“BLUE VALENTINE” GETS ITS R-RATING AFTERALL

Pictured: Michelle Williams (left) and Ryan Gosling (right) star as a couple whose marriage is in trouble in "Blue Valentine."

Pictured: Michelle Williams (left) and Ryan Gosling (right) star as a couple whose marriage is in trouble in "Blue Valentine."

Ryan Gosling had plenty to say about the original NC-17 rating for his new drama Blue Valentine.

The actor understood that the pic was given the kiss of death rating by the MPAA for an oral sex scene between the two lead characters (Gosling and Michelle Williams)…who are a married couple in the flick.

Well, a lot has happened since that original rating threat.

Pointing out that Black Swan got an R-rating, despite the same act being performed by two women, was a smart move on the part of producer Harvey Weinstein. It made an impact on the ratings board and now Blue Valentine has the R-rating it deserved all along.

Still, it’s a head-shaker for Gosling who never saw the sexual act as anything, but a loving exchange between two consenting adults.

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Blue Valentine opened today.

DAVID ARCHULETA PERFORMS LIVE FOR “NEW YEAR’S EVE LIVE”

“American Idol” Season Seven runner-up David Archuleta will perform on “NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE” airing Friday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

“American Idol” Season Seven runner-up David Archuleta will perform on “NEW YEAR'S EVE LIVE” airing Friday, Dec. 31 (11:00 PM-12:30 AM ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

American Idol star David Archuleta will be helping FOX ring in the New Year by performing for the New Year’s Eve Live special (11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. ET).

Tonight’s party is an all-new adventure for the Idol season seven runner up, who normally spends the holiday with family.

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Still, singing live on TV brings with it a good case of the jitters for Archuleta…but not enough to keep him from rocking the house…which he fully intends to do.

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Archuleta won’t be alone, however, Travis McCoy, Brandy, the pop/rock group Plain White T’s and dance crew Jabbawockeez as well as this year’s host, Nancy O’Dell, will all hit the streets of Las Vegas to bring viewers all the action from Sin City.

Mariah Carey fans will also have the opportunity to watch the broadcast premiere of her music video of the New Year’s staple, Auld Lang Syne, from her new album Merry Christmas II You.

CARSON DALY RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR FOR NBC VIEWERS

NBC'S NEW YEARS EVE WITH CARSON DALY -- Pictured: Carson Daly -- NBC Photo: Chris Haston

NBC'S NEW YEARS EVE WITH CARSON DALY -- Pictured: Carson Daly -- NBC Photo: Chris Haston

Carson Daly’s late night hosting duties are expanded tonight for a TV special ringing in the New Year. NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly (11:30 P.M. TO 12: 30 a.m. ET) will feature the cast of Green Day‘s smash hit Broadway musical American Idiot as well as teen viral video phenomenon Greyson Chance performing live.

Additionally, Jimmy Fallon, host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and NBC News anchor Brian Williams will be on hand for a special appearance. Saturday Night Live cast member Jay Pharoah and Internet celebrity Antoine Dodson will also stop by for interviews.

The special will also feature an interview with U2‘s Bono and The Edge with musical performances by My Chemical Romance, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.

Like last year, correspondents Natalie Morales and Amy Robach will return to help with Daly‘s coverage with live reports from the heart of Times Square along with nearly one million spectators.

CHRIS BROWN IS NOT HOMOPHOBIC, HE SAYS

Chris Brown courtesy Joel Telling (CC Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Chris Brown courtesy Joel Telling (CC Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Chris Brown explained that his poetic exchange with Raz-B was angry displacement.

“Yesterday was an unfortunate lack in judgment sparked by public Twitter attacks from Raz-B, who was bent on getting attention,” Brown told TMZ. “Words cannot begin to express how sorry and frustrated I am over what transpired publicly on Twitter. I have learned over the past few years to not condone or represent acts of violence against anyone.”

All that had to do with a provocative remark by Raz-B directed at Brown that Mr. Brown interpreted as hostile.

Brown wrote to Raz-B in an open tweet with, “Di– in da booty ass lil boy,” which was probably the more offensive element of the correspondence.

Brown also said that, “I’m not homophobic! He’s just disrespectful!!!”

ANOTHER NEW YEAR’S ROCKIN’ EVE – RYAN SEACREST, DICK CLARK, FERGIE AND JENNY MCCARTHY GET THE PARTY STARTED

Pictured: Fergie, Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest - "DICK CLARK'S PRIMETIME NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2011" (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN)

Pictured: Fergie, Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest - "DICK CLARK'S PRIMETIME NEW YEAR'S ROCKIN' EVE WITH RYAN SEACREST 2011" (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN)

Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark will be in Times Square in New York City ringing in the New Year on Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2011, while Black Eyed Peas singer/songwriter Fergie will assume the duties for the Los Angeles portions of the New Year’s special celebration.

Actress/comedienne Jenny McCarthy will serve as the special Times Square Correspondent and will be sharing reporting duties live from Times Square with Ryan Seacrest, while Dick Clark will be counting down from inside ABC studios.

The evening will be separated into two parts, with part one kicking off at 10:00 p.m. ET and running until 11:00 p.m. ET, then the party continues from 11:30 p.m. ET to 2:11 a.m., New Year’s morning on ABC.

New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys will perform together live from Times Square and join previously announced acts Ke$ha and Taio Cruz, as well as Los Angeles-based performers including Jennifer Hudson, Willow Smith, Ne-Yo, Avril Lavigne, Drake, Jason Derulo, La Roux, Mike Posner, Natasha Bedingfield, Far East Movement and Train.