This week is all about moves, BIG moves. The Princess of pop, Miss Britney Spears, is climbing up Billboard's Hot 100 chart with her single "Scream & Shout" with will.i.am. Last week, the single was stuck at No. 8, but this week it has bounced up to No. 6.
Spears isn't the only one to begin a steady climb on up the ladder: Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" has jumped from No. 5 to No. 2, landing just behind Bruno Mars' "Locked Out Of Heaven." Swedish House Mafia has also broken into the top 10 this week with their single "Don't You Worry Child," featuring John Martin.
Check out the other songs that are on the top 10 list this week.
The Top 10 Songs of Billboard.com's Hot 100 Chart:
1. "Locked Out Of Heaven" by Bruno Mars
Last Week's Position: 1
Weeks on the Chart: 15
2. "Thrift Shop" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, featuring Wanz
Last Week's Position: 5
Weeks on the Chart: 15
3. "Ho Hey" by The Lumineers
Last Week's Position: 4
Weeks on the Chart: 32
4. "I Knew You Were Trouble." by Taylor Swift
Last Week's Position: 3
Weeks on the Chart: 13
5. "Diamonds" by Rihanna
Last Week's Position: 2
Weeks on the Chart: 16
6. "Scream & Shout" by will.i.am and Britney Spears
Last Week's Position: 8
Weeks on the Chart: 7
7. "Don't You Worry Child" by Swedish House Mafia, featuring John Martin
Last Week's Position: 11
Weeks on the Chart: 17
8. "Beauty And A Beat" by Justin Bieber, featuring Nicki Minaj
Last Week's Position: 7
Weeks on the Chart: 14
9. "Home" by Phillip Phillips
Last Week's Position: 6
Weeks on the Chart: 29
10. "I Cry" by Flo Rida
Last Week's Position: 10
Weeks on the Chart: 16
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The annual award is given to an individual who has made major contributions to the entertainment industry. Douglas will receive the award March 3 during the organization’s 12th Annual Golden Laurel Awards.
Other recipients of the award include Bob Hope, Jack Warner, Irving Berlin and Paramount Picture boss Sherry Lansing.
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Berman, 55, was also a novelist best known as the daughter of Las Vegas mobster David Berman, the business partner of gangster Bugsy Siegel, who took over the Flamingo Hotel after Siegel was murdered. She also wrote her memoirs of growing up a Mafia princess in “Easy Street” and “Lady Las Vegas.”
Berman reportedly had projects in the works that were tied to her Mafia past.
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Daily Variety reports that Malkovich and Scott are in talks to star in "Ripley's Game," a sort of a follow-up to last year's "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (with Damon as the titled character).
The new project, which is based on the third novel in author Patricia Highsmith's Ripley series, follows an older, married Ripley who is looking for an assassin to rid two rivals.
Shooting of the film is set to begin in Venice in January.
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