Month: January 2013

Lindsay Lohan Attends Court Hearing

Lindsay Lohan made an overnight dash from New York to Los Angeles to attend a mandatory court hearing on Wednesday morning after initially insisting she was too ill to fly.

The Mean Girls star had prepared to skip Wednesday’s hearing after her new lawyer, Mark Heller, submitted a doctor’s note to the court on Tuesday, explaining that his new client had been advised by medics to stay in the Big Apple and rest after contracting a respiratory infection.

Heller claimed the actress had been examined by a doctor on Saturday – the same day she was photographed shopping in Manhattan.

However, Lohan subsequently caught a late-night flight to appear before Judge Stephanie Sautner and answer allegations she lied to California police following a car crash last year – and the court official couldn’t help but make light of the sick note, telling the star, “I’m glad to see you’re feeling better.”

Sautner then quizzed Lohan about her legal representation following the departure of her longtime lawyer Shawn Holley earlier this month, and the actress reluctantly admitted she was happy to have her new lawyer, New York-based Heller, defend her against the latest charges – even though he is not that familiar with California law.

The judge approved the change of representation and set the next hearing for March 1, reports TMZ.com.

Lohan faces three charges relating to her 2012 car crash – giving false information to a police officer, obstructing or resisting a police officer in the performance of his duty and reckless driving, which carry a jail sentence of over 240 days. The incident could also land her in trouble for violating her probation from her 2011 jewelery theft conviction.

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Ke$ha Brings ‘My Crazy Beautiful Life’ To MTV

Ke$ha is teaming with MTV to give fans a look inside her fabulous, freaky — and frequently furry — world with a brand-new documentary series, called (rather appropriately) “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life.”

The new series is set to premiere on MTV this April, and follows Ke$ha as she navigates the drama and madness of both her personal andprofessional live, traveling the globe and recording her Warrior album. Shot over the course of two years, and directed by Ke$ha’s brother, Lagan Sebert and family friend Steven Greenstreet, the show promises to give fans an intimate, no-limits look at her rise to superstardom … and her attempts to follow-up that success with her sophomore album. And in doing so, it also explores family bonds, love, friendship and the passion Ke$ha pours into her music. —MTV News

Elton John Shows Off Newborn in Family Photo

Elton John has introduced his second son to the world in a touching family photo.

The musician and his partner David Furnish became dads again earlier this month when a surrogate gave birth to a son, Elijah Joseph Daniel Furnish-John.

The proud papas have now posed for a new family snap, which shows a beaming Sir Elton cradling Elijah while Furnish holds their 2-year-old son Zachary.

The veteran star also tells People magazine how he and Furnish were in the delivery room in Los Angeles to see Elijah’s birth.

He says, “We tried to create a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere. We were excited at the prospect of Elijah’s birth as we were at the prospect of Zachary’s – but much less nervous,” and Furnish adds, “I would say we feel more secure in our parenting skills now – it’s far less scary than the first time ’round!”

Andy Griffith Actor Jim Nabors Announces Marriage To Longtime Male Partner

Officially coming out to the media as gay, Andy Griffith Show actor Jim Nabors has announced his marriage to his partner of nearly 4 decades, Stan Cadwallader. Since same sex marriage is not legal in their native Hawaii, Nabors and Cadwallader traveled to Washington State to exchange vows.

The private ceremony was held on January 15 in a room at Seattle’s Fairmount Olympic Hotel. A few of the couple’s friends from Hawaii attended.

“It’s pretty obvious that we had no rights as a couple, yet when you’ve been together 38 years, I think something’s got to happen there, you’ve got to solidify something. And at my age, it’s probably the best thing to do,” Nabors, 82, told Hawaii News Now of marrying Cadwallader, 64.

“I’m 82 and he’s in his 60s and so we’ve been together for 38 years and I’m not ashamed of people knowing, it’s just that it was such a personal thing, I didn’t tell anybody,” he explained.

“I’m very happy that I’ve had a partner of 38 years and I feel very blessed,” added Nabors. “And, what can I tell you, I’m just very happy.”

Nabors is best known for playing Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Cadwallader is a former Honolulu fireman.

Bieber’s Representative Explains Photo

A representative for Justin Bieber has moved swiftly to deny reports the singer groped a fan’s chest after a recent concert in Miami.

The Boyfriend hitmaker found himself embroiled in controversy on Tuesday after a picture of him apparently grabbing a female fan’s chest went viral after she posted the snapshot on her Twitter.com page.

The teen, named Jocelyn, took to her Twitter.com page to defend her idol, writing, “NO I did NOT ask Justin to touch my boobs… He kissed me on the cheek in the picture & it looks like his hand is there.”

Now a spokesperson for the pop star has spoken out to make it clear Bieber did not touch Jocelyn inappropriately.

The rep tells EOnline.com, “It’s ridiculous. That definitely did not happen.”

The picture scandal is the latest in a string of problems for Bieber – he split from girlfriend Selena Gomez at the end of 2012, and earlier this month, he was photographed smoking what appeared to be marijuana in a California hotel room.

Lindsay Lohan Too Sick to Attend Hearing

Actress Lindsay Lohan has submitted a doctor’s note to skip her Los Angeles court appearance on Wednesday after reportedly becoming ill while in New York.

The Mean Girls star is due to appear in court to fight claims she violated her probation from a 2011 necklace theft conviction by allegedly lying to a police officer following a car crash in California last summer.

She faces three charges from the incident – giving false information to a police officer, obstructing or resisting a police officer in the performance of his duty and reckless driving, which carries a jail sentence of over 240 days.

However, it appears Lohan won’t be well enough to attend her first hearing in person – on Tuesday, her new lawyer, Mark Heller, filed legal papers notifying the judge that she has been ordered by doctors not to fly after coming down with an upper respiratory infection.

In his court documents, Heller claimed Lohan had been examined by a Big Apple medic on Saturday – the same day she was photographed shopping in Manhattan. Those pictures have since surfaced on TMZ.com.

The new charges are the latest in a slew of legal problems for the star – she is also battling allegations of assault in New York, where she is accused of punching a female club-goer during a night out in November.

Miley Cyrus’ Rep Dismisses Rumors

Miley Cyrus’ representative has assured fans the singer and actress has not secretly wed Liam Hemsworth, despite declaring she was happy to be “married” in a new magazine interview.

The Party in the U.S.A. hitmaker, 20, had fans reaching for the confetti after suggesting she had exchanged vows with The Hunger Games star during a candidCosmopolitan interview about the perils of finding lasting love.

She told the publication, “I’m happy I don’t have to date anyone. I was like, ‘I’m so happy I’m married, because you guys are cruel!'”

She further fueled the marriage speculation by insisting that her dream wedding would be small and private, stating, “I can’t even get coffee without a million paparazzi following me, so I don’t know why anyone thinks I’m going to have this huge, extravagant wedding. That is so not who I am.”

However, Cyrus’ spokesperson has played down the comments and is adamant the star is still a bride-to-be.

The rep tells People.com the happy couple, which became engaged last year, is “definitely not married”.

Michael Nesmith of the Monkees Announces 2013 Solo U.S. Tour Dates

by Dave Swanson

After the huge success of last year’s Monkees tour, the usually reclusive Mike Nesmith has been recharged and is embarking on his own solo tour this spring. Nesmith took to Facebook to deliver this information today (Jan. 28). The dates are listed below.

“This is the tour to break in the show,” he wrote. “See if you like it, earn the promoters confidence, and see if anybody comes. If it goes well we will keep going later in the summer/fall and hit the states we missed on this half-lap of the U.S. If it goes poorly we will stare blankly into the future and post pictures of cute animals and food.”

Two weeks ago, Nesmith teased his fans – also on Facebook – with the news of an upcoming solo tour in an amusing and offbeat post. “I thought the man and woman at the door might be from a religious group,” he wrote. “I was wrong. It was an easy mistake to make, it turns out they were from TIAPWWGAI (The International Association of People Who Wont Go Away) and I had been per-approved for membership. I found out later that acceptance in the club is automatic at a certain
age. I wondered how they got my name and they said they heard I was going on tour in the U.S. this Spring.”

The band for this tour will consist of Nesmith on guitar, bassist Joe Chemay, Paul Leim on drums and Boh Cooper on keyboards. Rock on, Papa Nez!

Michael Nesmith 2013 Tour Dates:

3/21 – Nashville, Tenn.
3/24 – Los Angeles, Calif.
3/26 – Santa Cruz, Calif.
3/27 – San Francisco, Calif.
3/29 – Portland, Ore.
3/30 – Seattle, Wash.
4/3 – Boulder, Colo.
4/5 – Minneapolis, Minn.
4/6 – Chicago, Ill.
4/7 – Detroit, Mich.
4/9 – Munhall, Pa.
4/11 – Northampton, Mass.
4/12 – Rahway, N.J.
4/13 – Boston, Mass.
4/15- Philadelphia, Pa.
4/16 – New York, N.Y. 4/17 – Alexandria Va.

Barry Manilow Recovering From illness

Singer Barry Manilow is suffering from both bronchitis and the flu.

The Mandy hitmaker was forced to scrap a string of his Manilow On Broadway shows last week, including the big opening on Thursday, after falling ill with the respiratory disease.

It has since developed into the flu.

Apologizing to fans for the cancellations in a lengthy post on Facebook, he writes, “This has to be the worst experience of my life!

“The bronchitis that hit me turned into the flu that hit everyone in New York and all my doctors could do was to give me stuff to make it a little easier to get through. In the end, they all said I’d just have to ride it out until it ran its course. I cannot apologize enough.

“As I was lying in bed, hacking, coughing, with chills and fever, I kept thinking of all the people whose plans had been ruined. I think the Jewish guilt I felt was even worse than the sickness itself! But, when I got enough strength to go online, instead of complaints (which people would be justified in writing), I found nothing but kindness and understanding. Which made me go for the Kleenex (tissues) again. So, thank you to all for being so understanding about this nightmare.”

Manilow reveals he’s making promising progress in his recovery – and he is aiming to resume his Broadway residency at St. James Theatre as early as Tuesday.

He continues, “The GOOD NEWS is that I’m getting better! Everything is easing up and day-by-day I’m coming out of the dark. My voice is returning hour by hour and I’m feeling human again. I’m pretty sure I’ll be ready to go on Tuesday night. (Unless I get hit by a truck!)

“So, I will be on that St. James stage on Tuesday night giving it my all and more grateful to all of you than I can ever express… All I can do is offer each of you my deepest thanks and hope that I’ll see you at the St. James! All my love! Barry.”

Taylor Swift New Face of Diet Coke

Country star Taylor Swift has signed on as the new spokesperson for Diet Coke.

The Love Story hitmaker has teamed up with the beverage giant for a series of promotional duties, which will include print ads, commercials and events centered around her upcoming Red tour, which kicks off in Nebraska on March 13th.

The partnership is perfect for Swift. The soft drink brand is best known for its iconic red packaging.

In a video on her official website, she says, “I wanted to share some news with you because we’re actually making it official with one of the great loves of my life… Diet Coke…

“We’ve been in conversations about this partnership that’s gonna include so many fun things having to do with the tour, having to do with Diet Coke in general, behind the scenes of the commercial shoot.”