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The Good

Jeff Buckley biopic is official

It’s been almost fourteen years since Jeff Buckley’s tragic drowning in Memphis, and since that time his mother, Mary Guibert, has turned down countless requests to have his story adapted for film. But now, through some divine intervention or the healing of wounds over time, Guibert has released his music for an upcoming biopic and will serve as a producer on the project. The screenplay will be written by Ryan Jaffe (The Rocker), and Jake Scott, son of Ridley Scott, will direct the film. No word on who will play Buckley, though Robert Pattinson, James Mardsen, James Franco and Jared Leto have all been mentioned as potential candidates. Expect a Jared Leto audition tape in three … two … one …

Beyoncé collaborates with Michelle Obama on “Move Your Body”

We were excited about Britney Spears collaborating with Rihanna on her “S&M” remix, until we heard that Beyoncé was collaborating with Michelle Obama on the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” campaign to combat child obesity. The singer retooled her hit “Get Me Bodied” into a kid-friendly track called “Move Your Body.” An official video is forthcoming, but for now, check out the killer choreography below.

The Bad

Justin Bieber hassled in the Holy Land

Justin Bieber was all stoked about visiting sacred sites during his trip to Israel. But then, the paparazzi arrived on an unholy crusade for photos of the pop star, crushing his prayer for a little peace in the Middle East. Bieber took to his virtual Wailing Wall, Twitter, to give the paps a tongue-lashing. “They should be ashamed of themselves. Take pictures of me eating but not in a place of prayer, ridiculous.” Give those heathens hell, Bieber!

Coldplay fans least likely to give it up on first date

Love the lyrics to “Yellow”? You probably won’t be dropping trou on the first date then. Tastebuds.fm, a music dating site, took a poll of its users and determined that Coldplay lovers are more modest when it comes to the boudoir. Nirvana fans, on the other hand, are ready to bone. Next time you hear someone singing, “Come as You Are,” know they mean it.

The Ugly

Rebecca Black’s “Friday” tops 100 million YouTube views

Guys, really. Knock it off. You’re just encouraging her.

Gwyneth Paltrow and Jay-Z interview each other

In the simultaneous ego stroke heard ‘round the world, celebrity bloggers Jay-Z and Gwyneth Paltrow interviewed each other for their respective sites—his, Life + Times and hers, GOOP. Our favorite commentary on this exchange has to be a user comment that follows Jay-Z’s post: “WTF kind of mutual masturbation is this shit?” Indeed, deauxieme_peau. Indeed.

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The Good

Britney Spears releases “Till The World Ends” video

After seeing her video for “Hold It Against Me” (which, depending who you ask, was either “meh” or “eh?”), we didn’t have high expectations for Britney Spears’ video for “Till The World Ends.” To be honest, her lethargic performances have been bumming us out of late. But guess what? Britney’s back in a big way with her latest. An apocalyptic dance party set to arguably the most euphoric track on her chart-topping Femme Fatale. This is the Brit-Brit we’ve missed. Check out the video below.

Jay-Z launches lifestyle Web site

Lifestyle Web sites curated by celebrities can be open invitations for mockery (looking at you, GOOP). But nobody laughs at Jay-Z. So don’t even think about cracking a cynical smile at his new project, Life + Times. First of all, the site looks sharp. Secondly, he’s hired bloggers to write the content, so you probably won’t come across any of Jigga’s nonsensical contributions (looking at you, “Hot Tottie”). Check it out here.

Ryan Murphy eases up on Kings of Leon

Looks like Glee creator Ryan Murphy is feeling chagrined over the “F-you” he launched at Kings of Leon in his interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Now he tells the mag, “I didn’t speak with as much clarity as I would have liked.” Not exactly an apology, but probably the best the band is going to get. Murphy, who expressed his displeasure with the band after they turned down the offer to have their songs appear on Glee, now admits, “I completely understand when artists don’t want a show or another artist to interpret their songs. In fact, I respect it. It’s their personal work and I’d feel the same way.” Good to hear him singing a different tune.

The Bad

Jared Leto dresses up as Kurt Cobain and sings Nirvana songs

This week marked the 17th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Jared Leto thought, in honor of the occasion, folks would like to see his audition tape for a biopic on the Nirvana frontman. As far as vocals and looks go, we think he makes a passable Cobain. Is the whole thing weird and narcissistic? Yeah. But’s that’s so Jared.

The Ugly

So many headlines, so little space. It was tough deciding what was scarier this week—Justin Bieber setting his mom’s hair on fire on her 35th birthday, or the fact that his mom is only 35. Then there’s Nicki Minaj’s rebuttal to Lil Kim’s mix tape diss, called “Tragedy”—more specifically the cover where Lil Kim lies bound and gagged in a pool of blood while Minaj looms overhead with a dripping sword. Not nice, ladies. We thought we couldn’t be more disturbed by Vince Neil being charged with “poking” until we heard that Ke$ha’s new hobby is naked painting. What a week. Time to go lie down.

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