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Oct 29, 2008

Beyonce Knowles Jets Out of JFK

Finished up with her work in New York City, Beyonce Knowles was spotted making her way through JFK airport on Wednesday afternoon (October 29).

With the help of airport personnel, the “Dreamgirls” singer/actress slowly made her way through the terminal and past following paparazzi, ready to catch a flight out of town.

As previously reported by Gossip Girls, Miss Knowles spent the previous evening at the 59th Street Bloomingdales store in New York City to promote her new movie “Cadillac Records”.

Customers who purchased a dress from Beyonce’s House of Dereon dress collection were given an autographed copy of the “Cadillac Records” soundtrack, which won’t be available in stores for another month.

een Gets Time for Putting Grandma in 'Gangsta Rap' Video

A Florida teenager has been sentenced to 18 months in juvenile detention for coaxing his senile grandmother into holding a gun and threatening to shoot "all the pigs" in a homemade "gangster rap" video.

Eighteen-year-old Michael Alfinez pleaded guilty Tuesday to elder abuse charges. His family has said the case was a misunderstanding.

The 85-year-old grandmother can be seen in the video holding a handgun, wearing a black mask and threatening to shoot "all the pigs."

Alfinez was arrested in April after authorities seized the tape during a routine traffic stop. Alfinez and others also could be seen in the video shooting a pistol around town, reports the Associated Press.
Alfinez also pleaded guilty to charges of firing out of a moving vehicle and into a building.

Katy Perry: Gender Bender

She’s already made a name for herself with the androgynous hit “I Kissed a Girl,” and now Katy Perry is exploring more of her masculine side.

The pop singer was spotted at a big party held at Siren Studios, dressed as legendary Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, donning a fake moustache and wig along with a flashy yellow jacket and white trackpants.

Getting back to her feminine tendencies, Perry has donated a sculpture of her bust to raise money for a breast cancer charity.

The bust will be up for auction, starting November 26th, with the proceeds going to the Keep a Breast Foundation. Her boyfriend, Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy, will be adding his own style to the bust with a custom paint job.

Oct 28, 2008

Amanda Bynes: Jewelry Junkie

As the classic song goes, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” And yesterday Amanda Bynes was out and about, looking for some jewelry on Bedford Avenue in Beverly Hills.

The “She’s the Man” actress looked stylish in a mini polka dot dress, sandals, shades, and a swanky Gucci handbag as she smiled for the paparazzi.

As for her potential role in the sequel “Hairspray 2,” it sounds like one very important cast member has elected not to reprise his role - John Travolta.

The “Pulp Fiction” actor recently told press, “I think once is enough. I did it and I did it well but I’m not a big sequel guy.” Hence, it looks like the film’s producers are on the prowl for someone else to don the fat suit and dress this next time around.

Nicole Richie and Harlow Madden: Pumpkin Patch Pals

As the Halloween holiday draws closer and closer, our favorite celebrities are getting into the spirit of the season. And yesterday Nicole Richie was spotted taking daughter Harlow Winter out for some pumpkin fun.

The “Simple Life” hottie and her adorable little girl were spotted playing around at the Pumpkin Patch while dad Joel Madden was reportedly doing his best to pick out some holiday gourds for their home.

And according to press, little Harlow may be getting a brother or sister in the not-too-distant future if Nicole gets her way.

A source revealed, “Nicole is seriously looking into it and asking a lot of questions about adopting. Nicole has been visiting Beyond Shelter in Los Angeles two or three times a week and spends a couple of hours with homeless children. She loves being around them.”

Oprah Winfrey Sued for $180 Million

Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey is being sued by a Louisiana man for $180 million, after claims the popular talk show host gave false statements to the FBI, which led to his being arrested in 2006.

Keifer Bonvillain says that he was wrongfully accused of attempting to extort Winfrey. Bonvillain was arrested that December at his home in Houma, after allegedly recording a phone conversation with one of Winfrey’s production company employees and saying he wanted to publish a book using the information from the recorded material, as reported by

According to CNN, Bonvillain received tabloid offers that ranged from $500,000 to $3 million. One company eventually agreed to pay Bonvillain $1.5 million, and made arrangements to meet him. At this point, FBI moved in to arrest him.

Because Bonvillain agreed to perform 50 hours of community service, pay $3,000 in restitution, and undergo drug testing, charges were dismissed. He says that his lawsuit against Winfrey is mainly due to "damages."

"There was substantial damage done to my name and reputation on a world level," CNN reports Bonvillain saying via statement. "The extent of my damages is vast."

Kansas City Chiefs Larry Johnson Arrested for Spitting on Woman

Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson has been charged with simple assault for spitting his drink in a woman's face.

Kansas City police spokesman Darin Snapp said Johnson was charged Monday and turned himself in. He was later released after posting a $500 bond.

Snapp said the incident occurred on Oct. 10 at a Kansas City nightclub. The 24-year-old victim reported that Johnson threatened to kill her boyfriend before spitting his drink in her face, reports the Associated Press.

After leaving the bar, she said Johnson tried to spit on her again as he was escorted out.

It is the fourth time in five years that Johnson has been accused of assaulting a woman, and he faces a suspension for violating league rules.

The NFL Network reported Sunday that Johnson will meet with commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Tuesday.

Terrence Howard Sued $5 Million for Assault

Actor Terrence Howard is being sued by composer Andrew "Tex" Allen who alleges Howard physically attacked him during a Broadway production in New York.

Allen claims in his $5 million lawsuit that the "Iron Man" actor repeatedly punched him in the face during a dispute while the pair were working on a "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" early this year, the New York Post reported Sunday. The jazz pianist is the brother of "Hot Tin Roof" director, Debbie Allen.

The incident allegedly took place on Jan. 24 at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York, when Howard confronted Allen for unreported reasons backstage, the suit alleges.

Both Allen and Howard, who earned an Academy Award Best Actor nomination for the 2005 movie "Hustle & Flow," have both refused to comment on the alleged altercation.

Lyfe Jennings' Ex Files Restraining Order, Details Altercation

R&B star Lyfe Jennings' ex-girlfriend and manager, Joy Bounds, has placed a temporary restraining order on the singer after accusing him of threatening her through phone calls, text messages and also invading her home.

A Fulton County Superior Court judge has approved a request that restricts Jennnings from contacting or coming within 200 yards of Bounds or their two children, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

"Jennings destroyed 90 percent of my clothes, shoes, panties, socks, jackets, etc," she wrote in court documents. "He has told me that if he can't have me, nobody can."

Jennings has been ordered to pay $5,000 a month in child support and to provide her with various pieces of furniture, drapes, a television and other electronics, due to damage done to Bounds property.
Bounds has also alleged the singer would kill her male friend and report a vehicle she drives as stolen.

As previously reported by Livesteez, Jennings, 30, was arrested after firing a gun and leading police on a car chase in Georgia last weekend. Jennings posted $50,000 bond on Monday, October 20 and has since been released.

Both Bounds and Jennings are scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, November 6.

Child's Body Found in Missing Chevy Suburban Belonging to Hudson's Brother

A child's body was found in the vehicle police were looking for in their search for 7-year-old Julian King, the missing nephew of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson.

The 1994 white Chevrolet Suburban with Illinois license plate X584859 was found in the 1300 block of South Kolin Avenue around 8 a.m. Live TV shots showed a white Chevrolet Suburban being towed away.

The Cook County medical examiner's office has sent investigators to the scene and said the body of a black boy was found inside, an office spokesman said. The child had not been identified, according to

A Chicago police spokesman released no information about the discovery but are planning a news conference near where the vehicle was found.

Julian was reported missing and an Amber Alert was issued Friday after his grandmother and uncle were found shot to death inside the family's home in the 7000 block of South Yale Avenue.

If the boy is identified as Julian King, it will confirm detectives' worst fears, after law enforcement said bullet casings were found in the boy's room on Friday. However, there was no other evidence of violence found in the room.

Chicago police have interviewed William Balfour, 27, the estranged husband of the boy's mother, Julia Hudson. He was initially described by police as a suspect in the investigation.

Balfour has denied involvement in the killings or the disappearance of the boy, law enforcement sources said. But at some point, Balfour stopped talking to authorities, sources told the Tribune.

On Sunday morning, Balfour was transferred to a state facility after officials said he violated conditions of parole for a 1999 conviction for attempted murder. On Sunday, Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Januari Smith said Balfour violated his parole because he is a suspect in the slayings and the boy's disappearance.
According to law enforcement sources, Balfour's alibi the day of the killings has been contradicted by his girlfriend. Police searched Balfour's girlfriend's house for several hours Friday night after taking him into custody. Her home is located about 2.5 miles from where the SUV was found this morning.

A family member of the girlfriend's said police have interviewed her. Police also tracked Balfour's whereabouts Friday through his cell phone, sources said.

Balfour and Julia Hudson had been separated for some time, his family members said. A family friend said Balfour recently had threatened to take Julian away.

Police Confirm Body Found in Chevy Suburban as Hudson's Missing Nephew

Chicago police have confirmed that the body of a young boy found Monday morning in an SUV was the missing nephew of Jennifer Hudson
, police Supt. Jody Weis said Monday afternoon.

Authorities found 7-year-old Julian King inside of a white Chevrolet Suburban on Chicago's West Side Monday morning. His body was on the floor in front of the SUV's middle row of seats, covered up with heavy plastic and other items to conceal the body, a police source told NBC Chicago. The boy appeared to have been shot in the back of the head, the source said. An autopsy has been scheduled for today, as reported by

King had been missing since Friday, when a cousin who lived nearby found the slain bodies of Hudson's 57-year-old mother Darnell Donerson, and 29-year-old brother Jason Hudson in the home they shared. Their deaths were ruled homicides. The Tribune reports that bullet casings were found in the boy's room on Friday.

The Chicago Police Department issued the following statement before noon Monday: "At approximately 7:06 A.M. a 1994 White Chevrolet Suburban bearing Illinois license plate X584859 and identified in the Amber Alert was located at 1313 S. Kolin. A body was discovered inside the Suburban, in the rear seat of the vehicle."

Police are reviewing surveillance tapes in the neighborhood where the SUV was found.

With the exception of having to identify all three bodies at the Medical Examiner's office, Jennifer Hudson has remained in seclusion in Chicago. According to the AP, all public events that she had scheduled over the next week or so have been canceled, and a planned video shoot for her new single "If It Isn't Love," which was to take place starting Monday in Los Angeles, was also abandoned.

Her label released this statement of support: "On behalf of the RCA Music Group and Arista Records, we send our deepest sympathies and condolences to Jennifer and her family during this difficult time."

Fox Studios, the company behind her latest film "The Secret Life of Bees," issued the following statement on Monday: "Everyone at Fox Searchlight and Twentieth Century Fox wishes to extend our deepest condolences to Jennifer and her family. Our thoughts are with them in this time of profound sadness."

Chicago police are calling the killings "domestic related" and have been questioning William Balfour, who is the estranged husband of Julia Hudson and is being held in state custody on a parole violation. Balfour is not the boy's father and has not been charged in the slayings.

Rapper Common Narrowly Avoids Deadly Shooting

Chicago rapper Common was nearly a witness in a fatal shooting that has left one man dead and four people injured.

The incident occurred yesterday afternoon near the intersection of 704 Fulton Street and South Oxford Street in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn, NY.

According to eyewitness reports, two gunmen opened fire on a 19-year-old man who was waiting at the corner for a friend. The man fled into a nearby hair salon, and was subsequently cornered and killed by the suspects.

In the barrage of 30 shots, four innocent bystanders in the shop were hit including an off duty police officer, reports Witnesses also allege one of the killers fired a deathblow to the head to make sure the victim perished. Afterward, the suspects fled in a blue Chevrolet Tahoe.

Common, a regular of the establishment, had just received a hair cut hours before the murder, stated Dana Jeter, a representative for the star’s record label.

The brazen shooting comes as a shock to new residents of the recently gentrified Fort Greene, but recalls the 1980s and early to mid 1990s when the area was ravaged by drugs, crime, and home to such infamous figures as the original 50 Cent aka Kelvin Martin.

No motive for the crime has been determined, although authorities are certain the victim was a scoped target and stalked before the actual shooting.

At press time, the two gunmen are still at large.

Oct 20, 2008

BET Hip-Hop Awards '08 Rundown: Lil' Wayne Wins 'MVP' and Announces Baby Son

Lil' Wayne was a big winner at Saturday's BET Hip Hop Awards, taking home Lyricist of the Year and MVP of the Year at the ceremony held in Atlanta.

The artist, nominated for 12 awards, was also named Alltel Wireless People's Champ at the ceremony, which was hosted by T-Pain after scheduled emcee Katt Williams was a no-show, reports the Associated Press. While accepting his MVP Award, Wayne revealed that he's expecting a son.

"I got a son about to be born any day now, so shout-out to him. Pray for me," he told the crowd.

LL Cool J presented Russell Simmons with the "I Am Hip-Hop" Icon award, given to an individual who has made notable contributions of outstanding significance to the hip-hop community.

A hip-hop matriarch medley featured MC Lyte, Yo-Yo and Salt-N-Pepa, while Young Jeezy, Soulja Boy and Bow Wow performed together to represent their home base of Atlanta.

T.I. was present and accounted for this year. The Atlanta rapper was scheduled to headline last year's ceremony, but was arrested hours before the event on federal weapons charges after he was caught trying to purchase semi-automatic guns and silencers. T.I. pleaded guilty earlier this year and is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

Rocking black-rimmed glasses, N.E.R.D. and Common impressed the crowd with "Numbers," "Universal Mind Control" and "Spazz." T-Pain took a break from his hosting duties to perform "Can't Believe It" with Lil Wayne and "Chopped and Skrewed" with Ludacris. Surprise performer Ice Cube had the audience on its feet for "Why Me" and the classic "It Was a Good Day."

DJ Khaled, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil Wayne, Fat Joe, Birdman and Rick Ross took home the award for Best Hip-Hop Collaboration for "I'm So Hood (The Remix)." Shawty Lo was named MySpace Music Rookie of the Year.

Paris Hilton Chows Down in London

She’s been keeping the English paparazzi working overtime as of late, and last night Paris Hilton was spotted out to dinner in London.

The “Simple Life” hottie looked stunning as she left Mr. Chow sporting an 80s-inspired electric blue dress with a black belt and matching black heels.

And it sounds like Miss Hilton’s time in the UK may land her a role in a killer new film - during a night out at Guy Ritchie’s London pub, he reportedly offered her a role in “Sherlock Holmes.”

Paris told press, “I had a few words with Guy. He could be offering me a role in his new ‘Sherlock Holmes’ movie.”

Ashley Tisdale and Jared Murillo: Macy’s Moment

Following an evening out in celebration of Zac Efron’s 21sty birthday, Disney co-star couple Ashley Tisdale and Jared Murillo were spotted out shopping in Los Angeles on Sunday (October 19).

Showing off her recently-dyed brunette locks, the 23-year-old Sharpay Evans actress and her “High School Musical” beau checked out the offerings at the Macy’s Department store.

Meanwhile, Ashley recently spoke with the Daily Mail about her friendship with HSM co-star Vanessa Hudgens, saying, “With fame and success you do lose friends because of jealousy and competitiveness. It’s different with Vanessa and me.”

“Nobody else can understand what we’ve been through in the past couple of years. I can go to Vanessa for absolutely anything and I can always trust her. We both grew up in musical theatre, both have recorded our own solo albums and both love performing - yet there’s no competition between us,” Tizzie tells.

Talking about the relationship between Vanessa and her vo-star boyfriend Zac Efron, Ashley adds, “Vanessa and Zac are a great couple. We’re all like brothers and sisters on the set so there’s no jealousy about their romance. It’s very sweet to see them so romantic and none of us minds seeing them like this together. They are as much in love off screen as they are in HSM. There’s such a great chemistry that it is like a fairytale.”

Selena Gomez: Off to See “Tinker Bell”

Looking gorgeous in green, Selena Gomez was spotted as she headed out with her mother Mandy to catch the premiere of “Tinker Bell” at El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday (October 19).

The animated film is directed by Bradley Raymond, telling the story of the real fairy in J.M. Barrie’s play and subsequent novel “Peter and Wendy.”

“Tinker Bell” stars the voices of Kristin Chenoweth, Lucy Liu, America Ferrera, Pamela Adlon and Jeff Bennett, among others, with the movie being released on October 28th.

Meanwhile, you can catch Selena on TV in an all-new episode of her hit Disney show, “The Wizards of Waverly Place,” which airs on the Disney Channel tonight at 8:30 P.M.

Pink Revs Up the ARIA Red Carpet

Taking to the Land Down Under for a red carpet walk, Pink was spotted stirring up the crowd by signing autographs and posing for photos with fans at the ARIA music awards in Sydney, Australia on Sunday (October 19).

With bright colored ensembles surrounding her, Pink happened to be one of the few stars to wear white, donning a long, flowing maxi dress with jewels in her hair.

During the awards show ceremony, teenage popstar Gabriella Cilmi and dance duo The Presets dominated the action, scooping up nine trophies between them.

The event was hosted by comedy duo Hamish and Andy, with performances by acts including Sam Sparro, The Living End, The Veronicas, Gabriella Cilmi, The Presets, as well as Pink.

Oct 17, 2008

Paris Hilton: Lady in Black

Carrying on with her busy social engagements abroad, Paris Hilton was spotted leaving her London hotel last night looking sultry.

The “Stars are Blind” babe sported a shiny black pleased back vintage-style evening gown with dark red lipstick and heavy eyeliner.

According to press, earlier this week Paris swapped phone numbers with Prince William during a night out at the Whisky Mist pub.

Partying with William and Harry until the bar closed at 3:15, Paris commented to press, “Don’t you love the Princes? They are so hot. I just had to say hi.”

Christina Aguilera: London Dinner Date

Having a marvelous time abroad, Christina Aguilera was spotted out to dinner with her husband Jordan Bratman last night in London, England.

The “Ain’t No Other Man” starlet was looking curvy and cute in a cleavage-baring beige-pink evening gown underneath a black wool topcoat while her hubby donned a classy black tuxedo.

And as they made their way to L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon restaurant in Covent Garden, gentlemanly Jordan offered his arm to his wife to help her through the sea of shutterbugs.

Christina has been in town since last weekend as she performed at the Africa Rising event at Royal Albert Hall earlier this week.

Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson: From NYC to DC

Finished up with the launch of her leggings line, Lindsay Lohan was spotted leaving the Bowery Hotel in New York City on Thursday (October 16).

A short while later, LiLo’s ladylove Samantha Ronson followed along - making separate exits so they couldn’t be photographed together.

Later on in the evening, the the Mean Girls starlet and her DJ mate weren’t so lucky - as paparazzi snapped them up side-by-side as they arrived at Union Station in Washington, DC.

Upon hitting the train stop, the two were driven off to their car in an Amtrak golf cart, reportedly “causing confusion and chaos with everyone wondering what exactly was going on.”

Oct 14, 2008

Kim Kardashian: Home From the Saints Game

Given her loss on “Dancing With the Stars” two weeks ago, Kim Kardashian has more time to spend with her boyfriend Reggie Bush. And yesterday she was spotted, along with brother Rob, arriving in Los Angeles, following a trip to New Orleans.

The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” babe looked a bit impatient as she waited for her luggage to arrive at the baggage claim, sporting a white top with a teal and grey sweater, grey jacket, and flair legged jeans, while Rob rocked a Reggie Bush Saints jersey.

Finally, her odd-sized bags were gathered, and the “Disaster Movie” babe and brother headed back home.

And it seems Kim is a good luck charm for boyfriend Reggie, as the New Orleans Saints spanked the Oakland Raiders 34-3.

Victoria Beckham: London Bound

Heading off to London, Victoria Beckham was spotted arriving at LAX Airport in Los Angeles, California on Sunday (October 12).

Making her way through the entrance and past security, Posh looked her typical decked-out stylish self in a tight mod dress with big black sunglasses and a matching bag.

And though she was dressed to the nines on this particular day, it seems as if becoming a Hollywood resident last year (2007) has changed Vic’s footwear selections.

She tells Glamour magazine, “I have a pair of flip-flops now. I went to Disneyland and I was wearing the flip-flops with some baggy jeans from the new dVb men’s collection. I so rarely wear flat shoes and everyone went crazy, but the last time I went to Disneyland I wore heels and it was incredibly uncomfortable running around after the kids.”

She adds, “I don’t own a pair of flat shoes. I don’t ever wear ballerina pumps, not my sort of thing.”

Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge: Back to Wal Mart

These two must really love Wal Mart! Just one day after a shopping trip on Saturday (October 11), Jamie Lynn Spears and Casey Aldridge were spotted hitting up the superstore again yesterday (October 12).

The “Zoey 101” mommy and her babydaddy perused the massive McComb, Mississippi megastore, making their exit with a few bags full of finds.

Spears looked casual in a grey screenprinted sweatshirt and denim cutoff shorts as she pushed Maddie Briann’s stroller, while Casey represented for Lousiana State University with a t-shirt, ball cap and jeans.

As for the recent rumors that Jamie Lynn is again expecting, a family friend has vehemently denied the reports, telling press, “I can tell you that the pregnancy rumor is just that — a rumor. There is no truth to it at all.”

Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt: Dinner and a Movie

If it’s a big Hollywood event with lots of publicity, you can bet Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt aren’t far away. And last night the “Hills” lovers were hamming it up at the Los Angeles premiere of “Max Payne.”

The peroxide pair worked it on the red carpet outside Mann’s Grauman Chinese Theater, with Heidi wearing a grey dress, black cardigan and silver heels, while Spencer opted for a dark suit.

Once they had satisfied their appetite for cinema, it was time to take care of their appetite for delicious food, and these two knew just the place to go.

Miss Montag and Mr. Pratt headed over to Beverly Hills eatery Mr. Chow for a post-movie dinner, smiling and posing all the way.

Lindsay Lohan Checks Out “Filth and Wisdom”

She’s been living it up in New York City as of late, and last night Lindsay Lohan was spotted at the NYC premiere of Madonna’s directorial debut “Filth and Wisdom,” hosted by the Cinema Society and Dolce & Gabbana.

The “I Know Who Killed Me” actress looked excited to see the new flick as she arrived at the Landmark Sunshine Theatre, located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

LiLo was happy to pose for the paparazzi with her new curly-q hairdo and sexy black minidress, complete with matching high heels and purse.

“Filth and Wisdom,” scheduled to hit theatres this Friday, October 17th, is a schizophrenic comedy about three crazy flatmates living desperate lives in London, England.

Ali and Dina Lohan: Out Supporting LiLo

Spotted out at the Henri Bendel boutique yesterday - Lindsay Lohan’s mother Dina and sister Ali both showed up to lend their support at the launch of her new line of leggings.

The “Living Lohan” ladies looked lovely as they made their way out onto Fifth Avenue via the employee entrance, with Ali sporting a black turtleneck underneath a black jacket, with grey leggings and black zip-up boots, while Dina wore a black turtleneck with a grey cable-knit sweater and black trousers.

And while Ali may have the exposure to jump start her pop career, it doesn’t seem she’ll have the industry backing she (or her mom) was looking for.

In a recent statement, mega music manager Johnny Wright told press, “Johnny Wright would like to set the record straight regarding his involvement with Ali Lohan. Johnny Wright has never met with Ali Lohan, has never been introduced to Ali Lohan, nor has he had a meeting with Ali or Dina Lohan regarding Ali’s music career.”

He continued, “While he wishes Ali Lohan the best in all her endeavors, Mr. Wright has never had any intention of speaking with Ali Lohan regarding her career. Any story that has surfaced about such a meeting holds no merit and is completely false.”

“Wright Entertainment Group has never had any interest or intention of adding Ali Lohan as an artist on the company’s roster, which currently includes Justin Timberlake, Jonas Brothers, Janet Jackson and Ciara amongst others.”

Oct 7, 2008

Obama Turns Up in Paris Fashion Show

If it weren't already exceedingly apparent by the bevy of t-shirts, posters, pop songs dedicated to the first major party-nominated black candidate for president, Barack Obama is an American icon. And it's not just Americans that are recognizing the Illnois senator's candidacy as a special moment in history. The historic run for the White House has the whole world buzzing, and Obama's face is showing up everywhere - even on fashion runways in Paris.

Designer Jean-Charles de Castelbajac - also known as JC/DC - showed a whimsical collection for Spring '09 last week in Paris. Among the spread was a sequined slip dress featuring a smiling black and white bust of Barack Obama. The garish design was relatively tame compared the the cartoon cloud suits, and LegoTM-print dresses that flanked it. What was striking about the insertion of the political image into the fashion line-up, was that it was in the company of images of Mickey Mouse and allusions to Superman. It follows that JC/DC is presenting a point of view that puts Senator Obama squarely in the seat of iconic status. It may seem that the designer is a supporter of the democrat, but his pairing the dress with gloves sporting 'yes' and 'no' implies that the JC/DC is reminding his audience of their choice in the matter.

JC/DC was born a French nobleman - the Marquis of Castelbajac. The designer is known for sensational designs, including a coat of teddy bears worn by pop icon Madonna. He also makes home furnishings.

Jay-Z Cancels Free Obama Concert Due to Throat Problems

Hip-Hop mogul Jay-Z left thousands of fans disappointed last night at Miami’s Bayfront Park Amphitheatre, as the star cancelled his second free Obama show at the last minute, due to rumored throat problems.

Upset event organizers first attempted to stall for time, stating the rap star was just running late, but eventually made the announcement to dejected concert-goers. With October 6 being the last day for eligible voters in Miami to register, organizers feel a great opportunity was missed.

"The whole concert has had to be cancelled because it was Jay-Z who pulled out. We haven’t been told why, but I’m sure all the fans want an explanation," an anonymous Bayfront Park official speculated.

The free concert/voter registration drive was set to include supporting performances from Wyclef Jean and Rick Ross. However, the entire event was scrapped due to the backlash from fans after Jay’s cancellation, according to

This past weekend, both Jay-Z and Wyclef completed successful Miami performances for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Over the past year, Jay-Z has shown vocal support for Obama at his shows, most noticeably on the Blueprint 3 lead single "Jockin’ Jay-Z."

During the early stages of his campaign trail, Obama citied the rapper as one of the favorite artists in his Ipod.

R. Kelly Stiffed $3.4 Million by Tour Promoter

R&B singer R. Kelly has been awarded $3.4 million dollars against his former tour promoter and is asking a Los Angeles judge to help him collect.

R. Kelly Touring, which represents the singer, filed court documents on Monday requesting a judge review and confirm the award he was granted by an arbitrator last month, according to BBC News.

Kelly's company claimed that Rowe Entertainment and owner Leonard Rowe failed to pay him in full for shows scheduled for late last year and early 2008. An arbitrator agreed with Kelly's claims. Documents show Rowe disputed the arbitration, but did not offer any defense during a recent hearing, and has failed to provide evidence of completing his required payments to the star.

While R&B superstar R. Kelly has been awarded by a judge, the unpaid touring fees, he has yet to be paid.

In related news, hit maker Ne-Yo recently won a $700,000 judgement last month when he sued Rowe's company for firing him as the opening act for Kells' "Double Up" tour two years ago. The singer alleged his removal was due to the fans' preference of him over Kells. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered Rowe to pay the singer and his touring company for damages.

Hugh Hefner and Holly Madison: Splitsville!

It’s no secret that rumors have been swirling around the gossip mill about a possible Hugh Hefner/Holly Madison breakup. And now Hef’s #1 girl is packing her bags.

Though she’s been vehemently denying any hint of splitting up, the “Girls Next Door” babe recently came clean to a paparazzo who asked her if she could get him into the infamous Playboy Mansion Halloween Party.

Holly replied, “I have no pull anymore. Hef and I aren’t together.” She also affirmed that she and her GND co-stars Kendra Wilkinson and Bridget Marquardt are “still filming stuff together. We’re having fun.”

As for the upcoming sixth season, Holly gushed, “It’s going to be even better. We love season five, but I think every season gets better.”

The news comes after Hefner’s comments earlier this month that things were just fine. He told FOX Pop Tarts, “It’s all rumors without question. We have just completed our fifth season, and we’re all still together and have just signed on to a sixth season, which we start filming in the new year. There may be some transitions to the relationships though, we’ll see.”

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Carpet Night

They’re usually the center of Hollywood attention, but last night Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett were content to assume the role of spectator at the big premiere of “The Secret Life of Bees.”

The “I Am Legend” stud looked sharp in a grey vest with matching trousers along with a grey button-up shirt and houndstooth tie while his beautiful wife sported a gorgeous sleeveless grey dress with matching open-toed heels.

“The Secret Life of Bees” stars Dakota Fanning as Lily Owens, a 14-year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother. To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father, she flees with her caregiver Rosaleen to a rural South Carolina town, where she meets the Boatwright sisters and discovers the mesmerizing world of beekeeping, honey, and the Black Madonna.

And though a few lucky moviegoers got to see “The Secret Life of Bees” at last night’s shindig, the rest of us will have to wait until next Friday, October 17th for our chance.

Madonna Rocks NYC

She’s been all over the world with her “Sticky and Sweet” tour. And last night (October 6), Madonna was back in the USA, playing to a capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The “Like a Virgin” icon donned her typical white top hat, black mesh outfit, and fishnet stockings as she gyrated around the stage, toting a custom black Gibson Les Paul Classic guitar.

And though tickets to Madonna’s concerts have never been an easy find, there is one person who will absolutely never get her hands on them- Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin.

During her concert earlier this week at the Meadowlands in New Jersey, Madge quipped, “Sarah Palin can’t come to my party. Sarah Palin can’t come to my show. It’s nothing personal.”

Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson: Movie Date

They enjoyed an afternoon together in Beverly Hills yesterday (October 6), and last night Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson ended their day with a movie date.

The “Labor Pains” actress and her celebrity deejay girlfriend looked blissful as they left the Arclight Theatre. LiLo sported a baggy grey sweater, black leggings, and black lace-up boots, while Sam stuck to her usual t-shirt and jeans, with a cardigan and sneakers.

And everyone who detests Lindsay’s father Michael Lohan should be lining up to bid on a chance to knock him out (opening bid is $5,000). According to a report, he’ll be auctioning off a boxing match set to take place November 24th at the Hilton Long Island in Melville, NY.

Event organizer Jeff Cohen told press, “Anybody who jumps into the ring with Michael Lohan will become famous. Maybe you’ll get one of Lindsay Lohan’s ex-boyfriends who’ll try and impress Lindsay by beating up her father. Who knows? ... You might get Samantha Ronson trying to put a bid in there.”

Paris Hilton: Lovely in London

Continuing on her jet-setting ways, Paris Hilton was spotted arriving at London’s Heathrow International Airport earlier today (October 7).

The “Hottie and the Nottie” babe was all smiles as she made her way out of the main terminal, sporting a white tracksuit with a bright pink shirt, pink shoes, and white sunglasses.

And it sounds like Miss Hilton is adding the title of ‘chef’ to her already long list of accolades. She recently told Ellen DeGeneres, “Benji and I watch movies and I cook really big dinners for him. I’m an amazing cook!”

She also noted that meeting Madden has completely changed her life. “Just my whole lifestyle is different. We don’t really go out as much anymore unless it’s for work. I just feel like an adult.”

Paris continued, “When you’re single, it’s different because you want to go out with your girlfriends and have fun. But when you’re in relationship and you’re in love, there is no point in going out because you just want to be together and do normal things. I think for the first time I’m in a really great relationship with a guy I really trust and treats me really well and who would never hurt me.”

Nicole Richie: DUI Class Cutie

Setting a good example for her daughter Harlow Winter, Nicole Richie was spotted taking care of her DUI class obligation on Monday (October 6) rather than her usual Wednesday routine.

The “Simple Life” sweetie carried her usual cup of coffee as she sauntered out of class sporting sunglasses, a black scoopneck top, denim cutoffs, and a pair of flip flops.

And it seems Richie’s perseverance has paid off, as her license was recently changed from ‘suspended’ to ‘restricted,’ finally granting her limited driving privileges for work-related activities.

It’s been a long road since her DUI-induced drive down the wrong way of a freeway ramp road, subsequently leading to 82 minutes behind bars and an 18-month anti DUI course.

Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson: Out in Beverly Hills

Reunited following a weekend apart, Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson were spotted hanging out in Beverly Hills on Monday afternoon (October 6).

The “Mean Girls” starlet and her DJ mate walked side-by-side, stopping into a cafe for a sit-down chat before moving along to do a little shopping.

Meanwhile, in just over a month, Miss Lohan will be venturing back into the life of party-hosting. According to FOX Pop Tarts’ Hollie McKay, “Lohan has been booked to host a ‘Nightlife Nirvana’ party at the Vegas club on November 7th to celebrate the launch of her leggings line ‘6126 by Lindsay Lohan’”.

At the event, which will also feature a fashion showcase to benefit ovarian cancer research, Samantha will be tending to the turntables as she supports her gal.

Paris Hilton: Always On the Move

Following a brief stay in Los Angeles after partying in Las Vegas for her sister Nicky’s 25th birthday party on Saturday night, Paris Hilton was spotted jetting out of LAX Airport earlier today (October 6).

The heiress browsed the shops throughout the terminal, looking through the DVD selections before heading off to board her flight.

While partying in Sin City, Paris took a moment to talk with People magazine, telling that she hopes to start a family in the not-so-distant future.

“I definitely want three or four [children],” Hilton said. When asked how soon she plans to get started, Paris replied, “Soon. Maybe a year or two.”

And it seems as if everything is working out quite nicely with her current beau, rocker Benji Madden. The BFF reality starlet tells, “We just had our 7 month anniversary. We are just so happy.”

Oct 4, 2008

Jonas Brothers: Out at LAX

Once again jetting off to a far-off destination, the Jonas Brothers were spotted at LAX International Airport yesterday afternoon (October 3).

Kevin Jonas looked like something straight out of the musical “Grease” with his black leather jacket, white v-neck t-shirt, and black jeans, while Joe rocked a grey zip-up hoodie and dark wash jeans, and Nick kept it snazzy in a blue and white striped oxford shirt with khakis.

Of their new single “Lovebug,” heartthrob Nick explained, “We wrote it while on the Christmas break of the ‘Hannah Montana’ tour. So we were in the hotel room and sat down that night and wrote it in about 15 or 20 minutes.”

He added, “The vision for the song actually came from some different inspirations. But Juno was one of our favorite movies at the time, and the soundtrack is always kind of odd, so we decided to put those elements in the song, and it came very nicely.”

Beyonce Knowles: Bikini Beach Babe

Showing off her sexy curves, Beyonce Knowles was spotted spending the day at the beach on Friday (October 3).

The “Irreplaceable” songstress smiled as she walked along the shoreline surrounded by security personnel, sporting a colorful two-piece bikini with a bright orange and white sarong tied around her waist.

Meanwhile, Beyoncé recently wrote a letter to her fans to talk about her upcoming album, due out on November 18th.

The 27-year-old singer/actress tells, “My music will explain it all. I have worked on this album for close to one year. I have taken the time so I can create my sound. Something that says who I am at this stage in my life. I have poured my heart and soul into it. It is my baby.”

Explaining how much work has gone into her new disc, Knowles adds, “I have recorded over 70 songs and have created a sound that reveals all of me. I am in a different place right now, and I wanted people to see the many sides of me. The music is upbeat for the dance, fun side, and it is reflective, passionate and serious for the personal side. I have taken risks here.” The aforementioned singles will hit radio October 7th.

Kim Kardashian’s One Sunset Party Night

Still trying to put her devastating loss on “Dancing With the Stars” out of her mind, Kim Kardashian was spotted getting down at One Sunset restaurant and lounge in West Hollywood last night (October 2).

The “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” babe looked stunning as she goofed around with Caroline D’Amore, sporting a grey dress with a thick black belt and black heels.

Also enjoying the shindig was Emmy Rossum, who looked beautiful in a strapless navy blue dress teamed with a pair of peep-toe heels.

All of the guests had a great time, dining on fine meals from Chef Jason Marcus and sipping top-shelf cocktails.

Victoria Beckham: Playdate with Gwen Stefani

It was a paparazzi dream come true when Victoria Beckham and Gwen Stefani met up with their kids yesterday for Los Angeles playdate.

The former Spice Girl grabbed her boys, Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz, and headed over to the Color Me Mine pottery studio to meet the “Hella Good” mommy, who managed to sneak past the shutterbugs with her sons Kingston and Zuma.

And Posh looked hot in a dark vintage screenprinted t-shirt, distressed jeans, and a headband as she sped past photographers with the help of her bodyguards.

Gwen and Victoria were both named to the InTouch top celebrity fashion designers list, with Stefani ranking #1 while Mrs. Beckham came in fourth.

Oct 2, 2008

Ne-Yo to Star in Movie Based on His Life Story

R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, who last month released his new album Year of the Gentleman, is planning a movie based on his life story. says he's currently working on a film that is based on his life story.

The hitmaker who has been involved in the movie-making process and will star in the film, compares the project to Eminem's 2002 biopic "8 Mile," which was based on the Detroit rapper's own rise to fame.

"We are putting together the film right now as we speak, as a matter of fact," Ne-Yo tells "The name of the movie is 'Venice Beach' and basically it's going to be my '8 Mile,' loosely based on my life, but not really."

Ne-Yo previously tested his acting skills with an appearance in 2007's "Stomp the Yard."

Jay-Z Gives Free Concerts in Support of Obama

Hip-Hop star Jay-Z will lend support to Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and encourage young people to vote by giving two free concerts this weekend.

Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, will perform a free show in Detroit on Saturday, Oct. 4, followed by another free performance in Miami on Saturday, Oct. 5.

Tickets for the free concerts will be distributed at Obama’s local campaign offices, according to

Obama, who admitted a fondness for Jay-Z and Kanye West, expressed his support for Hip-Hop during an interview with MTV personality Sway, following his first presidential debate in Greensboro, North Carolina this past Friday.

He also praised the entrepreneurial mind state that rappers often possess.

In related news, Obama will debate Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain two more times: once in Tennessee on Oct. 7 and again in New York on Oct. 15.

Hip-Hop Record Sales Low; Rebound Possible With Kanye and Ludacris Albums

Record labels are approaching another financially weak year, as a minimum of 200 million albums in the last quarter is now required in order to break even with last year’s low total.

According to Variety, the music industry officially closed out with a total of 297.9 million albums sold for the third quarter making it already 12 percent less than the previous year. 2007 saw a total of 500.5 million in sales with over 30 percent of the records purchased stemming from the fourth quarter. However, this year the industry would have to up that amount to over 40 percent.

With a strong line-up of upcoming albums believed to drop before 2009 including releases from Kanye West, 50 Cent, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes and possible albums from Dr. Dre, Eminem and Andre 3000, the goal may still be attainable.

Aside from a wide range in pricing beginning around $9 to $16 for an album, insiders have alleged that it’s the power of digital singles selling for less than a dollar via sites like iTunes that have helped them bypass the supremacy of full-length discs. The fourth quarter has already seen significant digital sales with Kanye’s latest single "Love Lockdown" which has continued to climb up the charts.

Another major concern for record labels is the reduction in inventory at major retailers like Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy while other popular stores including Circuit City may be on the verge of bankruptcy with stock down 82 percent this year.

Despite initial concern from insiders, a selection of recently released albums have helped the industry rebound including Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter III that went platinum in seven days alone, along with Tuesday’s release of T.I.’s Paper Trail reportedly projecting to sell close to 500,000 in its opening week sales.

As reported by SOHH, record companies have begun taking notice in the lack of sales and space in retail stores and have teamed up with SanDisk Corp to create album-filled memory cards that will be usable on mobile phones, PCs and select portable MP3 players.

The required $200 million in sales would have to occur before January 4 to break even with last year’s total, according to

Usher Unveils New Lingerie Line

R&B sensation Usher has already aroused our senses with his sensual fragrance for men and women, now he's hoping to heat things up even more in the bedroom with his own lingerie line.

The hitmaker was spotted at the Marlies Dekkers runway show at Paris Fashion Week in France over the weekend, where he confessed he was seeking inspiration for his own saucy garments, according to

"I'm launching a lingerie line for men and women," he reveals. He insists "comfort and intimacy" will be key in his new line.

The first samples will be featured in his new video "Trading Places".

According to reports, Usher isn't the only R&B star getting ready to launch a lingerie line - Janet Jackson will unveil her Pleasure Principle lingerie in November.

Gwen Stefani: Sexy at Cedars-Sinai

Carrying one of her super chic L.A.M.B designer handbags, Gwen Stefani was spotted out in the parking garage at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Thursday (October 2).

The No Doubt songstress reportedly had baby Zuma in the car while she visited the hospital, but she always keeps her little man close to her heart with her charm necklace that has the initial “Z” inscribed for her newborn.

In related news, E! is reporting that later on tonight, Gwen’s Harajuku Lovers characters “Love, Angel, Music, Baby and G” are headed to the streets of Montreal and Toronto in “a special Harajuku Lovers trailer that will travel each city, sharing perfume samples and blasting Gwen’s music.”

Of helping Gwen promote her scents, the Global Marketing Director for Gwen Stefani Fragrances said, “Gwen is amazing and totally down to earth, like talking to your sister. She’s passionate about her fragrance line and is very easy to work with.”

Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu Pair Up For HSM3

Joining co-stars Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron on an overseas promotional trip, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu attended the Spanish premiere of “High School Musical 3” in Madrid on Thursday (October 2).

With Spain being the latest stop on the “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” European press tour, the cast will soon be headed off to visit Germany and England.

From there, it’s back to the States for the co-star couple, as there’s plenty of press work to be done Stateside leading up to the film’s theatrical release on October 24th.

The highly-anticipated Disney flick sees “Favorite high school students (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu and Monique Coleman) hit senior year. Amidst a basketball championship, prom and a big spring musical featuring all of the Wildcats, Troy (Zac Efron) and Gabriella (Vanessa Hudgens) vow to make every moment last, as their lifelong college dreams put the future of their relationship in question. A crew of sophomore Wildcats (Matt Prokop, Justin Martin and Jemma Mckenzie-Brown) joins in the fun as the film’s incredible new music and exciting dance numbers take maximum advantage of the big screen.”

Lindsay Lohan: Back to the LA Life

Just returned from a beach trip to Los Cabos with girlfriend Samantha Ronson, Lindsay Lohan was spotted getting back into the swing of things in Los Angeles on Thursday (October 2).

The “Mean Girls” starlet ventured on over to a local carry-out - emerging with a bag of Doritos and a soda as she did her best to avoid eye contact with pursuing paparazzi.

Meanwhile, rumors keep building in regards to LiLo’s housing plans - as she and DJ Ronson are said-to-be planning to set up a home together in New York City’s posh Dakota Building.

Of the decision, a friend told press, “They want a fresh start. They’re going to settle down in the city and eventually get married. Everything is falling into place - and Lindsay has never been happier.”

Heidi and Spencer Team Up with Taco Bell

For the second year in a row, reality TV stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt joined forces with Taco Bell to help raise awareness in support of World Hunger Relief Movement and The World Food Programme on Thursday (October 2).

The “Hills” co-star couple smilingly posed for photographers as they fed each other tacos in between serving up Taco Bell fare to the store’s customers.

It’s time for a reality check with world hunger. Nearly one billion people go to bed hungry every night, and with the cost of food skyrocketing around the globe, more people are struggling to get a meal,” said Greg Creed, president, Taco Bell Corp.

“Heidi and Spencer have graciously helped with our inaugural program and we are fortunate to have them championing this cause for a second year. We are grateful and appreciate their efforts volunteering to feed those in need and helping raise awareness of the global hunger crisis,” Mr Creed added.

Donations were being taken in amounts as little as $1 - with all proceeds raised in the U.S. going directly to The World Food Programme to help combat global hunger.

Her fame has reached a new level, thanks to her new reality show “Brooke Knows Best.” And last night (October 1), Brooke Hogan was spotted hamming it up at the Bejeweled Swimwear show as part of Funkshion Fashion Week in Miami, Florida.

Miss Hogan gladly posed for pictures and signed autographs outside the Setai Hotel, sporting a pink cardigan overtop an animal print bra with a belly chain and black stretch pants.

And according to FOX Pop Tarts’ Hollie McKay, Brooke ‘can’t get no satisfaction.’ She was overheard answering a question about her romantic affairs, telling, “What love life? I’m not gay but I might as well be. I’m the [woman] of the group. We live a gay lifestyle.”

She also revealed that she tries to shield herself from the media whenever possible. “I never read tabloids, I never buy books or go on Perez Hilton and I never ever watch the news. All news is bad. You never hear them say, ‘This dog gave birth to six puppies today.’ It’s always negative, like, ‘All these people got killed.’ I stay totally away from it.”

Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson Return from Mexico

Earlier this week, they escaped to Los Cabos, Mexico for a relaxing romantic getaway. And yesterday (October 1), Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson were spotted returning back home.

The “Labor Pains” babe and her deejay lover arrived at LAX International Airport looking sun-kissed and a bit camera shy as they made their way from the terminal to the car.

And in the latest installment of LiLo’s dad Michael’s rants, he’s still running his mouth about his disapproval of her relationship with Ronson. “Samantha lives a life that I don’t approve of. I absolutely do not accept Lindsay’s relationship with Samantha. I know Sam’s history and what is going on.”

He also said that he doesn’t care what the public thinks about his mode of parenting. “I’m doing all I can to help Lindsay and if people want to slay me, then so be it. I’m her father first, not her friend.”