring Break Live! with free rock n’ roll concert performances by popular Southern California bands, the KIIS FM Wango Tango Breakout Star and the Hard Rock Cafe’s Ambassador of Rock band competitions, beginning Friday, March 26. 

   The music festival begins with such Southern California bands as I’m OK You’re OK, Petree, Stereofix, My Hero, Fallbrooke, The BG5, Satellite Crush, The Wallburds, The Victors, Adam’s Attic, Starving for Gravity and Paperback Hero rocking the CityWalk stage on March 26, 27; April 2, 3 and May 1, 8 from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

The KIIS Wango Tango Breakout Star competition will take place every Friday with weekly performances by five area bands.  The event runs from April 9 – 30.   The series will culminate on May 7 as top band contenders compete in the grand prize finale for a chance to win $10,000 and the opportunity to appear in the KIIS FM Wango Tango Festival at the Village Stage on May 15. 

CityWalk’s battle of the bands continues on Saturday nights with Hard Rock Cafe’s Ambassadors of Rock.  Weekly performances will take place on April 10, 17 and 24.  Bands will compete for a coveted spot at the Hard Rock Calling concert in London on June 25 and 26.

All battle of the band performances will take place from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.  More information on CityWalk is available online at www.CityWalkHollywood.com.  Daily entertainment updates can also be found on Twitter @CityWalkLA and on CityWalk’s Official Facebook Fan page.

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James Franco…The Author?

James Franco has been known for his strengths as an actor… and his good looks also don’t go unappreciated! But, now he can add “publisher” to the long list of things he has accomplished.

The almost 32-year-old, was looking to achieve a higher level of education and received a Master’s in the writing program at Columbia. Franco finished his studies and one of his tales, Just Before the Black, can be found in Esquire Magazine.

It does not stop there! The Milk actor has signed on to do a book with New York book company, Scribner, to publish a full collection of his work. The work entitled Palo Alto will be available in stores during the fall season.

Who knew the Pineapple Express star could be such a Shakespeare? What a catch!

Read Franco’s work, Just Before the Black published by Esquire Magazine.

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Heroes Star Proves Heroic

Heroes star Hayden Panettiere and her boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko traveled to the Japanese fishing village, Taiji. Their goal was to stop the town’s annual dolphin hunt.

The 20-year-old actress, along with other environmental activists, were denied the chance to speak with the mayor, city councilmen and other Fisheries Union representatives.

Panettiere hopes to stop the slaughter of these creatures and inform the locals themselves that the dolphin meat is not safe for human consumption.

This has been the star’s second attempt at resisting the slaughter of these peaceful animals. Keep trying Hayden!

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Mandy Moore: Sweeter Than Ever!

It was not enough that Mandy Moore danced around her room singing about boys and candy. She recently did something sweeter than that, by participating in World Water Day in Washington, D.C.

She met with Members of Congress on Tuesday for a day of advocacy on Capitol Hill. The events focused on raising awareness of the global water crisis and encouraging greater action by the U.S. government to ensure access to safe, clean water and improved sanitation in the developing world.

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