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'Their families can't afford the trip, so I wanted to help out,' T.I. says in a statement to MTV News.
By Rob Markman
While most spent this Memorial Day weekend at BBQs, the beach or in the club, T.I. spent his behind bars. But he also found a way to give back. Tip, who is currently incarcerated at the Forrest City Correctional Facility in Forrest City, Arkansas, in the midst of an 11-month bid for a probation violation after an L.A. drug arrest, sponsored a bus trip for the 46 family members of 14 fellow inmates to visit the prison.
"I've been blessed to receive tons and tons of mail from my fans, family and friends, as well as get visits on a regular basis. Unfortunately some guys aren't as fortunate," T.I. said in a statement obtained by MTV News. "There are a lot of good dudes in here that haven't been able to see there loved ones in years. Their families can't afford the trip so I wanted to help out."
Family and friends who took part in the bus trip, dubbed "To See a Love One," boarded a chartered bus in Atlanta and Alabama on Saturday and visited the prison on Sunday and Monday (May 30).
T.I. turned himself in to authorities last November and reported to the Forrest City federal facility, the same place where he served nine months in 2009 after he struck a plea deal stemming from his 2007 gun case. The rapper was released in March 2010 and sent to a halfway house to complete his sentence. In September of the same year, T.I. and his wife were arrested in Los Angeles for a driving violation and charged with drug possession. L.A. authorities eventually dropped the charges against Tip, but the Grand Hustle CEO was found in violation of his probation and thus sent back to prison.Related Artists
Monday, May 30, 2011
After being dropped by Island Def Jam, Gaga saw a Destiny's Child video and decided, 'I want that.'
By James Montgomery
Sometime around 2006, Lady Gaga wasn't Lady Gaga. Sure, she was using the name back then, but she was still little more than a Lower East Side oddity, not the iconic, globe-spanning superstar she has since become. And so, she was understandably elated to score a meeting — and a subsequent deal — with Island Def Jam impresario L.A. Reid.
But after a few months, for reasons never really explained, her phone calls stopped being returned and she was summarily dropped from the label. In hindsight, it was just a minor bump on her road to stardom, but at the time, Gaga was crushed. It's a pain she's never quite forgotten, as she explained in the just-premiered "Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside" documentary.
"I remember when I got dropped from my first record label, I just said, 'Mommy, let's go see Grandma,' " Gaga recalled. "And I cried on my grandmother's couch. She looked at me, and she goes, 'I'm going to let you cry for the rest of the day, and then you have to stop crying, and you have to go kick some ass.' "
Devastated, but determined, Gaga set forth to do just that. And in addition to her grandmother's words, she drew inspiration from a rather unlikely source — one that would also prove oddly prescient in the years to come.
"You know, I've never told Beyoncé this, but I remember laying on my grandmother's couch crying, and a Destiny's Child video came on," she said. "I remember watching Beyoncé thinking, 'Oh, she's a star. I want that. I want to be on MTV.' And now I'm in music videos with Beyoncé."
It's because of those early rejections that Gaga has learned to savor her success. After all, she's certainly proved her naysayers wrong.
"The commercial success that I've had has been mind-blowing," she said. "I'm the girl that everyone said 'No' and shook their head and said 'I don't get it.' "
Well, it seems that millions of people around the world "get it" now.
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It looks like Roseanne Barr is making a play to return to primetime TV. First came the news, back in February, that Lifetime TV has ordered a season of Roseanne's Nuts, a reality series about her attempt to manage a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii. (Random!) And now The Hollywood Reporter says she's close to signing a deal to play Chelsea Handler's aunt in NBC's midseason comedy, Are You There, Vodka? It's Me Chelsea
The sitcom sounds perfect for this irreverent comedian. Created by Handler (and based on her book of the same name), the show is a semi-autobiographical look at the talk-show host's younger days as a hard-drinking, promiscuous bartender. Laura Prepon plays Handler's young self, and Handler plays her older sister, Sloan. Barr will make a number of guest appearances as her aunt -- no doubt with her own character flaws or, at least, very loud opinions!
Originally Barr was set to cameo on the show as a lesbian prison inmate, but that role went to Dot Marie Jones (Glee's scary Coach Beiste).
For a time, Barr was arguably the most omnipresent star on TV. Her sitcom, Roseanne, aired from 1988-1997, and her personal life (bad romances, big weight fluctuations, family scandals) was the stuff of tabloid editors' dreams. But the 58-year-old comic has seemingly been -- dare we say it? -- lying low of late. Well, at least she hasn't been front and center on TV.
Sure, she's been around, doing stand-up comedy tours, hosting a radio show, writing three books, filming some TV guest spots and starring in a recent commercial for Snickers that was one of the most popular ads during the 2011 Super Bowl. But now she seems to be ready for a grander return to TV. The question is, are we?
Sunday, May 29, 2011
'It was really important to her to find a world that was unique to her look,' Frank Gatson Jr. of desert location.
By Jocelyn Vena
Beyoncé enlisted lots of wild animals, some stunning couture and 242 dancers for her just-released "Run the World (Girls)" video. The moves reflect several genres of dance, from jazz, street, hip-hop to African, and her choreographer tells MTV News that was all part of the plan.
"We prepared a lot for it. We had seen something on YouTube; we had seen these three guys from Africa, this Mozambique African dance troupe ... we were like, 'Wow, this is an amazing movement,' " B's longtime choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr., told us about the Francis Lawrence-directed video. "And that movement has always been in the back of our head for the last year. From there, we talked about a lot of concepts."
The concept the team ended up settling on was a desert landscape ruled by two forces: Beyoncé and her supermodel minions and a very unwelcoming opposing army. "The environment, I have to give her and Francis that credit. She really challenged Francis on finding a world that's unique to her. We could have easily done it in downtown L.A. We could have easily done it in downtown New York, but it was really important to her to find a world that was unique to her look and image to her new project," he explained of the video for the lead single off her June release, 4.
While Beyoncé is the pop star, Gatson is quick to give credit to all of the dancers in the clip, including some that the team enlisted from Africa. "We say, 'Share the light, you sparkle brighter,' and we share our light with a lot of new, creative people. I feel like we really nailed it and, again, my hats off to the Tofo Tofo guys [from Africa], 'cause none of us could imitate that," he said. "We had to bring them around to learn that [move], which is really, really interesting. They had such a great vocabulary of movement."
Those two dancers not only helped shape the moves in the video, but also moved Beyoncé. "That was probably one of the most beautiful experiences for Beyoncé. They were so humbled," he said. "It was hard finding them. They were really in a remote area; we had to get the embassy people involved. That was a process that took about two months or more. Beyoncé really loved them and I'm pretty sure we'll see them again. It was magical."
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'We remember the fun M-Bone always wanted to have,' C-Smoove tells MTV News of his CSD bandmate, whose funeral takes place Friday (May 27).
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Vanessa Whitewolf
"We remember M-Bone's energy. We remember the fun M-Bone always wanted to have. We remember the spark that he lit onstage," C-Smoove told MTV News. "Onstage, Bone was like, 'Where is he goin'? Look at him, where'd he go?' He was everywhere. Sometimes he went so far, his mic started delayin'. We'd be like, 'Where's he at?' He'd be way at the top, at the nosebleed seats, dancin' with everybody."
On Friday (May 27), Cali Swag and M-Bone's family, friends and fans will bid farewell to the 22-year-old, who was murdered in a drive-by shooting on May 15. A public memorial service is set to take place at the Faithful Center in Inglewood, California. Inglewood Police Department's homicide division told MTV News that, while they have spoken to several witnesses, as of now they have made no arrests and have no suspects in the murder.
Despite the grim circumstances surrounding M-Bone's death, Cali Swag District's surviving members remain upbeat, laughing and even poking fun, choosing to remember the good times that they shared with the rapper/dancer. "We remember he couldn't pronounce a lot of words right," recalled Yung. "When he said 'phone,' he used to say 'foam.' Like, 'Pass me my foam.' "
CSD, who are most famous for their 2010 platinum single "Teach Me How to Dougie," remember Bone as a pretty calm guy ... that is, until it was time to dance, of course. "If you noticed, he's always quiet until it's his time to shine," Yung explained. "When it's time for anything that has to do with any craziness or hype-ness, that's his time to shine. If it's about dancin', that's when he go in. Other than that, he be chillin'."
M-Bone was so laidback when it came to talking with the press, in fact, that Yung said his crew should have changed his moniker in hindsight. "Chill Bone, that's what we should've called him when it comes to interview time, Chill Bone," he maintained.
The Inglewood Police Department is asking anyone with information surrounding the death of M-Bone to come forward and call its homicide division at (310) 412-5246 or its 24-hour anonymous hotline number, (888) 41 CRIME, or (888) 412-7463.
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Saturday, May 28, 2011
On Thursday (December 30), Kim Kardashian was spotted out at the local gym in Los Angeles, CA. Showcasing an interesting hairstyle, the E! reality babe was clad in a black bodysuit as she passed by paparazzi upon finishing off the morning workout. Enjoy the pictures of Kim Kardashian out for her day's workout. [gallery=747]
Having headed back to Britain after being dismissed as an "X Factor" U.S. judge, Cheryl Cole was reportedly secluded in a secret location while speaking about her firing for the first time.
According to The Mirror, the former Girls Aloud singer was even pondering an exit from the UK version of the show - as she's been given an ultimatum by ITV bosses in regards to getting back to the her duties on the popular music competition show.
The Mirror report goes on to tell that Miss Cole opened up to a friend while asking, ?Why did Simon Cowell do this to me??
Cheryl is also said to be at a loss as to why the U.S. "X Factor" dismissal took place, saying, ?I still haven?t been given a reason."
As for the ultimatum in regards to her UK TV duties, Simon is said to have chastised Cheryl about her ruing over the failed go in the States.
Cowell reportedly told her, ?Do you want �another job on more money? It?s a simple question: Yes or No?"
An ITV insider added, "She?s been told to grow up and pick yourself up or you?ll lose the British show too. It?s tough, but we start filming the UK program on Wednesday. No one is bigger than the show, that?s what she has to realize. If �Cheryl doesn?t want to do it we?ll just go on without her. It?s very worrying that she?s �refusing to engage with us. We need a dialogue but she won?t answer the phone. Cheryl needs to call us. She needs to call home.?
Friday, May 27, 2011
Director Davi Russo recalls Gaga's crucial wardrobe swap during MTV documentary taping.
By James Montgomery
When he was tapped to direct "Lady Gaga: Inside the Outside," Davi Russo knew he was going to get an opportunity to do something all Little Monsters dream of: spend hours with Mother Monster and ask her practically anything.
But he probably never thought he'd also be giving her wardrobe advice. Though, as soon as filming began, he quickly realized that would be part of his responsibilities too. Luckily, like Gaga, Russo is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Brooklyn, and he currently lives on the Lower East Side, the same place Gaga haunted during her formative years. And so, though he'd just met her, he felt like the two shared enough background for him to offer a few sartorial suggestions.
"She came out in this majestic, pink [outfit], high-heels, full-on gown, with a bow, about yay big," he laughed, holding his hands a foot apart above his head, during "Lady Gaga: The After-Show." "And when we wanted to frame the shot, we wanted to live inside with her, because we wanted to give this feeling of intimacy, and we said, 'Oh my God, she has this 12-inch bow on her head!' And I'm thinking, 'Oh, God, we have to reposition our cameras ... '
"So, just immediately, during the haze of stuff, I just got as close as I could, and I said, 'Hey, you know, I want to kind of talk to you about New York and where you're from and where I'm from,' " he continued. "And she said, 'You want to talk about the neighborhood?' And I said, 'Yeah,' and she said, 'Oh my God, I need five minutes, I need to go get changed!' And she gets up, exits, and 15 minutes later, she comes out in this amazing, punk-rock, black leather jacket. Very cool."
And Gaga's ability to roll with the punches wasn't the only thing Russo learned during his time with the pop star. He came in reading all the same things we do, and he had no idea that, beneath all the glitter, she's really a DIY kind of girl.
"Again, it's so easy just to see the surface of things, and I think that's maybe the biggest misconception that a lot of people who may not be fans [have of her, that she's artificial]," he said. "Myself included. I didn't know much about her going into it, [but] I try to always peel back the surface, to see the real person, and the interview gave us the opportunity to really see that. And she's just like me; she has red blood, breathes the same air, and everything else. She's human."
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As the youngest top two in 'Idol' history awaited their fates, the guest-stars got a little dirty for the finale.
By Jim Cantiello
"American Idol" season 10 has drawn to a close, and while Scotty McCreery was still digesting all that confetti he ate on Wednesday night, we here at MTV News were working around the clock to bring you news from the big finale, including Thursday's "Idol Party Live" (streaming live right here on MTV.com at 12 p.m. ET) and "Idol" in 60 Seconds, the script of which you can peruse below while you watch the video:
On Tuesday night, Fox televised a Southern junior high school talent show. Yes, season 10 came down to Scotty McCreery and his smirk versus Lauren Alaina and her doctor. There were songs about teenage love, and moms, and the civil war and ... I'm so sorry, guys, I'm trying, but me and country music go together like Haley Reinhart and pants.
And after every guest star from stage and screen and total f---ing catastrophe [shot of "Spider-man"] finished their cameo, Ryan Seacrest did this. [Montage of Seacrest plugging all the guest stars' projects.]
Wow, if "Idol" did this good a job promoting their own artists, Lee DeWyze might be selling records.
Unless you were a fan of James Durbin's armpits, the night was really all about the big winner, Scotty, and runner-up Lauren, the two youngest "Idol" finalists ever, so producers made this finale especially family-friendly.
[Gaga gets busy with a dancer.] [J.Lo shakes her booty.] [Beyoncé sings, "Let's make love! Make love!"]
Or not. But give "Idol" some credit for still trying to kickstart David Archuleta's puberty.
Don't miss a special edition of "Idol Party Live" Thursday at noon on MTV.com for analysis, finale red-carpet coverage and the last "Idol in 60 Seconds" of season 10. Get in the conversation by tweeting with the hashtag #idolparty! In the meantime, get your "Idol" fix on MTV News' "American Idol" page, where you'll find all the latest news, interviews and opinions.Related Videos
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Gathering together to honor the year's best in cinema, the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards winners have officially been named. The complete list of 17th annual SAG winners are: THEATRICAL MOTION PICTURES Outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role Jeff Bridges, "True Grit" Robert Duvall, "Get Low" Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network" WINNER: Colin Firth, "The King's Speech" James Franco, "127 Hours" Outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role Annette Bening, "The Kids Are All Right" Nicole Kidman, "Rabbit Hole" Jennifer Lawrence, "Winter's Bone" WINNER: Natalie Portman, "Black Swan" Hilary Swank, "Conviction" Outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role WINNER: Christian Bale, "The Fighter" John Hawkes, "Winter's Bone" Jeremy Renner, "The Town" Mark Ruffalo, "The Kids Are All Right" Geoffrey Rush, "The King's Speech" Outstanding performance by a female actor in a supporting role Amy Adams, "The Fighter" Helena Bonham Carter, "The King's Speech" Mila Kunis, "Black Swan" WINNER: Melissa Leo, "The Fighter" Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit" Outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture "Black Swan" "The Fighter" "The Kids Are All Right" WINNER: "The King's Speech" "The Social Network" TELEVISION Outstanding performance by a male actor in a drama series WINNER: Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire" Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" Hugh Laurie, "House M.D." Outstanding performance by a female actor in a drama series Glenn Close, "Damages" Mariska Hargitay, "Law & Order: SVU" WINNER: Julianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men" Kyra Sedgwick, "The Closer" Outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series WINNER: Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" Steve Carell, "The Office" Chris Colfer, "Glee" Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family" Outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" Tina Fey, "30 Rock" Jane Lynch, "Glee" Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" WINNER: Betty White, "Hot in Cleveland" Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series WINNER: "Boardwalk Empire" "The Closer" "Dexter" "The Good Wife" "Mad Men" Outstanding performance by an ensemble in a comedy series "30 Rock" "Glee" "Hot in Cleveland" WINNER: "Modern Family" "The Office" Outstanding performance by a male actor in a television movie or miniseries John Goodman, "You Don't Know Jack" WINNER: Al Pacino, "You Don't Know Jack" Dennis Quaid, "The Special Relationship" Edgar Ramirez, "Carlos" Patrick Stewart, "Macbeth" Outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or Miniseries WINNER: Claire Danes, "Temple Grandin" Catherine O'Hara, "Temple Grandin" Julia Ormond , "Temple Grandin" Winona Ryder, "When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story" Susan Sarandon, "You Don't Know Jack" Hollywood Gossip Enjoy the pictures from the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards. [gallery=750]
The "Hangover 2" hunk dished about his first dramatic leading role, telling the mag, "Since Limitless opened, my agent calls me every morning and asks, 'Do you feel any different?' And I'm like, 'Nope. Do you feel any different?'"
Showing off his softer side, the 36-year-old revealed that his mother, Gloria, has lived with him in his L.A. home since his father, Charles, died last year, explaining, "I love having her. I wouldn't have it any other way."
Bradley also recalled the time he had a run-in with Leonardo DiCaprio - as he showed him to his room while working the graveyard shift as a doorman at Morgans Hotel in New York City.
Chelsea Handler has never been known for holding back her opinions -- she recently trashed Angelina Jolie in the press and told Piers Morgan to "f*** off." So it's not surprising that in an interview with the New York Times, the Chelsea Lately talk-show host rants against the MTV show 16 and Pregnant. What might come as a shocker? Handler admits to having an abortion when she was a teen.
"I had an abortion when I was 16," she tells the Times. "Because that's what I should have done. Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid. Anyway, those are things that people shouldn't be dishonest about it."
But just because Handler was 16 and pregnant doesn't mean that she believes a show called 16 and Pregnant is a good idea. "We're seeking out such grossness in human behavior and want such mindless entertainment," she says. "The Real Housewives of Atlanta and some of these other shows are more racist. Or 16 and Pregnant. Getting rewarded for being pregnant when you're a teenager? Are you serious? I mean, that makes me want to kill somebody."
One aspect of her life that Handler certainly won't be dishing about is her relationship with current boyfriend, hotelier Andre Balazs. "If somebody asks you not to speak about them -- or make fun of them publicly, I should say -- then you try to respect that," she says. "Obviously you can't avoid that entirely, because I'm not a liar and I'm not going to lie about anything, really. But, yeah, I won't be discussing our personal life -- before, during or after our relationship."
That said, Handler does like to deliver a good ribbing when it's called for. "I try to make fun of everyone as often as possible, especially minorities," she says. "I'm a Jewish woman, so ..."
Even in Hollywood, it's hard to be a working mom. "It's always tricky," admits Jennifer Garner.
The actress recently sat down with iVillage at the Frigidaire Stain Games in Glendale, Calif. -- an event benefitting the nonprofit organization Save the Children -- and described life as a career-focused mother as "worth the struggle."
"It's a lot of juggling ... but it's worth the effort," says Garner. "It's great for kids to see their moms having many roles in the world. I have two daughters (Violet, 5, and Seraphina, 2, with husband Ben Affleck) and they have a really broad idea of what women can accomplish and do in a day. That's really important to me."
Garner, 39, also says it's paramount for her girls to "see their parents do work for other people," which is why, despite her busy schedule, she is committed to philanthropy.
Since 2009, Garner has been working with Frigidaire and Save the Children as a U.S. Programs Artist Ambassador. This partnership has given Garner the opportunity to head from Capitol Hill, where she testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families advocating for federal investments in early childhood education, to her home state of West Virginia, where she visited an elementary school and was able to spend time and read to students.
Not only does Garner strive to set a good example for her girls by showing them how to help others, but she also tries to live her life by remembering sage advice from her own mom. "She always says happiness is your own responsibility and that's probably what I quote from her and live by the most," says Garner. Wise words we can all live by!
Watch our exclusive video above to find out how Garner has followed in her mom's footsteps and why she's so passionate about helping kids live better lives.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The 'New York' season finale was packed with original tunes, including Morrison's first single, 'Still Got Tonight.'
By Aly Semigran
If there were any one word to best define Tuesday night's season finale of
New Directions, New York City and, perhaps most notably, new songs were all part of the season-two closer. While there were a fair share of covers during the episode, including an impressive all-girl a cappella rendition of Usher's "Yeah!" and a Broadway-ready duet of "For Good" from "Wicked" by stars Lea Michele and Chris Colfer, it was a slew of original tunes that gave hard-core Gleeks something to sing about.
Of course, this isn't the first time the show has creating its own music. Back in March, "Glee" debuted its first crop of original tracks, including the self-esteem rally cry "Loser Like Me," Michele's soulful ballad "Get It Right" (which was penned by "Glee" music producer Adam Anders and hitmaker Max Martin), Amber Riley's attitude anthem "Hell to the No," as well as the comedic tunes "Trouty Mouth" and "Big Ass Love." But, now there's more to be added to the original "Glee" catalog.
During the finale, titled "New York," the New Directions opted to try out their own numbers to wow the judges at Nationals. While the tactic didn't exactly work for them (the gang came in 12th place overall) they did give "Glee" fans something to savor over the summer while they wait for the third season to begin.
Their Nationals performance kicked off with a lovelorn duet called "Pretending" between on-again, off-again couple Rachel (Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith). The duo sang to one another from across the stage, "Face to face and heart to heart/ We're so close, yet so far apart." Finchel echoed their romantic woes with lyrics like, "Will we ever say the words we're feeling?" during their sweeping ballad. The song was so powerful, in fact, the two kissed onstage.
After "Pretending," the rest of the club joined Rachel and Finn for another new song called "Light Up the World." But, whereas "Pretending" went for sullen about confusing love, "Light Up the World" was unapologetic pop bliss.
Lead by a giddy guitar intro, Santana (Naya Rivera) started off the tune with her sultry voice, singing, "You and me keep on dancing in the dark/ It's been tearing me apart/ Never knowing what we are/ You and me keep on tryin' to play it cool/ Now it's time to make a move/ And that's what I'm going to do." The song, which had an all-around vibe not dissimilar to "Loser Like Me" (easy on the ears, though not terribly memorable), also featured solos by Artie (Kevin McHale) and Brittany (Heather Morris.)
The kids weren't the only ones to test out new material to the "Glee" audience. Matthew Morrison, who plays New Directions coach Will Schuester, released his self-titled debut album on the same day as the finale and got the chance to perform the first single from the record in the episode. During a scene in which Mr. Schuester tinkers with his own Broadway-bound dreams, Morrison crooned a portion of the track "Still Got Tonight," which was co-written by former "American Idol" champ Kris Allen. In the pop ballad, Morrison cries in the chorus, "Time's running out/ But we'll hold back the sun somehow/ See the sky, we've still got tonight/ We've still got tonight."
Recurring guest-star Charice (who plays rival glee club member Sunshine Corazon) also used "Glee" as an outlet for her own work. During her group Vocal Adrenaline's moment at Nationals, the 19-year-old Internet sensation performed "As Long as You're There," a sweeping solo that highlighted the young star's powerful voice.
Of course, if the songs are a hit (they are currently available for download on iTunes) fans could very well expect a whole lot more new next season too.
What did you think of the new, original songs featured during the second season finale of "Glee"? Let us know in the comments and on Twitter!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Rising actress and dancer, Julianne Hough, gets wet and romantic with co-actor Diego Boneta on location for their new film ‘Rock of Ages’. Filming is currently underway in Miami, FL.
Less than a week away from the sure-to-be spectacular occasion, the official guest list from Prince William and Kate Middleton's royal wedding has been released. As was expected, numerous celebrities adorn the rundown of lucky invitees, as musician Sir Elton John, soccer star David Beckham, director Guy Ritchie and singer Joss Stone will all be in attendance for the nuptials. With a long list of royals, dignitaries and Prince Williams' colleagues from RAF Valley also set to attend, the ceremony being held at Westminster Abbey will take place on Friday, April 29th. A complete rundown of the wedding guest setup via The Royal Wedding website is as follows: North Lantern Miss Middleton's immediate family and friends Prince William and Miss Middleton's friends The Spencer Family South Lantern The British Royal Family Members of Foreign Royal Families North Transept Prince William and Miss Middleton's friends South Transept Governors General Members of the Diplomatic Corps Middleton Family friends Stalls North Representatives of the Church and other Faiths Prince William and Miss Middleton's Friends Stall South Members of the Cabinet� Prince William and Miss Middleton's Friends North Nave Guests of the Prince of Wales Members of the General Congregation South Nave Representatives of the Church and other Faiths Members of the General Congregation The following Members of the Royal Family will be seated on the front row (South Lantern), in order starting closest to the Sacrarium: The Queen The Duke of Edinburgh The Prince of Wales The Duchess of Cornwall Prince Harry. The following members of the Middleton Family will be seated on the front row (North Lantern), in order starting closest to the Sacrarium: Mrs. Carole Middleton Mr. Michael Middleton Mr. James Middleton. (The remaining places on the front row are still TBC). The following members of the Spencer Family will be seated on the front row of their block (North Lantern), in order starting closest to the Sacrarium: The Lady Sarah McCorquodale Mr. Neil McCorquodale Mrs. Anne Wake-Walker The Lord Robert Fellowes The Lady Jane Fellowes The Earl Spencer Miss Karen Gordon [gallery=751]
The pop diva is sultry and scantily clad on the cover of the album, which will hit stores on June 28.
By Jocelyn Vena
Who says Beyoncé retired Sasha Fierce? On Wednesday night, the music video for her new girl-power anthem, "Run the World (Girls)," premiered on "American Idol," and now Beyoncé is looking just as sexy and empowered on the just-unveiled cover art for her upcoming album, 4.
In the photo, which was posted on Beyoncé's website, the singer sports only a fur vest, thick gold cuffs and smoky eye makeup as she looks off into the distance. The album will be released on June 28. According to a press release, Beyoncé recorded the LP over the span of a year, beginning the project in spring 2010 and wrapping up in the spring of this year.
"I recorded more than 60 songs; everything I ever wanted to try, I just did it," she recently told us about the album. "I started off being inspired by [Afrobeat music pioneer] Fela Kuti. I actually worked with the band from 'Fela!' [the hit Broadway musical based on Kuti's life] for a couple of days, just to get the feel for the soul and heart of his music; it's so sexy and has a great groove you get lost in. I loved his drums, all the horns, how everything was on the one. What I learned most from Fela was artistic freedom: He just felt the spirit."
Fela wasn't the only artist that influenced the music on 4, though. "I also found a lot of inspiration in '90s R&B, Earth, Wind & Fire, DeBarge, Lionel Richie, Teena Marie," Beyoncé said. "I listened to a lot of Jackson 5 and New Edition, but also Adele, Florence and the Machine and Prince. Add in my hip-hop influences, and you can hear how broad it is. I also gave myself more freedom to really belt out some songs, and bring soul singing back. I used a lot of the brassiness and grittiness in my voice that people hear in my live performances, but not necessarily on my records."
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Rocker Pink may love her namesake color -- but, unfortunately for Selena Gomez, she draws the line at pink horses. On Thursday, Pink, 31, went red with rage when she saw a music video crew spraying colored paint on horses near her Malibu, Calif., home.
"If there are any animal activists around Malibu -- at Leo Cabrillo State Beach, there are horses being painted for a stupid music video. Shame," the pop singer tweeted on Thursday. "Artists should be more aware and responsible for their actions," she added.
As it turns out, the pink horses were the responsibility of 18-year-old Disney Channel star Selena Gomez, who was shooting beach scenes for her new music video "Love You Like a Love Song." Pink figured this out only when Gomez's fans started sending angry Twitter messages Pink's way -- but that didn't silence the "Raise Your Glass" singer.
"Oh lord, THAT'S whose video it was? Disney fans unite. here we go," Pink wrote in response. "Whether u r a fan of mine or whomEVER'S, i won't stop speaking out about animal cruelty. i've taken responsibility in the past, so should she."
In case you're wondering what's so cruel about painting horses, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claims that there's "no safe way" to paint a live animal.
"They can have a painful allergic reaction to chemicals, and there's no way to know how an individual animal react," a PETA rep explains to Celebuzz. "Also, subjecting skittish animals like horses to extended periods of restraint and spraying is stressful and frightening."
But reps for Gomez -- who is also making headlines for kissing boyfriend Justin Bieber on national TV Sunday night -- say the horses were not mistreated.
"It was important to the Production Company, Record Label and Ms. Gomez that no animals were harmed and all proper precautions were taken," a rep for the teen star told People. "A non-toxic, vegetable-based powder paint was applied via an airbrush and removed with water. An official from the Humane Society was on set supervising."
Okay, we're trying really hard not a make a "horse of a different color" joke right now. Let's just all hope that the horses weren't traumatized by their music video experience. There are probably worse things than being painted pink for a few hours... right?
Monday, May 23, 2011
Continuing on with her promotional duties, Ashley Tisdale attended a DVD signing for "Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure" at El Corte Ingles in Madrid, Spain today (May 23).
The 25-year-old sported a fun and funky look for the autograph event, wearing a shiny, black sleeveless dress and red peep-toe heels.
Making for quite the full day overseas, Ashley posed for pictures at a photocall for the movie earlier the same morning.
Despite her hectic overseas schedule, Tizzie managed to carve out a couple days to enjoy the sights, tweeting, ?In Spain!!!! So happy to have two days off to enjoy beautiful Madrid. hope everyone has a great weekend! xoxo?
It was confirmed that Vanessa and her longtime boyfriend/ ?High School Musical? costar Zac Efron decided to call it quits. According to Us Magazine, the ?High School Musical? co-stars have split after spending more than three years in the spotlight together. With their romance having started as the two were paired up as co-star leads in Disney's "High School Musical," a source close to the couple now claims of the breakup, "It was mutual. They have been together for so long. It just ran its course." And, the insider insists, "They are still talking and still friends. There's no drama. No one cheated. They just grew up." [gallery=746]