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PEOPLE's Most Intriguing Newsmakers Revealed

PEOPLE's Most Intriguing Newsmakers Revealed

Originally posted 12/15/2010 08:00AM

For Sandra Bullock, 2010 was the year that changed everything: She became a mother to son Louis, ended her five-year marriage to Jesse James and reached new career heights with her emotional Oscar win for The Blind Side.

It's only fitting, then, that the superstar, 46, scored the top spot as Woman of the Year in PEOPLE's new Year-End issue. Of the actress's life-altering 2010, says a source, "Bad things happen, but she celebrates the good ones. And Louis is a wonderful celebration of good things."

Also making the cut as the year's most intriguing figures:

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Bret Michaels Previews 'Scary' Days Following Heart Surgery

Bret Michaels Previews 'Scary' Days Following Heart Surgery

Originally posted 12/09/2010 09:05AM

Sure, Bret Michaels knows there are risks surrounding his upcoming surgery to repair a hole in his heart. But as harrowing as the prospect of going under the knife is, Michaels is characteristically upbeat.

"I gotta tell ya, I'm very positive," the rocker tells PEOPLE of the surgery, which is expected to happen in January. "I feel positive they're going to do an amazing job. They've done thousands of these operations."

Michaels will have the operation at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, a place he's regrettably familiar with. The diabetic music man has been put through the wringer, first with an emergency appendectomy in April, followed shortly thereafter by a life-threatening brain hemorrhage, then a mini-stroke in May, which is when doctors found the hole in his heart.

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Rocker Feud! Tommy Lee, Bret Michaels Face Off Over Tour | Bret Michaels

Rocker Feud! Tommy Lee, Bret Michaels Face Off Over Tour

Originally posted 11/17/2010 11:45AM

It's a battle of the bands!

After Bret Michaels told the crowd at his recent Windsor, Ont., concert that he would try to return to the city next year during a joint Poison-Mötley Crüe tour, Tommy Lee and Mötley Crüe management are insisting the longtime rival rockers will not be hitting the road together.

On Tuesday, when a Twitter follower asked Lee if the rumor of a 2011 tour was true, the drummer – who is among the guys in featured in PEOPLE's new Sexiest Man Alive issue – tweeted back a definite "NO!"

Eric Sherman, President of Tenth Street Entertainment, Mötley Crüe 's management tells PEOPLE that Michaels knows there is no tour and that "he's trying to will it."

He adds that fans of the band (who will celebrate their 30th anniversary next year) can vote on Motley.com for who they would like to see on the bill.

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Bret Michaels: I Didn't Have an Affair with Miley Cyrus's Mom | Bret Michaels

Bret Michaels: I Didn't Have an Affair with Miley Cyrus's Mom

Originally posted 11/09/2010 06:20PM

Don't blame Bret Michaels.

The rocker denied rumors that he had an affair with Miley Cyrus's mother, Tish, who last month split from Billy Ray Cyrus after 17 years of marriage.

When asked on Fox & Friends if he'd had an affair with Tish, Michaels replied, "The answer is no."

"I've been friends with her family forever," Michaels added. "It started out with me and Miley simply working on a song together. Her mom, Tish, likes "Every Rose Has Its Thorn," the first concert Miley ever saw was Poison, and so they wanted to remake it for the new record."

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Bret Michaels Calls His New TV Show 'Unprotected Reality'

Bret Michaels Calls His New TV Show 'Unprotected Reality'

Originally posted 10/06/2010 12:30PM

You can't keep a good man down – especially not Bret Michaels.

The rocker, who suffered from a brain hemorrhage and small warning stroke earlier this year, is coming back to reality TV on Oct. 18 with a new VH1 show, Bret Michaels: Life As I Know It.

"The show balances both of my passions," Michaels, 47, told PEOPLE before entertaining tailgaters at the NFL's Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots game in south Florida this week. "Viewers will see me interacting with my family and making music on the road."

Unlike his previous reality TV ventures The Apprentice and Rock of Love, the new show will a look into the rocker’s family life with daughters Raine, 10, and Jorja, 5, and their mother, Kristi Gibson, who has been Michaels's on again-off again girlfriend for the past 16 years.

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Bret Michaels & Kristi Gibson Engagement More Likely Than Ever

Bret Michaels & Kristi Gibson Engagement More Likely Than Ever

Originally posted 08/24/2010 01:00PM

Las Vegas doesn't have official odds on whether Bret Michaels and Kristi Gibson will finally get engaged. But Michaels says it's a better bet than ever.

The chances that he and his on-and-off girlfriend of 16 years will decide to marry are now about "50/50," the rocker told PEOPLE on Monday in Vegas. That's way up from the past few years – his VH1 Rock of Love days – when the odds were probably 1 in 100, he says.

"We've been talking a lot about getting engaged, and we'll see what happens," said Michaels, 47, who was in Sin City to co-host the 2010 Miss Universe Pageant. "We just want to make sure we're not doing it for anyone other than ourselves."

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Police Discover Pot on Bret Michaels's Tour Buses | Bret Michaels

Police Discover Pot on Bret Michaels's Tour Buses

Originally posted 07/23/2010 04:05PM

Authorities pulled over Bret Michaels's two tour buses Wednesday night in northeast Indiana and drug-sniffing dogs allegedly found marijuana and other unspecified drugs onboard.

The dogs "alerted for the odor of narcotics coming from the front bus," says Deputy Aaron Long of the Dekalb County Sheriff's Department. An additional search was conducted on the second bus where the dogs also detected drugs.

Deputies had stopped the vehicles after noticing a trailer connected to one of them lacked a license plate light. No arrests were made. The case will be forwarded to the Dekalb County prosecutor's office for review.

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Bret Michaels Vows to Help Aging Groupies

Originally posted 07/19/2010 03:30PM



Bret Michaels never forgets his fans – no matter how old they are.

In a comedic PSA taped for the Do Something Awards, which will air Monday night, the rocker playfully pokes fun at older groupies – and vows to do something to help them.

"Groupies. We all love them, and they love us right back. But what happens when they get too old for the gig," he asks before images of over-the-hill ardent fans flash onscreen. "Horrifying. Heartbreaking."

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Bret Michaels: No, I'm Not Engaged, Thank You

Bret Michaels: No, I'm Not Engaged, Thank You

Originally posted 07/14/2010 08:50AM

Don't throw the rice just yet. After all he's already been through this year, Bret Michaels isn't ready to get married.

Amid a supermarket-tabloid report of a reputed 4th of July engagement between the rocker and Kristi Lynn Gibson, his on-and-off girlfriend of 16 years – and mother of their two daughters, Raine Elizabeth, 10, and Jorja Bleu, 5 – Michaels put to rest any rumors of an impending marriage.

"No. We are not engaged yet," Michaels, 47, said on Wednesday's CBS Early Show, promoting his new CD, Custom Built. "We're a work in progress."

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Bret Michaels Still Not 100 Percent

Bret Michaels Still Not 100 Percent

Originally posted 06/29/2010 06:25PM

He may have returned to the stage with a high-energy performance but Bret Michaels is still suffering side effects from his April 21 brain hemorrhage and warning stroke.

"While Bret may be out on the road and performing, he is still not 100 percent," Janna Elias, V.P. of Michaels Entertainment said Tuesday. "He still has pain from the chemical meningitis, short term memory loss and gets fatigued quicker than normal."

The rocker, 47, however, hasn't put his health in jeopardy by hitting the road. Instead, he "simply feels that music is a powerful healer," adds Elias.

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