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Nick Cannon signs on to judge social media's Shorty Awards


Nick Cannon may be slowing things down a bit stepping down from his daily radio show, but he's certainly not stopping: The "America's Got Talent" host has joined the Real-Time Academy and will be one of those judging the Shorty Awards, which on Thursday announced its Vox Populi winners in a number of social media categories.

Cannon joins some good company, including actress and prolific tweeter Alyssa Milano, Foursquare Chief Executive Dennis Crowley, novelist Kurt Andersen and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales. The Shortys recognize the best content producers on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr, YouTube, Quora and the rest of the social web.

"Bribing the judge is always beautiful," Cannon noted, after listing the ways social media has been good to him.

"We're thrilled to welcome Nick Cannon to the Real-Time Academy of Short Form Arts & Sciences, a select jury made up of the most incorruptible people on social media," Greg Galant told the Ministry exclusively. Galant is the co-founder and chief executive of Sawhorse Media, which created the Shorty Awards.

So who won already? (Vox Populi equals voice of the people, by the way, for those who missed the movie "Network" — and with the Shortys, it's the person or organizations with the most Twitter nominations in each featured category. And more than 1.6 million nominations were submitted, incidentally.)

In the celebrity category, Korean pop star and actor Kim Jae Joong was tops among the people nominated, along with Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and pop duo Jedward.

"Pretty Little Liars" was the top TV show Vox Pop nominee, along with "Attack of the Show," "The Glee Project," "Vampire Diaries" and "Castle."

The Vox Populi actor was Kevin Jonas, in a category rounded out by Ian Somerhalder, Dwayne Johnson, Misha Collins, Nathan Fillion and Tom Felton. Top actress? Selena Gomez, with Rosmeri Marval, Miley Cyrus, Agnes Monica, Stana Katic and Anahi.

And the Ministry's fave category? Why, that would be best fake account, led by people's choice Tusk, @TUSK_IV. Other nominees are the Fake ESPN, @TheFakeESPN; the Doctor, @ItsTheDoctor; Dilma Rousseff, @dilmabr; the DM Reporter, @DMReporter; and Jim Moriarty, @ItsJimMoriarty.

The rest of the Vox Populi winners and the rest of the nominees, by category, can be found at the Shorty Awards website

The awards will be held at 7:30 p.m. EST March 26 at TimesCenter in New York; watch them live at ShortyAwards.com.


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Ryan Gosling helps break up a street fight in New York [Video]


Ryan Gosling is a movie star, a musician and, um, a peacemaker? Apparently so, as amateur video taken over the weekend shows Gosling ending a street fight in New York.

Footage taken by a passerby shows two men locked in a scuffle, one holding a painting while trying to avoid blows from the other. Several pedestrians attempt to stop the fight, but only Gosling gets the job done effectively.

Rocking a tank and some high tops and armed only with a shopping bag, the "Crazy, Stupid, Love" actor shows up in the middle of the action and drops the bag so he can help control the brawlers. He might not be a Hollywood hero like, say, amateur firefighter Kate Winslet, but still -- nice job, Ryan.

And the woman shooting the video? "The Notebook" actor's appearance seems to have made her day.


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Mila Kunis accepts sergeant's invitation to Marine Corps Ball

Mila Kunis has accepted an invitation from a Marine to attend the Marine Corps Ball

Mila Kunis may have won acclaim for "Black Swan," but it's the red, white and blue that's getting her high marks from the Ministry: The actress has accepted an invitation from Sgt. Scott Moore to attend the Marine Corps Ball this fall.

In a polite, to-the-point YouTube video that he uploaded in June from Afghanistan, Moore asked Kunis to be his date for the ball, scheduled for Nov. 18 in Greenville, N.C.

"Take a second, think about it, get back to me. All right, bye now," Moore said in the clip, which you can watch below.

Credit his Marine swagger, or perhaps a push from Kunis' "Friends With Benefits" costar Justin Timberlake -- Moore is getting his wish. While talking to Fox 411 over the weekend, Timberlake asked Kunis if she'd seen the Marine's plea, then pressed her to attend. "I'm going to work on this, man," he said before sending Moore a direct message. "This needs to go down."

"I'll go. I'll do it for you," she said. The Marine Corps Ball is a significant bash for the Semper Fi bunch. We can't wait to see Kunis on Moore's arm, dress blues and all.



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Photo: Mila Kunis in Beverly Hills in November 2010. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times  

Nicole Richie nails Britney Spears' 'Slave 4 U' choreography [video]

Don't threaten Nicole Richie with a dance-off.

The Ministry has proof of how disastrous coming up against her can be, especially when it comes to busting some classic Britney Spears moves.

A video was recently posted to her official YouTube page showing Richie and a male friend going head-to-head, shimmying to the Spears hit "Slave 4 U."

Richie is victorious by a mile, moving through the choreography as though she's spent many a night in front of the mirror with Brit-Brit blasting.

Check out the full clip above, and give us your thoughts on Richie's move-busting in comments.


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Rebecca Black yanks 'Friday' from YouTube -- happy now?

Rebecca Black takes "Friday" down from YouTube

Rebecca Black wants "Friday" all to herself, it seems, requesting that YouTube take down the viral video that made her famous.

"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Rebecca Black," reads the Web page that once held the pop tune so bad it was marvelous. "Sorry about that."

The dispute is over who own rights to Rebecca's image, according to TMZ, which got confirmation from the Black team that a takedown notice had been submitted as a result of a "dispute we have with Ark Music regarding the 'Friday' video."

Ark Music Factory produced the tune as part of a package purchased by Rebecca's family.

After logging more than 167 million free "Friday" views via its YouTube account, Ark earlier this week introduced a $2.99 three-day rental fee for the video — this after Mama Black in April threatened Ark with a lawsuit over master copies of the recording and sales of "Friday" ring tones, Popeater said.

To all the folks who wanted "Friday" to just go away -- happy now? Yes, that is a totally serious question.


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Photo credits: YouTube screen grab, left; Isaac Brekken / Associated Press, right.

Donald Trump not running for president, Rebecca Black not pregnant

Donald Trump not running for president; Rebecca Black not pregnant Donald Trump will not run for president of the United States, he announced Monday, only a day after 13-year-old "Friday" phenom Rebecca Black announced that she was not pregnant.

We'll pause now for a moment of silence so we can all read that previous paragraph again, shake our heads and wonder how the world is currently still spinning on its axis.

"I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to," Trump said Monday in a written statement, after teasing for months about whether he'd submit his résumé to the American people for consideration as chief exec of the free world.

The teasing by the host of "The Celebrity Apprentice" included traveling to early-primary state New Hampshire and loudly and successfully pressuring President Obama to release his long-form birth certificate.

"I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election," Trump said. "I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector."

Speaking of birth certificates, we won't be expecting a new one courtesy of Rebecca Black any time soon. The YouTube phenom is not pregnant, despite CNN's iReport website falling for a doctored picture of the 13-year-old "Friday" singer announcing that she was with child.

"I thought it was May 15th ... not April Fools Day," the teen wrote on her @MsRebeccaBlack account on Twitter. "I'm absolutely NOT pregnant."

And here we thought the full moon wasn't due until Tuesday. Go figure.


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Rebecca Black: Police investigating 'Friday' death threats

Rebecca Black has gotten death threats Rebecca Black has received death threats: Take "Friday" off the Web or face the consequences. Who knew bad music could be so dangerous? At any rate, police are on the case.

Anaheim police are looking into a menacing call to Black's management company and an email to her production company, both received in March.

"In essence, the threats were related to getting the music off the Internet or they were going to kill her," Anaheim police spokesman Sgt. Rick Martinez told KCBS. "We can't validate how serious they are, but we do take it seriously."

Black, 13, shot to fame in February with her YouTube upload of "Friday," the infamous tune dubbed by some as the "worst song in history." The video, with more than 111 million views, was shot by Ark Music Factory as part of a $2,000 package paid for by Black's mother.

Despite the parodies and threats, things are looking pretty good for Black. In fact, she now has something in common with the likes of Madonna and Lady Gaga: The guys from "Glee" will cover "Friday" in an upcoming episode.


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Ricky Gervais sings and dances in '80s pop duo Seona Dancing!

We knew about "The Office," "Extras" and his various other shows but, oh, Ricky Gervais... why did you never tell us about this?

The controversial Golden Globes host and sharp-tongued comic used to be in the '80s synth duo Seona Dancing.  And for the '80s and its unfortunate hairstyles, he looked real good.

Watch the music video for the band's chart topping single "Bitter Heart" above. A bounty that will live forever on YouTube. And yes, it's really Ricky!

Maybe he sees this as an unwanted blemish on his less-than-squeaky-clean career, but we see it as a goldmine. Are you as in love with this version of Ricky as we are? Tell us in comments.


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Who is Alexz Johnson and why was she trending on Twitter?

Alexz Johnson took Twitter's top searches by storm Tuesday after she shared a video of her playing her new single  "Thief" featuring Jimmy Robbins.

The pair played guitar together as Johnson sang in the black-and-white video uploaded to YouTube, giving 13-year-old Rebecca Black, that recent polarizing YouTube sensation, a run for her money.

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"Its insane... My music finally has a chance to be heard!!," she said when contacted by the Ministry.

Besides topping the Twitter searches, fans petitioned for the singer to get a verified account on the microblogging site.

"Alexz Johnson still trending!! Crazy!!!!!!," Johnson tweeted  earlier with a photo of the popular topics. 

The 24-year-old singer-actress garnered love from celebrity fans including Nelly Furtado and Demi Lovato, who tweeted props to the singer.

"Alexz Johnson is trending.. Pretty cool. She's the reason I picked up the guitar and started writing songs," the "Sonny with a Chance" star wrote.

"So excited! Just found out BRAND NEW #Alexz Johnson single, "LOOK AT THOSE EYES" comes out early-this tuesday on i-tunes! Don't sleep!" Furtado tweeted.

Johnson, who has appeared in "Final Destination 3" and "Smallville," is best known for her short stint on "Instant Star," a Canadian television show where she played an "American Idol"-like contest winner only to learn that fame came at an unsavory price.

Her newest album "Reloaded" will be available April 26.

Do you think Johnson's "Thief" is stealing Black's spotlight? Let us know in comments.


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Rebecca Black talks about 'Friday' on Friday

The day has finally come (it's Friday, "Friday") for the Ministry to acknowledge the viral virility of Rebecca Black's song and music video of the same name.

After a week in hiding, the Auto-Tuned songstress -- whose producers insist she sang in key -- talked with "Good Morning America" on, you guessed it, Friday, about the "Why is this playing over and over in my head?" quality of her song.

"I think that's an accomplishment. Even a person who doesn't like it, it's going to be stuck in their head. That's the point of it. It's a catchy song," said Rebecca, 13.

The Orange County eighth-grader, who seems bred from Ke$ha and Kim Kardashian's musical mash-ups and looks slightly like Lea Michele, has been omnipresent on social media all week with reactions to her song, which goes a little something like this: 

7 a.m. She wakes up. She needs her bowl and cereal. Then needs to get down to the bus stop. Then needs to make the really difficult decision of where to sit in the car.

"Kickin in the front seat, sittin' in the back seat, which seat can I take?"

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