The Social Climber: Britney Spears Returns in Las Vegas, Oscar Race Begins

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Britney Spears Returns in Las Vegas
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PHOTO: Britney Spears rehearses "Britney: Piece of Me" at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, in Las Vegas.
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The wait is over, and the spectacle is on! Britney Spears made her Las Vegas debut on Dec. 26 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. "Britney: Piece of Me" is being called a departure for Spears, which includes acrobatics, a ring of fire, confetti, and oh yes, a live band in the show.

Missed it? Never fear, the pop princess has signed on to perform 50 shows each in 2014 and 2015.

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Oscar Race Officially Begins
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PHOTO: A Oscar statue is seen on the red carpet before the 84th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Feb. 25, 2012.
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Which of this year's Oscar-bait contenders will slip into the Best Picture category? Can Matthew McCaughey overcome a decade of mediocre rom-coms for Oscar glory? Will Meryl Streep be nominated AGAIN? Well, the ballots are officially out for 2014's Academy Award nominees, and we shall find out soon. Nominations for the 86th Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 16.

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Garth Brooks Returns!
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PHOTO: Garth Brooks visits "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on Nov. 27, 2013 in Universal City, Calif.
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For holding the title of second best-selling solo albums artist in the U.S. of all time (just behind Mr. Elvis Presley), Garth Brooks sure takes his time to put out new tunes. But the 5-year wait ended with the release of "The Call." The man formerly known as Chris Gaines has given the world a tribute to his former wife Trisha Yearwood, who even duets on the track.

And good news, Garth fans. He's launching a 2014 world tour.

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Sherlock Holmes Now Belongs to You
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PHOTO: "The Hound of the Baskervilles" #1 book cover circa 1900.
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Do you have the perfect modern-day Sherlock Holmes story boiling inside you, but have been hindered in getting it out at all turns by legal mumbo jumbo? Well you can release it at last, as a federal judge ruled that elements in the 50 Arthur Conan Doyle works published before the start of 1923 are not covered by copyright, according to the New York Times.

So just leave that updated version of "The Hound of the Baskervilles" right by the fireplace on your way out, thanks.

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Audiences Just Don't 'Believe' in Justin Bieber
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PHOTO: Singer Justin Bieber arrives at the world premiere of "Justin Biebers Believe" at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on Dec. 18, 2013 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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Threatening to quit the biz on the eve of the release of his new flick didn't seem to work out for the Biebs, at least at the box office. According to Box Office Mojo, the Justin Bieber documentary, "Believe," earned just $1.25 million on its Christmas opening day – well below the $12 million his 2011 movie "Never Say Never" made on its opening day.

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