April 19, 2014

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Janet Jackson does not have a secret son

HollywoodNews.com: I got a kick out of the National Enquirer cover story this week. Janet Jackson’s ex mother in law says that Janet and her son, James, are the parents of Michael Jackson barnicle Omer Bhatti. I don’t know the mechanics of these things: does the Enquirer go to these people and pay them to make up stories? It’s all a lot of fun, I guess. Omer Bhatti, of course, has actual parents in Norway. Their names are Riz and Pia Bhatti.
I’ve written about this a lot over the years. When Omer was 12, they dressed him up a like a mini Michael and brought him to Tunis, where Michael was performing in 1996. Omer did a little moonwalking in the lobby and Michael invited him to his suite. He liked the kid so much that he added the Bhattis to his tour. Then Riz and Pia went to work for him at Neverland.
Over the years, Omer stayed at Neverland even after his parents returned to Norway. When he joined them at home, Omer became a Michael Jackson imitator and made money from it. He let people think he was Michael’s kid. Jackson liked to tell intimates that Omer was his secret illegitimate son; none of it was true. It was just Michael’s fantasy and it was sad.
As far as Janet Jackson goes, I do feel bad for her. For years a persistent rumor circulated that she had a secret child that been raised by her sister, Rebbie. Now it’s this thing. Janet has no children, and I’m sure it’s frustrating to keep reading these crazy stories. Omer Bhatti quite likes it, though, because it perpetuates his connection to Michael Jackson.
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Britney Spears Photos: Hollywood Music Photo Gallery of the Day Aug 25, 2011

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hollywood Music Photo Gallery of the Day” is Britney Spears.
It was recently revealed that Britney Spears would be receiving a special honor at the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday. Not only will Madonna reportedly be presenting the tribute, but stars like Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj and Janet Jackson are expected to perform.
Enjoy this pop princess’ gallery!
Britney Spears came onto the music scene with her debut album ‘ …Baby One More Time’ in 1999. She instantly became a teen sensation as she turned out other hit songs like “Oops!… I Did It Again.”
In 2001, Spears released her third studio album and took a chance in film with the movie “Crossroads.” But, she stuck with music and turned out her fourth album by 2003.
However, she hit a rough patch in 2008 when her personal life became a little dramatic. She did manage to release her sixth album around that time and turned out the hit song “Womanizer.”
Spears has already sold over 100 million records worldwide and she is only 29 years old.
Spears has won a number of awards including a Grammy for “Toxic” as the Best Dance Recording. And now that her career is back in action, only time will tell if more Grammys are in her future.

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Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse will allegedly be honored at VMAs
Britney Spears pulls beau onstage for a lap dance
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Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse will allegedly be honored at VMAs

HollywoodNews.com: Not only will Lady Gaga be opening the MTV Video Music Awards this Sunday, but Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse will reportedly be honored at the event.
For Spears, it has been rumored that Lady Gaga, Ke$ha, Katy Perry, Demi Lovato, Nicki Minaj and Janet Jackson will come together for a musical tribute, states RadarOnline.com. Spears will also reportedly take the stage to show off just why she is being honored.
In case you think Spears is a little young for a tribute, some believe that this is being done just to make sure she shows up at the event.
Along with that, it has already been reported that Tony Bennett will honor Amy Winehouse which will reportedly include never-before-seen footage from their March recording session at London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios.
Will you tune in this weekend?
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‘Biggest Loser’ contestants can now look like Justin Bieber

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Biggest Loser’ contestants will soon be able to look a little like Justin Bieber as his trainer is reportedly joining the show.
Dolvett Quince, who trains Bieber, has joined the show as one of the new trainers, states E! News. Quince will be joining Anna Kournikova as one of the trainers.
Quince has also trained Janet Jackson and a slew of other celebrities.
Do you like the choices of new trainers?
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Black Eyed Peas reveal Super Bowl halftime plans

HollywoodNews.com: If you were expecting a peepshow from Fergie during this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, think again.
In a Super Bowl press conference in Dallas yesterday, the hip-hop group revealed their plans for their halftime performance, the LA Times reports.
“It is a challenge because you want to give a little sex appeal but you don’t want to get into any trouble,” Fergie said at the conference. She promises that the group is being “very particular” about the costumes and their won’t be another wardrobe malfunction, referring to the infamous Janet Jackson nipple slip during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. Fergie is the first female musician to perform at the Super Bowl since Jackson’s wardrobe disaster.
According to the LA Times, Fergie also said the group is looking to get the party started with their performance, forming the halftime show around “sports anthem type songs.”
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All that is going on in Janet Jackson’s world

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: What strange times for Janet Jackson.
The songstress has been on the scene this week for the highly-emotional preliminary hearing on an involuntary manslaughter charge against Michael Jackson’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. (She has been quite vocal in blaming the doctor for her brother’s death.) At the same time, she has her own imminent business — including planning of her soon-to-launch Number Ones, Up Close and Personal world tour. Tickets go on sale today (1/8).
There’s also the launch of her “True You” book dealing with diet, exercise, self-image and self-esteem to contend with. The tome hits stores Feb. 8.
And on top of that, Janet could easily find herself in this year’s Academy Awards running come Jan. 25. Her hit “Nothing” (written and produced by her in association with Johnta Austin, Bryan-Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri) from Tyler Perrry’s “Why Did I Get Married Too” is being buzzed by Oscar prognosticators everywhere as a good bet for a Best Song nomination.
Janet has been balancing moving on with life and dealing with the aftermath of Michael’s death for more than a year and a half now. You may recall that “Why Did I Get Married Too” briefly shuttered production after his passing, while Janet flew to join family in L.A. for the funeral. When she returned to the movie location, her friends on the production “decided, in unison, to give her space and respect whatever feelings she was feeling,” as Jill Scott recalled it to this column. “If she wanted to be quiet, we’d step back. If she wanted to talk, we’d be there for her. I think she did find escape in her work. She definitely did.”
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Janet Jackson tells teens “It Gets Better”

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Singer and actress Janet Jackson has given her soft but powerful voice to The Trevor Project’s “It Gets Better” campaign telling bullied teens that it will indeed get better.
I was reading some of the comments left on YouTube and while most were supportive, there was all kinds of negative, hateful comments up there too.
It just underscores why we need to keep putting this anti-bullying message out there. So many hateful and ridiculous people are out there who are so miserable that they have to tear others down.
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‘For Colored Girls’ from the world’s only (?) white, Jewish Tyler Perry fan.

By Scott Mendelson
hollywoodnews.com: For the record, I have not seen the original play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. This is my first exposure to this material and should be treated as such. Anyway, as a film, For Colored Girls represents only a token departure for Mr. Perry. The film is basically the classic Perry melodrama. Again we are treated to African-American women who have been beaten down by life, but like most Perry stories, these tales have little to do with race and only a token amount to do with class. But this one is stripped down to its bare essentials. There is no real comic relief of any kind. There are no religious overtones and reassuring gospel music. There are no knights in shining armor to save the proverbial day. In fact, there isn’t really much of a narrative beyond the establishment of each woman’s respective crisis and whether or not there is any resolution at the end. It is a tone poem, and thus works best as a piece of performance art.
Perry’s neat trick is to turn the film into a quasi-musical, with the monologues from the show serving as ‘musical numbers’. Each actress gets one or two of these little monologues, and it’s a clever way to insert the overly obtuse original text into a conventional piece of narrative fiction. Yes, the film kinda stops in its tracks whenever someone starts into their respective poem, but it indeed feels like a conventional film musical, where a character stops in their tracks to sing about their feelings. This allows the rest of the film to generally avoid over-the-top melodrama and hysterics. Yes, there are moments of emotional grandstanding and spirited arguments, but they are relatively rare and always life-size. There’s a great scene in the otherwise mediocre Why Did I Get Married Too when Tyler Perry and his wife (Sharon Leal) have an argument involving fidelity that never rises above a whisper. Perry seems to have taken that moment to heart, as many of the more openly emotional moments are delivered as low-key as possible. Of course, this makes the third-act moments of full-bodied emotion that much more potent. Even a second-act scene of shattering violence is staged more for tension and suspense than emotional manipulation.
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This Week In Movies – “Megamind,” “Due Date,” “For Colored Girls”

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: For the third time this year Dreamworks Animation has scored strongly at the boxoffice in their continuing challenge to Disney and Pixar to top the ‘toon parade. “Megamind,” a really funny twist on the superhero genre featuring the voices of Will Farrell, Tina Fey , Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill scored an estimated $47.7 million to lead all comers, following in the footsteps of DWA’s early 2010 hits, “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek Forever After” which between them have earned over 1.2 billion dollars worldwide. One of the distinguishing secrets to the success of the Dreamworks formula, if there is one has been in the voice casting of their animated movies. Using comedians in key roles has provided those stars with film vehicles for some of their best work. It’s a conversation I had with DWA chief Jeffrey Katzenberg recently in which we both said it’s interesting that stars like Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld. Robin Williams, Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and others have had some of their biggest box office and critical success going the ‘toon route. I told him I thought Will Farrell’s work as the inept villain-turned-hero, “Megamind” was the best thing I have ever seen him do in movies to date and Katzenberg agreed there is something about the animation process that frees these great comedy talents to really let loose and deliver. I caught up with Katzenberg at DWA’s DVD release party for “How To Train Your Dragon” where he also mentioned that the company is now beginning work on a sequel and has a sequel to “Kung Fu Panda” coming in 2011. A sequel to “Megamind” would also seem to be a no-brainer if it continues to perform at the boxoffice this holiday season and its A- Cinemascore rating bodes well for that happening even with intense upcoming competition from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1″ and Disney’s Thanksgiving ‘toon release, “Tangled.”

Sunday morning I also got the opportunity to moderate a Q&A at the DGA with Zack Snyder, the director of another of the Fall’s animated entries, “Legends Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’hoole,” a stirring beautifully made 3D adventure based on a series of well-known children’s books. Snyder who made his first foray into animation with the picture [...]

Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Megamind’ rules over ‘Due Date,’ ‘Colored Girls’

HollywoodNews.com: Paramount’s DreamWorks Animation title “Megamind” about a super-villain gone good topped the Friday box office with $12.5 million at 3,944 locations. The PG-rated film looks to hold the top spot throughout the weekend, ultimately making a three-day take in the low 40s. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 67% fresh score, so the majority of critics do like it. Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy praises, “The second big animated feature of the year, after ‘Despicable Me,’ to center on an arch-villain who sees the error of his ways, ‘Megamind’ is snappy good fun.”

The second wide release in the market is the Todd Phillips R-rated buddy road comedy “Due Date” starring Zach Galifianakis, Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. “Due Date” logged a Friday take of $12.3 million at 3,355 theaters and should pull in a weekend haul that’s in the mid 30s. The reason why “Megamind” looks to outstrip “Due Date” is because it will benefit from matinees. Adults typically flock to R-rated fare in the evening. The critics don’t get “Due Date,” lobbing it with a 39% rotten score. But they never do get comedies and “Due Date” isn’t for that crowd that reads reviews. USA Today’s Claudia Puig gets the funny: “It’s Downey’s signature sarcasm and distinctive slow burn that make the movie. Galifianakis, in a perm that makes for comic gold, plays an expanded version of his ‘Hangover’ character.”

Tyler Perry enters the award season fray with his all-star “For Colored Girls” starring Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton and Janet Jackson. Based on Ntozake Shange’s Obie-winning stage play, “Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular” per IMDB.com. Critics have also turned their nose up on Perry’s pic with 32% rotten, but Perry’s fans could care less what reviewers think. Moviegoers made the film third, shelling out $7.4 million at 2,217 venues. Betsy Sharkey of the L.A. Times says, “It is a film destined to polarize. Many will hate it. Hopefully more will love it, or at least allow room for it, for its raw brutality, its extremes, its difficult truths.”
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