February 05, 2017

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And the winners are… 2014 Billboard Music Awards

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards, hosted by musician and actor Ludacris, made television history on Sunday night with a show bursting with never-before-seen superstar duos, explosive premiere performances and a once-in-a-lifetime Michael Jackson experience. The show aired live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on ABC.

Justin Timberlake was the night’s big winner, taking home 7 awards including Top Artist, Top Male Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Radio Songs Artist, Top R&B Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, and Top R&B Album. Timberlake also took the lead in Album award wins with two. The record breaking summer hit “Blurred Lines” won the most Song categories with 4 wins in Top Hot 100 Song, Top Digital Song, Top Radio Song, and Top R&B Song. Imagine Dragons followed Timberlake with 5 artist awards including Top Duo/Group, Top Hot 100 Artist, Top Rock Artist, Top Rock Album and Top Streaming Song (Audio). Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and T.I. each won 4 awards throughout the night as well.
The show opened with international superstars Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull and Claudia Leitte debuting their official 2014 FIFA World Cup song “We Are One (Ole Ola).” The stage filled with colorful images of the worlds’ flags as the three stars were joined by dancers, drummers and flag girls to share this new anthem with the crowd. In addition to kicking off the night’s musical performances, Lopez was honored with the prestigious ICON Award, making her the first woman in the four years of its existence, to receive the award for their remarkable and enduring contribution to popular music.
Television history was made with a thrilling, multi-dimensional dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Slave to the Rhythm” during which fans experienced the groundbreaking magic and fantasy we know to expect from the greatest entertainer of all time. The performance was created for fans by the Estate of Michael Jackson to capture the essence, the excitement and the magic that Jackson embodied. Produced by the Estate and Pulse Evolution, it took over a year, and a team of 104 cast and crew, to create this one-of-a-kind full stage experience to showcase all that Michael was.

Milestone Award winner Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert made the television debut of their yet-to-be released new duet “Somethin’ Bad,” while Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande performed their chart-topping single “Problem,” surrounded by a spirited cheerleading squad. Azalea […]

Beyonce reportedly performing at Super Bowl halftime show

HollywoodNews.com: Beyonce is apparently headed to the Super Bowl as she will reportedly be performing the halftime show for the 2013 game.
Beyonce will be performing at Super Bowl XLVII on February 3rd which will take place in New Orleans, states TMZ. The official announcement has not yet been made but is expected to be announced very soon.
Beyonce will be joining the ranks of past Super Bowl performers which includes Madonna, The Who, U2, Tom Petty and Michael Jackson.
Do you think she’ll put on a good show?
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Kanye West returns to Twitter to pay respects to Steve Jobs

HollywoodNews.com: Kanye West recently said goodbye to Twitter, but it seems he couldn’t stay away for long as he returned to pay respects to Steve Jobs who passed away one year ago.
Kanye just deleted all his tweets this week, but decided to post again in honor of Jobs and all of his accomplishments, states TMZ. “He is one of the most inspiring and influential human beings of our existence along with Michael Jackson, Walt Disney and Dr. King,” Kanye posted in one of his tweets about Jobs.
Kanye tweeted a few other messages about Jobs that included, “Let’s be thankful for his life and legacy by never compromising on our future.”
What do you think about Kanye’s tweets?
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Where is Katherine Jackson?

HollywoodNews.com: Since the middle of the night, Paris Jackson, whip-smart 14 year old, has been Tweeting that her grandmother and guardian, Katherine Jackson, is not home. Paris says she has not spoken to her grandmother in a week. Mrs, Jackson is the legal guardian of three minor children including Paris–her brothers Prince, 15, and Blanket, 10. If she has not been home for a week in Calabasas, California, then who is taking care of these children?
Jermaine Jackson has Tweeted that his mother is getting rest in Arizona, and nothing is wrong. But something is very very wrong if a 14 year old girl has to resort to Twitter to alert the world that her beloved grandmother and guardian is AwoL. The Jackson kids have lawyers and a court appointed guardian, as well. Plus, the Jackson estate should be concerned that one of their heirs is unaccounted for.
What makes all of this so suspicious is that it comes at the end of several days of infighting among the Jacksons. For years Michael Jackson used to give his mother chunks of money which she disbursed to his siblings who needed it. But since Michael died, the money is controlled by the executors of his estate. The executors must account for this money to the probate court. The gravy train for the Jackson family ended on June 25m 2009 when Michael died. Now they scramble to earn a living. There is grave concern that the siblings are pressuring Mrs. Jackson to turn against the executors, or gain conservatorship over her.
Michael’s children are not stupid. They can read the internet. By now they know that uncles Jermaine and Randy are not so interested in them. They are interested in their own futures. But I doubt scaring Paris Jackson and mobilizing her to this point will ingratiate the brothers with Michael’s kids. Let’s hope Katherine Jackson is returned to her home pronto, and that the lawyers and others representing the kids can prevent this from happening again.
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Hollywood Memorabilia Auction – June 23 & 24 – items from Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and more!!

HollywoodNews.com: Hollywood Memorabilia Auction – June 23 & 24 – items from Elizabeth Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr., Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe and more!!
Premiere Props will be auctioning off over 1000 Hollywood costumes and props including several personal items from Hollywood icons Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Sammy Davis Jr., Liberace and Michael Jackson, plus hundreds of items from contemporary films including the “Harry Potter” and “Piranha” franchises, “What to Except When You are Expecting,” and “Seeking a Friend For the End of the World” during their Hollywood Extravaganza VI on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday, June 24, 2012. The auction will take place at Premiere Props’ headquarters in El Segundo, CA beginning at 11am PT, with a preview from 9-11am PT each day.
Items include:
· Elizabeth Taylor’s personal 36 foot dressing room/trailer from the set of “Cleopatra”
· Marilyn Monroe’s personally owned Pucci dress
· Rare negatives from Marilyn Monroe
· A collection of Sammy Davis Jr.’s stage worn costumes including:
o A black tuxedo by Sy Devore, Hollywood with a gray vest, black silk bow tie by Sulka and a blue dress shirt with lace trim and mother of pearl buttons embroidered “Sammy Jr” by Natlvise, Sunset Strip (May 1973)
o A blue and gray striped double breasted custom styled suit by Certo, Beverly Hills with a blue and orange shirt custom made by Ascot Chang
o Levis jacket and pants with rhinestones depicting “Love each other” on the back with flowers, hearts, butterfly, bird and star designs
· A collection of Liberace’s costumes including:
o A bejeweled velvet & lace tuxedo with tails and matching pants, vest, dickey, and velvet bow tie choker that is pictured on Liberace’s album “The Way We Were”, includes record album
o His original Bicentennial costume – a rhinestone covered red, white & blue leather jacket with fringe matching hot pant shorts, handbag and necklace – that was featured during his 1971 run at Caesar’s Palace
· Frank Sinatra’s trench coat from “The First Deadly Sin”
· Frank Sinatra’s stage used bar stool from his concert performance in Brazil
· […]

New Version of Michael Jackson’s Last Days Coming

By Beck/Smith
HollywoodNews.com: A new version of Michael Jackson’s last days will be coming to light by year’s end, with the release of Fit for a King, the first cookbook from celebrity chef Kai Chase.
We were chatting with Chase about the March 18 Drawing Hope International Gala Masquerade event in Beverly Hills, for which she is providing some of her trademark cultural fusion cuisine. (Tandoori Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Fruited Marsala Couscous, anyone?) However, the culinary master, who has cooked for luminaries including Mary J. Blige and President Obama, was also Jackson’s personal chef, and as soon as his name comes up, the conversation shifts. Chase makes it clear his impact on her life was profound.
She tells us, “When you read the book, you’ll see how things were different” as far as the portrayal of Jackson’s world. “I was feeding him and his children. He was going to rehearsals and the recording studio. He was energized, looking good, feeling good. I want to talk about the fun times — the practical jokes played on me in the house, me and the kids planting gardens. I was seeing him every day and working with him every day. He talked to me about a lot of things, as a boss and as a friend — how to move on with your career, write books, this and that.” However, “I was let go at a certain point,” recalls Chase. She was back at the mansion the day Jackson died.
Since then, her list of celebrity clients has grown, and “a lot of things are really coming to the forefront right now,” notes the beautiful chef, who listens to Jackson’s “Keep the Faith” song because “it keeps me inspired and motivated for greatness. The blessings keep pouring down. Sometimes I think he has something to do with that, and imagine him and God high-fiving.”
Chase is also offering an at-home cooking lesson to be auctioned off at the fund-raiser for Drawing Hope, which helps survivors of rape and sexual abuse in some 150 countries. Celebs excpected to be on hand for the event range from Garrett Morris to Kyle Massey to honoree AnnaLynne McCord of “90210.”
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Adam Lambert New Cool Photos – “Hollywood Cool Celeb of the Week”

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected Celeb to be our “Hollywood Cool Celeb of the Week” is Adam Lambert. One of our favorite Stars!
In August 2011, Lambert announced that his second studio album, Trespassing, would be released on March 20, 2012. Anticipation for its release has been building and is considerable.
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Trespassing – The title track was co-written with Grammy Award winning Pharrell Williams,[98] while the album’s lead single, “Better Than I Know Myself”, a collaboration with Dr. Luke and Claude Kelly, was released on December 20, 2011 to all digital retailers. His debut live performance of the single on January 17, 2012 on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno received overwhelmingly positive reviews, focusing on Lambert’s soaring and impeccable vocals on this melodically challenging song, as well as his more stripped down and sophisticated look. It’s reprise on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show two days later, brought equally glowing reviews as well as an interview. The commanding album cover art by Lambert’s friend and Art Director/Photographer for Trespassing, Lee Cherry, was revealed on January 24. The image is a dramatic departure from Lambert’s depiction on the 2009 cover of For Your Entertainment, signaling a new era in his career.
On January 29, Lambert’s 30th birthday, he was the first American artist to play the Q-Snowcase in Zell Am See, Austria. In a five song acoustic set, he performed three songs from the new album — including a debut unplugged version of the title track “Trespassing,” described as “fierce and funky” in this rendition.
Lambert premiered his provocative and “stunningly art-directed” video of “Better Than I Know Myself” on his Vevo channel on February 3, 2012. Directed by Ray Kay, the video provides the viewer with split screen and split personality entree into an interpretative world where dark and light collide and coalesce. The multiple meanings attached to the work serve as the introduction to the theme of the album Trespassing, which Lambert says reflects the dark and light sides of himself through song.
After months of speculation, it was announced on February 20, 2012 that Lambert would again take the stage with Queen to headline the U.K.’s Sonisphere Festival on July 7, 2012. The performance will have particular significance as its location at Knebworth Park marks the site of Freddie Mercury’s final performance with the band in August, 1986. In announcing the lineup, Sonisphere cited the […]

Whitney Houston Mystery: Michael Jackson and Whitney Had a Curious Friend in Common

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Here’s the one person in the Whitney Houston story whose name you have not heard, and who has remained a mystery: a Dutch man from Amsterdam who goes by the name of Raffles van Exel. He is also known – in court records—as Raffles Dawson and Raffles Benson. He was on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in one of Houston’s suites when she died. He appeared downstairs in the lobby shortly thereafter, wearing aviator sunglasses, sobbing.
As usual, he had an entourage in tow, including Quinton Aaron, the actor who played the football player in “The Blind Side.” Raffles, in one of his many PR Newswire releases, recently announced that he’s producing movies with Aaron. It’s just one of many ventures he announces regularly. For someone who has no obvious means of support, he is a regular on PR Newswire and You Tube. On the latter, you can find him interviewing friends of Michael Jackson. It is assumed that he sells stories to tabloids. He regularly includes names of tabloid reporters like Kevin Frazier of “The Insider” on his Tweets.
Despite the shock of Whitney’s death, Raffles still made it downstairs to Clive Davis’s party. He was dressed in formal wear, had Whitney’s tickets in his hand, and intended to sit at her table. Just inside the ballroom he was comforted by celebrities to whom he related his story—“I found Whitney.” Gayle King hugged him. Quincy Jones listened patiently to his story. A security guard told me later, “Well, he was up there.” He was also hanging around with Houston all week prior to her death. On Tuesday when she emerged from a nightclub, looking disheveled, Raffles appears in a photograph on TMZ like a deer in headlights. He is standing right behind her in a powder blue suit. On Twitter, he wrote: “STOP reading the stupid blogs.. Whitney had a great time, she looked amazing. Nothing was wrong, it was just DAMN hot in that club.”
But who is Raffles van Exel? He’s one of Hollywood’s mysteries. I first met him in 2005 hanging around the Jackson family during Michael Jackson’s child molestation trial. After Michael went abroad, Raffles was often seen with Michael’s father, Joseph Jackson. He trades on being an “insider” when there’s a scandal. No one really knows him, but he’s always where there’s action and celebrities. On the internet he […]

Katy Perry, Paramount contemplating a 3D feature film

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Justin Bieber did it recently. The late Michael Jackson managed it, as well. And now Katy Perry could be the latest pop star to make the leap to the silver screen … and in 3D!
The “Fireworks” singer, who has been in the headlines lately for her separation from comedian Russell Brand, has begun negotiations with Paramount and Imagine Entertainment for a potential 3D, documentary-style feature that will capture Perry on and off-stage in much the same way that “Never Say Never” caught up with Bieber.
THR, which breaks the story, says that no director has been hired and the dealmaking is in the very early stages. But with “Never” earning $73 million and Jackson’s “This is It!” nabbing $261.1M worldwide, it’s a no brainer on Perry’s part to try and cobble a project together.
“Perry could prove to be an ideal subject for a documentary-style concert film,” THR writes. “Not only is she a top-selling act, her core audience consists of teen girls, the same demo that made the Bieber, Cyrus and Jonas Bros. films successful. On top of that, her performances and style are so colorful and visual that they may lend themselves to the cinema experience.”
And as a red-blooded American male, I’m happy to admit that the idea of a 3D Perry is tantalizing. Make this happen, Paramount! It’s like printing money.
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Lindsay Lohan misses ‘Ellen’ taping, Paris Jackson fills in

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan was supposed to tape her Ellen DeGeneres appearance yesterday to reveal her ‘Playboy’ issue, but she apparently had to miss it due to travel difficulties.
Lindsay reportedly offered to tape on a different day, but the change didn’t work for the show. As a result, Ellen got Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, for her first ever solo interview, states RadarOnline.com.
In the interview, Paris Jackson addresses how her father used to hide their identities with masks: “I, kind of realized the older I got, like he only tried to protect us and he’d explain that to us too.”
Do you think she got a better interview?
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