Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28, his spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told CNN Monday.The 85-year-old pope is resigning "because of advanced age," Benedict told the cardinals of the Catholic Church on Monday."Strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me," the pope told the cardinals, according to the Vatican. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415. He did so to end a civil war within the church in which more than one man claimed to be pope.Benedict, the 265th pope, is the sixth German to serve as pope and the first since the 11th century. He became pope in 2005.He has led church after the third-longest papacy in church history and during a time in which the church is declining in his native Europe but expanding in Africa and Latin America.Benedict's time as pope has been marked with a series of scandals and controversies, including hundreds of new allegations of sexual abuse by priests.
THE BLACK KEYS dominated most of last night's Grammys, but they didn't come away with the Album of the Year award. That went to MUMFORD & SONS for their album, "Babel". The Black Keys' "El Camino" did win Best Rock Album, and their single "Lonely Boy" won Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance. Black Keys singer DAN AUERBACH also won Producer of the Year.
Album of the Year: "Babel", Mumford & Sons
Record of the Year: "Somebody That I Used to Know", Gotye featuring Kimbra
Song of the Year: "We Are Young", Fun featuring Janelle Monáe
Best New Artist: Fun
Best Pop Album: "Stronger", Kelly Clarkson
Best Traditional Pop Album: "Kisses on the Bottom", Paul McCartney
Best Pop Solo Performance: "Set Fire to the Rain [Live]", Adele
Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group: "Somebody That I Used To Know", Gotye featuring Kimbra
Best Dance Recording: "Bangarang", Skrillex featuringSirah
Best Dressed: Katy Perry in Gucci
Florence Welch is Givenchy
CHRIS BROWN crashed his Porsche into a wall on Saturday afternoon. His rep says he was trying to avoid aggressive paparazzi. He added that Chris would seek criminal charges AND sue them. But the photographers say Chris is full of it, and they didn't arrive until after the accident
During a "Saturday Night Live" skit this weekend, JUSTIN BIEBER apologized for getting caught smoking pot earlier this year. He was playing MILEY CYRUS' biggest fan on a "Miley Cyrus Show" sketch. And he said, quote, "I also heard [Bieber] got busted for smoking weed. And he's really sorry about it. And people make mistakes. And he's never gonna do it again."
It's probably no secret that KANYE WEST has kind of a Jesus complex. But is he transferring it to KIM KARDASHIAN? The two of them visited the famous Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro over the weekend . . . and posed just like it, with arms outstretched.
This can't be good: DAVID HASSELHOFF'S daughter HAYLEY was arrested for DUI and speeding in Los Angeles just after Christmas. It's hard to believe we're just finding out about this now, but Hayley was officially charged on January 3rd. Oh, and she's only 20. A source says she's going to fight the charges.
.A. cop killer CHRISTOPHER DORNER mentioned several celebrities in his so-called online "manifesto" before he went on the run . . . including CHARLIE SHEEN, whom he called, quote, "effin' awesome."Well, Charlie is trying to use Dorner's admiration of him to resolve the situation. He made a video saying, quote, "You mentioned me in your manifesto, so thank you for your kind words.-"I am urging you to call me. Let's figure out together how to end this thing."
On a British talk show, MARK WAHLBERG insinuated that he doesn't deserve his success because of all the bad stuff he did as a kid. He said, quote, "The fact that I got away with a lot of things in real life that I shouldn't have and I get to be a movie star, is a problem." But he added, quote, "Now, I turned my life around and I have done the right thing."
BRADLEY COOPER will produce and star in a movie about CHRIS KYLE . . . the former Navy SEAL and sniper who was murdered at a Texas gun range by a friend who was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. Cooper had actually purchased the rights to Kyle's autobiography before the murder. But now he's going to add Kyle's death to the story.
The JASON BATEMAN-MELISSA MCCARTHY comedy "Identity Thief" was a hit at the box office this weekend. It made $36.6 million . . . more than three times what "Side Effects" made in third place. And the limited release of "Top Gun 3D" made less than $2 million in 11th place. But since it was only playing on 300 screens, it had a higher per-theater average than any other movie in the Top 10 besides "Identity Thief".
Box Office Weekend! The JASON BATEMAN-MELISSA MCCARTHY comedy "Identity Thief" was a hit at the box office this weekend. It made $36.6 million . . . more than three times what "Side Effects" made in third place.
1.) (NEW) "Identity Thief", $36.6 million.
2.) "Warm Bodies", $11.5 million. Up to $36.7 million in its 2nd week.
3.) (NEW) "Side Effects", $10 million.
CHRISTINA APPLEGATE has left the NBC sitcom "Up All Night" after two seasons. She says, quote, "It's been a great experience . . . but the show has taken a different creative direction, and I decided it was best for me to move on."-NBC hasn't commented, so the show's future is unclear. There are a lot of rumors online: Some say LISA KUDROW from "Friends" could be brought in to replace her, but others say Christina's departure could kill the show.
Three people were killed in a helicopter crash late Saturday night while filming a Discovery Channel reality show. There's no word what the show is. The permit just listed it as "Untitled Military Project".The cause of the crash is unknown. The Discovery Channel released a statement saying, quote, "We are all cooperating fully with authorities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families."This reportedly counts as the worst film set accident in California since Vic Morrow and two child actors died when a stunt helicopter crashed into them during the filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" back in 1982.
--"Aliens: Colonial Marines" is a video game sequel to the movie "Aliens", for the Xbox360, PS3, and PC. People who preordered get Ripley's flamethrower and a chance to play as four of the Marine characters from the movie, including Corporal Hicks, as you return to the colony where they found the aliens.You can play the campaign as a four-player co-op. And the multiplayer mode lets you take on a marine squad as one of the alien xenomorphs.
TONI BRAXTON is abandoning her music career, because her "heart isn't in it" any more. She added, quote, "I hate to say that . . . for what I do, I have to love it. I have to feel that excitement and it's gone." But her heart WOULD be into playing a butch lesbian in a movie. She said, quote, "[I'd do] a whole make-out scene and the whole thing, just something completely different than people would expect from me."
EMINEM will release his next album sometime this year. His manager says we can expect it "post-Memorial Day." There are no further details.-Eminem's last solo album "Recovery" came out in 2010. In 2011, he put out a collaborative album with ROYCE DA 5'9" under the name BAD MEETS EVIL. It was titled "Hell: The Sequel".
CARRIE UNDERWOOD decided to "out-accessorize" everyone at last night's Grammys . . . by wearing a $31 million necklace.
--"The BET Honors" . . . 9:00 to 11:00 P.M. on BET. Performers include Brandy, Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Wayne Brady, Mint Condition, Ledisi, the S.O.S. Band, Kem and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Gabrielle Union is your host.
--"2 Broke Girls" . . . 9:00 to 9:30 P.M. on CBS. Rapper 2 Chainz guests as himself.
--"Fashion Police: The 2013 Grammy Awards" . . . 9:00 to 10:00 P.M. on E! A review of the 2013 Grammy Awards red carpet hits and misses.
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