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MOST AND LEAST DESIRABLE CELEBRITY NEIGHBORS
SEATTLE (AP) — Pick a celebrity, any celebrity, to be your neighbor and who would it be? Jimmy Fallon got the most votes in a survey conduced by Zillow. Last year's winners, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton, tied for second place with Jennifer Lawrence. Sofia Vergara and Robin Roberts are tied for third. Two percent said they like to live next door to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian. Kimye tops the list of celebrities people would least like to live next to. Honey Boo Boo and her family are second on the list. Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are tied for third. Lady Gaga is fourth and Alex Rodriguez is fifth.
MOST CHARITABLE CELEBS
UNDATED (AP) — Taylor Swift does more charity work than any other celebrity. It's the second straight year Swift has topped DoSomething.org's list of "Celebs Gone Good." The website points out how Swift took part in a benefit for homeless young people and donated $100,000 to the Nashville Symphony. One Direction is in second place. They volunteered to do charity work in Ghana. Harry Styles and Liam Payne also raised more than $800,000 for cancer research. Beyonce is in third place, followed by the late Paul Walker. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are in fifth place. Then comes Sandra Bullock, Kerry Washington, Ian Somerhalder, Ryan Seacrest and Carrie Underwood.
SUSPENSION DOING WONDERS FOR "DUCK DYNASTY" CHRISTMAS ALBUM
NEW YORK (AP) — Phil Robertson's suspension is doing wonders for the "Duck Dynasty Christmas Album." Sales are up 22 percent since his suspension. The album moved up two notches to number four with sales of 132,000. It's sold more than 700,000 copies since its release on October 29. Beyonce's album is number one for the second week with 374,000 copies sold. She's sold nearly a million copies in ten days.
MILEY TRIES TO HELP ARIANA GRANDE CHANGE HER GOOD-GIRL IMAGE
NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus is there for Ariana Grande if she ever wants to change her good-girl image. Cyrus tells the New York Times that she asked Grande to pose for a picture with her at an award show because that would make her "a little less sweet." But Grande passed. Cyrus says she thinks some celebrities are "a little scared" to be linked to her. She says Grande is taking small steps to appear more grown up. She notices that Grande is wearing shorter dresses. She says Grande told her that wearing a shorter dress made her feel like her, but Cyrus says it was like her "sixth grade prom dress."
PITBULL ADDED TO NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE
NEW YORK (AP) — Pitbull is the latest celebrity who'll be part of "New Year's Rockin' Eve" without being in Times Square. Pitbull will appear live from the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Billy Joel will also be doing a remote appearance from Brooklyn. The performers in Times Square include Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Robin Thicke and The Fray.
OSCARS VOTING STARTS TODAY
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar voters can start choosing their favorite movies and performances starting today. They have until January 8 to cast their ballots. This is the second year they'll be able to do it online. Nominations will be announced January 16.
''47 RONIN" - KEANU REEVES
TOKYO (AP) — Even though Keanu Reeves has done more than his share of martial arts on screen, he still had a lot to learn to star in "47 Ronin." He says he had to learn how to stand, how to breathe and how to use his hands. He says whether you're throwing a punch or making a move, you have to stand a certain way and balance your weight properly. Reeves learned from a martial arts master, Hiroyuki Sanada (heer-oh-YOO'-kee suh-NAH'-duh).
<<CUT *004 (12/27/13)>> 00:08 "stances and hands"
Keanu Reeves says he learned a lot from martial arts expert Hiroyuki Sanada. ((Hiroyuki Sanada is pronounced heer-oh-YOO-kee suh-NAH'-duh))
<<CUT *005 (12/27/13)>> 00:10 "your weight is"
Keanu Reeves says he had a lot to learn from martial arts expert Hiroyuki Sanada. ((Hiroyuki Sanada is pronounced heer-oh-YOO-kee suh-NAH'-duh))
''GRUDGE MATCH" - SYLVESTER STALLONE
NEW YORK (AP) — Before you start joking about Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro fighting at their ages, realize that Stallone gets the joke. He says "there's always going to be a little parody to it" because the audience is going to go, "come, we've seen enough!" But he sees it as an homage to the boxing matches he and De Niro have had on screen. He says the movie has to end in the grudge match because people are expecting "a magical brawl."
<<CUT *001 (12/27/13)>> 00:10 "onus off it"
Sylvester Stallone says he knows it's a bit silly to have a guy in his late 60s fighting a guy who's 70.
<<CUT *002 (12/27/13)>> 00:06 "let that down"
Sylvester Stallone says he and Robert DeNiro had to fight at the end.
<<CUT *003 (12/27/13)>> 00:15 "angles that don't"
Sylvester Stallone jokes that he told the director how to film the fight scenes.
by Michael Weinfeld