Month: May 2013

American Idol Loses Nicki Minaj And Mariah Carey, Keith Urban’s Fate Still Unclear

Following weeks of rumors, it has been confirmed that Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey are leaving after one season of serving on the American Idol judge’s panel. Both women announced the news Thursday on Twitter.

“Thank you American Idol for a life-changing experience,” Minaj wrote. “Wouldn’t trade it for the world! Time to focus on the music! Muah!”

Carey’s PR firm wrote: “W/ global success of “#Beautiful” (#1 in 30+ countries so far) @MariahCarey confirms world tour & says goodbye 2 Idol.”

Fox and FremantleMedia also confirmed Carey’s departure in a joint statement. “Mariah Carey is a true global icon — one of the most accomplished artists on the planet — and we feel extremely fortunate that she was able to bring her wisdom and experience to the ‘American Idol’ contestants this season. We know she will remain an inspiration to ‘Idol’ hopefuls for many seasons to come,” the statement said.

The news comes three weeks after veteran judge Randy Jackson said he was leaving after 12 seasons so he could focus on other work. That leaves only Keith Urban’s fate to be decided. The country singer joined Idol at the same time as Minaj and Carey. Earlier this week he told the Associated Press that he had “no official information” about the next season.

“I’m pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around. I don’t know anything more about what’s happening next season. It was like this before I signed on . . . so it’s not unusual for the Idol folks to be in this place of figuring out what they want to do, then they always pull it together,” he said.

One of the rumors surrounding the Idol shakeup is American Idol alums joining the judge’s panel. The front runners are rumored to be Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert.

Debbie Harry Has Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

Blondie star Deborah Harry uses a special card given to her by a New York cop to avoid incurring costly fines for driving offenses, the singer said.

The iconic singer admits police officers sometimes let her off with a warning when they realize they have pulled over a rock star, but now she has gone one better by obtaining a card stating she is a “friend” of cops in the Big Apple.

The canny rocker places it next to her driving licence in her purse so officers spot it when she shows them her credentials – and it works every time.

Asked if she ever uses her fame to get around traffic offences, Harry tells Q magazine, “Well, sometimes I don’t have to. I have a friend who’s a New York City sergeant. He gave me a special card to say I’m a friend of the New York City police.

“One time I was pulled over and that card was very conveniently placed close to my driver’s licence. They let me go with a warning… If it was a serious offense it might not mean s**t.”

Johnny Depp Drops Out of Whitey Bulger Biopic

Hollywood veteran Johnny Depp has reportedly dropped out of a planned biopic about notorious gangster Whitey Bulger.

The Public Enemies star was set to play the notorious Boston, Massachusetts crime lord, who was at the top of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Most Wanted List for almost two decades, in Barry Levinson’s upcoming film.

But, according to industry reports, producers had a hard time finding a buyer for the project at France’s recent Cannes Film Festival, and asked Depp to take a $10 million pay cut to accommodate a new budget.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the veteran refused and now studio bosses are scrambling to find a replacement.

There are currently two other films about Bulger in the works – Matt Damon is slated to portray the crime boss in a movie directed by his pal Ben Affleck, while Peter Facinelli has secured the rights to adapt Edward MacKenzie and Phyllis Karas’ book Street Soldier: My Life as an Enforcer for Whitey Bulger and the Boston Irish Mob for a rival movie.

George Clooney Slams In Touch For “Creating Scandal”

George Clooney is not happy about the latest round of rumors surround his love live. The actor spoke out Wednesday against reports he was spotted over the weekend holding hands with former girlfriend Monika Jakisic at a members-only club in Mayfair, London.

“The story is made up. I wasn’t holding anybody’s hand. Stop trying to sell magazines by creating scandal that isn’t there,” says Clooney, who has been dating former wrestler Stacy Keibler for 2 years.

Witnesses had claimed Clooney, 52, was being very affectionate with Jakisic, a Croatian model, during a night out with friends as Loulou’s.

“They seemed to be having a great old time together. He didn’t seem to care who saw them. He was being openly affectionate,” a witness told In Touch magazine. “Lots of people were going up and saying hi to George — he didn’t leave Monika’s side.”

Clooney is in Europe to film The Monuments Men with Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett.

Neil Patrick Harris Returning to Host 2013 Emmys

CBS says Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Emmys again.

It’s the second go-around for the TV, film and stage star. He last did the honors at the “Prime Time Emmy Awards” in 2009.

CBS will air the Emmycast live from Los Angeles on Sept. 22.

But for viewers who just can’t wait to see Harris in emcee mode, he’ll preside over “The 67th Annual Tony Awards” on CBS on June 9. It’sHarris’ fourth time hosting that show, which salutes the best of Broadway.

Harris currently stars on the hit CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.”

Amanda Bynes DUI Lawyer: Reports Are Way Exaggerated, Amanda’s Fine

Amanda Bynes’ DUI lawyer has come to her defense in the wake of her drug related arrest in New York City. Richard Hutton tells People magazine that the 27-year-old is a “fine client.” Hutton represents Bynes in her DUI trouble in Los Angeles, but he is not involved in her NYC case.

“I think [reports] are way exaggerated,” he said. “I think Amanda’s fine. I have no problems with her whatsoever. She’s a fine client.”

Hutton also says that he believes NYC authorities don’t have “much of a case” against the actress. “Even if you believe everything you hear, it’s something that amounts to virtually nothing. And it’s my understanding there’s not much evidence to back that case up. There’s no physical evidence to back it up. I understand there’s no marijuana, no pipe,” he said.

Bynes was arrested last Thursday at her Manhattan apartment after building personnel witnessed her smoking marijuana in the lobby. When police arrived, Bynes allegedly threw a bong out a window in her 36th floor unit. She was taken to Roosevelt Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation after her arrest. Bynes was later booked for marijuana possession, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.

Bynes’s DUI trouble stems from an April 6, 2012 arrest in West Hollywood. She was taken into custody after she crashed into a police car and then refused a breathalyzer test. The next hearing is set for July 18.

Keith Urban: I Have No Information On My American Idol Fate

Keith Urban is still unsure if his American Idol journey will continue. The country singer admits he is in the “same boat” with fans when it comes to knowing anything about the season 13 judge’s panel.

“I have no official information of anything. I’m pretty much in the same boat as everybody else here with the rumors that have been floating around,” he told the Associated Press in an interview on Tuesday. “I don’t know anything more about what’s happening next season. It was like this before I signed on . . . so it’s not unusual for the Idol folks to be in this place of figuring out what they want to do, then they always pull it together.”

Earlier this month, Urban said he would love to return to the judge’s panel. “I would. I mean, I literally enjoy coming to work every day, and that’s a rarity,” he said.

Urban appeared on season 12 along with Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson. Jackson announced his departure earlier this month.

Among the many rumors surrounding the Idol shakeup is American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson signing on as a judge. Idol bosses reportedly plan to approach season 1 winner Kelly Clarkson next, and either season 2 runner up Clay Aiken or season 8 runner up Adam Lambert.

Video: Beyonce Has Fan Removed From Concert For Slapping Her Butt

Beyonce calmly had a fan thrown out of her Copenhagen concert on Monday after the man slapped her on the butt. The man has not been identified.

The incident happened after Beyonce held the microphone out so the man could sing part of ‘Irreplaceable.’ Beyonce stopped briefly to tell the man that he had to leave. “I’m gonna have you escorted out of here, all right?” she said.

Beyonce continued singing ‘Irreplaceable’ after the encounter. A fan caught the incident on tape and posted it on YouTube. Beyonce has not commented.

The singer kicked off her Mrs. Carter World Tour in Serbia last month. Concerts are scheduled in Switzerland, Italy, France and Eastern Europe. The tour will make its way to the U.S. in June and will end two months later with a final show at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn.

Earlier this month, Beyonce was forced to cancel a concert in Antwerp, Belgium due to exhaustion, dehydration, and doctor’s orders to rest. The cancellation fueled rumors she is pregnant with her second child with husband Jay Z. The couple is already parents to 1-year-old daughter Blue.

Bachelorette Recap: Desiree Meets 25 Bachelors

Desiree Hartsock begins her journey to find love by enduring her share of awkward and embarrassing introductions outside the Bachelorette mansion. The highlights include Diogo, who shows up in a costume of knight’s armor; Zak, a drilling fluid engineer who arrives shirtless and remains that way the entire night; Nick, a tailor/magician that produces a real rose out of a paper rose using fire; and finally Jonathan, a lawyer who presents Desiree with a fantasy suite card and room key.

The cocktail party kicks off with Nick performing his greatest magic trick yet – making Desiree “disappear” with him first. Before Nick can get down to serious talk, Desiree is stolen from him by Brandon. That’s how the night goes; Des is pulled in every direction for quick talks with her potential suitors. Jonathan is the only one who wastes his time with her. Instead of opening up about himself, the 26-year-old pulls her aside twice to insist that she visit his makeshift fantasy suite. Clearly turned off by the offer, Des sends him packing before the rose ceremony.
The first rose of the night goes to Ben, the single dad who brought his 4-year-old son Brody to meet Desiree. The other guys who receive roses before the rose ceremony are Zak, Bryden, Drew, Michael and Nick M. At the rose ceremony Des keeps Brandon, Zack K., Will, Brooks, Juan Pablo, Brad, Kasey, James, Robert, Brian, Dan, Chris, Jeff and Mikey. Diogo, Larry, Nick and Mike R. are sent packing.

TV Watch: Ke$ha Takes Over MTV Tonight

Global superstar Ke$ha (Kesha.MTV.com) will be taking over MTV tonight with the premiere of the music video for her new single “Crazy Kids” featuring will.i.am (William.mtv.com) as well as the season finale of her hit docu-series, “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life”. To view a clip of the music video, click here.

The video which was directed by Darren Craig and produced by Jonathan Craven will premiere on MTV at 7:53PM EST, and will be followed immediately with “MTV First: Ke$ha,” where she will be answering live audience and Twitter questions on MTV.com. To submit a question, tweet to #AskKesha. Fans around the world will be able to simultaneously watch the video online along with the exclusive interview “MTV First: Ke$ha” at http://kesha.mtv.tv.

“Crazy Kids” was written by Ke$ha, will.i.am, Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Cirkut and produced by Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco and Cirkut. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/kesha/ke-ha-crazy-kids-feat-will-i/s-GEAZ2

Tonight also marks the season finale of Ke$ha’s MTV docu-series, “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life.” The series, which was filmed by her brother Lagan over the past 2 years, gave viewers the opportunity to see Ke$ha under a completely different spotlight. The cameras followed her as she navigated the drama, madness and euphoria of her professional and personal life while recording a new album and traveling the globe. “Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life” is the #1 series in its time slot with P12-34 and W12-34.