Month: June 2012

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes to Divorce

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are divorcing after almost six years of marriage.

Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields said Holmes had filed divorce papers on Thursday. His representative Amanda Lundberg said: “Kate has filed for divorce and Tom is deeply saddened and is concentrating on his three children. Please allow them their privacy to work this out.”

Holmes’s attorney Jonathan Wolfe told People magazine: “This is a personal and private matter for Katie and her family. Katie’s primary concern remains, as it always has been, her daughter’s best interest.”

Cruise, 49, and Holmes, 33, were married in November 2006 after a year and a half together. He raised eyebrows by jumping on to a couch to declare his love for her on the Oprah Winfrey show, saying: “I can’t be cool. I can’t be laid-back. Something happened and I want to celebrate it.” Holmes revealed she had had a crush on the Top Gun actor as a girl.

He proposed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris in June 2005, and they were married at a 15th-century Italian castle in a ceremony conducted by a Church of Scientology minister in front of A-list guests.

Cruise had recently attended the premiere for Rock of Ages alone, and was also without Holmes when he picked up a Friars Club entertainment icon award this month. At the time, he said she was abroad and the family would reunite in time for Father’s Day.

Katy Perry Taking A Break—Putting Career on Hold For a While

In an interview with the American celebrity TV show ‘Extra’ the 27 year old California native has said she will be putting her career on hold following the release of the 3D film which receives its US launch on 4th July, as the North American nation celebrates it Independence Day holiday.

The film has been inspired by the early 1990’s film “Truth or Dare” featuring music legend Madonna
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The singer who has recently become known in the gossip magazines as K-Pez gave the show’s interviewer an insight in to her 14 month marriage to British comedian turned actor Russell Brand. The star hinted that her hectic work schedule prevent her from spending time with the 37 year old former MTV UK presenter.

Luckily, the singer does not seem to badly bruised by the failed relationship stating that she was not afraid of falling in love again.

Perry continued: “Actually it’s really a lesson learned and it’s super valuable, I could not buy this lesson. And I apply it to my life, I learn and a lot of the time, I get really good material for my songs.”

Since shooting to prominence with the hit single “I Kissed a Girl” The star has been associated with a number of timepiece brands, but is currently a fan of the European designer range Ice-Watch available from The Watch Hut. The singer was seen wearing an “Sili Forever” black Ice-Watch during the video to her recent single “Part of Me” from which the upcoming movie takes its name.

Katy Perry – Part of me will launch in UK cinemas one day after its US release on Thursday 5th July.

Singer Adele Expecting Her 1st Child!

According to ROLLINGSTONE.COM, ” Adele‘s indefinite hiatus from music might be lasting a little longer: The singer just announced that she is pregnant with her first child on her official website. “I’m delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together,” she wrote. “I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we’re over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time. Yours always, Adele xx. “The father of the child is Adele’s boyfriend Simon Konecki, co-founder of the U.K. bottled water company Life Water. Konecki, 36, divorced his first wife four years ago. Adele’s 2011 album 21 has sold 9.3 million copies to date. She has been on a break since October of 2011 as she continues to recover from surgery due to a vocal cord hemorrhage.”

Don Grady, ‘My Three Sons’ Star Dies, 68

Don Grady, who was one of television’s most beloved big brothers as Robbie Douglas on the long-running 1960s hit “My Three Sons,” died Wednesday. He was 68.
His “My Three Sons” co-star Barry Livingston, who played youngest brother Ernie, confirmed Mr. Grady’s death to the Associated Press. Livingston said Mr. Grady had been suffering from cancer and receiving hospice care at his home in Thousand Oaks (Ventura County). But the exact cause and place of death were not immediately clear.
“It’s the oldest cliche in the world when TV brothers start referring to each other like biological brothers, but he was the oldest, and somebody I looked up to and learned from a great deal about life,” Livingston said.

Justin Bieber’s Believe Debuts #1 in 30 Countries!

In the wake of global superstar Justin Bieber’s seven-country “All Around the World” tour, witnessed by over a half-million fans and seen by countless millions more on television and the web, his brand new studio album BELIEVE has exploded to #1 in 30 countries, including top markets the U.S., UK, Canada, Australia, Brazil and more.  Released in the U.S. on June 19thBELIEVE  takes the #1 Soundscan position this week and is the highest Billboard soundscan debut of the year!
“Justin has exceeded our expectations once again. He delivered an amazing body of work, and I am so proud of him,” said Steve Bartels, President & COO, Island Def Jam Music Group. “The reaction to BELIEVEclearly shows that as Justin grows as an artist, he expands his fanbase every step of the way. The worldwide sales of BELIEVE confirm his status as one of the biggest male superstars in the world.”

Catching Up With Ringo And Friends At NYC’s Pop International Galleries!

Photos And Text By Anne M. Raso

I was lucky enough to catch up with Ringo Starr and members of his All-Starr Band at the special VIP party at the Pop International Galleries at 473 West Broadway in Soho, NYC. I was as happy as…and octopus in a garden, LOL! It’s not everyday that you get to meet a Beatle!

(Ringo says: “Happiness is NOT a warm gun!”)

I consider myself blessed to have been able to get a quick question in with the man himself on the red carpet line–even though Ringo was only on it for ten minutes and had bigger fish to fry (like dealing with reporters from CBS-TV, who had also interviewed him at the Pop International Galleries earlier that day). I basically asked him about the beginnings of his artistic endeavors, which he started taking seriously and selling for charity in 2002. But the Ringed One told us that his love of art goes back to his Beatles days: “I used to get bored on the road and I would just start drawing. I am happy that I was later able to put it to good use and help raise money for the Lotus Foundation (a English arts and spirituality charity you can read more about on lotusfoundation.org.uk).”

We shot Ringo and the most famous of his All-Starrs, Todd Rundgren, arriving for the event…and Rundgren spent over a half hour talking to fans on the nearby street corner at Houston and West Broadway (no star attitude there, which was refreshing). Ringo tried to mingle at the party inside Pop International Galleries and stayed for an hour (minus wife Barbara Bach) but it got very crazy. He was only able to stick his head out of the VIP room for about ten minutes and sign some of the bigger pieces gallery customers had purchased. The managers of the gallery kept saying, “Please disperse a little bit so that Ringo can come through the crowd!” It never quite happened, though! (Luckily, I got up to the front of the gallery to shoot the photo you see at the very top of this blog entry!)

The party stayed in a chaotic state (once or twice removed from full-out Beatlemania) and Ringo left after an hour. Thankfully, he did speak via mic about how wonderful the event was and thanked everyone who came. Some of the folks who bought pricier pieces of art got their art customized with a personalized signature (Ringo does not really do autographs these days, as you know) and a couple even got snapshots with the four-ringed, Ludwig-playing legend.

Everyone at the party had to buy a piece of art (starting at $700) to be able to attend the special VIP event. Caesar’s in Atlantic City had a similar event last Saturday night before Ringo’s show there, and we heard through the grapevine that it was a little less crazy! We confess that we took a few of these art pictures in Palladium Room A at Caesar’s during the day last Saturday, where we were left peacefully alone to enjoy Mr. Starkey’s art!

You can see from the above prints and lithographs by our man that he is inspired by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Picasso’s Cubism period and even the more famous Pucci prints of the 60s (we think his wife Barbara must be a big Pucci fan–have a look at the work immediately above)!

Not surprisingly, a lot of Ringo’s art features a five-point star motif and some feature a little caricature of him by the signature on the bottom right. We hear more fun events like this one are coming up across the country as Ringo And His All-Starr Band do their summer tour! If you are interested in more info, be sure to visit ringostarrart.com. You can also follow Ringo on Twitter via his “handle,” which is simply @ringostarrmusic. He talks about these “art gatherings” now and again. We think it’s the best way for anyone to have the opportunity to party with a Beatle and help do some good charity work at the same time!

Rod Stewart Inks Worldwide Recording Contract With Universal Music Group


Expanding its creative investment further, Universal Music Group has signed iconic artist Rod Stewart to a long-term worldwide recording agreement, it was announced today by Lucian Grainge, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Stewart and his manager, Arnold Stiefel.

As part of this multi-album deal, the two-time Hall of Famer has teamed with Grammy award-winning producer, songwriter and Verve Music Group Chairman David Foster to record his first Christmas album. Stewart’s warm, expressive and distinctively raspy voice is proving a perfect fit for the holiday classics. The album will also feature a handful of star-studded vocal duets and is scheduled for release this fall via Verve Music Group.

“I’ve known Rod and Arnold for many years and have been wanting to work with them for some time,” stated Mr. Grainge. “Rod possesses one of pop music’s most inventive and memorable voices; and we’re delighted to be part of the next great chapter in his already storied career.”

“UMG remains committed to artistic creativity and expanding opportunities for artists in the marketplace,” continued Mr. Grainge. “And nowhere is this more evident than in our new partnership with an artist of Rod’s caliber.”

Rod Stewart commented, “I’m confident that by partnering with my fellow CBE, Lucian, and his cracking, top-notch company, we have the best team in the business. And the chance to work again with David Foster makes it that much sweeter.”

“This is a match made in heaven,” Arnold Stiefel declared. “Rod’s writing spirit has been rekindled and Universal is the perfect keeper of the flame.”

With his soulful and singular voice, narrative songwriting and passionate live performances, Rod Stewart has paved one of the most iconic and successful musical careers of all time. In July, he will reunite with Stevie Nicks to reprise their acclaimed Heart & Soul tour and in September he will return to his Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. All on the heels of his hotly anticipated first memoir and Christmas album, which are both, scheduled for U.S. release this fall.

During Stewart’s iconic five decade-long career, he has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, scored countless charting hits, 18 Grammy nominations and two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is a Grammy Living Legend and in 2007 was bestowed the prestigious CBE (Commander of The British Empire) title by the Queen of England. For more information, visit www.rodstewart.com.