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Christina Aguilera, Cher premiere 'Burlesque'; Ronni Chasen tragedy looms


After weeks of buzz, a few revealing in-depth interviews and lots of hair and makeup, "Burlesque" premiered in Hollywood with stars Christina Aguilera and Cher.

Burlesque-gallery-promoAt Grauman's Chinese Theater, Aguilera walked her first carpet as a film star, decked out in a green Elie Saab number. The mega-selling singer hit Hollywood Boulevard earlier in the day to receive her star on the Walk of Fame.

Cher knows a thing or two about fame, and as usual the 64-year-old defied gravity and Father Time, showing up with a youthful glow and an embellished black mini.

Director Steven Antin beamed over his supporting cast Julianne Hough, Cam Gigandet and Stanley Tucci as well as camp-loving luminaries including Will Ferrell, Kathy Griffin, Patricia Clarkson, Debi Mazar and AnnaLynne McCord (click the photo of McCord on the left to launch a picture gallery of celebrity arrivals). Chaz Bono, Cher's son, showed up with girlfriend Jennifer Elia.

An after-party at Drai's Hollywood at the W Hotel saw legend Jane Fonda holding court at her own inside tables, flanked with Ultimat vodka. Host and actress Ricki Lake turned up in full courtesan costume for the — you guessed it — burlesque-themed bash, while Aguilera enjoyed an outside table by the pool.

Though festivities continued until around 1 a.m., tragedy struck a guest off-site a half-hour earlier. After attending the premiere and after-party, longtime Hollywood publicist Ronnie Chasen was shot five times in the chest while behind the wheel of her Mercedes-Benz, which crashed into a light pole near Sunset Boulevard and Whitter Avenue in Beverly Hills.

Chasen, who lived in Westwood, was later pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she'd been taken by paramedics.


Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen described as 'happy-go-lucky' in moments before fatal shooting

Cher praises Christina Aguilera on diva-packed set of 'Burlesque' [video]

'Burlesque' went through bumps and grinds to make it to the big screen

— Matt Donnelly

Top photo: "Burlesque" writer-director Steven Antin, second from the right, with actors Peter Gallagher, left, Cher, Christina Aguilera and Julianne Hough at the film's Nov. 15, 2010, Hollywood premiere. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Left photo: Actress AnnaLynne McCord blows a kiss on the "Burlesque" red carpet at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


Matthew Morrison channels Richard Simmons for Halloween

Matthew Morrison and Christina Aguilera on Halloween Matthew Morrison helped Richard Simmons get as close as possible to guest starring on "Glee" as this Halloween: The actor payed homage to Simmons by dressing as him for Halloween.

In sparkly spandex with that unmistakable 'fro, Morrison threw a ghoulish bash with Onitsuka Tiger at West Hollywood's Voyeur -- complete with zombie burlesque and live cover band Cafe Wha?

Single lady Christina Aguilera showed up briefly with some pals, clad in a skintight sexy cop uniform (with handcuffs). Reality gal Lauren Conrad and her boyfriend Kyle Howard were smiling and dancing together in costumes -- she as a fluffy bird and he as Clark Kent, showing a Superman T-shirt beneath his collared shirt. 

Another couple, Chad Michael Murray and Kenzie Dalton, came decked out as Billy Idol and Madonna, respectively. Murray mingled outside and among the booths while Dalton chatted with friends.

There was plenty of "Glee" going around as well. New kid in school Chord Overstreet showed up dressed as a cowboy, and Harry Shum Jr. was Edward Scissorhands. 

What do you think of Matthew's look? Other celeb costumes? Tell us in the comments section below.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Matthew Morrison, as Richard Simmons, smiles with Christina Aguilera at his Los Angeles Halloween party, presented by VitaminWater. Credit: WireImage

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Christina Aguilera celebrates the single life in Hawaii

Christina Aguilera After a rough two weeks in her personal life, Christina Aguilera took a mini-break a few steps above going to Disneyland: The singer and budding film actress hit tropical Hawaii to celebrate her singlehood at the opening of Ian Schrager's new resort the Edition.

After her official filing for divorce from music exec Jordan Bratman, Aguilera rounded up female pals and trusted friends such as producer Tricky Stewart for a long weekend.

On Friday evening Xtina and crew enjoyed a casual luau, calling it an early night ahead of luxuriating all day Saturday in a poolside private cabana. A magnum of Grey Goose served the party well, sliding the group into a high-brow tasting on Saturday night prepared by "Iron Chef" star Masaharu Morimoto.

"Hawaii Five-0" actress Taryn Manning played DJ for the crowd, and Aguilera chatted with the likes of Bijou Phillips and Danny Masterson between courses. Partygoers said the singer was in high spirits, rocking skin-tight Herve Leger dresses all weekend.

Other stars attending the Edition opening included Vanessa Hudgens, Rashida Jones, Shanae Grimes, "True Blood" hunk Ryan Kwanten and Amber Valletta

— Matt Donnelly

Photo: Christina Aguilera is ready to mingle at the opening weekend of the Edition. Credit: WireImage.

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Christina Aguilera files for divorce from Jordan Bratman

Christina Aguilera files for divorce from husband Jordan Bratman Pop diva Christina Aguilera filed for divorce from music exec Jordan Bratman on Thursday, bringing a quick end to the will-they-or-won't-they discussion that started Tuesday when their separation went public.

There is a prenup, TMZ reports, and Xtina is asking for joint physical and legal custody of 2-year-old son Max Liron Bratman. Aguilera also wants the court to nix any spousal support for the man she married in 2005.

The divorce filing indicates they've been separated since Sept. 11 -- about a week before Aguilera hopped a private jet with Nicole Richie and pals to celebrate Richie's bachelorette weekend in Cabo San Lucas.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Christina Aguilera and Jordan Bratman at New York's Marquee nightclub in 2007.  /Dave Allocca / Starpix / Associated Press

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Christina Aguilera, husband Jordan Bratman are separated

Christina-aquilera Pop diva Christina Aguilera and her music exec husband Jordan Bratman are separated, and like yesterday's news Courteney Cox and David Arquette, it's been that way for awhile, sources have told "Extra" and Us Magazine.

The couple are not legally separated but have been living apart, working on their marriage and deciding whether to divorce, the reports said.

They have a 2-year-old son, Max.

Aguilera met in 2002 and married in Napa Valley almost five years ago, in November 2005.

She said at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards that her single "Ain't No Other Man" was about Bratman; the tune, which won a Grammy in 2007, includes these lyrics:

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Nicole Richie spends a bachelorette party weekend in Mexico with Christina Aguilera and pals

Nicole-richie-bachelorette Looks like that Nicole Richie and Joel Madden wedding is arriving sooner than some had expected -- given that the author and designer just celebrated her bachelorette weekend.

A group of famous and well-heeled pals took Richie to Cabo San Lucas, the Mexican celebrity haven, via private jet for a weekend of pampering and raunchy fun.

Christina Aguilera, Samantha Ronson, stylist Simone Harouche and Hollywood hair guy Andy LeCompte were on hand to ring in the occasion, even given custom T-shirts with the date and "Nicole's Bachelorette" written on the back.

In front? "Tickle your [insert mildly unprintable Spanish slang here] with Miss Richie." 

Sounds fun, ya'll. Richie officially announced her engagement in February during an appearance on David Letterman's couch. In April, Madden spoke to the Ministry about being a husband and father.

"I think you can decide to be the best dad and partner you can be, or you can run from it," Madden said. "It's a heavy thing when your life changes. But my kids make me feel good about myself; I'm not really worried about succeeding or failing."

Who do you think had a better bachelorette party, Richie or Katy Perry? Tell us in the comments section below.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Nicole Richie. Credit: Nina Prommer / EPA 

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PREACH IT! Who'll be up next on 'American Idol' -- after the break? (The break with Simon Cowell, that is.)

Idol simon Whether Howard Stern really is joining the increasingly tired "American Idol" franchise has been the source of much speculation -- and self-important debunking -- in recent days, but it isn’t really the point.

Stern-gallery-refer Simon Cowell is leaving "American Idol," and we need a new unpleasant person. Nothing would give us greater joy than listing famous people we don’t like as possible replacement.

We’re going to do that right now.

But we won’t stop there. In our photo gallery of fine candidates (click the picture to launch it), we’ve also tossed in a few veterans who may not be obnoxious, but certainly would have something interesting to say at that judges’ table.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Photo credits: Dave Hogan / Getty Images, left; Randee White / Sirius Satellite Radio.

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Cher praises Christina Aguilera on diva-packed set of 'Burlesque' [video]

Can't we all get along a little less

Don't get us wrong, we love good vibes among star casts -- especially the cast that upcoming "Burlesque" boasts: Christina Aguilera, Cher, Stanley Tucci, "Twilight" hunk Cam Gigandet and Kristen Bell

"Entertainment Tonight" got the first sit-down with the bunch, currently shooting the project in Los Angeles, and it seems even the film's headlining divas are playing extremely nice. 

Cher plays Tess, a club owner whose burlesque troupe is rescued by the talents of Aguilera's Ali, a small-town girl who hits Hollywood in pursuit of her dreams. 

"The other day we were hamming it up so badly ... ," Cher said of a group scene. "She was hot, she was really up there, her game is good."

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Star sightings: Christina Aguilera, Rachelle Lefevre, Amber Valletta

Best Buddies2 With award season heating up by the day, stars are finally emerging from their early-January slumber. The Ministry has tabs on who, what, where and what they're wearing.

We've got sightings of "Twilight" star Rachelle Lefevre, model and mom Amber Valletta, movie-making vamp Christina Aguilera, crooner Usher and more.

Soul singer Aguilera, who's getting her first at-bat in a feature film, was spotted on L.A.'s Sunset Boulevard today filming "Burlesque." The slender songstress stars alongside Cher and Kristen Bell as a small-town girl who pursues her musical dreams in Hollywood.

Former "Twilight' vamp Lefevre is helping make dreams come true as well, for the furry set ...

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New Year's Eve party report: Jersey Shore hits NYC; Fergie and Josh Duhamel kiss in Las Vegas [Updated]

Jersey Shore While we at The Ministry hope you were drenched in confetti and kissing a loved one when the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve, we've got the scoop on where the stars toasted 2010.

Although we told you Thursday that the likes of Lady Gaga and Nicole Richie would be hosting their own bashes across the country, a few surprises popped up in between the hyped happenings -- like the spontaneous showing of MTV's "Jersey Shore" cast at New York's Tenjune nightclub.

Snooki and her lovable gang sipped from a magnum of champagne alongside club owners Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum, as rapper Ron Browz performed his track "Pop Champagne." 

In Las Vegas, Fergie and Josh Duhamel made a united front, hitting the club LAX with her band the Black Eyed Peas. After the countdown, the two shared a passionate kiss

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