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Bon Jovi Records Version of "Stand by Me" for Iranian People

Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi

With nearly wall-to-wall coverage of Michael Jackson's death, it might be easy to forget the ongoing struggle taking place in Iran. But rocker Jon Bon Jovi hasn't forgotten.

Earlier this week, Bon Jovi and bandmate Richie Sambora recorded a version of Ben E. King's classic "Stand by Me" with Iranian superstar Andy Madadian. Their mission: to send a message of global solidarity to the Iranian people who are caught in the midst of debate and protest over the country's recent election.

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Jackson's Body Released; Chopra Speaks of Drug Use

Michael Jackson

With Michael Jackson's autopsy complete but a cause of death deferred pending further testing, the pop icon's body has been released to a mortuary.

The body was moved to an undisclosed location around 9:30 pm/PT Friday, Ed Winter, assistant chief coroner of the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office told CNN. Jackson's family have gathered, but no funeral arrangements have been made public.

See our full coverage of Michael Jackson's death

The coroner's office revealed Friday that it could take up to six weeks for toxicology tests to provide a clear cause of death, but the autopsy showed "no indication of any external trauma or any foul play." Meanwhile, there have been anecdotal reports of Jackson's prescription drug use, including a firsthand account from Dr. Deepak Chopra.

Chopra, who said he knew Jackson for more than two decades, told CNN that Jackson asked him for narcotics during ... read more

Poll: "Thriller" Is TVGuide.com Readers' Favorite Michael Jackson Video

Michael Jackson, "Thriller"

Michael Jackson produced a slew of impressive music videos, but TVGuide.com readers have spoken, and "Thriller" is their favorite.

A whopping 67 percent of voters in our poll say "Thriller" is their favorite music video in the King of Pop's catalog. "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" were in a dead heat for the runner-up spot, earning 13 and 12 percent of the vote, respectively.

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With so many choices, naturally readers cried foul when we narrowed the field to only our Top 5. Other fan favorites included ... read more

New Transformers Characters Raise Questions of Racism

Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen

Some moviegoers believe two of the new robots in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen are more than meets the eye.

Skids and Mudflap, a pair of robot twins meant to provide comic relief, are being called racial caricatures, according to the Associated Press. The pair, which constantly bicker using street slang, admit they cannot read, and one of them has a gold tooth.

Check out photos from the new Transformers movie

The new characters have already drawn comparison to Jar Jar Binks, the broken-English-speaking alien from Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace that many fans labeled as a stereotype. But director Michael Bay insists jive-talking twin robots were only meant for laughs.

"It's done in fun," he said. "I don't know ... read more

Rosie O'Donnell Gets Her Own Radio Show

Rosie O'Donnell

Rosie O'Donnell will have a new place to share her view — this time on the radio.

The former talk show host and View moderator will begin hosting a daily radio show for Sirius XM radio this fall, according to The Associated Press. O'Donnell's two-hour show — which she will broadcast from a studio being built at her New York home — will focus on news and entertainment and occasionally feature guests.

Check out O'Donnell from her days on The View

O'Donnell said she was approached by the company after a recent appearance on talk-radio legend Howard Stern's Sirius show. "[Stern's] been very encouraging," she said. "After I did his show, they called and asked if I was interested. I don't really listen to radio, so I started thinking about it and listening. I asked if they could possibly do it at my house because that would really make it convenient for me with four kids, and they said yes, so I was like, 'Wow. Let's try that.'"

O'Donnell, who hosted The Rosie O'Donnell Show from 1996 to 2002, has stepped ... read more

Simon Cowell, British Billionaire Form Entertainment Company

Simon Cowell

American Idol judge Simon Cowell may be on his way to becoming TV's "best-paid star."

Cowell has teamed with billionaire British retailer Sir Phillip Green to create a global entertainment firm that will own and produce TV content, according to Financial Times. The new company will include Cowell's existing projects, Britain's Got Talent and The X-Factor, but will also launch new programming.

Check out photos of Cowell on Britain's Got Talent, Idol and more.

More importantly, however, Green — a close friend of Cowell's — has been advising him in his contract negotiations with Idol producer 19 Entertainment. Cowell has been... read more

Do Rescue Me's Musical Numbers Hit the Right Notes?

Steven Pasquale

Don't worry, we cringed too when Steven Pasquale burst into song in the latest episode of Rescue Me.

But once the shock wore off — and we realized that Pasquale could still make Sean Garrity hilariously stupid while singing — it became apparent that creators Denis Leary and Peter Tolan had put some thought into the song-and-dance routines. (That's right, routines; there are more to come.)

"Those would be my fault," Tolan told TVGuide.com. "We were sort of looking for a way to showcase Steve's singing, and this seemed like the most natural way — these fantasies while he was being prepped for surgery or after. The good thing is they're all on story. The first one is more naturalistic — there's sort of an MTV feel to the second half of it, but it feels a little more grounded. Then they just spin out of control."

Pasquale has a history with ... read more

Adam Lambert Speaks Out Against Pre-Idol Recordings

Adam Lambert

Before you download Adam Lambert's new single, "Want," on iTunes, there's something the American Idol runner-up would like you to know.

"Back in 2005, when I was a struggling artist, I was hired as a studio singer to lend my vocals to tracks written by someone else," Lambert said in a statement. "I was broke at the time and this was my chance to make a few bucks, so I jumped at the opportunity to record for my first time in a professional studio. The work I did back then in no way reflects the music I am currently in the studio working on."

"Want" — which leaked on the Internet last week — will be packaged with other old tracks and released as an album this summer titled On with the Show. The 11 tracks were recorded ... read more

Jon & Kate Announcement: "We've Decided to Separate"

Jon and Kate Gosselin

Hours after filing for divorce, Jon and Kate Gosselin announced the decision on their show, Jon & Kate Plus 8, saying they had decided to "separate" and were trying to do what was best for their children.

Interviewing separately, both parents used the word "separate" — not divorce. But late in the episode, on-screen text said they had filed Monday for the "dissolution" of their marriage.

Kate said she wasn't "fond" of the idea and was most worried about her children. "How they'll be another statistic," she said. "How they'll be the kids looking back and saying, 'My parents split up when I was fill-in-the-blank age.' That's primarily it, but for myself I don't really want to be alone. I don't want to do this alone, but it's required and I've got to do it."

"It's life, it's a roller coaster. Sometimes it goes off the track," Jon added. "I don't hate Kate, but y'know. I just have to do what's best for me and my kids."

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Catch the MuchMusic Video Awards on TV Guide Network

The Jonas Brothers

TV Guide Network has secured the exclusive U.S. rights to broadcast the 2009 MuchMusic Video Awards.

The Canadian awards show, which was taped Sunday, will air Saturday, June 27 at 8 pm/ET. The show is hosted by tween sensations The Jonas Brothers.

The show features musical performances by Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, Nickelback and the JoBros. New Moon stars Taylor Lautner and Rachelle Lefevre, Rumer Willis, Audrina Patridge, and Kim Kardashian are among the celebrity presenters handing out trophies.

The show also features... read more

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