* What a hot item! The golden yellow piano from Casablanca was up for auction on Monday and one special bidder was lucky enough to take it home for a cool $3.4 Million. The piano’s key role in the classic film was a major factor behind the large price tag, but it certainly isn’t the most expensive piece of movie memorabilia to be auctioned off at Bonhams — James Bond’s Aston Martin in Goldfinger garnered the highest bid of $4.6 million. [THR]
* The latest single from Selena Gomez has struck a chord with pal Taylor Swift. At last night’s American Music Awards, Selena was clearly emotional in the closing of her performance of “The Heart Wants What It Wants”; and Taylor responded with tears. Taylor’s been known to get a bit weepy at these sorts of affairs. Just a few months back the singer was spotted crying during the Beyoncé portion of the VMAs. Check out our AMA recap for more highlights from last night’s show.
The performance also caught the eye of thousands of fans who took to Twitter asking about three small words. Gomez appeared to whisper the words “thank you, Justin”; once she was done singing the powerful tune, but as Entertainment Tonight confirms, the 22-year-old was simply thanking the lord above with a simple “thank you, Jesus.”; Close, but no cigar! [ETOnline]
* Tegan & Sara will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their 2004 album So Jealous with a hearty helping of pomp and panache. A deluxe edition of the milestone record (titled So Jealous X) is set to tumble out on December 23 and will feature bonus goodies like photos, remixes, covers and demos. Time has the pair’s demo of “When I Get Up”; embedded on their site if you’d care to give it a listen.
* The next installment of Bond, will film scenes in Italy. Sources have confirmed that the historic city of Rome will be the set for the 24th movie of the James Bond franchise. Daniel Craig returns as Bond for the fourth time, and Sam Mendes will also be back directing the action-packed flick. Many details are still under wraps, what we do know is that they’ve planned a high speed car chase through the tiny streets of the city, a Fiat 500 will be crushed in Borgo Vittorio and Bond will parachute from a helicopter onto Ponte Sisto. The film will start shooting in the next few weeks in London, production will head over to Italy in February. [THR]