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Whitney Houston Back in Drug Rehab

A representative of the singing superstar Whitney Houston confirmed on Monday that she is back in drug rehab. Kristen Foster, Houston’s spokesperson, said that the star is undergoing treatment for drug and alcohol addiction as an out-patient in a rehab. Foster added that Houston did it voluntarily as a part of her long-standing road to recovery.

Whitney Houston, 47, is probably one of the most singers in the history of pop music. In fact, up to present, the Guinness World Records confirm that Houston is the most awarded female artist with a total of 415 awards as of 2010. Her awards include six Grammy Awards, 22 American Music Awards, and 2 Emmy Awards. Moreover, Houston has sold over 170 million copies of her album worldwide.

Houston also had a taste of the big screen when she starred as the lead role of the movie The Bodyguard in 1992. She sang the lead single of the movie’s soundtrack “I Will Always Love You.” The song became the best-selling single performed by a female singer in the history of the music industry.

However, the superstar has been battling with drug addiction for years which led to the steady decline of her career. In 2009 she released her comeback album and announced that she is clean (of drugs) and healthy.

But in 2010, during her overseas tour, the superstar was once again troubled by cancelled shows and negative reviews. Some of her fans said that the quality of her voice is not the same and that they are very disappointed with her concert.

Foster refused to say how long Houston will be under treatment or where her rehab is. Houston, however, is very visible and just last week, she sang on stage during Prince’s Los Angeles concert.

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Franco, Hathaway Talk about Hosting Academy Awards

For the first time, Anne Hathaway and James Franco will host the Academy Awards. However, neither star showed any signs of nervousness during their TV interview last Thursday.

Hathaway, only 28-years old, is the youngest to ever host the prestigious award ceremony. The 32-year old Franco is also up for his first Oscar nomination for his lead role in the movie “127 Hours.”

Yet, with the ceremony just a few days away, they appeared completely at ease. They were joking around, spilling some show rumors and even creating others. Franco even quipped they we’re dating.

The two actors were taking a break from the rehearsals last Thursday when they had a three-minute round of back-to-back interviews. They refused to tell anything particular about what they will do on the show. But, they did share a few secrets.

According to the actors, the writer of the show gave them a celebrity nickname called ‘Francaway.’ Hathaway, who was asked who she will root for the Oscar night, said hosts are not allowed to have favorites.

Although they had never worked together before, both actors said they have immediate chemistry. Hathaway also mentioned that her co-host inspires her, which makes her think what it actually means to be an artist. Franco then, is not worried about the pressure on the big show.

Hathaway and Franco are both excited to get the chance to host at the Academy Awards, which will be held at the Kodak Theatre on Sunday. The event will be broadcast on ABC network.

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